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St Nicholas Abbey, the Classic flop who became the winner of six Group One races and the highest-earning runner in the history of Ballydoyle, lost his battle with chronic health problems when he had to be put down after an attack of colic.

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Flat converts promise to fulfil aim to prosper at Festival

Doing something different is trending at racecourses, it seems. It was good to see Kauto Star strutting his new stuff under event rider Laura Collett in the parade ring at Newbury on Saturday, even if his so-called dressage display – a few basic flatwork moves at walk, trot and canter – has as much to do with top-level grand prix work as the Shetland pony grand national franchise that does the rounds of summer horse shows has to events at Aintree. The 13-year-old, though, apparently enjoyed being the focus of adulation as much as he ever did when with Paul Nicholls.

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Wise Dan looks too clever for Excelebration in the Mile

They did not dare send Frankel here, but at least we have his representative on Earth. And success in a vintage Breeders’ Cup Mile would certainly seal the emergence of Excelebration from the shadow of his nemesis. After all, remarkably enough, he arrives here with the highest official rating of all the horses Aidan O’Brien has run at the Breeders’ Cup.

Leather looks tough enough to trade blows with Kingsbarns

Bolger's Derby hope has beating of inexperienced favourite in final Group One of British season

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Dawn Approach wins the Dewhurst Stakes under Kevin Manning

Godolphin principles prove subject to change

Everyone else might take a different view, as fatal fissures seem to emerge in his long partnership with Frankie Dettori, but Sheikh Mohammed himself knows that Godolphin's riding arrangements are fairly incidental. Paying such wages, he will never lack a world-class jockey. More fundamental changes are afoot, however, in the supervision of his horses away from the racecourse. And if the Sheikh is relieved that an implied admission of failure is receiving far less attention, then that indulgence is perhaps the least he deserves for quietly grasping some pretty painful nettles.

Jim Bolger saddles top juvenile Dawn Approach in the Dewhurst

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Irish ally of Turf's rival superpowers poised to land fifth Dewhurst victory in seven years

Camelot has been handed a favourable low draw tomorrow at Longchamp

Dettori aims to profit from experience and good draw to steer Camelot home in Arc

Lucrative weekend of racing, but sums pale in comparison to Tuesday's £50m yearling auction

Frankie Dettori will ride Camelot for Aidan O’Brien tomorrow

The Last Word: Arc brings Dettori and the Sheikh to a strange junction

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Frankie Dettori celebrates his Ebor victory by doing the ‘Mobot’

Dettori charge sets the tone for Godolphin's golden weekend

Willing Foe's Ebor win at York leads the way for more success at Saratoga and Deauville

Staying power: Tom Queally on Frankel

Frankel's the star but Energizer can upstage his little brother

At such short odds, over a new trip, even a true great like Frankel can hardly appeal as a betting medium at York today. In fact, the Juddmonte International Stakes market is more likely to interest each-way "thieves", who will surely cover their money on St Nicholas Abbey. His two pacemakers should guarantee a sufficient test over the long Knavesmire straight for the Ballydoyle raider to outstay all bar the champion for a podium finish.

Newmarket trainer poses the main threat in the St Leger to Ballydoyle's team

O'Brien masses forces in quest for Crown and Classic sweep

There is more for the history books at stake in this year's St Leger than a possible Triple Crown winner, the 16th in all and the first since Nijinsky in 1970. Yes, the 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner Camelot is odds-on favourite to complete his set at Doncaster in September. But victory would also make his trainer Aidan O'Brien the first of his profession to win all five English Classics in the same year.

Carlton House drops down in class today but may chalk up a win

Brave Nathaniel ready to double up

One way or another, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has gradually lost its traditional role as a showdown between generations. With the Prix du Jockey Club nowadays reduced to a brawl with milers over an intermediate distance, French three-year-olds had to wait until last weekend for their Group One opportunity over a mile and a half; and the Derby winner, Camelot, has been the latest to be put away for the autumn, after following up in the Irish version. That leaves just one three-year-old prepared to take on his seniors at Ascot today – and he has come all the way from Tokyo to do so.

Yoshito Yahagi knows Deep Brillante has a tough task. 'To win we must make history'

Youth is no barrier for Japanese invader aiming to conquer Ascot

It is not just Yoshito Yahagi who has experienced transformation since he was last in Newmarket. At 51, he returns as trainer of the Japanese Derby winner, Deep Brillante, an audacious challenger for the Betfair King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. The colt is lodging with Clive Brittain, just over the road from Geoff Wragg's old yard – where Yahagi once worked as a humble stable lad. A broader metamorphosis, however, reflects more favourably on his homeland than on his hosts.

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