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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.

Strong Suit has not raced at six furlongs since his juvenile days

Strong Suit's stable takes £11,000 punt on July Cup and the weather

Even before her scare at Ascot, Black Caviar's trainer had taken one look at the undulations of the July Course and abandoned any notion of sticking around for the Darley July Cup. Moonlight Cloud, who so nearly ruined the Australian champion's perfect record, is also safely out of the way, back in France. There is a tempting Group One opportunity, then, at Newmarket on Saturday – and two new hats were duly thrown into the ring yesterday.

Afsare boosted Crackerjack King's form at Sandown yesterday

Crackerjack King can advertise the value of Italian form in cosmopolitan Eclipse

Import can capitalise on opponents' flaws to take Sandown showcase on his British debut

Camelot frightens off all raiders from Irish Derby

For the second time in four years, next Saturday evening's Irish Derby will be an entirely domestic affair. It is also only the second time in 56 years that there will be no overseas-trained challengers for Ireland's premier Flat prize. The reason can probably summed up by the words Aidan and O'Brien.

Carlton House can gain Group One glory in the Queen's colours

Carlton House ready to show touch of majesty

He could not quite pull off the Derby itself last year, but his fulfilment – and the gratification of royalist punters – may prove to have been merely deferred. For Carlton House (3.45) has excellent prospects today of winning the monarch her first Group One race since 1977, another jubilee year, in the 150th running of the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

John Velazquez drives Union Rags (right) past Mike Smith on Paynter to win the Belmont Stakes

America finds new hero in Union Rags after injury ends a Triple Crown dream

It might have been a John Terry moment, but thankfully was not. Before the Belmont Stakes on Saturday night, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another, deprived of his chance of a Triple Crown on the eve of the New York race by a leg injury, was taken to the winner's circle anyhow for a ceremonial retirement.

I'll Have Another cools down at Belmont Park

American racing bets the ranch on a colt's Triple Crown fairy tale

A sport said to be on its last legs in the US is desperate for I'll Have Another to do the treble tomorrow

Clare Balding and Willie Carson – never at a loss for words

Carson looks on the up side for his farewell rendezvous on the Downs

The Derby-winning jockey believes in today's young riders but is angered by BBC's desertion of the race, he tells Chris McGrath

Frankie Dettori celebrates victory at Sandown on Thursday evening

The Last Word: Dettori deserves place above the new generation

It is not just premature to give Barzalona immediate parity with Dettori – it is folly

Betterbetterbetter best for Ballydoyle

With Camelot looming tomorrow, and six fillies in the Investec Oaks today, Aidan O'Brien and his patrons at Coolmore have every chance of making it four wins from four British Classics this season.

Carlton House won in convincing style at Sandown last night

Carlton House gets Diamond Jubilee off to right royal start

A year after he proved unequal to the weight of patriotic expectation at Epsom, Carlton House last night did his duty on his return to action on the Betfair card at Sandown. His owner begins her Diamond Jubilee tomorrow by attending the Investec Derby as usual, and while Carlton House could manage only third when favourite for that race 12 months ago, his comeback in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes suggested that he could yet make the grade in elite company.

Camelot is likely to be the shortest Derby favourite since 1947

Camelot set to face smallest Derby field in over a century

The withdrawal of three stablemates at the final declaration stage for the Investec Derby at Epsom tomorrow means that Camelot will face the smallest field since Orby likewise met just eight rivals in 1907. Imperial Monarch will instead contest the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday, while the further defection of Tower Rock and Father Of Science leaves just Astrology, the front-running winner of the Dee Stakes at Chester, to escort the hot favourite from Ballydoyle. Astrology will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

Jimmy Fortune rides Bonfire to win the Dante Stakes at York yesterday

Bonfire to face old flame in Derby

One of the British Turf's most gratifying rituals is to observe the runners strolling around the parade ring before its greatest race. This time round, however, it may prove so revealing that the actual running of the Investec Derby could itself obtain a somewhat ceremonial quality. For if the herd leader is usually identified at the Epsom winning post, some subtle obeisance might be discernible even before the colts are saddled a fortnight tomorrow.

Light Heavy, ridden by Kevin Manning, wins the Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopards town yesterday

Jim Bolger weighs up Light Heavy's Derby prospects after hefty win

It is hard to say which seemed more familiar here yesterday – the way a horse prepared by Jim Bolger ripped off the gloves so willingly, in an unsparing duel for the Derrinstown Derby Trial, or the gently mocking deportment of his trainer in the winner's enclosure afterwards.

Joseph O'Brien rides Memphis Tennessee to victory in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester yesterday

Main Sequence one to follow in Lingfield trial

The track for all seasons comes to the rescue today, when the Classic trials at Lingfield are switched from a saturated turf course to the adjacent all-weather circuit. And while they duly lose much of their pertinence to Epsom, usually ascribed to the hill, for much the same reason they are arguably rather stronger than in recent years.

Tony Hamilton steered Mickdaam to victory at Chester yesterday

Gutsy Mickdaam gives Fahey Derby prospects

An odds-on favourite already bestrides the Epsom betting, and the flat-out success of Mickdaam in the trial staged across the mire here yesterday did nothing to alter that.

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