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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.

Collet heaps high praise on Verse

It was a singular entertainment, for a Monday, but otherwise provided exactly what you might expect of a race involving Goldikova – acceleration like a razor's cut from an outstanding female miler. This time, however, its author was not the one who had already accumulated a record tally of Group One wins.

Spencer buries Arlington demons

The two winner's blankets were spread proudly upon the mesh perimeter of the quarantine barn yesterday morning, like flags staked upon conquered soil. But while this carnival will always retain a pioneering legacy, 30 years after the Arlington Million first opened new frontiers for the sport, the mature international circuit offers European horses no more congenial territory. You might have imagined otherwise, watching the exotic squall that flayed the course beforehand, but this proved pretty much a home game for horses that had flown an ocean to get here. Certainly the American turf performers, as so often, proved incompetent to assert the remotest advantage, efficiently outclassed by Ballydoyle's last two Irish Derby winners: Cape Blanco, in the big one, and Treasure Beach, in the Secretariat Stakes.

World's best may look elsewhere than Ascot's Champion challenge

The £1.3m QIPCO Champion Stakes, which will be the richest race ever run in Britain when it is staged at Ascot in October, attracted 40 entries yesterday, including three of the world's leading middle-distance performers in So You Think, Nathaniel and Pour Moi. Whether they line up remains to be seen – So You Think may be in Australia by then, and Nathaniel and Pour Moi have the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 13 days earlier as their prime autumn target.

Gosden heroic at time of despair

The horror that united the racing community at Ascot on Saturday was immediately assuaged by the knowledge that an excruciating situation could not – in the most literal sense imaginable – have been in better hands. For no more competent ambassador could have been produced from its midst, following a catastrophic injury to Rewilding, than the very man who held the doomed colt's bridle as the veterinary team raced to the emergency. And the fact that John Gosden had also saddled the winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes could only corroborate the priorities of fellowship and welfare he espoused, in effect, on behalf of every professional.

Arthur Budgett: The only man to have trained and bred two Derby winners in the 20th century

Arthur Budgett held the rare distinction of being the only man to have owned, trained and bred two Derby winners in the 20th century. Based for most of his career at the famous Whatcombe estate in Oxfordshire, Budgett was a popular figure on racecourses for more than 50 years and was renowned as one of the Turf's true gentlemen, a quietly spoken exemplar of humility and courteousness.

Meandre win makes France's day

National honour was upheld on Bastille Day when André Fabre won the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris for an 11th time last night. The trainer of Pour Moi has now introduced another three-year-old to the equation for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, run over the same course and distance in October, after Meandre cut down the front-running Seville for a decisive success.

Earl's £100m housing plan is a non-starter with racing elite

The plan is so unpopular locally that it handed election victory to the Earl's nemesis, Rachel Hood, a lawyer married to the Newmarket trainer John Gosden

Workforce to face O'Brien quartet in Eclipse

a small but perfectly formed field is set to assemble for the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday, with six of the eight left in the race yesterday representing two camps.

Ballydoyle land clean sweep of Curragh riches with Treasure

So no change there, then. The dominance by Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore Stud owner partnerships of the elite Irish racing scene, and of their country's premier Classic in particular, continued yesterday when Treasure Beach became the sixth successive Irish Derby winner, and the ninth in all, to emerge from Ballydoyle.

Curragh murk may hobble Royal hopes

The Queen's colt out to avenge Epsom defeat but soft ground puts Irish Derby challenge in doubt

Make hay with English Summer in the Northumberland Plate

With this sport's financial shortcomings currently under debate and scrutiny, it is not entirely inappropriate that the Northumberland Plate was founded in a year significant in Britain's fiscal development.

Overturn favourite for Plate follow-up

As widely expected, the Derby third Carlton House was confirmed yesterday for the Irish version of the Classic on Sunday at the Curragh, good news for those who have supported Britain's chief hope for the Group One prize to 5-4 favouritism this week. But less welcome to punters were the tidings of a well-fancied horse who had been set to make the journey across the Irish Sea in the opposite direction. The Co Tipperary-based Mount Athos, one of the market leaders for tomorrow's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, was not among the final field of 20 for the marathon. "The ground is a bit slow, the forecast isn't great, and he wants it quick" explained trainer David Wachman.

Arena under starter's orders for £200m sale

Bidders for the racecourse operator Arena Leisure have been told they will have to pay close to £200m to win control of the company.

Business Diary: Ascot welcome for Derby saviour

Things were looking decidedly ropey for the Derby when the mobile phone giant Vodafone ended its backing of the great horserace a few years back leaving the organisers scratching their heads over a new sponsor.

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