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In the event, it was not Chantal Sutherland who would make the most insistent stand on behalf of the rights of the female. Entering the tunnel between the saddling ring and paddock, owners and trainers escorting runners in the world's richest race suddenly found themselves obliged to stand and wait on the clarion instructions of Sheikh Mohammed's four-year-old daughter, Al Jalila. Her mortified mother, Princess Haya, hastened back to remonstrate; but the little sheikha had achieved her purpose and, to general amusement, was able to hurtle gaily down the vacated chute beneath the grandstand. It would prove only the prelude to a race of similarly unfettered celebration.

Mickael Barzalona celebrates

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Two stylish wins at Meydan this year had earned the filly a quote of 12-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas

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Thomas Daley (right) and Peter Waterfield in action

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Tom Daley claimed his second World Series silver medal inside a week after an impressive performance alongside Peter Waterfield in the platform synchro in Beijing today.

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Marko Djokovic in action against Andrei Golubev yesterday

Djokovic's little brother fails to make his Marko

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Imperious Pietersen earns England series win

Kevin Pietersen's continued good form helped England to a thrilling five-run victory and 2-1 Twenty20 series success over Pakistan to conclude their tough tour of the United Arab Emirates tonight.

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England reach the end of their most peculiar tour tonight by playing in front of their largest crowd. The Sheikh Zayed Stadium, another sporting monument which appears to have sprung up among sand dunes, will have a capacity audience for the decisive Twenty20 match against Pakistan.

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