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Aidan O’Brien clinched the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes for a remarkable 13th time as the exciting Geoffrey Chaucer continued his progress with a comfortable victory at the Curragh yesterday.

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Ruler Of The World, in the winner’s enclosure at Epsom, seeks a Derby follow-up in the Curragh today

Ruler Of The World has power to crush Libertarian again

No less than any other walk of life, it is pretty rare in racing for anyone to profess indignation when credited with a stroke of genius. Such was the case at Epsom last month, however, when Aidan O’Brien and his patrons at Coolmore maintained a scrupulous show of bemusement about a theory that their horses had collectively undermined the prospects of the hot favourite, Dawn Approach, by setting an unexpectedly slow pace in the Investec Derby.

Epsom Derby: Dettori clears one last obstacle – and comes last (twice)

Had he known how his mounts were going to perform, he might not have been in such a hurry. As it was, Frankie Dettori encountered one authority figure too many here yesterday, when his comeback was briefly menaced with yet another delay.

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Encke, right, denies Camelot (purple and white) the Triple Crown by winning the St Leger

Godolphin scandal: St Leger winner Encke among seven to fail steroid test

Seven more horses exposed in doping scandal but Bin Suroor yard is given all-clear

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 15 May 2013

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Dawn Approach with Kevin Manning winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket

Bolger offers Godolphin a new Dawn

Approach heads for the Derby to help Sheikh Mohammed put shame of Zarooni behind him

Hot Snap and Toronado roll back the years for Cecil and Hannon

Old masters show off new talent with leading fancies for Newmarket Classics and the Derby
Richard Hughes and Toronado win the Craven yesterday

Toronado blows open betting for 2,000 Guineas

This really has been a blasted Heath over the past couple of days, but today the gale was rendered incarnate by a colt named Toronado. His runaway success in the last of its Classic trials crowned a pleasing revival in the significance of this meeting, Hot Snap and Garswood having won their own rehearsals impressively the previous day. But while both arguably owed something to the shelter they found from fierce gusts across the track, Toronado went gliding clear of what had become a tailwind – and blew apart the betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. Though Dawn Approach remains favourite, Toronado is no better than 4-1 to beat him back here in a fortnight.

Joseph O’Brien insists all is well with Derby hope Kingsbarns

Mars in sight as O'Brien enters new Classic orbit

Seven days after investing so much nervous energy in the Grand National, the sport today contemplates as tepid a Saturday as can be found in its calendar. But respite is almost immediate, with an engrossing week of Classic trials starting in Ireland tomorrow.

Trainer Marco Botti could make a Group One breakthrough

Dark horses that can light up the Flat

As the new season gathers pace next week with a series of Classic trials, Chris McGrath picks 10 to watch

Aidan O’Brien often tests Epsom contenders in the Ballysax Stakes

Aidan O'Brien marshals Marengo for potential Derby squad

Ryan Mania, having been detained a second night in hospital, was discharged in time to head home to Galashiels for a celebration of his breakthrough success in the Grand National. Scans did reveal that the young Scotsman suffered a minor fracture of his C7 vertebra when taking a fall from his very next mount after Auroras Encore, at Hexham on Sunday. But Mania described himself as no more than "a bit tired and sore", having otherwise suffered only soft tissue and ligament damage, and stressed his determination to be riding again sooner rather than later.

Ruby Walsh must choose On His Own or Prince De Beauchene

Ruby Walsh dilemma as On His Own storms back

Mullins' prospect shoots up National reckoning with shock win at Navan on his return to action

Veteran boss Farley calls it a day at healthy Persimmon

Persimmon boss Mike Farley yesterday called time on a seven-year stint as chief executive after successfully steering the housebuilder through the credit crunch.

Farley to step down as Persimmon chief executive in April

Persimmon's chief executive Mike Farley has called time on a seven-year stint at the helm after successfully steering the housebuilder through the credit crunch.

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