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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.

Farley set to step down as Persimmon chief executive

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

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.

Girl sexually assaulted at Epsom Derby

Police are investigating after a 15-year-old girl was subjected to a serious sex attack by a teenage boy at the Epsom Derby.

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Her subjects party as the Queen goes to the Derby

The focus of all the festivities begins her big weekend at the races, while country prepares for a thoroughbred bash

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.

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.

Camelot and Joseph O’Brien gallop at the Curragh yesterday

Flat season dawns with O'Brien firmly in saddle

Early days, but already it is hard to resist the promise of many excitements ahead. The very first winner of a new turf season on the Flat – which began in Ireland yesterday, and opens in Britain on Saturday – had the decided look of a Royal Ascot two-year-old. And it would be fairly astonishing if the various Ballydoyle three-year-olds who then stretched their legs, after racing at the Curragh, failed to muster a Classic between them.

Barzalona signed as new boy in Blue

Cheltenham? What do you mean, Cheltenham? Well, yes, perhaps it will help pass the time. But the real anticipation, in some quarters, is for the forthcoming Flat season – and not just because of Frankel.

Billy Drake: Second World War fighter pilot who became one of the RAF's most valued aces

Billy Drake was one of the most illustrious RAF and Allied "aces" of the Second World War.

Last Night's TV: The Story of British Path&#233;/BBC4<br />Country House Rescue/Channel 4

Fans of The Hour (of which I'm most definitely one) will already be familiar with the "brisk banality" that so often dominated mid-century news coverage. It's depicted beautifully there, the Powers That Be calling for society lunches while the world slowly spins on its political axis. "Martial law may have been imposed in Poland," complained reporter Freddie (Ben Whishaw) in episode one. "And we have footage of Prince Rainier on honeymoon with his showgirl."

'Too good for London', Sir Paul Stephenson will find a welcome at the Kettledrum's bar

Lancashire gave him to London and Lancashire will take him back.

Leading article: A safe bet

It is not lightly that we suggest that careful perusal of the sports section of this newspaper can earn readers a fortune. But we feel justified in at least advancing this proposal after our racing correspondent predicted not only the winner, but the top three, in Britain's richest horse race, the Epsom Derby.

'Independent' tipster gets Derby triple &ndash; but doesn't have a flutter

When French colt Pour Moi and its tricolour-waving jockey entered the winner's enclosure after the Epsom Derby on Saturday, it was a bittersweet moment for Chris McGrath, The Independent's racing correspondent.

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