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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.

Celebre leads French cause

The sobering thought that Entrepreneur might be the leading figure in a rather miserable bunch of British three-year-olds recurred yesterday as the cross-Channel challenge foundered tamely in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) at Chantilly.

Racing: Fallon contests ban

Kieren Fallon will today appeal against an 11-day ban imposed in Italy on Sunday, the jockey's agent Dave Polling said yesterday. If the plea fails, Fallon will miss the Epsom Derby meeting where is due to ride Reams Of Verse, a hot favourite in the Oaks, and 33-1 shot Symonds Inn in the Derby.

Banned Fallon misses Oaks

Kieren Fallon is set to miss riding Reams Of Verse, the short- priced ante-post favourite for the Oaks, the rest of the Epsom Derby meeting and the start of Royal Ascot after receiving a 10-day ban in Rome yesterday.

National gesture of defiance: no buzz, but very British

The 150th Grand National went ahead at Aintree yesterday, 48 hours late, two horses short and with one vital element of the world's greatest steeplechase missing: the buzz.

Game, set and book contract

Harry Pearson waves a pennant for a team of sporting authors

Shaamit to miss Irish re-match

Racing

Dr Massini to give Shaamit a check-up

Dr Massini is to take on last Saturday's Epsom Derby winner Shaamit in the Irish Derby at the Curragh on 30 June. Dr Massini, the ante-post favourite for Epsom until an injury ruled him out three days before the race, is back cantering and is expected to resume full work soon.

Media: Life's hard in a two-horse race

For 10 years, the Sporting Life and Racing Post have been neck- and-neck competitors. And few would dare to bet on the final result. Ian Davies reports

Lester's word is still law

The Derby: Piggott magic helps son-in-law Haggas to train his first Blue Riband winner with Shaamit

A tough cookie with no plans to stop moving

Sir Ernest Harrison of Racal has had quite a week. The lively 70-year-old entrepreneur has attended Vodafone's results on Tuesday, Racal Electronics' figures on Wednesday, Chubb Security's on Thursday, the Oaks horse race meeting yesterday and plans to see the Epsom Derby today.

JOCKEYING FOR POSITION

Peter Cunningham visits the Santa Anita Derby, where a galaxy of B-list stars comes out to upstage the horses

My computer says it's a racing certainty

Software programs may offer more than an outside chance at the bookies. Mike Hewitt meets the gamblers who swear by their PCs

Swing's vulnerability weakens stallion status

In the aftermath of Celtic Swing's dismal performance in the Irish Derby on Sunday, sentiment flowed almost as freely as the water which had been drenching the course for more than a week in the hope that the "wonder horse" would arrive. It was the end of an era, the extinction of hope, and despite the thousands of pounds which went down on the 5-4 favourite, the true cost, apparently, was far greater. It was, so some said, the death of a dream, and how can you put a price on that?

Racing: Fabre the best of breed: Americans hold whip hand but Europe's main man chases more glory in the Breeders' Cup. Sue Montgomery reports

YOUR starter for ten: which was the first British-trained horse to get stuffed in the States? Since the Kentucky Derby winner Zev beat the Epsom Derby hero Papyrus in a dollars 100,000 match 71 years ago in New York, it has been acknowledged that the odds are stacked against European horses when they travel to America to race.

Racing: Classic Route

RED ROUTE earned his place in the St Leger field at Doncaster next month with a convincing display of galloping and staying in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes here yesterday. The only three-year-old in the mile-and- five furlongs contest, he made five older rivals look very slow indeed as he drew away from Shareek from the three-furlong marker to win by six lengths.
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