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Sunderland win on penalties to book date at Wembley

Dabirsim leads Morny charge of new brigade

If the second of the Group One prizes contested at Deauville yesterday showcased the efficiency of one bloodstock superpower, Juddmonte Farms extending their remarkable recent spree, the first had drawn attention to the deficiencies in others. David Brown, Yann Barberot and Christophe Ferland hardly have the profile and resources of the elite stables, but saddled the three leading fancies for the Prix Morny. Quite where all the other empires were hiding their juveniles is hard to say, but Ferland showed that simply buying up the most expensive bloodlines can never be enough.

Yorkshire Dale ends 14-year drought

Apprentice plays waiting game to perfection as he guides Moyenne Corniche to victory in Europe's richest handicap

Cecil team overjoyed at Mongan's first Group One

Some may beg to differ, principally those incautious enough to risk fortunes on a horse that had never even contested a Group One race against two that had already won nine between them. But while these shared a cold illumination with Await The Dawn, sent off at staggering odds of 8-13, it otherwise proved impossible to resist the contagion of joy diffused by the brave success of Twice Over in the Juddmonte International Stakes here yesterday.

Balm for Godolphin but ban for footsore Dettori

The spectacle of four horses plunging towards the line together here yesterday seemed to give substance to the suspicion that the present crop of stayers, behind Fame And Glory, are a fairly anonymous bunch. It would be more charitable, however, to acknowledge that they had provided the finish of the week in the Artemis Goodwood Cup, with the official margins given as a head, neck and nose.

Trip and track look tailor-made for Strong Suit to take honours

Fiorente should continue his upward curve in the Gordon Stakes on opening day of Glorious Goodwood

Nathaniel comes of age on distressing day

Death overshadows glory at Ascot as supplemented colt takes King George after Dettori's narrow escape from Rewilding's fatal fall

Dettori delivers Oaks redemption

Whatever Frankie Dettori's trespasses at Epsom last month, they were all forgiven and forgotten at the Curragh yesterday. After the Oaks the Italian had been, with some justification, vilified for losing third place – and the each-way bets – on the favourite Blue Bunting, whom he stopped urging prematurely near the finish. But in the Irish version of the Classic punters did not lose faith in either the filly or her partner, backed them from 11-2 in the morning to 5-2 at the off, and were rewarded, this time, by an inch-perfect display of commitment by horse and rider.

Frankie Dettori rides Rewilding to surprise victory over So You Think

Frankie Dettori opened his account at the Royal meeting when Rewilding claimed the red-hot favourite So You Think close home in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Golden Lilac lands second Classic to star in Fabre and Guyon's four-timer

Lest we forget, Mickaël Barzalona is not the only young jockey flourishing under the tutelage of André Fabre. Yesterday Maxime Guyon showcased his somewhat more pugnacious style as the 22-times champion trainer of France saddled yet another Classic winner, Golden Lilac in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly. Guyon and Fabre would proceed to scoop all three of the other Group races on the card, so corroborating Frankie Dettori's recent assertion that France now has the strongest group of jockeys in all Europe.

Barzalona's next big step will be guided by Fabre

It is obvious that the Turf's superpowers will be duelling over his future

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Johnston signs up for Butler's raid on American prize money

In a departure that dovetails the willingness of both men to experiment, Mark Johnston yesterday revealed that he is sending a horse to be trained by Gerard Butler when his rival opens a satellite stable in North America next week. Butler, who is flying half a dozen horses from his Newmarket stable to Chicago on Wednesday, has won the attention and admiration of Johnston in boldly seeking better prize money for his patrons. And, with a corresponding disdain for orthodoxy, the record-breaking Middleham trainer has decided to transfer one of his own horses to share the adventure.

Raider Fahey runs hot at chilly Craven meet

However cold its comforts, they will always be cherished by some. The Craven meeting may lack the melodrama sought by those fatuously meddling with the Flat calendar, but it opened here yesterday in a fashion guaranteed to satisfy the foibles of those who view the return of racing to the Rowley Mile as an immutable rite of spring. Sure enough, the sky sagged heavily over a grey horizon; the breeze retained the last vestiges of winter; and the horses – well, the horses did exactly what they always do at this meeting.

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