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Favourite beaten after 420 days out with injury as 66-1 shot claims galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdles at Cheltenham

Moonlight Cloud right up there in mile heaven

Trainer Freddy Head put Moonlight Cloud on a par with his great milers Miesque and Goldikova after she beat the strongest international line-up of the season in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

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Stevens to strike in Shergar Cup

While some purists remain reliably condescending, the Shergar Cup has earned a legitimate niche in the racing summer.

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Rita Ora pulls out of race meeting gig tonight due to illness

Pop sensation Rita Ora has pulled out of a live performance tonight.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 6 August 2013

England retain urn after sodden draw

Australian jockey Simone Montgomerie dies following fall in Darwin

The 26-year-old received treatment on the track from paramedics

Novellist wins the King George VI in a record time at Ascot

Kate leaves no doubts with Deauville win

Unlike Falmouth Stakes triumph, John Gosden’s filly enjoys clear-cut  success in filthy weather

Convincing tale: Novellist adds another chapter to his burgeoning story with a handsome five-length victory under Johnny Murtagh in the King George at Ascot

Novellist delivers brilliant sequel

Third-choice jockey Johnny Murtagh targets literary double in Arc, having already won it on Dylan Thomas

St Nicholas Abbey’s career is over after he fractured a pastern

St Nicholas Abbey bows out with life in jeopardy

Racing was given a real jolt yesterday when Ballydoyle announced the bad news that St Nicholas Abbey, one of the best horses in the world, had suffered an injury so serious that it has not only resulted in his immediate retirement from the track, it has also put his life in jeopardy.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feeds a horse during his vacation in the Republic of Tyva, Russia, in Augsut 2009

In pictures: The adventures of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin was spotted yesterday descending into the briny depths below to inspect a sunken Russian sailing frigate.

Elusive Kate (left) and Sky Lantern in a close-run finish at Newmarket

Sky Lantern team reawaken pursuit of Elusive victory

Hannon swayed by pressure to appeal against controversial Falmouth Stakes ruling

Equestrianism: Kauto Star trainer, Laura Collett, still sedated

Laura Collett remains under sedation in hospital after suffering a serious fall in the British Eventing Horse Trials at Tweseldown on Monday.

Borderlescott sets out on Nunthorpe comeback trail

The Borderlescott fairy tale gains a  remarkable epilogue on Saturday when he comes out of retirement at the age of 11. Having already stretched credulity by winning consecutive runnings of the Nunthorpe Stakes for a tiny local stable, in 2008 and 2009, he will be sent back to York for a comeback spin that could yet set up another crack at the big one next month.

Frankie Dettori, who rode for Godolphin until last autumn, has signed a retainer with Sheikh Joaan al-Thani

Dettori and Qataris form formidable foe for Dubai

Two beaten favourites at Wolverhampton on Monday made it 18 days without a winner for Frankie Dettori. Even so, it unmistakably felt like his first afternoon back in the big time. For both parties, the news that he has signed a retainer for Sheikh Joaan al-Thani – one of the Qatari investors suddenly taking on the superpowers of the Turf – represents a clarion statement of intent.

Grey matters: Tominator (centre) finishes strongly in Newcastle

Doubles all round as Tominator leaves it late to claim marathon victory

The victory of 8-1 shot Tominator in the Northumberland Plate, by a short-head after a steely-nerved ride from Graham Lee, neatly ticked some statistical boxes.

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