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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.

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Jockey James Doyle, left, and trainer Lady Cecil, right, with Frankel’s half-brother Morpheus after winning the ABG Law Classic Maiden Stakes at Nottingham yesterday, two days after the death of Sir Henry Cecil

Morpheus soothes grief of Sir Henry Cecil's yard with win at Nottingham

Just as his final fight was sustained by Frankel, so the malign destiny that finally claimed Sir Henry Cecil on Tuesday also seems to have reserved a degree of solace for those he has left behind. As though shamed by its own cruelty, it granted Cecil's grieving widow and employees two winners within barely 10 minutes – and the first of them, as a half-brother to Frankel, could not have been more fitting.

Jockeys at Great Yarmouth yesterday hold a minute’s silence in memory of Sir Henry Ceci

Sir Henry Cecil's yard chases memorial win

Five Warren Place horses run on Thursday, with Frankel's half-brother Morpheus in a maiden at Nottingham

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Frankie Dettori dismounts from Asian Trader in trademark style

Frankie Dettori relieved after his 'sweet' comeback victory

After a quiet start to his new career as a freelance, Frankie Dettori last night restored sunshine to his life even as the shadows lengthened at Sandown. Having drawn a blank since returning at Epsom last Friday, the jockey won a sprint handicap on Asian Trader – and promptly treated his fans to a flying dismount. But there was no mistaking the wry, sober look that preceded his trademark celebration, nor the relief with which he had raised a grateful forefinger as he was cheered into the winner's enclosure.

Gary Stevens won the Preakness after coming out of retirement

Gary Stevens backs Oxbow to add Belmont to fairytale return

For each new scandal absorbed by the British racing community, their American cousins seem to contrive fresh consolation. Admittedly the craving for a first Triple Crown since 1978 has already been prolonged by defeat for the Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, in its second leg. But Oxbow's Preakness success none the less consolidated the romantic gains made by Orb, in himself satisfying the patient Derby quest of his admired, old school connections – notably his trainer, Shug McGaughey. Oxbow in turn restored two Hall of Fame titans, Wayne Lukas and Gary Stevens, from the shadows at 77 and 50 respectively.

Frankie Dettori needs races under his belt to hone his talent

Frankie Dettori can prove doubters wrong, if he gets right rides

All his tests were negative, all the thinking should now be positive. That was Frankie Dettori's message to the press and media, when finally making his comeback at Epsom last Friday – delivered, it must be said, with an unfamiliar air of insecurity. In many cases, his plea seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

Stubbs in the frame for Royal Ascot

In noting that Ruler Of The World had not been burdened with such a portentous name by accident, John Magnier apologised at Epsom on Saturday for the number of colts owned by the Coolmore partners – George Washington apart, presumably – that had failed to live up to their implicit expectations when named after American presidents. The christening of Stubbs, however, suggests that they may have a masterpiece on their hands after his impressive success at Naas yesterday.

High hopes: Sheikh Mohammed arrives at Epsom with his wife, the Jordanian princess Haya, but there was no joy for Godolphin in the Derby yesterday

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Beckett lands Classic one-two as hidden Talent upstages rivals

As every trainer knows, when you win a race in which you have two runners you must always go and deal with the beaten owners first. And that applies especially when they have just written out a fat cheque for a half-share in a Classic favourite, only to see her run down in the final furlong by your other filly. Sure enough, Ralph Beckett was yesterday alive to his obligations as he celebrated a dramatic consolidation of the breakthrough he made here five years ago.

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The Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician is one of 15 possibles for the Derby on Saturday

Ruby Walsh quits role as Paul Nicholls' No 1 jockey

Even now, its greatest race cannot find a way to the top of the British racing agenda. True, the prospect of riding in the Investec Derby on Saturday continues to animate Frankie Dettori as he approaches a final obstacle to the restoration of his licence in France. Today, however, it was a jockey of equivalent standing in jump racing who unexpectedly dominated the sport's conversations.

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