Sport 66-1 shot Auroras Encore, left, won the race last year

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For anyone who has wondered quite how the British Turf continues to seduce investment from the Gulf, perhaps a day at the July Festival at Newmarket might prove every bit as instructive as one spent among the pomp and pageantry of Ascot or Epsom. At a time of year when their homelands seem most arid, the sheikhs find themselves driven through avenues of trees between green paddocks to a racecourse full of shade and flowers. And if the quality of the sport is mixed, with plenty of maidens and handicaps as ballast to the elite contests, then there will be a corresponding air of relaxation over the next three afternoons – not least granted the benign weather forecast.

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Jury , foreground left to right : Bryan Willis, David Tillet (chairman), Graham Mc Kenzie, Josje Hofland. Missing : John Doerr Left, and going clockwise: Tom Ehman (Golden Gate Yacht Club), Paul Cayard (Artemis Racing), Melinda Erkelens (AR), Dave Perry (AR), Grant Simmer (Oracle Racing Team USA), Richard Slater (ORTUSA). Facing the jury: Stephen Barclay (America’s Cup Event Authority), Sam Hollis(ACEA), Hamish Ross (America’s Cup Race Management) , Iain Murray (ACRM), Nick Nicholson (chief measurer) right of the jury top to bottom: Marco Mercuriali (Luna Rossa), Luis Saenz(LR), Aaron J. Foxworthy(LR), Ausra Deluard (Emirates Team New Zealand), Russell Green (ETNZ)

New Zealand win elimination race for the America’s Cup... against no-one

The New Zealanders duly added a second point from their second race in the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination races for the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay and for the second time they were racing against no-one. They were quicker second time around the 40-minue course.

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.

Fabre takes unorthodox route to Arc with Intello

The gauntlet laid down by the  maturing Al Kazeem at Sandown the previous day was promptly picked up yesterday by the younger colt who may yet lead the home defence in Paris this autumn. But the fact that Intello was dropped in trip, as well as grade, for a Group Three race at Maisons-Laffitte appeared to compound reservations about the suitability of the stamina test presented by the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Choral Festival wins the fillies’ handicap at Windsor on Monday night, the final leg of a treble for her jockey, Richard Hughes, who reached his century for the season

Richard Hughes sets ton-up pace in defence of riders' title

While Frankie Dettori continues his mortifying hunt for a first winner since before Royal Ascot, the champion jockey himself has gained stunning impetus after ending his own frustrations at that meeting. Until overcoming a nightmare draw on Sky Lantern in the Coronation Stakes on the Friday, Richard Hughes had endured a maddening week, repeatedly finding himself stuck in traffic or caught out by the draw. As soon as Ascot was out of the way, however, Hughes promptly accumulated 20 winners in eight days – with a treble at Windsor on Monday evening completing the fastest hundred of his career.

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.

Ruler Of The World, in the winner’s enclosure at Epsom, seeks a Derby follow-up in the Curragh today

Ruler Of The World has power to crush Libertarian again

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.

Wise Dan aims to scale fresh heights in weighting game

Unbeaten as he is, for now the Derby winner is arguably not even the most accomplished thoroughbred who happens to have an engagement on Saturday. For a few hours after Ruler Of The World attempts to extend his Epsom supremacy on to home soil, in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, an outstanding American champion sets a fresh challenge to such parochial perspectives as may have been re-inforced by the failure of Animal Kingdom at Royal Ascot last week.

Winning Express scores in Listed company at Salisbury last autumn. She reverts to that grade today after finishing in the frame in two Group One contests

Ed McMahon lowers stakes to raise Winning chance

Many trainers with limited resources can impress at a corresponding level, but the most instructive measure of their acuity is how they set about making the most of a horse eligible for higher grades. That is when you will often see them exposed, excitably shooting for the moon. In his campaigning of Winning Express, then, Ed McMahon must be commended in both raising and lowering the stakes.

Sky Lantern (L) powers past the field to win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

Lantern shines for Hughes to dispel doubts
and frustration

1,000 Guineas heroine gains spectacular win in Coronation Stakes under trademark ride

Glory for Queen – and King of Ascot

Estimate lands first Gold Cup for monarch after emotional triumph for Henry Cecil's Riposte

James Doyle on Al Kazeem (right) collars Mukhadram, ridden by Paul Hanagan, to land the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

James Doyle treble rallies home spirits at Royal Ascot

Al Kazeem spearheads 892-1 three-timer for jockey after Irish again claim early success

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