The John Gosden-trained The Fugue has a good record fresh

Fugue best played at rapid tempo for Royal Ascot

Gosden filly can spring surprise against Derby winner Camelot and his Curragh conqueror

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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Sir Henry Cecil

Legendary Newmarket trainer Sir Henry Cecil dies

Cecil was crowned champion trainer 10 times

Sir Michael Stoute wants to ease the highly rated Telescope back

Sir Michael Stoute pulls Telescope out of Royal Ascot return

Those who were looking to Telescope to emerge as one of the stars of the season must wait a while longer to refocus their hopes. After some twinkling homework on the Newmarket gallops, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt galloped as swiftly up the betting for the Derby, only to defect from the Epsom showpiece with nine days to go because of a sore shin. Now he will miss his chance to shine at Royal Ascot, too.

Air of glory brings cheer for Godolphin

Nobody is deceived that Godolphin's reputation can be restored overnight but Saeed bin Suroor at least made a perfect start to his temporary tenure at Moulton Paddocks when Air Of Glory – a first runner from the stable since it was relicensed – won a maiden at Lingfield.

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.

Clare Balding with the special award for outstanding achievement in factual presenting, one of two special awards for this year (Ian West/PA)

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