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The heart may want Somersby to win Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot as a timely tribute to Terry Biddlecombe, who died two weekends ago. But the head says Sire De Grugy.

Turn on, tune in, and let the radio bring the world to your home

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Betfair looks to regain its winning streak

The City is wondering if the betting exchange has lost its way, and not just its CEO, since last year's IPO

O'Brien entrusts Abbey to son and heir apparent

A race that could scarcely accommodate any fresh intrigue obtained a mildly sensational new dimension yesterday when the final declarations were made for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. As expected, the big prize at Ascot tomorrow is all about quality, not quantity. Only five runners stood their ground, including the Godolphin pacemaker. Few, however, had envisaged the possibility that one of the key protagonists might be partnered by a teenage apprentice who will not, in contesting so prestigious a prize, be permitted to use his claim.

Debussy the prelude to Rewilding's challenge

The use of pacemakers in high-class races has its contentious aspects but, if deployed in the correct spirit, they can contribute not only to a true test but the best of spectacles. There is little more exciting on the current sporting agenda, for instance, than the sight of Mark Cavendish being towed to triumph by his faithful HTC-Highroad train on sprint finish stages of the Tour de France. And, more appositely for this page, their use in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes of 1975 produced an epic.

Nathaniel ready for bold tilt at the King George

When bookmakers made him favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger, connections of Nathaniel were adamant that their colt had still bigger fish to fry. Sure enough, yesterday they revealed that they are giving earnest consideration to paying £75,000 to supplement him for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Leroy Cudjoe: The wing's speech: How Giant came to terms with his stammer

Huddersfield playmaker tells Dave Hadfield why this is his first interview and how he used a film as inspiration to reach his goals

Workforce to face O'Brien quartet in Eclipse

a small but perfectly formed field is set to assemble for the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday, with six of the eight left in the race yesterday representing two camps.

Diary: When Ed took a leaf out of Comical Ali's playbook

Father's Day found the nation's paterfamilias and his would-be replacement on captivating paternal form. We'll touch on the Prime Minister after doffing the cap to Ed Miliband, who told The Independent on Sunday that all residual fraternal tension has evaporated. "I'm just going to say," said Ed of his relationship with David, "that we have moved on." "Both of us," he soon went on, "have moved on." "I think what I would say," he added for clarification, "is that both of us have moved on." Tremendous. Who doesn't love a mantra from the Comical Ali playbook?

Middle-distance great Mtoto dies

Mtoto, one of the most popular Flat horses of his day, has died, aged 28.

Matthew Norman: When it's a game without rules, chaos is inevitable

It can be no more right for an MP to make an imbecile of the law than for a judge to criminalise 75,000 Tweeters who ignored his injunction

James Lawton: Now we see the real use of the whip – to drive a horse past endurance

The sight of two dead horses under tarpaulin covers was not so unfamiliar and when jockey Peter Toole was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head injuries it was another reminder that the collateral damage of a race like the Grand National can be both severe and unavoidable.

Master Minded dazzles at new specialist subject

Paul Nicholls has been wondering where he might find a horse to tackle Long Run, now that the new champion has deposed his stalwarts, Kauto Star and Denman.

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