Sport Irish trainer Willie Mullins must choose between several Festival targets for Annie Power, pictured

Annie Power, unbeaten in eight starts, goes on trial at Cheltenham on Wednesday in the Dornan Engineering Hurdle, but nobody seems really sure which Festival race she is on trial for.

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Annie Musselman first came across the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center by happenstance: on finding a sick pigeon wobbling around her home city of Seattle in the US, she called the emergency services. Moments later, she received a call from a man at Sarvey – 50 miles away – who said he'd be there within the hour.

Cirrus Des Aigles could gain an edge if Ascot's showpiece is run on soft ground Saturday

Storms will be a King George fillip for Cirrus

It was a King George who described an English summer as “three fine days and a thunderstorm”, so it seems somewhat appropriate that this hot spell is about to give way to heavy rain as Ascot prepares to stage the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.

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.

Frankie Dettori seeks a first Group One win since his return

Maureen can deliver Frankie Dettori redemption at Royal Ascot

Hearts will rule many heads tomorrow, albeit resistance should perhaps be fairly minimal anyway after events here. For it is not just sentiment that will unite punters behind two Warren Place runners who seek to emulate the success of Riposte. The form book, after all, gives Joyeuse and Disclaimer strong claims – quite apart from the air of destiny preceding both. But that does not alter the fact that those hard enough of heart might find better value elsewhere.

Book review: Rook, By Jane Rusbridge

Excavating buried pasts to soothe unhappy souls

Liber Nauticus is 7-2 for the Oaks despite a laboured win at York

Nauticus finds it far from plain sailing in Investec Oaks trial

If this was supposed to be the preliminary sketch for an Epsom masterpiece, then for now Liber Nauticus remains closer to an oil tanker than a dashing ocean clipper. Nonetheless she finds herself disputing favouritism for the Investec Oaks, bookmakers having taken an indulgent view of the heavy weather she made of her trial here.

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A jockey rides Hong Kong’s racehorse ‘Joy And Fun’ trained by Derek Cruz on the track of Meydan racecourse during preparations for the Dubai World Cup

Dubai the ideal habitat for Animal Kingdom to thrive

Adaptable US runner can lift World Cup while Bancnuanaheireann offers value in Lincoln

Uncomfortable: Vanderbeke’s darkly comic tale succeeds as an allegory for political tyranny

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Dinner time for daddy makes your flesh creep

Donald McCain: Musselburgh has met the trainer’s request for a race to suit Overturn

Musselburgh trials lure star turn

Musselburgh trials day does not quite have the same ring to it as Cheltenham trials day, but racing is nevertheless most grateful to the enterprise shown at the Scottish racecourse and those at other venues responsible for keeping the jumping show properly on the road over the next few days.

Channel 4’s Clare Balding talks to trainer Nicky Henderson

Chris McGrath: New C4 team should not shut the stable door on horseplay

View From the Sofa: McCririck has gone, raging impotently against the dimming of the studio light

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Sea bass with mussels and prawns

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Dry rivers kill rare mussels

The best site for the freshwater pearl mussel – supposedly the reason Julius Caesar invaded Britain – has been seriously damaged by low flows in the Cumbrian river.

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