Sport Sheikh Mohammed, pictured, said that disgraced former trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni would never work with his horses again

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has broken his silence on the Godolphin doping scandal and said that "the truth" would emerge from an ongoing inquiry.

Cecil stays level-headed while all about him lose theirs over Frankel

After maintaining his unbeaten record in such taking style in the Dewhurst Stakes, generally accepted as Europe's top race for juveniles, Frankel goes into the winter as a red-hot ante-post favourite for the 2,000 Guineas. And should he come through the close season unscathed, he will carry not only Tom Queally on his back as he canters to post for the Newmarket Classic, but the weight of hopes and expectations.

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Sizing's stamina not at fault despite defeat, says De Bromhead

An experiment with the stamina of Sizing Europe appeared to backfire yesterday when he was turned over by one of just three rivals at Punchestown. But Henry de Bromhead, his trainer, was not immediately persuaded that the horse had failed to catch China Rock through lack of stamina.

Grogan takes matters into his own hands to live the dream with Katla

One of the beauties of this game is that you cannot, whatever the marketeers insist, construct or predict a narrative, you have to wait for it to unfold. And sometimes it does to such enchanting effect that you start to believe you have strayed into the realms of fairy tale. You would swear the leprechauns had a hand in the story of John Grogan, the dairy farmer from Co Tipperary, and his filly Katla.

Hanna keeps Fairy feet on ground

Behind every star, there is an entourage, and horses are no exception. But in the case of Snow Fairy, one of the fancied contenders for Saturday's Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, to describe one of her followers as a hanger-on is by no means pejorative in tone. The dual Oaks heroine tends towards exuberant friskiness when she goes out for exercise with her trainer Ed Dunlop's string and has unseated most of those who have sat on her. The exception is Lynsey Hanna, whose sympathetic handling has given a positive direction to the filly's exuberance.

Case of St Nicholas Abbey haunts merchants of hype

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Competitive Cecil puts faith in Frankel

After four decades in the job, training legend has a glint in his eye over his potential wonder horse

Hughes' appeal over careless riding fails

Richard Hughes has been unsuccessful in his appeal against the six-day suspension he picked up at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.

Golan sets out on way to scale heights over fences

Smart hurdler scores on impressive chasing debut as Cheltenham announces new prize for novices

Stoute is calling on his Workforce to strike

The Arc has eluded the champion trainer and a heavy defeat and injury to the Derby winner must temper enthusiasm today

McMahon relies on Temple to stay on track

Though Ed McMahon could saddle his first Group One winner at Newmarket on Friday, he may face a still more momentous challenge when he gets home to Lichfield that evening. Win, lose or draw in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes, McMahon will head straight to a public meeting against a proposed high-speed railway – scheduled to slash through the heart of his gallops. One way or another, it promises to become a day of fresh perspectives on 17 years of family graft and achievement.

Canford setback robs milers' championship of cliffhanger climax

Regular punters and racegoers, and those the marketing men are trying to attract, might be forgiven for twitching an eyebrow over Canford Cliffs' eleventh-hour defection from his eagerly awaited showdown with old rival Makfi in tomorrow's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. On Wednesday morning, the Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old had apparently left scorchmarks on the East Eversleigh gallops during his final warm-up for the Group One finale to the European mile programme, but just 24 hours later a routine veterinary examination produced a slightly abnormal result, and consequently his name was not among the eight confirmed yesterday for the £250,000 contest.

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