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.
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Wednesday 19 June 2013
She may own the stage, but thoroughbreds are too addicted to improvisation to permit even the monarch to write the scripts. So while the royal colours are carried on Ladies' Day by the Gold Cup favourite, Estimate, those punters driven by profit – rather than patriotism – should perhaps pledge allegiance to one of the foreign invaders instead.
Tuesday 11 June 2013
Astonishing highs and lows are staples of the racing world. But the story of Sir Henry Cecil, the champion trainer, who died today aged 70, is remarkable for its swings of fortune both on and off the turf.
Tuesday 11 June 2013
Cecil was crowned champion trainer 10 times
Saturday 08 June 2013
Between Epsom last weekend, and Royal Ascot on Tuesday week, an inevitable suspension of quality today produces one of the quieter Saturdays in the calendar.
Wednesday 05 June 2013
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.
Monday 03 June 2013
Prix du Jockey-Club winner can rival Derby victor as Dettori suffers disappointing day
Saturday 01 June 2013
As every trainer knows, when you win a race in which you have two runners you must always go and deal with the beaten owners first. And that applies especially when they have just written out a fat cheque for a half-share in a Classic favourite, only to see her run down in the final furlong by your other filly. Sure enough, Ralph Beckett was yesterday alive to his obligations as he celebrated a dramatic consolidation of the breakthrough he made here five years ago.
Wednesday 29 May 2013
Disgraced Godolphin trainer decides to abandon plea against length of eight-year ban
Wednesday 29 May 2013
Al Zarooni was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses
Saturday 25 May 2013
With just a week remaining until the greatest race on British turf, much of the build-up has been culpably diverted to a jockey now depending for a mount on the indulgence not only of the regulators, but also of trainers and owners. For even if Frankie Dettori duly regains his licence next week, the timetable would make it impossible for him to ride before the very eve of the Investec Derby.
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Seven more horses exposed in doping scandal but Bin Suroor yard is given all-clear
Saturday 18 May 2013
Heavy support during the week suggests a new officer is ready for promotion to the elite corps at Ballydoyle.
Monday 13 May 2013
Since agreeing to part company, last autumn, Frankie Dettori and Godolphin have each been tainted by unexpected scandal. Both, however, are now hoping for a fresh start. Next Monday, Dettori returns from a six-month drugs ban for his first freelance mounts following nearly two decades with Godolphin. In the meantime, however, Sheikh Mohammed’s elite stable – rocked by an eight-year suspension for the trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni, over the administration of anabolic steroids – is itself beginning to stir back into life. Saeed bin Suroor, the trainer who had been leapfrogged by Zarooni prior to his former assistant’s disgrace, hopes to resume business as usual at Newbury on Saturday by winning the JLT Lockinge Stakes for a fifth time.
Saturday 11 May 2013
Cumani colt can prove Classic credentials against dominance of O’Brien contenders
Thursday 09 May 2013
The least they deserved, huddled against the vile rain and wind, was a proper Epsom colt – and that is exactly what the shivering Ladies' Day crowd saw, by name and nature, in Ruler Of The World. Mind you, his runaway success in the MBNA Chester Vase represented only a first increment in Ballydoyle's resistance to Dawn Approach. The Investec Derby favourite is trained for Sheikh Mohammed by Jim Bolger, once mentor to Aidan O'Brien. With the Ballydoyle trainer still to try out various candidates at Lingfield, Leopardstown and York, the likely loss of Kingsbarns – still struggling to get over his setback – is not going to prevent an intriguing Derby stand-off between the sheikh and his traditional adversaries at Coolmore Stud.
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