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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Monday 18 March 2013
Having anticipated last week for so long, some Cheltenham diehards will be appalled to discover that a new Flat season opens at Doncaster on Friday. Others, however, will recognise that so rich a banquet can only really be followed by a total change of taste – even if Town Moor is set to provide conditions better suited to steeplechasing.
Sunday 03 March 2013
Doing something different is trending at racecourses, it seems. It was good to see Kauto Star strutting his new stuff under event rider Laura Collett in the parade ring at Newbury on Saturday, even if his so-called dressage display – a few basic flatwork moves at walk, trot and canter – has as much to do with top-level grand prix work as the Shetland pony grand national franchise that does the rounds of summer horse shows has to events at Aintree. The 13-year-old, though, apparently enjoyed being the focus of adulation as much as he ever did when with Paul Nicholls.
Thursday 14 February 2013
Anyone speculating on the John Smith's Grand National should be reconciled to the danger that weeks of debate might be rendered academic when his chosen horse is brought down at the first. There none the less seemed a mildly perverse quality to the misfortune that ruled Tidal Bay out of the race – so soon after his lenient treatment by the official handicapper had caused such controversy at the unveiling of the weights on Tuesday.
Friday 18 January 2013
Between the weather and John McCririck's lawyer, the new regime at Channel 4 has endured a fairly trying start – and things get no easier today, with all jump racing lost to snow. Though the Victor Chandler Chase has been rescheduled at Cheltenham next Saturday, for now the broadcaster is left hoping for the survival of all-weather cards at Lingfield and Kempton.
Frankie Dettori backed to return stronger than ever after being hit with six-month ban for failing drug test
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Jockey failed a random drugs test at Longchamp in September
Thursday 15 November 2012
Newmarket is no 'den of iniquity', says racing's chaplain on fears raised by jockey's positive test
Saturday 10 November 2012
Friday 26 October 2012
Bolger's Derby hope has beating of inexperienced favourite in final Group One of British season
Saturday 20 October 2012
Frankel was at his majestic best as he went in retirement after making it a perfect 14 victories in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.
Monday 15 October 2012
Everyone else might take a different view, as fatal fissures seem to emerge in his long partnership with Frankie Dettori, but Sheikh Mohammed himself knows that Godolphin's riding arrangements are fairly incidental. Paying such wages, he will never lack a world-class jockey. More fundamental changes are afoot, however, in the supervision of his horses away from the racecourse. And if the Sheikh is relieved that an implied admission of failure is receiving far less attention, then that indulgence is perhaps the least he deserves for quietly grasping some pretty painful nettles.
Wednesday 10 October 2012
Irish ally of Turf's rival superpowers poised to land fifth Dewhurst victory in seven years
Sunday 07 October 2012
O'Brien will have his faith in his 'wonder' horse severely tested in a difficult challenge on a tricky course in Paris
Saturday 06 October 2012
Lucrative weekend of racing, but sums pale in comparison to Tuesday's £50m yearling auction
Friday 05 October 2012
The Turf seldom dispenses its favours evenly, but there was unmistakable symmetry yesterday to the latest twists in a topsy-turvy build-up to one of its greatest prizes. First Great Heavens was supplemented to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, as a replacement for her brother, Nathaniel, who had joined Snow Fairy and Danedream on the sidelines on Tuesday. And then Ryan Moore was given the chance to conjure a happier climax to a saga nearly identical to the one that ended in disappointment in last year's race.
Saturday 29 September 2012
The Sun Chariot Stakes is a reminder that racing is an international sport
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