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.

Marco Botti: Moved stables in Newmarket and hopes to end up at the Breeders’ Cup this year

Botti backs Planteur to make flying Flat start by conquering the World

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.

Donald McCain was pleased with Ballabriggs’ Aintree prep run

Flat converts promise to fulfil aim to prosper at Festival

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.

Tidal Bay was forced to pull out of the Grand National yesterday

Fracture forces Tidal Bay out of Grand National

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.

Strictly offers a silver lining

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: Owner Sheikh Mohammed ended the rider’s 18-year retainer this autumn

Frankie Dettori backed to return stronger than ever after being hit with six-month ban for failing drug test

Jockey failed a random drugs test at Longchamp in September

Frankie Dettori failed a drugs test at Longchamp in September

Dettori case 'does not mean drugs are rife'

Newmarket is no 'den of iniquity', says racing's chaplain on fears raised by jockey's positive test

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Leather looks tough enough to trade blows with Kingsbarns

Bolger's Derby hope has beating of inexperienced favourite in final Group One of British season

Frankel routs his rivals at York in August

Frankel retires unbeaten with 14 wins in as many races

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.

Dawn Approach wins the Dewhurst Stakes under Kevin Manning

Godolphin principles prove subject to change

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.

Jim Bolger saddles top juvenile Dawn Approach in the Dewhurst

Bolger's approach yields dividends in autumn of career

Irish ally of Turf's rival superpowers poised to land fifth Dewhurst victory in seven years

Super sub: Camelot will be Frankie Dettori's 25th consecutive ride in the Arc as Joseph O'Brien is too heavy

Age barrier between Camelot and history

O'Brien will have his faith in his 'wonder' horse severely tested in a difficult challenge on a tricky course in Paris

Camelot has been handed a favourable low draw tomorrow at Longchamp

Dettori aims to profit from experience and good draw to steer Camelot home in Arc

Lucrative weekend of racing, but sums pale in comparison to Tuesday's £50m yearling auction

Heavens replaces her brother for Arc

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.

Godolphin’s Certify wins the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket yesterday

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