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.

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Once again, as when Most Improved hobbled away from the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, the favourite for a key Qipco 2,000 Guineas trial has dropped out at the 11th hour. Roger Charlton has decided that it would be looking for trouble to run Top Offer in deteriorating conditions at Newbury today, just a fortnight before the Guineas, and duly scratched him from the Aon Greenham Stakes.

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Hills calls time on globetrotting career

The current focus on the racecourse is rightly on the Cheltenham Festival, which starts three weeks tomorrow, and beyond that the Grand National. But between the two great jumping meetings comes the start of the domestic Flat turf season, and one familiar weighing-room name will be absent this year. Richard Hills, first jockey to Hamdan al-Maktoum, yesterday confirmed his retirement, intending to end his 33-year career after the Dubai World Cup at the end of next month.

Harvard N Yale is just edged out by Cavaleiro in a two-year-old contest at Newbury in September

Harvard N Yale out for a Kentucky first

It may sound sacrilegious, as Kauto Star seeks another piece of Turf history at Kempton on Boxing Day, but something equally momentous might conceivably get under way 15 minutes earlier – in a £3,500 race at Wolverhampton. Few will be paying the slightest attention to Harvard N Yale, not least with the holiday programme over jumps apparently secured by a mild weather forecast. Unlikely as it seems, however, this young colt will be taking the first tentative steps towards a summit never yet scaled from this side of the Atlantic.

So You Think repels strong Fairy challenge

O'Brien's five year-old is pushed all the way by determined giant filly but holds on to land Ireland's premier 10-furlong contest

Poet's should find true voice for second time in Celebration Mile

Scraps from Frankel's table must suffice for British punters this weekend, albeit something rather closer to a square meal is available to those broadening their horizons overseas.

Fallon hits century in hot pursuit of the title

The whole dynamic of the jockeys' championship has changed since Kieren Fallon won it for a sixth time, back in 2003. Even so, the milestone he reached yesterday, when riding his 100th winner of the campaign, confirmed he could yet roll back the years at 46. Fallon still ended the afternoon 11 behind the defending champion, Paul Hanagan, but the satisfaction he would obtain from retrieving the title, after all his notorious vicissitudes, guarantees that he will be giving it everything during the coming weeks.

Census looks Classic class on a gloriously grey day

The show yesterday may have been at Newmarket, with the spectacular annual race for grey horses, but the substance was at Newbury where Excelebration and Census once again emphasised the superior quality of this year's crop of three-year-olds and, in the former's case, one three-year-old in particular.

Johnson banned for ordering 'reckless' surgery on his horses

It seems typical of racing that one of its greatest celebrations, as a game without frontiers, should be overshadowed by a reminder that the most perilous boundaries can be those closest to home.

Charlton must wait with Bated Breath

One of the leading fancies for next week's Nunthorpe Stakes, Bated Breath, is at risk of missing the York's Group One sprint feature after bruising a foot. The progressive four-year-old, who beat all bar Dream Ahead in the July Cup at Newmarket, is 7-1, challenging for third favouritism, in most lists to take the Coolmore-sponsored prize.

Lambourn legend Hills hands reins to son

Pedigrees count in this sport, and not just for the four-legged participants.

Harbour offers view from Cliffs for Hannon

Richard Hannon, despondent and defiant after the defeat of Canford Cliffs on Wednesday, can cheer himself up today with a colt who could yet develop into a successor to his stable star. Harbour Watch runs in the same colours, and the early signs are that he will prove another advertisement for the champion trainer's tried-and-tested system. By a young commercial sire, and bought in the middle tier of the yearling market, he made a striking debut at one of Hannon's favourite tracks, Salisbury. He then pulverised some smart types at Newmarket, bursting four and a half lengths clear of Burwaaz.

Balm for Godolphin but ban for footsore Dettori

The spectacle of four horses plunging towards the line together here yesterday seemed to give substance to the suspicion that the present crop of stayers, behind Fame And Glory, are a fairly anonymous bunch. It would be more charitable, however, to acknowledge that they had provided the finish of the week in the Artemis Goodwood Cup, with the official margins given as a head, neck and nose.

Henry Cecil: 'I don't like to be defeated – beat depression, get on'

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Dettori delivers Oaks redemption

Whatever Frankie Dettori's trespasses at Epsom last month, they were all forgiven and forgotten at the Curragh yesterday. After the Oaks the Italian had been, with some justification, vilified for losing third place – and the each-way bets – on the favourite Blue Bunting, whom he stopped urging prematurely near the finish. But in the Irish version of the Classic punters did not lose faith in either the filly or her partner, backed them from 11-2 in the morning to 5-2 at the off, and were rewarded, this time, by an inch-perfect display of commitment by horse and rider.

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