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.

Earl's £100m housing plan is a non-starter with racing elite

The plan is so unpopular locally that it handed election victory to the Earl's nemesis, Rachel Hood, a lawyer married to the Newmarket trainer John Gosden

Richard Fox

Richard Fox, who died in West Suffolk Hospital aged 57 on 28 June after spending almost two months on a life-support machine, was a former jockey popular with trainers needing a good rider capable of making a low weight. The Irishman had been in a coma since 30 April, when he hit his head in a fall while shopping in his home town, Newmarket.

Simcock thinks his high hopes for Dream can become reality

David Simcock, whose faith in Dream Ahead was justified on Saturday, reported the July Cup winner to be in top fettle yesterday morning before turning his own attention to the other sporting occasion in his weekend diary. He was the first to admit that, as a cricketer, he falls well short of Group One standard and sure enough, as he turned out for a Newmarket XI in a charity match against the Lord's Taverners, his bowling ("slow right arm, erratic") did no damage.

Gimcrack painting fetches £22.4m at auction

Already laying claim to one of the longer names in art, a George Stubbs painting picked up one of the biggest price tags ever attached to a British painting – £22.4m – when it went up for auction last night.

Watson the perfect gent pursues his old interests

The term dual-purpose usually refers to a beast who shows his talent both on the Flat and over obstacles. But for Winker Watson, the jumping side of the versatility equation has a whole different connotation. His appearance in Saturday's July Cup at Newmarket, his second run after two years off the track, would be an ambitious enough comeback in itself, but is made the more unusual by the fact that the six-year-old has spent two seasons on duty as a stallion.

Workforce flexes muscles for Sandown showdown

The big showdown between Workforce and So You Think at Sandown on Saturday has been viewed with remarkable conviction by ante-post punters, who have unequivocally rejected last year's Derby and Arc winner.

Owen's Panther favourite for German goal

Michael Owen has more than once been a thorn in the German side, most notably perhaps when he scored a hat-trick in that memorable 5-1 World Cup qualification victory in Munich.

Overturn favourite for Plate follow-up

As widely expected, the Derby third Carlton House was confirmed yesterday for the Irish version of the Classic on Sunday at the Curragh, good news for those who have supported Britain's chief hope for the Group One prize to 5-4 favouritism this week. But less welcome to punters were the tidings of a well-fancied horse who had been set to make the journey across the Irish Sea in the opposite direction. The Co Tipperary-based Mount Athos, one of the market leaders for tomorrow's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, was not among the final field of 20 for the marathon. "The ground is a bit slow, the forecast isn't great, and he wants it quick" explained trainer David Wachman.

Cecil set to celebrate knighthood with regal display from Frankel

Sensational 2,000 Guineas winner heads international cast of star milers on first day of the royal meeting

Missing you already: What happens when the football season ends?

A period of mourning and weeks of sub-standard summer sport, argues Stan Hey

Patient Simcock dares to Dream

Of all the virtues in the possession of a racehorse trainer, patience is generally the one most sorely tested. Right now, the Job of his job is Newmarket-based David Simcock, who has under his care a colt of rare talent, one who was last year rated the equal-best of his age in Europe. The trouble is, though, that his charge operates best on ground with some yield to it, so that while the other joint juvenile champion Frankel has made hay, in the form of his brilliant 2,000 Guineas victory, during the driest of springs, Dream Ahead has yet to embark on his three-year-old career.

Native Khan ready to follow up trail blazed by Frankel

Kieren Fallon clearly doesn't fancy his chances, but there are plenty of others who reckon that even a comprehensive defeat for Native Khan in the season's first Classic represents the best form in the field today.

Frankie Dettori: 'I worry about getting old. I want to go on until I'm 50'

The Brian Viner Interview: The jockey has plenty of causes for concern – the passage of time, young rivals, Arsenal's recent implosion – but for now he's focused on tomorrow's 2,000 Guineas

Johnston signs up for Butler's raid on American prize money

In a departure that dovetails the willingness of both men to experiment, Mark Johnston yesterday revealed that he is sending a horse to be trained by Gerard Butler when his rival opens a satellite stable in North America next week. Butler, who is flying half a dozen horses from his Newmarket stable to Chicago on Wednesday, has won the attention and admiration of Johnston in boldly seeking better prize money for his patrons. And, with a corresponding disdain for orthodoxy, the record-breaking Middleham trainer has decided to transfer one of his own horses to share the adventure.

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