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1. David Beckham retired from  professional football in May, but  for which team did he make his  last appearance?

Queen guaranteed £35m 'recession-proof' income

The Royal Family is to receive a recession-proof financial deal that guarantees it an annual income of around £35m in future years.

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.

O'Brien takes the lead to master young devil

Await The Dawn on track for Breeders' Cup Classic but only after a display of both tantrums and talent

It's official: Ascot just ain't posh no more

With images of brawling, tattooed men disfiguring Ladies' Day, Matthew Bell muses on the changing of the Season

Brian Viner: The joy of what's overheard

Those of us long-sufferers who regularly rely on Britain's benighted railway network to get from A to B, preferably not via C, let alone with buses laid on from D to E, all have our pet irritations. One of my latest is the failure, more often than you'd believe possible, of the seat reservation service.

Business Diary: Jumping the gun on King's honour

The Governor of the Bank of England was widely referred to yesterday as Sir Mervyn King – not least because the Bank itself now gives him that title on anything it publishes. But hasn't it rather jumped the gun? King was only knighted in the Queen's Birthday honours last week and hasn't yet been to the Palace for his investiture. Until he has seen Her Majesty, shouldn't he remain plain Mr King, rather than Sir Mervyn?

Pletcher filly looks More Than Real deal for Coronation prize

Absurdly, three of the seven Group One races staged at Royal Ascot this week were over within 80 minutes on Tuesday. Sure enough, not a single Group One winner is on view today, with just three of the fillies lining up for its only elite contest having even made the podium at that level.

Fame and Glory wins Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

Fame And Glory continued Ballydoyle's great tradition in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

Rain fails to spoil Ascot Ladies' Day fun

The rain threatened to make Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot a wash-out today - but dedicated followers of fashion refused to let the weather spoil their fun.

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

Golden Lilac lands second Classic to star in Fabre and Guyon's four-timer

Lest we forget, Mickaël Barzalona is not the only young jockey flourishing under the tutelage of André Fabre. Yesterday Maxime Guyon showcased his somewhat more pugnacious style as the 22-times champion trainer of France saddled yet another Classic winner, Golden Lilac in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly. Guyon and Fabre would proceed to scoop all three of the other Group races on the card, so corroborating Frankie Dettori's recent assertion that France now has the strongest group of jockeys in all Europe.

Get set to doff your cap to these Aussie raiders

Hat-trick is on the Royal Ascot cards as Star Witness, Hinchinbrook and So You Think have the speed to stun the Poms

Portfolio: Emil Hartvig

There are many fun ways to choose which horse to put your money on at this week's Royal Ascot: you could study the form and weather conditions; you could close your eyes and use a pin to pick a pony; or you could – and this is one for the real aficionados out there – choose according to which jockey's silks you like best.

Stephen Jones: 'Champagne is far more fun with cheap crisps than canapés'

My earliest food memory... Eating ice-cream. I grew up in the Wirral in the mid-1960s and because my father was a refrigeration engineer, we had a freezer at home. We were the only family I knew who had one, and we'd always have a tub of ice-cream, which was the most unusual thing on the planet at the time.

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