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The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 28 August 2013

Rooney accepts stay at United as tension remains

Wesley Ward: The US trainer plans to return to Royal Ascot next summer with No Nay Never

Kingman to stake claim as John Gosden's heir apparent

Summer's last will and testament was signed off on the July Course at Newmarket last weekend at the end of a dank afternoon with a performance by McFly. Autumn and the purer fare of the Rowley Mile, for all the controversial changes to the calendar, are nigh, with a new Classic generation rising.

The Fugue sounds out Arc de Triomphe chance

Trips to Paris and California are on the agenda for The Fugue after she bounced back to her brilliant best in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York today.

Declaration Of War (centre) proves too strong for Trading Leather (right) and Al Kazeem in the Juddmonte International

Declaration wins fresh battle in war of attrition

O'Brien compares York International victor to his old warhorse Giant's Causeway for toughness

Montiridge (black cap) finishes in front at Goodwood yesterday

Glorious Goodwood: Hot Snap set to bring Sky down to earth

Nell Gwyn winner can overturn Classic form and cause rare reverse for Hannon and Hughes

Richard Hughes delivers Toronado (right) to land the Sussex Stakes

Glorious Goodwood: Toronado puts Dawn in shade as Richard Hughes pounces with panache

Hannon colt strikes late to defeat Guineas winner at third attempt in 'Duel on the Downs'

Convincing tale: Novellist adds another chapter to his burgeoning story with a handsome five-length victory under Johnny Murtagh in the King George at Ascot

Novellist delivers brilliant sequel

Third-choice jockey Johnny Murtagh targets literary double in Arc, having already won it on Dylan Thomas

Mahmood al-Zarooni has been banned for eight years

Godolphin will face no further doping charges

Report finds Mahmood al-Zarooni's assistant Charlie Appleby was unaware of what was going on

Leading Light will spearhead Aidan O’Brien’s St Leger challenge

Leading Light illuminates O'Brien St Leger chances

Ruler of the World and Trading Leather, the English and Irish Derby winners, were conspicuous by their absence at today’s entry stage for the St Leger, connections opting  instead to go the Irish Champion Stakes route and a drop back in distance. However, a profusion of  prospective late-bloomers stood their ground for the Doncaster classic,  including no fewer than 12 from Aidan O’Brien’s powerful stable.

Cirrus Des Aigles could gain an edge if Ascot's showpiece is run on soft ground Saturday

Storms will be a King George fillip for Cirrus

It was a King George who described an English summer as “three fine days and a thunderstorm”, so it seems somewhat appropriate that this hot spell is about to give way to heavy rain as Ascot prepares to stage the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.

Dank winning at The Curragh

Stoute scores at Curragh but British raiders flop in France

Though Britain’s premier league fillies were firmly repulsed by Chicquita in the Irish Oaks on Saturday, at least the second division came home with some honour from The Curragh yesterday.

Talent springs a surprise in the Oaks at Epsom at the end of May

Oaks star has Talent to make it a double

Irish hopes look shaky as Epsom winner puts reputation on the line  at the Curragh

Elusive Kate (left) and Sky Lantern in a close-run finish at Newmarket

Sky Lantern team reawaken pursuit of Elusive victory

Hannon swayed by pressure to appeal against controversial Falmouth Stakes ruling

Lethal Force, left, wins the Darley July Cup under jockey Adam Kirby

‘Amazing’ Lethal Force speeds away to Newmarket course record

Of the weekend’s July Cup heroes, Lethal Force was easily the most  relaxed yesterday. The four-year-old enjoyed a lazy lead out to stretch the limbs that had carried him to his record-breaking Group One victory and a prolonged pick at grass to settle his rather fizzy mind, then spent the rest of the day chilling in the cool of his box. Meanwhile his trainer Clive Cox, after sorting out his entries for the rest of the week – it’s back to bread and butter at Lingfield on Wednesday – fielded interminable phone calls of inquiry and congratulation.

Elusive Kate (left) holds Sky Lantern in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket yesterday

Gale Force Ten to prove fresh force in sprint ranks

O’Brien’s Jersey Stakes winner has the pace to beat speedsters at their own game in July Cup

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