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William Haggas saddles Dare To Achieve in the Bahrain Trophy

Sir John Hawkins can turn up heat at July Festival

For anyone who has wondered quite how the British Turf continues to seduce investment from the Gulf, perhaps a day at the July Festival at Newmarket might prove every bit as instructive as one spent among the pomp and pageantry of Ascot or Epsom. At a time of year when their homelands seem most arid, the sheikhs find themselves driven through avenues of trees between green paddocks to a racecourse full of shade and flowers. And if the quality of the sport is mixed, with plenty of maidens and handicaps as ballast to the elite contests, then there will be a corresponding air of relaxation over the next three afternoons – not least granted the benign weather forecast.

Doyle baron: James Doyle rides Al Kazeem to victory in the Eclipse Stakes

Al Kazeem primed for Arc raid after Eclipse triumph

The horse who has emerged as the discovery of the season continued his harvest of top prizes yesterday. Al Kazeem's decisive success in the Eclipse Stakes, his third in a row at Group 1 level, confirmed him as Britain's best middle-distance performer and a most credible candidate for the end-of-year showdown in the division, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. His purposeful progress up the rankings is now there in the formbook; his place in public affection has been slower to come but his charisma must surely now be acknowledged.

Choral Festival wins the fillies’ handicap at Windsor on Monday night, the final leg of a treble for her jockey, Richard Hughes, who reached his century for the season

Richard Hughes sets ton-up pace in defence of riders' title

While Frankie Dettori continues his mortifying hunt for a first winner since before Royal Ascot, the champion jockey himself has gained stunning impetus after ending his own frustrations at that meeting. Until overcoming a nightmare draw on Sky Lantern in the Coronation Stakes on the Friday, Richard Hughes had endured a maddening week, repeatedly finding himself stuck in traffic or caught out by the draw. As soon as Ascot was out of the way, however, Hughes promptly accumulated 20 winners in eight days – with a treble at Windsor on Monday evening completing the fastest hundred of his career.

Ruler Of The World, in the winner’s enclosure at Epsom, seeks a Derby follow-up in the Curragh today

Ruler Of The World has power to crush Libertarian again

No less than any other walk of life, it is pretty rare in racing for anyone to profess indignation when credited with a stroke of genius. Such was the case at Epsom last month, however, when Aidan O’Brien and his patrons at Coolmore maintained a scrupulous show of bemusement about a theory that their horses had collectively undermined the prospects of the hot favourite, Dawn Approach, by setting an unexpectedly slow pace in the Investec Derby.

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Win a bottle of wine

Winning Express scores in Listed company at Salisbury last autumn. She reverts to that grade today after finishing in the frame in two Group One contests

Ed McMahon lowers stakes to raise Winning chance

Many trainers with limited resources can impress at a corresponding level, but the most instructive measure of their acuity is how they set about making the most of a horse eligible for higher grades. That is when you will often see them exposed, excitably shooting for the moon. In his campaigning of Winning Express, then, Ed McMahon must be commended in both raising and lowering the stakes.

Sky Lantern (L) powers past the field to win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

Lantern shines for Hughes to dispel doubts
and frustration

1,000 Guineas heroine gains spectacular win in Coronation Stakes under trademark ride

Glory for Queen – and King of Ascot

Estimate lands first Gold Cup for monarch after emotional triumph for Henry Cecil's Riposte

James Doyle on Al Kazeem (right) collars Mukhadram, ridden by Paul Hanagan, to land the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

James Doyle treble rallies home spirits at Royal Ascot

Al Kazeem spearheads 892-1 three-timer for jockey after Irish again claim early success

Sir Henry Cecil's Royal Ascot entries will run as planned

Royal Ascot 2013: Spirit of Sir Henry Cecil alive in global carnival

Royal meeting opens with international fanfare after scandals and bereavement

Sir Henry Cecil with Frankel at Newmarket racecourse on September 29, 2012

The greatest horses trained by Sir Henry Cecil

It was announced today that the legendary trainer had passed away

Stubbs in the frame for Royal Ascot

In noting that Ruler Of The World had not been burdened with such a portentous name by accident, John Magnier apologised at Epsom on Saturday for the number of colts owned by the Coolmore partners – George Washington apart, presumably – that had failed to live up to their implicit expectations when named after American presidents. The christening of Stubbs, however, suggests that they may have a masterpiece on their hands after his impressive success at Naas yesterday.

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Epsom Derby: Dettori clears one last obstacle – and comes last (twice)

Had he known how his mounts were going to perform, he might not have been in such a hurry. As it was, Frankie Dettori encountered one authority figure too many here yesterday, when his comeback was briefly menaced with yet another delay.

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