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Frankie Dettori may not return in time for the Epsom Classics

Frankie Dettori’s hopes of Derby comeback fade

With just a week remaining until the greatest race on British turf, much of the build-up has been culpably diverted to a jockey now depending for a mount on the indulgence not only of the regulators, but also of trainers and owners. For even if Frankie Dettori duly regains his licence next week, the timetable would make it impossible for him to ride before the very eve of the Investec Derby.

Camelot, ridden by Joseph O’Brien, wins at the Curragh

Camelot renews quest in triumphant style

The return to action of a Derby winner is always a matter of moment, particularly one with the charisma of Camelot, who seemed to be involved last year in more tales and trials than any knight of the table round. The colt, bearer of the Ballydoyle arms, so nearly achieved the holy grail of the Triple Crown, narrowly denied the final leg, the St Leger, by a Godolphin rival trained by the now disgraced Mahmood al-Zarooni.

Mile looks making of Moohaajim against unbeaten market leaders

Betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas is so skewed towards the two favourites that neither retains any vestige of value.

Caviar trainer, Peter Moody, denies steroid use

The first Classics of the season, at Newmarket this weekend, cannot come soon enough to stem the noxious tides of the Godolphin steroids scandal. Ripples of suspicion have extended so far across the Turf over the past 10 days that a backwash of resentment has now been drawn all the way from Australia.

The British Horseracing Authority depicted and dismissed Mahmood al-Zarooni as such a flagrant aberration that he could barely be sane

Chris McGrath: As long as horses have vets, and vets have syringes, zero tolerance has zero credibility

Mahmood al-Zarooni himself would not have been in breach of the rules in Australia, home of a series of powerfully built Royal Ascot raiders in recent seasons

TV presenter Clare Balding will receive a Bafta in recognition for her broadcasting efforts during the 2012 Olympic games

Clare Balding to receive special TV Bafta for Olympic coverage

Clare Balding will receive a special Bafta for outstanding achievement in factual presenting in recognition of her coverage of the Olympics.

Winning Habit: Tony McCoy, with his daughter Eve, holds the jockey’s trophy at Sandown

Double standards on use of steroids

Australia's stance on drugs a world away from here as sport struggles to put scandal behind it

Henry Cecil, by Brough Scott

"That's Henry Cecil… he should have retired years ago." The words of a young trainer drifting across the Heath at Newmarket must have stung, but during Cecil's dog days in the Noughties it was not an isolated view.

Another triumphant raid for O'Brien

Whatever differences may persist between them elsewhere, on Dubai World Cup night at least Coolmore and the Maktoums seem to have become best of enemies. Since finding the prize-money at Meydan too lavish to resist, three years ago, his patrons have sent Aidan O'Brien to the homeland of their traditional antagonists with decorous compliments and sharp racehorses.

Animal Kingdom strides out to victory in Dubai under jockey Joel Rosario

Animal Kingdom supreme beyond all borders

Dubai Cup winner provides a glorious example to all would-be rulers of racing across the world stage

A jockey rides Hong Kong’s racehorse ‘Joy And Fun’ trained by Derek Cruz on the track of Meydan racecourse during preparations for the Dubai World Cup

Dubai the ideal habitat for Animal Kingdom to thrive

Adaptable US runner can lift World Cup while Bancnuanaheireann offers value in Lincoln

Brae Hill (right) won the Lincoln last year, though in dry conditions – the Town Moor track actually had to be watered

Swiftly Done can sneak wet Lincoln

To think that some of these jockeys will be riding in Dubai next weekend.

Frankel’s charisma had a redemptive quality, sealing the resurgence of his trainer

Magical memories of 2012 - Racing: 'Frankel enlarged life's comfort zone for us all'

22 August: Juddmonte International Stakes; Frankel finally goes the full distance

France’s Freddy Head hopes a hot pace will suit Moonlight Cloud

Wise Dan looks too clever for Excelebration in the Mile

They did not dare send Frankel here, but at least we have his representative on Earth. And success in a vintage Breeders’ Cup Mile would certainly seal the emergence of Excelebration from the shadow of his nemesis. After all, remarkably enough, he arrives here with the highest official rating of all the horses Aidan O’Brien has run at the Breeders’ Cup.

Devastated John McCririck hits out at Channel 4 'ageism' as he's sacked by 'audience research'

A devastated John McCririck, the longtime face of Channel 4 racing, has launched a scathing attack on the channel's bosses, accusing them of “ageism” after he was sacked from the station's line-up.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness