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Petara Bay faces Royal Ascot fitness workout

Robert Mills is hoping conditions at Royal Ascot will be suitable for his stable stalwart Petara Bay in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. The eight-year-old stayer faces a crucial workout today ahead of the marathon contest as he has been off the track since winning a 14-furlong handicap at Glorious Goodwood last summer.

Bolger's Classic hopes Dawn early

Such is the nature of the game, barely have the tweets about the Derby vanished into the ether than there is chirruping about the 2013 Classics. After winning his first two races, the Irish colt Dawn Approach was the subject of some tentative trading for the 2,000 Guineas next May; now, after making it three from three at Naas yesterday, he is quoted at 14-1 as the early market leader in some bookmakers' lists.

Carlton House won in convincing style at Sandown last night

Carlton House gets Diamond Jubilee off to right royal start

A year after he proved unequal to the weight of patriotic expectation at Epsom, Carlton House last night did his duty on his return to action on the Betfair card at Sandown. His owner begins her Diamond Jubilee tomorrow by attending the Investec Derby as usual, and while Carlton House could manage only third when favourite for that race 12 months ago, his comeback in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes suggested that he could yet make the grade in elite company.

Caspar Netscher has thrived on a busy campaign

McCabe's Caspar Netscher strikes a Classic blow for Camelot's also-rans

Camelot so bestrides the Investec Derby that some bookmakers now offer odds that would qualify him as the hottest favourite since Tudor Minstrel was beaten at 4-7 in 1947. Only 11 other colts were left in the race yesterday, four of them from the same stables in Co Tipperary, and he is just 8-13 with Betfred to win on Saturday.

Protester denies Boat Race public nuisance charge

The swimmer who brought this year's Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt has denied causing a public nuisance.

Brown Panther (left) challenges to win at Chester last year

Rooney may not score but Chester is always a winner

For all the delights that qualify the next three afternoons at Chester as a defining ritual of the British Turf, it must be admitted that the city's racecourse was not especially designed with rain in mind. But then nor was it obviously designed for horseracing, either, this dizzy circuit crammed between the city walls and the River Dee – and that does not stop it being a roaring success.

Fiorente has been working well this spring

Flat out of winning ideas? Here's 10 to beat the bookies with this season

On the eve of the first Classic, Chris McGrath finds some lesser lights it will pay to follow

Colour Vision (right) won at Kempton yesterday

Godolphin aim for Classics on two continents

Though the stable has failed to muster a starter in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, the changing complexion of Godolphin still leaves much to anticipate. For one thing, Mahmood al-Zarooni has two strong chances in the fillies' Classic the following day, in Discourse and Lyric Of Light, a year after sealing his promotion to supervise a yard in his own right through Blue Bunting – who was relieving a Godolphin drought, in both the early Classics, going back to 2002.

Ektihaam wins the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup at Newbury

Bronterre looks the best on offer to give Hannon fresh Classic lift

Once again, as when Most Improved hobbled away from the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, the favourite for a key Qipco 2,000 Guineas trial has dropped out at the 11th hour. Roger Charlton has decided that it would be looking for trouble to run Top Offer in deteriorating conditions at Newbury today, just a fortnight before the Guineas, and duly scratched him from the Aon Greenham Stakes.

Grand National: The latest news and views from Aintree

Jonjo O'Neill is confident his Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Synchronised is in the form of his life as he bids to follow up in Saturday's John Smith's Grand National.

Tom Queally riding Frankel to victory at Ascot last October

Frankel and Caviar offered a £1m lure

Connections of the two most lauded racehorses on the planet, Frankel and Black Caviar, have been given a carrot of £1m to square up in a showdown that would command attention far beyond the sport's regular audience, even during the Olympics. With an aggregate of 28 wins from 28 starts between them, Frankel and Black Caviar have hitherto seemed unlikely to meet, even though the latter is being sent from Australia this summer to run at Royal Ascot. But Sheikh Fahad al-Thani, who has invested heavily in the British Turf, has now raised the stakes to a level both camps may find hard to resist.

Like a train: Premio Loco (left) wins yesterday's Winter Derby at Lingfield

Premio Loco steams in to avenge his Derby defeat

For Flat racing fans, that business at Aintree that has to be consigned to the formbook before full attention focuses on the purest form of the sport is frustratingly delayed this year; because of the religious calendar, no Grand National will ever have been run on a later date than this year's, on 14 April.

Richard Hannon’s Cai Shen is well backed but Circumvent has value

Sunny all-weather outlook for Circumvent

An exciting week for Flat racing kicks off with the climax of the Polytrack season: the Winter Derby card at Lingfield

Poet's should find true voice for second time in Celebration Mile

Scraps from Frankel's table must suffice for British punters this weekend, albeit something rather closer to a square meal is available to those broadening their horizons overseas.

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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