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Bunting adorns Ladies' Day party with battling Yorkshire Oaks win

Most people have already abandoned the Ladbrokes St Leger to Sea Moon, runaway winner of his trial here on Wednesday. The favourite must still prove his stamina for the extra 572 yards at Doncaster, however, and proceedings yesterday left no doubt that Blue Bunting will be on his case in that regard.

Wizz Kid has the legs of Hoof It in Nunthorpe

The prospect of Mick Easterby saddling a Group One winner at his big local meeting – in the colours, moreover, of Lee Westwood and Chubby Chandler – is too delicious for many to concern themselves with the odds against Hoof It in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York today. He certainly warrants a crack at an elite prize, after thriving so extravagantly in handicaps, and should cope with the return to five furlongs after travelling so powerfully over a sixth.

Twice value to outshine Midday and Dawn

The maddening reality, for those seeking to contrive a formal narrative for the calendar, is that the ancestral peregrinations of the Victorian gentry have bequeathed one pretty hard to improve on. After taking in Epsom and Royal Ascot during the London season, and Goodwood in time for Cowes, they would suspend the persecution of grouse on the nearby moors for a spot of racing at York. That legacy is cherished by all those, from every rank of society, to whom the Ebor meeting remains a delightful ritual of the sporting summer.

Census looks Classic class on a gloriously grey day

The show yesterday may have been at Newmarket, with the spectacular annual race for grey horses, but the substance was at Newbury where Excelebration and Census once again emphasised the superior quality of this year's crop of three-year-olds and, in the former's case, one three-year-old in particular.

Cowell hopes Prohibit will keep sprint title off limits to his rivals

With the search for a sprint star still on, the spotlight will be on next week's Nunthorpe Stakes at York and, in particular, the latest Group One-winning speedster to put a newly gained reputation on the line. Step forward Prohibit, who made his first appearance at the top level in this country a winning one when he beat one of Australia's best, Star Witness, fair and square in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Simcock's Dream can stay ahead of his rivals

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Injury brings abrupt end to Canford Cliffs' career

Champion older miler's retirement kills hopes of a rematch after rout by Frankel at Goodwood

Harbour offers view from Cliffs for Hannon

Richard Hannon, despondent and defiant after the defeat of Canford Cliffs on Wednesday, can cheer himself up today with a colt who could yet develop into a successor to his stable star. Harbour Watch runs in the same colours, and the early signs are that he will prove another advertisement for the champion trainer's tried-and-tested system. By a young commercial sire, and bought in the middle tier of the yearling market, he made a striking debut at one of Hannon's favourite tracks, Salisbury. He then pulverised some smart types at Newmarket, bursting four and a half lengths clear of Burwaaz.

Fox Hunt's love of the chase suggests he is ready to go distance

To reach for the stars is not always as remote an ambition as Frankel made it seem yesterday. Today's two big races, lacking truly dominant operators in their very different disciplines, could both demonstrate the proximity between the top handicappers and the ostensible elite.

Frankel takes the breath away as Cecil acclaims 'best I've seen'

Canford Cliffs left trailing by a stunning five lengths in Sussex Stakes victory which confirms colt's reputation

Strong Suit's success only underlines weak point in Canford case

Today is not the first time Richard Hannon has reckoned he might have a shot at ending Frankel's perfect record. The champion trainer took him on at Newbury in April, and was mystified to see Strong Suit fold so tamely. A wind operation since, however, has permitted the chestnut to show his true colours – and a dashing success on the first day of the meeting here yesterday ensured that Richard Hughes, in particular, will be full of confidence when he meets Frankel this afternoon.

'Duel on the Downs' will prove the worth of Cecil's jewel Frankel

Privilege tends to bring its own burdens, and there must be times when Tom Queally wonders whether even the horse of a lifetime can be worth quite so many fleeting irritations. In what amounts to the most momentous test of their respective abilities, so far, Queally is charged with preserving Frankel's unbeaten record at Goodwood today. And seldom can any jockey have been preceded into a big race by such a clamour of unsolicited, thumbs-behind-braces opinion.

Angus Fraser: Magnificent to see such a diverse crowd on magical day at Lord's

What struck me was the age of those queuing. Not octogenarians queuing for a seat in the pavilion, these were young men, teenagers, children with parents

Trip and track look tailor-made for Strong Suit to take honours

Fiorente should continue his upward curve in the Gordon Stakes on opening day of Glorious Goodwood

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