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Hannon relishes stopping Frankel

It will be one of those races where ample fascination is vested in the horses themselves. Even so, the showdown between Frankel and Canford Cliffs at Goodwood next Wednesday gains greater resonance still from the men supervising their preparation.

Workforce rallies to press Abbey for favouritism in King George

Good horses, and good jockeys, always deserve a second chance. Such, at any rate, appeared to be the consensus yesterday regarding three of the best horses in Prince Khaled Abdulla's racing empire. Workforce was in heavy demand for what suddenly looks a vintage running of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday – a year after his mysterious failure in the same race. Twice Over, meanwhile, heads to York on the same afternoon with Henry Cecil eager to disregard a no less uncharacteristic exhibition at Royal Ascot last month. And the same trainer is also giving unqualified support for his stable jockey, Tom Queally, as they prepare for Frankel's big showdown with Canford Cliffs at Goodwood next week.

Meandre win makes France's day

National honour was upheld on Bastille Day when André Fabre won the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris for an 11th time last night. The trainer of Pour Moi has now introduced another three-year-old to the equation for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, run over the same course and distance in October, after Meandre cut down the front-running Seville for a decisive success.

O'Brien hunts Treasure in Paris

To the few with sufficient imagination not to have dismissed the idea as hopelessly quixotic, when it was switched from Wednesday to Saturday, the French today show how our Derby might feasibly have been staged at an evening meeting. The Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, nowadays their closest approximation to a Derby, enables patriots of the French Turf to celebrate Bastille Day with a sunlit soiree in the Bois de Boulogne.

Queally plays it cool for hot Frankel showdown

Not even Frankel will shift at the sort of velocity Tom Queally achieved yesterday, when blurring around the motor circuit at Goodwood in an Audi R8 sportscar at 150mph. But Queally is guaranteed whiter knuckles still when he rides the unbeaten colt in his next engagement, just up the hill, a fortnight tomorrow.

Frederick Engels' class disarms mutinous Soldier

His proletarian name notwithstanding, David Brown must have one of the fathers of communism spinning in his grave. Having once mucked out stables for Dick Hern – a retired major, of course, and stickler of the old school – Brown became such a proficient capitalist that he was able to retire from the steel business four years ago to become a trainer in his own right. And now he is turning a colt named Frederick Engels, running in the silks of a wealthy young sheikh, into a new darling of the sport of kings.

Roman Soldier can steal historic march on Engels

Gratifying as it was to see a colt named Frederick Engels win the Windsor Castle Stakes, of all races, he may struggle to open up a new front in the class war at Newmarket today. It is true that the overall ambience at this meeting is a good deal more relaxed than Royal Ascot, both on and off the track. And the way Frederick Engels has thrived for a small, northern stable shows that his handlers need only equality of opportunity to storm the Turf's bastions of privilege. But the fact remains that he may have his work cut out to follow up in the TNT July Stakes.

Star Witness primed to give conclusive evidence

If, as it is said, timing is everything in life, then those who have brought high-class Australian sprinter Star Witness halfway round the world are cutting it fine enough.

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Watson the perfect gent pursues his old interests

The term dual-purpose usually refers to a beast who shows his talent both on the Flat and over obstacles. But for Winker Watson, the jumping side of the versatility equation has a whole different connotation. His appearance in Saturday's July Cup at Newmarket, his second run after two years off the track, would be an ambitious enough comeback in itself, but is made the more unusual by the fact that the six-year-old has spent two seasons on duty as a stallion.

So You Think and O'Brien totally eclipse the doubters

Ex-Australian star may take on old rivals at home after clear-cut defeat of Workforce

So You Think stakes his claim to global greatness

Ballydoyle's champion Australian import downs mighty Workforce in epic

Heffernan takes charge on So You Think for Eclipse

Seamie Heffernan was named yesterday as rider of the hot favourite So You Think in tomorrow's Eclipse Stakes. He replaces Ryan Moore, who was beaten on the ex-Australian superstar at Royal Ascot last month and will be on the horse's perceived chief rival Workforce in the Sandown showpiece.

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