Hannons' horse-trading puts flesh on the dream

So here they all were again, the agents and trainers and pin-hookers, appraising adolescent horses against their own, sober budgets and the deranged monologue of the auctioneers. While some had already been skirmishing overseas, in France or America, for many British and Irish professionals yesterday marked the resumption of a cycle as perennial and perplexing as migration: the yearling sales, this gruelling, addictive ritual, where over the coming weeks millions of pounds will ferment in the interstices of romance and commerce.

UK boy killed by polar bear named

A 17-year-old boy who was killed by a polar bear in northern Norway was named by the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) today as Horatio Chapple.

More headlines

Workforce still struggles to match Arc expectations

Connections of Workforce have long reserved the right to keep prevaricating until this morning. All being well, however, it has generally been assumed that the Derby winner would ultimately take his chance in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday. Then, yesterday, Betfair punters suddenly allowed a colt quoted as short as 5-1 by bookmakers to trade at 14-1.

Stoute thinks of Workforce in wake of Harbinger blow

Sir Michael Stoute remains top of the trainers' table but this week must feel like the nadir of his season. On Saturday his blossoming champion, Harbinger, broke down in the course of what should have been a perfectly innocuous workout. Then, on Monday, his stable jockey had a fall at Windsor and suffered a wrist injury that yesterday remained ominously vague in extent. Ryan Moore has given up all his rides until Friday at the earliest and may lose critical ground in his pursuit of Paul Hanagan in defence of his own title.