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Racing: Round up

Richard Fahey must find a jockey for the Curragh tomorrow night after John Carroll was ruled out of partnering Colours To Gold. The trainer's first-choice rider will be serving the first day of a two-day suspension, which he had thought would not come into effect until the following day.

Gamble on Transom

Transom was heavily backed yesterday for Saturday's Northumberland Plate Handicap at Newcastle. Amanda Perrett's charge was cut from 14-1 to 7-1 by the Tote and from 14-1 to 8-1 by Coral. Shaft Of Light was also well backed - from 20-1 to 12-1 - with Coral.

Flirting Around could command attention

Windsor Castle has been installed as a top-priced 4-1 favourite with William Hill and Ladbrokes - the Tote offer just 11-4 - for Saturday's Northumberland Plate Handicap at Newcastle, but value-seeking punters will be equally interested in Flirting Around, who is available at 20- 1 with Ladbrokes - Coral offer just 9-1.

Racing: Royal Ascot winner Windsor Castle may take Cole to Newcastle

The trainer Paul Cole is to delay a decision about whether to run Windsor Castle in the Northumberland Plate Handicap over two miles at Newcastle on Saturday until later in the week.

Racing: Magic returns for Godolphin

The talk about Godolphin has been so funereal recently that it was a little surprising that Team Dubai did not turn up for play this week with the accoutrements of black armbands added to their piercing Royal blue colours.

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Equestrianism: Windsor now the main attraction

The Royal Windsor Horse Show has become Britain's premier show jumping meeting this year, with the Nations Cup among the 10 international classes to be held beneath the spectacular backdrop of Windsor Castle from 14 to 18 May, writes Genevieve Murphy.

Well, hellooo! to a cosier class of camp

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Dazzle's rivals in the shade

Luke Ardley runs the rule over the leading juveniles

Racing: Khassah to take shine off Dazzle

The winning post at the end of the July Course will be the most obvious marker at Newmarket today, but by no means the only one. For many racegoers, there will be a mental milestone too, placed at the point where, with four Classics and Royal Ascot already behind, the first half of a Flat season has finished and the second can begin.

Science Museum awarded pounds 23m for new wing

The Science Museum in South Kensington is to receive pounds 23m for a new wing devoted to contemporary science, medicine and technology, it was announced yesterday.

Tourists warm to great outdoors

Last summer's high temperatures brought a significant increase in the number of people visiting outdoor attractions, it was revealed yesterday.

Polo club blaze

Police investigating the fire on Saturday at the Guards Polo Club, near Windsor Castle, have not ruled out arson. "We don't know how it happened and until we do, we are treating it as suspicious," a Thames Valley Police spokesman said. More than 30 horses stampeded after being rescued from the blaze and it took more than five hours to round them up.

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