Royal Ascot: Cracksman can show his champion form

JOHN GOSDEN is confident that Cracksman will show champion qualities in today’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes – Royal Ascot’s day two highlight – and show why he should be regarded as Europe’s top middle-distance horse.

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Blue Point ridden by jockey William Buick wins the King's Stand Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.

Royal Ascot: Buick is ecstatic as Blue Point wins first Group One

WILLIAM BUICK and Charlie Appleby have always held Blue Point in the highest regard since the horse’s breakthrough win at York two summers ago.

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Honour guard:  Andrew Thornton after his last ride as a jockey as he retires at Uttoxeter. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Stay loyal is the message as Andrew Thornton hangs up his boots

IT was apt that the unheralded Amirr should be the 1,007th – and final – winner in the career of jump racing’s elder statesman Andrew Thornton before hanging up the riding boots this week.

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David Griffiths: Happy to engage William Buick.

David Griffiths reunited with Derby hero William Buick

IT is entirely fitting that newly-crowned Epsom Derby-winning jockey William Buick should partner Duke Of Firenze for Bawtry trainer David Griffiths in today’s feature sprint at Haydock.

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Trainer Karl Burke.

Beverley win can propel Life of Riley towards Royal Ascot date

KARL Burke’S team hope Life Of Riley can book his place at Royal Ascot by winning one of Beverley’s feature races of the year.

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Winner: William Buick celebates his Epsom Derby success on Masar.

Mark Johnston eyes St Leger after going close in the Derby

WILLIAM BUICK’S joy at Masar’s shock success in the Investec Derby – the most significant win in the jockey’s career – contrasted with Yorkshire trainer Mark Johnston’s frustration after Dee Ex Bee finished a creditable second in Epsom’s showpiece race.

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William Buick riding Masar (L, blue) wins The Investec Derby during Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Yorkshire's Dee Ex Bee finishes a gallant second in Investec Derby at Epsom

YORKSHIRE’S Investec Derby runner Dee Ex Be finished a gallant second in Flat running’s blue riband race at Epsom.
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Oisin Murphy and Roaring Lion won York's Dante Stakes last month.

The Derby: Lion-hearted Murphy aiming for further landmark win

IT is a measure of Oisin Murphy’s meteoric rise that he is riding Roaring Lion – the Investec Derby second favourite – less than five years after winning his first race.

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William Buick rides Wild Illusion in the Oaks today.

Chance of hat-trick for Buick in Oaks

WILLIAM BUICK has endured a long wait for a third Classic since winning back-to-back renewals of Doncaster’s St Leger with Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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Frankie Dettori hopes to win a third Derby on Saturday.

All systems go for Hazapour in the Derby, claims Frankie Dettori

FRANKIE Dettori is expecting a “massive run” from Hazapour in the Investec Derby after travelling to Ireland to partner Dermot Weld’s charge in a gallop.

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Connor Murtagh rides Spinart at Beverley looking to improve on Catterick effort.

Trainer Pam Sly hopes ‘quicker and stronger’ Spinart can prevail at Beverley

PAM Sly has fond memories of Beverley Racecourse – her last winner at the track was Speciosa, who prevailed in August 2005 before landing the following year’s 1000 Guineas.

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Laurens ridden by PJ McDonald wins the bet365 Fillies' Mile during day one of the Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Big lure of Parislongchamp tempts Laurens and Burke to France

KARL BURKE sees the Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary as “a good opportunity” to make Laurens a dual Group One winner when his stable star runs at ParisLongchamp tomorrow.

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James Reveley has now won France's premeir jumps race for three consecutive years.

James Reveley equals racing history in France with third Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris win on the spin

NORTH YORKSHIRE jump jockey James Reveley equalled racing history by winning the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris for a third successive year.

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Young Rascal and James Doyle, left, exercise with a stable companion during the 'Derby Breakfast with the Stars' event (Picture: PA).

Young Rascal leaves William Haggas hopeful of second Derby win

IT IS more than two decades since William Haggas won the Epsom Derby at the first attempt, with Shaamit prevailing back in 1996.

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Rhododendron, ridden by Ryan Moore, seen winning the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes during the Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury on Saturday (Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire).

Aidan O’Brien’s genius leads to Newbury triumph for Rhododendron

AIDAN O’BRIEN’s continued pre-eminence as the world’s top Flat trainer can be explained, in part, by the unrivalled quality of bloodstock produced each year by the Coolmore Stud.

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Frankie Dettori performs his flying dismount after Stradivarius won the Yorkshire Cup.

Dante Festival: Maestro Dettori gets a real tune out of Yorkshire Cup victor Stradivarius

IT’S horses like Stradivarius that help to keep Frankie Dettori young – and racegoers demanding a flying dismount after every big race success.

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Officials at York say they are confident they have the measures in place to maintain control on race-day.

York insists security measures 'in place' to avoid any repeat of disgraceful race-day violence

York racecourse believes it has measures in place for this week's Dante meeting to prevent the scenes which created unwanted headlines at Goodwood and Ascot recently.

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Wells Farhh Go ridden by David Allan (left).

York-bound Wells Farhh Go could be tailor-made for St Leger

TIM EASTERBY believes the St Leger could be the ultimate target for top prospect Wells Farhh Go.

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Forest Ranger and Tony Hamilton surge clear at Chester.

Eclipse is the next target for Fahey’s Ranger

RICHARD FAHEY has signalled the Group One Coral-Eclipse Stakes as the high-profile target for his middle distance star Forest Ranger.

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Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go in winning form at York last season.

Easterby’s course specialist to race against the big guns

TIM Easterby’s course specialist Wells Farhh Go is among 15 
confirmations for next Thursday’s Betfred Dante Stakes at York.

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