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For neither the first nor the last time on a racecourse, the sound of bubbles bursting was the accompaniment to the cheers for the big-race winner. Here yesterday you could add the riffling of racecard pages as those in the grandstand checked the identity of that unheralded beast in mauve who had just shot clear of his rivals through the final furlong of the 2,000 Guineas. The answer was 33-1 shot Makfi, the sole French raider in the line-up. Nearly four lengths behind him the even-money favourite St Nicholas Abbey could do no better than sixth.

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Dick Turpin takes advantage of hanging rival

The search for a wonder horse to follow in the hoofprints of Sea The Stars by winning the 2,000 Guineas came to nothing in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury yesterday. True, Canford Cliffs, who had looked an exciting prospect when he ran away with last year's Coventry Stakes, did finish a full seven lengths clear of his old rival Arcano. But he was half a length behind his own Richard Hannon stablemate Dick Turpin, who nicked victory in the final strides.

Elusive Pimpernel short of Abbey class

Irish colt fails to inspire 2,000 Guineas confidence despite Craven Stakes win

Ballydoyle stars take up the baton

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EMI vows not to sell Abbey Road

The ailing music group EMI has vowed not to sell London's Abbey Road, the recording studio made world famous by The Beatles, following months of intense speculation that it could be offloaded.

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Musical supremo Andrew Lloyd Webber has joined the battle to save the historic Abbey Road studios, revealing he would like to buy it.

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Sacred Hearts, By Sarah Dunant

The realities of convent life are recorded in the final volume of Sarah Dunant's richly evoked Renaissance trilogy. Set in one of Ferrara's more exclusive nunneries, the novel recounts the fate of Serafina, a reluctant sixteen-year-old novice shut away after an ill-advised flirtation with her music tutor.

Error delays payments for Abbey customers

Thousands of Abbey current account customers are facing delays in receiving their salaries and benefits following a technical error at the bank.

Questions Of Cash: 'I have been hit with excessive hire car charges'

Q. You helped me get my Barclaycard bill below its credit limit (Questions of Cash, 14 November), but now Barclaycard tells me I have been paying for PPI for years when the policy did not cover me. HA, London.

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Gordon Brown and David Cameron apologised after suggestions that they competed for photo opportunities at a Remembrance Day service attended by the Queen, it was revealed today.

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