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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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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.

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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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