Outlook Over to a business that works, in the form of Betfair. It looks like a winner. The gambling company jumped to the head of the field by trouncing the City's profit forecasts and handed out sugar lumps to the shareholders in its stable with a chunky dividend hike. The shares duly raced even further ahead of a 950p indicative offer that was withdrawn in May by a major shareholder in cahoots with private equity.
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Sunday 19 June 2011
Thursday 16 June 2011
Fame And Glory continued Ballydoyle's great tradition in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Sunday 12 June 2011
There are many fun ways to choose which horse to put your money on at this week's Royal Ascot: you could study the form and weather conditions; you could close your eyes and use a pin to pick a pony; or you could – and this is one for the real aficionados out there – choose according to which jockey's silks you like best.
Saturday 11 June 2011
Never mind the horses... Master milliner Stephen Jones tells Susannah Frankel why Royal Ascot is hat heaven.
Tuesday 07 June 2011
A week today, on the opening afternoon of the Royal Ascot meeting, stand by for what seems to be developing as a freak show. First up will be the explosive 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel, a horse who has attracted that particular f-word more than any other this season. And on the same bill is Junior, to whom that and other f-words have been applied for some time.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
As though goaded by the example of Goldikova, who had registered a 13th Group One success on the other side of Paris the previous afternoon, Sarafina yesterday showed that she may also be maturing into a formidable force on Europe's elite stage with an impressive performance in a Group Two race at Saint-Cloud. Unlucky in running when third to Workforce in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last season, Sarafina is now 10-1 from 12-1 with Ladbrokes to make amends this autumn. Trained for the Aga Khan by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Sarafina had shaped well on her reappearance and this time smoothly disposed of Announce, a well regarded filly in the care of Andre Fabre. She will now return to the top grade, with the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud among her options.
Sunday 15 May 2011
Friday 01 April 2011
Wednesday 18 August 2010
Saturday 07 August 2010
Wednesday 28 July 2010
Two colts apparently tower above the rest in the biggest race of the week, but there is a corresponding polarity in the betting, and backing either for the Sussex Stakes today will be a nervy business. Canford Cliffs is odds-on, after coming of age in devastating fashion at the Curragh and Royal Ascot, but needs to improve again to surpass the performance of Rip Van Winkle in this race last year. It is difficult, however, to know whether the latter is likely to run up to that form after a tame run at Royal Ascot last month.
Saturday 19 June 2010
The actor Martin Clunes may have made his name as one of the Men Behaving Badly, but he was on his best behaviour yesterday as he arrived for the fourth day of Royal Ascot.
Thursday 17 June 2010
Royal Ascot was a riot of colour today for the annual festival of fashion that is Ladies' Day.
Saturday 12 June 2010
My parents were ... everything to me. They sacrificed so much for my education and together they showed me each and every day what it takes to be a proper, respectful and decent human being.
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