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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 The shares duly raced even further ahead of a 950p indicative offer that was withdrawn in May by a major shareholder in cahoots with private equity.

It's official: Ascot just ain't posh no more

With images of brawling, tattooed men disfiguring Ladies' Day, Matthew Bell muses on the changing of the Season

Fame and Glory wins Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

Fame And Glory continued Ballydoyle's great tradition in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

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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.

Hot to trot: Royal Ascot is the ultimate hat parade

Never mind the horses... Master milliner Stephen Jones tells Susannah Frankel why Royal Ascot is hat heaven.

'Brute' Junior ready for Ascot freak show

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.

Sarafina finds the silver lining at Saint-Cloud

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.

Canford Cliffs' team keen to have a crack at Frankel

Connections of Lockinge hero are relishing clash with Guineas wonder horse

Combine Strong Suit with some wild cards

As the new Flat season gets under way, Chris McGrath nominates 10 horses to follow, from Dordogne to Montparnasse

Rip Van Winkle heeds Murtagh's wake-up call

Slumbering giant of Ballydoyle recaptures top-class form with victory in International Stakes

Three Questions: Luke Nolen

Australia's leading jockey is riding in Britain for the first time at Ascot this afternoon. The 30-year-old made a remarkable comeback from injury last year, returning to the saddle after suffering seven smashed facial bones and a bruised brain in a fall at a Brisbane track in 2008.

Canford backers fear an upset in Sussex Stakes

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.

First Ladies Day, now Luvvies Day

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.

Royal Ascot a riot of colour for Ladies' Day

Royal Ascot was a riot of colour today for the annual festival of fashion that is Ladies' Day.

My Secret Life: Jeremy Kyle, chat show host, 44

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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