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A former international badminton player who became a bodyguard and close friend to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei abused her position to steal diamonds worth £11.6m from her “extremely wealthy” employer, a court heard yesterday.

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FRANCK BOURNY, who was a working pupil with Mark Todd for two years, advanced from his overnight fourth position to win the Blenheim International Horse Trials yesterday after a clear show jumping round on Mallard's Treat.

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Equestrian: King back in big time

MARY KING'S two Olympic prospects, Star Appeal and King Solomon III, return to the three-day event scene when they compete for the PERA Global Masters title, at the Burghley Pedigree Chum Horse Trials, which begin today at Stamford in Lincolnshire.

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THE DEATH of 30-year-old Polly Phillipps brought the Scottish Open Championships to a tragic and premature end yesterday at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder in the Scottish Borders.

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THE DEATH of the British international horse rider Polly Phillipps brought the Scottish Open Championships to a tragic and premature end yesterday.

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Equestrianisn: Word For Word gives Todd his third Open

MARK TODD secured his third British Open title at Gatcombe - and his first for 10 years - when he rode the New Zealand-bred Word for Word to victory yesterday at the British Horse Trials Championships.

EQUESTRIANISM: Overesch shows her mastery

BETTINA OVERESCH set sail around the cross-country course here yesterday, when she took advantage of a good dressage and clear show jumping round to win the Pedigree Chum Masters Section of the Cornbury Park Horse Trials on the sprightly 16-year-old Watermill Stream.

Equestrianism: Cove inquiry centre stage

BOARD MEMBERS of the British Horse Trials Association were in conference for hours here yesterday afternoon as the inquiry into the Coral Cove positive dope test case reached its final stages.
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