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Safe return the only aim for Gold Cup winners

Though only four horses contest the big race at Punchestown today, two of them happen to be Cheltenham Gold Cup winners. Both War Of Attrition (2006) and Kicking King (2005) have shared many travails since their moment of glory, however, so much so that Mouse Morris yesterday confined his comeback ambitions for War Of Attrition to finishing "in the first four". "He's been off for a long time and the main thing is he comes back in one piece," the trainer said, adding that the heavy ground will not be ideal either.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/cash-and-foetal.html">Adrian Hamilton: Cash and foetal</a>

That was the response of one trader asked by a client what position he should take as markets collapsed round the world this week. Good advice.

Hamilton is happy to join Mauger at Welford Road

The former All Black wing Scott Hamilton says he is looking forward to linking up with his former Canterbury and Crusaders team-mate Aaron Mauger when he joins Leicester in November. The 28-year-old has confirmed that he will leave for Europe at the end of the current Air New Zealand Cup competition. He will join the Guinness Premiership side on a two-year deal.

Preview: Electric picnic, Stradbally Village, Nr Dublin

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Bermudan insurer buys Goshawk

Shareholders in Goshawk Insurance were offered the chance yesterday to sell out of the company following a catastrophic five years that has seen the Lloyd's of London insurer lose more than 90 per cent of its value.

Eaves thrown at line

There was drama yesterdaty in the opening race at Hamilton where Verinco ditched his rider Tom Eaves yards from the line when looking certain to win. The horse was more than a length in front with the post in sight when he pricked his ears and jinked to the right, causing Eaves' exit.

Paperbacks: Provided You Don't Kiss Me, by Duncan Hamilton

Duncan Hamilton's greatest achievement in this story of his "20 years with Brian Clough" is in conveying why the hard-drinking, unpredictable, foul-mouthed manager was so likeable.

New Zealand v England: Join in with our experts

England's first Test against New Zealand gets under way in Hamilton tonight, London time. Starting at 8m tomorrow, Wednesday, our acclaimed writers Angus Fraser and Stephen Brenkley will be here discussing the game live online - and you're invited to join them. Gus and Stephen's webchat will kick off tomorrow at 8am - CLICK HERE to find out what they think of the opening day, and have your say.

Strongest May cyclone on record rocks China

Typhoon Chanchu reached southern China at more than 100 miles an hour, killing 11 people and forcing more than a million to flee as the storm swept through coastal regions.

Sleepover: The San Roque Club

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Bermuda: Sun may finally set on the oldest part of the Empire

After 400 years, Bermuda is considering cutting its ties with Britain, reports Andrew Buncombe. It continues the domino effect of neighbouring colonies turning away from the mother country

Ice-cool Hamilton conjures thrilling finale to epic Open

Todd Hamilton, an American who has learned his craft around the world, became the second unexpected winner of what is often referred to as the "World's Open".

Hamilton enjoys view from the summit after trek from the elephant's graveyard

Todd Hamilton, the American who is more familiar in Japan than in his home country, went head to head with Ernie Els yesterday, and not only did he outscore the great South African but he mastered Royal Troon as well.

Grimes out of Test after appeal fails

Matt Williams, the Scotland coach, yesterday reacted with anger and disappointment to the decision of the International Rugby Board's commission to dismiss Stuart Grimes' appeal against a two-match suspension.

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