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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

Go electro alfresco with pop duo

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

A golfing break in Spain

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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker