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Gold Cup champion trounces Irish challengers to become clear favourite to retain Festival crown

King George VI Chase: Long Run has the stamina to trump Cue Card

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US waiting to see if online bet is a winner

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 The shares duly raced even further ahead of a 950p indicative offer that was withdrawn in May by a major shareholder in cahoots with private equity.

Star turn: Cue Card and jockey Joe Tizzard outstay the chasers at Haydock Park

Cue Card leaps into Gold Cup reckoning

To his already numerous proven positive qualities, Cue Card has now added the priceless one – for a chaser aiming for the greatest glory come March, anyway – of stamina.

Paul Nicholl's 12-year-old Tidal Bay can add the Betfair Chase to his winning tally

Veteran Tidal Bay can floor top chasers and have his day as punters’ best friend

He has won 15 races and amassed total prize-money of more than three-quarters of a million pounds.

Veteran Tidal Bay can floor top chasers and have his day as punters’ best friend

He has won 15 races and amassed total prize-money of more than three-quarters of a million pounds.

James Moore: Betfair takeover deal fell at the last hurdle, but the sport is not over yet

After a big song and dance about how Betfair could be a winner without CVC's anabolic steroids, the gambling firm started playing footsie with its stalker over the weekend.

CVC given extra 24 hours to make improved Betfair bid

Punters gambling on a takeover of Betfair were given some hope after a put-up-or-shut-up deadline imposed on private equity firm CVC was extended for a day – at Betfair's request.

James Moore: Clever Breon Corcoran is a winner for Betfair

Outlook Betfair's Breon Corcoran produced the best possible response to the private-equity sharks circling the company he runs. The betting exchange operator issued a trading statement that surprised on the upside, a welcome change for those investors who bought in when it floated at £13 a share.

Betfair lifts forecasts to fend off CVC bid

Bid target Betfair disappointed investors hoping for a quick cash payout, as the online gaming house set out its defence against CVC.

Betfair dismisses £910m bid but it’s still 'game on'

Betfair oday dismissed a £910 million takeover bid from a consortium led by CVC Capital Partners, but the City continued to assume that the gambling group is now effectively “in play” following the offer.

John Ferguson delays picking Festival thread for Cotton

His first Festival as a jumps trainer could hardly have left John Ferguson better versed in the extremes of his new calling. He arrived at Cheltenham with a strike rate that reflected the high standards – both in the quality of horses, and their preparation – he had introduced from his continued service as bloodstock manager to Sheikh Mohammed. But he came away only with bittersweet satisfaction: in one of the novice hurdles, Cotton Mill had still been going great guns when running out at the second last; while New Year's Eve ran a blinder in the bumper, only to bump into a Willie Mullins special.

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse in action against Metalist Kharkiv

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A look ahead to tonight’s Europa League fixture at the Metalist Stadium

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If you’ve doubled your money on William Hill I wouldn’t blame you for taking some profits
Alasi (centre) upstages 4-9 shot Champion Court at Kempton yesterday

Flemenstar to pass the stamina test

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