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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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