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

Ladbrokes buys Betdaq for €30m

Ladbrokes has snapped up Irish betting exchange Betdaq for €30m (£25m) to boost its online business.

Cause of Causes (right) has enjoyed three wins in four runs

Cause for celebration after Elliott turns Flat flop into Festival Supreme prospect

Cheltenham on the cards as Irish novice hurdler shows raw courage to match a fancy pedigree

Highland Lodge revels in testing underfoot conditions

Highland Lodge offers an inviting refuge before the big freeze closes in

Lavelle's smart novice chaser can enhance Festival credentials against Warwick rivals

James Moore: Betfair sees the odds written on the wall

Outlook Breon Corcoran today waved a white flag that Betfair ought to have hoisted a long time ago.

Betfair's chief starts to rein in costs

Betfair's chief executive, Breon Corcoran, will outline a strategy of cost cutting on Thursday, following his recent decision to withdraw from Germany and not to enter Greece.

Lindegaard appears to be United's new first-choice

Football needs a gay 'hero' says Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard

Danish keeper understands difficulty for homosexual footballers to come out

Ruby Walsh riding Silviniaco Conti clear the last to win The Betfair Steeple Chase at Haydock

New star Conti is foot-perfect

Kauto Star and Silviniaco Conti shared the applause at Haydock yesterday, the former as he led the parade of runners before the Betfair Chase, the latter after he picked up the baton from his now-retired Paul Nicholls stablemate by winning the Grade One three-miler. And the old superstar should have thoroughly approved both the result and its execution as the young pretender Silviniaco Conti followed in his hoofprints in consigning Long Run to second spot with a virtually flawless round of jumping.

Go Native

Go Native: Hurdler dies after breaking leg on gallops

It is no trite ambition, seeing such good horses venture onto such awful ground, to ask only that the likes of Long Run and Finian’s Rainbow complete their comebacks tomorrow in one piece.

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama at the conclusion of the debate in Denver, Colorado

Nervy, halting, distant, and bureaucratic. This wasn't Obama's night

Barack Obama called it “a terrific debate” in his closing statement last night. But he’d be hard pressed to find any Democrats who agree.

Peter Schiergen: German trainer’s hopes for the Arc have been ended by an outbreak of EIA in Cologne

Danedream denied Arc defence by infection scare

Disaster struck Danedream last night when her defence of Europe's richest prize was derailed by an outbreak of an infection at her local racecourse. Officials said that the filly, who had been due to return to Paris on Sunday as one of the favourites for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, will not be allowed to travel. In the bigger picture, the outbreak of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) is a calamity for the German racing industry.

Betfair hits out at William Hill over levy row

Betting exchange Betfair hit out at William Hill yesterday as it thwarted the bookmaker's latest attempt to make thousands of its customers pay the UK's horseracing levy.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 12 July 2012

Hudson Jeans may be sold

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 11 July 2012

Permira pulls the plug on Iglo

Odds are against Betfair as Cyprus plans to ban exchanges

The word controversial is never far away from Betfair, the online betting exchange which allows users to act as bookies by "laying" horses to lose as well as backing them to win. It is the latter which causes a fuss, most recently in Cyprus where the Government has included provisions in a crackdown on online gambling that appear aimed directly at the company.

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