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

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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.

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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

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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.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 10 July 2012

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