Gold Cup champion trounces Irish challengers to become clear favourite to retain Festival crown
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Sunday 21 November 2010
Defending a crown generally brings more pressure than challenging for one, so both relief and pleasure washed round Haydock's winner's circle yesterday after the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Imperial Commander, opened his season with an authoritative success in the Betfair Chase. The nine-year-old, ridden by Paddy Brennan, took control of the three-mile contest after the first circuit and, though tiring on the testing ground in the closing stages, held Tidal Bay's late flourish by a length and a quarter.
Wednesday 17 November 2010
Tom George, trainer of the Betfair Chase third favourite Nacarat, is relishing the dashing grey's return to the top level in Saturday's Grade One feature at Haydock. The nine-year-old warmed up for his meeting with Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Imperial Commander with a convincing victory at Wetherby last month and has, apparently, been sparkling at home since.
Tuesday 16 November 2010
Two of the Turf's biggest names went back to basics yesterday. First connections of Kauto Star rejected a hazardous experiment in his historic bid for a fifth consecutive success in the William Hill King George VI Chase, deciding to keep him fresh for Kempton on Boxing Day rather than take in the Hennessy Gold Cup en route. And then Johnny Murtagh, who had announced his departure from Ballydoyle a week previously, cast that decision in a fresh light by accepting a contract to ride the 120 horses trained for the Aga Khan in Ireland.
Sunday 07 November 2010
Much talk of how Antonio Horta-Osorio, the dishy Portuguese set to take charge of Lloyds Banking Group, might change the bank's culture once he's mounted the black horse.
Saturday 06 November 2010
An item in Chris McGrath's column, 'Vested interests of sport's rulers will turn turf into wasteland' (30 October 2010), commented on Paul Roy's position as chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, a member of the Horseracing Betting Levy Board and a partner of NewSmith Asset Management LLP, in the context of his company's investment in the recent flotation of Betfair. The article may have been taken to suggest that Mr Roy was guilty of providing insider knowledge in relation to the investment in Betfair. We now accept that any such suggestion was without foundation. We apologise to Mr Roy for this suggestion.
Sunday 31 October 2010
Maypole Group, the Aim-listed hotelier, was forced into administration last week after "Clydesdale Bank, bankers to the company and its subsidiaries, demanded repayment of its loans".
Monday 25 October 2010
Identifying the best wager to become available on the Turf over recent days is very much a matter of disposition. To the more jaundiced eye, for instance, the bet of the season was also the most flagrant one – made, when Betfair shares were floated on the Stock Exchange on Friday, by fund managers working under the British Horseracing Authority chairman. To the sort of romantics who backed the evergreen Monet's Garden at Aintree on Saturday, no doubt, a more edifying investment now would be Cue Card, who made a dynamic hurdling debut at the same track yesterday and is now generally 6-1 favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. To patriots, in turn, maybe confirmation that Workforce will contest the Breeders' Cup Turf makes 13-8 too good to resist. To those simply attempting a clinical judgement of value, however, the most fertile prospect to emerge from the weekend is a horse who instead appeared to have his limitations exposed.
Monday 25 October 2010
Daphne Guinness, the brewery heiress, now lives in a rather swanky apartment on New York's Fifth Avenue, where she has a bit of a legal problem, the New York Post reports. Her neighbours, Karim and Tina Samii, who own the $12m (£7.7m) flat downstairs, are suing her for repeatedly flooding their place with overflowing bath water. The couple claim it's happened four times in the past two years.
Sunday 24 October 2010
Metalloinvest, run by Arsenal FC's billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov, is in talks to sell a stake in the mining giant to Japan's Mitsui ahead of a London listing next year.
Saturday 23 October 2010
Betfair stormed on to the Stock Exchange yesterday, finishing the first day of conditional dealings up, with the shares ahead by 250p at £15.50. The stock made its debut at £13.00.
Tuesday 19 October 2010
Monday 18 October 2010
Shares in Betfair, the world's largest online betting exchange, are set to be priced at close to £14 when they debut on the stock market this week – valuing the company at nearly £1.5bn.
Monday 11 October 2010
Sunday 10 October 2010
Betfair, the soon to be floated betting exchange, has drawn up plans to move its business offshore.
Sunday 10 October 2010
Another week, another meeting between BG Group (British Gas in old money) and Prince Andrew, our special representative for international trade and investment. The company has a rather cosy relationship with the Duke of York, having met him three times in five weeks early this year.
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