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Racing: Italians present clues for Epsom

MOONAX, Overbury and Time Star can supply some valuable Derby hints when they line up for the pounds 236,807 Italian version at the Capannelle, Rome, tomorrow. Moonax ran five lengths second to Broadway Flyer in the Chester Vase and will be coupled in betting with Sheikh Mohammed's other runner, Overbury, who was beaten a short head by Foyer at York last time.

Racing: Carson in control for Derby: Erhaab outstays Mister Baileys in the Dante Stakes to put his veteran rider in line for a fourth victory in the Blue Riband at Epsom

WITHOUT dreams, Willie Carson would be retired. Now into his sixth decade, the only spur that drives the Scotsman is that he may accumulate yet more Classic winners. This perseverance may now bring Carson a fourth Derby following the Dante Stakes victory of the new Epsom favourite, Erhaab, on the Knavesmire yesterday.

Newsbrief: Flasher threat

Police are advising women to avoid confronting flashers after a woman was raped in a north-west London underpass. The 34-year-old victim was grabbed from behind and raped by a man who exposed himself in a pedestrian walkway only yards from the busy Mill Hill Broadway.

Racing: Flyer passes audition: Vase winner puts on a pleasing show but the Derby winner may still be waiting in the wings

SHERGAR, were he still with us, would surely have snorted with contempt as comparisons were drawn here between the great horse and Broadway Flyer, yesterday's winner of the Chester Vase.

Competition: Oleanna offer: two for the price of one

DAVID MAMET'S Oleanna caused more arguments at dinner parties than any West End play for years. Few couples broke up after an evening watching, say, Jeffrey Archer's Beyond Reasonable Doubt (unless one half wanted to know why the other had bought the tickets in the first place). But if the rumours are true, Mamet's slippery take on the sex war has single-handedly doubled the divorce rate. And even though it's been claimed that the men who shouted 'Kill the bitch' on the first night were plants, Oleanna clearly had a profound effect on its audience. This was at least partly due to the acclaimed original cast; but new leads Denis Lawson and Michelle Fairley have brought fresh impetus to the piece. Now you can test your relationship by buying two tickets for the price of one: simply ring the Duke of York's on 071-836 5122 and give the correct answer to these two questions. Isabel Lloyd

Departures: Broadway melody

A FREE ticket for a Broadway show is included in Bon Voyage's (0703 330332) New York weekend packages until the end of February. For pounds 349 travellers receive two nights' accommodation in a central Manhattan hotel, and return flights as well as show tickets.

Out of America: Blacks bank on theatre of hope

WASHINGTON - If singer Jenny Holliday, the star of your show, turns up an hour and a quarter late on opening night, even steely- nerved impresarios will reach for the Valium. And even assuming it had started on time, this particular production of Ain't Got Long To Stay Here, described as a musical tribute to Martin Luther King, was not headed for immortality.

ROCK / The harder they come

IT'S getting on for 11.30pm in the lobby of a medium-sized Bayswater hotel. The mood is one of mild consternation. Down the road in Hammersmith, trouble has flared outside Le Palais as demand for tickets to the Champions in Action ragga show has vastly exceeded supply. Upstairs Tiger, the night's main attraction, is without his stage clothes. The suit-man called round earlier in the evening but neglected to drop off the requisite finery. Tiger, left frantically ironing his own shirts, is said to be 'vexed'.

Obituary: Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes, actress; born Washington DC 10 October 1900; married 1928 Charles MacArthur (died 1956; one son, one daughter); died Nyack, New York 17 March 1993.

COMPETITION / Let's put the competition on right here]

WE HAVE the latest batch of CDs on the Sony Broadway label to give away: The Sondheim Songbook, The Comden and Green Songbook, Two by Two, Irene, Raisin, Ballroom, Here's Love, Cole Porter's Aladdin, Do I Hear a Waltz?, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman, Bajour, The Apple Tree, The Girl Who Came to Supper and West Side Story.

Dress down at the cheap end of town: Forget Bloomingdale's: if you are looking for fashion in New York, hit the bargain basements downtown, advises Roger Tredre

I went into Manhattan to shop. By the end of the week, I had been no more than half an hour in each of the upmarket department stores of Bloomingdale's and Bergdorf Goodman. But I had spent entire mornings wandering around the second-hand fashion shops of downtown Manhattan.

THEATRE / The truth in several slippery forms

A BROADWAY director is rehearsing a racially mixed company which includes a white ingenue who does not know the difference between up and downstage. He drops a screwed-up piece of paper to show her where to stand, and then tells another actress - who is black - to pick it up. 'I ain't no janitor,' she snaps, only to find herself glaring into his approving smile. He has tricked her into expressing an emotional truth.

CLASSICAL MUSIC / Vaughan Williams goes to Broadway

THE NEW Oboe Concerto by Dominic Muldowney is not the 'yuppie trash' I heard it summarily branded after its premiere at the Barbican on Wednesday. Yuppies, if they still exist, would be confounded by the ceaseless rhythmic displacement of a 25- minute score that rarely gives an unequivocal first beat in the bar. But easy listening isn't far from its agenda, and it must have disappointed anyone who came to the performance - by the LSO, with its own Roy Carter as the soloist - expecting epic virtuosity. What they got instead was a temperate cantabile in something like the light pastoral tradition of Vaughan Williams but with a French refinement in the scoring and a background tapestry of objets trouves: fleeting resonances of Broadway tunes, waltzes, cabaret vernacular that catch the ear like conversations in a crowded room but retreat into the hubbub before you can make sense of them.

THEATRE / Dancing in the lobby: Paul Taylor reviews Tommy Tune's Broadway musical Grand Hotel at the Dominion Theatre

TWO MEN are doing a stunning Charleston routine together, the debonair young Baron dancing with such negligent ease and speed and the little Jewish bookkeeper with such characterful zest that, when they raise their champagne glasses and sing a witty song that manages to tuck in toasts from various languages, you feel quite giddy with elation. Or at least you would, if it weren't for the fact that Kringelein, the little Jew, is supposed to be dying from a terminal illness and whatever else the terminally ill may do, you know that it is only in an American musical that they would be inclined to 'dance' their troubles away.

Obituary: Georgia Brown

Lillie Klot (Georgia Brown), actress and singer, born London 21 October 1933, married 1974 Gareth Wigan (one son; marriage dissolved), died London 5 July 1992.
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