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Tinie Tempah was one of the celebrity names at Newbury yesterday, jockeys' temper one of the talking points. An incident in which Timmy Murphy was injured after coming to blows with fellow-rider Dominic Elsworth on Friday is to be investigated by the British Horseracing Horseracing Authority, with a hearing scheduled for Thursday. The men could face charges of bringing the sport into disrepute.

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Sue Montgomery assesses the prospects for the Hennessy Gold Cup

Coulton's chance to atone

Coulton, seventh when favourite for last weekend's Mackeson Gold Cup, has been entered for Tuesday's Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon. The race was re-opened as there were only three original entries, two of which were Travado and Martha's Son.

Racing: Riders lose appeal

The five jump jockeys who had appealed against seven-day bans for taking the wrong course at Taunton last week had their plea turned down yesterday.

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The Hidden Wiring: Unearthing the British Constitution by Peter Hennessy Gollancz, pounds 17.99

LETTER: Buck stops here - or does it?

I WAS surprised that Peter Hennessy in his article about how hard ministers work, made no mention of executive agencies ("Are they still fit to govern", 15 October). Since he was such an enthusiastic supporter of the Next Steps agency game in the past, it seems odd that he failed to mention agencies having any beneficial effect on the burden of ministers' work.

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Nolan told of secret Whitehall crisis guide control

Sir Robin Butler, the Cabinet Secretary, is coming under pressure to allow outsiders access to a hitherto little-known but potentially explosive document, the "Precedent Book", which acts as a "how to" guide for Cabinet secretaries dealing with government crises.

MARKET REPORT: LVMH expected to turn dry

The FT-SE 100 share index rose 25.7 points to 3,017.3 and the FT-SE 250 index 7.3 to 3,377.7. Share volume was 726.6 million with 21,223 bargains. Go vernment stocks were firm.

Remy shows the right spirit against counterfeiters

Distillers such as Remy Cointreau and United Distillers are spending.around 4p a bottle to produce one-way valves in the necks of bottles that let the real stuff out but defy attempts to refill them.

Racing: Crystal heads for Carolina

Crystal Spirit sparkled when winning at Cheltenham yesterday and Ian Balding's seven- year-old is now bound for South Carolina for a crack at next month's Colonial Cup Chase.

Racing: High price for top chaser

PAUL VENNER, the owner of 2,000 Guineas winner Mister Baileys, paid 60,000gns for a 40 per cent share in the leading chaser Antonin at Doncaster Sales yesterday, writes Sue Montgomery. Under the terms of the sale, the six-year- old will remain in Sue Bramall's Thirsk stable, but will carry the colours and logos of Venner's company.
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