Sport Timmy Murphy

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.

Racing: Hanmer holds key to the big prizes

THE ENTIRE shape of the ante-post markets on some of the National Hunt season's major steeplechases could change dramatically after the running of the Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase at Haydock today.

Racing: Yavana's Pace hurdle plans scrapped

Plans to send Yavana's Pace, the November Handicap winner, over hurdles this winter have been scrapped. Despite being quoted in some betting lists for the Champion Hurdle, owner John Kearney says the six-year-old will not now go jumping.

Racing: Teeton on target for Hennessy

TEETON MILL, the ante-post favourite, was yesterday given the go-ahead to tackle the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury a fortnight on Saturday. Connections have elected to go for the Hennessy, rather than the Becher Chase at Aintree a week earlier. Teeton Mill is 11-2 favourite with William Hill for the Newbury contest, for which he incurred a 4lb penalty after his victory in the Badger Beer Chase at Wincanton last Saturday.

Racing: Hennessy ban looms for McCoy

TONY McCOY, the champion National Hunt jockey, could be banned for up to three weeks after being found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency by the stewards at Fontwell yesterday. His case was referred to the Jockey Club's Disciplinary Committee and, if found guilty, he faces a suspension of at least 14 days. His chances of appearing at the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday fortnight as anything other than a spectator are slim.

Racing: Dunwoody to try his Luc

RICHARD DUNWOODY will ride Challenger Du Luc for Martin Pipe in Saturday's Murphy's Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. Dunwoody won the same race on Challenger Du Luc in 1996. The eight-year-old is 14-1 with William Hill for the two-and-a-half-mile contest.

Racing: Earthmover grounded

PAUL NICHOLLS faces a race against time to get Earthmover fully fit for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on 28 November. Last season's Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase winner took a crashing fall at Newton Abbot on Wednesday and Nicholls reported yesterday: "Earthmover has sustained a haematoma between his front legs which is very sore today and it will be a fight against time to have him ready for the Newbury race."

Cognac makers fume as sales slump

IT LOOKS set to be a good harvest when the cognac grapes are gathered next week. But it will be a bitter harvest, too.

Films: Shoot to thrill policy

The town famous for the expensive spirit is also a mecca for carnage and suspense. Richard Gilbert visits the world's largest thriller film festival

Books: Streets of shame

Today's London novelist depicts not a city of cool clubbers but losers who drift in a metropolitan mess. John Williams explores the new wave of urban fiction

Racing: Danoli knocked out of Ireland's Hennessy

Danoli is out of next Sunday's Hennessy Cognac Cup at Leopardstown and possibly the rest of the season after knocking himself while walking on the road. The Grey Monk, who is still recovering from a cold, is also out of the Leopardstown race.

Racing: Earth Summit ready to hit peak form

The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (right) gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock.

Tennis: Last link with the days of chiffon and cognac

Helen Wills Moody, who died last week at the age of 92, was the final link with one of the most remarkable eras in the history of women's tennis, the years between the two World Wars, when the attractive Californian followed the charismatic Suzanne Lenglen on to Wimbledon's Centre Court.

Racing: A turn for the better - Graham Bradley - 'I was at one of the lowest ebbs of my life'

Milestones of '97: From the big server with a big future to the uneasy rider who nearly fell to earth

Racing: Follow Brad's advice and plunge on Bay

The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (right) gives a runner-by runner analysis of Boxing Day's King George VI Chase.

Racing: Cup within range for Trying Again

The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (left) gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Tripleprint Gold Cup.
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month