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.
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