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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.

Racing: Distance learning for Trying Again

Britain's most exciting young steeplechaser, Simply Dashing, is due to run on Saturday. But the venue is yet to be decided - leaving two race tracks, Ascot and Haydock, anxiously awaiting news of who will have the weekend's main attraction.

Racing: A Fyne farewell for Sir Peter

Stan Hey sees a racing legend make a winning start to his retirement: 'At the fourth, it's Suny Bay - oh, he pitched there! Oh, he very nearly went! Oh, it was a fantastic recovery, that, by Graham Bradley. He was absolutely gone, but he's back into it all right now'

Racing: Bradley forecasts a bright future for Suny

It is 13 years since a favourite won the Hennessy Gold Cup, but a rider with a chequered career in the race is feeling lucky on board the chaser who will carry most punters' cash, reports Richard Edmondson.

Racing: Swan contented with Time on his side

Time For A Run is trying to be the first Irish-trained horse to win the Hennessy since Bright Highway 17 years ago.

Racing: Suny Bay's run rests on Brooks' walk

The trainer Charlie Brooks, unhappy with the state of the ground at Newbury, walks the course this morning before deciding whether to run Suny Bay in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday. Richard Edmondson reports.

Racing: Punters have a Suny outlook in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Suny Bay was cut to 5-2 from 4-1 by the bookmakers William Hill yesterday for Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. The support coincided with growing doubts over the participation of last year's winner, Coome Hill.

Racing: Coome Hill has injury

Coome Hill may miss the Hennessy Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury on Saturday. Last year's winner pulled a muscle and knocked out a vertebra when third to Banjo on his seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham earlier this month.

Racing: Flag goes up for the knight's final day

Sean Magee sets emotional scene as the Voice of Racing prepares to bow out

Racing: Barton finds favourite spot

Barton Bank has been installed the 6-1 favourite in Ladbrokes' opening book on the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury a fortnight on Saturday.

Diageo stalks LVMH brand

Liquor giant sets sights on Hennessy cognac and denies plans to dispose of Burger King chain

Arnault plays a waiting game

Bernard Arnault is planning to leave his next charm offensive on the shareholders of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness until the last possible moment before meetings are held for investors to vote on the pounds 23bn merger of the two UK drinks giants.

Guinness acts to foil Arnault assault

Bernard Arnault was last night having to rethink his strategy to block the pounds 23bn merger between Guinness and Grand Metropolitan, as the two UK drinks companies threatened to make a radical change to the terms of the deal.

Arnault digs in to sink pounds 23bn drinks merger

Bernard Arnualt, the head of the French LVMH luxury goods group, yesterday left no doubt that he was determined to scupper the pounds 23bn merger between Guinness and Grand Metropolitan, and was preparing the ground for a lengthy fight. The combative Frenchman rejected outright the olive branch offered to him just 24 hours earlier by John McGrath, the chief executive of GrandMet who hinted strongly that a compromise deal could be reached.

End to Guinness and GrandMet deadlock in sight

Signs that an end may be in sight to the deadlock surrounding the pounds 23bn merger between Guinness and Grand Metropolitan started to emerge last night, just as Bernard Arnault, the combative French head of LVMH, flew into the UK intent on scuppering the deal.

Arnault may join party after all

Guinness and Grand Metropolitan hope to respond to Bernard Arnault's three-way drinks merger plan on Wednesday amid signs that the gap between the two UK companies and Arnault's LVMH is narrowing.
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