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Racing: Lujain has run of Park

TWO IMPORTANT pieces of information emerged within the space of a few minutes at Newmarket yesterday, the first of them being that Lujain is one of the most talented colts of his generation. The second, though, may carry even more significance with next year's 2,000 Guineas in mind. Lujain travelled well, quickened even better and won the Group One Middle Park Stakes by four lengths. No sooner had he passed the post, though, than Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, appeared on Channel 4 Racing to tell the nation that, in his opinion, the Prix de la Salamandre winner, Aljabr, is a better racehorse still.

Racing: Wannabe makes it to the big time

YOU COULD feel the coming winter in the air here yesterday, and you could see it too, in the first traces of dull, woolly coats worn by a few of the runners for the Cheveley Park Stakes. Wannabe Grand was not one of them, though, and for her the seasons all seem to come as one. "An iron filly," Jeremy Noseda called her after she had beaten off Imperial Beauty by half a length, and only a fool would argue.

Racing: Jo Mell out of Ascot Festival

JO MELL will miss the Festival Handicap at Ascot tomorrow. Tim Easterby's five-year-old won the pounds 50,000 race last year and has, once again, this season shown his liking for Ascot's seven furlongs with an easy victory in the International Handicap last month.

Racing: Advance of the High Street bookie

The refusal to allow Ladbrokes to keep Coral is another upheaval in betting's colourful history.

The Independent Archive: 14 September 1987 - 'The Independent' sets out after the soapfish

James Fenton reports from Manila on the launch of his 'bangka': 'Morally speaking, it's a reprehensible boat. It's like me. It pretends to be working when it's just having fun'

Paper caught in gambling fraud prints false results

THE METROPOLITAN Police and senior staff at the Racing Post were trying to work out yesterday how - and by whom - the results of four greyhound races were deliberately altered before they appeared in Monday's edition of the newspaper.

'Rainforests of sea' face destruction

NEARLY TWO-THIRDS of the world's coral reefs are now at risk from human activity, the first detailed scientific review of their status will disclose today.

World Cup: Sunday best bets

THE live tournament hopes Argentina can give Japan a rough introduction to the World Cup finals in Toulouse this afternoon. Argentina are many people's idea of the eventual winners and, in the crack Serie A striker Batistuta - a solid bet at 11-4 with William Hill to score the first goal - and Ortega, they have two of the best players. Argentina took Greece apart in USA 94 and it would be no surprise to see them record a 4-0 victory here - generally a 10-1 chance.

Open Eye: From IT to the bottom of the deep blue sea

An OU degree took Tony Martin out of the dry world of private sector IT management and onto the happier waters of marine conservation

Racing: Greek threat to Empire

SECOND EMPIRE continued to drift in the Derby betting yesterday and speculation grew that Greek Dance could start favourite for Saturday's race.

Travel: Islands - A bird in the hand...will bite viciously in Nauru.

But the locals bite back. It's part of the culture of this South Pacific island, as Cleo Paskal finds out

Racing: Gulland is back in favour

THE betting public seem to be more impressed than the bookmakers by Gulland's narrow win in Tuesday's Chester Vase. Having eased the Geoff Wragg-trained colt to 10-1 for the Derby on 6 June, William Hill and Coral were forced to cut his price to 8-1 yesterday after laying him continuously throughout the morning.

Barrier Reef faces ruin

AUSTRALIA'S Great Barrier Reef appears to be experiencing its worst case of coral bleaching. Australian marine scientists say it has hit more than 60 per cent of 3,000 coral reefs on the country's north-east coast. The bleaching is caused by rising sea temperatures and freshwater flooding. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest marine park in the world and is home to more than 300 species of coral, 4,000 shell molluscs, 1,500 species of fish and several endangered species, including dugongs and loggerhead turtles.

Gardening: Silent stream

A grotto brings Gothic fantasy to a garden. Kirsty Fergusson investigat es the watery charm of the artificial cavern

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?