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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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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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