Organisers were anxious to avoid a repeat of last year when the race was disrupted by a protester
This stylish residence is the perfect base for a day at the races or a ramble in the Cotswolds, says James Litston
The glamour of a "plot" horse has so rubbed off on the Cheltenham Festival handicaps that trainers nowadays need all the artistry of old merely to guarantee a run. Of no fewer than 195 entries for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle, for instance, even some rated within 5lb of the weights ceiling are not yet certain to make the final cut of 24 runners.
Following up on their Diamond Jubilee performance Madness will be taking centre stage at the Olympics closing ceremony.
London mayor Boris Johnson stole the show from the Royal Ballet and opera stars such as Placido Domingo as the International Olympic Committee were welcomed to London last night.
'I squatted in a derelict cinema in Berlin ... it was quite an adventure'
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Kate Moss saw the New Year with a party 72-hour party in Jamaica.
A year ago, those helping him perform a similar service on behalf of his local racecourse included the champion steeplechaser, his stable jockey, and a long-serving right-hand man. Yesterday, when Nigel Twiston-Davies again volunteered his time and facilities to promote the first big meeting of the jumps season, none of these three stalwarts was anywhere to be seen.
According to the late, great gardening writer Fred Whitsey, nothing has had a greater influence on garden design in the 20th century than Hidcote Manor Garden in the Cotswolds.
London property mogul opens secure estate aimed at A-listers in rural Gloucestershire
They are the rivers, roads, county borders and other magical location lines that make all the difference – over 20 per cent of the asking price for similar properties, in some cases.
The devastated father of Sian O'Callaghan today described her as "bright, bubbly, caring and friendly", hours after angry scenes erupted as the man accused of her murder appeared in court.
A taxi driver accused of murdering Sian O'Callaghan after she disappeared from a nightclub will appear before magistrates in Swindon today. Christopher Halliwell, 47, was charged by detectives on Saturday night after the 22-year-old's body was discovered close to the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire on Thursday.