Cotswolds

How living in these commuter areas could add years to your life

Living in the country is good for the body as well as the soul, with a recent Office for National Statistics study suggesting that reduced pollution, less stress, a bit of relaxing fruit and veg growing and all that fresh air and exercise can add up to two years to your life.

International Hurdle: The New One mature enough to turn tables on

The New One, part of a new wave of top-class young hurdlers threatening to swamp the reigning champion, Hurricane Fly, at the Cheltenham Festival next March, will have his credentials properly examined by a high-class yardstick, Zarkandar, in today’s International Hurdle.

Nigel and Adam's Farm Kitchen: TV review - A townie and a son of the

The BBC has recently started parking their tanks on Channel 4's front lawn – or rather on Channel 4's building lot and raised vegetable bed. First, The House That 100K Built took aim at Grand Designs, with its more affordable version of Kevin McCloud's construction-site TV classic.

Taquin Du Seuil takes the puzzle out of Festival for Jonjo O'Neill

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.

Musselburgh trials lure star turn

Musselburgh trials day does not quite have the same ring to it as Cheltenham trials day, but racing is nevertheless most grateful to the enterprise shown at the Scottish racecourse and those at other venues responsible for keeping the jumping show properly on the road over the next few days.

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Twiston-Davies between Rock and hard place

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.