Sport Big Buck's wins in 2012 at Cheltenham, where he returns on Saturday after missing last year

Big Buck’s is back. More than a year after effortlessly extending his unbeaten sequence to 18, the four-time World Hurdle winner returns to Cheltenham for the Cleeve Hurdle on trials day to great fanfare and the delight of everyone connected with the sport.

Fehily's return delayed as jumps get back in business

Daily familiarity with hazard and frustration nurtures the stoic in every jumps professional, but this early intrusion of winter has tested the patience of many. There will be relief and gratitude, then, when the frost blankets are dragged off Cheltenham this morning.

Diamond Harry posts a sparkling display

Williams' well-backed gelding foils top-weight Denman's brave bid for an unprecedented third Hennessy Gold Cup

Leading article: Dream chaser

Just after three o'clock this afternoon at Newbury Racecourse, barring an inconvenient snowfall, history may be made.

Denman 'up for it' in third Hennessy quest

If history seems to beckon Paul Nicholls at every turn, it is partly down to sheer longevity. That is how Kauto Star finds himself favourite to win at Kempton on Boxing Day for a fifth consecutive year – when he will be ridden, as expected, by Noel Fehily. And that is how Denman could achieve his own piece of history with a third Hennessy Gold Cup in four years at Newbury on Saturday. Given all their time together, it surely counts for plenty when Nicholls says that both remain as good as ever.

Walsh suffers broken leg as Hanagan is champion

Jockey claims first title as top chaser returns with a ground-out victory

Hughes could miss Kentucky for tilt at title

Richard Hughes, five behind Paul Hanagan in the battle for this year's jockeys' crown, has raised the intriguing possibility that he could give up the lucrative pickings of the weekend's Breeders Cup meeting in Kentucky in favour of the professional satisfaction of a first title. The Flat championship season ends at Doncaster on Saturday, when Hughes is scheduled to partner Paco Boy against the hot favourite Goldikova in the £1.1m Mile at Churchill Downs.

LVMH boosted by luxury goods rebound

Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) confirmed the luxury goods industry's stronger-than-expected rebound yesterday as it posted a 14 per cent rise in underlying third-quarter sales, driven by the solid recovery of its fashion, wines and champagne businesses.

What do you get for the museum with everything?

Rob Hastings sees how the V&A chooses a work fit for its collection

The Secret State, By Peter Hennessy

If anyone deserves the over-used epithet "national treasure", it is the man who has shed light on the eerie plans for national survival after war. In this expanded edition of Hennessy's masterwork, we learn that the Queen was long left in the dark about how government would continue when her kingdom was "largely a smoking and irradiated ruin".

Stephen Glover: Is there a mole inside 10 Downing Street?

Media Studies: The leaking of the Queen's Speech seriously browned off No 10

Lymelife (15)

This melancholic study of suburban malaise in the late 1970s has a shiver of The Ice Storm about it. Rory Culkin plays Scott, a sensitive, pasty 15-year-old with a crush on his neighbour Adrianna (Emma Roberts), who only wants to date older boys.

Boxing: Froch's future in doubt over venue

Carl Froch's ongoing participation in the Super Six tournament was in serious doubt last night when it was confirmed there is no agreement for his next fight to be staged in Britain. Froch must defeat the scoreboard leader Arthur Abraham to progress to the semi-finals after losing his WBC super-middleweight title to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark on Saturday. The 32-year-old says he was the victim of a hometown decision and is ready to quit the competition if his next contest is staged in Germany.

Boxing: Underpaid & overlooked: the unbecoming hero of the ring

Carl Froch is as good a fighter as Haye or Khan, but his world title defence tonight won't make him millions. He tells Steve Bunce why

Crowning of Kauto is written in the stars

Perhaps only the most stubborn punters will still be persevering with the form book, after some of the results earlier in the week. As they contemplate the Festival's climax, however, they can surely return it to the shelf. For the outcome, this time, is clearly legible in the stars.

Chris McGrath: It's tune-up time for Festival hopes

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