Prescott offers little cheer about Hooray, but Simcock dreams on

With the first Classic races of the year just over a month away, honesty was the policy on the Newmarket gallops yesterday as two of the town's trainers issued warnings over the participation of high-profile Qipco Guineas candidates. For David Simcock, dry underfoot conditions are a concern for the colt Dream Ahead; for Sir Mark Prescott, the very well-being of the filly Hooray is proving vexatious.

Groundbreaking photography: Hereford Photography Festival

The longest running annual photography festival in the UK, the Hereford Photography Festival, celebrates it's 20th anniversary by showcasing groundbreaking and leading photographers such as Martin Parr, Rankin and Wang Qingsong.

Tips and deals of the week: 17/10/2010

Save £440 on a week in the Alps

Alpine Elements is offering a seven-night break at the Hotel Genepi in Les Deux-Alpes, France, from £567.50 per person, including return flights to Geneva, transfers, half-board, and free lift pass.

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The choral cure

We know it makes us feel good. Now science is discovering how singing can treat illnesses from asthma to Parkinson's – and even prevent colds and flu. Tessa Thomas reports

Bookies the biggest losers as action freezes

Despite those running the racecourse Ffos Las clinging to the faint hope that the Welsh track may stage some sport on Saturday, the bookmakers William Hill believe that it's odds-on the next jump racing in Britain will not take place until a week later. The meeting at Kempton on 16 January is 4-5 favourite to resume the traditional winter game.

The weirdest sports in the world

This weekend ten couples took part in a 'Wife carrying' race at Hereford Racecourse in a British re-invention of the historical Finnish sport.