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Favourite beaten after 420 days out with injury as 66-1 shot claims galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdles at Cheltenham

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Captain Conan, likely to be long odds-on following two impressive wins over fences, might appear to have little to fear or prove when lining up for the Betfred Mobile Lotto Challengers Novices' Chase (2.25) against just three rivals at Sandown this afternoon.

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Sprinter Sacre makes it look easy

It looked likely to be a stroll and so it proved. Sprinter Sacre made light of the heavy ground at Cheltenham to score a comfortable victory in the Victor Chandler Chase, which had been salvaged from the Ascot meeting last week.

Michael Chopra and James Coppinger found guilty in corruption investigation

Footballers Michael Chopra and James Coppinger have been found in breach of the Rules of Racing following the outcome of a British Horseracing Authority investigation into alleged corruption.

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Model Paula Hamilton was greeted by a chorus of boos as she became the first housemate to be evicted from Celebrity Big Brother.

David O’Meara: The trainer has saddled nine winners since the turn of the year

O'Meara starts year flat out for success

Every trainer can be presumed to have made some sort of resolution for improvement in 2013 – but none has matched intentions with deeds like David O'Meara, who has set himself impossible standards for the next 51 weeks. Another winner at Wolverhampton today took O'Meara to nine from 12 starters on the Flat since New Year's Day. With two seconds and a third, and both jumps runners placed, he has yet to have a runner off the podium.

Joe Tizzard: Jockey says his trainer father has got Cue Card stronger now and ready to live up to his potential

Tizzards set to deliver Card right on cue for Christmas

After the Kauto epoch, Kempton's Boxing Day showpiece may herald a new chasing star

'Gangnam Style' death prompts warning to middle-aged men not to attempt the vigorous dance

The death of a father-of-three who collapsed while dancing to Gangnam Style has prompted a warning to middle-aged men not to attempt the vigorous dance from the hit video.

Frankie Dettori: Owner Sheikh Mohammed ended the rider’s 18-year retainer this autumn

Frankie Dettori backed to return stronger than ever after being hit with six-month ban for failing drug test

Jockey failed a random drugs test at Longchamp in September

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There is an anxiety that a delayed return will cost Dettori precious connections

Frankie Dettori banned for six months after failing drug test

Frankie Dettori admitted today he had “let down the sport he loves” after being handed a  six-month riding ban for failing a drugs test.

Frankie Dettori: Owner Sheikh Mohammed ended the rider’s 18-year retainer this autumn

Dettori hopes any ban is backdated

The final depressing chapter of a yearbook Frankie Dettori will not want to thumb through too often will be dictated in France today when he will learn of his punishment for failing a drugs test taken at Longchamp in September. If precedents are adhered to, the sport's most instantly recognisable practitioner will be handed a six-month worldwide ban.

David Pipe’s novice chaser Dynaste gains an impressive win at Newbury yesterday

Magnanimity offers generous value to end Ireland's Hennessy drought

Change of headgear can revive Hughes' chaser while Big Buck's looks on course for win No 18

Cameron keeps his power dry on Leveson Report

No 10 says Prime Minister will read the report in full before making decisions on press regulation

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