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Conventional racing wisdom has it that speed, rather than an abundance of stamina, is the most important attribute in a potential King George VI Chase winner, hence the proliferation of specialists over shorter distances than three miles lining up at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Taquin Du Seuil (left), ridden by Tony McCoy, clears the last flght upsides Le Bec (Dougie Costello) to win the Grade Two Winter Novice Hurdle at Sandown yesterday

Sprinter Sacre and Flemenstar look cut above in new generation duels

In Compliance can prove fit for purpose as Aintree stages first race over modified fences

Sergei Magnitsky: The lawyer tasked with investigating the alleged fraud against Hermitage. Died in prison in 2009 after he was beaten and prison officials refused him treatment for a medical condition.

US starts a new 'cold war' over Magnitsky affair: Furious Russia vows to list Americans blocked from entering country, after US votes to name and shame corrupt officials

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described 'biased approach' as 'nothing but a vindictive desire to counter Russia in world affairs'

Suspected arms dealer, Viktor Bout, is arrested after a sting in Thailand in 2010

Those who let Magnitsky die were hoping the case would die with him. They were wrong

When Sergei Magnitsky lay close to death in Moscow's Butyrka Prison in 2009, his worsening illness left untreated and exacerbated by beatings, few people heard his cries of pain. A man who had uncovered something dangerous, he was left to meet a horrible end, and none of the people who let it happen imagined that years later his demise would become an international cause célèbre and one of the most poignant reminders of the dangers of doing business in post-Communist Russia.

Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations

Rice rejects criticism of her remarks on fatal Benghazi attack

Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, rejected criticism of her remarks about the deadly attack on an American diplomatic mission in Libya, saying they were based on initial intelligence community assessments.

Balgarry had an impressive debut at Newbury in March

10 to watch over jumps this winter

The National Hunt season hits top gear this weekend. With Flemenstar and Sprinter Sacre already on their way to the top, Chris McGrath picks lesser lights to look out for

Romney: won the votes of white evangelicals, Catholics

Romney won the votes of white evangelicals, Catholics

Concerns that Mitt Romney's Mormonism would put off white evangelical voters did not bear out at the polls Tuesday.

Katy Perry at an Obama event in Milwaukee, left, and Kid Rock campaigns for the Romney camp

Katy for Barack, Kid Rock for Mitt... The stars take sides

Philip Rucker and David Nakamura on the celebrity endorsements

Vice President Joe Biden, left, took on Republican hopeful Paul Ryan in a live televised debate last night

Joe Biden vs Paul Ryan: The voter panel verdicts

Last night Vice President Joe Biden faced Republican hopefuly Paul Ryan in a live televised debate in Danville, Kentucky.

So what did our panel of voters make of the candidates?

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The greatest political showdown on earth

It's make-or-break time in the world's most important, and expensive, election. On the eve of tomorrow's televised debate between the presidential candidates (the first of three), Rupert Cornwell looks forward to a momentous month

Niall Ferguson, right, with his wife, the feminist writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Historian Niall Ferguson's high-profile hatchet job on Obama ruffles US feathers

Glasgow-born academic accused of 'unethical commentary' for Newsweek analysis

John McCain says he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 instead of Mitt Romney because 'she was the better candidate'

When you have friends like John McCain, who needs political enemies?  That was surely the thinking of Mitt Romney today after the aforementioned said he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 over the former Massachusetts governor because she was the “better candidate”.

William Haggas steps Valiant up in class and trip at Newmarket

Valiant can take up the gauntlet in St Leger trial

Haggas colt fast-tracked to Group company, as July Meeting opens amid gathering clouds

Barack Obama to use Bin Laden raid in election campaign

One year after he authorised an extraordinary mission inside Pakistan by an elite Navy SEALs unit to kill Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama is not hesitating to put it front and centre in his gathering re-election effort, while implying that his presumptive challenger in 2012, Mitt Romney, might not have been so gutsy.

Ed Harris as John McCain and Julianne Moore as Palin in a portrait missing her hokey charisma

Game Change, Sky Atlantic, Saturday
Derek, Channel 4, Thursday

You run for US vice-president, and end up as the subject of a remarkably sympathetic docu-drama

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