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McCain tells Libyan rebels: end abuses or risk US support

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Brooke offered big chance on Plate winner Overturn

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The Palin files: Inside the crazy world of a Presidential wannabe

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John McCain calls Libyan rebels his 'heroes'

US Senator John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, today said that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's troops are his heroes.

Obama to launch bid for re-election &ndash; and embark on quest for big-money donors

Taking out insurance in case he is unable to generate the same grassroots enthusiasm among young voters and small political donors as he did in 2008, President Barack Obama is set to launch his re-election bid with a coast-to-coast tour of big money Democratic fundraisers.

Hurricane Fly wins Champion Hurdle

Hurricane Fly gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh their first success in the Stan James Champion Hurdle with a hard-fought win over Peddlers Cross at Cheltenham.

Twice Over impresses in trial for World Cup

There is no mistaking the sense that 2011 could prove a defining year in one of the great careers in Turf history, and Henry Cecil could hardly be more satisfied by its first key skirmish.

Whip ban to cost Maguire his Champion ride

Jockeys must ride as if over eggshells now, with the Cheltenham Festival starting a fortnight on Tuesday, but Jason Maguire managed to trample over his own dreams at Doncaster yesterday. He will miss the ride on Peddlers Cross in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, after earning a seven-day suspension for his use of the whip on Cool Mission in the novice chase. The final day of his ban is the first of the Festival – Champion Hurdle day.

Former aide's book claims Palin breached election laws

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, told a top aide that she hated "this damn job" not long before she resigned from office barely halfway through her elected term, according to a leaked draft of an unauthorised biography that also accuses her of breaking state election laws.

Peddlers Cross stays on course for Festival

The stage may have been local rep rather than the West End, but the performance lacked nothing in either execution or presentation. Peddlers Cross, third market choice for next month's Champion Hurdle, made his long journey from Cheshire to Kelso for his much-delayed final rehearsal for the Cheltenham prize well worthwhile. His victory in the Morebattle Hurdle was not a wholly effortless tour de force but, given his stop-start build-up, its style was more than satisfactory.

Peddlers Cross tests Hurdle hopes

The horse most worthy of note in the history of Kelso so far may well be the one carrying Bonnie Prince Charlie as he rode through in 1745, en route to England during the ill-fated Jacobite rising. His steed cast a shoe, which can still be seen embedded in the cobbles in Roxburgh Street, and less than six months later the rebellion was crushed and Charles Edward Stuart in exile.

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