Sport Sire De Grugy's star is rising: five wins from his last six starts

The heart may want Somersby to win Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot as a timely tribute to Terry Biddlecombe, who died two weekends ago. But the head says Sire De Grugy.

Twiston-Davies' blooming tally boosted by Bud

Both as a trainer and a father, it was a weekend when Nigel Twiston-Davies hit the target with both barrels. At Haydock on Saturday he saddled Imperial Commander for a heartening comeback success under Paddy Brennan. The stable jockey, however, was given little chance to rest on his laurels. Within 24 hours, his employer's teenage son had reiterated his status as a young man in a hurry with a ride of unfettered bravura over the Grand National fences.

Brian Viner: What Kate could learn from Dame Barbara

Almost certainly with a great big rustle of chiffon, the romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland has surely been turning in her grave this week at the news that the future Queen of England is descended from labourers and miners, not to mention British Airways air crew. Romance is all very well, but it would have upset her idea of the natural order of things, as so exquisitely set out in her 1962 Etiquette Handbook: A Guide To Good Behaviour From the Boudoir to the Boardroom. Moreover, the old girl felt somewhat proprietorial about Prince William, whose step-great-grandmother she so proudly was.

Nicholls backs opinion as Ghizao leaps to fore

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Power and glory go to young Twiston-Davies

Father and son triumph as bold-jumping Little Josh runs his rivals ragged in what was billed to be a competitive contest

The King's Speech - And the Academy Award for best royal goes to...

As critics bow and scrape before Colin Firth's performance in The King's Speech, Geoffrey Macnab asks why films about the British monarchy elicit such deference

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Philip Hensher: Forgotten monarchs made for Hollywood

Notebook: the most memorable films about royalty in recent years have emphasised the general dullness of their lives

Last Night's TV: The Taking of Prince Harry/Channel 4<br />Never Mind the Buzzcocks/BBC2

With churning inevitability, The Taking of Prince Harry has the pundits in a lather. The latest in a mini-string of Channel 4 shockumentaries, last night's 90-minute flight of imagination showed the hypothetical kidnapping of the Queen's better-looking grandson (snigger), playing out the drama with interjections from experts in the field of... well, royal kidnapping.

Toronto's arrived, and the British are coming

Kaleem Aftab on an amazing 10 days at the world's buzziest film festival

Captain Micky Burn: Soldier who led the commandos in the 'Operation Chariot' raid on Saint Nazaire in 1942

Michael "Micky" Burn led a troop of army commandos as part of what has been described as the greatest raid of all time – the daring, successful but costly Operation Chariot against the vital Nazi dry dock and submarine base at Saint Nazaire, Brittany in 1942. Half the 28 men on his motor launch were among the 169 British commandos or sailors killed while 215 men, including Burn, were captured and spent the rest of the war as POWs. They had, however, succeeded in crippling the Saint Nazaire dock and Burn received a Military Cross for gallantry for carrying out his mission despite being wounded.

Syndicates are fun, but they're not a racing cert

There's glamour, thrills galore, and the joy of a big win, but investors mustn't mind taking the odd tumble too

Lord Shanakill blossoms late in Lennox success

The contrast with the thundering, dangerous maelstrom of racing round Goodwood is not confined to its setting. Yes, this twisting, undulating track is always a white-knuckle ride for horsemen – and, vicariously, for punters. But the best of them know to borrow the serenity of the famous panorama beyond: the gentle hills, the calm woodlands, the rolling cornfields.

Zoffany follows Classic path with Tyros win

Even though the most valuable senior prizes of the domestic season are not yet in the formbook, the hunt among the youngest generation for those who might be contenders at the top level a year hence is already gathering pace. Last night at Leopardstown, for instance, the well-bred young colt Zoffany put his name in the frame for future honours by winning the Tyros Stakes in stylishly competent style and, in so doing, following in some glittering hoofprints.

O'Donoghue to don Cape Blanco silks for O'Brien in King George

Aidan O'Brien yesterday expanded his policy of rewarding his stable stalwarts for their industry, reliability and improvement by naming Colm O'Donoghue as Cape Blanco's rider in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

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