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.

Turn on, tune in, and let the radio bring the world to your home

No wonder listening figures are up, says our radio critic Chris Maume. No other medium covers so much ground, so memorably and so conveniently

Betfair looks to regain its winning streak

The City is wondering if the betting exchange has lost its way, and not just its CEO, since last year's IPO

O'Brien entrusts Abbey to son and heir apparent

A race that could scarcely accommodate any fresh intrigue obtained a mildly sensational new dimension yesterday when the final declarations were made for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. As expected, the big prize at Ascot tomorrow is all about quality, not quantity. Only five runners stood their ground, including the Godolphin pacemaker. Few, however, had envisaged the possibility that one of the key protagonists might be partnered by a teenage apprentice who will not, in contesting so prestigious a prize, be permitted to use his claim.

Debussy the prelude to Rewilding's challenge

The use of pacemakers in high-class races has its contentious aspects but, if deployed in the correct spirit, they can contribute not only to a true test but the best of spectacles. There is little more exciting on the current sporting agenda, for instance, than the sight of Mark Cavendish being towed to triumph by his faithful HTC-Highroad train on sprint finish stages of the Tour de France. And, more appositely for this page, their use in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes of 1975 produced an epic.

Nathaniel ready for bold tilt at the King George

When bookmakers made him favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger, connections of Nathaniel were adamant that their colt had still bigger fish to fry. Sure enough, yesterday they revealed that they are giving earnest consideration to paying £75,000 to supplement him for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Leroy Cudjoe: The wing's speech: How Giant came to terms with his stammer

Huddersfield playmaker tells Dave Hadfield why this is his first interview and how he used a film as inspiration to reach his goals

Workforce to face O'Brien quartet in Eclipse

a small but perfectly formed field is set to assemble for the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday, with six of the eight left in the race yesterday representing two camps.

Diary: When Ed took a leaf out of Comical Ali's playbook

Father's Day found the nation's paterfamilias and his would-be replacement on captivating paternal form. We'll touch on the Prime Minister after doffing the cap to Ed Miliband, who told The Independent on Sunday that all residual fraternal tension has evaporated. "I'm just going to say," said Ed of his relationship with David, "that we have moved on." "Both of us," he soon went on, "have moved on." "I think what I would say," he added for clarification, "is that both of us have moved on." Tremendous. Who doesn't love a mantra from the Comical Ali playbook?

Middle-distance great Mtoto dies

Mtoto, one of the most popular Flat horses of his day, has died, aged 28.

Matthew Norman: When it's a game without rules, chaos is inevitable

It can be no more right for an MP to make an imbecile of the law than for a judge to criminalise 75,000 Tweeters who ignored his injunction

James Lawton: Now we see the real use of the whip – to drive a horse past endurance

The sight of two dead horses under tarpaulin covers was not so unfamiliar and when jockey Peter Toole was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head injuries it was another reminder that the collateral damage of a race like the Grand National can be both severe and unavoidable.

Master Minded dazzles at new specialist subject

Paul Nicholls has been wondering where he might find a horse to tackle Long Run, now that the new champion has deposed his stalwarts, Kauto Star and Denman.

Photographers: Up close and personal

Ida Kar and E O Hoppé were fascinating portrait photographers whose very different approaches yielded equally affecting results, says Adrian Hamilton
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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album