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Waley-Cohen and Long Run destroy field to seal golden glory

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Amateur jockey makes history at the Gold Cup for his tragic brother

A man whose day job is running a chain of dentists lit up horse racing yesterday by becoming the first amateur jockey in 30 years to win chasing's most illustrious prize.

Star shows no sign of waning on home front

The only precedent is his own. Two years ago, Kauto Star became the first horse ever to retrieve the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Today he must not only do it all over again, having taken a harrowing fall behind Imperial Commander in last year's race, but also win back those whose loss of faith has so vexed his trainer, Paul Nicholls.

James Lawton: Kauto has the love, Long Run the hunger but subplots make this Gold Cup the race of races

Yes, it is a lot to assign to the race that will always be inhabited by some of the greatest, most heart-stirring names in equine history. But then at 3.20 this afternoon there will be a compelling urge to do it.

Sizing Europe helps Irish raiders forget home troubles

The talk of a "greenwash" began when they realised that Sizing Europe, in plundering the biggest prize of the day, had not only made it four winners in the first four races, but had also been followed up the hill by three other Irish horses. Then, after the next race, Davy Russell returned to the winner's enclosure on Carlito Brigante with yet another tricolour draped around his shoulders. Unbelievably, a filly from Co Kildare named What A Charm proceeded to land a gamble in the sixth. And that left only the bumper, a race historically dominated by Irish raiders.

Captain lands the first half of double gamble

Gambles come in all forms this week; yesterday trainer Philip Hobbs took a chance and landed the first leg of what might prove a succulent double. With two talented novice chasers at his disposal, he decided that one bite at each of two cherries would be better than two bites at one. So he rerouted Captain Chris to yesterday's two-mile Arkle Trophy, leaving tomorrow's longer Jewson Chase to stablemate Wishfull Thinking.

Is Kauto Star a has-been? And other issues the Festival will settle

Will Grands Crus beat Big Buck's and can Paul Nicholls' steeplechaser do it again? Chris McGrath tackles the big unknowns

British justice shamed in case of suicide victim

A wartime Jewish refugee was sentenced to death for surviving a death pact with her mother

Sam Waley-Cohen: Mountaineer, businessman, pilot, skier... oh, and jockey

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Canine enthusiasts will argue to the bone what length of time it was in dog years. In human terms, however, it was 120 years ago that Crufts was first held.

Prince Andrew: He's just trying to massage export figures

As yet another relationship lands him in trouble, the Duke of York vows to turn over a new leaf

Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World, British Museum, London

These treasures survived invasions and the Taliban. But while the backstory is extraordinary, the workmanship inspires wonder in its own right

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Colin Firth is set to be knighted after winning an Oscar for 'The King's Speech'.

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