The figures from Nielsen show that spending on betting ads is up by 46% as campaigners call for stricter regulations
Completed merger would create chain with 4,000 betting shops
"If the cabbie had struck up a conversation about football or the weather, our millionaire might still be out there”, says Ladbrokes as taxi driver tells passenger about a missing winner
Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.
Owners of Google's Nexus smartphones came second, with Blackberry users performing the worst in a series of brain-teasers
Trainer seeks fourth winner in the Classic in seven years but Talent could upset favourite
The status of Derby favourite proved something of a poisoned chalice this spring, when first Kingsbarns and then Telescope dropped out of the Epsom picture with setbacks. Both are about to start making up for lost time, however, each having been given an exploratory Group Three entry this weekend. Telescope, who made an impressive resumption at Leicester last month, could go to Haydock on Saturday, while Kingsbarns is on course to reappear at the Curragh the following day.
Neither trainer nor jockey has been in his service as long as others who could testify gratefully to the fidelity of their patron, but both left the sunshine and flowers of the July Course with optimism that Anjaal could yet seal their growing roles at the centre of Sheikh Hamdan's racing empire.
For anyone who has wondered quite how the British Turf continues to seduce investment from the Gulf, perhaps a day at the July Festival at Newmarket might prove every bit as instructive as one spent among the pomp and pageantry of Ascot or Epsom. At a time of year when their homelands seem most arid, the sheikhs find themselves driven through avenues of trees between green paddocks to a racecourse full of shade and flowers. And if the quality of the sport is mixed, with plenty of maidens and handicaps as ballast to the elite contests, then there will be a corresponding air of relaxation over the next three afternoons – not least granted the benign weather forecast.
Joe Miller has been voted the prime Broadchurch suspect by Independent readers.
We can only imagine how long ago five years seems to brilliant trainer
The rest of the card was mostly attrition for the punters
Freezing temperatures mean today is on track to be the coldest March day since 1986, forecasters said.