New Articles Waving and drowning: Nigel Farage’s local council success will not carry through to the next general election

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.

Paul Carberry riding Solwhit (C) clear the last to win The Ladbrokes World Hurdle Race from Celestial Halo

Cheltenham Festival: Victories for Cue Card and Solwhit fail to mask drop in class in day three

The rest of the card was mostly attrition for the punters

Simon English: Is Ladbrokes chief on a loser as he makes a deal to woo internet punters?

Outlook. Plus: Don't let Paulson hedge bets on Puerto Rico; And here is the news as Buik bows out

Cheltenham Festival: Cause Of Causes value to gatecrash the winner's tent in Festival opener

It might not prove as crazy as it sounds to say that My Tent Or Yours would have been a more attractive bet in the Champion Hurdle itself than in the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle. This race has a history of quietly making the greater demands of horses' stamina and remember how Darlan, his doomed stablemate, could not win it after himself shaping so well against seasoned horses in the same Newbury handicap that announced My Tent Or Yours.

Don't put your winter coat away just yet: White Easter looms as commuters battle ice, snow and appalling driving conditions

Freezing temperatures mean today is on track to be the coldest March day since 1986, forecasters said.

Ladbrokes joins with Playtech to boost online

As punters grab their wallets for the Cheltenham Festival, Ladbrokes today struck a deal with software and services group Playtech to boost its online gambling business.

Tony McCoy sits tight as Kapga De Cerisy parts the birch at the last fence before going on to win the Kilbrittain Castle Novices’ Chase at Sandown yesterday, beating the 2-5 favourite Fago by 15 lengths

Aces can be Nicholls’ new high roller

On the face of it, with the vast majority of Cheltenham horses now keeping their powder dry, the main focus either side of the Irish Sea today is on the John Smith’s Grand National.

The Business Matrix: Friday 22 February 2013

Ladbrokes profits rise 8% to £206m

Ruby Walsh must choose On His Own or Prince De Beauchene

Ruby Walsh dilemma as On His Own storms back

Mullins' prospect shoots up National reckoning with shock win at Navan on his return to action

Tidal Bay, right, is very well handicapped in the National

Lenient weight for Aintree fancy Tidal Bay angers National rivals

However conscientiously they strive to improve the odds in terms of safety at Aintree – a greater imperative than ever, after trauma and tragedy in each of the past two years – the one thing they will never provide is a level playing field. Even so, some felt that the dice had been unfairly loaded in favour of one horse in particular when the weights for the John Smith's Grand National were published.

Investment View: Bigger onshore betting houses look better bets

If you’ve doubled your money on William Hill I wouldn’t blame you for taking some profits

Gambler denied £500,000 windfall by referee blowing full time whistle in Leeds - Tottenham match ONE SECOND before crucial goal went in

One unlucky gambler has missed out on £500,000 in winnings on an accumulator bet after a referee ended an FA Cup match just one second before the ball was about to dribble over the line and give the man a vital correct score.

Family of armed robber who died after being restrained by customers say they blame no one for his death

The family of an armed robber who died after being restrained by customers as he attempted to raid a betting shop said they hold no one responsible for his death.

Masked robber dies during bookmakers raid after being disarmed and pinned down by customers

A masked armed robber collapsed and died after being disarmed and pinned down by customers in a bookies.

Armed robber dies during raid

A masked armed robber collapsed and died after being disarmed and pinned down by customers in a bookies, police said tonight.

Peddlers Cross hasn't raced since last March

Bog Warrior to test depths of endurance

After Ayr managed to stage jumping today, hopes are rising that the big card scheduled for Cheltenham on Saturday may not have to be postponed, after all. In the meantime, some instructive sport is promised at Gowran tomorrow.

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Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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