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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.

James Moore: No wonder the banks are cheering the latest rules on their asset buffers

Outlook: US banks actually look in far better shape than some of their European rivals right now, and that's a relief
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Darts: Eric Bristow backs Phil Taylor to win more titles after PDC victory

Taylor won his 16th world darts title after overcoming Michael van Gerwen

Oscar Whisky will run over three miles at Cheltenham this month

Henderson wants to try hair of staying dog with Whisky

The loss of Cheltenham today was rued not only by thousands who had relied on the meeting for their customary New Year's Day hangover cure, but also by those seeking a remedy for Oscar Whisky. Nicky Henderson had hoped to give the horse another run over the intermediate distance of two and a half miles, but instead ended up parading him to Channel 4 viewers in a live broadcast from his stables. And the trainer disclosed that waterlogging at Cheltenham had now forced his hand, in the ongoing debate over Oscar Whisky's eligibility for big races over two miles or three.

Simonsig, ridden by Barry Geraghty, clears the last to win the Noel Novices Chase at Ascot yesterday

If anyone can conjure a staying Prospect to fill the Big Buck's void, Nicholls can

It never seemed terribly likely that his spree might be brought to an end by a superior horse, at least so long as connections declined to risk him over shorter distances.

Barrington in Cambridgeshire, following snowfall across the county earlier this month

Second place for Cappa on his return

Cappa Bleu took a promising first step on the road back to Aintree when second at Carlisle yesterday. In his first appearance since finishing fourth in the John Smith's Grand National, the former champion hunter jumped boldly before closing smoothly on the approach to the home turn as in-form favourite, Across The Bay, kicked 28 lengths clear. But he will have done no harm to his rating, and remained unchanged at a general 25-1 for the National.

'Is nothing sacred': Unholy row erupts over ‘insider’ betting on the next Archbishop of Canterbury

There are fresh demands to reform the system of appointing Archbishops after suspicious bets were placed on the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

Olympics washout for Ladbrokes

Blanket Olympics TV coverage and cancelled horse races in a soggy summer cut the sums gambled in British betting shops, the bookmaker Ladbrokes said yesterday.

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Richard Hughes joins Frankie Dettori up in seven heaven after beating odds of 10,168-1

A season dominated by Frankel reaches a poignant finale in what is expected to prove his final appearance at Ascot on Saturday. But even he will do well to match the emphasis with which its outstanding jockey sealed his status yesterday.

Bookmakers suffer as Cameron hits 100,000 Twitter followers

Bookmakers will be counting their losses today after David Cameron defied expectations by racking up more than 100,000 followers on Twitter in a matter of days.

Market Report: Gambling traders moving into Bwin

City traders like a gamble, right? Well there were certainly enough punters fond of a flutter to push Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment up more than 6 per cent yesterday. The online poker business has been the subject of spurious bid rumours over the past month and yesterday the rumours, on a predominantly quiet Thursday, increased.

You can win at the bookies

One of the facts of gambling is that the longer you bet, the more likely you are to lose. No wonder then that the long-term performance of bookies highlights their strengths.

For many Sir Steve Redgrave is Britain's greatest Olympian

Speculation grows over flame duty

Speculation about who will light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the London Games is growing as the day approaches.

Summer weather is on its way say forecasters

Britain is finally expected to get drier and warmer next week - but only after the country is hit by yet more downpours.

Forecasters predict dryer spell for Britain

Britain is expected to be given some much needed respite from the torrential downpours that have caused flood misery up and down the country.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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