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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.

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Epsom's new grandstand was damaged during yesterday's high winds and had to be evacuated

Nicholls throws novice Al Ferof in at deep end

In his 20 years at Ditcheat, Paul Nicholls reckons he has never known a tempest to compare with the one that prompted him to abandon third lot yesterday. At the home of the Derby, meanwhile, staff had been evacuated after roofing and insulation was ripped off Epsom's new grandstand. And racing at Ayr was abandoned, despite somehow surviving an initial inspection – by mid-morning it turned out that broken and hanging branches on a nearby tree would prevent the RaceTech lorry taking its position, and thereby the provision of television, commentary and PA services.

Big Buck's seeks a 14th consecutive win at Ascot

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Richard Glynn has missed out on two deals in six months, but in each case made the right decision

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Regulatory concerns over Sportingbet's Turkish website have scuppered offer talks between the gaming group and Ladbrokes, the bookmaker which was looking at a takeover of the online firm.

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Cecil team overjoyed at Mongan's first Group One

Some may beg to differ, principally those incautious enough to risk fortunes on a horse that had never even contested a Group One race against two that had already won nine between them. But while these shared a cold illumination with Await The Dawn, sent off at staggering odds of 8-13, it otherwise proved impossible to resist the contagion of joy diffused by the brave success of Twice Over in the Juddmonte International Stakes here yesterday.

Investment Column: Vodafone's boss has made the right call

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Ladbrokes boss to overhaul brand

Ladbrokes boss Richard Glynn has pledged to "reinvigorate" the brand of one of Britain's best-known bookies. Mr Glynn's promise came as the company reported first-half profits of £78.1m. That was down from £114.7m but excluding volatile earnings from high rollers and one-offs, operating profit came in at £97.6m, down from £103.6m last year, when the World Cup boosted earnings. The dividend was up 1.3 per cent at 3.9p.

The Guest List: The best and worst literary moments

In a week when the Man Booker judges unveiled their final 13, our books editor Katy Guest comes up with a clutch of awards of her own

Market Report: Greggs suffers as workers return to the lunch box

It may offer four sausage rolls for not much more than a couple of quid, but Greggs was knocked back last night by fears penny-pinching workers are avoiding the bargain baker and making their own lunches instead.

Investment Column: Great Portland builds on London demand

888 Holdings; Howden Joinery

Market Report: Bookmakers fall on fears tax breaks could end

As the proposal of new gambling legislation raised fears that tax breaks could be removed, the bookmakers were struggling to find backers yesterday with both Ladbrokes and William Hill finishing off the pace.

Sportingbet surges on Ladbrokes talks

Ladbrokes declared an interest in its smaller rival Sportingbet yesterday, with a bid approach that marks the bookmaker's return to the acquisition trail after talks with the online gaming specialist 888 Holdings faltered earlier this year.

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