At least one bookmaker has halved the odds of a white Christmas in just 24 hours as forecasters predict cold could turn rain to snow
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Al Zarooni was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses
Trainer will stand before a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday afternoon
Joe Miller has been voted the prime Broadchurch suspect by Independent readers.
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.
Mullins' prospect shoots up National reckoning with shock win at Navan on his return to action
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.
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.
The South West has been put on flood alert
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.
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.
Speculation about who will light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the London Games is growing as the day approaches.