Sport Sprinter Sacre pleased connections yesterday after his Kempton scare

Last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a tendon injury.

Leighton axes Pace boss Gaydon after profit warnings

The veteran boardroom operator Allan Leighton shook up struggling TV set-top supplier Pace Technologies yesterday as he ousted Neil Gaydon as chief executive.

Cosalt offer 'is aimed at saving company'

Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross yesterday wrote to shareholders in ailing marine safety firm Cosalt to insist his 0.1p-a-share offer was not a "bargain basement of a price".

Rubi Light and Andrew Lynch on their way to winning the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase

Rubi given amber light for Gold Cup challenge

Five years have now passed since the days when the Celtic tiger roared home an Irish one-two in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, courtesy of War Of Attrition and Hedgehunter. Since then the challenge from across the water has yielded only disappointment but this term, the champion Long Run apart, the home defence looks shaky. And yesterday at Punchestown the upwardly mobile six-year-old Rubi Light, trained by Co Meath-based Robbie Hennessy, at least drew off a gauntlet, even if it is yet to be thrown down.

Kenwright still seeks a saviour

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is doing all he can to find a buyer for the cash-strapped club.

Denman beats his great rival Kauto Star

Gold Cup winner Denman is retired

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman has been retired after suffering a setback in his preparation for the Lexus Chase.

Henrietta Knight: The trainer of Somersby said:

Somersby left flat-footed by revived Gauvain

Her best horse had been beaten again, and a wild, murky afternoon in the flatlands must have blended fairly seamlessly with her own emotional landscape. But Henrietta Knight did not have to seek far here yesterday to remember how it's an ill wind that blows no good. It was only five days previously, after all, that the horse who had just beaten Somersby dismayed his own connections with a fall at Sandown. Having duly avoided a hard race against Sizing Europe, Gauvain was able to rise from the canvas and win the Betfred Peterborough Chase – and, in the process, at least he confirmed Knight in her suspicion that Somersby nowadays requires a stiffer test of stamina.

DS Smith packs a profit

DS Smith has posted a 20 per cent rise in first-half pre-tax profits to £42.8m on improved volumes, better selling prices and an acquisition. It expects further volume increases in the second half.

Market Report: Would-be predators put off by Meggitt's many parts

Fears the aircraft-parts maker has fingers in too many pies to become a takeover target helped Meggitt finish in last place on the blue-chip index last night. Disappointed investors left the group 17.1p weaker at 366.4p after Credit Suisse said that, despites frequent bid speculation, the wide variety of its operations were likely to put off any predators.

Deal with it: Groupon ponders its future

The discount coupon leader now faces competitors big and small, angry consumers and merchants, and a fickle stock market

Global businesses face a more unstable 2012

Political instability and economic uncertainty are set to intensify next year, hitting global firms, says the risk consultancy Control Risks.

Growth is contracting, factory bosses warn

Most companies expect fewer orders next year than in 2011, according to manufacturers' body

Cable's review to tackle 'cross-pollination' of boardroom pay

If employees sat on the committees that set bosses' pay, we might see a diminution in their remuneration packages, suggests Richard Northedge

Fingal Bay leads a classy novice crop

When Simonsig coasted up to challenge Fingal Bay at Sandown yesterday, it seemed clear that a new star was about to announce himself. The twist was that the star was Fingal Bay.

Construction growth slows despite housing boost

Britain's construction sector suffered a relapse during November, new data suggested yesterday, after posting a surprise gain in October.

Breaking news: A new man at Reuters helm

As Tom Glocer steps down as CEO, Sean Farrell reads between the lines

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