News Waitresses at Kitsch nightclub hold bottles of champagne

Pair were handed £66,778.91 and £64,279.70 bar tabs after ordering bottles of Cristal champagne and Dom Perignon.

Equestrianism: Max for Beerbaum

LUDGER BEERBAUM, the Olympic gold medalist in Barcelona, rode Almox Ratina Z to a spectacular success in the Volvo World Cup qualifier at Olympia yesterday. It was their first major victory as a partnership.

Food & Drink: The fizz that returned the flavour: Champagne or a New World sparkler? A timely tasting allows Anthony Rose to single out some good bets for Christmas

IN THE Sixties it dawned on Moet et Chandon's president, Robert Jean de Vogue, that champagne would eventually outgrow its 30,000 hectares of vineyard. He could hardly have realised that he was about to plant the vine that would reap such a sparkling wine whirlwind just a generation later.

Equestrianism: Zoer records clear success

Genny Zoer, 22, collected the richest prize of her shw-jumping career when she rode Olympic Wendela to win the pounds 48,000 first prize in yesterday's Grand Prix of San Marino at the Pavarotti International Horse Show here. The Dutchwoman defeated her compatriot, the Olympic team gold medallist, Jos Lansink, on Optiebeurs Egano, who won this contest last year and was the only competitor left in the final jump-off.

Obituary: Lawrence Venn

Lawrence Eustace Venn, wine publicist, born Staines 1902, Managing Director Moet & Chandon (London) 1960-66, died Malta 15 September 1992.

Racing: Rhyme to show style in Kempton Arc trial

AS IF the perils facing those who seek their fortune in betting shops were not already numerous enough, tomorrow's Bank Holiday programme provides yet another. The 11 meetings offer, on average, a punting opportunity every three minutes, barely enough time to scribble on the slip, so die-hard backers are warned to take great care lest they fall victim to writer's cramp.

DRINK / Warning: cheap champagne can damage your profits: Anthony Rose reads a letter from Moet & Chandon to the supermarkets alerting them to the perils of selling champagne at pounds 7.99

Champagne tennis, the commentator on Radio 5 declared as John McEnroe smacked another backhand volley past a despairing Pat Cash. 'My candidate for the champagne moment,' Brian Johnston announced, after Ian Salisbury had captured the valuable wicket of Javed Miandad, his first for his country.

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