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Business spurns the dormouse

GIVEN that it is close to extinction, the depressed river mussel is appropriately named. But it has more reason to be cheerful than most of Britain's vanishing wildlife: it is one of only a handful of endangered species to benefit from a much-vaunted business sponsorship scheme.

Racing: Grounds for caution on betting front

WHEN THE last horseboxes pulled out of Kempton and Haydock on Saturday, the rehearsals were over. All the serious contenders have been herded on to the coach which has Cheltenham as its next stop. There may be a few stragglers, whose timing was thrown out by injury or illness, but if they turn up now they may find it has left without them. The Festival is barely 300 hours away.

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Racing: Three horses killed

THREE HORSES were killed at Sedgefield yesterday after a pile- up involving nine of the 15 runners in the 4.30, a novices' chase. Problems began at the first fence when Joss Bay fell, bringing down Skane River and Sliema Creek. All three then ran loose in the opposite direction round the course until they collided with the rest of the field at the second last fence. Another six horses were brought down. Royal Scimitar was killed together with Floss The Boss and Skane River.

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Racing: Osborne keeps record intact

JAMIE OSBORNE maintained an unblemished record at Musselburgh in the last five years as he secured a double with his only two rides at the course yesterday.

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Racing: Snow go at Carlisle

TOMORROW'S MEETING at Carlisle has been abandoned. Conditions at the track have deteriorated over the past few days and the clerk of the course, Johnny Fenwicke-Clennell, yesterday said: "There is half an inch of snow on the course and it wasn't raceable before the snow came."

Football: NATIONWIDE ROUND-UP: Angell takes flight for County

BRETT ANGELL scored a hat-trick of headers as he gave Stockport only their second home First Division win of the season yesterday. County surrendered a two-goal lead before late strikes by Angell and Steve Grant killed off Port Vale 4-2.

Racing: Fallon reaches double century

KIEREN FALLON joined an elite band of jockeys as he secured his 200th success of the season at Musselburgh yesterday. The 33-year-old Irishman reached the target when the 1-2 chance Single Shot easily won the maiden race and he joins Fred Archer, Sir Gordon Richards and Frankie Dettori as the only jockeys to ride two double centuries.

Football: Vale rise to keep Rudge in the frame

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