The first day of Cheltenham's Open Meeting features a race commemorating the owner who made the fixture's centrepiece his own for so long and the chaser who this autumn has come to represent his equine legacy.
Announcement puts end to weeks of speculation as bookies' favourite comes through
George remains the firm favourite as thousands head to place bets on the name chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The diagnostic doctor?
Newham, east London - which has six bookies' per square mile - takes firm to court
The gauntlet that was left lying on the ground at Cheltenham is to be picked up at Aintree.
So long as they have Willie Mullins, they need never weaken. The track set aside for later in the week was hidden under funereal frost sheets, and the air howled with the final, bitter imprecations of winter. But the punters – above all, the Irish – left here last night aglow with the vindication of their faith. However slow the buds of springtime, they know exactly where to find the most reliable bloom in all Nature: a stable in Co Carlow.
Brits picked the two actors as most capable of saving humanity in an online poll
Amid the general celebration, bookmakers can feel particularly rosy at news a royal baby is on the way. It seems we'll take any excuse to wager on the sprog of Wills and Kate - and the likes of Paddy Power and William Hill have outdone themselves in touting odds on a range of bizarre possibilities.
Mullins aims for Arkle Chase with Fairyhouse winner while Zaidpour earns tilt at Big Buck's
Nicholls' next generation suggest they could fill the gap left by Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges
Paddy Power today agreed to pay the £80,000 fine dished out to Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner for exposing a pair of underwear bearing the bookmakers' logo.
Nicklas Bendtner was today set to be punished for exposing a sponsored pair of underwear in Denmark's European Championship defeat to Portugal.
Though the race falls only a week before Epsom, the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday will not only measure the form of Camelot but could also produce an 11th-hour threat to the odds-on favourite for the Investec Derby.
Though serving its traditional role as both the final fling of the jumps season and a test of the new order established at Cheltenham last month, the Punchestown Festival must this week absorb one or two challenging incongruities.