Sport James Dasaolu last year ran the second-fastest 100m time by a British sprinter ever

As James Dasaolu settles in the blocks for his first race of the season in Glasgow on Saturday there will be a sense of expectation and apprehension over whether he can back up his breakthrough year.

Paul Carberry riding Solwhit (C) clear the last to win The Ladbrokes World Hurdle Race from Celestial Halo

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The rest of the card was mostly attrition for the punters

First Lieutenant (right), in the absence of his old rival Bobs Worth (left), can land the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham

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The Festival has lost none of its intensity since expanding to a fourth day in 2005, but those who counselled that "less is more" may yet feel they had a point when they contemplate today's card. Elevated to the Thursday centrepiece, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle has hitherto borrowed lustre first from Inglis Drever, who won three times in four years, and then from Big Buck's, whose record-breaking spree of 18 wins has incorporated the last four runnings.

Simonsig, Barry Geraghty and Nicky Henderson (left) at Cheltenham

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Odds-on favourite is headstrong and jumps poorly before claiming Arkle Chase victory

Expectations of Sprinter Sacre are such that it will be easy to disappoint

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He bestrides the whole meeting, much its most feasible colossus. True, only the desperate or deranged will actually be tempted by the available odds, but nobody goes to a coronation to sell ermine. And the sort of show you get from Sprinter Sacre tends to be its own reward.

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Oscar Pistorius’ father, Henke

Family split forms after Oscar Pistorius' father attacks ANC

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The family of Oscar Pistorius has been caught up in a public row over whether guns are a necessary protection against crime in South Africa.

Marilyn Okoro runs during the 2011 Paris Championships. Yuliya Rusanova, left, has been caught doping

Marilyn Okoro set for belated bronze

Just as the British athletics team are preparing to fly out to the European Indoor Championships, which open in Gothenburg on Friday morning, another medal is about to belatedly wing its way into the GB haul from the last championships.

Oscar Pistorius pictured during his bail hearing

Oscar Pistorius holds private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius is due to hold a private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp, the 29-year-old model he shot at his home on St Valentine’s Day. The service was planned at the Pretoria home of his uncle Arnold, where the Olympic athlete has been staying since he was released on bail awaiting trial on a premeditated-murder charge.

Mo Farah wins in New Orleans half-marathon

Britain's Mo Farah outsprinted Ethiopia's Gebre Gebremariam to win the New Orleans half-marathon yesterday.

Bold move: Joe Tizzard has Cue Card bowling along in front to win the Grade One Ascot Chase after Captain Chris came to grief two fences from home

Cue Card's victory leaves questions

Tizzard points his charge at Ryanair Chase after stamina test disappears in challenger's crashing fall

Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

After Oscar Pistorius weeps in the dock, family insists he is no murderer

Court hears Reeva Steenkamp was shot through bathroom door as details of tragic scene emerge

Utopies des Bordes (left) on her way to victory at Sandown yesterday

Card can trump the fading Rainbow

Almost time, then, to pull up the drawbridge and count the ammunition. The Cheltenham Festival is now only three weeks away on Tuesday, and few trainers will want to leave the candidature of horses contingent on a hard race in the meantime. So while a handful will still be seeking late admission, some of the final trials of strength are staged on Saturday.

British athlete Martyn Rooney with training partner Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius' British training partner sends sympathy to all involved after alleged murder

Athletics world reacts to tragedy in Pretoria

Usain Bolt lights up the track during the London Games

Usain Bolt back at the Olympic Stadium? UK Athletics chiefs in bid to lure world's fastest man to London this summer

A three day event, dubbed the 'London Anniversary Games', will be held at the Stratford stadium in July

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