Racing: Supreme power turns up the heat on Beef

BEEF OR SALMON went into yesterday's Hennessy Gold Cup as the 8-15 favourite and with a reputation as the horse most likely to deny Best Mate a fourth Cheltenham Gold Cup victory next month. He emerged from the Leopardstown race with his status greatly battered but also with the excuse of a sore throat to mollify his supporters, writes John Cobb.

Racing: Beef taken apart by Supreme's strength

BEEF OR SALMON, widely considered as the chief threat to Best Mate in next month's Cheltenham Gold Cup, suffered a shock reverse at Leopardstown yesterday as Rule Supreme continued the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup domination of Willie Mullins.

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Peter Salmon brought football back to the BBC. Now he's after the cricket. He tells Ciar Byrne why there's everything still to play for

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