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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.

Cue Card’s trainer, Colin Tizzard

Tizzard takes gallops cue to square up to Sprinter

The gauntlet that was left lying on the ground at Cheltenham is to be picked up at Aintree.

Mennea, above, crosses the line first in the Olympic 200 metres final in Moscow in 1980

Pietro Mennea: Olympic sprint champion whose 200 metres world record stood for 17 years

While some sprinters manage to look relaxed in action, he always looked frantic, almost fanatical

Wiggins was caught out by a frantic finish to yesterday’s fifth stage

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins plays safe and loses ground in Tour of Catalonia

Bradley Wiggins retained fourth place in the Tour of Catalonia but lost ground on the leader, Daniel Martin, in a frantic finish to stage five.

Pietro Mennea pictured in 1978

Former 200-metre world record holder Pietro Mennea dies

The Italian held the record for 17 years

Bradley Wiggins

Relentless Bradley Wiggins takes charge in Tour of Catalonia opener

Team Sky rider finishes sixth after splitting pack

Barry Geraghty celebrates on Bobs Worth after winning the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Cheltenham Gold Cup day at Cheltenham Racecourse

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The 11-4 favourite outstayed Tony McCoy and Sir Des Champs

Paul Nicholls with Silviniaco Conti, who runs in the Gold Cup today

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We can only imagine how long ago five years seems to brilliant trainer

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

Cheltenham Festival: Victories for Cue Card and Solwhit fail to mask drop in class in day three

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

Cheltenham Festival: First Lieutenant can assume command

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

Cheltenham Festival: Nicky Henderson relieved after Simonsig's antics

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

Cheltenham Festival: Sizing can offer real measure of Sacre's greatness

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.

Britain are expected to take their strongest-ever team to Sochi

Speed skaters tap into cycling's golden secrets

Britain’s speed-skating team are the latest sport to try to tap into British cycling’s remarkable run of success in an attempt to win a first Olympic gold at next year’s Winter Games.

Oscar Pistorius’ father, Henke

Family split forms after Oscar Pistorius' father attacks ANC

The seemingly united front of the Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ family, who huddled together in the public gallery throughout his bail hearing, began to crack today.

Oscar Pistorius' family caught up in row over weapons

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.

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