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The obsession with its climax, for better or worse, tends to mean that the first two days of the John Smith's Grand National meeting can be unjustly overlooked. But some of the sport scheduled at Aintree before Saturday is more than a match for the championship events at Cheltenham last month – not least now that Sprinter Sacre has been diverted there to try two and a half miles on Friday.
No one cares how Irish or how un-Irish you are; we can all still celebrate
The rest of the card was mostly attrition for the punters
There is a big hole in the World Hurdle where Big Buck's used to be and everybody is desperate to fill it.
When Rabbie Burns wrote his poem eulogising the virtues of whisky as the “soul o’plays and pranks” worthy of “a bardie’s gratfu’ thanks”, it is less than likely that he had in mind a spirit distilled in Perfidious Albion.
Whether it's a peaty Islay or a spicy Speyside, we've got the perfect wee dram for your Burns Night celebrations...
'Anywhere in the world I smell hickory, it takes me straight home'
In the latest indication of the changes sweeping through Burma, Chelsea Football Club has agreed what it says is a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with one of the country's leading producers of whiskey.
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Loach provides whisky galore with a dash of redemption
It is going to happen some day. And only when it does, perhaps, will everyone truly appreciate what has gone before.
Originally devised to keep the racing and betting industries on the move during exactly this kind of freeze, the all-weather has since evolved into a surface for all seasons. Many trainers nowadays like to start off well-bred young horses on the polytrack rather than on firm, heavy or unevenly watered turf.
It's the perfect ingredient with which to create these warming winter dishes.