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Thirsty punters will mull over the outlook for pubs when Greene King and Spirit Pub Company report today and tomorrow respectively.

William Hill gallops ahead as its system proves a winner

William Hill showed arch rival Ladbrokes a clean pair of heels today, reporting a boom in profits thanks to the success of its digital arm.

Boat Race passes without incident after Royal Marine Commandos patrol Thames route and police monitor Twitter in attempt to stop 'copycat' protests

Organisers were anxious to avoid a repeat of last year when the race was disrupted by a protester

Brae Hill (right) won the Lincoln last year, though in dry conditions – the Town Moor track actually had to be watered

Swiftly Done can sneak wet Lincoln

To think that some of these jockeys will be riding in Dubai next weekend.

Marco Botti: Moved stables in Newmarket and hopes to end up at the Breeders’ Cup this year

Botti backs Planteur to make flying Flat start by conquering the World

Having anticipated last week for so long, some Cheltenham diehards will be appalled to discover that a new Flat season opens at Doncaster on Friday. Others, however, will recognise that so rich a banquet can only really be followed by a total change of taste – even if Town Moor is set to provide conditions better suited to steeplechasing.

Jump racing's vigil for McNamara goes on

McCoy and McManus find grim perspective in the uncertain fate of stricken amateur jockey

Playtech's billionaire founder Teddy Sagi poised for a mega payout

Teddy Sagi, the billionaire founder of the gambling software group Playtech, is in line for a far bigger payout than any punter using its online poker or casino technology could dream of.

Zarkandar wins at Cheltenham back in December

Cheltenham Festival: Take Zarkandar to zip in and steal former champions' crown

By definition, with the last three winners all lining up, the field can only be rated as well up to standard. Yet the first championship race of the week somehow feels a little stale. Much of the form in the Stan James Champion Hurdle has an incestuous look, and would certainly have obtained a different flavour from a rising force like Darlan or My Tent Or Yours. Tragedy claimed the former, of course, while the latter has been restored to novice company in the opener. In their absence, the race becomes an aggregate of conundrums.

Ladbrokes joins with Playtech to boost online

As punters grab their wallets for the Cheltenham Festival, Ladbrokes today struck a deal with software and services group Playtech to boost its online gambling business.

Silver Roque and Paddy Brennan (left) take the measure of Oscar Hill to land the two-mile Geoffrey Gilbey Handicap Chase at Newbury yesterday

Sir Brian can cut a dash too hot for Harry to handle

Russell’s rising chaser should make amends for Cheltenham fall against unbeaten rival

Rafa Benitez is confident he has the support of his Chelsea players

Leave now and keep your sanity: Former Chelsea players offer little sympathy for Rafael Benitez

The Spaniard has said he will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer

Hollywood stars gather ahead of the Oscars

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are gathering ahead of the Oscars.

Ruby Walsh must choose On His Own or Prince De Beauchene

Ruby Walsh dilemma as On His Own storms back

Mullins' prospect shoots up National reckoning with shock win at Navan on his return to action

Investment View: Bigger onshore betting houses look better bets

If you’ve doubled your money on William Hill I wouldn’t blame you for taking some profits
Pragmatic and prodigious: Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role of Lincoln

'Lincoln', 'Les Mis' and 'Argo' lead race for Baftas

Presidential biopic "Lincoln," epic musical "Les Miserables" and boy-meets-tiger voyage "Life of Pi" lead the race for Britain's Academy Awards — but will Ben Affleck's pacey caper "Argo" beat them to the trophies?

William Hill venture helps Playtech income

The online gaming company Playtech has reported a 51 per cent rise in income, boosted by its joint venture with the bookmaker William Hill.

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