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Gambling grans' case is dropped

Gambling charges against 40 elderly women, including a 98-year-old, who held weekly poker-and-bridge parties in Cyprus, were dropped yesterday by the country's Attorney General.

The wheel of fortune turns for new opera

The ROH's latest 'everyday' tale revolves around a lottery, its star and composer tell Jessica Duchen

Stephen Foley: Foreign firms may be on a loser when the online gambling ball starts rolling

US Outlook: There are no Puritans in a recession.

William Hill sees revenues surge to £1.1bn

William Hill is planning a major expansion both in mobile phone betting and internationally "as more governments open up their regulated gambling markets," according to its chief executive, Ralph Topping.

Bryan Berg puts the final touches to his creation

Record-breaking cardstacker completes Houses of Parliament feat

American cardstacker Bryan Berg completed a giant model of the Houses of Parliament yesterday, after a week's modelling.

Gamilati is a 12-1 chance for the 1,000 Guineas after scoring in the UAEe quivalent at Meydan in Dubai yesterday

Gamilati hot – before a tot of Whisky?

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.

Trainer Nicky Henderson with Oscar Whisky at his Seven Barrows yard in Lambourn yesterday

Henderson ready to scotch Champion route for Whisky

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Mark Grant and Lights Of Broadway clear the last at Taunton to land odds of 200-1 in yesterday’s mares’ novice hurdle

Darlan dazzles, Lights dazes

On the face of it, only one of the novice hurdle winners at Taunton yesterday could be described as breathtaking. The first, after all, was returned at 200-1; and the second, sent off at odds-on, won by only half a length. But the manner of Darlan's success was such that he stole the show even from the eye-watering starting price of Lights Of Broadway.

Diamond Harry clears the last to win the 2010 Hennessy at Newbury

Diamond can sparkle in company of legends

No matter what the heart says, one look at the odds is enough to make the head hopelessly confused.

Fingal Bay leads a classy novice crop

When Simonsig coasted up to challenge Fingal Bay at Sandown yesterday, it seemed clear that a new star was about to announce himself. The twist was that the star was Fingal Bay.

Nicky Henderson holds Long Run at Seven Barrows yesterday

Henderson shows faith in his beaten champions

These things tend to level themselves out in the end. Just as an unnervingly mild, dry autumn could not last forever, so Nicky Henderson knows that the very best horses in his care will ultimately complete a cycle rendered almost as inexorable by his past champions.

Gambling on tax may backfire

Proposals to change the taxation of online betting companies which are based offshore could lead to 40 per cent of gamblers using unauthorised traders.

Star redefines laws of known universe

Nicholls may seek fifth King George after Kauto returns to brilliant best in humbling Long Run

Camelot jackpot as Lottery sales hit a record £3.2bn

Cash-strapped families across Britain are increasingly putting their faith in winning a bumper jackpot, as sales of National Lottery tickets hit record highs.

Lottery payouts hit record levels

National Lottery operator Camelot has paid out record amounts to prize winners and good causes after its draws and scratchcards surged in popularity.

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