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Jimmy Savile latest: 'macabre reports' of interfering with dead bodies

26 June 2014 13:49:38 UK headlines

Official report into Jimmy Savile abuse at Leeds NHS hospital hears shocking claims that the entertainer interfered with dead bodies

Vice All News Time26 June 2014 13:49:38


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VIDEO: Steven Gerrard MELTS in Lucozade film... symbolic of the conditions he'll face at the World Cup

29 May 2014 20:53:05 Football | Mail Online

'Only those who know how to beat the conditions will rule'; A quote which sums up Steven Gerrard's latest video ahead of the World Cup this summer.

Vice Football Time29 May 2014 20:53:05


Dewani condition 'has improved'

12 May 2014 11:27:54 BBC News - UK

The condition of a man accused of arranging his wife's killing on their honeymoon in South Africa "has improved", the South African Press Association reports.

Vice All News Time12 May 2014 11:27:54


House market conditions 'strengthen'

27 January 2014 03:16:47 BBC News - UK

Latest figures from Solicitor Property Centres Scotland show a 36% rise on house sales in the final quarter of 2013 compared with the previous year.

Vice All News Time27 January 2014 03:16:47


BlackBerry reports $4.4bn loss

20 December 2013 17:07:48 UK Homepage

BlackBerry reported a massive third-quarter loss of $4.4bn and admitted it is selling few of its latest model BB10 smartphones

Vice All News Time20 December 2013 17:07:48


BlackBerry reports $4.4bn loss

20 December 2013 16:45:11 Tech Hub

BlackBerry reported a massive third-quarter loss of $4.4bn and admitted it is selling few of its latest model BB10 smartphones

Vice All News Time20 December 2013 16:45:11


Amnesty International report criticises Fifa over stance of worker conditions ahead of 2022 World Cup in Qatar

17 November 2013 22:47:40 Sport

A new Amnesty International report is severely critical of Fifa and the 2022 World Cup organisers due to their inaction over workers rights in Qatar.        

Vice Sport Time17 November 2013 22:47:40


Amnesty International report criticises Fifa over stance of worker conditions ahead of 2022 World Cup in Qatar

17 November 2013 22:39:09 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

A new Amnesty International report is severely critical of Fifa and the 2022 World Cup organisers due to their inaction over workers rights in Qatar.        

Vice Football Time17 November 2013 22:39:09


Google ‘outraged’ by latest NSA claims

31 October 2013 00:32:41 UK Homepage

New report alleges National Security Agency sought information on millions of people by tapping into a weak point in Google’s network architecture

Vice All News Time31 October 2013 00:32:41


Google ‘outraged’ by latest NSA claims

31 October 2013 00:10:37 Tech Hub

New report alleges National Security Agency sought information on millions of people by tapping into a weak point in Google’s network architecture

Vice All News Time31 October 2013 00:10:37


A quarter of psoriasis suffers say they have been DUMPED because of the condition - and 40% say their skin repulses people

29 October 2013 03:51:39 News | Mail Online

A report by Exorex, producers of psoriasis treatments, found that 16 per cent of sufferers (which include Kim Kardashian) have avoided going on a date because of the condition.

Vice All News Time29 October 2013 03:51:39


Google's terms and conditions beat classics Beowulf or War and Peace to be named the most epic read of our time, say scientists

19 October 2013 19:01:32 News | Mail Online

Google's latest terms and conditions are more difficult to understand than Anglo-Saxon saga Beowulf and Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, according to a new study

Vice All News Time19 October 2013 19:01:32


Concern over care worker conditions

08 October 2013 06:34:54 BBC News - UK

Poor conditions for home care workers mean elderly and disabled people are "vulnerable to neglectful or abusive treatment", a report warns.

Vice All News Time08 October 2013 06:34:54


Apple probes conditions at China factory

06 September 2013 10:56:19 Tech Hub

Campaign group says in report that its investigations found employees working more than 60-hour maximum working week that Apple requires of suppliers

Vice All News Time06 September 2013 10:56:19


Apple probes conditions at China factory

06 September 2013 10:56:19 UK Homepage

Campaign group says in report that its investigations found employees working more than 60-hour maximum working week that Apple requires of suppliers

Vice All News Time06 September 2013 10:56:19


GE says business conditions improving

19 July 2013 14:57:35 UK Homepage

The US industrial and finance group reported earnings in line with expectations and said business conditions are improving

Vice All News Time19 July 2013 14:57:35


Smikle the latest Jamaican to fail test

19 July 2013 04:13:50 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• Olympian insists he did not knowingly take a banned substance • Smikle is fourth Jamaican to be named in past week The Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle has become the fourth Jamaican athlete to reveal a positive doping test but said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. Smikle said the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) notified him that his urine sample from the Jamaica National Trials in June returned an adverse analytical finding. He did not identify the substance for which he tested positive. "As an athlete I must take responsibility for whatever is found in my body; however, I wish to state that I did not knowingly or wilfully ingest any banned substance," Smikle said. "Personally I am very saddened and surprised by these findings, as I have never attempted to cheat and have always considered myself an ambassador for the sport and a strong supporter of drug testing." Smikle, who competed for Jamaica at last year's London Olympics but did not make the final, also said he regretted the "hurt and embarrassment" his failed test caused a country still digesting news of positive tests from two high-profile sprinters and another discus thrower. He joined the former world 100 metres record-holder Asafa Powell, the Olympic 4x100m relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson and his fellow discus thrower Allison Randall as athletes to confirm doping violations from the Jamaican trials. They have all denied intentionally taking a banned substance. Sources close to Jamaican athletics said a fifth athlete, a junior who has not yet been identified, had also tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs at the championships. Smikle, 21, has requested analysis of his 'B' sample and was willing to work with JADCO in any investigation to get this matter dealt with in the best way possible. Drugs in sport Jamaica Olympic team Athletics guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time19 July 2013 04:13:50


Government seeking opinions on latest open data action plan

28 June 2013 14:03:51 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis | theguardian.com

The second Open Government Partnership national plan, which is open for consultation, focuses on more transparency in local government and consolidation of open policymaking The government is seeking input from businesses and the public on its latest action plan for open data. The draft of the second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan , which will be open for consultation until 19 September, focuses on developing open policymaking, encouraging openness in local government and promoting corporate transparency. The UK is this year's lead co-chair for the OGP, an organisation which brings together the leaders of 59 governments with the aim of securing commitments to open data and transparency. Publishing a country action plan is a requirement for membership. Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society, said the government wanted "businesses, entrepreneurs, civil society organisations and members of the public" to contribute to the process. He added that past open data releases had a "real impact on growth and the well-being of society". This takes forward recommendations from the Shakespeare review of public sector information , published this year, which suggested that open data must translate into bankable economic growth for UK businesses. Other key commitments from the plan include: ● ensuring that government officials understand open policymaking, what it means for their work and the tools available to them; ● reducing barriers to participation in open policymaking for the public through creating citizen networks encouraging peer-to-peer democratic education. The government will also measure the reach and representation of open policymaking to check whether citizens are participating; ● defining a National Information Infrastructure, which will contain the most important government datasets held by government. This was detailed in the government's response to the Shakespeare review ; ● updating the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency, which lists data that councils should provide and encourages them to allow residents to hold them to account. This may involve making the code mandatory; ● giving the public better access to budget, spend and contract information from local government. The plan was drafted by government departments along with members of the OGP Civil Society Network. Suggestions made by members of the network, which may be taken on board after the consultation, include establishing open contracting in government, publishing the full details of companies registered at Companies House and publishing a lobbying register which would include in-house corporate lobbyists. It was also suggested that Freedom of Information requests should be widened to incorporate all organisations delivering public services. However, the draft plan does not contain open data commitments made at the G8 summit last month – such as the Open Data Charter and the eight core principles for transparency in private companies – because it was written before the summit took place. After consultation closes, the final report will be submitted to the OGP in October. What are your views on the plan? Let us know in the comments below • Want your say? Email us at public.leaders@guardian.co.uk. To get our articles on policy and leadership direct to your inbox, sign up to the Guardian Public Leaders Network now. Looking for your next role? See our Guardian jobs site for senior executive jobs in government and politics . • For the latest on public services leadership, follow us: @publicleaders Public service delivery Transparency Efficiency and risk Government data Public sector careers Helen Crane guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds      

Vice All News Time28 June 2013 14:03:51


Capello the latest to reject PSG

19 June 2013 22:54:15 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

• Russia manager turns down offer of 12 month-deal • Michael Laudrup, Van Basten and Rijkaard enter the fray Paris Saint-Germain's increasingly desperate search for a new manager endured yet another setback on Wednesday after Fabio Capello, the latest candidate to whom the French champions have turned, rejected the chance to move to Parc des Princes and indicated he intends instead to remain as head coach of Russia. Capello's son, the lawyer Pierfilippo Capello who acts as his agent, spent the morning in talks with the PSG president, Nasser al Khelaifi, and the sporting director, Leonardo, after flying to Paris apparently to finalise a move after Tottenham Hotspur's André Villas-Boas decided against leaving Spurs. PSG had already agreed to pay the £2.6m release fee in the 67-year-old former England manager's contract, having previously been just as willing to meet the £10m clause in Villas-Boas's deal at White Hart Lane. However, the Paris talks ran aground over the length of the contract on offer – a year, with an option for a further 12 months – and Russia's apparent insistence that he see out a notice period. Pierfilippo Capello departed Parc des Princes at around 2pm with no agreement reached, and with his father preparing to depart for Brazil to watch the rest of the Confederations Cup. There remains the outside possibility that talks could be revived and compromise reached but, for the moment, PSG are resigned to finding yet another alternative. With Roberto Mancini apparently not under consideration, the likes of Michael Laudrup at Swansea, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and even Claude Makelele, who is on PSG's coaching staff, would now be considered. The French champions are seeking a successor to Carlo Ancelotti, who is to take up the reins at Real Madrid along with his coaching staff, having steered the French club to their first league title in 19 years and the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Qatari Investment Authority had sounded out the likes of José Mourinho, Manuel Pellegrini and Guus Hiddink before targeting Villas-Boas, only for the Portuguese to become the latest high-profile candidate to opt to remain at his current club. Prospective managers are apparently being unnerved by PSG's long-term interest in the Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, whom they still hope to hire at the end of his contract next summer. Al Khelaifi is also the general manager of al-Jazeera Sport, the Qatari-owned television station, employs Wenger as a pundit and enjoys a good relationship with the Frenchman. Al Khelaifi attempted unsuccessfully to lure Wenger from Arsenal in the summer of 2011 and further soundings were taken towards the end of last season, with Wenger insistent that he respects his contracts. The Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, has made clear this summer that he wants to secure his manager on a new long-term deal. Fabio Capello Paris Saint-Germain Russia André Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur Dominic Fifield guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time19 June 2013 22:54:15


The latest craze: the over-40 female actor

11 June 2013 18:53:31 Film | theguardian.com

The film industry usually only has eyes for younger actresses, but a new report indicates that nine out of 10 top earners are over the age of 37 In 1962, a 21-year-old named Nora Ephron interviewed for a job at Newsweek. She said she wanted to be a writer. She was quickly assured that women did not become writers at Newsweek, and was offered a job sorting the mail for $55 a week. How things have changed. In 1990, Ephron was Oscar-nominated for writing When Harry Met Sally . In it, Meg Ryan's Sally has an existential freak out. "And I'm gonna be FORTY!" she wails. "When?" asks Billy Crystal's Harry, baffled. Through her sobs, she manages to articulate: "Some day!" For Sally, 40 is a bleak deadline, the end of all promise. How things have changed. This week, the Hollywood Reporter magazine has run a cover story trumpeting the "revenge of the over-40 actress" . You might take issue with the article's implication that the increasing success of older female actors is on some level a victorious catfight – or cougarfight – at the expense of younger performers ("the next generation hasn't produced as many shining stars"). But set against the truism that if you're a woman in Hollywood, the roles start drying up when you hit 35, the key statistic was heartening: nine of the top 10-earning female actors in 2012 were aged at least 37, including Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie. It helps enormously that writers such as Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Polley and Lena Dunham are writing roles for women in films and television where casting doesn't depend on what Fey's autobiography, Bossypants, describes as a studio executive's idea of who is "fuckable". Not to be too starry-eyed about things, but another contributing factor is perhaps simply the improvement in anti-ageing techniques. If Nicole Kidman looks the same at 46 as she did at 30, you satisfy studio imperatives of star recognition and conventional beauty in one fell swoop. Audiences themselves are also ageing and diversifying, creating a need for more imaginative casting than the traditional approach of only asking what teenage boys might want – witness Gwyneth Paltrow (born 1972) as Pepper Potts opposite Robert Downey Jnr (born 1965) in the Iron Man franchise. For every Paltrow, you will still usually find a lower-profile young thing playing opposite Tom Cruise, but the point is they weren't casting any high-profile Gwyneth equivalents in comic-book adaptations 10 years ago. Of course, Pepper Potts is the PA/love interest and not the hero, so we are in no danger of realising a feminist utopia just yet. More interesting is the trend whereby the roles themselves are becoming less gendered, whether written by a man or woman. Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester, nemesis of the titular singing club in Glee, is something of a pioneer in this area. As her autobiography Happy Accidents tells it, she made a career out of getting her agent to ask: "Can you see a woman in that part?" Lynch's gender-switched roles include her first big film part opposite Harrison Ford in The Fugitive, and her scene-stealing turn traumatising Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin , a switch based on a suggestion by Carell's wife. More recently, the same approach saw Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy headline the financial hit Identity Thief, a road trip riff on the Planes, Trains & Automobiles dynamic with McCarthy as the originally male John Candy-esque free spirit and Jason Bateman following in Steve Martin's straight-man footsteps. Cross-casting can only happen when there's little about the role that needs to be one gender or the other. It's not an entirely new trend – Rosalind Russell's classic role as a reporter opposite Cary Grant in the screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940) was a chap in the original stage play The Front Page. But by and large, it's only once women start working as doctors, politicians, commodity brokers – you name it – that cross-casting becomes a credible option in mainstream films. Perhaps in the future more of these roles will be written for women in the first place and we'll be able to marvel anew over how things have changed. Catherine Bray is a writer-broadcaster and editor of Film4.com. Follow her on Twitter @catherinebray . Film industry Women Nora Ephron Sandra Bullock Melissa McCarthy Gwyneth Paltrow Jane Lynch Catherine Bray guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time11 June 2013 18:53:31


Talking Horses: The latest news and best bets

11 June 2013 12:47:56 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

The latest news and best bets in our daily horse racing blog Tuesday's best bets, by Chris Cook Here's a video that deserves more views. It was taken from the helmet cam used by Johnny Velazquez when he worked Animal Kingdom up the straight at Ascot 12 days ago. Animal Kingdom is the American-based horse who will add international intrigue to day one of Royal Ascot next Tuesday, when he is expected to start hot favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes. The winner of the Dubai World Cup when last seen, he is also a past winner of the Kentucky Derby - for many people, his appearance at Ascot will be their first chance to see a winner of that race in the flesh. As it happens, Animal Kingdom raised his head on the way down to the start of the gallop, bashing Velazquez's camera so that it is pointing slightly down rather than straight ahead. The view, therefore, is mostly of his chestnut mane flapping at the lens and Ascot doesn't get much of a look-in until the very end, when Velazquez pulls the horse up and has a look back around at the grandstand. Still, it's probably a more realistic view of what a jockey sees during a race than these helmet cams normally provide. One particular point to look out for is the moment near the end of the gallop when Animal Kingdom took a flying leap in the air, shortly after passing the post . If you didn't know it was there (at about 1.26), you might miss it, which is a testament to Velazquez's balance because it looked pretty hairy from the stands. Hopefully, there will be no such antics at Salisbury today, where I'm hoping for a Hughie Morrison double. Morrison, a trainer I like, has been having a thin time of it lately but his Pastoral Player would have won a Group Three at Haydock on Saturday if he'd had room to go inside Eton Forever rather than around him, so it's not as though the yard is presently incapable of sending out a winner. Lyric Ballad (3.30) is too big at 6-1 for the 10-furlong fillies' handicap, having stormed home over a slightly shorter trip at Sandown last month, her first run since New Year's Eve and her first time on turf since her debut in October. She looked a different horse that day to the green, one-paced thing that had wrestled with our tight all-weather circuits in early winter and been handicapped on that basis. The Racing Post analyst noted that she had "done well". Raised 7lb for her win, Lyric Ballad should still have a fair bit in hand and a three-week gap since the last run should be plenty of time to recover. Morrison appears to have a connection with the race, the Margadale Fillies Handicap, since he is the younger brother of the 3rd Lord Margadale. He has a runner in the race in most years, winning at 10-1 in 2009 and being beaten a nose at 11-2 in 2011. Half an hour later, Morrison runs Maisie's Moon (4.05) in the seven-furlong handicap. Another filly, she was stuffed in three quick maidens at the end of last year but was backed down to 7-4 favourite for her handicap debut at Wolverhampton in April. The money was lost as she dropped herself right out, Martin Harley reporting that she wouldn't face the kickback. Her breeding suggests fast turf should be fine and the trainer has had 50 days to prepare her for the recovery mission, so double-figure odds would be tempting. Both are ridden by the excellent Silvestre de Sousa, which is interesting, because he has never had more than one ride for Morrison in a single calendar year until today. His only ride for Morrison so far this year was that win on Lyric Ballad. Tipping competition, day two Thanks to Mulldog for clarifying that he can't use last week's prize (Ascot tickets). 72luca, as the runner-up, we'll be in touch with you! This week's winners so far: Monday Little Eaglet 7-2 Even Bolder 20-1 Malekat Jamal 6-1 And our leader is, er: 72luca +8.50 who had Little Eaglet and Malekat Jamal and is therefore literally on fire (which does not accord with the Ascot dress code). Nobody found Even Bolder. Today, we'd like your tips, please, for these races: 4.05 Salisbury, 4.20 Fontwell, 6.10 Worcester . This week's prize is a copy of Her Majesty's Pleasure, Julian Muscat's book about the Queen's involvement in horse racing which was named 'Racing Book of the Year' at the recent Sports Book Awards. It seems a timely prize, with Royal Ascot next week. If you don't win, you can buy a copy here . As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be three each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. If you have not joined in so far this week, you are welcome to do so today, but you will start on -3. In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day. For terms and conditions click here . Good luck! Click here for all the day's racecards, form, stats and results. And post your tips or racing-related comments below. Horse racing tips Horse racing Chris Cook Tony Paley guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds    

Vice All News Time11 June 2013 12:47:56


Get used to bad weather causing chaos on the roads - report claims 'not even a gritter on every corner' will save us against 'extreme' conditions

13 May 2013 09:42:04 News | Mail Online

A combination of more frequent and more 'extreme' bad winter weather means drivers will have to change their habits, a report by the RAC says.

Vice All News Time13 May 2013 09:42:04


Talking Horses: The best bets and latest news

07 May 2013 13:01:16 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

The best bets and latest news in our daily horse racing blog Today's best bets, by Chris Cook As I type, suggestions are appearing on Twitter that poor Bryan Cooper's injury from Down Royal yesterday may be even more serious than first imagined. He has broken his left femur, or thigh bone, which immediately makes you think he'd be out for six months but the Racing Post now report his agent as saying he could be on the sidelines for a year. That would be an enormous pity for a young man who had spent the spring building a big reputation, following up a hat-trick at the Cheltenham Festival with two Grade One wins at Aintree. Best wishes to you, Bryan, and here's hoping you're back in the saddle by Christmas at the outside. Kieren Fallon, who is more than twice Cooper's age, is flying along just now with 10 winners in the past fortnight at a 20% strike-rate. He's often seemed like a confidence jockey and hopefully he can get the most out of Jonnie Skull (3.50) today at Yarmouth, having made all on him to score at the same track a fortnight ago. Jonnie Skull is back up 4lb but has twice won from higher marks and gets his favoured fast ground again. He's fairly priced at 7-2, though I note the support for Hamble, who won his maiden here in 2011 and makes his first start for Marco Botti. Burning Dawn (4.20) showed promise on her debut last year but was beaten favourite in her subsequent two starts. The result is that she starts handicaps on a realistic mark and gets fast ground for the first time here; there are mixed messages from her pedigree but a case can be made that it should allow her to show her best form. She's 4-1. The Yorkshire-based Sharon Watt had her first good Flat season last year and produced Jewelled Dagger to win on her first start for 11 months last week. I'm interested in Almond Branches (8.40) , who makes her debut for Watt in tonight's closer at Catterick, with a tongue tie on for the first time. Formerly with George Moore, Almond Branches has had three runs over this course and distance, winning twice and being beaten a neck. She runs off the same mark here as when pipped on her last visit and looks overpriced at 10-1. Tipping competition - a new week Congratulations to wiggy12, who picked Monumental Man (4-1) and Sennockian Star (11-4) to win last week's competition on a final score of +17.75. He edged past hegman, who also had Monumental Man, and held off the strong finish of Sandiuk, one of three to find Kingarrick (8-1). This week's prize is a copy of 'The Suffragette Derby', a soon-to-be-published hardback by Michael Tanner, telling the story of the 1913 Derby, now almost exactly a century ago, when Emily Davison walked onto the course at Epsom during the race and was knocked down by the King's horse. Tanner, we are told, has "scoured public and private sources . . . to debunk the myths and reveal for the first time the definitive account of what led to the events of that day and how they unfolded". If you don't win, you can buy a copy here . If you go to this page and use the code: 'GUARDIAN', you can buy the book at a discounted price of £14.99, saving £5! To kick things off, we'd like your tips, please, for these races: 3.00 Fakenham, 3.50 Yarmouth, 4.40 Kempton. This being a short week, we're going to try a scoreless experiment. Since Mr Hayler left the paper in December, the remaining members of the team have been under increased pressure of time and, if we can make this competition work without daily score updates, we'd like to do so. BUT we will provide the identity of the winner by 6pm on Friday, in an effort to compensate for this change. As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be four each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day. For terms and conditions click here . Good luck! Click here for all the day's racecards, form, stats and results. And post your tips or racing-related comments below. Horse racing tips Horse racing Chris Cook Tony Paley guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time07 May 2013 13:01:16


Talking Horses: The best bets and latest news

01 May 2013 13:25:30 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

Win Brough Scott's controversial Henry Cecil biography plus the best bets and latest news Wednesday's best bets, by Chris Cook Two of the Australian trainers who have enjoyed success at Royal Ascot have responded with anger to suggestions from Britain that their achievements may have been trained by steroid use. Peter Moody, trainer of Black Caviar, and Lee Freedman, who had Miss Andretti, are quoted in this report as denying their horses were ever trained on steroids. Both men also suggest that some British voices are making too much of the steroid stramash but the genie is out of that bottle for good. Any Australian trainer bringing horses here is likely to be asked about his use of steroids; indeed, it would be a deriliction for journalists to leave that question unasked, given that we are all now aware that Australian horses are allowed to be trained on the stuff. That is not to say that steroids are never used in this country. Given the events of the past week, it would clearly be hopelessly optimistic to make that assertion. But they're prohibited and our regulator is working to stamp out their use, which is something we can be proud of. To Ascot, where you can get 6-1 about Hasopop (4.10) in the Listed sprint for three-year-olds. He has suggested that he's well up to pattern class in two races on Polytrack, a Group Three at Kempton last year and a Listed at Lingfield last month, running on well both times, looking as though the tight circuits did not help. His latest effort, when third in a hot Newbury handicap, giving weight to the first two, was his best yet. That was over seven on good to soft but six furlongs behind a strong pace may suit him better, especially on this drying surface. At 9-1, I like Nicky Henderson's Earth Amber (3.35) for the Sagaro. She showed a lot of ability in three runs in France last year, when with Alain de Royer-Dupre, and was a running-on second over a shorter trip on her British debut last month. She has bundles of improvement in her and this doesn't look like the strongest Sagaro ever run. Tipping competition, day three Hegman has leapt to the fore, having found both The Fossa (7-2) and Corn Maiden (5-1), but is hotly pursued by slackdad38, who had the same double, as did NYStadium, Mulldog and Ormrod76. Bathwick Street (7-2) was picked only by lcprestes, Yossarian24, trossiter and Toptrapper. Today, we'd like your tips, please, for these races: 3.00 Ascot, 3.35 Ascot, 3.55 Pontefract . In Guineas week, our prize is a second copy of Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius, by Brough Scott, the biography which has attracted a fair amount of media attention in the last fortnight. Described by the accompanying blurb as "one of the great redemption songs of sporting history", the book was published just 10 days ago. Scott says of Cecil: "His has been the most gripping racing story ever told, because the career which he brought to a climax with Frankel has the quality that only the Gods can bestow". If you don't win, you can buy a copy here . As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be four each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. If you have not joined in so far this week, you are welcome to do so today, but you will start on -6. In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day. For terms and conditions click here . Good luck! Standings after day two hegman +10.50 slackdad38 +9.50 Sportingbest +6.50 RickyVillasBeard +6.50 jaygee1 +6.50 wiggy12 +6 Toptrapper +5 JahLion +5 sandiuk +5 Mulldog +4.50 NYStadium +4.50 Ormrod76 +4.50 paudi051 +0.50 tom1977 +0 Ellandback +0 BearRides +0 melonk +0 chris1623 +0 waltersobchak +0 moidadem +0 wemeanyounoharm +0 William36 +0 kentaylor58 +0 mikeysi +0 shears39 +0 JudoMadVicar -1.50 lcprestes -1.50 trossiter -1.50 AlexCook -1.50 Yossarian24 -1.50 ToffeeDan1 -1.50 no1octoberfest -1.50 chiefhk -6 markahoy -6 TwoChainz -6 CorvusFrugilegus -6 millreef -6 diegoisgod -6 23skidoo -6 tanias -6 Blitzwing -6 Lindsey6677 -6 SmokingGun1 -6 londonpatrick -6 Shrewdette -6 chrisjh007 -6 Copshaw -6 carl31 -6 MISTERCHESTER -6 GForce1 -6 goofs -6 sangfroid -6 john987 -6 paddytheirishman1 -6 Mai11 -6 barnster73 -6 Click here for all the day's racecards, form, stats and results. And post your tips or racing-related comments below. Horse racing tips Horse racing Chris Cook Tony Paley guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds      

Vice All News Time01 May 2013 13:25:30


Talking Horses: Latest news and best bets in our daily racing blog

19 April 2013 13:11:33 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

The latest news and best bets in our daily horse racing blog, plus the climax of our weekly tipping competition Today's best bets, by Greg Wood Three handicaps and three maidens – which is perhaps one too many, even at this early stage of the season – make up the bulk of the card at Newbury this afternoon, but the most interesting race is arguably the conditions event at 2.30pm, for all that there are just five runners. The size of the field is not always a guide to the competitiveness of a race and all five can be given a chance on the book (in fact, all are currently trading at single-figure odds). The one with obvious potential to improve, though, is Contributer (2.30) . Ed Dunlop's colt finished sixth in the seven-furlong maiden at last year's July meeting at Newmarket, which is always one of the strongest of the season. Dundonnell and Ghurair were among those to finish just ahead of him, and he followed up that run by getting off the mark on his next start. That was a very solid performance on the clock and he should win here on the way to better things. Compton (5.15) is worth an interest at around 8-1 in the closing handicap. He has not been out since October, but finished fourth in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot on his first start as a three-year-old, so would seem to go well fresh, while he was also fourth in a strong race on Champions Day at the same course last time out. He drops back to five furlongs today, but has the talent and racing weight to go very close if he is ready to do himself justice. Lieutenant Miller (4.15) should also go well for Nicky Henderson, who has a 19% strike rate – and shows a 43% profit – on his runners in Flat handicaps over the last three seasons. Tipping competition, day five Chrisjh007 has moved into a close second, thanks to Tickled Pink (8-1). John987 and Harrytheactor made a lot of progress by pairing that winner with Big Easy (5-1). Moidadem was the only one to find Life Of A Luso (16-1). By the way, you are always allowed to replace a non-runner with an alternative tip, so long as you can do so before the race actually starts. It's helpful to the scorekeeper if you can repost your other tips in the same posting. Mulldog , is this a significant day for you, by any chance? For today's thrilling climax, we'd like your tips, please, for these races: 2.40 Ayr , 3.05 Newbury , 4.15 Newbury . GET THOSE TIPS IN EARLY! In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day (TODAY). This week's prize is copy of Racing & Football Outlook's Flat Guide 2013, your handy guide to the season which sort-of started on Friday. Features include interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; an illustated racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Steve Mellish and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead. If you don't win, you can buy a copy here . As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be four each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. If you have not joined in so far this week, you are welcome to do so today, but you will start on -12. For terms and conditions click here . Good luck! Standings after day four ghostquarter +17.50 chrisjh007 +17 paudi051 +14 JahLion +13.50 john987 +8.50 TheVic +8 William36 +8 ToffeeDan1 +7 melonk +6 RickyVillasBeard +5 moidadem +5 72luca +4.50 AlexCook +4.50 CorvusFrugilegus +4.50 chris1623 +3.50 kentaylor58 +3 Harrytheactor +3 SussexRH +2.75 wiggy12 +2.50 GeorgeWTaylor +2.50 carl31 -1 millreef -1 GForce1 -1 Mai11 -1.25 hegman -1.50 mikeysi -2.25 Lameduck -2.75 Yossarian24 -2.75 Ormrod76 -3 Neil Harris -3 JudoMadVicar -3 Copshaw -4 Toptrapper -4 Ellandback -5 waltersobchak -6 Lindsey6677 -6 orso -6 barnster73 -6.50 WalthamstowLad -6.50 paragoncup -6.50 SmokingGun1 -6.50 chiefhk -6.50 Beeftodd -6.50 23skidoo -6.50 TL127 -8.25 slackdad38 -8.25 sandiuk -8.25 no1octoberfest -8.25 Flossnme -8.25 trossiter -8.25 Dangalf -12 CluelessWhisper -12 TwoChainz -12 goofs -12 Sportingchad -12 Reedo37 -12 Thewrongtree -12 Fixxxer -12 jaygee1 -12 NYStadium -12 shears39 -12 tom1977 -12 tanias -12 diegoisgod -12 Mulldog -12 Sportingbest -12 BearRides -12 lcprestes -12 Shrewdette -12 suckzinclee -12 Armapharma -12 markahoy -12 Click here for all the day's racecards, form, stats and results. And post your tips or racing-related comments below. Horse racing tips Horse racing Greg Wood guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds    

Vice All News Time19 April 2013 13:11:33


The coalition's latest proposals fly in the face of local democracy

19 April 2013 10:59:14 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis | theguardian.com

Eric Pickles' histrionics over council publicity show that he continues to play trivial games, resulting in missed opportunities for local government Anyone needing to be convinced that the coalition's flirtation with localism is over only has to look at the last couple of weeks. As well as trying to secure unwarranted changes to planning rules , the government is imposing ministerial control over council publishing and has admitted it has abandoned any monitoring of Whitehall departments' progress towards localising powers. The proposals to give a cabinet minister power to dictate how often an individual council can publish a newsletter or paper and what it can say are contained in the consultation document on plans to give legal force to the Department for Communities and Local Government's Publicity Code . The code pursues communities secretary Eric Pickles' obsession with stamping out "town hall Pravdas" (no one can fault his ability to find the eye-catching phrase). It stipulates that town and parish councils should publish no more than once a month and other councils no more than quarterly. It also warns against using council publications as vehicles for political propaganda. As governments tend to do when they wish to impose controls, an extreme example is proffered as justification. In this case it is Tower Hamlets council . The East London Advertiser has been battling the authority for many years over the publication of its weekly East End Life paper, while in January broadcasting regulator Ofcom castigated five East End TV channels for breaching strict rules controlling party political advertising after airing an advertisement promoting Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman. The consultation paper on enforcing the code is billed as "protecting the independent press from unfair competition". Yet, despite much bluster on the issue from the Newspaper Society , the communities and local government select committee concluded in a 2011 report that there was "very scant evidence" of council publications hurting local newspaper advertising or sales. Local Government Association leader Sir Merrick Cockell, clearly riled by the government's plans, said the " unnecessary and disproportionate " proposals would "fly in the face of local democracy and the government's declared preference for localism". Pickles' willingness to consider local government's views can be judged by the fact that the four-week consultation is being run through the period of purdah in the run-up to the local elections. The implications of this change are far-reaching and oppressive. It gives the communities secretary the authority to personally control and even censor individual council publications, reminiscent of the powers the Lord Chamberlain used to wield over theatres. Giving the existing publicity code more force is unnecessary. Councils have long understood the public's intolerance of "propaganda on the rates", and governments of all hues are in no position to lecture local authorities on the evils of using taxpayer-funded communications for political ends. Like managers' salaries and councillors' pensions, Pickles' histrionics over council publicity have yet again demonstrated his aptitude for picking an irrelevant distraction and making a story out of it. Of all the issues facing local government, it is difficult to imagine one less worthy of parliamentary time or less important to local communities. Among all the cynical pretence by ministers of supporting localism, Greg Clark, who became financial secretary to the Treasury after holding the now defunct post of minister for decentralisation, stands out as someone who passionately believes in it and keeps arguing its cause. His approach to city deals and his willingness to listen to local authorities is a role model for others. In his report for prime minister David Cameron on departmental progress towards decentralisation , released in December, Clark recommended that the government publish an assessment annually and debate it in parliament. But in evidence to the communities and local government select committee this week, DCLG minister Don Foster had to admit that will not happen. The government could never allow its progress on localism to be subjected to such close scrutiny. It would expose the failure of numerous departments – notably Work and Pensions, Business, Innovation and Skills, and Education – to match the rhetoric. The harm done to everything from improving schools and building affordable homes to getting people into jobs and supporting local businesses would be apparent. So Pickles will carry on playing his trivial games and opportunities for local government to fulfil its potential will continue to be missed. It could be so much better than this. This content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. Join the local government network for comment, analysis and best practice direct to you Policy Localism Democracy Local government Richard Vize guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time19 April 2013 10:59:14


Talking Horses: The best bets and latest news

18 April 2013 11:58:31 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

The best bets and latest news in our daily horse racing blog Thursday's best bets, by Tony Paley It's that tough period at the fag end of the jumps season and bang in the middle of the phoney war on the Flat before the new campaign properly gets under way. I took 8-1 about Rival D'Estruval for the Scottish Grand National last week having put him up here as a horse to follow from the Cheltenham Festival but good bets on the jumps are scarce at this time of year. It certainly looked the case at Cheltenham yesterday when a number of horses performed as if a long season was catching up with them. Sam Winner (4.20) is relatively lightly raced this term and may be able to bounce back with the help of blinkers while I saw Big Time Billy (3.10) win at Fakenham after only three outings in 2012-13 so far and he won with plenty in hand. The best bet today, though, comes in the final race at Newmarket, a contest in which Sir Michael Stoute often runs a well-regarded animal. This time around it's Hillstar (5.45) who won well at Leicester on his final outing last season and has the big-race entries that suggest he could prove better than his current rating in time. Tipping competition, day four Ghostquarter and paudi051 have shot clear at the top by picking Party Rock (14-1). Kentaylor58 was the only other person to find that one, while only Mai11 and Ellandback had Shahdaroba (6-1). Hot Snap (10-1) was fairly popular, being noted by chrisjh007 (now third) among others. Today, we'd like your tips, please, for these races: 3.30 Newmarket, 3.45 Cheltenham, 4.20 Cheltenham . This week's prize is copy of Racing & Football Outlook's Flat Guide 2013, your handy guide to the season which sort-of started on Friday. Features include interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; an illustated racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Steve Mellish and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead. If you don't win, you can buy a copy here . As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be four each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. If you have not joined in so far this week, you are welcome to do so today, but you will start on -9. In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day. For terms and conditions click here . Good luck! Standings after day three ghostquarter +20.50 paudi051 +17 chrisjh007 +11 RickyVillasBeard +8 JahLion +7.50 72luca +7.50 AlexCook +7.50 CorvusFrugilegus +7.50 chris1623 +6.50 kentaylor58 +6 SussexRH +5.75 wiggy12 +5.50 TheVic +2 carl31 +2 William36 +2 millreef +2 GForce1 +2 Mai11 +1.75 ToffeeDan1 +1 Lameduck +0.25 Yossarian24 +0.25 Ormrod76 +0 Neil Harris +0 melonk +0 JudoMadVicar +0 Copshaw -1 Toptrapper -1 Ellandback -2 barnster73 -3.50 WalthamstowLad -3.50 paragoncup -3.50 SmokingGun1 -3.50 chiefhk -3.50 Beeftodd -3.50 john987 -3.50 23skidoo -3.50 GeorgeWTaylor -3.50 hegman -4.50 TL127 -5.25 slackdad38 -5.25 sandiuk -5.25 no1octoberfest -5.25 Flossnme -5.25 trossiter -5.25 mikeysi -5.25 moidadem -9 Dangalf -9 CluelessWhisper -9 TwoChainz -9 goofs -9 Sportingchad -9 Reedo37 -9 waltersobchak -9 Thewrongtree -9 Fixxxer -9 jaygee1 -9 NYStadium -9 shears39 -9 tom1977 -9 tanias -9 diegoisgod -9 Mulldog -9 Sportingbest -9 Lindsey6677 -9 BearRides -9 lcprestes -9 Shrewdette -9 Harrytheactor -9 orso -9 suckzinclee -9 Armapharma -9 markahoy -9 Click here for all the day's racecards, form, stats and results. And post your tips or racing-related comments below. Horse racing tips Horse racing Tony Paley guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time18 April 2013 11:58:31


Talking Horses: The best bets and latest news

17 April 2013 11:56:58 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

The best bets and latest news in our daily horse racing blog 10.45am Black Caviar retired unbeaten after 25 victories Unbeaten Australian star Black Caviar has been retired, trainer Peter Moody has announced. The seven-year-old bows out with a record of 25 wins in as many starts, including 15 victories at the highest level. Black Caviar claimed her final victory in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick last Saturday Moody told news.com.au: "[The] owners and myself had a long chat over the last couple of days and at lunchtime today we decided 25 was a great number to go out on." You can read the full story here . Meanwhile, if you want to read the report on that dramatic day last year at Royal Ascot when she recorded what will probably be recalled as her most famous victory here is Chris Cook's piece for the Observer. 10.45am Was Spicer Cub the unluckiest loser ever? Watch this race from Pimlico this week and make your own mind up. Don't miss the replay which highlights how the horse in question veered so far across the track in the home straight with the race at its mercy that he went round the stalls left on the course. Wednesday's best bets, by Tony Paley The Craven meeting at Newmarket today marks the time when the turf Flat season feels like it has properly started. This is a fixture which usually throws up many more horses to follow than betting opportunities and while Sky Lantern (4.05) , of whom Richard Hannon Jr was extremely bullish in interviews this week, should go very close in the Nell Gwyn it is to Beverley I have turned for the best wager of the day. The sprint track favours the low-drawn horses at the Yorkshire course and Jamaican Bolt (4.05) , on which the very capable claimer Willie Twiston-Davies takes off a valuable 5lb, is ideally berthed in stall two this afternoon. The selection was an eye-catcher at Doncaster last time, travelling conspicuously well until fading in the closing stages and the return to five furlongs is very much in his favour. The jumps card at Cheltenham, where they won't have to break from stalls as Blackstairmountain did prior to winning the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan at the weekend, is a fascinating one. Both Puffin Billy (2.10) and Champion Court (3.55) ran well enough in defeat at the Festival last month to suggest they can gain compensation today while Mr Mole (5.35) will find the going much more to his liking. Tipping competition, day three RickyVillasBeard has taken over at the top, thanks to Union Saint (7-1). Yossarian24 made good progress by pairing Kenai Peninsula (9-2) with No Loose Change (11-4). Today, we'd like your tips, please, for these races: 3.20 Cheltenham, 4.05 Newmarket, 5.45 Newmarket . This week's prize is copy of Racing & Football Outlook's Flat Guide 2013, your handy guide to the season which sort-of started on Friday. Features include interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; an illustated racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Steve Mellish and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead. If you don't win, you can buy a copy here . As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be four each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. If you have not joined in so far this week, you are welcome to do so today, but you will start on -6. In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day. For terms and conditions click here . Good luck! Standings after day two RickyVillasBeard +11 wiggy12 +8.50 ghostquarter +8.50 paudi051 +5 ToffeeDan1 +4 Lameduck +3.25 Yossarian24 +3.25 Ormrod76 +3 chrisjh007 +3 Neil Harris +3 melonk +3 JudoMadVicar +3 Copshaw +2 Toptrapper +2 barnster73 -0.50 WalthamstowLad -0.50 paragoncup -0.50 SmokingGun1 -0.50 JahLion -0.50 chiefhk -0.50 Beeftodd -0.50 72luca -0.50 john987 -0.50 AlexCook -0.50 CorvusFrugilegus -0.50 23skidoo -0.50 GeorgeWTaylor -0.50 hegman -1.50 chris1623 -1.50 TL127 -2.25 slackdad38 -2.25 sandiuk -2.25 no1octoberfest -2.25 Flossnme -2.25 Mai11 -2.25 trossiter -2.25 SussexRH -2.25 mikeysi -2.25 moidadem -6 Dangalf -6 CluelessWhisper -6 TwoChainz -6 goofs -6 Sportingchad -6 Reedo37 -6 TheVic -6 waltersobchak -6 Ellandback -6 Thewrongtree -6 Fixxxer -6 jaygee1 -6 NYStadium -6 shears39 -6 tom1977 -6 tanias -6 carl31 -6 diegoisgod -6 William36 -6 kentaylor58 -6 Mulldog -6 millreef -6 GForce1 -6 Sportingbest -6 Lindsey6677 -6 BearRides -6 lcprestes -6 Shrewdette -6 Harrytheactor -6 orso -6 suckzinclee -6 (you missed Cheltenham! And Aintree!) Armapharma -6 markahoy -6 Click here for all the day's racecards, form, stats and results. And post your tips or racing-related comments below. Horse racing tips Horse racing Tony Paley guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time17 April 2013 11:56:58


Talking Horses: The best bets and latest news

16 April 2013 12:41:30 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

The best bets and latest news in our daily horse racing blog 11.15am Motion leaning towards Queen Anne for Animal Kingdom Tony Paley: Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom appears more likely to run in the Queen Anne Stakes, rather than the Prince of Wales's Stakes, at Royal Ascot in June. English-born, American-based trainer Graham Motion was in Lambourn on Monday where his horse is currently based and while the 10-furlong Prince of Wales's Stakes is an obvious alternative, the trainer feels the stiffish finish at the Berkshire track makes the one-mile Queen Anne the better option. "Your mile at Ascot is much more gruelling and a mile and a quarter to us in the States is like a mile and a half and may just be too much," Motion told Racing UK. "It is a relief that there is no Frankel. The Queen Anne is an interesting option and it is something that I think he can adapt to."That's the remarkable thing about this horse is that he can do a bit of everything. Motion had not seen Animal Kingdom since two days after the Dubai World Cup, but believes his charge is ready to step up a gear after fortnight off. "I'm very pleased with him," said the trainer. "He has had an easy two weeks. I wouldn't say he has put all his condition back on but I'm pleased with how healthy he looks and how bright he is. We're going to press on but if there is any reason he shows us he is not up to it we are not going to force the issue. As long as he continues to work well and it all goes smoothly we will take a shot." Tipping competition, day two Wiggy12 and the newcomer ghostquarter have made the best start, pairing Oddysey (8-1) with Zarosa (9-2). ToffeeDan1 had Zarosa and Significant Move (7-2). To kick things off, we'd like your tips, please, for these races: 3.35 Exeter, 4.35 Kempton, 5.10 Kempton . This week's prize is copy of Racing & Football Outlook's Flat Guide 2013, your handy guide to the season which sort-of started on Friday. Features include interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; an illustated racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Steve Mellish and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead. If you don't win, you can buy a copy here . As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be four each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. If you have not joined in so far this week, you are welcome to do so today, but you will start on -3. In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day. For terms and conditions click here . Good luck! Standings after day one wiggy12 +11.50 ghostquarter +11.50 ToffeeDan1 +7 Ormrod76 +6 RickyVillasBeard +6 chrisjh007 +6 Neil Harris +6 melonk +6 JudoMadVicar +6 barnster73 +2.50 WalthamstowLad +2.50 Lameduck +2.50 paragoncup +2.50 SmokingGun1 +2.50 JahLion +2.50 paudi051 +2.50 chiefhk +2.50 hegman +1.50 chris1623 +1.50 Beeftodd -3 moidadem -3 Dangalf -3 CluelessWhisper -3 TwoChainz -3 goofs -3 Sportingchad -3 Reedo37 -3 TheVic -3 waltersobchak -3 Ellandback -3 TL127 -3 Thewrongtree -3 Fixxxer -3 jaygee1 -3 72luca -3 NYStadium -3 Copshaw -3 shears39 -3 slackdad38 -3 john987 -3 tom1977 -3 Yossarian24 -3 tanias -3 AlexCook -3 sandiuk -3 no1octoberfest -3 carl31 -3 diegoisgod -3 William36 -3 kentaylor58 -3 Flossnme -3 Toptrapper -3 Mulldog -3 CorvusFrugilegus -3 23skidoo -3 millreef -3 Mai11 -3 trossiter -3 GForce1 -3 GeorgeWTaylor -3 Sportingbest -3 Lindsey6677 -3 SussexRH -3 BearRides -3 lcprestes -3 Shrewdette -3 Harrytheactor -3 orso -3 Click here for all the day's racecards, form, stats and results. And post your tips or racing-related comments below. Horse racing tips Horse racing Tony Paley Chris Cook guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time16 April 2013 12:41:30


Talking Horses: All the best bets and latest news

15 April 2013 12:58:44 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

The best bets and latest news in our daily horse racing blog 11.45am Lantern makes late switch to line up in Nell Gwyn Tony Paley: Sky Lantern will run in Wednesday's Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket following a late change of plan by Richard Hannon. Her trainer had intended to run his Moyglare Stakes first in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury, with stablemate Maureen heading to Newmarket instead. However, the Hannon team believe the ground will be in Sky Lantern's favour, and have opted to shoulder a 3lb penalty rather than run her on unsuitable ground at Newbury. That leaves Maureen to head to the Berkshire track for her seasonal reappearance. Assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr said: "Maureen is going to Newbury now and Sky Lantern goes to Newmarket. "She was primed for Newbury anyway so it makes no difference. We put them in both races so we could have the choice. "The reason we preferred Newbury for Sky Lantern was that she wouldn't have a penalty there, but the ground is going to be soft and she does need good ground." Ed McMahon's Winning Express and the Mark Johnston-trained Baileys Jubilee finished second and third respectively in the Cheveley Park Stakes last term and are set to cross swords again, along with eighth-placed Jadanna. Sir Henry Cecil's Hot Snap, a half-sister to multiple Group One winner Midday, and William Haggas' Lady Nouf are interesting contenders, having won their sole racecourse starts to date. Hannon also field Light Up My Life, while Luca Cumani's Nargys claimed second in the Rockfel Stakes on her final start of 2012. Coincidently, Exactement, Reyaadah, Sorella Bella, Sound Of Guns and Waterway Run complete the field. Monday's best bets, by Chris Cook Watching the French Classic trials at Longchamp on Sunday, it strikes me that you'd have to be pretty desperate to back the favourite in races like those. Unexposed horses racing steadily before a sprint for home, with most trainers and jockeys focused on some future target rather than winning today . . . these are not circumstances favourable to heroic betting. Yet both the Prix de la Grotte and the Prix de Fontainebleau featured odds-on favourites and there would presumably have been many a cry of 'Zut alors' or some stronger variant as both were turned over. I seem to remember touching on this subject after the French Guineas last year; the betting market there seems to behave as if it is determined to get behind the best horse, even in races where the identity of same is by no means clear, even in races that are by no means certain to be won by the best horse. Tasaday, the 9-10 jolly in the fillies' race, managed to get beaten after being allowed a soft lead. Topaze Blanche, a staying-on third, looked to me like the one to take from the race, if there was one. Gengis, fifth in the betting for the six-runner Fontainebleau, might not have been a fluke winner, since the eventual time was six seconds faster than for the Grotte and he managed to pass the entire field in the straight. He did that despite US Law setting a sustainable pace that allowed him to finish a close third, so it might be worth watching the race and keeping an eye out this season for Gengis, who is out of an unraced half-sister to Ashkalani. So far as I know, none of these horses are likely to turn up in Britain but that needn't preclude us from taking an interest. I quite enjoy the odd speculative punt in French Group Ones and yesterday's trials have often thrown up the French Guineas winners, though a good draw and luck in running is almost as important as raw ability in the first two Classics over there. And so to today's action at Newcastle, or Chateau Nouvel as it's known over the Channel. David O'Meara's Dick Bos (5.30) is pretty short at 7-4 for a decent seven-furlong handicap but still worth a look. Were I a trainer, O'Meara is just about the last person I should want to see taking over one of my former charges because he has a very happy knack of producing improvement. The Racing Post notes that he has run six new acquisitions this season and won with all three that started at shorter than 13-2. Dick Bos would be interesting even if he had stayed with Peter Chapple-Hyam, as he looks fairly treated on a mark of 80 for this handicap debut after winning a 16-runner Windsor maiden last backend. The runner-up, who trailled by four lengths, beat 15 rivals off 72 three weeks later. Earlier, Le Chat D'Or (4.30) is attractive at 9-1 from a mark just 6lb higher than when he won over course and distance last June. He also won on his seasonal reappearance last year and there should hopefully be enough juice in the ground for him, despite drying conditions. Resuming the theme of horses with new trainers, Mean It (3.50) appeals at 11-2 at Windsor on his first run since joining David Simcock from Tom Tate. He was 16 lengths clear of the third when narrowly beaten on his debut last June and the winner has since won off 82. Mean It gets to race off 77 here, having won a Haydock maiden by three and a half lengths on his only subsequent start. Simcock has started the year well, with 20 winners at a 26% strike-rate. Tipping competition - a new week Congratulations to SmokingGun1, who nicked last week's competition at the last gasp. Shrewdette, who led into Friday, had a winner in Loughalder (9-2) but Smoking had the other two, Mrs Eff (11-2) and Earcomesthedream (22-1) to finish on the same score of +19.50. He wins, having posted his Friday tips 20 minutes earlier than Shrewdette. This week's prize is copy of Racing & Football Outlook's Flat Guide 2013, your handy guide to the season which sort-of started on Friday. Features include interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; an illustated racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Steve Mellish and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead. If you don't win, you can buy a copy here . To kick things off, we'd like your tips, please, for these races: 3.40 Redcar, 4.50 Windsor, 6.00 Newcastle . In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day. As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be four each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. For terms and conditions click here . Good luck! 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Vice All News Time15 April 2013 12:58:44