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Grand National Goes Plastic in Aintree Safety Quest

Horse Racing

They look like so many asparagus fronds. There are eight long rows of them, stuck into holes in the top of a green box, suggesting garden centre rather than racecourse, but they form the new core of what is supposedly one of the most challenging obstacles in sport, a Grand National fence.

Audley Harrison Takes Prizefighter Double on the Road to Redemption

Boxing Gloves

The shock of the American veteran Tony Thompson destroying the 6ft 8in British heavyweight hope David Price in two rounds in Liverpool earlier in the evening reverberated all the way to London, as Audley Harrison again lit a fire under his interesting career by winning his second Prizefighter trophy, becoming the first man to do so.

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Royal Ascot announces prize money increase of 18% to a record £6.85m

Every day at Royal Ascot this summer will be a £1m day following a decision at the Queen’s racecourse to ramp up prize money for the famous week of action in June. An extra £1m in prize money is to be added to purses, taking the total for the five race-days to more than £6.5m and ensuring that at least £1m will be, as it were, redistributed each afternoon.