This, being as ever the column on the cutting edge of sport, brings you more spectacular and utterly exclusive news from the event of the year. This is, of course, the women's rugby World Cup, which has finally closed its entry with 12 nations agreeing to take part. The French confirmed their participation at the last possible second, later even than the Soviet Union. There are eight Soviet women's rugby clubs; I hear that their hooker is a former ballet dancer.
I wonder how she will face up to pressure from ``the locks from hell''. These are Tara Flanagan and Tam Breckenridge, of the United States. Both play for Belmont Shore club in California and both played basketball for UCLA. Both are more than six foot tall, and both are enthusiastic body-builders. Oh, and they work out at the same gym as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Cheltenham festival looms towards us like a runaway lorry next week, so it was hardly surprising to find my racing snout on the telephone. ``Don't look past the grey horse in the Gold Cup,'' he said. ``Though if you fancy a sporting each-way bet, try Party Politics.'' He recommends Nomadic Way for the Champion Hurdle, and Local Whisper for the Sun Alliance Chase on Wednesday. ``Bet of the meeting, that one.''
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"Soviet ballerina locks from hell; Sport." Times [London, England] 9 Mar. 1991