Both their camps have been making plaintive noises about the state of the ground on the Surrey Downs and will not have been displeased when Andrew Cooper, the clerk of the course, recommenced watering yesterday. The ground is currently good, good to firm in places, which is where Cooper would like to be at 4.20 on Saturday.It is a big day tomorrow for Team Motivator as Michael Bell, the colt's trainer, will walk the track at about the same time as Johnny Murtagh, Motivator's partner in victory in York's Dante Stakes, tries to wriggle out of a riding ban at the Jockey Club. No matter how experienced you are, you have to be a very tough man for it not to affect you.". To its organisers it remains the most significant race in the world, but when the 226th Derby occurs on Saturday it will certainly not be the most populated Blue Riband. The Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, otherwise known as "Two Jags" because of his favoured vehicle, is still in possession of a Jaguar limousine.. Ricky Hatton is ready to turn his back on his thousands of home-city fans should he beat Kostya Tszyu to land the IBF light-welterweight title in the early hours of Sunday morning. Hatton has fought 12 of his last 15 fights in Manchester.He said: "Without a doubt if I beat Kostya Tszyu I will insist that we go over to the States because it is another stage of my career."I do not want people to think I just stay in the comfort zone of Manchester.
There would be so many great fights out there and if I beat Tszyu I will have no fear of fighting anybody."All 22,000 tickets for this fight sold out in under two hours when they went on sale last month. Tszyu is so effective that if anybody can deal with going into somebody's backyard, he can."But it can be very vocal, very loud and very passionate. Hatton added: "I think [fighting at home] could be an advantage but only a very slight one. "They are setting an example on the environment."However, some ministers may take a little more convincing about the benefits of a Prius. It is parenting, rather than childhood that appears to be in crisis.
From supernanny Jo Frost - now big in the US and a multimillionaire - to matriarch of the tiny terrors, Tanya Byron, all of the television experts, in the nicest possible way, concentrate on changing the bad behaviour of the adults, in order to change the bad behaviour of the children.On one show, itself called Bad Behaviour, Warwick Dyer never even sees the children whose challenging habits he seeks to curb. Such is their popularity that the waiting list for delivery of the latest model is two months.Toyota, which makes the automobile and is planning to develop a hybrid petrol-electric 4x4 vehicle, said it was "very pleased ministers are using our cars",said a spokeswoman. And the green technology means that the Prius is exempt from the London congestion charge. So far, 1,000 models have been sold in the UK this year, and Toyota expects to sell 3,000 by 2006.