Returning Vautour battles to Ascot victory for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh

first_img “He’s certainly got the speed to be two-miler, but Ruby and Willie say he will do anything between two and four miles.” Although forced to work harder than he would have liked, Walsh was pleased enough with the performance. He said: “He made a mistake at the bottom of the hill second time round, but he was quite fresh going to post. I just thought he was rusty. “I was getting him to pop early on and then he came with a big one, the ditch, down the hill, and was spot on at the next. “We went a good enough gallop. Ptit Zig had a run under his belt and was a good novice last year. He had match fitness. “Ascot does take horses to the left over fences. I don’t know why. The fences down the hill are all angled and makes it look a lot worse than it is. I wouldn’t be worried about going left or right.” Although not putting in the sort of electrifying performance that saw him capture the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival by 15 lengths last season, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old had enough in hand to record a battling success in the Grade Two event. Ruby Walsh had the 2-5 favourite at the head of the field from the off, a position he was to maintain throughout the two-mile-five-furlong affair. Settled into a good rhythm up front, all seemed to be going well for the four-times Grade One winner on his first try over the trip until he ploughed through the seventh fence from home. Despite the scare, Walsh sat tight and quickly got the odds-on favourite back into his stride with his momentum seemingly unchecked by the shuddering mistake. Approaching the penultimate fence Walsh still exuded confidence, while Sam Twiston-Davies was hard at work aboard Ptit Zig in second. Once asked the question, the acceleration from Vautour was not immediate as Ptit Zig drew almost upsides to momentarily heighten the chances of a shock result. However, any thoughts of victory for the Paul Nicholls-trained runner were soon extinguished as a bold leap over the last saw Vautour open up a valuable advantage again, with the Rich Ricci-owned gelding battling on valiantly to score by a length and three-quarters. Following the race Vautour was eased for the King George, with Betfred going 9-4 from 2-1 and Coral 5-2 from 9-4. Ricci said: “I’d say he was about half fit today. He’s jumped a bit left which can sometimes happens at Ascot, but he needed the run badly and I’m pleased with the way it went. “I think we will get him fine-tuned for the King George and hopefully he is the horse we think he is. It was a great run and we’re delighted with that. “I hope he’s a Gold Cup horse, but the King George will tell us a lot as to where we go for the rest of the season. While the performance may not have been a vintage one, Vautour ensured his return to action ended on a winning note in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot. Press Associationlast_img read more

Kudus Mohammed watches from the stands as Ajax begin pre-season

first_img Source: FootballMadeinGhana Mohammed Kudus got a close-up look at his new Ajax team-mates as they thumped RKC Waalwijk 6-1 in their first preseason game on Saturday.The Ghanaian international was spotted in the stands alongside David Neres as he gets used to the Johan Cruyff Arena after moving from FC Nordsjælland.The 20 year old joined the Amsterdam based club after agreeing a five-year deal worth 9 million euros last month.Kudus was linked with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Monchengladbach, and several other clubs around Europe. However, it is Ajax that ultimately won the race to sign the highly rated attacker.last_img read more

Influential Fernandes set for first taste of Manchester derby

first_imgManchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has made an instant impactLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Bruno Fernandes can cement his status as Manchester United’s new talisman when the Portugal midfielder gets his first taste of the derby rivalry with Manchester City on Sunday.Fernandes has made a flying start with United following his January move from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £47 million ($61 million).The 25-year-old has scored three goals and provided two assists in his seven appearances, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team extend their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.Since the Alex Ferguson era ended in 2013, United have struggled to find players with the personality and presence to cope with the pressure of trying to emulate those golden days.But the influential Fernandes already appears a perfect fit.He has shown no signs of being intimidated by the task of becoming United’s leading man.Said to be a vocal presence in training sessions, Fernandes displayed his leadership qualities with several animated discussions with Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay and Fred during Thursday’s FA Cup fifth-round win at Derby.“I like to see that in a player, he doesn’t change coming into a new team. He’s the same as he was at Sporting,” Solskjaer said.“That’s a boy with confidence, with quality, good form and that’s his personality. Everyone should be themselves. He’s come in as a leader and he’s shown he’s a leader.”United reportedly balked at Sporting’s summer asking price for Fernandes, but the fee they paid in the January window is already looking a bargain.– ‘Lifted the standard’ –Fernandes’ impact has been so notable that some critics claim Solskjaer and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward should have gone harder to sign him in the close-season.Among numerous issues that have bedevilled them this term, United have had problems with missed penalties. So it was instructive to see the assertive way Fernandes seized the ball and calmly slotted home from the spot for his first United goal against Watford.“Certainly Bruno has fitted in great on the pitch, and is as important around the pitch and in the dressing room,” said United assistant manager Michael Carrick.“He has got a real presence about him and the lads have taken to him well. He has lifted the standard and the spirit within the squad.”Fernandes’ form has raised fresh questions about the future of United’s malcontent midfielder Paul Pogba, who is currently sidelined by an ankle injury.Pogba has been the face of United’s global brand since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016, but this week there were renewed reports the unsettled France star is still keen to leave.Real Madrid and Juventus are said to waiting to pounce and Fernandes’ quick adaptation to English football may make it easier for Solskjaer to consider moving on from the divisive World Cup winner.Regardless of Pogba’s future, Fernandes will face City with a chance to strengthen the bond with fans who have already taken to chanting his name on the Stretford End.United have beaten their neighbours twice at the Etihad Stadium this season — once in the Premier League and the other in the League Cup semi-finals.But City still knocked them out of the League Cup after a swaggering 3-1 first-leg victory that extended their excellent recent record at Old Trafford.Sunday’s match is a fixture that means more to fifth-placed United than second-placed City as the hosts chase a place in the Champions League.Hoping to secure United’s first top-flight win over City on home turf since 2015, Solskjaer underlined the expectations on Fernandes’ shoulders when he urged him to improve on his display at Derby.“He’s a winner. He doesn’t take 99 percent as good enough. He’ll probably know he must do better than this against City,” he said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Local star in English senior championship challenge

first_img15 Apr 2013 Local star in English senior championship challenge Local interest will be high when the English senior women’s amateur championship is played at Sherwood Forest Golf Club in Nottinghamshire next week, from April 23-26.Over 100 of the country’s top seniors will contest the England Golf title and one of the leading contenders is Nottinghamshire golf star Janet Melville, who is a member of the host club.Janet, the reigning English senior stroke play champion, will bid to add this title to an impressive collection amassed over a long and successful career. Her personal roll of honour includes three British ladies’ championships: the open, the stroke play and the match play.She’s one of three Sherwood Forest players in the field, alongside Sue Penfold and Caron Harrison, who are both regulars on the England senior circuit. Other Nottinghamshire players in the championship are Carol Wild of Notts Ladies’, Lynn Raynor of Worksop and Kathryn Horberry of Coxmoor.The “away” challenge will be led by defending champion Chris Quinn of Hockley in Hampshire. She is a formidable competitor and, since joining senior ranks, has won this championship four times, the stroke play title twice – and been British senior champion.Other past titleholders are Sue Dye and Caroline Berry, both from Cheshire, and Christine Watson of Buckinghamshire. The current British champion, Katharine Russell of Sussex, is in the field together with her immediate predecessor, Felicity Christine of Surrey.Among those making a first appearance in a national senior event is Julie Walter of Cambs & Hunts, who won the English women’s amateur championship in 1982.The full field will play 18 holes of stroke play qualifying on each of Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23 and 24. The top 16 players will qualify for the championship matchplay flight and the next 16 will go into the second flight knockout. The matchplay starts on Thursday and the finals of both flights will be played on the afternoon of Friday, April 26. There will be a consolation stableford competition on Thursday, April 25 for those who do not qualify for the matchplay.last_img read more

Prince Harry raises Invictus Games flag over Sydney Harbor

first_imgWhile the group dressed in loud and outrageous fluorescent outfits, Harry and Meghan were more subdued, but their message to the group was clear.“They’re super passionate about mental health. They are showing that mental health does not discriminate,” OneWave co-founder Grant Trebilco said.Charlotte Connell, a OneWave member, said Harry spoke of his own experiences seeking counselling more than 20 years after his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997 when he was aged 12.“Harry said it took him not six months, but 18 months to find the right person to speak to. ‘You’re not going to find the right person to speak to straight away’,’” Connell said.Both Harry and Meghan used exercise as a way of keeping well, Connell said.“Even in her jetlagged state, she got up in the morning and did yoga at 4.30 a.m.,” Connell said.“She said it’s so good for healing her mind,” Connell added.After Bondi, the couple made an unannounced visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta in central Sydney.The shrieking students gave the couple a rock star welcome to a school assembly.“When they walked in, I felt like my heart stopped. Their presence just made everyone shocked,” 15-year-old student Rhiannon said. The couple finished their day’s events with formal meetings with Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten.Harry and Meghan will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand during their 16-day tour. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Britain’s Prince Harry, left Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right, and Invictus Games representatives climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day four of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (AP Photo/Steve Christo, Pool)SYDNEY — Prince Harry scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Friday to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific.The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, starts on Saturday. It gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and to find inspiration to recover.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The fact that the Duchess of Sussex never planned to climb the world’s tallest steel arch bridge with her husband had fueled speculation that she is pregnant. The speculation was confirmed on Monday when Harry and the former Meghan Markle announced that their first child is due in the northern spring.Harry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, four members of the Australian team and the widow of an Australian veteran climbed more than 1,000 steps up the back of an arch to raise the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The Sydney Harbor Bridge is an Australian icon and I can think of no better place to raise the … flag,” Morrison said in a statement.During the descent, Harry hugged fellow climber Gwen Cherne, a games ambassador whose husband Peter Cafe, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, took his own life in February. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LeBron on Lakers’ opening game loss: ‘It’s not instant oatmeal. It’s not that fast’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We were talking about mental health and really working on changing the way that our global community looks at mental health and deals with it,” Cherne said later.The flag will fly 134 meters (440 feet) above Sydney Harbor until the games close on October 27.Harry and his American former actress wife will attend the opening and closing games ceremonies. Around 500 athletes from 18 nations will compete in venues around Sydney.The couple earlier Friday walked barefoot on Bondi Beach to meet a group of surfers focused on mental well-being.The group, OneWave, meet weekly in an “anti-bad vibe circle” on the sand.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

‘Old-age School Enrollment Hampers Learning’

first_imgMr. Sheldon Yett, Country Representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has attributed Liberia’s low level of education to the enrollment of overage students in pre-primary classes.According to him, there is clear and ample evidence that those are years that determine the rest of the children’s lives, “because those are years that they develop values and behavior that will stay with them throughout their entire lives.”Mr. Yett said he believes that if children receive the best start in their earliest years of life, they are more likely to develop their capacity to learn to the fullest potential, develop the behavioral attributes necessary for success, complete school, and lead a productive, rewarding life.He noted that out of 446,000 pre-primary age children, only 105,000 are accessing Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in Liberia’s schools.“Of this number of children, more than 88 percent are older than the appropriate age for their level, thereby hampering effective instruction and efficient learning,” Mr. Yett disclosed. He said it is clear the foundation for a sustainable increase in access to quality ECD opportunities is in place, but much more is needed.“What happens—or doesn’t happen—to children in the first five years of their lives has a profound impact on their immediate well-being and on their longer term future,” Mr. Yett observed.The UNICEF Country Rep made the disclosure on Wednesday, April 23, when he presented a paper at a one-day National Symposium on Higher Education and ECD.The day-long symposium was hosted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on the theme, “Higher Education and Early Childhood Development—the Awakening.” Mr. Yett’s paper was called: “National Week of the Young Child.”According to him, the first five years in the life of a child is a period of great opportunity, but, “if neglected, it can be a period of vulnerability.”“It is about education, but is also about nutrition and health, about social environments and parental care, generating the best conditions to ensure balanced physical, and emotional and cognitive development for each child,” he explained.“As such,” Mr. Yett said, “it is time to use evidence-backed research to put a national program into action. This should be done with a budget sufficient to empower effective trainers and caregivers, who can prepare Liberia’s next generation of informed, engaged, and responsible citizens.”By his tally, there are nearly 450,000 children of pre-primary age demanding appropriate basic services and effective parenting skills.Mr. Yett, therefore, called the government’s attention to the need for further investment in improving access to quality early childhood development programs across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flyers host annual Teddy Bear Toss Saturday night

first_imgThe Fort St. John Senior Flyers will host the Hythe Mustangs Saturday night, along with their annual Teddy Bear Toss.The Hythe Mustangs will be at the North Peace Arena for a game at 8:30pm and you’re encouraged to attend with a Teddy Bear for the Salvation Army.  When the Flyers score their first goal, you get to throw your donation on the ice.All the proceeds go to support the Salvation Army and their Christmas Campaign.  So bring your donation and come and watch some great hockey at the North Peace Arena starting at 8:30pm.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Noble in race against time to be fit for West Ham’s clash with QPR

first_img1 Mark Noble in action for West Ham West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is facing a race against time to prove his fitness for the London derby against QPR on Sunday.Noble was forced to miss the 2-1 defeat against Manchester United last weekend after he suffered a calf injury in training.The experienced midfielder has been one of the star performers for the east London club this season and is playing some of the best football of his career.There were hopes that Noble would be fit for the televised game on Sunday but his chances of playing remain 50/50 as he receives more treatment in the build up to the game.If Noble fails to make it, teenage midfielder Diego Poyet could be handed another chance to stake his claim for a first-team place alongside summer signing Alex Song at the heart of the West Ham midfield.last_img read more

Man United on red alert! Find out which Wolfsburg ace could be heading to Old Trafford next summer

first_img1 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester United have been put on red alert after Wolfsburg admitted they may be forced to sell Kevin De Bruyne if they do not secure Champions League footballThe Belgium international has been in stunning form for the Bundesliga outfit this season, scoring 11 goals and providing 14 assists.The 23-year-old only joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea in January 2014, arriving at the Volkswagen Arena for £18m.However, such has been the playmaker’s performances that clubs across Europe are already battling for his signature.Manchester United have reportedly shown an interest, while Atletico Madrid have also been touted as a possible destination.And should the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League next season, Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs admits the club must maintain their second place position in the Bundesliga to keep De Bruyne.“It is possible that we would have to part with him [De Bruyne] if we didn’t have Champions League football, but anyone who does want him would have to dig deep into their pockets to satisfy our demands,” Allofs told Kicker.last_img read more


first_imgA Falcarragh pub-owner has been fined €750 for having a group of teachers on his premises after hours.Publican Alex Hamilton appeared before Falcarragh District Court charged with a breach of the licensing laws.The court heard that when Gardai called to The Loft Bar in Falcarragh on May 30th last year they found a group of teachers drinking after hours. Solicitor Fiona Brown told the court that the teachers had been at an end–of-term mass and had been out celebrating.Ms Brown said her client found it difficult to get the teachers off the premises and actually told Gardai he was thankful they had arrived.Judge Conal Gibbons said it was the first time he had heard of a publican blaming his clients.“Doesn’t he know that the customer is always right.“I have always found the teaching profession to be most compliant and law-abiding,” he said.Judge Gibbons said he also noticed that Mr Hamilton had a “terrible record” when it came to licensing matters.“It’s the publican’s job – that’s what’s called keeping your house in order. He is obliged to keep his house in order. There is no point in him blaming his customers,” added Judge Gibbons.He warned Ms Brown that her client could put his license in jeopardy if he came before the court again on licensing matters.He fined Hamilton €750.PUBLICAN FINED €750 AFTER TEACHERS REFUSE TO LEAVE HIS BAR was last modified: April 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alex HamiltonFalcarraghlicensing lawsLoft Barteacherslast_img read more