** Thursday 12 April 2018 Spend, spend spend City aim to build with major signings in push for European glory Cut-throat vegan Gillespie’s plan to change Sussex James Ducker, page 4 Exclusive, pages 8-9 telegraph.co.uk/sport Sport R E A L M A D R I D 1-3 J U V E N T U S ( 4 -3 AG G) Escape to victory Ronaldo to rescue with late penalty after Italians stun Spanish giants to level tie 2 Thursday 12 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph FINAL Sport Champions League Ronaldo on the spot to save Real 1 3 Real Madrid Ronaldo 90 pen Juventus Mandzukic 2, 37, Matuidi 60 Real win 4-3 on agg Att: 75,796 By Richard Martin and agencies On a night of astonishing drama at the Bernabeu when Real Madrid flirted with disaster against Juventus, Ronaldo had the final say as only he can by crashing home a 98th-minute penalty to see the holders through to the Champions League semi-finals. Almost exactly 24 hours after Barcelona crashed out after conceding three second-leg goals to Roma, Real did exactly the same against fiercely determined opponents who fought back to parity after losing the first leg 3-0 at home. The Italians looked to have done enough to at least take the tie into extra-time when, as the away side, they would have had a considerable advantage: another goal and Real would have had to score two. But, with moments remaining, Champions League Draw for the last four The draw for the Champions League semi-finals takes place at 1pm tomorrow in Nyon, Switzerland. Liverpool could play Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Roma. The first legs are on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25 with the return legs the following week. The final will take place at 7.45pm on Saturday, May 26 in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. English referee Michael Oliver pointed to the penalty spot after Juve’s Medhi Benatia bundled over Lucas Vazquez in the six-yard area. Amid amazing scenes, it seemed impossible to add another layer to the tension but, with Juventus players furiously contesting Oliver’s decision and Gianluigi Buffon screaming in his face and then pushing the official, Oliver reached for a red card and showed it to the Juventus keeper. The 40-year-old, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season, was given a standing ovation from the home fans as he walked off the pitch in what is likely to be his final act in a long and eventful career in the Champions League. Buffon was replaced by former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who came on to the sight of Ronaldo staring down at him from the penalty spot. There was only going to be one result as the Real talisman rifled the ball into the top corner for his 15th goal in the competition this season. It made the score 3-1 on the night. “My pulse was racing but I stayed calm, I knew it was decisive,” said Ronaldo, admitting to a rare show of nerves. The Portuguese has now scored 21 goals in his past 11 matches in all competitions, and netted in 11 consecutive Champions League matches. He celebrated by taking off his shirt and running toward the euphoric Madrid crowd. “It was a match in which we suffered,” he said. “It shows that nothing is a given in football, you have to fight until the end. We didn’t play well, we have to admit. But in the end we deserved to advance.” As with the events in Rome the previous night, this was Champions League drama of the highest order. But irrespective of the result, there was no escaping the champions’ brittleness in reaching the semifinals for a record-extending eighth year in a row. Real had conceded three goals at home on only two previous occasions this season and this was the first time they had trailed 3-0 in the Champions League since losing 4-0 at Liverpool in the 2008-09 round of 16. Afterwards, Juventus were understandably unhappy, with coach Massimiliano Allegri apparently confronting Real’s absent captain Sergio Ramos in the tunnel. “I just told him that it wasn’t a clear penalty,” Allegri said. “The first leg had given me confidence we could do this and the side deserved at least extra-time.” Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli went further by calling for VAR to be introduced in the competition although it is hard to understand what difference that would have made last night as replays suggested Oliver had got his big calls right. Such knife-edge drama hardly seemed possible after Real had strolled to their first-leg win in Turin, courtesy of Ronaldo’s spectacular bicycle kick. But, just as with Manchester City against Liverpool the previous night, Juventus got off to the perfect start when Mario Mandzukic scored from a precise far-post header in the second minute. The Croat added another headed goal before half-time, when Real replaced the ineffective Gareth Bale with Marco Asensio. The changes made little difference and Blaise Matuidi scored the third early in the second half after a blunder by goalkeeper Keylor Navas. But by then the real drama was only just beginning and Ronaldo had yet to make his mark. Afterwards Buffon was at least philosophical. “Life goes on,” he said. “I’m happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible. It’s a shame it had to end like this.” Last night’s other quarter-final saw Bayern Munich draw 0-0 with Sevilla to win 2-1 on aggregate. Real Madrid Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Vallejo, Marcelo; Casemiro (Lucas 46), Modric (Kovacic 75), Kroos; Isco, Ronaldo, Bale (Asensio 46). Subs Casilla, Benzema, Hernandez, Llorente. Booked Carvajal, Marcelo, Ronaldo. Juventus Buffon; De Sciglio (Lichtsteiner 17), Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi, Douglas Costa; Higuain (Szczesny 90), Mandzukic. Subs Cuadrado, Marchisio, Asamoah, Rugani, Sturaro. Sent off Buffon. Booked Pjanic, Mandzukic, Lichtsteiner, Alex Sandro, Douglas Costa, Benatia. Referee Michael Oliver (England). Buffon can complain all he wants, M Sam Wallace CHIEF FOOTBALL WRITER The Englishman will have impressed boss Collina and deserves a spot at Qatar 2022 any in the Premier League believe Michael Oliver has what it takes to be one of the best referees in the world, although it would be fair to say that if Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Juventus had been closer than 3-0 he would not have been in charge of the second leg. Oliver, 33, had been moved on to the Uefa elite list of referees only in January, too late for the World Cup finals which will not include a single English official, but there is an appetite to develop him. By half-time Oliver will have realised that this was turning into one of the games of his life. By the end of it Gianluigi Buffon would accuse the English referee of having “a bin where his heart should be”. “He blew for a foul only he saw,” said the Italian – but Oliver was right. He has been refereeing in the Champions League for two seasons The Daily Telegraph Thursday 12 April 2018 FINAL and break Juventus hearts 3 Lovren: Aim next season is to take City’s title By Chris Bascombe Madrid mayhem: Cristiano Ronaldo blasts in the Real penalty to clinch the tie after (from far left) Blaise Matuidi puts Juventus 3-0 up, Medhi Benatia brings down Lucas Vazquez in the area and Michael Oliver sends off visiting goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon Dejan Lovren has warned Manchester City of Liverpool’s intent to push for the Premier League title next season after killing Pep Guardiola’s Champions League dreams. There have been few more satisfying weeks in Jurgen Klopp’s reign at Anfield: a third consecutive win against a side of City’s class securing a semi-final place. Owner Fenway Sports Group is reflecting on the most significant victory of its eight-year tenure, the evolution under Klopp leading the club back to elite status. Liverpool are striving for a sixth Champions League title this season, but Premier League success is the ultimate ambition. Lovren acknowledged the frustration at how far behind Liverpool trail City domestically given how little separates them in head-tohead encounters. “The regret is the first six or seven games of the season in the Premier League,” said Lovren. “We had many draws and they took us out of the first place. I would say we didn’t have any luck with injuries again and City didn’t have injuries all season. They deserve to be champions but we are in good shape now. “I’m confident that next season Thinking ahead: Dejan Lovren says Liverpool will push for the league title next season referee Oliver twice made the correct call now, but it was as this game went into its closing stages that he was faced with two huge decisions in quick succession. For experienced referee-watchers, the speed with which Oliver awarded the injurytime penalty against Medhi Benatia for running into the back of Lucas Vazquez suggested that there was no dialogue with his assistants and the official made the call based on his own view of the incident. It was a close call but the correct one and from then on Oliver had another decision to make. Surrounded by Juventus players, Oliver was suddenly tipped forward and immediately looked behind him to see where the shove came from. He did not have to look far to note that the man shouting in his face was Gianluigi Buffon, the 40-year-old Italian who was in all likelihood playing his last game in the one competition he has never won. Later in the BT Sport studio, Rio Ferdinand said that the “romantic” in him wanted to see Buffon stay on to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty. “A heartbreaking moment” said Gary Lineker. But if Oliver sensed that Buffon had shoved him then he knows that physical contact with a referee is a clear red line which the officials are told time and again is punishable with a red card. Once more, Oliver had no hesitation in making the decision he believed to be right. That he had the courage to do so, in spite of the profile of the character in front of him will have been noted by Uefa’s head of referees, Pierluigi Collina, who will be impressed. In unexpected circumstances, Oliver found himself at the centre of a storm and acquitted himself well with two brave decisions. There may be no English referee at this summer’s World Cup, but Oliver should be at Qatar in 2022. we can push everyone, even ourselves to do better.” Recruitment was a subject of scrutiny prior to Klopp’s arrival but the club should now be lauded for their long-term approach, with Liverpool heading into the next transfer window with a transfer kitty still buoyed by profit from the January sale of Philippe Coutinho. Virgil van Dijk’s arrival for £75 million has been pivotal and Lovren, after regular criticism since moving to Liverpool from Southampton three years earlier, has excelled alongside his new team-mate. Given the calibre of the opposition, Tuesday was Lovren’s most assured game for the club. “That is always great to hear, but it was about teamwork,” he said. “Everyone did their job in both games. People talked from the beginning about Manchester City being favourites and they were, but I think after this there should be more respect for Liverpool.” Lovren believes Liverpool should not be fazed by whoever they are paired with in tomorrow’s semi-final draw. “I don’t want Real Madrid. They have a lot of experience, a lot of records and over the past three seasons it is always them. But whoever we get will find it difficult to come to Anfield and score some goals.” 4 Thursday 12 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Football Guardiola targets £150m European fix Club’s transfer fees could top £600m in two years Manager seeks forward, midfielder and defender By James Ducker Pep Guardiola’s spending at Manchester City could top £600 million in two years as he targets three more players this summer in a bid to address successive Champions League failures and build on the club’s domestic dominance. City crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night when the worst week of their season culcul minated in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool ol in the second leg of their bruising g 5-1 aggregate quarter-final defeat. It was the latest in a long line ne of European disappointments for Guardiola, dating back to 2014 with Bayern Munich. City’s third loss in seven days followed the 3-0 first-leg defeat by Liverpool and a 3-2 reverse against Manchester United on Saturday that denied the club sealing the Premier League title. Yet City’s hierarchy, who have already backed Guardiola to the tune of almost £450 million since he took charge in June 2016, believe there is no cause for alarm and will continue with plans to sign a defensive midfielder, versatile forward and probably a centre-half. Julian Weigl, of Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, Jorginho at Napoli and Jean-Michael Seri, who plays for Nice, are midfield targets, each of whom would cost upwards of £40 million. City have a keen interest in the £90 million-rated France forward Thomas Lemar, of Monaco, from whom they signed Bernardo Silva nM Mendy endy en dy last summe summer. and Benjamin Eden Hazard would be a dream target, but there is thought to be an acceptance that Chelsea will not countenance the Belgium forward’s sale to the Premier League leaders at any cost and that, if he does leave, it is likely to be for Real Madrid. City failed to lure £60 millionrated playmaker Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City in January. A centre-half is considered less of a priority than a defensive midfielder and forward, but City are continuing to monitor Toby Alderweireld’s situation at Tottenham, among other defenders. The Belgian who, like Fred, is attracting interest from United, is expected to leave Spurs this summer and would cost around £40 million, although Tottenham would prefer to sell him hiim abroad if he did not sign n a new contract, with h Paris St-Germain an n optiion on.. option. Any move for a centre-half is likely to hinge on whether Guardiola decides to trust in the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany. The Belgian’s return to fitness and good form in the final months of last season persuaded Guardiola a central defender was less of a priority, only for Kompany to miss much of this campaign due to more injuries. City ended up signing French centre-half Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club record £57.1 million in January, since when Kompany has returned to action. Speaking last Friday, Guardiola hinted at another big summer of spending by claiming it was “impossible” to challenge for the biggest trophies while playing his brand of football without serious investment. inves “It It is impossible to do that, to play tthe way we play, the results we achieved, without top players,” he said. “And today the top players cost a lot of money.” City, who have already won the League Cup, could still finish the season with a record-breaking 102 points. But their Champions League exit, following last season’s roundof-16 elimination by Monaco, will increase the pressure on Guardiola to deliver in the competition next season and address a troubling pattern of his teams being torn apart in 15 to 20-minute bursts. Guardiola’s Bayern and City sides have conceded 23 goals over the course of the manager’s past five two-leg eliminations. It means Guardiola has conceded more goals in 10 ultimately losing Champions League knockout matches than Bayern did in the entirety of their 34-game Bundesliga c ampaign in 2014 15 (18 goals campaign 2014-15 agains st) and 2015-16 (17 goals against) agains st). City have shipped just 24 against). goals iin 32 league games this this season. Five on the Etihad E shopping ping listt Jean-Michael Michael Seri N and The Nice Ivor ry Coast Ivory midfie elder, 26, midfielder, n closely has been scouted by most Prremier of the Premier League’ss big six Thomas Lemar Arsenal failed with a last-minute bid for the versatile Monaco forward last August and Pep Guardiola is a keen admirer of the France international Julian Weigl A classy deep-lying midfielder for Borussia Dortmund and Germany who, at only 22, has drawn comparisons with compatriot Toni Kroos Jorginho Guardiola is a huge fan of Napoli and the Brazil-born Italy midfielder has been the key to making Maurizio Sarri’s exciting side tick Manager faces three-match suspension for dismissal By James Ducker Pep Guardiola is sweating over the prospect of a three-match touchline ban after he was charged with improper conduct by Uefa following his sending-off at half-time in Manchester City’s Champions League exit at the Etihad. The Spaniard will receive an automatic one-match suspension for his dismissal but the punishment could be extended to include a further two games if he is found to have verbally abused or insulted referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz. Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body is due to hear the case on May 31, with the City coach under threat of having to watch half of his side’s six Champions League group-stage games next season from the stands. Guardiola was sent off for remonstrating angrily with Lahoz at the end of the first-half over the Spanish official’s decision to incorrectly rule out a goal by Leroy Sane for offside. He watched the second period from a seat in the stands next to his adviser, Manel Estiarte. Guardiola was also charged by Uefa with breaching rules that Fred City looked to have secured a deal for the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder only for Manchester United to emerge as a serious rival for the Brazilian prevent managers who have been sent off from communicating with their bench, amid suggestions the Catalan relayed instructions to staff during the second half of his team’s 2-1 defeat. Carles Planchart, City’s performance analyst, was spotted on television at the top of the steps a short distance behind where Guardiola was sitting. Moments later, in the 66th minute, City striker Sergio Aguero came on as a substitute. Guardiola is likely to escape with a warning if found guilty of communicating with his bench. Uefa decided to charge Guardiola after reviewing match reports from Lahoz and Bernd Barutta, the Uefa delegate from Germany, yesterday. Liverpool could also be punished by Uefa after they were charged over their fans throwing objects and setting off fireworks inside the Etihad. City are investigating skirmishes between City and Liverpool fans in the home end amid concerns that some of their own supporters may have sold tickets to their Liverpool counterparts. The club are prepared to hand out a life ban to any supporter who is proven to have done so. The Daily Telegraph Thursday 12 April 2018 ** 5 Wolves two points from promotion Wolves Jota 6, Neves 51 Derby County 2 0 Att: 28,503 By Jon Culley at Molineux Derby manager Gary Rowett hailed Ruben Neves as “a Champions League player” after the stunning strike that took Wolves to the brink of a return to the Premier League. The Molineux club’s £15.8 million record signing hit the goal of the Championship season early in the second half to put Molineux in party mood ahead of a Sunday lunchtime clash with Birmingham City that will confirm promotion and perhaps the title if they win. Positioned almost 30 yards from goal as Derby’s Chris Baird headed away a corner, the former Porto player flicked the ball up, slightly behind him with the outside of his right boot, before delivering an angled, dipping volley high into the farthest corner of the Derby goal, giving Scott Carson no chance. “It’s the first time as a manager I’ve almost applauded the opposition’s goal,” Rowett said. “To hit it On the volley: Ruben Neves fires in a superb strike to seal the points for Wolves and put his side on the brink of a return to the Premier League with that precision, power, dip, accuracy, is Champions League stuff, not Championship stuff.” Top scorer Diogo Jota had taken advantage of some poor Derby defending to give his side a sixth-minute lead with his 15th Championship goal. The victory, Wolves’ 28th of the season, stretches their lead over second-placed Fulham to 11 points and gives them a 12-point advantage over Cardiff. Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo applauded Neves, saying: “He has great talent and we are very fortunate to have him. It was a very good goal, a beautiful goal. I am very pleased. But it is all about the squad. You have to be humble and work hard. Now we focus on Sunday. It is no different.” Derby remain fifth but are far from certain of finishing in the play-off positions with only three points covering fifth to ninth spots. Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Neves, Douglas; Cavaleiro (Gibbs-White 82), Afobe (Costa 66), Jota (Bonatini 74). Subs Norris (g), N’Diaye, Batth, Hause. Booked Bennett. Derby County (4-4-1-1): Carson; Wisdom, Pearce, Davies, Baird; Weimann, Huddlestone, Ledley (Palmer 73), Lawrence; Vydra (Hanson 85); Nugent (Jerome 81). Subs Roos (g), Forsyth, Keogh, Thomas. Referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Rivals mock Kane as he wins goal appeal By Matt Law Liverpool players have mocked Harry Kane’s successful appeal to be awarded his 25th Premier League goal of the season. The Premier League confirmed yesterday that Kane would be credited with Tottenham Hotspur’s second goal against Stoke City, which had initially been awarded to Christian Eriksen. Kane was adamant Eriksen’s free-kick glanced into the net via his shoulder and, following an appeal, the Premier League ruled in his favour, moving him one goal closer to Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot. Within minutes of the news, Salah posted a message on Twitter that read: “Wooooooow really?” And Salah was supported by Liverpool team-mates. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet posted a meme of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to sum up his shock, while Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold took to social media to express surprise. Kane’s successful appeal was also questioned by his England teammate Jamie Vardy and former Tot- Quick reaction: Leading scorer Mohamed Salah tweets after the Harry Kane verdict tenham striker Gary Lineker. Match of the Day presenter Lineker tweeted: “Well, well, Harry Kane has been awarded the goal after all by the Premier League’s goal accreditation appeals panel. That’s actually a thing.” Vardy, who scored 24 goals in Leicester City’s title-winning season two years ago, reacted to the Frustrated Drinkwater could quit Chelsea By Matt Law Danny Drinkwater is growing increasingly frustrated at being left on the Chelsea bench and could consider his future after just one season at the club. Having signed for £35 million from Leicester City at the end of the summer transfer window, Drinkwater has started just five Premier League games. The 28-year-old’s hopes of making Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad have gone up in smoke and he was even accused of not wanting to play for England after turning down a callup because of injury in November. Drinkwater pushed hard for his big move to Stamford Bridge and handed in a transfer request to force Leicester to sell him, but the move has turned sour. Head coach Antonio Conte has consistently complained about Chelsea’s transfer business, prompting theories Drinkwater was not wanted by him. There have also been unconfirmed claims that Conte has been unimpressed with the player in training. But with Conte expected to leave Chelsea at the end of this season, Drinkwater is likely to see who the next coach is and hear the club’s plans before making a decision. news with a tweet containing the raised-eyebrow emoji. A Premier League statement said: “After taking the player’s testimony into account and reviewing the match footage, a three-person panel agreed that the final touch on the ball belonged to Kane.” Marcus Edwards, 19, the Tottenham player compared to Lionel Messi by manager Mauricio Pochettino, faces a lecture about his timekeeping and attitude after his loan spell at Norwich was cut short. The midfielder returned to Spurs this week having played only six minutes for the Championship club since joining on loan in January. Both clubs said he had returned for “personal reasons”. The Daily Telegraph understands a number of issues contributed to Edwards’ disappointing spell at Norwich, including his poor timekeeping. The player’s management team were not available for comment last night. Jese fails to return to Stoke By John Percy Jese Rodriguez’s troubled time at Stoke City appears to be over after he failed to report for training yesterday, and the Paris St-Germain loanee is facing a fine. Jese had been given compassionate leave to care for his infant son, who has been ill in Spain, but was expected to return yesterday. Stoke have not received any communication from the 25-year-old forward. Manager Paul Lambert is taking a hardline stance on any ill-discipline. Saido Berahino has been told to train with the under-23s after reporting late for a reserve game, while former Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay is poised to have his contract terminated by mutual consent. Erik Pieters was also fined £70,000 after breaking a curfew. 6 Thursday 12 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** SAM WALLACE CHIEF FOOTBALL WRITER Barcelona must work on a cure for Messi dependency Argentine for once failed to rescue his club from defeat by Roma, leaving the Catalan giants to reflect on what life could be like without their pocket genius ‘W ho does Lionel Messi play for?” Pep Guardiola asked in December, demanding that the representative from Sky Sports play his straight man in what proved an awkward rhetorical flourish. Guardiola was answering the question of who he thought were the favourites in the knockout stages of the Champions League and he wanted to make a point. Barcelona? “They are the favourites.” When Jurgen Klopp was considering the notion – laughable in his view – that some held about certain modern players being too big to be told anything, a law unto themselves, he did stop himself to offer one exception. He imagined for a moment what it might be like to be Messi’s manager and affected the kind of mollifying tone Smithers might adopt when he has a difficult truth to deliver to Mr Burns. “Ahem, Leo, we have Getafe on Saturday, if you were able to play that would be nice.” You only had to watch Antonio Conte seek out Messi at the Nou Camp after Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat last month to know what he thought about the Argentine. Around him Chelsea’s players were doing their best to appear suitably downcast over another Champions League exit, while Conte threw an arm around Messi and beamed as he shared a few words with the little maestro, proving that you do not have to be 10 years old to get giddy around the world’s best footballer. Three successful managers, all of whom have been ruthless at times with talented footballers who did not fit their system. They all see football one way, unless you are talking about Messi, in which case they, too, seem to agree that different ruless apply. 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There ckoning for doubt be a reckoning this defeat, when Messi leads the evisceration of another opponent and the Nou Camp can console itself that there are a good few years left in him yet. That seems to be the way it goes with a player whose moods are generally as unreadable as his left foot. He has offered very little emotional context in his quest for greatness, although in moments of adversity you do see the brow furrow and the cloud descend. But even Messi, 31 next month, cannot go on forever, and Tuesday night for Barcelona was a little glimpse of what awaits them when they can no longer rely on that well of creativity to get them out of the tightest of spots. There is no succession success planning for a man of Messi’s st status, no place to go to get a replacement, rep and no likelihood that there will ever be another. 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The effect of Messi’s new contract, fi ally agreed in N fin finally November, as well as other renewals rene well and ssignings, ignings, has been huge, with tthe th he annual wage b bill at B arcelona expecte Barcelona expected to rise from €365 million to t from million. €479million. €479 That is affordabl affordable under the anticipated uplift in Barcelona’s ye but it revenue for this year, b gs the question how the club be begs w ll cope in future years when wi will Even Messi, at 31, cannot go on forever and defeat on Tuesday night gave Barca a glimpse of what lies ahead they do not have a Neymar sale to offset spending. There has been a great deal of anguish over the defeat by Roma, as it always goes when great clubs foul up. Yet concern at how the Neymar sale to Paris Saint-Germain might change the face of the European game have been largely unfounded: PSG are no closer to being European champions and their most famous Brazilian has had mixed reviews. Real Madrid have had a domestic meltdown, and have their own financial concerns over the botched redevelopment of the Bernabeu. As for Barcelona, they still have Messi contracted until the end of the 2020-21 season, when he will be 34, and one bad result in Rome does not change the power he has over a generation of opposition players and managers. Next season Philippe Coutinho will be Champions Leagueeligible and much more will be expected of him, although you suspect it will take more than just one player to wean Barcelona off their Messi dependency. Given how much they are paying him to stay for the next three years, the club will seek to delay that for as long as they can. Why league will be right to reject flawed VAR T he video assistant referee vote at tomorrow’s Premier League shareholders’ meeting looks likely to deliver a rejection of the implementation of the system for the league next season, on the basis that the process is not ready. Even now there are changes afoot, with proposals to inform the crowd of the category of decision VAR is reviewing via the screens at Wembley Stadium, to be trialled at the two FA Cup semi-finals later this month. There are some clubs who believe, as the referees do, that pitch-side reviews should be scrapped and VAR should make the final call. The waiting around is too disruptive, an ugly void of action which the league is not yet prepared to bear. As opposed to other countries who have been too swift to adopt it, and perhaps the World Cup finals this summer too, the Premier League has been right to reject the introduction of an unfinished process. The Daily Telegraph Thursday 12 April 2018 ** 7 Sport Football Wenger gives peace a chance in Moscow Only 300 Arsenal fans expected to make trip ‘Sport can play positive role between countries’ Game zone CSKA Moscow v Arsenal Kick-off 8.05pm TV BT Sport 2 Arsene Wenger has predicted that football can be more important than ever this year in easing international political tensions, with Arsenal expecting only around 300 fans to travel to Moscow for tonight’s Europa League quarterfinal second leg. The Russian Football Union is giving every Arsenal supporter a hat inscribed with the message “Russian Warm Welcome” as a gesture of goodwill and, while Russiabased Arsenal fans are expected to take the number of away fans to around 800, it will still be a relatively low travelling support. Empty seats have been a major feature of Arsenal’s season at home amid a general air of apathy but this match is also being played against the backdrop of worsening relations between the Russian and British governments. Wenger stressed that he was confident of a “perfectly” organised World Cup in Russia this summer, as well as a problem-free match to- GETTY IMAGES By Jeremy Wilson in Moscow Up and running: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (centre) and Nacho Monreal lead the way in yesterday’s Arsenal training night, but he also stressed that sport could help the wider geopolitical situation. “We have been well welcomed here,” he said. “Sport can always play a positive role in life and between countries as well – football is a good opportunity always to facilitate relations. I am convinced that Thursday night will be absolutely normal and the World Cup will be perfectly well organised. I have no problem about that but maybe sport will have a more active role during this period than ever. We had many Russian fans in London. There was no problem. Why should it be different here?” Arsenal arrived in Moscow last night without Granit Xhaka because the midfielder has a bout of flu, but with his place alongside PSG deny Uefa financial rules breach By Ben Rumsby Paris St-Germain last night denied that an inquiry into whether they breached Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules had unearthed evidence that could result in them being banned from next season’s Champions League. The Qatari-owned French champions dismissed a report in the Financial Times that a preliminary investigation had found the value of sponsorship deals at the club had been “significantly overstated” compared with their true worth. Were it true, it would put PSG on course to tracts and it found contracts in the region of £175 million to have been “significantly overstated”. The report said Uefa’s investigatory team was due to meet next week to discuss the findings and that PSG were planning to contest them A spokesman for PSG branded the report “totally false”, and the club added: “The European body has a very clear and transparent view of the club’s financial status. Paris St-Germain is in continuous communication with Uefa and will go to Uefa with confidence on April 20.” Uefa declined to comment on the newspaper report. CSKA Moscow (probable, 3-1-4-2) Akinfeev; Berezutski, Ignashevich, Berezutski; Natkho; Nababkin, Dzagoev, Golovin, Kuchayev; Musa, Wernbloom. Arsenal (probable, 4-2-3-1) Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Elneny; Ozil, Wilshere, Welbeck; Lacazette. Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany). Results and fixtures Champions League Qtr-finals 2nd leg B Munich (0) 0 breach Uefa’s FFP rules that clubs are limited to making losses of no more than €30 million over three seasons, an offence for which they were fined £50 million four years ago. Uefa opened an investigation after PSG recruited Neymar from Barcelona for £200 million and signed Mbappe on a highly controversial £167 million loan-tobuy deal from Monaco last summer. According to the Financial Times, the investigatory arm of Uefa appointed sports consultants Octagon to conduct an independent review of PSG’s sponsorship con- Aaron Ramsey likely to be taken by Mohamed Elneny, Wenger will field a full-strength team. The example of Barcelona, who also had a 4-1 first-leg lead before being eliminated by Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, was described yesterday by defender Shkodran Mustafi as “perfect timing” in ensuring that Arsenal are not complacent. Wenger wants his team to forget about preserving their three-goal advantage and, as both teams did at the Emirates last Thursday, go on the offensive. In that case, he must decide between playing Danny Welbeck or Alex Iwobi to the left of his attack following Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s knee ligament injury. Arsenal cannot realistically now finish higher than fifth in the Premier League and, with Champions League qualification also part of the reward for winning the Europa League, the stakes are high. “We have not just to protect what we have, but be very positive from the start,” said Wenger. “The best way to build on the advantage is to try to win the game. I don’t think we are under threat of complacency. We still have a big job. We are in a strong position but how we approach the game will be vital.” Sky Bet League One Oldham (1) 1 Nazon 45 Sevilla (0) 0 3,424 70,000 Bayern Munich win 2-1 on agg. 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South: Wealdstone P Oxford City P (Postponed -due to waterlogged pitch). EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Farnborough 0 Bishop’s Stortford 5. PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND: Formartine United 5 Buckie Thistle 0-Fort William 2 Wick Academy 2-Fraserburgh 0 Cove Rangers 1-Huntly 1 Lossiemouth 1-Inverurie Loco Works 2 Brora 1-Keith 2 Nairn County 2-Rothes 2 Turriff United 5-Strathspey Thistle 1 Deveronvale 3. FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE: Selkirk P Edinburgh Univ P (Postponed -due to a waterlogged pitch)-Vale Of Leithen 1 Edusport Academy 1-Dalbeattie Star 0 Spartans 4-Whitehill Welfare 0 East Kilbride 3. Fixtures Kick-off 7.45 unless stated EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTER FINAL SECOND LEG CSKA Moscow (1) v Arsenal (4) (8.05) Marseille (0) v RB Leipzig (1) (8.05) Red Bull Salzburg (2) v Lazio (4) (8.05) Sporting Lisbon (0) v Atletico Madrid (2) (8.05) SKY BET LEAGUE ONE Bradford v Shrewsbury VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE: FC Halifax v Gateshead. North: Spennymoor Tn v Brackley, AFC Telford v Leamington. FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE: Yeovil v Reading Women. 2: London Bees v Aston Villa. PREMIER LEAGUE 2.-Div 2: Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough (7). EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER.-Prem: Shaw Lane v Stalybridge, Stourbridge v Stafford Rangers, Farsley Celtic v Witton Albion, Whitby v Warrington Tn. EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Banbury v Stratford Tn, Kings Lynn Tn v Kettering, Kings Langley v Biggleswade Tn, St Ives Tn v Basingstoke, Hitchin v Hereford FC. BOSTIK.-Prem: Burgess Hill Tn v Leatherhead, Dulwich v Dorking Wanderers, Staines Tn v Folkestone Invicta, Harrow Borough v Lowestoft Tn. 8 Thursday 12 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Cricket The bowler turned coach talks to Tim Wigmore about his hopes for the new Championship J ason Gillespie laughs when it is put to him that he is a little different to the caricature of a snarling, carnivorous Australian fast bowler. “I have been called different all my life,” he says. In one way, though, Gillespie is utterly in keeping with the stereotype. “I’m pretty strong in my beliefs, I’m not afraid to voice them. If that’s a sin, well then I’m guilty, but I don’t apologise for that. I don’t expect people to agree with me. That’s their prerogative.” Gillespie – twice a County Championship winner with Yorkshire; a Big Bash League winner with the Adelaide Strikers; and now Sussex’s head coach – is among the most highly regarded coaches in the world game. But his unstinting focus upon winning is married to a determination to advance the causes dearest to him. In 1996, Gillespie became the first man with acknowledged Indigenous heritage to play for Australia, although this was only noted by the media four years later. “Indigenous culture is very close to my heart,” he says. In June, Gillespie will coach a Sussex XI against an Aboriginal side, who are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Aboriginal tour in 1868. “I was going to be involved with that in some capacity before I got offered the job here in Sussex, but I know they’re playing a game here, so that’ll be absolutely brilliant. I can’t wait.” Since 2014, Gillespie has been vegan. “It was probably a year or so after my dad passed away, and I think naturally you just want to look after yourself. ff as a health “It started off thing, and I’m very conscious of how we treatt non-humans on our planet, and it’s something I’m pretty passionate about. esearch that “The more research impler and one does, the simpler e don’t treat clearer it is. We ell – that’s animals very well just a fact. For a start, we eat them. And we just don’t h any form of treat them with ever. respect whatsoever. thically “I find that ethically wrong. From a health ’s bad point of view, it’s for you, and for our environment it’ss just not sustainable.” quently uses Gillespie frequently ount to draw his Twitter account se issues. attention to these “Being a vegan and animal meone asks advocate, if someone nd wants to me a question and hen I’m learn about it, then hat on and happy to pass that sion. I don’t have the discussion. get angry with people, I don’t get upset. Everyone’s different. eneral “I think as a general w that we rule people know als don’t treat animals particularly welll on eing a this Earth, and being g at a vegan is growing rapid rate. “The penny’s dropping ke longer – it just might take for some people but that’s Trajectory: Jason Gillespie in the 2005 Ashes and att the Sussex museum (main picture) ture) fine. Living in a non-vegan world, I’m just doing my bit.” If such concerns seem a little out th of kilter with cut cut-throat professional sport, tthis has not ex been Gillespie’s experience. “I’ve actually found it to be very acce open and accepting,” he “Peo reflects. “People go out of t help – like their way to you go to county grounds, and there’s an the for you to option there ju small things eat, and just like that. S So I see progress. It’s I a good sign.” Ultimately, Gillespie Ultimat hopes that the cricket ball itself c can be made from an alt alternative to leather. At a time when the English co county game feels more embattled than ever ever, there is somethin something heartening about th the sight of Gillesp Gillespie huddled in a tracksuit track at Hove. Depend Depending on your perspec perspective, it either reflects the t enduring strength of county cricket or is an elegiac reminder of t norm. what was once the Pairing coache coaches with clubs is scarcely more re reliable than a dating app. Still, Gillespie and feel of a perfect Sussex has the fe match. Sussex h have one of the most exciting y young pace attacks in the c country, and a coach ideally su suited to harnessing them. approac When first approached by Sussex, Gillespie tho thought that it was “a great job, but it’s not the right time for me”. But “discussion turn turned to ‘OK, you don’t have to be here in the winters, and arrangements can be made so that family can visit’.” Gillespie led Yorkshire to Championship crowns in 2014 and 2015 before leaving after 2016 for family reasons. The Tykes had wanted Gillespie to be based in Leeds but Sussex require Gillespie to remain in Hove only from March to September, allowing him to spend the rest of the year in Australia, including in the Big Bash. Ever since Andrew Strauss held discussions with Gillespie in 2015, it has become a ritual that, whenever the Australia or England coaching jobs are discussed, Gillespie’s name is mentioned. “I’ve had that question many times,” he says, with a certain wariness. “People have my number – if anyone gives me a call I’m happy to have a chat. But my focus is on my two roles.” For all the excitement that surrounds Sussex’s recruitment of Gillespie, he does not consider the coach as important in cricket as, say, football. “Our job is to observe, and watch the game, ask good questions, and listen, really. I think listening is a very important skill to have as a coach,” he reflects. “It’s telling players be true to yourself – play your game, trust that knowledge of all the hard work you’ve put in, all that prep – and then just go and play. You will entertain people. If you go out there with pride and passion, and people see that you are doing something you love and you’ve got a smile on your face, that’s going to rub off on people. I’m a big believer in that.” Gillespie views himself as an enabler for players to think critically about their own games and learn from each other. “That’s what I really want – lads in cricket GLAMORGAN Last season CCD2 – 7th; RLC – 4th in South Group; T20 – semi-finals. Ins Shaun Marsh. Outs Jacques Rudolph, William Bragg. One to watch Lukas Carey. Took seven wickets on his debut against Northants in 2016 and continued to improve last season. Has a good action and gets movement. Prospects More positive thanks to the emergence of several young players, and the arrival of Shaun Marsh. Should be competitive in the Championship and one-day formats. GLOUCESTERSHIRE Last season CCD2 – 6th; RLC – 7th in South Group; T20 – 9th in South Group. Ins Dan Worrall, Andrew Tye, Ryan Higgins. Outs Brandon Gilmour, Patrick Grieshaber, Phil Mustard. One to watch Dan Worrall. He looks sure to strengthen a pace attack which relied too much on Liam Norwell in Championship cricket last season. Prospects Should have a seam attack to more than match most in the second division, although batting remains a concern. The county have one of the lowest budgets in the country but punch above their weight. CHRISTOPHER PLEDGER FOR THE TELEGRAPH From Sussex life to animal rights: the world according to Gillespie ‘It’s telling players be true to yourself, play your game, and you entertain people that way’ Club by club County Championship Division Two DERBYSHIRE Last season CCD2 – 8th; RLC – 7th in North Group; T20 – quarter-finals. Ins Duanne Olivier, Ravi Rampaul, James Kettleborough. Outs Imran Tahir, Matt Henry, Shiv Thakor, Ben Cotton, Tom Taylor, Greg Cork, Rob Hemmings, Tom Milnes. One to watch Duanne Olivier’s pace promises to provide Derbyshire with a menacing new ball attack. Prospects The pace attack should be formidable while Matt Critchley’s experience with the England Lions should help his development. A first four-day home win since September 2014 is a priority. DURHAM Last season CCD2 – 9th; RLC – 5th in North Group; T20 – 9th in North Group. Ins Aiden Markram, Tom Latham, Akshar Patel, Nathan Rimmington, Will Smith. Outs Paul Coughlin, Keaton Jennings, Graham Onions. One to watch Matthew Potts. The 19-year-old played five matches last season, but took 14 wickets and had the knack of striking at crucial times. Prospects After entering last season with points deductions in all three formats, Durham have a clean slate but have once again lost key players. The Royal London One-Day Cup provides the best chance of success. KENT Last season CCD2 – 5th; RLC –9th in South Group; T20 – 6th in South Group. Ins Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Marcus Stoinis, Heino Kuhn, Harry Podmore. Outs Adam Ball, Hugh Bernard, Charlie Hartley, Wayne Parnell, Jimmy Neesham, Yasir Shah, Sam Northeast, Matt Coles. One to watch Sean Dickson. The opener already boasts a brace of first-class triple centuries. Prospects Have lost some big players, but signings look strong. Backroom looks good too with Paul Downton the director of cricket and Allan Donald as assistant coach. The Daily Telegraph Thursday 12 April 2018 ** 9 Three World Cup women in Wisden list By John Skilbeck conversation about the game, sitting talking about what is going on out there. And for me, the more cricket conversations you can have, the more you learn.” For all his deep thinking about the sport, Gillespie aims to simplify the game for his players. Where once he would plan training sessions meticulously, he now has more unstructured sessions. “We want adaptable players. We don’t want adapted players. And I think if players are just being told what to do all the time, that puts them off thinking for themselves as much as they should. Out there on the cricket field, they’ve got to work it out for themselves. “We want to help players be the best they can be as a cricketer, help them be the best they can be and go out there and entertain,” he reflects. “We’re not making any predictions, and we’re not focusing on results, we’re focusing on what we’re actually doing in the games: can we just keep chipping away and be better each time? And, most importantly, the big thing is what do we learn from in every training session, what can we learn from each and every day’s play throughout the season?” Sussex’s players should enjoy finding out. The inclusion of three women in the Wisden Cricketers of the Year list was celebrated as “a really huge statement” yesterday – but the landmark announcement came with a note of caution. England’s World Cup winners Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver and Anya Shrubsole were honoured alongside West Indies batsman Shai Hope and Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter. Only two women, Claire Taylor and Charlotte Edwards, had previously been included on the list since its 1889 inception. Shrubsole becomes the first woman to grace the cover, as Wisden’s 155th edition celebrates England’s achievements of last summer, when the World Cup final triumph against India at Lord’s sent their profile soaring. Former England captain Clare Connor said the sport must “keep challenging itself to be better” as she acknowledged cricket was not immune to the sexism issues that have plagued wider society. She said: “The Wisden Almanack is very precious in our cricketing heritage and it’s a really fantastic celebration of not only what those three players achieved last year, and the role they played in Heather being able to lift the World Cup, but it’s a wonderful acknowledgement of where the women’s game is in the cricketing consciousness.” She backed a powerful editorial in the book that reports how sexism continues to be a problem within cricket. Connor added: “It’s right that it’s called out and it’s right that sport generally, and cricket particularly, has to keep challenging itself to be better and to be completely welcoming and completely inclusive. “It’s a really huge statement from Wisden. I’m sure it’s one they thought long and hard about because it’s really putting themselves out there.” Lawrence Booth, the Wisden editor, said: “Wisden shouldn’t be too smug: we have often been slow to acknowledge the women’s game. Thanks to Shrubsole and her teammates, the case has become unanswerable. There were few cries of tokenism.” Tomorrow: Division One LEICESTERSHIRE Last season CCD2 – 10th; RLC – 6th in North Group; T20 – quarter-finals. Ins Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nabi, Cameron Delport, Varun Aaron, Tom Taylor, Ateeq Javid. Out Clint McKay. One to watch Callum Parkinson. One of the country’s brightest spinning talents, the smiling, sparky 21-year-old left-armer turns the ball on the most unpromising surfaces. Prospects A new head coach, in Paul Nixon, and captain, in Michael Carberry, have plenty to prove. Have finished in last place in four of the last five years so surely must improve. MIDDLESEX Last season CCD1 – 7th; RLC – 8th in South Group; T20 – 7th in South Group. Ins Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright. Outs Ryan Higgins, Harry Podmore. One to watch Tom Barber. Left-arm pace bowlers are a rare sight on the county scene but Barber has genuine pace and was included in the ECB Pace Programme this winter. Prospects Smarting from their controversial relegation last season, Middlesex’s focus will be on promotion. They need their bowlers, including Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn and Tom Helm, to deliver. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Last season CCD2 – 3rd; RLC – 8th in North Group; T20 – 6th in North Group. Ins Doug Bracewell, Rory Kleinveldt, Seekkuge Prasanna, Brett Hutton, Luke Procter, Ricardo Vasconcelos. Outs David Murphy, Mohammad Azharullah. One to watch Brett Hutton. Has arrived from Notts and his role as a bowling all-rounder looks a particularly valuable asset in four-day cricket. Prospects A close squad who play a positive brand of cricket, Northants are admired around the country. But they are serious about success and should be competitive on all fronts. SUSSEX Last season CCD2 – 4th; RLC – 5th in South Group; T20 – 5th in South Group. Ins Ishant Sharma, Rashid Khan, Tom Haines. Outs Steve Magoffin, Ed Joyce, Chris Nash. One to watch Michael Burgess. Arrived at Hove a year ago as a trialist and ended the season with a maiden Championship hundred against Notts. Has showed enough to suggest he has serious claims as a specialist batsman. Prospects Jason Gillespie has arrived as head coach, promising to give youth a chance and to play positive cricket. Promotion is the priority but progress in white ball cricket is likely, too. WARWICKSHIRE Last season CCD1 – 8th; RLC – 9th in North Group; T20 – Runners-up. Ins Jeetan Patel, Colin de Grandhomme, Alex Thomson. Outs Ateeq Javid, William Porterfield, Mark Adair. One to Watch Olly Stone. After undergoing knee surgery, he delivered some searing spells last season which suggests his pace is not impaired. Can cause damage if he stays fit. Prospects Last year was a nightmare and coach Jim Troughton and sport director Ashley Giles will expect a big reaction. Should be up there in promotion and one-day mix. 10 Thursday 12 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** Sport Commonwealth Games Bolt running out of steam in his new career Stuck on the sidelines, his loss to athletics is obvious, reports Oliver Brown in Gold Coast A mere 242 days after his athletics career culminated in an anguished yelp and a twanged hamstring on the London track, Usain Bolt returned here to the major championship stage, glad-handing Gold Coast volunteers galore and dancing with mascot Borobi, a bright-blue koala. The only sour note of his day was the spectacle of his beloved Reggae Girls, the Jamaican netball team, losing to Australia 72-51. There was to be no repeat of the controversy that marred his last Commonwealth Games, which he allegedly described as “a bit s---” in response to the dismal Scottish summer weather. This time, there was just some obligatory gushing about Australia as part of his duties as a Games ambassador. Bolt is understood to have been paid handsomely for his appearance, designed to elevate the last few days of competition, although Gold Coast chief executive David Grevemberg insisted that the fee was “not exorbitant”. Bolt never much bothered with the Commonwealths as a sprinter, his only entry being a token relay sgow. But for all that the leg in Glasgow. k depth in track and Games lack field, they are renowned as a round for the next proving ground lent. In Melbourne in wave of talent. 2006, Mo Farah served notice of what was to come by crossing nth in the 5,000 the line ninth metres, hiss first nal top-10 international oute to 10 finish en route ds. global golds. In 2018, the e imperative for athletics to unearth its next colossus iss sing more pressing than ever. Wayde rk, the van Niekerk, en, ultra-devout soft-spoken, ican, electrified South African, the Rio Olympics with a world record of 43.03sec, but has not approached that time since and ruled himself out of these Games by injuring his knee in a celebrity touch rugby matc match. Jama Even Jamaica’s Yohan dou Blake, a double silver medallist be behind Bolt at Lo 20 has faltered London 2012, effort to assume the in his efforts h compatriot’s mantle as his succes successor, managing only a bronze in the 100m here. “W just need “We so someone to step u I guess,” up, Bolt said. “People are w waiting for the n next person w is going to who w wow them, to ma them say, make ‘All right, this is the guy Until then, it guy’. won change.” won’t It must be asked, though, what part Bolt himself is playing in helping his sport move on. When he retired in London last summer, there was much talk of soothing the pain of his absence by using him in an ambassadorial role. So far, there has been little evidence of this, with Bolt concentrating largely on commercial work. In Australia he is prominently hawking Coles, a supermarket chain, and Optus, a telecommunications company. He continues to argue that he can make the grade as a professional footballer, although he turns 32 in August. Bolt trained with Borussia Dortmund last month, and while players such as Michy Batshuayi dutifully talked up his prospects, his only fixture on the horizon is a charity game at Old Trafford in June. “I just want to play at a high level, that’s the thing,” he said, with frustration. Save for tearing around a Texas circuit with Lewis Hamilton, or cropping up at Caribbean music festivals, he exudes the sense of a After life: Bolt with Games mascot Borobi (main picture). He has also shown an interest in F1 (above, with Lewis Hamilton) and football (left) man as yet unsure what to do for an encore. His sport could be doing far more to exploit his transcendent appeal, whether in the marketing of track meetings or the mentoring of young athletes. Sebastian Coe, one senses, is becoming frustrated by how much Bolt still dominates the narrative eight months after he last ran a race. On a visit to the Gold Coast, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federation grew visibly irritated by the mentions. “This obsession with…” he began, before stopping himself and adding: “There are plenty of athletes around. Are we going to replace Usain Bolt? Probably not, because you do not replace Muhammad Ali. But Marvin Hagler, Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez and other great boxers came through.” But where are all these alternative stars of whom he speaks? Botswana’s Isaac Makwala is a captivating presence in the 400m, but he is only a month younger than Bolt. The winning time in the 100m, 10.03sec by South Africa’s Akani Simbine, is one that Bolt in his pomp could have jogged. As he resumes his place in the spotlight this week, all the fears about the yawning chasm he would leave are fast becoming reality. The Daily Telegraph Thursday 12 April 2018 ** Laugher beats the blues to take title By Oliver Brown Having started his day with a grumble about the Aquatic Centre colour scheme, claiming that there was too much blue in his eye-line, diver Jack Laugher ended it smitten with the sight of gold. In a rare instance of an English medal hope justifying the form guide, the 23-year-old was seldom threatened in the one-metre springboard competition, becoming only the country’s second athlete at these Games – after Adam Peaty – to follow Olympic gold with a Commonwealth title. Laugher prevailed in spite of a plethora of injuries, which had restricted his preparation to just a fortnight, as well as the distracting colour palette of a spectacular open-air seaside arena. Struggling to place his dives during the preliminary round, he said after the final: “It is always hard when all you can see outside is the same shade. From sky to sea, everything is blue.” For all his visual issues, Laugher glided to victory, leading after the first round and easing through the next five without any serious challenger, as he took gold with a score of 438 points, 25.55 clear of Australia’s James Connor. James Heatly completed a family circle by securing bronze, Scotland’s first Commonwealth diving medal since his late grandfather, Sir Peter Heatly, took the last of three golds in 1958. “My grandfather was my inspiration and he’s the reason I’m doing this today,” Heatly reflected. “I trusted myself and felt confident. I’m a bit emotional, because it means so much to me. To be the first Scottish diver to do this since him is incredible.” For Laugher, it was an auspicious start to a campaign that could yield a further two golds: in the threemetre individual competition and the synchronised event at the same height, where he savoured Olympic glory in Rio alongside Chris Mears. In a gilded few hours for England at the pool, Alicia Blagg and Katherine Torrance earned a silver in the women’s three- metre synchro. Paralympic star Matthews dies aged 56 By Tom Cary AP Olympic champion in gripe at colour scheme Heatly takes bronze to emulate grandfather 11 Holding on for gold: Jack Laugher added the Commonwealth title to his collection Five to watch Today’s highlights 6.30am BST, beach volleyball, men’s bronze medal match Jake Sheaf and Chris Graham lost to Australia but can still win a medal against New Zealand on beach volleyball’s Games debut. 10am, hockey, women’s semi-final England play an undefeated New Zealand side who have failed to score in their last two games. 10.07am, diving, men’s 3m springboard Jack Laugher attempts to upgrade the silver he won in this event at Rio 2016. 10.30am, athletics, women’s 400m hurdles final Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle has won silver at the last two Games. She qualified third fastest for the final. 12.38pm, athletics, women’s 200m final Dina AsherSmith wants a medal here but faces a strong field. Rob Matthews, one of the most successful Paralympic athletes of all time, has died. He was 56. The Briton won eight gold medals in blind middle and long-distance events across seven Paralympic Games, setting 22 world records. In 1986, he became the first blind runner to run the 800 metres in under two minutes. Born with the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, Matthews began to notice significant difficulties with his vision when he was 11. An “incredibly shy” person, running, he said, gave him “a sense of self-worth”. Baroness Grey-Thompson, who competed alongside him at five Games, recalled “an absolute stalwart” of the GB team yesterday. “We did loads of events together in schools and he was a fantastic ambassador for the Paralympic movement,” she told The Daily Telegraph. Matthews was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour last year, but fought it until the end. He once said his inspiration came from people who told him he couldn’t do something. “When anyone tells me that, I say: ‘Just watch me’,” he said. 12 Thursday 12 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Racing ‘Aintree is less daunting than facing All Blacks’ Three Grand National debutants tell Alan Tyers what having a runner on Saturday means to them Sandy Thomson trains Seeyouatmidnight I played rugby for the South of Scotland against the touring All Blacks when I was 21. This will be a lot less daunting than facing them. I played on the wing and my opposite number that day was Bernie Fraser. He was a big, bruising Maori: it was an interesting afternoon, shall we say. My grandfather Moffat Thomson bred MacMoffat, who was runner-up in 1939 and 1940 Nationals, so it is part of our family’s story. I remember when Red Rum beat Crisp [in 1973] and it was always a big day in my life from then. My dad took me down in 1978 when John Thorne broke his leathers while winning the Aintree Foxhunters and there was nobody there, the place was a shambles. I got involved in the campaign to save Aintree. A lot of people did, and thank goodness it was saved. Up until this week, my wife was the owner of Seeyouatmidnight but we sold him. The horse stays here, but in life you have to make business, rather than sentimental, decisions. Of course we would have loved to have kept him but we run a business. My wife will be absolutely delighted if he wins. The best coverage from Aintree Ross O’Sullivan trains Baie Des Iles ‘It is the biggest stage in the world for racing’ I am very excited, but the nerves are starting to kick in. It’s my first runner at Aintree but of course Katie [Walsh, O’Sullivan’s wife, who rides Baie Des Iles] has seen it all before. Her experience here should stand us in good stead. In previous years, I have been nervous watching her ride. Of course she is a great jockey, but she’s my wife as well. You are just hoping that she gets back safely. That’ll be even more so on Saturday, it’s a double whammy. I’m hoping the mare does her thing and that they both get round OK. Katie is based with her dad, Ted: their yard is at one end of the farm and mine is the other, so we see a lot of each other but not too much! She’ll pop over, come and sit on a horse and then ride back to her dad. Ted has been great with advice. It’s been really helpful to run things by him, ask him about schooling, what he did with Papillon [winner in 2000]. I know there has been big money for Baie Des Iles but really she was an outsider. For a very small yard like ours, to be involved in such a famous race is huge. Stuart Coltherd is trainer and owner of Captain Redbeard Ready for the off: The scene at Aintree (top) on the eve of the festival, and chief fence dresser Anthony Lawler at work This may be my first runner in the Grand National but Captain Redbeard got some experience over these big fences when he finished sixth in the Grand Sefton Chase in December. He ran well in his last race, which was over hurdles. We are just keeping his fitness levels up, trying to keep everything as normal as possible. Hopefully, if all goes well, he will be coming to a peak, fitness-wise, Sweepstake kit 16-page pull-out Live action Sunday Telegraph Available to download online today and free inside tomorrow’s Sport section Your essential guide to the greatest race of all – free inside Saturday’s Daily Telegraph Follow the build-up and all the race action on Saturday with our unbeatable live blog Marcus Armytage – winner of the Grand National in 1990 – gives his big-race verdict The Daily Telegraph Thursday 12 April 2018 ** 13 Raz De Maree raring to go as he attempts to roll back years THE JOCKEY CLUB By Marcus Armytage on the day of the race. That is the plan. My son Sam is a conditional jockey and is riding in the Grand National for the first time. He has been doing a lot of prep work, boxing and running to get in top shape for it. He knows the horse really well, which is important in a race like this. We are busy lambing sheep at the moment so we will get that tidied up and then set off for Aintree at about half past eight on Saturday morning, get down there and enjoy the day as it comes. Aintree has been quite a lucky track for us. We won the Fox Hunters’ five years ago with a horse called Tartan Snow at 100-1 and we have had a few other good runs there too. I hope our luck continues on Saturday. I can remember Red Rum winning for the first time, and my dad going away down to the bookies in Selkirk. I had 50 pence each-way on it or something like that. It is the first Grand National I can remember. It is the biggest stage in the world when it comes to horse racing. Every trainer is looking to it, what horse is going to take them there. A bit of luck and a clear round and I believe my horse has got as much chance as anything else. When Raz De Maree lines up in Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National he attempts to become the first 13-year-old to win the race since Sergeant Murphy in 1923 and only the third ever. Sergeant Murphy was a stalwart of the race, completing on each of his six starts. After his second National he was sold as a hunter to an American carpet tycoon for his son, a Cambridge undergraduate. Stephen Sanford could not control him behind hounds, however, so he was sent back into training. He was ridden by a vet, Tuppy Bennet, a fiercely competitive amateur whose determination to complete the course in 1921 had seen him remount no less than three times to finish fourth. Sergeant Murphy also had the distinction of being the first American-owned winner. Raz De Maree’s farrier-cumtrainer Gavin Cromwell said: “He’s in great nick. It was always the plan to come straight to Aintree. He’s been trained for the race.” In two Welsh Nationals, Raz De Maree has been beaten by only one horse – this year’s Gold Cup winner, Native River. He has already run in two Aintree Nationals, finishing eighth in 2014 and unshipping his jockey last year when sidestepping a faller at Becher’s, but neither time was it on the testing ground that he loves. The one thing Raz De Maree is unlikely to do is lose a shoe on the way to the start. Cromwell, 43, started in racing with the late Dessie Hughes, Raz De Maree’s former trainer, before moving to Newmarket, where he worked for Ben Hanbury and Paul Kelleway, both Flat trainers who had been jump jockeys. He won a couple of point-topoints but, realising he would not make a jockey, he sought a job that would keep him in racing and yet earn him a reasonable living. He became a farrier working principally for a trainer who had just started, Gordon Elliott. It was not long before Cromwell had shod his first National winner, Silver Birch, in 2007. “I’ve still got two of his shoes,” said Cromwell. “We were going to put them on a plaque, but we never got around to it so they’re still in a drawer!” Eventually Cromwell bought his own place, dabbled with buying and selling pointers – which he still does – and stuck in a gallop. He now has 40 horses for the track and employs two farriers to help him cope with Elliott’s numbers. “My first experience of the Grand National was in 1999 when Bobbyjo won for the Carberrys,” he said. “I was at school with Paul [Carberry] – you can imagine what that was like. I’ve been a few times since but not, ironically, when Silver Birch won.” In the Welsh National, Raz De Maree was at the back of the field, almost tailed off, for much of the way. “If he can keep himself in the race, if he has any sort of position going out for the second time, he’ll run a huge race,” Cromwell said. “He’s slow. The more things are slowed down, the more stamina is needed, the better it is for him.” Although the ground at Aintree is “drying out” according to clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch yesterday, it remains officially “soft”. Sizing Codelco can upstage Might Bite By Marcus Armytage The Randox Health Foxhunters, in which Guy Disney, the former Army officer who lost a leg in Afghanistan, makes his debut over the National’s spruce fences on Gallery Exhibition, should give us an indication of just how testing the ground is for Saturday’s big race. While Disney can expect a good spin, it is Colin Tizzard’s grey Grand Vision who can win the race, providing he does not give the fences too much air, as he occasionally does on park courses. He is owned by retired farmer Kenton Honeybun who, as a young man, drove up from the Somerset Levels in a Citroen 2CV with three calves on the passenger seat to take on a tenancy of the Duchy of Cornwall at Mere. By the time he retired, he was milking 1,000 cows. With Buveur D’Air, Altior and Footpad all missing the meeting, Might Bite is the major equine draw on the first day. On the face of it, he could underperform and still win, but this is not his favourite ground and you can get some “funny” results at Aintree, even though there have been four weeks rather than the usual three since the Cheltenham Festival. If you are looking for long-priced surprises, Tea For Two, who is stones better around a flat track, won the race last year, while Sizing Codelco showed nothing until he arrived here last spring, where he won before going on to win again at Punchestown. He arrives again having shown nothing this season. Supasundae found only Penhill too good in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. The 2½ miles of the Betway Aintree Hurdle should be perfect for Jessica Harrington’s charge. 14 Thursday 12 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** Sport Racing Aintree Southwell Marlborough 1.45 - Cyrname 2.20 - We Have A Dream 2.50 - Double Shuffle 3.25 - Supasundae 4.05 - Grand Vision 4.40 - Tommy Silver 5.15 - Duhallow Gesture Going: Good to soft-soft in places; National: soft TV: ITV1 2.20, 2.50, 3.25, 4.05 & 4.40 / Sky 432 & Virgin 536 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 1.45 Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (1) 2m 4f £56,130 1 UF2 Brain Power [T] (30) N Henderson 7 11 4 N De Boinville 2 130 Calino D’Airy (107) H de Bromhead (Ire) 6 11 4 S W Flanagan 3 121 Cyrname [H,T] (47) (D) P Nicholls 6 11 4 S Bowen 4 2P5 Finian’s Oscar [P] (28) (CD)(D) C Tizzard 6 11 4 R M Power 5 F18 Modus (28) (D) P Nicholls 8 11 4 B J Geraghty H Skelton 6 311 Rene’s Girl (49) (D) D Skelton 8 10 11 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Brain Power, 3-1 Cyrname, 7-2 Finian’s Oscar, 5-1 Rene’s Girl, 6-1 Modus, 25-1 Calino D’Airy. 2.20 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 4YO 2m 1f £56,130 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Beau Gosse [T] (47) (D) G Macaire (Fr) 11 0 J Reveley Et Moi Alors (55) (BF) G L Moore 11 0 Joshua Moore Gumball (27) P Hobbs 11 0 R Johnson Les Arceaux (54) H de Bromhead (Ire) 11 0 S W Flanagan Nube Negra (29) (D) (BF) D Skelton 11 0 H Skelton Padleyourowncanoe (29) (D) C Tizzard 11 0 T Scudamore We Have A Dream (67) (D) N Henderson 11 0 D Jacob Apple’s Shakira [H] (27) (D) (BF) N Henderson 10 7 B J Geraghty 9 351 Cristal Icon (21) Thomas Mullins (Ire) 10 7 D J Mullins 10221 Malaya (18) (D) P Nicholls 10 7 S Twiston-Davies S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Apple’s Shakira, 2-1 We Have A Dream, 6-1 Malaya, 8-1 Nube Negra, 20-1 Beau Gosse, 25-1 Et Moi Alors, Padleyourowncanoe, 33-1 Cristal Icon, Gumball, Les Arceaux. F83 F2 22P 224 213 124 111 114 2.50 Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1) (1) 3m 1f £106,647 1 163 Bristol De Mai [WS] (75) (BF) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 7 D Jacob 2 3 4 5 Clan Des Obeaux (117) (BF) P Nicholls 6 11 7 H Cobden Definitly Red (27) (CD)(D) B Ellison 9 11 7 D Cook Double Shuffle [H] (107) T R George 8 11 7 A P Heskin Might Bite (27) (CD) (BF) N Henderson 9 11 7 N De Boinville 6 6PP Sizing Codelco (30) (CD)(D) C Tizzard 9 11 7 R M Power 7 534 Sub Lieutenant [T] (28) H de Bromhead (Ire) 9 11 7 S W Flanagan 8 3P7 Tea For Two (27) (CD) N Williams 9 11 7 Lizzie Kelly S.P. f’cast: 8-13 Might Bite, 5-1 Bristol De Mai, 7-1 Definitly Red, 10-1 Double Shuffle, 14-1 Tea For Two, 16-1 Clan Des Obeaux, 33-1 Sub Lieutenant, 100-1 Sizing Codelco. 212 116 222 112 3.25 Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 2m 4f £140,325 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Air Horse One (46) H Fry 7 11 7 N Fehily Clyne (26) (D) E Williams 8 11 7 A Wedge Cyrus Darius (56) (C)(D) Ruth Jefferson 9 11 7 B Hughes Diakali [B] (360) G L Moore 9 11 7 Joshua Moore Izzo [H] (18) Mlle C Fey (Fr) 5 11 7 R Johnson L’Ami Serge [H] (28) N Henderson 8 11 7 D Jacob My Tent Or Yours [H] (117) (C) N Henderson 11 11 7 B J Geraghty 8 212 Supasundae (28) (D) Mrs J Harrington (Ire) 8 11 7 R M Power 9 210 The New One (28) (CD)(C) N Twiston-Davies 10 11 7 S Twiston-Davies S.P. f’cast: 10-11 Supasundae, 4-1 The New One, 9-2 My Tent Or Yours, 7-1 L’Ami Serge, 25-1 Clyne, Air Horse One, 33-1 Diakali, Cyrus Darius, 50-1 Izzo. 023 441 431 412F5 238 2-1 4.05 Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (2) 2m 5f £26,685 1 2P7 Balnaslow (27) G J Mckeever (Ire) 11 12 0 Mr Derek O’Connor 2 /12 Barrakilla (32) (D) (BF) F O’Brien 11 12 0 Mr Z Baker 3 613 Bear’s Affair (93) (C)(D) Philip Rowley 12 12 0 Mr Alex Edwards 4 213 Bound For Glory [T] (32) D Fitch-Peyton 12 12 0 Miss H Lewis 5 331 Curraigflemens [P,WS] (12) (D) D Kemp 10 12 0 Mr R Collinson 6 -32 Distime (60) Mrs D Ralph 12 12 0 Mr W Biddick 7 141 Eddies Miracle (24) D M Christie (Ire) 10 12 0 Mr B O’Neill 8 -63 Gallery Exhibition [T] (68) (D) K Bailey 11 12 0 Guy Disney Mr J J Codd 9 216 Grand Vision (27) (D) C Tizzard 12 12 0 10313 Greensalt [T] (36) W H Easterby 10 12 0 Mr W Easterby Mr G Crow 11 F12 Lilbitluso (53) (BF) J J O’Shea 10 12 0 12323 Mon Parrain [B,T] (32) Mrs K Smyly 12 12 0 Miss Page Fuller 13UP3 Never Complain [P] (34) (D) Mrs F Marshall 10 12 0 Mr C Marshall 14P29 On The Fringe (27) (CD) E Bolger (Ire) 13 12 0 Ms N Carberry 15612 Rouge Et Blanc [P] (34) (D) O Sherwood 13 12 0 Miss P Glanville 16110 Sir Jack Yeats [B] (27) Richard Spencer 7 12 0 Mr James King 17101 Unioniste (15) (C)(D) P Nicholls 10 12 0 Mr D Maxwell 18UU4 Vincitore [T] (10) (D) Miss S Rippon 12 12 0 Miss S Rippon 19310 Warden Hill [P] (27) (D) Mrs H Connors 10 12 0 Mr T Chatfeild-Roberts 2021P Wells De Lune [H,T] (27) (D) M Bowen 7 12 0 Mr P Bryan 21253 Winged Crusader (19) Miss A Waugh 10 12 0 Miss A Waugh 2231P Wonderful Charm [B,T] (27) (D) P Nicholls 10 12 0 Mr S Waley-Cohen S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Balnaslow, 9-2 Grand Vision, 5-1 Wonderful Charm, 8-1 On The Fringe, 10-1 Unioniste, Wells De Lune, 12-1 Gallery Exhibition, Barrakilla, Sir Jack Yeats, 16-1 Others. 4.40 Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 2m £50,517 1 212 Gino Trail [P] (27) (D) Kerry Lee 11 11 12 Jamie Moore N Fehily 2 425 Overtown Express (26) (D) H Fry 10 11 6 3 232 Tommy Silver [T] (38) (D) (BF) P Nicholls 6 11 3 S Twiston-Davies 4 130 Sizing Platinum [T] (27) (D) C Tizzard 10 11 3 R M Power H Brooke 5 117 Wisty (186) (D) M Todhunter 9 11 0 6 364 Theinval [P] (27) (C)(D) N Henderson 8 11 0 J McGrath 7 1P5 Robinshill (30) (D) N Twiston-Davies 7 10 13 T Bellamy T Scudamore 8 -35 King’s Socks (28) (D) D Pipe 6 10 13 P Brennan 9 233 Bun Doran (26) (D) T R George 7 10 12 10426 Doitforthevillage [T] (27) (D) P Henderson 9 10 12 T J O’Brien 11539 Theflyingportrait [T] (166) (CD)(D) Jennie Candlish 9 10 12 S Quinlan 12145 Vosne Romanee [P,T] (38) (D) Dr R Newland 7 10 11 B Hughes 13825 Baby King [T] (47) (CD)(D) T R George 9 10 10 A P Heskin 14 16F Noche De Reyes [WS] (172) (D) T R George 9 10 10 C Gethings 15227 Bentelimar [P] (26) (D) C Longsdon 9 10 8 Jonathan Burke 16 -3P Savello [P,T] (33) (D) D Skelton 12 10 2 Bridget Andrews (3) S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Theinval, 6-1 King’s Socks, 7-1 Bun Doran, 8-1 Gino Trail, 10-1 Tommy Silver, Overtown Express, 12-1 Vosne Romanee, Doitforthevillage, Sizing Platinum, 14-1 Others. 5.15 Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2) (1) 2m 1f £25,322 1 021 Ceara Be (72) A Hales 5 11 0 P Brennan 2 2 Darling Du Large (75) T R George 5 11 0 C Gethings 3 1 Dissavril (85) (D) Emma Lavelle 5 11 0 G Sheehan 4 -11 Duhallow Gesture (107) A Honeyball 6 11 0 R McLernon 5 -12 Getaway Katie Mai (67) J Queally (Ire) 5 11 0 Mr J J Codd 6 4F1 Jaxlight (30) (D) A Crook 6 11 0 F O’Toole 7 1 Meep Meep (21) Tom Lacey 5 11 0 T Scudamore 8 31 Midnightreferendum (48) A King 5 11 0 W Hutchinson 9 211 Paper Promise (51) D Whillans 6 11 0 C Whillans 10103 Posh Trish (33) (CD) P Nicholls 5 11 0 S Twiston-Davies 11 -17 Princess Roxy [T,WS] (33) (D) B Case 5 11 0 Kielan Woods 12106 Rococo Style (85) S Gollings 5 11 0 Jamie Moore 13141 Sea Story (36) K Bailey 5 11 0 D Bass 14144 Secret Escape (145) D McCain 6 11 0 B Hughes T Cannon 15 3-1 Sparkling Dawn (63) J Farrelly 6 11 0 16121 Buildmeupbuttercup [H] (54) M Channon 4 10 8 G Lee 17 1 Cedar Valley (31) P Hobbs 4 10 8 R Johnson 18 1 Kuragina (124) Kenneth Slack 4 10 8 R Hogg 19313 Maebh (51) J W Mullins 4 10 8 D Sansom 20 1 Zakharova (57) Laura Morgan 4 10 8 P Cowley S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Getaway Katie Mai, 6-1 Posh Trish, 7-1 Dissavril, 10-1 Midnightreferendum, Duhallow Gesture, 12-1 Secret Escape, Sea Story, 14-1 Cedar Valley, 16-1 Others. Whistler’s Nap Sizing Codelco (2.50 Aintree) is today’s nap for Whistler (Marcus Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph. Marlborough 4.30 - Risk And Roll 5.05 - Master Baker 5.35 - Mark’s Folly Going: Heavy TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 2.10 toteplacepot Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m 104yds £4,159 1 533 2 P59 3 908 4 88P 5 -30 6 5-0 7 474 8 0PP 9 422 10246 11 07- 1.55 - Gleaming Sun 2.30 - Stealth 3.00 - Archimedes 3.35 - Tricky Dicky (nap) Tierra Verde (31) H Whittington 7 11 12 H Bannister Scorpion Star [P] (255) M Hill 9 11 11 C Deutsch Fire Ahead (32) I Williams 5 11 10 R T Dunne Oologist (32) J Gallagher 7 11 6 N Scholfield Cropley (165) D Burchell 9 11 3 A Johns Amour D’or [T] (93) Miss G Haywood 7 11 2 D G Noonan Zoltan Varga (17) M Channon 4 11 0 Bryony Frost (3) Hoola Hula (17) Mrs S Gardner 5 10 13 Lucy Gardner (3) Karl Marx [B] (35) (D) M Gillard 8 10 7 D Crosse Upham Running (35) Mrs K A Buckett 10 10 6 J Bowen (3) Blackadder (F63) M Gillard 6 10 5 J M Davies 12 8F0 Eggesford [H] (67) Mrs L Young 4 10 0 B J Powell S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Karl Marx, 7-2 Tierra Verde, 6-1 Zoltan Varga, 8-1 Upham Running, 12-1 Fire Ahead, Oologist, Cropley, 14-1 Others. 5 32P The Cider Maker [T] (15) (BF) C Tizzard 8 11 5 James Best S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Luckime, 7-4 Robert’s Star, 4-1 The Cider Maker, 12-1 Late Shipment, 20-1 Midnight Request. 2.40 toteexacta Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 3f £5,458 3.55 Dave Criddle Travel Handicap Chase (4) 2m 2f £6,583 1 441 Blu Cavalier (15) (C) P Nicholls 8 11 6 Mr L Williams (7) 2 832 Dentley De Mee [P] (33) (C) N Williams 5 11 6 Mr Chester Williams (7) 3 22- Book Direct (505) P Hobbs 7 11 0 M G Nolan C Ring (3) 4 777 Marble Moon (31) E Williams 6 11 0 5 0 Mead Vale (145) N Hawke 5 11 0 D G Noonan C O’Farrell 6 100 Eddies Pearl (141) B Forsey 8 10 7 7 213 Ruby Fool [P] (67) (BF) R Mitford-Slade 8 10 7 James Best S.P. f’cast: 11-10 Blu Cavalier, 5-2 Book Direct, 3-1 Dentley De Mee, 12-1 Ruby Fool, 33-1 Marble Moon, 66-1 Others. 3.15 totequadpot Handicap Hurdle (4) 3m £5,458 1 2 3 4 31F 431 F57 P85 Luckime (12) (BF) Miss V Williams 6 11 12 C Deutsch Robert’s Star [P] (48) M Bradstock 8 11 8 Bryony Frost (3) Late Shipment [P] (20) Mrs N Evans 7 11 7 K Edgar (3) Midnight Request [B] (15) (D) N Hawke 9 11 7 T Buckley (10) 1 22F Le Coeur Net (6) A Honeyball 6 11 12 A Coleman 2 726 Exmoor Mist [P,T] (19) V Dartnall 10 11 11 James Best 3 4-P Smoking Dixie (141) J Groucott 7 11 5 L Edwards 4 755 Fact Flow (73) D Burchell 9 10 12 R T Dunne S.P. f’cast: 10-11 Le Coeur Net, 2-1 Exmoor Mist, 11-2 Smoking Dixie, 12-1 Fact Flow. 4.30 totetrifecta Handicap Hurdle (3) 2m 3f £7,849 1 2 3 4 Dicosimo [H] (36) (D) W Greatrex 7 11 12 T Greatrex (7) Canelie [T] (67) (CD) H Fry 6 11 6 Miss A B O’Connor (7) Night Of Sin [B] (21) N Williams 5 11 5 Mr Chester Williams (7) Here’s Herbie [T] (70) (CD)(D) Mrs S Gardner 10 10 9 Lucy Gardner (3) 5 21P Eureu Du Boulay [P] (29) Richard Hobson 4 10 6 J Bowen (3) 6 513 Risk And Roll [P,T,WS] (165) P Nicholls 4 10 0 Bryony Frost (3) S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Dicosimo, 11-4 Canelie, 9-2 Risk And Roll, 6-1 Night Of Sin, 8-1 Here’s Herbie, Eureu Du Boulay. 5P1 P1P 295 F34 5.05 ‘Grassroots’ Maiden Hunters’ Chase (6) 2m 7f £2,305 1 5P8 Connies Cross (67) Mrs Sue Popham 11 12 0 Mr R Dingle (7) 2 -32 Fly West [H] (19) (BF) E Walker 10 12 0 Mr J Newman (3) 3 P-P Henrys Hill (53) P D Rogers 7 12 0 Mr N Lawton (7) 4 -34 Manhattan Mead [P] (53) P Hamer 8 12 0 Mr B R Jones (7) 5 -11 Master Baker (19) Mrs L Jefford 9 12 0 Miss Juanna Buck (5) 6 -11 Moral Hazard [T] (10) Miss B Thomas 9 12 0 Mr B Gibbs (3) 7 137 The Lizard King [P] (93) Nicky Martin 9 12 0 Mr D Edwards S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Moral Hazard, 9-4 Master Baker, 5-2 Fly West, 20-1 Manhattan Mead, Connies Cross, 25-1 Others. 5.35 Mares’ Maiden Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m 104yds £2,924 1 Briery Express [H] Noel Williams 5 11 0 T Garner (3) 2 Could You Tim Pinfield 6 11 0 H Bannister 3 Luna June F O’Brien 5 11 0 A P Cawley 4 5- Mark’s Folly (357) (BF) P Hobbs 5 11 0 M G Nolan Miss Heritage D Elsworth 4 10 8 J Quinlan 5 6 Miss Rocher N Hawke 4 10 8 D G Noonan Princess Midnight R Hodges 4 10 8 M Griffiths 7 8 Willow May N Williams 4 10 8 N Scholfield S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Miss Heritage, 7-2 Willow May, 4-1 Mark’s Folly, 5-1 Luna June, 10-1 Could You, Briery Express, 12-1 Others. Chelmsford City Going: Standard TV: Sky 415; Draw: No data available 5.45 Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes (5) 2YO 5f £4,528 1 Blasim P Evans 8 13 P J McDonald 6 Chitra D Kubler 8 12 G Downing 2 2 3 2 Lady Prancealot (9) P Evans 8 11 J F Egan 7 J Duern (3) 3 4 7 Sandy Heartbeat (9) D Ivory 8 11 5 2 Harperelle (13) K Burke 8 10 Ben Curtis 1 6 Piccothepack R Fahey 8 10 S De Sousa 5 Thegreyvtrain R Harris 8 10 D Probert 4 7 S.P. f’cast: 13-8 Harperelle, 2-1 Lady Prancealot, 9-2 Piccothepack, 10-1 Blasim, 16-1 Chitra, 20-1 Thegreyvtrain, Sandy Heartbeat. 6.15 Bet Exacta At totesport.com Handicap (5) 7f £4,658 1 802 Clear Water [B,T] (21) (D) M Wigham 5 9 10 S De Sousa 3 2 953 Medici Banchiere [V] (6) K Burke 4 9 10 C Lee (3) 5 3 055 Loyalty [V] (21) (C)(D) D Shaw 11 9 9 P Mathers 4 W Carson 8 4 457 Time To Reason (24) (D) C Wallis 5 9 7 5 7-3 Fieldsman (16) (D) D C Griffiths 6 9 7 A Atzeni 2 6 463 Cyrus Dallin (24) (D) W Muir 4 9 7 A Kirby 7 S Levey 1 7 07- Nibras Again (239) I Mohammed 4 9 3 8 337 Beauden Barrett [P,T] (49) J J Quinn 5 9 2 J Hart 6 S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Fieldsman, 7-2 Medici Banchiere, 5-1 Clear Water, 6-1 Cyrus Dallin, Loyalty, 10-1 Nibras Again, 12-1 Others. 6.45 Bet Quadpot Novice Stakes (5) 3YO 1m £5,175 1 4-1 Commander Han (62) (C) K Ryan 9 9 K Stott 3 T Hamilton 5 2 6-2 Narcos [B] (35) R Fahey 9 6 L Dettori 2 3 3-3 Sallab (19) R Hannon 9 6 M Monaghan (3) 6 4 00- Houlton [T] (113) M Botti 9 2 Mootasadir [H] H Palmer 9 2 James Doyle 4 5 Emma Taff (7) 1 6 06 Sopranos Rock (36) R Hannon 9 2 S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Commander Han, 3-1 Sallab, 4-1 Mootasadir, 5-1 Narcos, 10-1 Sopranos Rock, 50-1 Houlton. 7.15 Bet Trifecta At totesport.com Handicap (2) 1m 2f £16,172 1 224 Pactolus [H,T] (13) (CD)(C) S C Williams 7 9 7 D Muscutt 8 A Atzeni 2 2 313 Kyllachy Gala (14) (D) M Botti 5 9 6 D Costello 4 3 -20 Battalion (13) (D) J Osborne 8 9 6 4 39- Anythingtoday (180) (D) D O’Meara 4 9 5 Daniel Tudhope 3 J Fanning 1 5 73- Abareeq (110) (D) M Johnston 5 9 4 J P Spencer 5 6 355 Calling Out [P] (14) D M Simcock 7 9 4 O Murphy 6 7 32- Duke Of Bronte (167) B Millman 4 9 0 P J McDonald 7 8 212 Maratha [T] (6) S C Williams 4 8 10 P Mathers 9 9 02- Society Red (167) (D) R Fahey 4 8 3 S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Duke Of Bronte, 9-2 Kyllachy Gala, 5-1 Maratha, 6-1 Pactolus, 7-1 Abareeq, 10-1 Others. 7.45 Bet Scoop6 At totesport.com Handicap (3) 5f £9,704 Marlborough 1 820 Poyle Vinnie [P] (18) (D) Mrs R Carr 8 9 7 B McHugh 4 2 332 Compas Scoobie [H,T,V] (28) (D) (BF) S C Williams 5 9 6 P J McDonald 1 3 571 Dynamo Walt [V] (13) (CD)(D) D Shaw 7 9 4 P Mathers 2 4 742 Zac Brown [T] (6) (CD)(D) (BF) C Wallis 7 9 2 W Carson 5 D Muscutt 3 5 6-8 Leo Minor (89) R Cowell 4 9 0 J Fanning 6 6 419 Liquid (19) (D) (BF) T D Barron 4 8 11 A Atzeni 7 7 615 Tavener [P] (8) D C Griffiths 6 8 9(6ex) S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Compas Scoobie, 4-1 Dynamo Walt, 5-1 Zac Brown, 6-1 Tavener, Liquid, 7-1 Poyle Vinnie, 12-1 Leo Minor. 10039 Give Us A Belle [T,V] (14) (D) Mrs C Dunnett 9 8 7 Rhiain Ingram (5) 11 11 50- Percy Toplis [P] (184) Mrs C Dunnett 4 8 7 P Mathers 9 S.P. f’cast: 10-3 Strictly Carter, 4-1 Fareeq, 9-2 Raffle King, 5-1 King Crimson, 8-1 Powerful Dream, 10-1 Indian Pursuit, 12-1 Others. 8.15 totepool Bets At totesport.com Handicap (6) 5f £3,429 8.45 Book Tickets Handicap (5) 3YO 1m 5f £4,399 1 2 3 4 5 103-2 -33 861 559 6 7 8 9 -54 645 00961 Indian Pursuit (170) (D) J J Quinn 5 9 9 J Hart 3 Raffle King (10) Mrs R Carr 4 9 8 J Garritty 4 Powerful Dream [P] (1) (D) R Harris 5 9 7 D Probert 2 Fareeq [B,T] (8) (C)(D) C Wallis 4 9 7(6ex) W Carson 10 Zipedeedodah [T,V] (1) (CD)(D) J Tuite 6 9 6 Pierre-Louis Jamin (7) 5 King Crimson [P,T] (21) (D) J Butler 6 9 5 A Kirby 7 Red Stripes [B] (14) (CD)(C) Mrs L Williamson 6 9 5 J Mitchell 1 Kibaar [P] (187) (D) Mrs R Carr 6 9 4 B McHugh 8 Strictly Carter [B] (49) (CD) A Bailey 5 9 2 H Burns (7) 6 5.45 - Lady Prancealot 6.15 - Medici Banchiere 6.45 - Commander Han 7.15 - Maratha [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 1.55 toteplacepot Handicap (6) 3YO 1m £3,105 1 255 Amity Island (23) O Pears 9 8 A Mullen 1 2 -22 Gleaming Sun (8) (BF) M W Easterby 9 7 Nathan Evans 6 3 825 Powerful Society (16) (C) (BF) Mrs R Ford 9 6 O Murphy 8 4 -57 Ipcress File [P] (65) S Dixon 9 4 K O’Neill 3 5 910 Political Slot [H] (14) (CD) D Shaw 9 2 P Mathers 4 6 00- Gallant Girl (216) W J Martin (Ire) 8 12 S W Kelly 5 7 00- Feel The Wrath [P] (160) I Furtado 8 7 S De Sousa 2 8 893 Street Sensation [B] (22) R Fahey 8 7 P Hanagan 7 S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Gleaming Sun, 11-2 Political Slot, 6-1 Powerful Society, 7-1 Street Sensation, 8-1 Feel The Wrath, 10-1 Amity Island, 12-1 Gallant Girl, 14-1 Ipcress File. 2.30 toteexacta Maiden Stakes (5) 1m £3,752 1 Assure T Easterby 4 10 0 D Allan 2 2 4 Betancourt (87) J Ewart 8 10 0 L Keniry 11 3 Demophon [V] S Flook 4 10 0 P Pilley (3) 5 4 Victory Wave [H] S bin Suroor 4 9 9 O Murphy 10 5 89 Wise Coco (16) A Whillans 5 9 9 R Scott (3) 7 Phil Dennis (3) 9 6 4 New Britain (11) P Kirby 3 8 13 7 7 Rolladice (18) M W Easterby 3 8 13 Nathan Evans 8 8 330 Stealth [B] (18) J Gosden 3 8 13 R Havlin 3 9 7 Theydon Boxer (22) H Spiller 3 8 13 J Quinn 4 Burgonet M Johnston 3 8 8 F Norton 1 10 11 3 Raaqyah [H] (15) R Varian 3 8 8 A Atzeni 6 S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Raaqyah, 11-4 Victory Wave, 5-1 Stealth, 6-1 Burgonet, 12-1 Rolladice, 14-1 New Britain, Theydon Boxer, 16-1 Assure, 20-1 Others. 3.00 totequadpot Handicap (5) 5f £3,752 Going: Standard 5.45 (1m h’cap): Settle Petal (P Bradley 14-1) 1; Barrsbrook (16-1) 2; Buckland Beau (9-2) 3. The Groove 4-1F. 13 ran. nk, shd. (P Phelan). NR: The King’s Steed. 6.15 (7f nov): Fennaan (R Havlin 3-1) 1; Magnificent (2-1F) 2; Heavenly Guest (80-1) 3. 11 ran. nk, 33/4l. (J Gosden). 6.45 (7f nov): Nordic Passage (R Havlin 10-3) 1; Perfect Hustler (11-8F) 2; Boing (7-2) 3. 8 ran. 23/4l, 11/2l. (J Gosden). NRs: One Flew Over, Passionate Love. 7.15 (7f h’cap): Coverham (L Morris 9-2JF) 1; Bounty Pursuit (14-1) 2; Rock Icon (7-1) 3. Frozen Lake 9-2JF. 9 ran. ns, hd. (J Eustace). NR: Maazel. 7.45 (1m2f219yds h’cap): Paddy A (Ben Curtis 10-1) 1; Dangerous Ends (4-1JF) 2; Camakasi (8-1) 3. Captain Pugwash 4-1JF. 12 ran. hd, 11/4l. (I Williams). 8.15 (1m2f219yds h’cap): Count Calabash (C Bishop 13-2) 1; Lawless Secret (8-1) 2; Castlelyons (3-1) 3. Kelly’s Dino 11-4F. 11 ran. 11/2l, nk. (Eve J-Houghton). 8.45 (1m2f219yds h’cap): Parisian (L Steward 8-1) 1; Giovanni Medici (13-2) 2; Iconic Boy (10-3) 3. Master Grey 9-4F. 10 ran. 13/4l, 11/4l. (R Beckett). 9.15 (6f h’cap): Inlawed (R Kingscote 7-1) 1; Run With Pride (11-2) 2; Porto Ferro (11-2) 3. Mishaal 5-1F. 12 ran. 21/4l, 13/4l. (Ed Walker). Jackpot: Not won, pool of £6,048.57 carried over. Placepot: £169.40. Quadpot: £27.10. Lingfield Going: Standard 1.40 (1m1yds h’cap): Sir Jamie (D Probert 8-1) 1; Divine Messenger (8-1) 2; With Approval (12-1) 3. Rattle On 5-2F. 10 ran. 3/4l, 13/4l. (A Carroll). 2.10 (1m1yds h’cap): Ravenhoe (Andrew Breslin 5-1) 1; Caribbean Spring (3-1F) 2; Touch The Clouds (9-2) 3. 8 ran. 1l, hd. (M Johnston). NR: Quick Monet. 2.40 (7f1yds nov): Golden Iris (R Hornby 8-1) 1; Dream Catching (4-1) 2; Excelleration (6-4F) 3. 4 ran. 1/2l, 21/4l. (J Portman). 3.15 (7f1yds h’cap): Inshaa (D Brock 10-1) 1; Perfect Pastime (33-1) 2; Hipz (5-1) 3. The Yellow Bus 7-4F. 13 ran. 3/4l, hd. (P McEntee). 3.45 (7f1yds h’cap): Choral Music (R Hornby 10-1) 1; Duba Plains (5-2) 2; Geetanjali (5-4F) 3. 6 ran. hd, nk. (J Portman). 4.20 (5f6yds h’cap): Bosham (H Shaw 2-1F) 1; Sandfrankskipsgo (7-1) 2; Powerful Dream (6-1) 3. 9 ran. 11/2l, 11/2l. (M W Easterby). NR: Bahamian Heights. 4.50 (1m4f nov): Lubinka (J Mitchell 10-11F) 1; Amourice (7-4) 2; Place Des Vosges (12-1) 3. 7 ran. 21/4l, 31/2l. (P Chapple-Hyam). 5.20 (1m4f h’cap): Cayuga (Rossa Ryan 7-1) 1; Smiley Bagel (4-1) 2; Amanto (10-1) 3. Compatriot 9-4F. 9 ran. shd, 3/4l. (B Johnson). Placepot: £3,086.30. Quadpot: £201.30. Market Rasen Going: Heavy-soft in places 2.00 (2m148yds nov hdle): Mont Des Avaloirs (H Cobden 1-6F) 1; The King Of May (10-1) 2; Run For Eva (200-1) 3. 4 ran. 9l, 28l. (P Nicholls). Desert Ace (19) (D) P Midgley 7 9 10 L Morris 11 Pearl Acclaim [P] (6) (CD)(D) D C Griffiths 8 9 7 T Marquand 8 Imagine If (12) (D) Roger Fell 4 9 6 B Sanderson (7) 14 Oriental Relation [P] (19) (CD)(D) J Balding 7 9 5 L Edmunds (3) 2 5 -87 Saved My Bacon [H,P] (30) (CD)(C)(D) C Dwyer 7 9 5 S De Sousa 3 6 736 Amazing Grazing [E] (22) Rebecca Bastiman 4 9 4 Daniel Tudhope 5 7 51- Hollander (248) (D) W Muir 4 9 4 M Dwyer 7 8 13- Jabbarockie (155) (CD)(D) E Alston 5 9 3 Rachel Richardson (3) 13 9 -26 Decision Maker [T,WS] (77) (BF) S Bowring 4 9 2 E J Walsh (3) 6 10517 Archimedes [P,T] (6) (CD)(D) D C Griffiths 5 9 2 F Norton 4 11 22- Nuns Walk [WS] (153) (D) (BF) T Easterby 4 9 1 D Allan 1 12 35- Cosmic Chatter [P] (146) (D) Mrs R Carr 8 9 0 B McHugh 9 13 8-4 Foxtrot Knight (12) (D) Mrs R Carr 6 8 13 J Garritty 12 14 76- New Identity [P] (183) (D) W J Martin (Ire) 7 8 2 K O’Neill 10 S.P. f’cast: 11-2 Archimedes, 6-1 Jabbarockie, 7-1 Nuns Walk, Decision Maker, 8-1 Hollander, Desert Ace, 12-1 Pearl Acclaim, Cosmic Chatter, Foxtrot Knight, 14-1 Others. 2-6 345 -98 800 3.35 totetrifecta Handicap (4) 6f £5,531 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tricky Dicky (79) (CD)(D) (BF) Olly Williams 5 10 0 S James 7 Scofflaw (166) (D) R Fahey 4 10 0 P Hanagan 5 Zylan (30) (CD)(C)(D) Roger Fell 6 9 12 B Sanderson (7) 4 Crosse Fire (16) (CD)(C) S Dixon 6 9 8 L Morris 1 Rapid Applause (174) (D) M W Easterby 6 9 6 H Shaw (7) 6 Kommander Kirkup [P] (22) (CD)(D) M Herrington 7 9 3 A Mullen 3 7 9-6 Katheefa (16) Mrs R Carr 4 9 3 J Garritty 8 Nathan Evans 2 8 66- Feebs (152) (D) M W Easterby 3 8 4 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Tricky Dicky, 4-1 Zylan, 9-2 Kommander Kirkup, 6-1 Crosse Fire, 10-1 Scofflaw, 12-1 Rapid Applause, Katheefa, 14-1 -22 08271 225 08291 Feebs. 7.45 - Dynamo Walt 8.15 - Red Stripes 8.45 - Deadly Reel 1 321 Heather Lark [P,T] (34) Richard Spencer 9 7 Hollie Doyle 1 J Fanning 4 2 354 River Glades (34) M Johnston 9 6 G Mosse 3 3 37- Global Style (209) E Dunlop 9 6 L Keniry 5 4 312 Father Ailbe (49) J Butler 9 6 A Kirby 2 5 -33 Betjeman (65) H Morrison 9 5 6 -54 Blame Me Forever (82) M Botti 9 4 M Monaghan (3) 6 7 3-6 Deadly Reel [B] (22) (BF) Archie Watson 9 0 R Kingscote 7 S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Father Ailbe, 4-1 Heather Lark, 9-2 River Glades, 6-1 Deadly Reel, 7-1 Global Style, Betjeman, Blame Me Forever. Results Kempton 4.15 - Kingstreet Lady 4.50 - Amadeus 5.25 - Dream Ally Going: Standard TV: Sky 415 Draw: 5f None, 6f Low best 1 2 3 4 Taunton 2.10 - Tierra Verde 2.40 - Blu Cavalier (nb) 3.15 - Robert’s Star 3.55 - Exmoor Mist Marlborough 2.30 (2m4f139yds mdn hdle): The Bottom Bar (D Jacob 7-4F) 1; Quest For Life (3-1) 2; Midnight Chill (9-4) 3. 8 ran. 5l, 11l. (N Henderson). 3.05 (2m4f139yds h’cap hdle): Reckless Behavior (S Bowen 8-1) 1; Potters Hedger (7-2) 2; Krugermac (5-1) 3. Zen Master 3-1F. 9 ran. nk, 5l. (Mrs C Bailey). 3.35 (2m1f43yds h’cap ch): Red Devil Star (J Sherwood evs F) 1; Ballycamp (9-2) 2; Roxyfet (9-4) 3. 4 ran. 16l, 14l. (Miss S Smith). 4.10 (2m5f89yds h’cap nov ch): Beggar’s Wishes (S Bowen 15-8) 1; Remind Me Later (4-1) 2; Minella Scamp (7-4F) 3. 4 ran. 21/2l, 11/4l. (P Bowen). NR: Monbeg Charmer. 4.40 (2m7f191yds h’cap ch): Thedrinkymeister (R Johnson 10-3) 1; Shockingtimes (3-1F) 2; Milly Baloo (9-2) 3. 7 ran. 12l, 12l. (H Daly). 5.10 (2m148yds nh flat): Dorking Boy (R Johnson 11-4F) 1; Akarita Lights (8-1) 2; Myplaceatmidnight (4-1) 3. 9 ran. 6l, 21/4l. (Tom Lacey). NR: Iwilldoit. Placepot: £65.70. Quadpot: £45.80. 4.15 totepoolliveinfo.com Handicap (6) 5f £3,105 1 511 La Fortuna [T] (7) (D) C Wallis 5 9 13(6ex) C Bishop 3 2 622 Archie Stevens (8) (CD)(D) Clare Ellam 8 9 10 P Pilley (3) 12 3 29- Kodimoor [B,T] (155) (D) C Kellett 5 9 10 R J Fitzpatrick (5) 13 4 314 Kingstreet Lady [P] (16) (CD) Mrs R Carr 5 9 5 B McHugh 2 5 58- Twentysvnthlancers (176) (D) P Midgley 5 9 5 L Morris 4 6 6-4 Billyfairplay [B] (99) (BF) W J Martin (Ire) 4 9 3 S W Kelly 10 7 4-4 Lady Joanna Vassa [E,P] (14) (D) R C Guest 5 9 1 C Beasley 1 8 858 Novabridge (8) (D1) Mrs K Tutty 10 9 0 H Shaw (7) 7 Phil Dennis (3) 9 9 77- Lackaday (129) (D) N Wilson 6 9 0 10 5-9 Men United [T,WS] (93) (D) S Bowring 5 8 12 K Lundie (5) 8 11 -47 Grandad Chunk (11) C Teague 7 8 12 D Allan 5 12 8-0 Thornaby Princess [P] (27) (D) C Teague 7 8 12 Rachel Richardson (3) 11 P Hanagan 6 13 6/7 Griffin Street (34) A Whillans 5 8 12 S.P. f’cast: 7-2 La Fortuna, 4-1 Billyfairplay, 5-1 Archie Stevens, 6-1 Kingstreet Lady, 10-1 Lady Joanna Vassa, 12-1 Twentysvnthlancers, Kodimoor, 14-1 Lackaday, Novabridge, 16-1 Others. 4.50 totesport.com Handicap (6) 3YO 1m 4f £3,105 1 64- Berkshire Spirit (159) A Balding 9 7 R Hornby 2 2 78- Harbour Nights [B] (134) H Palmer 9 6 Josephine Gordon 3 F Norton 4 3 -82 Sunhill Lad (29) Mrs A Duffield 9 4 4 868 Gemologist (24) M Johnston 8 9 O Stammers (7) 5 5 -53 Amadeus [V] (63) R Fahey 8 5 P Hanagan 1 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Berkshire Spirit, 11-4 Amadeus, 3-1 Harbour Nights, 4-1 Sunhill Lad, 12-1 Gemologist. 5.25 Handicap (6) 6f £3,105 1 571 2 211 3 564 4 245 310 6 6-5 7 508 236 9 7-0 10 0-8 11 6-5 12 -75 13 0-7 Dream Ally (8) (CD)(D) J Weymes 8 9 13(6ex) Phil Dennis (3) 6 Da Capo Dandy (11) (CD) J Ewart 4 9 9(6ex) L Keniry 5 Sir Geoffrey [V] (8) (CD)(C)(D) S Dixon 12 9 6 K O’Neill 13 Cool Strutter [B] (156) Mrs K Tutty 6 9 4 Gemma Tutty (5) 2 Deben (27) (CD) J Weymes 5 9 2 A Mullen 10 Gaelic Wizard [V] (11) (C)(D) Mrs K Tutty 10 8 12 R Scott (3) 8 Mr Enthusiastic (133) N Wilson 4 8 12 C Beasley 12 Iconic Figure [P] (11) P Kirby 5 8 12 W Cox (5) 1 Zebelini [P] (97) S Bowring 6 8 12 E J Walsh (3) 3 Favorite Story (12) C Wallis 4 8 12 L Morris 4 Robbian (11) (D) C Smith 7 8 12 Ben Robinson (5) 11 Port Lairge [B] (11) (D) M Chapman 8 8 12 D Fentiman 7 Interchoice Star [P] (65) (CD)(C)(D) R Peacock 13 8 12 C Bishop 14 C Shepherd 9 14554 Tina Teaspoon [H] (8) D Shaw 4 8 12 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Da Capo Dandy, 5-1 Dream Ally, 7-1 Sir Geoffrey, 8-1 Cool Strutter, 10-1 Iconic Figure, 12-1 Others. The Daily Telegraph Thursday 12 April 2018 *** Coach inquired about Sale No 8, says Diamond Loose forward would ‘love’ to play for England By Daniel Schofield England coach Eddie Jones is monitoring the progress of Sale’s South African-born No 8 Jono Ross ahead of the summer tour to his homeland. Ross, 27, hails from Sandton in Johannesburg, but is English-qualified on account of his grandmother, Betty Hicks from Essex, and is eligible for the tour. Steve Diamond, the Sale director of rugby, revealed that Jones had inquired about Ross, who was twice let go by Blue Bulls in South Africa before joining Sale in 2017 after three years with Stade Francais. “We have had conversations with Eddie and Steve [Borthwick, England forwards coach] about Jono,” Diamond said. “All we can do is to get him to play like he has been playing and then we back it up with the odd conversation. “I don’t think he will become the star, but I think he would certainly be in the running to be first on the teamsheet if I am honest.” Ross is modestly upbeat about his roundabout career path. “I don’t mind the way it has gone for me. If it comes too easy then you can fade away, whereas it did not come very easy for me,” Ross told The Daily Telegraph. “I had to work very hard, I had to be determined, I had to keep at. Thankfully I have made a decent career out of it so far.” Technically, Sale are Ross’s third English club. When he was at school he signed an 18-month academy deal with Harlequins. He ended up in digs with Joe Marler, Rory Clegg and Sam Smith, but found English life a culture shock and returned to South Africa after 11 months. “I was probably too young and immature,” Ross said. “If I look back I learnt a lot about myself.” He picked up a contract at the GETTY IMAGES Jones puts Ross in the reckoning for South Africa tour In contention: Jono Ross has taken the long route to a possible England call Bulls, but his deal was not renewed and, then 18, he signed as shortterm injury cover at Saracens. Despite not making a senior appearance, he says his experience with Saracens was crucial to his development. “That was the point that my rugby career turned,” Ross said. “The Sarries ethos is well documented. 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TENNIS: Claro Open Colsanitas - BT Sport 1 4pm. Fixtures Cricket INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE.-Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians (3.30). WOMEN'S ONE-DAY TOUR MATCH.-Nagpur: India v England (4.30am). Rugby League BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE Widnes v Hull (7.45) lacked a bit of work ethic. At Sarries I got that properly instilled in me.” Returning to South Africa for a second time, he started playing university rugby for Tuks in Pretoria, where he did enough to get another crack of the whip with the Bulls, becoming their first English-speaking captain in the Currie Cup. Yet his progress was blocked by the consid- 15 erable presence of Pierre Spies and Arno Botha in his preferred No 8 position, so when Stade Francais came calling in 2014, the Bulls told him he was welcome to leave. He was happy in Paris. The opportunity to learn the ropes from Sergio Parisse was invaluable. Stade Francais won the Top 14 in 2015 and he also assumed the captaincy, but the good times would not last, with the club’s financial difficulties leading to a proposal to merge with Racing 92. Diamond, who had been chasing Ross for three years, finally got his man last summer and, after an injury to Will Addison, installed him as his captain. “Dimes showed a lot of faith in me and that has given me a lot of confidence,” Ross said. “I try my best to lead from the front with my actions, rather than my words.” Tomorrow night Ross will attempt to lead Sale into the top four against fellow play-off chasers Newcastle. “We may not have the most talent, but we work hard, we believe in each other and we want to achieve something special.” As an added incentive, there should be at least one England coach in the stands at Kingston Park tomorrow. “If I managed to catch the eye that is something I would love to do,” Ross said. “I just want to play well for Sale and, if anything comes off the back of that, then great. Playing for England is definitely something I would love to do, but I am not thinking about it too much.” 16 Thursday 12 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Final whistle Journalists were not digging up ‘dirt’ on Masters winner, they were just doing their job, writes James Corrigan Below par reception for Reed had to be explained o, when is it OK to bring S up a new golf champion’s private life? The day itself? The day after? The day after the day after? Or never? Perhaps you favour the last of those options and believe all that matters is what goes on between the ropes. Perhaps you dismiss the notion that the sport itself promotes its participants as personalities and, on Sunday night, you simply turned off when the last putt dropped and did not bother to watch Patrick Reed don the Green Jacket before thanking his family. Perhaps you found no significance in seasoned observers at the course recounting they had never before heard such a muted response for a Masters winner and shrugged your shoulders at the revelations he left University of Georgia under a cloud and made many local enemies. And perhaps you did not think it remotely interesting that on that very afternoon in that very city, just three miles away, a mother and father hosted a Masters party in the family home to cheer on their son who has refused to talk to them for six years. Indeed, you might even have felt so strongly about those wretched journalists who dared unveil all of this that you took to social media. A number of those working within the professional game did and here are just three examples. Eddie Pepperell, the European Tour winner, despaired at journalists reporting “on a man’s quite personal past, moments after his greatest victory”. “Leave the personal s--- for another day at least,” Pepperell tweeted. Ted Scott, Bubba Watson’s caddie, saw individual gain below the headlines. “Some media can only promote themselves by stepping on others,” Scott said. Ewen Murray, lead commentator for Sky Rough ride: Patrick Reed’s Masters win met with a muted response There is a market for such stories. Shooting the messengers will not make any difference Sports, on arrival home in Britain felt let down by the Tuesday newspapers. “Disappointed to read reports of Patrick Reed’s past and not of his superb performance over four days,” Murray wrote. Scott’s comments were the most contentious and seemed neatly to encapsulate an opinion in the locker room that the “dirt” was being used to raise journalists’ profiles. As the first to publish an article on the Reed family dynamics, Alan Shipnuck, the golf.com w writer, felt obliged to j justify his actions in a lengthy blog. In truth, he could have summed it up in five words: “I was doing my job.” Just as Shipnuck’s editors were doing their j to post his work that job night. This was not “Reed’s past”, this was his present; celebrating on a g green a short drive away from the estranged family home. The descriptions of his parents Bill and J Jeannette hugging with Reed’s sister were immediate images which w were given added resonance by the timing of their release. However, the main cause for complaint seemed to be that in the rush to release skeletons, Reed was not given due praise. Except every serious outlet ran lengthy articles on the 27-year-old’s competitive skill and spirit in fending off Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. Granted, in UK newspapers on Tuesday morning the spotlight shone on the Reed family fallout but that had everything to do with the time difference and convention and nothing to do with the desire to be salacious. These are called “follow-ups” and, 48 hours on, almost always concentrate on the character behind the first-time champion. Website figures confirm there is a market for such backgrounders, whether positive or negative. So, Reed’s story is perceived to be the latter. That is life for you and, nowadays, rightly or wrongly, that is sport. Shooting the messengers will not make any difference whatsoever.