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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
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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.”
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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
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Paris St-Germain an
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optiion
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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
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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.
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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. The weekend
nst
hat-trick against
e
Leganes in the
league at the
weekend, the
40th of his
im
m
career, puts him
on 39 goals forr
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the season and
is ninth
the brink of his
eason
consecutive season
with 40 goals or
more.
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respect no surprise
aster
that when disaster
me on
loomed in Rome
Tuesday nightt it
was to Messi whom
ked.
Barcelona looked.
ot
He could not
deliver them to
me,
safety this time,
and for those who
d
have watched
Barcelona all
season it was an
outcome that had
ned
been threatened
before. Messi,, and to a
lesser extent the German
goalkeeper Marc-Andre
ave been
ter Stegen, have
tstanding
the team’s outstanding
nd have saved
performers and
mber of
them on a number
occasions.
ma, with the game
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Against Roma,
here was to be no
unravelling, there
arcelona fizzled outt
last act and Barcelona
with Gerard Pique in attack,
proving that even the best
onally run out of
teams occasionally
here will no
good ideas. 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. He has
ha defined
their last 10 years, becoming
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this
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a
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rise in
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€
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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.
Real Madrid (0) 1
Ronaldo 90 pen
Walsall (1) 1
Fitzwater 34
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Doncaster
39 7 7 4 27 19 5 7 9 20 26 2 50
Real Madrid win 4-3 on agg.
Walsall
41 8 6 7 27 28 4 6 10 22 31 -10 48
Sky Bet Championship
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75,796
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Jota 6
Neves 51
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Fulham
42 12 7 2 37 15 11 5 5 35 26 31 81
Cardiff
41 15 3 3 38 15 9 5 6 24 20 27 80
Aston Villa 42 13 6 2 40 18 9 4 8 26 22 26 76
Derby
41 10 5 5 33 18 8 9 4 27 22 20 68
Millwall
42 11 7 3 32 18 7 7 7 22 21 15 68
Middlesbro' 42 12 3 6 29 16 7 6 8 30 25 18 66
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Sheff Utd
42 12 4 5 32 18 7 4 10 25 31 8 65
Brentford
42 8 10 3 34 22 9 3 9 24 25 11 64
AFC Wimb'dn 41 8 4 9 21 26 4 6 10 18 25 -12 46
Oldham
40 8 4 8 30 29 3 8 9 23 38 -14 45
Rochdale
40 5 9 5 21 22 4 6 11 23 31 -9 42
MK Dons
41 6 8 7 23 26 4 4 12 18 33 -18 42
Northamptn 42 6 4 11 16 33 4 6 11 20 39 -36 40
Bury
41 6 4 11 17 27 1 5 14 15 35 -30 30
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE.-North: Curzon
Ashton 2 Gainsborough 0. South: Wealdstone P
Oxford City P (Postponed -due to waterlogged
pitch).
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Farnborough 0
Bishop’s Stortford 5.
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Academy 2-Fraserburgh 0 Cove Rangers 1-Huntly
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1-Keith 2 Nairn County 2-Rothes 2 Turriff United
5-Strathspey Thistle 1 Deveronvale 3.
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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).
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Lane v Stalybridge, Stourbridge v Stafford
Rangers, Farsley Celtic v Witton Albion, Whitby v
Warrington Tn.
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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.
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***
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
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imperative
for
athletics
to
unearth
its next
colossus iss
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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.
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Yohan
dou
Blake, a double
silver
medallist be
behind Bolt at
Lo
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mantle as his
succes
successor,
managing
only a bronze in
the 100m here.
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to step
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Bolt said.
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‘All right, this is the
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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.
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**
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,
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**
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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.
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***
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
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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).
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L Morris 11
Pearl Acclaim [P] (6) (CD)(D) D C Griffiths 8 9 7 T Marquand 8
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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
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10517 Archimedes [P,T] (6) (CD)(D) D C Griffiths 5 9 2 F Norton 4
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14 76- New Identity [P] (183) (D) W J Martin (Ire) 7 8 2
K O’Neill 10
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Decision Maker, 8-1 Hollander, Desert Ace, 12-1 Pearl Acclaim,
Cosmic Chatter, Foxtrot Knight, 14-1 Others.
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5
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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
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Kommander Kirkup [P] (22) (CD)(D) M Herrington 7 9 3
A Mullen 3
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Nathan Evans 2
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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
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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).
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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
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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
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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. As a junior I probably
Sport in brief
Cycling
Michael Goolaerts, who died
on Sunday, suffered cardiac
arrest while riding, causing
his crash at Paris-Roubaix,
according to Cambrai state
prosecutor Remi Schwartz.
Tennis
Johanna Konta will lead
Great Britain’s bid to reach
the elite level of the Fed Cup
against Japan later this
month. Heather Watson,
Anna Smith and Gabi Taylor
complete the team.
Boxing
Paul Butler will fight Puerto
Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez
for the vacant IBF
bantamweight title on May 5.
Biathlon
Austrian police searched the
International Biathlon Union
(IBU) headquarters in
Salzburg yesterday in an
inquiry focused on “doping
issues”.
Database
Baseball
MLB: Baltimore 1 Toronto 2-Boston 14 NY Yankees
1-Chicago White Sox 5 Tampa Bay 6-Cleveland 2
Detroit 1-Colorado 2 San Diego 5-Kansas City 3
Seattle 8-LA Dodgers 4 Oakland 0-Miami 6 NY
Mets 8-Minnesota 4 Houston 1-Philadelphia 6
Cincinnati 1-San Francisco 5 Arizona 4-St Louis 5
Milwaukee 3-Texas 1 LA Angels 11-Washington 4
Atlanta 1-Chicago Cubs 5 Pittsburgh 8.
Basketball
NBA: Atlanta 113 Philadelphia 121-Dallas 97
Phoenix 124-Indiana 93 Charlotte 119-LA Lakers
99 Houston 105-Utah 119 Golden State
79-Washington 113 Boston 101.
Cricket
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE.-Jaipur: Rajasthan
Royals 153-5 (17.5 overs); Delhi Daredevils 60-4
(6 overs). Rajasthan Royals won by 10 runs (D/L).
Commonwealth Games
(Gold Coast, Queensland)
ATHLETICS.-Women, T35 100m Final: 1 I Holt
(Australia) 13.58secs; 2 M Lyle (Scotland) 15.14;
3 B Coop (Australia) 15.63.
BOWLS.-Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Bronze Medal
Match: Wales 13 Scotland 12.
DIVING.-Men, 1m Springboard Final: 1 J
Laugher (England) 438pts; 2 J Connor (Australia)
412.45; 3 J Heatly (Scotland) 399.25. Women,
Synchronised 3m Springboard Final: 1 E Qin/G
Sheehan (Australia) 284.10pts; 2 A Blagg/K
Torrance (England) 276.90pts; 3 M Yee Leong/N
Dhabitah Sabri (Malaysia) 264.90pts.
HOCKEY.-Men, Pool A: Australia 2 New Zealand
1-Canada 0 South Africa 2. Pool A final standings: 1 Australia 12; 2 N Zealand 9; 3 Scotland 3.
Pool B: Malaysia 1 Pakistan 1–India 4 England 3.
Pool B final standings: 1 India 10; 2 England 7;
3 Pakistan 4; 5 Wales 1. Women, Pool A:
Malaysia 1 Wales 0. Pool A final standings: 1
England 9; 2 India 9; 3 S Africa 4; 5 Wales 3.
Pool B: Canada 5 Ghana 1. Pool B final standings: 1 Australia 10; 2 New Zealand 8; 3 Canada
5; 4 Scotland 4. Today, women, semi-finals:
England v N Zealand, Australia v India.
SHOOTING.-Men, Double Trap Final: 1 D
McMath (Scotland) 74pts; 2 T Kneale (Iom) 70; 3
A Mittal (India) 53. Women, Double Trap Final:
1 S Singh (India) 96pts (+2); 2 E Cox (Australia)
96 (+1); 3 L Pearson (Scotland) 87.
Medal Table
1
Australia
2
England
3
India
4
South Africa
5
New Zealand
6
Canada
7
Scotland
8
Wales
9
Cyprus
10 Nigeria
19 Northern Ireland
26 Isle of Man
Gold Silver Bronze Total
57
43
45 145
25
30
21
76
12
4
8
24
10
7
9
26
9
10
8
27
8
22
17
47
7
11
14
32
7
8
8
23
5
0
2
7
4
4
0
8
1
0
1
2
0
1
0
1
Cycling
DE BRABANTSE PIJL - LA FLECHE
BRABANCONNE (Belgium, 205km).-Elite Men: 1
T Wellens (Belgium) Lotto Soudal 4h 42m 48s; 2
S Colbrelli (Italy) Bahrain-Merida +9s; 3 T Benoot
(Belgium) Lotto Soudal at same time; 28 S Davies
(GB) Dimension Data +29s; 56 D Dunbar (Rep of
Ireland) Aqua Blue Sport +1m 25s.
Rugby Union
WRU NATIONAL CH’SHIP: Skewen 5 Pontypool 31.
Tennis
ATP T’MENT (Houston, Texas).-1st rd: S Johnson
(US) bt E Escobedo (US) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2; T Harry
Fritz (US) bt T Smyczek (US) 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 7-6
(8-6); G Pella (Argentina) bt S Kozlov (US) 6-3
6-2; T Sandgren (US) bt N Kicker (Argentina) 6-2
7-6 (7-3).
ATP T’MENT (Marrakech, Morocco).-1st rd: L
Ouahab (Morocco) bt P Kohlschreiber (Germany)
2-6 6-0 7-6 (7-3); M Jaziri (Tunisia) bt M
Fucsovics (Hungary) 1-6 6-4 6-2; R Albot
(Moldova) bt A Seppi (Italy) 1-6 6-3 6-0. 2nd rd: A
Vatutin (Russia) bt A Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) 7-6
(7-4) 6-2; P Andujar (Spain) bt A Arnaboldi (Italy)
6-1 6-2; G Simon (France) bt R Carballes Baena
(Spain) 7-5 6-1; R Gasquet (France) bt G GarciaLopez (Spain) 6-2 6-4.
WTA T’MENT (Lugano, Switzerland).-1st rd: A
Cornet (France) bt J Belen Teichmann (Switzerland)
7-6 (7-2) 6-0; A Vanuatu Uytvanck (Belgium) bt O
Dodin (France) 6-4 6-2; C Giorgi (Italy) bt K Pliskova
(Czech Rep) 6-3 6-2; P Hercog (Slovenia) bt S Hsieh
(Taipei) 7-5 6-0; A Sabalenka (Belarus) bt M
Buzarnescu (Romania) 5-7 6-3 6-2; A Sasnovich
(Belarus) bt R Hogenkamp (Holland) 7-6 (7-4) 6-0; D
Vekic (Croatia) bt A Cadantu (Romania) 6-0 7-5; M
Vondrousova (Czech Rep) bt Y Putintseva
(Kazakhstan) 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3; E Mertens
(Belgium) bt M Minella (Luxembourg) 6-4 6-1.
WTA T’MENT (Bogota, Colombia).-1st rd: D
Jakupovic (Slovenia) bt A Riske (US) 6-2 6-2; M
Linette (Poland) bt E Rodina (Russia) 6-3 7-5; L
Arruabarrena (Spain) bt V Rodriguez (Mexico) 6-2
7-6 (7-3).
Sport on TV
COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Further coverage
from Australia’s Gold Coast - BBC 2 6am and
1pm, BBC 1 9.15 and 11.45; diving - Eurosport 2
10am. CRICKET: Indian Premier League,
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians - Sky
Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 3pm.
DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Action 7pm.
EQUESTRIAN: Paris World Cup - Eurosport 2
7.30. FOOTBALL: Europa League quarter-finals,
CSKA Moscow v Arsenal - BT Sport 2 7.30;
Marseille v Leipzig - BT Sport ESPN 8pm; Red Bull
Salzburg v Lazio - BT Sport Extra 8pm; Sporting
Lisbon v Atletico Madrid - BT Sport 3 8pm; League
One, Sporting v Bradford v Shrewsbury - Sky
Sports Main Event 7.30. FORMULA ONE: Chinese
Grand Prix first practice - Sky Sports Main Event,
Sky Sports F1 2.45am (Fri). GOLF: Open de
Espana - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf
11am and 4pm; RBC Heritage - Sky Sports Main
Event and Sky Sports Golf 1pm, Sky Sports Golf
6pm. HORSE RACING: Grand National Festival ITV and STV 2pm. RUGBY LGE: Super League,
Widnes v Hull FC - Sky Sports Arena 7.30; NRL,
Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs - Sky
Sports Arena 10.50. 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.
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