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Friday 13 April 2018
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telegraph.co.uk/sport
Sport
C S K A M O S C OW 2 ? 2 A R S E NA L ( AG G 3- 6 )
All?s well that ends well
Welbeck stops the rot as Wenger?s men
stumble into Europa League semi-final draw
Pages 4-5
Wolves under attack over
Mendes relationship
Premier League clubs fear links to agent give Wanderers an unfair advantage
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Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Sport Football
Success story Key figures at the Midlands
Premier League to
hold urgent talks on
Wolves and Mendes
E XC LU S I V E
Ben Rumsby
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Championship leaders?
links to agent questioned
Club deny any breach
of rules over transfers
Premier League clubs were last
night planning urgent talks over
Wolverhampton Wanderers? imminent return to the world?s richest
league amid concerns over their relationship with agent Jorge Mendes.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal
that several top-flight teams want to
discuss Mendes?s business links to
Wolves owners Fosun at their quarterly shareholders meeting today
after claims it represents a conflict
of interest for the super-agent.
So-called ?Big Six? and smaller
clubs alike were said by more than
one source to fear Mendes?s relationship with the Midlanders could
give them an unfair advantage in
the transfer market, as it is alleged
to have done during their march towards promotion.
Since Wolves were taken over by
Fosun International in July 2016 ?
months after a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate bought a 20 per
cent stake in Mendes?s Gestifute
agency ? they have signed several of
the Portuguese?s clients.
They include manager Nuno
Espirito Santo and Championship
record signing Ruben Neves, who
scored one of the goals of the season
against Derby County on Wednesday to move the club one win from
ending their six-year PremierLeague exile.
Mendes has represented some of
football?s biggest names, including
Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo. It was unclear last night
whether anything could be done
Why promotion
hopefuls concern
Premier League
By Ben Rumsby
under current top-flight rules to
curb Mendes?s influence at Wolves,
with one source revealing there
was ?a feeling it needs to be addressed? but that there were fears
executive chairman Richard Scudamore may be ?powerless? to act.
One option could be for the 20
teams to attempt to introduce a regulation outlawing the kind of shareholding Fosun?s subsidiary holds in
Gestifute.
The Telegraph revealed last
month that unrest among Wolves?
promotion rivals ? including Derby,
Leeds United and Aston Villa ? over
the influence of Mendes had led to
demands for an English Football
League investigation into whether
the club had breached its, or Football Association, rules.
Days later, the row went public
when Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani reacted to his side?s defeat
against Wolves by questioning the
legality of their links to Mendes in
an extraordinary Twitter rant.
The EFL responded by announcing the matter had been raised at a
meeting of its board ?in light of recent concerns raised by a number
of clubs? and promising to convene
a meeting with Wolves.
It also said: ?The club was explicitly informed in July 2016 off all the
cted to
requirements it was expected
meet as part of the change of congements
trol, and appropriate arrangements
were put in place to ensure compliance.?
The matter remained unreg dissolved last night after being
cussed by the EFL board again
h the
at its latest meeting, with
orreleague still awaiting correspondence from the club.
olves
Fosun?s takeover of Wolves
ter it
was approved in 2016 after
tionwas deemed their relationship with Mendes did not
nterbreach FA conflict-of-interents
est rules prohibiting agents
ub,
having an interest in a club,
est
or a club having an interest
in an agency.
es?s
Questions over Mendes?s
anspotential to influence transWho owns Wolves?
Chinese conglomerate Fosun
International bought the club from
Steve Morgan in the summer of
2016 for around �?million. Fosun
is an investment firm founded in
1992 that began life as a market
research company.
And what is Jorge Mendes?s role?
Mendes has no known formal role
at Wolves. However, he sold a
20 per cent stake in his Gestifute
agency to a subsidiary of Fosun
months before their takeover and,
The Big
Six fear
he could
give the
club an
unfair
edge in
the
transfer
market
Big influence:
Jorge Mendes?s
players have
helped Wolves to
the brink of
promotion
fter
fers at the club arose again after
iro
they signed Ivan Cavaleiro
lfrom Monaco for �2?million, although it was Gestifute
executive
Valdir
Cardoso whose name was
on the paperwork.
They then twice smashed
er
the Championship transfer
record in a matter of monthss to
aying
sign Mendes players, paying
�.8?million to Benfica for Helder
ar and
Costa in January last year
�.8?million to Porto for Neves in
cruiting
the summer, as well as recruiting
ng loan
Diogo Jota on a season-long
from Atletico.
ia manFormer Porto and Valencia
ever cliager Nuno ? Mendes?s first-ever
harge at
ent ? also arrived to take charge
n.
Molineux in the close season.
ined to
The EFL last night declined
he concomment on Wolves or the
es.
cerns of Premier League sides.
The Premier League, which
irectors
must apply its owners and directors
test once Wolves secure promoent.
tion, also declined to comment.
ment aff
Wolves declined to comment
ter issuing a statement last month,
saying: ?We are very clearr on FA
and EFL regulations and always
y.
comply with them explicitly.
W welcome any form of com?We
municat
o reitermunication
with the EFL to
p
ate our position.
f
?We fully
anticipate the release
furt
of a further
EFL statement in supW
port of Wolves
and the club?ss operasolution
tions to bring a prompt resolution
t this matter.?
m
to
Wol
ummer:
Wolves
also said last summer:
?It is a matter of public record
centage
that Fosun have a percentage
ompany
stake in the Gestifute company
head
headed
up by Jorge Mendes.
Jorg is available as an adviser
Jorge
to the owners, in the
e same
wa
ents and
way as many other agents
infl
influential
figures within
fo
football
are. Wolvess have
si
hin his
signed
players within
p
g last
portfolio,
including
y
year?s
player of the season
Helder Costa, as well as
p
ntermeplayers
from other intermed
diaries.?
Ivan
Cavaleiro
Midfielder
12 assists
Second-most in the division
Ivan Cavaleiro barely featured
under former Wolves manager
Paul Lambert, but has been
influential since the arrival of
Nuno. Joined in August 2016 for a
fee of around �, shortly after
the Fosun takeover.
since then, the club have recruited
a significant number of his clients.
Wolves have openly acknowledged
Mendes has advised their owners,
claiming he has done so in the
same way as other agents and
influential figures.
and Derby County over a perceived
conflict of interest led the English
Football League to promise to
convene a meeting with their
Midlands rivals, who insisted they
had complied entirely with EFL
and FA regulations.
Have they broken any rules?
Leeds United owner Andrea
Radrizzani last month openly
questioned the legality of the
relationship between Wolves and
Mendes in an astonishing Twitter
rant. Similar unrest at Aston Villa
What influence have Mendes?s
clients had on Wolves? season?
Wolves have gone from finishing
15th in the Championship, just
seven points off relegation, to
leading the division by 11 points
with four games remaining. That is
in no small part thanks to the
arrival of manager Nuno Espirito
Santo, Championship record
signing Ruben Neves and on-loan
Diogo Jota, who will complete a
permanent move from Atletico
Madrid. All three are Mendes
clients, as are previous arrivals
Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro.
What are the EFL?s thoughts?
The EFL?s examination of Mendes?s
influence was ongoing last night
and was a topic of discussion for a
second successive board meeting.
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club with connections
nnections to agent
Ruben
Neves
Helder
Costa
Midfielder
6 goals from outside the box
Equal-most
Equal
l-most in the division
player
Best playe
er in the Championship?
difficult
It is difficu
ult to look beyond Ruben
signed
Neves, si
igned for a club-record
�?million
n from Porto in July,
who hass provided an
array of sspectacular
goals.
go
oals.
Midfielder
�m
Transfer
Tr
r fee from Benfica
The Portugal
gal Under-23 winger
made his move
ve permanent for
�?million
n last January
after a loan spell,
pell, in which
starred in
he sta
n Wolves? FA
wins over
Cup w
er Stoke City
a
erpool.
and
Liverpool.
Nuno
Espirito Santo
Diogo
Jota
Manager
66.67% win rate this season
The Wolves head coach was Jorge
Mendes?s first-ever client and was
appointed at Molineux in the
summer. A former goalkeeper, he
was in charge of Porto last season,
guiding them to a 5-0 win in the
Champions League
over Leicester City.
Midfielder
3,313 minutes played
Most in the division
Signed on a season-long loan from
Atletico Madrid, Jota will complete
a permanent move to Wolves in
July and has proven another key
figure in their seemingly inevitable
promotion to the
Premier League.
It said last month ?appropriate
arrangements? were put in place
when Wolves were taken over by
Fosun to ensure they complied
with certain ?requirements?.
Could the Premier League take a
different stance?
Judging by the urgent talks some
of its clubs are seeking, it may
come under pressure to do so.
Premier League teams are more
likely than their Championship
counterparts to do business with
Mendes and some fear Wolves will
receive preferential treatment
when it comes to his clients.
What can they do?
Unless it can be proved that
Wolves are in breach of existing
Premier League or FA rules, their
only option would appear to be
changing those rules to outlaw the
kind of shareholding Fosun?s
subsidiary holds in Gestifute.
Whether that would curtail
Mendes?s influence at Wolves
remains to be seen as plenty of
agents have favourite clubs.
Is Wolves? Premier League place
under threat?
Unless they are found to be in
breach of the competition?s rules or
their owners do not pass its
owners? and directors? test ?
something there is no indication of
? their return to the top flight is not
under immediate threat. It is also
unthinkable they would refuse to
comply with any rule change.
What happens next?
Wolves will secure an automatic
promotion spot if either Fulham or
Cardiff fail to win tomorrow or
they beat Birmingham City on
Sunday. The EFL is then expected
to make a ruling on whether the
club have complied with the
?requirements? imposed upon
them. Like all teams seeking
promotion, they would then need
to satisfy the Premier League they
comply with its rules.
Any changes to those rules
require a two-thirds majority of
clubs, with the earliest opportunity
for such changes being their
annual summer meeting.
Top flight
set to reject
use of VAR
next season
By Ben Rumsby
Premi League clubs were last
Premier
nigh poised to reject video
night
te
technology?s
introduction
ne season.
next
The 20 top-flight teams
me today to decide whether
meet
to use the video assistant
ref
referee
system.
A
Ahead
of their quarterly
sh
ha
shareholders?
meeting, clubs
we
e
were
anticipating that not
en
n
enough
would vote in favour
off VAR in a ballot that requires
t
a two-thirds
majority.
Barring a shock outcome,
th
he were instead expecting
they
to approve the expansion of
non
n
non-live
trials, first revealed by
The Daily Telegraph, to include
entirr rounds of matches.
entire
To
o
Today?s
debate will be pred by a presentation by the
ceded
manag
g
managing
director of Professional
Game M
Match Officials Ltd, Mike Riley, butt the Premier League execuwilll make no recommendation
tive will
e
to club executives
on how to vote.
Severr of those executives are
Several
y opposed to VAR coming
publicly
the competition next season
into the
i
after wi
witnessing
live trials in the FA
and Carabao Cup, which have
Cup and
do
o
been dogged
by controversy.
e also want to wait until after
Some
Wo
o
the World
Cup before reaching a
n after Fifa voted to make it
decision
firsst major competition to use
the first
te
video technology
following its inclusion in the Laws of the Game.
n interview published in this
In an
month?? edition of the Fifa magamonth?s
t
zine, the
governing body?s president, Gianni Infantino, said he
b
was braced
for VAR controversies in Russia. ?I am sure that
soon we will reach a stage in
soon
wh
h
which
VARs are part and parce
e of the game and its flow,?
cel
e said.
he
?Right now, while techn
nology
is still a novelty in
f
football,
every single incident draws attention and is
dissected like an anomaly
? unlike the many seconds
that we have grown used
to wasting, say, in between
f
free
kicks or throw-ins.
?Will there still be mistak
k
takes?
Absolutely. Unavoidable ones. An important
compo
component of football refereeing
is subjec
subjective and for that we will always have to count on human judgment, which is fallible by nature
? even more so when under enormous pressure. Football could either expose itself to a brand new
controversy ? arising from a willingness to improve the game ? or
settle for an existing, inert one. I am
happy we chose the former.?
Today?s Premier League meeting
will witness the resumption of formal discussions over the distribution of the competition?s overseas
television rights almost six months
after the ?Big Six? clubs were
thwarted in their bid to grab a
greater share of that cash.
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Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
FINAL
Sport Football
Welbeck the hero
as nervous Arsenal
survive early scare
Jeremy Wilson
n
DEPUTY FOOTBALL
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in Moscow
CSKA Moscow
Chalov 39, Nababkin 50
Arsenal
Welbeck 75, Ramsey 90
Arsenal win 6-3 on agg
2
2
Att: 27,000
Having spent most of the past decade in a flawed attempt to replicate
the Barcelona model, Arsene
Wenger?s Arsenal finally almost
emulated the Catalan giants here in
the worst possible way.
With a 4-1 first leg advantage, Arsenal fell two goals behind and
were facing the serious threat of
following Barcelona out of European competition just 48 hours
after Roma had produced one of
the great comebacks from an identical first-leg position.
A dreadful midfield performance
had allowed CSKA Moscow to pile
on the pressure but, with what was
their first shot on target in the
match, Danny Welbeck scored a
precious away goal in the 75th minute to seal Arsenal?s path to the Europa League semi-finals and also
calm desperately frayed nerves.
?CSKA made my heart beat much
quicker than I expected,? Wenger
later admitted.
Aaron Ramsey did add another
in added time to equalise on the
night, but a final 6-3 aggregate
scoreline was a long way from the
full story. Arsenal ? and perhaps
Wenger ? were on the brink for a
significant part of this match and it
was only when they switched to a
five-man defence after 69 minutes
that they looked likely to withstand
CSKA.
After a night of dramatic turnarounds in the other Europa League
quarter-finals, Arsenal do now take
their place with favourites Atletico
Madrid, Marseille and RB Salzburg
in today?s semi-final draw.
With the chance of a trophy and
Champions League football next
season still alive, Wenger acknowledged that his team were ?not
at the races? and ?on the ropes?
before Welbeck rescued the situation.
?When you have your back to
the wall, Danny looks like he has an
extra special motivation in his body
and head to give you something,?
said Wenger. ?That is something
really exceptional that you do not
find it in many players.?
The respective loss through
illness and injury of Granit Xhaka
and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ensured
two changes from the first leg, with
Mohamed Elneny coming into the
centre of midfield and Welbeck
starting to the left of striker Alexandre Lacazette.
It all meant a slightly tweaked
formation that saw Jack Wilshere
dropping into a deeper midfield position and Arsenal devoid of their
usual pace, adventure and fluency.
A group of local children had
given every Arsenal fan a traditional Russian hat before the match
as a gesture of goodwill and the
main activity in a plodding opening
half-hour was the noise coming
from the CSKA Moscow supporters
behind Petr Cech?s goal.
The first shot from either side
did not arrive until the 21st minute
and the first attempt on target was
not until CSKA suddenly scored
seven minutes before the break.
Konstantin Kuchaev had crossed
accurately from the left to Kirill
Nababkin, whose stooping header
was saved one-handed by Cech but
palmed straight into the path of
Fyodor Chalov.
The Russia Under-21 striker held
his nerve to put CSKA ahead. Arsenal were visibly shaken and could
easily have fallen further behind by
half-time. Kristijan Bistrovic shot
powerfully wide and then Ahmed
Keeping calm: Danny Welbeck slots in
his goal to sooth Arsenal nerves
Musa looked certain to score, only
to apparently slip inside Arsenal?s
penalty area with the goal at
his爉ercy.
Despite the first-half fright, Arsenal were again collectively passive
when they re-emerged. The most
generous interpretation of the way
they were inviting CSKA forward
was that they were still confident of
exploiting space behind their opponents on the counter-attack.
There was certainly a chance for
this when Wilshere broke forward
and released Welbeck but, with a
Semi-final line-up
Who Arsenal could play
Arsenal join
Atletico
Madrid,
Marseille and
RB Salzburg
in today?s
Europa
League
semi-final
draw, which
takes place
at 11am at
the Uefa
headquarters
in Nyon,
Switzerland
The team
drawn first
will play the
first leg at
home on
Thursday,
April 26, with
the return on
May 3.
The Europa
League final
will be held in
Lyon on
Wednesday,
May 16, with a
7.45pm
kick-off. The
winners will
qualify for
next season?s
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
FINAL
What awaits Liverpool? A guide to the other Champions League semi-finalists
By Charlie Eccleshare
Pass and move Striker
on the mark in Moscow
Form guide WLWWWD
Bayern Munich secured a sixth straight
Bundesliga title with a win at Augsburg
last Saturday. The previous week they
smashed Borussia Dortmund 6-0 and
between December and February
enjoyed a 14-match winning streak.
GK
Danny Welbeck 23
23
18
11
6
Record in this year?s competition
8
35
Mohamed
Elneny
21
20
Pass/shot
Dribble
Direction of play
Bayern
Munich
Bayern failed to top their group ? in
their case because of a humbling 3-0
defeat at Paris Saint-Germain. They
then took advantage of favourable
last-16 and quarter-final draws against
Besiktas and Sevilla respectively.
Key player Robert Lewandowski
Danny Welbeck capitalised on
an excellent Arsenal passing
move to score their opening
goal ? and effectively settle
last night?s second leg
perfectly weighted ball then
needed for the onrushing Aaron
Ramsey, he just overhit his pass to
allow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
to爂ather.
The pressure was steadily building on Arsenal?s goal and, just after
CSKA
playmaker
Aleksandr
Golovin had shot wide, they did
further reduce their first-leg deficit.
Golovin again shot powerfully
and this time forced Cech into a
save. It was easier to deal with than
the first-half goal but Cech?s parry
again fell perfectly for an onrushing CSKA player, with Nababkin
following up to score.
CSKA?s fans were now sensing a
historic night and, even with the
temperature dropping towards
zero, a large group behind the goal
were stood shirtless as they urged
their team forward.
Vitinho
sprinted
beyond
Shkodran Mustafi and went to
ground, with referee Felix Zwayer?s signal for a goal-kick interpreted by many inside the ground
as the award of a penalty.
It was not and Arsenal were
themselves frustrated by the officiating when Elneny broke into the
penalty area and headed past Akinfeev, only for an offside flag to have
been raised.
Wenger made his first change
and the decision to replace
Wilshere with a centre-back in
Calum Chambers told you everything about the state of the game.
Wilshere had suffered a kick to
his ankle which was perhaps
restricting him and Arsenal were
being overrun through the centre.
Following a mistake by Elneny,
centre-back Sergei Ignashevich
also broke forward into space on
the edge of the penalty area and his
shot was only inches from making
it 3-0 and effectively putting CSKA
ahead in the tie.
The one big factor in Arsenal?s
favour was how an away goal
would be instantly transformative
and, with CSKA taking increasing
risks, they did then finally produce
a cutting edge.
Elneny released Welbeck and he
calmly side-footed his finish past
Akinfeev. Ramsey then also scored
in added time following another
Elneny assist but the final scoreline
flattered Arsenal.
CSKA Moscow (3-1-4-2) Akinfeev 6; V Berezutski 7,
Ignashevich 6, A Berezutski 6; Bistrovich 6 (Natcho 72);
Nababkin 7, Dzagoev 6 (Vitinho 38), Golovin 7, Kuchaev
7; Musa 7, Chalov 7 (Milanov 79). Subs Pomazon,
Schennikov, Zhamaletdinov, Khosonov. Booked Golovin.
Arsenal (4-3-2-1) Cech 5; Bellerin 6, Koscielny 7, Mustafi
6, Monreal 6; Ramsey 5, Wilshere 4 (Chambers 69),
Elneny 7; Ozil 5, Welbeck 6; Lacazette 4 (Iwobi 77). Subs
Macey, Mertesacker, Holding, Kolasinac, Nketiah.
Referee Felix Zwayer (Germany).
The striker is an unfussy but prolific
centre-forward, who continues to score
at a phenomenal rate. He has 35 goals
from 40 matches this season and,
assuming he shakes off a knock, will be
Bayern?s danger man.
Main weakness
Sevilla?s first-half performance in their
quarter-final first leg last week offers
Liverpool a handy reference point for
how to unsettle this Bayern team.
Roared on by a vociferous crowd
Form guide WWWWDL
After winning six matches in a row, Real
Madrid drew against Atletico Madrid
last Sunday, before losing 3-1 at home
to Juventus on Wednesday night.
Record in this year?s competition
Real failed to top their group after
defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, but they
swatted aside Paris Saint-Germain in a
daunting-looking last-16 tie. After a
scare, they then stumbled past
Juventus to reach the quarter-final.
Real
Madrid
Key player Cristiano Ronaldo
Obviously. The best/second-best player
in the world has scored a barely
believable 25 goals in his past 14
matches. He is on an 11-game scoring
streak across all competitions. Not as
mobile as he once was, but more
decisive than ever.
Very, very good. That run of 14
straight wins earlier in the
season saw Bayern playing
exceptional attacking football,
and was no blip ? before that Bayern
won 14 of 20 matches.
There is class running throughout
the side, but there is a caveat. They
have benefited from a relatively
straightforward knockout draw. Their
domestic superiority is such that it is
difficult to know how much to read into
them wrapping up the league early.
After all, in each of the previous four
seasons they have strolled to the
Bundesliga title, but not gone farther
than the semi-final stage.
Ronaldo?s shoot-on-sight policy (he
shot 10 times from just 30 touches in
the first leg against PSG) means he gets
plenty of goals, but it can render his
fellow forwards spectators.
Defensively, Real are vulnerable to
crosses ? as Juventus?s Mario
Mandzukic exposed on Wednesday.
This will especially be the case if Sergio
Ramos is banned for the semi-final
first-leg (Uefa is reportedly
reviewing Ramos breaching rules
by watching the end of
Wednesday?s match against
Juventus from the touchline,
despite serving a ban).
How good are they?
Heavyweights. Five European Cup/
Champions League titles puts them in
joint-third place with Liverpool and
Barcelona.
Liverpool sub-plot
Jurgen Klopp returning to the bitter
rivals of former club Borussia
Dortmund would add extra spice,
especially as Bayern decimated his
carefully assembled Dortmund
side by signing Lewandowski and
Mario Gotze in consecutive
summers.
Manager Jupp Heynckes
In his fourth spell as Bayern manager,
Jupp Heynckes has done a sensational
job in turning the team around. When
he arrived in October, Heynckes
inherited a squad embittered and
demotivated by Carlo Ancelotti?s
uninspiring year in charge.
Since then, Heynckes?s intense
approach has revitalised the squad,
which looks as harmonious as it did
in 2013 when they last won the
Champions League ? with
Heynckes as manager.
performance that could, and perhaps
should, have seen them eliminated.
European pedigree
Unrivalled. Real have a record 12
European Cup/Champions League
titles to their name, including the
most recent two.
Liverpool sub-plot
Real have been linked with a summer
move for Liverpool?s talisman
Mohamed Salah. A potential
semi-final against Real would offer
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool the
chance to show Salah that his
ambitions can be better fulfilled on
Merseyside.
As a team, Real lack cohesion. Ronaldo
is capable of poaching goals from
anywhere inside the area, while Isco
can produce moments of sublime skill,
but Real often look like 11 individuals
rather than a coherent whole.
Form guide WWDLLW
Main weakness
European pedigree
Roma?s Serie A form has tailed off in the
past couple of weeks as they have
struggled to manage the burden of
European and domestic football.
No European titles, and just the one
European Cup final (which, ironically,
ended in defeat to Liverpool).
They won a tough group that contained
the likes of Atletico Madrid and Chelsea,
before an away-goals win over Shakhtar
Donetsk and that sensational
comeback against Barcelona in the
quarter-final stage.
A seven-game winless streak in
December and January exposed Roma?s
struggles to break down teams that sit
deep. They also have a shallower squad
than the other teams left in the
competition, and manager Eusebio Di
Francesco will be wary of tired legs
when the semi-finals come around.
There is also a lack of experience,
with none of the matchplaying squad having reached
a Champions League final.
Key player Edin Dzeko
How good are they?
Underrated by many, he played a key
role in Manchester City?s two Premier
League title wins.
As Barcelona found to their cost on
Tuesday, when Dzeko is at his best he is
pretty much unplayable. Terrifyingly
strong, good in the air and able to finish
with both feet, Dzeko destroyed the
Barcalona back four and was similarly
effective against Chelsea earlier in
the season.
Liverpool?s centre-backs would have
to be at their most concentrated to
keep him out were they to meet Roma
in the semi-finals.
The pair of 3-0 wins against Barcelona
and Chelsea underlines that Roma are
an extremely dangerous side, especially
at home. They have an outstanding
goalkeeper in the Alisson, while
Aleksandar Kolarov has been
exceptional this season. But clearly
they are not at the same level as Real
Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool?s firepower would also
make them favourites against Roma,
but that is not necessarily a good thing
for Jurgen Klopp, who is more effective
at setting his team up against teams
that attack and leave spaces in behind.
Record in this year?s competition
Today?s draw
takes place in
Nyon,
Switzerland.
Coverage
starts at noon
and is live on
BT Sport 2.
How good are they?
European pedigree
Real have lost five games in La Liga,
and trail leaders Barcelona by 15 points.
In short, they are far from invincible,
as Spurs showed at Wembley with a
dominant 3-1 win. But we have been
here many times before with Real.
They have rarely been viewed as the
best team in Europe, but somehow find
a way to grind out results. Wednesday
night against Juventus was another
case inm point, as Real somehow
progressed, despite an awful
Main weakness
Roma
(sound familiar?), Sevilla hared after
Bayern and put them under pressure
with constant waves of high-speed
attacks. Bayern simply could not cope
and they were lucky not to be more
than 1-0 down when Jesus Navas
scored an own-goal equaliser.
Liverpool have the players (not to
mention the stadium atmosphere)
to unnerve Bayern, whose defence
can look vulnerable against pace.
Manager Zinedine Zidane
The ambivalence towards this Real
Madrid team extends to their
manager, despite him winning two
Champions League titles and a La
Liga in his two years in charge.
Such a record should see Zidane
feted as one of Europe?s best
managers and yet a suspicion remains
that he has just inherited a stellar
squad and made no major mistakes.
Liverpool sub-plot
It will be 34 years next month since
the famous European Cup final when
Bruce Grobbelaar?s wobbly knees
spooked Roma?s penalty-takers into a
couple of decisive misses.
A trip to Rome would also mean
Mohamed Salah returning to the club
that sold him last summer.
Manager Eusebio Di Francesco
Former Roma midfielder is far and
away the least high-profile of the
managers left in the competition. The
only trophy he has won is the Serie B
title he picked up with Sassuolo five
years ago, but he has impressed this
season with the way he has got the
best out of Roma?s players and
absorbed the summer sale of
Salah.
Roma play an exciting brand of
football under Di Francesco and
were utterly fearless in the
second leg against Barcelona.
5
6
Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Sport Football
Wan-Bissaka is 40th and
final product of Palace?s
remarkable football school
Tom Cary
ry
ng full-back is the
Exciting
g gift from local
parting
my whose ties with
academy
ub are being cut
the club
P
eter Yates can
still remember
watching a
young Aaron
Wan-Bissaka
in action for the
first time.. Yates, the assistant
principal of the Crystal Palace
Academy at Oasis Shirley Park, was
g a year-nine PE class
watching
oy he had not really
when a boy
d before received the ball,
registered
nd ran at his classmates.
turned and
n the space of about five
?Within
ron had beaten two or
yards, Aaron
yers, accelerated and
three players,
smashed the ball into the top
corner,? he recalls. ?I rang Palace
tely and said,
immediately
ot
?You?ve got
a爌layer
on your
hands
here.???
After
seven
years, the
hip between the south
partnership
lub and the Oasis
London club
Academy Shirley Park is coming to
is summer. Yates says he
an end this
e? why, given that 40
is ?unsure?
m the school have gone on
boys from
pprentice forms for Palace,
to sign apprentice
g Sean Scannell, who
including
made 130 appearances for the club
over five years. ?I can?t believe any
ool in the country has
other school
d 40 boys for one football
produced
he last seven years,? he
club in the
e academy will continue to
adds. The
develop players, he says, just not
ly for Palace.
specifically
Even if Wan-Bissaka, who joined
the club aged 11, is the final gift the
scheme bequeaths, it may have
been worth it for that one
player燼lone. Having been thrust
into first-team action thanks to
injuries to Joel Ward and Martin
Kelly, he has been the club?s
standout player, winning the club?s
player-of-the-month award after
imperious displays against the
likes of Spurs, Manchester United,
Liverpool and Chelsea.
Throw in a first England
Under-20 call-up ? albeit he was
sent off in a 1-0 win over Poland
? and no wonder Palace fans are
already smitten. He has even been
bequeathed his own chant to the
tune of Rock the Casbah by The
Clash. Their giddiness is
understandable. Wan-Bissaka
follows in the illustrious footsteps
of other young, local talents such
as Nathaniel Clyne, Victor Moses
and Palace?s current totem,
Wilfried Zaha, although there
have been precious few
academy
graduates afforded
game time in the Premier
League.
Yates is clearly proud of the part
the Oasis Academy played in the
20-year-old Wan-Bissaka?s
development although he adds
that, despite the player?s potential,
it was not always obvious that he
would make it to the top.
?Aaron wasn?t necessarily
viewed as the best prospect at the
time,? he admits. ?He just didn?t
Bright future:
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
has adapted
quickly爐o the
Premier燣eague
have bags of self-confidence. He
was very quiet, very humble.
?But what he did always have
were those attributes which are so
in demand in the modern game:
pace, height. It?s great to see him
blossoming. He?s an inspiration to
our current players.?
Wan-Bissaka has certainly
proved a godsend for Roy Hodgson
but he is now so integral that, even
with the long-serving Ward fit
again, the manager is minded to
leave the youngster in for
tomorrow?s clash against Brighton.
Palace, just three points above
Southampton (who have a game
in hand) and the final relegation
spot, badly need the points, but
Hodgson says he would have no
qualms about playing him again.
?I think he?s done
exceptionally well,? Hodgson
said. ?From about the second or
third game on, you?re asking
yourself the question, ?Is
the right thing to
leave him in and
expose him
again
?I saw him beat
three players
and rang Palace
immediately and
said: you?ve got a
player here?
to the pressure? Or is the
right thing maybe to give
him a rest??
?[Ward?s return]
leaves me with a
decision. But I
certainly trust
Aaron
Bissaka. If he
was to lose
his place
[against
Brighton] and
I?m not saying
he will, I would
expect him to
knock on my
door and ask me
why.?
Wan-Bissaka, for
his part, will just get
on with it, as he has
done
Rising star Rookie has
shown team-mates the way
Tackles per 90 minutes
3.68
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
2.95
Jeffrey Schlupp
Yohan Cabaye
2.63
Luka Milivojevic
2.6
Timothy Fosu-Mensah
2.37
Blocks per 90 minutes
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
1
0.88
Scott Dann
0.79
Martin Kelly
0.7
Mamdou Sakho
Joel Ward
0.55
consistently these past few weeks.
These are still very early days in
his development, but not so early
that Palace fans are not already
beginning to dream that he might
be the next Clyne ? another
athletic right-back blessed
with a maturity beyond
his years.
Inevitably, there
could now be a scramble
to secure his services at
senior international level. Of
Congolese descent, his appearance
for the England under-20s does
not preclude him representing
them if he so chooses.
He has already made an
appearance for the DR Congo
under-20s and if his progress
continues at this rate, do not be
surprised if he is soon fielding
phone calls from international
federations keen to persuade him
to commit to them.
England, for one, should be
mindful, considering they allowed
Zaha to slip through their fingers
after giving him lukewarm signals
while he was pondering whether
to commit to his adopted country
or his native Ivory Coast.
Yates, for one, believes WanBissaka would be worth making
the effort for. ?You never want to
saddle a guy with too much
pressure when he?s only played
five or six games,? he laughs. ?But
Aaron used to be a right wingerback when he was with us. You
look at all these wingers dropping
back: Danny Rose, Clyne. I think
Aaron has similar attributes.?
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
**
Salah will not
seek move,
insists Klopp
after talks
Kane ?hurt? by
rivals mocking
goal appeal
Pochettino says striker
will learn from backlash
Rose and Winks to miss
Wembley clash with City
By Sam Wallace
Mauricio Pochettino has conceded
that Harry Kane has been hurt by
the reaction to his determination to
claim his team?s second goal in Saturday?s win over Stoke City, which
the club took to appeal in order for
it to be awarded to their leading
goalscorer.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager also laughed at a suggestion
made by the Golden Boot winner of
30 years ago, John Aldridge, that
the episode would give greater motivation to Mohamed Salah to outscore Kane, who has finished top
for the previous two seasons.
Pochettino said that he had not
known his club were appealing to
have the goal credited to Kane but
that there was no tension between
the Englishman and Christian Eriksen, who was originally awarded it.
On Kane, Pochettino said: ?Of
course he never thought that this
By Chris Bascombe
situation was going to go on to such
big things when he was so, so, so, so
certain that he touched the ball. It?s
normal that he was a little bit disappointed [with the reaction] because
of course Harry Kane and all of our
players have Twitter, Instagram.
Tottenham fans will back Harry
Kane, but other fans will kill him.
People have opinions, but that is
normal.
?He is disappointed because he
never wanted to create this. For
you, sometimes, it is a small or simple thing and they become bigger
and bigger and bigger and bigger,
and you cannot stop it. That was
what happened. He is going to learn
a lot from this.?
In response to being told about a
tweet from Aldridge in which he
said Spurs? appeal on Kane?s behalf
would give Salah and his teammates greater motivation to win the
Golden Boot, Pochettino was incredulous. ?I don?t believe it. I don?t
believe Salah needs this situation to
be inspired. Come on, you make me
laugh.?
It would appear that the England
striker has been stung by some of
the criticism and mockery of his determination to demonstrate that he
got a touch on Eriksen?s shot, despite the vindication of the Premier
Wrapped up: Hugo Lloris (left) and Harry Kane during Spurs training yesterday
League. He is in second place in the
goalscorers? table with 25 goals,
four behind Salah, with Spurs facing Manchester City at Wembley on
Saturday evening.
Pochettino?s side will be without
Danny Rose, who has a calf injury,
and midfielder Harry Winks is receiving treatment on an ankle
injury in Qatar that Pochettino admitted was a concern. The Spurs
manager saw his side well beaten in
the corresponding fixture with City
in December, when they lost 4-1 at
the Etihad Stadium.
He said that the Champions
League ties this week, especially
those involving Barcelona and Real
Madrid, had shown that football
?can always surprise us?. ?We are
going to play against the best team
in England. They [City] deserve to
be at the top. They have been the
most consistent team with fantastic
players, fantastic coaching staff and
a fantastic manager.?
Albion sack technical director as relegation looms
By John Percy
West Bromwich Albion have sacked
technical director Nick Hammond
as the inquest into their troubled
season continues.
Hammond has been replaced by
Giuliano Terraneo, a former Italy
goalkeeper, in a surprise shake-up.
Terraneo, 64, last worked at Fener-
bahce and has agreed a six-month
deal, with his first task to find a new
head coach as the club prepare for
inevitable relegation.
Michael Appleton, the Leicester
City assistant manager, and Brentford?s Dean Smith remain the leading contenders to take over.
Hammond becomes the latest
board member to be culled, paying
the price for the appointment of
head coach Alan Pardew, who was
sacked last week. He also played a
key role in the loan signing of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who
has appeared for just 77 minutes
since joining in January.
The decision to terminate
Hammond?s contract is believed to
have been taken by director Li
Piyue, who is set to be named as the
club?s new chairman.
Mark Jenkins, Albion?s chief
executive, said: ?We need to change
the culture and the direction of
the� club and we need to do it in a
way which is sustainable for the
long term.?
Striker Jay Rodriguez was last
night still waiting to discover the
outcome of his FA hearing into a
charge of racially abusing Gaetan
Bong, which he denies.
Results and fixtures
Sky Bet League One
CSKA Moscow (1) 2
Arsenal (0) 2
Chalov 39
Welbeck 75
Nababkin 50
Ramsey 90
Arsenal win 6-3 on agg.
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Wigan
40 12 6 2 35 10 14 2 4 46 17 54 86
Macclesfield 43 12 6 3 28 18 13 4 5 34 27 17 85
Blackburn
41 13 6 2 41 18 12 5 3 34 18 39 86
Tranmere
Red Bull Salzburg (0) 4 Lazio (0) 1
Dabbur 56
Immobile 55
Haidara 72
Hwang 74
Lainer 76
Red Bull Salzburg win 6-5 on agg.
Sporting Lisbon (1) 1 Atletico Madrid (0) 0
Montero 28
Atletico Madrid win 2-1 on agg.
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City (0) 0
Shrewsbury (0) 0
Vanarama National League
FC Halifax (0) 2
Fondop-Talom 48
Kosylo 90
Gateshead (1) 2
Burrow 37 90
1,302
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE: North:
Spennymoor Town 0 Brackley 3-AFC Telford 3
Leamington 2.
Mohamed Salah has underlined his
commitment to Liverpool as manager Jurgen Klopp banished fears
about the Egyptian?s immediate future being anywhere but at Anfield.
Salah?s extraordinary debut season continued as he helped Liverpool into the semi-finals of the
Champions League, and Klopp
shrugged off concerns that the
25-year-old would be the subject of
a massive transfer bid this summer.
Liverpool have made it clear they
will not entertain interest in the
player, on the brink of becoming
the first at his club since Ian Rush to
break the 40-goal barrier.
There has been constant dialogue between the club, player and
Salah?s representative, Ramy Abbas, to ensure the relationship is
protected. ?I know that Mo feels
very comfortable here,? said Klopp.
Red-blooded:
Mohamed Salah
says playing for
Liverpool is
?very special?
?He knows that our style of play
suits him very well. So, I am not
worried about a transfer.?
Salah told CNN: ?There?s something very special about playing for
Liverpool. The Champions League
nights are special for the fans, too.
You can feel it on the streets. The
atmosphere in that first game
against Manchester City was the
first time I had seen something like
that. When we saw the draw, everyone knew it would be a difficult
game, but I said we had to be positive and win. That?s what we did.?
Less encouraging is the situation
regarding Emre Can. The midfielder has travelled to Germany to
be treated for a back injury and may
have played his last game for the
club as there is interest from Juventus in signing him this summer.
In brief
Europa League Qtr-finals 2nd leg
Marseille (3) 5
RB Leipzig (1) 2
Ilsanker 6 og
Bruma 2
Sarr 10, Thauvin 38
Augustin 55
Payet 60, Sakai 90
Marseille win 5-3 on agg.
7
Vanarama National League
41 14 2 4 44 19 7 8 6 27 23 29 73
Shrewsbury 41 13 3 3 28 12 11 7 4 27 21 22 82
Sutton Utd 42 11 5 5 33 26 10 4 7 29 23 13 72
Rotherham 41 13 3 5 42 23 8 3 9 26 28 17 69
AFC Fylde
43 11 8 3 50 26 9 3 9 31 28 27 71
Plymouth
Aldershot
42 10 6 5 33 22 9 8 4 28 25 14 71
40 12 2 7 35 29 6 7 6 18 19 5 63
Charlton
41 10
Portsmouth 41 11
Peterborough41 11
Scunthorpe 41 7
Bristol Rovers 41 11
Fleetwood 42 6
Bradford City 40 7
Blackpool 42 8
Southend 41 11
Gillingham 41 4
Doncaster 39 7
Walsall
41 8
Oxford Utd 41 7
Wimbledon 41 8
Oldham
40 8
6
3
4
7
3
6
3
7
6
11
7
6
6
4
4
5
7
6
6
6
9
9
6
4
5
4
7
8
9
8
30
31
35
24
35
30
22
34
34
21
27
27
30
21
30
23
20
25
22
27
31
28
27
21
20
19
28
31
26
29
7
8
5
8
5
9
9
5
3
8
5
4
5
4
3
5
2
9
9
4
3
3
7
5
4
7
6
5
6
8
8
10
6
4
12
9
9
9
12
9
9
10
10
10
9
24
23
29
34
22
26
27
20
15
22
20
22
25
18
23
26 5
31 3
26 13
27 9
34 -4
29 -4
33 -12
25 2
39 -11
27 -4
26 2
31 -10
31 -7
25 -12
38 -14
62
62
61
61
55
54
54
53
53
51
50
48
47
46
45
Boreham W 43 10 5 6 26 22 8 10 4 29 19 14 69
Wrexham 43
Dover
42
Ebbsfleet U 41
Bromley
41
Dag & Red 41
FC Halifax 43
Leyton Orient 41
Eastleigh 42
Maidenhead U 41
Gateshead 41
Hartlepool 42
Solihull M 42
Maidstone U 43
Woking
43
10
11
11
8
12
9
7
6
8
7
6
7
5
9
9
5
7
7
3
6
6
11
6
8
5
7
8
5
2
5
4
5
7
7
8
4
6
5
10
7
8
7
30
29
35
32
39
31
32
33
26
29
22
24
24
31
15
14
22
20
32
28
25
31
21
19
25
25
31
28
7
7
5
8
4
4
7
6
5
4
6
5
6
3
9
8
9
5
8
9
5
6
7
10
7
4
6
4
6
6
5
8
7
8
8
9
9
7
8
12
10
15
18
26
21
33
21
17
21
28
28
26
26
18
24
21
21 12
23 18
24 10
30 15
21 7
27 -7
27 1
35 -5
39 -6
27 9
35 -12
28 -11
32 -15
43 -19
69
67
64
60
59
54
53
53
52
51
48
47
47
45
Rochdale
40 5 9 5 21 22 4 6 11 23 31 -9 42
Barrow
41 4 10 7 22 26 6 4 10 26 33 -11 44
MK Dons
41 6 8 7 23 26 4 4 12 18 33 -18 42
Torquay
42 4 5 11 21 31 5 5 12 18 36 -28 37
Northampton42 6 4 11 16 33 4 6 11 20 39 -36 40
Chester FC 43 5 5 12 19 34 2 8 11 18 37 -34 34
Bury
Guiseley
41 6 4 11 17 27 1 5 14 15 35 -30 30
40 3 9 8 17 25 3 3 14 17 47 -38 30
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER.-Prem: Shaw
Lane 2 Stalybridge 0-Stourbridge P Stafford
Rangers P-Farsley Celtic 1 Witton Albion 1-Whitby
2 Warrington Town 2.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Banbury 4
Stratford Town 0-Kings Lynn Town 2 Kettering
1-Kings Langley 1 Biggleswade Town 1-St Ives
Town P Basingstoke P-Hitchin P Hereford FC P.
BOSTIK.-Prem: Burgess Hill Town 0 Leatherhead
1-Dulwich 4 Dorking Wanderers 0-Staines Town 4
Folkestone Invicta 4-Harrow Borough 6 Lowestoft
Town 0.
PREMIER LGE 2.-Div 2: Wolverhampton 1
Middlesbrough 1.
FA WOMEN?S SUPER LGE: Yeovil P Reading
Women P.
FA WOMEN?S SUPER LEAGUE 2: London Bees 2
Aston Villa 1.
Fixtures
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa v Leeds
SSE AIRTRICITY LGE.-Prem: Bray v Dundalk,
Cork City v St Patricks, Derry City v Waterford,
Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians (8).
JD WELSH PREMIER: Bala Tn v The New Saints
FC, Prestatyn Tn v Aberystwyth.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2.-Div 1: Arsenal v Swansea
(7), Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur (7.05), Man
City v Man Utd (7). Div 2: Fulham v Southampton
(7).
Del Piero slams Buffon
The former Juventus
playmaker Alessandro Del
Piero has criticised Gianluigi
Buffon?s reaction to being
sent off by English referee
Michael Oliver against Real
Madrid on Wednesday. After
the game, the Juventus
keeper said that Oliver had a
?rubbish bin where his heart
should be? and claimed that
he was not fit to referee the
game. But Del Piero
responded: ?When [Buffon]
spoke about the referee, I
struggled to understand
him. I believe that in a few
days he will say different
things from what he said last
night.? Uefa are understood
to be pleased with Oliver?s
performance.
Stoke?s Jese still Awol
Jese Rodriguez is expected
to be fined for failing to
report at Stoke for a second
day but manager Paul
Lambert insists there are no
issues over poor discipline.
?The players have given us
absolutely everything,? he
said.
Infantino thinks big
Fifa president Gianni
Infantino wants to quicken
the expansion of the World
Cup to 48 teams for the 2022
tournament in Qatar, four
years earlier than planned.
?It seems to me a very
interesting idea,? said
Infantino after receiving a
request from the South
American confederation.
8
Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
**
Sport Cricket
E XC LU S I V E I N T E RV I EW
Nick Hoult
CRICKET NEWS
CORRESPONDENT
After experiencing the
rapid rise of Twenty20,
the veteran Peter Trego
fears for red-ball game
I
f you sit in the Stragglers
cafe at the County Ground
in Taunton with Peter
Trego, you have to expect
to be interrupted.
Everybody wants to have
a chat with him, and you
can see why.
Over the course of an
hour, our conversation covers him
helping the homeless this winter,
England?s treatment of Jack Leach,
the big-versus-small debate in
county cricket that he sees as an
?agenda? against clubs such as
Somerset and why his sons play the
?Buttler scoop? and do not care
about the forward defensive.
We meet in the wake of the
Australian ball-tampering scandal,
although that seismic story feels a
million miles from Taunton, where
the ground is being prepared for
the start of the county season
today, which will be Trego?s 21st
and, possibly, final one in
professional cricket.
With so much change in the air
it feels an opportune time to speak
to Trego, a player who has
straddled two eras of the game and
is one of the few still playing who
took part in the first county
Twenty20 tournament 15 years
ago.
His career has seen massive
change, but one thing remains
constant: the county game needs
characters such as him ? loyal, cult
figures who put everything into
playing for their clubs and are not
afraid of making their opinions
known about a sport they love.
?I tell you what, it is a new
phrase this whole white-ball,
red-ball thing,? he says. ?I?d never
heard it until recently and now it is
ber when I
everywhere. I remember
first started, cricket was all about
e 2000s, it all
block and leave. In the
d
changed. Strength and
to county
conditioning came into
nty20.
cricket and then Twenty20.
icket in
?I have a love for cricket
ll the
its truest form, but will
next generation? Will
four-day cricket tick
anyone?s box from a
viewing point of view in
e
20 years? time? I notice
it with my two sons. I
can remember
playing a game as a
kid with my dad or
uld
brother. One of us would
he other as
serve tennis balls at the
gh pace. I
hard as we could at high
was Robin Smith and the other
was Ian Bishop, and it was about
ng hit. Now
survival and not getting
I have a video on my phone of
my son when he was three years
ng to do
old and all he was trying
was the Buttler scoop.. That is
g up with
what kids are growing
and you will get kids who just
efensive.
can?t play a forward defensive.
ur-day
?I have a fear for four-day
ying village
cricket. I grew up playing
per-Mare.
cricket in Weston-super-Mare.
ays were
Tuesdays and Thursdays
y and
ground duty, Saturday
th days.
Sunday you played both
My mum did the teas, my dad
re would
was on the roller. There
n the
be 50 or 60 families in
art of
local area that were part
that. Now, the cost of living is
y is
high, buying property
high, people work six or
d do not
seven days a week and
have time to spend on hobbies like
running a cricket club.
?Grabbing a day with your kid
now to watch football or cricket is
a military operation. So many
things and factors make it harder
to get involved in the sport.?
But Trego is not a downbeat,
moan
moaning
old pro. He sees a county
game in a vibrant state, partly
becau he plays for Somerset, a
because
mode county who are at the heart
model
Ta
of Taunton
and still attract good
crow for championship cricket.
crowds
A day on the cider in Taunton is
o cricket?s ?cult experiences?
one of
acco
according
to Trego, and the club
h
have
a thriving events
business off the field.
Somerset, though, are not
part of the new Twenty20
league despite believing they
h a good chance of hosting
had
so
some
matches.
?We are a longstanding thorn
in the side of the big clubs. It
al
almost
feels like an agenda
ag
against
us, to be honest. Our
re
recently
departed chairman,
A
Andy
Nash, resigned from the
E
England
and Wales Cricket
B
Board
because of payments to
Te grounds [proposed
Test
co
compensation
of up to �million
pe year for not hosting Tests]. If
per
tha does happen, there is big
that
tro
trouble
for the non-Test-match
grou
grounds.
It is going to be
impo
impossible
to maintain player
paym
payments
because we will lose
playe to big clubs. We also know
players
wher selectors like to spend their
where
time. If you have England
aspir
aspirations
then you are better off
T
at a Test
ground.?
Tre is preparing for life after
Trego
crick He has worked in the
cricket.
winte for a successful building
winter
comp
company
in Bristol with a route
o cricket on the table. He will
out of
asses his performances at the end
assess
of the summer and has put off any
o renewing his contract,
talk of
CHRISTOPHER JONES
?I have a love for cricket
in its truest form ? but
will the next generation??
Armed and ready:
Peter Trego does
not know if this
will be his final
year with his
home county
Somerset
which runs out this season. He
turns 37 in June and seems ready
for his next challenge.
Cricket can be a cocooned
world, but on the county circuit
life is more real. Trego showed that
this winter when he took it on
himself to hit the streets of
Weston-super-Mare during the
Beast from the East cold snap to
help the homeless, delivering
coffee and hot food.
?I was training for the Bath
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Last season CCD2 ? 2nd;
RLC
? winners; T20 ? winners.
Ins Ross Taylor, Dan
Christian, Ish Sodhi, Chris
Nash, Paul Coughlin.
Outs Chris Read, Michael Lumb, Greg
Smith, Brendan Taylor, Brett Hutton.
One to watch Ross Taylor. He will play
the first eight championship games and
underlined his class with his recent
performances against England.
Prospects Even the most partisan of
supporters will not be banking on the
county repeating their heroics of last
season. The loss of Read as captain
adds an element of uncertainty, but
they should hold their own on all fronts.
SOMERSET
Last season CCD1 ? 7th;
RLC? quarter-finals;
T20 ? quarter-finals.
Ins Corey Anderson,
Tom Banton, Fin
Trenouth.Matt Renshaw.
Outs Jim Allenby, Adam Hose, Michael
Leask, Ryan Davies.
One to watch Eddie Byrom. Grasped
his opportunity to open with Marcus
Trescothick over the final eight
championship games. The patience is
there; now he needs serious runs.
Prospects Having narrowly avoided
relegation, Somerset must shape up
quickly. Need decent first-innings totals
as they have the bowlers to capitalise.
Lack power hitters in one-day cricket.
Club by club County Championship Division
n One
ESSEX
Last season CCD1
? winners; Royal
London Cup ? semifinalists; T20 ? 8th in
South Group.
Ins Peter Siddle, Neil Wagner, Adam
Zampa, Matt Coles, Feroze Khushi.
Outs Kishen Velani.
One to watch Adam Zampa. In the
Australian leggie, Essex feel they feel
they have found their mystery spinner
for the T20s.
Prospects The champions largely
retain the same squad, having won by
72 points last season. The loss of head
coach Chris Silverwood to England
may not be so keenly felt as his able
deputy Anthony McGrath steps up.
HAMPSHIRE
Last season CCD1 ? 5th;
RLC ? 6th in South
Group; T20 ? semi-finals.
Ins Hashim Amla, Dale
Steyn, Sam Northeast.
Outs Michael Carberry, Will Smith,
George Bailey.
One to watch With reportedly every
Division One side queueing for Kent?s
Sam Northeast, there is the feeling of a
coup and something special brewing.
Prospects Should avoid another
relegation battle, and a title challenge is
not impossible. Last year began with a
bang with victory over Yorkshire, but
eventually fizzled out with too many
draws stunting an exciting side.
LANCASHIRE
Last season CCD1 ? 2nd;
RLC ? 4th in North
Group; T20 ? 7th in
North Group. Ins Joe
Mennie, James Faulkner,
Keaton Jennings, Graham Onions.
Outs Luke Procter.
One to watch Saqib Mahmood.
Birmingham-born but Rochdale-raised,
the Lions fast bowler is highly rated
both by Lancashire and England.
Prospects With a fair wind, this could
be Lancashire?s year. Their batting looks
incredibly strong, although there are
question marks about their bowling. If
they are able to field James Anderson
around England Tests, they could be
hard to stop.
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going through. But it was minusfive that night and yet 15 homeless
people refused to go into a shelter
the church put on because they
have such serious mental problems
they cannot be in a room with
other people. They flip out. Yes,
they have addictions. But some of
them really need to be hospitalised
and cared for and unless you
engage with these people you do
not realise. They have problems
and can?t help themselves.?
Trego?s dislike of injustice is
palpable. He is still irritated at
claims Somerset should have been
docked points after beating
Middlesex in a do-or-die relegation
Fixtures
Division One
� Yorkshire v Essex (Emerald
Headingley)
� Lancashire v Nottinghamshire
(Emirates Old Trafford)
� Hampshire v Worcestershire
(Ageas Bowl)
Division Two
� Warwickshire v Sussex
(Edgbaston)
� Middlesex v
Northamptonshire (Lord?s)
� Kent v Gloucestershire
(Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence)
All games start today at 11am
half-marathon. On the weekend
before the Beast from the East
turned up, I was doing a training
run up and down the seafront. I
saw all these guys homeless in the
Victorian bus shelters. I remember
getting home thinking, ?Jeez, that
is miserable.?
?I thought I?m going to go to a
coffee shop, buy 50 coffees, drive
round town and hand people a
drink. I quickly realised that would
be ridiculous. I put a tweet out
trying to get hold of a coffee
dispenser. It was off the cuff from
my perspective, but then people in
SURREY
Last season CCD1 ? 3rd;
RLC? runners-up;
T20 ? quarter-finals.
Ins Aaron Finch, Rikki
Clarke, Will Jacks, Gus
Atkinson, Dean Elgar, Morne Morkel.
Outs Dom Sibley, Kumar Sangakkara,
Ravi Rampaul.
One to watch Sam Curran. Expect his
whippy left-arm swing and
fast-maturing middle-order batting to
continue to catch the eye.
Prospects There is a bullish mood,
despite the loss of the peerless Kumar
Sangakkara to retirement. Excellent
showings in both red and white-ball
competition last season have ramped
up hopes of a trophy this year.
WORCESTERSHIRE
Last season CCD2 ? 1st;
RLC ? semi-finals; T20 ?
8th in North Group.
Ins Travis Head, Martin
Guptill, Callum Ferguson,
Steve Magoffin.
Outs Alexei Kervezee.
One to watch Dillon Pennington. The
paceman impressed when sharing the
new ball during the recent ICC Under-19
World Cup. Has set his sights on
making his first-team breakthrough.
Prospects A new era and there is a
quiet optimism about the prospects.
The squad are still young but now have
considerable experience under their
belts and Essex?s achievements last
season should provide optimism.
?All my son wants
to do is the
Buttler scoop?
my local community helped.
?A friend of mine contacted me
from the Grand Pier. They supplied
all the coffee dispensers and we
ended up driving around Weston
with 12 massive containers of
coffee and 25 lots of steak and
kidney pie and chips. It was a
random idea, but great to see the
community get together. It made
me realise you can?t rely on big
chains. It is local people who look
after local people.
?One of the biggest things is
getting the message out that
people are suffering.
YORKSHIRE
Last season CCD1
? 4th; RLC ? quarterfinals; T20 ? 5th in
North Group.
Ins Cheteshwar Pujara,
Kane Williamson, Billy Stanlake.
Outs Will Rhodes.
One to watch Matthew Fisher. A seam
bowler who has been earmarked for
great things since making his debut
aged just 15. Has overcome injury
problems and is now ready to fire.
Prospects Have struggled to compete
at the top in recent seasons, but should
be stronger for last season?s struggle
against the drop. Among the favourites
in the white-ball competitions.
?One of our Conservative
politicians came out in the press
and said Weston does not have a
problem with homeless people.
There is only one homeless person.
It is absolute rubbish, a nonsense
statement. This was someone
supposed to be putting in place
policies to help these people.
?The one thing that struck me is
you see a homeless person and
think ?lazy drug addict? and don?t
have tolerance of what they are
match on a turning pitch ? ?it was
Middlesex ? Lord?s ? against us? ?
and feels the treatment of his
team-mate Leach bordered on
disgraceful. The spinner may have
finally made his Test debut in
Christchurch two weeks ago, but it
came two years too late, says
Trego. ?He should have played
when we played Pakistan in Abu
Dhabi and Dubai on turning
pitches, but England missed the
boat. What should have got him
the nod was the season we finished
second, in 2016.
?He took six wickets in the
second innings at Headingley and
completely outbowled Adil Rashid.
It was chalk and cheese, but Adil
went on tour, Leach didn?t. Some
of the selectors have mud in their
eyes. It is crackers. Then he gets
reported for a dodgy action [on a
Lions training camp at
Loughborough]. What clown in a
dark room came up with that?
?Nobody thought Leachy threw
the ball. It was absolute nonsense,
but that is what you get when you
have people in cricket who sit on
computers in a dark room and
don?t play the game.?
England fall to series defeat
England were beaten in their final
one-day international against India
in Nagpur to lose the series 2-1.
Heather Knight?s side had come
into the decider on the back of
bowling India out in less than 38
overs. Despite a career-best 94
from wicketkeeper Amy Jones as
England posted 201 for nine, the
tourists could not produce a repeat
performance with the ball.
After losing two early wickets,
Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma
and captain Mithali Raj all hit halfcenturies in a dominant Indian
display at the Vidarbha Cricket
Association Stadium.
Knight had won the toss and
elected to bat, but opener Tammy
Beaumont managed just four and
Danielle Wyatt 17 to leave England
on 27 for two. Knight managed 36
before she was caught at long-on by
Harmanpreet Kaur off Sharma, and
Natalie Sciver had made just four
when she was bowled by Poonam
Yadav. Jones fell just short of her
century when run out in the final
over by Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
Anya Shrubsole grabbed two
early wickets, but Mandhana
pushed the hosts along before retiring unwell on 53.
Raj, who finished unbeaten on
74, and Mandhana with 53 saw India safely home in 45.2 overs.
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Sport Rugby Union
Raising the bar:
England?s Dan
Bibby pumps iron
in the sevens
training camp in
London; (right)
captain Tom
Mitchell in
training
Kate Rowan meets squad
who fly economy, carry
their water bottles and
cope without a kit man
D
an Bibby
flexes his
bicep,
proudly
displaying a
tattoo of the
Olympic rings
inked to
celebrate
England?s silver medal in rugby
sevens? debut Games in 2016. He
laughs as he recalls the trip to the
tattoo parlour and being asked by
another patron if he was a Team
GB fan.
The fact that he went
unrecognised is a source of
amusement ? not anger ? for Bibby,
and the anecdote says a lot about
the attitudes that prevail around
the men?s sevens set-up. These
players are used to flying under the
radar, quietly going about their
business while behemoths such as
the Six Nations and Champions
Cup hog the limelight.
Yet this could be the year which
marks a shift in their profile.
Tomorrow, the men?s team ? and,
for the first time, the women ?
begin their Commonwealth Games
campaign in Gold Coast, while in
July, there is the Rugby World Cup
Sevens in San Francisco.
These are momentous days for
the sport, and England are
determined to capitalise. Entering
the warren-like Lensbury Hotel in
west London ? the permanent
home of the men?s side ? one is
struck by the sense of purpose
instilled by head coach Simon
Amor, but also a lively, jovial
atmosphere which encourages
interest from the outside world,
rather than pushing it away.
Amor?s philosophy hinges on
How sevens
players beat
jet lag
Playing around
the globe
requires
tailored
preparation to
prevent jet lag.
�The time
players go to
bed leading up
to travelling is
staggered.
They go to bed
and wake an
hour later four
to five days
before flying.
� Players
usually go to
bed between
2am and 3am
and wake at
11am by the day
of travel.
�
Flights are
taken later in
the day to
accommodate
the shift in
time zone.
seeing the benefit of being exposed
to different situations, and of
lateral thinking. While other sports
might consider such concepts a
distraction, in sevens ? where
players have to play three games in
a day and not allow the likes of
adapting to an unfamiliar city and
playing surface to affect
performance ? embracing
organised chaos seems to be
the爉indset.
Captain Tom Mitchell welcomes
this chaos, citing the speed of
decision-making required, and the
need for players to think creatively
on and off the pitch.
?There is less structure than you
would see when you are watching
XVs, so there is an element of
chaos there,? he says.
?Then there are the demands
caused over the course of a
tournament by travelling and the
need to be adaptable and move
with the conditions and what is laid
before you.
?We played a tournament in Las
Vegas last year, which was a good
example. First, the pitch was much
more narrow than we are used to.
Then, the organisers messed up
with the food and we had to source
our own.
?You could sit there and
complain and work yourself up or
you just go, ?OK, let?s just work
with it and find a solution.? You
have to have a degree of resilience
to handle that sort of stuff. With
that, there is also perspective that
these are just small things and your
ability to play and perform at the
highest level cannot change.?
The image of England?s sevens
players having to fend for
themselves shows how, despite
having all the latest technology
and developments in sports
science and psychology available
to them, this is not a pampered
group of athletes.
The exotic destinations on the
World Series ? from Dubai to Hong
PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH
How England
sevens thrive on
organised ?chaos?
Well bonded:
The England
sevens squad
have fostered
an excellent
team spirit
Kong, Cape Town to Sydney ?
might give the impression of a
seven-month stag party, but the
reality is rather less glamorous.
The squad of 13 fly economy
class and, due to the team manager
often not travelling and there not
being a kit man, responsibilities for
logistical and operational matters
are shared among the management
team of Amor, assistant coach Tony
Roques, strength-and-conditioning
coach Dan Howells,
physiotherapist Gruff Parsons and
analyst Jack Lawrenson.
Players will be assigned different
duties, such as carrying Howells?
GPS kit to tending to water bottles.
As well as this being a practicality
of the game, it also helps players
deal with the organised-chaos
mentality.
At a time when the autocratic
approaches of XVs coaches such as
Ireland?s Joe Schmidt are in vogue,
sevens still places emphasis on the
players taking control and being
guided by coaches rather than
being dictated to.
Although Amor and Roques lead
training, the players speak up in
huddles, discussing where they
think they could improve in a
collaborative fashion.
Mitchell explains that, as the side
become more experienced, they
take more ownership. ?Our
goal-setting at the start of the
season was guided by Simon but
anything we decided on, we
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Itoje?s agent given
22-month ban for
betting on matches
By Charlie Morgan
and Mick Cleary
Maro Itoje?s agent has been suspended for 22 months after being
found guilty of making 1,476 bets
on rugby matches over a three-year
period.
Matt Hart, a Rugby Football Union-registered agent at Stellar Management Group, was found to have
placed the bets between Jan 7, 2013,
and July 31, 2016.
The disciplinary panel referenced 10 bets Hart made between
March 6, 2016, and April 23, 2016,
totalling �8,000, with a highest
single wager of �,235.59. The day
of the highest bet was March 19, the
final day of the 2016 Six Nations.
While the independent disciplinary panel did not suggest that
there had been any inside information provided, it noted that Hart
was ?linked to a number of firstclass rugby players .?.?. and his betting on rugby matches and on some
occasions on games which involved
some of those players exposed both
players and the game of rugby to
potential integrity issues?.
The panel found Hart, who also
represents Wales No?8 Taulupe
Faletau, guilty of a second charge of
failing to provide details of these
bets, all placed using a Bet365 account, after being contacted by an
RFU anti-corruption officer last October. They deemed him to have
been ?evasive?.
The written judgement declared
that it was ?implausible that Hart
was so naive and never even questioned himself whether he should
be conducting himself in the way
he did?. According to the written
judgement, Hart accepted the
charges at a hearing last month.
But he had argued in mitigation
that he had placed the bets on behalf of his father, David, and was
found to have received in the region of �0,000 ? approximately
�,000 via disguised bank transfers and approximately �,000 in
cash ? to do so. However, the panel
found Hart must have also funded
the Bet365 account himself ?by a
substantial amount? beyond the
money he was given by his father.
Betting on rugby union contravenes section 6.3.1 of World
Rugby?s regulations, which comes
Suspension: The
disciplinary panel
referenced 10 bets
Matt Hart made
totalling �8,000
under the banner of ?anti-corruption? and states that ?all connected
persons? are prohibited from doing
so anywhere in the world.
RFU anti-corruption officer Alys
Lewis said: ?This decision unequivocally demonstrates that any activity which undermines the integrity
of our sport, and exposes players
and rugby to potential integrity issues, will be treated seriously by
the RFU.
?The sums of money involved
and the frequency and duration of
the betting, coupled with the lack
of co-operation with the RFU?s
investigation, have all contributed
to a substantial suspension in
rugby爑nion.?
London Irish thrashing was
all-time low, admits Robshaw
decided on as a group. He suggests
things but we can either take them
or leave them,? he says. ?Even in
terms of meetings and reviews,
Rocky [Roques] took that one this
morning but often it will be the
boys who will do a review of
the爌enalties.
?We will do a review with a
voice-over on the video, for the
attack it would be me or Ollie
Lindsay-Hague or Dan Bibby who
would do that at home and send it
to the group. So, the boys will
watch it with us and talk through
what is happening.?
Another unique aspect of
sevens爄s that all the teams stay in
the same hotel when at a
tournament, so friendships can
blossom between players from
opposing sides.
?I?ve got a good relationship
with Kwagga Smith of South
Africa, just because I have played
against him so often,? says Phil
Burgess, another member of the
2016 Olympics squad and a 2014
Commonwealth Games gold
medallist. ?Sometimes he gets the
upper hand, and then you have a
joke and laugh and then there is
that mutual respect. The
friendships are there to be made. A
lot of the guys on the circuit are
sociable and sometimes a
friendship can begin over getting a
bit of toast in the meal room or
fighting over the cereal.?
It would seem the ?no d---heads?
?Due to the small
squad size, there is
no room for big
egos. You need to
be a good guy?
policy made famous by the All
Blacks is something that is taken
for granted in sevens. Due to the
small squad size, there is no room
for big egos.
?As you can imagine, being in
each other?s pockets for two, three
weeks at a time, generally you
need to be a good guy because if
you are not, you?ll get found out,?
adds Burgess, who previously
played XVs for the Cornish Pirates.
?I think that is very similar for a lot
of the other teams.?
Burgess sees the likes of the
Commonwealth Games and
Olympics as an opportunity to raise
the profile of sevens but also
believes that spreading the gospel
is about the players connecting
with the public on their travels.
It is not often sports stars turn
the tables on journalists asking
how they are finding work or
offering to make cups of tea but
this is the way Burgess and his
England sevens team-mates roll.
?Of course, XVs is the big game
in England and I would love for
there to be more interest in sevens
but at the moment all we can do is
put on a good show when the
tournaments are there, and spread
the word in terms of being nice and
sociable towards everybody we
come across,? he says.
?We want people to go, ?I like
these guys, these are good guys,
let?s have a look at what they do.??
By Ben Coles
Chris Robshaw, the Harlequins
flanker, described the 35-5 defeat at
home to London Irish as ?one of the
lowest moments? of his time at the
club and paid tribute to departing
director of rugby John Kingston.
Harlequins announced on Monday that Kingston would leave at
the end of the season. He became
director of rugby before the
2016-2017
campaign,
having
worked as the head coach under
Conor O?Shea.
?John has been here my whole
career, so it is extremely sad for a
man who is so passionate about the
club, so enthusiastic and who supports the guys so well,? Robshaw
said. ?It is tough to take, but we are
rallying round him.
?I think it is unfair for everything
to be pointed at him this season. As
players, me included, we have not
been good enough. From the top
guy to the bottom guy, as a unit we
have not produced and unfortu-
nately, with him being the top man,
John has taken the stick for that.
?[The result at] the weekend was
one of the lowest moments. When
you have lost to a fellow London
team who are bottom of the table,
by a bonus point and barely scored
a try, and are booed off your own
pitch it hurts.?
Kingston revealed that the decision to part ways had been made ?a
week or two? ago ? before the disastrous defeat by Irish ? with the
squad informed of the news by
Kingston himself at training
on燤onday.
Harlequins had earned Champions Cup qualification for the first
time in three years during
Kingston?s first season in charge
before fading away badly since the
start of 2018, with the club now in
ninth place and unable to qualify
for the top six.
Their remaining matches in the
Premiership are away at Gloucester
and Worcester, before rounding
out the season at home to Exeter in
what will be Kingston?s final game.
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Sport
Fine margins Why sprinter lost his gold
Hughes is
stripped of
victory after
pushing rival
Ben Bloom
ATHLETICS
CORRESPONDENT
in Gold Coast
Englishman punished
for accidental strike
Asher-Smith delighted
with 200m bronze
Zharnel Hughes had already
completed his lap of honour with
the cross of St George draped over
his shoulders when it fell to an
unfortunate official in a turquoise
jacket to break the bad news.
Hughes had been disqualified and
was no longer Commonwealth
200?metres champion.
It had been a close-run thing, but
Hughes had crossed the line first ? a
photograph showed he had edged
out Trinidad and Tobago?s Jereem
Richards by the smallest of margins,
despite the pair finishing in
identical times of 20.12sec. But it
was what had happened in the final
20?metres of the Carrara Stadium
track that was to prove crucial.
Leading by some margin on the
turn into the home straight, Hughes
started to weaken under pressure
from the fast-finishing Richards. As
the Trinidadian closed, Hughes?s
form became increasingly ragged
with every step until, with the
finish line a few strides away, he
appeared to lose his balance and
fling his left arm across into the
neighbouring lane.
It seemed neither intentional nor
malicious. But no matter what way
you looked at the replay, there
could be no denying that it happened and no denying that it struck
Richards in the chest.
Whether it affected the outcome
of the race was something that
Team England were willing to
debate when they lodged an appeal.
But, after much deliberation and a
full 90 minutes after the athletes
had crossed the line, the jury
upheld the decision.
What Hughes, who is from the
Caribbean island of Anguilla but
competes for Britain, thought of it
all remained a mystery. Denied the
biggest prize of his burgeoning
career, he stormed off after receiving the news and never reappeared.
Richards, who won world bronze
in London last summer, believed
the disqualification and upgrade to
gold was justified.
?He was ahead and when I
started to catch him he started to
break down and I felt his hand
come across and hit me,? said the
Trinidadian. ?If he didn?t hit me, I
would have gone past him. That hit
threw me off my rhythm.
?I feel for him. I know him from
our days in the Caribbean and it?s
not nice for a track-and-field friend
to lose a medal.?
Hughes?s despair had another
unexpected consequence, with
Leon Reid upgraded from fourth
place to claim bronze and a first
athletics medal for Northern
Ireland since 1990.
Born and raised in England to an
Irish mother, Reid has opted against
representing Britain as a senior
athlete but is unable to compete for
Ireland because of a global ban on
transfers of allegiance. That leaves
the Commonwealth Games as the
sole competition he can compete in
internationally for Northern Ireland every four years.
?It was a long shot,? he said. ?I
chucked myself in at the deep end
and got a medal. I feel sorry for
Zharnel, it?s a dog-eat-dog world.?
Hughes?s troubles came 20 minutes after his former girlfriend Dina
Asher-Smith had won 200m bronze
in one of the standoutt English
performances on the track
k here.
ing EuroAsher-Smith, the reigning
ed from a
pean champion, recovered
h fourth at
serious foot injury to finish
hampionlast summer?s World Championships and was up against one of the
toughest athletics fields of the week.
Gold went to Bahamian
n Olympic
ae Miller400m champion Shaunae
Uibo (22.09) and silver to Jamaica?s
ut AsherShericka Jackson (22.18), but
er way to
Smith took a scalp on her
bronze by finishing ahead of double
on Elaine
Olympic sprint champion
Thompson, of Jamaica, in 22.29.
ith that,?
?I am really happy with
said Asher-Smith. ?Even though I
e still not
am in good shape, I have
England denied shot at glory by goalkeeper?s heroics
By Oliver Brown
In a dramatic reverse of Glasgow
2014, the England women?s hockey
team fell maddeningly short in
their quest for Commonwealth
glory yesterday, losing their semifinal match against New Zealand in
a tense penalty shoot-out.
After four goalless quarters, the
Kiwis prevailed 2-1 on penalties,
sealing their place in tomorrow?s
gold-medal match against Australia,
with England left to face India for
bronze. Alex Danson, making her
300th international appearance,
was one of four England players
thwarted from close range.
Where they had vanquished New
Zealand in the same fashion in
Scotland four years ago, this was an
evening when their inspiration ran
Bitter end: England?s women are left
stunned after missing out on penalties
out. Stacey Michelsen proved their
nemesis, threatening England all
match before scooping the ball over
Maddie Hinch for the decisive penalty. Danson, exasperated by the
resistance of replacement goalkeeper Grace O?Hanlon, said: ?We
did our homework and anticipated
what she might do, but she played
differently to how we expected.
There is a lottery element to it.?
While England had taken an
initial lead in the shoot-out through
Hannah Martin, Samantha Harrison equalised before O?Hanlon,
who only came on the field after the
end of regular play, contrived two
agile saves to defy Anna Toman and
Hollie Pearne-Webb.
Then up sprang Michelsen to apply the final blow. With one eye already on the final against Australia,
where the Kiwis can grasp their
maiden Commonwealth gold, she
said: ?We are looking forward to
achieving something we have
never done before.?
It was not as if England did not
have chances for a memorable win,
with Danson having a diving
attempt saved, Susannah Townsend
finding the ball snatched away from
her just as she wound up for a shot
and Sophie Bray watching a sliding
nudge smothered by Sally Rutherford. But their search for a first title
in Commonwealth competition
goes on.
Elsewhere,
England?s
Jack
Laugher won a second gold medal
and his fourth Commonwealth title
overall in the men?s three-metres
springboard. He hopes to compete
his hat-trick in Friday?s men?s synchronised 3m springboard final.
Laugher?s girlfriend Lois Toulson
also picked up bronze for England
in the women?s 10m platform.
In the women?s cross-country
mountain bike race, Annie Last and
Evie Richards delivered an England
one-two, with Last beating Richards by 48 seconds.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
***
13
Sport Commonwealth Games
Trans-athletes challenge a
taboo that is best left alone
OLIVER
BROWN
IN GOLD
COAST
Tough lesson: England?s Zharnel Hughes? arm comes into contact with
Jareem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago (left).
(left Hughes went on to cross
the line first (above), before a track offici
official had to deliver the bad
news (below) that he h
had been disqualified
?I felt his
hand
come
across
and hit
me. That
hit threw
me off
rhythm.
I feel for
him?
peake for the rest of the season,
peaked
which bodes well.?
Of Hughes?s fate, she added: ?I
know how much this meant to him,
but he is in great shape and that is
what you
y have to take away from it.?
The
There was plenty of other athletfor the home nations
ics success
su
yesterday. Scotland?s Eilidh Doyle
yester
won her
h third successive Commonwealth 400m hurdles silver and
Engla
England?s Kyle Langford finished
strong
strongly to claim 800m silver.
The
There was further English joy
with Sophie Hahn winning T38
100m gold, while Shara Proctor and
Luke Cutts picked up bronze
medal
medals in the long jump and pole
vault respectively.
r
Five events to watch Today?s highlights
9.30am BST,
basketball,
women?s
semi-final
England?s
women face a
Canadian side
who beat them
80-54 in the
group stage.
10.30am,
hockey, men?s
semi-final
Defeat against
India meant
England could
only finish
second in their
pool. That
means they
face a difficult
semi-final
against the
undefeated
Australia.
was not at her
best on day
one, but still
topped the
leaderboard.
Facing a weak
field, she is
expected to
win gold.
11.13am,
women?s
heptathlon
800m
Katarina
JohnsonThompson
11.45am,
women?s
800m final
Caster
Semenya won
1,500m gold
and was a class
apart in
qualifying.
12.04pm,
diving, men?s
synchronised
3m
springboard
final
Jack Laugher
and Chris
Mairs have
ruled this
event, winning
Olympic and
European
titles.
Everyone has the right
to take part but gender
reassignment creates
an uneven competition
I
n 1976, Renee Richards
jettisoned a career as an
ophthalmologist to renew
her love affair with tennis.
There was just one problem:
the 32-year-old, born as
Richard Raskind in New York, had
undergone gender reassignment
surgery a few months earlier, at a
time when transsexuality was not
just condemned in some quarters,
but considered a form of insanity.
Tennis authorities demanded that
she submit to the Barr body test of
her chromosomes, an invasive
examination long used on East
Germans suspected of trying to
pass as females to gain a
competitive advantage, before
they would accept her as a woman.
Having sued them successfully,
with a state court deciding that the
testing would constitute a gross
violation of her human rights,
Richards began her four
extraordinary years in the
professional ranks of women?s
tennis, reaching a US Open
doubles final in 1977.
What is perhaps most striking,
though, is the jaundiced view that
she has formed of such feats since.
?I know that if I?d had surgery at
ne
the age of 22, and then at 24 gone
on the tour, no genetic woman in
se
the world would have come close
to me,? Richards said. ?There is
one thing that a transsexual
woman unfortunately cannot
expect to be allowed to do,
and that is play professional
sports in her chosen field.?
Her words have hung
h
heavily over the Commonwealth
Games this week, after Laurel
Hubbard, a transgender Kiwi
ial
weightlifter, made a controversial
ds?s
Gold Coast appearance. Richards?s
o
thesis ? that young athletes who
ale
have transitioned to being female
could wipe the floor with those
ome
born as women ? appeared to come
true when Hubbard, formerly
he
Gavin, whose father was once the
ha
mayor of Auckland, started with
weight 7kg heavier than her
nearest rival. Ultimately, only a
dislocated elbow derailed her
march to the gold medal.
As with Richards, the one
physiological factor that militates
against her crushing dominance is
her age. Hubbard is 40, and at last
year?s world championships in
Anaheim, California her best was
still not good enough to deprive
American Sarah Robles, 11 years
her junior, of victory. Now, it
seems that she is desperate to
reclaim her anonymity, with her
elbow injury so serious that it has
ended her competitive ambitions.
?My arm is busted,? she said. ?It
looks like it?s probably going to be
a career-ending injury, which is a
real shame, but I?m glad I?ve gone
out trying to achieve my best on
the platform.?
And so another transsexual
athlete slips sadly into the ether,
her aspirations unfulfilled and her
legitimacy never anything less
than hugely contentious. Despite
the 2003 Stockholm Consensus on
Sex Reassignment in Sport, which
decreed that trans-athletes were
eligible ? so long as they had
completed surgery, received
hormone therapy for a minimum
Laurel Hubbard
began with a weight
7kg heavier than
her nearest rival
of two years, and had legal
recognition of their switch in
gender ? the number who have
taken the opportunity remains
vanishingly small.
Mianne Bagger, the Danish
golfer who, in 2004, became the
first openly transitioned woman to
qualify for a pro sports tour since
Richards, still stands alone in her
sport.
The great unresolved issue of
Hubbard?s retirement is
whether she is stepping
away purely
because of
Power play:
Laurel
Hubbard was
formerly
known as
Gavin
physical distress, or whether she is
sparing herself the humiliating
inquisition that would surely come
if she pressed on to the Tokyo
Olympics in 2020.
Caster Semenya, who won the
Commonwealth 800?metres title
this week, can attest to the
emotional effects of being
constantly singled out for gender
ambivalence. The South African,
who was born with testosterone
levels three times those of the
average woman, had her status
questioned again after her win,
with Australian Brittany McGowan
claiming it was ?tough for women
in the 800m to compare
themselves?. Ireland?s Sonia
O?Sullivan, once a world champion
over 5,000m, even argued
yesterday that there needed to be a
?new category? for Semenya and
other athletes with
hyperandrogenism.
Hubbard could be forgiven for
having no desire to be paraded,
like Semenya, as a freak show,
although her situation is starkly
different. Where Semenya has no
womb or ovaries by quirk of
genetics, Hubbard has spent
roughly 90 per cent of her life as a
male, retaining many residual
physical benefits of manhood
beyond her transitioning. When
Jerry Wallwork, head coach of
Samoa?s weightlifting team,
protested earlier this week that
Hubbard?s presence in the line-up
was ?unfair to all females?, it was
not the lone cry of one who feared
his athletes would lose.
Even doctors acknowledge that
a case such as Hubbard?s risks
creating an uneven playing field.
?A man transitioning to a female
has physiological advantages that
they take into their new female
life,? argues Alison Heather, a
profe
professor
of physiology at the
Un
University
of Otago, in
H
Hubbard?s
native New
Zealand.
On the one hand, it is
deeply vexing in moral
terms to suggest that
H
Hubbard
and those in
si
similar
circumstances
sho
should
be barred from
following what they love simply
o who they are. But
because of
should the rights of an individual,
especially in a sport as determined
strengt as Hubbard?s, override
by strength
the rights of women who stand no
chance of gold with her on the
same stage
stage?
Such an outcome runs contrary
to the very notion of sporting
fairness. F
For that reason, and for all
liv mercifully, in more
that we live,
enlightene times, the spectacle
enlightened
transg
of a transgender
weightlifter is
st a taboo-breaker too
perhaps still
far.
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Sport Racing
When I was left
stranded in the
National that
turned into farce
Marcus Armytage
e
RACING
CORRESPONDENT
I
t is 25 years since the ?Void
National? when, in front of
an estimated worldwide
television audience of
300?million, 30 of the 39
runners set off after a second
false start and seven of them, led
home by the Jenny Pitman-trained
Esha Ness, covered the full 4�
miles despite several attempts to
stop them.
It was one of the great sporting
embarrassments of all time and
highlighted the amateurish way in
which racing was run at the time,
with headlines such as ?Laughing
stock of the world? (The Sporting
Life) and the starter being referred
to as Captain Cock-up or Calamity.
And, yet, though racing was let
down badly, the episode provided
another weird and wonderful
chapter in the history of a race that
had already had its share of
dramas, through the likes of Devon
Loch, Foinavon and Red燫um.
Redemption for Aintree came
four years later when it restaged
the National 48 hours after a bomb
scare, which was as much a
triumph as the ?Void National? of
1993 was a燿isaster.
My memories of that day are
very clear. I was riding a horse
Fall guy: Starter
Capt Keith
Brown, whose
flag comically
failed to unfurl,
came in for a lot
of criticism and
was labelled
Captain Cock-up
called Travel Over and the weather
was wet, cold and windy.
Most jockeys on horses set to
carry 10st had struggled to do the
weight so, beyond silks and
lightweight breeches, they were
wearing little else. Being freezing,
they had an even stronger desire
than usual to get on with it but had
been brought out on to the course
25 minutes before the scheduled
start, which was too long and meant
a 10-minute wait before the off.
However, the race was delayed
by protesters, for nine minutes,
and again with the first false start.
The worn tape, described by
Pitman as ?60 yards of knicker
elastic?, that spanned the 80-yard
width of the course on the course?s
antiquated starting mechanism,
was knotted back together.
Many of the jockeys were unable
to hear the starter?s voice above the
roar of the wind, so, when Capt
Keith Brown called ?false start? a
second time as the nose of Formula
EMPICS/PA
?Void? race of 1993 was
an embarrassment but it
exposed methods that
needed an overhaul
One, ridden by Judy Davies, caught
the tape, 30 riders paid no
attention and set off at a gallop.
At this point, Brown should have
waved a flag which would have
alerted the ?recall man? Ken Evans,
situated 100 yards down the track,
to wave his own flag, signalling to
the jockeys that they had to stop.
Unfortunately, Brown?s flag
failed to unfurl and, without seeing
a signal, Evans got out of the way
of the impending cavalry charge.
Stuck on the starting line with
tape tangled around Travel Over?s
legs and round Richard
Dunwoody?s neck beside me, I
could see that the body language of
those advancing towards the first
fence was so set, not even the
appearance of the four horsemen
of the apocalypse would have
stopped them. And those of us
stuck on the starting grid had one
hope ? that it would be re-run as a
nine-horse National.
Andy Orkney was riding Howe
Street, a grey two-miler which he
could barely hold. ?He carted me to
the start,? recalled Orkney, who
took up the running at Becher?s
Brook and led, like a pied piper,
upsides Sure Metal until the pair
fell in unison early on the
second燾ircuit.
?Coming to the Chair, I saw a
portly gentleman in a tweed suit
waving a chequered flag. I turned
to Seamus O?Neill on Sure Metal
and said, ?What do we do?? He
replied, ?Keep going?. We?d have
had a job stopping them anyway.
We thought it would be less
problematic jumping it than going
Nowhere to run:
Richard
Dunwoody, with
the tape around
his neck, was
among the riders
left behind at the
start of the races,
along with The
Telegraph?s
Marcus Armytage
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
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15
Might Bite leads
Henderson treble
with dazzling run
By Marcus Armytage at Aintree
around it. I never saw the other
horses milling around as we passed
the start to set out on the second
circuit and the first time I twigged
was when I got in a car after falling
to get a lift back.
?Ron Barry [the former jockey]
was driving it and I heard Peter
Bromley on the commentary
calling it the ?void National?. I said,
?Why?s it void?? and Ron said, ?you
left half of them at the start!?
?Afterwards, everyone was
blaming everyone else. Ironically,
my wife, Barbara, was in the stands
praying I would fall ? because she
didn?t want me to win a void race.?
Nigel Payne, who is still Aintree?s
PR man and went on to win the
National as an owner with Earth
Summit in 1998, recalls tensions
were already high because of the
protest. ?It was wet, drizzly and the
horses were getting agitated,? he
said. ?It was nine minutes after the
off time before that was cleared.
?I thought the first start was a bit
ragged but he could have let them
?My wife was hoping
I would fall because
she didn?t want me
to win a void race?
go. The second time, though, with
the tape round Dunwoody?s neck,
it was a false start.
?There was a great debate about
how much Keith Brown?s flag had
unfurled and whether or not Ken
Evans, the flag man, had seen it.
But you had this situation when a
quarter had stayed at the start and
of the others who went, half
stopped after a circuit.
?The whole place was in
complete turmoil and eventually
Richard Pitman, working for the
BBC, climbed the steps to the
stewards? box, walked in and said
the world was waiting to hear what
was happening. No one knew what
to do or say.
?We spent Sunday deciding if it
could be run again and eventually
we had a press conference. Lord
Daresbury said he would get
Nicholas Soames to answer
questions because, as an MP, he
was good at it. To every question,
though, he replied, ?No comment?.
It was chaos. The only relief was
that all bets were void.?
Nicky Henderson may not have a
runner in tomorrow?s Randox
Health Grand National after his
Gold Present was the only horse
withdrawn at yesterday?s 48-hour
declaration stage ? which means
Road To Riches gets a run ? but he
landed a first-day Grade One treble
to almost seal this season?s trainers?
title.
Having left Buveur D?Air and Altior at home there might have been
a suggestion that Henderson was
coming to Aintree with a weakened
team and while We Have A Dream
was fresh for the Doom Bar Anniversary Hurdle, having missed
Cheltenham, his two other winners, Might Bite and L?Ami Serge,
had a hard race there.
But Might Bite, who came off just
second-best in his terrific duel with
Native River in the Gold Cup, was
superb in the Betway Bowl, beating
a revitalised Bristol De Mai by seven
lengths. ?He?s been fresh and well
since Cheltenham and you?d have
thought he wouldn?t be as he?d had
such a gruelling race,? said Henderson.
?He was giving us the right signals at home but you can never tell
how much you?ve left in the
Cotswolds. But he was on it the
whole way today. He won?t run
again this season. We?ll think about
starting off in the Betfair Chase
next season.?
?That was a good run against a
brilliant horse,? said Nigel TwistonDavies of Bristol De Mai. ?No excuses. If we?ve got the third-best
chaser in the country, that?s not too
bad.?
It was not a bad day for Bristol De
Mai?s owners, Simon Munir and
Isaac Souede, as they also own We
Have A Dream and L?Ami Serge.
Supasundae,
the
favourite,
finally got the front at the last flight
of the Betway Aintree Hurdle but
had no answers to L?Ami Serge,
while We Have A Dream won the
Anniversary Hurdle by an easy
seven lengths.
?He would have run at Chelten-
ham if he?d not had a temperature
on the Monday before,? said Henderson of We Have A Dream. ?It
was a pity at the time, but maybe it
was a blessing to come here fresh.?
One suspects the plan for Balnaslow?s victory in the Randox Health
Foxhunters was hatched 12 months
earlier when he finished second in
the race and he filled a notable gap
on the curriculum vitae of Derek
O?Connor, the winning-most jockey
in Irish point-to-point history.
?It was the most to-do thing I
wanted as a jockey,? said O?Connor,
who has won races at Cheltenham
and the Irish Gold Cup. It?s one
thing riding winners around the
country, but this is different.
?His owner, Peggy Hagan, was
only buried in November, so I think
Home alone: Might Bite soars over the
final fence in Aintree?s Betway Bowl
I had plenty of help from elsewhere.?
Former soldier Guy Disney, who
rides with a prosthetic lower leg after his vehicle was hit by a rocketpropelled grenade in Afghanistan,
completed a clear round on Gallery
Exhibition to finish last of the 12 finishers. ?What a thrill,? he said. ?It?s
the sort of thing you?d do every day
until you die. He?s the most gorgeous horse. He wasn?t that tired,
he just found it a bit too soft.?
Sam Waley-Cohen, who also
completed the course, said the
ground was not as testing as he had
expected. ?It?s soft, good to soft in
places, but not heavy,? he said.
Sadly, Lilbitluso injured himself fatally when falling at the Canal Turn.
16
Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Sport Racing
For the record Who
drew which horse
The Grand National
Sweepstake
25 Raz de Maree
33 Lord Windermere
Tough and loves
the mud;
outstayed rivals
when winning
Welsh National in
December.
Not the force of
old and not easy
to see him faring
any better than
when 7th a year
ago.
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1 Minella Rocco
9 Shantou Flyer
17 Warriors Tale
26 I Just Know
34 Captain Redbeard
2nd in 2017 Gold
Cup but had
issues; interesting
to see if a wind
operation
revitalises him.
50/1 and pulled up
last year; best
form over much
shorter trips.
Useful, game and
consistent; has
been in excellent
form this season
and not without a
chance.
He may need to
up his game to be
competitive, but
not impossible he
could do that.
Generally
progressive this
season but
stamina is a
concern.
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2 Blaklion
10 Tenor Nivernais
18 Seeyouatmidnight
27 Virgilio
35 Houblon Des Obeaux
High class
performer and
finished fourth last
year; has enjoyed
less arduous
season this time.
In-and-out
performer these
days but stable
has been on fire
this week; likes
heavy ground.
Stays well; had his
problems but a
worthy contender
at his best; 3rd in
2016 Scottish
National.
Fair performer but
does throw in the
odd poor run;
stays well enough;
likes good ground.
Consistent but
lacks a turn of
foot; 10th last year
and will probably
get round again.
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3 Anibale Fly
11 Carlingford Lough
19 Gas Line Boy
28 Baie Des Isles
36 Bless The Wings
Ran race of his life
when 3rd in Gold
Cup last month;
stamina not an
issue; not always a
fluent jumper.
Finds he struggles
to compete at the
highest level now;
has not won for
two years.
Third attempt at
the race; fell in
2015 and 5th a
year ago.
Reportedly fancied
to run well.
Stays, jumps well
and likes any
ground, so no
surprise if she has
a role to play
Capable and could
run well if on a
going day. Hard to
predict but might
be suited.
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4 The Last Samuri
12 Vicente
20 The Dutchman
29 Maggio
37 Milansbar
Second in the
2016 race, but only
16th last year;
retains some
ability and should
run well.
Looking to get
further than last
year, when fell at
the first; has won
Scottish National
twice.
Unexposed and
progressive;
promises to be
suited by this
stern stamina test.
Solid but will
probably find
these rivals taking
him off his old
feet.
Won same
Warwick race that
last year?s winner
took before his
success and has
claims.
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5 Valseur Lido
13 Tiger Roll
21 Pleasant Company
30 Pendra
38 Final Nudge
Has touch of class
but is a rare
winner; best on
good ground.
Won Cross
Country race at
Cheltenham last
month and type to
do well here; likes
good ground.
Ninth in race last
year and plenty of
improvement
needed if he is to
fare better.
Has had many
problems and hard
to see him being
able to put them
behind him on a
stage like this.
Admirable sort,
but has somehow
got to find
improvement to
trouble the best of
these.
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6 Total Recall
14 Regal Encore
22 Ucello Conti
31 Buywise
39 Double Ross
Fell 3 out in Gold
Cup; unlikely to
have won but
could easily have
been placed.
Strong player.
Never got into
race when 8th a
year ago but in
much better form
now; interesting.
6th in 2016 and
unseated at 2nd
Becher?s a year
ago; has
something to
prove.
Usually gives
himself a lot to do
but jumps well and
could stay on for a
place late in the
day.
The spring seems
to be missing from
his step although
there was some
encouragement
last time.
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7 Alpha Des Obeaux
15 Vieux Lion Rouge
23 Saint Are
32 Childrens List
40 Road To Riches
Stamina has to be
a doubt as best
form is at
distances short of
3m; acts on any
ground
Has lost his form
since a wellbeaten seventh
last year, although
he did look a little
sharper last time.
A Grand National
regular, having run
in it for the past
four years; getting
on a bit now.
Only had four
races over fences
but has shown
plenty of potential;
could go well.
Once a smart
performer but is
finding life tougher
as he gets older
and hard to see
him figuring.
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8 Perfect Candidate
16 Chase The Spud
24 Beeves
Inconsistent
although capable
on his day; pulled
up when a 33/1
chance last year.
Stout stayer who
won Midlands
National last year
but is a moody
sort and has lost
his way.
Has safely
negotiated the
fences once
before but
struggling for form
this year.
悙
66-1
悙
50-1
悙
50-1
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50-1
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Star ratings
Each of the 40 horses has been awarded a star rating
as a guide to their prospects. Odds provided by Betfair.
Reserves
100-1
Thunder And Roses, Delusionofgrandeur, Walk In The
Mill and Vintage Clouds are reserves in order of merit.
They will only run if a horse is withdrawn by 1pm today.
50-1
50-1
33-1
50-1
50-1
1 Minella Rocco
2Blaklion
3Anibale Fly
4The Last Samuri
5Valseur Lido
6Total Recall
7Alpha Des Obeaux
8 Perfect Candidate
9 Shantou Flyer
10 Tenor Nivernais
11 Carlingford Lough
12Vicente
13 Tiger Roll
14 Regal Encore
15 Vieux Lion Rouge
16Chase The Spud
17Warriors Tale
18 Seeyouatmidnight
19 Gas Line Boy
20 The Dutchman
21 Pleasant Company
22 Ucello Conti
23 Saint Are
24 Beeves
25 Raz De Maree
26 I Just Know
27 Virgilio
28 Baie Des Isles
29 Maggio
30 Pendra
31 Buywise
32 Childrens List
33 Lord Windermere
34 Captain Redbeard
35
36 Bless The Wings
37 Milansbar
38 Final Nudge
39 Double Ross
40 Road To Riches
Houblon Des Obeaux
50-1
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
**
17
Sport
BHA tests hurdle aimed at cutting deaths
RSPCA adviser behind
new plastic design
Governing body agrees
to fund production
By Ben Rumsby at Aintree
A new hurdle designed to cut the
number of fatalities in jump racing
is to be trialled by the British
Horseracing Authority, The Daily
Telegraph can reveal.
On the eve of the Grand National,
the BHA confirmed it had agreed to
fund the production and testing of a
hurdle that is the brainchild of the
RSPCA?s equine consultant, David
Muir. Its development was bankrolled by the BHA, which is trialling
its own padded hurdle design at
eight racecourses.
That has coincided with a marked
drop in the number of fallers at
hurdles and Muir was confident
yesterday his own plastic polymer
version would reduce that figure
even further.
ing BHA
Speaking after meeting
ust, Muir
chief executive Nick Rust,
said: ?All we?re trying to do ? and
ard ? is to
racing tries very, very hard
rea which
reduce fatalities. It?s an area
ody ? esobviously causes everybody
pecially those connected
d with
the horse ? a great deal of upset.
?None of us want to see it.
Press don?t want to see it. Punters don?t want to see it.?
Five years in the making,
aking,
Muir?s hurdle was designed
ed
e
in conjunction with the
pUniversity of Southampton and engineer Steve
ve
Cox.
A prototype was presented
nted
to the BHA, which confirmed
firmed
yesterday it had agreed to fund
the production of a full working
model to be tested at a schooling
ground. If the design proves
ves viable,
a determination would then be
made whether it was an improve-
Safety measure: A prototype of the
plastic polymer hurdle has been
presented to the BHA
Database
Commonwealth Games
Tizzard). 2.20 (2m209yds hdle): We Have A
Dream (D Jacob 2-1) 1; Gumball (20-1) 2;
Apple?s Shakira (13-8F) 3. 10 ran. 7l, 10l. (N
Henderson). 2.50 (3m210yds ch): Might Bite (N
De Boinville 4-5F) 1; Bristol De Mai (5-1) 2; Clan
Des Obeaux (8-1) 3. 8 ran. 7l, 31/4l. (N
Henderson). 3.25 (2m4f hdle): L?Ami Serge (D
Jacob 5-1) 1; Supasundae (11-10F) 2; Clyne (251) 3. 9 ran. 3l, 33/4l. (N Henderson). 4.05
(2m5f19yds ch): Balnaslow (Mr Derek O?Connor
11-2) 1; Bear?s Affair (20-1) 2; Greensalt (66-1)
3; Barrakilla (8-1) 4. Grand Vision 7-2F. 21 ran.
21/2l, 4l, 4l. (G J Mckeever (IRE) ). NR: Vincitore.
4.40 (1m7f176yds h?cap ch): Bentelimar
(Jonathan Burke 10-1) 1; Theinval (5-1) 2; Gino
Trail (10-1) 3; Doitforthevillage (10-1) 4. King?s
Socks 7-2F. 16 ran. 31/4l, 18l, 31/4l. (C Longsdon).
5.15 (2m209yds nh flat): Getaway Katie Mai (Mr
J J Codd 15-8F) 1; Midnightreferendum (25-1) 2;
Duhallow Gesture (10-1) 3; Meep Meep (9-1) 4.
20 ran. 11/4l, 23/4l, nk. (J Queally (IRE) ). Jackpot:
�,055.00, with �027.51 carried over.
Placepot: �.40. Quadpot: �.40.
(Gold Coast, Australia).-ATHLETICS: Men, 200m
Final: 1 J Richards (Trinidad & Tobago) 20.12 secs;
2 A Brown (Canada) 20.34; 3 L Reid (Northern
Ireland) 20.55. 800m Final: 1 W Kintamal (Kenya)
1min 45.11secs; 2 K Langford (England) 1:45.16; 3
L Mathews (Australia)1:45.60. Pole Vault Final: 1
K Marschall (Australia) 5.70m; 2 S Barber (Canada)
5.65; 3 L Cutts (England) 5.45. Women, 200m
Final: 1 S Miller-Uibo (Bahamas) 22.09 secs; 2 S
Jackson (Jamaica) 22.18, 3 D Asher-Smith
(England) 22.29. 400m Hurdles Final: 1 J Russel
(Jamaica) 54.33 secs; 2 E Doyle (Scotland) 54.80; 3
W Nel (S Africa) 54.96. T38 100m Final: 1 S Hahn
(England) 12.46; 2 R Clarke (Australia) 13.17; 3 O
Breen (Wales) 13.35. Long Jump Final: 1 C Nettey
(Canada) 6.84m; 2 B Stratton (Australia) 6.77; 3 S
Proctor (England) 6.75. BOWLS: Women, Triples
Gold Medal Match: Australia bt Scotland 21-12.
Bronze Medal Match: England bt Canada 20-12.
CYCLING: Women, Cross Country: 1 A Last
(England) 1hr 18mins 02secs; 2 E Richards
(England) 1:18.50; 3 H Smith (Canada) 1:20.26.
DIVING: Men, 3m Springboard Final: 1 J Laugher
(England) 519.40pts; 2 P Gagne (Canada) 452.70;
3 J Connor (Australia) 438.50. HOCKEY: Women,
Semi-finals: England 0 New Zealand 0 (1-2:SO) ?
Australia 1 India 0. 7-8: Malaysia 2 Scotland 4.
9-10: Wales 1 Ghana 1 (2-0:S0). (Today: (Friday)
Men, semi-finals: India v N Zealand ? Australia v
England). WRESTLING: Women, Freestyle 76 kg
Bronze: G Nelthorpe (England) bt H Kamara (Sierra
Leone).
Medal Table
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1
Australia
62
46
47 155
2
England
28
32
26
86
3
India
14
7
10
31
4
Canada
12
28
19
59
5
South Africa
11
9
12
32
6
New Zealand
10
12
9
31
7
Scotland
7
13
15
35
8
Wales
7
8
10
25
9
Cyprus
6
0
2
8
10 Jamaica
4
6
5
15
21 Northern Ireland
1
0
2
3
28 Isle of Man
0
1
0
1
Southwell Going: Standard
1.55 (1m13yds h?cap): Amity Island (A Mullen
5-1) 1; Gleaming Sun (7-4F) 2; Political Slot
(8-1) 3. 8 ran. 1/2l, 31/2l. (O Pears). 2.30 (1m13yds
mdn): Victory Wave (O Murphy 11-8F) 1;
Burgonet (14-1) 2; Raaqyah (2-1) 3. 11 ran. 6l,
3
/4l. (S bin Suroor). 3.00 (4f214yds h?cap):
Imagine If (B Sanderson 33-1) 1; Jabbarockie
(5-1) 2; Pearl Acclaim (8-1) 3. Nuns Walk 10-3F.
14 ran. 1/2l, hd. (Roger Fell). 3.35 (6f16yds h?cap):
Zylan (B Sanderson 11-4) 1; Feebs (10-1) 2;
Tricky Dicky (9-4F) 3. 7 ran. 13/4l, 3/4l. (Roger Fell).
NR: Scofflaw. 4.15 (4f214yds h?cap): La Fortuna
(C Bishop 7-2) 1; Twentysvnthlancers (16-1) 2;
Kingstreet Lady (10-3JF) 3. Billyfairplay 10-3JF.
13 ran. 1l, 3/4l. (C Wallis). 4.50 (1m4f14yds h?cap):
Amadeus (P Hanagan 7-2) 1; Berkshire Spirit
(5-4F) 2; Sunhill Lad (9-2) 3. 5 ran. 9l, 7l. (R
Fahey). 5.25 (6f16yds h?cap): Da Capo Dandy (L
Keniry 5-4F) 1; Zebelini (40-1) 2; Iconic Figure
(10-1) 3. 14 ran. 21/4l, shd. (J Ewart). Placepot:
�.00. Quadpot: �.70.
Cricket
Taunton Going: Heavy
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE.-Hyderabad,
Mumbai Indians 147-8 (20 overs); Sunrisers
Hyderabad 151-9 (20 overs, Markande 4-23).
Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 1 wkt.
WOMEN?S 3rd ONE-DAY TOUR MATCH.-Nagpur,
England 201-9; India 202-2. India Women win
by 8 wkts. India win series 2-1.
Darts
UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE (Sheffield).-D Gurney
(Northern Ireland) bt R van Barneveld (Holland)
7-3; G Anderson (Scotland) bt P Wright
(Scotland) 7-2; M van Gerwen (Holland) bt
S Whitlock (Australia) 7-1; R Cross (England) bt
M Smith (England) 7-5; P Wright (Scotland) bt
Ra van Barneveld (Holland) 7-2.
Golf
OPEN DE ESPANA (Madrid).-1st rd leaders (GB
& Ireland unless stated): 66?M Warren; P
Dunne; 67?(a) V Pastor (Spain); A Bjork
(Sweden); C Shinkwin; J Guerrier (France); J
Thomson; A Rai; H Sturehed (Sweden); M
Schwab (Austria); J Norris (Australia); J Rahm
(Spain); E Van Rooyen (S Africa).
LPGA LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP (Oahu, Hawaii).1st rd leaders (US unless stated): 67?S Feng
(China); 68?M Edberg(Sweden); H Kang(S
Korea); B M. Henderson(Canada); 69?E-H Ji (S
Korea); A Sharp (Canada); M Martin; I Park (S
Korea); J Granada (Paraguay); L Salas.
Horse Racing
Aintree Going: Soft-gd to sft in plcs; national: soft
1.45 (2m3f200yds nov ch): Finian?s Oscar (R M
Power 5-2) 1; Rene?s Girl (8-1) 2; Calino D?Airy
(33-1) 3. Cyrname 2-1F. 6 ran. 2l, 31/4l. (C
2.10 (2m104yds h?cap hdle): Karl Marx (D Crosse
8-1) 1; Tierra Verde (7-2) 2; Amour D?or (40-1)
3. Zoltan Varga 5-2F. 12 ran. 21/2l, nk. (M Gillard).
2.40 (2m3f1yds nov hdle): Blu Cavalier (Mr L
Williams 11-10F) 1; Dentley De Mee (13-8) 2;
Mead Vale (100-1) 3. 7 ran. 18l, 19l. (P Nicholls).
3.15 (2m7f198yds h?cap hdle): Luckime (C
Deutsch 11-8F) 1; Robert?s Star (5-2) 2; Late
Shipment (8-1) 3. 5 ran. nk, 14l. (Miss V Williams).
3.55 (2m2f40yds h?cap ch): Exmoor Mist (James
Best 15-8F) 1; Le Coeur Net (2-1) 2; Smoking
Dixie (3-1) 3. 4 ran. 5l, 2l. (V Dartnall). 4.30
(2m3f1yds h?cap hdle): Risk And Roll (Bryony Frost
11-2) 1; Here?s Herbie (7-2) 2; Night Of Sin
(3-1F) 3. 6 ran. 14l, 22l. (P Nicholls). 5.05
(2m7f3yds mdn ch): Master Baker (Miss Juanna
Buck 15-8F) 1; 6 ran. . (Mrs L Jefford). NR: Henrys
Hill. 5.35 (2m104yds mdn nh flat): Miss Heritage
(J Quinlan 5-1) 1; Briery Express (10-1) 2; Willow
May (11-4F) 3. 8 ran. 8l, 12l. (D Elsworth).
Placepot: �.40. Quadpot: �.90.
Chelmsford City Going: Standard
5.45 (5f nov): Lady Prancealot (J F Egan 1-2F) 1;
Piccothepack (3-1) 2; Blasim (10-1) 3. 6 ran.
13/4l, 11/2l. (P Evans). NR: Harperelle. 6.15 (7f
h?cap): Loyalty (P Mathers 7-1) 1; Nibras Again
(7-2JF) 2; Time To Reason (14-1) 3. Fieldsman
7-2JF. 8 ran. 6l, shd. (D Shaw). 6.45 (1m nov):
Mootasadir (James Doyle 4-1) 1; Commander
Han (10-11F) 2; Sallab (5-2) 3. 6 ran. 3/4l, 33/4l. (H
Palmer). 7.15 (1m2f h?cap): Duke Of Bronte (O
Murphy 8-1) 1; Abareeq (10-1) 2; Maratha (9-4F)
3. 9 ran. ns, 21/2l. (B Millman). 7.45 (5f h?cap):
Tavener (A Atzeni 12-1) 1; Poyle Vinnie (11-1) 2;
Leo Minor (7-1) 3. Compas Scoobie 9-4F. 7 ran. 2l,
shd. (D C Griffiths). 8.15 (5f h?cap): Powerful
Dream (D Probert 9-2) 1; King Crimson (8-1) 2;
Raffle King (11-4F) 3. 11 ran. 11/2l, 1/2l. (R Harris).
8.45 (1m5f66yds h?cap): Blame Me Forever (M
Monaghan 20-1) 1; Deadly Reel (7-1) 2; Father
Ailbe (5-1) 3. Global Style 9-4F. 7 ran. nk, 1/2l. (M
Botti). Placepot: �8.00. Quadpot: �.50.
Rugby League
Betfred Super League
Widnes 20 Hull 39
Widnes?T: Wilde, Olbison (2). G: Gilmore (4).
Hull?T: Washbrook, Faraimo, Matongo, Griffin
(2), Talanoa, Shaul. G: Sneyd (5). DG: Sneyd.
HT: 8-12.
P W D
L
F
A Pts
St Helens
10 9 0 1 282 114 18
Wigan
9 7 0 2 278 132 14
Warrington
11 7 0 4 208 161 14
Leeds
9 6 1 2 184 155 13
Hull
11 6 0 5 261 230 12
Castleford
8 6 0 2 151 160 12
Wakefield
9 4 0 5 180 166 8
Hull K R
10 3 0 7 171 228 6
Widnes
11 3 0 8 197 255 6
Salford
10 3 0 7 148 212 6
Huddersfield 10 2 1 7 148 283 5
Catalans D
10 2 0 8 142 254 4
Tennis
ATP T?MENT (Houston, Texas).-2nd rd: I Karlovic
(Croatia) bt D Kudla (US) 7-5 7-5; N Kyrgios
(Australia) bt B Fratangelo (US) 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-2;
T Sandgren (US) bt N Kicker (Argentina) 6-2 7-6
(7-3); G Pella (Argentina) bt S Querrey (US) 2-6
7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3); S Johnson (US) bt F Tiafoe
(US) 6-3 6-4.
ATP T?MENT (Marrakech, Morocco).-2nd rd: N
Basilashvili (Georgia) bt L Ouahab (Mor) 7-6 (7-5)
5-7 6-3; J Sousa (Portugal) bt M Basic (Bih) 6-3
3-6 6-4; M Jaziri (Tunisia) bt M Zverev (Germany)
6-2 6-4; K Edmund (GB) bt R Albot (Moldova) 6-2
6-4.
Fixtures Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
Rugby League
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE: Leeds v Wigan.
BETFRED CH'SHIP: Rochdale v London Broncos.
Rugby Union
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP: Newcastle v Sale.
GUINNESS PRO14: Cheetahs v Munster (6.35),
Glasgow v Connacht (7.35), Ulster v Ospreys (7.35).
GREENE KING IPA CH'SHIP: Bristol v Doncaster.
Sport on TV
COMMONWEALTH GAMES: BBC2 6am, BBC1
9.15 and 11.50; Eurosport 2 10am.
CRICKET: IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore v
Kings XI Punjab - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky
Sports Cricket 3pm.
FOOTBALL: Champions League and Europa
League semi-final draws - Eurosport 2 and BT
Sport 2 11am; Championship, Aston Villa v Leeds
- Sky Sports Main Event 7pm; Bundesliga,
Wolfsburg v Augsburg - BT Sport 2 7.15.
GOLF: European Tour, Open de Espana - Sky Sports
Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 11am and 4pm; PGA
Tour, 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, Leeds v Wigan - Sky
Sports Arena 7.30.
RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Newcastle v
Sale - BT Sport 1 7pm; Guinness PRO14, Ulster v
Ospreys - BBC2 Wales 7.30.
TENNIS: WTA, Samsung Open - BT Sport 1 10am
and 4.30.
ment on its existing padded hurdle,
which is being trialled at Newton
Abbot, Tau
Taunton, Bangor, Kelso, UtEx
toxeter, Exeter,
Stratford and Ludlow.
Muir sai
said of his design: ?If I was
realis
being realistic,
I would suggest that
before you see that physically on a
racecourse ? and I believe you will
? you?ll be talking three, four, five
Beca
years. Because
it has to go through
testin
rigid testing.?
BHA decision to trial the
The BHA?s
co
hurdle comes
amid renewed
concern ab
about equine fatalities in
racing.
The first day of the Grand NaFesti
tional Festival
saw Lilbitluso killed
during the Foxhunters Chase,
the first such death at Aintre for more than two
tree
ye
years.
T BHA also announced
The
a review of welfare at Cheltenm
ham last month
following the loss
hor
of six horses
at the Cheltenham
an 17 in the past three
Festival and
stagings of the four-day event.
Sport in brief
Motor Racing
Lewis Hamilton has apologised to
Max Verstappen in China for their
collision in last week?s Bahrain
Grand Prix. ?I shook his hand and I
said, ?Look, I am sorry about the
last race?,? said Hamilton after
earlier claiming Verstappen?s
immaturity was costing Red Bull
dearly this season.
Golf
Three-time winner Tiger Woods
has officially entered the US Open,
in which he last competed in 2015.
Cricket
Somerset have signed Australia
opener Matt Renshaw as a
replacement for Cameron Bancroft.
Surrey have signed South Africa?s
opener Dean Elgar for this month
and next.
Snooker
Liang Wenbo just failed to become
the first player to make two 147
breaks in the same competitive
match when he missed the final
black in the Betfred World
Championship qualifying
tournament in Sheffield.
18
Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Sport Racing
Aintree
JACKPOT MEETING
Going: Good to soft-soft in places; national: soft TV: ITV1 2.20, 2.50,
Marlborough
1.45 - Jester Jet
2.20 - Global Citizen (nap)
2.50 - Terrefort
3.25 - Min
3.25, 4.05 & 4.40 / Sky 432 & Virgin 536
4.05 - Clarcam
4.40 - Santini
5.15 - Commanche Red
1.45 Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (1) 2m 4f �,202
1
2
3
4
Jenkins [P] (28) N Henderson 6 11 12
J Bowen (3)
Who Dares Wins (29) A King 6 11 11
W Hutchinson
Court Minstrel (55) (C) E Williams 11 11 9 Miss Isabel Williams (7)
Ivanovich Gorbatov [H,T] (28) Joseph P O?Brien (Ire) 6 11 7
B J Geraghty
5 235 Spiritofthegames [P] (28) (D) D Skelton 6 11 1 Bridget Andrews (3)
6 F11 Storm Home (36) C Tizzard 6 11 0
H Cobden
7 592 Three Musketeers [P] (86) (D) (BF) D Skelton 8 11 0 H Skelton
8 022 Zubayr (27) P Nicholls 6 11 0
Mr L Williams (7)
9 266 Lough Derg Spirit (28) N Henderson 6 10 13 J McGrath
B Hughes
10680 Project Bluebook (62) J J Quinn 5 10 12
11341 Grand Partner (35) (D) Thomas Mullins (Ire) 10 10 12 D J Mullins
12350 Massini?s Trap [B] (68) (CD) J Nash (Ire) 9 10 12 M P Walsh
133P2 Jester Jet (62) (D) Tom Lacey 8 10 9
R T Dunne
14319 Eamon An Cnoic [P] (31) (D) D Pipe 7 10 8 T Scudamore
T Cannon
15 /33 Wilde Blue Yonder (64) (BF) A King 9 10 8
D Sansom (5)
16511 Landin (39) (D) J W Mullins 5 10 8
17 432 Cyrius Moriviere [T] (22) B Pauling 8 10 4 N De Boinville
18 964 Sumkindofking [T] (132) (BF) (WS) T R George 7 10 2 C Gethings
19246 Cornborough (89) (C) M Walford 7 10 1
J Hamilton
Jamie Moore
20063 Eaton Hill [T] (103) (D) Kerry Lee 6 10 0
S.P. f?cast: 15-2 Zubayr, 8-1 Who Dares Wins, Lough Derg Spirit,
Spiritofthegames, 10-1 Ivanovich Gorbatov, Storm Home, 12-1
Landin, Grand Partner, Eamon An Cnoic, Jenkins, Court Minstrel, 16-1
10P
-35
938
700
Others.
2.20 Novices? Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 2m 103yds �,130
1 341 Bedrock [T] (28) I Jardine 5 11 4
Ross Chapman
2 120 Coolanly (30) (D) F O?Brien 6 11 4
P Brennan
3 121 Distingo [V] (27) (D) G L Moore 5 11 4
Joshua Moore
4 211 Global Citizen (48) (D) B Pauling 6 11 4
D Jacob
5 212 Impact Factor (47) (D) (BF) Mrs J Harrington (Ire) 6 11 4 M P Walsh
6 320 Lalor (62) (C) Kayley Woollacott 6 11 4
R Johnson
7 22U Midnight Shadow (23) (D) (BF) Mrs S Smith 5 11 4 D Cook
8 100 Mind?s Eye (30) (D) H de Bromhead (Ire) 6 11 4 D N Russell
9 1P3 Ornua (177) (D) (WS) H de Bromhead (Ire) 7 11 4 N Fehily
10 2 Scarlet Dragon [H] (48) A King 5 11 4
W Hutchinson
11420 Simply The Betts (31) H Whittington 5 11 4
S Bowen
12 45F Slate House [T] (31) (D) C Tizzard 6 11 4
H Cobden
13216 Vision Des Flos [T] (30) (D) C Tizzard 5 11 4 R M Power
14142 Style De Garde [H] (30) (D) N Henderson 4 10 12 N De Boinville
1512P Irish Roe (62) (D) P Atkinson 7 10 11
H Brooke
S.P. f?cast: 6-4 Global Citizen, 11-2 Vision Des Flos, 6-1 Scarlet
Dragon, 10-1 Style De Garde, 12-1 Impact Factor, Slate House, Irish
Roe, 16-1 Lalor, 20-1 Others.
2.50 Betway Mildmay Novices? Chase (Grade 1) (1) 3m 1f �,130
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
115
141
411
213
111
15U
112
110
Black Corton [T] (30) P Nicholls 7 11 4
Bryony Frost
Captain Chaos [B] (54) (CD) D Skelton 7 11 4 H Skelton
Coo Star Sivola (31) (D) N Williams 6 11 4 Lizzie Kelly
Elegant Escape [P] (30) C Tizzard 6 11 4
H Cobden
Hogan?s Height [T] (23) J Snowden 7 11 4
G Sheehan
Snow Falcon (11) N Meade (Ire) 8 11 4 S W Flanagan
Terrefort (29) (BF) N Henderson 5 11 4
D Jacob
Testify (31) D McCain 7 11 4
B Hughes
9 11F Mia?s Storm (108) (BF) A King 8 10 11
W Hutchinson
N Fehily
10122 Ms Parfois [T] (31) A Honeyball 7 10 11
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Terrefort, 5-1 Mia?s Storm, 11-2 Coo Star Sivola,
6-1 Black Corton, Elegant Escape, 7-1 Ms Parfois, 12-1 Snow Falcon,
20-1 Hogan?s Height, Captain Chaos, 25-1 Testify.
3.25 JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1) (1) 2m 4f �0,325
1 321 Balko Des Flos (29) (D) H de Bromhead (Ire) 7 11 7 D N Russell
2 223 Cloudy Dream (29) (D) Ruth Jefferson 8 11 7 B Hughes
3 381 Le Prezien [T] (28) P Nicholls 7 11 7
B J Geraghty
4 D12 Min (30) (D) W P Mullins (Ire) 7 11 7
P Townend
5 124 Politologue [H,T] (30) (D) P Nicholls 7 11 7 S Twiston-Davies
6 PP1 Sizing Granite [T] (21) (C)(D) C Tizzard 10 11 7 R M Power
S.P. f?cast: 11-8 Min, 2-1 Balko Des Flos, 5-1 Politologue, 8-1
Cloudy Dream, 14-1 Le Prezien, 33-1 Sizing Granite.
4.05 Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 2m 5f �,582
1 F50 Devils Bride [P,T] (166) (D) H de Bromhead (Ire) 11 11 12
J J Slevin (3)
2 450 O O Seven (31) N Henderson 8 11 10
A Coleman
3 443 Top Gamble [T] (28) (D) Kerry Lee 10 11 10 J Bowen (3)
4 FP0 Village Vic (29) (D) P Hobbs 11 11 10
R Johnson
5 -14 Clarcam [P,T] (124) (C)(D) G Elliott (Ire) 8 11 9 D N Russell
6 F24 Art Mauresque (48) (D) P Nicholls 8 11 9 N Scholfield
7 438 Flying Angel (76) (C) (WS) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 8 T Bellamy
8 105 Polidam [H] (68) (WS) W P Mullins (Ire) 9 11 6 D Jacob
9 297 Vibrato Valtat [T] (48) Emma Lavelle 9 11 5
A Wedge
1076B Bouvreuil [T] (28) P Nicholls 7 11 2
S Twiston-Davies
112P0 Ultragold [T] (29) (CD) C Tizzard 10 11 1
H Cobden
12 -00 Eastlake [T] (28) (CD)(C) Jonjo O?Neill 12 11 1 B J Geraghty
13138 Midnight Shot (29) (D) C Longsdon 8 10 13 Jonathan Burke
14081 Bigbadjohn (63) (D) N Twiston-Davies 9 10 12 J Bargary
T J O?Brien
154P4 Ballyalton (29) I Williams 11 10 12
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
5.45 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap (6) 3YO 1m �105
1 94- Gas Monkey (185) Miss J Feilden 9 8 Shelley Birkett (3) 7
2 90- Percy Prosecco (168) Noel Williams 9 8
Rossa Ryan (5) 11
3 00- Lyford (240) S Kirk 9 7
L Keniry 5
4 -38 Beloved Knight (64) (BF) Mrs L Mongan 9 7
J Watson (7) 2
5 90- Spring Praise [T] (139) M Botti 9 7 M Monaghan (3) 4
6 9-6 Happy Ending (52) J W Mullins 9 5
K O?Neill 9
F Norton 8
7 -64 Wynfaul The Wizard (7) R C Guest 9 3
8 09- Ipsilante (163) J Portman 9 2
R Hornby 3
S De Sousa 12
9 064 Aiglette [P] (7) L Dace 9 1
10746 Dragon Tattoo [P] (25) Mrs L Jewell 9 1
R Havlin 10
11 0-0 Seaquinn (83) J Best 8 12
J Haynes 1
12 00- Saint Anthony [P] (157) M Tompkins 8 12 S W Kelly 6
S.P. f?cast: 3-1 Wynfaul The Wizard, 4-1 Beloved Knight, 7-1
Aiglette, 10-1 Lyford, Dragon Tattoo, Ipsilante, 12-1 Gas Monkey,
Seaquinn, 14-1 Others.
6.15 Better Odds With Matchbook Handicap (4) 1m �469
1
2
3
4
Tai Hang Dragon (158) (C) R Hannon 4 9 7
S Levey 9
Mudallel (200) (CD) (BF) E Dunlop 4 9 6 James Doyle 13
Lacan (29) (CD)(D) B Johnson 7 9 6
C Shepherd 2
Oud Metha Bridge (21) (CD)(D) (BF) Miss J Feilden 4 9 5
Shelley Birkett (3) 7
5 134 Outer Space [P] (23) (C) J Flint 7 9 5 Rossa Ryan (5) 14
J Crowley 8
6 9-2 Samharry (17) (BF) J Gosden 4 9 4
7 10/ Pike Corner Cross (478) (CD)(D) E De Giles 6 9 4
S De Sousa 3
8 131 Dark Alliance (16) (D) D Loughnane 7 9 4 E Greatrex 11
S Donohoe 5
9 00- Fire Tree (196) (D) C Fellowes 5 9 2
10432 Cainhoe Star [B] (22) (C)(D) A Carson 5 9 1 W Carson 6
O Murphy 12
11 0-0 Sir Roderic (20) (D) B Millman 5 9 1
12 11- Spirit Of Belle [B] (157) (C) P Cole 4 9 1 P J McDonald 1
13 -71 Kingston Kurrajong (23) (CD)(D) W Knight 5 9 0
M Harley 10
D Muscutt 4
14 6-0 Sir Plato (21) (CD)(D) B Millman 4 9 0
S.P. f?cast: 11-2 Samharry, 6-1 Mudallel, 7-1 Oud Metha Bridge,
Lacan, 8-1 Cainhoe Star, 10-1 Outer Space, Spirit Of Belle, Dark
Alliance, 12-1 Others.
8517121
212
Deauville Dancer [T] (27) David Dennis 7 10 10 B Hughes
Kilcrea Vale (27) (BF) N Henderson 8 10 9
J McGrath
Highland Lodge [P] (83) (C)(D) J Moffatt 12 10 9 H Brooke
Shanahan?s Turn [T] (29) C Tizzard 10 10 8 R M Power
Beau Bay [H,T] (19) Dr R Newland 7 10 8 Will Kennedy
Rathlin Rose [B] (19) D Pipe 10 10 7
T Scudamore
Theatre Territory [P] (48) W Greatrex 8 10 6 Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
Indian Temple (102) (D) T Reed 9 10 6
H Reed (5)
Notarfbad [H] (22) (D) J Scott 12 10 5
M Griffiths
Minella On Line [P] (28) O Sherwood 9 10 4 C Shoemark
Newsworthy (27) Mrs D Love (Ire) 8 10 4 Jonathan Moore
Rogue Angel [P,T] (11) M F Morris (Ire) 10 10 4
Rachael Blackmore
28U65 Greybougg (48) N Hawke 9 10 0
C O?Farrell
29443 Mystifiable [T] (20) F O?Brien 10 10 0
P Brennan
30103 Flying Eagle [B,T] (174) (D) P Bowen 10 10 0 S Bowen
S.P. f?cast: 7-1 O O Seven, 10-1 Flying Angel, Theatre Territory,
Bouvreuil, Ballyalton, 12-1 Top Gamble, Polidam, 14-1 Kilcrea Vale,
Highland Lodge, 16-1 Others.
4.40 Novices? Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 3m 1f �,130
1 222
2 11P
3 265
4 532
5 411
6 111
7 212
8 310
9 421
10121
11113
Another Stowaway [T] (69) T R George 6 11 4A P Heskin
Chef Des Obeaux (28) (D) N Henderson 6 11 4 N Fehily
Count Meribel (55) (BF) N Twiston-Davies 6 11 4 M Grant
Dans Le Vent [P] (22) J Snowden 5 11 4
G Sheehan
Good Man Pat (39) A King 5 11 4
T Bellamy
Louse Talk (36) C Longsdon 6 11 4
Paul O?Brien
Ok Corral (28) N Henderson 8 11 4
B J Geraghty
Poetic Rhythm (28) F O?Brien 7 11 4
P Brennan
Point Of Principle (55) T Vaughan 5 11 4
A Johns
Sam?s Gunner (34) M W Easterby 5 11 4 Will Kennedy
Santini (28) (BF) N Henderson 6 11 4
N De Boinville
12415 Tower Bridge [T] (28) Joseph P O?Brien (Ire) 5 11 4 J J Slevin
13221 Uppertown Prince (34) D McCain 6 11 4
B Hughes
14111 Roksana (20) D Skelton 6 10 11
H Skelton
S.P. f?cast: 13-8 Santini, 11-4 Ok Corral, 8-1 Chef Des Obeaux,
10-1 Tower Bridge, 12-1 Roksana, Poetic Rhythm, 16-1 Sam?s
Gunner, 25-1 Count Meribel, Uppertown Prince, Point Of Principle,
Good Man Pat, 33-1 Others.
5.15 Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2) (1) 2m 1f �,322
1 231 Al Dancer [H] (20) (D) N Twiston-Davies 5 11 4 J Bargary
2 2- Amoola Gold (427) D Skelton 5 11 4
H Skelton
3 1 Arthur Mac (74) P Hobbs 5 11 4
R Johnson
4 112 Chanceanotherfive (68) K Dalgleish 6 11 4
B Hughes
5 31 Commanche Red (63) C Gordon 5 11 4
T Cannon
6 -31 Dali Mail [T] (57) D Whillans 5 11 4
C Whillans
7 11 Danny Kirwan (48) P Nicholls 5 11 4 S Twiston-Davies
8 1 Dazibao (39) G Baker 5 11 4
A Tinkler
9 12 Harambe (63) A King 5 11 4
T Bellamy
10 11 Highland Hunter (78) Miss L Russell 5 11 4
Derek Fox
11272 Kateson (70) Tom Lacey 5 11 4
T Scudamore
12 18 Mercy Mercy Me (30) F O?Brien 6 11 4
P Brennan
132P2 Portrush Ted [T] (87) W Greatrex 6 11 4
G Sheehan
14 1-2 Pym (48) N Henderson 5 11 4
J McGrath
15 1 Sevarano (63) O Sherwood 5 11 4
N Fehily
16152 Skidoosh (51) (BF) B Pauling 5 11 4
D Jacob
17117 Theatre Legend (68) (D) C Grant 5 11 4
Jamie Moore
18313 Thosedaysaregone (11) C Byrnes (Ire) 5 11 4 D N Russell
19 1 Mister Fisher (27) N Henderson 4 10 12 N De Boinville
20101 Normal Norman (53) J Ryan 4 10 12
T Garner
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Danny Kirwan, 9-2 Mister Fisher, 6-1 Mercy Mercy
Me, 8-1 Sevarano, 12-1 Pym, 16-1 Commanche Red,
Chanceanotherfive, 20-1 Kateson, Harambe, Arthur Mac, Amoola Gold,
Skidoosh, 25-1 Others.
Sedgefield
Kempton Park
Going: Standard TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: No advantage
16194
17625
18 -3P
19 -89
20312
21121
22323
23353
24213
25 73F
26354
27P5P
Marlborough
5.45 - Wynfaul The Wizard
6.15 - Lacan (nb)
6.45 - Dotted Swiss
7.15 - Chagatai
7.45 - Mighty Mac
8.15 - Folies Bergeres
8.45 - Weloof
6.45 Fillies? Handicap (5) 6f �752
4 224 Black Sails [H] (14) (D) (BF) Archie Watson 9 5 E Greatrex 8
5 14- Ragstone Road (205) (D) M McGrath 9 4 S W Kelly 10
6 56- Character Witness (168) R Varian 9 3 David Egan (3) 9
7 515 Mighty Mac (28) (D) (BF) R Beckett 9 0
R Kingscote 7
8 31- Airshow (167) (D) B Millman 8 13
O Murphy 6
9 6-2 Royal Household [P] (7) (D) (BF) R Hannon 8 12 Hollie Doyle 2
10 30- Scenery (188) Eve J-Houghton 8 12
C Bishop 3
S.P. f?cast: 7-2 Central City, 5-1 Galloway Hills, 13-2 Character
Witness, 7-1 Royal Household, Black Sails, 15-2 Airshow, 8-1 Others.
1 -42 Delilah Park (39) (BF) C Cox 4 10 0
A Kirby 1
2 653 Curious Fox (9) (CD)(D) A Carson 5 9 9
W Carson 5
3 26- Excellent Sunset (288) E Vaughan 4 9 9 S Donohoe 8
4 2-1 Dotted Swiss (10) (D) R Hannon 3 9 8(6ex) T Marquand 3
5 22- Puds (146) C Hills 3 9 2
O Murphy 6
P Dobbs 2
6 62- Richenza (220) R Beckett 3 9 2
7 222 Kodiac Express (13) (BF) Mike Murphy 3 8 13 J Crowley 7
8 33- Alba Del Sole (133) (BF) I Furtado 3 8 11 P J McDonald 4
9 273 Flora Tristan [H] (9) M Botti 3 8 11
D Muscutt 9
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Dotted Swiss, 9-2 Puds, 5-1 Delilah Park, 6-1 Kodiac
Express, 8-1 Richenza, Curious Fox, Alba Del Sole, 10-1 Flora Tristan,
14-1 Excellent Sunset.
1 47- Parmenter (168) A King 9 7
M Harley 6
2 23- Sassie (153) S Kirk 9 7
M Godwin (3) 7
3 0-1 Folies Bergeres (23) (C) J Portman 9 5 Nicola Currie (5) 5
4 727 Polar Light [P] (7) D Elsworth 9 4
S De Sousa 2
5 -31 Casima (15) Archie Watson 9 4
E Greatrex 3
6 15- Show Of Force (177) J Portman 9 2
R Hornby 1
7 6-7 India (23) M Bell 9 1
James Doyle 4
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Casima, 7-2 Sassie, 5-1 India, 6-1 Parmenter, 7-1
Show Of Force, 8-1 Folies Bergeres, Polar Light.
7.15 Matchbook Casino Novice Stakes (4) 6f �469
8.45 Bet At racinguk.com Handicap (6) 7f �105
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Khamry (21) (C) Owen Burrows 5 10 6
J Crowley 9
Dragstone Rock (8) Richard Spencer 4 10 0 S Donohoe 5
Legal Mind (21) Emma Owen 5 10 0
J F Egan 11
Chagatai (323) C Cox 3 9 8
A Kirby 8
Etefaaq (181) (D) R Hannon 3 9 8
S Levey 1
Towelrads Boy (157) P Cole 3 9 8
P J McDonald 2
Initiative (304) (D) H Spiller 3 9 5
Fran Berry 6
Capla Demon (13) Miss G Kelleway 3 9 2
Aaron Jones (3) 10
9
Miracle Works Ed Walker 3 9 2
L Keniry 4
10
Scooter R Charlton 3 9 2
K Shoemark 3
11
Ad Valorem Queen W Knight 3 8 11
M Harley 7
Fantastic Flyer D Ivory 3 8 11
R Hornby 12
12
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Initiative, 5-1 Khamry, Chagatai, 6-1 Scooter,
13-2 Etefaaq, 8-1 Towelrads Boy, 14-1 Miracle Works, 20-1 Fantastic
Flyer, Dragstone Rock, Capla Demon, 25-1 Others.
3-1
36
94
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7.45 Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap (4) 3YO 6f �469
1 124 Galloway Hills (55) D Elsworth 9 7
S Levey 5
2 22- Central City (144) (D) (BF) H Palmer 9 6 James Doyle 1
3 10- Tricksy Spirit (218) (D) M Channon 9 5
J F Egan 4
8.15 Fillies? Handicap (5) 3YO 1m 4f �752
1 70- Coastal Cyclone (179) H Dunlop 4 9 9
S De Sousa 4
2 542 Chetan [T] (15) (CD)(C) C Wallis 6 9 7 Joshua Bryan (5) 1
3 4-1 Weloof (29) J Butler 4 9 7
L Keniry 12
4 /63 Sea The Waves (21) Emma Owen 5 9 6 P J McDonald 5
R Hornby 13
5 -13 Grecian Divine (6) J Tuite 4 9 6
6 0-8 Right About Now (15) C Dwyer 4 9 4 Jessica Cooley (7) 11
7 602 Ubla [P] (11) (C)(D) Miss G Kelleway 5 9 4
O Murphy 3
8 325 Tellovoi [B] (4) (D) R C Guest 10 9 4
F Norton 10
9 785 Connemera Queen (2) (D) J Butler 5 9 4
T Clark (3) 9
10651 Mime Dance [V] (9) (D) J Butler 7 9 4(6ex)
A Kirby 6
11 0-0 Dana?s Present (98) (C) A Newcombe 9 9 0 E J Walsh (3) 7
12197 Locommotion (12) (D) Mat Salaman 6 8 13
R Havlin 2
13865 Dear Bruin [P] (9) (D) David Drinkwater 6 8 12 W Carson 14
14 -65 Gettin? Lucky [P] (66) R Brisland 5 8 7
G Wood (3) 8
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Mime Dance, 5-1 Weloof, 7-1 Sea The Waves,
Chetan, 8-1 Ubla, 10-1 Coastal Cyclone, Grecian Divine, 12-1 Others.
Whistler?s Nap
Vision des Flos (2.20 Aintree) is today?s nap for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph.
3.40 Novices? Handicap Chase (4) 2m �614
Marlborough
Going: Heavy-soft in places TV: Sky 415
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
1 112 Frankie Ballou [H,P] (21) (CD) (BF) Miss J Foster 9 11 12 S Quinlan
2 234 Paddling (21) M Hammond 7 11 10
F O?Toole (3)
3 -17 Book Of Love (13) M Todhunter 9 10 12
R Day (3)
4 0-4 Monbeg Cave [P] (198) M Todhunter 6 10 6 Craig Nichol
5 6P5 Rapid Fritz [T] (31) V Thompson 9 10 0
T Dowson (3)
S.P. f?cast: 8-11 Frankie Ballou, 5-2 Paddling, 8-1 Book Of Love,
14-1 Monbeg Cave, 16-1 Rapid Fritz.
2.00 Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m 1f �119
4.15 ?National Hunt? Novices? Hurdle (4) 2m 4f �094
2.00 - Princess Mononoke
2.30 - Red Danaher
3.05 - Bulkov
3.40 - Frankie Ballou
4.15 - Knockrobin
4.50 - Avondhu Pearl
5.20 - Classical Sound
1 5-5 Hardrock Davis (72) K Dalgleish 7 11 12 C Bewley (3)
2 142 Princess Mononoke (29) (CD) D McCain 7 11 10 Miss A McCain (7)
3 212 Pc Dixon (19) V Thompson 5 11 9
T Dowson (3)
4 895 Booborowie (37) Ali Stronge 5 11 8
B J Powell
Sam Coltherd (5)
5 457 Budarri [H] (19) W Coltherd 5 11 6
6 013 Strait Run [P,T] (36) (CD) M Hammond 7 10 13 J Colliver
7 888 Ivors Involvement (21) Miss T Jackson 6 10 11 A Nicol
8 2P4 Roman Numeral (75) D Thompson 10 10 8 N Moscrop (5)
9 /P4 Fighting Back (29) H Hogarth 7 10 5
Craig Nichol
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Pc Dixon, 5-2 Princess Mononoke, 4-1 Strait Run,
7-1 Hardrock Davis, 10-1 Booborowie, 16-1 Others.
2.30 Handicap Chase (5) 3m 2f �314
1 312 Heresmynumber [P,T] (6) Ali Stronge 8 11 12 L Murtagh (5)
2 412 Red Danaher (23) (C) Mrs S Smith 11 11 5 Mr K Yeoman (7)
3 283 Bobonyx (29) D L Williams 8 10 8 Mr Shane Quinlan (7)
4 -96 Major Ridge (79) M Hammond 9 10 7 Miss Becky Smith (5)
5 313 Nelly La Rue [P] (21) V Thompson 11 10 1 T Dowson (3)
S.P. f?cast: 11-8 Heresmynumber, 3-1 Red Danaher, 9-2 Nelly La
Rue, 6-1 Bobonyx, 8-1 Major Ridge.
3.05 Novices? Hurdle (4) 2m 1f �094
1 221 Bulkov (50) (CD) M Hammond 6 12 2 Miss Becky Smith (5)
2 823 Whoshotwho [H] (193) (BF) Dr R Newland 7 11 9 C Hammond (7)
3 546 Animated Hero [T] (48) Rebecca Menzies 5 11 2 T Kelly
Another Go (F220) Sally Haynes 5 11 2 N Moscrop (5)
4
5 -45 Barney?s Caulker [T] (271) M Barnes 7 11 2 D Irving (3)
6 F-3 Green Light (F19) B Ellison 7 11 2
C R King
A Nicol
7 8PP Grimthorpe (91) Miss T Jackson 7 11 2
J Colliver
8 2 Ilaya (105) M Hammond 4 10 3
S.P. f?cast: 11-8 Whoshotwho, 6-4 Bulkov, 5-1 Ilaya, 14-1 Green
Light, 20-1 Animated Hero, Another Go, 100-1 Others.
1 231 Knockrobin [T] (20) (D) D McCain 7 11 7 L Murtagh (5)
2 111 Glittering Love (20) N Richards 6 11 0
R Day (3)
3 463 Just Bobby (75) M Hammond 5 11 0
J Colliver
4 535 Parsonal (15) Mrs S Humphrey 5 11 0
T Whelan
5 746 Phantom Isle (21) C Grant 5 11 0
C Bewley (3)
6 809 The Paddy Pie (260) Mrs S Smith 5 11 0
S Quinlan
7 PP4 Trust Me I?m A Dr (18) V Thompson 9 11 0T Dowson (3)
8 3P6 Beyond The Glen (21) (D) C Grant 8 10 7 Mr D Hurst (7)
9 PP- Beyond The Stars (349) M Barnes 7 10 7 D Irving (3)
S.P. f?cast: 11-10 Knockrobin, 11-8 Glittering Love, 10-1 Others.
4.50 Betfred Mobile Mares? Handicap Chase (4) 2m 5f �614
1 133 Pretty Miss Mahler (211) M Todhunter 7 11 12 R Day (3)
2 12P Shine Away (161) (D) Mrs S Smith 8 11 11
S Quinlan
3 234 Hepburn [P,T] (17) Ali Stronge 5 11 9
L Murtagh (5)
4 983 Avondhu Pearl (13) W Coltherd 7 10 12 Sam Coltherd (5)
5 341 Bennys Girl (17) (D) D L Williams 10 10 2 Mr Shane Quinlan (7)
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Bennys Girl, 5-2 Pretty Miss Mahler, 3-1 Shine Away,
5-1 Hepburn, 10-1 Avondhu Pearl.
5.20 Handicap Hurdle (5) 3m 3f �119
1 3P5 Christmas Twenty [H] (15) M Hammond 8 11 12 F O?Toole (3)
2 663 Birch Bank (36) D McCain 5 11 3
L Murtagh (5)
3 4U0 Spoils Of War (107) Miss L Russell 9 11 2 B Campbell (5)
4 321 Broadway Belle (21) (CD) C Grant 8 11 1 C Bewley (3)
5 64F Ollisu Lad (29) I Duncan 9 10 9
Lucy Alexander
6 04P Silver Dragon [P] (6) (CD) M Sowersby 10 10 9 C R King
7 9P4 Classical Sound (21) Mrs R Dobbin 6 10 5 Craig Nichol
8 765 Millrose Bell (29) V Thompson 6 10 1
T Dowson (3)
9 -F4 Spring Over [T] (29) I Duncan 12 10 0 Rachel McDonald (7)
S.P. f?cast: 11-8 Broadway Belle, 9-2 Ollisu Lad, 6-1 Birch Bank,
8-1 Classical Sound, Christmas Twenty, 14-1 Others.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
***
19
Fighter will return to
ring after 29 months out
I can beat Joshua and
Wilder, declares Briton
By Gareth A Davies
BOXING CORRESPONDENT
A new chapter for heavyweight Tyson Fury began
yesterday when he announced that he would be
back on June 9, at the Manches-ter Arena, promoted by Frank
k
Warren in a multi-fight contract,
ct,
ess.
after 29 months in the wilderness.
No comeback opponent has been
moter
fixed yet and fighter and promoter
insisted that ?there will be no rush?
ush?
to chase the title belts, though that
did not prevent Fury from stating
ting
that he could ?outbox [Anthony]
ny]
Joshua tomorrow, and defeat
efeat
[Deontay] Wilder the day after.??
Fury, 29, presented himself
lf in
front of a packed news conference
ence
yesterday, 7絪t lighter than
n 10
Transformation:
Tyson Fury
looked in far
better shape
yesterday (right)
than the one that
ballooned to 27st
(below) almost a
year ago
months ago, when he had ballooned
to 27st. The self-proclaimed ?Gypsy
King?, has been back in training and
is determined to prove that he is
still the best in the heavyweight
division by reclaiming all of the
belts that ?rightfully?, he said,
belong to him. ?I?ve dedicated
myself to the task. I?m enjoying
being iin the gym every day and
being m
motivated again.
?I wa
want to thank my new trainer
Ben Da
Davison for that. He?s only 25,
but he iis ambitious for me. We hit it
an he has lived in my house
off and
for the past five months.?
Fury will take three to four
fig
fights,
each two months
a
apart,
to climb the rankings
a
and
challenge the belt
holders.
?I feel like a lion being
released out of captivity
and into the wild again,?
said Fury. ?I wanted to get
out under the lights again,
to feel that feeling inside
the ring.
?The others out there
will not cope with my
sp
speed,
athleticism and boxing
AFP
Fury targets titles
in June comeback
ability. All of the current heavyweight champions are vulnerable
and beatable. I could beat Joshua
tomorrow and Wilder the next day
? they are not a patch on the likes of
Mike Tyson,? he said. ?If they
wanted the fight this summer, I?m
ready, but I?m also prepared to
work my way back in. It?s not about
them, it?s about me, and my
journey.?
As comebacks go, this is not the
longest period away by a fighter
seeking to reclaim the heavyweight
crown. Muhammad Ali regained
the title after 3� years out. George
Foreman managed the fear after 10
years away. But Fury will create his
own path.
?I feel
like a
lion
being
released
out of
captivity
and into
the wild?
?The truth is that after beating
Wladimir Klitschko [in November
2015], my ambition had gone, the
amount of money on offer for the
rematch didn?t mean anything to
me, but there are new challenges
which have come up,? he said.
In his time away, more boxing
fans appeared to have rallied behind the former No?1.
?The king has returned,? said
Fury. ?I?m back to reclaim what is
rightfully mine. I can?t wait to get in
the ring. I?m the fittest that I?ve
ever been. My timing and my reflexes are better than they?ve ever
been. I?m coming into the prime of
my career and I?m more confident
than I?ve ever been.?
20
Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Final whistle
A superstar from
Japan is pitching
for greatness in US
with a mastery of
baseball not seen
in decades, writes
Thom Gibbs
The new
Babe Ruth
putting
the awe in
all-rounder
aseball
doesn?t do
B
all-rounders.
It shares
chromosomes
with cricket, like batting,
fielding and an
acceptance that it might
be several hours before
something exciting
happens.
Yet the major leagues
have no analogue for
Botham, Sobers or Kallis.
However poorly
acquainted you are with
America?s national sport,
there is a good chance
that you are familiar with
the last player to thrive as
both pitcher and hitter.
His name was Babe Ruth.
Ruth retired in 1937
and died 70 years ago.
Since then, pitchers have
managed a handful of
batting appearances at
the sport?s top level. Just
doing both is rare,
excelling is unheard of.
So far, Japan?s Shohei
Ohtani is doing just that.
After four years at
home as a superstar with
the Hokkaido NipponHam Fighters, Ohtani, 23,
made the move to the Los
Angeles Angels in
December.
Last week, his first in
the league with his new
team, he hit home runs
in three consecutive
games.
On his second start as a
pitcher he flirted with a
perfect game (no runs
given up, no hits that get
a batsman on-base, no
walking a batsman to
first base by throwing
four no-balls), retiring 19
Oakland Athletics players
before Marcus Semien
eventually managed to
reach first base in the
seventh innings.
A minor mania has
erica.
taken hold in America.
ya
Baseball, generally
FL and
distant third to NFL
basketball in the
enda,
sporting news agenda,
ay to
has muscled its way
SPN
the top of every ESPN
htani
bulletin. Signed Ohtani
ve
baseball cards have
ue. If
quadrupled in value.
w you
you want one now
will need at least $6,725
(�748).
are,
The cards are rare,
Ohtani himself is rarer.
Two-way players are a
he
frequent sight at the
seball,
lower levels of baseball,
Angels delight: Baseball
eball is
genda
topping the news agenda
thanks to Shohei Ohtani
htani
Imagine
Harry Kane?s
goalscoring
breakthrough
but with stints
in goal ending
in clean sheets
but if you have potential
to shine as a slugger or
pitcher you tend to be
guided towards one or
the other.
Doing both as well as
Ohtani has so far is not
just unexpected, but
without precedent.
Imagine Harry Kane?s
2014 winter goalscoring
breakthrough but add a
few stints in goal, ending
in clean sheets.
Context is unnecessary
to enjoy the Ohtani
experience. Just look at
retu
his grin as he returns
to
com
the dugout to completely
unimpressed tea
team-mates
against the Oakla
Oakland As,
s
the coordinated snub
a
tradition for anyo
anyone
scoring their first career
home run.
p
Hear the curt poetry
of
s
a commentator saying
s
?that?s got some sound?,
as his third home
homer sailed
fi
towards the fibreglass
b
mountain behind
centrefield at
Stad
Angel Stadium.
Feel the
exhilaration of sport
at its most exc
exciting, a
moment of true surprise
like a Roma comeback
come
against Barcelon
Barcelona, an
Adam Peaty defe
defeat in the
pool, a Tyson Fury press
conference without a
slander. American sport
periodically produces
pop-up success stories
like Ohtani?s.
?Linsanity? gripped
when the New York
Knicks? Jeremy Lin went
from sleeping on his
brother?s sofa to leading
his team through a streak
of incredible games.
There was a brief spell
when Tim Tebow, the
devout Denver Broncos
quarterback, seemed to
have God as a co-pilot.
Ohtani was
disappointing in spring
training. Many expect
him to level out
somewhere between that
level and his current
heights. For now, his
emergence is as beautiful
as April baseball itself.
The seasons are changing,
the weather is improving,
renewal is in the air.
Ohtani?s next start as a
pitcher will be at the
Kansas City Royals on
Sunday at an eminently
watchable time of
7.15pm BST. Tune in,
learn what the word
?bunt? means and enjoy
the liminal magic while it
still exists.
sh
hampionlast summer?s World Championships and was up against one of the
toughest athletics fields of the week.
Gold went to Bahamian
n Olympic
ae Miller400m champion Shaunae
Uibo (22.09) and silver to Jamaica?s
ut AsherShericka Jackson (22.18), but
er way to
Smith took a scalp on her
bronze by finishing ahead of double
on Elaine
Olympic sprint champion
Thompson, of Jamaica, in 22.29.
ith that,?
?I am really happy with
said Asher-Smith. ?Even though I
e still not
am in good shape, I have
England denied shot at glory by goalkeeper?s heroics
By Oliver Brown
In a dramatic reverse of Glasgow
2014, the England women?s hockey
team fell maddeningly short in
their quest for Commonwealth
glory yesterday, losing their semifinal match against New Zealand in
a tense penalty shoot-out.
After four goalless quarters, the
Kiwis prevailed 2-1 on penalties,
sealing their place in tomorrow?s
gold-medal match against Australia,
with England left to face India for
bronze. Alex Danson, making her
300th international appearance,
was one of four England players
thwarted from close range.
Where they had vanquished New
Zealand in the same fashion in
Scotland four years ago, this was an
evening when their inspiration ran
Bitter end: England?s women are left
stunned after missing out on penalties
out. Stacey Michelsen proved their
nemesis, threatening England all
match before scooping the ball over
Maddie Hinch for the decisive penalty. Danson, exasperated by the
resistance of replacement goalkeeper Grace O?Hanlon, said: ?We
did our homework and anticipated
what she might do, but she played
differently to how we expected.
There is a lottery element to it.?
While England had taken an
initial lead in the shoot-out through
Hannah Martin, Samantha Harrison equalised before O?Hanlon,
who only came on the field after the
end of regular play, contrived two
agile saves to defy Anna Toman and
Hollie Pearne-Webb.
Then up sprang Michelsen to apply the final blow. With one eye already on the final against Australia,
where the Kiwis can grasp their
maiden Commonwealth gold, she
said: ?We are looking forward to
achieving something we have
never done before.?
It was not as if England did not
have chances for a memorable win,
with Danson having a diving
attempt saved, Susannah Townsend
finding the ball snatched away from
her just as she wound up for a shot
and Sophie Bray watching a sliding
nudge smothered by Sally Rutherford. But their search for a first title
in Commonwealth competition
goes on.
Elsewhere,
England?s
Jack
Laugher won a second gold medal
and his fourth Commonwealth title
overall in the men?s three-metres
springboard. He hopes to compete
his hat-trick in Friday?s men?s synchronised 3m springboard final.
Laugher?s girlfriend Lois Toulson
also picked up bronze for England
in the women?s 10m platform.
In the women?s cross-country
mountain bike race, Annie Last and
Evie Richards delivered an England
one-two, with Last beating Richards by 48 seconds.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
***
13
Sport Commonwealth Games
Trans-athletes challenge a
taboo that is best left alone
OLIVER
BROWN
IN GOLD
COAST
Tough lesson: England?s Zharnel Hughes? arm comes into contact with
Jareem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago (left).
(left Hughes went on to cross
the line first (above), before a track offici
official had to deliver the bad
news (below) that he h
had been disqualified
?I felt his
hand
come
across
and hit
me. That
hit threw
me off
rhythm.
I feel for
him?
peake for the rest of the season,
peaked
which bodes well.?
Of Hughes?s fate, she added: ?I
know how much this meant to him,
but he is in great shape and that is
what you
y have to take away from it.?
The
There was plenty of other athletfor the home nations
ics success
su
yesterday. Scotland?s Eilidh Doyle
yester
won her
h third successive Commonwealth 400m hurdles silver and
Engla
England?s Kyle Langford finished
strong
strongly to claim 800m silver.
The
There was further English joy
with Sophie Hahn winning T38
100m gold, while Shara Proctor and
Luke Cutts picked up bronze
medal
medals in the long jump and pole
vault respectively.
r
Five events to watch Today?s highlights
9.30am BST,
basketball,
women?s
semi-final
England?s
women face a
Canadian side
who beat them
80-54 in the
group stage.
10.30am,
hockey, men?s
semi-final
Defeat against
India meant
England could
only finish
second in their
pool. That
means they
face a difficult
semi-final
against the
undefeated
Australia.
was not at her
best on day
one, but still
topped the
leaderboard.
Facing a weak
field, she is
expected to
win gold.
11.13am,
women?s
heptathlon
800m
Katarina
JohnsonThompson
11.45am,
women?s
800m final
Caster
Semenya won
1,500m gold
and was a class
apart in
qualifying.
12.04pm,
diving, men?s
synchronised
3m
springboard
final
Jack Laugher
and Chris
Mairs have
ruled this
event, winning
Olympic and
European
titles.
Everyone has the right
to take part but gender
reassignment creates
an uneven competition
I
n 1976, Renee Richards
jettisoned a career as an
ophthalmologist to renew
her love affair with tennis.
There was just one problem:
the 32-year-old, born as
Richard Raskind in New York, had
undergone gender reassignment
surgery a few months earlier, at a
time when transsexuality was not
just condemned in some quarters,
but considered a form of insanity.
Tennis authorities demanded that
she submit to the Barr body test of
her chromosomes, an invasive
examination long used on East
Germans suspected of trying to
pass as females to gain a
competitive advantage, before
they would accept her as a woman.
Having sued them successfully,
with a state court deciding that the
testing would constitute a gross
violation of her human rights,
Richards began her four
extraordinary years in the
professional ranks of women?s
tennis, reaching a US Open
doubles final in 1977.
What is perhaps most striking,
though, is the jaundiced view that
she has formed of such feats since.
?I know that if I?d had surgery at
ne
the age of 22, and then at 24 gone
on the tour, no genetic woman in
se
the world would have come close
to me,? Richards said. ?There is
one thing that a transsexual
woman unfortunately cannot
expect to be allowed to do,
and that is play professional
sports in her chosen field.?
Her words have hung
h
heavily over the Commonwealth
Games this week, after Laurel
Hubbard, a transgender Kiwi
ial
weightlifter, made a controversial
ds?s
Gold Coast appearance. Richards?s
o
thesis ? that young athletes who
ale
have transitioned to being female
could wipe the floor with those
ome
born as women ? appeared to come
true when Hubbard, formerly
he
Gavin, whose father was once the
ha
mayor of Auckland, started with
weight 7kg heavier than her
nearest rival. Ultimately, only a
dislocated elbow derailed her
march to the gold medal.
As with Richards, the one
physiological factor that militates
against her crushing dominance is
her age. Hubbard is 40, and at last
year?s world championships in
Anaheim, California her best was
still not good enough to deprive
American Sarah Robles, 11 years
her junior, of victory. Now, it
seems that she is desperate to
reclaim her anonymity, with her
elbow injury so serious that it has
ended her competitive ambitions.
?My arm is busted,? she said. ?It
looks like it?s probably going to be
a career-ending injury, which is a
real shame, but I?m glad I?ve gone
out trying to achieve my best on
the platform.?
And so another transsexual
athlete slips sadly into the ether,
her aspirations unfulfilled and her
legitimacy never anything less
than hugely contentious. Despite
the 2003 Stockholm Consensus on
Sex Reassignment in Sport, which
decreed that trans-athletes were
eligible ? so long as they had
completed surgery, received
hormone therapy for a minimum
Laurel Hubbard
began with a weight
7kg heavier than
her nearest rival
of two years, and had legal
recognition of their switch in
gender ? the number who have
taken the opportunity remains
vanishingly small.
Mianne Bagger, the Danish
golfer who, in 2004, became the
first openly transitioned woman to
qualify for a pro sports tour since
Richards, still stands alone in her
sport.
The great unresolved issue of
Hubbard?s retirement is
whether she is stepping
away purely
because of
Power play:
Laurel
Hubbard was
formerly
known as
Gavin
physical distress, or whether she is
sparing herself the humiliating
inquisition that would surely come
if she pressed on to the Tokyo
Olympics in 2020.
Caster Semenya, who won the
Commonwealth 800?metres title
this week, can attest to the
emotional effects of being
constantly singled out for gender
ambivalence. The South African,
who was born with testosterone
levels three times those of the
average woman, had her status
questioned again after her win,
with Australian Brittany McGowan
claiming it was ?tough for women
in the 800m to compare
themselves?. Ireland?s Sonia
O?Sullivan, once a world champion
over 5,000m, even argued
yesterday that there needed to be a
?new category? for Semenya and
other athletes with
hyperandrogenism.
Hubbard could be forgiven for
having no desire to be paraded,
like Semenya, as a freak show,
although her situation is starkly
different. Where Semenya has no
womb or ovaries by quirk of
genetics, Hubbard has spent
roughly 90 per cent of her life as a
male, retaining many residual
physical benefits of manhood
beyond her transitioning. When
Jerry Wallwork, head coach of
Samoa?s weightlifting team,
protested earlier this week that
Hubbard?s presence in the line-up
was ?unfair to all females?, it was
not the lone cry of one who feared
his athletes would lose.
Even doctors acknowledge that
a case such as Hubbard?s risks
creating an uneven playing field.
?A man transitioning to a female
has physiological advantages that
they take into their new female
life,? argues Alison Heather, a
profe
professor
of physiology at the
Un
University
of Otago, in
H
Hubbard?s
native New
Zealand.
On the one hand, it is
deeply vexing in moral
terms to suggest that
H
Hubbard
and those in
si
similar
circumstances
sho
should
be barred from
following what they love simply
o who they are. But
because of
should the rights of an individual,
especially in a sport as determined
strengt as Hubbard?s, override
by strength
the rights of women who stand no
chance of gold with her on the
same stage
stage?
Such an outcome runs contrary
to the very notion of sporting
fairness. F
For that reason, and for all
liv mercifully, in more
that we live,
enlightene times, the spectacle
enlightened
transg
of a transgender
weightlifter is
st a taboo-breaker too
perhaps still
far.
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Sport Racing
When I was left
stranded in the
National that
turned into farce
Marcus Armytage
e
RACING
CORRESPONDENT
I
t is 25 years since the ?Void
National? when, in front of
an estimated worldwide
television audience of
300?million, 30 of the 39
runners set off after a second
false start and seven of them, led
home by the Jenny Pitman-trained
Esha Ness, covered the full 4�
miles despite several attempts to
stop them.
It was one of the great sporting
embarrassments of all time and
highlighted the amateurish way in
which racing was run at the time,
with headlines such as ?Laughing
stock of the world? (The Sporting
Life) and the starter being referred
to as Captain Cock-up or Calamity.
And, yet, though racing was let
down badly, the episode provided
another weird and wonderful
chapter in the history of a race that
had already had its share of
dramas, through the likes of Devon
Loch, Foinavon and Red燫um.
Redemption for Aintree came
four years later when it restaged
the National 48 hours after a bomb
scare, which was as much a
triumph as the ?Void National? of
1993 was a燿isaster.
My memories of that day are
very clear. I was riding a horse
Fall guy: Starter
Capt Keith
Brown, whose
flag comically
failed to unfurl,
came in for a lot
of criticism and
was labelled
Captain Cock-up
called Travel Over and the weather
was wet, cold and windy.
Most jockeys on horses set to
carry 10st had struggled to do the
weight so, beyond silks and
lightweight breeches, they were
wearing little else. Being freezing,
they had an even stronger desire
than usual to get on with it but had
been brought out on to the course
25 minutes before the scheduled
start, which was too long and meant
a 10-minute wait before the off.
However, the race was delayed
by protesters, for nine minutes,
and again with the first false start.
The worn tape, described by
Pitman as ?60 yards of knicker
elastic?, that spanned the 80-yard
width of the course on the course?s
antiquated starting mechanism,
was knotted back together.
Many of the jockeys were unable
to hear the starter?s voice above the
roar of the wind, so, when Capt
Keith Brown called ?false start? a
second time as the nose of Formula
EMPICS/PA
?Void? race of 1993 was
an embarrassment but it
exposed methods that
needed an overhaul
One, ridden by Judy Davies, caught
the tape, 30 riders paid no
attention and set off at a gallop.
At this point, Brown should have
waved a flag which would have
alerted the ?recall man? Ken Evans,
situated 100 yards down the track,
to wave his own flag, signalling to
the jockeys that they had to stop.
Unfortunately, Brown?s flag
failed to unfurl and, without seeing
a signal, Evans got out of the way
of the impending cavalry charge.
Stuck on the starting line with
tape tangled around Travel Over?s
legs and round Richard
Dunwoody?s neck beside me, I
could see that the body language of
those advancing towards the first
fence was so set, not even the
appearance of the four horsemen
of the apocalypse would have
stopped them. And those of us
stuck on the starting grid had one
hope ? that it would be re-run as a
nine-horse National.
Andy Orkney was riding Howe
Street, a grey two-miler which he
could barely hold. ?He carted me to
the start,? recalled Orkney, who
took up the running at Becher?s
Brook and led, like a pied piper,
upsides Sure Metal until the pair
fell in unison early on the
second燾ircuit.
?Coming to the Chair, I saw a
portly gentleman in a tweed suit
waving a chequered flag. I turned
to Seamus O?Neill on Sure Metal
and said, ?What do we do?? He
replied, ?Keep going?. We?d have
had a job stopping them anyway.
We thought it would be less
problematic jumping it than going
Nowhere to run:
Richard
Dunwoody, with
the tape around
his neck, was
among the riders
left behind at the
start of the races,
along with The
Telegraph?s
Marcus Armytage
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
***
15
Might Bite leads
Henderson treble
with dazzling run
By Marcus Armytage at Aintree
around it. I never saw the other
horses milling around as we passed
the start to set out on the second
circuit and the first time I twigged
was when I got in a car after falling
to get a lift back.
?Ron Barry [the former jockey]
was driving it and I heard Peter
Bromley on the commentary
calling it the ?void National?. I said,
?Why?s it void?? and Ron said, ?you
left half of them at the start!?
?Afterwards, everyone was
blaming everyone else. Ironically,
my wife, Barbara, was in the stands
praying I would fall ? because she
didn?t want me to win a void race.?
Nigel Payne, who is still Aintree?s
PR man and went on to win the
National as an owner with Earth
Summit in 1998, recalls tensions
were already high because of the
protest. ?It was wet, drizzly and the
horses were getting agitated,? he
said. ?It was nine minutes after the
off time before that was cleared.
?I thought the first start was a bit
ragged but he could have let them
?My wife was hoping
I would fall because
she didn?t want me
to win a void race?
go. The second time, though, with
the tape round Dunwoody?s neck,
it was a false start.
?There was a great debate about
how much Keith Brown?s flag had
unfurled and whether or not Ken
Evans, the flag man, had seen it.
But you had this situation when a
quarter had stayed at the start and
of the others who went, half
stopped after a circuit.
?The whole place was in
complete turmoil and eventually
Richard Pitman, working for the
BBC, climbed the steps to the
stewards? box, walked in and said
the world was waiting to hear what
was happening. No one knew what
to do or say.
?We spent Sunday deciding if it
could be run again and eventually
we had a press conference. Lord
Daresbury said he would get
Nicholas Soames to answer
questions because, as an MP, he
was good at it. To every question,
though, he replied, ?No comment?.
It was chaos. The only relief was
that all bets were void.?
Nicky Henderson may not have a
runner in tomorrow?s Randox
Health Grand National after his
Gold Present was the only horse
withdrawn at yesterday?s 48-hour
declaration stage ? which means
Road To Riches gets a run ? but he
landed a first-day Grade One treble
to almost seal this season?s trainers?
title.
Having left Buveur D?Air and Altior at home there might have been
a suggestion that Henderson was
coming to Aintree with a weakened
team and while We Have A Dream
was fresh for the Doom Bar Anniversary Hurdle, having missed
Cheltenham, his two other winners, Might Bite and L?Ami Serge,
had a hard race there.
But Might Bite, who came off just
second-best in his terrific duel with
Native River in the Gold Cup, was
superb in the Betway Bowl, beating
a revitalised Bristol De Mai by seven
lengths. ?He?s been fresh and well
since Cheltenham and you?d have
thought he wouldn?t be as he?d had
such a gruelling race,? said Henderson.
?He was giving us the right signals at home but you can never tell
how much you?ve left in the
Cotswolds. But he was on it the
whole way today. He won?t run
again this season. We?ll think about
starting off in the Betfair Chase
next season.?
?That was a good run against a
brilliant horse,? said Nigel TwistonDavies of Bristol De Mai. ?No excuses. If we?ve got the third-best
chaser in the country, that?s not too
bad.?
It was not a bad day for Bristol De
Mai?s owners, Simon Munir and
Isaac Souede, as they also own We
Have A Dream and L?Ami Serge.
Supasundae,
the
favourite,
finally got the front at the last flight
of the Betway Aintree Hurdle but
had no answers to L?Ami Serge,
while We Have A Dream won the
Anniversary Hurdle by an easy
seven lengths.
?He would have run at Chelten-
ham if he?d not had a temperature
on the Monday before,? said Henderson of We Have A Dream. ?It
was a pity at the time, but maybe it
was a blessing to come here fresh.?
One suspects the plan for Balnaslow?s victory in the Randox Health
Foxhunters was hatched 12 months
earlier when he finished second in
the race and he filled a notable gap
on the curriculum vitae of Derek
O?Connor, the winning-most jockey
in Irish point-to-point history.
?It was the most to-do thing I
wanted as a jockey,? said O?Connor,
who has won races at Cheltenham
and the Irish Gold Cup. It?s one
thing riding winners around the
country, but this is different.
?His owner, Peggy Hagan, was
only buried in November, so I think
Home alone: Might Bite soars over the
final fence in Aintree?s Betway Bowl
I had plenty of help from elsewhere.?
Former soldier Guy Disney, who
rides with a prosthetic lower leg after his vehicle was hit by a rocketpropelled grenade in Afghanistan,
completed a clear round on Gallery
Exhibition to finish last of the 12 finishers. ?What a thrill,? he said. ?It?s
the sort of thing you?d do every day
until you die. He?s the most gorgeous horse. He wasn?t that tired,
he just found it a bit too soft.?
Sam Waley-Cohen, who also
completed the course, said the
ground was not as testing as he had
expected. ?It?s soft, good to soft in
places, but not heavy,? he said.
Sadly, Lilbitluso injured himself fatally when falling at the Canal Turn.
16
Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Sport Racing
For the record Who
drew which horse
The Grand National
Sweepstake
25 Raz de Maree
33 Lord Windermere
Tough and loves
the mud;
outstayed rivals
when winning
Welsh National in
December.
Not the force of
old and not easy
to see him faring
any better than
when 7th a year
ago.
悙�
28-1
�
66-1
1 Minella Rocco
9 Shantou Flyer
17 Warriors Tale
26 I Just Know
34 Captain Redbeard
2nd in 2017 Gold
Cup but had
issues; interesting
to see if a wind
operation
revitalises him.
50/1 and pulled up
last year; best
form over much
shorter trips.
Useful, game and
consistent; has
been in excellent
form this season
and not without a
chance.
He may need to
up his game to be
competitive, but
not impossible he
could do that.
Generally
progressive this
season but
stamina is a
concern.
14-1
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�
33-1
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50-1
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25-1
2 Blaklion
10 Tenor Nivernais
18 Seeyouatmidnight
27 Virgilio
35 Houblon Des Obeaux
High class
performer and
finished fourth last
year; has enjoyed
less arduous
season this time.
In-and-out
performer these
days but stable
has been on fire
this week; likes
heavy ground.
Stays well; had his
problems but a
worthy contender
at his best; 3rd in
2016 Scottish
National.
Fair performer but
does throw in the
odd poor run;
stays well enough;
likes good ground.
Consistent but
lacks a turn of
foot; 10th last year
and will probably
get round again.
12-1
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悙
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16-1
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66-1
悙
3 Anibale Fly
11 Carlingford Lough
19 Gas Line Boy
28 Baie Des Isles
36 Bless The Wings
Ran race of his life
when 3rd in Gold
Cup last month;
stamina not an
issue; not always a
fluent jumper.
Finds he struggles
to compete at the
highest level now;
has not won for
two years.
Third attempt at
the race; fell in
2015 and 5th a
year ago.
Reportedly fancied
to run well.
Stays, jumps well
and likes any
ground, so no
surprise if she has
a role to play
Capable and could
run well if on a
going day. Hard to
predict but might
be suited.
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16-1
悙
4 The Last Samuri
12 Vicente
20 The Dutchman
29 Maggio
37 Milansbar
Second in the
2016 race, but only
16th last year;
retains some
ability and should
run well.
Looking to get
further than last
year, when fell at
the first; has won
Scottish National
twice.
Unexposed and
progressive;
promises to be
suited by this
stern stamina test.
Solid but will
probably find
these rivals taking
him off his old
feet.
Won same
Warwick race that
last year?s winner
took before his
success and has
claims.
14-1
悙�
悙悙
20-1
悙悙
25-1
�
66-1
悙悙
5 Valseur Lido
13 Tiger Roll
21 Pleasant Company
30 Pendra
38 Final Nudge
Has touch of class
but is a rare
winner; best on
good ground.
Won Cross
Country race at
Cheltenham last
month and type to
do well here; likes
good ground.
Ninth in race last
year and plenty of
improvement
needed if he is to
fare better.
Has had many
problems and hard
to see him being
able to put them
behind him on a
stage like this.
Admirable sort,
but has somehow
got to find
improvement to
trouble the best of
these.
悙
50-1
悙悙�
12-1
悙
25-1
�
66-1
悙
6 Total Recall
14 Regal Encore
22 Ucello Conti
31 Buywise
39 Double Ross
Fell 3 out in Gold
Cup; unlikely to
have won but
could easily have
been placed.
Strong player.
Never got into
race when 8th a
year ago but in
much better form
now; interesting.
6th in 2016 and
unseated at 2nd
Becher?s a year
ago; has
something to
prove.
Usually gives
himself a lot to do
but jumps well and
could stay on for a
place late in the
day.
The spring seems
to be missing from
his step although
there was some
encouragement
last time.
10-1
悙悙
悙悙
28-1
悙
20-1
悙�
50-1
�
7 Alpha Des Obeaux
15 Vieux Lion Rouge
23 Saint Are
32 Childrens List
40 Road To Riches
Stamina has to be
a doubt as best
form is at
distances short of
3m; acts on any
ground
Has lost his form
since a wellbeaten seventh
last year, although
he did look a little
sharper last time.
A Grand National
regular, having run
in it for the past
four years; getting
on a bit now.
Only had four
races over fences
but has shown
plenty of potential;
could go well.
Once a smart
performer but is
finding life tougher
as he gets older
and hard to see
him figuring.
悙
33-1
悙
28-1
悙
8 Perfect Candidate
16 Chase The Spud
24 Beeves
Inconsistent
although capable
on his day; pulled
up when a 33/1
chance last year.
Stout stayer who
won Midlands
National last year
but is a moody
sort and has lost
his way.
Has safely
negotiated the
fences once
before but
struggling for form
this year.
悙
66-1
悙
50-1
悙
50-1
悙�
50-1
�
Star ratings
Each of the 40 horses has been awarded a star rating
as a guide to their prospects. Odds provided by Betfair.
Reserves
100-1
Thunder And Roses, Delusionofgrandeur, Walk In The
Mill and Vintage Clouds are reserves in order of merit.
They will only run if a horse is withdrawn by 1pm today.
50-1
50-1
33-1
50-1
50-1
1 Minella Rocco
2Blaklion
3Anibale Fly
4The Last Samuri
5Valseur Lido
6Total Recall
7Alpha Des Obeaux
8 Perfect Candidate
9 Shantou Flyer
10 Tenor Nivernais
11 Carlingford Lough
12Vicente
13 Tiger Roll
14 Regal Encore
15 Vieux Lion Rouge
16Chase The Spud
17Warriors Tale
18 Seeyouatmidnight
19 Gas Line Boy
20 The Dutchman
21 Pleasant Company
22 Ucello Conti
23 Saint Are
24 Beeves
25 Raz De Maree
26 I Just Know
27 Virgilio
28 Baie Des Isles
29 Maggio
30 Pendra
31 Buywise
32 Childrens List
33 Lord Windermere
34 Captain Redbeard
35
36 Bless The Wings
37 Milansbar
38 Final Nudge
39 Double Ross
40 Road To Riches
Houblon Des Obeaux
50-1
The Daily Telegraph Friday 13 April 2018
**
17
Sport
BHA tests hurdle aimed at cutting deaths
RSPCA adviser behind
new plastic design
Governing body agrees
to fund production
By Ben Rumsby at Aintree
A new hurdle designed to cut the
number of fatalities in jump racing
is to be trialled by the British
Horseracing Authority, The Daily
Telegraph can reveal.
On the eve of the Grand National,
the BHA confirmed it had agreed to
fund the production and testing of a
hurdle that is the brainchild of the
RSPCA?s equine consultant, David
Muir. Its development was bankrolled by the BHA, which is trialling
its own padded hurdle design at
eight racecourses.
That has coincided with a marked
drop in the number of fallers at
hurdles and Muir was confident
yesterday his own plastic polymer
version would reduce that figure
even further.
ing BHA
Speaking after meeting
ust, Muir
chief executive Nick Rust,
said: ?All we?re trying to do ? and
ard ? is to
racing tries very, very hard
rea which
reduce fatalities. It?s an area
ody ? esobviously causes everybody
pecially those connected
d with
the horse ? a great deal of upset.
?None of us want to see it.
Press don?t want to see it. Punters don?t want to see it.?
Five years in the making,
aking,
Muir?s hurdle was designed
ed
e
in conjunction with the
pUniversity of Southampton and engineer Steve
ve
Cox.
A prototype was presented
nted
to the BHA, which confirmed
firmed
yesterday it had agreed to fund
the production of a full working
model to be tested at a schooling
ground. If the design proves
ves viable,
a determination would then be
made whether it was an improve-
Safety measure: A prototype of the
plastic polymer hurdle has been
presented to the BHA
Database
Commonwealth Games
Tizzard). 2.20 (2m209yds hdle): We Have A
Dream (D Jacob 2-1) 1; Gumball (20-1) 2;
Apple?s Shakira (13-8F) 3. 10 ran. 7l, 10l. (N
Henderson). 2.50 (3m210yds ch): Might Bite (N
De Boinville 4-5F) 1; Bristol De Mai (5-1) 2; Clan
Des Obeaux (8-1) 3. 8 ran. 7l, 31/4l. (N
Henderson). 3.25 (2m4f hdle): L?Ami Serge (D
Jacob 5-1) 1; Supasundae (11-10F) 2; Clyne (251) 3. 9 ran. 3l, 33/4l. (N Henderson). 4.05
(2m5f19yds ch): Balnaslow (Mr Derek O?Connor
11-2) 1; Bear?s Affair (20-1) 2; Greensalt (66-1)
3; Barrakilla (8-1) 4. Grand Vision 7-2F. 21 ran.
21/2l, 4l, 4l. (G J Mckeever (IRE) ). NR: Vincitore.
4.40 (1m7f176yds h?cap ch): Bentelimar
(Jonathan Burke 10-1) 1; Theinval (5-1) 2; Gino
Trail (10-1) 3; Doitforthevillage (10-1) 4. King?s
Socks 7-2F. 16 ran. 31/4l, 18l, 31/4l. (C Longsdon).
5.15 (2m209yds nh flat): Getaway Katie Mai (Mr
J J Codd 15-8F) 1; Midnightreferendum (25-1) 2;
Duhallow Gesture (10-1) 3; Meep Meep (9-1) 4.
20 ran. 11/4l, 23/4l, nk. (J Queally (IRE) ). Jackpot:
�,055.00, with �027.51 carried over.
Placepot: �.40. Quadpot: �.40.
(Gold Coast, Australia).-ATHLETICS: Men, 200m
Final: 1 J Richards (Trinidad & Tobago) 20.12 secs;
2 A Brown (Canada) 20.34; 3 L Reid (Northern
Ireland) 20.55. 800m Final: 1 W Kintamal (Kenya)
1min 45.11secs; 2 K Langford (England) 1:45.16; 3
L Mathews (Australia)1:45.60. Pole Vault Final: 1
K Marschall (Australia) 5.70m; 2 S Barber (Canada)
5.65; 3 L Cutts (England) 5.45. Women, 200m
Final: 1 S Miller-Uibo (Bahamas) 22.09 secs; 2 S
Jackson (Jamaica) 22.18, 3 D Asher-Smith
(England) 22.29. 400m Hurdles Final: 1 J Russel
(Jamaica) 54.33 secs; 2 E Doyle (Scotland) 54.80; 3
W Nel (S Africa) 54.96. T38 100m Final: 1 S Hahn
(England) 12.46; 2 R Clarke (Australia) 13.17; 3 O
Breen (Wales) 13.35. Long Jump Final: 1 C Nettey
(Canada) 6.84m; 2 B Stratton (Australia) 6.77; 3 S
Proctor (England) 6.75. BOWLS: Women, Triples
Gold Medal Match: Australia bt Scotland 21-12.
Bronze Medal Match: England bt Canada 20-12.
CYCLING: Women, Cross Country: 1 A Last
(England) 1hr 18mins 02secs; 2 E Richards
(England) 1:18.50; 3 H Smith (Canada) 1:20.26.
DIVING: Men, 3m Springboard Final: 1 J Laugher
(England) 519.40pts; 2 P Gagne (Canada) 452.70;
3 J Connor (Australia) 438.50. HOCKEY: Women,
Semi-finals: England 0 New Zealand 0 (1-2:SO) ?
Australia 1 India 0. 7-8: Malaysia 2 Scotland 4.
9-10: Wales 1 Ghana 1 (2-0:S0). (Today: (Friday)
Men, semi-finals: India v N Zealand ? Australia v
England). WRESTLING: Women, Freestyle 76 kg
Bronze: G Nelthorpe (England) bt H Kamara (Sierra
Leone).
Medal Table
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1
Australia
62
46
47 155
2
England
28
32
26
86
3
India
14
7
10
31
4
Canada
12
28
19
59
5
South Africa
11
9
12
32
6
New Zealand
10
12
9
31
7
Scotland
7
13
15
35
8
Wales
7
8
10
25
9
Cyprus
6
0
2
8
10 Jamaica
4
6
5
15
21 Northern Ireland
1
0
2
3
28 Isle of Man
0
1
0
1
Southwell Going: Standard
1.55 (1m13yds h?cap): Amity Island (A Mullen
5-1) 1; Gleaming Sun (7-4F) 2; Political Slot
(8-1) 3. 8 ran. 1/2l, 31/2l. (O Pears). 2.30 (1m13yds
mdn): Victory Wave (O Murphy 11-8F) 1;
Burgonet (14-1) 2; Raaqyah (2-1) 3. 11 ran. 6l,
3
/4l. (S bin Suroor). 3.00 (4f214yds h?cap):
Imagine If (B Sanderson 33-1) 1; Jabbarockie
(5-1) 2; Pearl Acclaim (8-1) 3. Nuns Walk 10-3F.
14 ran. 1/2l, hd. (Roger Fell). 3.35 (6f16yds h?cap):
Zylan (B Sanderson 11-4) 1; Feebs (10-1) 2;
Tricky Dicky (9-4F) 3. 7 ran. 13/4l, 3/4l. (Roger Fell).
NR: Scofflaw. 4.15 (4f214yds h?cap): La Fortuna
(C Bishop 7-2) 1; Twentysvnthlancers (16-1) 2;
Kingstreet Lady (10-3JF) 3. Billyfairplay 10-3JF.
13 ran. 1l, 3/4l. (C Wallis). 4.50 (1m4f14yds h?cap):
Amadeus (P Hanagan 7-2) 1; Berkshire Spirit
(5-4F) 2; Sunhill Lad (9-2) 3. 5 ran. 9l, 7l. (R
Fahey). 5.25 (6f16yds h?cap): Da Capo Dandy (L
Keniry 5-4F) 1; Zebelini (40-1) 2; Iconic Figure
(10-1) 3. 14 ran. 21/4l, shd. (J Ewart). Placepot:
�.00. Quadpot: �.70.
Cricket
Taunton Going: Heavy
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE.-Hyderabad,
Mumbai Indians 147-8 (20 overs); Sunrisers
Hyderabad 151-9 (20 overs, Markande 4-23).
Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 1 wkt.
WOMEN?S 3rd ONE-DAY TOUR MATCH.-Nagpur,
England 201-9; India 202-2. India Women win
by 8 wkts. India win series 2-1.
Darts
UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE (Sheffield).-D Gurney
(Northern Ireland) bt R van Barneveld (Holland)
7-3; G Anderson (Scotland) bt P Wright
(Scotland) 7-2; M van Gerwen (Holland) bt
S Whitlock (Australia) 7-1; R Cross (England) bt
M Smith (England) 7-5; P Wright (Scotland) bt
Ra van Barneveld (Holland) 7-2.
Golf
OPEN DE ESPANA (Madrid).-1st rd leaders (GB
& Ireland unless stated): 66?M Warren; P
Dunne; 67?(a) V Pastor (Spain); A Bjork
(Sweden); C Shinkwin; J Guerrier (France); J
Thomson; A Rai; H Sturehed (Sweden); M
Schwab (Austria); J Norris (Australia); J Rahm
(Spain); E Van Rooyen (S Africa).
LPGA LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP (Oahu, Hawaii).1st rd leaders (US unless stated): 67?S Feng
(China); 68?M Edberg(Sweden); H Kang(S
Korea); B M. Henderson(Canada); 69?E-H Ji (S
Korea); A Sharp (Canada); M Martin; I Park (S
Korea); J Granada (Paraguay); L Salas.
Horse Racing
Aintree Going: Soft-gd to sft in plcs; national: soft
1.45 (2m3f200yds nov ch): Finian?s Oscar (R M
Power 5-2) 1; Rene?s Girl (8-1) 2; Calino D?Airy
(33-1) 3. Cyrname 2-1F. 6 ran. 2l, 31/4l. (C
2.10 (2m104yds h?cap hdle): Karl Marx (D Crosse
8-1) 1; Tierra Verde (7-2) 2; Amour D?or (40-1)
3. Zoltan Varga 5-2F. 12 ran. 21/2l, nk. (M Gillard).
2.40 (2m3f1yds nov hdle): Blu Cavalier (Mr L
Williams 11-10F) 1; Dentley De Mee (13-8) 2;
Mead Vale (100-1) 3. 7 ran. 18l, 19l. (P Nicholls).
3.15 (2m7f198yds h?cap hdle): Luckime (C
Deutsch 11-8F) 1; Robert?s Star (5-2) 2; Late
Shipment (8-1) 3. 5 ran. nk, 14l. (Miss V Williams).
3.55 (2m2f40yds h?cap ch): Exmoor Mist (James
Best 15-8F) 1; Le Coeur Net (2-1) 2; Smoking
Dixie (3-1) 3. 4 ran. 5l, 2l. (V Dartnall). 4.30
(2m3f1yds h?cap hdle): Risk And Roll (Bryony Frost
11-2) 1; Here?s Herbie (7-2) 2; Night Of Sin
(3-1F) 3. 6 ran. 14l, 22l. (P Nicholls). 5.05
(2m7f3yds mdn ch): Master Baker (Miss Juanna
Buck 15-8F) 1; 6 ran. . (Mrs L Jefford). NR: Henrys
Hill. 5.35 (2m104yds mdn nh flat): Miss Heritage
(J Quinlan 5-1) 1; Briery Express (10-1) 2; Willow
May (11-4F) 3. 8 ran. 8l, 12l. (D Elsworth).
Placepot: �.40. Quadpot: �.90.
Chelmsford City Going: Standard
5.45 (5f nov): Lady Prancealot (J F Egan 1-2F) 1;
Piccothepack (3-1) 2; Blasim (10-1) 3. 6 ran.
13/4l, 11/2l. (P Evans). NR: Harperelle. 6.15 (7f
h?cap): Loyalty (P Mathers 7-1) 1; Nibras Again
(7-2JF) 2; Time To Reason (14-1) 3. Fieldsman
7-2JF. 8 ran. 6l, shd. (D Shaw). 6.45 (1m nov):
Mootasadir (James Doyle 4-1) 1; Commander
Han (10-11F) 2; Sallab (5-2) 3. 6 ran. 3/4l, 33/4l. (H
Palmer). 7.15 (1m2f h?cap): Duke Of Bronte (O
Murphy 8-1) 1; Abareeq (10-1) 2; Maratha (9-4F)
3. 9 ran. ns, 21/2l. (B Millman). 7.45 (5f h?cap):
Tavener (A Atzeni 12-1) 1; Poyle Vinnie (11-1) 2;
Leo Minor (7-1) 3. Compas Scoobie 9-4F. 7 ran. 2l,
shd. (D C Griffiths). 8.15 (5f h?cap): Powerful
Dream (D Probert 9-2) 1; King Crimson (8-1) 2;
Raffle King (11-4F) 3. 11 ran. 11/2l, 1/2l. (R Harris).
8.45 (1m5f66yds h?cap): Blame Me Forever (M
Monaghan 20-1) 1; Deadly Reel (7-1) 2; Father
Ailbe (5-1) 3. Global Style 9-4F. 7 ran. nk, 1/2l. (M
Botti). Placepot: �8.00. Quadpot: �.50.
Rugby League
Betfred Super League
Widnes 20 Hull 39
Widnes?T: Wilde, Olbison (2). G: Gilmore (4).
Hull?T: Washbrook, Faraimo, Matongo, Griffin
(2), Talanoa, Shaul. G: Sneyd (5). DG: Sneyd.
HT: 8-12.
P W D
L
F
A Pts
St Helens
10 9 0 1 282 114 18
Wigan
9 7 0 2 278 132 14
Warrington
11 7 0 4 208 161 14
Leeds
9 6 1 2 184 155 13
Hull
11 6 0 5 261 230 12
Castleford
8 6 0 2 151 160 12
Wakefield
9 4 0 5 180 166 8
Hull K R
10 3 0 7 171 228 6
Widnes
11 3 0 8 197 255 6
Salford
10 3 0 7 148 212 6
Huddersfield 10 2 1 7 148 283 5
Catalans D
10 2 0 8 142 254 4
Tennis
ATP T?MENT (Houston, Texas).-2nd rd: I Karlovic
(Croatia) bt D Kudla (US) 7-5 7-5; N Kyrgios
(Australia) bt B Fratangelo (US) 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-2;
T Sandgren (US) bt N Kicker (Argentina) 6-2 7-6
(7-3); G Pella (Argentina) bt S Querrey (US) 2-6
7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3); S Johnson (US) bt F Tiafoe
(US) 6-3 6-4.
ATP T?MENT (Marrakech, Morocco).-2nd rd: N
Basilashvili (Georgia) bt L Ouahab (Mor) 7-6 (7-5)
5-7 6-3; J Sousa (Portugal) bt M Basic (Bih) 6-3
3-6 6-4; M Jaziri (Tunisia) bt M Zverev (Germany)
6-2 6-4; K Edmund (GB) bt R Albot (Moldova) 6-2
6-4.
Fixtures Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
Rugby League
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE: Leeds v Wigan.
BETFRED CH'SHIP: Rochdale v London Broncos.
Rugby Union
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP: Newcastle v Sale.
GUINNESS PRO14: Cheetahs v Munster (6.35),
Glasgow v Connacht (7.35), Ulster v Ospreys (7.35).
GREENE KING IPA CH'SHIP: Bristol v Doncaster.
Sport on TV
COMMONWEALTH GAMES: BBC2 6am, BBC1
9.15 and 11.50; Eurosport 2 10am.
CRICKET: IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore v
Kings XI Punjab - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky
Sports Cricket 3pm.
FOOTBALL: Champions League and Europa
League semi-final draws - Eurosport 2 and BT
Sport 2 11am; Championship, Aston Villa v Leeds
- Sky Sports Main Event 7pm; Bundesliga,
Wolfsburg v Augsburg - BT Sport 2 7.15.
GOLF: European Tour, Open de Espana - Sky Sports
Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 11am and 4pm; PGA
Tour, 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, Leeds v Wigan - Sky
Sports Arena 7.30.
RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Newcastle v
Sale - BT Sport 1 7pm; Guinness PRO14, Ulster v
Ospreys - BBC2 Wales 7.30.
TENNIS: WTA, Samsung Open - BT Sport 1 10am
and 4.30.
ment on its existing padded hurdle,
which is being trialled at Newton
Abbot, Tau
Taunton, Bangor, Kelso, UtEx
toxeter, Exeter,
Stratford and Ludlow.
Muir sai
said of his design: ?If I was
realis
being realistic,
I would suggest that
before you see that physically on a
racecourse ? and I believe you will
? you?ll be talking three, four, five
Beca
years. Because
it has to go through
testin
rigid testing.?
BHA decision to trial the
The BHA?s
co
hurdle comes
amid renewed
concern ab
about equine fatalities in
racing.
The first day of the Grand NaFesti
tional Festival
saw Lilbitluso killed
during the Foxhunters Chase,
the first such death at Aintre for more than two
tree
ye
years.
T BHA also announced
The
a review of welfare at Cheltenm
ham last month
following the loss
hor
of six horses
at the Cheltenham
an 17 in the past three
Festival and
stagings of the four-day event.
Sport in brief
Motor Racing
Lewis Hamilton has apologised to
Max Verstappen in China for their
collision in last week?s Bahrain
Grand Prix. ?I shook his hand and I
said, ?Look, I am sorry about the
last race?,? said Hamilton after
earlier claiming Verstappen?s
immaturity was costing Red Bull
dearly this season.
Golf
Three-time winner Tiger Woods
has officially entered the US Open,
in which he last competed in 2015.
Cricket
Somerset have signed Australia
opener Matt Renshaw as a
replacement for Cameron Bancroft.
Surrey have signed South Africa?s
opener Dean Elgar for this month
and next.
Snooker
Liang Wenbo just failed to become
the first player to make two 147
breaks in the same competitive
match when he missed the final
black in the Betfred World
Championship qualifying
tournament in Sheffield.
18
Friday 13 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Sport Racing
Aintree
JACKPOT MEETING
Going: Good to soft-soft in places; national: soft TV: ITV1 2.20, 2.50,
Marlborough
1.45 - Jester Jet
2.20 - Global Citizen (nap)
2.50 - Terrefort
3.25 - Min
3.25, 4.05 & 4.40 / Sky 432 & Virgin 536
4.05 - Clarcam
4.40 - Santini
5.15 - Commanche Red
1.45 Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (1) 2m 4f �,202
1
2
3
4
Jenkins [P] (28) N Henderson 6 11 12
J Bowen (3)
Who Dares Wins (29) A King 6 11 11
W Hutchinson
Court Minstrel (55) (C) E Williams 11 11 9 Miss Isabel Williams (7)
Ivanovich Gorbatov [H,T] (28) Joseph P O?Brien (Ire) 6 11 7
B J Geraghty
5 235 Spiritofthegames [P] (28) (D) D Skelton 6 11 1 Bridget Andrews (3)
6 F11 Storm Home (36) C Tizzard 6 11 0
H Cobden
7 592 Three Musketeers [P] (86) (D) (BF) D Skelton 8 11 0 H Skelton
8 022 Zubayr (27) P Nicholls 6 11 0
Mr L Williams (7)
9 266 Lough Derg Spirit (28) N Henderson 6 10 13 J McGrath
B Hughes
10680 Project Bluebook (62) J J Quinn 5 10 12
11341 Grand Partner (35) (D) Thomas Mullins (Ire) 10 10 12 D J Mullins
12350 Massini?s Trap [B] (68) (CD) J Nash (Ire) 9 10 12 M P Walsh
133P2 Jester Jet (62) (D) Tom Lacey 8 10 9
R T Dunne
14319 Eamon An Cnoic [P] (31) (D) D Pipe 7 10 8 T Scudamore
T Cannon
15 /33 Wilde Blue Yonder (64) (BF) A King 9 10 8
D Sansom (5)
16511 Landin (39) (D) J W Mullins 5 10 8
17 432 Cyrius Moriviere [T] (22) B Pauling 8 10 4 N De Boinville
18 964 Sumkindofking [T] (132) (BF) (WS) T R George 7 10 2 C Gethings
19246 Cornborough (89) (C) M Walford 7 10 1
J Hamilton
Jamie Moore
20063 Eaton Hill [T] (103) (D) Kerry Lee 6 10 0
S.P. f?cast: 15-2 Zubayr, 8-1 Who Dares Wins, Lough Derg Spirit,
Spiritofthegames, 10-1 Ivanovich Gorbatov, Storm Home, 12-1
Landin, Grand Partner, Eamon An Cnoic, Jenkins, Court Minstrel, 16-1
10P
-35
938
700
Others.
2.20 Novices? Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 2m 103yds �,130
1 341 Bedrock [T] (28) I Jardine 5 11 4
Ross Chapman
2 120 Coolanly (30) (D) F O?Brien 6 11 4
P Brennan
3 121 Distingo [V] (27) (D) G L Moore 5 11 4
Joshua Moore
4 211 Global Citizen (48) (D) B Pauling 6 11 4
D Jacob
5 212 Impact Factor (47) (D) (BF) Mrs J Harrington (Ire) 6 11 4 M P Walsh
6 320 Lalor (62) (C) Kayley Woollacott 6 11 4
R Johnson
7 22U Midnight Shadow (23) (D) (BF) Mrs S Smith 5 11 4 D Cook
8 100 Mind?s Eye (30) (D) H de Bromhead (Ire) 6 11 4 D N Russell
9 1P3 Ornua (177) (D) (WS) H de Bromhead (Ire) 7 11 4 N Fehily
10 2 Scarlet Dragon [H] (48) A King 5 11 4
W Hutchinson
11420 Simply The Betts (31) H Whittington 5 11 4
S Bowen
12 45F Slate House [T] (31) (D) C Tizzard 6 11 4
H Cobden
13216 Vision Des Flos [T] (30) (D) C Tizzard 5 11 4 R M Power
14142 Style De Garde [H] (30) (D) N Henderson 4 10 12 N De Boinville
1512P Irish Roe (62) (D) P Atkinson 7 10 11
H Brooke
S.P. f?cast: 6-4 Global Citizen, 11-2 Vision Des Flos, 6-1 Scarlet
Dragon, 10-1 Style De Garde, 12-1 Impact Factor, Slate House, Irish
Roe, 16-1 Lalor, 20-1 Others.
2.50 Betway Mildmay Novices? Chase (Grade 1) (1) 3m 1f �,130
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
115
141
411
213
111
15U
112
110
Black Corton [T] (30) P Nicholls 7 11 4
Bryony Frost
Captain Chaos [B] (54) (CD) D Skelton 7 11 4 H Skelton
Coo Star Sivola (31) (D) N Williams 6 11 4 Lizzie Kelly
Elegant Escape [P] (30) C Tizzard 6 11 4
H Cobden
Hogan?s Height [T] (23) J Snowden 7 11 4
G Sheehan
Snow Falcon (11) N Meade (Ire) 8 11 4 S W Flanagan
Terrefort (29) (BF) N Henderson 5 11 4
D Jacob
Testify (31) D McCain 7 11 4
B Hughes
9 11F Mia?s Storm (108) (BF) A King 8 10 11
W Hutchinson
N Fehily
10122 Ms Parfois [T] (31) A Honeyball 7 10 11
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Terrefort, 5-1 Mia?s Storm, 11-2 Coo Star Sivola,
6-1 Black Corton, Elegant Escape, 7-1 Ms Parfois, 12-1 Snow Falcon,
20-1 Hogan?s Height, Captain Chaos, 25-1 Testify.
3.25 JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1) (1) 2m 4f �0,325
1 321 Balko Des Flos (29) (D) H de Bromhead (Ire) 7 11 7 D N Russell
2 223 Cloudy Dream (29) (D) Ruth Jefferson 8 11 7 B Hughes
3 381 Le Prezien [T] (28) P Nicholls 7 11 7
B J Geraghty
4 D12 Min (30) (D) W P Mullins (Ire) 7 11 7
P Townend
5 124 Politologue [H,T] (30) (D) P Nicholls 7 11 7 S Twiston-Davies
6 PP1 Sizing Granite [T] (21) (C)(D) C Tizzard 10 11 7 R M Power
S.P. f?cast: 11-8 Min, 2-1 Balko Des Flos, 5-1 Politologue, 8-1
Cloudy Dream, 14-1 Le Prezien, 33-1 Sizing Granite.
4.05 Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 2m 5f �,582
1 F50 Devils Bride [P,T] (166) (D) H de Bromhead (Ire) 11 11 12
J J Slevin (3)
2 450 O O Seven (31) N Henderson 8 11 10
A Coleman
3 443 Top Gamble [T] (28) (D) Kerry Lee 10 11 10 J Bowen (3)
4 FP0 Village Vic (29) (D) P Hobbs 11 11 10
R Johnson
5 -14 Clarcam [P,T] (124) (C)(D) G Elliott (Ire) 8 11 9 D N Russell
6 F24 Art Mauresque (48) (D) P Nicholls 8 11 9 N Scholfield
7 438 Flying Angel (76) (C) (WS) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 8 T Bellamy
8 105 Polidam [H] (68) (WS) W P Mullins (Ire) 9 11 6 D Jacob
9 297 Vibrato Valtat [T] (48) Emma Lavelle 9 11 5
A Wedge
1076B Bouvreuil [T] (28) P Nicholls 7 11 2
S Twiston-Davies
112P0 Ultragold [T] (29) (CD) C Tizzard 10 11 1
H Cobden
12 -00 Eastlake [T] (28) (CD)(C) Jonjo O?Neill 12 11 1 B J Geraghty
13138 Midnight Shot (29) (D) C Longsdon 8 10 13 Jonathan Burke
14081 Bigbadjohn (63) (D) N Twiston-Davies 9 10 12 J Bargary
T J O?Brien
154P4 Ballyalton (29) I Williams 11 10 12
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
5.45 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap (6) 3YO 1m �105
1 94- Gas Monkey (185) Miss J Feilden 9 8 Shelley Birkett (3) 7
2 90- Percy Prosecco (168) Noel Williams 9 8
Rossa Ryan (5) 11
3 00- Lyford (240) S Kirk 9 7
L Keniry 5
4 -38 Beloved Knight (64) (BF) Mrs L Mongan 9 7
J Watson (7) 2
5 90- Spring Praise [T] (139) M Botti 9 7 M Monaghan (3) 4
6 9-6 Happy Ending (52) J W Mullins 9 5
K O?Neill 9
F Norton 8
7 -64 Wynfaul The Wizard (7) R C Guest 9 3
8 09- Ipsilante (163) J Portman 9 2
R Hornby 3
S De Sousa 12
9 064 Aiglette [P] (7) L Dace 9 1
10746 Dragon Tattoo [P] (25) Mrs L Jewell 9 1
R Havlin 10
11 0-0 Seaquinn (83) J Best 8 12
J Haynes 1
12 00- Saint Anthony [P] (157) M Tompkins 8 12 S W Kelly 6
S.P. f?cast: 3-1 Wynfaul The Wizard, 4-1 Beloved Knight, 7-1
Aiglette, 10-1 Lyford, Dragon Tattoo, Ipsilante, 12-1 Gas Monkey,
Seaquinn, 14-1 Others.
6.15 Better Odds With Matchbook Handicap (4) 1m �469
1
2
3
4
Tai Hang Dragon (158) (C) R Hannon 4 9 7
S Levey 9
Mudallel (200) (CD) (BF) E Dunlop 4 9 6 James Doyle 13
Lacan (29) (CD)(D) B Johnson 7 9 6
C Shepherd 2
Oud Metha Bridge (21) (CD)(D) (BF) Miss J Feilden 4 9 5
Shelley Birkett (3) 7
5 134 Outer Space [P] (23) (C) J Flint 7 9 5 Rossa Ryan (5) 14
J Crowley 8
6 9-2 Samharry (17) (BF) J Gosden 4 9 4
7 10/ Pike Corner Cross (478) (CD)(D) E De Giles 6 9 4
S De Sousa 3
8 131 Dark Alliance (16) (D) D Loughnane 7 9 4 E Greatrex 11
S Donohoe 5
9 00- Fire Tree (196) (D) C Fellowes 5 9 2
10432 Cainhoe Star [B] (22) (C)(D) A Carson 5 9 1 W Carson 6
O Murphy 12
11 0-0 Sir Roderic (20) (D) B Millman 5 9 1
12 11- Spirit Of Belle [B] (157) (C) P Cole 4 9 1 P J McDonald 1
13 -71 Kingston Kurrajong (23) (CD)(D) W Knight 5 9 0
M Harley 10
D Muscutt 4
14 6-0 Sir Plato (21) (CD)(D) B Millman 4 9 0
S.P. f?cast: 11-2 Samharry, 6-1 Mudallel, 7-1 Oud Metha Bridge,
Lacan, 8-1 Cainhoe Star, 10-1 Outer Space, Spirit Of Belle, Dark
Alliance, 12-1 Others.
8517121
212
Deauville Dancer [T] (27) David Dennis 7 10 10 B Hughes
Kilcrea Vale (27) (BF) N Henderson 8 10 9
J McGrath
Highland Lodge [P] (83) (C)(D) J Moffatt 12 10 9 H Brooke
Shanahan?s Turn [T] (29) C Tizzard 10 10 8 R M Power
Beau Bay [H,T] (19) Dr R Newland 7 10 8 Will Kennedy
Rathlin Rose [B] (19) D Pipe 10 10 7
T Scudamore
Theatre Territory [P] (48) W Greatrex 8 10 6 Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
Indian Temple (102) (D) T Reed 9 10 6
H Reed (5)
Notarfbad [H] (22) (D) J Scott 12 10 5
M Griffiths
Minella On Line [P] (28) O Sherwood 9 10 4 C Shoemark
Newsworthy (27) Mrs D Love (Ire) 8 10 4 Jonathan Moore
Rogue Angel [P,T] (11) M F Morris (Ire) 10 10 4
Rachael Blackmore
28U65 Greybougg (48) N Hawke 9 10 0
C O?Farrell
29443 Mystifiable [T] (20) F O?Brien 10 10 0
P Brennan
30103 Flying Eagle [B,T] (174) (D) P Bowen 10 10 0 S Bowen
S.P. f?cast: 7-1 O O Seven, 10-1 Flying Angel, Theatre Territory,
Bouvreuil, Ballyalton, 12-1 Top Gamble, Polidam, 14-1 Kilcrea Vale,
Highland Lodge, 16-1 Others.
4.40 Novices? Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 3m 1f �,130
1 222
2 11P
3 265
4 532
5 411
6 111
7 212
8 310
9 421
10121
11113
Another Stowaway [T] (69) T R George 6 11 4A P Heskin
Chef Des Obeaux (28) (D) N Henderson 6 11 4 N Fehily
Count Meribel (55) (BF) N Twiston-Davies 6 11 4 M Grant
Dans Le Vent [P] (22) J Snowden 5 11 4
G Sheehan
Good Man Pat (39) A King 5 11 4
T Bellamy
Louse Talk (36) C Longsdon 6 11 4
Paul O?Brien
Ok Corral (28) N Henderson 8 11 4
B J Geraghty
Poetic Rhythm (28) F O?Brien 7 11 4
P Brennan
Point Of Principle (55) T Vaughan 5 11 4
A Johns
Sam?s Gunner (34) M W Easterby 5 11 4 Will Kennedy
Santini (28) (BF) N Henderson 6 11 4
N De Boinville
12415 Tower Bridge [T] (28) Joseph P O?Brien (Ire) 5 11 4 J J Slevin
13221 Uppertown Prince (34) D McCain 6 11 4
B Hughes
14111 Roksana (20) D Skelton 6 10 11
H Skelton
S.P. f?cast: 13-8 Santini, 11-4 Ok Corral, 8-1 Chef Des Obeaux,
10-1 Tower Bridge, 12-1 Roksana, Poetic Rhythm, 16-1 Sam?s
Gunner, 25-1 Count Meribel, Uppertown Prince, Point Of Principle,
Good Man Pat, 33-1 Others.
5.15 Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2) (1) 2m 1f �,322
1 231 Al Dancer [H] (20) (D) N Twiston-Davies 5 11 4 J Bargary
2 2- Amoola Gold (427) D Skelton 5 11 4
H Skelton
3 1 Arthur Mac (74) P Hobbs 5 11 4
R Johnson
4 112 Chanceanotherfive (68) K Dalgleish 6 11 4
B Hughes
5 31 Commanche Red (63) C Gordon 5 11 4
T Cannon
6 -31 Dali Mail [T] (57) D Whillans 5 11 4
C Whillans
7 11 Danny Kirwan (48) P Nicholls 5 11 4 S Twiston-Davies
8 1 Dazibao (39) G Baker 5 11 4
A Tinkler
9 12 Harambe (63) A King 5 11 4
T Bellamy
10 11 Highland Hunter (78) Miss L Russell 5 11 4
Derek Fox
11272 Kateson (70) Tom Lacey 5 11 4
T Scudamore
12 18 Mercy Mercy Me (30) F O?Brien 6 11 4
P Brennan
132P2 Portrush Ted [T] (87) W Greatrex 6 11 4
G Sheehan
14 1-2 Pym (48) N Henderson 5 11 4
J McGrath
15 1 Sevarano (63) O Sherwood 5 11 4
N Fehily
16152 Skidoosh (51) (BF) B Pauling 5 11 4
D Jacob
17117 Theatre Legend (68) (D) C Grant 5 11 4
Jamie Moore
18313 Thosedaysaregone (11) C Byrnes (Ire) 5 11 4 D N Russell
19 1 Mister Fisher (27) N Henderson 4 10 12 N De Boinville
20101 Normal Norman (53) J Ryan 4 10 12
T Garner
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Danny Kirwan, 9-2 Mister Fisher, 6-1 Mercy Mercy
Me, 8-1 Sevarano, 12-1 Pym, 16-1 Commanche Red,
Chanceanotherfive, 20-1 Kateson, Harambe, Arthur Mac, Amoola Gold,
Skidoosh, 25-1 Others.
Sedgefield
Kempton Park
Going: Standard TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: No advantage
16194
17625
18 -3P
19 -89
20312
21121
22323
23353
24213
25 73F
26354
27P5P
Marlborough
5.45 - Wynfaul The Wizard
6.15 - Lacan (nb)
6.45 - Dotted Swiss
7.15 - Chagatai
7.45 - Mighty Mac
8.15 - Folies Bergeres
8.45 - Weloof
6.45 Fillies? Handicap (5) 6f �752
4 224 Black Sails [H] (14) (D) (BF) Archie Watson 9 5 E Greatrex 8
5 14- Ragstone Road (205) (D) M McGrath 9 4 S W Kelly 10
6 56- Character Witness (168) R Varian 9 3 David Egan (3) 9
7 515 Mighty Mac (28) (D) (BF) R Beckett 9 0
R Kingscote 7
8 31- Airshow (167) (D) B Millman 8 13
O Murphy 6
9 6-2 Royal Household [P] (7) (D) (BF) R Hannon 8 12 Hollie Doyle 2
10 30- Scenery (188) Eve J-Houghton 8 12
C Bishop 3
S.P. f?cast: 7-2 Central City, 5-1 Galloway Hills, 13-2 Character
Witness, 7-1 Royal Household, Black Sails, 15-2 Airshow, 8-1 Others.
1 -42 Delilah Park (39) (BF) C Cox 4 10 0
A Kirby 1
2 653 Curious Fox (9) (CD)(D) A Carson 5 9 9
W Carson 5
3 26- Excellent Sunset (288) E Vaughan 4 9 9 S Donohoe 8
4 2-1 Dotted Swiss (10) (D) R Hannon 3 9 8(6ex) T Marquand 3
5 22- Puds (146) C Hills 3 9 2
O Murphy 6
P Dobbs 2
6 62- Richenza (220) R Beckett 3 9 2
7 222 Kodiac Express (13) (BF) Mike Murphy 3 8 13 J Crowley 7
8 33- Alba Del Sole (133) (BF) I Furtado 3 8 11 P J McDonald 4
9 273 Flora Tristan [H] (9) M Botti 3 8 11
D Muscutt 9
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Dotted Swiss, 9-2 Puds, 5-1 Delilah Park, 6-1 Kodiac
Express, 8-1 Richenza, Curious Fox, Alba Del Sole, 10-1 Flora Tristan,
14-1 Excellent Sunset.
1 47- Parmenter (168) A King 9 7
M Harley 6
2 23- Sassie (153) S Kirk 9 7
M Godwin (3) 7
3 0-1 Folies Bergeres (23) (C) J Portman 9 5 Nicola Currie (5) 5
4 727 Polar Light [P] (7) D Elsworth 9 4
S De Sousa 2
5 -31 Casima (15) Archie Watson 9 4
E Greatrex 3
6 15- Show Of Force (177) J Portman 9 2
R Hornby 1
7 6-7 India (23) M Bell 9 1
James Doyle 4
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Casima, 7-2 Sassie, 5-1 India, 6-1 Parmenter, 7-1
Show Of Force, 8-1 Folies Bergeres, Polar Light.
7.15 Matchbook Casino Novice Stakes (4) 6f �469
8.45 Bet At racinguk.com Handicap (6) 7f �105
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Khamry (21) (C) Owen Burrows 5 10 6
J Crowley 9
Dragstone Rock (8) Richard Spencer 4 10 0 S Donohoe 5
Legal Mind (21) Emma Owen 5 10 0
J F Egan 11
Chagatai (323) C Cox 3 9 8
A Kirby 8
Etefaaq (181) (D) R Hannon 3 9 8
S Levey 1
Towelrads Boy (157) P Cole 3 9 8
P J McDonald 2
Initiative (304) (D) H Spiller 3 9 5
Fran Berry 6
Capla Demon (13) Miss G Kelleway 3 9 2
Aaron Jones (3) 10
9
Miracle Works Ed Walker 3 9 2
L Keniry 4
10
Scooter R Charlton 3 9 2
K Shoemark 3
11
Ad Valorem Queen W Knight 3 8 11
M Harley 7
Fantastic Flyer D Ivory 3 8 11
R Hornby 12
12
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Initiative, 5-1 Khamry, Chagatai, 6-1 Scooter,
13-2 Etefaaq, 8-1 Towelrads Boy, 14-1 Miracle Works, 20-1 Fantastic
Flyer, Dragstone Rock, Capla Demon, 25-1 Others.
3-1
36
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7.45 Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap (4) 3YO 6f �469
1 124 Galloway Hills (55) D Elsworth 9 7
S Levey 5
2 22- Central City (144) (D) (BF) H Palmer 9 6 James Doyle 1
3 10- Tricksy Spirit (218) (D) M Channon 9 5
J F Egan 4
8.15 Fillies? Handicap (5) 3YO 1m 4f �752
1 70- Coastal Cyclone (179) H Dunlop 4 9 9
S De Sousa 4
2 542 Chetan [T] (15) (CD)(C) C Wallis 6 9 7 Joshua Bryan (5) 1
3 4-1 Weloof (29) J Butler 4 9 7
L Keniry 12
4 /63 Sea The Waves (21) Emma Owen 5 9 6 P J McDonald 5
R Hornby 13
5 -13 Grecian Divine (6) J Tuite 4 9 6
6 0-8 Right About Now (15) C Dwyer 4 9 4 Jessica Cooley (7) 11
7 602 Ubla [P] (11) (C)(D) Miss G Kelleway 5 9 4
O Murphy 3
8 325 Tellovoi [B] (4) (D) R C Guest 10 9 4
F Norton 10
9 785 Connemera Queen (2) (D) J Butler 5 9 4
T Clark (3) 9
10651 Mime Dance [V] (9) (D) J Butler 7 9 4(6ex)
A Kirby 6
11 0-0 Dana?s Present (98) (C) A Newcombe 9 9 0 E J Walsh (3) 7
12197 Locommotion (12) (D) Mat Salaman 6 8 13
R Havlin 2
13865 Dear Bruin [P] (9) (D) David Drinkwater 6 8 12 W Carson 14
14 -65 Gettin? Lucky [P] (66) R Brisland 5 8 7
G Wood (3) 8
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Mime Dance, 5-1 Weloof, 7-1 Sea The Waves,
Chetan, 8-1 Ubla, 10-1 Coastal Cyclone, Grecian Divine, 12-1 Others.
Whistler?s Nap
Vision des Flos (2.20 Aintree) is today?s nap for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph.
3.40 Novices? Handicap Chase (4) 2m �614
Marlborough
Going: Heavy-soft in places TV: Sky 415
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
1 112 Frankie Ballou [H,P] (21) (CD) (BF) Miss J Foster 9 11 12 S Quinlan
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