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Wednesday 25 April 2018
Sport
telegraph.co.uk/sport
LIVERPOOL 5-2 ROMA
Salah the
unstoppable
Two goals, two assists for talisman but
late Roma double keeps tie alive
Roberto
Firmino leaps on
Mo Salah after
the forward’s
second goal
2
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
FINAL
Sport Champions League
Liverpool were so fabulous ... then
Sam Wallace
Goal rush How
Klopp’s men ran riot
CHIEF FOOTBALL
WRITER
at Anfield
Liverpool
Salah 36, 45 Mane 56, Firmino 61, 69
Roma
Dzeko 81, Perotti 85 pen
5
2
Att: 51,236
Jurgen Klopp called it “all-inclusive
football”, or in other words a night
when Anfield witnessed the demolition of Roma followed by what
they hope was not a chilling sequel,
that being the start of another
momentous comeback when these
two clubs reconvene for the second
leg next Wednesday.
This is already a remarkable
Champions League semi-final and
quite how Roma still have a faint
chance for the second leg is hard to
understand when Eusebio Di
Francesco’s players mostly looked a
team with the wrong tactics, against
the wrong opponents on the wrong
night. At five goals down they had
been cut to pieces by one man in
particular, the footballer who may
yet turn out to be the outstanding
individual in this Champions League
season and many more to come.
Mohamed
Salah
bewitched
Roma with two goals and two
assists, and for the bits that even he
might consider impossible, there
was an away defence willing to
wave the 43-goal attacker through
the gaps. Others have defended
against Salah with their lives, because that is the only way to counter him, but his former club left him
under the responsibility of the Brazilian defender Juan Jesus, who by
the end needed saving from himself.
By the time Salah was substituted, Liverpool had long since
smelled blood and been clinical
with the chances they had created
– two further goals for Roberto
Firmino and one for Sadio Mane,
and a place in the final in Kiev on
May 26 looked inevitable.
Kevin Strootman approached his
bench and seemed to be asking Di
Francesco in bald terms what the
hell his manager thought he was
doing and given that Roma were
trying to stop Salah with Jesus and a
prayer that seemed a fair question.
Salah walked off the pitch at 75
minutes, having acknowledged his
own contribution with the humility
of a man who clearly felt that he had
wrought more than enough pain on
former friends without ostentatious
goal celebrations. Perhaps he took
with him the aura of Liverpool’s
invincibility or perhaps Klopp’s
team were always destined to tire at
the end of a tie that they controlled
for 75 minutes.
The ball that Radja Nainggolan
clipped over the head of Dejan
Lovren for Edin Dzeko to chest
down and score was, Klopp said,
one of those things that can happen
on nights like these in spite of what
he regarded as a brilliant performance from his Croatian. The
penalty that referee Felix Brych
awarded for James Milner’s handball was the wrong decision, Klopp
2-0
3-0
45 mins Played in by
Roberto Firmino,
Salah dinked the ball
over the goalkeeper
said, but substitute Diego Perotti
buried his penalty with rather more
confidence than those Roma players
of in the 1984 final.
Klopp said that he found it hard
to let his mood fly too high although
that was nothing to do with Roma’s
two goals, and rather more to do
with the fact that Alex OxladeChamberlain was carried off in the
first half with what is expected to
Omens for second leg
Chances of progressing after
result of first leg, based on
historic results in all European
competitions:
5-0 home win 100%
(132 occasions, never
eliminated)
5-2 home win 82.6%
(23 occasions, four times
eliminated)
56 mins
Salah turns
provider for
Sadio Mane
be a serious injury to his right knee.
It seems not a question of whether
he will be at the World Cup finals
but whether he will even be back in
time for next season.
A cruel blow for the Englishman,
who has done so well to establish
himself in Gareth Southgate’s plans,
not to mention this great ending
that Liverpool’s season is promising.
The second leg alone is set up to
be one of the classics with Roma
trailing by the same margin from
which they reeled in Barcelona in
the previous round. Klopp pointed
out that this Liverpool team are not
Barcelona, “who won it all” and was
eager to emphasise that the appetite
not to mess this up burns stronger
than usual.
It was a commanding result but it
could have been so much better
after a first half which Roma started
positively. Later their manager Di
Francesco would seek to blame the
lapses in the second half on his
players failing “to win their duels”
Match data
6
Liverpool
49
11
6
Roma
Possession %
Shots on target
Corners
Fouls committed
437
75
Total passes
Pass success %
Tackles
15
47
Tackles won %
7
8
9
Lovren ■
Van Dijk
Robertson
6
8
9
5
OxladeChamberlain
Henderson ■
Milner
4
Wijnaldum 18
7
Offsides
5
9
AlexanderArnold■
6
Shots off target
7
13
51
Karius
10
9
7
Salah
Firmino
Mane
Ings 75
Klavan 90
3
6
453
Dzeko
6
4
Nainggolan
Under
76
Schick 45
19
53
3
4
Kolarov
Strootman
Subs not used
Liverpool Mignolet (g),
Clyne, Moreno, Solanke.
3
3
De Rossi
Florenzi
Gonalons 67
Roma Skorupski (g),
Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bruno
Peres, El Shaarawy.
2
3
3
Jesus■
Perotti 67
Manolas
Fazio
5
Referee Felix Brych (Germany)
Alisson
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
FINAL
3
came the fightback Klopp praises
1-0
26 mins Mo Salah’s
sublime finish from
just inside the
penalty area glanced
in off the underside
of the crossbar.
his two-goal
‘genius’ Salah
Chris Bascombe
at Anfield
Egyptian takes plaudits
after mesmerising Roma
Anfield chief accepts the
blame for visitors’ goals
4-0
61 mins Salah opens
up Roma again, and
this time Roberto
Firmino finishes.
5-0
68 mins Firmino
heads home from
James Milner’s
corner.
as if mindful that his own tactics
were likely to be identified as the
chief reason why they were so out
of their depth.
They had the first major chance,
a shot from the former Manchester
City man Aleksandar Kolarov who
struck a left-footed drive on 18
minutes that Loris Karius seemed
to lose mid-flight and only managed
to push onto his own bar – and then
at last Salah took over.
Mane had three sights of goal in
the first half, from which he missed
the first two and scored the third
having strayed offside in the buildup. The first two came within a
minute of one another and when
the second was also sent over the
bar there was chastisement in the
groan from the home fans which
Klopp immediately picked up on.
He turned to them and demanded
they encourage the team.
At the centre of those two
chances was the excellent Firmino
with that magnetic touch of his and
he would be key in setting up
Salah’s second. In the 36th minute,
Salah was inside the box on the
right with enough space to pick
riking such a good shot
his spot, striking
eeper Alisson was nothat goalkeeper
ar it. For his second,
where near
ed the ball into the path
Salah guided
o, the Brazilian holding
of Firmino,
as
off Kostas
Manolas
and freeing Salah
to
run
ft
clear and lift
ver Alisson
a shot over
ed delicately
that bounced
oma goal.
into the Roma
nd of the firstt
If the end
half had been decided
by the brilliance off
Salah then the start of
d was somethe second
h worse for
thing much
Emotional: Jurgen Klopp
celebrates at Anfield
Roma, the proverbial bloodbath.
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ated by Salah, both tim
down the righ
right wing and
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picki
carefully
picking his pass
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Fir
and then Firmino
could
not miss. Rom
Roma conceded
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No 5 from James
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Roma two goals
Roma’s
came later with
Salah off the pitch,
and
while
they
w
changed the
mood in
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Anfield, the belief seems
to prevail that
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Eg
o the pitch
Egyptian
t en anything
th
anythin is possible.
then
Jurgen Klopp acclaimed the
“genius” of Mohamed Salah as
Liverpool took a major step towards
the Champions League final, but
warned Roma have already proved
their reputation as comeback
masters.
Liverpool seemed to be heading
to Kiev when leading 5-0 after 81
minutes of a pulsating first leg at
Anfield, with Salah scoring two and
creating two of the five goals.
But two late strikes from Edin
Dzeko and Diego Perotti revived
the Italians’ hopes, their manager
Eusebio Di Francesco claiming his
team needed “belief rather than a
miracle” in next week’s return
game at Stadio Olimpico.
Roma overturned the same
three-goal deficit to knock out
Barcelona in the quarter-final.
Klopp said he felt flat after the
final whistle, not because of the
performance or late lapses, but due
to a serious knee injury to Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain
which
appears to have ended his season
and probably his World Cup hopes.
There was the usual appreciation
for Salah’s extraordinary skills,
however.
“In that shape he is outstanding,”
said Klopp. “The way we played the
first 15 minutes we had to adapt a
bit, and then we played how we
played and he has a massive impact
on that.
“The first goal is a genius strike.
He has scored a few like this. It is no
coincidence. In the second goal he
is cool in the moment and then
makes the other two goals.
“What a player. If you think he is
the best in the world, write it or say
it. What I will say is he is in
outstandingly, world-class shape.
To be the best in the world you have
to do it for a longer period, I think.
“The other two (Messi and
Ronaldo) are not bad.
“If anyone wants to say it was my
mistake we conceded two goals
because I changed the striker I
have no problem with that.”
Italian reporters asked Klopp
whether the result would have
been reversed if Salah was still a
Roma player.
“If, if, if,” he said. “If Neymar
does not go to PSG we would still
have Philippe Coutinho.
“We hoped Mo would have that
impact. He is playing a season
which is not normal. We try to help
him. It is a team game, but you need
the players to make the decisive
things and he is very good at
making decisive things, so we are
very glad that we could get him.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury on
15 minutes soured the occasion,
with Klopp fearing the worst.
“The medical department is
concerned without a scan. It does
not look good,” said the German.
“I hope it only feels bad. We will
see. I am not flying, mood-wise. We
lost a fantastic player and that is not
good news, so I am not in the mood
to talk about fantastic things. We
will go there and play as well as we
can. It seems Liverpool always has
to take the more difficult way.”
‘The first goal is a
genius strike. He
has scored a few
like this. It is no
coincidence’
Blow: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is
taken off after making a tackle, above
“Now we have to work again in
Rome, that is no problem. We
would have had to work if we won
5-0. Roma would have tried everything, anyway. Roma need to score
goals against us and as I said a few
times, we are not Barcelona.
“Barcelona is one of the two or
three best teams in the world and
they won so many things in the last
few years and we didn’t, so we will
fight with all we have for that
result. It is a much better result
than we expected.”
Di Francesco said if any of his
players did not believe they could
complete another comeback, he
would not select them.
Klopp responded: “If one of my
players does not think Roma can
come back, he will not play.
Although I do not have many
players to choose.
“The atmosphere tonight was
absolutely outstanding. I say to
everyone with a ticket, we need the
same at 12.30 against Stoke.”
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Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Masterclass Hosts run riot and
expose Roma’s high defensive line
Roma pay the price for their high line
First-half average positions
Liverpool
Roma
Direction of play
An away team in a
semi-final first leg
tie at Anfield would
normally sit back,
but Roma instead
played a very high
line while five of
their players had
average positions in
the Liverpool half.
It invited the hosts
to play the ball over
the top, which they
duly did.
Direction of play
Liverpool attack in waves to take advantage
First-half shots at goal
Liverpool shot
0
5
10
Roma shot
15
20
Liverpool goal
25
30
35
40
45
Minutes
Liverpool took some time to work out Roma's system, and they were
rocking in the early stages. But once they settled they attacked in
waves, as is the way with this side. Between the eighth and the 28th
minute the hosts did not have a shot. In the final 17 minutes of the half
they had 10, scored two goals and took complete control.
Egyptian proves decisive yet again
Salah joins Anfield
greats with display
touched by genius
Liverpool were on top but still needed a moment
of brilliance from Mohamed Salah to hit the front,
his wonderful, curling shot giving Allison no
chance (above). He repeated the trick on the
stroke of half-time to make it 2-0 (below).
Liverpool
Salah’s touch map
Despite Salah being the key man he
had just 44 touches – but a quarter
of them were in the Roma penalty
area. The visitors could not track his
movement, and he made them pay,
continuing his incredible season.
43
Salah has now scored 43 goals for Liverpool
this season, with only Ian Rush (who scored
47 in 1983/84) registering more in a single
season for the club.
5
Direction of play
Salah has scored on each of his past five
Champions League starts for the club,
equalling a record set by Steven Gerrard.
PAUL HAYWARD
CHIEF SPORTS WRITER AT ANFIELD
IELD
LD
Match-winner has passed into folklore
klore
alongside Dalglish and Gerrard
T
hese great Anfield
nights work best
when Liverpool have
a star they can show
off to the world, to
leave the rest of the
industry jealous. That player is
Mohamed Salah, whose first goal in
a 5-2 jamboree stunned the
audience with its suddenness and
beauty.
The goals you never forget are
the ones followed by a moment of
incredulity. So it was when Salah
stopped and paused just inside the
Roma penalty box, looked up and
curled a shot at a target about the
size of a shoebox.
In classic world-class-player
style, Salah pretty much decided to
score. The Anfield crowd were not
contemplative for long. Soon, an
engulfing storm of noise crashed
round the stands and his name was
chanted with thunderous intensity.
Jurgen Klopp called it a “genius
strike”.
In a thrilling but not quite
conclusive win, Salah was
sensational. He can thank the left
side of Roma’s defence for playing
one-on-one against him (Nunes
Juan Jesus was dreadful); but in
this form it would have taken half a
dozen Roman centurions to stop
him. Only when he left the field
with 15 minutes left did the Serie A
team recover their faculties, with
two goals that gave them hope of
repeating their comeback against
Barcelona in the previous round.
The build-up to this game
featured much nostalgia about
Rome in 1984 and Liverpool’s five
European Cup wins. Those
victories were supreme collective
efforts, but also featured great
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
**
Sport Champions League
Hero: Liverpool
congratulate Mo
Salah on the first
of his two goals
in the thrashing
of Roma at
Anfield last night
Man marking By James Ducker at Anfield
Liverpool
4-3-3
6
Loris Karius
9
Trent AlexanderArnold 7
Dejan Lovren 8
Virgil van Dijk
The Dutchman cuts a
serene figure no matter
how high the stakes
and transmits that
calmness to his
Relieved to see
Kolarov’s shot
rebound off the
crossbar after almost
allowing it to squirm
through his fingers.
Continues to grow in
stature on the big
occasion. The quality
of his passing was
exemplary.
Unfortunate not to
score after crashing a
header off the bar. A
misjudgment for
Roma’s first goal but
his only mistake.
Roma
3-4-2-1
5
Alisson
Commanding early on,
the Brazilian was
eventually reduced to
the role of helpless
bystander, watching
the goals flood in.
3
Federico Fazio A chastening evening
for the former
Tottenham defender,
who looked dazed and
confused as Liverpool
ran riot in attack.
3
Kostas Manolas
Scorer of the goal that
swept Roma into the
semi-finals, but
brought back down to
earth with a bump
here.
2
Nunes Juan Jesus The ease with which
Salah breezed past him
before crossing for
Liverpool’s fourth goal
summed up his truly
wretched night.
3
Alessandro Florenzi
Another who visibly
wilted in the Anfield
cauldron. Disconnect
between him and Fazio
on Roma’s right was
alarming.
3
Daniele De Rossi
Started the game as a
34-year-old, but
probably felt 54 by the
time he was eventually
put out of his misery
and subbed.
4
Kevin Strootman
The Dutchman claimed
he was fouled in the
build-up to Salah’s first,
which was about as
much of a protest as he
staged all night.
3
Aleksandar Kolarov
The former Manchester
City defender hit the
crossbar, but abdicated
all defensive duties as
Liverpool ravaged
Roma’s left.
4
Cengiz Under
The first half largely
passed him by and he
was substituted at
half-time as Eusebio Di
Francesco sought more
impetus going forward.
6
Radja Nainggolan
One of the few Roma
players to emerge with
any credit on the night.
Spearheaded his side’s
efforts to claw two
goals back.
6
Edin Dzeko
It was almost possible
to feel sorry for the
former Manchester City
striker. Worked hard
but was an isolated
figure before scoring.
team-mates.
individuals. There is a long way to
go before Klopp’s team can join
those European champions of the
Seventies and Eighties but they
have a player deserving of
comparison with the club’s finest
sons.
With Salah’s two first-half goals
against a Roma side whose prior
knowledge of him was no use
whatsoever, you could feel the PFA
Player of the Year easing into the
company of Kenny Dalglish and
Steven Gerrard. He would need to
stick around a while and maintain
these standards to become true
Anfield royalty, but his form this
year has been spectacular, and his
first-half brace spoke of a player
without limits at this level.
Salah needed no new storylines,
but trying to knock his old club out
of the Champions League was a
fresh plot for the man whose name
is cheered at double-volume by the
Anfield crowd.
Not that the role of slayer sat
comfortably with him. For both his
goals he raised his palms to spurn
the usual celebration. Scoring
twice in the first half of a
Champions League semi-final first
leg entitles the author to rejoice in
any way imaginable. Salah, though,
had scored twice in front of the
Roma fans, and adopted the
apologetic pose of someone
embarrassed about the pain they
were inflicting.
His first was that sweetly curled,
neatly aimed lifter-and-dipper
from right to left into the corner of
Alisson’s net: the kind of big
Champions League goal that
reverberates around the world.
The second was another of his
specialities: the dink over the
onrushing keeper after a dash
through the middle. These goals
also excite the masses, because
everyone seems to know how hard
they are to score. First, they need
to be timed right. Then, the chip
has to be firm but airy to clear the
last line of defence.
Another respectful celebration
You tend to see a
gap this big
between players
only when Ronaldo
or Messi are playing
– but this time Roberto Firmino,
who had supplied the pass, kicked
the air in exultation.
Roma – who overturned a 4-1
deficit against Barcelona in the
previous round – were shattered,
and fell apart defensively in the
second half. Salah provided the
pass for Sadio Mane to make it
three and Firmino added a fourth
from yet another swerving run by
Salah. Firmino scored a fifth, with
his head, before Roma struck twice
to keep the tie alive.
Against the team that re-started
his career after a spell in the
shadows at Chelsea, the Premier
League’s No 1 player ascended to a
level where everything he tried
came off. He was free to run and
carve space and chances. The game
was his. Not only his, because
Liverpool were sensationally good,
and Mane, after some errant
first-half finishing, joined Firmino
on the highest plane.
In the preamble, there was an
exchange between Salah and Radja
Nainggolan, and a hug and a joke
from Edin Dzeko. But most Roma
players confined themselves to a
hand clasp or a slap of the
shoulder, with no eye contact. It
was strictly business.
Yet so good was Salah that Klopp
withdrew him for Danny Ings after
75 minutes, and the Kop chanted
Ings’s name, perhaps in sympathy
for the size of the task he had been
given: replacing Salah, whose
performance will pass into
folklore.
Forty-one goals in all
competitions became 42 and then
43, against a club who sold him and
were then obliterated by him. You
tend to see a gap this big between
one player and the other 21 on the
pitch only when Cristiano Ronaldo
or Lionel Messi are out there.
Against a chaotic Roma side, Salah
placed all mercy aside and declared
Liverpool’s serious intention to
win this competition in Kiev.
Their European progress under
Klopp is compelling enough by
itself, but feels special with Salah’s
magic. In Rome, though, he may
need to stay on for 90 minutes.
9
Andy Robertson
6
Alex OxladeChamberlain
8
Jordan Henderson 9
James Milner
So assured, it is hard
to believe now that
he spent much of the
first four months of
the season on the
sidelines.
Klopp said his knee
injury looked “really
bad” and his World
Cup hopes are in the
balance. A cruel blow.
Worked tirelessly in
Liverpool’s engine
room but there was
more than just hard
work to his display.
Excellent throughout.
Do not be surprised
if Gareth Southgate is
in touch, despite the
midfielder conceding
a potentially crucial
late penalty.
10
Mohamed Salah
9
Roberto Firmino
7
Sadio Mane
Squandered two
Left everyone lucky
enough to witness
this masterclass
drooling. Could even
win the Ballon d’Or at
this rate.
No one should
underestimate the
brilliant Brazilian’s
role. Linked the
play superbly and
scored twice.
glorious chances to
put Liverpool in front
in the first half, but
stuck at it and took
his goal well.
Substitutions Wijnaldum (Oxlade-Chamberlain 18), Ings
(Salah 75), Klavan (Firmino 90). Not used: Mignolet (g),
Clyne, Moreno, Solanke.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Substitutions Schick (Under 46), Perotti (Juan Jesus 66),
Gonalons (De Rossi 66). Not used: Skorupski (g), Pellegrini,
Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy.
5
6
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Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
FINAL
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Sport Football
Roma supporters seen
‘assaulting’ lone rival
Social media shows 20
Italians on rampage
By Sam Dean at Anfield
A Liverpool fan was in a critical
condition last night after being attacked, allegedly with a belt by
Roma fans, before last night’s game
Two men from Rome were last
night arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the 53-yearold supporter, who is believed to
have travelled to the game from Ireland, was set upon outside the Albert pub.
Footage posted on social media
appeared to show groups of Roma
fans charging towards Liverpool
supporters, one of whom had been
knocked to the ground, before they
were chased down the streets behind the stadium.
The Liverpool fan was treated on
the road by a team of paramedics as
police waited to usher ambulances
through the packed streets in the
minutes before the game kicked
off. Police were called to the scene
at 7.35pm, 10 minutes before kickoff, following reports of a serious
assault.
Detective Inspector Paul Speight, of Mersyeside Police said: “We
believe the victim was in Liverpool
with his brother for the Liverpool v
Roma semi-final and was assaulted
during an altercation between
Roma and Liverpool fans near to
the Albert pub at about 7.35pm.
“Witnesses report that the victim
was hit with a belt and then fell to
the ground. Paramedics treated
him at the scene and he was taken
by ambulance to Walton Neurological Centre, where he is being
treated for a head injury. His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been
informed.
“The place where this incident
occurred is right by the ground and
was heaving with fans making their
way to the game. I would appeal to
anyone who has any information,
or mobile-phone footage of the incident to contact us urgently, as information they have could be vital
to our investigation.
“Merseyside Police can confirm
that two men, aged 25 and 26 years
from Rome, have been arrested on
suspicion of attempted murder after a 53-year-old man was seriously
injured before the Champions
League semi-final game.” Police
said the men were arrested inside
the ground.
Liverpool issued a statement last
night saying they were “shocked
PA
Liverpool fan
critical after
‘belt attack’
Unrest: Fans let off flares on top of a police van outside Anfield; (above, right) a
Liverpool supporter is knocked out after Roma fans appeared to attack him
and appalled” by the incident. “Our
thoughts, in the first instance, are
with the victim and his family at
this very traumatic time. We will be
offering them our full support.”
In a video shared on Twitter, a
collection of around 20 Roma fans
were filmed apparently attacking a
Liverpool fan.
The injured man was attended to
by a steward. According to eyewit-
ness reports, the fans charged using batons and belts as weapons,
before fleeing after Liverpool fans
in the vicinity became aware of the
situation.
The road was soon flooded with
police officers, who cleared the area
around the injured man as he received treatment. He was eventually carried inside an ambulance on
a stretcher, with stewards and po-
lice frantically trying to clear the
roads of fans to allow the vehicle to
leave the area.
There were also separate reports
of scuffles between the two sets of
fans outside a local pub in the area
in further ugly scenes that will raise
concerns about Liverpool’s trip to
Rome for the second leg next week.
The violence followed hours of
frenzied build-up to the game in the
roads near Anfield as the home fans
once again gathered to welcome
the Liverpool team bus and set off
flares, as they did when Liverpool
played Manchester City in the quarter-final earlier this month. City’s
bus was pelted with bottles.
Before last night’s game, Merseyside Police had warned fans that
it would crack down on any fan disturbances around the ground.
Football results and fixtures
Champions League
Semi-final 1st leg
Liverpool (2) 5
Salah 36 45
Mane 56
Firmino 61 69
Roma (0) 2
Dzeko 81
Perotti 85 pen
51,236
Sky Bet Championship
Derby (0) 3
Jerome 69 90
Vydra 82
Cardiff (1) 1
Paterson 28
30,294
Nottm Forest (2) 3
Barnsley (0) 0
Tomlin 26
Brereton 36
Vellios 90
23,633
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Wolves (C) 44 16 4 2 47 18 14 4 4 35 18 46 98
Cardiff
44 16 3 3 40 16 10 5 7 27 23 28 86
Fulham
44 12 8 2 38 16 12 5 5 38 26 34 85
Sky Bet League One
Sky Bet League Two
Vanarama National League
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Bradford City (1) 2
Dieng 12
Knight-Percival 80
MK Dons (0) 0
Coventry (2) 2
Bayliss 16
Shipley 39
Bromley (0) 0
Barrow (0) 0
Livingston (0) 0
Bristol R (1) 1
Sercombe 28
Wigan (0) 1
Colclough 80
Lincoln City (3) 4
Rhead 1
Palmer 38 44
Frecklington 67
13,115
Gateshead (1) 2
Johnson 45 66
Ebbsfleet Utd (1) 5
Kedwell 33 pen 61 71
Coulson 74
Powell 83
411
Doncaster (0) 0
Blackburn (0) 1
Mulgrew 80 10,443
Morecambe (0) 0
Cambridge Utd (0) 0
992
Leyton Orient (0) 0
Oldham (0) 0
Southend (1) 3
Robinson 5
Cox 52 56
3,362
Newport Co (1) 2
Amond 30
Nouble 85
Accrington (0) 1
Kee 90
Maidenhead Utd (1) 1
Upward 5
3,145
Plymouth (0) 1
Grant 53
2,760
Torquay (1) 3
Healey 16 72
Dowling 86
Yeovil (0) 0
Guiseley (2) 4
Southwell 5
Hatfield 37
Liburd 60 80
1,007
Rochdale (0) 1
Delaney 55
8,414
Shrewsbury (0) 3
Peterborough (1) 1
Beckles 59, Payne 73
Edwards 14
John-Lewis 90
4,666
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Wigan (P)
44 13 7 2 36 10 15 3 4 51 18 59 94
2,370
Forest Green (0) 0
2,789
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Tranmere (0) 1
Green 67
Luton (P)
44 16 2 4 59 23 8 10 4 32 22 46 84
Solihull Moors (1) 2
Osborne 31
Reid 64
3,496
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Wycombe
44 11 5 6 42 35 11 7 4 34 24 17 78
Maccl'field (C) 45 12 7 3 29 19 14 4 5 36 27 19 89
Accrington (P)44 16 3 3 41 19 12 3 7 34 24 32 90
Blackburn (P) 44 14 6 2 44 19 13 6 3 36 19 42 93
Exeter
44 14 4 4 33 19 9 4 9 29 32 11 77
Tranmere
Shrewsbury 44 14 4 4 32 16 11 7 4 27 21 22 86
Notts Co
44 14 6 2 43 19 7 7 8 27 27 24 76
Sutton Utd 45 11 6 5 34 27 11 4 8 31 25 13 76
Rotherham 44 14 3 5 44 23 9 4 9 27 28 20 76
Lincoln City 44 12 7 3 37 22 8 7 7 26 24 17 74
Aldershot
Charlton
44 10 6 6 30 24 9 5 8 27 26 7 68
Coventry
44 13 3 6 36 24 8 5 9 22 22 12 71
Ebbsfleet
45 11 7 5 35 23 8 9 5 28 26 14 73
43
43
44
44
43
44
44
44
43
44
44
44
43
44
43
Mansfield
44 10 9 3 41 25 7 8 7 22 24 14 68
AFC Fylde
45 11 9 3 51 27 9 3 10 31 29 26 72
Swindon
44 8 5 9 26 36 11 2 9 38 29 -1 64
Boreham W 45 11 5 6 30 24 8 10 5 31 22 15 72
Carlisle
44 7 9 6 30 22 9 6 7 29 30 7 63
Bromley
45 10 8 5 38 23 9 5 8 35 30 20 70
Colchester 44 9 6 7 30 23 7 7 8 23 28 2 61
Dover
45 12 5 6 32 17 7 8 7 28 26 17 70
Cambridge U 44 12 5 5 33 23 4 8 10 17 35 -8 61
Wrexham
45 10 9 3 31 17 7 9 7 18 22 10 69
Newport Co 43 8 10 4 30 23 7 5 9 23 32 -2 60
Dag & Red 45 13 3 7 40 32 6 8 8 29 28 9 68
Birmingham 44 9 3 10 18 23 3 4 15 16 41 -30 43
Scunthorpe
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Peterboro
Bradford C
Blackpool
Southend
Bristol Rvrs
Doncaster
Fleetwood
Oxford Utd
Gillingham
AFC W'don
Rochdale
Walsall
Bolton
44 8 4 10 22 31 1 9 12 14 39 -34 40
Oldham
44 8 5 9 31 33 3 10 9 25 40 -17 48
Barnsley
44 4 9 9 23 32 4 5 13 22 36 -23 38
Northamptn 44 7 4 11 18 33 5 6 11 23 41 -33 46
Ch'field (R) 43 7 3 11 25 31 2 5 15 20 47 -33 35
Torquay (R) 45 5 5 12 25 35 5 6 12 19 37 -28 41
Burton
44 3 5 14 17 43 6 6 10 18 36 -44 38
MK Dons
44 6 8 8 24 28 4 4 14 18 39 -25 42
44 2 7 13 20 39 4 9 9 28 39 -30 34
Bury (R)
44 6 4 12 19 30 1 7 14 19 39 -31 32
JD WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE: Prestatyn Town 0
Barry Town 0.
Chester (R) 45 5 5 13 20 37 2 8 12 20 41 -38 34
S'land (R)
Aston Villa 44 14 6 2 41 18 10 4 8 30 22 31 82
Middlesbro 44 13 3 6 31 17 8 6 8 32 26 20 72
Derby
44 11 5 6 37 21 8 9 5 28 25 19 71
Millwall
44 11 7 4 32 21 7 8 7 23 22 12 69
Brentford
44 9 10 3 36 23 9 4 9 25 26 12 68
Preston
44 8 8 6 25 21 9 8 5 29 24 9 67
Bristol City 44 11 6 5 39 25 6 9 7 26 30 10 66
Sheff Utd
44 12 5 5 33 19 7 4 11 26 33 7 66
Leeds Utd
44 9 6 7 30 27 7 3 12 26 35 -6 57
Norwich
44 7 8 7 23 24 7 7 8 23 30 -8 57
Ipswich
44 9 5 8 27 25 7 3 12 24 33 -7 56
Sheff Wed 44 7 7 8 32 30 6 7 9 22 29 -5 53
QPR
44 11 5 6 35 30 3 6 13 20 37 -12 53
N Forest
44 10 2 10 25 27 5 5 12 24 35 -13 52
Hull
44 7 8 7 41 30 4 7 11 28 37 2 48
Reading
44 5 8 9 25 31 5 5 12 23 35 -18 43
8
12
11
11
9
9
12
11
7
6
8
4
8
5
8
7
3
3
4
3
7
6
5
8
6
6
11
5
12
6
6
7
8
7
9
6
4
6
6
10
8
7
9
5
8
25
35
31
35
27
36
38
37
30
30
32
21
23
23
29
22
29
21
26
29
28
21
29
24
35
31
24
28
24
31
9
6
8
5
9
6
4
5
6
9
6
8
5
5
4
9
8
3
9
4
7
5
4
7
3
5
5
6
6
6
4
7
11
8
9
9
13
13
9
10
11
9
10
11
11
35
19
24
31
28
23
18
22
22
27
26
23
21
24
22
27 11
22 3
34 0
32 8
34 -8
25 6
41 -6
36 -6
27 1
31 -9
32 -5
28 -8
27 -11
31 -8
32 -12
67
65
63
61
61
59
59
57
54
54
53
52
50
48
48
Crawley
44 8 4 10 29 28 8 6 8 27 35 -7 58
45 15 2 5 47 21 9 8 6 30 23 33 82
45 11 7 5 35 23 9 8 5 28 27 13 75
Maidenhead 45 10 6 6 31 24 6 7 10 29 40 -4 61
Stevenage 44 8 9 5 39 26 5 4 13 18 37 -6 52
L Orient
45 8 6 9 33 26 7 6 9 22 29 0 57
Cheltenham 44 8 6 8 30 25 5 6 11 35 40 0 51
Gateshead 45 8 8 6 33 24 4 10 9 28 31 6 54
Crewe
44 9 4 9 30 31 6 1 15 28 42 -15 50
Solihull M
45 8 7 7 27 26 6 5 12 21 30 -8 54
Port Vale
44 7 6 9 25 27 4 8 10 23 33 -12 47
FC Halifax
45 9 6 8 31 30 4 9 9 17 28 -10 54
Yeovil
44 8 5 9 27 23 4 6 12 29 48 -15 47
Eastleigh
45 6 11 6 33 34 6 6 10 28 37 -10 53
Forest Green 44 10 2 10 35 33 3 6 13 18 38 -18 47
Hartlepool 45 7 6 10 24 26 6 8 8 27 36 -11 53
Morecambe 44 6 9 7 22 26 3 9 10 19 29 -14 45
Maidstone 45 6 8 8 25 31 7 6 10 27 33 -12 53
Grimsby
44 5 9 8 18 25 6 3 13 19 40 -28 45
Barrow
45 4 10 8 22 27 7 6 10 28 34 -11 49
Barnet
44 7 6 9 21 25 3 4 15 21 40 -23 40
Woking
45 9 5 8 31 30 4 4 15 23 44 -20 48
Guiseley (R) 45 3 9 11 21 33 4 3 15 22 53 -43 33
Inverness CT (0) 1
Polworth 46
740
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
St Mirren (C) 35 14 2 2 37 12 9 3 5 26 23 28 74
Livingston
35 8 7 3 26 16 9 4 4 30 19 21 62
Dundee Utd 35 11 3 3 28 16 6 4 8 22 26 8 58
Dunfermline 35 10 4 3 34 18 5 7 6 22 17 21 56
Inverness CT 35 9 5 4 31 17 6 4 7 19 20 13 54
Morton
35 7 3 7 23 19 6 8 4 24 18 10 50
Queen of Sth 35 5 7 6 26 26 8 3 6 28 26 2 49
Falkirk
35 6 6 5 26 22 5 5 8 18 27 -5 44
Dumbarton 35 4 3 11 13 32 3 6 8 14 27 -32 30
Brechin (R) 35 0 4 13 9 35 0 0 18 10 50 -66 4
Ladbrokes Scottish League Two
Berwick (2) 2
Hamilton 28
Willis 33
Stenhousemuir (2) 2
Dallas 39
McMenamin 43
295
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Montrose
35 11 3 3 30 21 12 4 2 29 13 25 76
Peterhead
35 10 2 5 35 20 13 2 3 42 18 39 73
Stirling A
35 8 3 6 29 23 8 3 7 31 28 9 54
Stenh'muir 35 9 1 8 32 26 6 7 4 23 20 9 53
Clyde
35 7 6 4 22 21 7 3 8 29 27 3 51
Elgin
35 10 4 4 31 16 4 2 11 22 44 -7 48
Annan Ath 35 6 8 4 24 17 5 3 9 23 24 6 44
Berwick
35 5 6 7 21 27 3 4 10 8 31 -29 34
Edinburgh C 35 4 4 10 19 31 3 5 9 17 29 -24 30
Cowdenbeath 35 3 3 11 12 33 1 7 10 11 21 -31 22
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE: North: Blyth
Spartans 2 Curzon Ashton 1-Nuneaton P Boston
Utd P (Postponed -due to floodlight failure)-Spennymoor Town 1 AFC Telford 2. South: Bognor
Regis Town 0 Chelmsford 1-Braintree Town 0
Oxford City 0-Concord Rangers 1 Hungerford
Town 0-Poole Town 1 Whitehawk 1-Welling 0
Bath City 2-Weston-S-Mare 0 Truro City 2.
EA SPORTS CUP.-2nd rd: Shamrock Rovers 0
Longford Town 1-Shelbourne 7 Drogheda Utd 2.
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER.-Prem:
Altrincham P Marine P (Postponed -due to a
waterlogged pitch)-Barwell 1 Stourbridge
1-Grantham 0 Warrington Town 0-Lancaster City
1 Buxton 1-Matlock Town 1 Ashton Utd
2-Nantwich Town 2 Shaw Lane 3-Stalybridge P
Workington P (Postponed -due to a waterlogged
pitch)-Whitby 2 Rushall Olympic 3-Witton Albion
1 Farsley Celtic 4.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Biggleswade Town
0 Dunstable 2-Bishop’s Stortford 4 Merthyr Town
0-Kettering 2 Tiverton 3-Royston Town 0 Slough
4-St Ives Town 0 Chesham 2.
BOSTIK.-Prem: Billericay 2 Harlow 0-Dorking
Wanderers 0 Harrow Borough 4-Leiston 2
Needham Market 0.
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND: Cove Rangers 0
Nairn County 3-Strathspey 1 Fraserburgh 4.
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND: Whitehill
Welfare 3 Hawick Royal Albert 1.
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE 1: Arsenal 3 Liverpool 0.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Chelsea
14 9 5 0 34 9 25 32
Arsenal
14 8 4 2 28 13 15 28
Man City
12 8 2 2 33 13 20 26
Reading
15 7 4 4 34 17 17 25
Liverpool
14 8 0 6 26 20 6 24
Birmingham
14 7 2 5 22 15 7 23
Sunderland
13 4 1 8 12 30 -18 13
Everton
13 3 1 9 14 20 -6 10
Bristol City
13 3 1 9 7 32 -25 10
Yeovil
14 0 2 12 0 41 -41 2
Fixtures 7.45 unless stated
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
SEMI FINAL 1ST LEG
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE.-North:
Darlington v Southport, Brackley v Chorley.
South: Havant and W v East Thurrock.
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER.-Prem:
Mickleover Sports v Halesowen.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Frome Tn v
Banbury, Hitchin v Hereford FC.
BOSTIK.-Prem: Leatherhead v Hendon.
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND: Deveronvale v
Fort William, Rothes v Brora (8).
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND: Selkirk v Vale
Of Leithen (7).
8
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Sport Football
Zidane hints at
Bale exit ahead
of Real overhaul
C H A M P I O N S L E AG U E
Coach says key players
could leave in summer
Bayern desperate for
revenge in semi-final
By Jason Burt CHIEF FOOTBALL
CORRESPONDENT in Munich
With Gareth Bale expected to be on
the bench for Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against
Bayern Munich, coach Zinedine
Zidane dropped a clear hint that
other big-name players in his stellar
squad might follow the path of
James Rodriguez and leave this
summer.
Inevitably, Zidane was quizzed
on how he felt about letting James
go last year on a two-season loan
move to Bayern, where the coach
Jupp Heynckes has praised the Colombian’s growing influence. James
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
7.45pm. Probable teams. BT Spt 2
Bayern Munich
Real Madrid
4-1-4-1
26 Ulreich
32 Kimmich
17 Boateng
5 Hummels
13 Rafinha
8 Martinez
10 Robben
25 Muller
11 James
7 Ribery
9 Lewandowski
4-4-2
1 Navas
2 Carvajal
5 Varane
4 Ramos
12 Marcelo
10 Modric
22 Isco
14 Casemiro
8 Kroos
9 Benzema
7 Ronaldo
Referee Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)
is expected to start against Real,
with Heynckes saying that the midfielder had been “depressed”” on
his arrival from the Spanish giants.
“I took care of him, I had lot of
ep,
talks with him and, step by step,
kes
he found confidence,” Heynckes
hey
said. “Our fans here, when they
oy it.
see him play football, they enjoy
Above all he is a player who hass fantasy, has an overview.”
eal at
There will be concern at Real
ames
the damage a rejuvenated James
dane
might inflict on them, but Zidane
lems
insisted: “I never had any problems
with James.
e and
“He just wanted to play more
e the
I understood. This year will be
ayers
same – there are important players
ench.
but they have to sit on the bench.
This is the most difficult part of being a coach.”
Was that a reference to the likes
of Bale? The break-up of Real’s
‘BBC’ trident – Bale, Benzema, Crisikely
tiano – appears increasingly likely
at the end of this campaign and
d it is
the Welshman who seems the most
Uncertain future:
Gareth Bale trains
yesterday but is
likely to be on the
bench in Munich
tonight
surplus to requirements, even if his
desire is to stay.
Bale started the second leg of the
quarter-final against Juventus, but
was substituted at half-time and
there have been too many games
this season when the 28-year-old
has not been an automatic selection or made an impact. He has
travelled to Munich, as has all the
Real first-team squad, but the suggestions were that Karim Benzema
and Isco would start.
The James subplot is one of many
intertwined between Real and Bayern. When Zidane said it was “in
the DNA of this club” to be in the
last four of the Champions League
he could also have been referring
to Bayern. “It’s the determination
we have. It’s a club, it’s a team that
has always been fighting at this
level,” Zidane said ahead of what
has become a European Clasico.
In fact, this is the most frequently
occurring tie in Champions League
history, with 18 meetings. This will
be the 25th overall in the European
Cup, and it is the minimum requirement for each of these clubs to be in
the semi-finals. Those links also involve Toni Kroos, Real’s former
Bayern midfielder who reminded
everyone of last year’s controversial
meeting in the quarter-finals. Arturo Vidal was wrongly sent off in
the second leg at the Bernabeu and
Cristiano Ronaldo scored from an
offside position. Twice. The club
have not forgotten.
Then there is Heynckes. It is an
extraordinary tie for the 72-yearold, who retires – again – at the end
thi season after the club pleaded
of this
with him to return following the
sacki
sacking
of Carlo Ancelotti. As in
2013, when he retired to make way
for P
Pep Guardiola, Heynckes could
ou with a treble of league, dogo out
mestic
mest cup and Champions League.
Heynckes has reached the final
H
in his
h past three campaigns and
coached Real to their triumph in
coac
1998, a remarkable feat given it was
1998
the first time they had won it in 32
yea
years. Zidane was in the Juventus
tea
team that was beaten in Amsterdam.
Heynckes was sacked a
d
week
later. Now he stands in the
w
way of Real winning it three times
in a row.
r
“I played against great coaches
like Sacchi, Cruyff, Lippi, Happel
and Weisweiller,” Heynckes said.
“The were all fantastic coaches.
“They
But I was also always an admirer of
Zizou both as player and coach. I
Zizou,
h
like how
Real play under him and
how calm he is on the sidelines. He
is a role-model
coach.”
r
Th
That calmness was evident in the
Allianz
Allian Arena as Zidane spoke, even
if the
there was a blunt scatological reference
erenc to end proceedings. “We
can’t I would say, c--- in our pants
can’t,
befor matches like this,” he said.
before
“You have to enjoy it.”
Jerome reignites Derby
to frustrate Warnock
CHAMPIONSHIP
Derby County
Jerome 69, 90, Vydra 82
Cardiff City
Paterson 28
3
1
Att: 30,294
By John Percy
at Pride Park
Promotion number eight will have
to wait for Neil Warnock, after the
immutable law of the ex.
Warnock’s hopes of securing a
Premier League return are still
hanging in the balance after a
dramatic Derby County turnaround
ensured the scramble for automatic
Target man:
Cameron Jerome
scores Derby’s
first goal
promotion is set for the final day.
Cardiff City old boy Cameron
Jerome scored twice, while a goal
from substitute Matej Vydra
breathed fresh life into Derby’s
previously sagging play-off bid, to
increase Warnock’s frustration
over the original postponement.
Five weeks ago this game was called
off due to overnight snow, but it
was Derby who put the skids on
Cardiff with a defiant response.
Cardiff could still secure a toptwo finish this weekend if they beat
Hull City and rivals Fulham suffer a
defeat against Sunderland, but the
chase now seems certain to be a
nail-biting experience.
Cardiff are a point above Fulham
with two games left. This was only
Derby’s third win in 14 games, but
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
**
9
Sport
Leeds forced to defend ‘strange’ tour
of Myanmar amid ethnic cleansing
By James Ducker NORTHERN
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Leeds United have defended plans
for a controversial post-season tour
of Myanmar, despite an ongoing
military offensive in the country
that has been described by the
United Nations as a “textbook
example of ethnic cleansing”.
The Championship club are due
to play two games in the war-torn
nation in southeast Asia, with a
friendly against a Myanmar National League All-Star team in Yangon on May 9 followed by a match
against the Myanmar national team
in Mandalay two days later.
The Foreign and Commonwealth
Office advises against all non-essential travel to four separate areas
of Myanmar, formerly Burma.
Although Leeds will not be playing in any of those regions, political
unrest is rife and the FCO warns of
the threat of terrorist attacks, while
the government also class Myanmar
as having a risk of Zika-virus transmission. The decision to tour Myanmar has sparked security and health
fears and raised ethical questions.
It is also understood to have
caused some disquiet and concern
among the playing squad, as well as
inviting criticism from supporters.
Contacts: Leeds
owner Andrea
Radrizzani has
business interests
in Myanmar
Leeds, who have advised fans to
“wait for further advice” before arranging travel, insist they will address any fears. Leeds view the trip
– which will be sponsored by AYA
Bank – as a chance to grow the club
in Asia. Andrea Radrizzani, the
Leeds owner, has business interests
in Myanmar through his company,
Stoke call off ‘inappropriate’
awards as they fight the drop
GETTY IMAGES
By John Percy
lifted them above Millwall into the
final play-off place.
Warnock said: “We’ve got to
regroup and go again. We’ve got to
win at Hull and beat Reading. We’d
have settled for that on July 15 when
we started pre-season. It was
always going to the wire. It’s disappointing for us. They were Sunday
league goals for us to concede.
“You’d think Derby had won the
World Cup at the final whistle. I
can’t blame the weather and I’m
pleased they managed to get a full
team out this time.”
Relations between Warnock and
Derby’s Gary Rowett have become
frosty after the initial fixture was
controversially
postponed.
Warnock branded the decision a
“disgrace” and hinted darkly that
Derby wanted the game called off
due to a lengthy injury list.
The stakes in this rearranged
game were huge and Cardiff took
the lead after the 28th minute
through a spectacular volley from
Callum Paterson.
Derby were nervy in the first
half, Pride Park an arena of anxiety,
and there was no hint of what was
to follow. Yet they were vastly
improved in the second half, and it
was Jerome – who scored 27 goals
between 2004 and 2006 for Cardiff
– who pinched the equaliser after
the 68th minute.
Vydra put the game beyond the
visitors nine minutes from time
with an emphatic finish, his 20th of
the season, before Jerome added a
third in added time.
Rowett said: “There are no
second chances for us and we had
to lay it all out on the pitch.
“The players have shown character and it’s now in our own hands
again. We’ve got Aston Villa on Saturday and then Barnsley, who will
be fighting for their lives, which is
why we all love this division.”
Derby County (3-6-1) Carson; Keogh, Davies, Forsyth;
Wisdom, Huddlestone, Johnson, Lawrence (Hanson 88),
Olsson (Vydra 60), Weimann (Pearce 88); Jerome.
Subs Roos (g), Palmer, Nugent, Ledley.
Cardiff City (4-4-2) Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison,
Bamba, Bennett; Paterson, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Ward
(Wildschut 74); Hoilett (Pilkington 74), Madine (Zohore
67). Subs Murphy (g), Peltier, Mendez-Laing, Grujic.
Booked Paterson, Manga, Bennett, Ralls.
Referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).
Stoke City have cancelled their
player of the year awards, saying it
would be “inappropriate” after a
season fighting against relegation
to the Championship.
It is understood that the club’s
hierarchy took the decision earlier
this month, with the backing of
manager Paul Lambert and his
coaching staff.
Stoke are second bottom in the
Premier League, four points adrift
of safety with three games left and
at serious risk of dropping out of the
top flight 10 years after going up.
Lambert’s team face Champions
League semi-finalists Liverpool on
Saturday in search of their first win
since Jan 20. Ryan Shawcross, the
captain, has insisted there is hope
of a miraculous escape. “If there are
players that give up, they won’t be
playing. Football’s a strange sport
and it throws up these surprises so
hopefully we can do one,” he said.
“Liverpool have had a few upsets
at Anfield so hopefully we can
capitalise on them. Obviously
they’ve got two massive games in
the Champions League, we are
sandwiched in between that so
hopefully their focus is away from
our game.
“We’ve got to win all three
games. It’s difficult, but it’s not
mathematically impossible yet so
we carry on fighting and we carry
on hoping to pick up those three
points. It’s going to be very hard,
but that’s football, you never know
what happens.”
Eleven Sports, which owns a TV
rights package in the region.
“Myanmar is one of the fastest
growing nations in southeast Asia
and is passionate about English
football,” said Angus Kinnear,
Leeds’ managing director. “They
have ambitious goals for grass roots
and elite football development that
we are delighted to be able to support. This tour gives us an opportunity to meet new fans, who will
hopefully support our journey back
to the Premier League.”
Last month, Andrew Gilmour,
the United Nations assistant secretary-general for human rights,
claimed “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims is continuing.
Chris Hall, co-chairman and secretary of the Leeds United officialsupporters’ club, said: “It seems a
strange choice of country for Leeds
United to play two friendly games.
There are concerns for the safety of
the fans who will inevitably look to
travel and support their team.”
Mulgrew pounces
to send Rovers up
On a night of ups and downs,
Charlie Mulgrew scored a dramatic
late winner as Blackburn returned
to the Championship at the first
attempt with a 1-0 victory at
Doncaster.
Shrewsbury’s 3-1 win over Peterborough meant only victory would
do for Rovers, who had to wait for
the 80th minute to clinch it – and an
automatic place alongside Wigan.
MK Dons’ 2-0 defeat at Bradford
means AFC Wimbledon will finish
above their rivals for the first time
in their history.
In League Two, Chesterfield’s
relegation was confirmed by
Morecambe’s goalless draw with
Cambridge.
Below them, former Football
League side Torquay United were
relegated to the National League
South after losing 4-3 to Guiseley,
who also go down.
Arsenal hope to lure Chelsea target Enrique
By Matt Law
FOOTBALL NEWS CORRESPONDENT
Arsenal are confident they could
beat Chelsea to the appointment of
Luis Enrique – if they decide to
make him first choice to replace
Arsene Wenger.
Enrique is among a list of names
Arsenal are working through since
Wenger announced his decision to
step down as manager at the end of
the season. The Spaniard is the early
favourite to replace the Frenchman.
Chelsea had been expected to
replace Antonio Conte with Enrique
in the summer, but revaluated their
options after discovering his wage
demands of around £15 million a
year. That could yet put off Arsenal,
although there is an expectation
that, wherever Enrique resumes his
career, he will have to accept a
lower salary now Paris St-Germain
have chosen Thomas Tuchel as
their next manager.
Enrique remains very much on
Chelsea’s list but they also have
other targets – including Mauricio
Pochettino, Maurizio Sarri, Max
Allegri and Leonardo Jardim.
Jardim is also on Arsenal’s list,
Wanted manager:
Former Barcelona
coach Luis Enrique
could well replace
Arsene Wenger
along with former captain Mikel
Arteta. They are not expected to go
for an Italian, which would rule out
Allegri or Sarri.
Arsenal want their next man to
bring back the stay-away fans and
re-energise the Emirates. There is a
feeling that Allegri would not fit
that brief, while Sarri’s character is
thought to be an issue.
Despite the fact that Chelsea
would be able to offer Enrique a
bigger transfer budget and a better
squad to work with, Arsenal believe
they have a trump card in the form
of head of football relations, Raul
Sanllehi, who worked with Enrique
at Barcelona.
Arsenal are not expected to be in
a position to make an appointment
until next month. Head of
recruitment Sven Mislintat is a big
fan of Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and Schalke’s Domenico
Tedesco, but both men would
represent something of a gamble,
as they are aged just 30 and 32.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are ready to
resist all offers for striker Alvaro
Morata and midfielder Tiemoue
Bakayoko, unless either of them
express a desire to leave Stamford
Bridge this summer.
10
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
**
Sport Cricket
‘I have never been this inconsistent’
Bayliss, the England coach,
challenged county cricketers to
push for a place, but batting has
been tough in the opening weeks
of the season on damp pitches.
Sam Northeast has settled in
well at Hampshire and scored 129
at the Oval this week. He has a
good chance of a Test call-up if he
can continue making runs. He
plays against Cook on Friday when
champions Essex play Hampshire
at the Ageas Bowl. Watching Cook,
James Vince and Northeast would
be a good place for Smith to start.
The question for Cook is, does
he still have the appetite to get in
line, prod forward and keep
grinding out the “six-hour
hundreds” he accepts are going
out of fashion in cricket?
“One thing I do know is that it
doesn’t get any easier,” he said. “I
remember talking to a psychologist
watching Jacques Kallis, and he’d
just scored his 12,000 runs, and
thinking: ‘He’s all right, he’s
cracked the game, it doesn’t matter
what he does, he can just turn up
and bat’. And the bloke said to me:
‘Mate, you’re wrong. If you ever
get there, it’ll be just as hard as
when you started’.”
Cook was careful not to criticise
the England and Wales Cricket
Board’s new Hundred tournament,
but clearly worries about Test
cricket, to which he dedicated his
career and which plays to his
I N T E RV I EW
Nick Hoult
CRICKET NEWS
CORRESPONDENT
Alastair Cook has come
through barren periods
before and is working
hard to do so once again
T
‘I have always
managed to turn it
around, but I will
never say I have
cracked the game’
GETTY IMAGES FOR YORKSHIRE TEA
his summer it is the
turn of Alastair Cook
from England’s senior
core to face questions
about how long he
wants to continue as a
Test cricketer.
In 2017, it was James Anderson
who started the season with
speculation swirling around his
future. He responded with his
best-ever summer in England,
taking 39 wickets, and remains the
leader of the attack going into next
month’s Test series against
Pakistan. Can Cook do the same
and preserve his place at the top of
the England order?
He had a middling year in 2017.
He averaged 47 but two mammoth
scores, 243 against West Indies and
244 in Melbourne, put a gloss on 12
months of inconsistency. His
lowest point was in Australia, when
he admitted contemplating
retirement until his comeback
score in the Boxing Day Test.
In New Zealand he had hoped to
build on that effort, but was badly
out of form and looked short of
time in the middle as he
contributed 23 runs in four innings
during the two-match series.
“In New Zealand I just never got
going. That tour kind of passed me
by,” he said. “It is frustrating when
you go all that way, you train, and
you just don’t turn up. It does
happen. If you play 100-odd Test
matches, there’s going to be little
periods when you don’t score the
runs. I’ve always managed to turn
it around. The last six months, I’ve
never been quite so inconsistent. I
still averaged 47 last year. I could
still average 47 this year.
“I go back to India in 2011, I was
averaging five in the first two Test
matches, ended up with 290 at
Edgbaston, and the whole series
changed. But since I’ve come
home, I’ve started to look at my
preparation. Have I got my
preparation right? Do I need to
change things? I will never sit here
and say I’ve cracked the game or
will ever be perfect. But there’s
certain things that have gone too
far this way or that way.”
Even at the age of 33, and on the
cusp of equalling the world record
for the number of consecutive Test
appearances, Cook is still working
out his game.
A new chief selector is in place,
Ed Smith, and slaying one of the
big three – Cook, Anderson or
Stuart Broad – would be one way of
stating that this is a new era.
But there are no alternatives
jumping out to be picked and Cook
will play his 153rd consecutive Test
at Lord’s from May 24, drawing
level with Allan Border. Trevor
Partnership Specsavers set to sponsor England Tests
The England
and Wales
Cricket Board
is close to
finalising a
sponsor for its
home Test
series, with
high-street
opticians
Specsavers set
to replace
Investec.
Specsavers
are existing
sponsors of the
County
Championship
and, if the deal
is agreed, will
replace
Investec, who
stepped away
from their
£40 million
10-year deal
Winning feeling: Essex lift the
Specsavers County Championship
last summer
with three
years left on
their contract.
The ECB is
understood to
be in advanced
talks with
Specsavers
and one other
company, with
the new deal
likely to be
announced
before the first
Test of the
summer next
month at
Lord’s against
Pakistan.
Naming
rights to
England’s Test
series used to
be one of the
biggest prizes
in sports
sponsorship
but, with the
advance of
Twenty20, as
well as the
new citybased
competition
entitled The
Hundred and
the challenges
facing the
long form of
the game, it
has lost its
appeal to
companies.
Nick Hoult
Milestone:
Alastair Cook is
closing in on the
world record
for the most
consecutive
Test matches
strengths. Will another Cook come
along? Will the young k
kids that
Cook played cricket with
w
yes
yesterday at
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Rusthall St
Pau
Paul’s Primary
Scho
School near
Tunbridg
Tunbridge Wells, to
launch the Yo
Yorkshire Tea
and Chance to Sh
Shine
National Cricket We
Week – which
takes place later this su
summer –
want to bat like him or smoke it
out the ground like Jos Buttler?
“Why would you put yourself
through the stresses an
and strains of
the five-day game when you can
play three-hour, or 2½-hour
2½crash-bang-wallop,” he said. “For a
deep-down cricket fan, it’s very
different to what we kn
know, but that
doesn’t mean that it can
can’t go back
the other way. For most
most, to earn a
living, you’re going to h
have to play
four-day cricket, too.”
Cook did not want to be drawn
on the year-long bans h
handed out
to Steve Smith and Dav
David Warner,
but he did confirm that England
had their suspicions ov
over
Australia’s handling of tthe ball
during the Ashes.
“We did think in Pert
Perth, when
the outfield was wet, th
they
managed to get the ball reversing,”
he said. “I didn’t see an
anything.
We’ve been pretty good managing
the ball, so that it can re
reverse
swing at certain times.”
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
***
PAUL HAYWARD
SPORTS COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR
GETTY IMAGES
Target audience:
Young Surrey
fans enjoy the
cricket during a
NatWest T20
Blast match at
the Oval
Changing a sport to
engage the young
is chasing a mirage
The ECB’s
Hundred,
which is
aimed at
enticing
‘mums and
kids’ to
cricket, is
following a
trend
beloved of
marketing
executives,
but they are
building on
shaky
ground
I
f there is one mantra burning
in the thoughts of sports
administrators it is “adapt or
die”. The morbid fear of a
game disappearing under a
tide of “social change” –
smartphones, basically – has
wrecked many a night’s sleep for
those charged with keeping their
activities “relevant”.
Sneering at new formats and
gimmicks is easy enough, and
understandable in an age when the
world is reinvented every night by
digital technology.
This sense of waking each day to
new machines, compulsory new
ways of communicating with your
gas supplier, is unsettling in ways
we have yet to understand. So, for
many cricket followers, there was
no need to tamper with a model
that was already a boiled-down
version of forms of cricket that are
condemned as anachronistic.
If T20 was a nod to the reality of
Test and even 50-over cricket’s
popularity slide, does T20 really
now need a truncated, souped-up
version of a truncated version? Is
cricket now a Russian doll – a race
for miniaturisation? News that a
10-ball over will be introduced as
part of the new 100-ball
tournament from 2020 makes you
wonder whether TV viewers will
end up being asked to vote on who
should bowl the next ball.
Or whether the cricket will end
up as one ball per side. Not The
Hundred but The One.
The revelation that the parenting
website Mumsnet was consulted
on ways to make the new
competition more attractive to
“mums and kids” in the school
holidays has led many to accuse
the England and Wales Cricket
Board of patronising women with
the suggestion that they need a
simpler format they can
“understand”.
The more you look at The
Hundred, the more it becomes
proselytising aimed at “the young”
– that strange tribe whose tastes
are supposedly incomprehensible
to their parents, and who fester in a
digital twilight, hooked on screens.
Disregarding the fact that we
were probably equally
unfathomable to our own parents,
my generation regards “the young”
with pained bafflement. What is it
they want? How can we extract
them from cyberspace and make
them want to play ball games in the
park all day and come home with
muddy knees (grass stains are no
longer loathed by parents but
hailed as signs of life in their
device-frazzled offspring).
The Hundred is expected to run
from 6.30pm to 9pm and feel less
like a stag trip, with reduced
emphasis on spectators getting
wasted on Greene King IPA. Sorry,
revellers, but there is some sense
in this. The absurd lateness of
evening sport has been a personal
obsession, and not only when the
local clock is approaching
Does T20
really now
need a
truncated,
souped-up
version
of a
truncated
version?
midnight at European games in
Russia.
Sport played after 10pm (as some
T20 games are) takes no account of
the struggle to get home at a
sensible time, not only for children
but adults too. Often, people climb
into bed at 1am after a farrago of
train cancellations and delays and
ask themselves: was this really
necessary, just to watch a game?
Repositioning sport as beer
festivals has also been an error of
panicky marketing departments.
Horse racing, for example, placed
too much faith in alcohol as a
reason to have “a day at the races”
before rowing back and
emphasising other attractions –
horses, jockeys, trainers, history
and tradition.
More and more we see
administrators fiddling with
presentation in an age when
football dominates the market. But
even football is locked in a
constant dialogue with itself about
how to appeal to spectators.
A good starting point is to
distinguish between wellintentioned, family driven
change and alterations that
express only greed. A 48-team
football World Cup is a votegrabber for Fifa executives that
turns a tournament into a virtual
global league.
Golf, with its five-hour major
tournament rounds, is the best
example of a sport overtaken by
societal change. Yet while
sponsorship and TV income
remain so high there is no
incentive to reinvent the game.
There is flirting around the
margins with shorter formats and
nine- or five-hole blasts, but no
real urge to depart from its
equivalent to Test cricket – the
72-hole, four-day major
tournament, despite the
popularity of the Ryder Cup,
which shows how gladiatorial
golf can be.
Golf ignores the outside world.
Other sports twitch and fidget to
get “ahead of the curve”, convert
kids, simplify the game and
“evolve”. These are not
necessarily ignoble aims,
however much they annoy
traditionalists who just want
things to be left alone.
But there are some cardinal
rules. First, do not assume that
simplifying a game is necessary
for people to understand it. A
beauty of watching a sport is that
the more you study it, the more
interesting it becomes. There are
exceptions, such as some of the
laws in rugby union, but the
principle holds true.
Shaping a sport round the
tastes of “the young” ignores the
reality that those tastes change,
and bypasses everyone else’s
preferences, presumably on the
grounds they will soon be dead.
With The Hundred, I cannot
quite get past the main anomaly.
Test cricket needs changing – but
is left untouched. T20 is a madly
successful global format – but the
ECB is trying to reinvent it,
unilaterally, mainly for “mums
and children”, via the digital
narcotic of a 100-ball countdown
clock.
Was it not meant to be about
escaping screens?
Wenger exit puts board in spotlight
tlight
g
A
rsenal’s owners and
directors will expect life to
become a little easier once
the Arsene Wenger abdication is
behind them, but they might be
kidding themselves. Wenger’s
departure will remove the board’s
human shield when it comes to
scrutinising recruitment, budgets
and Stan Kroenke’s stewardship.
The disclosure by Jeremy
Wilson in these pages that the next
manager will be restricted to a
£50 million fund is the first sign
that Arsenal’s return to the league’s
top four will not be automatic.
Fans will not want to listen to
Kroenke pleading poverty as
Arsenal try to make up lost ground.
No proven A-grade manager would
look at that squad and expect to be
thout a
able to take on City without
ptation
rebuild. Thus the temptation
might be to appoint a younger,
unproven coach who iss simply
b.
grateful to have the job.
ction will
The anti-Wenger faction
say he failed to get the best from
t-2006.
players brought in post-2006.
e
Wengerites will say the
me and
recruitment was to blame
that Granit Xhaka and Calum
us
Chambers were obvious
se them
downgrades. Who chose
all is a question still
hough
requiring an answer, though
the answer is likely to be:
mainly the manager.
Either way, with no Wenger
flect
in-out sideshow to deflect
ard are
attention, Arsenal’s board
front of house now.
11
12
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
**
Sport Rugby Union
Burns family work together to
name and shame Twitter troll
E XC LU S I V E
Ben Coles
Bath fly-half suffered
weeks of online abuse
‘Character assassination’
was by a club chairman
Freddie Burns, the Bath fly-half, has
revealed how his family came together to track down and identify
an anonymous troll following
weeks of reportedly being abused
on Twitter.
Pat Bunton is claimed to have
sent a high number of tweets harassing Burns after a number of Bath
matches at the start of the year,
posting under the handle “havingalaugh3”.
The tweets described a performance from Burns as “rudderless”,
claimed he gloated about earnings.
It also said his team-mates and club
staff disliked and distrusted him.
They also said he was a selfish
player and claimed that Bath initially rejected him.
Burns and Bunton, it transpired,
are both connected to the Oldfield
Old Boys amateur club. Burns and
his brother Billy, now at Gloucester,
played for the club as juniors, while
Bunton succeeded Burns’s father
Jeremy as chairman.
“I finished a Friday night game
and had about 15 to 20 tweets from
the same account,” Burns told The
Daily Telegraph. “But the issue was
we could tell it was someone who
was relatively close to home, because the stuff he was tweeting …
it’s pathetic.
“For example, he posted that I
had dyed my hair and added the
hashtag #PrimaDonna, with the
‘Donna’ part capitalised because
that is my mother’s name. We have
a very protective family.
“My older brother Sam, who recently came back from Afghanistan,
to this day I do not know how he did
it, had a play around on the computer and came up with this email
address and phone number.”
Having identified Bunton, Burns
and his family made a formal complaint to his employers, London
and Country Mortgages, where he
worked as a director. Bunton, who
has never commented on the allegations, stepped down a few weeks
later, although it is unknown
whether this was related to the
Twitter posts.
Burns then publicly identified
Bunton as the person behind the
account in a post titled “Standing
Up To Bullying”. Bunton was Oldfield chairman at the time of the
tweets but has since resigned. “As a
family, we wondered what to do,”
Burns added. “We still have friends
at the rugby club. So we put it on
Sam’s Facebook, and word got
around. Then we made a formal
complaint to his employer, and a
week or so later, it came out that he
had left his job.
“Everyone was congratulating
him and thanking him, and it infuriated me. So that was when I made
it public. It’s about standing up to
people like that. Did he tweet me
Funny Observations
@havingalaugh3
What a night @FreddieBurns
you were utterly pathetic &
can’t even get your hair dye
right #PrimaDonna
#Precious #Ego #OverRated
12/01/2018, 9.23 pm
the most horrendous abuse in the
world? No. But if you start bringing
my mother’s name into it and stuff
like that, it unsettles the family.
“If people want to call me a “s--rugby player”, that’s their opinion.
Of course I would like everyone to
say I’m the world’s best 10, but
people aren’t of that opinion and
that’s fine. But don’t hide behind
an account and bring my family
into it. And there was a bit of character assassination too, saying I
was in a nightclub shouting about
Going public: Bath’s Freddie Burns
made complaint to troll’s employer
how much money I earn, when I
have not been in that nightclub for
six, seven years. It was just bizarre.
“I spoke to the local newspaper
because it was important to me to
get it out there locally. It was not
about going after someone with
money or anything like that. It was
showing what we have to put up
with. I have had no apology from
him. I don’t want one.”
The saga with Bunton has only
added to an unhappy return so far
for Burns to his hometown club,
having served a three-week ban
back in October for a dangerous
tackle combined with injuries and
limited starts behind Wales No 10
Rhys Priestland. “This year has
been one massive disappointment
for me,” Burns admitted. “It’s hard
because of the city aspect, being
from Bath and knowing people.
There is no escape for me.
“I have brothers who span over
10 years, schoolmates, my parents
have had a business in the city for
35 years. It has made it hard.”
With Bath out of contention for
the top six and the play-offs, victory
against Gloucester in Saturday’s
West Country derby would provide
some solace as Burns gets another
opportunity to go up against his
younger brother Billy, the Gloucester fly-half.
Hartley vows to return after latest concussion
By Duncan Bech
Dylan Hartley has dismissed any
suggestion that he might consider
quitting after his latest concussion.
The England captain has been
the subject of much speculation
since it was announced that the
injury would force him to miss the
summer tour to South Africa.
Hartley has not played since the
final match of the NatWest Six
Nations against Ireland on March 17
and, on Monday, his club Northampton revealed that he is to take
an extended break. The 32-year-old,
who has sustained two previous
significant concussions, has been
stood down until pre-season, ruling
him out of the June series against
the Springboks. And Hartley has
taken exception to the response to
the announcement of his lay-off.
The
hooker
released
on
Instagram a post beside a photo of
him singing the national anthem.
“Believe it or not this is a photo of
me singing and not what is
rumoured to be a fat lady [difficult
to tell apart I know],” he said. “I see
there’s a lot of so-called experts out
End of the road Habana
retires with knee injury
Bryan
Habana, South
Africa’s record
try-scorer, is
retiring due to
a knee injury,
which left him
unable to play
for Toulon
this season.
The 34-yearold, who
scored 67
international
tries, won 124
caps and was
2007 World
Player of the
Year. Leinster
pair Isa
Nacewa and
Richardt
Strauss are
also retiring.
there in newspapers, pubs and
podcasts recommending what I do
with my career. Funnily enough
I’m only listening to the medical
professionals and myself. I’ll be
back next season to help my
respective teams push on. Thank
you for your support.”
Two years ago, Hartley was ruled
out for a total of 14 weeks because
of two separate concussions, the
last in the Grand Slam-clinching
victory over France in which he
was knocked out, and he later conceded he had no memory of the trophy presentation on the pitch.
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NHL.-Play-offs 1st rd (best-of-7 series), Eastern
Conf: Columbus 3 Washington 6 (Washington win
series 4-2)-Toronto 3 Boston 1 (Series level 3-3).
WORLD CH'SHIP (Budapest).-Div 1, Gp A: Gt
Britain 1 Kazakhstan 6.
Rugby Union
Greene King IPA Championship
Nottingham 41 Bedford 21
TOP 8
Bristol
Ealing
Bedford
Cornish P’s
Jersey
Yorkshire
Doncaster
Nottingham
Snooker
P
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
W
20
16
10
11
12
11
9
9
D
0
1
2
0
1
2
1
1
L
1
4
9
10
8
8
11
11
B
18
16
19
18
10
11
17
9
F
888
741
626
642
512
491
556
509
A
393
483
564
552
454
528
585
614
Pts
98
82
63
62
60
59
55
47
BETFRED WORLD CH'SHIP (Sheffield).-1st rd:
J Ding (China) bt X Guodong (China) 10-3.
Frame scores (Ding First: 0-82 (82) 54-69;
80-42 (68) 88-43; 139-0 (124) 68-46; 9-66;
77-12 (57) 81-21 (72) 71-1; 92-0 (61) 129-0
(78,51) 107-13 (98).
B Hawkins (England) bt S Carrington (England)
10-7. Frame scores (Hawkins First: 0-83; 76-14
(65) 57-9; 68-37; 79-0 (79) 54-86; 17-107 (78)
75-0; 66-1 (66) 128-5 (82) 26-79 (79) 29-67;
10-74 (74) 84-52; 5-68; 79-27 (79) 80-24.
R Walden (England) bt L Brecel (Belgium) 10-6.
Frame scores (Walden first): 75-7; 69-0 (68)
63-70; 105-16 (105) 90-0 (90) 0-73; 101-24
(74) 76-6 (76) 9-89 (89) 123-5 (122) 40-56;
52-40; 77-39 (56) 58-67; 90-28; 69-22 (60) .
J Lisowski (England) bt S Bingham (England)
10-7. Frame scores (Lisowski first): 105-18
(105) 54-70 (54 Lisowski) 129-0 (128) 5-123
(123) 68-36; 67-58 (51 Bingham) 61-36; 5-93
(60) 0-88 (88) 76-22 (60) 1-71 (56) 86-6 (58)
64-69 (57 Bingham) 98-0 (98) 58-45; 23-102
(55) 75-62 (56 Bingham). R Milkins (England)
leads N Robertson (Australia) 6-3.
Squash
EL GOUNA INT'NAL (Egypt).-Qtr-finals, Men:
Mo El Shorbagy (Egypt) bt S Rosner (Germany)
3-1; Ma El Shorbagy (Egypt) bt K Abdel Gawad
(Egypt) 3-0. Women: N El Sherbini (Egypt) bt C
Serme (France) 3-0; L Massaro (England) bt J
Chinappa (India) 3-0.
Tennis
ATP T’MENT (Barcelona).-1st rd: R Carballes
Baena (Spain) bt A Haider-Maurer (Austria) 6-2
6-4; M Klizan (Slovakia) bt F Delbonis (Argentina)
6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-4; B Fratangelo (US) bt A Vatutin
(Russia) 7-5 5-7 6-3; G Pella (Argentina) bt P
Gojowczyk (Germany) 6-4 6-4; J Munar (Spain) bt
J Sousa (Portugal) 6-4 3-6 7-5; G Simon (France)
bt I Ivashka (Belarus) 6-2 6-3. 2nd rd: F Lopez
(Spain) bt D Lajovic (Serbia) 6-4 2-6 6-4; D Goffin
(Belgium) bt M Granollers (Spain) 4-6 7-6 (7-2)
6-2; R Bautista Agut (Spain) bt I Karlovic
(Croatia) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-4; A Mannarino (France)
bt P Cuevas (Uruguay) 6-4 7-6 (7-5); M Jaziri
(Tunisia) bt E Escobedo (US) 6-4 6-3.
ATP T’MENT (Budapest).-1st rd: M Marterer
(Germany) bt V Troicki (Serbia) 3-6 6-4 6-4; Y
Maden (Germany) bt M Fucsovics (Hungary) 4-6
6-3 6-2; M Berrettini (Italy) bt A Balazs (Hungary)
6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-4); A Seppi (Italy) bt T Fabbiano
(Italy) 4-6 7-5 6-3; N Basilashvili (Georgia) bt P
Lorenzi (Italy) 6-4 6-2; J Struff (Germany) bt J
Zopp (Estonia) 2-6 6-4 7-5; A Bublik (Kazakhstan)
bt D Istomin (Uzbekistan) 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) 7-5.
WTA T’MENT (Stuttgart ).-1st rd: L Siegemund
(Germany) bt B Z Strycova (Czech Rep) 6-4 6-3; M
Vondrousova (Czech Rep) bt J Goerges (Germany)
6-2 6-2; M Kostyuk (Ukraine) bt A Lottner
(Germany) 6-4 6-1; C Garcia (France) bt M
Sharapova (Russia) 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4; Karolina
Pliskova (Czech Rep) bt K Bertens (Holland) 6-2 6-2.
WTA T’MENT (Istanbul).-1st rd: C Wozniacki
(Denmark) bt E Alexandrova (Russia) 6-2 6-2;
P Parmentier (France) bt A Aksu (Turkey) 6-2 6-2;
Y Putintseva (Kazakhstan) bt S Cirstea (Romania)
0-6 6-1 6-0; D Vekic (Croatia) bt A Radwanska
(Poland) 6-1 2-0 ret; I Begu (Romania) bt D
Jakupovic (Slovenia) 7-5 6-0; M Sakkari (Greece)
bt C Buyukakcay (Turkey) 7-5 6-2; D Kovinic (Mne)
bt A Kalinskaya (Russia) 6-3 6-3; A Rus (Holland)
bt S Zhang (China) 6-2 6-3; P Hercog (Slovenia)
leads A Sabalenka (Belarus) 6-2 5-5; V Tomova
(Bulgaria) bt V Ivakhnenko (Russia) 7-5 6-4.
Fixtures
Rugby Union
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY
PREMIERSHIP: Bedwas v Bargoed (7.15).
WRU NATIONAL CH'SHIP: Rhydyfelin v
Glynneath (7), Tata Steel v Bedlinog (7.30).
Sport on TV
CYCLING: Tour of Romandy - Eurosport 2 3pm.
FOOTBALL: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid - BT
Sport 2 7pm. GOLF: China Open - Sky Sports Main
Event, Sky Sports Golf 3.30am (Thurs).
SNOOKER: The World Championship - BBC Two
10am, 1pm and Eurosport 1 10am, 2.30, 6.30.
TENNIS: Barcelona Open - Sky Sports Main Event
10am; Porsche Grand Prix - BT Sport 1 10.30am.
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
**
13
Sport
Townend banned for 21 days
following final-fence drama
R AC I N G
By Marcus Armytage
at Punchestown
If the Irish trainers’ championship
was not dramatic enough it took an
astonishing twist at Punchestown
yesterday when Gordon Elliott saddled the first three home in the Growise Champion Novice Chase after
a scarcely-believable final fence
drama.
Having sent out a 1,859-1 treble,
the highlight of which was Un de
Sceaux’s all-the-way win in the
Boylesports Champion Chase, Willie Mullins had almost halved Elliott’s lead, to €226,714 (£198,499.74)
and was as short as 1-2 to retain his
title. But by the close of play on day
one of five, Mullins trailed by
€405,839.
When the field turned into the
straight of the novice chase, with
two fences to jump, not even his
most ardent fan could have predicted he would have the one-twothree. At the penultimate fence,
Monalee, the leader, fell heavily
and although he did not bring down
the Mullins-trained Invitation Only
he did enough to knock David Mullins out of the saddle. That seemed
to hand the race to Mullins’s Al
Boum Photo.
However his jockey, Paul
Townend, suddenly faltered and
looked around approaching the last
as if alerted by a shout behind him.
He stood up in the irons and at-
tempted to bypass the fence, a manoeuvre much more difficult than
actually jumping it.
This switch took out the second,
Colin Tizzard’s Finian’s Oscar, leaving The Storyteller and Davy Russell, plugging on in third at the
time, to come home ahead of stable
companions Monbeg Notorious
and Jury Duty.
Townend’s mistake may just
have cost his boss the trainer’s title
for instead of ending the race with a
deficit to Mullins, in the space of a
few seconds Elliott was up to the
tune of €90,000.
“I was standing by the last fence,”
said Elliott, “and I have no idea
what happened. It’s unbelievable –
it just shows what can happen in
racing. It’ll be interesting now and
Hexham horse deaths
BHA to investigate
The British
Horseracing
Authority has
described the
death of three
horses at
Hexham on
Monday as
“exceptionally
rare” but, as it
does with
every fatality,
it will
investigate.
David Sykes,
the BHA’s
director of
Equine Health
and Welfare,
said: “We will
look at the
circumstances
of the injuries,
but the initial
indications
suggest that
there was no
one factor
which links
these
unfortunate
accidents.”
it’ll go to wire. It is good for racing
but it’s not good for my heart.”
The race, after which the stewards gave Townend a 21-day ban for
dangerous riding, and ordered him
to forfeit his riding fee, will not
have done Mullins’s health much
good either at such a crucial point
in the title race. Until then the day
could not have gone much better
and Mullins admitted that much after Un De Sceaux’s terrific victory
under son Patrick.
The amateur sat on Un De
Sceaux, one of Ireland’s most popular chasers, for the first time on
Monday. “It was like Charlie winning the golden ticket in Willy
Wonka’s chocolate factory,” said the
jockey, who made all to beat Douvan by 3¾ lengths.
“I wanted to go a good gallop but
he didn’t jump with any fluency
early on. However, he winged the
second down the back and then
met everything right. I had a little
look turning in and when I saw they
weren’t on my tail I felt confident.”
His father had earlier won the
Herald Champion Novice Hurdle
with 25-1 shot Draconien, despite
fielding the well-beaten favourite
Getabird, and the Killashee Handicap Hurdle with the Rachael Blackmore-ridden 12-1 shot True Self.
Today, the main race is the Coral
Punchestown Gold Cup in which
Mullins runs Bellshill, Djakadam,
Killultagh Vic and Total Recall
while Elliott is represented by Outlander. This one is unlikely to be
over until the fat lady sings.
Froome’s Tour trio will help in Giro bid
C YC L I N G
By Tom Cary
GETTY IMAGES
CYCLING CORRESPONDENT
Team Sky have announced the
supporting cast they hope will help
lead Chris Froome to a maiden Giro
d’Italia title next month, with three
of the riders who helped him to
win last summer’s Tour de France
starting the race.
Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus, Sergio
Henao of Colombia and Germany’s
Christian Knees have all been
named in Team Sky’s provisional
eight-man squad for the 101st
edition of the Giro, which begins in
Jerusalem on May 4 – a week on
Friday – and concludes in Rome on
May 27. Ireland’s Philip Deignan,
Wout Poels of Holland, Spain’s David
de la Cruz and Salvatore Puccio of
Italy complete the line-up.
Froome enters the race witha
possible doping suspension hanging over him following his adverse
analytical finding for the asthma
drug salbutamol at last autumn’s
Vuelta a Espana, which he won. The
Briton, who denies wrongdoing,
has been asked to explain why he
had twice the permitted amount of
the drug in his system. The case is
expected to conclude at some point
between the Giro and the Tour.
If he wins the pink jersey,
Froome would complete a “Tiger
Slam” – in that he would become
the reigning champion in all three
of cycling’s Grand Tours at the
same time. Last year’s Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) is
expected to pose the sternest test of
Froome’s credentials.
Final Whistle, Page 15
14
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Sport Racing
Epsom
Perth
Going: Round: good to soft; sprint: good-good to soft in places
TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
2.10 Investec Asset Finance Handicap (3) 5f £15,562
1
2
3
4
5
6
Desert Law (25) (CD)(D) P Midgley 10 9 11 O Murphy 6
Boom The Groom (41) (D) A Carroll 7 9 7 R Winston 11
Justanotherbottle (31) (D) D Carroll 4 9 7 Ger O’Neill (7) 1
Tarboosh (18) (D) P Midgley 5 9 6
A Kirby 13
Harry Hurricane [B] (62) (D) G Baker 6 9 6 T Whelan 7
Compas Scoobie [H,T,V] (13) (D) (BF) S C Williams 5 9 6
Daniel Tudhope 9
7 30- Pettochside (170) (C)(D) J Bridger 9 9 5 Josephine Gordon 10
8 131 Just That Lord (19) (D) M Attwater 5 8 13
L Morris 3
9 162 Midnight Malibu (78) (CD)(D) T Easterby 5 8 13 Fran Berry 8
10151 Tavener [P] (13) (D) D C Griffiths 6 8 11
A Atzeni 5
11364 Aleef [H,T,WS] (97) D O’Meara 5 8 10
H Bentley 2
12 -44 Bahamian Sunrise [B] (5) (D) J Gallagher 6 8 7 S De Sousa 4
13462 Shamshon [T,V] (57) (D) (BF) S C Williams 7 8 7 E Greatrex 12
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Just That Lord, 5-1 Midnight Malibu, 6-1 Shamshon,
7-1 Compas Scoobie, 8-1 Tavener, 12-1 Others.
6-8
475
3-9
3-7
0-7
324
2.45 Investec Blue Riband Trial (Listed) (1) 3YO 1m 2f £28,355
1 1-1 Crossed Baton (25) (D) J Gosden 9 1
L Dettori 1
2 12- Dee Ex Bee (193) (C) M Johnston 9 1
James Doyle 6
3 21- James Cook [T] (185) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 1 R L Moore 8
4
Miles Christianus R J Osborne (Ire) 9 1
R Scott 7
5 61- My Lord And Master (168) W Haggas 9 1 Daniel Tudhope 3
6 32- Simpson (182) Ed Walker 9 1
P Cosgrave 4
7 121 Technological (21) G Margarson 9 1
O Murphy 2
8 18- Zabriskie (193) (WS) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 1 J A Heffernan 5
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 James Cook, 5-2 Crossed Baton, 5-1 My Lord And
Master, 11-2 Dee Ex Bee, 10-1 Zabriskie, 14-1 Others.
3.20 Great Metropolitan Handicap (3) 1m 4f £15,562
1 153 Fire Fighting (19) (C)(D) M Johnston 7 9 8
A Kirby 6
2 3-5 Shabeeb (26) (BF) R Varian 5 9 8
J Crowley 7
3 7-3 Royal Line (31) (D) (BF) J Gosden 4 9 7 James Doyle 5
4 17/ Faithful Mount (J508) (D) I Williams 9 9 0 G Downing 12
5 2-6 Shabbah (40) J Tuite 5 8 12
R L Moore 9
6 82- Lorelina (180) (C) A Balding 5 8 11
W Cox (5) 11
7 16- C’Est No Mour (206) (CD) P Hedger 5 8 11 T Marquand 1
8 32- Golden Wolf (206) (BF) R Hughes 4 8 10
S W Kelly 3
9 542 Fearsome (33) (D) N Littmoden 4 8 9
L Morris 8
10 16- Whinging Willie (175) (CD)(D) G L Moore 9 8 9 H Crouch 10
11 -84 Berrahri (25) (C) J Best 7 8 7
Josephine Gordon 2
12211 Native Fighter (33) (D) S Dow 4 8 7 David Egan (3) 13
13333 Ardamir (37) Mrs L Mongan 6 8 7
G Wood (3) 4
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Royal Line, 5-1 Golden Wolf, 7-1 Shabeeb, 8-1 Fire
Fighting, Lorelina, 10-1 C’Est No Mour, Fearsome, 12-1 Others.
1.30 Joseph Perrier Maiden Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £4,431
Marlborough
2.10 - Midnight Malibu
2.45 - Dee Ex Bee (nap)
3.20 - Fearsome
3.55 - Dubai Horizon
4.25 - King Of The Sand
5.00 - Deadly Accurate
Draw: High numbers best over 5f, low numbers best from 6f to 1m 2f.
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
3.55 Investec City And Suburban Handicap (2) 1m 2f £31,125
1
2
3
4
5
6
Lingfield Park
Another Touch (32) R Fahey 5 9 7
T Hamilton 3
Anythingtoday [P] (13) (D) D O’Meara 4 9 3 Daniel Tudhope 4
Contrast (25) (D) R Hannon 4 9 2
R L Moore 5
Dubai Horizon (353) (D) S bin Suroor 4 9 2 David Egan (3) 6
Pacify (235) (D) R Beckett 6 9 1
H Bentley 10
Thundering Blue (207) (CD)(D) (BF) D Menuisier 5 8 12
J Crowley 1
7 -29 Emenem (25) (C)(D) S Dow 4 8 12
K Shoemark 9
A Atzeni 2
8 11- Ajman King (180) (CD)(D) R Varian 4 8 12
9 12- Contango (256) (D) (BF) A Balding 4 8 12 O Murphy 7
10 21- Dash Of Spice (133) (D) D Elsworth 4 8 2 S De Sousa 8
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Ajman King, 9-2 Contango, 5-1 Dubai Horizon, 6-1
Thundering Blue, 7-1 Contrast, 10-1 Dash Of Spice, 12-1 Others.
583
9-5
613
122717-
4.25 Investec Wealth Novice Stakes (4) 1m 113yds £6,469
1 81/ Simoon (532) Ed Walker 4 10 3
P Cosgrave 7
2 76- Duhr (118) R J Smith 4 10 0
R Tate 5
3 21- King Of The Sand (188) G L Moore 3 9 2 R L Moore 3
4 26- Master Of Wine (292) (BF) A Balding 3 8 13 O Murphy 2
5
Mokhles S bin Suroor 3 8 13
J Crowley 8
6 6 Zig Zag Zyggy (25) R J Osborne (Ire) 3 8 13 R Scott (3) 4
7 6-4 Cross My Mind (22) R Beckett 3 8 8 Josephine Gordon 1
8 0-9 Tornequeta May (105) Adam West 3 8 8
J Quinn 6
S.P. f’cast: 13-8 King Of The Sand, 5-2 Mokhles, 7-2 Master Of
Wine, 10-1 Cross My Mind, 14-1 Zig Zag Zyggy, Simoon, 20-1 Others.
5.00 Handicap (4) 3YO 1m 113yds £6,469
1 21- Akvavera (235) R Beckett 9 7
R L Moore 11
2 2-2 Christopher Wood (6) M Bell 9 6
O Murphy 9
3 31- Delsheer (198) H Palmer 9 6
L Dettori 10
4 37- Deadly Accurate (192) (C) H Morrison 9 5 C Bennett (3) 3
5 42- Cuban Heel [P] (197) C Cox 9 4
M Harley 2
6 611 Corazon Espinado (60) (D) S Dow 9 4
S De Sousa 8
7 90- Optimum Time (227) Eve J-Houghton 9 3
C Bishop 6
8 6-7 Enzo [T] (27) Ed Walker 9 3
L Keniry 1
G Wood (3) 7
9 424 Warburton [P] (25) C Appleby 9 3
10 -32 Jack Taylor (21) R Hughes 9 3
S W Kelly 4
11 -42 Faadhel (15) R Varian 9 0
A Atzeni 5
S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Akvavera, 11-2 Corazon Espinado, 6-1 Warburton,
13-2 Christopher Wood, 7-1 Faadhel, 15-2 Others.
1 343 Blue Flight (28) N Twiston-Davies 5 11 2
J Bargary
2 73P Eagle Ridge [T] (35) N Alexander 7 11 2 Lucy Alexander
3 430 Le Frank [T] (95) Miss L Russell 6 11 2
Derek Fox
4 -53 Lovely Schtuff (25) Mrs J Stephen 6 11 2
R Day (3)
5 525 Nando [H] (58) (BF) N Richards 6 11 2
B Hughes
6 25 Skye Chief (90) S Waugh 6 11 2
C Bewley (3)
7 44P Storm Nelson (41) Mrs L Normile 5 11 2 G Cockburn (3)
8 86P Russiantom [T] (45) S Corbett 7 10 9 Sam Coltherd (5)
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Nando, 9-4 Blue Flight, 5-1 Lovely Schtuff, 8-1 Le
Frank, 10-1 Eagle Ridge, 12-1 Skye Chief, 20-1 Others.
2.00 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £4,938
1 066 Catchamat (17) J Walton 9 11 12
Miss C Walton (3)
2 31- Moscanisi (485) (D) Rebecca Menzies 7 11 7 B Hughes
3 542 Longhousesignora (16) V Williams 6 11 4
C Deutsch
4 421 Princess Mononoke (12) D McCain 7 10 12 Miss A McCain (7)
5 424 Hazy Manor [H] (64) Julia Brooke 4 10 8
H Brooke
6 559 Wyfield Rose [P] (31) (C) A Whillans 9 10 8 Craig Nichol
7 6-9 Jolie Crickette [B] (58) N Alexander 6 10 4 Lucy Alexander
8 124 Lady London [P,T] (112) Mrs R Dobbin 7 10 1 C O’Farrell
9 7P8 Catchthemoonlight (31) L Russell 10 10 0 B Campbell (5)
S.P. f’cast: 13-8 Longhousesignora, 7-2 Princess Mononoke, 11-2
Hazy Manor, 8-1 Lady London, Moscanisi, 14-1 Others.
2.35 ‘NH’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (1) 3m £14,238
1 522 Bialco [T] (32) Miss L Russell 7 11 0
Derek Fox
2 41P Calett Mad [T] (40) (CD)(D) N Twiston-Davies 6 11 0 D Jacob
3 312 Knockrobin [T] (12) (D) (BF) D McCain 7 11 0 B Hughes
4 -11 Scorpion Sid (66) J Snowden 6 11 0
T J O’Brien
S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Calett Mad, 9-4 Scorpion Sid, 11-4 Knockrobin,
10-1 Bialco.
3.10 Phil Nelson Handicap Chase (3) 3m £12,086
1 1P3
2 235
3 U8F
4 320
5 177
6 333
7 P/P
8 FPP
9 PF4
10463
Allysson Monterg [T] (18) R Hobson 8 11 12 J Bowen (3)
Seldom Inn (18) A M Thomson 10 11 10
Derek Fox
Charmix (69) (D) A M Thomson 8 11 10 Rachel McDonald (7)
Brandon Hill (39) (D,WS) T R George 10 11 9 Mr N George (7)
Ballyben [P] (63) (CD) Ruth Jefferson 10 11 8 B Hughes
Chidswell (25) (BF) N Richards 9 11 3
Craig Nichol
Samstown (18) (CD) A Whillans 11 11 3
H Brooke
Belmount [P] (116) (D) N Twiston-Davies 9 11 3 J Bargary
As De Pique [T] (85) (D) G Cromwell (Ire) 13 10 12 J B Kane (5)
Jet Master [H,T] (101) (C) N Alexander 12 10 12
Lucy Alexander
11641 Uhlan Bute [P] (16) (D) V Williams 10 10 12 C Deutsch
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Uhlan Bute, 6-1 Brandon Hill, 13-2 Chidswell, 7-1
Allysson Monterg, 8-1 Seldom Inn, 10-1 Others.
Marlborough
1.30 - Lovely Schtuff
2.00 - Princess Mononoke
2.35 - Calett Mad
3.10 - Brandon Hill
Marlborough
3.45 - Late Date
4.15 - Some Are Lucky
4.45 - Morning With Ivan
Going: Soft-good to soft in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
3.45 Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 3m £4,098
1 6-0 Ruaraidh Hugh [P] (88) J Brooke 9 11 12 Mr Joe Wright (5)
2 111 The Jam Man (43) Ronan McNally (Ire) 5 11 10
Miss Maxine O’Sullivan (3)
3 -66 Late Date (325) (CD)(D) M Hammond 7 11 9 Miss Becky Smith
4 551 Dotties Dilema [B,T] (170) (D) P Bowen 10 11 7
DOUBTFUL
5 26P Le Braye [T] (46) (D) G Cromwell (Ire) 6 11 7
Mr Anthony Fox (5)
6 552 Jimmy Bell [P] (29) (BF) J G O’Shea 7 11 6 Brodie Hampson
7 2-7 Sporting Milan (47) W Coltherd 7 11 1 Mr B Lynn (3)
8 265 Auldthunder (11) (D) T Reed 11 11 1
Mr Z Baker
9 5P4 Maraweh [P] (18) (CD)(D) Miss L Russell 8 10 11
Mr Cameron Wadge (7)
10352 Dutch Canyon (70) N Alexander 8 10 3 Mr K Alexander
11 -6P Andhaar (179) N Alexander 12 10 0 Mr C J Robertson (7)
123P4 Play Practice (11) (D) J Walton 8 10 0 Miss C Walton
S.P. f’cast: 13-8 The Jam Man, 4-1 Jimmy Bell, 7-1 Dutch Canyon,
8-1 Late Date, 12-1 Le Braye, Maraweh, 14-1 Others.
4.15 Birdsong Chase (Novices’ Limited H'cap) (3) 3m £7,538
1 P13 Some Are Lucky [P] (28) (BF) T R George 7 11 8
P Brennan
R Day (3)
2 22P Teddy Tee (18) (D) N Richards 9 11 5
3 2P2 Rainy City [P] (31) (C) I Jardine 8 11 1 Ross Chapman (3)
4 231 Shanroe Street (31) (D) Miss L Russell 8 10 9 Derek Fox
5 536 Calivigny [T,V] (17) (D) N Alexander 9 10 5 Lucy Alexander
6 436 Strong Resemblance (173) (WS) J Moffatt 7 10 5 B Hughes
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Some Are Lucky, 10-3 Rainy City, Shanroe Street,
9-2 Teddy Tee, 7-1 Calivigny, 10-1 Strong Resemblance.
4.45 Heineken UK Handicap Hurdle (3) 2m £7,538
1
2
3
4
5
6
Centurius (103) (D) Miss V Williams 8 11 12 C Deutsch
Monfass [H] (18) Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 11
Craig Nichol
Think Ahead [P] (35) J Moffatt 7 11 11
H Brooke
Cougar Kid [P] (67) (D) J G O’Shea 7 11 9 Brodie Hampson (5)
Elmono (509) Miss L Russell 7 11 5
Derek Fox
Morning With Ivan [T] (40) (D) S Corbett 8 11 3
T Dowson (3)
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Think Ahead, 11-4 Morning With Ivan, 5-1 Monfass,
Centurius, 11-2 Cougar Kid, 14-1 Elmono.
4-7
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6.55 - Wink Oliver
7.25 - Emblazoned
7.55 - Karam Albaari
Going: Standard TV: Sky 415
Draw: Low best in races up to a mile
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
4.50 Fillies’ Handicap (5) 3YO 7f £3,752
1 131 Kath’s Lustre (21) (C) R Hughes 9 9 Finley Marsh (5) 4
2 61D Line House (35) (D) K Burke 9 8
J Watson (5) 10
L Morris 7
3 20- Light Relief (168) (BF) J Tate 9 7
4 -12 No More Thrills (74) (D) R Hannon 9 7 T Marquand 8
5 41- Lady Marigold (205) (WS) Eve J-Houghton 9 5M Dwyer 9
D Probert 3
6 61- Great Shot Sam (153) (D) A Balding 9 4
7 44- Lady Al Thumama [H,T] (126) M Botti 9 3 G Malune (5) 2
8 4-3 Mrs Benson (109) M Blanshard 9 1
R Hornby 6
9 96- Silca Mistress (252) C Cox 9 1
A Kirby 1
10 55- It’s Not Unusual (210) (WS) A Watson 8 12 E Greatrex 5
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 No More Thrills, 5-1 Great Shot Sam, 6-1 Lady
Marigold, Kath’s Lustre, 7-1 Light Relief, 8-1 Others.
5.20 188Bet Claiming Stakes (6) 3YO 7f £3,105
1 0-7 Don’t Cry About It [T] (15) Ali Stronge 9 12
J Watson (5) 4
2 246 Black Sails [H] (12) Archie Watson 9 7 Daniel Tudhope 1
M Godwin (3) 2
3 0-9 Lyford (12) S Kirk 9 4
4 80 Heaven Up Here (63) E Vaughan 9 3
L Morris 3
S.P. f’cast: 1-5 Black Sails, 7-1 Lyford, 10-1 Don’t Cry About It,
25-1 Heaven Up Here.
5.55 188Bet Handicap (6) 6f £3,105
1 60- Falcao (434) (D) J Butler 6 9 8
A Kirby 5
2 791 Compton Abbey (35) (D) B Johnson 4 9 6
Rossa Ryan (5) 6
3 525 Catheadans Fury [T] (32) M Bosley 4 9 6 R Havlin 10
4 445 Tawaafoq [H] (25) M Quinn 4 9 6
P Cosgrave 2
5 44- Mad Endeavour [B] (197) (CD)(D) W Kittow 7 9 5
K Shoemark 7
6 335 Canadian Royal (92) (BF) Mrs N Evans 4 9 5 L Morris 8
J Watson (5) 1
7 680 Mercers [P] (14) (C)(D) P Butler 4 9 4
8 57- Emjayem (266) P Chamings 8 9 4
J Haynes 11
9 /75 Remal Dubai (33) G L Moore 4 9 3
H Crouch 12
10 -62 Time Stands Still (89) W J Martin (Ire) 4 9 3 G Mosse 3
11979 Locommotion (12) (C) Mat Salaman 6 9 3
F Norton 4
12 -99 Spellmaker (49) (CD)(D) A Newcombe 9 9 2 W Cox (5) 9
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Time Stands Still, 6-1 Catheadans Fury, Canadian
Royal, 13-2 Compton Abbey, 7-1 Tawaafoq, 8-1 Mad Endeavour,
Falcao, 14-1 Remal Dubai, Emjayem, 16-1 Others.
6.25 Median Auction Maiden Stakes (6) 1m 2f £3,105
Taunton
Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
Marlborough
5.15 - Cockney Wren
5.45 - Don’t Ask
6.15 - Royal Act
6.45 - Lubatic
4.50 - No More Thrills
5.20 - Black Sails
5.55 - Compton Abbey
6.25 - Caspar The Cub
6.15 racinguk.com Novices’ Handicap Chase (4) 2m 2f £6,583
7.10 - River Dun
7.40 - Bennachie
8.10 - All Hands On Deck
5.15 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 104yds £5,458
1 86 Audora (138) M Hill 7 10 12
J McGrath
2 9U4 Better News (16) N Mulholland 7 10 12 P K Donovan (7)
3 4-4 Blackdown Hills (120) (D) J W Mullins 8 10 12 A Thornton
4
Cliff Face (F109) Robert Stephens 5 10 12
M G Nolan
5 -34 Cockney Wren (160) (CD,WS) (BF) H Fry 5 10 12 N P Madden
6 P0 Endless River (324) A King 5 10 12
W Hutchinson
7 46 No No Juliet (58) O Sherwood 5 10 12
T Garner (3)
8 888 Oborne Lady (10) J W Mullins 5 10 12 Kevin Jones (5)
9
Passing Dream (F601) J W Mullins 5 10 12 D Sansom (5)
10 00 Spirit Of Mendip [H] (61) P Hobbs 5 10 12 Mr Stefan Kirwan (7)
11 -26 State Sovereignty [T] (49) M Scudamore 6 10 12 T Scudamore
12
Let’s Sway (F305) T Barfoot-Saunt 4 10 7 C Hammond (7)
S.P. f’cast: 8-11 Cockney Wren, 6-1 Cliff Face, 8-1 No No Juliet,
State Sovereignty, 14-1 Blackdown Hills, Better News, 25-1 Others.
5.45 Invest Southwest Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 3f £5,458
1 116 Darcy Ward (28) (CD) Jack Barber 5 11 5
N Scholfield
2 132 Don’t Ask (82) (BF) W Greatrex 5 11 5
R Johnson
3 13 Lungarno Palace (16) F O’Brien 7 11 5
A P Cawley
4 48 Ringa Ding Ding (120) P Nicholls 5 10 13 S Twiston-Davies
5 5-5 Mark’s Folly (13) P Hobbs 5 10 6
M G Nolan
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Don’t Ask, 5-2 Lungarno Palace, 4-1 Darcy Ward,
15-2 Ringa Ding Ding, 8-1 Mark’s Folly.
1 2F3 Spoilt Rotten [H] (202) F O’Brien 9 12 1
R Patrick (5)
2 455 Charlie Papa Lima [T] (196) H Whittington 7 11 12 H Bannister
3 63P Tikkinthebox [T] (30) J Scott 6 11 7
R Hawker (5)
4 311 Royal Act [P] (30) (CD)(C) S-J Davies 6 11 6
R Johnson
5 -P3 Smoking Dixie [H] (13) J Groucott 7 11 5
L Edwards
6 -23 Presenting Berkley (325) (BF) T Vaughan 8 10 12 A Johns
7 F7- Brinestine [P,T] (391) (C) E Baker 9 10 9 Jamie Moore
8 729 Darloa [P,T] (146) V Dartnall 9 10 2
C Shoemark
9 9-3 Kahdian (30) Mrs H Rees 8 10 0
D G Noonan
1083P Badilou [H,P] (70) (BF) M Hill 7 10 0
B J Powell
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Royal Act, 3-1 Spoilt Rotten, 7-1 Presenting Berkley,
10-1 Charlie Papa Lima, 12-1 Others.
6.45 Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m 104yds £4,159
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
008
276
788
722
8P9
8F4
56693
551
10000
117P7
1230P
1373P
Togetherness (98) (WS) P Chamings 5 11 12 N De Boinville
Welluptoscratch [P,T] (19) D Arbuthnot 7 11 12 T Cannon
Hardness (48) P Hobbs 5 11 12 Mr Stefan Kirwan (7)
Lubatic [H] (44) (BF) N Mulholland 5 11 11 T Scudamore
Summer Getaway (98) N Mitchell 6 11 11 N Scholfield
Diablerets (97) Kayley Woollacott 5 11 10
A Thornton
Borak (362) (D) B J Llewellyn 6 11 9
Rob Williams (3)
Figeac [T] (51) N Littmoden 4 11 7
J Quinlan
Jackthejourneyman [P,T] (30) (D) T R Gretton 9 11 3
J M Davies
Tangoed [P] (30) H Whittington 5 11 2
H Bannister
Temir Kazyk (34) Henry Oliver 4 11 1
J Sherwood (3)
Eric The Third [H] (195) (D) T Vaughan 9 11 0 A Johns
Lady Longshot [T] (138) J Scott 7 11 0
R Hawker (5)
14P96 He’s A Toff (116) (WS) J Davis 4 10 10
Jamie Moore
15488 Bee An Aristocrat (19) J Frost 9 10 10 Bryony Frost (3)
16630 Thundering Home [B,T] (19) (D) N Mitchell 11 10 10 T Bellamy
17 /56 Ice Tres (80) C Down 9 10 7
Miss Page Fuller (5)
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Lubatic, 5-1 Jackthejourneyman, 10-1
Welluptoscratch, Lady Longshot, 12-1 Tangoed, 14-1 Others.
7.10 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (5) 3m £4,159
1 06P Welcome Polly [P] (39) C Mann 6 11 12 Angus Cheleda (10)
2 U6P Double Accord [B] (58) (CD) A Honeyball 8 11 12 A Coleman
3 396 Kiwi Myth [T] (58) Mrs F M Shaw 6 11 12 Mr M Legg (5)
4 494 Neetside [T] (16) David Dennis 6 11 12 S Twiston-Davies
5 570 Robin Deuz Pois (89) P Webber 6 11 10
R McLernon
6 7-5 Tir Dubh [P] (30) R Stephens 9 11 5
P K Donovan (7)
7 764 Bonza Girl (16) J Scott 5 11 2
R Hawker (5)
8 804 We’ll Be There [P,T] (35) W Kittow 9 11 0 N Scholfield
Mr R Dingle (7)
9 P44 River Dun [B,T] (30) D Pipe 8 11 0
10P35 Anndarrow (120) (WS) P Hobbs 5 10 12
R Johnson
J M Davies
11P7P Madame Claud [H] (16) M Gillard 5 10 11
12U55 Hija [P] (294) (CD) Miss G Haywood 7 10 7 D G Noonan
M G Nolan
13PP0 Hoola Hula [P] (13) Mrs S Gardner 5 10 6
14937 Stonebrigg Legend (58) S Humphrey 6 10 5 Bryony Frost (3)
1507R Boola River (17) (D) J W Mullins 8 10 3 Kevin Jones (5)
16593 Hollow Park [T] (39) Katy Price 6 10 1
B Poste
177P5 Celestial Chimes (51) R Dickin 7 10 0
J Quinlan
S.P. f’cast: 11-2 Neetside, 6-1 Anndarrow, 7-1 Bonza Girl, 8-1 River
Dun, Double Accord, 10-1 We’ll Be There, Tir Dubh, 12-1 Others.
7.40 2nd September Handicap Chase (5) 2m 6f £4,809
1 213 Redmond [T] (47) (D) Jack Barber 8 11 12
2 5P8 Thoonavolla (76) T H Weston 10 11 12
N Scholfield
C Poste
3 574 Bally Lagan [V] (69) (C) R Dickin 10 11 10
J Quinlan
4 323 Tactical Manoeuvre [T] (24) (C) (BF) A Dunn 7 11 4 R McLernon
5 444 Spock (10) (D) Lady S Brooke 13 11 4 Miss L Brooke (7)
6 321 Bennachie [P,T] (10) T Vaughan 9 11 2
A Johns
7 67U Accessallareas [P] (181) (C) S-J Davies 13 10 12 C Hammond (7)
8 4-4 Micquus (10) (BF) Emma Lavelle 9 10 3
P Cowley (5)
9 U-U Grey Messenger [P,T] (104) E Baker 9 10 0 Jamie Moore
10P3P My Diamond [P] (59) Mrs L Young 7 10 0
B J Powell
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Bennachie, 4-1 Tactical Manoeuvre, Micquus, 5-1
Redmond, 14-1 Spock, Thoonavolla, Bally Lagan, 20-1 Others.
8.10 Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m 104yds £2,924
1 F Anytime Will Do (143) D Skelton 5 11 0
H Skelton
2 F Bachy Baby (128) M Blake 6 11 0
N Scholfield
3
Colonel Custard Nicky Martin 5 11 0
R Johnson
4 000 Milk King [T] (27) D L Williams 5 11 0
T Bellamy
5
Newtown Boy A King 5 11 0
W Hutchinson
6 2 Out For Justice [T] (346) Katy Price 5 11 0
B Poste
7 3 Southfield Torr (59) P Nicholls 5 11 0 S Twiston-Davies
8 5 All Hands On Deck [H] (61) H Fry 5 10 7 Mr M Legg (5)
9 9 Cushuish (44) R Buckler 5 10 7
M G Nolan
10
Diamond Rose [H] J S Smith 6 10 7
M Grant
11
Hot Smoked R Walford 5 10 7
D Sansom (5)
12
Doyannie Jack Barber 4 10 2
R T Dunne
13 8 Puzzle Cache [B] (83) M Hill 4 10 2
J McGrath
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Newtown Boy, 3-1 Southfield Torr, 5-1 Anytime Will
Do, 7-1 All Hands On Deck, 12-1 Bachy Baby, Colonel Custard, 14-1
Doyannie, 16-1 Hot Smoked, 20-1 Others.
Fixtures
TOMORROW: Beverley, Perth, Punchestown, Warwick, Kempton,
Chelmsford City (aw)
Results
Brighton
Going: Good to firm
4.15 (5f215yds h’cap): Baltic Prince (Poppy Bridgwater 3-1) 1;
Tigerwolf (11-8F) 2; Swiss Cross (14-1) 3. 6 ran. nk, 4l. (A
Carroll).
4.50 (5f60yds mdn): Its The Only Way (S Levey 2-1F) 1; Pocket
Dynamo (14-1) 2; Knockabout Queen (9-2) 3. 8 ran. 1/2l, 41/2l.
(R Hannon).
5.25 (6f210yds h’cap): Hedging (C Bishop 3-1F) 1; Sayesse (4-1)
2; Andalusite (7-1) 3. 7 ran. hd, 13/4l. (Eve J-Houghton).
5.55 (6f210yds h’cap): Live Dangerously (K O’Neill 11-2) 1;
Harry Beau (7-2JF) 2; Ettie Hart (7-1) 3. Limerick Lord 7-2JF. 9
ran. 1/2l, nk. (J Bridger). NRs: Corporal Maddox, Hidden Stash,
Higgy’s Heartbeat, Violet’s Lads, Yogiyogiyogi.
6.30 (1m1f207yds h’cap): Derek Duval (D Muscutt 11-2) 1;
Stormingin (9-4F) 2; Arctic Sea (4-1) 3. 8 ran. 13/4l, 1/2l. (S C
Williams).
7.05 (1m1f207yds): Happy Ending (Hollie Doyle 13-2) 1;
Miniature Daffodil (7-2F) 2; Rocksette (10-1) 3. 14 ran. 13/4l,
11/4l. (J W Mullins). NRs: Brave Tart, With Approval.
7.40 (7f211yds h’cap): Pour La Victoire (G Downing 10-3) 1;
Barrsbrook (6-1) 2; Spirit Of Sarwan (6-1) 3. Buzz Lightyere
3-1F. 12 ran. 1/2l, 1/2l. (A Carroll). NR: Rivers Of Asia.
Placepot: £24.20. Quadpot: £8.50.
Exeter
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
1.40 (2m7f25yds h’cap hdle): Breaking Ground (D G Noonan
9-2) 1; Georgina Joy (7-1) 2; Solstice Twilight (12-1) 3.
Gonnabegood 3-1F. 10 ran. 15l, 13/4l. (Mrs R Ford).
2.15 (2m7f25yds h’cap hdle): Point N Shoot (T Buckley 5-4F) 1;
Bermeo (6-1) 2; Fearsome Fred (13-2) 3. 9 ran. 9l, 3l. (N
Hawke).
2.45 (2m2f111yds mdn hdle): Whitley Neill (T Scudamore 20-1)
1; Darling Maltaix (11-8F) 2; Amzac Magic (7-2) 3. 7 ran. 13l,
13l. (D Pipe).
3.15 (2m7f25yds nov hdle): Vodka All The Way (T J O’Brien
11-8F) 1; Golden Sunrise (7-4) 2; Dancing Shadow (3-1) 3. 5
ran. 31/2l, 41/2l. (P Hobbs).
3.50 (3m54yds h’cap nov ch): Leith Hill Lad (T J O’Brien 13-2) 1;
Royal Tara (16-1) 2; Jepeck (9-5F) 3. 6 ran. 8l, 3/4l. (C
Longsdon).
4.25 (2m1f109yds h’cap ch): Gustav (N Scholfield 9-4F) 1;
Millen Dollar Man (8-1) 2; St Merryn (14-1) 3. 9 ran. 7l, 1l.
(Miss Z Davison).
5.00 (2m175yds mdn nh flat): Billygwyn Too (C Brace 9-1) 1;
Kootenay River (11-10F) 2; Shaman Du Berlais (10-1) 3. 8 ran.
3/4l, 27l. (J W Tudor).
5.35 (3m54yds nov ch): Herbert Park (Mr R Dingle 2-1) 1;
Master Baker (evs F) 2; 6 ran. nk. (R J Alford).
Placepot: £134.20. Quadpot: £26.80.
Huntingdon
Going: Good-good to soft in places
4.35 (1m7f171yds mdn hdle): Movie Set (B J Powell 12-1) 1;
Hatcher (5-2) 2; Eskendash (8-11F) 3; Gothic Empire (33-1) 4.
16 ran. 1/2l, hd, 9l. (Richard Spencer).
5.10 (2m4f145yds nov hdle): Jet Set (Jonathan Burke 7-4F) 1;
Cloone Lady (50-1) 2; Oscar Star (5-1) 3; Shazzamataz (14-1)
4. 16 ran. 9l, 7l, 11/2l. (C Longsdon).
5.45 (2m104yds h’cap nov ch): Capitoul (H Brooke 7-1) 1;
Nightfly (11-4F) 2; Ballycamp (13-2) 3. 8 ran. 10l, 4l. (Dr R
Newland). NR: Hargam.
6.20 (3m1f10yds h’cap hdle): Coeur Pensif (D Jacob 12-1) 1;
One Forty Seven (16-1) 2; Sackett (7-1) 3; Frozen Flame (12-1)
4. Arthur’s Reuben 6-1F. 17 ran. 41/2l, shd, 11/2l. (B Pauling).
NR: Argent Knight.
6.55 (2m3f189yds h’cap ch): Ratify (R T Dunne 10-3F) 1;
Pembroke House (11-2) 2; Oakidoaki (12-1) 3. 8 ran. 3/4l, 4l. (F
O’Brien). NR: Glengra.
7.30 (2m7f129yds h’cap ch): Chill In The Wood (M Grant 25-1)
1; Like Sully (8-1) 2; Midnight Mustang (13-2) 3. Baron Du
Plessis 2-1F. 10 ran. 31/2l, 5l. (D F Davis). NR: Midnight Gem.
8.00 (1m7f171yds h’cap hdle): Stonecoldsoba (A Coleman 12-1)
1; The Blue Bomber (9-2) 2; Londonia (8-1) 3; Candyman Can
(25-1) 4. Cubswin 9-4F. 16 ran. 41/2l, 13/4l, 1/2l. (D P Quinn).
NRs: Character Onesie, Dyliev.
Placepot: £131.80. Quadpot: £44.20.
Ludlow Going: Soft
2.00 (1m7f169yds nov hdle): Gumball (R Johnson 2-5F) 1;
Zalvados (5-2) 2; Saxo Jack (10-1) 3. 8 ran. 6l, 6l. (P Hobbs).
2.35 (1m7f212yds h’cap ch): Valseur Du Granval (P Brennan
9-2) 1; Poker School (7-2) 2; Walden Prince (14-1) 3. Ut Majeur
Aulmes 3-1JF, Little Jon 3-1JF. 6 ran. 10l, 6l. (T R George).
3.05 (2m7f171yds h’cap ch): Hey Bill (Kielan Woods 9-2JF) 1;
Goodtoknow (9-2JF) 2; Rise Of An Empire (8-1) 3. 10 ran. shd, 10l.
(G McPherson). NR: Victor Leudorum. Following a stewards’ inquiry,
Goodtoknow who finished 1st was disqualified and placed 2nd.
3.35 (2m7f174yds h’cap hdle): Skipthecuddles (Kielan Woods
9-2JF) 1; Call To Order (10-1) 2; Theatrebar (8-1) 3. The Devils
Drop 9-2JF. 10 ran. 12l, 2l. (G McPherson). NR: Lord Topper.
4.05 (2m5f55yds h’cap nov hdle): Samson’s Reach (J Bowen 8-1)
1; Pershing Missile (4-1JF) 2; Third Estate (6-1) 3. Zoltan Varga
4-1JF. 10 ran. 21/4l, 13/4l. (R J Price). NRs: Atlantic Grey,
Cheltenam De Vaige, Earth Storm, Pyrios, Schnabel.
4.40 (2m7f171yds ch): Mr Mercurial (Mr H Crow 4-5F) 1; Queen
Olivia (5-2) 2; 3 ran. 1l. (Mrs S Crow). NR: Monsieur Gibraltar.
5.15 (1m7f169yds nh flat): Imperial Aura (D Bass 10-11F) 1;
Ferrobin (4-1) 2; Dontcounturchikens (6-1) 3. 8 ran. 4l, 4l. (K
Bailey). NRs: Peanutsponypetite, Rhythm Is A Dancer.
Placepot: £17.10. Quadpot: £5.40.
Yarmouth Going: Good to firm-good in places
1.50 (5f42yds mdn): Carrie’s Vision (James Doyle 9-4) 1; The
Last Party (25-1) 2; Luchador (2-1F) 3. 8 ran. nk, 11/4l. (W
Haggas).
2.25 (1m3yds nov): Corrosive (Josephine Gordon 11-4) 1;
Stylehunter (5-1) 2; Drill (10-1) 3. Magical Sight 9-4F. 12 ran.
1/2l, 21/2l. (H Palmer).
2.55 (1m3yds nov): Without Parole (L Dettori 4-9F) 1; Ostilio
(3-1) 2; Cheer The Title (33-1) 3. 11 ran. 6l, 8l. (J Gosden).
3.25 (1m2f23yds h’cap): Immortal Romance (J P Spencer 14-1)
1; Cristal Spirit (7-2CF) 2; Atticus Boy (25-1) 3. Dawn Dancer
7-2CF, Baasha 7-2CF. 13 ran. nk, 3/4l. (M Bell). NR: Sigrid Nansen.
4.00 (1m2f23yds h’cap): Mordin (James Doyle 13-8F) 1; Voi
(7-1) 2; Giveaway Glance (12-1) 3. 8 ran. 11/2l, nk. (S Crisford).
4.30 (1m3yds h’cap): Luna Magic (J Mitchell 9-1) 1; Cryptonite
(8-1) 2; Oud Metha Bridge (2-1F) 3. 9 ran. 3/4l, 4l. (Mrs L
Pearce).
5.05 (6f3yds h’cap): Enzo’s Lad (C Lee 7-1) 1; Roman Spinner
(8-1) 2; Global Excel (15-8F) 3. 8 ran. 1l, 1l. (K Burke).
5.40 (5f42yds h’cap): Who Told Jo Jo (J Mitchell 11-4F) 1;
Toolatetodelegate (9-1) 2; Hurricane Alert (5-1) 3. 13 ran. hd,
11/4l. (J Tuite).
Jackpot: £15,045.00. Placepot: £24.70. Quadpot: £6.10.
Punchestown Going: Yielding
4.20 (2m100yds nov hdle): Draconien (N Fehily 25-1) 1; Vision
Des Flos (11-1) 2; Mengli Khan (11-2) 3. Getabird 11-10F. 10
ran. 21/4l, 7l. (W P Mullins).
5.30 (2m ch): Un De Sceaux (Mr P W Mullins 9-2) 1; Douvan
(4-5F) 2; A Toi Phil (33-1) 3. 9 ran. 23/4l, 7l. (W P Mullins). NR:
Special Tiara.
6.40 (3m120yds nov ch): The Storyteller (D N Russell 16-1) 1;
Monbeg Notorious (33-1) 2; Jury Duty (16-1) 3. Monalee 2-1F.
11 ran. 6l, 11/4l. (G Elliott).
Jackpot: €20,116.30. Placepot: €7,659.50.
1
Amanda’s Teddy (J65) P Phelan 4 10 0 P Bradley (5) 3
2 9-0 Uptown Girl (35) Mrs L Pearce 4 9 9
J Haynes 8
Blistering Bob R Teal 3 8 11
J Fahy 10
3
4 23 Caspar The Cub (25) A King 3 8 11
W Carson 6
5 8 Illustrious Spirit (15) Archie Watson 3 8 11
E Greatrex 1
6 08- Metatrons Cube (196) C Hills 3 8 11
O Murphy 7
7 5 Lady Merganser (24) D Menuisier 3 8 6 Hollie Doyle 4
8
Oenophile [H] A Balding 3 8 6
M Dwyer 2
David Egan (3) 5
9 63- Royal Goldie (188) R Hughes 3 8 6
10
Shailene A Balding 3 8 6
D Probert 9
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Caspar The Cub, 3-1 Shailene, 7-2 Royal Goldie,
10-1 Metatrons Cube, 12-1 Illustrious Spirit, 14-1 Oenophile, 20-1
Lady Merganser, Blistering Bob, 33-1 Others.
6.55 188Bet Handicap (3) 1m £7,246
1
2
3
4
My Target (32) (CD)(C) M Wigham 7 9 9
F Norton 4
Chevallier (26) (CD)(D) Archie Watson 6 9 8 L Morris 9
First Selection [H] (44) S Crisford 5 9 7 O Murphy 11
Believe It [B,T] (33) (C)(D) R Hughes 6 9 2
Stephen Cummins (7) 10
5 823 Unforgiving Minute (35) (C)(D) (BF) J Butler 7 9 1 A Kirby 1
6 232 Holiday Magic (29) (C)(D) (BF) M W Easterby 7 9 1
S De Sousa 2
7 028 Franco’s Secret [V] (53) (CD)(D) P Hedger 7 9 0
T Marquand 3
8 54- Breden [H,WS] (173) (D) L Jewell 8 8 12
R Winston 7
T Queally 8
9 276 Shyron (11) (C) G Margarson 7 8 10
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Whistler’s Nap
Riviere Argentee (3.30 Catterick) is today’s nap for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph.
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
**
Final whistle
Cycling’s most
infamous cheat is
planning to be at
Giro d’Italia start
in Jerusalem and
people are upset,
writes Tom Cary
Fury over
Armstrong
tour visit
ignores
real issues
ust when you
thought next
J
week’s Giro
d’Italia
Grande
Partenza in Jerusalem
could not get any more
controversial.
Never mind accusations
from human-rights
groups that the race is
being used as a political
tool by Israel, or the fact
that the pre-race
favourite will be riding
under the threat of a
possible doping
suspension, news that
Lance Armstrong is
planning to attend the
start of the first grand
tour to kick off outside of
mainland Europe – to
report on it for his Stages
podcast – sent cycling
message boards and
social media into frothy
(and entirely predictable)
meltdown yesterday.
Reaction to stories
concerning the Texan
tend to follow a fairly
well-established pattern
by now, of course.
Yesterday’s was no
exception. One half felt
that Armstrong’s plans –
which presumably
accelerated last week
after he managed to
settle his $100 million
(£72 million) lawsuit with
the US government for a
tidy $5 million, thereby
freeing up a bit of time in
May which would
otherwise have been
spent in a Washington
DC courtroom – were a
disgrace; that he was, as
usual, trying to make it
all about him; that he
should be confined to the
seventh circle of Hell
along with all the
murderers and rapists
etc, etc. The second half
was basically of the
opinion that the first half
should get over it.
At the risk of sounding
soft on crime, we must be
getting to the stage now
where most sane people
would side with the latter
group. Clearly Armstrong
does not deserve to be
the Giro’s guest of honour
in Jerusalem. The
46-year-old was a
whopping great cheat
and – of more relevance
where his current
Controversial: Lance
Armstrong divides opinion
in cycling world
Trying to
erase all
memory of
him, or simply
pretend he no
longer exists,
is ludicrous
Catterick
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Connor Murtagh (5) 5
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T Eaves 12
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J Hart 13
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Ben Robinson (5) 2
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K Stott 7
11 00- Zig Zag (J213) P Kirby 5 8 8
P J McDonald 1
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D O’Neill 5
4
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J Hart 3
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A Mullen 4
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J Gormley (5) 6
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Morticia K Dalgleish 3 8 8
C Beasley 1
11
P J McDonald 7
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J P Sullivan 11
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treatment by the sport is
concerned – a bully, who
ruined the careers of
many of those who
threatened him. He is
now serving a lifetime
ban from the sport for
doping offences. That is
all well and good.
But trying to erase all
memory of him, or
simply pretend he “no
longer exists” – which is
what RCS Sport’s director
Paolo Bellino claimed
yesterday when asked
about the expected
presence of Armstrong at
the race – is ludicrous.
It is also unfair.
Armstrong has a point
when he talks of the
double standards in
cycling. While other
ex-dopers run teams or
1
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Joshua Bryan (5) 12
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P J McDonald 4
4 86- Dangerous Lady (216) T Easterby 9 4
D Allan 10
5 23- Stewardess (180) R Fahey 9 3
D Nolan 8
Ben Curtis 3
6 315 Carpet Time (28) (D) (BF) T D Barron 9 2
7 45- Seen The Lyte (172) (D) N Tinkler 9 2 L Edmunds (3) 1
C Hardie 2
8 512 Mutabaahy [H] (28) A Brittain 9 1
9 87- Two Seas (250) G Peckham 9 0
G Lee 9
P Mulrennan 5
10 46- Funkadelic (172) (D) B Haslam 9 0
T Eaves 11
11 70- Shay C [T] (221) D Carroll 8 12
12641 Rickyroadboy (6) M Walford 8 7(6ex)
A Mullen 7
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7-1 Royal, 15-2 Carpet Time, 8-1 Stewardess, 10-1 Dangerous Lady,
12-1 Two Seas, 14-1 Others.
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5.40 - Uncle Charlie
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Baraweez (194) (D) B Ellison 8 9 7 Ben Robinson (5) 14
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860-6
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455
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J Gormley 10
R Timby (5) 12
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Connor Murtagh (3) 11
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O Stammers (5) 8
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B Sanderson (3) 4
P Vaughan (3) 1
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S Woods (3) 9
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Andrew Breslin (5) 13
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Ben Robinson 5
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R Dodsworth (5) 2
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13 40- Someone Exciting (172) (CD) D Thompson 5 9 3
H Shaw (3) 3
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Paula Muir (3) 14
15 47- Coviglia (208) Jacqueline Coward 4 8 12
R J Fitzpatrick 15
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4.55 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle (G1) (1) 3m €52,212
1
2
3
4
Ballyward (40) W P Mullins 6 11 10
D J Mullins
Blow By Blow [B,T] (24) (C) G Elliott 7 11 10 Jack Kennedy
Brahma Bull (42) (D) W P Mullins 7 11 10
N Fehily
General Consensus (28) S Drinkwater (Uk) 6 11 10
Mr J Drinkwater
5 422 Jetz [H] (24) Mrs J Harrington 6 11 10
R M Power
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8 214 The Conditional (36) (D) M Hassett 6 11 10 A E Lynch
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10372 Discorama (40) Paul Nolan 5 11 9
K Sexton
11112 Lackaneen Leader (24) (D) G Elliott 6 11 3 M P Walsh
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414
114
119
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Rachael Blackmore
A E Lynch
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D J Mullins
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Mr D O’Connor
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B J Geraghty
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R M Power
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12811 Sumos Novios (24) (C) W J Burke 10 11 10
Jonathan Burke
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2 112 Carefully Selected (42) (D) W P Mullins 6 12 0 Mr D O’Connor
3 116 Felix Desjy (42) (CD)(D) G Elliott 5 12 0
Mr B O’Neill
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7 31 Where Eagles Dare (13) (D) N Meade 5 12 0 Mr M J O’Hare
8 111 Relegate (42) (CD)(D) W P Mullins 5 11 7
Ms K Walsh
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10 21 Young Ted (32) (D) N Meade 4 11 4
Ms N Carberry
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Carefully Selected, 8-1 Felix Desjy, Young Ted, 10-1 Others.
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commentate on races, he
is banned for life.
While riders such as
Marco Pantani, Bjarne
Riis and Jan Ullrich have
all been allowed to keep
their Tour wins, there are
only blank spaces next to
the years in which
Armstrong reigned.
While Pantani remains a
hero in Italy – the Giro
has in the past visited the
statue of him on the
Galibier – Armstrong
cannot even go and
watch a race from behind
the barriers alongside
other members of the
public, without being
told he is going too far. It
cannot be one rule for
one and another for
everyone else.
Besides, there are
much bigger things to
worry about than
whether or not
Armstrong attends a race;
whether the Giro should
even be going to Israel,
for a start. Whether the
race is being used as a
tool to “whitewash” the
image of the country, as
one human-rights group
has alleged. Whether RCS
is completely out of its
depth on all this.
Armstrong’s presence
in Israel – while it adds
another nice little subplot
to the overarching
narrative – is irrelevant
by comparison.
And whisper it, his
podcast is also rather
good.
Lisowski makes
Bingham latest
to fall at the first
SNOOKER
Stuart Bingham was the latest firstround casualty at the Betfred World
Championship as the 2015 winner
was eliminated by Jack Lisowski.
Bingham or defending champion
Mark Selby had emerged victorious
in Sheffield in each of the previous
four years but neither has survived
the first hurdle this time.
Lisowski had held a 5-4 lead
heading into the evening session,
which was disrupted when one of
the lights went out in the 10th
frame, and he secured a 10-7
victory, which was his first at the
Crucible.
“The goal was just to settle
instead of having too much pressure on myself,” Lisowski said. “I
just thought I just want to feel
comfortable out there. To make a
century in the first frame of the day,
that really relaxed me.”
Earlier in the day, Ding Junhui
underlined
his
championship
ambitions by closing out victory
over Chinese compatriot Xiao Guodong in little more than an hour.
The world No 3 held a healthy
6-3 overnight lead and quickly
reeled off four frames in a row to
clinch a 10-3 win, setting up a clash
with either Anthony McGill or Ryan
Day.
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