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Tuesday 1 May 2018
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Exclusive
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Sport
T O T T E N H A M 2 ? 0 WAT F O R D
Kane smiling again
Striker silences the ?jokers? and keeps
Spurs on track for Champions League
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Anfield rocked after
Klopp?s No2 quits
Liverpool coach?s 17-year partnership with Buvac ends on eve of Roma clash
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Sport Football
Chris Bascombe
Buvac not flying with
squad to Rome today
Assistant coach will play
no role in rest of season
Liverpool have suffered an extraordinary setback ahead of their biggest Champions League game, with
the departure of one of Jurgen
Klopp?s most trusted lieutenants.
Zeljko Buvac, Klopp?s long-time
assistant, will not join the squad on
their flight to Rome today ahead of
their semi-final second leg, having
been stood down from his coaching
duties for the rest of the season.
Klopp and Buvac decided over
the weekend temporarily to suspend their working relationship.
Given Liverpool are preparing to
protect a 5-2 lead against AS Roma,
the timing of their split ? whether
temporary or permanent ? is astonishing.
The pair have worked closely for
17 years at three different clubs.
Now, on the verge of celebrating
what would be one of their most
Solo show: Jurgen Klopp arrives at
Liverpool?s training ground yesterday
notable achievements, should Liverpool reach the final, their professional relationship is in crisis.
Liverpool confirmed that the
56-year-old Bosnian will not be part
of their staff for the two remaining
Premier League games and the rest
of the European campaign after
growing tensions came to a head
following Saturday?s goalless draw
with Stoke City.
According to the Merseyside
club, Buvac is taking time out of the
first-team environment for ?personal reasons?. There is no doubt,
however, those reasons are workrelated.
The club left open the possibility
of his return before the start of next
season, although privately that has
been conceded to be unlikely.
Liverpool?s players were shocked
to be informed of the development
at their Melwood training ground
on Sunday.
Buvac takes much of the responsibility, along with Klopp, for overseeing training. Buvac?s sudden
departure appears to have been
agreed between him and Klopp for
the good of the team.
The Bosnian has previously been
an animated and influential figure.
His nickname is ?The brain?, which
he earned as part of Klopp?s backroom team in Germany.
However, in recent months, it
has been noted that all was not as it
was. Buvac has seemed more distant and less communicative.
Liverpool have not moved to
replace Buvac for tomorrow?s tie.
The door has been left open for
further discussion at the end of
the campaign.
It remains to be seen how much
the Merseyside club will feel Buvac?s departure. He began working
alongside Klopp at the start of the
Liverpool manager?s coaching
career and Klopp has often spoken
of working as part of a unit.
When he extended his Liverpool
deal in the summer of 2016, he insisted Buvac and his other assistant,
Peter Krawietz, be given the same
six-year extension.
They worked as a team at Mainz
and Borussia Dortmund prior to
making the move to Anfield.
Tensions have surfaced recently
as Klopp continues to evolve his
backroom set-up. Buvac is not the
first significant departure this season, although he is certainly the
most high-profile and influential.
Klopp has already been planning
for more change at the end of the
season, especially in the physiotherapy department. In October,
Andy Renshaw, the head of physiotherapy, left the club suddenly and
discussions are continuing about
who should replace him.
Buvac is also the second member
of the senior coaching staff to leave
this year. In January, Pep Lijnders
left his coaching role at Anfield to
become head coach at NEC Nijmegen. The timing during midseason was curious and Lijnders
had previously been presented as a
key figure behind the scenes.
Liverpool fans will be worried
that history is repeating itself. It
seems whenever Liverpool enjoy a
stunning European run, the tranquillity is upset in the back room.
In 2001, after Gerard Houllier?s
side won a treble including the Uefa
Cup, he lost his assistant Patrice
Bergues, a key architect in the rebuilding of the squad.
Although the significance of his
decision to return to France was
played down at the time, Houllier
would later try to bring him back as
he could not establish the same
trust with his replacements. His
2001 success was never replicated.
There was similar disturbance
the last time Liverpool reached the
Champions League final in 2007.
Rafael Benitez had an impressive
back-room team, including assistant manager Pako Ayestaran.
Ayestaran was considering his
position by the summer of 2007 and
left shortly afterwards.
Liverpool never reached another
final during the Benitez era, Ayestaran?s influence being missed in the
dressing room.
While Buvac?s future is in doubt,
so too is that of Steven Gerrard as
under-18s coach. The club?s former
captain remains in talks with Rangers, contemplating whether his first
senior management position is a
golden opportunity or a poisoned燾halice.
ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS/CRAIG BROUGH
Players in shock as Klopp?s ?brain?
Back-room boy who
pulled the strings
Buvac has been crucial
to Klopp?s success at
every stage of his career,
writes Chris Bascombe
W
hen Philippe Coutinho left
Liverpool in January it was
suggested that it meant the
break-up of the ?Fab Four?.
If we take the words of Jurgen
Klopp?s back-room team at face
value, Anfield is going through
another band split with the
departure ? temporary or
otherwise ? of coach Zeljko Buvac.
?We are like a music band, each
with their own instrument,? was
how assistant Peter Krawietz, the
other key member of the coaching
trio, described their relationships
to The Daily Telegraph two years
ago.
?Jurgen is the band leader and
others are behind him playing the
bass guitar or drum. Many years
ago a journalist in Germany said I
was ?the eye? and Zeljko was ?the
brain? and people repeat it. We
could only laugh at this, see it as an
invention and say, ?So what is
Jurgen??.
?We are all part of the team here
but it is different in Germany to
England. Here, as a manager, there
are so many more tasks around the
club so me and Zeljko try to help as
much as we can.?
The idea of Buvac as the ?brain?
of Klopp?s operation has stuck as a
memorable sound bite even if it
has been exaggerated for dramatic
effect. The Bosnian earned his
reputation as a shrewd tactician
after Klopp described him as a
?master of all kinds of training?.
The pair became friends when
team-mates at Mainz in the early
1990s and made a pact that
whoever became a manager first
would appoint the other as their
assistant. When the time came for
Klopp to take over at Mainz ?
implementing the style and
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departs Liverpool
Rolling back the years
How they became a team
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?Excited? Gerrard
will press Rangers
over latest finances
By Gavin McCafferty
They began as team-mates at
German side Mainz where they
played together for three years
In 2001 Buvac returned to Mainz
as Klopp?s assistant. They stayed
seven years, winning promotion
Success continued to flow at
Borussia Dortmund, where they
won successive titles
Steven Gerrard is ?excited? about
the prospect of becoming Rangers
manager but needs reassurances
over the resources available to him,
according to his friend and former
team-mate Danny Murphy.
Gerrard is poised for more talks
with Rangers this week after
emerging as the front-runner to
take over when Graeme Murty?s
short-term deal expires in the summer.
The Liverpool youth coach
would have seen a stark illustration
of how far Rangers need to progress
to challenge Celtic when they lost
5-0 at Parkhead on Sunday as
Brendan Rodgers?s side retained
the Ladbrokes Premiership title.
And Murphy does not believe his
former Liverpool and England colleague, who is expected to make his
decision this week, will sign up for
a mission impossible without the
necessary finances.
After speaking to the 37-year-old
over the weekend, Murphy said:
?The truth is there?s nothing definitive. He has had talks and they were
positive. He?s got more talks this
week.
?He?s a really ambitious guy, Stevie. He always has been from the
day he walked on to the training
field at Melwood as a young lad.
?But he?s also bright and I don?t
think he?s going to put himself into
a position where he walks into a job
with his hands tied in terms of the
resources he?s got to compete with
Brendan. I think he?s probably
needing some more reassurances.?
The club?s latest financial figures
Offered position: Steven Gerrard is
expected to make a decision this week
showed they had received �.7 million in interest-free loans from
shareholders and other investors
by the turn of the year, some of
which they plan to turn into equity.
They also received a short-term
external loan, reported to be �million, and concrete plans for a proposed income-raising share issue
have not yet materialised.
Gerrard is likely to press the
Rangers board over the finances
available to him should he take over
a club who are third in the Premiership and level on points with
fourth-placed Hibernian.
Murphy said: ?The only thing
with that, I was thinking really, is
that how do you get concrete reassurances with something like that?
?I suppose Rangers can?t be trying to get someone like Stevie, who
is young, hungry and ambitious, to
go there and compete and sell him a
dummy. You have to think there?s
some credibility in what they are
trying to do.?
Ramos backs Real to go
one better than Barca
Klopp is said to be the heart,
Buvac the brain and fellow coach
Peter Krawietz the eyes
Partners: Zeljko Buvac has worked
alongside Jurgen Klopp since 2001
methods of his mentor Wolfgang
Frank, the former Mainz coach ? he
kept his promise and Buvac joined
his staff. The coaching unit
followed Klopp to Dortmund and
when Anfield called on the
German, his first request was to
hire Buvac and Krawietz.
Although in recent years it has
been suggested the relationship
between Klopp and Buvac was
more professional than personal,
the presence of a figure with a
forthright opinion, who was
prepared to stand his ground
without fear of losing his job, has
been healthy, particularly in an
industry where high-profile
managers surround themselves
with acolytes and yes men.
Evidently, the dynamic of the
relationship between Klopp and
Buvac has changed over the course
of recent months, the Bosnian
cutting a more withdrawn figure
and feeling less involved in tactical
briefings. He still does not speak
English, which obviously affects
communication with players.
Although Liverpool have
attributed Buvac?s break from
first-team duties to ?personal
reasons?, there is no doubt those
reasons are work related.
Liverpool say Buvac remains a club
employee. That will be the case
until such time as the 56-year-old
decides he cannot repair his
working relationship with Klopp..
That it has reached the point
where Buvac will not board the
flight to Rome for the second
leg of the Champions League
semi-final is astonishing, given
how hard Klopp and his staff
have worked to bring the club
to this point.
The trio moved on to Liverpool,
presenting a united front over
the past three years
Hugs
Hug before
and after games
have become
obligatory but
ob
tensions
have
te
surfaced in
Klopp?s
back-room
team
The Real Madrid captain, Sergio
Ramos, believes winning the
Champions League would emulate
Barcelona?s domestic double.
Barca wrestled the La Liga title
back from Real on Sunday with four
games to spare, having already
lifted the Copa del Rey.
Ramos and his team-mates have
endured a difficult league season,
although they have the chance to
make amends with another European success.
The Madrid club are aiming for a
fourth Champions League title in
five seasons and, ahead of tonight?s
semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich, Spain defender Ramos
said he believes that achievement
would be superior to Barca?s.
?Barca have had a great year,
they have won two titles; winning
the cup has merit and the league
even more,? said Ramos of his club?s
great rivals.
?Winning the Champions League
is a positive that is equivalent to
those two or even more. For me it
would be two great seasons, theirs
and ours.?
Real, winners of the competition
in 2014, 2016 and 2017, are firm favourites to make the Kiev final having won 2-1 in Germany last week.
In addition to the damaging firstleg defeat, Bundesliga champions
Bayern also lost key men Jerome
Boateng and Arjen Robben to injury. Vice-captain Thomas Muller
said: ?Now others have to jump in
the breach and get ready.?
Champions League
semi-finals second leg
Today
Real Madrid
(2) v Bayern
Munich (1)
7.45pm
Live on BT
Sport 2
Tomorrow
Roma (2) v
Liverpool (5)
7.45pm, Live
on BT Sport 2
Final
May 26
7.45pm,
Olimpiyskiy
Stadium,
Kiev
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Sport Football
Kane back on target to
lift the spirits at Spurs
Matt Law
at Wembley
Tottenham Hotspur
Alli 16, Kane 48
Watford
2
0
Att: 52,675
Harry Kane may not have seen the
funny side of all the jokes aimed at
him in recent weeks, but the striker
put a smile back on the faces of his
Tottenham Hotspur fans.
Carroll sent
home after
argument
with Moyes
Kane?s second-half goal made
sure of a victory over Watford that
keeps Spurs on course to clinch
Champions League qualification
and ended a wobble that had seen
them fail to win in three games.
The England international may
still be feeling his way back to his
best, but he provided the perfect response to those who jumped at the
chance to poke fun at him after
claiming a goal from team-mate
Christian Eriksen and failing to
score against Manchester United in
the FA Cup semi-final.
The self-appointed clowns at the
Football Association and Professional Footballers? Association need
By John Percy
David Moyes ordered Andy Carroll
home from West Ham?s training
ground yesterday after the pair
were involved in an angry confrontation. The club?s board are expected to launch an investigation.
The West Ham manager has
taken a hardline stance with Carroll
after the striker disappeared down
the tunnel towards the end of the
4-1 defeat by Manchester City on
Sunday. He had been an unused
substitute.
to find a new target for their attempts at humour.
Dele Alli had given Tottenham
the lead thanks to a terrible error
from Orestis Karnezis, but the home
side were second best until Kane hit
his 27th Premier League goal of the
season to stay in touch with Mohamed Salah in the race for the
Golden Boot.
?He needs to improve his performance still, but I?m happy; 150 Premier League games, 105 goals,? said
Mauricio Pochettino. ?What more
can we say? Fantastic striker.?
Asked whether Kane was still recovering from his ankle injury, Pochettino replied: ?It?s a mix of
different things. It wasn?t a great
period for him. He?s human like
anyone and a little bit affected, but
with help of everyone he?s doing
well. He?s a strong guy, physically
and mentally. I am sure he will perform for us and no doubt arrive in
good condition for the World Cup.?
Kane said: ?I try to improve every
year. Last year I got 29, so I would
like to try to beat that. Last year was
an unbelievable end, but we will
see what happens. In my mind now
I?m just trying to get to the 30
mark.?
The win means Pochettino?s men
are five points ahead of fifth-placed
Chelsea and just one behind Liverpool with a game in hand. It also
leaves Watford, who have not
scored away from home since Jan 2,
still unsure of their Premier League
safety.
Pochettino said: ?It wasn?t a great
performance, but the most important thing is we are in a good position with three games ahead and it
will be a very successful season if
we finish in the top four.?
Tottenham looked like a team in
Carroll, it is understood, returned to the dressing room to use
the lavatory after Moyes made a
triple substitution midway through
the second half.
Moyes promised to ?deal with it?
and yesterday instructed Carroll to
return home after reporting to the
club?s training base. It is unclear
whether West Ham will fine the former England international but
sources have revealed the club?s
board will investigate.
Carroll has been growing increasingly frustrated over his lack
of first-team opportunities under
Moyes, failing to start a Premier
League game since the 2-1 win over
West Brom on Jan 2 ? when he
scored both goals. The 29-year-old
is now facing an uncertain future if
Moyes remains in charge of the
club for next season.
After the game, Moyes said: ?It?s
something I?ll deal with. In this situation, what you need is everybody
to be a team member so if he has
done that, I?ll look at it and I?ll deal
with it.?
Moyes and Carroll have already
clashed this season, after the 2-0
defeat at Watford in November.
Foot perfect: Harry Kane slides in
Tottenham?s second goal at Wembley
Table
P
F
A PTS
W
D
L
Manchester City (C)
35 30
3
2 102 26
93
Man Utd
35 24
5
6
67 27
77
Liverpool
Tottenham
36 20 12
35 21 8
4
6
80 37
68 31
72
71
66
Chelsea
35 20
6
9
60 34
Arsenal
35 17
6 12
67 48
57
Burnley
Everton
36 14 12 10
36 13 9 14
35 32
42 54
54
48
Leicester
Newcastle
Crystal Palace
Bournemouth
35 11 11 13
35 11 8 16
36 9 11 16
36 9 11 16
49
35
41
42
52
44
54
60
44
41
38
38
Watford
36 10
8 18
42 62
38
Brighton
West Ham
35
35
8 13 14
8 11 16
32 47
43 67
37
35
Huddersfield
35
9
8 18
27 56
35
Swansea
Southampton
Stoke
35
35
36
8 9 18
6 14 15
6 12 18
27 52
35 54
32 65
33
32
30
West Brom
36
5 13 18
30 54
28
West Ham?s defeat by the Premier League champions left the
club just three points above the
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Race for
the
Golden
Boot
Mohamed
Salah
31
89 mins
per goal
2,747 mins
played
Harry
Kane
27
104 mins
per goal
2,813 mins
played
Sergio
Aguero
21
REUTERS
94 mins
per goal
1,969 mins
played
Raheem
Sterling
18
134 mins
per goal
2,412 mins
played
Jamie
Vardy
17
176 mins
per goal
2,985 mins
played
Training bust-up:
David Moyes and
Andy Carroll were
involved in an
angry exchange
which led to the
West Ham striker
being sent home
need of a helping hand during the
opening exchanges and they duly
got it in the 16th minute.
Kieran Trippier?s cross should
have been easy for Karnezis, but
the Watford keeper spilt the ball,
Christian Eriksen toed it into the
path of Alli, who produced a composed finish.
Andre Gray was given his first
Watford start since the FA Cup defeat to Southampton in January and
the club?s record signing squandered a great chance to equalise.
Eric Dier played a careless pass to
former Spurs midfielder Etienne
Capoue, who sent Gray through on
goal. The striker, though, was
denied by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
This was the first of Tottenham?s
final three games scheduled at their
temporary Wembley home and
there were plenty of empty seats. It
was not a picture that Shahid Khan
will be selling to the NFL if he is
successful in buying the stadium.
Despite sharing it with the likes
of Eriksen and Mousa Dembele,
Will Hughes was the most creative
player on the pitch during the first
half. He sent Abdoulaye Doucoure
through and Lloris had to charge
from his goal to tackle the 25-yearold and rescue the home team.
That intervention had come just
moments after the Frenchman had
saved well from Richarlison.
Keen to silence the jesters, Kane
had only an early shot to show for
his efforts during the opening
period and the home crowd
breathed a sigh of relief when
referee Michael Oliver signalled
half-time.
But it took just three minutes of
the second half for Kane and Spurs
to wake up and get back on track.
Trippier, who had been Tottenham?s most effective player down
the right, put the ball on a plate for
Kane, to side-foot a shot into the net
and celebrate with his team-mates.
Watford manager Javi Gracia
made a double change shortly after
the hour mark: Troy Deeney replaced Gray and Gerard Deulofeu
took over from Kiko Femenia.
But it was Tottenham who went
close to adding to their advantage
as Jan Vertonghen headed another
Trippier delivery against the post.
A disallowed goal gave the travelling Watford fans the chance to
have some fun at Kane?s expense,
but he will not have cared this time.
Kane will still believe he can get
the last laugh over Salah and Tottenham can now concentrate on
trying to overtake Liverpool, rather
than looking over their shoulders.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Lloris 8; Trippier 8,
Sanchez 6, Vertonghen 6, Davies 6; Dier 6, Dembele 5
(Wanyama 63); Eriksen 6, Alli 7 (Lamela 82), Son 5
(Sissoko 74); Kane 6. Subs Vorm (g), Alderweireld,
Aurier, Moura. Booked Wanyama.
Watford (4-2-3-1): Karnezis 4; Mariappa 6, Cathcart 6,
Kabasele 6, Holebas 5; Doucoure 7, Capoue 6; Femenia 5
(Deulofeu 64), Hughes 7 (Carrillo 83), Richarlison 6; Gray
6 (Deeney 64). Subs Gomes (g), Janmaat, Britos, Sinclair.
Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland).
relegation zone, raising further
questions over whether Moyes will
be given next season in charge.
Pablo Zabaleta, the veteran defender, said: ?We?re at Leicester on
Saturday, we are three points above
the relegation zone so it is still in
our hands. After that we have the
last two games at home, against
Manchester United and Everton.
?We need to forget this result, it
wasn?t good but we need to be positive. One more win could be enough
but we can?t wait for other teams to
keep dropping points. We need to
think about West Ham.?
**
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FA slams Burnley fans over abuse of Bong
By James Ducker NORTHERN
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Burnley supporters? booing of
Gaetan Bong has been condemned
as ?unacceptable? by the Football
Association.
The Brighton & Hove Albion defender was targeted by a section of
Burnley fans during his side?s goalless draw at Turf Moor on Saturday,
just weeks after the FA cleared
West Bromwich Albion?s Jay Rodriguez, a former Burnley forward
who is still a popular figure at the
club, of racially abusing Bong.
Bong alleged in January that he
was subjected to racist abuse from
n inRodriguez on the pitch. But an
uled
dependent FA commission ruled
ven?,
that the allegation was ?not proven?,
despite insisting there was ?no sugus or
gestion that this was a malicious
fabricated complaint?.
hton
Chris Hughton, the Brighton
manager, said he was ?angry and
avery surprised? to hear the negag.
tive reception towards Bong.
Kick It Out, the anti-racism
Target: Gaetan
Bong was booed
by a section of
Burnley fans
charity, expressed its concern over
the player?s treatment and now the
FA has added its voice.
In a statement, the FA said it
?co
?considers the behaviour of some
sup
supporters on Saturday towards
Ga
Gaetan Bong to be unacceptable?.
IIt is understood the FA opted to
spe
speak out to ensure players are not
dis
discouraged from reporting allegati
tions of racist abuse in the future.
In a statement, Burnley said:
?Burnley FC maintains a zerotolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind.?
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Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
FINAL
Sport Football
E XC LU S I V E
Third loan deal going
wrong under manager
Midfielder could cut
short stay with Celtic
By Matt Law
FOOTBALL NEWS CORRESPONDENT
Chelsea are growing angry with
Brendan Rodgers over a third loan
that is turning sour under the club?s
former reserve team manager and
has put a black mark against any
faint hopes he may harbour of succeeding Antonio Conte.
Rodgers won his second Scottish
Premiership title with Celtic at the
weekend but his handling of Charly
Musonda, who was not even in the
match-day squad for the 5-0 thrashing of Rangers, has not gone down
well at Stamford Bridge.
Musonda was sent to Celtic on an
18-month loan until the end of next
season but could well cut short his
stay in Scotland after starting just
two league games. The 21-year-old
has not started a game since Feb 18.
Rodgers had assured Chelsea and
Musonda that the talented Belgian
would get plenty of chances to gain
first-team experience at Celtic. He
made similar promises over Josh
McEachran, when he was Swansea
City manager, and Victor Moses,
when in charge of Liverpool.
McEachran started only one Premier League game under Rodgers
for Swansea and, asked what he
learnt in Wales, the midfielder said:
?Nothing.? Questioned on his opinion of Rodgers, he added: ?I?ll pass
on that.?
Moses started only six Premier
League games during his season at
Liverpool despite Rodgers convincing the then winger that he could
make a similar impact on his career
as he made with Daniel Sturridge.
While McEachran never fully recovered from his spell at Swansea,
Moses has since proved his talent
PA ARCHIVE/PA IMAGES
Chelsea angry at Rodgers? treatment of Musonda
Lack of action: Charly Musonda has started just two league games for Celtic
by becoming Chelsea?s first-choice
right wing-back under Conte.
Their
experiences
over
McEachran and Moses meant that
Chelsea decided against sending
other players to play on loan under
Rodgers but that stance softened in
January when Musonda expressed
an interest in joining Celtic.
So far, however, Chelsea?s worst
fears have been realised again and
Musonda?s inactivity is making it
even more unlikely that Rodgers
will be seriously discussed as a candidate to replace Conte.
Rodgers, who has been linked
with Arsenal, has admitted that he
hopes to work in England?s Premier
League again, but he has shot himself in the foot over a potential return to Chelsea. Asked about his
future, following Celtic?s latest title
success, Rodgers said: ?I would
love to work in the Premier League
again one day, but I?m hopefully going to be coaching for another 20odd years. So it?s no time soon.?
Final Whistle, Page 16
Match programmes may fade into history
By Luke Edwards
They are one of the great traditions attached to English
football and have been read
and collected by supporters
for decades, but match-day
programmes could be consigned to the history books
next season if a vote to scrap
them is passed this summer.
The
English
Football
League has announced that a
vote will take place at their
annual meeting in June, with
several clubs hoping to scrap
the cost and effort needed to
produce them.
With sales falling and
readership numbers in decline amid the increasing
popularity of official club
websites and other internet
Collector?s item: Sales of match
programmes have gone down
with rise of digital media
platforms, a number of clubs
outside the top flight are
keen to free themselves of
the burden of producing and
printing a programme.
As things stand, it is mandatory for all EFL clubs to
produce a programme for
every home game, but their
popularity has dropped with
the rise of alternative publications, a trend that began in
the 1980s with the emergence of the fanzines and
hastened with expansion of
the internet and the vast
numbers of supporters using
social media to read about
their club.
However, the loss of
match-day programmes will
be acutely felt by those who
cling on to football?s traditions, with many collecting
the publications over a season. Partly as a result, there is
a strong market for vintage
programmes, too, with many
being sold for four-figure
sums and more.
The EFL said in a statement: ?At its summer meeting in June 2018, the EFL will
In brief
Lukaku fitness boost
Manchester United are
optimistic that Romelu
Lukaku will be fit for the
FA Cup final against Chelsea
on May 19. Initial tests have
suggested the ankle injury
he sustained on Sunday is
not serious.
VAR snub for British
There will be no British
officials at the World Cup,
but English will be the main
language of communication.
Fifa announced its list of 13
specialised Video Assistant
Referees yesterday, having
already named 36 referees
and assistants. The VAR
team will be located in a
room in Moscow. Each
match will have one VAR
and three assistants.
Results
game for Newcastle after
being charged with violent
conduct for appearing to
kick Craig Dawson against
West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea triumph again
Chelsea claimed the FA
Youth Cup for the fifth
successive year as a 4-0 win
at Arsenal earned them a 7-1
aggregate win. The Blues,
who included first-teamer
Callum Hudson-Odoi last
night, have won six of the
past seven finals.
Iran?s bearded wonders
Female Iranian fans who
donned fake beards and wigs
to watch their team
Persepolis crowned
champions in Tehran were
celebrated on social media
yesterday. Women are
banned from going to men?s
matches at least partly so
they do not hear swearing.
?I am very proud of them
and impressed that they can
be so fearless,? said Melody
Safavi, an Iranian women?s
rights activist.
Slimani on FA charge
Loan signing Islam Slimani
may have played his final
vote on a proposal that will
determine whether or not it
is an absolute requirement to
produce a match-day programme from the start of the
2018/19 season onwards.
?A number of clubs have
asked the EFL if the mandatory publication of a matchday programme can be
addressed as a result of an
overall decline in sales and
the proliferation of digital
and social media, which has
the ability to deliver the same
content in a more cost-effective manner.
?Irrespective of the outcome at June?s AGM, the EFL
will continue to produce a
match programme for its five
competition finals: the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and Sky Bet Play-Offs.?
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JASON BURT
CHIEF FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Brutal message: Everton fans show
their feelings about Sam Allardyce
promising midfielder Mason
Greenwood to go. That is entirely
within their rights and the Football
Association cannot make him
attend.
Then there is the Under-19
European Championship from July
16-29 in Finland. Already, a lot of
the young players who would be
selected as part of the squad are
expected to be part of their clubs?
pre-season tours and will not be
released. With senior players
having time off after the World
Cup, managers will argue that
they need the youngsters.
The FA has hugely improved
its relationship with the clubs in
recent years and that has brought
unprecedented success.
But there may be concerns
with these two tournaments that
England are not being given the
best chance to succeed again.
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overseeing a shocking 5-0 defeat
and endured the name of Claudio
Ranieri being sung, also
interspersed with demands for
him to go, which is starting to
appear increasingly likely at the
end of this campaign.
It would be no surprise, despite
Allardyce?s claims otherwise after
he met major shareholder Farhad
Moshiri last week, to see him
depart also. Both managers suffer
not only from a perception that
there is a disconnect between
them an
and the fans and that they do
not ?get
?get? what supporters want but
that the football their sides play
lacks th
the requirement demanded
of Busby:
Busb entertainment.
No d
doubt the argument,
espec
especially in modern football,
woul be that it is easier to
would
ente
entertain
with a club resourced
like United but Allardyce and
Pue ? and others ? suffer from
Puel
the sense that they lack
am
ambition and that staying up
? the
t primary task when they
too
took over mid-season ?
be
became their only apparent
goa
goal rather than the bare
mi
minimum from which to kick
on from.
?I took over this club in a
d
difficult situation, 14th in
the table,? Puel has
complained, having guided
Leicester to ninth. Allardyce has
talked in a similar vein, having
taken Everton from 13th to
eighth.
A couple of seasons ago the
theory emerged that the Premier
League had developed into a
league in which there were the
?top six? clubs and 14 below them
who were looking over their
shoulders and simply hoping to
avoid relegation. Maybe, at that
time, Southampton were the
exception (and look at them now).
Leicester were the
extraordinary exception, winning
the league under Ranieri in
2015-16. In the new hierarchy, the
club traditionally perceived as
mid-table had disappeared. But
they are back, to a degree.
Unfortunately, it manifests itself
as clubs caught in a ?twilight
zone? of having known for several
weeks that they would probably
not go down but also that they
could not, really, go any higher.
A glance at the form guide
between Everton and 14th-placed
Brighton is illuminating. For their
past five games, therefore 20
matches, Brighton (in fairness a
promoted club still fighting to
stay up), Watford, Bournemouth
and Leicester have just one win
between them. Just one. And yet
they have not moved up or down
but stayed in the middle.
Everton beat Newcastle at
Goodison Park last Monday, 1-0,
through their only shot on target.
The match was a dire indictment
on two teams going through the
motions and playing no-risk,
safety-first percentage football
even though neither were in any
danger of being relegated.
It sums up what can happen in
the Premier League. Not every
game can be entertaining ? it is a
sport, not West End theatre ? but
too many are almost being dialled
in. The fans, especially at Everton
and Leicester, well-resourced
clubs who have invested heavily
and have significantly higher
wage bills than those
immediately below them, do
deserve better.
It begs the question: what is
success? Maybe they can win a
trophy or, at least, have a cup run.
Maybe it is just staying up. There
does need to be more on-field
ambition as well and especially at
this time of year, which should be
an opportunity to play more
adventurous football for those
who are safe. Instead they
continue to play safety-first
football.
Fans deserve more than
just safety-first approach
Everton?s
Sam
Allardyce
and Claude
Puel at
Leicester
could be on
the way out
despite
taking their
respective
sides up the
table ? as
supporters
demand
style, along
with results
A
long with clauses
such as a rent-free
house, four weeks?
holiday and a fixed
annual salary of
�5, Sir Matt
Busby?s first contract as
Manchester United manager
contained a requirement to ?use all
proper means in his power to
further the quality of play of the
teams and the attractiveness of the
football?.
The contract, dated Nov 1, 1946,
is for sale at auction and while
most modern-day managers will
nod with approval at Busby?s
negotiating skills ? a written
addendum in the three-page
document shows he was able to
bump up the salary to �000 a
year ? they will no doubt balk at
the demand to play attractive
football.
Yet it is becoming a growing
Club demands
could hit hopes
of England
youngsters
E
issue in the Premier League, where
discontent laps at several clubs
but, most of all, at two of those in
on
no danger of relegation: Everton
and Leicester City. Instead of
breathing a sigh of relief, after
their struggles earlier in this
e
campaign, their supporters are
venting their anger.
dyce
On Saturday both Sam Allardyce
and Claude Puel felt that
unhappiness in no uncertain
terms. Allardyce might feel
aggrieved that, despite being
1-0 up ? before winning 2-0 ?
he
away to Huddersfield Town, the
Evertonians were again
chanting for him to go
o
elsewhere; or choicer words to
that effect. The goals, the
result, made little difference
to the mood.
They do not want him or
his style of football.
At Selhurst Park, Puel was
ngland Under-17s kick off the
European Championship on
Friday in Chesterfield
against Israel. The tournament
represents a fantastic opportunity
on home soil to build on last
summer?s World Cup-winning
achievement.
So, why were Arsenal playing
Chelsea in the second leg of the FA
Youth Cup final at the Emirates last
night, just four days beforehand? It
Discontent:
Claude Puel has
been castigated
is hardly ideal preparation for the
under-17s coach Steve Cooper and
it remains to be seen whether the
six or seven players expected to be
drawn from the two clubs will join
up with his squad.
Clubs are not obliged to release
players for this Uefa tournament
because it is not part of the
Fifa-approved international
calendar. Manchester United, for
example, are not expected to allow
7
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
**
8
Sport Football
?England must play at
Wembley, or it will be an
empty suit with no soul?
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
S
hahid Khan is hoping to
give Wembley Stadium
a retractable roof that
fully closes and has
allayed any fears over
England?s future at the
venue by saying he would not be
buying it if they did not play
there.
In an exclusive interview with
The Daily Telegraph, Khan said
Wembley would not be worth its
�0?million upfront value ?
add-ons take the deal to �billion
? if it did not always remain the
home of the England team.
?England must play there,? the
American billionaire said.
?Otherwise it will be a shell. It
would be like an empty suit that
doesn?t have soul.?
Addressing concerns that he
may limit the number of matches
England can play at Wembley, or
the cup games and play-offs,
Khan added: ?We don?t want the
FA abandoning us. Even though
the FA captures the revenue from
the games, it injects the soul, the
passion into the venue that adds
value.?
The Football Association will
seek ?protections? if it sells
Wembley to Khan, the owner of
both Jacksonville Jaguars, the
American football team at the
forefront of NFL expansion in
Europe, and Fulham, who are
chasing promotion to the Premier
League. Khan said that such
measures would not be a problem
?We
know
the
history
of it, the
magic of
it, the
DNA,
which is
why we
put our
best foot
forward?
for him. ?We want the FA to be
there, we want the England
football games,? he insisted.
?Other than that, the steel and
the concrete is not worth
�0?million-plus to us. They have
to be part and parcel so we can
build from that. For them to be part
of it, if they need assurances from
us then I would have no issue with
those.?
A major issue for the FA, which
currently owns Wembley, is the
cost of the stadium?s upkeep. In its
original plans, there was a proposal
to have a retractable roof that
closed fully, as with the
Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Instead a roof that partially
covered the stadium was installed
but that has proved problematic.
Khan said he intended to invest
in the infrastructure. ?You would
want to put in whatever
investment is needed to make it
the state-of-the-art global
destination venue it should be and
our focus is going to be on that,? he
explained. ?The FA?s focus is on
English football and hosting the
national team matches and all the
cup games etc.?
That will include investigating
the possibility of installing a roof
that fully closes. ?I?m assuming we
will now be at least going to the
stage of doing some due diligence,?
Khan said of the deal he is
proposing. ?Some of the drama
with the roof, for example, and all I
know is what I have read, public
documents, but I?d like to really
understand the angle [of the roof ]
and how it doesn?t quite work.
?There are now all kinds of
plastic roofs [you can install] so if
you could do that you could control
the climate. With the roof there are
two sliding parts but the rain can
still come in and, if you are looking
at a winter concert, for example,
would it be comfortable for
people??
Another possibility, which has
already been looked at by the FA, is
the use of ?video boards? that
would be ?automatically lowered
on cylinders? to close the top tier of
Wembley for certain events to give
it a reduced 50,000-seat capacity.
However, Khan is adamant that
Wembley would not lose its
primary role as the home of
English football and he needed that
to be the case for his plans to work.
Khan also confirmed The
Telegraph?s report over the
weekend that in 2015 he had
discussed having an option to buy
Wembley from the FA if it ever
decided to sell. The option was not
signed.
In fact, Khan told The Telegraph
that he had first considered buying
Wembley in 2012. ?I?d been to
Wembley by then a couple of times
and I told the NFL that the only
venue we wanted to be part of was
Wembley,? Khan said.
?They had played at other
venues, such as Twickenham, but
Wembley, I mean there are many
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American aiming to buy stadium tells Jason Burt he will not sideline
national team or FA and will look at installing a roof that fully closes
reasons for it ? maybe the
emotional, the soulful experience,
the special magic of the place. They
said, ?OK, there are some issues
with scheduling so why don?t you
just deal directly with the FA?. So
you can say that since late 2012 we
started dealing with them ? getting
a date, the terms ? and over time
you understand their mission,
where they are coming from, and
we understand how the games are
working out for us.?
Khan added: ?We have never
considered another stadium. For
me, it was ?Either we are going to
be at Wembley or we are not going
to be there [England]?. It?s been
very clear. I went there in 2012 for
the gold medal game [at the
Olympics] between Brazil and
Mexico. And then we had our deal
with the NFL and then I went back
Emotional words:
Shahid Khan
understands the
pain caused by
Wembley?s Twin
Towers being
removed, but
feels that the
new ground still
has soul ? and it
is the only place
that he had his
sights set on
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
**
9
Sport
Hardaker is given
14-month drug ban
R U G BY L E AG U E
By Neil Robinson
Former Castleford full-back Zak
Hardaker has been banned for 14
months for failing a drugs test after
a mammoth afternoon drinking
session ended with him taking cocaine.
The 26-year-old England international went out drinking with a
friend, whom he knew had access
to drugs, after a training session
in the lead up to the 2017 Super
League Grand Final.
Hardaker said he did not
normally drink midweek but
the day was an emotionally
charged anniversary, although the exact circumstances were redacted in
the
UK
Anti-Doping
Agency panel?s judgment.
Hardaker told the hearing he had six to seven
pints of lager and then
shared a litre of vodka
and a litre of whisky.
As the pair continued
drinking,
Hardaker said he was
offered cocaine by
two other people,
taking four to five
Looking ahead: Zak Hardaker can
join a new club in November
lines. His failed test followed a Super 8s game against Leeds.
Hardaker argued that he did not
take the drug for professional gain
and will not appeal against the punishment, which has been backdated to the date he tested positive
in September 2017. The sanction,
which is less than the expected two
years, means Hardaker will be free
to join a new club on Nov 7.
Hardaker?s solicitors said in a
statement: ?Zak would never take
any substance to achieve an unfair
advantage.?
In Hardaker?s defence, it was
argued that the case was similar to that of Jake Livermore,
the former Hull City and England footballer who also
took cocaine when upset
on an anniversary.
An
independent
Football Association
commission decided
it was a mitigating
factor and did not
ban him.
However, the tribunal said: ?We consider the Livermore
decision should be
treated as a decision
on its own facts and
not be followed.?
Castleford sacked
Hardaker in February. He is expected to
join Wigan.
Evans upbeat Trump hits
despite defeat form to set up
on comeback Higgins clash
TENNIS
By Simon Briggs
TENNIS CORRESPONDENT
a couple of times that year, one of
those was an England game against
San Marino. What I like about it is
that it kind of speaks to you. I
mean, I know that the bricks and
mortar and steel is maybe 11 years
old. But the field goes back to the
1920s and I know the anguish
caused when the Twin Towers
came down. There?s a lot of history
here. It just has soul. For me, you
feel you?re in a gravitational pull.?
Although Khan has not signed
an exclusivity agreement with the
FA ? which is being advised by
Rothschild & Co ? he is confident
there will not be another bidder.
The 67-year-old also stressed that,
if he does buy Wembley, his family
would continue to own it long after
he has gone.
?For me, I already have the next
generation [his two children], who
are probably more passionate than
I am,? Khan said. ?God has been
good to us, we don?t need the
money and we intend to do the
right thing.?
Of the valuation, Khan said: ?It is
about �billion and the FA has a
very competent financial adviser,
Rothschild, and they were part of
it. So it was, for me, like ?We want
to put the best [amount of money]
we can up front?.?
The FA has pledged the proceeds
will go to grass-roots football. ?But
I would put this in perspective,?
Khan said. ?If you forget about the
history, the soul of Wembley, look
at it as bricks and mortar. The O2
arena sold for next to nothing.
Look at the Olympic Stadium. After
the Olympics several hundred
million, and I am sure with great
intentions, of taxpayer money and
that is losing money each year. So
what is that worth? Not a lot. So if
you look at Wembley without the
history, without the soul, it is a
stadium that other than with the
FA games is losing money. OK? But
we understand the history, the
magic, the DNA of Wembley and
what it means and that?s why we
want to put our best foot forward.?
When news of the deal broke,
Khan said he hoped to complete
the purchase in ?eight to 12 weeks?
although the FA has been cautious
about that time frame.
So what will we be saying about
Wembley in 20 years? time? ?That
it is the state of the art, No?1 global
venue for sports and
entertainments on the planet,?
Khan said. ?If you don?t have that
ambition then you should not be in
this business.?
Dan Evans?s comeback tournament
in Glasgow hit the buffers yesterday as he was defeated in three sets
? 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 ? by the world No?331
Lucas Miedler.
Evans ? who is returning from a
ban for taking cocaine ? will nevertheless go away with five rankings
points, which will enable him to enter qualifying for the next Lawn
Tennis Association-run Challenger
event. It starts in Loughborough in
three weeks? time, without having
to ask for a wild card.
Yet we may not have to wait that
long to see him again. Judging from
Evans?s comments, it seems probable that he will play a Futures event
? perhaps in Tunisia ? before that.
?I?m not really disappointed,? said
Evans. ?He?s better than his ranking,
and it was a good-level match. I got a
bit tired at the start of the third set
and that was it, lost my serve, just a
bit rusty at the start of the third set.?
Meanwhile, Heather Watson?s
losing streak lengthened to seven
matches as she was swept aside 6-1,
6-3 by world No?86 Anna Karolina
Schmiedlova in the first round of
the clay-court event in Prague.
SNOOKER
Judd Trump secured his place in
the World Championship quarterfinals by beating Welshman Ricky
Walden 13-9.
The world No?4 sealed a last-eight
match against the four-time champion John Higgins with a finalframe clearance of 103.
The pair were locked at 8-8 overnight, but the 28-year-old Englishman won five of their six frames
yesterday with the help of three
half-century breaks.
World No?27 Walden, 35, won
yesterday?s opening frame to edge
9-8 ahead, but Trump went on a
run with breaks of 66, 70 and 66 before finishing with his fourth century in the last.
China?s Ding Junhui earlier
sealed his place in the last eight by
completing a 13-4 win over Anthony McGill.
The world No?3, who had built a
commanding 12-4 overnight lead,
won the opening frame in the
morning?s session and will play
Barry Hawkins in the last eight.
Two-time world champion Mark
Williams booked his place in the
quarter-finals with a 13-7 win over
Robert Milkins.
Williams?s match-high 101 break
made it 11-6 and helped set up a lasteight clash with Ali Carter.
10
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
**
Sport Rugby Union
RFU to bring back contracts for women
E XC LU S I V E
Kate Rowan
The Rugby Football Union has performed a dramatic about-turn and
is planning to reinstate contracts
for women?s XVs players, The Daily
Telegraph can reveal.
The RFU?s initial decision not to
renew contracts for the national
squad was widely denounced, not
least because it was announced in
the build-up to last year?s Women?s
World Cup in August. It meant
players prepared for the competition knowing they would be without a job at the end of it.
Three MPs led the criticism of
the move at the time, with Tonia
Antoniazzi, a former Wales international, describing it as a ?huge
blow? to the women?s game. England ultimately lost to New Zealand
in the final.
A record television audience of
2.65?million tuned in to watch that
match, which was broadcast in the
prime-time Saturday evening slot
on ITV. Combined with a revamped
domestic women?s competition ?
the Tyrrells Premier15s, which Saracens won last weekend ? this
seemed to have acted as the catalyst
for the RFU to review that decision.
?We are working towards contracts and the aspiration is that we
will have it leading into the next
World Cup [in 2021],? Nicky Ponsford, the RFU head of women?s performance, told The Telegraph.
?How quickly it happens before
then, we just have to wait and see,
but I believe the success of the
league will help us drive things forward. The more we can promote,
grow and develop the XVs game, all
makes the argument stronger for
moving in the direction [of contracts].?
The RFU has invested �4?mil-
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Plan to restore deals in
time for 2021 World Cup
Ambition is to support
sevens and XVs squads
How we broke the story
The Daily Telegraph revealed
last summer that the women?s
XVs squad were to lose their
ce
t a co
t acts
central
contracts
lion in the Premier15s for its first
three seasons and Ponsford believes that having a strong club
framework in place is key to supporting players when contracts are
reintroduced.
She said: ?We knew the last contracts were leading into the World
Cup but we also knew the next step
was to make sure the domestic
competition was stronger, so when
we get to the point when we get
contracts again, the clubs can support those players and it will push
them and develop them. What we
want is for players to be in their
clubs and develop in their clubs.?
When the RFU initially announced that the contracts would
not be renewed, the governing
body justified the move by saying
they were focusing on sevens ahead
of two major tournaments this year
? the Commonwealth Games,
where England Women won
bronze, and the Rugby World Cup.
There are 21 female players currently contracted to the sevens programme, including some on
university contracts. There were 32
players on specialist XVs contracts
last year with another 16 on sevens
contracts. Some players, such as
Emily Scarratt and Natasha Hunt,
transferred from XVs to sevens
contracts after the World Cup.
The RFU introduced match appearance and training fees ahead of
England?s three-Test series against
Canada last November, but the
prospect of contracts being reinstated would be transformative for
several players who have had to
find alternative work to supplement their rugby incomes.
It means players such as fly-half
Katy Daley-Mclean must balance
employment around international
Decider: England lost to New Zealand
in the final of last year?s World Cup
windows. Daley-Mclean, who captained England to World Cup glory
in 2014, was awarded a sevens contract and gave up her day job as a
primary schoolteacher. She now
fits supply teaching around training and playing for England.
Another 2014 World Cup winner,
openside flanker Marlie Packer,
who was player of the match in the
Premier15s final, had both sevens
and XVs professional contracts and
returned to work as a plumber after
her XVs contract was not renewed.
An RFU spokeswoman said: ?Our
ambition is to be able to support
contracts for both a women?s sevens and a women?s XVs squad. This
is something we are working towards in the future, but there are
no firm timelines for it yet.?
London Irish will keep on spending to bounce back to Premiership
By Mick Cleary
RUGBY CORRESPONDENT
London Irish chief executive Brian
Facer has pledged that the club will
continue to act as a Premiership
outfit in terms of recruitment even
though they have been relegated
for the second time in three years.
Facer insists that there will be no
swingeing cuts as London Irish
drop into the Championship although Mick Crossan, the chairman, has been looking to attract
new investment to the Exiles.
The aim is to bounce straight
back into the Premiership, as Bristol have done with a budget devised
to do just that. ?We want to be a
Premiership club so we are going to
look to stay as a Premiership club
and keep pushing ourselves forward on that basis,? Facer said.
?It is not about de-scaling ourselves. It is about upscaling ourselves. Every club is looking for
more investment.
?Of course you are going to be a
bit leaner in certain areas because
the commercial revenues are going
to be hit but, yes, we are not looking
to economise on how we operate.
?We should be looking at what
happens when we get back into the
Premiership and make sure that we
can secure ourselves there.
?You have got to guarantee to get
yourself back up, which means that
you have got to keep spending
money. You have to make sure that
you have enough firepower to get
yourself through it. And then you
have to make sure you do the job on
the pitch and you can?t do that by
Premier talent:
England prospect
Joe Cokanasiga is
attracting other
clubs? interest
taking shortcuts. We are not going
to do that. We are going in with our
eyes wide open and in the understanding this is going to be the
hardest Championship I can remember in my 12 years in the sport.?
Facer is well aware that other
clubs will come looking for their
prize assets, such as wing Joe Cokanasiga, who has been included in
England training camps.
?Joe is a massive asset to us and
we have not yet had that conversation with him,? said Facer, mindful
that London Irish nurtured the
likes of Jonathan Joseph and
Anthony Watson only for them to
move to Bath.
?For us, it is about making an environment that players want to be a
part of. We have five England Under-20 players and we are opening
a new academy centre next year.?
There is uncertainty as to where
London Irish might be playing.
They have eight years left on their
contract with the Madejski Stadium
but have been exploring options,
with a proposed new stadium with
Brentford FC in west London.
?We are not shy about expressing
an interest in moving back to London where there is an Irish population and connection,? said Facer. ?A
move back would probably give us
the audience which has been lying
dormant for some time.
?Brentford is due to open in 2020
but we wouldn?t do anything that
was a breach of contract [with
Reading]. We want to make sure we
are not a boom-bust kind of organisation. We want to look back on our
125th anniversary in 2023 with a
different view from the one we
have now.?
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
***
11
Sport Rugby Union
Spor
Clubs must cut down
on luxury buys to
balance books
MICK
CLEARY
TALKING
RUGBY
I
t is time for the Premiership
clubs to ditch the second
marquee player from their
salary cap calculations.
Wherever you go these days
there are mutterings about
how stretched club finances are.
?We?re at breaking point,? said one
source. ?It?s not quite a deck of
cards but?? warned another.
Last week there was a kerfuffle
around Wasps and their difficulties
in finding and funding a training
ground fit for a club with their
ambitions. Earlier in the season,
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young
revealed that he had been
gradually trimming squad
m 45 to 43 and down
numbers from
to 39 for this campaign.
Wasps are certainly not alone in
d-belt scenario. Only
this tightened-belt
Exeter of the 12 clubs in the league
t. Even Northampton,
return a profit.
those beaconss of good
g, have slipped into
housekeeping,
the red while Leicester, with their
adium at Welford
impressive stadium
ge support base,
Road and huge
ve to find ways to
constantly have
keep up with the front-runners.
There are no givens as far as that
erned. Friday?s
battle is concerned.
ed-time 25-23 defeat
dramatic added-time
ewcastle means that
at home to Newcastle
they will misss out on the play-offs
me since 2004.
for the first time
The nub of the issue is simple ?
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how to compete
ce the books? It is not
yet also balance
ndrum to solve. The
an easy conundrum
nual losses of the
collective annual
Premiership clubs run at about
n. Benefactors like
�-30?million.
Nigel Wray att Saracens have
reached into their pockets for
many years. There is no more
Star turn: Charles
Piutau will earn big
money with Bristol
succe
successful
club in the land
than Saracens, back-toba European
back
champions. But it
comes at a price, one
that Wray has been
willing to pay,
although even he is
currently looking for
new investment to
share the load.
Last week Steve
B
Brown,
the Rugby
F
Football
Union chief
ex
executive,
reflected that
?ulti
?ultimately
it was never a
t
good thing
to see any
collect
collective
sporting
organi
organisation
with significant
losses? And yet, as Brown
losses?.
himsel was the first to point
himself
wh announcing the
out when
hike in top-end prices for
Twicken
Twickenham
matches, the
its in the broadest
game itself
? great shape?. As it
sense is ?in
t union can state
is. When the
res
that its research
tells it that it
could have sold out the
82,000-cap
82,000-capacity
stadium
completely at its contentious
top-tier price of �5 a ticket, you
argu that there is both
can only argue
w as money to
appetite as well
g
support the game
at a certain level.
ju Twickenham that
It is not just
bum on seats and revenue
can put bums
Th various Big Game
in coffers. The
matche at Twickenham or
club matches
Wembley or the London Stadium
post healthy attendances on the
50-8
scale of 50-80,000.
Yet still directors of rugby cover
their eyes and dare only peak
through fingers when there is a
knock on their door signalling yet
another player looking for more
money. Some of that is a natural
state of affairs but most of it has
been fuelled by this artificial
creation of what are known as
marquee players, that is star turns
such as Charles Piutau, the former
All Black full-back who arrives in
the Premiership with Bristol next
season on a reputed salary of
�million a year. The average for a
non-Test Premiership player is
around �0,000-�5,000.
Do not blame the players. Given
the cruel fate that befell
Northampton centre Rob Horne,
whose career came to an abrupt
end only a fortnight ago following
a routine on-field injury, players
are quite within their rights to get
what they can.
It is the system that needs
changing. There was no great
clamour to add another marquee
player. It was done to compete
with the high-rolling French.
The salary cap has been fixed for
the next two seasons at �million,
a prudent arrangement. The
reigniting of the promotion and
relegation debate had its roots in a
desire to make ends meet, as if
ring-fencing would be a solution to
cure all ills. It would not be. But
ditching that second marquee
signing, a luxury item, would be a
huge step in the right direction. It
is time to take stock and retrench.
12
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Sport Specsavers County Championship
By Scyld Berry CRICKET
CORRESPONDENT at Taunton
Somerset (216 and 200) beat
Yorkshire (96 and 202) by 118 runs
Only three counties have never
won the championship, and
Gloucestershire did so in WG
Grace?s time before it became officially constituted in 1890.
That leaves Northamptonshire
and Somerset ? and Somerset, alone
in the first division in having won
their first two matches, might remove themselves from that list this
summer.
Somerset have most of the ingredients to win a title: plenty of seamers, a fine pair of spinners in Jack
Leach (who missed this game
through illness) and Dom Bess, a
high level of fitness ? as would be
expected after Andy Hurry?s return
as director of cricket ? and a rising
star batsman in Australia?s Matt
Renshaw, who has scored matchwinning centuries in both games.
?I believe we can go right the
way through,? said Hurry, a former
Marine, ?and not only in this competition but all the competitions.?
England will come calling but
Leach and Craig Overton are unlikely to be absentees the whole
season. The age range of Somerset?s
players also looks right with plenty
of maturity, and if Marcus Trescothick is extremely mature, his experience will assist Tom Abell, the
captain, who is only 24 to his 42.
Thanks to Renshaw?s first-in-
nings century, and 82 by Abell in
their second, Somerset set Yorkshire a target of 321, by far the highest total of the game, and won
comfortably. India?s Cheteshwar
Pujara fished for the first ball of day
four, an outswinger by Lewis Gregory, and thereafter the ball kept
doing enough for Somerset?s seamers for there to be only one winner,
provided they took their catches,
which they did in spite of a chilling
wind.
Yorkshire, who will be bolstered
by the return of Joe Root and Jonny
Bairstow against Essex on Friday,
only once came close to a partnerIncreased pace:
Craig Overton
ended Yorkshire?s
resistance when
Jack Leaning fell
ship in either innings, when Jack
Leaning and Tim Bresnan added 56
either side of lunch as the ball softened. ?We shouldn?t have got
bowled out for 96,? their head
coach, Andrew Gale, said, adding
that his players were sure Renshaw
nicked off early in his innings but
the ?catch? was not given.
The Leaning-Bresnan stand was
broken by Abell, who had taken
only three first-class wickets but
who gave himself a spell after Josh
Davey had limped off in mid-over
with a quad strain, and who made
one nip back into Bresnan. Abell
threw himself into bowling as he
has done into captaincy and was
not the slowest of the seamers.
?We?ve not started very well the
last couple of years,? said Tim Groenewald, who took five wickets in
all. Indeed, this is the first time
since 1993 Somerset have won their
first two championship games.
?Yes, it?s a happy place and we?re really well led by the skipper and the
coaches.?
Renshaw is due to be available
for all the championship games, as
he adapts all too quickly to English
pitches ahead of the 2019 Ashes,
when he can be expected to open
Australia?s batting, with or without
David Warner.
Another ingredient ? the extra
pace of Jamie Overton ? is some
way away. He has yet to play a Somerset second XI game this season
and it is ?one small step at a time?,
Hurry said. But his twin brother
Craig is trying to increase his pace,
not through any change of action
but with increasing strength and
confidence after his three winter
Tests, and he finally ended Leaning?s solid defence for 68 when the
batsman top-edged a pull at a
bouncer and was caught at squareleg by Renshaw.
Two years ago, Somerset were
top of the table on the final day ? until Middlesex and Yorkshire set up a
run-chase which Middlesex won
and with it the title. This year, firstdivision counties have only 14
games each. Somerset, after their
fine start, might only have to win
six of their last 12 to strike themselves off that list.
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Somerset believe this is
the year to win first title
Scoreboards
County Championship - Division One
Hampshire v Essex
Essex chose to bowl
At The Ageas Bowl
Hampshire ? First Innings
(Overnight 241-4 (Adams 87, Amla 52))
R R Rossouw c Harmer b Siddle
10
L A Dawson not out
34
?L D McManus c Foster b S J Cook
16
K J Abbott c & b S J Cook
43
C P Wood not out
10
Extras (b7 lb9 w1 nb6)
23
Total (for 7 dec, 108.4 overs)
351
Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-134, 3-227, 4-241, 5-241, 6-272,
7-340.
Did Not Bat: B Wheal, F H Edwards.
Bowling: J A Porter 29-4-86-1, S J Cook 22-7-87-2, P M
Siddle 29-7-62-3, R S Bopara 9.4-2-37-0, S R Harmer 18-359-1, D W Lawrence 1-0-4-0.
Essex ? First Innings
N L J Browne c Adams b Wheal
26
A N Cook c McManus b Wood
84
T Westley c Amla b Wheal
0
D W Lawrence lbw b Abbott
6
R S Bopara not out
84
*R N ten Doeschate lbw b Edwards
24
?J S Foster b Dawson
46
S R Harmer not out
21
Extras (b1 lb8)
9
Total (for 6, 70.5 overs)
300
Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-54, 3-61, 4-148, 5-175, 6-251.
Did Not Bat: S J Cook, P M Siddle, J A Porter.
Bowling: K J Abbott 17-3-42-1, F H Edwards 16-4-63-1, C P
Wood 17-1-72-1, B Wheal 12.5-3-63-2, L A Dawson 8-0-51-1.
Umpires: Paul Baldwin and Robert Robinson.
Hants (11pts) drew with Essex (10pts)
Lancashire v Surrey
At Emirates Old Trafford
Surrey chose to bowl
Lancashire ? First Innings 439-9 dec. (Clark 78, Mennie
68no, Bailey 66, Chanderpaul 65, Croft 62, Virdi 4-80)
Surrey ? First Innings
(Overnight 231-9 (Borthwick 79, Bailey 4-54))
R Patel not out
4
A Virdi c Vilas b Onions
4
Extras (b8 lb6 nb4)
18
Total (89.4 overs)
235
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-100, 3-131, 4-171, 5-202, 6-217,
7-218, 8-228, 9-231.
Bowling: T E Bailey 22-5-54-4, G Onions 19.4-6-49-4, L S
Livingstone 18-4-36-1, J M Mennie 16-2-47-0, J Clark 12-432-1, S J Croft 2-0-3-0.
Surrey ? Second Innings
*R J Burns c Jennings b Livingstone
33
M D Stoneman c Vilas b Bailey
29
S G Borthwick b Bailey
0
D Elgar c Vilas b Clark
14
?B T Foakes c Vilas b Bailey
57
O J Pope c Livingstone b Bailey
41
S M Curran not out
9
R Patel not out
9
Extras (lb7)
7
Total (for 6, 90.3 overs)
199
Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-53, 3-68, 4-90, 5-176, 6-177.
Did Not Bat: J W Dernbach, M P Dunn, A Virdi.
Bowling: T E Bailey 19-12-13-4, G Onions 19-6-41-0, J
Clark 12-3-29-1, J M Mennie 15-5-44-0, L S Livingstone
22.3-5-59-1, S J Croft 3-1-6-0.
Umpires: Peter Hartley and Richard Kettleborough.
Lancs (12pts) drew with Surrey (8pts)
Somerset v Yorkshire
At Taunton
Yorkshire chose to bowl
Somerset ? First Innings 216 (Renshaw 112, Brooks 5-57)
Yorkshire ? First Innings 96
Somerset ? Second Innings 200 (Abell 82, Coad 4-61)
Yorkshire ? Second Innings
(Overnight 49-1)
A Lyth c Hildreth b Groenewald
34
C A Pujara c Davies b Gregory
6
*G S Ballance c Davies b Gregory
19
J A Leaning c Renshaw b Overton
68
M J Waite c & b Overton
6
?A J Hodd lbw b Overton
1
T T Bresnan lbw b Abell
21
J A Brooks c & b Groenewald
21
B O Coad c Trescothick b Abell
2
K Carver not out
0
Extras (b2 lb7)
9
Total (86.1 overs)
202
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-49, 3-67, 4-81, 5-99, 6-103,
7-159, 8-188, 9-191.
Bowling: L Gregory 23-7-59-2, C Overton 21.1-7-43-3, J H
Davey 7.5-4-12-1, T D Groenewald 19-5-51-2, D M Bess 9.15-13-0, T B Abell 6-2-15-2.
Umpires: Alexander Wharf and Michael Burns.
Somerset (20pts) beat Yorks (3pts) by 118 runs
Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire
At New Road
Nottinghamshire chose to bowl
Worcestershire ? First Innings 110 (Fletcher 5-27)
Nottinghamshire ? First Innings
(Overnight 204-6 (Taylor 50))
?T J Moores c Cox b Tongue
43
S C J Broad c Cox b Head
38
L J Fletcher not out
27
J T Ball lbw b Tongue
0
H F Gurney not out
1
Extras (lb16 w4 nb10)
30
Total (for 9 dec, 70.5 overs)
300
Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-44, 3-122, 4-126, 5-138, 6-193,
7-252, 8-287, 9-288.
Bowling: J Leach 21-7-73-3, E Barnard 14-0-62-1, C A J
Morris 12-2-38-0, J C Tongue 19.5-1-81-4, T M Head 4-030-1.
Worcestershire ? Second Innings
D K H Mitchell b Ball
3
B L D?Oliveira c Taylor b Ball
0
T C Fell b Gurney
37
J M Clarke c Moores b Broad
4
T M Head lbw b Ball
29
G H Rhodes c Moores b Fletcher
8
?O B Cox c Libby b Fletcher
11
E Barnard c Moores b Ball
12
*J Leach c Moores b Ball
6
J C Tongue b Gurney
21
C A J Morris not out
9
Extras (b5 lb4)
9
Total (38.2 overs)
149
Fall of wickets: , 2-12, 3-17, 4-62, 5-75, 6-89, 7-101,
8-118, 9-125.
Bowling: J T Ball 13-2-59-5, S C J Broad 6-2-17-1, L J
Fletcher 9-2-28-2, H F Gurney 10.2-2-36-2.
Umpires: Richard Illingworth and David Millns.
Notts (22pts) beat Worcs (3pts) by an innings and 41 runs
Notts
Somerset
Hampshire
Essex
Yorkshire
Surrey
Lancashire
Worcs
P
3
2
3
3
3
2
3
3
W
2
2
1
1
1
1
0
0
L
1
0
1
0
1
0
2
3
D Bt
0 4
0 2
1 6
2 3
1 2
1 2
1 4
0 1
Bl
9
6
8
5
6
5
9
9
Ded
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
Pts
45
40
35
34
29
28
18
10
Division Two
Leicestershire v Derbyshire
At Grace Road
Derbyshire chose to bowl
Leicestershire ? First Innings
(Overnight 267-5 (Horton 66, Ackermann 65))
?E J Eckersley c Sub b Rampaul
54
N J Dexter b Olivier
47
B A Raine run out
47
D Klein not out
19
G T Griffiths lbw b Davis
0
V R Aaron lbw b Viljoen
1
Extras (b4 lb5 nb14)
23
Total (96 overs)
381
Fall of wickets: 1-94, 2-157, 3-179, 4-210, 5-219, 6-301,
7-336, 8-366, 9-374.
Bowling: R Rampaul 20-3-82-1, G C Viljoen 11-2-35-1, W S
Davis 11-3-39-2, D Olivier 20-1-94-1, L M Reece 16-2-64-3,
M J J Critchley 18-1-58-1.
Derbyshire ? First Innings
B T Slater c Eckersley b Raine
27
L M Reece lbw b Raine
0
W L Madsen lbw b Aaron
0
A L Hughes b Dexter
42
*B A Godleman lbw b Griffiths
7
?G C Wilson not out
64
M J J Critchley c Raine b Griffiths
38
G C Viljoen c Raine b Ackermann
43
W S Davis c & b Ackermann
6
R Rampaul not out
3
Extras (lb11 nb10)
21
Total (for 8, 68 overs)
251
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-9, 3-43, 4-54, 5-104, 6-164, 7-224,
8-242.
Did Not Bat: D Olivier.
Bowling: V R Aaron 17-5-54-1, B A Raine 16-1-65-2, G T
Griffiths 11-3-29-2, D Klein 9-1-36-0, C N Ackermann 6-036-2, N J Dexter 9-1-20-1.
Umpires: Michael Gough and Jeffrey Evans.
Leics (11pts) drew with Derby (10pts)
Middlesex v Glamorgan
At Lord?s
Glamorgan chose to bowl
Middlesex ? First Innings 194 (Eskinazi 94, Hogan 5-49,
van der Gugten 4-63)
Glamorgan ? First Innings
(Overnight 38-4 (Murtagh 4-12))
K S Carlson not out
3
?C B Cooke not out
0
Extras (lb4 w2)
6
Total (for 4, 15.5 overs)
38
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-23, 3-34, 4-34.
Did Not Bat: D L Lloyd, A G Salter, L J Carey, T van der
Gugten, *M G Hogan.
Bowling: T J Murtagh 8-3-12-4, T E Barber 5-1-13-0, T G
Helm 2.5-0-9-0.
Umpires: Ian Gould and Robert Bailey.
Middlesex (6pts) drew with Glamorgan (8pts)
Sussex v Gloucestershire
At Hove
Gloucestershire chose to bowl
Sussex ? First Innings 145 (Salt 63, Higgins 5-21)
Gloucestershire ? First Innings 183 (Wiese 5-48,
Robinson 4-67)
Sussex ? Second Innings 204 (Worrall 4-45)
Gloucestershire ? Second Innings
(Overnight 108-6)
R F Higgins not out
18
K Noema-Barnett not out
6
Extras (b1 lb3 nb2)
6
Total (for 6, 43.2 overs)
108
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-69, 3-69, 4-69, 5-71, 6-95.
Did Not Bat: C N Miles, D J Worrall, M D Taylor.
Bowling: O E Robinson 12-1-25-2, I Sharma 7-2-25-0, D
Wiese 6-0-21-0, S van Zyl 11-6-16-3, D R Briggs 6-1-8-1, L
W P Wells 1.2-0-9-0.
Umpires: Martin Saggers and Russell Warren.
Sussex (8pts) drew with Gloucs (8pts)
Northamptonshire v Durham
At Northampton
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Northamptonshire (5pts) Durham (5pts)
Warwickshire
Derbyshire
Glamorgan
Gloucs
Middlesex
Sussex
Kent
Leicestershire
Northants
Durham
P
2
2
2
3
3
3
2
2
3
2
W
1
1
1
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
L
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
2
1
D Bt
1 5
1 4
1 3
1 1
1 1
3 7
0 0
2 7
1 0
1 0
Bl
6
6
6
7
7
7
6
4
5
3
Ded
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
TOUR MATCH.-Canterbury: Pakistan 168 (55.2 overs;
Imam-ul-Haq ul-Haq 61; W R S Gidman 5-47); Kent 39-1
(15.0 overs). No play Monday due to rain.
Today: Final day of 4, 11am start.
Pts
32
31
30
29
29
29
22
21
10
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The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Cricket in
the raw
Australian
pace bowler
Peter Siddle
finds the
Ageas Bowl
a bit bracing,
so dons a
woolly hat
(left) and
breaks Rilee
Rossouw?s
bat (right);
while Stuart
Broad needs
treatment
after
running into
his batting
partner,
Luke
Fletcher, at
Worcester
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13
Ball exposes Worcestershire?s frailty
At Worcester
Nottinghamshire (300-9dec) beat
Worcestershire (110 and 149) by an
innings and 41 runs
What a difference a season makes.
Last year four successive victories
saw Worcestershire pip Nottinghamshire to the Specsavers County
Championship
Division
Two
crown.
Yesterday Notts responded with
a rout by an innings and 41 runs after bowling Worcestershire out
twice in 64.5 overs.
After Luke Fletcher did the damage in the first innings, Jake Ball
stepped up second time round with
five for 59.
There was optimism inside the
camp that Worcestershire could
compete this season in the top
flight. But after showing encouraging signs at stages of the defeats by
Hampshire and Somerset, they
were blown away by a formidable
visiting pace attack.
Although the wicket was seamerfriendly, it was no excuse for poor
shot execution from several of their
batsmen.
Nottinghamshire, in contrast,
can look forward with optimism afLethal: Jake Ball
did the damage
second time round
with five wickets
for the visitors
ter chalking up their second victory
in three matches. They have
enough batting quality, particularly
with the acquisition of Ross Taylor,
to make competitive totals and,
even when Stuart Broad returns to
international duty, sufficient depth
in the seam department.
Notts resumed on 204 for six and
added 96 off 13.5 overs to secure
three batting points before declaring on 300 for nine, a lead of 190.
Broad chipped in with 38 and
Worcestershire were left with 80
overs to bat.
Ball took the new ball and had
Brett D?Oliveira caught at third slip
for a first-ball duck and then bowled
fellow opener Daryl Mitchell (three)
with a delivery of full length.
Broad had Joe Clarke (four)
caught behind and then Travis
Head (29) played down the wrong
line to become Ball?s third victim.
Fletcher accounted for George
Rhodes (eight), who edged behind,
and then Ben Cox (11), who lobbed
the ball up to point.
The end came before tea after
Ball had completed his five-for by
dismissing Joe Leach (six) and Ed
Barnard (12), providing keeper Tom
Moores with two more catches.
Cook warms himself up with timely 84
R O U N D -U P
Alastair Cook only passed 50 once
in seven matches for England in
Australia and New Zealand last
winter but he knocked up a
composed 84 for Essex in
yesterday?s Specsavers County
Championship Division One draw
with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
The 33-year-old batted himself
into form in freezing conditions
with a typically stylish innings ?
reaching his half-century in
80-balls ? against an attack that
included Kyle Abbott and Fidel
Edwards before Chris Wood had
him caught behind.
A result was never going to be
possible with so much time lost
over the first three days but Ravi
Bopara improved his average with
an unbeaten 84 as Essex reached
300 for six before the captains
shook hands on the inevitable
draw.
The story was the same at Old
Trafford, where Surrey batted out
the evening session after following
on. Lancashire could only claim
two of the required six wickets in
the evening session and remain
without a win after three games.
At Leicestershire only bonus
points were at stake on a day that
was at least memorable for India?s
pace bowler Varun Aaron, who
picked up his first wicket for the
Foxes by trapping Derbyshire?s
Wayne Madsen lbw.
With so much time lost to the
weather, Middlesex captain Dawid
Malan suggested the England and
Wales Cricket Board should
experiment with a pink ball to
prevent more early-season
washouts.
Only 58 overs were bowled
during Middlesex?s game against
Glamorgan at Lord?s, with the
match abandoned as a draw.
?We could have had a full day if
we?d had a pink ball because there
was no rain around,? said the
Middlesex skipper. ?We were
literally sitting around for four
hours of bad light.
?We?re lucky that we?ve got
lights now but we still got hardly
any cricket in.?
Database
Horse Racing results
Salisbury
Going: Heavy-soft in places
2.00 (5f nov): Steeve (W Carson 15-8) 1; Mersey (7-1) 2;
Arcadian Rocks (11-2) 3. My Dear Friend 13-8F. 5 ran. 1/2l, 1l.
(B Millman). NRs: Oloroso, Temple of Wonder, Treasure Quest.
2.30 (6f h?cap): Here?s Two (K O?Neill 14-1) 1; Another Boy
(16-1) 2; Field of Vision (16-1) 3. Glory of Paris 9-4F. 10 ran.
21/4l, nk. (R Hodges). NR: Pride Of Angels.
3.05 (1m1f201yds h?cap): Can Can Sixty Two (C Shepherd
6-1) 1; Dame Nellie (6-1) 2; Clan Mcgregor (12-1) 3.
Miniature Daffodil 6-4F. 8 ran. 3/4l, 3/4l. (M Channon). NR: Johni
Boxit.
3.40 (1m4f5yds h?cap): Pretty Jewel (K O?Neill 5-4F) 1; I?m A
Believer (10-1) 2; Lady Bergamot (5-2) 3. 5 ran. nk, 41/2l. (I
Williams). NR: Flight Of Fantasy.
4.15 (1m6f44yds h?cap): Master Grey (W Carson 5-2) 1;
Seasearch (1-2F) 2; Say About It (9-1) 3. 3 ran. 21/2l, 11/4l.
(B Millman). NRs: Pollyissimo, Rose Of Shiraz.
4.45 (1m6f44yds h?cap): Garcon De Soleil (R Hornby 12-1) 1;
Patent (25-1) 2; Beyeh (5-1) 3. Crindle Carr 3-1F. 8 ran. 9l,
1l. (M Blanshard). NR: Diamond Reflection.
5.15 (1m6f44yds h?cap): Chivers (Joshua Bryan 16-1) 1;
Heron (9-2) 2; Ocean Gale (4-1JF) 3. Spiritoftomintoul 4-1JF.
8 ran. nk, 41/2l. (D Steele). NR: Amadeus Rox.
Placepot: �960.40. Quadpot: �.60.
Southwell
Thirsk
Wolverhampton
1.50 (6f h?cap): Rickyroadboy (A Mullen 11-4F) 1; Erastus
(10-1) 2; French Silk (16-1) 3. 12 ran. 11/2l, 3/4l. (M Walford).
2.20 (7f h?cap): Be Bold (C Beasley 28-1) 1; Redrosezorro
(4-5F) 2; Cool Strutter (18-1) 3. 14 ran. 1/2l, shd. (Rebecca
Bastiman).
2.55 (7f h?cap): Harbour Patrol (T Ladd 7-1) 1; Supreme
Power (14-1) 2; Mrs Angel (20-1) 3. Motahassen 9-4F. 13
ran. 3/4l, shd. (Rebecca Bastiman).
3.30 (7f218yds nov): The Navigator (P Hanagan 4-1) 1;
Bacacarat (6-4F) 2; Valdolobo (8-1) 3. 9 ran. 13/4l, 21/4l. (R
Fahey).
4.05 (6f h?cap): Black Isle Boy (Daniel Tudhope 16-1) 1; My
Name Is Rio (33-1) 2; Pennsylvania Dutch (7-1) 3. Kupa River
13-2F. 15 ran. nk, shd. (D O?Meara). NRs: Henley, Short Work.
4.35 (6f mdn): I Know How (P Mulrennan 9-1) 1; Capla
Demon (20-1) 2; Hop Maddocks (17-2) 3. 9 ran. 11/4l, shd.
(Julie Camacho). NR: Rotherhithe. Rotherhithe| Rule 4 applies
to All Bets, deduct 25p in the pound.
5.05 (7f218yds h?cap): Odds On Oli (P Hanagan 7-2F) 1;
Consultant (5-1) 2; Amity Island (12-1) 3. 10 ran. nk, 31/4l.
(R Fahey).
5.35 (1m4f8yds h?cap): Zig Zag (C Rodriguez 7-1) 1; Ice
Galley (14-1) 2; Four Kingdoms (12-1) 3; Druid?s Diamond
(7-1) 4. Richard Strauss 5-1F. 17 ran. 1l, 1/2l, shd. (P Kirby).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of �390.01 carried over. Placepot:
�422.10. Quadpot: �3.50.
2.10 (7f36yds nov): Dance On The Day (R Kingscote 7-1) 1;
Rasima (evs F) 2; Pride?s Gold (16-1) 3. 12 ran. hd, 11/4l. (T
Dascombe).
2.40 (7f36yds h?cap): Ubla (S De Sousa 9-4JF) 1; Tisa River
(100-1) 2; Prince of Time (20-1) 3. Pepys 9-4JF. 12 ran. 21/2l,
1l. (Miss G Kelleway).
3.15 (7f36yds h?cap): Tivoli (R Havlin 11-10F) 1; Line House
(14-1) 2; Ortiz (7-2) 3. 5 ran. 1/2l, 3l. (J Gosden). NR: Cirrus
Minor.
3.50 (1m142yds h?cap): Shamonix (Darragh Keenan 22-1) 1;
Windsorlot (2-1F) 2; Orobas (66-1) 3. 11 ran. nk, 1/2l. (M
Usher).
4.25 (1m1f104yds nov): Mootasadir (Josephine Gordon 4-5F)
1; Well Suited (9-4) 2; Starcaster (13-2) 3. 6 ran. nk, 3/4l. (H
Palmer).
4.55 (1m4f51yds h?cap): Sky Eagle (A Atzeni 11-10F) 1;
Agent Gibbs (11-1) 2; Star Ascending (9-2) 3. 9 ran. 11/4l,
33/4l. (Ed Walker).
5.25 (6f20yds h?cap): Revenge (J Hart 7-2) 1; Chloellie (9-4F)
2; Swift Fox (8-1) 3. 8 ran. 2l, nk. (T Easterby).
Placepot: �.40. Quadpot: �40.
Going: Good to soft-good in places
Going: Standard
Windsor
5.20 (7f14yds h?cap): Feel The Wrath (S De Sousa 11-4F) 1;
Mimram (9-2) 2; Wilde Oscar (11-2) 3. 9 ran. 23/4l, 33/4l. (I
Furtado).
5.50 (4f214yds nov): Cococabala (R Winston 7-1) 1; Mr
Buttons (8-11F) 2; Lady Katy (9-1) 3. 5 ran. 11/4l, 1/2l.
(Richard Spencer).
6.20 (1m13yds nov): Zarjaz (T Eaves 16-1) 1; Battle Lines
(7-2) 2; Compliance (11-4JF) 3. Raaqyah 11-4JF. 10 ran.
13/4l, 31/2l. (K Ryan).
6.50 (1m13yds h?cap): Treaty Of Rome (P Mathers 5-1) 1;
Best Tamayuz (11-2) 2; Fieldsman (11-2) 3. Red Touch 3-1F.
8 ran. shd, 11/4l. (D Shaw).
7.20 (6f16yds h?cap): Captain Bob (P J McDonald 6-4F) 1;
Eponina (7-2) 2; Dream Ally (9-2) 3. 5 ran. 3/4l, 11/2l. (P
Kirby). NR: Da Capo Dandy.
7.50 (1m3f23yds nov): Rashdan (Josephine Gordon 7-2) 1;
Litigation (7-4F) 2; Albizzia (6-1) 3. 7 ran. 13/4l, 21/2l. (H
Palmer).
8.20 (1m4f14yds h?cap): Arabian Oasis (N Garbutt 9-1) 1;
Song Of Love (7-1) 2; Sleep Easy (7-4F) 3. 8 ran. 1/2l, 6l. (L
McJannet).
Placepot: �.50. Quadpot: �.90.
5.10 (6f12yds h?cap): Quick Breath (R Kingscote 3-1JF) 1;
Jeopardy John (11-2) 2; White Feather (13-2) 3. Shovel It
On 3-1JF. 9 ran. 11/2l, 3/4l. (J Portman). NR: Achianna.
5.40 (5f21yds nov): Emaraaty Ana (T Queally 12-1) 1; Blown By
Wind (4-11F) 2; Dark Thunder (8-1) 3. 7 ran. 21/4l, 6l. (K Ryan).
6.10 (5f21yds h?cap): Wiley Post (D O?Neill 17-2) 1;
Dragstone Rock (6-4F) 2; Awesome Allan (5-1) 3. 11 ran.
11/2l, hd. (A Carroll).
6.40 (1m2f mdn): Aspetar (K Shoemark 15-8F) 1; Shall We
Go Now (8-1) 2; Imaginative (6-1) 3. 12 ran. 41/2l, 13/4l. (R
Charlton). NRs: Floral Queen, Reprieval.
7.10 (1m2f h?cap): Chance To Dream (J P Spencer 4-1) 1;
Zzoro (15-2) 2; Man Of Harlech (5-1) 3. Past Master 11-4F. 8
ran. 1/2l, 1/2l. (J Best).
7.40 (1m3f99yds h?cap): Envoy (R Tate 25-1) 1; Quothquan
(9-1) 2; Hawridge Flyer (9-2) 3. Petitioner 3-1F. 13 ran. hd,
31/4l. (J Eustace). NR: Gassin Golf.
8.10 (1m31yds nov): Caiya (C Bishop 7-2) 1; Ghalia Al
Thumama (10-1) 2; Gift Of Raaj (2-1F) 3. 13 ran. nk, 21/2l.
(Eve J-Houghton).
Placepot: �.00. Quadpot: �.70.
Going: Good-good to soft in places
Going: Standard
Baseball
MLB: Baltimore 5 Detroit 3-Boston 4 Tampa Bay 3-Chicago
Cubs 2 Milwaukee 0-Cleveland 4 Seattle 10-Houston 8
Oakland 4-Kansas City 5 Chicago White Sox 4-LA Angels 1
New York Yankees 2-Miami 3 Colorado 0-Minnesota 2
Cincinnati 8-Philadelphia 1 Atlanta 10-Pittsburgh 5 St Louis
0-San Diego 2 New York Mets 14-San Francisco 4 LA Dodgers
2-Toronto 7 Texas 2-Washington 3 Arizona 1.
Basketball
NBA.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series) - Eastern Conf, Qtr-final:
Cleveland 105 Indiana 101 (Cleveland win the series 4-3).
Western Conf, Semi-final: Houston 110 Utah 96 (Houston
lead series 1-0).
Cricket
INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Pune: Chennai Super Kings 211-4
(20 overs, Watson 78, Dhoni 51no); Delhi Daredevils 198-5
(20 overs, Pant 79, Shankar 54no). Chennai Super Kings
win by 13 runs.
Golf
ZURICH CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS (Avondale, Louisiana).Leading final scores (US unless stated): 266?Horschel &
Piercy 65 73 61 67; 267?Dufner & Perez 66 72 61 68;
268?Schwartzel & Oosthuizen (S Africa) 66 72 62 68;
269?Garnett & Hadley 64 73 61 71; Paisley & Fleetwood
(GB) 62 75 63 69; 270?Finau & Summerhays 62 72 63
73; 271?Reed & Cantlay 65 71 66 69; Knox & Laird (GB)
64 73 63 71; Duncan & Schenk 64 72 64 71; 272?Power
& Hearn (Rep of Ireland) 66 72 66 68; Steele & Lovemark
64 71 66 71; Henry & Hoge 62 73 65 72; Chalmers &
Percy (Australia) 66 72 65 69; Merritt & de Jonge
(Zimbabwe) 62 75 62 73; 273?Lashley & Oppenheim 64
69 68 72; Johnson & Byrd 66 70 65 72; Kim & Putnam 62
69 66 76; Kisner & Brown 62 70 64 77; 274?Campbell/
& Jones 63 70 70 71; Goosen/Van Aswegen (S Africa) 65
71 64 74; Rose (GB) & Stenson (Sweden) 65 71 65 73;
275?McDowell & Poulter (GB) 65 71 66 73; Reavie &
Glover 60 75 67 73; Kim & Yun (S Korea) 66 69 67 73;
276?McCarthy & Dahmen 68 71 62 75; Walker & O?Hair
64 73 66 73; Werenski & Lindheim 64 71 69 72; 277?
Watson & Kuchar 68 67 68 74; Lowry & Harrington (Rep
of Ireland) 63 75 68 71; Stroud & Stuard 68 71 66 72.
WOMEN'S MEDIHEAL CH'HIP (San Francisco).-Leading
final scores (US unless stated): 276?L Ko (NZ) 68 70 67
71 (Ko won paly-off at first hole); M Lee (Australia) 70 70
68 68; 280?J Korda 68 67 71 74; A Yin 73 69 71 67; C
Hull (GB) 69 68 73 70; S Feng (China) 73 71 68 68;
281?A Jutanugarn (Th) 71 72 68 70; C Masson (Germany)
72 69 72 68; N Hataoka (Japan) 71 69 72 69; A Ashok
(India) 73 71 68 69.
Ice Hockey
NHL.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series) - Eastern Conf, Semifinal: Washington 4 Pittsburgh 1 (Series level 1-1). Western
Conf, Semi-final: Nashville 5 Winnipeg 4 (Series level 1-1).
Snooker
BETFRED WORLD CH'SHIP (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).2nd rd: J Ding (China) bt A McGill (Scotland) 13-4. Frame
scores (Ding first): 102-40 (102) 81-0 (81). 110-6; 126-1
(126) 79-1 (64) 82-0 (75) 128-0 (99) 98-19 (73) 81-32;
46-70 (52) 8-84 (74) 0-97 (97) 96-9 (66) 79-25; 23-68;
114-9 (113) 89-17.
J Trump (England) bt R Walden (England) 13-9. Frame
scores (Trump first): 101-0 (101) 61-71 (61 Trump) 1-98
(90) 16-61; 91-4 (50) 69-2; 16-91 (71) 104-22 (52) 20-67
(52) 35-77; 100-0 (100) 107-0 (103) 59-61 (55 Trump)
70-0 (63) 36-75; 79-11 (68) 49-63; 72-48 (66) 74-7 (70)
86-0 (66) 66-5; 103-0 (103)
M Williams (Wales) bt R Milkins (England) 13-7. Frame
scores (Williams first): 88-53 (65 Williams) 124-15 (87)
19-74 (55) 28-90 (74) 107-15 (53) 28-72; 65-40; 71-51;
75-33; 0-68 (68) 21-65 (51) 71-27; 72-45 (69) 93-39 (58)
3-73 (73) 58-22 (51) 116-1 (101) 0-77; 83-0 (83) 85-0 (85).
Speedway
PREMIERSHIP: Belle Vue 47 Somerset 43-Leicester 53 Rye
House 37-Wolverhampton 49 King?s Lynn 41.
Tennis
ATP T?MENT (Estoril, Portugal).-1st rd: A De Minaur
(Australia) bt G Elias (Portugal) 6-3 6-1; P Sousa (Portugal)
bt G Simon (France) 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-4); F Tiafoe (US) bt T
Sandgren (US) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4).
ATP T?MENT (Munich).-1st rd: Y Hanfmann (Germany) bt M
Baghdatis (Cyprus) 6-2 6-4; M Bachinger (Germany) bt M
Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 7-6 (10-8) 3-6 6-3; M Klizan
(Slovakia) bt F Mayer (Germany) 3-6 6-4 6-3.
ATP T?MENT (Istanbul).-1st rd: L Djere (Serbia) bt D
Istomin (Uzbekistan) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6); M Trungelliti
(Argentina) bt E Ymer (Sweden) 4-6 6-3 6-2; P Lorenzi
(Italy) bt C Ilkel (Turkey) 6-2 6-3; V Troicki (Serbia) bt B
Tomic (Australia) 3-6 6-0 7-5; T Daniel (Japan) bt M
Berrettini (Italy) 7-5 6-3.
WTA T?MENT (Prague).-1st rd: Q Wang (China) bt V
Kuzmova (Slovakia) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1; S Stosur (Australia) bt D
Gavrilova (Australia) 6-3 4-6 0-0 ret; T Korpatsch
(Germany) bt O Dodin (France) 6-2 7-5; A Karolina
Schmiedlova (Slovakia) bt H Watson (GB) 6-1 6-3; K
Siniakova (Czech Rep) bt A Petkovic (Germany) 6-2 7-6
(7-4); E Alexandrova (Russia) bt R Hogenkamp (Holland)
7-6 (7-5) 6-1; N Vikhlyantseva (Russia) bt C Witthoeft
(Germany) 6-4 6-4.
WTA T?MENT (Rabat, Morocco).-1st rd: J Larsson (Sweden)
bt R Peterson (Sweden) 2-6 6-3 6-1; S Errani (Italy) bt Z
Diyas (Kazakhstan) 6-4 6-4; J Fett (Croatia) bt S Vickery
(US) 6-2 3-6 6-3; K Flipkens (Belgium) bt P Martic (Croatia)
3-6 6-2 6-4; S Sorribes Tormo (Spain) bt Y Putintseva
(Kazakhstan) 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.
Fixtures
Cricket
INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Bangalore: Royal Challengers
Bangalore v Mumbai Indians (3.30pm).
Rugby Union
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP:
Bedwas v Newport (7.15), Cross Keys v Bridgend (7.30).
Sport on TV
CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers
Bangalore v Mumbai Indians - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky
Sports Cricket 3pm;
CYCLING: GP Frankfurt - Eurosport 2 1.30.
FOOTBALL: Champions League, Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
- BT Sport 2 7pm; League One, Scunthorpe v Plymouth - Sky
Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event 7.30.
SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two 10am, 1pm &
7pm and Eurosport 1 10am, 2.30 & 6.30.
TENNIS: WTA, Prague Open - BT Sport 1 10am.
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Sport Racing
Paddock laments exit of pretty-boy Popham
MARCUS
ARMYTAGE
YTA
TAGE
O
n the same weekend
that Katie Walsh and
Nina Carberry
announced their
retirements, Ian
Popham, who has
not ridden since being injured in
January, announced he too will
hang up his boots to become a
jockeys? agent. Popham, 28, was
generally regarded as the bestlooking jockey in Britain and, as if
to prove it, a text to him from
fellow jockey Dave Crosse
bemoaned the fact that ?there
would no longer be anyone to look
at? in the weighing爎oom.
As he is back to full racing fitness
for the foreseeable future, he will
hold the title ?fittest jockeys?
ACTION IMAGES
?Best-looking jockey
retires to become an
agent after suffering a
catalogue of injuries
Big win: Ian Popham triumphs on Annacotty in the Kauto Star Chase in 2013
agent? in the business and, though
his feet are barely under the office
desk, his stable already includes
Harry Skelton, Conor Shoemark,
Matt Griffiths, Charlie Poste, David
England and Danny Hiskett. In 12
years as a professional he rode 150
winners including the Grade One
Kauto Star Chase and Paddy Power
Gold Cup on Annacotty.
He twice shattered his pelvis on
horses not in a race; one reared
over backwards at home, another
when having his girths checked at
the start. The first, which required
four operations to repair six
fractures, put him out for nine
months; the other, six months.
His other big injury was when,
in a fall, he was kicked in the face
by a horse following him, breaking
his jaw, cheek, chin and a few
teeth.
The broken and dislocated
shoulder he suffered on his last
ride broke the camel?s back.
His brush with this column was
as a passenger on a 10-man barge,
captained by amateur Will Biddick,
full of jockeys sailing the northern
canal system of our industrial past.
Unfortunately, Biddick, having
risen at 5.30am, decided their
narrow boat could be halfway to
their destination, Chester, by
lunchtime if he cast her off.
The boat was a minimum
two-man job through each lock but
Biddick decided he could do it
alone while his mates slept.
However, the boat?s rudder
snagged on a lock gate which,
when emptied of water, left the
boat dangling vertically with water
flooding into the bedrooms.
Biddick instructed his fellow
riders not to panic but rather to
start baling her out. The
consequences were manifold; the
barge was written off, the lock was
shut for the day and the crew were
given a black mark by British
Waterways which means, if
Topham ever wants a holiday on
the Norfolk Broads, he will have
to爃ire the boat in someone
else?s爊ame.
Sky launches
racing channel
By Marcus Armytage
RACING CORRESPONDENT
When At The Races is rebranded as
Sky Sports Racing on Jan 1, it will
broadcast racing from 24 domestic
tracks after Chester and Bangor announced they will jump ship from
Racing UK, having signed 10-year
deals.
The loss of Irish racing in the
other direction, from At The Races
to the subscription-based Racing
UK, earlier this year was seen as a
big blow to the channel and the deal
has been widely criticised by racing
professionals who would prefer the
reach of At The Races which is ?free?
to Sky subscribers.
Sky Sports Racing will move
from At The Races? studios in Milton Keynes, from where it has been
broadcast since 2012, to Sky television?s Isleworth base. It is expected
to have more of a Sky Sports look
and some presenters may change.
The St Leger, the last Classic of
the season, will be the only one
broadcast by Sky but the QIPCO
2,000 and 1,000 Guineas, the first
Classics of the season at Newmarket this weekend, have attracted
healthy-sized fields. There are 17 in
Saturday?s 2,000 Guineas, headed
by the Aidan O?Brien pair Gustav
Klimt and Saxon Warrior.
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
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Sport
Sport in brief
Kempton
Rugby League
Australian Simon Woolford has
been appointed as Huddersfield
head coach on a two-and-a-halfyear contract. The 43-year-old
replaces Rick Stone, who was
sacked last month.
Athletics
Russian doping whistleblower
Grigory Rodchenkov has hit back
at a libel lawsuit by counter-suing
three Russian athletes who are
seeking $30 million (� million) in
damages.
Rugby Union
Ulster have named Scotland
assistant Dan McFarland as their
new head coach. He will take over
on a three-year contract from New
Zealander Jono Gibbes at the start
of next season.
Yarmouth
Marlborough
2.10 - Artair
2.40 - Corelli (nb)
3.15 - Raven Banner
3.45 - London
4.15 - Ramblow
4.45 - Gainsay
5.15 - Olive Mabel
5.50 - King Oswald
Going: Good to soft-good in places TV: Sky 415
Draw: High numbers best on the straight course, especially in large
fields.
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
2.10 Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) (4) 2YO 5f �787
1
Adam Tiler R Cowell 9 5
G Mosse 1
J P Spencer 3
2 3 Artair (15) M Bell 9 5
3
Revich Richard Spencer 9 5
S Donohoe 4
Usain Boat G Scott 9 5
S De Sousa 5
4
5
Windy Guest G Margarson 9 5
T Queally 2
6 36 Hard Forest (13) (BF) M Johnston 9 0
P J McDonald 6
S.P. f?cast: 15-8 Hard Forest, 9-4 Artair, 4-1 Usain Boat, 8-1 Adam
Tiler, 10-1 Revich, 14-1 Windy Guest.
2.40 Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (3) 3YO 1m 3f 104yds �704
1 1-2 Antonian (27) J Gosden 9 8
N Mackay 1
L Dettori 3
2 61- Corelli [T] (164) J Gosden 9 8
3 0-1 Jetstream (69) C Hills 9 8
DOUBTFUL
4 2-2 Blame Culture (17) G Margarson 9 2
T Queally 5
P J McDonald 4
5 3 Kittileo (12) M Johnston 9 2
S.P. f?cast: 5-4 Corelli, 4-1 Jetstream, 9-2 Blame Culture, 5-1
Antonian, 8-1 Kittileo.
3.15 Handicap (5) 1m 2f �752
1
2
3
4
549
-38
535
85-
Insomniac (52) D M Simcock 4 9 7
Hard Toffee (81) L Allan 7 9 5
Oceanus (17) (D) Miss J Feilden 4 9 4
Calm Charm (197) C Wall 4 9 3
J P Spencer 1
N Mackay 7
Shelley Birkett (3) 6
G Wood (3) 4
5 -92 Raven Banner (35) (D) I Furtado 5 9 2
S De Sousa 3
6 310 Ravenhoe (10) M Johnston 5 9 2 Andrew Breslin (7) 2
7 -85 Tyrsal (3) (CD)(C)(D) C Lines 7 9 0
David Egan (3) 5
S.P. f?cast: 7-4 Raven Banner, 4-1 Insomniac, 11-2 Calm Charm,
6-1 Oceanus, 7-1 Hard Toffee, 10-1 Ravenhoe, 14-1 Tyrsal.
3.45 Handicap (3) 7f �246
1 72- Mountain Rescue (222) (D) C Wall 6 9 7
T Queally 7
2 346 Afandem (31) M Johnston 4 9 1
P J McDonald 1
3 388 Suzi?s Connoisseur [T,V] (5) (D) S C Williams 7 9 1
J P Spencer 2
4 120 Majestic Moon (48) (D) Miss J Feilden 8 9 1
Shelley Birkett (3) 4
5 550 London (14) (D) P McEntee 5 9 1
Nicola Currie (5) 5
6 12- Salt Whistle Bay (179) (D) R Guest 4 8 12 M Harley 3
7 212 Ripp Orf (27) D Elsworth 4 8 12
S De Sousa 6
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Ripp Orf, 5-2 Salt Whistle Bay, 4-1 Mountain Rescue,
7-1 Afandem, 10-1 Suzi?s Connoisseur, 14-1 London, Majestic Moon.
4.15 Fillies? Handicap (5) 7f �752
1
2
3
4
5
6
Sonnet Rose [B,T] (17) (D) C Allen 4 9 7 S Woods (7) 6
The Lacemaker [P] (17) C Dwyer 4 9 6
S De Sousa 4
Seyasah (209) C Wall 4 9 4
T Queally 1
La Isla Bonita [P] (39) (D) R Spencer 4 8 13 S Donohoe 2
Ramblow [P] (33) (D) (BF) M Appleby 5 8 12 Nicola Currie (5) 9
Tallulah?s Quest (27) Miss J Feilden 4 8 10
Shelley Birkett (3) 5
7 -44 Emily Goldfinch [P] (17) (D) P McEntee 5 8 8 G Wood (3) 3
8 2-7 Ronni Layne (26) L Allan 4 8 3
N Mackay 7
9 808 How?s Lucy [P] (20) J Chapple-Hyam 4 8 2 David Egan (3) 8
S.P. f?cast: 10-3 Ramblow, 4-1 The Lacemaker, 11-2 Seyasah, 6-1
Sonnet Rose, 7-1 Tallulah?s Quest, 8-1 Emily Goldfinch, 10-1 Others.
113
412
84-50
112
5-6
4.45 Handicap (Str) (Div 1) (6) 3YO 1m �105
1 773 Lulu Star (12) Miss J Feilden 9 9
Shelley Birkett (3) 7
2 -67 Patty Patch [V] (26) Richard Spencer 9 8 S Donohoe 8
3 858 Mandarin Princess (12) P McBride 9 7
S De Sousa 9
4 550 Rosedale Topping [V] (68) E Vaughan 9 6 P J McDonald 1
5 0-1 Gainsay (26) J Portman 9 5
G Wood (3) 5
6 5-5 Jazzy Girl (20) B Powell 9 0
David Egan (3) 3
7 06- Calvin?s Gal (234) J Ryan 9 0
J Osborn (7) 2
8 -53 Banjo?s Voice [B] (25) J Chapple-Hyam 8 12 Nicola Currie (5) 4
9 8-4 Pretty Pearl (103) R Eddery 8 12
M Harley 6
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Gainsay, 9-2 Lulu Star, 5-1 Mandarin Princess, 6-1
Patty Patch, Banjo?s Voice, 10-1 Rosedale Topping, Calvin?s Gal, Jazzy
Girl, 12-1 Pretty Pearl.
5.15 Handicap (Str) (Div 2) (6) 3YO 1m �105
1 0-1 Choral Music (20) J Portman 9 8
G Wood (3) 4
2 0-6 Spring Praise [B] (18) (BF) M Botti 9 7 G Malune (5) 8
3 67- Grasmere (138) A Bailey 9 7
R Winston 7
4 60- Hidden Dream [P] (195) Mrs C Dunnett 9 6 S Donohoe 3
5 453 Olive Mabel (25) D Ivory 9 2
J Duern (3) 9
S De Sousa 2
6 740 Ahfad [T,V] (10) S C Williams 9 0
7 99- Aldbury Lass (151) R Eddery 9 0
M Harley 1
T Queally 5
8 895 Miss Mollie (41) J Given 8 12
9 78- Sandkissed [H] (173) Miss A Murphy 8 12 Nicola Currie (5) 6
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Olive Mabel, 3-1 Spring Praise, 4-1 Choral Music, 8-1
Ahfad, 10-1 Grasmere, 12-1 Aldbury Lass, Miss Mollie, 16-1 Others.
5.50 Racing Welfare Handicap (Str) (6) 1m �105
1 0-4 Screaming Gemini [B] (20) R Varian 4 9 4 David Egan (3) 6
2 126 King Oswald (82) (CD)(D) J Unett 5 9 2
G Wood (3) 8
3 4-8 Channel Packet (38) M Appleby 4 8 12 A Rawlinson 7
4 22- Sublimation (374) (D) S Gollings 8 8 11 P J McDonald 3
5 57- Slow To Hand [B] (189) (C) W Jarvis 4 8 11 J P Spencer 1
6 483 Misu Pete [P] (22) M Usher 6 8 8
S De Sousa 5
7 336 Dor?s Law [P] (34) (D) D Ivory 5 8 6
J Duern (3) 4
8 927 Candesta [T] (25) (D) Miss J Feilden 8 8 2 N Garbutt (3) 2
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Screaming Gemini, 7-2 Misu Pete, 4-1 Sublimation,
7-1 King Oswald, 8-1 Dor?s Law, Slow To Hand, 14-1 Others.
Brighton
Going: Good to soft-good in places TV: Sky 415
Draw: In sprint races low numbers tend to have an advantage over five
Marlborough
2.20 - Wedding Date
2.50 - Diocletian
3.25 - Super Julius
3.55 - Precious Ramotswe
furlongs, high best over six furlongs.
4.25 - Rattle On
4.55 - Bounty Pursuit
5.25 - Ashazuri
2.20 Novice Auction Stakes (5) 2YO 5f �752
1
James Watt M Bell 9 2
Hayley Turner 1
Kapono Miss Amy Murphy 9 2
L De Souza 5
2
Nayslayer S Kirk 9 2
L Morris 4
3
Wedding Date R Hannon 8 11
T Marquand 2
4
Spirit Of Society Miss Amy Murphy 8 6
Hollie Doyle 3
5
S.P. f?cast: 11-10 Wedding Date, 11-4 James Watt, 5-1 Nayslayer,
7-1 Spirit Of Society, 14-1 Kapono.
2.50 Racing Welfare Handicap (5) 3YO 1m 4f �752
1 65- Diocletian (188) A Balding 9 10
J Watson (5) 1
C Shepherd 4
2 6-3 Rocky Shores (46) M Channon 9 7
F Norton 3
3 36- Mail Order (184) M Johnston 9 5
L Morris 7
4 3-4 Sassie (18) S Kirk 9 4
L Steward 2
5 013 Font Vert [V] (34) R Beckett 9 3
6 7-0 Strongarm Chaser (10) R Hannon 8 13 T Marquand 5
M Godwin (3) 6
7 71- Galloping Hogan (196) S Kirk 8 11
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Galloping Hogan, 4-1 Diocletian, 9-2 Mail Order,
5-1 Font Vert, 7-1 Sassie, 8-1 Strongarm Chaser, 10-1 Rocky Shores.
3.25 Handicap (4) 5f �531
1 230 Rose Berry [H] (32) (D) C Dwyer 4 9 7 L Edmunds (3) 5
2 -05 Super Julius (14) (CD)(D) E J-Houghton 4 9 5 C Bishop 3
D Costello 2
3 878 Nautical Haven (8) Suzi Best 4 9 5
L Morris 4
4 -10 Liberatum (12) (D) Mrs R Carr 4 9 1
F Norton 1
5 8-2 Mr Pocket (108) R Cowell 4 8 9
S.P. f?cast: 2-1 Rose Berry, 9-4 Mr Pocket, 10-3 Super Julius, 6-1
Liberatum, 10-1 Nautical Haven.
3.55 Fillies? Handicap (3) 1m 2f �767
1 54- Canberra Cliffs (121) (D) G L Moore 4 9 7 J Watson (5) 7
2 10- Precious Ramotswe (165) (D) J Gosden 4 9 6 R Havlin 2
3 47- White Chocolate (206) (D) D M Simcock 4 9 3 H Bentley 5
4 -48 Deccan Queen (71) (D) J Osborne 4 8 13
D Costello 3
5 48- Flying North (223) (D) R Hannon 4 8 11 T Marquand 4
L Morris 6
6 424 Champagne Pink (26) (BF) K Burke 4 8 9
C Shepherd 1
7 17- Caravela (213) (BF) M Channon 4 8 7
S.P. f?cast: 13-8 Precious Ramotswe, 4-1 White Chocolate, 5-1
Champagne Pink, 6-1 Caravela, 8-1 Canberra Cliffs, 12-1 Flying North,
14-1 Deccan Queen.
4.25 london2brightonchallenge.com Handicap (6) 1m �105
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
4.55 Love Fairs Antiques & Collectables Handicap (5) 7f �752
1 075 Black Caesar (7) (CD)(C)(D) P Hide 7 9 9 J Watson (5) 7
C Shepherd 8
2 644 Zlatan [P] (15) E De Giles 5 9 9
3 8-8 Good Luck Charm [P] (15) (CD)(D) G L Moore 9 9 7
H Crouch 4
4 500 Briyouni (41) (D) R Beckett 5 9 5 Emma Wilkinson (7) 1
5 5-2 Bounty Pursuit (20) (D) M Blake 6 9 4 M Godwin (3) 3
M Dwyer 5
6 0-7 Tai Sing Yeh [T] (10) (D) C Hills 4 9 3
R Havlin 2
7 32- Balgair (181) (D) (BF) Tom Clover 4 9 3
8 08- Duke Of North (190) (C)(D) J Boyle 6 8 8
Isobel Francis (7) 6
S.P. f?cast: 7-2 Balgair, 4-1 Bounty Pursuit, 5-1 Zlatan, Good Luck
Charm, 6-1 Black Caesar, 7-1 Tai Sing Yeh, 12-1 Duke Of North, Briyouni.
5.25 Apprentice Handicap (6) 1m 2f �105
1 050 Robert The Painter [B] (7) (D) D Steele 10 9 7 K Fox 4
C Bishop 1
2 217 Tarseekh [V] (27) (D) C Gordon 5 9 6
3 5-3 With Approval [P] (20) (CD)(C)(D) Mrs L Mongan 6 9 6
L Morris 10
4 723 Bloodsweatandtears (27) (CD) W Knight 10 9 6
J Watson (5) 6
M Godwin (3) 7
5 -70 Kaaber (22) M Blake 7 9 5
6 577 Rightway (40) (D) A Carroll 7 9 5 Poppy Bridgwater (7) 12
7 425 Rattle On [P] (20) (D) (BF) J Boyle 5 9 4 P Bradley (5) 13
D Probert 3
8 981 Sir Jamie [B] (20) (D) A Carroll 5 9 3
9 054 False Id [T] (20) (C) J Farrelly 5 8 12 Darragh Keenan (7) 11
10 3-4 Master Of Heaven [P] (20) (C) J Boyle 5 8 12
C Bennett (3) 14
H Crouch 8
11P55 St James?s Park (20) R J Smith 5 8 12
12 90- Lady Gwhinnyvere (225) J Spearing 4 8 12 C Noble (5) 5
R Havlin 2
13698 Kwikstep [B] (83) Andi Brown 4 8 12
C Shepherd 9
14 /0- Spice Boat (J5) P Butler 6 8 12
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Bloodsweatandtears, 9-2 With Approval, 6-1 Rattle
On, 7-1 Sir Jamie, 8-1 Master Of Heaven, Tarseekh, False Id, 14-1
Robert The Painter, 16-1 Others.
1 612 Zephyros (17) (D) D Bridgwater 7 9 9
Poppy Bridgwater (7) 8
2 /04 Officer Drivel [H] (17) Suzi Best 7 9 8
H Burns (5) 10
3 11- Sussex Girl (189) (CD)(D) J Berry 4 9 7 Rossa Ryan (3) 6
J Watson (5) 5
4 8-3 Archimento [P] (13) P Hide 5 9 7
Joshua Bryan (3) 3
5 4-7 Ashazuri [H] (20) J Portman 4 9 5
6 346 Iconic Belle (8) M Channon 4 9 5 Lenka Helmecka (7) 1
P Pilley 2
7 2-8 Junoesque [P] (25) J Gallagher 4 9 0
8 /00 Austin Friars [T] (13) (D) Suzi Best 6 9 0 G Mahon (3) 9
9 5-9 It?s How We Roll [B] (22) J Spearing 4 8 11 C Noble (3) 11
10114 Stringybark Creek (33) (BF) J Farrelly 4 8 10
Darragh Keenan (5) 7
11 55- Mulsanne Chase (194) H Morrison 4 8 10 C Bennett 4
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Sussex Girl, 5-1 Stringybark Creek, Archimento, 6-1
Zephyros, 8-1 Iconic Belle, Officer Drivel, 10-1 Ashazuri, 12-1 It?s
How We Roll, 14-1 Others.
3.00 Fillies? Handicap (5) 3YO 1m �528
7 -72 Double Reflection (8) K Burke 9 0
C Lee (3) 3
S Levey 8
8 -61 Apache Blaze (10) (CD) R Brisland 9 0
R Hornby 11
9 0-3 Maid Up (12) A Balding 8 13
D Allan 5
10 5-4 Hyanna (12) T Easterby 8 11
R Tate 1
11 65- Point In Time (153) M Usher 8 11
S.P. f?cast: 7-2 Double Reflection, 5-1 Maid Up, 6-1 Apache Blaze,
Renny?s Lady, 7-1 Iconic Code, 10-1 Ann Without An E, Hyanna, 12-1
Amazing Michele, 14-1 Others.
Whistler?s Nap
Red Handed (2.00 Nottingham) is today?s nap for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage), of The Sunday Telegraph.
Nottingham
Marlborough
2.00 - Delft Dancer
2.30 - Mushtaq
3.00 - Tig Tog
3.35 - Red Tea
4.05 - Iconic Code
4.35 - Slunovrat
5.05 - Samovar
Going: Soft TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: In 5f and 6f when stalls far side - Low best, stands side - High best
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
2.00 Fillies? Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (5) 2YO 5f �528
1 4 Chitra (19) D Kubler 9 0
G Downing 1
J Crowley 2
2 3 Delft Dancer (10) M Johnston 9 0
3
Red Handed M Channon 9 0
J F Egan 4
Skeetah J J Quinn 9 0
J Hart 3
4
5
Spell R Hannon 9 0
S Levey 5
S.P. f?cast: 13-8 Delft Dancer, 5-2 Spell, 5-1 Chitra, 6-1 Red
Handed, 7-1 Skeetah.
2.30 Novice Stakes (5) 3YO 1m �528
1 41- Mushtaq (145) R Hannon 9 9
S Levey 6
Cacophonous D Menuisier 9 2
J Crowley 3
2
Georgia Cox (3) 4
3 0 Cohen [T] (7) W Haggas 9 2
Eledeed Sir M Stoute 9 2
R Kingscote 7
4
J Mitchell 5
5 7 Giovanni (14) P Chapple-Hyam 9 2
M C Muldoon P Chapple-Hyam 9 2
D Allan 8
6
E Greatrex 2
7 0 Olympic Odyssey [H] (10) G Scott 9 2
Aaron Jones (3) 1
8 78 Possibly So (28) D Elsworth 9 2
S.P. f?cast: 5-4 Mushtaq, 4-1 Eledeed, 5-1 Giovanni, 7-1
Cacophonous, 12-1 M C Muldoon, 16-1 Olympic Odyssey, 20-1
Possibly So, Cohen.
1 3-3 Tig Tog (27) R Hannon 9 8
S Levey 6
J F Egan 2
2 727 Felisa (66) (D) P Evans 9 7
3 40- Cosmopolitan Queen (213) D Elsworth 9 7 J Crowley 7
4 9-2 Last Enchantment (27) (BF) E J-Houghton 9 4 E Greatrex 1
5 85- Chantresse (192) K Burke 9 0
C Lee (3) 5
D Allan 3
6 8-2 Lady Alavesa (15) Miss G Kelleway 8 13
G Lee 8
7 322 Elixsoft (12) Roger Fell 8 12
8 -48 Supersymmetry (27) David Loughnane 8 10 K O?Neill 4
S.P. f?cast: 3-1 Last Enchantment, 7-2 Tig Tog, 5-1 Lady Alavesa,
6-1 Cosmopolitan Queen, 7-1 Chantresse, 8-1 Elixsoft, 10-1 Felisa,
16-1 Supersymmetry.
3.35 EBF Fillies? Handicap (3) 1m �,172
1 9-2 Red Tea (14) (D) P Hiatt 5 9 8
Finley Marsh (5) 2
2 6-8 Seduce Me [P] (38) (D) K Burke 4 9 7
J Crowley 5
3 420 Pattie (32) (D) M Channon 4 9 2
J F Egan 1
4 -42 Mama Africa (27) (D) T D Barron 4 8 11 Jane Elliott (5) 3
5 8-6 Kyllachys Tale (27) (D) R Teal 4 8 10
J Mitchell 6
6 330 Feathery [T] (37) (BF) C Fellowes 4 8 9
R Kingscote 7
7 9-7 Prying Pandora [P] (10) (D) R Fahey 5 8 5 P Mathers 4
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Red Tea, 4-1 Mama Africa, 5-1 Seduce Me, 6-1
Prying Pandora, 7-1 Pattie, 8-1 Kyllachys Tale, 10-1 Feathery.
4.05 188Bet Fillies? Handicap (5) 3YO 1m 2f �528
1
2
3
4
5
6
87451
-26
616-4
0-0
Amazing Michele (186) R Fahey 9 7 Connor Murtagh (5) 2
Renny?s Lady (64) P Evans 9 4
K O?Neill 4
Dream Malfunction [P] (34) J Tuite 9 4
E Greatrex 6
Iconic Code (190) K Dalgleish 9 3
G Lee 10
Ann Without An E [H] (20) M Channon 9 3
J F Egan 9
Calling Rio [P] (17) David Loughnane 9 1
J Crowley 7
4.35 188bet.co.uk Handicap (4) 1m 6f �763
1 60- Slunovrat (199) (CD) D Menuisier 7 9 7
J Crowley 2
G Lee 5
2 56/ Roman Flight (J507) David Dennis 10 8 13
3 40- Thistimenextyear [H] (J9) R Spencer 4 8 13 S Levey 3
D Allan 1
4 -65 Multellie (68) T Easterby 6 8 9
5 58- Zenafire [P] (J187) (D) S Hollinshead 9 8 5 P Mathers 4
S.P. f?cast: 11-10 Roman Flight, 7-4 Slunovrat, 8-1
Thistimenextyear, 10-1 Zenafire, 14-1 Multellie.
5.05 188Bet Handicap (4) 3YO 5f �469
1
2
3
4
Rockies Spirit (12) D P Quinn 9 9
J F Egan 2
Dahik (222) (D) M W Easterby 9 8
G Lee 3
Dotted Swiss (18) (D) (BF) R Hannon 9 8
S Levey 4
Little Boy Blue (10) (D) W G M Turner 9 7
Finley Marsh (5) 5
5 0-8 Angel Force [H] (10) (D) D C Griffiths 9 7
D Allan 1
6 111 Samovar [B] (10) (CD)(D) S Dixon 9 4
K O?Neill 8
7 -27 The Golden Cue (6) (D) (BF) Steph Hollinshead 8 10
Toby Eley (7) 7
8 82- Flo?s Melody (223) B Leavy 8 3
P Mathers 6
S.P. f?cast: 3-1 Samovar, 10-3 Dotted Swiss, 5-1 Little Boy Blue,
6-1 The Golden Cue, Rockies Spirit, 10-1 Flo?s Melody, 12-1 Dahik,
14-1 Angel Force.
457
06-13
-37
7.15 EBF Conditions Stakes (3) 7f �338
Marlborough
Going: Standard TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
1 24- Jallota (178) (D) C Hills 7 9 9
James Doyle 3
2 05- Arod (227) D M Simcock 7 9 2
O Murphy 5
3 27- Chessman [T] (314) (CD) A Watson 4 9 2 E Greatrex 2
4 20/ Magillen (682) C Hills 4 9 2
C Shepherd 1
5 48- Poet?s Vanity (255) (D) A Balding 4 8 11 D Probert 4
S.P. f?cast: 11-8 Arod, 3-1 Poet?s Vanity, 4-1 Jallota, 11-2
Chessman, 12-1 Magillen.
5.45 32Red Casino Novice Auction Stakes (5) 2YO 5f �881
7.45 32Red.com Handicap (3) 2m �338
5.45 - Its The Only Way
6.15 - Chynna
6.45 - Viola Park
7.15 - Poet?s Vanity
7.45 - Chocolate Box
8.15 - Brexitmeansbrexit
8.45 - Tee It Up Tommo
1 1 Its The Only Way (7) (D) R Hannon 9 7 T Marquand 3
2
Swan Street A Balding 9 2
O Murphy 10
3
Kyat Khan H Dunlop 9 1
Hollie Doyle 4
4
Eye Of The Water R Harris 8 13
J Fahy 7
5 7 Wolf Hunter (32) R Hughes 8 13
P Dobbs 6
6 9 Wolstonbury (11) S Kirk 8 13
L Keniry 5
Brelades Bay M Bell 8 11
K Shoemark 2
7
8
Dolly Dupree P D?Arcy 8 10
W Carson 8
9
Rajy Tom Clover 8 10
Josephine Gordon 9
10
Um Shama R Hughes 8 8
S W Kelly 1
S.P. f?cast: 7-4 Its The Only Way, 5-1 Swan Street, 11-2 Brelades
Bay, 7-1 Um Shama, 8-1 Rajy, 12-1 Kyat Khan, 14-1 Dolly Dupree,
20-1 Eye Of The Water, Wolstonbury, Wolf Hunter.
6.15 EBF Fillies? Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (5) 2YO 5f �881
1 5 Chynna (13) M Channon 9 0
C Bishop 10
2
Delagate The Lady M Attwater 9 0
K Fox 9
3
Free Love Tom Clover 9 0
Josephine Gordon 8
4
Improvising R Hughes 9 0
S W Kelly 7
5 4 Kodinar (12) W Haggas 9 0
James Doyle 3
6
Laura Kenny H Dunlop 9 0
T Marquand 2
7
My Excelsa G Scott 9 0
Fran Berry 4
8
Nananita D Loughnane 9 0
L Morris 6
9
On The Stage Ed Walker 9 0
L Keniry 1
10 69 Thegreyvtrain (8) R Harris 9 0
J Fahy 5
S.P. f?cast: 7-4 Chynna, 11-4 Kodinar, 6-1 On The Stage, 10-1
Improvising, Laura Kenny, 12-1 Free Love, My Excelsa, 20-1 Others.
6.45 Bet At racinguk.com Handicap (6) 7f �105
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Viola Park [P] (20) (D) R Harris 4 10 0
T Clark (3) 2
Masquerade Bling (27) (D) N Mulholland 4 9 13 A Kirby 5
Fortune And Glory (111) (BF) J Tuite 5 9 13 O Murphy 10
Arctic Flower (13) (D) J Bridger 5 9 12 Jordan Uys (7) 8
Freddy With A Y (25) (CD)(D) J R Jenkins 8 9 11 K Fox 9
Light From Mars [P] (29) (CD)(D) R Harris 13 9 11 D Probert 3
Dear Bruin [P] (18) (D) David Drinkwater 6 9 9W Carson 4
Haabis (349) P Chamings 5 9 4
J Haynes 14
Princess Way [V] (49) (D) Miss K George 4 9 4
Rhiain Ingram (5) 1
10 89- Delahay (140) M Blanshard 4 9 1
C Bishop 13
11233 Summer Thunder [B] (89) P Cole 3 9 1
L Morris 11
12 -80 Noreena (67) P D?Arcy 4 9 0
S W Kelly 6
13 73- Peggie Sue (181) Adam West 3 8 13
J Quinn 12
14546 Free Talkin (20) M Attwater 3 8 5 Josephine Gordon 7
S.P. f?cast: 7-2 Summer Thunder, 4-1 Fortune And Glory, 9-2
Masquerade Bling, 7-1 Viola Park, 10-1 Freddy With A Y, 12-1 Free
Talkin, Light From Mars, 14-1 Peggie Sue, 16-1 Others.
148
454
2-3
9-7
683
705
658
30638
1 237 Haines [P] (32) (CD) A Balding 7 9 10
W Cox (5) 3
2 8-0 Graceland (31) (D) M Bell 6 9 7
L Steward 9
3 -36 Amazing Red (32) E Dunlop 5 9 6
James Doyle 4
4 155 Regicide (20) J Fanshawe 5 9 5
O Murphy 10
5 -76 Jacob Cats [P] (20) (C) W Knight 9 9 3 J Watson (5) 8
6 3-1 Chocolate Box [P] (47) (D) D Loughnane 4 9 1 L Morris 6
7 -34 Gavlar (13) (CD)(D) W Knight 7 9 0
C Shepherd 2
8 19- Arty Campbell (J165) (CD)(D) B J Llewellyn 8 9 0 D Probert 12
9 5-8 Zakatal (17) (D) R M Whitaker 12 8 12 L Edmunds (3) 1
10 56- King Calypso (181) (CD)(C) D Coakley 7 8 10 Fran Berry 11
11 17- Steaming (147) R Beckett 4 8 7
H Bentley 7
12346 Mambo Dancer (35) (D) M Johnston 4 8 6 F Norton 5
S.P. f?cast: 7-2 Chocolate Box, 13-2 Haines, 15-2 Amazing Red,
Regicide, 8-1 Steaming, Gavlar, 10-1 Others.
8.15 32Red On The App Store Handicap (5) 3YO 1m �752
1 20- Cwynar (165) R Hughes 9 9
S W Kelly 8
2 23- Balletomane (189) (BF) R Hannon 9 9
T Marquand 3
3 233 Sweet Symphony [H] (27) (BF) M Botti 9 8 G Malune (5) 1
4 520 Verstappen [B] (17) M Botti 9 8
A Kirby 7
5 324 Dolly Mixture (46) J Best 9 7 Dayverson De Barros 5
6 65- Brexitmeansbrexit (175) R Hannon 9 7 Hollie Doyle 4
7 55- Zabaletaswansong [P] (122) R Hannon 9 6 P Dobbs 11
8 459 Couldn?t Could She (15) (D) Adam West 9 5 J Quinn 2
9 -36 El Borracho [H] (87) (D) S Dow 9 4
O Murphy 6
10 83- Arigato (175) W Jarvis 8 12
Josephine Gordon 10
11 50- Lady Of Petra (208) Eve J-Houghton 8 11
C Bishop 9
S.P. f?cast: 5-2 Sweet Symphony, 4-1 Balletomane, 7-1 Others.
8.45 Racing UK HD On Sky 432 Handicap (6) 1m �105
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Delicate Kiss (139) J Bridger 4 10 0
W Carson 11
Chetan [T] (18) (CD)(C)(D) (BF) C Wallis 6 10 0 C Bishop 6
Tee It Up Tommo [T] (24) (CD)(D) D Steele 9 10 0 W Cox (5) 7
Settle Petal (20) (CD) P Phelan 4 9 12 P Bradley (5) 2
Malt Teaser (13) J Best 4 9 10 Dayverson De Barros 9
Connemera Queen [P] (20) J Butler 5 9 9
A Kirby 4
Almanack [P] (52) (C) Mark Pattinson 8 9 2 H Crouch 10
Cross Swords [B] (25) J Tate 3 9 1
L Morris 3
Living Leader (45) (CD)(D) Grace Harris 9 9 1
Jonathan Fisher (7) 13
10 9-4 Desert Trip (25) D Menuisier 3 9 1
K Shoemark 8
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Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Final whistle
Football followers
tend to have long
memories when
it comes to a
perceived sense
of injustice, as
Jim White recalls
Every side
has a panto
villain the
rival fans
love to boo
ithin
moments of
W
the game
kicking off at
the Liberty
Stadium on Saturday, the
neutrals in attendance
were treated to a most
peculiar modern
footballing phenomenon.
The ball landed at the
feet of the Chelsea
wing-back Victor Moses
and as soon as he set off
towards the Swansea goal
the air was filled with
fuming indignation.
Moses was not simply
booed, his every touch
was greeted with a
cacophony of righteous
fury. ?Cheat, cheat,?
yelled a man sitting
behind the press box.
This was not Joey
Barton or John Terry or
Robbie Savage, the
widely loathed villains of
modern football. This
was Victor Moses, a
player who, when he
steps out at any other
ground in the country, is
barely noticed.
But at Swansea, Moses
has history. Back in 2014,
when he was on loan at
Stoke City, he fell under a
challenge in the Swansea
area and the referee
awarded a penalty. Garry
Monk, the visiting
manager, furiously
claimed in his postmatch interviews that
Moses had dived. His
agitation was backed up
on Match of the Day that
evening by John Hartson
(admittedly not the most
impartial of observers
when it comes to
Swansea), who called
Moses a cheat. Peter
Coates, the Stoke
chairman, complained to
the BBC about Hartson?s
comments and the
pundit had to issue an
apology.
But fans never forget.
At Swansea, long after its
significance has faded,
Moses?s alleged offence
still raises hackles.
He remains the
pantomime villain of
choice at the Liberty.
Moses?s relationship
with Swansea fans,
though, is by no means
unique. Every club?s
supporters have a
favoured target that they
and they alone boo. This
is not simply about
Penalty controversy:
Victor Moses has history
when it comes to Swansea
Moses was not
simply booed,
his every
touch was
greeted with a
cacophony of
righteous fury
previous associations. It
is much more particular
and personal than that.
Crystal Palace fans, for
instance, have a
particular place in their
disdain for Ashley Young,
booed to the rafters
every time he visits
Selhurst Park in memory
of another diving
offence. At Arsenal, Troy
Deeney is the favoured
hate figure after publicly
voicing an opinion about
the Gunners players? lack
of cojones that many of
the club?s supporters had
been uttering for years.
But when an outsider
says it, then he is forever
to be heckled.
And it is not always to
do with perceived slights.
At Queens Park Rangers,
Richard Keogh, of Derby,
is the man who provokes
a noisy vocal reaction
every time he plays. In
this instance, the
memory recalled is a
good one. In the closing
moments of the
Championship play-off
final in 2014, Keogh gave
the ball away to allow
Bobby Zamora to score
the goal which clinched
promotion for Rangers.
As a result, Keogh is now
roundly mocked
whenever faced with
Rangers fans.
But this childish
imperative of football
support to find someone
to boo is not always good,
clean fun. You wonder
what possessed Burnley
fans at the weekend to
target Brighton?s Gaetan
Bong. The Cameroonian
defender had recently
issued a formal complaint
about alleged racial abuse
from the West Bromwich
Albion striker Jay
Rodriguez. The Football
Association had cleared
the player, but for
Burnley fans that was not
the end of the matter.
Even though long
since departed,
Rodriguez was once a
favourite at Turf Moor, so
Bong became an object of
fury. Every boo grated
with the neutral; the FA
called it ?totally
unacceptable behaviour?.
It was indeed bizarre,
inappropriate and
morally dubious. But in
the favoured game of
selective scapegoating,
such minor
considerations have
never stopped the
football fan.
a kerfuffle
around Wasps and their difficulties
in finding and funding a training
ground fit for a club with their
ambitions. Earlier in the season,
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young
revealed that he had been
gradually trimming squad
m 45 to 43 and down
numbers from
to 39 for this campaign.
Wasps are certainly not alone in
d-belt scenario. Only
this tightened-belt
Exeter of the 12 clubs in the league
t. Even Northampton,
return a profit.
those beaconss of good
g, have slipped into
housekeeping,
the red while Leicester, with their
adium at Welford
impressive stadium
ge support base,
Road and huge
ve to find ways to
constantly have
keep up with the front-runners.
There are no givens as far as that
erned. Friday?s
battle is concerned.
ed-time 25-23 defeat
dramatic added-time
ewcastle means that
at home to Newcastle
they will misss out on the play-offs
me since 2004.
for the first time
The nub of the issue is simple ?
ete in the marketplace
how to compete
ce the books? It is not
yet also balance
ndrum to solve. The
an easy conundrum
nual losses of the
collective annual
Premiership clubs run at about
n. Benefactors like
�-30?million.
Nigel Wray att Saracens have
reached into their pockets for
many years. There is no more
Star turn: Charles
Piutau will earn big
money with Bristol
succe
successful
club in the land
than Saracens, back-toba European
back
champions. But it
comes at a price, one
that Wray has been
willing to pay,
although even he is
currently looking for
new investment to
share the load.
Last week Steve
B
Brown,
the Rugby
F
Football
Union chief
ex
executive,
reflected that
?ulti
?ultimately
it was never a
t
good thing
to see any
collect
collective
sporting
organi
organisation
with significant
losses? And yet, as Brown
losses?.
himsel was the first to point
himself
wh announcing the
out when
hike in top-end prices for
Twicken
Twickenham
matches, the
its in the broadest
game itself
? great shape?. As it
sense is ?in
t union can state
is. When the
res
that its research
tells it that it
could have sold out the
82,000-cap
82,000-capacity
stadium
completely at its contentious
top-tier price of �5 a ticket, you
argu that there is both
can only argue
w as money to
appetite as well
g
support the game
at a certain level.
ju Twickenham that
It is not just
bum on seats and revenue
can put bums
Th various Big Game
in coffers. The
matche at Twickenham or
club matches
Wembley or the London Stadium
post healthy attendances on the
50-8
scale of 50-80,000.
Yet still directors of rugby cover
their eyes and dare only peak
through fingers when there is a
knock on their door signalling yet
another player looking for more
money. Some of that is a natural
state of affairs but most of it has
been fuelled by this artificial
creation of what are known as
marquee players, that is star turns
such as Charles Piutau, the former
All Black full-back who arrives in
the Premiership with Bristol next
season on a reputed salary of
�million a year. The average for a
non-Test Premiership player is
around �0,000-�5,000.
Do not blame the players. Given
the cruel fate that befell
Northampton centre Rob Horne,
whose career came to an abrupt
end only a fortnight ago following
a routine on-field injury, players
are quite within their rights to get
what they can.
It is the system that needs
changing. There was no great
clamour to add another marquee
player. It was done to compete
with the high-rolling French.
The salary cap has been fixed for
the next two seasons at �million,
a prudent arrangement. The
reigniting of the promotion and
relegation debate had its roots in a
desire to make ends meet, as if
ring-fencing would be a solution to
cure all ills. It would not be. But
ditching that second marquee
signing, a luxury item, would be a
huge step in the right direction. It
is time to take stock and retrench.
12
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Sport Specsavers County Championship
By Scyld Berry CRICKET
CORRESPONDENT at Taunton
Somerset (216 and 200) beat
Yorkshire (96 and 202) by 118 runs
Only three counties have never
won the championship, and
Gloucestershire did so in WG
Grace?s time before it became officially constituted in 1890.
That leaves Northamptonshire
and Somerset ? and Somerset, alone
in the first division in having won
their first two matches, might remove themselves from that list this
summer.
Somerset have most of the ingredients to win a title: plenty of seamers, a fine pair of spinners in Jack
Leach (who missed this game
through illness) and Dom Bess, a
high level of fitness ? as would be
expected after Andy Hurry?s return
as director of cricket ? and a rising
star batsman in Australia?s Matt
Renshaw, who has scored matchwinning centuries in both games.
?I believe we can go right the
way through,? said Hurry, a former
Marine, ?and not only in this competition but all the competitions.?
England will come calling but
Leach and Craig Overton are unlikely to be absentees the whole
season. The age range of Somerset?s
players also looks right with plenty
of maturity, and if Marcus Trescothick is extremely mature, his experience will assist Tom Abell, the
captain, who is only 24 to his 42.
Thanks to Renshaw?s first-in-
nings century, and 82 by Abell in
their second, Somerset set Yorkshire a target of 321, by far the highest total of the game, and won
comfortably. India?s Cheteshwar
Pujara fished for the first ball of day
four, an outswinger by Lewis Gregory, and thereafter the ball kept
doing enough for Somerset?s seamers for there to be only one winner,
provided they took their catches,
which they did in spite of a chilling
wind.
Yorkshire, who will be bolstered
by the return of Joe Root and Jonny
Bairstow against Essex on Friday,
only once came close to a partnerIncreased pace:
Craig Overton
ended Yorkshire?s
resistance when
Jack Leaning fell
ship in either innings, when Jack
Leaning and Tim Bresnan added 56
either side of lunch as the ball softened. ?We shouldn?t have got
bowled out for 96,? their head
coach, Andrew Gale, said, adding
that his players were sure Renshaw
nicked off early in his innings but
the ?catch? was not given.
The Leaning-Bresnan stand was
broken by Abell, who had taken
only three first-class wickets but
who gave himself a spell after Josh
Davey had limped off in mid-over
with a quad strain, and who made
one nip back into Bresnan. Abell
threw himself into bowling as he
has done into captaincy and was
not the slowest of the seamers.
?We?ve not started very well the
last couple of years,? said Tim Groenewald, who took five wickets in
all. Indeed, this is the first time
since 1993 Somerset have won their
first two championship games.
?Yes, it?s a happy place and we?re really well led by the skipper and the
coaches.?
Renshaw is due to be available
for all the championship games, as
he adapts all too quickly to English
pitches ahead of the 2019 Ashes,
when he can be expected to open
Australia?s batting, with or without
David Warner.
Another ingredient ? the extra
pace of Jamie Overton ? is some
way away. He has yet to play a Somerset second XI game this season
and it is ?one small step at a time?,
Hurry said. But his twin brother
Craig is trying to increase his pace,
not through any change of action
but with increasing strength and
confidence after his three winter
Tests, and he finally ended Leaning?s solid defence for 68 when the
batsman top-edged a pull at a
bouncer and was caught at squareleg by Renshaw.
Two years ago, Somerset were
top of the table on the final day ? until Middlesex and Yorkshire set up a
run-chase which Middlesex won
and with it the title. This year, firstdivision counties have only 14
games each. Somerset, after their
fine start, might only have to win
six of their last 12 to strike themselves off that list.
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Somerset believe this is
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County Championship - Division One
Hampshire v Essex
Essex chose to bowl
At The Ageas Bowl
Hampshire ? First Innings
(Overnight 241-4 (Adams 87, Amla 52))
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10
L A Dawson not out
34
?L D McManus c Foster b S J Cook
16
K J Abbott c & b S J Cook
43
C P Wood not out
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