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Friday 4 May 2018
AT L E T I C O 1- 0 A R S E NA L
( AT LET I C O W I N 2-1 O N AG G )
final act
Former Chelsea striker breaks
Arsenal hearts and denies
Wenger his fairy-tale ending
Exclusive ?I won 82 England
caps over 15 years but stillll had
to pay for my own boots?
N fear Why Liverpool
pool are
confident that theyy can
beat Madrid in Kievv
Waterman hits out at RFU, page 8
Champions League final, page 4
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Europa League
Wenger?s European dream ended
Jeremy Wilson
in Madrid
Atletico Madrid
Costa 45
Att: 67,000
Player ratings
Atletico Madrid
6 Oblak
6 Partey
7 Gimenez
8 Godin
7 Lucas
6 Koke
6 Saul ?
6 Gabi ?
6 Vitolo
7 Griezmann
8 Costa ?
5 Ospina
5 Bellerin
7 Mustafi ?
6 Koscielny
6 Monreal ?
7 Ramsey
7 Xhaka
7 Wilshere ?
6 Ozil
5 Lacazette
5 Welbeck
Atletico Correa (Vitolo
74), Torres (Costa 83),
Savic (Partey 90).
Subs not used
Werner (g), Luis,
Gameiro, Olabe.
Arsenal Chambers
(Koscielny 12),
Mkhitaryan (Wilshere 68).
Subs not used Cech (g),
Iwobi, Maitland-Niles,
Kolasinac, Nketiah.
Referee Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Atletico Madrid win 2-1 on agg
Diego Costa has never looked much
like the romantic sort and, faced
with the chance to deliver the
?decree absolute? in the impending
divorce of Arsene Wenger and
Arsenal, he did not flinch.
The former Chelsea striker?s firsthalf goal sealed Atletico Madrid?s
victory and ensured that what
Wenger calls the ?love story of my
life? will not now end with the
fairy-tale of a major European final
but rather the John Smith?s Stadium
in Huddersfield on Sunday week.
This was Wenger?s 250th European match and also his last truly
meaningful occasion as Arsenal
manager but, as so often in the past
decade, his team found a way to
lose when the stakes were at their
absolute highest. Yes, Arsenal
dominated large periods of both
legs but matches are won and lost
in the penalty area and, at both ends
of the pitch, Atletico were more
clinical. In short, Arsenal yet again
flattered to deceive.
Premier League matches against
Burnley, Leicester and Huddersfield are all that now await but, with
a top-four finish long since out of
Arsenal?s grasp, the 22nd and final
season will officially now be the
worst of Wenger?s entire tenure.
Arsenal?s new manager will also
find himself taking over a club out
of the Champions League for the
second year and, for the first time
since Wenger arrived at Highbury
in 1996, the season will end without
either a trophy or top-four Premier
League finish.
The real damage was, of course,
done in the first leg when Atletico
fashioned a late equaliser to depart
London with a 1-1 draw despite
playing almost the entire match
with 10 men and having only 22 per
cent of the ball.
It ensured a sense of momentum
going into this second leg that was
encapsulated by a banner unveiled
in front of the raucous Atletico fans
just as the match kicked off with
one simple message for their team.
?Straight to Lyon,? it said, referring
to the venue for this year?s
Europa League final.
Confidence was further enhanced by the sight of Costa back in
the team after he missed the first
leg with a hamstring injury and it
was quickly evident that his physicality would again cause Arsenal
problems. He had scored three
times in six games against them for
Chelsea and immediately shrugged
off Nacho Monreal with ease. The
striker was clean through on David
Ospina?s goal but just snatched at
his shot.
Laurent Koscielny had left space
in the build-up to Costa?s chance
and it soon became clear that the
damage to Arsenal?s captain and
best defender was severe. He has
been playing for several years now
through Achilles pain and it was
this part of his body that had again
given way. With Koscielny leaving
the pitch on a stretcher, Calum
Chambers was summoned to spend
the next 78 minutes up against
Costa and Antoine Griezmann.
Wenger had said before the game
that the way to negate Atletico?s two
strikers was by keeping the ball in
the opposition half and, with Aaron
Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Granit
Xhaka again lining up in a narrow
midfield three, Arsenal did then
find a rhythm.
Hector Bellerin was released
down the right but, with Danny
Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette
lining up in the centre, delivered a
wastefully over-hit cross. With the
home fans whistling disapproval at
Arsenal?s passage of possession,
Ramsey and Mesut Ozil combined
to create space inside Atletico?s
penalty area, only for Lacazette?s
touch to desert him.
The overlapping runs of Bellerin
seemed the best hope of unlocking
Atletico but his crossing was too
erratic. His adventure also risked
being exploited and so it proved
when, on the stroke of half-time,
Costa muscled his way in behind
him and shot past Ospina. Griezmann had provided a superb pass to
release Costa and, with Petr Cech
named only among the substitutes,
Ospina gave further reason to query
that decision by going to ground
early just as Costa shaped to shoot.
Arsenal did not panic or take
unnecessary risks but could only
create half chances. That it was
then a long-range shot by Xhaka
which forced Atletico goalkeeper
Jan Oblak into his only save of the
night underlined how badly the
visitors had struggled to translate
possession into clear opportunities.
The inevitable introduction of
Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Wilshere
was then made and, with just about
his first touch, his dipping volley
brushed the roof of Atletico?s goal.
The Spaniards, though, have not
conceded at home since January
and, with Monreal twice wasting
good late positions with wayward
crosses, it was confirmed that
Wenger?s dream of winning a European trophy at Arsenal will never
be fulfilled.
Koscielny woe World Cup agony for Gunners captain
looks certain
to miss the
World Cup
finals after
suffering a
Achilles in the
early stages of
last night?s
match. The
defender was
in obvious
distress after
going down off
the ball and
under no
contact from
an opponent.
He required
treatment on
the pitch
before being
carried off.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
by old foe Costa Arsenal?s brave losers
go down with a fight
Paul Hayward
in Madrid
Wenger?s side deserve
some credit for finally
summoning spirit
worthy of the occasion
Familar enemy:
Diego Costa
brushes Hector
Bellerin aside to
score the only
goal for Atletico
?I?m very, very sad to leave
the club with that exit?
By Jeremy Wilson
Madrid v
May 16,
Stade de Lyon
A distraught Arsene Wenger wants
time to consider the rest of his
career and get over the intense sadness of departing Arsenal later this
month with the club out of the
Champions League.
With a sixth-placed Premier
League finish now almost certain,
the Europa League offered Wenger
his last chance to return Arsenal to
Europe?s elite club competition, but
he will now leave with the club in
their lowest position since he became manager 22 years ago.
?I am like the team, very sad and
very disappointed, even very frustrated,? he said. ?Our performance
was very good. The dangerous situations were there but in the two
boxes we missed something. We
feel over the two games it was
enough to go through. Diego Costa
is Diego Costa, and that?s why he is
one of the best strikers in the
Asked about his plans, Wenger
said: ?I have to recover first from a
huge disappointment. I?m very, very
sad to leave the club with that exit. It
is very difficult to take, but there are
some good ingredients in our team
and they will bounce back.?
Wenger rejected the stinging
criticism of midfielder Mesut Ozil
from Martin Keown. The former
Arsenal defender said that Ozil had
been carried by the team and
?wasn?t fit to wear the shirt for me
tonight?. Wenger responded by
saying that Ozil ?gave a lot?.
Arsenal are also awaiting the
results of a scan on Laurent Koscielny, but the club fear he has
ruptured his Achilles tendon and
will miss the World Cup.
lways leave them
wanting more. The
showbiz maxim
defeated Arsene
Wenger. His last stand
in Europe was the real
goodbye. All that remains is a
battle with Burnley for sixth place
at home. Two European finals in 22
years ? both defeats ? is the record
Wenger takes into his next job, and
there are those who think his final
campaign ended tamely at Atletico
Madrid, 2-1 winners on aggregate.
Too nice, too hesitant and
nowhere near forceful enough,
Arsenal certainly blew this chance
to send Wenger out on the
shoulders of his players. But they
blew it mostly in London, where
they failed to beat a team reduced
to 10 for 80 minutes.
In both games, though, there
were at least glimpses of the
?quality? Wenger went down with
his ship for.
Arsenal were chugging along
well when a demon rose from the
Premier League?s depths. Wenger?s
defenders could recall plenty of
tangles with Diego Costa in hiss
time as an outlaw at Chelsea,
ewhere Atletico?s current centreforward engaged in plenty of
hand-to-hand contact with
Gunners. Picking up where he
left off, Costa floored both
Arsenal full-backs in the
first-half: on the second
occasion seeing off Hector
Bellerin to put his team
A few of us amnesiacs had
forgotten that Costa
sometimes started games in
England like a blind-folded
bull in a china shop. Often his
rhythm would be off and his
touch heavy. But he usually has
a way of organising his power.
We should have known a poor
start by Costa and Antoine
Griezmann was not terminal to
Atletico?s hopes.
A 9.05pm kick-off in the Estadio
Metropolitano in Madrid produced
glimmers of a return to something
resembling the good old days for
Arsenal, certainly in the first
half-hour, when they swept the
ball around confidently and
threaded it through Atletico?s
macho midfield, while the La Liga
side?s supposedly deadly duo:
Costa and Griezmann, played with
their legs in a tangle.
Atletico?s new stadium is a
mighty cauldron, as imposing as
y. It
the Bernabeu and just as noisy.
was a forbidding place for Wenger
to start the last lines of his ?love
Last night?s
game was
Wenger?s 216th
and final
match in
charge of
ending with a
58th defeat
Wins 110
Draws 48
Defeats 58
Over and out:
Arsene Wenger
sees his Arsenal
side exit Europe
for the last time
story? with the club, as he called it.
The challenge was only slightly
reduced by Diego Simeone not
acting out his vida loca on the
touchline (he was serving a ban for
his manic antics in the first-leg).
?I want to finish this love story
well,? was Wenger?s phrase. As he
leaves, trying to suppress his
resentments, he is writing his own
headlines with the kind of images
media organisations love.
His 250th match in Europe was
a retrieval mission, one last shot at
the big time, undone by Atletico?s
greater organisation and spirit.
With this defeat, a shadow lifts
and the future starts to form. For as
long as anyone can remember, it
has all been about Wenger. There
is a wish now for it all to be about
Arsenal ? the team. Yet shoehorned
into the search for a successor was
this good Europa League run, with
a decent performance ? minus
composure in front of goal ? in the
home leg against Atletico.
The old lack of lethal intent
condemned Arsenal to needing a
win against the tightest defence in
La Liga, who had conceded only
three goals at home in 2018.
The task of keeping Atletico out
only grew in difficulty when
Laurent Koscielny was carried off
on a stretcher to be replaced by
Calum Chambers on eight
minutes. Chambers is one of many
Arsenal players of whom the
supporters have low expectations
n idea what to expect.
? or no
Wh they are bad, the underWhen
stand as an indictment of
the club?s
recruitment policies and
coaching. When they are
good as Chambers mostly was, a
gre shoot returns to the dry
of Arsenal?s hopes.
Across Europe, candidates
t replace Wenger will have
this game for signs
there is material to work
Arsenal?s fall has been
domestic, although
seven consecutive round of 16
Champions League exits
were hardly a mark of
progress in Europe.
The next man in will at
least feel Arsenal were
competitive in this secondtier competition and went
with Spain?s
team, whose
and blocking ability in
thei own box largely explains
thei record (Nacho Monreal?s
wild crossing also helped).
Ite one demanded by Arsenal?s
is that their team show
hung tenacity, nous, pride,
in games against fellow
In that department,
in the burnt-out end of Wenger?s
days, Arsenal at times made
look like credible
for a European trophy.
Th looked like they at least
want to be in Lyon, back on the
big stage.
Many are playing not
only for the now of Wenger?s exit
th own personal futures.
but their
The new
manager will feel they
have a lot of convincing to do.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Champions League
Goal machines How Ronaldo and Salah
Klopp will demand that
his transformed squad
tackle Real without fear
This Liverpool are very
different to side who
surrendered in 2014,
writes Chris Bascombe
t is not too bold to make two
predictions ahead of this
month?s Champions League
final. First, it will not be a
goalless draw. Those who see
trophy-winning football as
the art of defensive endurance
ought to take the night off on May
26. Liverpool versus Real Madrid
will be an attacking fiesta.
Second, regardless of who
extend their extensive list of
European Cup wins, Real Madrid
will meet a Liverpool team worthy
of their name, unlike when they
last met.
While memories have been
stirred of the 1981 European Cup
final in Paris, Alan Kennedy?s
winning goal and a period when
the balance of power in the
continent rested on Merseyside,
you find the most perceptible sign
of modern progress by considering
how far Liverpool have come in
four years.
Over the course of 13 days in
2014, Liverpool were given a
severe reminder of their
diminished European status
when Real won 3-0 at Anfield
and 1-0 in the Bernabeu.
They were demeaning
experiences for Liverpool and the
manager Brendan Rodgers. Most
criticism was reserved for him
following the away tie, when he
felt his strongest team incapable of
landing a punch so rested his best
players for a forthcoming Premier
League game. Rodgers never
recovered trust ? such was the
disgust of veterans of Liverpool?s
proud European campaigns.
In fact, the one-sided home
fixture prompting this decision
was more shameful. For the first
time in its decorated history,
Anfield hosted a game amid an air
of deference. There was no
crimson inferno awaiting the
Spanish conquistadors. Instead,
the red carpet was rolled out as the
visitors outclassed the hosts, who
were duly afforded reverential
applause. For the only time in
living memory, Liverpool took to
the field seemingly honoured to be
sharing it with eminent opposition.
Real Madrid may go on to win
their 13th European Cup ? and
third in a row ? at Liverpool?s
expense, but they already know a
different beast awaits in Kiev.
Liverpool will never be
deferential under Jurgen Klopp.
There is respect for a formidable
opponent, but no awe. A theme of
players? post-match interviews
during the splendid European run
has been to dismiss all anxiety, and
to claim that it is defenders
preparing to face the most
productive attacking trio in
Champions League history who
ought to be concerned.
?We do have a lot of respect for
Madrid, they are one of the best
teams in the world, but we are
Liverpool ? we are strong, we can
beat any team in the world,? said
Sadio Mane, whose strike in Rome
gave Liverpool?s front three their
goal record.
?We believe we can go there and
beat them. We are going to go
there and fight, for the fans, for the
clubs, and fight without fear and
win the final. We have the players.
We can score goals. We have
shown that. There is nothing to be
afraid of.?
Dejan Lovren echoed the view in
the corridors of Rome?s Stadio
?Why should we fear them?
They should fear us,? said the
Croatian, who noted the Real
players celebrating their progress
with T-shirts with the target ?13?.
?They are quite confident. But
we don?t care for that. We are
focused,? Lovren said. ?You need to
play against the best teams, but the
best teams are us and Real Madrid.
Lets see what will happen.
?It is unbelievable [to get to the
final], something that every player
dreams of. It is just an honour to
play for Liverpool and let?s do
something in the final now. It is
?We have
we can
We have
There is
to be
afraid of?
an honour to play with this team,
they are fantastic these players,
these fans.?
This soaring belief comes from
Klopp overseeing what his
chairman Tom Werner described
as ?thrilling and deserved? progress
to the final ? a run which has
already guaranteed �.71?million
in winnings, a figure which may
yet rise to �.71?million.
?He changed many things in the
club, not just the players,? added
Lovren. ?He has changed the
mentality. How we think.
Everything is more positive now.
Even when we don?t play good, he
always finds something good.
There is no negativity.
?He deserves this. It is not an
accident that he already reached
the final of the Champions League
in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund.
He has given the club pride back.
Everyone feels that. Everyone lives
that. Everyone should be proud
that we have a manager like him.?
Real will see Liverpool not only
as a threat to their title. Given that
Cristiano Ronaldo?s ego would put
that of a Fifa or Uefa president to
shame, he will embrace the chance
to make a statement to the player
jeopardising his position as world
and European player of the year.
?It is not going to be a final
between Mohamed Salah and
Cristiano Ronaldo,? said Liverpool?s
43-goal forward.
Best of luck with that, Mohamed;
the sub-plot is too delicious to
ignore, the pretender gloriously
assuming his place on the pedestal
or being shot down by the
established superstar.
Real Madrid?s experience, nous
and ability to take the game away
with moments of individual
brilliance should dismiss any
suggestion they are not favourites.
Klopp and Liverpool will not
care. It will be difficult for his
players to replicate the scenes of
Paris in 1981. The confident
expectation that they will not
resemble those in Anfield and the
Bernabeu in 2014 is proof enough
of the Liverpool manager?s
transformative power.
Headache for Liverpool fans as club are given only 16,000 tickets and
Majority of tickets will
cost more than �0
Sale clause guarantees
ex-shareholders a place
By Chris Bascombe
Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters will share just over 60 per
cent of available tickets for the
Champions League final in Kiev, it
has been revealed.
No sooner were fans of both
clubs celebrating progress than
their familiar frustrations surfaced.
Kiev?s Olimpiyskiy Stadium has a
70,050 capacity, which will be reduced to 63,000 for the fixture on
May 26. Liverpool and Real Madrid
will receive 16,626 tickets each
from Uefa, well short of the demand
for two of the best-supported clubs
in world football.
In addition, a further 6,700 tickets will be made available to ?worldwide supporters?, which will
probably end up in the hands of Liverpool and Real fans.
The remaining seats are occupied by hospitality members, rights
holders, commercial partners, offi-
cials, players past and present and
assorted media. Of those available
for fans, the cheapest are priced
� for restricted view, or � for a
category four ticket. There are
about 2,660 of those available.
The bulk ? about 8,479 ? are
priced between �9 and �0. Another 4,489 cost between �3 and
�0, and the most expensive are
bracketed between �5 and �4.
Flights to Kiev via commercial
operators were already spiralling in
cost before the finalists were
known, while every host venue ensures a bonanza weekend for hoteliers charging higher than usual
prices for rooms.
Liverpool have sought to create a
fairer means of ensuring those who
have attended all European ties are
prioritised, but there is irritation
that the allocation makes it impossible to satisfy all requests.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
compare this season
Modern brand of
attacking football is
thrilling but flawed
Goal glut in semi-finals
of Champions League
shows how the game
has changed in 13 years
prices of flights and hotels soar
Liverpool are also hindered by a
legal requirement so that whenever
they reach a major final, the former
shareholders who sold their stake
to Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr
in 2007 were given a lifetime guarantee of tickets.
That amounts to about 2,000
tickets being part of a ?contractual
supporter allocation?. Current
owner Fenway Sports Group explored legal means of challenging
In demand: The
Stadium in Kiev
will have a
63,000 capacity
the extraordinary agreement, but
they are locked into it.
While many of those shareholders may choose to waive their
rights, or in some cases have followed the club home and away to
such an extent they believe their
entitlement justified, an ex-shareholder can claim a Champions
League ticket even if they have not
attended a single Liverpool game
for 11 years.
he day after
Liverpool reached
the Champions
League final with a
remarkable total of 13
goals scored over two
matches against Roma marked the
13th anniversary of the last time
they triumphed in a semi-final and
went on to win the competition.
Luis Garcia scored the decisive
goal against Chelsea in 2005. In
fact, Garcia?s goal was the only one
over both legs of the semi-final ?
and even that was hotly disputed.
They called it the ?ghost goal?,
with Chelsea arguing that the ball
did not cross the line.
That was the era of peak Jose
Mourinho and Rafael Benitez.
When tactically-savvy but
primarily defence-first coaches
ruled Europe; when one, perhaps
two goals were enough; when the
clean sheet was king and control
was everything; when the game
was ?killed? once an advantage
was gained.
It was earlier that season that
Mourinho had wrinkled his nose in
disgust after Arsenal beat
Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 in the
Premier League. ?Five-four is a
hockey score, not a football score,?
he said. ?In a three-against-three
training match, if the score reaches
5-4 send the players back to the
y are not
dressing rooms as they
o to get a
defending properly. So
me of 11
result like that in a game
against 11 is disgraceful.?
Fast-forward to thiss season and,
when Mourinho?s Manchester
ess draw
United gained a goalless
away to Sevilla,
he爓as燼ffronted at
the燾riticism, but it
proved prescient:
United went out in
the second leg. They
had to score away from
n defending
home. In an era when
ary concern, a
has become a secondary
er enough to
clean sheet is no longer
ording two
progress because recording
shutouts is爑nlikely.
ere in their
When Liverpool were
pean Cup
pomp, reaching European
finals annually, it was very
ns that they
different. In the seasons
won the trophy there were far
e semi-finals.
fewer goals across the
Scoring on
the rise in
Goals per
Forward thinking:
Jurgen Klopp is
one of the prime
movers behind
today?s all-out
attacking style
In 1977, 1978 and 1984 there were
nine in the four matches; in 1981
there were just five. In 2005 there
were seven but by 2007 there were
13 and double figures have become
the norm since then ? reaching 20
goals this season. The other
semi-final this season, Real Madrid
against Bayern Munich, was not a
defensive masterclass either.
It is a cliche to say defending has
become a lost art, but it is true. The
outlier is Diego Simeone, whose
Atletico Madrid side claim a clean
sheet on average every other
game. For Simeone, defensive
organisation remains the
foundation of his approach and he
is affronted if a goal is conceded.
Elsewhere, the first-leg score is
almost an irrelevance. Real won 2-1
in Munich but should have gone
out, just as they were hugely
fortunate to eliminate Juventus
even after winning 3-0 in Turin,
while Roma knocked out
Barcelona after losing 4-1 in Spain.
Led by Pep Guardiola, there has
been an ideological switch that
demands front-foot, attacking
football and that comes at a price.
Guardiola may want more ballpossession than a coach such as
Jurgen Klopp but it is never in his
mind to think of playing for a clean
sheet: witness Manchester City?s
Champions League exit to Monaco
last season when they were 5-3 up
and their manager said they had to
score in the return fixture. Why?
Because they could not rely on
defence. City lost 3-1 and went out
on away goals.
Fundamentally the age of
attacking football is a good thing.
It is thrilling and fun. Liverpool
risk conceding because they want
to score. They play a 4-3-3 that
involves three forwards, not two
attacking players who funnel back.
So Sadio Mane and Mohamed
Salah stay up, which partly
why they are so
on the counter-attack
but also why their full-backs can
be exposed,
as happened to Trent
in Rome.
But it does not explain the level
of poor
defending and it is absurd
that Liverpool were 5-0 up in the
and yet finished up
for the final whistle.
When Guardiola said he was
not a ?coach for the tackles?, it
spoke about wanting to play
expansive attacking football but
it was also a very modern
mindset where the first
demand of the centre-half is to
be comfortable on the ball.
If he can defend that is a
bonus. It is why Virgil van Dijk
cost Liverpool �?million. There
is a premium on such good central
defenders. It makes for exciting
but flawed football at times.
Fundamentally though, it is a price
worth paying as Liverpool fans will
no d
doubt agree.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Football
Carvalhal insists Swansea?s glass is half full
James Corrigan
Changing coaches provides only brief boost to relegation-threatened clubs?...
Belief: Swansea
were bottom
when Carlos
Carvalhal joined
Manager ditches clever
analogies after six-game
winless streak but has
faith in club?s survival
f the decline in the standard
of Carlos Carvalhal?s
analogies are anything to go
by then Swansea truly are
back on the slide at exactly
the wrong time in the
relegation fight.
The maverick Portuguese who
arrived at the Liberty at the end of
last year delivering delicious bon
mots involving sardines, lobsters,
Ferraris and crematoriums was at
the training ground yesterday
resorting to the ?glass half full?
adage. However, perhaps the
unoriginality did not matter as this
was definitely a cliche he wanted
to get off his chest.
Carvalhal has heard all the
renewed negativity concerning his
team?s plight as they sit one point
above the bottom three with three
games to go, and he knows there
are whispers about his ability to
finish off the saviour act.
Under his management,
Sheffield Wednesday fell
despairingly short of the play-offs
in the previous two seasons and
the theory goes that this eccentric
character tightens up at the
business end. If that is a cruel
assessment of the 52-year-old ?
and it surely is when one considers
the competitiveness of the
Championship ? then perhaps it is
nothing to the criticisms of the
six-game winless streak that has
pulled the Swans back into the
A trip to Bournemouth awaits
tomorrow, followed by home
games against the two clubs
directly below them, in
Southampton and Stoke
respectively. Yet while the bum
may squeak, Carvalhal is adamant
the conviction should not waver
and demands any doubters
remember the position they were
in when he took over on Dec 28
following Paul Clement?s sacking.
?We were five points adrift at the
bottom and in last place,? Carvalhal
said. ?We were dead ? nobody
believed. So when you get to this
moment where we are not in the
relegation zone and with it in our
hands, it is fantastic, not negative.
?We play three games, two at
home against teams near us in the
table and, when we arrived, 100
per cent of people said this was
impossible. Everybody said this
would be a kind of miracle. But
when you have a glass of water it
can be half-full or half-empty. It
depends on the eyes.?
The problem is three points in 18
tends to drain the vessels, no
matter how brimming they
happened to be after
Carvalhal?s stunning
start of 17 in 27,
particularly when only
two goals have been
scored in this spell.
?Where have we lost??
Carvalhal said. ?At home
to Tottenham and
Chelsea away to
Manchester United,
City and we also lose
[away] to Brighton.
What do you want better than this?
I know we?ve not won in six, but
I?ve tried to make the players
understand, it is not because we
did something wrong, like a
?We are a team who have taken
hal a season, with still
20 points in half
games to come and with that form
over a whole season,
you could
almost fight for the Europa League.
If the calendar puts us against the
strongest teams in this path,
it is normal
we don?t win
and that has not
my view at all.
The way we played
a ai
Chelsea [in the
1 0 defeat
the way they
these are
are training,
positive feelings, the
oppos of nerves?? the
very o
Doth the manager
too much? In
the recent run
of fixtures was made
on more ghastly by
th postponement of
t home match
Southampton in
March. ?If we had
up the points
then we could already
safe Carvalhal pointed
be safe,?
out. Instead,
encount has the
hallmark of a classic
six-pointe and, depending
on this weekend?s
could even send one team
Carvalha also disputed
accusations that Swansea have
shrunk back into their shell.
?We go to United, City,
s on and we try to
Chelsea and so
play our football,?
he said. ?But
they have extra
quality and we
defen more than we
must defend
attack. But if you ask me if this
is our intention
to play like
n We are playing
that, it?s not.
with quality
and living well
with the pressure, and that
w are optimistic.?
is why we
This wasn?t what I signed up for, says Shaqiri ahead of crunch games
By John Percy
Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed he
will hold talks over his future later
this month, as Stoke prepare for
what he has described as one of the
biggest games in the club?s history.
The �?million midfielder is set
to discuss his plans for next season
with the Stoke board, regardless of
whether the team avoid relegation
to the Championship.
Shaqiri will be targeted this summer after impressing in a troubled
season for the club, whose 10-year
stint in the Premier League could
end this weekend.
Stoke are stuck in the bottom
three and have to win both their
remaining games to stand any
chance of staying up.
Shaqiri, 26, is fully focused on
helping Paul Lambert?s side beat
Crystal Palace tomorrow, but has
ure is
admitted his future
up in the air.
?Everybody knows
I?m a player who
wants to play at the
is is
highest level, this
pretty normal,? he
said. ?I have stilll got
n my
two years left on
contract with this
club and first we have to
see what happenss here.
ere at
?I?m happy here
d we
the moment and
will sit down after
the season. But for
now I?m focused
on the two games
and trying to keep
this club up. That
ris the most important thing. ?
Shaqiri, who
has 68 caps for
Switzerland, has
conceded that fighting against
relegation was
not what he
envisaged when
Mark Hughes
signed him from Inter Milan.
He won the Champions
League wit
with Bayern Munich
in 2013 b
but admitted the
lack of pro
progress with Stoke
has been ffrustrating.
?I didn
didn?t expect them to
be ch
champions but I
wanted to see the
club going forward
? that to me was
the most important thing,? he
said. ?When I
came to Stoke, I
expected them
to be moving
forward, every
cry: Xherdan
says Stoke
warriors now
year getting better, but it?s not been
like this.
?When I came here, the coach
said he wanted to build a team
around me and to progress the
team, maybe get into Europe. Look
at Burnley now ? they?re going for
sixth or seventh place, which is
?It?s sometimes difficult to accept
but I give everything to my club
and signed a long contract here so I
try to give my best performance
every weekend and help my teammates to achieve something.?
While Shaqiri has been one of
Stoke?s more impressive recent
signings, he believes poor recruitment is one reason behind the
club?s plight.
Stoke have spent more than
�?million on Giannelli Imbula,
Kevin Wimmer and Saido Berahino
? all on Hughes? recommendation ?
but the trio will not be involved this
weekend. Shaqiri said: ?There have
been a lot of transfers that they
thought were going to help us and
they were good transfers, but something went wrong. A lot of things,
not only transfers. It?s not now to
point the finger and say ?It?s his
fault and his fault?.?
Shaqiri will be a crucial figure for
Stoke as they pursue a victory over
Palace, who are virtually safe. If
Lambert can secure his second win
since taking charge in January,
Stoke could go above Southampton
and move level on points with
Swansea ? whom they face on the
final day ? if both lose.
?Sometimes you have to go to
war and Saturday is going to be like
this. It?s a war we have to win,? he
said. ?We need 11 warriors on the
pitch who are going to beat their
direct opponent. It is one of the
biggest game in Stoke?s history. We
will do everything to win.?
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Allen plotting a
great escape in
fifth act at Barnet
All to play for Who needs
to do what on final day
Barnet will be relegated if they
lose or draw at home to
Chesterfield tomorrow. If they
win, they would stay up if
Morecambe lose to Coventry
City. If Morecambe draw, Barnet
would be safe if they win by
seven goals or more.
League Two
Bottom three
lazy Sunday in March,
and Martin Allen is
lying on his sofa,
watching the golf on
television. Life is
good, and he has a
relaxing few days ahead. He plans
to play golf on Monday, walk the
dogs on Tuesday and then, as he
does most weeks, tend to his
garden on Wednesday. His mobile
phone is on the floor, on vibrate
and out of reach.
Then at about 8pm it starts to
buzz. ?I leaned over the side and
opened it up,? he says. It was Tony
Kleanthous, the Barnet chairman.
?I said to my wife, ?Oh my God,
look?. We both smiled.?
Allen did not answer the call, but
he did dial back an hour later.
?Yeah,? he told Kleanthous. ?I?ll
start in the morning.?
Just like that, Allen had begun
his fifth spell as manager of the
team to which he will be forever
drawn. Out of nowhere he was
back at the helm of one of English
football?s most turbulent clubs,
staring head-first into the storm of
a League Two relegation scrap.
?I had a nice life,? he says. ?One
telephone call and it?s all changed.?
Little more than six weeks have
passed since his return, but the
man known as ?Mad Dog? has
barked life into a club who looked
doomed. He took over with Barnet
seven points adrift of safety with
just eight games left, but now has a
genuine chance of securing their
Football League safety. ?We are
armed,? he says. ?We are ready.?
If they are to stay up, Barnet
must beat relegated Chesterfield
tomorrow, and hope that
Morecambe lose at Coventry City.
Their future is in the balance,
but their survival to this final
weekend is testament to the impact
that Allen, the club?s fourth
manager of the season, has had
since his return. ?I just do what I
do,? he says of his methods, which
have included a typically
uncompromising approach to
?We had somebody that was late
on a regular basis, but he has not
been late since,? he says, deadpan.
?He has not been late since
because he?s not here any more.?
Allen has ?banned negative
people? from the club, and has not
allowed any discussion of the
future, including his own, beyond
this weekend.
?The only thing I have thought
about is going to my sister?s
barbecue on Monday,? he says.
But could he stay beyond this
short-term deal? ?No idea. Not
Allen?s return was Barnet?s 20th
managerial change since 2010. He
first worked there in 2003, then
came back for three-game stints in
2011 and 2012. In his fourth spell,
starting in 2014, he secured
promotion from the Conference
back into League Two.
He is connected by a unique
bond that brings him back again
and again. Kleanthous once said
Allen was ?like a girlfriend you can
never get rid of ?, and the manager
exudes affection for his chairman.
?He just lets me get on with it. We
get on very well ? I never speak to
Saviour: Martin
Allen has lifted
Barnet from
the brink of
relegation to the
edge of survival
Mourinho in bizarre Bailly claim
By James Ducker
Jose Mourinho has bizarrely
claimed he has exiled Eric Bailly
because the Manchester United
centre-half is not going to the
World Cup this summer.
Bailly has not featured since the
3-2 derby win over Manchester
City on April 7 and has been left out
of three of the past four squads,
including the FA Cup semi-final
win against Spurs at Wembley.
The Ivory Coast defender has
become the latest player signed
by Mourinho to get the cold
shoulder, yet he claimed ahead
of their game at Brighton tonight
that Bailly has been omitted because he wants to give more playing time to those centre-halves who
are pushing for a World Cup place.
Ivory Coast have not qualified
for the tournament, but Chris
Sidelined: Eric
Bailly has been
left out because
he?s not going to
the World Cup
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him.? After Allen suffered a heart
scare and was fired by Eastleigh in
February last year, there was a
suggestion that his managerial
career might be finished for good.
He denies that Barnet were the only
club who could tempt him back.
He knows the Hive will be
vibrant this weekend ? ?It always
bounces when I?m here? ? but adds
he will resist the urge to celebrate
too wildly. ?I am not one of those
managers that will run down the
Barnet are teetering on the brink
of their third relegation since 2001,
but Allen is clearly at ease. Arms
folded and a whistle still hanging
around his neck, he leans back in
his chair and smiles at the ceiling.
?I love it,? he says. ?I absolutely
love it.?
?Mad Dog? stands one
game away from saving
the Hive club from the
drop, writes Sam Dean
Smalling and Phil Jones are hoping
to force their way into the England
set-up, while Victor Lindelof and
Marcos Rojo are expected to make
Sweden and Argentina?s squads.
Mourinho says there are no issues with the signing from Villarreal in 2016, and that his absence is
down to emotional considerations.
?There?s no situation, he is fine,
no injury,? the United manager
said. ?My work is not about giving
chances to players at the World
Cup, but he?s the only central defender whose country is not there.
?I try to be a good team manager
and have feelings, so when I look to
the other four central defenders
fighting for a place in the World
Cup, I am giving less to Eric.?
Romelu Lukaku has been
ruled out tonight, but Mourinho is ?positive? he will be fit
for the FA Cup final against
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Rugby Union
?Our England contracts
are not good enough ? I
even had to buy my boots?
Waterman hits
out at RFU over
women?s pay deals
� Money worries
were factor in her
retirement from
rugby this week
� World Cup
winner says more
top players will
quit unless salaries
are increased
Dogged determination: Danielle
Waterman with puppy Coya after
announcing her England retirement
Kate Rowan
Danielle Waterman, England?s
longest-serving female Test player,
has criticised the Rugby Football
Union for failing to pay the best
women?s players enough to keep
them in the sport.
Waterman, who gained 82 caps
over 15 years and won the World
Cup in 2014, retired from international rugby on Tuesday and, in an
interview with The Daily Telegraph,
cited financial concerns as one of
the reasons she took that decision.
The 33-year-old spent three seasons as a contracted player from
2014 to 2017, between the sevens
and XVs programmes. But the
RFU?s decision to scrap contracts
worth between �,000 and
�,000 a year for XVs players ?
the exact amount depended on the
seniority of the player ? after the
2017 World Cup forced her to become self-employed for her final
season. She worked in coaching
and the media but has now decided
that is no longer tenable.
Waterman?s retirement comes in
the same week that the Telegraph
revealed the RFU is considering
reintroducing contracts to XVs
players before the 2021 World Cup.
While Waterman welcomes that
decision, she suggested it had come
too late for her to sustain her career.
?It has never been primarily
about the money for me but this
season in particular was tough ? I
was earning less as a professional
� Record-breaker
athlete than I was in my job,? she
said. ?In 2013, I decided to leave my
job in Hartpury [in a coaching education programme], which I loved,
to go on and have the best possible
opportunity to win a World Cup.
?In terms of what is available, we
are in a good place, but is [the situation with the contracts] good
enough? It isn?t at the moment. It is
positive, and it is moving forward,
but to progress the game at the rate
it deserves, it needs more.
?Players are surviving, despite
having to work full-time ?
whether that is as a primary
school teacher or a police
officer, but you cannot
perform physically at the
top level of the game
while you are in a full or
even part-time job.
?This year I went
self-employed and I
have been fortunate
enough to have been
supported by my
partner and my
family and I have
enough money to
get by. But surely
as an international
athlete it is not
about getting by
? it is about
enough to
live. I am
of what
as parttimers, fulltimers,
students, but
it isn?t sustainable. We have
done it for too
long and too many
players have not
reached their real
peak because they are
balancing too many things.?
Waterman gives credit to the
RFU for how the women?s game has
developed in the 15 years since she
first earned her Test cap. In 2003
players essentially had to pay to
play, contributing � to the cost of
training camps.
Yet despite developments that
include the �4?million investment
in the new women?s domestic competition, the Premier15s, and the
introduction of match and training
fees last November, the disparity
between the elite women?s game
and even the bottom of the men?s
professional arena is stark.
?People don?t realise from the
outside how little financial support
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
?Women?s rugby
sits within a
multi-millionpound company
in the RFU and,
as much as they
are investing, we
are only getting
a fraction of
their budget?
around it because I think more people can do more.?
When Waterman was among the
first intake of players to receive a
professional sevens contract in
2014, players were relocated to
Guildford, but with no help from
the RFU in covering their costs
?We all knew what we had to do.
I commuted from Gloucester and
we would stay over for a couple of
nights. I feel privileged to have
been part of it, but financially I was
making less money than I was with
my job at Hartpury, and we were
living in probably the most expensive county in the country.?
When asked to respond to Waterman?s comments, an RFU spokeswoman said: ?The RFU continues to
invest significantly in the women?s
game. As the commercial value of
the women?s game grows, so will
the value of the players and their
Financial strains were not the
only pressures faced by Waterman
in a career that also took in seven
Grand Slam titles and an appearance in the Olympic sevens in Rio
in 2016. She also believes she possibly lost up to 40 England caps
through injury.
The most severe of these came as
a contracted sevens player in 2015
when she tore her medial cruciate
ligament. ?They operated, but it
didn?t quite go to plan and all the
Glory: Danielle Waterman (left) helped England win
the Grand Slam in the Women?s Six Nations in 2017
female athletes get,?
?I am the
player, but
I still buy
boots. The
contracts are
less than the
men earn for
one game ?
that wage isn?t
even what a
earn after a couple
of years.
?It is really interesting when you ask
most people what a
female athlete would
earn in a year, they
usually give you a figure
treble the amount. It isn?t
about the money because we
would do it anyway but I think
people?s views from the outside
don?t correlate with the reality.
?I will never be negative about
the contracts being there ? I didn?t
have it for 11 years ? but there needs
to be the education for people
other injuries I had in that knee all
reared back up again. The whole
mechanics of my knee had gone ? I
couldn?t bend it past 90 degrees.
?I just wasn?t really improving,
I was feeling really down all the
time. As a really bright and bubbly
person, everyone could see I was
hurting from inside.?
Waterman plans to play on at
club level with Wasps and has her
eyes set on a Premier15s title and
working with young players in the
club?s academy, as well as continuing to push for more resources for
the women?s game.
?Women?s rugby sits within a
multimillion-pound company in the
RFU and, as much as they?re investing in the game, we are still only
getting a fraction of their budget.
?But it is the responsibility of
everyone; the media, supporters
getting down to games, people
staying at Twickenham and not just
saying, ?Aren?t the girls great? and
then leaving.
?If there is a company providing
sponsorship, are they sponsoring
the male and female games? Is it OK
to be having brand ambassadors
that are just male?
?There are so many things developing and that makes it so exciting
for young players. My only hope is
that it doesn?t take another 15 years
to progress to the next stage.?
Cut wages by 20 per cent
and get rid of the agents
Clubs are haemorrhaging
money and they have to
act to solve the problem
or some will not survive
he sun is out. The
ground is hard. We
should see some
fantastic rugby in the
Premiership play-offs.
A new sponsor is on
board for next season. Everything
looks rosy.
Then you look under the surface
at the accounts and a very different
picture emerges. Worcester lost
�million in the past tax year,
London Irish �million. Saracens
are something like �?million in
the red. There are rumours around
Wasps? long-term financial
well-being. With the exception of
Exeter, every club seems to be
haemorrhaging money.
Nearly all Premiership clubs are
backed by at least one very rich
owner but, as we have seen with
Saracens? South African backers
pulling out, there is a point at which
even a billionaire feels the pinch. I
know that Nigel Wray has stepped
up to pick up the shortfall. He is a
great rugby man and will invest in
Saracens until the day he dies, but
not every owner is like Nigel.
If clubs continue in this vein,
then another owner will pull the
plug and it could have a domino
effect. In three years, the English
club game could be bankrupt, so
drastic action is needed to curtail
the main cost, players? wages.
As the sad case of Sam Jones
shows, a career can end in an
instant and I don?t blame players
for getting as much money as they
possibly can; I blame the clubs for
giving in to their demands.
The root of the problem is that a
certain breed of owner with a big
personality ? other people would
call it ego ? will tell the chief
executive to bring in this superstar
no matter the cost.
A lot of the time they are paying
for these superstars straight from
their own pocket, but what it has
done is alter the market conditions.
Now if you have a marquee player
on anywhere from �0,000 to
�0,000 a year, then other
leading players at those clubs will
say, ?Hold on, that guy is not twice
as good as me.? Effectively all you
are doing is accelerating wage
inflation by 15 to 25 per cent. If you
do that across a squad of 40-odd
players then eventually that
multiplies quickly into big losses
and smaller squads.
At the time I thought the
marquee-player rule was a great
idea. It has been fantastic for the
league to bring in big names such
as Louis Picamoles, Kurtley Beale,
I have heard stories
about teams paying
nearly �0,000
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the cap. Maybe they flaunted the
rules, but now they are crying out
for their costs to be controlled.
That means scrapping the
marquee player and cutting wages
by 20 per cent. For this to work,
the clubs must act unilaterally. All
it will take is for one club to keep
paying over the odds and everyone
else will resume the arms race.
Another idea I have previously
mentioned is following the
American model of publicising all
the players? wages. There is no
worse rumour mill than a rugby
changing room and this version of
Chinese whispers allows agents to
leverage great deals for their
clients. I have heard stories about
teams paying nearly �0,000 for
a third-string tighthead prop or a
non-international second row who
has never called a line-out; decent
club players who should be on a
third of that. It is insane.
Putting all their wages out in the
open would break the cartel that
some agents operate. There are
several decent, straight-up guys,
but the Premiership needs to find a
way of taking agents out of rugby.
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there certainly is not in what is a
loss-making industry. A
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Foden to end 10-year spell with Saints
By Charlie Morgan
Ben Foden is to leave Northampton
at the end of the current season
after a decade at Franklin?s Gardens.
He will play his 250th and final
match for the club tomorrow afternoon against Worcester Warriors in
the final round of the Aviva Premiership.
The 32-year-old, who arrived
from Sale Sharks in 2008, will lead
out the team tomorrow. He helped
Saints to the 2014 Premiership title
and two European Challenge Cups,
also winning all 34 of his England
caps while at Northampton. ?I?m
honoured to have had the chance to
represent Northampton Saints almost 250 times,? he said.
?I have enjoyed some incredible
highs at this club over the last 10
years. I want to thank all the teammates and the coaches that I have
worked with in that time, as well as
wishing everyone that is staying
here all the best for the future.
?I still feel fit and hungry for
competitive rugby, and while now
is the time to move on, I am really
excited for what the next chapter
holds in store for me.?
Foden joined Northampton as a
scrum-half before establishing
himself in the back three for club
and country.
Over a difficult season for the
club, he has made 30 outings and
scored four tries.
However, with Chris Boyd poised
to take the reins as director of rugby
at Northampton in August, Foden
will be moving on.
?Fodes has been a remarkable
player for both Northampton and
England,? added Alan Dickens,
Northampton?s interim head coach.
?We?ll miss having him around,
as a player and a leader, but also as a
character in the dressing room.?
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Subject
achieving the rare feat of unifying
the division with victory over
Enzo Maccarinelli.
Upon graduation as a
heavyweight, his speed and guile
proved too much for Nikolay
Valuev, a 7ft Russian who revelled
in a moniker as the Beast from the
East. But since his humbling by
Klitschko, Haye?s career has been
a study in crudity and get-richquick schemes. His relationship
with Chisora was so toxic that the
pair?s 2012 contest at Upton Park
went ahead only thanks to
backing by a boxing federation in
Luxembourg. In 2016, he
purported to have made a
comeback, dismantling obscure
Swiss fighter Arnold Gjergjaj
inside two rounds, but Haye?s
victim was dismissed by one
veteran boxing observer as
?unspeakably poor?.
Now, in the company of fellow
motormouth Bellew, Haye has
reclaimed the attention that is his
This vaudeville
show is just a
brazen ruse to
get rich quick
Forget redemption or revenge, the Haye v Bellew rematch
puts two braggarts with delusions of grandeur in the ring
n describing David Haye?s
efforts to gatecrash the
heavyweights as a
trumped-up cruiserweight,
Frank Bruno memorably
likened it to choosing
between ?different cups of tea:
Primark and Harrods?. As British
boxing staggers towards the
drunken mayhem of Haye?s
rematch with Tony Bellew
tomorrow night, it is tempting to
suggest that the occasion labours
under much the same delusions of
grandeur. For this is, ultimately,
nothing but a bargain-basement
ego trip dressed up in box-office
There is no world title at stake,
or even a national one. It is simply
pantomime score-settling, a
playground tiff. The witless verbal
jousts between the protagonists do
not help, of course. Even at the
most self-important press
conferences, public heckling tends
to be discouraged, but the
puppeteers at Matchroom Boxing
prefer to make it part of the show,
throwing the thin-skinned Haye to
an audience of jeering
Liverpudlians and relishing the
meltdowns that ensue. Thus we
have been treated to Bellew calling
his opponent the ?bitch from
Bermondsey?, and Haye
responding with a threat to ?smash
your f------ head in?. Not exactly
?float like a butterfly? material, is
it? Even Mike Tyson?s florid
obscenities were Wildean by
Sure enough, it all bubbled over
again yesterday, as some headnuzzling between Haye and Bellew
dissolved into an on-stage melee.
Eddie Hearn tried his hardest to
look shocked but, honestly, these
two are so predictable in their
pre-bout patterns of belligerence
that they might as well have a
tear-up at a five-star hotel written
into their contracts. A niche gag by
Bellew about The Inbetweeners
? based on the idea that Adam
Morallee, Haye?s manager, has the
same preppy, rabbit-in-headlights
image as one of the show?s central
characters, Will McKenzie ? is
about as edifying as this fight week
has become.
The wider mystery is why
anybody cares what eventuates in a
clash of these two braggarts, save
for the faint hope that they could
contrive to knock each other out.
Pantomime villains: Tony Bellew (left)
and David Haye clash yesterday
Take Haye, for example, whose
role in this low-rent vaudeville is
borne purely of an urge to
recapture lost relevance. In the
past seven years, Haye has
managed just 19 rounds of
competitive boxing, 11 of them in
defeat by Bellew. He slipped into
retirement in 2011, after losing to
Wladimir Klitschko ? a result he
blamed, amid much derision, on a
broken toe ? and could have done
everyone a favour by staying there.
He boasted that he would
reinvent himself as a Hollywood
leading man, but so far his acting
credits extend little further than
stints on I?m a Celebrity and
All-Star Family Fortunes. It is on
the dais, alongside Bellew, where
he has discovered his dubious
thespian talent.
By most estimates, Haye is the
country?s third biggest boxing
draw, behind only Anthony Joshua
and Amir Khan, but he owes such a
distinction largely to the crassness
with which he has built his
notoriety. Just look at his greatest
hits collection: he hijacked a press
call by Dereck Chisora, who
alleged that Haye hit him with a
bottle, he vowed to give Bellew a
?horrific? beating that would leave
him ?unconscious on the floor for a
very long time?, and he threatened
that his 2010 fight against Audley
Harrison would be ?as one-sided as
a gang rape?. He did not even
apologise for the rape comment
and made light of his baiting of
Bellew by claiming that he was in
?beast mode?.
For all that Joshua has restored
some dignity to the heavyweight
arena, the enduring renown of a
figure such as Haye illustrates how
shallow a pool it is. In his fleeting
pomp, Haye was a destructive
cruiserweight, rising from a 2007
knock-down against France?s
Jean-Marc Mormeck to win, and
Ultimately this is nothing
but a bargain-basement
ego trip dressed up
in box-office clothing
oxygen. He even argued that
people liked his self-projection
last time around as a ?lunatic?.
When I pointed out to him last
week that many did not like it,
Haye shot back with an answer
that revealed much about his
mercenary calculations. ?If you
go back through all the fights
where I have made the most
controversial comments,? he said,
?those are also the ones that have
done the best pay-per-view
Haye would desperately like it
written that there is an element of
redemption to his latest return,
not just of revenge. In reality,
though, the preening around
Haye-Bellew II has its roots in far
less noble motives.
Vanity working on a weak
head, as Jane Austen so wisely
wrote, produces every sort of
Ramadan might
be a problem
for Liverpool
ith the Champions
League final during
Ramadan, there is a
question as to whether Liverpool
? who have three Muslim players in
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and
Emre Can ? will feel an effect of
their fasting.
Asked about Salah, left-back
Alberto Moreno replied, jokingly:
?When it?s Ramadan, I?ll eat and
drink for him. It?s the least I can do.?
Salah and his international
team-mates have already been
permitted by the Egypt?s Grand
Mufti to postpone fasting prior to
the World Cup. But Liverpool?s
progress to Kiev could mean that
extra dispensation is required.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Kiprop accuses Kenyan drugs
officials of extortion over test
Wilson stays in touch after
Higgins makes quick start
By Ben Bloom
Asbel Kiprop, the Kenyan former
Olympic 1500m champion, has offered an extraordinary response to
failing a drugs test.
The three-time world champion
has claimed that he was tipped off
by Kenyan doping control officers
who then allegedly tried to extort
money from him.
He also said that he was offered
an IAAF ambassadorial role if he
admitted he had cheated.
News emerged this week that
Kiprop had become the latest in an
ever-growing list of Kenyan athletes to fail a drugs test, joining
more than 40 of the country?s
runners to do so over the past five
Kiprop does not deny failing an
out-of-competition test for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin, but insists he is ?the last
person to commit such an atrocious
un-sports like thing?.
In a wide-ranging and detailed
1,300-word statement strongly re-
Protesting: Asbel Kiprop has denied
taking performance-enhancing drugs
futing claims he knowingly doped,
Kiprop says he was notified of a
forthcoming drugs test a day before
doping control officers arrived at
his house in Iten, Kenya, last November ? in clear breach of antidoping protocol, which states tests
must be conducted without notice.
Kiprop then suggests the doping
control officers asked him for an
unspecified amount of money,
which he transferred ?in good
faith? using a mobile phone-based
money transfer app.
?At that time I did not see the
money as inducement or bribe of
anything,? says Kiprop. Insisting he
remains ?perplexed? over how his
?innocent? sample ?turned positive?, the Kenyan claims he left his
urine sample open while he briefly
left the room and alleges it may
have been interfered with then.
?I don?t know if the amount I remitted could have been less than
what was expected from me, and if
it caused annoyance, that may have
resulted in the contamination of the
sample,? he says.
Informed of the failed test four
months later in February, Kiprop
says he was ?extremely shocked?,
but remained confident he would
be cleared.
He then alleges that he was asked
to admit to doping in exchange for
an ambassadorial role with the
IAAF, the sport?s governing body.
Telegraph Sport has contacted
the IAAF for comment.
?I pray to be given the benefit of
doubt even as I am cast into this
lonely isolation,? his statement concludes.
?I know it may be impossible to
defend myself from any accuser
who has made up his mind and who
would view my protestations as a
mere denial. I am innocent. I did
not dope.?
John Higgins took an early lead
against Kyren Wilson as the fourtime champion looks to reach another Betfred World Championship
The 42-year-old, runner-up 12
months ago, will take a 5-3 advantage into the second session against
a man who was just six when
Higgins lifted his first world title in
Wilson started slowly in his first
semi-final appearance at the Crucible but fought back from 4-1 down
and will rue a missed opportunity
to level in the final frame of the
Higgins had forged ahead with
breaks of 57, 65 and 77 before Wilson finally got on the board before
the mid-session interval.
In the second semi-final, twotime champion Mark Williams? century in the final frame of the day
kept him within two frames of
Barry Hawkins, who leads 5-3.
Hawkins, who finished as runner-up in 2013, started with a brilliant break of 129 and followed it up
with 74 before Williams responded
with an 88 that included a clever
three-ball plant.
Higgins and Wilson will play the
morning and evening sessions
today, with Hawkins and Williams
resuming in the afternoon
Saints cope without Barba
St Helens coach Justin Holbrook
refused to use the absence of Ben
Barba as an excuse for his team?s
below-par performance in their
26-12 win over Catalans Dragons.
Two tries from winger Regan
Grace helped Saints to a comfortable victory over a Dragons side who
competed well without seriously
threatening to pull off an upset.
Holbrook opted to rest Barba, the
dashing Australian who is Super
League?s top try-scorer this year, after he hurt his neck in the win at
Holbrook said: ?Ben was close to
being right but he was still a bit
sore. I didn?t think it affected us.?
Man of the match last night was
St Helens winger Tom Makinson,
who scored one try and created
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Cricket
Somerset seamer?s skills
could give Test side a
rounded seam-bowling
unit, says Scyld Berry
ew batsmen are putting
their hands up for the
first Test against
Pakistan in three weeks?
time, but there is sturdy
competition between
Jake Ball and Craig Overton for a
slot in England?s seam attack. Ball
is the country?s leading first-class
wicket-taker with 21 in three
games for Nottinghamshire, while
Overton has led Somerset?s attack
with eight tidy wickets in their two
wins out of two, and goes head to
head against James Anderson
today as Lancashire host Somerset.
If Ball is the quicker bowler,
Overton has more strings to his
bow: his combative attitude in his
two Tests in Australia when he
never bowed to adversity in spite
of a cracked rib; his strength,
height and fitness; a bothersome
bouncer, and excellent hands,
while in his six Test innings he has
top-scored for England twice,
firstly on his debut at Adelaide and
secondly in the embarrassment of
58 all out at Auckland, when he hit
an unbeaten 33 and the next
highest score was 11.
?Yeah, not once, but twice,? said
Overton at Taunton earlier this
week when he recalled top-scoring
for England. ?Obviously it?s nice
because you don?t expect it coming
in at nine or 10. It was bizarre [at
Auckland]: you didn?t get many
play-and-misses, it was either they
nicked it and were out or missed it
and were bowled. Most sides have
had one of those innings in the last
10 or 15 years. When [Ben] Stokesy
Jonathan Edwards, whose world
triple jump record of 1995 still
stands. The distance of
18.29?metres is measured out in
front of the sports hall and ?it gives
you quite a buzz to see that,? so
Overton said. Not that Edwards
holds the school triple jump
record: that belongs to Steve
Ojomoh, who represented England
at rugby.
?We played a bit of rugby for
Barnstaple, bu
but I just didn?t enjoy
the contact so I hid on the wing
because I?ve got
g decent hands.
Jamie?s natur
naturally bigger and
stockier than me so he enjoyed
rugby a lot m
more than me. But once
we got more long-term
here [at
Somerset], th
they said we mustn?t
play rugby, w
which was probably a
sensible deci
?At school, Jamie normally had
first preferen
preference [for choice of
ends]. The pi
pitches are on a sort of
diagonal, a bit like Lord?s really.
I had to run up the slope, but
sometimes I kept wicket
for tthe first 20 overs
while Jamie bowled out,
then he?d keep wicket,
because most keepers
didn?t enjoy the speed
we were bowling. I
generally bowled into
the wind at school and
North Devon when the
wind was coming off my
left shoulder, from left to
right, and naturally
growing up, I was tending
to sw
swing the ball in. So
once I joined the Somerset
academy they wanted me to
have the ability to swing the
ball away
away, and I struggled, but
eventually got it towards the
end of my second year, and
having the ability to move the
ball away is m
But the ves
vestigial inswinger?s
action comes in handy when
got out, I put my thigh pad on.
?Woakesy was ready, but he
went to the toilet then heard the
roar and ran back in. I was lucky
Woakesy and Mo [Moeen Ali] gave
me a little bit of time to get outside
and used to the light and by then
there was only one way to go. If
they gave me anything, then go
after it.?
His combativeness is the result
of the rare circumstance of having
ther, Jamie. ?We had a
a twin brother,
n in Bideford and were
little garden
constantly playing outside and
there were a few windows broken.
as raining, we went
When it was
inside and caused a bit more
ere and got a few shouts
trouble there
from mum and dad.?
Overton ? or Craig O as he is
own, as an echo of his
widely known,
or, former Somerset
all-rounderr Peter Trego ? almost
shudders att the memory of a
atuette beside the
valuable statuette
television smashed into ?about 50
hen his
pieces? when
ere out.
parents were
y his
ld also
father would
w balls
throw a few
ns, and
for the twins,
now has hiss own
elling fire
business selling
alarms, so he can
g play, while
watch Craig
Jamie is injured.
If Craig O looks as
though he is running uphill
e wind, it is because
and into the
w he grew up at West
that is how
Buckland school and the
on club at
North Devon
e school is high
Instow. The
moor ?
up near Exmoor
?exposed? is the
adjective I would use
ng at his old
after bowling
ground on
y ? and a
pil was
former pupil
played a
bit of
but I
enjoy the
contact ?
M J J Critchley lbw b Patel
G C Viljoen c Ambrose b Patel
Hamildullah Qadri c Sibley b Brookes
D Olivier not out
M H A Footitt b Brookes
Extras (b4 lb7 nb8)
Total (81.5 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-72, 3-80, 4-84, 5-168, 6-209,
7-233, 8-251, 9-318.
Bowling: C J C Wright 18.4-2-81-2, R N Sidebottom 9.2-139-0, W M H Rhodes 11-2-30-0, H J H Brookes 15.5-0-63-4,
J S Patel 27-3-94-4.
Warwickshire ? First Innings
W M H Rhodes not out
D P Sibley c Critchley b Olivier
C J C Wright not out
Extras (b1 w2)
Total (for 1, 12 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-18.
To Bat: I R Bell, I J L Trott, S R Hain, M Lamb, *T R
Ambrose, ?J S Patel, H J H Brookes, R N Sidebottom.
Bowling: G C Viljoen 4-1-13-0, D Olivier 4-0-11-1,
Hamildullah Qadri 2-1-2-0, M J J Critchley 2-1-5-0.
Umpires: R Illingworth and N Mallender.
Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM Racing both at same time.
Overall: 1 Wild 3hrs 28m 20s; 2 Dideriksen +4s; 3 Barnes +6s.
Overton aiming to fill the
gap in England?s attack
Contender: ?I am
trying to get
quicker but it?s
not something I
am trying to
force,? says Craig
Overton reverse-swings the ball,
and Taunton has become so
abrasive in the last couple of years
that for most spells he now runs in
with the ball in his left hand before
switching just before delivery,
whether to hide the seam from the
batsman or to make him think it is
reverse-swinging. Here, surely, is
where his England future will lie:
on the slow pitches of Sri Lanka
and West Indies this winter, when
nobody else is going to fancy an old
ball in tropical heat.
Europa League Semi-finals 2nd leg
Atletico Madrid (1) 1
Arsenal (0) 0
Costa 45
Atletico Madrid win 2-1 on agg.
Marseille (0) 1
Red Bull Salzburg (0) 2
Haidara 53
Rolando 116
Sarr 65 og
AET: Score after 90 mins 2-0. Marseille win 3-2 on agg.
Vanarama National League
Play-offs 1st rnd
Boreham Wood (2) 2
Turley 6
Andrade 17
AFC Fylde (1) 1
Grand 30
BOSTIK ISTHMIAN.-Prem, play-off semi-finals: Dulwich 1
Leiston 0-Hendon 4 Folkestone Invicta 0.
FA WOMEN?S SUPER LGE 1: Bristol City 1 Man City 6.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two (Day 1 of 4)
Warwickshire v Derbyshire
At Edgbaston
Derbyshire ? First Innings
B T Slater c Sidebottom b Wright
L M Reece c & b Patel
W L Madsen b Brookes
A L Hughes c Rhodes b Patel
*B A Godleman b Brookes
?G C Wilson c Trott b Wright
Derbyshire won toss
TOUR DE YORKSHIRE.-Men (Beverley-Doncaster, 182km).Stage 1: 1 H Tanfield (GB) Canyon Eisberg 4h 8m 12s; 2 A
Slater (GB) JLT Condor; 3 M Cuming (GB) Madison Genesis
both at same time. Overall: 1 Tanfield 4h 7m 58s; 2 Slater
+3s; 3 Cuming +10s. Women (Beverley - Doncaster 132.5
km).-Stage 1: 1 K Wild (Holland) Wiggle High5 3h 28m 30s;
2 A Dideriksen (Denmark) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam; 3 A
BETFRED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Sheffield).-SemiFinals: J Higgins (Scotland) leads K Wilson (England) 5-3; B
Hawkins (England) leads M Williams (Wales) 5-3.
UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE (Birmingham).-P Wright
(Scotland) bt S Whitlock (Australia) 7-4; M van Gerwen
(Holland) bt R Cross (England) 7-2; D Gurney (Northern
Ireland) drew with M Smith (England) 6-6; R van Barneveld
(Holland) bt G Anderson (Scotland) 7-3.
CH'SHIP: Sheffield 45 Peterborough 4. CH'SHIP KNOCKOUT CUP.-1st Leg: Ipswich 35 Lakeside 54. CH'SHIP
SHIELD: Redcar 36 Scunthorpe 54.
BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS (Badminton).-Dressage Day
1: Horse: 1 AllStar B (Rider: R Canter, GB) 23.9.
Rugby League
Betfred Super League
St Helens 26 Catalans Dragons 12
St Helens?T: Lomax, Makinson, Knowles, Grace (2). G:
Richardson (3). Catalans Dragons?T: Wiliame, Broughton,
Tierney. HT: 16-4.
A Pts
St Helens
14 12 0 2 454 164 24
12 10 0 2 347 176 20
13 9 0 4 286 191 18
11 8 0 3 228 192 16
12 7 1 4 230 201 15
13 7 0 6 304 273 14
12 5 0 7 212 248 10
13 5 0 8 226 288 10
12 3 0 9 221 287
Hull K R
12 3 0 9 215 288
Catalans Dragons
13 3 0 10 179 345
13 2 1 10 168 417
ATP T?MENT (Estoril, Portugal).-2nd rd: R Carballes Baena
(Spain) bt C Norrie (GB) 5-7 6-2 7-6 (7-1).
ATP T?MENT (Munich).-2nd rd: M Fucsovics (Hungary) bt M
Cecchinato (Italy) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1; M Marterer (Germany) bt
D S Schwartzman (Argentina) 6-4 6-2; P Kohlschreiber
(Germany) bt M Zverev (Germany) 6-2 6-2; R Bautista Agut
(Spain) bt C Ruud (Norway) 6-4 6-3.
WTA T?MENT (Prague, Czech Republic).-Qtr-finals: M
Buzarnescu (Romania) bt K Pliskova (Czech Rep) 6-2 6-3; C
Giorgi (Italy) bt S Stosur (Australia) 6-2 6-3; S Zhang
(China) bt J Paolini (Italy) 6-4 6-3; P Kvitova (Czech Rep) bt
K Siniakova (Czech Rep) 6-3 6-3.
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Dundee Utd (0) v Dunfermline (0)
SSE AIRTRICITY LGE.-Prem: Bray v Derry City, St Patricks v
Shamrock Rovers, Waterford v Dundalk.
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4).-Division One: Chelmsford: Essex v Yorkshire; Emirates
Old Trafford: Lancashire v Somerset; Trent Bridge:
Nottinghamshire v Hampshire; The Kia Oval: Surrey v
Worcestershire. Division Two: Emirates Riverside: Durham
v Leicestershire; The SWALEC Stadium: Glamorgan v Kent;
Hove: Sussex v Middlesex. (day 2 of 4) Edgbaston:
Warwickshire v Derbyshire.
TOUR MATCH (day 1 of 4).-Northampton:
Northamptonshire v Pakistan.
Rugby League
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE: Huddersfield v Widnes, Leeds v
Warrington, Wigan v Salford (8).
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The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Trott bows out at 37 as
Warwickshire rebuild
By Nick Hoult
Jonathan Trott will retire at the end
of this season, bringing to a close a
career that included helping
England to No?1 in the world and to
win the Ashes in Australia, but also
the pain of a public battle with
mental-health issues.
Trott?s contract finishes att the
end of this season and, with Warwickshire keen to rebuild the team,
it is mutually beneficial for him
im to
call it a day now at the age of 37.
Trott was the perfect fit for England at No?3 for three years from
2010, providing solidity between
the opening partnership of Andrew
Strauss and Alastair Cook and
d the
shot-playing talent of Kevin
Pietersen at four.
Andy Flower described him
as the team?s ?rock? and Enggland are still searching for a
long-term replacement in what
has become a troubled position.
His peak was the Ashes tour
ur of
2010-11, when he scored a cenntury in the draw at Brisbane
that set up England?s series
and then made a match-
Bowing out:
Jonathan Trott
will call it a day at
the end of the
current campaign
winning hundred in the Boxing
Day Test as England retained the
Ashes and went on to win their first
series in Australia since 1986-87.
A serious and intense character,
the pressure of Test cricket eventually wore Trott down and his abrupt
departure from the 2013-14 Ashes
tour with a stress-related illness cut
shor his international career.
He managed a return in the West
Indie as a stop-gap opener 18
later, but retired from Test
after three ducks in six
with anxiety issues still a
scored nine hundreds in
52 Tests for England, with a res
average of 44, although twice he was undone
by high-quality pace in South
in 2009. His torrid Test
in Brisbane against
Johnson immediately
preceded his departure from
the Ashes tour.
?Trotty will be remembered as one the greatest
batsmen to have played for
and England in
the 21st century,? said Ashley
Giles, Warwickshire?s director
of cricket.
Kohli signs in coup for Surrey
By Rory Dollard
?Obviously in Australia, New
Zealand and South Africa, having
that ability to go up three or four
miles per hour quicker is
something I want to work on. I?m
trying to get quicker, but it?s not
something I?m trying to force. My
skill is being consistent and not
going for many runs and having
the ability to swing the ball.?
Of other rivals, Toby RolandJones has already been ruled out
for the season with another stress
fracture, while Mark Wood
nicked it
and were
out or
missed it
and were
disappointed in the Christchurch
Test because he did not have a
threatening stock ball ? other than
a bouncer. And top-scoring for
your country is a useful attribute.
?Growing up I was more of a
batter, but at the minute my
bowling?s obviously quite a long
way ahead,? Overton said. ?But I?d
like to get to seven or eight with
England and six here.?
Meantime, Craig O has
Somerset?s first-ever championship
to win.
Surrey have completed the marquee
signing of India captain Virat Kohli
on a one-month deal.
Kohli will join the Brown Caps
for June in a significant coup for the
county. News of his first deal on foreign soil is the latest example of a
more relaxed attitude from the Board
of Control for Cricket in India.
The governing body has also allowed Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire), Ishant Sharma (Sussex) and
Varun Aaron (Leicestershire) to
sign as overseas players in England
this year.
India have a major tour here this
Surrey man: Virat
Kohli is the top
one-day batsman
in the world
summer with four Tests, three oneday internationals and three T20
internationals. Kohli, 29, averages
more than 50 in all three formats
for India and is ranked as the top
one-day batsman in the world.
He said: ?It has long been an
ambition of mine to play county
cricket and I am very thankful to
[director of cricket] Alec Stewart
and Surrey for allowing me the
opportunity to join them during
their 2018 season. I can?t wait to get
to the Kia Oval.?
Stewart said: ?We are thrilled to
have signed the biggest name in
world cricket. Playing and training
alongside Virat will be a massive
benefit for our players.?
Giro chief admits anger at Brailsford?s ?deception?
Chris Froome?s bid for a historic
?Tiger slam? of Grand Tour titles
will get under way beneath the
walls of Old Jerusalem today to the
backdrop of yet another controversy, with Giro d?Italia director
Mauro Vegni accusing Team Sky of
deception over the way in which
they handled their appearance fee
negotiations for this race.
Vegni said yesterday that, following an angry phone call, Team Sky?s
principal Sir Dave Brailsford flew to
Italy to straighten things out with
him after news of Froome?s adverse
analytical finding for salbutamol
leaked in December. The Italian
also said it would be ?a really good
outcome? for the Giro if Sunweb?s
Tom Dumoulin won the race.
Team Sky are reportedly being
paid ?1.4?million (�4?million) to
ride in this Giro, almost certainly
the most of any team. Grand Tour
organisers habitually pay fees to
teams, with the figure dependent
on a number of factors, including
the quality of rider they plan to
bring to the race. Having a fourtime Tour de France winner and recently-crowned Vuelta a Espana
champion as part of their prospective line-up would certainly have
helped Sky?s爊egotiations.
Vegni, though, was upset that
Brailsford did not inform him of
Froome?s test result ? a result which
jeopardised Froome?s participation
? before they announced his Giro
participation in November, despite
having known since late September. Sky pointed out that the disciplinary process was meant to be
confidential, although Vegni clearly
Fresh controversy:
Chris Froome in
Jerusalem, where
Team Sky were
criticised again
does not see it that way. ?Definitely
yes,? Vegni replied when asked
whether he felt deceived by Sky.
?The [negotiations] with Team Sky
took place before the Giro presentation so I would have expected,
within a correct relationship, to be
informed. So somehow I didn?t really like this.?
Sky responded: ?The UCI process regarding Chris would normally have remained confidential.
The Team wanted to fully respect
this but since it became public we
have stayed in regular touch with
the Giro organisers about it. We received and agreed the final race
contract within the last three weeks
? some time after the issue had became public.
?In all our conversations with the
organisers, they have been supportive of Chris? participation in the
race. We love the Giro. We are honoured to be competing at it and we
can?t wait for it to start.?
If Froome cannot explain why he
had twice the permitted amount of
salbutamol in his urine following a
stage of the Vuelta last September,
he could be suspended, although
there is doubt over whether that
suspension would be backdated.
Vegni was also asked who he
wanted to win the race. ?As organiser I don?t support any rider specifically,? he said. ?But let me add
Tom [Dumoulin, the 2017 champion and second favourite] is a nice
character, so to speak. He?s young,
he?s handsome. He?s good for cycling as a whole.? The race begins
today with a 9.7km time trial
through the streets of Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, on the first day of the
Tour de Yorkshire, Harry Tanfield
delighted the home crowds by winning in Doncaster yesterday. Tanfield, 23, who is from North Yorkshire
and rides for Canyon Eisberg, timed
his sprint perfectly to win.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Racing
Teal not just making up numbers in 2,000 Guineas
By Marcus Armytage
While Aidan O?Brien is seeking his
ninth Qipco 2,000 Guineas tomorrow with his trio of runners, Gustav
Klimt, Saxon Warrior and Murillo,
the field of 14 declared for the season?s first Classic also includes a
first runner at this level for Great
Shefford-based trainer, Roger Teal.
While the former jump jockey?s
Tip Two Win may not be the highest rated runner in this year?s race,
Anne Cowley?s homebred colt has,
thanks to Teal?s enterprising placing, won more prize money than all
of his rivals Bar Saxon Warrior ?
and he has only trumped him by
The Dark Angel colt won a Listed
race at Doncaster last season before
finishing 2� lengths second to
Elarqam, in the Group Three Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket on
ground that Teal insists was a bit
too soft. ?Adam Kirby, who rode
him at Newmarket, suggested we
take him to the Breeders? Cup, but
he didn?t make the cut,? recalled
Teal. ?But the International Racing
Bureau sent through details of a
couple of races in Qatar [cumulatively worth �0,000] so we went
there instead. He won the first impressively and then we said if he
won a Group Two there over a mile
in February, which he did, we?d
consider the Guineas.?
Having been on the go all winter,
instead of being aimed at a traditional trial, Tip Two Win was given
a three-week break out in a paddock with Basil, a Shetland pony,
before being prepared at home for
his big moment tomorrow.
When asked if he was looking
forward to his first Classic runner
Teal, who spent long periods with
John Jenkins and Philip Mitchell ?
he travelled the world with Running Stag ? before being invited to
Old life: Roger Teal and Running Stag
Going: Good to soft TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
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4.55 Memorial Open Hunters? Chase (5) 2m �998
1 1U- Monsieur Gibraltar [T] (40) (D) (BF) Mrs R Loxton 7 12 2
Mr L Williams (3)
2 61- Mantou [P,T] (11) (D) S Allwood 7 11 13 Mr Ed Glassonbury (3)
3 /P- Azure Glamour [T] (26) A B Leyshon 9 11 10 Mr James King
4 PP- Brave Jaq [H,T] (12) R Potter 7 11 10
Mr J Martin (5)
5 21- Champione [T] (75) (WS) J W Tudor 8 11 10 Mr N Williams
6 P8- Curragh Hall [P,T] (11) (D) L Humphrey 10 11 10
Miss L M Pinchin (7)
7 P1- Dido (12) D Peters 8 11 10
Mr D Peters (7)
8 61- Extreme Appeal [B] (13) Miss K Morgan 6 11 10 Mr W Biddick
9 55F Guiting Power (5) Mrs Alice Campbell 7 11 10 Mr S Morgan (7)
10 /5- Loughaderra Prince (95) T R George 9 11 10 Mr N George (3)
11 2P- Mr Sawyer (26) K Jacka 9 11 10
Mr B Gibbs (3)
12 /1- Old Pride [H] (27) (D) Mrs D Ralph 10 11 10 Mr Alex Edwards
13 PP- Sadma (26) (D) N Lampard 9 11 10
Miss A Bell (7)
14 P2- Sam Cavallaro [P] (13) (CD) Miss H Brookshaw 12 11 10
Mr J Andrews (5)
15 44- Swallowshide (12) J H Young 9 11 10 Mr G Treacy (7)
S.P. f?cast: 13-8 Monsieur Gibraltar, 5-1 Loughaderra Prince, 11-2
Sam Cavallaro, 10-1 Old Pride, Mantou, 12-1 Extreme Appeal, 14-1
Champione, Dido, 20-1 Others.
5.30 Championship Final Hunters? Chase (4) 3m 2f �797
1 11- Duhallow Tornado (27) (D) C C Pimlott 6 12 4
Mr Tom Strawson (7)
2 111 Ballybane [P,T] (26) Miss Claire Harris 8 11 12 Mr D Prichard (3)
3 U22 Blazing Tom (26) J W Tudor 7 11 12 Mr Shane Quinlan (3)
4 52- Fortune Bound (26) R Bandey 9 11 12 Mr M McIntyre (3)
5 U1- Mahlers Spirit (34) A Pennock 8 11 12 Mr E David (5)
6 12- Mr Maclennane [P] (20) N R Wright 7 11 12 Mr A Wright (7)
7 11- Optimised (34) Philip Rowley 6 11 12 Mr Alex Edwards
8 12- Summer Sounds [P] (19) (BF) Francesca Nimmo 9 11 12
Mr J Jackson-Stops (7)
9 51- Velvet Cognac [P] (19) A Hill 10 11 12 Mr J Andrews (5)
10 3/ Welsh?s Castle (748) D Kemp 6 11 12 Mr D Peters (7)
11 12- Following Mama (54) Mrs D Ralph 7 11 5 Mr James King
Miss G Andrews
12 11- Kalabaloo (12) T Ellis 6 11 5
13 71- Thegirlfrommilan (32) D Gibbs 8 11 5 Mr B Gibbs (3)
S.P. f?cast: 3-1 Duhallow Tornado, 6-1 Optimised, 13-2
Thegirlfrommilan, 8-1 Ballybane, Velvet Cognac, 10-1 Kalabaloo,
Summer Sounds, Following Mama, 12-1 Others.
6.05 Open Hunters? Chase (4) 3m 1f �897
Bally River Boy [H] (13) Jake Slatter 7 12 0 Miss A Stirling (3)
Big Georgie (5) J Ridley 11 12 0
Mr J M Ridley (5)
Findlay?s Find [T] (5) (D) Mrs J Mansell 12 12 0 Mr D Mansell
Foxcub [P] (20) R Potter 10 12 0 Miss Emma Yardley (7)
Kit Barry (34) David Dando 10 12 0 Charlie Dando (7)
7.50 Open Hunters? Chase (4) 4m 120yds �897
4.55 - Old Pride
5.30 - Duhallow Tornado
6.05 - Stoleaway
6.40 - Barel Of Laughs
7.15 - Teeton Power
7.50 - Supreme Danehill
8.25 - Full Trottle
6 22- Light Flicker (26) A Campbell 6 12 0
Mr S Morgan (7)
7 P3- Master Sunrise [P] (20) Mrs D Ralph 9 12 0 Mr James King
8 41- Minella Friend (19) Mrs K Smyly 9 12 0
Mr Z Baker
9 11- Stoleaway (13) Philip Rowley 8 12 0 Mr Alex Edwards
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Stoleaway, 5-1 Foxcub, 13-2 Findlay?s Find, 7-1 Kit
Barry, 15-2 Bally River Boy, Big Georgie, 8-1 Minella Friend, 10-1
Light Flicker, 16-1 Master Sunrise.
6.40 Open Gold Cup Final Hunters? Chase (2) 3m 2f �,990
1 21- Abricot De L?Oasis [P] (12) J H Henderson 8 12 4
Mr F Henderson
2 13- Barel Of Laughs [P] (49) (CD)(D) Philip Rowley 12 12 4
Mr Alex Edwards
3 FP- Fourovakind [B] (43) M Hazell 13 12 4
Miss K Lyons
4 21- Owen Glendower [T] (34) Hannah Gregory 13 12 4
Miss Hannah Gregory
5 11U Pentiffic [P] (5) (D) P P Turner 15 12 4 Miss L M Turner
6 16- Sentimentaljourney (26) Robert Varnham 11 12 1
Mr Nathan Rahman
7 73- The Wealerdealer (166) (D) I Chanin 11 12 1 Mr W Biddick
8 42- Asockastar [P] (34) Daniel Bourne 10 11 12 Mr B Gibbs
9 21- Kelsey (19) M Bowen 8 11 12
Miss Jodie Hughes
10 31- Shantou Tiger [T] (20) A B Leyshon 9 11 12 Mr James King
11 21- Subtle Sovereign [B] (13) Mrs Teresa Clark 11 11 12
Miss L Mager
S.P. f?cast: 11-10 Barel Of Laughs, 4-1 Abricot De L?Oasis, 10-1
Fourovakind, 12-1 The Wealerdealer, 14-1 Pentiffic, Owen Glendower,
16-1 Subtle Sovereign, Kelsey, 20-1 Others.
7.15 Mares? Open Hunters? Chase (4) 3m 1f �897
1 11- Dabinett Moon (34) Mrs F J Marriott 10 12 0
Mrs Claire Hardwick (3)
2 12- Frelia [T] (20) (CD) (BF) D Gibbs 7 11 11 Mr B Gibbs (3)
3 P3- Martha?s Benefit (12) Andrew Nicholls 9 11 11
Mr W J Milburn (7)
4 331 Palmaria [H] (17) Mrs C Keevil 8 11 11 Mr B Carver (7)
5 22- Queen Olivia [H] (10) (D) Miss V Collins 10 11 11
Miss L Tickle (7)
6 /2- Maybe Plenty (26) Mrs K Smyly 9 11 8 Miss K Lyons (5)
7 11- Popaway [T] (12) (CD)(C) Mrs P Harkin 13 11 8
Miss Immy Robinson (7)
8 32/ Roseyroo (411) (BF) (WS) Miss L Cabble 11 11 8 Mr D Andrews (7)
9 11- Teeton Power (12) Miss Liz Harris 7 11 8 Mr J Andrews (5)
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Queen Olivia, 10-3 Frelia, 7-2 Popaway, 9-2
Palmaria, 8-1 Teeton Power, 10-1 Dabinett Moon, 33-1 Martha?s
Benefit, Maybe Plenty, Roseyroo.
1 45- Al Co [B] (43) (D) M Bowen 13 11 13
Mr P Bryan (5)
2 21- Battle Dust [P] (43) Philip Rowley 9 11 13 Mr Alex Edwards
3 3P- Mon Parrain [P,T] (22) (C) Mrs K Smyly 12 11 13
Miss Page Fuller
4 31- Supreme Danehill [P] (13) A Hill 10 11 13 Mr J Andrews (5)
5 32- Blazing Buck [T] (13) Gareth Moore 12 11 10 Miss H Lewis (5)
6 11- Excitable Island (20) N W Padfield 11 11 10 Miss G Andrews
7 92- Farmer Matt [P,T] (19) Thomas Murray 12 11 10 Mr T Murray (7)
8 /P- Hard Station [T] (72) R Bandey 9 11 10 Mr M McIntyre (3)
9 23- Kilmacallogue Bay [B] (19) (BF) R Potter 12 11 10
Miss Emma Yardley (7)
10 P3- Mr Michanda (26) Mrs S Tickle 12 11 10 Miss L Tickle (7)
11 42- Richmond [P] (26) P P Turner 13 11 10 Miss L M Turner (7)
12P22 U Me And Them [P] (6) Miss Hannah Taylor 9 11 10
Mr M A S Comley (7)
13 44- Vincitore [T] (13) Miss S Rippon 12 11 10 Miss S Rippon (7)
14 11- You Too Pet (20) D Peters 10 11 10
Mr D Peters (7)
S.P. f?cast: 10-3 Battle Dust, 9-2 Al Co, 7-1 Supreme Danehill, Mon
Parrain, 8-1 You Too Pet, 10-1 Excitable Island, 12-1 Kilmacallogue
Bay, Hard Station, Richmond, 20-1 Others.
8.25 GX Landrover Open Hunters? Chase (5) 2m 5f �998
1 56- Forever My Friend [B] (25) (D) M Bowen 11 12 2
Mr P Bryan (5)
2 41- Full Trottle [T] (25) (CD) Miss L Thomas 9 12 2 Mr S Lee (7)
3 44- Kilfinichen Bay (40) F Hutsby 10 12 2
Mr J Nailor (5)
4 11- Mr Mercurial [T] (10) (C)(D) Mrs S Crow 10 12 2 Mr H Crow (7)
5 32- Bear?s Affair (22) (D) Philip Rowley 12 11 13 Mr Alex Edwards
6 25- Lined With Silver (175) Miss Hannah Taylor 9 11 13
Mr J Jeavons (7)
7 2U- Numbercruncher (25) David O?Brien 12 11 13
Mr David O?Brien (7)
8 /1- Salubrious (26) (CD) Miss C Roddick 11 11 13 Mr L Williams (3)
9 02- Shotavodka (14) (D) Miss H Brookshaw 12 11 13
Mr H Nugent (3)
10 43- Crazy Jack (25) Mrs A R Hewitt 10 11 10 Mr G Crow (3)
11 2U- Creepy [P] (34) (CD)(D) (BF) Mrs Claire Hardwick 10 11 10
Mrs Claire Hardwick (3)
12 PP- Cyrien Star [B] (19) R Potter 11 11 10 Miss Emma Yardley (7)
13 28- Distime [P] (22) Mrs D Ralph 12 11 10
Mr W Biddick
14 4P- Mitebeall Forluck [P] (13) D Brace 10 11 10 C Brace (7)
15 1D- Ni Sin E Mo Ainm (19) (D) (BF) Miss A Bell 10 11 10
Miss A Bell (7)
16PPP Red Inca [T] (6) Con Rutledge 10 11 10 Mr S Burton (7)
17 /P- Silver Roque [P] (84) Mary Vestey 12 11 10 Mr M McIntyre (3)
18 42- Tinelyra (19) A Campbell 12 11 10 Mr M A S Comley (7)
19 4P- Maryam Jaan [T] (26) K Jacka 9 11 3
Mr B Gibbs (3)
S.P. f?cast: 5-2 Bear?s Affair, 3-1 Salubrious, 4-1 Full Trottle, 8-1
Shotavodka, 10-1 Distime, Mr Mercurial, 12-1 Kilfinichen Bay, 20-1
Forever My Friend, 25-1 Others.
Lingfield Park
3.50 - Accomplice (nb)
4.20 - Nuzha
4.50 - Pollyissimo
Going: Standard TV: Sky 415. Draw: Low best in races up to a mile
1.50 188Bet Selling Stakes (6) 1m �105
1 -00 Chelwood Gate [V] (98) (CD)(C) C Dore 8 9 12 L Keniry 3
2 803 Mamillius (1) G Baker 5 9 12
T Whelan 5
W Carson 1
3 -80 Favorite Story (22) C Wallis 4 9 7
4 200 Mr Bossy Boots (58) (C) Mrs A Perrett 7 9 7 J Crowley 6
5 00 Ousden [P] (30) M Attwater 4 9 7
P Bradley (5) 4
A Kirby 2
6 -75 Philba [T] (38) (D) P Evans 6 9 7
Rossa Ryan (5) 7
7 408 Shining Valley (30) B Johnson 4 9 7
S.P. f?cast: 13-8 Mr Bossy Boots, 7-4 Philba, 7-2 Others.
2.20 188Bet Handicap (6) 3YO 1m �105
1 737 Frozen Bere (31) G Baker 9 9
T Whelan 5
2 820 Juneau (14) M Johnston 9 9
S De Sousa 6
3 63- Jungle Queen (325) Eve J-Houghton 9 8
E Greatrex 7
S W Kelly 3
4 -42 Appenzeller (24) (BF) R Hughes 9 8
5 -63 Hateya (11) J Boyle 9 7
P Cosgrave 8
6 340 The Night King (11) (D) M Quinn 9 4
W Carson 4
L Keniry 9
7 0-0 Ragstone Ridge (44) M McGrath 9 1
8 85- Fitzrovia (192) E De Giles 8 13
D O?Neill 2
9 0-7 Champs Inblue (23) P Phelan 8 10
C Bennett (3) 1
S.P. f?cast: 3-1 Juneau, 7-2 Appenzeller, 5-1 Hateya, 6-1 Others.
2.00 - Incredible Dream
2.30 - King Lud
3.00 - Fire Orchid
3.30 - Statuario
4.00 - Lope De Loop
4.30 - Kinglami
5.00 - Ocean Gale
Going: Heavy-soft in places TV: Sky 415
Draw: High numbers have a slight advantage in races up to a mile.
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2.00 188Bet Handicap (5) 1m 4f �752
1 11- Hope Is High (225) J Berry 5 9 11 Nicola Currie (5) 4
2 25- Astute Boy [T] (217) (BF) H Fry 4 9 11
J P Spencer 5
3 615 Cape Banjo [P] (27) (D) (BF) N Mulholland 5 9 7 Fran Berry 3
4 242 Bombero (18) (BF) E De Giles 4 9 1
C Shepherd 6
5 0-6 Incredible Dream [P] (41) (CD) D Ivory 5 9 1 J Duern (3) 2
6 30- Tyrolean (189) D Burchell 5 8 11
F Norton 1
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Bombero, 5-2 Hope Is High, 3-1 Astute Boy, 7-1
Cape Banjo, 10-1 Incredible Dream, 14-1 Tyrolean.
2.30 Select Security Novice Stakes (5) 1m 2f �752
1 88- Champagne Freddie (240) J G O?Shea 5 10 0 T J Murphy 3
2 0 Coeur Blimey (13) Mrs S Gardner 7 10 0 J P Spencer 5
3 /8- Moans Cross [H] (324) D Bridgwater 4 10 0 D Costello 1
4 00- One Liner (142) J G O?Shea 4 10 0
Fran Berry 2
5 -49 Nafaayes (4) J-R Auvray 4 9 9
Georgia Cox (3) 4
6 5 Ishallak (18) R Beckett 3 8 13
L Steward 7
7 4 King Lud (15) A Balding 3 8 13
O Murphy 6
S.P. f?cast: 5-4 King Lud, 13-8 Coeur Blimey, 7-2 Ishallak, 25-1
Moans Cross, 33-1 One Liner, 50-1 Champagne Freddie, 66-1
3.00 Fillies? Handicap (5) 3YO 7f �752
1 55- Goodnight Girl (216) J Portman 9 10
R Hornby 7
2 3-3 Gilded Hour (16) R Beckett 9 10
O Murphy 4
W Cox (5) 8
3 5-5 Pastamakesufaster (115) (D) J Flint 9 7
4 1-2 Great Shot Sam (9) (D) A Balding 9 4
D Probert 5
5 21- Fire Orchid (149) (D) R Hannon 9 3
P Dobbs 6
K Shoemark 2
6 6-7 Isabella Mayson (27) W Kittow 8 12
7 5-0 Milan Reef (11) (C) David Loughnane 8 12 Fran Berry 3
8 335 Polly?s Gold (18) Miss K George 8 6 Rhiain Ingram (5) 1
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Great Shot Sam, 3-1 Gilded Hour, 9-2 Fire Orchid,
5-1 Goodnight Girl, 12-1 Milan Reef, 14-1 Polly?s Gold, 16-1
Pastamakesufaster, Isabella Mayson.
3.30 Yolk Recruitment Handicap (4) 3YO 1m �531
1 97- Statuario (206) (C) Eve J-Houghton 9 7
C Bishop 4
2 1-8 Tallow [P] (14) W Haggas 9 7
K Shoemark 5
3 6-9 Island Sound (15) Mrs H Main 9 4
Georgia Cox (3) 1
4 88- Joust (188) D Loughnane 9 1
Fran Berry 2
5 82- Marble Bar (177) (BF) H Candy 8 13 Nicola Currie (5) 3
6 0-3 Unbridled Spirit (18) A Balding 8 8
O Murphy 6
S.P. f?cast: 6-4 Tallow, 4-1 Statuario, 5-1 Marble Bar, 11-2
Unbridled Spirit, 7-1 Island Sound, 10-1 Joust.
1 56 Amaranth [T] (15) M Scudamore 5 9 10
L Keniry 5
G Mahon (5) 8
2 940 Legal Mind (21) Emma Owen 5 9 10
Bambajee Tim Pinfield 5 9 5
M Dwyer 2
4 60- Crossing The Line (216) (D) A Balding 3 9 2 A Kirby 4
T Marquand 3
5 0 Dragon Moon (15) R Hannon 3 9 0
D O?Neill 6
6 5- Eraad (192) C Hills 3 9 0
J Crowley 7
7 2- Lashabeeh (156) R Varian 3 9 0
E Greatrex 1
8 90- Black Lace (156) S Woodman 3 8 9
S.P. f?cast: 6-4 Lashabeeh, 7-4 Crossing The Line, 5-1 Others.
3.20 188Bet Handicap (4) 3YO 6f �531
1 -32 Big Time Maybe [P,T] (69) (BF) T Dascombe 9 12 P Pilley (3) 3
S Levey 1
2 18- Al Barg (252) (D) R Hannon 9 7
A Kirby 4
3 03- Prince Ahwahnee [P] (224) C Cox 9 5
4 719 Branscombe [B] (38) (CD) M Johnston 9 2 S De Sousa 2
S.P. f?cast: 2-1 Big Time Maybe, 9-4 Al Barg, 5-2 Others.
3.50 188Bet Mobile Handicap (5) 1m �752
1 2-0
2 533
3 343
4 320
5 021
6 932
7 275
8 6-7
9 063
Mr Tyrrell (13) R Hannon 4 9 7
S Levey 9
Arctic Sea (10) (D) P Cole 4 9 7
R Da Silva 7
Fieldsman (4) D C Griffiths 6 9 6
A Kirby 2
Assanilka [P] (60) (D) H Dunlop 4 9 5
S De Sousa 5
Accomplice (28) (CD)(D) M Blanshard 4 9 1 D O?Neill 11
Steal The Scene (69) Kevin Frost 6 9 1
R Kingscote 3
Muhajjal [T] (23) (C) G Peckham 4 9 0 Rossa Ryan (5) 1
Mister Musicmaster (28) (CD)(D) R Hodges 9 9 0 K O?Neill 4
Buckland Beau (23) C Fellowes 7 8 13
Rock Icon (23) (CD)(D) J Hughes 5 8 13
H Burns (7) 6
11468 Ross Raith Rover (23) (C)(D) L Carter 5 8 10
K Fox 8
12 5-9 Fintech [T,V] (58) P Hide 4 8 8
C Bennett (3) 10
S.P. f?cast: 7-2 Accomplice, 11-2 Steal The Scene, 13-2 Others.
4.20 188Bet Casino Handicap (6) 5f �105
1 /75 Remal Dubai (42) G L Moore 4 9 7
H Crouch 7
Finley Marsh (5) 5
2 7-8 Nuzha (42) (D) A Newcombe 4 9 6
L Keniry 2
3 792 Waneen [V] (36) (D) J Butler 5 9 6
C Bennett (3) 1
4 234 Culloden (13) (D) S A Harris 6 9 6
5 638 Nag?s Wag (10) (CD)(C)(D) C Dore 5 9 4
A Kirby 10
6 646 Dreams Of Glory (14) (CD)(D9) R Hodges 10 9 3 K O?Neill 4
7 843 Pharoh Jake (2) (CD)(D) J Bridger 10 9 2 A Beech (7) 9
T Marquand 6
8 377 Billy?s Boots (36) (D) J R Jenkins 4 9 0
S W Kelly 3
9 333 Hurricane Alert (10) (D) M Hoad 6 9 0
10 6-0 Dollywaggon Pike (10) J R Jenkins 4 9 0 Gina Mangan (7) 8
S.P. f?cast: 7-2 Hurricane Alert, 4-1 Culloden, 5-1 Others.
4.50 Racing Welfare Handicap (6) 3YO 1m 4f �105
1 0-6 Pollyissimo [P] (28) R Hughes 9 9
S W Kelly 5
2 004 Storm Again [V] (23) P Hide 9 7
S Woods (7) 6
3 5-0 Duggary [P] (13) Kevin Frost 9 5
R Kingscote 4
4 9-4 Kingfast (24) David Dennis 9 5
Rossa Ryan (5) 3
T Whelan 7
5 99- Purple Jazz (137) G Baker 9 3
6 -93 Clan Mcgregor (4) S Durack 9 3
Joshua Bryan (5) 2
H Burns (7) 8
7 -73 Diablery (20) W Stone 9 2
P Bradley (5) 11
8 8-9 Epsom Bounty [T] (34) P Phelan 9 2
9 -00 Argent Bleu (20) R Ingram 8 13
K Fox 10
10 -68 Wallflower (98) R Guest 8 8
S De Sousa 9
M Dwyer 1
11064 Zarrar [B,T] (32) B Powell 8 7
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Clan Mcgregor, 9-2 Pollyissimo, 6-1 Others.
2.10 - Deep Intrigue
2.40 - Royal Brave
3.10 - Acadian Angel
3.40 - Tribal Warrior
4.10 - Four Kingdoms
4.40 - Trading Point (nap)
5.15 - Haymarket
Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: In races up to a mile low numbers are usually at an advantage.
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2.10 EBF Novice Stakes (5) 2YO 5f �234
Ahlan Bil Emarati K Ryan 9 2
3 Deep Intrigue (35) (BF) M Johnston 9 2
T Queally 5
Daniel Tudhope 6
3 2 Moojim (15) B Smart 9 2
G Lee 2
C Beasley 4
4 6 Don?t Tell Dandy (15) K Dalgleish 8 11
5 3 Josiebond (15) Rebecca Bastiman 8 11 Phil Dennis (3) 7
Nicki?s Angel R Fahey 8 11
P Hanagan 1
S James 3
7 8 Oxygenic (15) D O?Meara 8 11
S.P. f?cast: 7-4 Deep Intrigue, 7-2 Moojim, 5-1 Nicki?s Angel, 7-1
Ahlan Bil Emarati, 8-1 Josiebond, 10-1 Oxygenic, 14-1 Don?t Tell
2.40 Boogie In The Morning Handicap (4) 5f �987
1 -65 Royal Brave (34) (CD)(D) Rebecca Bastiman 7 9 11
Daniel Tudhope 13
2 -61 Rapid Applause (8) (D) M W Easterby 6 9 11(6ex)
Nathan Evans 2
C Beasley 8
3 00- Longroom (195) (CD)(D) N Wilson 6 9 10
T Hamilton 6
4 4-0 Harome (45) (D) Roger Fell 4 9 7
5 5-0 Landing Night [P,T] (35) (CD)(D) Rebecca Menzies 6 9 7
R Scott (3) 10
6 8-8 Fethiye Boy [T] (41) (D) D Loughnane 4 9 6 A Mullen 4
7 1-1 Lydiate Lady (15) (D) E Alston 6 9 6
Rachel Richardson (3) 1
8 453 Pearl Acclaim [P] (22) (CD)(D) D C Griffiths 8 9 4
D Allan 9
J P Sullivan 14
9 263 Suwaan (7) (CD)(D) Mrs R Carr 4 9 3
10 -02 Tanasoq (8) P Midgley 5 9 3
P Makin 12
11532 Tommy G [P] (34) (BF) J Goldie 5 9 2 Phil Dennis (3) 7
12 -40 Lexington Place (15) (CD)(D9) Mrs R Carr 8 9 1 J Garritty 5
13 -16 Pea Shooter [T] (20) (CD)(D) B Ellison 9 8 12
Ben Robinson (5) 11
14 4-7 Lady Cristal [P] (97) (CD) K Burke 4 8 6 P Hanagan 3
S.P. f?cast: 11-2 Lydiate Lady, 6-1 Tommy G, Rapid Applause, 7-1
Tanasoq, 8-1 Suwaan, 10-1 Pearl Acclaim, 12-1 Royal Brave, Pea
Shooter, 14-1 Others.
3.10 Handicap (5) 7f �399
Sureyoutoldme (275) Mrs R Carr 4 9 7 J P Sullivan 1
Acadian Angel (32) (D) J J Quinn 4 9 5 Daniel Tudhope 8
Chickenfortea (185) (D) E Alston 4 9 4
J Hart 6
Count Montecristo [P] (52) Roger Fell 6 9 4 T Hamilton 10
Crazy Tornado (204) K Dalgleish 5 9 3
G Lee 2
Kodicat (43) K Ryan 4 9 3
Cobalty Isle (37) K Dalgleish 4 9 3
C Beasley 4
Zoravan [V] (6) (D) K Dalgleish 5 9 2
Josh Quinn (7) 5
Royal Duchess (204) (D) Mrs L Normile 8 9 2
J Gormley (5) 3
10 5-0 Royal Connoisseur (13) R Fahey 7 9 1 P Hanagan 11
11369 Smugglers Creek (9) (D) I Jardine 4 9 0 P Mulrennan 7
12 -00 Donnelly?s Rainbow (51) (D) Rebecca Bastiman 5 8 13
Phil Dennis (3) 9
S.P. f?cast: 9-2 Royal Connoisseur, 5-1 Acadian Angel, 6-1
Sureyoutoldme, Cobalty Isle, 8-1 Others.
3.40 Handicap (4) 3YO 7f �987
1 6-1 Mosalim (28) (D) W Haggas 9 8
Ben Curtis 2
D Allan 7
2 141 Tribal Warrior (30) (D) J Tate 9 7
3 222 Montague (49) (D) D O?Meara 9 6
Daniel Tudhope 1
P Mulrennan 3
4 32- Byron?s Choice (227) M Dods 9 4
5 10- Move To The Front [V] (191) (D) K Dalgleish 9 3 C Beasley 4
P Hanagan 8
6 212 Dubai Acclaim (41) R Fahey 9 3
J Hart 6
7 -44 Milton Road (24) Rebecca Bastiman 8 12
S Gray 5
8 34- Havana Mariposa (165) K Burke 8 9
S.P. f?cast: 13-8 Mosalim, 9-2 Tribal Warrior, 11-2 Dubai Acclaim,
7-1 Montague, 8-1 Byron?s Choice, 10-1 Others.
4.10 Core (Oil And Gas) Handicap (6) 1m 4f 104yds �105
1 -03 Four Kingdoms (4) (D) K Burke 4 9 9
Ben Curtis 3
2 828 Pour L?Amour (20) (D) D Loughnane 5 9 7 A Mullen 7
3 13- Royal Cosmic (184) (CD) R Fahey 4 9 6
P Hanagan 8
4 035 Falcon?s Fire [B] (77) (CD)(D) K Dalgleish 5 9 1 C Beasley 9
J Gormley (5) 2
5 41- Elite Icon (233) I Jardine 4 9 1
6 638 Trautmann [P] (4) Rebecca Menzies 4 8 12 P Mulrennan 6
7 0-0 Melanna (13) (D) Mrs Barclay 7 8 11
J Hart 5
G Lee 10
8 00- Ravenswood (184) Kenneth Slack 5 8 10
S Gray 1
9 838 Lesanti (43) E De Giles 4 8 7
J P Sullivan 4
10 96- Hot Gossip (J58) Mrs D Sayer 4 8 7
S.P. f?cast: 2-1 Royal Cosmic, 3-1 Elite Icon, 6-1 Trautmann, 15-2
Falcon?s Fire, 10-1 Four Kingdoms, 12-1 Others.
4.40 Goliath Cup Handicap (4) 1m 1f �763
1 249 Grandma Tilly (2) (BF) Steph Hollinshead 9 9 Toby Eley (7) 4
2 322 Give Em A Clump [B] (2) (D) P Evans 9 8 Nicola Currie (5) 7
3 -58 Lope De Loop [P] (29) P Evans 9 7
Fran Berry 5
4 0-7 Diamond Express (14) R Teal 9 2
J Fahy 1
F Norton 8
5 8-4 Grand Acclaim (14) H Dunlop 9 0
6 -68 Felstead Knight (79) J Tuite 8 13
O Murphy 2
7 6-0 Counterfeit [P] (36) Miss K George 8 13 Rhiain Ingram (5) 3
8 84- Swiss Psalm (143) M Gillard 8 7
R Hornby 6
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Grandma Tilly, 3-1 Give Em A Clump, 9-2 Grand
Acclaim, 13-2 Felstead Knight, 8-1 Others.
1 0-1 Trading Point (8) D O?Meara 4 10 4(6ex) Daniel Tudhope 8
2 36- Royal Regent (202) (D) Mrs L Normile 6 10 2 J Gormley (5) 2
3 2-0 Mooltazem (13) M Dods 4 10 0
P Mulrennan 4
G Lee 9
4 46- Helovaplan (231) B Smart 4 10 0
Nathan Evans 3
5 07- Gworn (213) (D) R M Smith 8 9 12
J P Sullivan 5
6 8-4 Ce La Vie [V] (38) K Dalgleish 4 9 9
7 37- Forever A Lady (200) K Dalgleish 5 9 4 R Scott (3) 10
D Allan 7
8 10- Chinese Spirit (196) (D) R M Smith 4 9 4
9 0-8 Mont Royal (32) O Pears 4 9 1
A Mullen 1
P Hanagan 6
10 45- Al Ozzdi [H,T] (237) S Crisford 3 8 8
S.P. f?cast: 6-4 Trading Point, 11-2 Al Ozzdi, 6-1 Mooltazem, 8-1
Royal Regent, 10-1 Helovaplan, 12-1 Others.
4.30 188Bet Veterans? Handicap (5) 5f �752
5.15 Western Toyota Aygo Handicap (6) 1m 1f �105
4.00 County Marquees Handicap (6) 3YO 6f �105
2.50 ?Confined? Novice Stakes (5) 6f �752
1.50 - Mr Bossy Boots
2.20 - Juneau
2.50 - Crossing The Line
3.20 - Al Barg
become a private trainer in Epsom
10 years ago, joked: ?When David
Probert [the colt?s jockey] left the
yard this morning I told him the
Guineas seemed like a good idea
two months ago!?
Having declared Cochabamba
for the 2011 1,000 Guineas only for
her to pull a muscle the day before,
Teal, 50, is certainly not counting
any chickens with his first Classic
runner. But the ante-post price of
33-1 does not worry him.
?He?s thriving in his work,? he explained. ?If we finish in the first six
I?ll be delighted. Realistically we?re
not going to win, but he deserves to
take his chance. He?s tough, he
gives his all and has always answered whenever we have asked
the question. He?s not there to make
up numbers, he?s a live outside
1 604 Desert Ace [P] (8) (D) P Midgley 7 9 7
D Costello 3
2 31- Edged Out (320) (CD)(C)(D) C Mason 8 9 6 D Probert 6
3 17- Seamster [T] (174) (D) David Loughnane 11 9 6
Laura Coughlan (7) 4
4 292 Satchville Flyer [P] (28) (C)(D) (BF) P Evans 7 9 6 Fran Berry 1
5 055 Kinglami [P] (4) (CD)(C)(D) J G O?Shea 9 9 3 O Murphy 2
6 6-0 Quantum Dot [B] (13) (CD)(D) E De Giles 7 8 7 W Cox (5) 5
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Satchville Flyer, 11-4 Edged Out, 9-2 Kinglami, 5-1
Desert Ace, 7-1 Seamster, 12-1 Quantum Dot.
5.00 Network Productions Handicap (6) 2m �105
1 6-0 Quids In [T] (11) Oliver Greenall 5 9 10 J Watson (5) 7
F Norton 5
2 463 Fitzwilly (44) (D) M Channon 8 9 10
T J Murphy 2
3 036 Rahmah (44) (C) G Deacon 6 9 9
4 /8- Our Folly [T] (J178) (CD)(D) (WS) W Kittow 10 9 5 O Murphy 6
5 5-2 Unblinking [T] (J7) N Twiston-Davies 5 9 3 K Shoemark 4
W Cox (5) 1
6 /44 Travis Bickle [B] (41) J Flint 7 8 8
D Probert 3
7 -33 Ocean Gale (4) (BF) R J Price 5 8 7
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Unblinking, 5-2 Fitzwilly, 4-1 Ocean Gale, 8-1
Rahmah, 10-1 Quids In, Our Folly, 16-1 Travis Bickle.
Haymarket (181) (CD) R M Smith 9 9 9
P Makin 4
Intiwin (181) (BF) Miss L Perratt 6 9 7
D Nolan 6
Ravenhoe (3) (D) M Johnston 5 9 7 Andrew Breslin (7) 2
Adventureman [P] (13) (C) Mrs R Carr 6 9 5 J P Sullivan 14
Ghostly Arc [T] (9) (CD) N Wilson 6 9 3
P Hanagan 7
Gone With The Wind [P] (25) (D) Rebecca Bastiman 7 9 1
J Hart 11
R Scott (3) 9
7 20- Quiet Moment (169) K Dalgleish 4 9 1
S Gray 10
8 0-7 My Valentino [B] (40) Mrs D Sayer 5 8 13
9 352 New Abbey Angel (43) K Dalgleish 5 8 13
G Lee 8
10 22- Stardrifter (170) (D) (BF) Miss L Perratt 6 8 11 A Mullen 3
Harry Russell (7) 1
11 39- Siyahamba (142) B Smart 4 8 9
12 0-0 Colour Contrast [V] (38) I Jardine 5 8 9
J Gormley (5) 12
13 -93 Mount Cheiron (25) (D) Mrs Barclay 7 8 7
Rachel Richardson (3) 5
14 0-0 Palace Ball (15) M W Easterby 4 8 7 Nathan Evans 13
S.P. f?cast: 11-2 New Abbey Angel, 6-1 Adventureman, Gone With
The Wind, 8-1 Quiet Moment, Ravenhoe, Haymarket, 10-1
Stardrifter, 12-1 Intiwin, 14-1 Others.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
5.10 Rutherford Wilkinson Novice Stakes (5) 3YO 1m 2f �140
1 2-1 Galactic Spirit (88) M Botti 9 9
A Atzeni 4
R Havlin 6
2 1- Photographer (176) (D) J Gosden 9 9
Celestial Force T Dascombe 9 2
P J McDonald 7
J Quinn 1
4 70- Comporta (209) I Mohammed 9 2
Josephine Gordon 5
5 4 El Ghazwani (15) H Palmer 9 2
Karma King Julie Camacho 9 2
C Rodriguez (3) 2
Mount Ararat K Burke 9 2
C Lee (3) 3
J Fanning 8
8 59 Harlequin Dancer (13) L Mullaney 8 11
S.P. f?cast: 10-11 Photographer, 7-2 El Ghazwani, 4-1 Galactic
Spirit, 10-1 Celestial Force, 12-1 Mount Ararat, 33-1 Others.
5.45 Tarmac Trading Handicap (4) 1m 2f �081
1 16- Karawaan (250) (D) Sir M Stoute 4 9 7
A Atzeni 3
2 614 Rainbow Rebel (6) (C)(D) M Johnston 5 9 6 J Fanning 5
C Hardie 4
3 3-5 Corked (111) (D) A Whillans 5 8 13
P J McDonald 1
4 638 Bounderby (55) D Loughnane 4 8 10
L Morris 2
5 /41 Elysees Palace (37) Sir M Prescott 4 8 9
S.P. f?cast: 5-4 Elysees Palace, 5-2 Karawaan, 7-2 Rainbow Rebel,
10-1 Corked, 16-1 Bounderby.
6.20 Advantex Handicap (6) 1m �493
1 002 -22
3 710
4 271
5 006 037 478
8 324
9 8-0
Prosecute (199) S Regan 5 9 7
Paula Muir (7) 5
Supreme Power [P,T] (4) Miss T Waggott 4 9 7 J Fanning 13
Romantic (11) (D) N C Kelly (Ire) 9 9 6
L Morris 1
Highwayman (56) (CD) D Thompson 5 9 3
T Eaves 3
Diamond Runner [B] (196) (D) L Mullaney 6 9 3 C Lee (3) 4
Servo (155) Miss L Siddall 4 9 2
J Garritty 2
Top Offer [P] (6) P Morris 9 9 1
C Rodriguez (3) 11
Mr Potter [V] (28) (C) (BF) R C Guest 5 9 1 P J McDonald 7
Allux Boy (13) N Tinkler 4 9 0 Faye McManoman (7) 8
Lukoutoldmakezebak [P] (37) (CD)(C) D Thompson 5 9 0
H Shaw (5) 14
11 -56 Pitch High (88) (C) Miss J Feilden 4 8 12 Shelley Birkett (3) 6
C Hardie 9
12787 Circling Vultures (60) A Brittain 4 8 11
13 -40 Shudbeme [P] (86) Seb Spencer 5 8 7
Going: Standard TV: Sky 415
Draw: No data availiable for the All-Weather track
5.10 - Photographer
5.45 - Rainbow Rebel
6.20 - Lukoutoldmakezebak
6.55 - Sarshampla
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
7.30 - War Department
8.05 - Independence Day
8.40 - Ty Rock Brandy
14 5/4 Giant Bradley (33) T Coyle 5 8 7
B McHugh 10
S.P. f?cast: 4-1 Supreme Power, 5-1 Highwayman, 11-2
Lukoutoldmakezebak, 6-1 Romantic, 8-1 Others.
6.55 Novice Stakes (5) 5f �140
1 5-1 Brian Ryan [H] (38) (CD) Mrs R Carr 3 9 6
J Garritty 4
P J McDonald 2
2 41- Fool For You (206) (D) R Fahey 3 9 4
A Atzeni 3
3 16- Sarshampla (259) (D) D M Simcock 3 9 4
J Quinn 7
4 60- Avenging Red (170) Adam West 3 9 2
5 7- Burns Supper (340) J Ewart 3 9 2 Rhona Pindar (7) 8
Phil Dennis (3) 1
6 -25 Primo?s Comet (13) J Goldie 3 9 2
P Mulrennan 6
7 0-2 Bella Ferrari [H] (11) G Scott 3 8 11
Madam Devious R Cowell 3 8 11
S.P. f?cast: 6-4 Sarshampla, 7-2 Fool For You, 9-2 Brian Ryan, 10-1
Bella Ferrari, 12-1 Others.
7.30 Newcastle United Foundation Handicap (3) 7f �704
1 708 Von Blucher [P] (13) (CD) Rebecca Menzies 5 10 5
Connor Murtagh (5) 2
H Shaw (5) 5
2 7-7 Robero (6) (CD)(D) M W Easterby 6 9 13
3 8-7 War Department [V] (44) (CD) K Dalgleish 5 9 12 C Beasley 1
4 -45 Bint Arcano (48) (CD)(D) Julie Camacho 5 9 11 P Mulrennan 10
5 5-5 Golden Steps [H] (25) (D) J Goldie 7 9 11 Daniel Tudhope 8
T Eaves 7
6 07- Gurkha Friend (162) K McLintock 6 9 8
Phil Dennis (3) 6
7 07- Strong Steps (213) J Goldie 6 9 6
8 345 Custard The Dragon [P] (9) (D) J Mackie 5 9 6 J Fanning 4
A Atzeni 9
9 /4- Spanish City (314) (C) R Varian 5 9 6
J Quinn 3
10 18- Bambino Lola (239) (D) Adam West 3 9 2
S.P. f?cast: 9-4 Spanish City, 4-1 Bambino Lola, 5-1 Robero, 8-1
Bint Arcano, 10-1 Golden Steps, 12-1 Others.
8.05 Foundation Of Light Handicap (5) 6f �140
Circuit Judge (240) M Herrington 4 9 7
T Eaves 9
Bouclier (41) (D) J Unett 8 9 7
Aguerooo [P] (7) (D) D C Griffiths 5 9 7
D Allan 1
Katheefa (13) Mrs R Carr 4 9 7
J Garritty 2
Poppy In The Wind [V] (60) (C)(D) A Brown 6 9 6
A Mullen 14
6 495 Kingofmerrows (88) Mrs K Tutty 4 9 5
Gemma Tutty (5) 11
7 5-8 Cliff (13) (D) N Tinkler 8 9 5
Faye McManoman (7) 7
8 121 Tigerwolf (6) (D) D Loughnane 5 9 5
E J Walsh (3) 4
9 797 Meshardal [P] (13) (D10) Mrs R Carr 8 9 4 J P Sullivan 13
10530 Duke Cosimo (15) (CD)(D) M Herrington 8 9 4
P J McDonald 10
11 0-1 Independence Day (50) S Donohoe (Ire) 5 9 4 J Haynes 3
12 -45 Insurplus (35) (C) (BF) J Goldie 5 9 3 Daniel Tudhope 6
G Lee 12
13 76- Epeius (175) (CD) B Haslam 5 9 0
14 -40 Robben Rainbow (58) (D) T D Barron 4 9 0 Ben Curtis 5
S.P. f?cast: 11-4 Independence Day, 4-1 Tigerwolf, 10-1 Insurplus,
Duke Cosimo, 12-1 Others.
8.40 MFC Foundation Fillies? Handicap (5) 3YO 5f �140
1 5-9 Miss Dd [H] (27) I Jardine 9 7
G Lee 1
L Edmunds (3) 3
2 31- Daffy Jane (230) (D) N Tinkler 9 7
3 3-0 Stewardess (9) R Fahey 9 5
D Nolan 5
P Mulrennan 6
4 241 Cherry Oak (37) (CD) B Haslam 9 4
5 414 Ty Rock Brandy (49) (D) L Smyth (Ire) 9 4
L Morris 4
J Quinn 2
6 6-4 Terri Rules (30) Miss J Feilden 8 6
S.P. f?cast: 5-2 Cherry Oak, 11-4 Ty Rock Brandy, 3-1 Daffy Jane,
13-2 Stewardess, 15-2 Terri Rules, 14-1 Miss Dd.
Whistler?s Nap
Statuario (3.30 Chepstow) is today?s nap for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph.
Racing results
Chelmsford City Going: Standard
5.50 (5f nov): Pocket Dynamo (E J Walsh 9-4) 1; So Hi
Speed (7-1) 2; Shellbrook (6-5F) 3. 5 ran. 1l, 6l. (R
Cowell). NRs: Hard Forest, One One Seven.
6.20 (1m2f h?cap): Secratario (S W Kelly 8-1) 1;
Seaborough (10-1) 2; Houlton (4-1) 3. Reveleon 6-4F. 8
ran. 1/2l, 1l. (R Hughes).
6.50 (1m2f nov): Main Street (M Harley 2-1) 1; Temur
Khan (14-1) 2; Prabeni (8-11F) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l, 13/4l. (J
7.20 (1m h?cap): Seniority (James Doyle 11-8F) 1;
Mythical Madness (12-1) 2; Constantino (6-1) 3. 6 ran.
ns, 1/2l. (W Haggas). NR: Able Jack.
7.50 (6f h?cap): Gold Filigree (Nicola Currie 3-1) 1;
Tirania (11-8F) 2; Puds (9-4) 3. 5 ran. 1/2l, 3/4l. (R
Hughes). NRs: Mayyasah, Sandra?s Secret.
8.20 (6f h?cap): Blessed To Empress (L De Souza 16-1)
1; Billyoakes (8-1) 2; Gettin? Lucky (14-1) 3. Highly
Focussed 11-8F. 8 ran. ns, 1l. (Miss Amy Murphy). NR:
Two Seas.
8.50 (1m6f h?cap): Austrian School (P J McDonald 7-2)
1; Yabass (9-4F) 2; Jeremiah (5-1) 3. 6 ran. 23/4l, 13/4l.
(M Johnston).
Placepot: �2.70. Quadpot: �.80.
Lingfield Going: Standard
2.00 (1m4f h?cap): Smiley Bagel (P Cosgrave 9-4F) 1;
Paddy A (4-1) 2; Iballisticvin (9-2) 3. 7 ran. 1/2l, 11/4l.
(Ed Walker). NR: Widnes.
2.30 (1m1yds mdn): Angelina D?Or (D O?Neill 6-1) 1;
Sweet Charity (12-1) 2; Mercury Rising (13-2) 3.
Hyperactive 2-1F. 12 ran. 1l, 13/4l. (M Johnston).
3.00 (1m7f169yds h?cap): Kay Sera (E J Walsh 14-1) 1;
Threediamondrings (3-1F) 2; What A Party (12-1) 3.
12 ran. 1/2l, 3/4l. (A Newcombe). NRs: Archipentura,
3.30 (6f1yds): Captain Lars (O Murphy 10-11F) 1;
Mamillius (7-2) 2; Mishaal (9-4) 3. 5 ran. 3/4l, 6l. (Archie
Watson). NRs: Dutiful Son, Jackie Sparrow, Locommotion.
4.00 (7f1yds h?cap): Crack On Crack On (A Kirby 7-2) 1;
Insurgence (3-1JF) 2; Zaajer (3-1JF) 3. 8 ran. 1/2l, 3/4l.
(C Cox). NR: Harbour Vision.
4.30 (6f1yds h?cap): Queen Of Dreams (L Morris 25-1) 1;
Precious Silk (9-2) 2; Playfull Spirit (11-10F) 3. 7 ran.
hd, 13/4l. (W Knight). NR: Flora Tristan.
5.00 (1m2f h?cap): Bayston Hill (J Watson 14-1) 1; X
Rated (15-8F) 2; Scoones (7-2) 3. 8 ran. 1/2l, 21/2l. (M
Jackpot: Not won, pool of �586.34 carried over.
Placepot: �9.40. Quadpot: �.60.
Musselburgh Going: Good-good to firm in places
5.40 (5f1yds h?cap): Twentysvnthlancers (P Mulrennan
4-1) 1; Our Place In Loule (11-2) 2; See Vermont (132) 3. Vallarta 11-4F. 12 ran. nk, 11/4l. (P Midgley).
6.10 (1m4f104yds h?cap): Poetic Steps (J Hart 11-1) 1;
Birdette (3-1) 2; Lever Du Soleil (14-1) 3. Amadeus
4-6F. 5 ran. 11/4l, 41/2l. (M Johnston).
6.40 (7f33yds nov): Dazzle Gold (J Fanning 3-1) 1;
Claire Underwood (14-1) 2; Soldier?s Minute (0-0F) 3.
4 ran. 5l, 11/4l. (R Cowell). NR: Lady Grigio.
7.10 (1m4f104yds h?cap): Theglasgowwarrior (B
McHugh 11-1) 1; Akamanto (16-1) 2; Northwest
Frontier (11-8F) 3. 8 ran. nk, 4l. (J Goldie).
7.40 (5f1yds h?cap): Seen The Lyte (L Edmunds 6-4F) 1;
Honey Gg (5-1) 2; Super Florence (14-1) 3. 6 ran. 13/4l,
3/4l. (N Tinkler).
8.10 (7f33yds h?cap): Jacob Black (J Hart 3-1JF) 1;
Rebel State (12-1) 2; Lucky Violet (20-1) 3. Harbour
Patrol 3-1JF. 12 ran. 21/4l, 31/4l. (K Dalgleish).
8.40 (1m5f216yds h?cap): Picture Painter (J P Sullivan
3-1F) 1; Overhaugh Street (8-1) 2; Elite Icon (7-2) 3. 9
ran. 1l, 21/2l. (K Dalgleish).
Placepot: �0.90. Quadpot: �.90.
Redcar Going: Good to firm-good in places
2.10 (5f sell): Tarrzan (S De Sousa 4-7F) 1; Willow
Brook (11-2) 2; Go Annie Go (12-1) 3. 7 ran. 3/4l, 1l. (M
2.40 (5f217yds nov): Pretty Baby (Daniel Tudhope
11-10F) 1; Angel?s Glory (11-4) 2; Left Alone (9-2) 3. 7
ran. 5l, 3/4l. (W Haggas). NRs: Foxtrix, Xin Chao.
3.10 (7f nov): Robsdelight (S De Sousa 5-4F) 1;
Destinata (12-1) 2; Mr Gent (13-2) 3. 10 ran. 11/2l, 1l.
(Miss G Kelleway).
3.40 (7f219yds h?cap): Completion (Daniel Tudhope
11-4JF) 1; Poet?s Prince (6-1) 2; Bertog (12-1) 3.
Maksab 11-4JF. 8 ran. 3/4l, 33/4l. (W Haggas). NR: Creel.
4.10 (7f): Al Khan (Ben Robinson 2-1) 1; Space War
(16-1) 2; Lord Rob (18-1) 3. Shovel It On 15-8F. 6 ran.
nk, 1/2l. (K Ryan).
4.40 (1m2f1yds h?cap): Nibras Galaxy (G Wood 13-2) 1;
Global Style (16-1) 2; Firby (5-1) 3. Cristal Spirit 6-4F.
13 ran. 1/2l, nk. (I Mohammed).
5.10 (7f219yds h?cap): Thundercloud (R Kingscote 16-1)
1; Don?t Cry About It (4-1JF) 2; Conflagration (5-1) 3.
Plansina 4-1JF. 12 ran. 3/4l, 1l. (S Dixon).
Placepot: �.50. Quadpot: �.80.
Southwell Going: Standard
2.20 (1m3f23yds h?cap): Surewhynot (K O?Neill 2-1F) 1;
Go On Gal (5-2) 2; Lean On Pete (9-2) 3. 9 ran. 3/4l, hd.
(G Cromwell (IRE) ).
2.50 (1m3f23yds): Serenity Now (C Shepherd 13-8F) 1;
Bertie Moon (9-4) 2; Topamichi (7-4) 3. 5 ran. 1/2l,
11/4l. (B Ellison).
3.20 (1m13yds nov): Hakeem (J Crowley 7-2) 1; Victory
Wave (1-4F) 2; Nevada (40-1) 3. 5 ran. 11/4l, 13l. (W
3.50 (7f14yds h?cap): Florencio (David Egan 11-10F) 1;
Mujassam (6-1) 2; Angel Palanas (12-1) 3. 5 ran. 23/4l,
2l. (Roger Fell). NR: Sans Souci Bay.
4.20 (7f14yds h?cap): Limerick Lord (Shelley Birkett 6-1)
1; Mimic?s Memory (6-1) 2; Cryptonite (5-1) 3. Best
Tamayuz 5-2F. 7 ran. 11/2l, 41/2l. (Miss J Feilden). NR:
Iconic Figure.
4.50 (4f214yds h?cap): Tan (A Rawlinson 9-4) 1; Fareeq
(13-8F) 2; Indian Tinker (10-1) 3. 6 ran. 11/4l, 1/2l. (M
5.20 (1m6f21yds h?cap): Siempre Amigos (C Heavey
5-1) 1; Katie Gale (9-4F) 2; Scrafton (5-2) 3. 7 ran.
21/4l, 3/4l. (G Cromwell (IRE) ).
Placepot: �.50. Quadpot: �.70.
McIlroy revived by
favourite course
By James Corrigan
Rory McIlroy shrugged of his Masters disappointment, as well as the
concerns of a faltering swing in the
pro-am, to fire a 68 in the first round
of the Wells Fargo Championship
and so renew his love affair with
Quail Hollow.
Despite finishing outside the top
20 when the US?PGA Championship
was staged at the Charlotte layout
last August, McIlroy would probably have picked the George W Cobb
layout if he had the choice as to
where to jump back on the horse
following his final-round 74 at
Augusta three weeks ago.
And with five birdies and two bogeys, he made a fine start to the
tournament at which he is seeking
a hat-trick of victories, standing
three shots off the lead after a threeunder 68.
After his problems the previous
morning, McIlroy was delighted. A
quick session on the practice range
provided the remedy and he will go
into today?s second round confident of celebrating his 29th birthday in style. ?Boy, I would have
taken that score this morning,?
McIlroy said. ?I didn?t play well in
the pro-am. I was hitting it left and
thought I was getting underneath
it. But I wasn?t at all. The club face
was coming a touch left at impact,
and then with the speed that I have,
it just accentuates it. You know, I
In the groove: Rory McIlroy focuses on
his drive at the third at Quail Hollow
love this place.It?s a very comfortable course for me.?
McIlroy also clarified the comments made in his pre-tournament
conference. In saying, ?I don?t care
about the US Open or the Open
Championship ? the Masters is now
the biggest tournament in the
world?, he predictably came under
fire. ?I didn?t mean ?I don?t care?, in
that sense ? of course I care,? McIlroy said. ?I?m a very proud winner
of both of those majors. I was trying
to say, if you look at where the US
Open and the Open were compared
to the Masters 50 years ago, they
were bigger. After everything that?s
happened, ?I just think it?s just a
notch above the other ones. I wasn?t
trying to be disrespectful at all,?
Tyrrell Hatton went one shot
better than McIlroy with a 67, and is
tied in second place on four under,
two behind John Peterson, of
America. Tiger Woods shot a levelpar 71.
Sport in brief
Rio Ferdinand, the former England
and Manchester United defender,
has been denied a professional
boxing licence. Ferdinand said he
was ?disappointed? to have been
turned down by the the British
Boxing Board of Control.
Major League Baseball is set to
announce next week that London
will host regular-season fixtures
for the first time. It is understood
that the New York Yankees and
Boston Red Sox will play at London
Stadium in June 2019.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Final whistle
Mendelssohn is
second favourite
for the Kentucky
Derby, but history
is against a
victory, writes
Marcus Armytage
colt can
a first for
he first two
Classics of
the season,
the 1,000 and
2,000 Guineas, take place
at Newmarket this
weekend. It will not be a
shock if Aidan O?Brien
won one, the other or
both, but whether or not
the trainer can get lucky
in Kentucky is intriguing
the racing world.
Tomorrow night under
the twin spires of
Churchill Downs and in
front of 160,000
racegoers, O?Brien?s colt
Mendelssohn attempts to
win the 144th Kentucky
Derby. He is 5-1 second
For Americans the race
is ?the most exciting two
minutes in sport?. For
Europeans it is racing?s
final frontier because,
while European horses
win regularly in America
these days, 99 times out
of 100 those are races on
turf and, in the land of
the free, turf is a poor
relation to its beloved
?dirt?, technically a mix of
sand and mud.
In its distinguished
history, the ?Run for the
Roses? ? the winning colt
has a rose garland draped
around its neck ? has
only once been won by a
horse trained outside of
North America, the
Venezuelan runner
Canonera II in 1971.
Clive Brittain?s Bold
Arrangement came close
when second to
Ferdinand in 1986 but
most of the 36 ?foreign?
runners in the last 50
years have returned,, like
picnickers on Camber
h not
Sands in a gale, with
much more to show for it
than mouthfuls of grit.
When the unbeaten
French-trained Arazi,
h the
who had cut through
Breeders? Cup Juvenile
e in a
field like a motorbike
cycle race to win by five
lengths the previouss
autumn, crossed the
Atlantic with similarr
fanfare to Mendelssohn
in 1992 he could do no
better than eighth.
m his
So what, apart from
trainer, makes
Mendelssohn, a
$3?million yearling, so
respected? He is well
travelled and he is
already a winner in
America having won
Pedigree: Mendelsshon
on the gallops at
Churchill Downs
Most of the 36
foreign horses
in the last 50
years have
finished only
with mouths
full of grit
? albeit on turf ? at Del
Mar last November.
His debut on dirt in the
UAE Derby at Meydan in
March was sensational.
He won by 18-and-a-half
lengths in a track-record
time and he is bred for
the job ? his sire Scat
Daddy gives him a ?dirt?
pedigree. But he led all
the way so there is no
telling how he will cope
with any k
kickback that
comes his w
way and he
ha beaten
may not have
Ryan Moore
has also
th 2,000
forsaken the
Guineas to ride him,
which is a positive. I like
Moore. He either has
long arms or he is the
o ly jocke
jockey who rides
with his sleeves rolled
u which,
in my
t nt
At early
erci in Dubai
i r to
t the UAE
in March, I
w s chewing
the cud
with the
th American
n r Bob Baffert
when Mendelssohn
pas and, casting
trotted past
his expert eye over the
colt, he joked:
?There is
the second-best
Daddy in th
the world.?
It clearly invited the
question ?and which is
the best?? to which he
replied that he had one
called Justify, the winner
of both his starts but in
the trainer?s words ?a bit
late to the party?, who
would be going for the
Santa Anita Derby next.
Baffert is no mug and
the big chestnut with, in
the trainer?s words ?the
beautiful, most gorgeous
big back-end? ? don?t
worry it is a compliment
when said about a horse
? won that race by three
lengths. Justify is now
3-1 favourite for the
Kentucky Derby even
though, like
Mendelssohn, has his
own hoodoo to break ? it
is 136 years since a horse
won the Kentucky Derby
not having run at two.
Of course it is no
two-horse race.
Americans talk about it
being the best Kentucky
Derby for 20 years and
for Baffert and O?Brien,
two of the world?s
great trainers, there must
be an equal chance that
in vying for the lead
Justify and Mendelssohn
beat each other in
America?s longest
running sporting event.
had become the latest in an
ever-growing list of Kenyan athletes to fail a drugs test, joining
more than 40 of the country?s
runners to do so over the past five
Kiprop does not deny failing an
out-of-competition test for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin, but insists he is ?the last
person to commit such an atrocious
un-sports like thing?.
In a wide-ranging and detailed
1,300-word statement strongly re-
Protesting: Asbel Kiprop has denied
taking performance-enhancing drugs
futing claims he knowingly doped,
Kiprop says he was notified of a
forthcoming drugs test a day before
doping control officers arrived at
his house in Iten, Kenya, last November ? in clear breach of antidoping protocol, which states tests
must be conducted without notice.
Kiprop then suggests the doping
control officers asked him for an
unspecified amount of money,
which he transferred ?in good
faith? using a mobile phone-based
money transfer app.
?At that time I did not see the
money as inducement or bribe of
anything,? says Kiprop. Insisting he
remains ?perplexed? over how his
?innocent? sample ?turned positive?, the Kenyan claims he left his
urine sample open while he briefly
left the room and alleges it may
have been interfered with then.
?I don?t know if the amount I remitted could have been less than
what was expected from me, and if
it caused annoyance, that may have
resulted in the contamination of the
sample,? he says.
Informed of the failed test four
months later in February, Kiprop
says he was ?extremely shocked?,
but remained confident he would
be cleared.
He then alleges that he was asked
to admit to doping in exchange for
an ambassadorial role with the
IAAF, the sport?s governing body.
Telegraph Sport has contacted
the IAAF for comment.
?I pray to be given the benefit of
doubt even as I am cast into this
lonely isolation,? his statement concludes.
?I know it may be impossible to
defend myself from any accuser
who has made up his mind and who
would view my protestations as a
mere denial. I am innocent. I did
not dope.?
John Higgins took an early lead
against Kyren Wilson as the fourtime champion looks to reach another Betfred World Championship
The 42-year-old, runner-up 12
months ago, will take a 5-3 advantage into the second session against
a man who was just six when
Higgins lifted his first world title in
Wilson started slowly in his first
semi-final appearance at the Crucible but fought back from 4-1 down
and will rue a missed opportunity
to level in the final frame of the
Higgins had forged ahead with
breaks of 57, 65 and 77 before Wilson finally got on the board before
the mid-session interval.
In the second semi-final, twotime champion Mark Williams? century in the final frame of the day
kept him within two frames of
Barry Hawkins, who leads 5-3.
Hawkins, who finished as runner-up in 2013, started with a brilliant break of 129 and followed it up
with 74 before Williams responded
with an 88 that included a clever
three-ball plant.
Higgins and Wilson will play the
morning and evening sessions
today, with Hawkins and Williams
resuming in the afternoon
Saints cope without Barba
St Helens coach Justin Holbrook
refused to use the absence of Ben
Barba as an excuse for his team?s
below-par performance in their
26-12 win over Catalans Dragons.
Two tries from winger Regan
Grace helped Saints to a comfortable victory over a Dragons side who
competed well without seriously
threatening to pull off an upset.
Holbrook opted to rest Barba, the
dashing Australian who is Super
League?s top try-scorer this year, after he hurt his neck in the win at
Holbrook said: ?Ben was close to
being right but he was still a bit
sore. I didn?t think it affected us.?
Man of the match last night was
St Helens winger Tom Makinson,
who scored one try and created
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Cricket
Somerset seamer?s skills
could give Test side a
rounded seam-bowling
unit, says Scyld Berry
ew batsmen are putting
their hands up for the
first Test against
Pakistan in three weeks?
time, but there is sturdy
competition between
Jake Ball and Craig Overton for a
slot in England?s seam attack. Ball
is the country?s leading first-class
wicket-taker with 21 in three
games for Nottinghamshire, while
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