sport Saturday October 14 2017 English kids go German Bundesliga sides target emerging stars not getting a chance here Pages 6-7 One win in seven, United up next . . . Klopp feels the heat Liverpool v Manchester United Today, 12.30pm Sky Sports Main Event Cricket as force for good Game’s role in helping Rwanda rebuild, 23 years after genocide Page 17 Hartley takes on George Ben Kay on a heavyweight clash between England hookers Pages 18-19 2 1GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Football How Mourinho has made 6 Demanded pictures at stadium of recent successes instead of legends 6Chose pre-season clothing for players to relieve pressure from sponsors Paul Hirst It is July 27 and somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, a “bing” over the public address system catches the attention of the Manchester United players and staff as they settle down for their flight home from America. But rather than the voice of an air stewardess or the pilot, the one they hear is much more familiar. It is that of José Mourinho, the United manager. “I want to thank everyone for all their help on this tour,” Mourinho says, acknowledging every group on the flight; the players, coaches, physios and the administrative staff of the media and commercial arms of the club. “Thank you so much,” he says. It is only a short speech, but it is from the heart. Mourinho was genuinely thankful to everyone involved in the planning and execution of the trip to America, which took in five cities over an 18-day period. During his successful stints at Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea, he used the excellent facilities at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) in pre-season. The college had pristine pitches, a hot, dry climate and an army of volunteer students who would drive the players to and from training on the back of golf buggies. Mourinho is a big admirer of the campus and that is why he insisted on taking United there this summer. Three months on from the trip to America, senior figures at the club have noticed a “swagger” about the players thanks to their impressive start to the season. “Carrington [training ground] is different now,” a source said. “There’s a sense of confidence about the place.” When asked to pinpoint why Mourinho’s team go into today’s match away to Liverpool unbeaten and second in the table, United staff point to their successful tour. They say that United’s trouble-free pre-season was the foundation upon which their near-faultless start to the campaign was built. And Mourinho had a hand in every aspect of the planning for the tour. “It was his tour this time,” one source said. The club’s trip to China the previous year, signed off by Louis van Gaal in March 2016 before his departure in May, had been a “disaster”, according to one member of staff. Mourinho could be seen shaking his head as he and his players sat in a private terminal in Shanghai airport for 45 minutes waiting for the Chinese authorities to return their passports and wave them through after landing. From then on, United had to deal with diverted planes, overwhelming commercial appearances and a cancelled match against Manchester City because of a dodgy pitch. This time everything ran like clockwork. Mourinho’s meticulous planning ensured that the main focus was the players. As the United squad tucked into their breakfast at the £560per-night Montage hotel in Beverly Hills at around 8am every day, Mourinho and his staff were already setting up the day’s training session at the Drake Stadium at UCLA. He would make the ten-minute journey from Beverly Hills to UCLA two hours before his players every day to make sure everything was ready for the squad when they arrived. Such was Mourinho’s determination to ensure that his players’ sole focus was football that he even changed their clothing plan. On previous tours, each player was given a diary that detailed which clothes they needed to wear on each day. They would rotate between red, white and black polo shirts when not training so as to give Adidas a chance to showcase different varieties of their casual range. Mourinho dispensed with that idea, allocating each player a batch of grey polo shirts to wear instead. It was not that Mourinho thought his players lacked the intelligence to remember which clothes to wear on which day; he just wanted their attention to be on football. The impact of this football-only strategy was immediate and clear. United played far more fluid and attacking football than in the previous pre-season and they recorded wins against Real Madrid, Manchester City, premier league table Man City 7 Man United 7 Tottenham 7 Chelsea 7 Arsenal 7 Burnley 7 Liverpool 7 Watford 7 Newcastle 7 West Brom 7 Huddersfield 7 Southampton 7 Stoke 7 Brighton 7 West Ham 7 Everton 7 Leicester 7 Swansea 7 Bournemouth 7 Crystal Palace 7 P W 6 6 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 D 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 3 1 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 L 0 0 1 2 2 1 1 1 3 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 7 F 22 21 14 12 11 7 13 11 7 6 5 5 7 5 7 4 9 3 4 0 A 2 2 5 6 8 5 12 12 6 8 7 7 11 9 13 12 12 8 11 17 GD Pts 20 19 19 19 9 14 6 13 3 13 2 12 1 12 -1 12 1 10 -2 9 -2 9 -2 8 -4 8 -4 7 -6 7 -8 7 -3 5 -5 5 -7 4 -17 0 Today, kick-off 12.30pm Sky Sports Main Event Goals! Watch in-game clips of the key moments thetimes.co.uk/goals Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy, with their only defeat coming to Barcelona. The first sign that the swagger had returned to United came in the depths of the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, after Mourinho’s side had defeated City 2-0 thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. Upon seeing their rivals in their Dsquared2 uniform of three-quarterlength cream shorts, white T-shirt and black bomber jacket, it is understood that one United player turned to his City counterpart and asked: “Have you lot been shopping at Primark?” Mourinho made further changes once back in England. He made an observation earlier in his United career about the pictures that adorned the walls at Carrington and Old Trafford. Too much emphasis, he thought, was being placed on legends of yesteryear. Photographs of players such as Roy Keane, Nemanja Vidic and David Beckham hung on the walls. “The players we have now have also created history,” Mourinho told staff, and ordered the introduction of pictures commemorating recent successes. In the Academy building at Carrington, pictures of Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Rashford have been placed on the walls alongside the Busby Babes and the Class of ’92. Outside the home dressing room at Old Trafford there are now giant murals of the team celebrating their FA Cup triumph under Van Gaal in 2016 and of the players with the Europa League trophy in Stockholm in May. Mourinho’s men have responded in style, of course. At this point last season, United’s league record read: played seven, won four, drawn one, lost two. They had a goal difference of +5 after scoring 13 and conceding eight. This year they are on the same points tally as City at the top of the table, having dropped just two points. They have scored 21 goals and conceded twice. It is their third-best start to a Premier League season. Add a Carabao Cup win and two Champions League group-stage victories into the mix and you can see why there is a growing feeling that this could be the year United secure their first Premier League title of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. Lukaku has been the most eyecatching signing, having scored 11 goals in ten matches. Mourinho must take a lot of credit for his development, too. The Portuguese made numerous phone calls to Lukaku in the summer while the Belgium striker was on holiday in America in an attempt to woo him. Lukaku had his heart set on a return to Chelsea, but Mourinho persuaded him to join forces with him once again after telling the 24-year-old that he would be the focal point of United’s attack. Ask senior figures at United, however, and they will tell you that the signing of Nemanja Matic has been just as — if not more — important. In terms of resale value and shelf life, there were some inside the club who regarded the £40 million purchase of Matic as one of the worst posttakeover transfer deals, but they have quickly been won round. Matic, according to Mourinho’s staff, has given a new lease of life to Pogba, who has excelled. A pep talk from Mourinho has re-energised Anthony Martial and assurances to Rashford about the belief the manager has in him have borne fruit too, with the England striker scoring five and recording four assists. Many point to the height that Mourinho has added to the squad, but the main attribute of this team is now pace. Rashford, Martial, Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pogba have it in abundance and they are using it to devastating effect. Those close to the boardroom say United are playing the kind of counterattacking football that their supporters used to enjoy at the turn of the century, when Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke used to destroy teams in a matter of seconds. At this exact stage of last season, United headed to Anfield and came away with a 0-0 draw. Given that Liverpool had gone into the match on the back of four straight wins, United were deemed to have had a lucky escape. This time around the tables have turned, and anything but victory for Mourinho’s revitalised team would be seen as a failure in his eyes. Tough games start now for his unbeaten team Nov 28: Watford (a) DRAW Tony Cascarino Manchester United have been hugely impressive so far this season, remaining unbeaten, but before their crucial derby against Manchester City in December they face four of the “big six”. We will find out during this spell if they are genuine title contenders. Marco Silva’s teams, whether Hull City last season or Watford this term, are brave and go after the big clubs. Occasionally it backfires and they are thrashed, but they are also capable of getting points. Dec 2: Arsenal (a) WIN Mourinho has a great record against Arsène Wenger, whose Arsenal side struggle to cope with the kind of aerial threat they will face from United. Dec 9: Manchester City (h) LOSE Today: Liverpool (a) Prediction DRAW José Mourinho will set up United not to concede. I would have gone for a Liverpool win had Adam Lallana and Sadio Mané been fit. Oct 21: Huddersfield (a) WIN Huddersfield lost 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur and I suspect they will give United too much respect. Oct 28: Tottenham (h) DRAW This could be a compelling contest between two welldrilled teams. Tottenham have improved slightly since last season. Nov 5: Chelsea (a) WIN It doesn’t feel quite right at Chelsea at the moment. They are not strong enough to cope with losing certain players to injury. Nov 18: Newcastle (h) WIN This would have been a draw last season, when Mourinho’s side were missing chances, but they are more clinical this time round. Nov 25: Brighton (h) WIN Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk have done brilliantly in the centre of Brighton’s defence but they won’t be able to keep out United’s rampant attack. City just play the same way whether they are at home or away. It’s so hard to stop players such as Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva running the game. Conclusion United and City are level on points at the top of the Premier League table but I wouldn’t be surprised if City had built themselves a sevenpoint lead after the derby at Old Trafford in December. They strengthened their weakest area in the summer by signing Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy at full back and their 1-0 victory away to Chelsea last month was ominous for their rivals. PS City have it much easier . . . Between now and the Manchester derby Today Stoke (h) Oct 21 Burnley (h) Oct 28 West Brom (a) Nov 5 Arsenal (h) Nov 18 Leicester (a) Nov 26 Huddersfield (a) Nov 29 Southampton (h) Dec 2 West Ham (h) ‘It’s beautiful for us to Paul Hirst José Mourinho believes that his Manchester United team will thrive rather than falter in the hostile atmosphere at Anfield today. United are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table after winning six of their opening seven games, but they were warned by two former players this week that they will face an atmosphere like no other at the home of their fiercest rivals. Mikaël Silvestre, the former United defender, said it was like “going to hell” when he and his teammates played away to Liverpool. And Gary Neville, the former United captain, admitted he does not miss playing against them either. “I was never excited about going to Anfield,” he said. But Mourinho disagrees. “When people speak about big atmospheres, it looks like it’s a problem for us to go to a certain place and to face a big atmosphere, but this is what we want,” the the times | Saturday October 14 2017 3 1GS Sport United contenders again ANDREW POWELL/LIVERPOOL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES Klopp: I would quit if I lost faith in my side Paul Joyce Northern Football Correspondent No standing on ceremony for Dalglish and Ferguson Rivalries were put to one side as Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson shared a joke yesterday at the ceremony to mark the naming of a stand at Anfield in honour of the Liverpool legend. Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, and Sir Bobby Charlton were among the guests as the Kenny Dalglish Stand was officially unveiled. Old habits continued to die hard for Ferguson, who made a beeline straight for the pitch and proceeded to test the playing surface, no doubt ready to report back to José Mourinho before today’s match. play amid animosity at Anfield’ United manager said. “I am surprised that you speak about that in a negative way. I am even more surprised when I hear former players speak about atmospheres like [they are] something sinister, something that worries [us]. It motivates us, it is something that we want. “We know that the [Liverpool] fans have huge animosity against Manchester United historically, but this is what we want so we are very happy to have one more opportunity in our careers to play in these beautiful conditions. It’s beautiful to play at Anfield. Beautiful.” Mourinho also played down the significance of the result, claiming: “It’s just one more match. I understand the tradition, the emotions around the supporters, but I look at it in a professional way. What I try to tell my players is every match is important, there are no easy matches.” United drew 0-0 with Liverpool at Anfield at the same time last year, but Mourinho feels that his team are in better shape now. “Last season we lost a few points before we played Liverpool,” he said. “We lost a point in matches that you considered easy. Now we are in a better position, we are playing better, we are more confident and have the confidence to play well.” Mourinho is likely to give Ander Herrera his second start of the season with Paul Pogba (hamstring), Michael Carrick (calf) and Marouane Fellaini (knee) out. Romelu Lukaku looks to have overcome an ankle injury. Jürgen Klopp has said he would quit as Liverpool manager if he was not convinced that the club can become genuine Premier League title contenders. Before today’s heavyweight clash with Manchester United, Klopp sought to defuse doubts about the direction in which the club are heading while powerfully stating that if he was sacked his replacement would struggle to do a better job than the one he has overseen to date. After two years on Merseyside Klopp’s future is not in doubt under the club’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, but the prospect of slipping ten points behind United should his side lose at Anfield would bring further unwanted scrutiny. Increasingly, the debate surrounding Liverpool’s fortunes is whether it is possible to reel in the Manchester clubs, and Chelsea, without replicating their spending in the transfer market. José Mourinho has spent £306 million on new players since taking over at Old Trafford in May 2016, recouping £41 million, while Klopp, who has been in charge eight months longer, has spent £148 million, bringing in £116 million through sales. Matching their rivals’ spending is not a route FSG will go down, but Klopp is adamant that manipulation of the market, and nurturing talent on the training pitch, can still lead to success for a club who are without a league title since 1990. When he stops believing, he will walk away. “In the moment when I think we cannot be successful, and there is only consolation, I go,” Klopp said. “Why should I be here as some kind of caretaker until the world creates a manager who can be more successful? That makes no sense. I am really convinced. “Other managers have different ways to do it, other clubs have different ways to do it. We have our way. I don’t think I am the perfect manager, I only think I am the perfect fit for this club. I really think we are on the right way. I still have the same fire, the same passion, absolutely no problem. “Can we dominate them for the next 20 years without spending the same amount of money? Probably not. But can we still be there? Yes of course. “We want to be consistent, constant at our high level and improve, even when we lose a player in the future we want to bring in others. “That’s the benefit of a long-term project. I know the owners are not in doubt about me, about us, about anything. It’s really OK but, of course, we know we have to deliver.” Klopp would not have been expected to suggest other managers were better-equipped to lead Liverpool, but it was interesting nevertheless that he should raise the issue in answer to a question about his two years at the helm. Progress has been unquestionable, but so, too, is the reality that persistent flaws have flared to leave Liverpool seventh in the table. New impetus is needed and a victory over familiar foes would push the spotlight elsewhere. “Did we do really well last year? Yes,” Klopp said. “Did we do better this year? Yes, but we didn’t get the results so far. “Does that mean I should stop? No. We had to improve to be in the situation we are in now. There is not the biggest difference to the top teams even when it looks a little different with the points. “If I would come in today as a new manager and this would be the situation, and if everybody would give us time, that would be perfect. “Unfortunately, if they [FSG] sacked me now, there would not be a lot of managers who would do the job better than I do. I still think as long as 98 per cent of all Liverpudlians are behind us, then we are on the right way and we will succeed.” The absence of Sadio Mané for six weeks is a huge blow and there is an obvious attraction, if Klopp chooses, to selecting an attacking three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho and a midfield of boost for liverpool? Under José Mourinho, United have failed to win a game immediately after an international break Sept 10, 2016 Man City (h) ... Lost 2-1 Oct 17, 2016 Liverpool (a) Drew 0-0 Nov 19, 2016 Arsenal (h)....... Drew 1-1 Apr 1, 2017 West Brom (h) Drew 0-0 Sept 9, 2017 Stoke (a)........... Drew 2-2 Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum. Klopp’s biggest conundrum seems to be at right back, where he must weigh up Joe Gomez’s defensive capabilities against Trent AlexanderArnold’s urge to spring forward. There have not been three successive league stalemates in this fixture since February 1921 and for all the focus on whether Mourinho will look to contain, and then counter, it is a day for substance, not style. “Mourinho teams are smart,” Klopp sa “They will not said. be that passive. They are a different team with a different way. If there are one or two long balls that is not a problem. We can still win them. We have to be f free, create atmosphere and play football.” Coutinho could start in a three-pronged attack alongside Salah and Firmino 4 1GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Football TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER ‘The kids I saw in India made me realise just how lucky I am’ Juan Mata tells Henry Winter how football is uniting to save lives among some of the poorest people E ven now, months later, the sights and smells of the Ambedkar Nagar slum in Mumbai remain vivid for Juan Mata. Even now, back in his safe European home, the inhuman living conditions and stories of substance abuse, early marriage and gambling afflicting benighted young people in India remain a powerful memory for Manchester United’s large-hearted, Spanish World Cup-winner, driving him to raise funds, awareness and hope. Even 40 hours before the most intense and important moment in the English sporting calendar, United’s visit to Liverpool today, Mata could be found in the National Football Museum in Manchester, opening a four-week exhibition of the photographs he and Evelina Kamph, his girlfriend breaking off from her fulltime work as an osteopath, took during their trip last summer to India. Children from Ambedkar Nagar were present, still delighting from their tour that afternoon of Old Trafford, and loudly singing Mata’s name. They know Juan Manuel Mata García as the footballer who cares. United’s No 8 believes passionately in the Common Goal initiative, calling on his professional peers to pledge one per cent of their salary to a series of charities, including the OSCAR Foundation bringing light to the dark parts of Ambedkar Nagar. Altruistic without being sermonising, Mata feels football should mobilise its power for the greater good. “These are my values, and the way I live,” he says. “If you do something, do it with passion. Football has the power to unite people like nothing else can. Some of the photos reflect it well when I’m walking through a maze of narrow streets and the kids are actually homeless. Kids lost in the street is something you see in the movies but when you go there and see them it gives you a different perspective of what other types of life are possible in the world. “All the kids are from a slum, 60,000 people living in the same area with pretty basic conditions, to be honest, water and electricity not developed at all. What OSCAR Foundation does is help them through football. They created a classroom, English lessons, and a place where they can go and feel safe and develop themselves as a person. They can play football on different pitches around Mumbai. “When I was in India with them, I could see how they live, and how the foundation is helping them to have better conditions and through education become better in a way. It’s been great the reception for Common Goal from everyone in football, you [the media], fans, players, the clubs. Lately, football has a [negative] reputation because it’s very powerful financially, and some people see it with reluctance. But, you know, football has [done] great things, and sometimes it’s unfair the negativity towards to football.” Football is a meritocracy, Mata argues. “In football, if a guy is good, and is given a chance, he can be the best player in the world, coming from a very humble place.” The world’s elite pair over the past decade, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, overcame difficult beginnings through their grit and gifts. “That’s not something you can do in different jobs,” Mata adds. “Some jobs work through contacts.” Fair point. Many careers are launched through connections. “I understand some of the criticism of football but I really want to highlight the positive things about it. Some of the players have been showing solidarity [for charity initiatives] during their whole careers. So many guys have foundations.” Mata’s United colleagues past and present, he loves facing liverpool Mata has a better win percentage in his Premier League career against Liverpool than the rest of the big six Win % Liverpool 44.4% Man City 37.5% Arsenal 30% Tottenham 30% Man United 25% Chelsea 0% Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, impart millions to good causes. Other conscientious souls, Morgan Schneiderlin, formerly of United, and Ander Herrera, looking and sounding supremely ready for today’s Anfield challenge, attended Thursday night’s exhibition, backing their friend and his campaign. An England international will be announced as a supporter of Common Goal imminently. Even the next generation, players such as Alfie Mawson, the Swansea City defender, believe in what Mata is doing. Talking of his United team-mates, Mata says: “They’re supportive. This is not about obligating someone to do anything. It’s just, ‘We’re doing this, if you want to join then so much the better because the more we are the better the help is.’ Footballers help in so many ways. It could be a game-changer for professional football.” It could be an image-changer, making the game more beautiful, and far more importantly a life-changer for millions around the world. Images captured through the Leicas of Mata and Kamph, place issues at Anfield today into truer perspective. This really is life or death. “Yes, yes,” Mata replies. “Football becomes really important for you as a journalist, for us, for everyone but life is a different thing. So many people don’t like football and they live happily. They don’t care what United do, or what Liverpool do. So if you have the chance to step back, think about that, and have that perspective . . .” Mere sport comes into appropriate clarity. “But I still get angry when we lose, or when I don’t play good,” Mata adds. “But there are other things in life much more important, and seeing those kids with the way they live, and the way that football has changed their life, it gives me as a professional a deeper meaning of what my profession is. Sometimes, we get into a routine — training, travelling, playing — and we get into a mindset which is all very quick, and you don’t have time to step back and think, ‘Listen, I’m playing for Manchester United, I’m very lucky. “When I’m on the pitch, I don’t think about anything else. I think about what I have to do, to win the game, and score goals. I feel all the importance that comes with the big games. “It’s a special game to play against Liverpool, whether at Anfield or Old Trafford. I can feel it in the street, in the media, in the training ground, everyone, from Monday, Mike the chef saying, ‘Beat them, beat them, beat them.’ “In Spain all the games between ChelseaTottenham, Arsenal-Tottenham, United-City, not just Liverpool-United, are big. It’s once I came to England [in 2011] that I realised it was the biggest game in England through the history, the rivalry.” Mata will never forget his first game for United against Liverpool in 2014. “We lost [3-0],” he sighs. “It felt bad. Luckily we came back and during my time in Manchester, we won more the times | Saturday October 14 2017 5 1GS Sport @STREETFOOTBALLWORLD FA director accused of conflict of interests in Aluko investigation exclusive Matthew Syed Dan Ashworth was facing new questions over his handling of the Eni Aluko affair last night after it emerged that there was strong criticism of the initial investigation he led into allegations of racism made by the England player against Mark Sampson. Ashworth, the FA technical director, was appointed by the governing body to conduct an internal investigation into Aluko’s claims of bullying and discrimination, alongside Rachel Brace, the director of HR at the FA. After that investigation, which has been described as a sham by Aluko, the FA asked a highly regarded lawyer, Katharine Newton, to conduct an independent review into the original allegations against the then England women’s team manager, as well as Aluko’s misgivings about the FA’s impartiality in its internal investigation. Newton’s conclusions are embarrassing for the FA, and Ashworth in particular. A copy of her independent report, delivered on March 1, 2017, and seen by The Times, reveals that Ashworth was not only the main investigator for the internal inquiry, but also one of the key witnesses. In other words, his evidence formed crucial testimony that he, as de facto judge and jury, was appointed to assess. Newton’s report reveals that Ashworth sent an email to Brace, his co-investigator, on September 30, 2016, “saying that as he had been around the Women’s Camp frequently, he felt he should make a few comments on Mark, the incident and the environment itself, and then proceeded to do so”. When questioned by Newton about this conflict of interests, Ashworth replied: “I’m a man of high values and morals of professional integrity. I’ve been put into many difficult situations. I’ve had to do child-protection allegations against staff that I’ve appointed and employed. I’ve had to do parental complaints, bullying complaints. My integrity values, professional standing would mean that I can separate my personal views from my professional role.” Newton, however, emphatically disagreed. Her report said: “An investigator should not also be inputting evidence into the same investigation and I would advise avoiding this situation arising in any future case.” She also recommended that procedures at the FA were changed to prevent such a conflict of interests arising again. Sampson was sacked as manager last month over separate allegations relating to safeguardingg issues in a previous coaching job. Ashworth appointed Sampson in 2013 but has said that he was not aware of an FA dossier on the alleged safeguarding issue until the week before his dismissal. The Newton report, seen by The Times, also confirmed that Ashworth’s internal investigation into Aluko’s grievances was flawed in other ways. Lianne Sanderson, a key d witness, was not interviewed before the initial findings were presented to Aluko and Ashworth faces questions over the role he played in dealing with Aluko’s claims her representative from the PFA. It failed to review a videotape of a crucial meeting before discussing its findings with Aluko. It initially responded to only three of the eight allegations. Newton notes additional failings too. It is difficult to read Newton’s findings without concluding that Aluko may well have been justified in claiming the initial inquiry was flawed in terms of its processes, if not necessarily in its conclusion. It also casts fresh light on a payout to Aluko of £80,000 by the FA. The explanations as to why this was paid have so far seemed implausible. The FA claimed that it was worried about disruption in the build-up the European Championships. It would now appear that the FA was keen to ensure that evidence of its own incompetence was suppressed. One source told The Times: “There was something close to paranoia that the p press and public would find out that t FA had responded inadequately the to allegations about racism.” But, importantly, Newton does not find that Ashworth and Brace were motivated by racism against Aluko. Their investigation may have been “lacking in a number of respects”, but this was not “because Aluko is black, or because sshe had raised concerns. I c consider the same investiggation would have been und dertaken with the same limitations had the concerns been raised by a white player.” It is understood that the FA is working with UK Sport to iimprove its procedures in relation to whistleblowing. Matt Hughes Football Notebook Mata shows youngsters from Mumbai around Old Trafford before the launch of his exhibition of photographs in Manchester that followed a visit by the Spain player and his partner to a slum district. Above left, the player scores the second of his two goals at Anfield in March 2015 against today’s opponents, Liverpool “ When we win, I score a goal, I was happy for me, but more happy for my family. My family suffered for me. They’re just great human beings than we lost against Liverpool. Especially that game where I scored two goals at Anfield [in March 2015]. It was a difficult moment [an uncertain time for United], David Moyes was here, then Ryan Giggs, it was a difficult moment but we went over it.” United went over things, including the Louis van Gaal spell, and are now liberated under José Mourinho. “He loves these games,” Mata said. “We feel it. We feel it from him, all the week in this kind of massive game. He told you he really enjoys that pressure, these big moments. It’s just a part of him.” Nobody at United is under any doubt about the significance of this collision at Anfield for the present table, with City at the top, let alone past enmity with Liverpool. Park the bus? No chance. “We need to score, we need to win,” Mata responds. “We don’t want to draw. City drew one game, and the rest all victories. So far we’re doing good, both Manchester teams, but I wouldn’t rule out any other of the big teams to be in the challenge for the title. Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea will fight for sure.” So will Mata. He’s always been driven by a desire to make his family proud. His mother, father and sister were present at the National Football Museum on Thursday, supporting him, just as they have always done. He thought, too, of his late grandfather, who drove him everywhere early in his career. “He loved football. He tried to play but was not very good. I felt that he showed through me what he’d liked to have done. I was happy for him. “When we win, I score a goal, I was happy for me, but more happy for my family. My family suffered for me. They’re just great human beings. So I’m happy when they are happy.” Such sentiment continues in his professional life in Manchester. “I’m happy here. The city’s very nice. There’s a lot of things to do. My dad opened a Spanish restaurant. I’m settled in Manchester. So as long as this moment continues I’m happy to stay here.” Making a difference on the pitch, and off it, the Mata way. Green light for Chinese invasion of English game A new wave of Chinese investment in European football is expected to begin after next week’s 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, from which President Xi will emerge with greater authority at the start of his second five-year term. President Xi is expected to ease restrictions on capital leaving the country after increasing his own power by stacking the party’s upper echelons with loyalists — five of the seven positions on the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee will be filled next week — which brokers in Asia believe will lead to another flurry of Chinese investors buying English clubs. The Chinese government has clamped down on foreign football investment this year, with the State Council adding sports clubs to a list of restricted overseas businesses in August, but local observers say such diktats were temporary measures that Xi will reverse. Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are among the Premier League clubs being looked at by Chinese investors. Conte’s cut-price exit deal North-east youth alliance A ntonio Conte’s contract at Chelsea contains an exit clause that can be triggered by either party without incurring a huge compensation bill. Chelsea have been seeking to reduce the amount of money they hand out in pay-offs for several years as they have spent more than £80 million in compensation payments since Abramovich bought the club in 2003, while Conte appears happy to keep his options open amidst interest from several Italian clubs. Conte signed a new contract at Chelsea which increased his salary to £8.5 million a year last summer, but did not extend the terms of a deal that is due to expire at the end of next season. The Italian would be entitled to a severance package in return for signing a confidentiality agreement should he be dismissed before then, but the amount is less than the year’s salary that was previously the norm for Chelsea’s managers. Given Chelsea’s historically high managerial turnover rate and Conte’s future ambitions elsewhere, such a pragmatic approach suits both parties. N ewcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are pioneering a unique approach to youth development with the clubs having reached a gentleman’s agreement not to poach youngsters from each other’s academies. The north-east nonaggression pact is a marked contrast to the way many academies are run in other areas of the country, where complaints about tapping-up and the reporting of alleged breaches in regulations to the Premier League are commonplace. The north-east accord stems from the clubs’ realisation that due to geography they have a limited number of players to pick from and are better served concentrating on developing those already on their books. There is competition between them to sign non-registered players, but no players under 18 are induced to switch clubs. Swansea stadium victory S wansea City are close to agreeing a new 40-year lease at the Liberty Stadium. Under the terms of the deal being discussed with Swansea Council the club would gain day-to-day operational control of the stadium in return for meeting its running costs, which would reduce the potential liabilities faced by the local authority and fellow tenants Ospreys Rugby. If Swansea are successful in taking over the Liberty Stadium they will explore the possibility of selling naming-rights and seek to increase its capacity from 21,000 to 30,000. 6 2GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times mes Sport Football Why German clubs are so desperate for English talent Oliver Kay speaks to players who have moved, and those behind Bundesliga clubs’ recruitment drives They do a lot of number-crunching at Borussia Mönchengladbach. According to their sporting director Max Eberl, they use every available metric and statistic as they scout and scour Europe for the best young talent in Europe. “A lot of numbers,” he says in his office at BorussiaPark. “All the numbers that are possible today.” Those numbers have led Eberl and his colleagues to conclusions that are backed up every time they watch the England youth teams or indeed the Premier League’s competitions at under-23 and under-18 level. “We follow every English national game — under-16, under-17 and so on — and we know every top player in England,” he says. “They develop great players. That age group [born in] 2000 in England, you could take every player. It’s unbelievable. They will perhaps win the Under-17 World Cup in India this month. That age group of 1999-20002001, there are a lot of top English players. For me, they’re the best in the world in that age group.” When Jadon Sancho, one of the stars of that England Under-17 team, left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund this summer, it was the most eyecatching in a series of moves that have taken English youngsters to Bundesliga clubs. It began with Danny Collinge, formerly of Milton Keynes Dons, joining Stuttgart in 2014 and continued with Mandela Egbo’s move from Crystal Palace to Mönchengladbach a year later. This summer two England Under-20 players, Kaylen Hinds, 19, and Ryan Kent, 20, left Arsenal for Wolfsburg (permanently) and Liverpool for Freiburg (on loan) and a third, Reece Oxford, 18, joined Mönchengladbach on loan from West Ham United; Sancho, 17, has since been joined at Dortmund by Denzeil Boadu, 20, who was also at City. Some in positions of power at Premier League clubs may be inclined to call it a talent drain. If anything, it has been designed to end the drain that is already happening within English football, where the financial stakes are so high, the culture has become so risk-averse and there is so little patience to nurture young talent in the Premier League. Too many fine prospects have been lost in the system, their potential not just unfulfilled but forgotten entirely. In Germany, at least, there is a growing regard — and a growing appetite — for English talent. What is more, the attraction slowly appears to have become mutual. “They are developing great young players in England,” Eberl says, “but normally the player has no chance to be in the first XI or even the first 18 of a Premier League team. English clubs, they will buy another player. They have a top player in their academy, but they will buy another who is two years older and has played two years in the first team in France or somewhere else. Sometimes it looks like the transfer market is a competition in itself. They don’t look to their own academy. “For example, Chelsea have Andreas Christensen. They got him back this summer after a two-year development — the best possible development, Champions League development — with us. He played for us against [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Robert] Lewandowski, [Sergio] Agüero, [Álvaro] Morata, [Gonzalo] Higuaín, the best strikers in the world, and did a great job. They got him back for nothing, but also they buy [Antonio] Rüdiger for nearly €40 million [about £34 million] from Roma. Rüdiger is an excellent player, as we know in Germany, but so is Christensen, their own player, who joined them at the age of 15. I am not criticising Chelsea — they do a great job — but this is just the way of it in England. “So what is the next step for these young players? We want to be able to say, ‘We can be the next step for you.’ Reece and Jadon could be the example for the next guys. And I am starting to feel it a lot because a lot of English agents called us and said, ‘Hey, our player wants to come and play in the Bundesliga.’ I feel that they begin to open their eyes away from the Premier League, yes, but to Europe and especially in Germany. This is what I feel from the conversations I have had with agents. They are open to bringing players to Germany.” One agent, involved in one of the above deals, Danny Collinge Jadon Sancho Age: 17 English club: Man City Age: 19 English club: MK Dons Present club: Borussia Dortmund Present club: Stuttgart describes it thus. “If you’re a first-year or second-year pro at a big Premier League club, are you even on the manager’s radar?” he says. “Depending on the club, they might have two or three senior internationals in your position in the first-team squad. They might have the same in the under-23s, the same in the under-18s, another two or three out on loan. When that manager needs a player for the first team, will he look to the under-23s or the under-18s or the guys who have been on loan? No. More often than not, he looks to the transfer market. In Germany the culture is different — there is a clear philosophy, a clear pathway, with every young player knowing he will get the best possible chance to develop. That’s why our young players are suddenly looking to Germany, whether it’s loans or permanent moves.” The theory is beyond question – particularly at clubs such as RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, Freiburg, Wolfsburg, Mönchengladbach and Dortmund, where there is a strong emphasis on developing younger players. So far, though, those English players have made just one Bundesliga start between them. That came when Hinds, who spent the second Th half of last season on loan to Stevenage, was unexpectedly selected for Wolfsburg’s opening league game against Dortmund in August. Collinge and Egbo are respectively in their fourth and third season in Germany and neither has appeared in the Bundesliga, though at 19 and 20 respectively they are young enough to feel they have time on their side. Theirs was more of a long-term mission, aimed at developing through Germany’s B-team structure. Both are regularly in the Regionalliga, Germany’s regionalised fourth tier. It sounds like a long way off the Bundesliga, though Eberl speaks positively of Egbo’s progression at Mönchengladbach, where he has recently started to train with the first team and impressed in a friendly match against Duisburg. Encouragingly, Kent has made three Bundesliga appearances as a substitute for Freiburg, while Hinds was on the bench for Wolfsburg in their final match before the international break. So too was Sancho for Dortmund’s match away to Augsburg. He has since travelled to India for the Under-17 World Meet the 20-year-old Liverpool winger who wants to Paul Joyce Northern Football Correspondent Just when the scale of Ryan Kent’s ambition appears to be clear, he offers up one more surprise. The Liverpool youngster shunned the easy option by joining Freiburg on loan at the end of the summer transfer window, leaving behind his family and friends in order to step outside the comfort zone, but the hurdles he has lined up for himself will not be allowed to become barriers to progress. “I think I can be young player of the year here,” the 20-year-old said. At Freiburg? “No, the Bundesliga,” he adds with a smile. Kent will stand or fall by his belief, but the comment offers further proof of his refusal to merely make up the numbers and hints at the drive and determination that brought him here. Moving to Germany represented the hard decision in so many ways — new demands, new language and not to mention a test of his culinary skills — but after spending last season on loan at Barnsley (where he was young player of the year) he sought the challenge of being immersed in something different. Jürgen Klopp was keen for the winger to remain at Anfield and build on his impressive pre-season cameos, when one-to-one sessions with the Liverpool manager coaxed improvement from the Oldham-born player. In the end, Kent’s craving for regular football saw him plead to be allowed to leave, although the insight he received from Klopp pushed him towards the Schwarzwald-Stadion rather than Derby County, Middlesbrough or a host of other Sky Bet Championship sides. “Many people have questioned my decision,” Kent said. “Instead of going to the Championship again, or a lower Premier League club, I wanted to experience another level. Coming i out to Germany and the Bundesliga is the best alternative to Premier League football I could get. I want to show people I am capable of playing at this level. I wouldn’t say going abroad, Kent says his move to Germany allows him to focus solely on football or playing in the Bundesliga, is an easy thing for an English youngster. “It is a hard decision to make in the first place and that is before you fulfil your role as a player. I have wanted to knuckle down and that has meant putting other things aside, such as family and friends, and focus on football. “My mum and dad have been out a couple of times to see me, and my agents, but these are the sacrifices you have to make. In pre-season with Liverpool, the one-on-one relationship with him [Klopp] was very good. He spent a lot of time going over games with me, telling me what I did right and wrong the ti t times mes | Satur Saturday aturday rday October 14 2017 7 2GS Sport development. We have been able to tell him, ‘You are one short step away from playing. You’re 18. Yes, you played in West Ham’s first team in the Premier League two years ago, but you had a big injury and in the last year you had only five games at Reading. You decided on the right step — here with us — and we will bring you to the level because you will play here.’ “To me, it would make no sense for Reece to go back in December. The example for him is Christensen — not an English player, but another top, talented defender from a Premier League club. Andreas played two years here at the top level, made a huge improvement and is now playing for Chelsea. Reece can do the same — or he could stay in Germany if he wanted to. Yes, there is a clause that they could take him back in December if he plays too few games, but we hope to be able to show Reece and West Ham very soon that he can have a perfect development here this season.” For Egbo, as for Collinge at Stuttgart, it is a more gradual process, but the Mönchengladbach youngster has no regrets. “Absolutely not,” Egbo says. “I can say without any doubt at all it was the best move for me. It has been an experience I wouldn’t swap. It is taking a bit longer than I thought it would, I guess, but that’s not to say it’s not coming. The whole journey has been exactly that — a journey. It has been learning curve after learning curve after learning curve. It has been invaluable.” Egbo talks positively about the B-team experience in Germany — playing competitive “ Reece Oxford Mandela Egbo Kaylen Hinds Age: 18 English club: West Ham Present club: B Mönchengladbach Age: 20 English club: C Palace Present club: B Mönchengladbach Age: 19 English club: Arsenal Present club: Wolfsburg We know every top player in England, from under-16 level up. They develop great players. That age group born in 19992001 is the best in the world Cup, where he has made a strong impression in England’s first two matches, and at 17 is regarded much as Christian Pulisic, the United States playmaker, was when he made his breakthrough at Dortmund two years ago. “Sancho is a huge talent,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said recently. “He’ll need time to settle in, but I’m convinced we’ll have a lot of fun with him in the next few years. We don’t only talk about developing talents. We give them playing time at a high level.” That is what Oxford is expecting at Mönchengladbach too. He is yet to kick a ball in the Bundesliga and there have been reports that West Ham will activate a clause to recall him in December. Eberl does not deny that Oxford has been frustrated, but he believes the youngster and West Ham would be making a mistake if his German experience is cut short. “Reece wants to play,” Eberl says. “He doesn’t want to wait. I have spoken to him. I said, ‘Reece, it takes two or three months. You have to adapt to German culture, to the Bundesliga, a different style of football.’ Now he is adapting to our training, our approach. For me, he is making great football while, unlike a loan, remaining under his club’s tutelage — but it is the broader aspects of his development that convince him he is in the right place. Collinge moved to Germany in part because it allowed him the opportunity to study for an international baccalaureate. Egbo, too, feels that the move has broadened his mind as well as helping his development as a footballer. “Living away from home, in another country, you have to be so much more mature,” he says. “It has been great for me.” Where does he want to be in three years? Back in the Premier League? “My plan is to stay here for a long time and play as many Bundesliga games as possible,” Egbo says. “It has been two years and I know I haven’t got anything clear to show for it yet, but I’m more determined than ever. I came out here with a vision. I’ve started it and I’m determined to carry on with it. “Reece has probably got the same vision for himself — the same with Jadon and the others. I hope it pays off for all of us — including, obviously, the players in the Prem. I would love to see a load of English youngsters get 150 games over the next three years. I’m not saying, ‘The Prem is rubbish. Move out here to get games.’ I want everybody to succeed wherever they are. What is clear is that it’s hard to do that wherever you are, in whichever league or country, but I believe Germany is the best place for me. It looks like others are starting to feel the same.” England failing to convert promise of youth Number of semi-finals or better at major tournaments since 2007 Youth level (U17 to U21) Seniors 16 14 14 13 8 5 3 1 0 Spain England Germany France 1 Italy conquer the Bundesliga – in his first season and where I needed to improve. He really saw a big improvement in me and wanted me to stay this season and that shows how far I’ve come. But it was my decision to get game time. I definitely benefited from working with Klopp and that was one of the reasons that made me want to come out here.” Kent has made three substitute appearances so far for the club from southern Germany, who finished seventh in the Bundesliga last season, but aims to prove to Christian Streich, the coach, that he is now up to speed and can be relied upon from the start before today’s trip to Bayern Munich. His natural talent for beating opponents was evident on his previous trip to the Allianz Arena, on August 1 when Liverpool featured in the Audi Cup. It is worth checking the YouTube footage of the moment Kent leaves Rafinha for dead before setting up Marko Grujic for a goal which was ruled out for offside. A typical day now revolves around double training sessions, with the first part of the week focused on technique before video analysis is mixed in during a build-up to match day. A standout memory remains of his first day. “I saw the lads next to me were putting shin pads on and I must have looked at them a bit strange,” recalled Kent, who is taking weekly German lessons. “They just laughed at me. One of them said, ‘Yes, you need to put them on,’ and I thought, ‘This is different.’ “Everywhere I have been before it has just been short socks. After that first session I realised why we needed to wear shin pads. The tackles were flying in. Every team and every manager has their own philosophy. We vary it up depending on who we are playing, but it is important that players are in the right formation and right position at the right time. That discipline is key and I am still adapting to what the manager wants, but the other day [in a friendly] against Strasbourg I got to show what I can do defensively. They know what I can do going forward but it is proving to the manager that he can trust me.” Kent has played for England at under-18 and under-20 level, but his omission from Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21 squad sends out the wrong message. “To be out here in the Bundesliga now and not getting into the under-21s is frustrating and I hope they do acknowledge what I am doing,” he said. “It is up to me to push myself into the reckoning.” It is simply another task he hopes to fulfil. Police seize villa in PSG chairman case Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter Italian police have raided a luxury villa in Sardinia as part of a Fifa bribery investigation into Paris Saint-Germain’s chairman, Nasser al-Khelaifi, who may try to claim diplomatic immunity from prosecution. The raid yesterday was part of co-ordinated action in several European countries after Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against Al-Khelaifi and Jérôme Valcke, the disgraced former Fifa official, over alleged World Cup TV rights bribes. Al-Khelaifi, a minister without portfolio in the Qatari government, which could enable him to claim diplomatic immunity, is accused of putting the villa in Porto Cervo at the disposal of Valcke. Al-Khelaifi, the head of the beIN media group, was said to have used the villa as a “means of corruption” over the sale of media rights for World Cups between 2018 and 2030. Italian police said they had searched and seized the “Villa Bianca”, valued at €7 million (about £6.2 million) and owned by an international real estate agency, in a raid conducted in the presence of a “representative of the Swiss government”. Sources said the real estate agency had links to Qatari investors. Several people “linked to the company that owns the villa” have been questioned, police added. The villa commands a stunning view over the port. It boasts Valcke is at the centre of the latest allegations six bedrooms and six bathrooms as well as a private swimming pool. The Swiss attorney general’s office announced on Thursday that it had opened criminal proceedings against Al-Khelaifi and Valcke, Sepp Blatter’s former right-hand man at Fifa, in March, focusing on allegations including bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery. BeIN, the Qatar broadcaster, issued a statement denying any wrongdoing while confirming that French authorities had raided the company’s Paris offices after a Swiss request. PSG, who were bought by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011, grabbed headlines in August by signing Neymar for a world-record fee of £199 million. BeIN said the group “refutes all accusations” and that “the company will fully co-operate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation”. Valcke said last night that the allegation is “not true . . . I have never received anything in exchange for anything. I refute the accusations against me or Nasser”. Though PSG are not implicated in the case, Fifa’s ethics committee can impose an interim ban on the club president working in football while it investigates. Fifa said no formal investigation has yet been opened against Al-Khelaifi, although ethics investigators are making preliminary inquiries. Al-Khelaifi and Valcke previously worked on a deal for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup TV rights, weeks after Qatar won the 2022 hosting vote. In January 2011, Fifa announced that Al Jazeera Sport — which later became beIN — secured the rights for 23 territories in the Middle East and north Africa. Fifa has never said if beIN also secured any 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights. 8 1GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Football Guardiola’s Kane jibe ‘disrespectful’ Darren Witcoop, Paul Hirst Mauricio Pochettino has launched a withering attack on Pep Guardiola for showing a lack of respect towards Tottenham Hotspur. The Tottenham manager labelled his opposite number at Manchester City “disrespectful and sad” for referring to his side as “the Harry Kane team”. Guardiola said before the international break: “We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals.” The comments incensed Pochettino, whose team play Bournemouth at home today, and he responded yesterday by saying: “I know Pep and when he is excited after an amazing win [away to Chelsea], hee struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman. “It was a sad comment. Many people found his words disrespectful. He is one of the best managers in the world, so why does he say that? The players laugh about it but iff you’re a manager you u must show more, no? To show you are above it.” Pochettino initiallyy crossed paths with Guardiola in Spain. Guardiola’s trophygathering success at Barcelona was largely inspired by Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp as Pochettino’s Espanyol trailed in their wake. “It’s difficult to understand because Pep was part of the big success at Barcelona, when it was Messi at his best,” he said. “And I never said it was the Messi team. I always said it was Barcelona and it was Pep Guardiola. “When people say, ‘Nah, it’s Messi’, I say, ‘No, no, no. Messi is one of the best, but Guardiola is a great manager’. That’s why it surprised me and made me sad. After a great win at Chelsea, he then says the ‘Harry Kane team’. It was very disrespectful to the club.” When asked if he had discussed the jibe with Guardiola, Pochettino added: “No, of course not. If it was a mistake, I am more than sad if it was a mistake.” When told of Pochettino’s response, Guardiola clarified his position. “He knows I said Tottenham are one of the best teams playing,” he said. “So I’m really disappointed if he said that. I respect a lot what Tottenham have done in the last two or three years. “Never would I be disrespectful about Mauricio or T Tottenham. If he believes this, m maybe I should say Pochettino’s team when I said Harry Kane’s t team.” Pochettino was angered by Guardiola’s comment that Spurs are a one-man team Striker wants away form at home Home Shots 22 0 Goals v Burnley, Chelsea and Swansea Goal Non-goal Games played 3 Minutes played 270 Shot conversion rate (%) 0 Minutes per goal N/A the times | Saturday October 14 2017 9 2GS Sport Conte commits to Chelsea Away A v Everton, Huddersfield, Newcastle and West Ham Where he scored Ian Baker v Everton v Huddersfield Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head coach, has spoken of his “year of suffering” and committed his immediate future to Stamford Bridge. The 48year-old had admitted in an Italian interview that he missed his homeland but now he is adamant he will see out the remaining two years of his contract at least. Conte now has his wife, Elisabetta, and his daughter, Vittoria, by his side after the pair moved into a house close to the club’s Cobham training ground in the summer. Despite winning the Premier League last season, Conte revealed how tough he found life in a new country without his loved ones. “It was difficult,” he said. “For me to have my family with me is very important. Last season, honestly, I suffered a lot because when you arrive in a new country and you are alone and know that your family don’t stay here it is not v West Ham Shots 22 6 Goals 2 goals 2 2 simple. I did an interview two weeks ago and the translation was wrong. All I said was that one day in the future I would like to go back to Italy. But I have two years’ contract, with Chelsea and am happy.” Conte takes his side to Crystal Palace today and must decide who plays in midfield, with N’Golo Kanté (hamstring) and Danny Drinkwater (knee) set to miss the next few weeks. For Palace, Wilfried Zaha returns after suffering a knee injury in the opening-day defeat by Huddersfield Town to a side looking for a first point and first goal in the League this season. “He has got the X factor,” Roy Hodgson said of Zaha. “He can dribble and beat people. Most of all he has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Palace supporters. They will feel more comfortable now he’s back. He can make a difference, but I’d urge people to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.” Özil not guaranteed to start Games played 4 Minutes played 351 Shot conversion rate (%) 27.3 Minutes per goal 58.5 Mesut Özil has been told that he is no longer a certain starter for Arsenal in the wake of his poor start to the campaign and his continued contract stalemate. Arsène Wenger, the manager, said that his other midfield options, Jack Wilshere and Alex Iwobi, have ensured that the 28-year-old Germany playmaker will have to work hard to regain his place and he is unlikely to be included away to Watford today despite returning to training after a knee injury. “Of course he [Özil] is important but I have many players — we speak about Jack and we speak about Iwobi,” Wenger said. “They are all players who play in this similar position and it is very interesting because it gives me options.” Arsenal’s form without Özil has certainly got Wenger thinking. Since he last started a game on September 9, the north London side have won five and drawn once. Wenger admitted this week that Özil, along with Alexis Sánchez, could be sold in January. 10 2GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Football Oliver Kay Chief Football Correspondent Nothing ‘ideal’ about Arsenal’s mess S o it turns out that going into a season with several star players in the final year of their contracts is not an “ideal situation” for Arsenal after all. Who would have thought it? Arsène Wenger described it thus in the summer, but now he admits that the club might sell Mesut Özil or Alexis Sánchez, or both, in the January transfer window rather than risk losing them on free transfers next summer. Nobody should be tempted to call it a U-turn or an embarrassing climbdown from the Arsenal manager. He cannot possibly have been speaking sincerely in the first place. The scenario that Wenger painted in July, suggesting that Özil, Sánchez and the rest would be more motivated than ever as their contracts ticked down, sounded as much like a fantasy when he said it as it does now. All the self-congratulation that followed Arsenal’s “success” in retaining their two star players could not disguise the uncomfortable reality that the club would have sold Sánchez to Manchester City on deadline day had they succeeded with that remarkable, panic-driven £90 million bid for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, for whom they had offered less than half that sum earlier in the summer. As for selling Özil, the 6 The announcement barely made a ripple beyond Tyneside, but yesterday’s confirmation of a permanent deal for Mikel Merino represents a rare coup for Newcastle United. Intelligent and disciplined in his defensive work, the Spain Under-21 midfielder has made a strong impression since arriving on loan from Borussia Dortmund in July — and has now signed permanently in an £8 million deal. Along with Southampton’s Mario Lemina and Richarlison, the Watford forward, he has adapted to the Premier League far quicker than many of the superstars do. chance would have been a fine thing. It was, and is, a mess, about as far from “ideal” as is imaginable at a club among European football’s elite. There are times when it suits clubs to have players out of contract, but nobody would pretend this was part of the plan for Özil and Sánchez or indeed for Santi Cazorla or Jack Wilshere. Chelsea have three senior players in the final year of their contracts (all back-up goalkeepers), Manchester City have two (Fernandinho and Yaya Touré) and Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have one apiece (and there is considerably more angst at Anfield about Emre Can than at White Hart Lane about Michel Vorm). Manchester United, alarmingly, have eight (Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic) but they expect all negotiations to be straightforward — in stark contrast to the situations Arsenal face over Özil and Sánchez. The unpalatable truth for Arsenal is that Sánchez wants out. He set his sights on a move to City in the summer and nothing is likely to change unless either a) Pep Guardiola switches his focus elsewhere or b) Arsenal offer Sánchez a contract so enormous that he agrees to stay after all. If no new deal is struck in the next 11 weeks, Sánchez can sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club on January 1. He could not officially negotiate with another Premier League club until the season is over, but, as Arsenal know from the bitter experience of losing Bacary Sagna to City in 2014, these things have a way of getting resolved sooner rather than later. Özil is understood to be more open to the idea of staying, but, for Arsenal, breaking their famously rigid pay structure to retain him is not the nobrainer it would once have been. During his best periods at Arsenal he has been a far more effective, far more beguiling player than many have given him credit for, but his tally of Premier League assists — always the best metric of measuring his performance — felll from a remarkable 19 in 2015-16 to eight last season. In five Premier League appearances for Arsenal this season (13 in all competitions) he is yet to lay on a goal. The system changed late last season, perhaps not to his liking, but Özil’s travails date back further than that. He will be 29 tomorrow. He is one of those rare players whose qualities should be almost immune to ageing — to a point, of course — but he now looks a markedly less effective playmaker than some of those at rival clubs. Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Philippe Coutinho and Christian Eriksen all combine vision, intelligence and pinpoint passing with a relentlessness crucial to their teams. Özil, by contrast, floats like a butterfly. Lately, to borrow the old Brian Clough joke about Trevor Brooking, he has begun to sting like one too. A new long-term contract for Özil has come to look like a risk, particularly given that it would almost certainly involve doubling his h £140,000-a-week wage. So too does letting him go, particularly as José Mourinho, at Manchester M United, still admires a player who often excelled under him at Real Madrid. There is Sánchez, left, and Özil are both in the final year of their contracts with Arsenal a damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-don’t element to all of this now. Huge new contract, sell for a cut-price fee or lose him on a free transfer? None of the options is palatable when, through the type of negligence that has afflicted Arsenal so often over recent years, a star player has been allowed to enter the final year of his contract, giving him such leverage over the club. It turned out better with Alex OxladeChamberlain, but there was nothing like unanimity behind the scenes about granting the England player his wish to join Liverpool for what looked like an irresistible £35 million fee. It might have looked like the sale of the century, particularly since the midfielder had informed Wenger that he would otherwise leave on a free transfer next summer, but it was a deal that Arsenal sanctioned reluctantly — grudgingly, even. For much of the summer, keeping Oxlade-Chamberlain had been a “priority”. Wenger acknowledged the awkwardness of the situation in August, telling beIN Sports that, by allowing Sánchez’s contract to run down, Arsenal were risking “a sacrifice of £60 million or £70 million income and then at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money.” That was an oversimplification, of course, but the days of Arsenal playing the market so shrewdly as they did two decades ago, replacing an ageing Ian Wright with an unknown Nicolas Anelka, seem very distant. Replacing Özil and Sánchez, if that is what has to happen, will be an extremely expensive business. It is, to repeat, a mess. Whatever Arsenal do now — renegotiate, sell in January or lose them on free transfers — will be done from a position of weakness. It should never have got to this point. An ideal situation? Hardly. 6 For the past four years, David Moyes has cut a forlorn figure — ten traumatic months at Manchester United, twelve at Real Sociedad and ten at Sunderland, where he looked resigned to relegation almost from the start. His stock has fallen dramatically over that time and, with Paul Lambert, Malky Mackay and Alex McLeish suffering similar (though less steep) declines in fortunes, the list of contenders for the Scotland job looks far less inspiring than the same names would have done four years ago. All would fancy their chances with the national team, though. Mackay has been appointed as an interim manager, but the job looks ideal for Moyes in particular. After four years of grim struggle at club level, he might find international management more to his liking. A re-energised Moyes could feasibly mean a re-energised Scotland. Mackay in charge for Scotland friendly against Holland Hamilton hit by ‘fraud’ Struggling Koeman receives pep talk from Moshiri Malky Mackay will take interim charge of Scotland as the search starts for Gordon Strachan’s successor. Mackay, the SFA’s performance director, will oversee the friendly against Holland at Pittodrie on November 9. Although David Moyes is among the favourites for the full-time role — the former Manchester United manager is understood to be interested in the position — Stewart Regan, the governing body’s chief executive, has not ruled out appointing an Englishman. Sam Allardyce has been tipped as a potential successor to Strachan, who stood down after Scotland’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup. “I think Hamilton Academical say that they have lost a “substantial” amount of money after falling victim to an “elaborate fraud”. The Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership club said that directors have had to plug the financial gap after the incident. Les Gray, the chairman, said the club were working closely with Police Scotland and their bank amid “a criminal investigation to pursue those individuals responsible”. He added: “It is one of the most difficult situations we have faced. The directors intend to inject funds to meet any obligations.” Neil Doncaster, the Scottish Professional Football League chief executive, said: “This is clearly a very serious situation.” Ronald Koeman was given a pep talk by Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, and Bill Kenwright, the chairman, when they visited the club’s training ground yesterday (Paul Joyce writes). The duo took advantage of meetings to discuss the proposed ground move from Goodison Park to Bramley Moore Dock to offer a show of support. Koeman — who has ruled himself out of the running to take charge of Holland after the country’s failure to reach the World Cup — is under pressure after an underwhelming start to the season. Moshiri has previously stated that the manager has his “total support”, and Koeman is expected to recall Wayne Rooney for nationality is irrelevant,” Regan said. “Whoever is the best candidate can throw their hat in the ring and, if they are the best, we’ll select them.” Regan gave little away on whether Mackay would be involved in the recruitment process or be a candidate himself. “Malky’s the performance director,” he said. “He has got a big job to do and a number of challenges that he is working on at the moment. We asked him to take the team in Aberdeen and he was delighted to do so. We haven’t discussed anything further as far as the recruitment campaign is concerned.” Bruce Arena has resigned as coach of the United States after their failure to reach the World Cup in Russia. tomorrow’s crucial game away to Brighton & Hove Albion. “He’s always in my thoughts to start,” said Koeman, who dropped Rooney for the 1-0 defeat by Burnley. “Of course it’s the time for all the experienced players. I saw the reactions of the players when Burnley scored the goal and it was, ‘Shit, again!’ [They were] doubting.” Koeman also admitted that Ashley Williams is one of those struggling for confidence. “He is one of the players finding it really difficult,” Koeman said. “Maybe they have punished him with goals when he’s made a mistake.” Aaron Lennon is injured, while James McCarthy still needs to build up his fitness. the times | Saturday October 14 2017 11 1GS Sport Shrewsbury man proving players can be athletic and academic Alex Rodman’s backstory an intriguing sub-plot in unbeaten team matching the Manchester giants, writes Henry Winter PHOTOS: TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER A lex Rodman’s paternal grandfather hunted U-boats in the Atlantic and his grandmother worked in the Pentagon and then as Sir Winston Churchill’s secretary. Rodman’s father set up a noted sportswear company and ran the commercial side at Aston Villa. The driven genes in the Rodman family continue with Alex pushing for promotion to the Sky Bet Championship while studying for his master’s: Shrewsbury Town and gown in perfect harmony. Rodman is challenging and changing traditional English dressing-room scepticism towards the classroom. It can be done, mixing the athletic and the academic. It takes organisation and, most importantly, vision and determination. Already a business studies graduate from Nottingham Trent University, Rodman is now taking a course in sports directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University and he has never been in better form on the field. The supremely fit winger has so far scored twice and contributed five assists in helping Shrewsbury share the only unbeaten league record of the 92 with Manchester City and Manchester United (and Shrewsbury have played five games more). “I found the more I dive into books, the more I read and learn and challenge myself, the more I grow as a person and a player,” Rodman, 30, says. “I feel not only am I in the best shape of my life, fitness-wise, but also intelligence-wise with the decisions I make on the pitch and off. Of course a lot of it is experience, playing games, and studying clips, but there’s research which says that if you challenge your mind, you’ll process things quicker.’’ Too many English players end their education at GCSEs, ignoring the benefits of expanding their minds further but Rodman feels more are opening up to the idea. “It’s certainly not strange picking up the paper and reading that Juan Mata is studying this, or [Andrés] Iniesta is studying that. It’s more accepted now. There are some who believe that studying has no relevance. There’s an old-school manager approach, saying ‘just focus on football’. “But there’s no scepticism at Shrewsbury. Paul [Hurst, the manager who has a degree in sports broadcasting and writing], ‘Doigy’ [assistant manager Chris Doig] and the management team have been very supportive of it. Some of the boys were impressed I was doing it and commended me. “A lot of them appreciate what I’m trying to do, looking at life after football. A lot of them asked me what I’m doing. They don’t understand the sporting t director role. A lot of old-school English managers would worry, thinking is it a threat to their position? But a sporting director is an ally to the manager and over the next four or five years most clubs in the Premier League and Championship will have one. Kevin Davies and Steve Harper are in the year before us [at university]. Michael Appleton’s just graduated. Steve Round, director of football at Aston Villa, was there. David Moss, the head of football operations at Huddersfield, too. He sits opposite David Wagner [the Huddersfield head coach] and they’re constantly bouncing ideas off each other all day. That’s the best scenario. “At Hull, Lee Darnbrough has a separate office at the stadium [as head Rodman has been an ever-present for Shrewsbury in League One this season The 30-year-old, who already has a degree in business studies, is working towards a master’s in sports directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University of recruitment]. He’s responsible for the hiring and firing of the manager, and the players. Steve Round at Villa is right in the middle. I want to keep playing long into my thirties but sporting director is a role I see myself in further down the line.” Rodman was talking at The Belfry, near his Solihull home, and a shanked drive away from Bodymoor Heath where his football career began as a youth player at Villa before golf seized him for a while. “I got down to a three handicap when I was 17, playing for the Midlands,” Rodman says. “Andy Sullivan, who’s won a few [three] European Tour titles, was in my county team. I had lessons with Derek Simpson here at The Belfry for years and h years. But the coaches said, y ‘Unless you’re going to spend eight hours a day on the practice ground, you’re not going to make it.’ ’’ Rodman was committed to his studies, spending four years at Nottingham Trent while playing for Leamington. “I did my own kit, washed my own o boots, [while being paid] £30 a bo week. Then £60-£70 a week at w Tamworth, in my last year at T university, with Gary Mills, and we u won the Conference North. I came out of university with my business degree, and decided to put my heart and soul into the professional game. It’s I not the conventional route.’’ His family has always trod its own path. “My grandfather was a lieutenant p commander of a Royal Navy destroyer in the t Second World War, protecting convoys from U-boats. The week after he was f promoted [to another post], his ship was blown p to pieces. He ended up working for Nato while my grandmother worked as a secretary in the Pentagon. When they came back, she worked for Winston Churchill. “I have a strong emotional connection to America. My father [Chris] was born in Virginia. as good as top-flight giants There are only three teams unbeaten in the Premier League and Football League P Man City (PL) 7 Man Utd (PL) 7 Shrewsbury (L1) 12 W 6 6 9 D 1 1 3 L 0 0 0 GD 20 19 10 Pts 19 19 30 I have a passport and I’m eligible for the US. They haven’t shown an interest but hopefully they will, that would be phenomenal.” (He qualifies for Wales via his mother.) As well as working at Aston Villa and as chief executive at Lincoln City, Rodman’s father established Warwick Sporting & Leisure. “They did Quasar boots that Gary Lineker and Steve Bull used to wear,” Alex recalls. His parents encouraged him to pursue his sporting dream, and his studies. “I’ve had the best of both worlds. I’ve played futsal for England. We played Brazil and I had to mark a small lad called Pelezinho, No 7, unbelievable skill. Their coach said he could have picked a team off the Copacabana beach because they’re all so good. We lost 16-1. That’s why a lot of Spanish and Brazilian boys are a lot further ahead of us technically because they play futsal at a young age. We suffer from the ‘big man No 9 . . . knock it up to them’ [syndrome] while in Spain, Brazil and Portugal it’s all skill in tight areas. It’s ingrained in them. “I had four caps for the England C team [nonLeague]. It was a very good standard; Andre Gray’s playing in the Premier League, so is Jamie Vardy. Non-League’s a hot bed for untapped talent. It was fantastic putting on the England shirt. Representing your country at any level is phenomenal, there’s a real sense of pride.” Looking at the senior side, Rodman has a simple solution for England’s malaise. “From the grassroots and youth football up we have to let them play. Give them more freedom. Players like Dele Alli and Ross Barkley need to be allowed to express themselves. You need an England manager strong enough to say, ‘Look, you’re going to make mistakes, misplaced passes, but one in five might be that killer ball that brings the goal, we have to let you be free.’ There’s a lot of criticism of England. They’re nervous. It needs a strong manager to say, ‘we keep going.’ ” As well as powerful mental faculties, Rodman has also needed his own innate resilience to overcome a horrendous illness in 2012 while playing for Aldershot Town. “I coughed up a 10p-sized piece of blood.” So he went to A&E, was advised he had pericarditis and prescribed anti-inflammatories. But Aldershot’s doctor, Imran Khan, was not convinced, and sent Rodman to see the cardiologist professor Sanjay Sharma, the medical director of the London Marathon. “I had some tests, and then he [Sharma] came back with some needles, saying I’ve got to inject you right away, you’ve got blood clots scattered over your lung, most of your lung has died off. They put me into hospital straightaway. They put me on a course of rat poison, blood thinners, Warfarin for three months. “I was crying to myself, wondering whether I was going to play again. I called my parents, in tears on the phone. The week before, I’d actually sat down with an insurance specialist who’d come into the club, talking about careerending policy. A week later he called me and said, ‘Would you like to go ahead with it?’ I said: ‘Funnily enough, I don’t think you’ll insure me now because of my situation.’ I’ve played more than 200 games since that, and the exclusion to my career-ending insurance has only just been removed. My personal accident insurance now costs £181 a month and that’s with a £150,000 payout.” Today, a healthy Rodman and his vibrant Shrewsbury side visit Plymouth Argyle, top playing bottom in League One. “We’ve got a fantastic dressing room of young, hungry players and good experienced players all wanting to prove a point week in, week out, wanting to be successful. I look around the changing room and realise we’ve got something special here now.” Rodman loves his studies but his immediate target is clear. “My No 1 aim is to get Shrewsbury into the Championship this season.” 12 Saturday October 14 2017 | the times 2GS Sport Football The ultimate Premier League guide 2017-18 How they stand 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Man City Man Utd Tottenham Chelsea Arsenal Burnley Liverpool Watford Newcastle Utd West Brom Huddersfield Southampton Stoke City Brighton West Ham Utd Everton Leicester City Swansea City Bournemouth Crystal Palace P 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Liverpool v Manchester United W 6 6 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 D 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 3 1 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 L 0 0 1 2 2 1 1 1 3 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 7 F 22 21 14 12 11 7 13 11 7 6 5 5 7 5 7 4 9 3 4 0 A GD Pts 2 20 19 2 19 19 5 9 14 6 6 13 8 3 13 5 2 12 12 1 12 12 -1 12 6 1 10 8 -2 9 7 -2 9 7 -2 8 11 -4 8 9 -4 7 13 -6 7 12 -8 7 12 -3 5 8 -5 5 11 -7 4 17 -17 0 7: Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) 6: Sergio Agüero (Man City), Álvaro Morata (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham) 5: Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Raheem Sterling (Man City) 4: Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) The Sweeper: time for Southampton to find some form Paddy von Behr, Charlie Scott When the action gets under way at Anfield today it will end a tortuous wait of 18,375 minutes for the return of the Premier League. We felt every one of those minutes, not least the 180 while England were limping into the World Cup. At least Harry Kane scored twice to provide us with a familiar FPL feeling. Before the FPL season began, Southampton were the team to back in the opening few months thanks to a delicious run of fixtures, yet a misfiring front line that has found the net just five times in seven matches has seen Mauricio Pellegrino’s side win just twice. There are reasons for FPL managers to be hopeful though, particularly the return to fitness of Virgil van Dijk, the in-demand centre back (£5.4m). Fraser Forster (£5m) has impressed in goal, with his 40 points the leading score by a Southampton player, while Cédric Soares (£5m) continues to offer a threat from full back and Nathan Redmond (£6.3m) and Dusan Tadic (£6.5m) have looked dangerous. The floodgates could open today against Newcastle, a team they have beaten 13-1 on aggregate in their past four home league matches. Their three games after that look winnable too: West Brom (h), Brighton (a), Burnley (h). LIVERPOOL Injured Clyne, Mané, Lallana (4-3-3) Mignolet Gomez Matip Lovren Henderson Wijnaldum Salah Firmino Coutinho Mata Saturday 3pm highlights available at 5.15pm Highlights of Champions League, Europa League and the FA Cup v Cheikhou Kouyaté West Ham Mkhitaryan Matic FINK TANK PREDICTION H 34% D 26% A 40% Herrera Bailly Young Burnley 4 United four-goal wins in 7 league games this season, after none in previous 110 league games Lukaku Rashford Jack Cork MANCHESTER UNITED Injured Rojo, Pogba, Carrick, Fellaini Moreno Can Jones Valencia De Gea Draw 23/10 (4-2-3-1) Referee M Atkinson (4 games) 11 Last 5 Liv WLDWD Man U WDWWW 1 Burnley v West Ham Cork, the Burnley midfielder, often drops back to help his centre backs by repelling shots Most blocks by midfielders in Premier League this season Today 3pm TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.20pm, The Goals Highlights, 5.15pm BURNLEY Injured Heaton, Walters, Marney, Wells (4-4-1-1) Pope Lowton Tarkowski Mee Ward Arfield Cork Defour Brady WEST HAM Injured Collins Doubts Obiang, Fernandes 12 Hendrick Cork Burnley Wood 0 Second-half goals in Burnley’s past four games Carroll Arnautovic Lanzini Kouyaté Antonio FINK TANK PREDICTION H 36% D 29% A 35% Noble Fonte Cresswell Reid Zabaleta (4-2-3-1) Referee S Attwell (2 games) 0 Gareth Barry West Brom 8 Nathaniel Chalobah Watford Home win 7/4 Hart Bur DWDDW 5 Dale Stephens Brighton WH LWDLW Crystal Palace v Chelsea Today 3pm 5 5 TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.20pm, Radio BBC 5 Live, The Goals Highlights, 5.15pm CRYSTAL PALACE Injured Benteke, Wickham, Loftus-Cheek Doubts Hennessey, Tomkins (4-3-3) Speroni Dann Fosu-Mensah Sakho Van Aanholt Milivojevic Cabaye Puncheon Zaha Sako Townsend Hazard Willian Alonso Fàbregas Bakayoko CHELSEA Injured Kanté, Drinkwater, Morata West Ham benefit from the aerial prowess of the 6ft 4in Kouyaté 30 Goals scored by Manchester City in the league since Palace last scored Highest proportion of aerial duels won by midfielders in Premier League since start of last season* Luiz Azpilicueta FINK TANK PREDICTION Christiansen Cahill H 14% D 22% A 64% Rüdiger Referee A Marriner (5 games) 1 74.5% Leroy Fer Swansea DWL 13 C Pal LLLLL Che WWDWL Manchester City v Stoke City Today 3pm TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.20pm, The Goals Highlights, 5.15pm Ederson Otamendi Delph De Bruyne Fernandinho Silva Sterling Jesus Sané Jesé Shaqiri Choupo-Moting Pieters Adam Wimmer Fletcher Cameron STOKE CITY Injured Shawcross, Allen, Martins Indi 1 Player on each side who scored winner against former club in last game: De Bruyne (City v Chelsea), Crouch (Stoke v Southampton) Diouf FINK TANK PREDICTION H 80% D 14% A 7% Zouma Butland Home win 1/7 (3-4-3) Referee C Pawson (6 games) 2 65% 26 Man C WWWWW Cheikhou Kouyaté West Ham Cheikh 64.5% Paul Po Pogba Man Utd 60.3% *minimum 60 duels MANCHESTER CITY ompany Injured Mendy, Kompany Doubt Agüero (4-3-3) Stones Marouane Fellaini Man Utd Away win 2/5 (3-5-2) Walker Watch every Premier League goal first on The Times phone app. Get goal video clips and highlights of every big match Head to head TV Live, Sky Sports PL, Radio BBC 5 Live, The Goals Live updates Courtois Don’t miss a goal this season Today 12.30pm Sto DDLLW the times | Saturday October 14 2017 13 2GS Sport In association with By Bill Edgar Swansea v Huddersfield Today 3pm SWANSEA Injured Bartley, Sanches Fabianski Naughton Fernández Mawson Olsson HUDDERSFIELD Injured Hefele, Stankovic, Palmer, Quaner Doubt Mounié Britton Carroll Clucas Fer Depoitre Sabiri Kachunga Billing Mooy Ince Löwe Schindler Zanka Smith FINK TANK PREDICTION H 51% D 25% A 23% (4-4-1-1) Referee P Tierney (1 game) 0 Swa WLDLL 4 Hud DLDDL Tottenham v Bournemouth Today 3pm TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.20pm, Radio talkSPORT 2, The Goals Highlights, 5.15pm TOTTENHAM Injured Rose, Dembélé, Wanyama, Lamela (3-4-2-1) Lloris Alderweireld Sánchez Dier Trippier Davies Ibe Cleverley Richarlison A Smith Iwobi Ramsey Xhaka Elneny Kolasinac Monreal Koscielny FINK TANK PREDICTION H 24% D 22% A 54% Bellerín Holding Away win 8/13 Cech (3-4-3) Referee N Swarbrick (5 games) 0 12 Referee R Madley (4 games) 2 Tot DWDWW 18 Name the season ? Can you work out which season this table is from? Answer in The Game on Monday P 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 W 21 19 19 19 10 10 6 D L 12 5 11 8 11 8 11 8 10 18 12 16 16 16 Bou LLWLD F 76 73 62 62 35 51 31 A 44 40 32 37 53 60 59 Pts 75 68 68 68 40 39 34 Tomorrow 1.30pm BRIGHTON Injured Kayal, Sidwell, Suspended Hemed Bruno Duffy Dunk Bong Knockaert Pröpper Stephens March EVERTON Injured Coleman, Funes Mori, Bolasie, Barkley, McCarthy Southampton/Brighton 1987-88 Southampton/Portsmouth 2003-05 Southampton/Portsmouth 2015-17 Southampton/Bournemouth 2017-18 Southampton/Bournemouth/Brighton 14 League goals in 28 games by top flight’s four southernmost teams: Brighton 5, Southampton 5, Bournemouth 4, Palace 0 Murray Calvert Lewin Baines Rooney Gueye Davies Jagielka FINK TANK PREDICTION H 33% D 28% A 39% Schneiderlin Keane Martina Pickford Draw 21/10 (4-3-2-1) Referee M Oliver (6 games) 2 21 Bri DWLWL Eve LLLWL Southampton v Newcastle Tomorrow 4pm TV Live, Sky Sports PL, Radio BBC 5 Live, The Goals Live updates (4-2-3-1) SOUTHAMPTON Injured Targett Doubts Long Forster Cédric Yoshida Van Dijk Romeu Bertrand NEWCASTLE Injured Dummett, Haïdara Lemina Davis Tadic Redmond Gabbiadini Bill Edgar’s weekend numbers 1979-83 Ars LWDWW TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.30pm, Radio talkSPORT, The Goals Live updates *Middlesbrough deducted 3 points for missed fixture Tomorrow will be the first time in top-flight history that – on days with two or more matches – each game will be played on the south coast. Brighton & Hove Albion host Everton while Southampton are at home to Newcastle United Seasons with multiple top-flight clubs on south coast Wat DWLLWD Brighton v Everton Home win 1/5 (4-2-3-1) Manchester United Newcastle United Arsenal Liverpool Sunderland Middlesbrough Nottingham Forest 6 Watford home games without a win, during which they have conceded 18 goals Deeney Lacazette Ryan FINK TANK PREDICTION H 84% D 10% A 5% Surman Francis ARSENAL Injured Mustafi, Chambers, Cazorla Doubt Coquelin Capoue Sigurdsson Begovic 1 2 3 4 18 19 20 Carrillo Holebas Gross King Arter Kabasele Doucouré 0 Spurs wins in first three league games at Wembley yet won final 14 matches at White Hart Lane Kane Aké Mariappa Alli Defoe Daniels Femenia (4-4-1-1) BOURNEMOUTH Injured Mings, B Smith, Wilson Doubt Fraser Vertonghen Winks Eriksen Fraser Gomes Home win 6/5 Lössl WATFORD Injured Kaboul, Cathcart, Chalobah, Success Suspended Prödl (4-2-3-1) 62 Years since Huddersfield’s previous top-flight game in Wales (v Cardiff in Sept 1955) Bony Abraham Today 5.30pm TV Live, BT Sport 1, Radio BBC 5 Live, The Goals Live updates TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.20pm, The Goals Highlights, 5.15pm (4-1-2-1-2) Watford v Arsenal 10 Southampton failures to score in past 12 home games: 0, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 3, 0, 0, 0 Joselu Atsu Pérez Ritchie Merino FINK TANK PREDICTION H 40% D 27% A 33% Shelvey Manquillo Lascelles Clark Yedlin Home win 10/11 Elliot (4-2-3-1) Referee K Friend (3 games) 0 9 Sou DLWLL New WWWLD Leicester v West Bromwich Albion Monday 8pm TV Live, Sky Sports PL, Radio BBC 5 Live, The Goals Live updates LEICESTER Injured Huth, James (4-4-1-1) Schmeichel Simpson Morgan Maguire Fuchs Mahrez King Ndidi Albrighton WEST BROMWICH ALBION Doubts Chadli, Robson-Kanu Iborra 12 Away wins in past 17 meetings (three home wins and two draws) Vardy McClean Rodriguez Phillips Barry Krychowiak Livermore Gibbs Evans Hegazi FINK TANK PREDICTION H 47% D 27% A 26% Dawson Foster Draw 23/10 (4-3-3) Referee M Dean (5 games) 1 18 Lei LLDLD West B DLDLD Perron-Frobenius table v actual league table Perron-Frobenius rank 1 Manchester City 2 Chelsea 3 Manchester United 4 Arsenal 5 Tottenham 6 Liverpool 7 Burnley 8 Watford 9 Everton 10 Stoke 11 West Bromwich Albion 12 Newcastle 13 Brighton 14 Huddersfield 15 Leicester 16 West Ham 17 Southampton 18 Bournemouth 19 Swansea 20 Crystal Palace Premier Position Points League rank difference 1 20.5 0 4 12.1 +2 2 9.0 -1 5 7.1 +1 3 6.8 -2 7 5.0 +1 6 4.4 +1 8 0.4 0 16 0.1 +7 13 -2.0 +3 10 -3.0 -1 9 -4.4 -3 14 -4.7 +1 11 -8.5 -3 17 -8.6 +2 15 -9.7 -1 12 -10.7 -5 19 -11.3 +1 18 -14.5 -1 20 -21.9 0 Chelsea fans take heart: you’re really higher than United Daniel Finkelstein Fink Tank The league table never lies. This is one of the most frequently used clichés in football, and one of the least true. The league table lies or (to be more precise) may be lying about who the best team are, even at the end of a season. It takes more than four years before you can be confident that, enough games having been played, the winner of the most points are the best side. And early in the season, the table may not even be telling the truth about who are doing best. It may be that one side are doing well because they have played only poorer teams, while another are struggling because of a tough early fixture list. So which team are really top of the table? Spoiler alert: It’s not Crystal Palace. Dr Henry Stott, Dr Mark Latham and Dr Dinesh Vatvani use something called the Perron-Frobenius theorem as adumbrated by James P Keener. Here’s roughly how it works. Instead of using straightforward points, you award teams points based on the strength of the opposition they beat. So, if Manchester City beat Chelsea, you attach to them the number of points Chelsea have won. Also the number of points won by teams that Chelsea have beaten. You keep going, iteration after iteration. In the end you get a stable league table that is adjusted for the fixture list. What does it show? Well, Manchester City are top. They are also, by the way, top in our team-strength ranking by quite a distance. Manchester United are the second-best side in the league (though only 78 per cent as good as City), but they are not second in the fixture-adjusted table. Rather surprisingly, the statistical exercise suggests that Chelsea have made a stronger start to the season and are second. Are there any other outliers? Well, Everton fans can take a bit of comfort from the calculations. They are ninth, seven ahead of their actual league place. So the fixture list has been a big part of their problems. On the other hand, the list has flattered Southampton, who have got off to a very bad start. In our table they are in the relegation positions, as opposed to sitting 12th in the actual league. Huddersfield Town have been hurt by the fixture list, while, even though they have made a poor start, West Ham United are actually doing worse than it appears. Tottenham Hotspur aren’t doing quite as well as they appear to be, while Arsenal don’t just look as if they are worth a Champions League slot at this stage; they actually are. 14 3GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Football Cotterill given perfect start at Birmingham Birmingham City Adams 19 Cardiff City 1 0 2 1 0 Sky Bet Championship Steve Madeley From humiliation to celebration. Steve Cotterill’s first fortnight at Birmingham City ended in dream style as Che Adams timed his comeback to perfection to dent Cardiff City’s promotion push. Adams’s stylish goal in his first game for a month gave Cotterill victory in his first game in charge, 13 days after he watched from the stands as his new charges were humbled 6-1 away to Hull City. The contrast could hardly have been more stark, with Adams’ winning effort reward for a display infused with extra energy and endeavour by Cotterill’s arrival. For Neil Warnock, the meeting with his newly installed opposite number could not have come at a worse time as his table-topping side suffered their second league defeat of the season. “I’m a very proud man,” Cotterill said. “The result could be important for them. It can give them belief to buy into top six P W 12 7 Cardiff City 11 7 Wolves 12 5 Bristol City 11 7 Sheffield Utd 11 6 Leeds Utd 11 5 Preston * Full table on page 21 D 3 2 6 0 2 5 L 2 2 1 4 3 1 F 17 19 20 15 18 13 A GD Pts 10 7 24 11 8 23 11 9 21 10 5 21 11 7 20 6 7 20 the work we’re doing. There has been a lot of hard work. It’s been a tough couple of weeks but everybody at the club has been first class. “Every part of the game plan couldn’t have gone any better. Cardiff didn’t have a shot on target and that was down to our blocks and the work that we put in.” Birmingham had the better of the opening moments and their reward came as Adams produced a moment of flair. He was near the touchline, just inside Cardiff territory, when he collected a poor kick from Neil Etheridge, the Cardiff goalkeeper. But the Birmingham man was able to turn an unpromising position into a fine goal when he ran fully 40 yards, weaving between three defenders before firing the ball past Etheridge. Junior Hoilett twice sent shots wide for the visiting side before, just a minute from halftime, Craig Bryson Adams’ goal lifted Birmingham out of the bottom three had a shot deflected off target following a powerful surge from Kenneth Zohore. A bizarre passage of play in the Cardiff goalmouth in the second half almost allowed Birmingham to add to their advantage, but Cheikh N’Doye inadvertently blocked Adams’ effort before, after a series of ricochets, Bruno Manga hacked the ball off the line. Then, at the other end, Michael Morrison made a vital interception from Zohore’s cross, but Warnock was angry that a high boot by Adams on Joe Bennett in the Birmingham penalty area went unpunished by Geoff Eltringham, the referee. “Apparently the referee said he’d have given a free kick anywhere else on the field, so what does that mean,” Warnock said. “I thought the referee was very poor.” Birmingham City (4-2-3-1): T Kuszczak — M Colin, M Morrison, M Roberts, J Grounds — D Davis (sub: S Gallagher 90min), M Kieftenbeld — C Adams (sub: L Jutkiewicz 90), C N’Doye, J Maghoma (sub: C Gardner 90) — I Vassell. Substitutes not used C Trueman, C Gardner, H Dean, S Gallagher, Jota, S Gleeson. Booked Kieftenbeld, Davis. Cardiff City (4-3-3): N Etheridge — L Peltier, S Morrison, B Manga, J Bennett — C Bryson (sub: A Gunnarsson 68), S Bamba, J Ralls (sub: D Ward 81) — N Mendez-Laing, K Zohore, D Hoilett (sub: L Feeney 81). Substitutes not used Murphy, Tomlin, Connolly, Damour. Booked Bryson. Referee G Eltringham. the times | Saturday October 14 2017 15 2GS Sport ONEDITION Chiefs pledge to tackle the culture of fear Cricket Elizabeth Ammon Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter Britain’s Paralympic chief has promised that there will be more scrutiny of sports in the build-up to Tokyo 2020 after the revelations of bullying that operated in para-swimming. Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive of the British Paralympic Association (BPA), said that the independent investigation into British Swimming had revealed an “unacceptable” environment. The Times also revealed details yesterday of how the reign of fear was operated by Rob Greenwood, the award-winning former para-swimming head coach, over the swimmers — some of them juniors. He may now be stripped of the 2016 high performance coach of the year prize awarded to him by UK Coaching after British swimmers won 47 medals at the Rio Paralympics. British Swimming has removed a story about his award from its website. Chris Furber, the para-swimming performance director, has remained in his post but was disciplined for a “failure to ensure management control” and a “lack of empathy” towards athletes. The BPA will be involved in British Swimming’s action plan to tackle the problems revealed by the investigation, and Hollingsworth told The Times: “I have read the allegations in the paper and I have spoken to some athletes myself, and my response is that this is a cultural failing which is unacceptable and the athletes concerned in swimming were absolutely right to bring it to people’s attention. “I am very clear that we have some direct responsibility in the future for the team at the Games that we must remain vigilant over. I’m confident our team were happy with the way they were treated and looked after at Rio. “For Tokyo we will go through the Revelations in The Times yesterday selection criteria for athletes and staff and we will look again at that and review how we consider the team going into the Games for ParalympicsGB.” Hollingsworth said that it was possible to prioritise medal success without sacrificing athletes’ welfare. He added: “I am always going to be of the view that medals matter and are the fundamental benchmark by which athletes judge themselves but you can do it in a way that is ethically framed and is based around decency and I don’t see those two things as incompatible. “We certainly should look to promote the views that medals, success and performance should happen in an environment where athletes feel very safe, secure and valued, and not within a culture of fear. There should be an absolute recognition of welfare.” The BPA will be questioned on the bullying scandal, the latest of several in British elite sports, when representatives appear before the digital, culture, media and sport select committee. Damian Collins, MP, the committee chairman, said: “It is very concerning and it fits the pattern of a culture of fear which has been allowed to exist and fester within different sports. We have the British Paralympic Association coming One-day and Test cricket in radical reform Greenwood and Furber helped to create an “unacceptable” training environment in to give evidence on October 31 and we will certainly question them on this.” UK Coaching is reported to be in talks about whether Greenwood, who left British Swimming this year, should have his award rescinded. In a statement, it said it has the “highest regard for the welfare of both athlete and coach and considers this an absolute priority”. The organisation has added David Lavallee, the first professor of duty of care in sport, to its judging panel. Lavallee said: “There is a real focus on duty of care for this year’s awards and we had quite a big discussion on putting coaching integrity at the heart of this.” UK Coaching said: “Coaches must develop a relationship with their participants (and others) based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect. Part of this is a coach’s responsibility not to engage in behaviour that constitutes any form of abuse, whether physical, sexual, neglect, emotional or bullying.” The ICC has given the go-ahead to a radical shake-up of international cricket. As reported in The Times on Monday, the changes, which will be introduced in 2019, mean that the top nine-ranked Test teams will play six series — three at home and three away — over a new two-year Test championship with each series having a minimum of two Tests and a maximum of five. Teams will be awarded points for winning a series and after the two-year cycle, the top two teams will contest a play-off final to determine the Test champions, the first being played at Lord’s in June 2021. In addition to the Test championship, the ICC board agreed to the introduction of a 13-team one-day international league, which will begin in 2020 and lead to qualification for the World Cup. For the ODI league, the ICC’s 12 full members and the winners of the World Cricket League Championship will contest four home and four away series, each comprising three matches. The changes mean an end to bilateral series of five matches. Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, said: “I would like to congratulate our members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first. Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on. “This means fans around the world can enjoy international cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup.” The ICC also approved the trial of four-day Tests if both sides agree, but all Test championship matches will be five-day contests. David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said: “Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test-playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine-ranked teams.” Focused Groves says he won’t be distracted by Eubank hype Boxing Ron Lewis Boxing Correspondent The journey to becoming a world champion has been too tough for George Groves to take his eye off the prize. Groves makes the first defence of his WBA super-middleweight title tonight and, while many are already looking ahead to a new year showdown with Chris Eubank Jr, Groves has only been thinking about tonight and his opponent, Jamie Cox. The bout at Wembley Arena is a quarter-final of the World Boxing Super Series, an eight-boxer tournament promising the eventual winner $8 million (about £6 million) in prize money. Eubank will meet tonight’s winner in the semifinals, having produced a spectacular knockout of Avni Yildirim in his opening bout last weekend. “I haven’t seen it, but of course I know the result,” Groves said. “I’m not fussed whether Eubank boxed well or not, whether he looked good or he didn’t or whether he is favourite now or what not. “Right now everybody is excited about the Eubank performance at the weekend and the potential of fighting me. Eubank is talking about fighting me next like it is a foregone conclusion of what will happen. He might be saying that just to add a bit of pressure, I don’t know but I am definitely not looking past Jamie Cox.” Groves, 29, finally became world champion at the fourth attempt in May when he stopped Fedor Chudinov, of Russia, in the sixth round in Sheffield. Twice he had lost to Carl Froch, most famously at Wembley Stadium, then he lost a split points decision Groves says that he wanted Eubank on his side of the draw “The biggest threat in the fight is the to Badou Jack in Las Vegas. He had started to believe it might not happen element of the unknown because Cox for him, but coming into this has never been truly tested, he has not tournament, which is due to finish been in a 50-50 fight yet. Will he rise to next May, having a belt gives extra the occasion or not, will he be able to step up in class?” clout. Groves knows Cox well, having “I told them to make sure that shared a room with him when Chris Eubank is on my side of they were on the England the draw,” Groves said. “I squad more than ten years made a fairly simple ago, a period that included request and it went visits to Estonia and Italy. through. Lots of my Live on ITV Box Office “He was someone I requests have gone from 7pm. knew and was glad when through. Groves v Cox approx we roomed together “I also picked Jamie Cox 10.30pm because he was all right, he’s as my first opponent a good lad,” Groves said. for many reasons. It is a “We got beat as England used British fight for me and that to back then before they had any would naturally create a bit of excitement. Cox is tough, he has stuck clout. A few of us went out, a few of us with it. You have to give him that re- got drunk, a few of us went home, spect, he was a talented amateur, but it someone else was sick in another’s room. We were all a bit of a scallywag is a big step up to this level for him. “Jamie was the last one to get the back then.” They never sparred, though. Cox, 31, green light for this Super Series but it’s a massive opportunity for him. He’s who won a gold medal at the 2006 been granted a world title shot in his Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, first fight in the tournament, most of us was a light-welterweight as an amateur and considered too small to share a ring have to work very hard for that. TV with Groves. In a stop-start professional career, which has seen him box only 24 times in more than a decade, the only significant title that Cox has won was the Commonwealth light-middleweight title six years ago. Twice since then it has seemed his career might be over, firstly when he was told by a doctor that he would never box again because of a shattered left hand, then when he was jailed last year for assaulting his ex girlfriend. The conviction was overturned on appeal, while an operation has now made the hand so solid that it is known in the gym as the “Rhino head”. “I’ve worked hard for this, I’m ready,” Cox said. “There is a lot more than money on the line. I don’t dwell on the past, I’m only looking to the future and that is George. “Everyone in this tournament is a good fighter. I’m ready for the best George. What George talks about are his own insecurities, so he gives a lot away. I think he has read a book on it. We don’t read books, we just deal with situations.” 16 1GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport MAGI HAROUN/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK; GETTY IMAGES Why cocaine is sport stars’ chosen drug After bans in rugby, cricket and tennis, Rick Broadbent asks if substance abuse has replaced alcohol Gareth Hock knows about the downside of getting high. The rugby league hardman has served a ban for cocaine and has “RIP Terry” inked on his chest in homage to a friend and international who committed suicide with traces of the drug in his system. The number of cocaine cases in sport is adding up. Zak Hardaker missed rugby league’s Grand Final and has been dropped from England’s World Cup squad because of a positive cocaine test, prompting Denis Betts, the England assistant coach, to say “his morality” is out of kilter. In August two players from opposing sides, Adam Walker and Rangi Chase, were suspended after a game between Wakefield Trinity and Widnes Vikings. Other sports are not immune. Last week Jack Burnham, the 20-year-old Durham batsman, was banned for a year for failing a third hair analysis test for a recreational drug, believed to be cocaine. The Times understands that several other cricketers have failed a stage-one hair test. In the past two weeks Dale Swift, a now retired jockey, was banned for 21 months for taking cocaine while Graham Gibbons, another jockey, got two and half years for taking cocaine and swapping urine samples. However, as people debate the severity of the malaise, the fact is cocaine is not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) for most of the working week. In addition a landmark case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) could spell an end to mandatory two-year bans. How bad is it? Garry Schofield, the former Great Britain rugby league captain, says cocaine is rife in his sport and knows high-profile players who have taken it. A source told The Times cocaine is regularly taken by league players as pain relief. There is also anecdotal evidence that it is replacing cannabis as cricket’s recreational drug of choice. “I just did it to get away from rugby,” Hock says. “It was stupid. It was just friends I was with, nothing to do with pain relief for me. I did it because I was brought up like that. It does not really affect you for long. I took it and never thought about it again until I got caught, but I was lucky. I didn’t lose everything and came back stronger.” In his memoirs he explained how easy it was to be swayed. “My form for Wigan was good and we were partying hard and I just thought, ‘F*** it; give me some of that cocaine’. It was being passed around like toffee. What a dickhead, but I’ve always been easily led, willpower is not a strength.” Terry Newton was not so lucky. Banned for taking human growth hormone, he killed himself in 2010. The coroner said a cocktail of drugs, including cocaine, could have impaired his judgment. Now in the sport courts cocaine is being distanced from taking drugs to gain a performance edge. Shorter bans are likely after the case of Brian Fernández, an Argentine footballer who received 18 months after a CAS hearing. Graham Arthur, an independent anti-doping expert, said: “Although cannabis and cocaine are both used recreationally, cannabis has always had a ‘softer’ treatment in anti-doping rules. The recent CAS case suggests cocaine cases might now get a softer treatment, although the minimum ban will stay at 12 months.” The complicating factor with cocaine is that it is only prohibited by Wada in Hardaker, left, missed rugby league’s Grand Final after testing positive while tennis player Evans, top, and cricket’s Burnham, above, got one-year bans competition which equates to 12 hours before an event. That effectively means that, under Wada rules, you can take it a few days before a match. Arthur said: “All the cocaine cases I’ve been involved in have resulted from an athlete using cocaine in circumstances that are tolerated under doping rules. Whether that athlete later tests positive depends on the speed with which the body gets rid of the cocaine metabolites. Everyone is different, and so this feels unfair.” The Football Association has gone further than most as regards recreational drugs. Although not required to do so by Wada, it does out-of-competition testing for cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines. Positive tests are treated as disciplinary offences punishable by a fine or a ban and are not normally made public. The England and Wales Cricket Board also introduced out-of-competition hair analysis after it was suggested by the coroner at the inquest into the death of Tom Maynard. The Surrey batsman had taken cocaine and MDMA before his death on a railway track in 2012. However, the moves do not seem to have stopped sportspeople taking cocaine. Curtis Woodhouse, the former Premier League footballer, says it is commonplace in football and is the athlete’s favourite drug because it stays in the body for only about 48 hours. In March, Christian Bagate, a former head of the French Rugby Federation medical commission, spoke of the “MondayTuesday-Wednesday corticosteroidcocaine cocktail” after the arrests of Ali Williams, the former All Black, and James O’Connor, the former Wallaby, at a Paris nightclub. Mourad Boudjellal, Toulon’s owner, said: “In certain clubs and among many players coke is very popular.” UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) has noted the increase in cases and is planning to work with the governing bodies to stress the dangers of taking cocaine during out-of-competition periods. However, with the Fernández case possibly leading to reduced sanctions, highlighted by the one-year backdated ban for tennis player Dan Evans, it may be a difficult message to get across. Arthur says he has yet to come across a cocaine case with a performanceenhancing intent, but opinion is split. Nick Wojek, Ukad’s head of science and medicine, said the effects are shortlived but cocaine distorts perception and so could be used briefly to combat pain. However, a science adviser to Ukad’s French counterparts, AFLD, suggests cocaine can increase “alertness, reactivity and aggressiveness”. Harry Shapiro, director of DrugWise, an online service, said: “It is going to make you more alert and awake for 15 minutes or so. And you will put your heart under pressure and may face mental health problems.” One of the few academic studies into cocaine and sport found that the cocktail of cocaine, heat and lactic acid could contribute to fatal heart attacks. Live & Exclusive Wolves v Aston Villa talkSPORT today from 5pm Spurs vs Bournemouth talkSPORT 2 today from 2pm Get stuck in! 1089/1053AM • DAB Radio Mobile • talkSPORT.com the times | Saturday October 14 2017 17 3GS Sport One stadium, one nation for the cricketers of post-genocide Rwanda RWANDA CRICKET STADIUM FOUNDATION James Gheerbrant visits Gahanga where a new ground symbolises rebirth after the civil war UGANDA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Kigali I n Rwanda, they are building. Concrete shells clad in skeletons of scaffold and blue tarp thrust skyward from the undulating red soil in every corner of this tiny, east African country, where almost one million ethnic Tutsis were massacred in a 100-day genocide in 1994. They are building houses. They are building residential blocks. They are building convention centres. They are building schools. Women build. Men build in sandals, and on the last Saturday of each month, each able-bodied Rwandan aged between 18 and 65 builds as part of Umuganda, a national community service. Everyone joins in the construction effort with such zeal because they are building something else. They are building normality. They are building a new identity. They are building a future on the ruins of the past. They are building a nation. And now, in Gahanga, a small village on the southern outskirts of the capital Kigali, they have built a cricket stadium. Care has been taken to ensure that the national arena for this most English of sports is characteristically Rwandan. All stone is locally sourced, all labour drawn from the surrounding villages. The significance of the design — three arched vaults gradually diminishing in size from left to right — is twofold. It mimics the rolling topography of a country whose nickname is “The land of a thousand hills”, and it also resembles the path of a bouncing cricket ball. This latter aspect particularly appeals to Eric Dusingizimana, the men’s national team captain. “I started playing cricket in secondary school,” Eric says. “Personally I was attracted due to the relationship between the game and my studies: I was a student who liked geometry a lot, mathematics and physics. Passing by the ground and seeing how the game is played, the way a batsman is reacting to the certain bounce of a ball, a certain angle, I said to myself, ‘This is physics, this is mathematics.’ I fell in love with the game like that.” Everyone is drawn to cricket for different reasons, but one sentiment is echoed by every Rwandan cricketer. “It is the first time that I’ve ever felt that I have a family away from home, outside my bloodline,” Mary Maina, the women’s captain, says. “It is more of a sisterhood environment, everyone will be there for you in whatever situation.” “In Rwanda, the cricket fraternity is more than just a place where we come and hit the ball — it’s a family to us,” all-rounder Derrick Bayingana adds. These bonds are vital. It is 23 years since the country was torn apart by the genocide. Unicef found that, of those who were children then, 80 per cent suffered death in the family, 70 per cent witnessed killing or maiming, and 90 per cent believed that they would die. Opening batsman Audifax Byiringiro’s father was hacked to death, his brother maimed by a grenade. “Personally, I wasn’t old enough to experience how the genocide went,” he says. “Above all, what I experienced were the effects. How it wasn’t easy to be raised, how it wasn’t easy to study at home, how it wasn’t easy even to have the basics like food, somewhere to live. RWANDA 20 miles The cricket stadium is the second to be built in Rwanda after Kigali’s Kicukiro Oval, and it will be characteristically Rwandan with materials and workers brought in from the surrounding areas c We had to grow up faster, we had to have responsibilities when we were still young.” How do you unify a generation whose parents killed, and were killed by, each other? Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, has banned identity cards that show people to be Hutu or Tutsi and promoted the ideology that his subjects are Rwandans foremost, but such diktats are superficial. It is only through everyday activities such as cricket that tthey become woven into the fabric of society. Eric and Derrick are best friends. They laugh and joke together — Derrick takes the mickey out of Eric’s scientific world view, and they chuckle about how they didn’t realise “cow corner” was a universal expression, as cattle would wander on to the old pitch where they now play. Eric is a Hutu, w while Derrick’s family are Tutsi. w “When your target is just hitting that ball, or taking a catch, you don’t care who hits it, or who fields that ball,” Derrick says. “It erases the difference, Science was what drew Dusingizimana to cricket and it brings us to be one person, with one goal, just to win. Cricket is not one person’s show, it’s a team game. No matter what differences we have, we have to find a way to come together, so that we can fight for the country, raise that flag, go and get that win. I’m telling you, we are one.” The team may be united and focused on the future on the pitch, but beneath the rutted surface of the Kicukiro Oval, reminders of the past remain. It was the scene of one of the most atrocious massacres, where over 2,000 Tutsis were hacked to death. Players occasionally happen across bone fragments in the outfield. Other problems are more practical. The present pitch consists of an AstroTurf wicket on concrete, meaning the bounce is unpredictable and the ball doesn’t spin. The outfield is bumpy and pitted with anthills and snake holes — many ankles have been turned under a high catch. The nets are threadbare. Rwanda play in Africa Division Three, the eighth tier of world cricket, but inadequate facilities hold them back. All that, though, is about to change. A British charity, the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, has almost finished constructing the new stadium. Next week, it will be officially opened with a charity match between teams captained by Brian Lara and Michael Vaughan. The project director of the charity is Alby Shale, son of David Cameron’s constituency chairman, Christopher Shale, who died aged 56 in 2011. BURUNDI Shale Sr was involved in social action projects in Rwanda; for his son, fulfilling his father’s final dream has become a consuming mission and a channel for his grief. “It’s the most traumatic thing that’s happened to me,” says Alby, who has raised £1 million to finance the stadium and still needs £100,000 to complete the project. “You’re always looking for meaning when something that transformational happens in your life, and we were talking about the things that Dad discussed about cricket in Rwanda and how he wanted to build this stadium. We just realised that the way that we could honour him was to try to fulfil his legacy.” Christopher Shale helped to build a community centre in Kininya, a village for genocide survivors, where we meet a girl called Annick. Through an interpreter, Annick tells her story. After her father was killed during the genocide, her mother fled with her brother. Rather than risk taking Annick, she decided it would be safer to abandon her, reasoning that she was too young for militia to discern if she was Hutu or Tutsi. Annick was taken in and raised by a Hutu family, while her mother gave up hope of being reunited with her daughter. But when her foster family moved towns, they chanced upon someone who knew Annick’s biological family. Now she lives with her birth mother again. Rwanda has many such stories, but its cricketers want to write new ones. “Rwanda is known for the two Gs: genocide and gorillas,” Alby says. “It needs new positive headlines about how the country has rebuilt itself.” Derrick agrees. “Given the history that we have, that we are known for genocide, we are the ones now to rewrite the story.” The opening of the stadium marks the opening of a new chapter in the life of this country. “I cried,” Mary Maina says of the moment she set foot on the new pitch. “I didn’t cry out loud, but my tears fell, because I thought, ‘This is impossible.’ I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, this is going to change the level of cricket in Rwanda, it’s going to change very many people’s lives right here.’” “It will be the happiest moment of my life, without question,” Alby says. “It’s closure, for me and my family. It’s been an amazing journey and I’m pretty sure it’s got a happy ending.” 6 For more information about the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, visit rcsf.org.uk or @rwandacricket on Instagram. To make a donation visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/rcsf inside today ‘It was very clear from the start that cricket was playing a part in the healing process in Rwanda’ News, page 3 Jonny Bairstow interview: ‘I was told I was never going to be as good a cricketer as my late father was’ Magazine 18 1GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Rugby union Hartley must get under George’s skin in battle of England hookers Hartley Ben Kay George v Age 31 26 Height 6ft 1 6ft 0 Weight 17st 4lb 17st 8lb England caps 17 (17 off bench) Lions caps 3 0 Bans 0 wks 86 character They are both indicative of the way their teams play. Dylan Hartley is belligerent and uncompromising and he is ideal for Northampton Saints, who are a traditionally an aggressive, street-brawling side. Hartley wants to be as physical as possible and get under the skin of his opposite man to try to put him off. He will want to bully Jamie George and I expect him to be at his spikiest against his England understudy. If George gets dragged into thinking of it as a oneon-one battle with Hartley then the Northampton hooker will have won. As ever, Hartley needs to be careful. When he tried that tactic a couple of years ago he was sent off for headbutting George and he missed the World Cup. George, though won’t be fazed. He plays with a more laid-back air but he was the Lions’ starting hooker. lineout George is statistically the most accurate lineout thrower in the Aviva Premiership, registering 94.5 per cent compared with Hartley’s 92.7 per cent since the start of last season. He is helped by the athleticism of his jumpers, especially George Kruis whose hands are so good that he can turn a questionable throw into a completion. The quality of their movement often means teams do not compete in the air against Saracens. George and Hartley have subtly different techniques. Hartley starts with the seam up on the ball, George with the Gilbert panel facing up. The difference is that George places his thumb and fingers over the seams and it gives him more grip. Hartley’s (22 off bench) 60 wks Premiership overall Appearances 122 135 (23 off bench) (64 off bench) Tries 19 14 Win percentage 78.3% 56.7% 2017-18 Premiership Appearances 3 4 Minutes 255 187 Tries 1 Carries 21 Metres made 17 Tackles 23 3 20 50 33 elbows come out a bit when he throws whereas George is all about using his hands and wrists, keeping his elbows in as he tries to snap through the action. His throws have a faster, tighter spiral and are more accurate. But when George missed two key throws for the Lions, either through pressure or fatigue, one of his elbows came out and he lost his technique. scrummaging Hartley is the better striking hooker. I think it must be coached at Saracens, but their hookers often use a knee to deflect the ball back because they struggle with the strike. Hartley has a very good clean sweep and a big strike. Individually George is probably the better scrummager but Hartley’s value in the set piece is that he gets the very best out of the tight five around him. He talks a lot, not to wind up the opposite number but to almost coach his team through the scrum. open play George is the better attacking player. Hartley runs hard and fast and attempts to blast through defenders, whereas George will knock players off balance with his footwork and he carries the ball in two hands, showing to pass it, which means defenders cannot close in on him in case he offloads to a man outside. He also has the ability to get the ball through his hands quickly if he feels defenders are bearing down on him. Hartley is the better defensive player. His tackling is superb. He always keeps his momentum going forward but can make the late decision to go for a chop tackle at the knees or go in for the big shot. Hartley is very good at reloading and getting back to his feet. George missed a lot of tackles against Wasps. His weight is up top, which means that if he goes low, it has to be on his terms or he gets unbalanced. england battle You cannot underestimate Hartley’s leadership value to England, a team who are not blessed with lots of leaders. That was one of the main factors cited in the post-tournament review for England’s poor World Cup campaign and it is a massive thing. Eddie Jones has spoken glowingly of Hartley’s leadership but George was part of the Lions senior leadership group because he was the starting hooker in New Zealand. Leadership is about gravitas and Hartley has that in the England camp, that gnarly demand for high standards. Jones believes he has the best combination of hookers in the world and the way George plays does lend itself to making an impact off the bench. Three amigos keeping Saracens Alex Lowe Deputy Rugby Correspondent Alex Sanderson is not taken by the British & Irish Lions, where the success or failure of the tour is based firmly on results. For all the good public relations, for all the bonds forged behind the scenes, for all the DVDs sold, the Lions are judged on how they perform in the Test series. That can come at a price. George Kruis, the lineout master for England and Saracens, started the first Test against the All Blacks but was then dropped. “We have had to pick up the pieces,” Sanderson says. “It is outcome focused and that is not our way. We don’t manage like that.” Sanderson, Joe Shaw and Ian Peel, three Saracens assistant coaches, spent some time in the Lions camp during the summer tour while on a 17-day factfinding mission to New Zealand. They took little from the experience, far less than the illuminating weeks they spent embedded with the Hurricanes and the Crusaders, New Zealand’s leading Super Rugby franchises. The mission was to gather ideas, insight and intelligence that would keep Saracens, who launch their bid for a third consecutive European Champions Cup title against Northampton Saints tomorrow, in front of the chasing pack. To stand still in elite sport is to go backwards. Saracens are relentless and innovative in their quest for excellence and self-improvement. The by-product, they hope, is a dynasty, although that is never the driving motivation. “When we won the double in 2016, after losing the Premiership and European finals in 2014, the joyy and euphoria lasted for a few days but when the hangover kicked in I thought, ‘What at do you do next?’ For me, it was an epiphany,” Sanderson says. “I realised that the process off getting better and of seeingg improvements every day in guys like Jamie George and Owen Farrell was a bigger buzz than winning the ultimate prizes, that many people see as your defining achievements as a coach. Even if we win the European Innovators: Sanderson, centre, Shaw, left, and Peel Champions Cup again we are not done. There is so much to come from these players and coaches.” Sanderson runs the defence at Saracens, Shaw the attack and Peel the set piece. The three amigos have known each other for more than 15 years. Shaw is teased for being the brains of the bunch; he has just finished a Masters degree in coaching science through the University of the West of England. “He is a level four coach and a Jedi coaching master,” Sanderson says. Shaw’s thesis was on the influence of a good culture on high performance. “I wanted to look if there is a connection between culture, caring for people, looking after the individual, or whether we are doing something here that d is i a load of nonsense and if you have a load of good y players, just go out and get on p with it,” he says. “It turns out we w are on the right lines.” The foundations of the Saracens culture were laid by Ed Griffiths, the former chief executive, and Brendan Venter, the previous director of rugby. They put the players’ well-being front and centre, helping to remove all pressures off the field and encouraging them to forge tight bonds in the belief it would make them a better team. It has worked, although their methods are not to everyone’s taste. The club hold more debt than any other in the Aviva Premiership, about £45 million. The players, though, have an almost cult-like devotion to Saracens and that is all that concerns the coaches. “Only 12 per cent of people go to work in the world and enjoy it. In this environment, coaches and players want to come to work and enjoy it,” Shaw says. The trip to New Zealand reinforced their beliefs but also gave them coaching and tactical ideas to keep Saracens evolving. In return, the Crusaders used some of Peel’s set-piece defence ideas in their victory over the Lions from South Africa in the Super Rugby final. “The Crusaders were the closest in line to what we do,” Peel says. “Their players were involved in the decisionmaking and how they want to play. We the times | Saturday October 14 2017 19 1GS Sport ANDREW COWIE/COLORPSORT; DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES Mallinder waiting for opportunity to turn heat up on Brown Utility Northampton player says his England prospects lie at full back, writes John Westerby They have got previous: Hartley missed the World Cup in 2015 after a headbutt on rival George. The Saints captain was given a four-week ban and left out of Stuart Lancaster’s squad ahead of the pack took that on board and brought that had them sumo wrestling, we have had back because it means they have a inflatable surf boards. We have had greater understanding of what they do cheerleading, lasers, wolves and snakes on the field. and crocodiles. I was fed up of the two“Scott Robertson, the head coach, is a hour meetings we would have. We complete lunatic and we saw how much wanted to be engaging.” fun they have. His energy was so high Saracens thumped Northampton 55in meetings and around training.” 24 on the opening weekend of the Keeping the players entertained season, scoring seven tries in a ramand engaged with innovative pant first half at Twickenham, ideas has long been the hallbut this week’s theme was to mark of Saracens. Each the players that Northampton remind week has its own theme. Saints are undefeated at Last week, the magician home. “We have had to v Saracens Pete Heat was brought change the perception of Kick-off: 5.30pm, into the camp because it what the lads may feel on tomorrow was thought that Wasps the back of the first game,” were capable of pulling a Sanderson says. Live: BT Sport 2 rabbit from the hat. Heat’s Peel has reshaped his set5pm message was that the magic piece training since returning happens before the big reveal, just as it from New Zealand, where one of his is the work off the ball and away from favourite evenings was spent down the the spotlight that creates a try. pub with Dan Cron, the Hurricanes “If you have a narrative and a theme assistant coach, picking apart the — and it is nothing new, every good minutiae of the scrum. club has them, the Hurricanes, the As a team Saracens have shifted their Crusaders, all the NFL teams — then it focus more on to attack. “Last year we creates visual stimulus for players. It conceded 100 points fewer than anyone sells an idea,” Sanderson says. You get else but we didn’t score as many points better intent from the players. We have as other teams so we have gone out to push our attack forward,” Sanderson says. “We perhaps put too much into our defence last — we have a better balance this year. You can see that in the tries we have scored.” That shift was a collaborative effort from three coaches who operate under Mark McCall, the director of rugby, and spend hours every week talking, agreeing, disagreeing and arguing, all with the aim of generating ideas. “It’s the closeness in the staff that gives us that edge,” Shaw says. “We are like-minded people who want to strive to get better. This is a different season, different challenges, hence going to New Zealand. No one knows it all. “We don’t mind copying but we are creative in what we do. It is about understanding how to get better. Is there a fresh way of doing things? Is there a different angle we can put on the things we are good at? You have to be aware of getting better. If you are not you will plateau and your fire has gone.” At Saracens, that fire is still raging and it comes with a warning from the double European champions: “We haven’t got anywhere near hitting our straps yet.” Harry Mallinder looks worried and with good reason. At the age of 21, it became apparent to him over the summer that he was still growing. The official statistics on the Northampton Saints and England websites show Mallinder as measuring 6ft 5in. “I’m 6ft 6in now, at least. I think I’ve gained an inch in the last year,” he says. But the look of concern on his face is not the result of the growing pains he still experiences from time to time. Instead, the fly half-cum-centre-cumfull back is worried that he will attract covetous glances from Dorian “Nobby” West, the club’s gnarled forwards coach, who may already be pondering how Mallinder’s height and dexterity could be employed in lineouts and driving mauls. “I’m really hoping I don’t grow any more,” Mallinder says. “Otherwise I’m sure Nobby will come calling. And that’s not a very nice thought.” The sheer breadth of Mallinder’s skill set — size, hands, vision, boot — makes him one of the most adaptable players in the English game, but he is clearly putting limits on his versatility. Indeed, this is the season in which he is seeking to pin his colours to one particular position at Northampton. After spending the early part of his career mainly at inside centre, but also playing fly half and full back, Mallinder wants to be considered primarily as a No 15. “If I’m honest, it’s been to my advantage in my first couple of seasons to be able to play different positions,” he says. “But I’m at that stage now where I want to establish myself in one position. My preference would be to play full back.” He has been given a firm guiding hand on the way to making this decision by Eddie Jones. On England’s tour to Argentina in June, Mallinder missed out on winning a first cap, but was given a clear indication by the head coach of how he could make the step up to international rugby. “Eddie made it quite clear when I first went into camp that full back was the position he saw me in,” Mallinder says. “I want to play for England, so I want to play full back. I’ve got my eyes firmly set on that now.” A fascinating tussle is in prospect for the England No 15 shirt over the next couple of years. Mike Brown is the man in possession, but he will be 34 by the the next World Cup in Japan in 2019 and Jones has spoken of his desire to explore other options, including Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly. Mallinder is a contender, too, and would offer something different, his intelligent reading of a game d coming with a hefty right boot and those extra inches in height thatt could benefit England’s aeriall game. To state his case as an alternative to Brown, though, Mallinder needs a run of games at No 15 for Northampton. Itt shouldn’t be too difficult, you might think, when he lives in the same house as the club’s h director of rugby, with whom he shares the samee surname. “It’s up to thee coaches where they play me,” Mallinder says. “I can only go and knock on the doors of Alan Dickens [attack coach] and Mark Hopley [defence coach] and ask to play full back.” Doesn’t he knock on the director of rugby’s door? He smiles. “No, I try not to speak to Dad about that.” This is an indication of how Mallinder has come to terms with working under Jim, his father and boss. At the start of the season, Mallinder Jr had been due to play at full back until injuries to Stephen Myler and Piers Francis forced him into service at fly half, where his sure touch helped Northampton to rebound from a disastrous defeat by Saracens, whom they face again in the European Champions Cup at home tomorrow, with four consecutive victories. Now that Myler and Francis are fit, he will start on the bench at Franklin’s Gardens, itching for a run from full back in the second half. While Mallinder’s father might have wanted to grant his son the run of games he was craving in the No 15 shirt, his duties as director of rugby have forced his son to remain patient. “The team always comes first and I expect myself to perform in whatever position I’m picked,” he says. A former England full back himself, Jim Mallinder had always been reluctant to work with his son, but both seem to have found a comfortable way of coping. “We try our best not to take it home because you need that escape,” Harry says. “Every now and then, Mum has to shut us up at the dinner table, but it doesn’t really cause any problems. There are more arguments over who’s doing the washing than where I’m playing at the weekend.” It has not been the easiest of times for Mallinder Sr. Northampton slumped to seventh in the Aviva Premiership last season, then began last month with that 55-24 humbling against Saracens. Does Harry not find it difficult when his father is under such pressure? “It doesn’t make it any different for me,” he says. “I’ve known from the start that coaches can come under a lot of pressure. When there’s been bad times and pressure on him, it doesn’t affect me. I’m more affected by the fact that the team aren’t doing well in those periods and, as a player, I want to do something about that.” However well they work together, that international call-up in the summer offered Mallinder a welcome opportunity to continue his development away from his roots at Franklin’s Gardens, where he first worked as a ballboy from the age of 11. “I’ve been at the club since I was 11, working with Paul Diggin, Alan Dickens, Mark Hopley. They’re all brilliant coaches, and the same with my dad,” he says. “Much as I love it here and don’t want it to change, it was refreshing tto hear a different voice working w with Eddie, to go into a new envirronment, new ideas, new routines.” As Mallinder’s growth in the ggame continues, the time may be approaching when Jim is recognised chiefly for being Harry’s father, rather than Harry being known as Jim’s son. No father watching his son grow up would want it any other way. Mallinder is on the Northampton bench tomorrow but is eager for a run of games at full back 20 2GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Rugby union Irishman’s Italy call-up six years after losing sight in one eye Ian McKinley tells Alex Lowe how a move to Udine and a pair of specially-made goggles have revived his career Imagine, for a moment, the mentality required to deliberately gouge the good eye of an opponent who had returned to play rugby after losing sight in his other eye in a horrific accident. That sickening situation occurred twice to Ian McKinley, when the former Ireland Under-20 fly half was making his comeback having suffered a gruesome injury playing club rugby in Dublin seven years ago. McKinley was at the bottom of a ruck when a stud from a team-mate’s boot plunged into his left eye, causing a full rupture. He was taken to hospital for emergency surgery, which took four hours, and the doctors were unsure whether they could save his sight. Over the next six months McKinley recovered 70 per cent of the vision in the eye, enough for him to play again, albeit with some minor adjustments to the way he played because he had lost some peripheral vision. McKinley switched clubs from University College Dublin to St Mary’s College in the hope of leaving behind the memories of the accident. It was while playing for his new club, the grass-roots home of Jonathan Sexton, that he was gouged twice. The second incident occurred in a ruck, but the 27-year-old knows for certain the perpetrator of the first. McKinley pauses when asked whether he was targeted, saying he is not sure, but he certainly believes the assault was deliberate. McKinley continued playing, though, representing Leinster four times under Joe Schmidt in 2010-11 — the year they defeated Northampton Saints to win the Heineken Cup — including a man-of-the-match performance against Benetton Treviso. It was inevitable that McKinley would develop a cataract in his recovering left eye and his sight went blurry as he lined up a conversion for Pool Two Northampton Saints v Saracens Tomorrow, 5.30pm, BT Sport 2 Ospreys v Clermont Auvergne Tomorrow, 5.30pm, BT Sport 3 Stephen Myler makes his first start of the season for Northampton, with Piers Francis at inside centre. Tom Wood returns from injury on the bench. George Kruis and Nick Isiekwe start in the second row for Saracens. Born Dublin, December 4, 1989 Position Fly half Club career App Pts Leinster (2009-12) 6 8 Viadana (2014-16) 35 268 Zebre (2015-16) 3 5 Benetton Treviso (2016-present) 32 104 International career Ireland U20 (2009) 9 Italy (2017) Yet to feature the Leinster Development XV, the day after that epic European final. It was complicated, but the surgeons dealt with it. Then later that summer, during an off-season weekend with friends in Galway, his retina detached. “One moment I was looking at the traffic lights and the next moment it was Bath have lost four black,” McKinley says. The doctors consecutive were baffled; after the first six months Champions Cup pool he should have been in the clear. They games. They have performed three operations, but the never lost five in damage was too severe to repair. a row McKinley was blind in one eye and he had no option but to retire from playing rugby. That dark day was in the summer of 2011. This week, McKinley was selected by Italy for their autumn international series and today he will start at fly half for Treviso against Bath in the European Champions Cup, following in his father’s footsteps by playing at the Recreation Ground. He will do so wearing protective goggles. The accident and the gouging are the ugly parts of the McKinley story, the rest is remarkable. McKinley began to coach Bath’s defeat by voluntarily and a friend Treviso in 2004-05 was from Leinster hooked him their only loss to Italian up with a club in Udine, opposition in Europe. Italy. He enjoyed it, he was They have won 16 of good at it, but his emotions 17 games were raw. “My brother, Philip, came out to visit me in April 2013. I didn’t have a breakdown but I had a pretty emotional moment after a Leinster game,” he says. “It was hard seeing my team-mates doing well. Maybe there was some jealousy. It’s tough as a sportsman when you cannot retire on your own terms.” Philip returned to Ireland worried about his brother and resolved to help him. He approached a student, Johnny Merrigan, at the National College of Treviso won their first Art and Design in Dublin, and he took away game against on the challenge of developing some Premiership opposition in protective goggles. Italy were the first the European Cup, in 1999 4 1 14 v Harlequins. They have lost the next 14 games in England McKinley played six games for Leinster but retired in 2011 after suffering a detached retina during an off-season trip to Galway guide to the weekend’s champions cup action (words by john westerby) Pool One Harlequins v La Rochelle Today, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Action Mike Brown and James Horwill return for Harlequins. La Rochelle, fourth in the Top 14, have Ryan Lamb at fly half and Victor Vito, the former All Black, at No 8. from ireland to italy Pool Three Leinster v Montpellier Today, 1pm, Sky Sports Action Exeter Chiefs v Glasgow Warriors Today, 7.45pm, BT Sport 2 Exeter are second in the Aviva Premiership, while Glasgow are unbeaten in the Guinness Pro14. With Jack Nowell injured, Phil Dollman returns at full back for Exeter and Lachie Turner moves to the wing, while Sam Simmonds continues at No 8 in front of Thomas Waldrom. Pool Four Racing 92 v Leicester Tigers Today, 3.15pm, BT Sport 2 Castres v Munster Tomorrow, 1pm, Sky Sports Action Ben Youngs starts for Leicester, while his brother, Tom, and Ellis Genge are recalled to the front row. Racing have lost four of their first seven Top 14 games, Dan Carter is absent and Rémi Talès starts at fly half. Pat Lambie, the Springbok back, is on the bench. Pool Five Bath v Benetton Treviso Today, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Arena Toulon v Scarlets Tomorrow, 3.15pm, Sky Sports Action The suspension of Freddie Burns and injury to Rhys Priestland means Josh Lewis, the ex-Scarlets fly half, makes a rare start for Bath. Anthony Watson is at full back against a side who have won three of their six Pro14 matches. In the back row Zach Mercer, Sam Underhill and Taulupe Faletau start. 49 country to sanction them and in 2014 McKinley registered as a player and rreturned to rugby, initially in the social leagues with Leonorso, in Udine, before he was picked up by Viadana, then Zebre and now Treviso. V There were hurdles to negotiate along the way. Initially, Ireland were one of the countries who would not recognise the goggles and so McKinley was barred from playing league games in his homeland but the equipment, produced in Italy, is now sanctioned p worldwide. w “I can play without goggles but I wear them because of the two gouging incidents,” he says. “They don’t help me with extra vision, they are solely tthere to protect my functional eye. “I love rugby but I don’t want to go blind. I want to play in safety and b wearing the goggles gives me extra cconfidence to know that nothing can happen. Since 2014 I have played over h 1100 games with the goggles and there hasn’t been one incident. That has been h a real positive outcome.” The injury has left McKinley with a larger blind spot on his right side, which he has tried to combat through greater communication with the players around him and his “fly in the goggles” technique. “My mother says it looks like that because I keep moving my head up, down, left, right, all over the place,” he says. “That is just me looking around as much as I can. “Last year felt like my first season as a professional rugby player. To improve and see where I am, you need to play against the best teams. That is why this weekend is so exciting.” Treviso have started the Guinness Pro14 well and they lie fifth in Conference B heading into Europe, with three wins from six games. McKinley’s form has earned him his call-up to the Italy squad. “I am not Italian but Italy has given me a huge opportunity and always supported me. They were the first nation to adopt the goggles. The best way I can repay them is to put in my best performances on the field and create some more competition. It is a huge honour.” Does he think about the Six Nations and the prospect of facing Ireland? “I have learnt that rugby is to be taken day by day. You never know what is around the corner,” he says, and for once that answer does not sound like a cliché. Fixtures fury sparks review John Westerby Tournament organisers have promised an “intensive review” of scheduling for the European Champions Cup next season after complaints from English clubs this week. Wasps were upset that they had only five days’ preparation for their game away to Ulster last night, two days fewer than their opponents, while Exeter Chiefs are angry at being repeatedly scheduled in a “graveyard slot”, kicking off at home to Glasgow Warriors today at 7.45pm, limiting the game’s appeal to supporters and commercial partners. Simon Halliday, the chairman of European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), apologised to Exeter and told them that steps would be taken to avoid them being in that slot again. Exeter also feel they have had more than their share of Sunday evening matches, an unpopular time for English clubs but preferred by French broadcasters. Fixtures are scheduled to cater for different countries’ networks. “We are undergoing an intensive review of our whole broadcasting operation,” Halliday told The Telegraph. BT Sport is understood to feel it has been unfairly criticised for the scheduling of Wasps’ game, five days after they played Saracens. Broadcasters express interest in screening particular games and scheduling is then completed by EPCR in consultation with clubs and other broadcasters. the times | Saturday October 14 2017 21 3GS Sport Piutau hands Wasps fifth defeat in a row CHARLES MCQUILLAN/GETTY IMAGES 19 0 2 9 1 Ulster Wasps exclusive to members ‘Aggro? It’s worse down the off-licence’ . . . Ellis Genge talks to Alex Lowe thetimes.co.uk/sport went himself, wriggling close to the line but his grounding was just short. After knocking twice on the door, Ulster then found it swinging open. Piutau’s angled run attracted Christian Wade and tempted Willie Le Roux to step inside, creating the space for Stockdale to race over in the corner. The home side came roaring forward from the restart, with Piutau and Stockdale combining brilliantly down the left before the wing floated a pass back infield for McCloskey to score. The pass looked forward to the naked eye, but it was checked by the television match official and the try was awarded. Wasps were in danger of being overrun. The Kingspan Stadium was bouncing and Ulster had their tails up. Wasps did well to stop the rot but they were now having to chase the game, to fight to leave with a bonus point. Their ill-discipline proved costly, with Lealiifano’s two penalty goals denying them. “It is a massive victory,” Les Kiss, the Ulster director of rugby, said. “We didn’t play exceptionally well but we challenged our character and came through.” European Champions Cup Alex Lowe Deputy Rugby Correspondent Charles Piutau heaped further misery on his former team-mates as Ulster launched their European Champions Cup campaign by condemning Wasps to a fifth consecutive defeat. Wasps had edged 9-3 ahead in a penalty-strewn, arm-wrestle of a match when Ulster suddenly upped the tempo and Piutau, who spent a season at the Ricoh Arena before moving to Belfast, orchestrated tries for Jacob Stockdale in the 55th minute and Stuart McCloskey two minutes later. That turned the match and Wasps’ bid to fight their way back into the game was undone by illdiscipline. They conceded 13 penalties and finished with 14 men, after Josh Bassett was sin-binned for a high tackle on Louis Ludik. That allowed Christian Lealiifano to curl his second penalty goal of the evening through the posts and deny Wasps even a losing bonus point, adding insult to their growing list of injuries. Wasps were already seething about having to play five days after their defeat by Saracens in the Aviva Premiership and Dai Young, the director of rugby, felt that the short turnaround took its toll. Thomas Young pulled a groin and did not reappear after the interval, while both Tom Cruse and Brendan Macken failed head-injury assessments inside 18 minutes. Cruse is also thought to have broken his thumb. “I would have been surprised if there hadn’t been a pull after our short turnaround. Nothing seems to be going our way,” Young said. “When you are down, Deysel is well stopped by Cooper-Woolley but Wasps came away with nothing people keep kicking you in the nuts but we have to dust ourselves down and keep going.” Ulster have injury issues of their own. While Rory Best is close to a return, Jared Payne has still not played since the Lions tour while Marcell Coetzee’s season is over after the South Africa No 8 required “revision surgery” on his left knee, ruling him out of action for nine months. Macken’s premature departure forced Wasps into a back-line reshuffle and, without Danny Cipriani, Rob Miller was pressed into emergency fly half action for more than an hour. Wasps did lead at the interval, but on three occasions they failed to convert pressure into points after making deep incursions into the Ulster 22. Ulster’s maul defence was outstanding, particularly Iain Henderson, who twice battled through the bodies to spoil Wasps’ close-range lineout drives, while Joe Launchbury was held up over the line. Jimmy Gopperth added two penalty goals to Elliot Daly’s opening strike but Ulster, who had shown flashes of enterprise in the first half with breaks from Piutau and Stockdale, then came roaring into life. Piutau and Luke Marshall were prominent as Ulster drove upfield. Lealiifano tried to pick out McCloskey with a cross kick and the fly half then Fixtures Results Today Football Kick-off 3.0 unless stated Premier League: Burnley v West Ham; Crystal Palace v Chelsea; Liverpool v Man Utd (12.30); Man City v Stoke; Swansea v Huddersfield; Tottenham v Bournemouth; Watford v Arsenal (5.30). Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley v Middlesbrough; Bolton v Sheff Wed; Brentford v Millwall; Fulham v Preston; Leeds v Reading; Norwich v Hull; Sheff Utd v Ipswich; Sunderland v QPR; Wolves v Aston Villa (5.30). P W D Cardiff.................12 7 3 Wolves................11 7 2 Bristol City..........12 5 6 Sheff Utd ............ 11 7 0 Leeds...................11 6 2 Preston................11 5 5 Aston Villa..........11 5 4 Ipswich................10 6 0 Norwich...............11 5 3 Fulham................11 4 5 Middlesbrough....11 4 4 Sheff Wed...........11 4 4 Nottm Forest......11 5 0 Millwall...............11 3 4 Derby...................10 3 4 QPR ..................... 11 3 4 Hull......................11 3 3 Barnsley..............10 3 2 Birmingham........12 3 2 Burton.................12 2 4 Brentford ............ 11 1 6 Reading...............10 2 3 Sunderland..........11 1 4 Bolton..................11 0 2 L 2 2 1 4 3 1 2 4 3 2 3 3 6 4 3 4 5 5 7 6 4 5 6 9 F 17 19 20 15 18 13 17 20 11 14 13 15 15 14 13 14 22 13 8 6 13 9 12 4 A 10 11 11 10 11 6 10 16 13 10 9 12 19 13 13 15 19 15 19 23 15 12 21 22 GD Pts 7 24 8 23 9 21 5 21 7 20 7 20 7 19 4 18 -2 18 4 17 4 16 3 16 -4 15 1 13 0 13 -1 13 3 12 -2 11 -11 11 -17 10 -2 9 -3 9 -9 7 -18 2 League One: Bristol Rovers v Oxford Utd; Bury v Bradford; Charlton v Doncaster; Fleetwood Town v Rochdale; Northampton v AFC Wimbledon; Oldham v Blackburn; Peterborough v Gillingham; Plymouth v Shrewsbury; Portsmouth v Milton Keynes Dons; Rotherham v Scunthorpe; Walsall v Blackpool; Wigan v Southend. P W D Shrewsbury.........12 9 3 Wigan..................12 9 1 Bradford..............12 8 2 Rotherham..........12 7 0 Peterborough......11 6 2 Charlton .............. 11 6 2 Blackburn............10 6 1 Scorers: Ulster: Tries Stockdale (55min), McCloskey (57). Penalty goals Cooney (14), Lealiifano 2 (70, 75). Wasps: Penalty goals Daly (3), Gopperth 2 (40, 47). Scoring sequence (Ulster first): 0-3, 3-3, 3-6 (half-time) 3-9, 8-9, 13-9, 16-9, 19-9. Ulster C Piutau; L Ludik, L Marshall (rep: T Bowe 69), S McCloskey, J Stockdale, C Lealiifano, J Cooney (rep: P Marshall 65); K McCall, R Herring, W Herbst (rep: R Ah You 65), K Treadwell, I Henderson, R Diack, S Reidy, J Deysel (rep: C Ross 65). Wasps W Le Roux; C Wade, E Daly, B Macken (rep: R Miller 17), J Bassett (sin-bin 75), J Gopperth, D Robson; M Mullan (rep: S McIntyre 65), T Cruse (rep: A Johnson 14), J Cooper-Woolley (rep: M Moore 68), J Launchbury, W Rowlands (rep: J Gaskell 62), J Haskell, T Young (rep: J Willis 41), N Hughes. Referee B Whitehouse. L 0 2 2 5 3 3 3 F 18 22 22 22 22 19 15 A GD Pts 8 10 30 7 15 28 13 9 26 13 9 21 17 5 20 15 4 20 8 7 19 Scunthorpe..........12 Fleetwood Town.11 Oxford Utd..........12 Blackpool.............11 Bristol Rovers.....12 Portsmouth.........12 MK Dons..............12 Southend.............12 Walsall................12 Doncaster............12 Rochdale..............12 Oldham................11 Bury.....................11 AFC Wimbledon..12 Northampton......12 Gillingham...........12 Plymouth.............12 5 6 5 5 6 5 5 4 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 4 1 3 3 0 2 2 4 5 3 5 1 3 3 2 4 2 3 4 4 3 6 5 5 4 4 6 5 7 6 7 8 7 9 12 20 21 16 23 16 12 17 16 15 10 17 12 5 8 6 8 7 19 14 13 23 14 15 22 21 15 14 26 17 14 22 16 21 5 1 7 3 0 2 -3 -5 -5 0 -4 -9 -5 -9 -14 -10 -13 19 19 18 18 18 17 17 16 14 12 11 10 9 9 8 7 5 League Two: Accrington Stanley v Coventry; Chesterfield v Morecambe; Colchester v Carlisle; Forest Green v Newport County; Grimsby v Crawley Town; Lincoln City v Cambridge Utd; Luton v Stevenage; Mansfield v Swindon; Notts County v Barnet; Port Vale v Cheltenham; Wycombe v Exeter; Yeovil v Crewe. P W D Exeter..................12 9 1 Notts County ...... 12 8 2 Luton...................12 7 3 Wycombe............12 7 3 Coventry..............12 7 2 Accrington ..........12 7 2 Stevenage...........12 6 3 Newport County . 12 6 3 Mansfield............12 5 4 Lincoln City.........12 5 4 Swindon..............12 6 1 Cheltenham.........12 5 2 Grimsby...............12 5 2 Cambridge...........12 5 1 Colchester...........12 4 3 Carlisle................12 4 2 Crewe..................12 4 2 Crawley...............12 4 1 Barnet.................12 3 3 Yeovil..................12 3 3 Morecambe.........12 2 4 Forest Green.......12 1 3 Port Vale.............12 1 2 Chesterfield........12 1 2 L 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 5 6 5 6 6 7 6 6 6 8 9 9 F 21 22 23 25 14 21 19 17 18 15 17 16 16 12 18 15 13 12 15 17 10 11 9 10 A 12 12 10 18 6 15 13 12 15 13 16 14 19 14 18 17 18 14 16 26 17 27 19 25 GD Pts 9 28 10 26 13 24 7 24 8 23 6 23 6 21 5 21 3 19 2 19 1 19 2 17 -3 17 -2 16 0 15 -2 14 -5 14 -2 13 -1 12 -9 12 -7 10 -16 6 -10 5 -15 5 Vanarama North: Leamington v York; Nuneaton v Darlington; Spennymoor Town v Curzon Ashton; Stockport County v Blyth Spartans. South: Chippenham v Wealdstone; Eastbourne Borough v Hemel Hempstead; Weston-super-Mare v Welling; Whitehawk v Hungerford Town. Evo-Stik Premier: North: Altrincham v Halesowen; Barwell v Warrington Town; Grantham v Stalybridge; Hednesford v Workington; Lancas- ter City v Farsley Celtic; Marine v Matlock Town; Mickleover Sports v Rushall Olympic; Stafford Rangers v Ashton Utd; Sutton Coldfield T v Whitby; Witton Albion v Coalville Town. South: Bishop’s Stortford v Basingstoke; Dorchester v Chesham; Farnborough v Hitchin; Kings Lynn Town v Kings Langley; Merthyr Town v Gosport Borough; Redditch v St Ives Town; Royston Town v Frome Town; St Neots Town v Weymouth; Stratford Town v Dunstable. Bostik Premier: Brightlingsea Regent v Tooting & Mitcham; Dorking Wanderers v Leiston; Harlow v Harrow Borough; Hendon v Tonbridge Angels; Staines Town v Dulwich Hamlet; Wingate & Finchley v Merstham; Worthing v Met Police; Lowestoft Town v Kingstonian. 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Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Celtic v Dundee; Hamilton v Motherwell; Hibernian v Aberdeen; Partick v Kilmarnock; Ross County v Hearts. P W D L F A GD Pts Celtic.....................8 6 2 0 20 5 15 20 Aberdeen...............8 6 2 0 15 6 9 20 Rangers.................9 5 2 2 20 11 9 17 St Johnstone.........9 4 2 3 13 14 -1 14 Motherwell ........... 8 4 1 3 13 10 3 13 Hibernian .............. 8 3 4 1 14 12 2 13 Hearts...................8 2 3 3 7 10 -3 9 Dundee..................8 2 2 4 10 16 -6 8 Hamilton Acad......8 2 1 5 12 17 -5 7 Ross County..........8 2 1 5 7 14 -7 7 Partick Thistle......8 0 3 5 8 16 -8 3 Kilmarnock............8 0 3 5 5 13 -8 3 Championship: Brechin v Morton; Dumbarton v St Mirren; Falkirk v Inverness CT; Livingston v Dundee Utd; Queen of South v Dunfermline. League One: Ayr v Airdrieonians; East Fife v Albion; Queen’s Park v Forfar; Raith v Arbroath; Stranraer v Alloa. William Hill Scottish Cup: Second round: Banks ODee v Selkirk; Berwick v Annan; Buckie Thistle v BSC Glasgow; Civil Service Strollers v Brora; Cowdenbeath v East Kilbride; Deveronvale v Glenafton; Formartine v East Stirling; Keith v Clyde; Nairn Co v Cove Rangers; Peterhead v Colville Pk; Spartans v Clachnacuddin; Stirling v Lothian Thistle; Edinburgh Univ v Fraserburgh; Elgin v Edusport Acad; Montrose v Stirling Univ. Football Rugby union Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership European Champions Cup: Pool one: Harlequins v La Rochelle (5.30). Pool three: Leinster v Montpellier (1.0); Exeter v Glasgow (7.45). Pool four: Racing 92 v Leicester (3.15). Pool five: Bath v Benetton (5.30). European Challenge Cup: Pool one: Newcastle v Newport-Gwent Dragons (3.0). Pool four: London Irish v Edinburgh (3.0). Pool five: Worcester v Brive (3.0); Oyonnax v Connacht (7.00). 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British & Irish Cup: Nottingham v Bedford (3.0). Other sport Motorcycling: British Superbike Championship: Brands Hatch, Kent. Sky Bet Championship Birmingham (1) 1 Cardiff Adams 19 19,059 Bristol City (0) 0 (0) 0 Burton Albion (0) 0 18,212 St Johnstone (0) 0 Rangers (1) 3 Cricket First ODI: Pakistan v Sri Lanka Dubai (Sri Lanka won toss): Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 83 runs Pakistan (balls) Fakhar Zaman b Dananjaya 43 (45) Ahmed Shehzad c M K P A D Perera b Gamage 0 (12) Babar Azam c Mendis b Lakmal 103 (131) Mohammad Hafeez c N L T C Perera b Vandersay 32 (38) Shoaib Malik c M K P A D Perera b Lakmal 81 (61) *†Sarfraz Ahmed c Tharanga b N L T C Perera 1 (3) Imad Wasim not out 10 (5) Hasan Ali not out 11 (5) Extras (lb 2, w 9) 11 Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 292 Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees and Junaid Khan did not bat. Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-75, 3-124, 4-263, 5-266, 6-269. Bowling: Lakmal 10-0-47-2; Gamage 8-0-49-1; Dananjaya 8-0-51-1; Perera 8-0-68-1; Vandersay 10-0-47-1; Siriwardana 6-0-28-0. Sri Lanka (balls) †D P D N Dickwella c Sarfraz b Raees 19 (13) *W U Tharanga b Hafeez 18 (38) L D Chandimal lbw b Raees 4 (9) H D R L Thirimanne lbw b Raees 53 (74) B K G Mendis c Ahmed b Hasan 2 (8) T A M Siriwardana b Hasan 0 (1) N L T C Perera c sub (Faheem Ashraf) b Shadab 21 (29) A Dananjaya not out 50 (72) J D F Vandersay c Ahmed b Hasan 25 (47) R A S Lakmal not out 7 (9) Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 6) 10 Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 209 P L S Gamage did not bat. Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-34, 3-55, 4-67, 5-67, 6-108, 7-132, 8-200. Bowling: J Khan 6-0-28-0; Raees 9-1-49-3; Hafeez 10-2-32-1; Hasan 9-0-36-3; Malik 5-019-0; S Khan 7-0-26-1; Wasim 4-0-15-0. Third Twenty20: India v Australia Hyderabad: abandoned without a ball bowled. Cycling Tour of Turkey Fourth stage (Marmaris to Selcuk, 135 km): 1, Diego Ulissi (It, UAE Team) 5hr 36min 3sec; 2, J Hansen (Den Astana) at 5sec behind. Selected: 98, S Bennett (Ire, Bora-Hansgrohe) 14:59. Overall: 1, Ulissi 19hr 0min 50sec; 2, Hansen at 12sec behind; 3, F Masnada (It, Androni) 24. Selected: 71, Bennett 14:40. Golf European Tour: Italian Open Turin: Leading second-round scores (Great Britain and Ireland unless stated): 129: M Fraser (Aus) 67, 62; M Wallace 64, 65. 131: K Aphibarnrat (Thai) 64 67; J Donaldson 64, 67. 132: F Molinari (It) 64, 68. 133: A Bjoerk (Swe) 64, 69; T Hatton 69, 64; S Garcia (Sp) 66, 67; A Connelly (Can) 68, 65; E Pepperell 64, 69. PGA Tour: CIMB Classic Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Leading second-round scores (US unless stated): 131: P Perez 66, 65. 132: X Schauffele 65, 67. 135: C Smith (Aus) 64, 71; Sung Kang (S Kor) 67, 68; T Pieters (Bel) 68, 67. 136: K Bradley 65, 71. Rugby union European Champions Cup: Pool one: Ulster 19 Wasps 9. European Challenge Cup: Pool two: Cardiff Blues 29 Lyons 19; Sale Sharks 20 Toulouse 20. British & Irish Cup: Jersey 32 Yorkshire Carnegie 3. Tennis ATP Tour: Shanghai Rolex Masters China: Quarter-finals: R Federer (Switz) bt R Gasquet (Fr) 7-5, 6-4; J Martín del Potro (Arg) bt V Troicki (Serbia) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; R Nadal (Sp) bt G Dimitrov (Bul) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3; M Cilic (Cro) bt A Ramos (Sp) 6-3, 6-4. WTA Hong Kong Open Quarter-finals: A Pavlyuchenkova (Russ) bt N Osaka (Japan) 6-3, 6-3; Wang Qiang (China) bt S Stosur (Aus) 7-5, 6-2; D Gavrilova (Aus) bt L Cabrera (Aus) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; J Brady (US) bt N Gibbs (US) 7-5, 6-4. WTA Tour: Tianjin Open China: Quarter-finals: Shuai Peng (China) bt S Sorribes Tormo (Sp) 6-0, 6-1; S Errani (It) bt C McHale (US) 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1; M Sharapova (Russ) bt S Voegele (Switz) 6-3, 6-1; A Sabalenka (Bela) bt Zhu Lin (China) 6-3, 6-4. 22 2GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Racing Swamp Fox looks ready for return to the Flat at Newmarket Rob Wright Racing Editor Swamp Fox is fancied to add his name to a long list of classy hurdlers to win the Betfred Cesarewitch (3.40) at Newmarket today. Trained in Ireland by Joseph Murphy, Swamp Fox has developed into a really smart performer this year, winning two handicaps over jumps and Chepstow Rob Wright 1.55 Notre Ami 4.10 Wholestone 2.30 If You Say Run 4.45 Rock The Kasbah 3.05 Finian’s Oscar 5.20 Bacchanel 3.35 Percy Street Going: good to soft, good in places At The Races 1.55 Novices’ Hurdle (£3,899: 2m) (14) 220-0 BLUE BULLET 161 (T,P) J Snowden 6-10-12 G Sheehan P2-6 CAP DU NORD 18 C Williams 4-10-12 J E Moore 11- CAPTAIN SIMON 191 (D) D Skelton 5-10-12 H Skelton P2- CHEER'S DELBOY 181P R Dickin 4-10-12 C Poste 336- DYNAMITE DOLLARS 245 P Nicholls 4-10-12 S Twiston-Davies P2- FLEMINPORT 168P Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-12 B J Geraghty 6 331- JAUNTY FLYER 171 (D) T Vaughan 5-10-12 A P Heskin 7 4- LOSTINTRANSLATION 328P C Tizzard 5-10-12 R M Power 8 41-P LUBATIC 34 (D) N Mulholland 4-10-12 N Fehily 9 10 1/0- NATTER JACK CROAK 354 Miss R Curtis 5-10-12 J Moore (3) L Aspell 11 5/12- NOTRE AMI 326 (H) N Gifford 6-10-12 4 RUMOR 26 J Flint 4-10-12 T O'Brien 12 0- TEKIBLUE DE L'ORME 203 C Williams 4-10-12 W Hutchinson 13 VANGO DE VAIGE P Hobbs 4-10-12 R Johnson 14 7-2 Captain Simon, 4-1 Dynamite Dollars, 6-1 Vango De Vaige, 8-1 others. 1 2 3 4 5 2.30 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (£3,899: 2m 3f 100y) (14) 10-1 SKEWIFF 135 E Williams 5-11-4 A Wedge 1-23 ANNIE ANGEL 130 (BF) Mrs A Perrett 6-10-12 L Aspell 00000 ASK THE DIVINER 26 (T) T Vaughan 5-10-12 D Noonan 11- IF YOU SAY RUN 180 (T,C) P Nicholls 5-10-12 S Twiston-Davies 5 /113- JUST A THOUGHT 217 Miss R Curtis 5-10-12 J Moore (3) 1- KALAHARI QUEEN 216P J Snowden 4-10-12 G Sheehan 6 644- LA FILLE FRANCAISE 177 R Dickin 4-10-12 C Poste 7 00 MADAME EMBER 26 M Sheppard 4-10-12 S Sheppard (3) 8 621- MAJESTIC MOLL 180 (C) Miss E Lavelle 5-10-12 A Coleman 9 L Heard 10 /PP-0 MISS CLYRO 32 (T) R Price 7-10-12 15- ODELLO 326 (T,BF) W Greatrex 6-10-12 R Johnson 11 P Brennan 12 102-2 OSCAR ROSE 166 (BF) F O'Brien 5-10-12 4- ROKSANA 189 D Skelton 5-10-12 H Skelton 13 14 312F- ROSIE MCQUEEN 223 Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-12 B J Geraghty 9-4 If You Say Run, 3-1 Just A Thought, 4-1 Rosie McQueen, 9-2 Majestic Moll, 12-1 Odello, 16-1 Annie Angel, Oscar Rose, 20-1 Skewiff, 25-1 others 1 2 3 4 3.05 Novices’ Chase 11111 ALCALA 46 (T,D) P Nicholls 7-11-5 S Twiston-Davies 1F14- AINTREE MY DREAM 171 (T,D,BF) D Skelton 7-11-2 H Skelton B Cooper 3 1112- FINIAN'S OSCAR 169 (D,BF) C Tizzard 5-11-2 4 2501- TINTERN THEATRE 194 N Twiston-Davies 6-11-2 J Bargary 2-5 Finian's Oscar, 4-1 Alcala, 9-1 Aintree My Dream, 12-1 Tintern Theatre. 1 2 Handicap Hurdle Aidan O’Brien was narrowly denied a 24th group one win of the year when September was second to Laurens in the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile yesterday but he can spring a surprise in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (3.00) with Seahenge. Ryan Moore, O’Brien’s stable jockey, prefers to ride Middle Park winner US Navy Flag but Seahenge makes more appeal. He still looked in need of the experience when well beaten by Expert Eye on his penultimate start at Goodwood, but showed that was not his true form when taking the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last time. The trainer’s son Donnacha O’Brien, who rode Seahenge both there and when winning on his debut, keeps the mount and the partnership can maintain their unbeaten record. 13 0212- WHATDUHAVTOGET 175 (BF) D Skelton 5-10-6 H Skelton 14 0550- SUMKINDOFKING 190 (C,BF) T George 6-10-5 A P Heskin 15 2FF3- WISHING AND HOPING 231 A King 7-10-4 W Hutchinson N P Madden 16 225B- DRUMCLIFF 171 (T) H Fry 6-10-1 S Houlihan (7) 17 30143 MILROW 42 (T) Mrs S Leech 4-10-1 H Cobden 18 3511- PEAK TO PEAK 169 (CD) P Nicholls 5-10-1 13-2 Wholestone, 8-1 Peak To Peak, Whatduhavtoget, Wishing And Hoping, 10-1 Louis' Vac Pouch, 11-1 Court Minstrel, Le Rocher, 12-1 others. 12 25-00 KNOCKNAMONA 30 (D) M D Hammond 6-10-8 A P Cawley 13 004VP SMILING JESSICA 16 (P) R Menzies 7-10-6 N Moscrop (5) 14 5223- UNDER THE RED SKY 172 (P) K Johnson 10-10-5 C Bewley (3) 15 6/32- ATTENTION PLEASE 453 (B,BF) Mrs R Dobbin 7-10-4 R Day (3) 6-1 Perseid, Red Danaher, 15-2 Attention Please, 9-1 Log On, 10-1 Haul Us In, Knocknamona, Ruby Who, 11-1 Alpine Secret, 12-1 others. 9 10 5- TAYZAR 234 J M Jefferson 6-11-4 J Hamilton (3) 522- TEESCOMPONENTS LAD 200 (BF) Gillian Boanas 4-11-4 Miss E Todd (7) MISS AMELIA M Walford 4-10-11 L Murtagh (5) 11 5-2 Senor Lombardy, 4-1 Klare Castle, 13-2 Tayzar, 15-2 Teescomponents Lad, 9-1 Schiehallion Munro, 10-1 Dijon, 12-1 Animated Hero, 14-1 others. R Hornby 7 (3) 26636 FAMOUS DYNASTY 26 M Blanshard 3-9-3 8 (9) 40006 CARIBBEAN SPRING 37 G Margarson 4-9-3 Jane Elliott (5) Hollie Doyle (3) 9 (12) 000-0 PEAK HILL 38 A Wintle 4-9-3 H Crouch (3) 10(10) 40-4 TAZMANIA 25 Clive Cox 3-9-3 T J Murphy 11 (2) 06400 BOIS D'EBENE 27 (P) John O'Shea 3-9-2 M Dwyer 12(14) 00410 GARTH ROCKETT 33 (P) B Powell 3-9-2 13 (1) 14060 MOONSTONE ROCK 26 (P) J Boyle 3-9-1 C Bennett (3) E Greatrex 14 (5) 50150 DOCTOR BONG 27 (B,D) G Harris 5-9-1 4-1 Topology, 11-2 Tazmania, 6-1 Broughtons Knight, 13-2 Russian Ranger, 15-2 Famous Dynasty, 8-1 Garth Rockett, 10-1 Candesta, 12-1 others. 4.45 toteexacta Handicap Chase (£19,494: 2m 7f 131y) (14) B Cooper 1 4011- SIZING CODELCO 168 (D) C Tizzard 8-11-12 2 1101- LABEL DES OBEAUX 175 (D) A King 6-11-6 W Hutchinson N P Madden 3 305U0 HENRYVILLE 42 (H,T) H Fry 9-11-1 4 0143- INDIAN STREAM 177 (T,C,D) N Mulholland 8-11-0 N Fehily A P Heskin 5 2S1P- BIGBADJOHN 214 (D) Miss R Curtis 8-10-10 6 62P-P JUNCTION FOURTEEN 14 (T,V) Miss E Lavelle 8-10-9 D Jacob R Johnson 7 4126- ROCK THE KASBAH 168 (CD) P Hobbs 7-10-8 8 4244- POTTERS LEGEND 189 (P,D,BF) Mrs L Wadham 7-10-5 L Aspell B Poste 9 1-12B MINELLACELEBRATION 18 (CD) K Price 7-10-4 10 6F4-P BALLYKAN 132 (T,P,CD,BF) N Twiston-Davies 7-10-3 S Twiston-Davies 11 60P0- RELENTLESS DREAMER 169 (T,P,C,D) Miss R Curtis 8-10-0 J Moore (3) A Coleman 12 6451- MARCILHAC 226 (D) Miss V Williams 8-10-0 H Cobden 13 661P- BOA ISLAND 170 (T,B,CD) P Nicholls 7-10-0 Bridget Andrews (3) 14 111P2 PETROU 20 D Skelton 7-10-0 15-2 Label Des Obeaux, 8-1 Indian Stream, Petrou, Rock The Kasbah, Sizing Codelco, Marcilhac, 10-1 Ballykan, Boa Island, 12-1 Bigbadjohn, 14-1 others. 5.20 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (£3,899: 2m 7f 131y) (12) P0P2- THEGREENDALEROCKET 189 (P,C) R Woollacott 8-12-0 S Houlihan (5) J Bowen (3) 2 43-14 HEDGEINATOR 31 (BF) C Williams 7-11-13 3 23-22 WADE HARPER 51 (T,P,BF) D Dennis 7-11-12 M Bastyan (3) 4 3145- BASSARABAD 189 (V,D) T Vaughan 6-11-11 G Blackwell (6) 5 0-PP2 DEFINITLY GREY 26 (T) C Longsdon 6-11-9 Paul O'Brien (3) T Cheesman (3) 6 6P22- BACCHANEL 207 (P,BF) P Hobbs 6-11-7 7 43P5- SONOFTHEKING 186 (T,D) N Martin 9-11-7 Bryony Frost C Ring 8 444-2 PADDY THE OSCAR 128 (CD) G Harris 14-11-6 S Sheppard 9 -330P PHANGIO 12 (P,CD) M Sheppard 8-11-3 H Stock (3) 10 -2P62 KINGS CROSS 34 (T,B) A Carroll 7-11-0 J Nixon (3) 11 50124 MR MAFIA 10 A Carroll 8-10-13 12 -P435 WHO AM I 26 (P,D,BF) Mrs D Hamer 11-10-5 R Patrick (3) 5-1 Bacchanel, 11-2 Wade Harper, 13-2 Bassarabad, 15-2 Phangio, 9-1 Definitly Grey, 10-1 Sonoftheking, Who Am I, 12-1 Hedgeinator, 14-1 others 1 Rob Wright 2.15 Niceandeasy 2.50 Haul Us In 3.25 Dame Rose 4.00 Kilcullen Flem Going: soft 2.15 (4-Y-O: £12,996: 2m 11y) (10) S Sheppard (3) 1 0212- DOLOS 168 (T,CD) P Nicholls 11-10 T Cannon 2 4303- FIDUX 168 (D) A King 11-8 R Johnson 3 5-612 FLASHING GLANCE 22 (D) T Lacey 11-2 11-1 TALENT TO AMUSE 157 (T,D) Miss E Lavelle 11-2 D Jacob 4 W Hutchinson 5 4220- DINO VELVET 213 (D) A King 11-0 J McGrath 6 2663- PERCY STREET 37F (D) N Henderson 10-13 A P Heskin 7 4111 CHAMPAGNE CITY 83 (D) T George 10-12 8 2114- SILVER STREAK 195 (D) E Williams 10-11 M Bastyan (7) 010- IBLEO 231 (D) Miss V Williams 10-11 C Deutsch (3) 9 L Treadwell 10 3143- DINSDALE 11F (D) M Scudamore 10-9 4-1 Dolos, 9-2 Dino Velvet, 6-1 Percy Street, 13-2 Fidux, 7-1 Flashing Glance, 8-1 Champagne City, Talent To Amuse, 10-1 Silver Streak, 16-1 Dinsdale, Ibleo. 4.10 Flat. John Constable, another smart hurdler, is favourite but needs a sharp test over two miles over jumps and seems unlikely to appreciate this sort of test on the level. A greater threat may come from Euchen Glen. The latter, trained by the excellent Jim Goldie, did not get the run of the race when a good third at York last time and remains unexposed given a good test of stamina. Hexham (Listed: £14,860: 2m 3f 98y) (4) 3.35 finishing a fine second in the Galway Hurdle in August. He has had one run since then, perhaps just needing the outing after a six-week break when fourth on heavy ground at Listowel last time. That should have put Swamp Fox spot-on for this return to the Flat, though, and given the level of his hurdles form he looks well-in back on the Handicap Hurdle Novices’ Hurdle (£3,899: 2m) (10) 6P- CAVENTARA 245 A Thomson 5-10-12 N De Boinville 1 00 FAROCCO 54 (T) M Barnes 4-10-12 D Irving (3) 2 S W Quinlan 3 /P32- GETAWAY BAY 168P Mrs S Smith 5-10-12 00- MONTRACHET MIX 291 P Holmes 4-10-12 J Kington (3) 4 6-0 NO BOUNDARIES 148 S Waugh 5-10-12 Miss A Waugh (7) 5 S Mulqueen (3) 6 21-06 ROSSAMILAN 16 Miss L Russell 6-10-12 ROYAL FLAG 58F B Ellison 7-10-12 B Hughes 7 4- TETRAITES STYLE 210 N Richards 5-10-12 C Nichol 8 J England 9 6/1O- THE LINKSMAN 267 (D) S England 5-10-12 D Cook 10 5151- DAME ROSE 191 (D) R Hobson 4-10-5 8-15 Dame Rose, 13-2 Royal Flag, Tetraites Style, 14-1 others. 4.00 Handicap Chase (£5,198: 3m) (10) 12000 THE TRIGGER 7 R McNally (Ire) 8-12-0 D E Mullins /P53- GREEN FLAG 187 (T,C,D) Miss L Russell 10-11-13 B Campbell (7) 3 /014- PURCELL'S BRIDGE 184 (H,D) Mrs R Dobbin 10-11-12 L Murtagh (5) C Bewley (3) 4 2544P BORDER BREAKER 39 S Waugh 8-11-8 S W Quinlan 5 56V10 RED GIANT 10 (P,D) J Candlish 6-11-7 D Irving (3) 6 46535 INDIAN VOYAGE 15 (T) M Barnes 9-11-5 A Nicol 7 P144- KILCULLEN FLEM 188 (P,D) P Kirby 7-11-4 J Bewley (3) 8 U616- ALLEZ COOL 169 (P) G Bewley 8-11-3 9 3310- SMUGGLER'S STASH 169 (V,CD,BF) Mrs R Dobbin 7-10-11 C Nichol B Hughes 10 44446 MORE MADNESS 30 (P) J Brooke 10-10-0 9-2 Purcell's Bridge, 5-1 Smuggler's Stash, 6-1 Green Flag, 13-2 Indian Voyage, 7-1 Kilcullen Flem, 15-2 Red Giant, 9-1 Allez Cool, Border Breaker, 14-1 others. 1 2 4.35 Handicap Hurdle (£6,498: 2m 7f 63y) (9) 4666- ISLAND HEIGHTS 289 (V,D) Miss L Russell 8-11-12 S Mulqueen (3) 35-24 LANDECKER 17 (D) N Alexander 9-11-10 L Alexander 3112- TOTAL ASSETS 170 (D) S Waugh 9-11-9 C Bewley (3) 4041- CLASSICAL MILANO 172 (CD) G Bewley 6-11-9J Bewley (3) 00053 BEYONDTEMPTATION 8 (H,T,C) J Haynes 9-11-3 T Dowson (5) B Hughes 6 330-4 BELLANEY KNIGHT 69 J J Quinn 7-11-2 7 52-3F GRAND ENTERPRISE 136 H Hogarth 7-11-0 J Hamilton (3) Mr C Williams (7) 8 56-61 GAMAIN 22 (B) N Williams 8-10-13 9 41002 NATIVE OPTIMIST 33 (CD) S Walton 10-10-4 F O'Toole (5) 5-1 Bellaney Knight, 11-2 Beyondtemptation, Island Heights, 6-1 Gamain, Total Assets, 13-2 Landecker, 8-1 Classical Milano, 10-1 others. 1 2 3 4 5 5.10 Handicap Chase (£3,249: 1m 7f 133y) (15) At The Races Maiden Hurdle (£3,249: 2m 4f) (11) 4/1- ALLMYOWN 216P P Kirby 6-11-0 T Dowson (5) 0 BIT OF A QUIRKE 11 M Walford 4-11-0 J Hamilton (3) 22- JEU DE MOTS 180P N Williams 4-11-0 Mr C Williams (7) MAH MATE BOB G Bewley 5-11-0 J Bewley (3) 1- NICEANDEASY 221 K Dalgleish 4-11-0 C Nichol 1- SAINT FREULE 230P (T) Miss L Russell 4-11-0 B Campbell (7) 0- SECRET PASSENGER 301 (BF) B Ellison 4-11-0 C King 7 8 60-46 SPINNING SCOOTER 133 (T) M Barnes 7-11-0 D Irving (3) 9 0P6-6 AVONDHU PEARL 143 W S Coltherd 6-10-7 S Coltherd (5) C Bewley (3) 10 440- CORINDA 182 S Waugh 6-10-7 B Hughes 11 1/5- ONLY ORVIETO 388 J M Jefferson 6-10-7 7-2 Niceandeasy, Saint Freule, 9-2 Jeu De Mots, 11-2 Secret Passenger, 13-2 Only Orvieto, 12-1 Allmyown, 16-1 Bit Of A Quirke, Corinda, 20-1 others. 1 2 3 4 5 6 2.50 (Grade III: £28,475: 2m 3f 100y) (18) 0040- OLD GUARD 168 P Nicholls 6-11-12 Bryony Frost (5) 2PF6- ALARY 212 (T) C Tizzard 7-11-8 B Cooper 2113- WHOLESTONE 211 (D) N Twiston-Davies 6-11-7 D Jacob U160- THREE MUSKETEERS 189 (D) D Skelton 7-11-7 Bridget Andrews (3) T Scudamore 5 4212- LE ROCHER 230 (C,D) N Williams 7-11-5 B J Geraghty 6 1F10- RIVER FROST 213 A King 5-11-4 7 -42B4 COURT MINSTREL 35 (CD,BF) E Williams 10-11-4 M Bastyan (7) J Colliver 8 1211- SAM SPINNER 253 (D) Jedd O'Keeffe 5-10-12 N Fehily 9 2151- BAGS GROOVE 208 (T,D) H Fry 6-10-9 10 6000- DOESYOURDOGBITE 189 (D) Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-9A Coleman R Johnson 11 1F11- LOUIS' VAC POUCH 180 (H) P Hobbs 5-10-8 S Bowen 12 65-11 SOURIYAN 12 (B) P Bowen 6-10-7 1 2 3 4 4.35 Island Heights 5.10 Minella Suite 5.40 Senor Lombardy 3.25 Novices’ Handicap Chase (£4,549: 2m 4f) (15) N De Boinville 1 6040- ALPINE SECRET 173 B Pauling 5-11-12 J England 2 -4024 WESTERN JO 20 (T,D) S England 9-11-11 S W Quinlan 3 44543 PERSEID 11 (D) Mrs S Smith 7-11-11 4 304P6 CLONDAW BANKER 24 (D) F Murtagh 8-11-10 L Murtagh (5) 5 U6P-3 CHRISTMAS TWENTY 163 (H) M D Hammond 7-11-9 F O'Toole (5) B Campbell (7) 6 0033- HAUL US IN 212 Miss L Russell 5-11-7 D Cook 7 2264/ RED DANAHER 617 (D) Mrs S Smith 10-11-6 C O'Farrell 8 4340- LOG ON 169 Mrs R Dobbin 6-11-4 C Nichol 9 0P00- RUBY WHO 194 Mrs R Dobbin 5-11-2 D Irving (3) 10 -0310 FIRSTYMINI 44 (D) R Mike Smith 6-10-13 B Hughes 11 35P4- ROBINS LEGEND 199 (V) C Grant 5-10-10 622U- MINELLA SUITE 203 (BF) Mrs R Dobbin 6-12-2 C Nichol 4310- ACHILL ROAD BOY 192 (C,BF) W S Coltherd 8-12-2 S Coltherd (5) C O'Farrell 3 0PP43 COOPER'S FRIEND 24 R Mike Smith 8-11-12 4 342-P JOHN WILLIAMS 161 (P,BF) A Thomson 8-11-10 Rachael McDonald (7) J Kington (3) 5 FP-65 BANDOL 20 (D) S West 9-11-6 S W Quinlan 6 /6-5F CARNAROSS 11 (D) J Brooke 8-11-5 F O'Toole (5) 7 260-6 ROXYFET 151 (D) M D Hammond 7-11-5 D Irving (3) 8 55134 MY IDEA 11 (T,P,CD) M Barnes 11-11-1 9 P-0PP SULTANA BELLE 101 (C,D) R McNally (Ire) 9-10-11 D E Mullins 10 P0426 ROMAN NUMERAL 11 (D) D Thompson 9-10-11 R Day (3) 11 R1000 NOTONEBUTTWO 79 (P,C) K Johnson 10-10-8 Mr K Yeoman (7) 12 P505- OAK VINTAGE 189 Mrs A Hamilton 7-10-7 R Chapman (5) B Hughes 13 -02U0 AREGRA 11 (V) P Niven 7-10-6 14 P425F RHYTHM OF SOUND 54 (V) M D Hammond 7-10-2 A P Cawley 15 -0554 ALCHIMIX 30 (P) M D Hammond 7-10-1 Miss B Smith (7) 11-4 Minella Suite, 6-1 John Williams, 13-2 Achill Road Boy, 7-1 Roman Numeral, 10-1 Cooper's Friend, My Idea, 12-1 Alchimix, 14-1 others. 1 2 5.40 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Conditionals’ & Amateurs’ NH Flat Race (£2,209: 2m) (11) ANIMATED HERO R Menzies 4-11-4 R Chapman (5) 00- BEAU SANCY 192 (T) K Johnson 5-11-4 W Clarke (7) 4 DIJON 119 J J Quinn 4-11-4 R Day (3) 4FP-5 KENNEDYS FIELD 73 (H) G Anderson 4-11-4 Steven Fox (5) 2 KLARE CASTLE 54 Mrs S Smith 5-11-4 S Coltherd (5) ROCKET MAN RODNEY Mrs H Graham 4-11-4 T Dowson (5) SCHIEHALLION MUNRO M D Hammond 4-11-4 Mr J Wright (7) 1-2 SENOR LOMBARDY 24 (BF) K Dalgleish 4-11-4 C Bewley (3) Kempton Park Rob Wright 5.45 Super Florence 7.45 Bois D’Ebene 6.15 Lansky 8.15 Plutonian 6.45 Nuits St George 8.45 Parnassian 7.15 Losingmyreligion 9.15 Glens Wobbly Going: standard to slow Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best Racing UK 5.45 Nursery Handicap (2-Y-O: £2,588: 6f) (12) D C Costello 1 (8) 03621 VEGAS BOY 9 (T,D) J Osborne 10-4 C Bishop 2 (2) 00346 SUPER FLORENCE 38 E Houghton 9-7 Doubtful 3 (11) 04542 KHELEYF'S GIRL 27 P D Evans 9-7 Doubtful 4 (10) 02403 ZAPATEADO 12 R Hughes 9-4 R Hornby 5 (7) 3044 AVENGING RED 9 (P) A West 9-4 R Powell 6 (3) 005 POPPY JAG 19 K Frost 9-1 W A Carson 7 (1) 64050 HASTENPLACE 17 (P) B Millman 9-1 D Probert 8 (9) 00526 SARIA 10 A Carroll 9-0 K Shoemark 9 (6) 0050 SWIFT FOX 9 (B) G L Moore 9-0 Nicola Currie (7) 10 (5) 05644 INUK 27 (P) R Hughes 9-0 L Morris 11(12) 30302 HOPE AND GLORY 9 T Dascombe 9-0 12 (4) 66500 CATCH THE PIGEON 31 E De Giles 8-12 C Shepherd (3) 7-4 Vegas Boy, 6-1 Super Florence, 8-1 Hope And Glory, 12-1 others. 6.15 Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: £3,235: 6f) (9) 134 LANSKY 21 (B,D) J Noseda 9-9 K Shoemark 40 BALLETOMANE 7 R Hannon 9-2 S Levey ETISALAT O Burrows 9-2 D Probert 0 FITZROVIA 77 E De Giles 9-2 L Keniry 6 JEOPARDY JOHN 17 M Attwater 9-2 K Fox 50 LITTLELORDCONFORD 10 Richard Spencer 9-2 C Bishop 60 PRIME CHIEF 10 G Baker 9-2 H Crouch (3) 0 UNITED KINGDOM 36 P Cole 9-2 R Da Silva 00 GOWING GOWING GONE 10 Richard Spencer 8-11 Nicola Currie (7) 30-100 Lansky, 8-1 Balletomane, Etisalat, 12-1 United Kingdom, 16-1 others. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (6) (7) (5) (9) (4) (8) (1) (2) (3) 6.45 Novice Stakes (Div I: 2-Y-O: £2,588: 1m) (12) C Bishop 1 (5) 3102 JAZEEL 35 M Channon 9-9 00 BLACKWOOD 30 M Blanshard 9-2 L Keniry 2 (7) DOCTOR JAZZ R Hannon 9-2 S Levey 3 (12) 4 (11) 33d DRAGON MOUNTAIN 10 (BF) H Palmer 9-2 J Mitchell 0 MUNSTEAD GOLD 29 A Balding 9-2 R Hornby 5 (2) 20 NUITS ST GEORGES 37 D Menuisier 9-2 K Shoemark 6 (8) PRAECEPS Sir M Prescott 9-2 L Morris 7 (6) 00 UNIVERSAL COMMAND 57 R Charlton 9-2 P Pilley (5) 8 (10) DAVINA J Scott 8-11 R Havlin 9 (4) 6 INDIA 21 Michael Bell 8-11 D Probert 10 (3) 0 INDISCRETION 28 J Portman 8-11 D Muscutt 11 (9) POINT IN TIME M Usher 8-11 S Donohoe 12 (1) 15-8 Jazeel, 4-1 Nuits St Georges, Dragon Mountain, Doctor Jazz, 14-1 others. 7.15 Novice Stakes (Div II: 2-Y-O: £2,588: 1m) (11) 551 CONNAUGHT RANGER 18 (D) D Coakley 9-9 T Queally 0 ADJUTANT 37 D O'Meara 9-2 R Kingscote 0 ARLECCHINO'S ARC 21 (P) M Usher 9-2 L Keniry 0 BILLY RAY 17 M Channon 9-2 C Bishop BLUE MIST R Charlton 9-2 K Shoemark COMMUNIQUE M Johnston 9-2 P J McDonald 0 DEMURRER 18 Michael Bell 9-2 D Probert 55 LOSINGMYRELIGION 22 (BF) M Botti 9-2 M M Monaghan (3) J Fahy 9 (1) 000 SAY ABOUT IT J Moore 9-2 4 TULLYALLEN 56 R Hannon 9-2 S Levey 10 (8) 6 PEPPER STREET 18 (H) H Palmer 8-11 J Mitchell 11 (7) 100-30 Communique, 4-1 Connaught Ranger, Tullyallen, 5-1 Blue Mist, 7-1 Losingmyreligion, 10-1 Adjutant, 12-1 Pepper Street, 20-1 others. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (11) (6) (10) (3) (5) (2) (4) (9) 7.45 Handicap (£2,588: 1m) (14) S Cummins (7) 1 (11) 00653 TOPOLOGY 5 (BF) J Tuite 4-9-7 D Muscutt 2 (13) 50560 CANDESTA 31 (V,CD) Miss J Feilden 7-9-7 3 (7) 03230 LOVEATFIRSTSIGHT 61 Jane Chapple-Hyam 4-9-4 L Morris 4 (4) 4-400 MISS BATES 18 (H) Mrs A Duffield 3-9-4 David Egan (3) 5 (6) 65435 BROUGHTONS KNIGHT 9 (T) H Spiller 3-9-3 S Donohoe 6 (8) 00450 RUSSIAN RANGER 26 (P) J Portman 4-9-3 R Kingscote 8.15 Handicap (£11,828: 1m) (14) D Muscutt 1 (1) 20036 KYLLACHY GALA 142 (D) M Botti 4-9-10 J Mitchell 2 (10) 20500 ESCOBAR 24 (H,T,P) H Palmer 3-9-5 3 (6) 00-03 BRONZE ANGEL 16 (V,D) M Tregoning 8-9-4 Hayley Turner 4 (13) 41114 BRILLIANT VANGUARD 10 (P,CD) K A Ryan 4-9-1 Kevin Stott T Queally 5 (12) -3600 REPLENISH 10 (C,D) J Fanshawe 4-8-13 6 (7) 20000 MR BOSSY BOOTS 10 (P,C) Mrs A Perrett 6-8-13 R Kingscote David Egan (3) 7 (14) 06356 BIG BAZ 10 (CD) W Muir 7-8-13 P J McDonald 8 (11) 5613 PLUTONIAN 63 (D) C Hills 3-8-10 R Havlin 9 (2) 04424 THE WARRIOR 16 (CD) Mrs A Perrett 5-8-10 M Dwyer 10 (4) 53040 SECRET ART 14 (CD) W Knight 7-8-10 P Cosgrave 11 (3) 21- REACH HIGH 525 S bin Suroor 3-8-10 Hollie Doyle (3) 12 (9) 13210 KENSTONE 28 (P,D) A Wintle 4-8-9 13 (5) 11-00 CHESTER STREET 231 (C,D) R Charlton 4-8-9 K Shoemark K O'Neill 14 (8) -0000 EMELL 36 (V) T Vaughan 7-8-8 4-1 Reach High, 6-1 Brilliant Vanguard, Chester Street, 8-1 Bronze Angel, The Warrior, 12-1 Escobar, Kyllachy Gala, Plutonian, Replenish, 14-1 others. 8.45 Handicap (£4,690: 6f) (12) T Queally 1 (11) -3141 GLENAMOY LAD 21 (T,D) M Wigham 3-9-5 M Dwyer 2 (4) 21400 PARNASSIAN 8 (D) Mrs A Perrett 3-9-5 D C Costello 3 (12) -1000 ZANETTO 87 (D) J J Quinn 7-9-5 R Da Silva 4 (6) 12105 HONIARA 24 (B) P Cole 4-9-5 D Probert 5 (10) 00003 SHOW STEALER 14 (P,D) Rae Guest 4-9-5 Kevin Stott 6 (9) 3620- WHIRL ME ROUND 357 G Peckham 3-9-5 L Keniry 7 (8) -0502 SECONDO 39 (D) J Tuite 7-9-5 L Morris 8 (5) 10045 RELATED 21 (B,CD) P Midgley 7-9-4 R Winston 9 (1) 20200 RAZIN' HELL 39 (V,D) J Balding 6-9-4 K O'Neill 10 (3) 31-00 JAMEERAH 78 (D) B Smart 4-9-3 R Kingscote 11 (7) 11-05 TROPICAL ROCK 91 (D) R Beckett 3-9-3 P Cosgrave 12 (2) 12020 PATCHWORK 27 R Hughes 3-9-2 7-2 Glenamoy Lad, 4-1 Secondo, Show Stealer, 7-1 Tropical Rock, 8-1 Related, 9-1 Patchwork, 14-1 Parnassian, 16-1 Honiara, 20-1 others. 9.15 Handicap (£2,588: 1m 2f 219y) (13) 1 (12) -0002 PAVED WITH GOLD 8 (P,BF) John J Murphy (Ire) 4-9-10 S Levey T Queally 2 (8) 43064 ART OF SWING 39 (CD) G L Moore 5-9-10 R Winston 3 (6) 10540 BERKELEY VALE 18 (V) R Teal 6-9-8 4 (2) -0000 THREEDIAMONDRINGS 45 (T) M Usher 4-9-7 M Godwin (3) C Bishop 5 (10) 55225 SILVER DIXIE 18 (P) P Hedger 7-9-6 H Crouch (3) 6 (11) 6036- SISANIA 130J G L Moore 4-9-6 W Cox (7) 7 (3) 23145 GLENS WOBBLY 57 J Geake 9-9-5 L Morris 8 (5) 3346 PERFECT SPY 28 L Cumani 3-9-5 L Keniry 9 (13) -2206 CAPTAIN PUGWASH 31 H Spiller 3-9-4 C Shepherd (3) 10 (4) 44661 ESTIBDAAD 23 (T,CD) P Butler 7-9-3 11 (7) 12353 LET'S BE HAPPY 11 (P) R Hughes 3-9-2 S Cummins (7) R Hornby 12 (9) /0504 GARCON DE SOLEIL 39 M Blanshard 4-8-10 R Havlin 13 (1) 00540 FLEETWOOD POPPY 52 M Attwater 5-8-10 4-1 Paved With Gold, 11-2 Estibdaad, Perfect Spy, 6-1 Let's Be Happy, 13-2 Art Of Swing, 8-1 Silver Dixie, 9-1 Captain Pugwash, 14-1 Sisania, 16-1 others. Course specialists Chepstow: Trainers T George, 13 from 55 runners, 23.6%; N Henderson, 7 from 32, 21.9%; P Hobbs, 27 from 125, 21.6%; P Bowen, 19 from 95, 20.0%. Jockey A P Heskin, 4 from 11 rides, 36.4%. Hexham: Trainers R McNally, 3 from 10, 30.0%; N Richards, 12 from 41, 29.3%. Jockey Mr J Wright, 3 from 6, 50.0%. Kempton: Trainers S bin Suroor, 47 from 191, 24.6%; J Noseda, 35 from 147, 23.8%. Jockey S Cummins, 4 from 7, 57.1%. Newmarket: Trainers J Bolger, 4 from 13, 30.8%; A O'Brien, 24 from 96, 25.0%; C Appleby, 40 from 161, 24.8%; J Gosden, 52 from 263, 19.8%. Jockey K J Manning, 4 from 14, 28.6%. York: Trainers D Griffiths, 6 from 22, 27.3%; D Ivory, 6 from 28, 21.4%; W Haggas, 38 from 182, 20.9%; J Gosden, 15 from 72, 20.8%. Jockey L Steward, 3 from 10, 30.0%. Yesterday’s racing results Newmarket Going: good 1.50 (5f) 1, Abel Handy (James Doyle, 9-2); 2, Sound And Silence (5-2 fav); 3, Mokaatil (8-1). 12 ran. Nk, Kl. D Carroll. 2.25 (7f) 1, Altyn Orda (Andrea Atzeni, 25-1); 2, Gavota (7-2); 3, I Can Fly (2-1 fav). 14 ran. Nk, 1l. R Varian. 3.00 (7f) 1, Limato (Harry Bentley, 6-4 fav); 2, Massaat (11-2); 3, Gordon Lord Byron (66-1). 11 ran. 3Kl, 1Kl. H Candy. 3.35 (1m) 1, Laurens (P McDonald, 10-1); 2, September (9-2); 3, Magic Lily (8-1). 11 ran. NR: Happily. Ns, Ol. K R Burke. 4.10 (1m 4f) 1, First Nation (W Buick, 12-1); 2, Eynhallow (9-1); 3, Duke Of Bronte (9-1); 4, Crowned Eagle (16-1). 16 ran. Ol, nk. C Appleby. 4.45 (7f) 1, Veracious (R L Moore, 3-1); 2, Winter Lightning (11-4 jt-fav); 3, Final Treat (6-1). 12 ran. NR: Treasure Me. 4l, 1Kl. Sir Michael Stoute. 5.20 (1m 2f) 1, Chain Of Daisies (Harry Bentley, 7-2); 2, Permission (10-1); 3, Architecture (7-4 fav). 13 ran. 2Nl, 7l. H Candy. Placepot: £34.30. Quadpot: £19.10. Newton Abbot Going: good (good to soft in places) 2.00 (2m 167yd hdle) 1, Maria’s Benefit (C Gethings, 5-4 fav); 2, Al Shahir (11-8); 3, Dentley De Mee (12-1). 6 ran. 2Nl, 5l. Stuart Edmunds. 2.35 (2m 75yd ch) 1, Shantou Rock (Harry Skelton, 7-2); 2, The Unit (4-1); 3, Diego Du Charmil (10-11 fav). 6 ran. 9l, 5l. D Skelton. 3.10 (3m 2f 105yd hdle) 1, Beer Goggles (D A Jacob, 16-1); 2, Sir Mangan (13-2); 3, Whataknight (4-1). 9 ran. Ol, 6l. R Woollacott. 3.45 (2m 4f 216yd ch) 1, Black Corton (Bryony Frost, 11-8 fav); 2, Sizing Tennessee (8-1); 3, Frodon (6-1). 5 ran. 3Nl, 22l. P F Nicholls. 4.20 (2m 5f 122yd hdle) 1, Kentford Heiress (Daniel Sansom, 13-2); 2, Champagne To Go (12-1); 3, Lagavara (11-2). 10 ran. 3Kl, Kl. J W Mullins. 4.55 (3m 1f 170yd ch) 1, Maid Of Milan (G Sheehan, 5-1); 2, Bramble Brook (7-4 fav); 3, Twist On Ginge (13-2). 7 ran. 4Kl, 6l. C J Mann. 5.25 (2m 167yd flat) 1, Crooks Peak (R Johnson, 5-1); 2, River Bray (6-1); 3, Timeforben (8-1). 9 ran. 6l, 2Ol. P J Hobbs. Placepot: £118.50. Quadpot: £40.70. York Going: good (good to soft in places) 2.10 (6f) 1, Beatbox Rhythm (Clifford Lee, 12-1); 2, Kyllachy Dragon (12-1); 3, Captain Jameson (12-1). ; 4, Alkhalifa (20-1). 17 ran. Nk, 3l. K R Burke. 2.45 (7f 192yd) 1, Zabeel Prince (S De Sousa, 15-8 fav); 2, Bravery (11-1); 3, Home Cummins (9-1). ; 4, Zwayyan (10-1). 20 ran. 2Ol, Ol. R Varian. 3.20 (5f 89yd) 1, Awesome (A Kirby, 4-1); 2, Midsummer Knight (6-1); 3, Militia (5-1). 11 ran. NR: Cathie’s Dream. 1l, nk. C G Cox. 3.55 (1m 5f 188yd) 1, Brimham Rocks (R Kingscote, 16-1); 2, Fools And Kings (20-1); 3, Star Rock (11-2). 13 ran. 1Nl, 1Nl. R M Beckett. 4.30 (5f) 1, East Street Revue (D Fentiman, 12-1); 2, Memories Galore (16-1); 3, Justanotherbottle (8-1); 4, Tylery Wonder (16-1). 20 ran. 1Nl, sh hd. T D Easterby. 5.05 (7f 192yd) 1, Barford (A Kirby, 7-1); 2, Qianlong (4-1); 3, Cosa Nostra (8-1). 16 ran. 2Ol, ns. Mrs P Sly. 5.35 (7f) 1, Shady Mccoy (R Kingscote, 5-1 jtfav); 2, Echo Of Lightning (25-1); 3, Short Work (5-1 jt-fav); 4, The Commendatore (25-1). 19 ran. NR: Johnny Cavagin. 2l, 2Nl. Ian Williams. Placepot: £1,312.20. Quadpot: £95.40. Kempton Park Going: standard/slow 5.45 (5f) 1, Lady Joanna Vassa (Jack Osborn, 11-4 fav); 2, Silver Penny (6-1); 3, Popsilca (11-1). 9 ran. NR: Mr Enthusiastic. Ol, nk. R C Guest. 6.15 (5f) 1, Orvar (M Harley, 100-30 fav); 2, Thammin (4-1); 3, Come On Dave (11-1). 9 ran. Nk, 1Nl. R M H Cowell. 6.45 (7f) 1, Cavatina (M Harley, 4-1); 2, Scandaleuse (9-2); 3, Clairette (6-4 fav). 12 ran. NR: Light Relief. Nk, 2Kl. W J Haggas. 7.15 (7f) 1, Dark Blue (R Da Silva, 2-1 fav); 2, Puramente (9-2); 3, Arachina (33-1). 11 ran. NR: Watch Tan, Bullseye Bullet, Istanbul Pasha. Hd, Ol. M R Channon. 7.45 (1m) 1, Preening (George Wood, 10-1); 2, Beckton (7-1); 3, Gather (6-1). 13 ran. NR: Saving Grace. Kl, nk. J R Fanshawe. 8.15 (1m) 1, Azaly (Dane O’Neill, 5-1); 2, Eltezam (10-1); 3, Sidewinder (16-1). 12 ran. Sh hd, Kl. Owen Burrows. 8.45(1m) 1, Cool Team (James Doyle, 13-8 fav); 2, Traveller (8-1); 3, Under Control (7-2). 10 ran. NR: Thaqaffa, Whosyourhousemate. Kl, hd. H Palmer. 9.15 (1m 3f 219yd) 1, Pastoral Music (Charlie Bennett, 11-2); 2, So Celebre (5-2 fav); 3, Hayward Field (16-1). 11 ran. Sh hd, Kl. H Morrison. Placepot: £177.50. Quadpot: £25.50. the times | Saturday October 14 2017 23 2GS Sport GROSSICK RACING PHOTOGRAPHY McLintock eyes Cesarewitch win for Dubawi Fifty Hexham trainer tells Mark Souster that she always felt gelding needed the longer trip When Karen McLintock first set eyes on Dubawi Fifty last year she knew that if her budget would stretch to it she had to purchase the bay gelding who was surplus to Godolphin’s requirements after finishing last in his first run on the Flat. A successful bid at the Ascot Sales of £5,500 brought the son of Dubawi back to her small 20-box dual training yard set among 270 acres in the tranquil surroundings of Northumberland near Hexham. With patience and understanding Dubawi Fifty, who is owned by Paul and Clare Rooney, has proved that there was considerably more to him than had originally met the eye. Three wins in his past four runs has propelled him into genuine contention for today’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket with a first prize of £155,000. He relishes the step up in trip and for McLintock it is her dare-to-dream day. “He is a lovely big raw stamp of a horse,” the trainer said. “He was really backward. I thought he was a horse that needed time and would end up going jumping. He looks the sort, big and scopy. But he surprised me in a maiden at Newcastle over a mile [last October]. I knew it was too short for him but he was making the running in his slow, casual manner. I thought it was going to be embarrassing and he would be easily beaten. But he really stuck his neck out, tried to go with them and finished second. I realised he wasn’t as slow as I thought he was. “I knew he needed the trip. I remember saying to Jason Maguire [the Newmarket Rob Wright 1.50 Westerland 4.15 Nobleman’s Nest 2.25 Wafy 4.50 Spiritual Lady 3.00 Seahenge 5.25 Forest Ranger 3.40 Swamp Fox Thunderer: 3.00 Expert Eye. 4.15 Clubbable (nap). Going: good Racing UK Draw: no advantage 1.50 Godolphin Flying Start Zetland ITV Stakes (Listed: 2-Y-O: £22,684: 1m 2f) (7 runners) 106 S Levey 1 (5) 1226 ALBISHR 16 (F) R Hannon 9-2 101 P J McDonald 2 (3) 1631 DEE EX BEE 13 (S) M Johnston 9-2 541 DUBAI EMPIRE 28 (S) J J Quinn 9-2 85 T Queally 3 (1) 41 GRAFFITI MASTER 19 (D,F,S) J Gosden 9-2 81 R Havlin 4 (4) R L Moore v109 5 (7) 0124 KEW GARDENS 20 (S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-2 94 W Buick 6 (6) 5411 RASTRELLI 16 (C,S) C Appleby 9-2 98 L Dettori 7 (2) 210221 WESTERLAND 28 (P,S) J Gosden 9-2 11-8 Kew Gardens, 4-1 Albishr, 5-1 Dee Ex Bee, 8-1 Graffiti Master, Rastrelli, Westerland, 20-1 Dubai Empire. Rob Wright’s choice: Westerland appreciated a first try at a mile at Doncaster and should handle this still stiffer test Danger: Dee Ex Bee 2.25 Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes ITV (Group III: 2-Y-O: £34,026: 1m) (9) 79 James Doyle 1 (7) 2213 ARBALET 42 (F) H Palmer 9-1 414 DARK ACCLAIM 35 (S) M Botti 9-1 75 Doubtful 2 (3) 15 72 DREAM TODAY 28 (G) M Johnston 9-1 P J McDonald 3 (6) 01 FLAG OF HONOUR 10 (S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1 67 J A Heffernan 4 (2) 31 GHAIYYATH 16 (H,CD,S) C Appleby 9-1 70 W Buick 5 (9) v82 414 PETRUS 14 (F) B Meehan 9-1 T Marquand 6 (1) 141 PURSER 9 (F,G,S) J Gosden 9-1 78 L Dettori 7 (4) 01 WAFY 24 (G) C Hills 9-1 70 J Crowley 8 (8) 01 ZABRISKIE 18 (S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1 68 R L Moore 9 (5) 2-1 Ghaiyyath, 7-2 Purser, 7-1 Zabriskie, 8-1 Arbalet, Dream Today, Wafy, 12-1 Flag Of Honour, 14-1 Petrus. Wright choice: Wafy looked a really good prospect when winning at Lingfield and can handle this higher grade Dangers: Purser, Arbalet 3.00 Darley Dewhurst Stakes ITV (Group I: 2-Y-O: £283,550: 7f) (9) 91 James Doyle (4) 131333 CARDSHARP 14 (F,G,S) M Johnston 9-1 41 EMARAATY 21 (D,G) J Gosden 9-1 76 J Crowley (2) 11 EXPERT EYE 74 (D,G) Sir M Stoute 9-1 99 A Atzeni (5) 1324 86 GREAT PROSPECTOR 30 (BF,F) R Fahey 9-1 P Hanagan (3) 010 MENDELSSOHN 28 (B,F) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1 67 W M Lordan (7) 151 SEAHENGE 28 (D,G,S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1 92 D O'Brien (9) 84 K J Manning (8) 1220 THEOBALD 35 (P,F) J Bolger (Ire) 9-1 21 THREEANDFOURPENCE 24 (S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1 (6) 68 J A Heffernan R L Moore v100 9 (1) 012411 U S NAVY FLAG 14 (T,B,C,S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1 4-7 Expert Eye, 4-1 Emaraaty, 8-1 U S Navy Flag, 10-1 Seahenge, 25-1 Cardsharp, 33-1 Threeandfourpence, 40-1 Great Prospector, Mendelssohn, 50-1 Theobald. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Wright choice: Seahenge showed marked improvement at Doncaster and there should be more to come Dangers: Expert Eye, U S Navy Flag 3.40 Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap ITV (£155,625: 2m 2f) (35) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 (14) (30) (22) (15) (16) (31) (6) (29) (23) (8) (9) (28) (18) (4) (1) (32) (12) -35410 -55015 -31126 1-4561 056365 3-1322 -31000 45-102 113005-4301 -00033 11-211 421230 402222 0/6460 552000 -31531 FUN MAC 29 (T,F,G,S) H Morrison 6-9-10 A Kirby MAGIC CIRCLE 49 (G,S) R Beckett 5-9-9 Cal Rodriguez (3) WATERSMEET 157 (C,F,G) M Johnston 6-9-8 J Fanning LAWS OF SPIN 35 (T,G,S) W Mullins (Ire) 4-9-8 A Atzeni TAWDEEA 14 (G,S) D O'Meara 5-9-5 P Dobbs ENDLESS ACRES 116 (V) C Fellowes 4-9-5 S Donohoe FIRST MOHICAN 112 (H,S) A King 9-9-4 Hollie Doyle (3) SNOW FALCON 6 (S) N Meade (Ire) 7-9-4 P Hanagan MIRSAALE 24J (F,G,S) K Dalgleish 7-9-4 R Scott (5) WHO DARES WINS 21 (P,CD,F,G) A King 5-9-4 T Marquand SHREWD 21 (C,F,G,S) I Jardine 7-9-3 J Gormley (7) LONDON PRIZE 105 (G,S) I Williams 6-9-2 James Doyle GETBACK IN PARIS 14 (S) R Hughes 4-9-1 S W Kelly BYRON FLYER 29 (P) I Williams 6-9-0 Fran Berry DIGEANTA 51 (T,F,G,S) W Mullins (Ire) 10-8-13 K J Manning OCEANE 21 (V,F,G) A King 5-8-13 Georgia Cox (3) TIME TO STUDY 29 (F,S) M Johnston 3-8-13 P J McDonald 101 104 103 100 90 107 109 107 98 106 106 104 105 v110 101 105 106 Dubawi Fifty, pictured winning at Ayr in July with jockey Graham Lee on board, bids for the £155,000 first prize at Newmarket in today’s Cesarewitch Handicap Rooneys’ racing manager] that he could be a Cesarewitch horse. I’m not sure we have ever got to the bottom of him. He gives us that nice feel that there is always more left in the tank.” For a small-time trainer like McLintock, having a contender for one half of the autumn double is a big deal and an 101 R L Moore 18 (5) 103-13 LAGOSTOVEGAS 30J (S) W Mullins (Ire) 5-8-12 105 P Mulrennan 19 (20) 301013 EUCHEN GLEN 52 (F,G,S) J Goldie 4-8-12 109 R Kingscote 20 (36) 1-6600 STAR RIDER 52 (T,P,C,F,G,S) H Morrison 5-8-11 100 G Carroll 21 (17) 1130-2 SWAMP FOX 30J (B,BF,G,S) J G Murphy (Ire) 5-8-11 106 O Murphy 22 (2) 330106 SWASHBUCKLE 16 (P,G,S) A Balding 4-8-11 104 G Lee 23 (19) 214-11 DUBAWI FIFTY 57 (S) Karen McLintock 4-8-11 /04116 106 TAWS 21 (P,F,G,S) B Millman 6-8-10 David Egan (3) 24 (33) -J Crowley 25 (7) 26030/ JOHN CONSTABLE 84J (T,BF,G) E Williams 6-8-9 105 G Wood (3) 26 (13) 340-06 POYLE THOMAS 36 (P,F,G) M Madgwick 8-8-9 103 Finley Marsh (5) 27 (35) 4-1146 FREDERIC 11J (F,G) K Dalgleish 6-8-9 -H Crouch (3) 28 (11) 10/3-1 DUKE STREET 26J (P,F,S) Dr R Newland 5-8-9 -S Hitchcott 29 (10) 45132/ CAPE CASTER 26J (G) E Williams 6-8-9 102 Doubtful 30 (34) -56100 LANDSMAN 35 (T,G) A Martin (Ire) 4-8-9 103 31 (25) 303210 ARTHUR MC BRIDE 21 (T,G,S) N Twiston-Davies 8-8-9 L Keniry 105 S De Sousa 32 (24) 2121-3 WITHHOLD 21 (P,F,G) R Charlton 4-8-8 101 T E Durcan 33 (26) 54662- FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT (T,S) D Pipe 4-8-7 105 C Bennett (3) 34 (21) 133222 AURORA GRAY 39 (BF,F,S) H Morrison 4-8-6 106 Joshua Bryan (5) 35 (27) 1114 ROLLING MAUL 27 (B,F,S) P Bowen 9-8-6 8-1 John Constable, 9-1 Who Dares Wins, 10-1 Lagostovegas, Withhold, 12-1 Dubawi Fifty, Endless Acres, Time To Study, 14-1 London Prize, 16-1 Euchen Glen, Laws Of Spin, 20-1 others. Wright choice: Swamp Fox has developed into a classy hurdler and looks well handicapped back on the Flat Dangers: Euchen Glen, Dubawi Fifty 4.15 Darley Nursery H’cap (2-Y-O: £18,675: 7f) (9) 61 P J McDonald 1 (4) 410056 RUFUS KING 14 (G) M Johnston 9-7 68 L Dettori 2 (9) 01040 ETEFAAQ 52 (S) R Hannon 9-7 72 S De Sousa 3 (7) 2101 NOBLEMAN'S NEST 31 (D,S) S Crisford 9-6 011 PRESTBURY PARK 69 (F,S) M Johnston 9-0 75 James Doyle 4 (6) v76 O Murphy 5 (1) 510145 MAKSAB 16 (D,F) M Channon 8-8 73 P Hanagan 6 (3) 323222 CLUBBABLE 14 (BF) R Fahey 8-5 643 CHARACTER WITNESS 65 (BF) R Varian 8-4 67 David Egan (3) 7 (8) 75 J Fanning 8 (2) 3202 PORTH SWTAN 19 (BF) C Hills 8-3 75 N Garbutt (3) 9 (5) 040023 NEW EMPIRE 23 P Chapple-Hyam 8-3 5-2 Nobleman's Nest, 4-1 Prestbury Park, 5-1 Character Witness, Clubbable, 7-1 Maksab, 10-1 Porth Swtan, 14-1 Rufus King, 16-1 Etefaaq, New Empire. 4.50 Darley EBF Stallions Boadicea Stakes (Fillies & Mares) (Listed: £22,684: 6f) (13) 107 P Hanagan 1 (10) 032105 QUEEN KINDLY (D,F,G) R Fahey 3-9-3 103 A Kirby 2 (3) 310531 PIXELEEN 7 (CD,F,G) M Saunders 5-9-1 103 3 (1) -14530 CLASSICAL TIMES 29 (D,F) P Chapple-Hyam 3-9-0 James Doyle 108 R Kingscote 4 (6) 013203 EARTHA KITT 7 (P,D,F,G) T Dascombe 3-9-0 106 L Dettori 5 (7) -12020 GYMNASTE 77 (BF,G) J Gosden 3-9-0 103 P Mulrennan 6 (8) 430110 MARIE OF LYON 7 (D,BF,G,S) R Fahey 3-9-0 M Dwyer v112 7 (4) -50020 PERFECT ANGEL 71 (D,G) A Balding 3-9-0 110 S W Kelly 8 (12) 302410 QUENCH DOLLY 14 (D,F,G,S) J Gallagher 3-9-0 95 S De Sousa 9 (13) 153034 SAVANNAH SLEW 23 (B,D,S) J Given 3-9-0 109 R L Moore 10 (11) 1511-0 SPIRITUAL LADY 34 (CD,G,S) P McBride 3-9-0 108 J Crowley 11 (5) 334111 THAFEERA 37 (D,F,G,S) C Hills 3-9-0 107 T Hamilton 12 (9) 210036 THE WAGON WHEEL 5 (B,D,F,G) R Fahey 3-9-0 98 A Atzeni 13 (2) 312412 TIRANIA 23 (BF,F,G) W Haggas 3-9-0 9-2 Queen Kindly, Thafeera, 6-1 Spiritual Lady, 7-1 Eartha Kitt, 8-1 Gymnaste, Perfect Angel, 10-1 Classical Times, Tirania, 14-1 Quench Dolly, 16-1 Marie Of Lyon, The Wagon Wheel, 20-1 others. 5.25 Darley Club Stakes (Group III: £34,026: 1m 1f) (12) 113 J Sullivan 1 (8) 115344 SOVEREIGN DEBT 15 (D,F,G,S) Mrs R Carr 8-9-8 108 P Dobbs 2 (1) 0-1050 AIR PILOT (C,G,S) R Beckett 8-9-6 A Kirby v117 3 (10) 446115 FABRICATE 21 (P,F,G,S) Michael Bell 5-9-6 116 G Mosse 4 (7) -01310 FIRST SITTING (D,F,G,S) C Wall 6-9-6 113 James Doyle 5 (11) 421045 ROBIN OF NAVAN (D,BF,G,S) H Dunlop 4-9-6 114 J Crowley 6 (6) -10012 FIDAAWY 21 (BF,F,G,S) Sir M Stoute 4-9-3 116 T Marquand 7 (2) -32512 SPARK PLUG 49 (P,CD,F,G) B Meehan 6-9-3 112 R L Moore 8 (3) 31-225 INTIMATION 42 (BF,S) Sir M Stoute 5-9-0 114 J Fanning 9 (4) 332410 MUFFRI'HA 7 (CD,F,G,S) W Haggas 5-9-0 113 10 (5) 0-1304 PROMISING RUN 17 (V,C,D,G,S) S bin Suroor 4-9-0 P Cosgrave 116 T Hamilton 11 (9) 165232 FOREST RANGER 49 (F) R Fahey 3-8-13 115 L Dettori 12 (12) -14421 MONARCHS GLEN 17 (D,G,S) J Gosden 3-8-13 11-2 Monarchs Glen, Muffri'Ha, 6-1 Fidaawy, Intimation, Spark Plug, 8-1 Forest Ranger, 10-1 Robin Of Navan, 12-1 Promising Run, 14-1 Fabricate, First Sitting, Sovereign Debt, 20-1 Air Pilot. Blinkered first time: Chepstow 4.45 Junction Fourteen, Boa Island. Hexham 4.35 Island Heights. Kempton Park 5.45 Swift Fox. 6.15 Lansky. 7.45 Candesta. Newmarket 3.00 Mendelssohn. York 2.05 Dark Red. 3.15 Al Qahwa. 4.25 Highest Rank. 5.30 Bedouin. opportunity for one of the unheralded members of the trainers’ union to raise her standard at Newmarket. “It is nice to be going with a live chance, not just making the numbers up,” McLintock, a trainer since 2005, said. “It is the biggest moment of my career. I am nervous and excited. It is a great opportunity for us 3.50 York 2.05 Anythingtoday (nb) 4.25 Epic Fantasy 2.40 Shabaaby 5.00 Graceful Lady 3.15 Mr Lupton (nap) 5.30 Alwahsh 3.50 Buckstopper Kit Going: good, good to soft in places Draw: no advantage Racing UK Download The Coral App Handicap ITV (£21,788: 1m 2f 56y) (14 runners) 100 R Tart 1 (12) 220-20 LINGUISTIC 14 (P,D,S) J Gosden 4-9-11 104 L Edmunds (3) 2 (13) 141020 BIG COUNTRY 14 (CD,F) M Appleby 4-9-8 103 D Tudhope 3 (5) -P2304 CHELSEA LAD 14 (F,S) M Meade 4-9-7 103 J Hart 4 (10) 001505 SPEED COMPANY 49 (H,D,G,S) J J Quinn 4-9-7 106 D Allan 5 (11) 442500 LAW AND ORDER 7 (F) J Tate 3-9-6 103 T Eaves 6 (9) P62100 WEEKEND OFFENDER 14 (C,D,F,G,S) K A Ryan 4-9-6 102 D Nolan 7 (1) 031200 HIBOU 14 (B,D,F,S) I Jardine 4-9-5 97 P Makin 8 (3) 100004 MASTER CARPENTER 10 (CD,G,S) B Millman 6-9-5 104 F Norton 9 (8) 31d346 DARK RED 14 (B,D,BF,G,S) E Dunlop 5-9-4 Jenny Powell (5) v107 10 (14) 326120 AZARI 21 (P,G,S) T Dascombe 5-9-4 104 Doubtful 11 (2) 2-1220 BURGUILLOS 91 (D,F,S) A King 4-9-4 99 A Mullen 12 (6) 534122 EMPRESS ALI 16 (CD,BF,S) T Tate 6-9-4 104 L Steward 13 (7) 113203 ANYTHINGTODAY 21 (P,D,S) H Palmer 3-9-3 99 Kevin Stott 14 (4) 1-2000 SYPHAX 50 (P,C,F,G) K A Ryan 3-9-2 4-1 Chelsea Lad, 5-1 Anythingtoday, 6-1 Big Country, 8-1 Linguistic, 10-1 Dark Red, Master Carpenter, Syphax, 12-1 Speed Company, 14-1 Empress Ali, Law And Order, 16-1 others. Wright choice: Anythingtoday is improving and ran a cracker when third in a stronger race at Newbury Dangers: Chelsea Lad, Master Carpenter 2.40 coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes ITV (Listed: 2-Y-O: £28,355: 6f) (12) 21 BARTON MILLS 17 (F,S) W Haggas 9-1 -M Harley 1 (12) 81 D Nolan 2 (6) 415062 IT DONT COME EASY 14 (F) R Fahey 9-1 v92 311 SHABAABY 31 (D,S) O Burrows 9-1 D O'Neill 3 (1) 86 D Allan 4 (7) 12156 STAXTON 21 (D,F,S) T Easterby 9-1 84 T Eaves 5 (10) 11120 DANCE DIVA 63 (D,G,S) R Fahey 8-13 030411 78 DADDIES GIRL 10 (D,F,S) B Millman 8-10 S Drowne 6 (11) 14 ISLAND DRIVE 72 (D,BF,F,S) W Haggas 8-10 28 A Mullen 7 (2) 511 PEGGY'S ANGEL 42 (D,F,G) J Hughes 8-10 73 J Egan 8 (4) 031 PULITZER 36 (D,S) H Palmer 8-10 64 H Bentley 9 (8) 79 F Norton 10 (9) 241056 REBEL ASSAULT (F,S) M Johnston 8-10 54 C Beasley 11 (5) 055021 SAVANNAH'S SHOW 13 (S) Richard Guest 8-10 72 B A Curtis 12 (3) 42100 SHAYA (D,S) R G Fell 8-10 5-4 Shabaaby, 13-2 Dance Diva, Staxton, 9-1 It Dont Come Easy, 12-1 Barton Mills, Daddies Girl, Peggy's Angel, 14-1 Island Drive, 20-1 Rebel Assault, 25-1 Pulitzer, 33-1 others. Wright choice: Shabaaby was most impressive when winning by seven lengths at Doncaster Dangers: It Dont Come Easy, Rebel Assault 3.15 Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap ITV (£62,250: 6f) (20) 100 GROWL 14 (B,D,F,S) R Fahey 5-9-10 Connor Murtagh (5) 108 STAKE ACCLAIM 14 (D,G,S) D Ivory 5-9-10 R Winston 105 MR LUPTON 14 (CD,F,G,S) R Fahey 4-9-10 Sebastian Woods (7) 103 EQTIRAAN 56 (D,F) R Hannon 3-9-8 D O'Neill 107 SPRING LOADED 28 (D,F,G,S) P D'Arcy 5-9-6 J Haynes FLYING PURSUIT 14 (P,CD,G,S) T Easterby 4-9-6 108 Rachel Richardson (3) 84 7 (11) 105000 PERFECT PASTURE 14 (V,D,F,G,S) M W Easterby 7-9-5 P Makin J Egan v109 8 (20) -02132 UPSTAGING 54 (P,D,F,G,S) P Cole 5-9-5 107 9 (17) 560025 EDWARD LEWIS 18 (D,F,G,S) D O'Meara 4-9-5 Josh Doyle (3) 108 L Edmunds (3) 10 (14) 334205 PIPERS NOTE 28 (D,F,G,S) Mrs R Carr 7-9-5 101 B McHugh 11 (8) 403500 ORION'S BOW 14 (D,F,G,S) T Easterby 6-9-4 107 D Allan 12 (19) 114013 GOLDEN APOLLO 14 (CD,F,G,S) T Easterby 3-9-3 108 Kevin Stott 13 (2) 00-041 TERUNTUM STAR 56 (P,D,F,G,S) K A Ryan 5-9-3 107 D Tudhope 14 (12) 002002 AL QAHWA 34 (V,CD,S) D O'Meara 4-9-3 107 B A Curtis 15 (18) 500-10 KICKBOXER 14 (D,G,S) M Appleby 6-9-3 108 T Eaves 16 (4) 500002 NAMEITWHATYOULIKE 14 (CD,G,S) B Smart 8-9-2 17 (5) 320000 EASTERN IMPACT 28 (P,D,F,G,S) R Fahey 6-9-2 105 A McNamara (3) 104 M Harley 18 (3) 404000 RAUCOUS 34 (D,BF,F,S) W Haggas 4-9-2 108 H Shaw (7) 19 (6) 33-066 HOOF IT 52 (CD,F,G,S) M W Easterby 10-9-2 101 20 (10) 0-0000 OUTBACK TRAVELLER 35 (P,D,F,G,S) R Cowell 6-9-2 H Bentley 7-1 Spring Loaded, 8-1 Stake Acclaim, 10-1 Al Qahwa, Flying Pursuit, Nameitwhatyoulike, Teruntum Star, Upstaging, 14-1 Golden Apollo, Mr Lupton, Edward Lewis, Eqtiraan, 20-1 others. 1 2 3 4 5 6 (16) (1) (7) (9) (13) (15) Coral Nursery Handicap (2-Y-O: £21,788: 7f 192y) (9) Rob Wright 2.05 and we are very lucky to have him. It means an awful lot to us. If he does well I hope it would make people consider what we can do and maybe send us a few more.” McLintock was originally a veterinary nurse in her native Edinburgh who satisfied her passion for horses by dabbling in eventing and dressage. She bought a horse for eventing, and at the same time met Don Eddy, now her partner in business and life. He persuaded her to train the horse. That horse was Call Equiname, who won his first bumper at Musselburgh by 15 lengths. He was subsequently sold to Paul Barber and won the Queen Mother Champion Chase for Paul Nicholls in 1999. With her share of the proceeds McLintock bought 70 acres of the farm that she now shares with Eddy, who started life down the pits and went on to make money in stamps, coins and bookmaking. Initially she was Eddy’s assistant, with the two swapping roles 12 years ago. Since then she has sent out 90 winners and won £660,000. “I never thought I’d get the opportunity,” she said. “If it wasn’t for Don, who owns the farm so I don’t pay rent or a mortgage, I’d find it very difficult to make it pay. “You have got to love it to do it, in this business you have to have broad shoulders and thick skins. There’s always people who want to knock you. We will see where we go after Saturday. It would be great to think we could go for some of the bigger, distance races in the calendar — even Royal Ascot.” U64000 601302 002564 320150 402531 610151 Wright choice: Mr Lupton has twice tackled group one company this year and shaped well when fourth at Haydock Dangers: Teruntum Star, Raucous 61 J Egan 1 (5) 102100 VEEJAY 13 (D,G,S) M Channon 9-7 60 D Tudhope 2 (3) 4621 AWESOMETANK 14 (S) W Haggas 9-5 59 F Norton 3 (9) 1224 BOOK OF DREAMS 14 (S) M Johnston 9-4 61 H Bentley 4 (7) 36413 DARK LIBERTY 14 (S) S Crisford 9-0 531 BUCKSTOPPER KIT 18 (B,S) R Fahey 8-12 61 B McHugh 5 (6) 61 A McNamara (3) 6 (2) 514631 SHAZZAB 16 (P,D,S) R Fahey 8-12 020640 60 LADY ANJORICA 7 K Dalgleish 8-11 C Beasley 7 (4) 52 J Hart 8 (1) 53511 SUNBREAK 31 (D,F,S) M Johnston 8-8 v63 P P Mathers 9 (8) 054260 REINBEAU PRINCE 25 R Fahey 8-0 11-4 Awesometank, 4-1 Dark Liberty, 5-1 Buckstopper Kit, 13-2 Book Of Dreams, Sunbreak, 8-1 Veejay, 10-1 Shazzab, 16-1 Lady Anjorica, 20-1 Reinbeau Prince. 4.25 coral.co.uk ebfstallions.com Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: £9,704: 7f) (13) 1 AIR RAID 35 (D,S) Jedd O'Keeffe 9-8 57 D Nolan 1 (10) 51 DAWN BREAKING 16 (S) R Whitaker 9-8 49 L Edmunds (3) 2 (2) 10 HIGHEST RANK 35 (V,S) K Burke 9-8 48 C Lee (3) 3 (5) v59 02 AGAR'S PLOUGH 35 E Dunlop 9-2 D Tudhope 4 (11) 2R2 CHIEF JUSTICE 36 (BF) R Fahey 9-2 56 A McNamara (3) 5 (7) 0 13 CRISTAL SPIRIT 15 W Haggas 9-2 M Harley 6 (9) 3 EPIC FANTASY 21 C Hills 9-2 50 H Bentley 7 (13) 4 MAGHAWEER 17 R Hannon 9-2 -D O'Neill 8 (12) 58 T Eaves 9 (3) 4423 MONT KINABALU 18 K A Ryan 9-2 002 SUNSTORM 17 D Brown 9-2 55 P Makin 10 (8) 0 ANGEL CARLOTTA 17 N Tinkler 8-11 13 A Mullen 11 (1) 0 MARCELLA 15 D Griffiths 8-11 -D Allan 12 (6) 44 SEMPRE PRESTO 24 (BF) R Fahey 8-11 55 B McHugh 13 (4) 4-1 Epic Fantasy, 9-2 Agar's Plough, 5-1 Chief Justice, 6-1 Air Raid, Maghaweer, 8-1 Mont Kinabalu, 12-1 Sunstorm, 14-1 Sempre Presto, 16-1 Dawn Breaking, Highest Rank, 20-1 others. 5.00 Coral Stayers Handicap (£9,704: 2m) (17) 98 DALSHAND (BF,S) D O'Meara 4-9-7 D Tudhope 94 SLUNOVRAT 63 (CD,G,S) D Menuisier 6-9-5 D Nolan 81 RIVER ICON 18 (S) I Jardine 5-9-4 L Edmunds (3) 87 OPPOSITION 21 (C,F,G) E Dunlop 4-9-3 A McNamara (3) 93 BLUE HUSSAR 34 (CD,G,S) M D Hammond 6-9-3 P Makin 94 ANGEL GABRIAL 14 (D,F,S) R Fahey 8-9-2 Connor Murtagh (5) 93 COEUR DE LION 21 (D,BF,S) A King 4-9-2 D Sweeney 92 ARCHIPPOS 14 (G) P Kirby 4-9-1 P Aspell 86 ICEFALL 25 (F,G) T Easterby 4-8-12 D Allan 91 ON FIRE 22 (P,F) J Bethell 4-8-11 T Eaves 91 ALWAYS RESOLUTE 36 (D,G,S) B Ellison 6-8-11 B Robinson (5) 71 LOST THE MOON 37 M Tompkins 4-8-10 J Haynes 90 CAPTAIN NAVARRE 32 C Fellowes 5-8-9 H Bentley 94 GRACEFUL LADY 21 (CD,F,S) R Eddery 4-8-8 D Keenan (7) 92 ARROWTOWN 16 (H,S) M W Easterby 5-8-7 C Hardie OCTOBER STORM 52 (F) M Channon 4-8-6 J Egan v102 STORMIN TOM 14 (D,F,G,S) T Easterby 5-8-6 92 Rachel Richardson (3) 11-4 Coeur De Lion, 7-1 Blue Hussar, 9-1 River Icon, 10-1 Graceful Lady, On Fire, Opposition, 12-1 Always Resolute, Slunovrat, 14-1 Angel Gabrial, Arrowtown, Dalshand, 16-1 others. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 (14) (1) (4) (13) (16) (8) (12) (15) (3) (2) (11) (9) (5) (6) (7) (17) (10) 625-05 210-26 31 621042 040-31 522533 532-12 0-1453 0-5500 542322 030-43 -12P46 64/1-0 112145 24-261 130000 226130 5.30 Coldstream Guards Association Cup Handicap (£9,704: 1m 2f 56y) (20) v93 SWIFT EMPEROR 107 (F,G) T D Barron 5-9-9 B A Curtis 89 MUTADAFFEQ 36 (F,G,S) D O'Meara 4-9-9 D Nolan 90 CARNAGEO 16 (B,CD,G,S) R Fahey 4-9-9 Connor Murtagh (5) 90 DANCE KING 16 (T,P,D,F,G,S) T Easterby 7-9-9 D Allan 91 AWAKE MY SOUL 36 (D,F,G,S) T Tate 8-9-9 A Mullen 71 GULF OF POETS 14 (D,G,S) M W Easterby 5-9-8 C Hardie 90 SAVE THE BEES 23 (D,F,G,S) Declan Carroll 9-9-7 Ger O'Neill (7) 91 STAR OF RORY 16 (P,S) T Dascombe 3-9-6 M Harley 90 MUTARAKEZ 42 (G,S) B Meehan 5-9-6 H Bentley 91 COROBEREE 96J (D,S) Tony Coyle 4-9-6 B McHugh 90 MAGIC CITY 3 (F,G,S) M W Easterby 8-9-5 T Eaves 91 ROYAL REGENT 11 (D,BF,S) Mrs L Normile 5-9-5 Joe Doyle 89 KHARBETATION 13 (G) D O'Meara 4-9-3 D Tudhope 89 BEDOUIN 22 (V,D,F,G) L Cumani 3-9-3 F Norton SILVERY MOON 7 (D,F,G,S) T Easterby 10-9-3 92 Rachel Richardson (3) 92 Josh Doyle (3) 16 (5) 200303 JACBEQUICK 14 (P,C,F,G,S) D O'Meara 6-9-2 91 A Jones (3) 17 (10) 00-506 TRENDSETTER 14 (P,F,G,S) M D Hammond 6-9-2 92 P Makin 18 (12) 603344 GRAND INQUISITOR 3 (P,F,S) I Williams 5-9-0 89 D O'Neill 19 (16) 241045 ALWAHSH 42 (F) W Haggas 3-9-0 91 A McNamara (3) 20 (15) 420001 SOCIETY RED 42 (D,F) R Fahey 3-8-13 6-1 Alwahsh, 8-1 Bedouin, Grand Inquisitor, 10-1 Carnageo, Kharbetation, Royal Regent, 12-1 Dance King, Jacbequick, Society Red, Star Of Rory, Swift Emperor, 14-1 Awake My Soul, 16-1 others. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 (17) (9) (14) (1) (4) (11) (18) (7) (6) (8) (20) (2) (3) (19) (13) 143000 250160 310415 410641 -40001 114000 121024 640320 303300 1116560 133323 -60035 614162 046520 24 1GS Saturday October 14 2017 | the times Sport Giles Smith Scotland’s finest only half the players they could have been ‘G enetically we are behind,” said Gordon Strachan after Scotland drew 2-2 with Slovenia on Sunday and failed to qualify for the World Cup. “Technically, we’re fine. But our lads have to work harder to get on the ball than bigger lads at 6ft 3in . . . Genetically we have to work at things. It is a problem for us. We have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher because it is easier for these type of guys.” Strachan departed as manager by mutual consent four days later, but he left behind him a decent point. To look back through the history of football is to see how genes have disadvantaged Scotland time and time again. grooming products. Then there’s that other famous photograph in which Bremner is being held by the scruff of the neck by the overwhelmingly powerful Dave Mackay. What’s that? Mackay was Scottish? Well, obviously there are exceptions. Jimmy “Jinky” Johnstone In the Sixties, while the rest of the world was powering forwards genetically and becoming bigger and bigger and more and more muscular thanks to the discovery of things such as breakfast cereals and flavoured yoghurt, Celtic were reduced — on 515 occasions, no less — to fielding a 5ft 2in outside right who scored 129 goals, was one of the Lisbon Lions who won the European Cup in 1967 and who was later the subject of a documentary film entitled Lord of the Wing. It’s pitiful, really. Kenny Dalglish The record books will show that the flaxenhaired forward won four Scottish league titles, six English league titles, four Scottish Cups, one FA Cup, four League Cups and three European Cups, and that he was capped over 100 times for his country before going into management and piloting Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title. But records only tell half the story, and the game is permanently left to wonder what might have been, had Dalglish, at 5ft 8in, only had access to the right genes at the right time, like they have in Slovenia. Billy Bremner If you leave aside the two league titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the 587 League appearances for Leeds, which led to him being voted that club’s greatest ever player, Bremner achieved almost nothing within the game — which is hardly surprising given that he was only 5ft 5in. This was also why he had no option but to cower against Kevin Keegan in the notorious Charity Shield bust-up of 1974. Superior genes had boosted Keegan to a towering 5ft 8in, as well as giving him perm-friendly hair and a contract with Brut The Picts After some relatively successful attacks on the break against the Romans, one of the Scots’ earliest international sides was eventually pinned back in its own half by Hadrian’s Wall. But that structure, which was, in places, as low as 11 feet high, would have been no obstacle to other, more genetically privileged nations, such as the Danes, who, by eschewing nettles in favour of meat and introducing a properly structured academy system, had all grown to 14 feet tall and acquired superb abs. Lionel Messi When this debate about football and genetic advantages starts up, you’ll always get someone who thinks they’re being clever when they say, ‘But what about Messi, then? Best player in the world, probably. And not even 5ft 6in. Hasn’t exactly held him back, has it?’ Fair enough. But he isn’t Scottish, is he? Skinny genes: Celtic must have been understrength when they were forced to pick Johnstone on 515 occasions It’s squeaky balls time for linesmen S eeing as you asked: 13 out of 15. Not too shabby. Disappointed to have dropped a point at Sunday League level, but quietly proud to have re-grouped and gone again in stages two and three, only erring a second time on the very last call, which is, let’s be honest, an utterly brutal one. And yes, maybe there were a couple of flag-and-hope moments in there. But that’s touchline officiating, and if The Times Sport’s revelatory Could you be an assistant referee? video test (go online and take it, if you haven’t already done so) has convinced this column of anything, it’s that we need to agitate even harder for the introduction — at all levels of the game, but especially at the professional level — of a squeaky ball. How else to cope? Offside is clearly football’s — and possible even sport’s — least police-able rule. It’s all about the position of the attacker when the ball is played. As such, Could you be an assistant referee? Play our game at thetimes.co.uk/sport it frequently requires a single assistant to reach a verdict on the coincidence of two events taking place in different parts of the pitch — in other words, to have eyes on two things at once, which, scientists agree, is physiologically impossible, even when you’re only doing it on a laptop. (We say again: take the test.) However, a ball that emits a squeak or jingles every time it is struck introduces a potentially helpful, additional auditory cue, while also gifting a bonus layer of tensiondefusing fun for the fans in the ground and at home. Squeak or jingle? That’s for Fifa to decide, based on the requisite trials. But whichever they ultimately go for, the assistant’s unsustainable burden is lightened. It’s not perfect, no. But it’s better than what we’ve got. Rabid hedgehogs take the lead in the 2018 World Cup Fear Factor stakes F ear Factor 2018? We thought it was all over. The BBC’s Panorama department went early (February, to be precise) with its report on Russian hooligan firms in training, ready to convert next summer’s footballing festival into one long thrashing with a piece of lead pipe, and this column’s honorary award for deeply discouraging pre- tournament doom-mongering was as good as clinched. Not so fast, though. We reckoned without the quick feet of the news desk at the Daily Mirror, whose “World Cup Squad to Get Rabies Jab” has thrown the competition wide open again. This week’s story observes that Russia is a high-risk zone for rabies, warns of “packs of wild animals” infected with the Couch potato's guide to the weekend’s TV ruinously inflammatory virus and goes on to state, “Officials say wolves, bats, foxes, deer, squirrels and even hedgehogs have been found to have the disease.” Turns out there’s going to be a lot more than just the security of the wifi to worry about at England’s pine-forested retreat in Repino. No petting, Dele. Nuts down, Raheem. OK, so, further on, a Today: 4am Golf, US PGA CIMB Classic, Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Golf. 7am Tennis, WTA Prudential Hong Kong Open, BT Sport 1. 9.30am Tennis, ATP Shanghai Masters, Sky Sports Action. 11.30am Golf, European Tour, Italian Open, Sky Sports Golf. Football, Premier League, Liverpool v Manchester United, Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League. 12.30pm Rugby union, European Champions Cup, Leinster v Montpellier, Sky Sports Action. 1pm Cycling, Tour of Turkey, Eurosport 1. 1.30pm Racing from Newmarket, ITV1. 3pm Rugby union, European Champions Cup, Racing 92 v Leicester Tigers, BT Sport 2. 3.45pm Football, Ligue 1, Dijon v Paris Saint-Germain, eir Sport 1. 5pm Football, spokesman for the Russian Tourist Office in London notes that the risk of catching rabies during Russia 2018 is “very low” — and especially, one imagines, if you keep away from the wolves. But that’s exactly the kind of worry-thwarting appeal to reason that the very best Fear Factor contenders sweep past on their way to glory. And let’s be clear, this is a Premier League, Watford v Arsenal, BT Sport 1. Rugby union, European Champions Cup, Harlequins v La Rochelle, Sky Sports Action. 5.15pm Football, Championship, Wolves v Aston Villa, Sky Sports Main Event. 5.30pm Football, Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund v Leipzig, BT Sport 2. 7.30pm Rugby union, European Champions Cup, Exeter Chiefs v Glasgow Warriors, BT Sport 2. 7.45pm Football, La Liga, Atletico Madrid v Barcelona, Sky Sports Main Event. Tomorrow: 4am Golf, US PGA CIMB Classic, Sky Sports Golf/Sky Sports Main Event (6am). 5.45am MotoGP, Grand Prix of Japan, BT Sport 2. 8.30am Athletics, Amsterdam Marathon, Eurosport 2. glorious entry. Shades, we would even go so far as to say, of “Giant Hornets May be an Unexpected Problem for Roy Hodgson” (Daily Mail), our bar-setting winner before Brazil 2014 — a golden headline in a golden year for advance negativity. “World Cup Squad to Get Rabies Jab” is, essentially, “Packs of Rabid Hedgehogs may be an Unexpected Problem for 9.30am Tennis, ATP Shanghai Masters, Sky Sports Main Event. WTA Prudential Hong Kong Open, BT Sport 1. 10am Cricket, First ODI, South Africa v Bangladesh, Sky Sports Cricket. 11am Cycling, Tour of Turkey, Eurosport 1. 11.30am Golf, European Tour, Italian Open, Sky Sports Golf/Sky Sports Main Event (12pm). 12.45pm Rugby union, European Champions Cup, Castres v Munster, Sky Sports Action. 1pm Football, Championship, Derby v Nottingham Forest, Sky Sports Main Event. 2pm Football, Ligue 1, Bordeaux v Nantes, BT Sport/ESPN. Tennis, Generali Ladies Linz, Eurosport 1. 2.30pm Football, Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg, BT Sport 2. 3pm Rugby union, European Champions Cup, Toulon v Gareth Southgate.” Although not so unexpected now, of course. Anyhow, you would be surprised to see anything come between Panorama and the Mirror for the Fear Factor trophy when the judging panel meets for the last time next June. But let’s not speak too soon. We’ve made that mistake before. Scarlets, Sky Sports Action. 3.30pm Football, Premier League, Southampton v Newcastle, Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League. 4pm Football, Ligue 1, Montpellier v Nice, BT Sport/ESPN. 4.45pm Football, Bundesliga, Werder Bremen v Borussia Mönchengladbach, BT Sport 1. 5pm Rugby union, European Champions Cup, Northampton Saints v Saracens, BT Sport 2. 5.30pm NFL, Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers, Sky Sports Action/Sky Sports Main Event (6.30pm). 7.30pm Football, Serie A, Inter Milan v AC Milan, BT Sport. 9pm Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers, Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Action. 1am Denver Broncos v New York Giants, Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Action.