** Wednesday 9 May 2018 Sport telegraph.co.uk/sport Injury agony No 1 Murray losing race for Wimbledon fitness Injury agony No 2 Jones casts doubts over Hartley’s England return Page 10 Page 11 SWA N S E A 0 -1 S O U T H A M P T ON Saints alive Southampton on verge of safety Swansea face drop on final day West Brom are relegated Southampton players celebrate in front of their supporters Exclusive Spieth on his Sawgrass hopes, McIlroy and the Claret Jug Players Championship special, pages 8-9 2 Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Football Hughes dares and Gabbiadini Sam Wallace CHIEF FOOTBALL WRITER at Liberty Stadium Swansea City Southampton Gabbiadini 72 0 1 Att: 20,858 Mark Hughes and his players had walked the last 100 yards into the Liberty Stadium after their coach was prevented from entering and if that was a signal that this team meant business, then substitute Manolo Gabbiadini’s late winner proved it to be the case. It was a day of rather petulant slights, a club denied their four-star hotel of choice by what Hughes described as “overzealous” Swansea fans on the staff of the city’s Marriott hotel, and then stewards who would not let the away team come in to the ground before their counterparts. In the end it came down to one of those relegation games that neither team dare lose, but one in which Southampton risked that little bit more to win. Hughes said later that he had always planned to switch one of his three centre-halves for Gabbiadini, who had not scored a goal since Feb 24 and only three before this one, but what followed was one of those serendipitous moments in a manager’s life. Southampton’s outstanding goalkeeper Alex McCarthy came out to punch a corner away, caught Jan Bednarek on the chin and by the time the Polish defender was back to his feet, Hughes had made his decision. On came Gabbiadini, frozen out under Mauricio Pellegrino and, Hughes admitted, “disappointed” not to play more since his own arrival. When the Italian was called upon he reacted first to Charlie Austin’s blocked shot on 72 minutes. The goal should save Southampton’s Premier League status and will surely mean that Hughes is appointed on a permanent basis once the season is over. This win lifts them to 16th and three points clear of 18th-placed Swansea with a goal difference that is nine better, albeit with Saints playing Manchester City on the last day. It was a result that relegated West Bromwich Albion and a single point for Huddersfield Town from either of their last two games against Chelsea and Arsenal will mean that Swansea are the final team to go down. They play Stoke in their last match and they only have a chance if they win. Southampton had been forced to change their hotel booking at the last moment when the Swansea Marriott cancelled because of a risk of a virus. “I’m not suggesting Swansea had something to do with it,” Hughes said. “It’s overzealous Swansea fans in a position to affect our own booking. But those things you can use to your own benefit and motivation.” The Marriott, for the record, denies any wrongdoing. Moore heartbreak Albion drop after he wins award West Bromwich Albion were relegated hours after Darren Moore was named manager of the month. In a surreal twist, Albion’s caretaker manager was recognised for steering the club through April unbeaten. But even 11 points from a possible 15 since Moore took charge were not enough once Southampton beat Swansea last night. Albion go down after eight seasons. Their best top-flight finish was eighth during the 2012/13 season under Steve Clarke. As for the hold-up outside, Hughes said that the Southampton bus was denied coming in early but “we weren’t going to be denied and messed about”. “There was no leeway tonight,” he said. “We had to win to give ourselves any prospect of staying in the Premier League. I’m delighted with the response after the weekend [draw with Everton]. Everyone felt the disappointment of the equaliser would affect my group. I knew very quickly they were refocused.” Of course, they are not quite there yet, with Manchester City, as Hughes conceded himself, the one team in the Premier League capable of doing serious damage to an opponent’s goal difference. It looks, however, as if the decision to appoint Hughes in Pellegrino’s place has paid off eventually and the quality of Saints’ players told in the end. By the end of the night the bad house mix was booming through the walls of the away dressing room and the players were chanting Gabbiadini’s name, the bass still shaking the adjoining press room when Carlos Carvalhal walked in. Hughes had brought on Shane Long in right midfield, later integral to the goal, and finished with a 4-4-2 system that successfully paired Austin and Gabbiadini in attack. The Swansea manager said that he had committed just as many attacking players in the final stages, making the first change by bringing on Tammy Abraham and switching to a three-man attack, but it was clear from the frustration among the home fans that they felt not enough had been done. Table P D L 36 30 4 2 102 26 94 Man Utd Liverpool Tottenham 36 24 5 37 20 12 36 21 8 7 5 7 67 28 80 38 68 32 77 72 71 Chelsea Arsenal Burnley Everton 36 36 37 37 61 72 35 43 34 48 37 55 69 60 54 49 Leicester Newcastle 36 11 11 14 36 11 8 17 49 54 36 46 44 41 Crystal Palace Bournemouth 37 10 11 16 37 10 11 16 43 55 43 60 41 41 21 6 9 18 6 12 14 12 11 13 10 14 F A PTS W Manchester City (C) Watford 37 11 8 18 44 63 41 Brighton 36 9 13 14 33 47 40 West Ham Southampton Huddersfield Swansea 36 37 36 37 9 11 16 7 15 15 9 9 18 8 9 20 45 37 27 27 67 55 56 54 38 36 36 33 West Brom (R) Stoke (R) 37 37 6 13 18 6 12 19 31 54 33 67 31 30 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018 ** wins it for Saints Fighting the drop What the teams need now For Southampton (36pts) to stay up With three points and a +9 goal difference separating them from Swansea, they will survive bar a freak set of results on Sunday, when they are home to Manchester City. For Huddersfield (36pts) to stay up Take a point either at Chelsea today or home to Arsenal on Sunday. REUTERS For Swansea (33pts) to stay up Beat Stoke and hope Huddersfield lose their two games. Goal difference is two better than the Terriers. “It is horrible that it doesn’t depend on ourselves,” Carvalhal said. “We have a chance but it doesn’t depend on our results. Let’s see what happens [at Stamford Bridge] and if we still believe we can stay up we must work hard, win the game and wait for a miracle to happen.” His team have scored just two goals in their past eight league games and have failed to score in eight home league matches, more than any club in the Premier League this season. Asked to defend his decision to play five at the back, Carvalhal insisted that Kyle Naughton was under orders to “jump into midfield” when his team were in possession, although it seemed that the strategy was more about stopping Southampton. The Ayew brothers started strongly, Jordan forcing his way Player ratings Swansea 3-5-2 6 Fabianski 6 Naughton 6 Fernandez ■ 6 Mawson 6 Roberts 6 Ki ■ 6 King 5 Clucas 6 Olsson 5 A Ayew 6 J Ayew Southampton 3-4-3 8 McCarthy 6 Bednarek 7 Stephens 7 Hoedt 6 Soares 7 Romeu ■ 6 Hojbjerg 7 Bertrand 6 Tadic 7 Austin 6 Redmond Substitutes Abraham (Olsson 62), Narsingh (Naughton 75), Carroll (King 82) Subs not used Nordfeldt (g), Van der Hoorn, Dyer, Sanches Long (Redmond 64), Gabbiadini (Bednarek 68), McQueen (Tadic 83) Subs not used Forster (g), Carrillo, Ward-Prowse, Sims Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Winning touch: Manolo Gabbiadini shows a striker’s instinct to score Saints’ decisive goal after coming on as a substitute through early on and almost creating a chance for Andre. The former forced a fine save from McCarthy at the start of the second half. Hughes said that his team had to cope with that more direct style in the early stages before they could settle in the game. They were without arguably their best player, the Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina, who came off on Saturday with a hamstring problem. The goal came when Long turned back a corner, Oriol Romeu volleyed the ball down and Austin’s shot was blocked before Gabbiadini did the rest from close range. Hughes said the celebrations at the end should not be “misinterpreted” as complacency and that it was more about relief. But it felt like a night when at least one club’s destiny was decided. 3 Wenger may move upstairs in next job By Jeremy Wilson DEPUTY FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT Arsene Wenger has given the clearest indication yet that he will seriously consider stepping away from front-line football management at the end of the season to take up the sort of executive role on offer at Paris St-Germain. Although Wenger’s first instinct is to manage again – and he thinks some recent assessments of his work are tinged with “age discrimination” – he has also opened a door to the possibility of taking the general manager position in Paris alongside incoming head coach Thomas Tuchel. “Maybe with a distance I will think, ‘No, maybe it’s a time to change a little bit direction’,” said Wenger. “That’s what I have to decide. This has been a fantastic period for me, but I have to turn the page and go for the next challenge. “For sure I will be active – my brain demands work. I like the English saying, ‘You have to live every day like it is your last’. One day you will be right.” Wenger is adamant his friendship with PSG president Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi, whom he has got to know through his work with beIN Sports, will not influence this next decision. He has also already received a series of offers in management and, after beginning his career in that role some 34 years ago for Nancy, is still drawn to the idea of returning to the touchline. “I don’t look very good on the beach,” said Wenger. “I like green grass. I like to work on it every day. I didn’t miss a training session in 22 years. I never stayed in my office. That is something that I will miss. “I keep myself fit. We have staff games – I can still play. I would pick myself every week. People look at your age and make an issue of it. It becomes a bit discrimination. They don’t really look how you work and perform. They look, ‘Oh, he is old’.” Wenger is clearly referring to the most recent period of his career when, until this season at least, his record against some of the younger and recently acclaimed managers such as Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp was far more favourable than popular perception. There is no prospect of him taking an upstairs role just now at Arsenal, although the club would ultimately be open to such an appointment. The plan first is for the new manager to establish himself and Wenger hopes that some of his old coaching staff will remain. “Of course people who come in also want their own staff, it’s about finding the right adjustment,” he Wanted man: Arsene Wenger could accept job of general manager at Paris St-Germain said. “I always tried to have a local person, who knows the culture, the habits, the tradition and makes sure you don’t make the mistakes. “The earlier the better now. People want hope and to prepare as well next year. The squad doesn’t need much – it has huge potential and good spirit. Two or three additions and this team will compete for the championship next year.” Ahead of tonight’s match against Leicester City, Wenger confirmed captain Laurent Koscielny has undergone surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon. He will miss the World Cup and not return to training until December. Wenger is also certain Jack Wilshere will stay following an improved contract offer. “I am convinced his future is here – it will happen,” he said. Rooney linked with US move By Neil Robinson Wayne Rooney is in serious talks about moving to the United States to join DC United this summer, the Washington Post reported last night. The 32-year-old is known to be frustrated after a difficult season in which he has often been substituted playing in an Everton side who have badly underperformed. But he is under contract with his boyhood club, whom he rejoined from Manchester United on a free transfer last summer, until 2019. Earlier yesterday Everton manager Sam Allardyce said that it would take a “massive bid” for the club to allow him to go. “Do I want him to stay?” Allardyce asked rhetorically. “Yes. There are rumours about Wayne going abroad – in China and America – but at the moment he is an Everton player and an Everton fan.” DC tried to sign Rooney from Manchester United last summer and the fresh speculation appears to have been sparked by the presence of his representative Paul Stretford in the United State in recent weeks. The Post said talks have taken place between Rooney’s representatives and the MLS side, who believe they have a 50-50 chance of luring him away with a $17 million (£12 million) offer. Any deal would have to wait until after the MLS transfer window, opens on July 10. DC United are one of the smaller MLS clubs but are expecting increased revenue after they move to a new stadium this summer and anticipate singing at least one star player. Javier Hernandez, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli have also been discussed and an approach via intermediaries has also been made to Andres Iniesta, who is leaving Barcelona but is expected to sign for a Chinese club. 4 Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Football ‘I will get the respect I deserve when I retire’ Yaya Toure bows out after eight years at City fiercely proud of his pivotal otal role in their eir rise, writes es rtt Jason Burt A s he approaches his final home game as a Manchester City player, Yaya Toure reflects on the greatest achievement during his eight years at the club. It was, the midfielder says, putting Manchester United in City’s “shadow”. “To be honest, yes, that’s true,” Toure says. “When I came to City, for them to be a big club we had to put them [United] in their shadow. That was the purpose – to come to City, to put United in the shadow, although that would be difficult. But the semi-final was a big part of it.” That FA Cup semi-final involved the two clubs in 2011, in Toure’s first season at City. They won and beat Stoke City in the final, with Toure scoring in two 1-0 victories, giving the Abu Dhabi era at City lift-off with its first trophy. “United were in our way,” Toure explains. “We had to remove them. They were such a force, they won the league that year. To come to the game, they had such confidence, they thought they were going to beat us. I’ll never forget it; they missed big chances. At half-time, we were nearly fighting in the dressing room. Go out and play like men – or we go home again and say to [City chairman] Khaldoon [Al Mubarak], ‘Thank you, we’ve eaten the money but we move on because this club will never achieve’.” That trophy and the three Premier League titles and two League Cups that followed vindicated Toure’s decision to leave Barcelona and join City in 2010, even if he is disappointed not to have won the Champions League. The success, he says, also silenced the critics who argued he had moved to the Premier League club only for financial gain. “Some of your colleagues said I came here not to win trophies, but was more impressed by the money,” Toure says. “But after we won the FA Cup, some started to be more impressed and to shut their mouths and say ‘This guy is the real deal’ – and that’s what I am proud of.” The sense that he was misjudged, and was motivated to Honour: City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak joins Yaya Toure to unveil a Toure mosaic at the training ground, where a pitch is being named after the midfielder prove people wrong, underpins much of Toure’s conversation ahead of his final home game for the club against Brighton tonight. He will leave City after the match away to Southampton on Sunday, when his contract expires. Toure admits that he has found it difficult not featuring in Pep ‘I know what I can do and I will know when I am not capable. I know I can continue’ Guardiola’s team over the past two years. “I am very sad about it. I wanted to be more part of it on the field, not out of the field,” Toure adds. “But look in our dressing room and they are all competitors now, with the will to win and to achieve. It’s a great ability and I love it.” Toure believes he helped to instill that winning mentality and, for a long time, dictated the team’s mood. “I have given so much to this club in terms of energy, mobility, and to work with people around me, to get them to play the way I wanted them to play,” he says. “I remember when Kun [Sergio Aguero] was in great form and Gabriel Jesus was not playing and not happy as he was not being picked, I took him to one side and gave him a pat on the back. The manager doesn’t know I’m doing that. “I look at the kids around me and know I have had to be an example, even though it’s been hard at times, and I have felt it’s been so unfair on my part [not to play].” His situation became fractious on occasions, with Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk infamously complaining in 2014 that the player had been “disrespected” when the club did not give him a birthday cake. Two years later, the Ukrainian criticised Guardiola’s management. But Toure says: “The way I was behaving during these difficult two years, I was behaving like a proper person. Even my stepfather [Seluk], he is crazy sometimes, he is the type of guy who sometimes I think I just leave him alone because sometimes you say the things you don’t want to say and after that you regret it. Me, when I am angry, I stay calm. I prefer to Toure on his standout Premier League players Favourite Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero is the best, my man. With his big legs, short [height] like that. This guy is such a good striker. He’s complete. Of course he’s short, but he’s good with his head as well. And I love David [Silva] as well. And Vincent [Kompany]. Toughest opponent Nemanja Matic. I hate him, this b-----d! He’s such a difficult player to play against. Tall, strong as well. It has been fun to play against him, even though it is difficult. He is powerful; and he is tall. To be able to find an opponent to play against me and stop me – there are few of them, but Matic was one of the close ones who was able to create me problems. stay calm. Of course people have been talking about me but I don’t care at the end of the day. It’s me. People can say what they want. That’s OK. They have their opinion.” Nevertheless, even if his status as one of City’s greatest ever players – and one of the best midfielders the Premier League has ever seen – is secured, Toure believes he deserves more recognition. “I think maybe when I am retired from football, I will have more respect,” he says. Has he not got that yet? “No, I don’t think so. What I have achieved and what I have done, I don’t think so. That is why I am a little bit sad because people put a lot of pressure on Paul Pogba, because they want to compare him to me. “We are different. I put the game so far away that people think it is easy. When you see the type of run, how many times you can do it, box to box, and be able to start the ball from defence and be able to finish as well, and how many games in the Premier League – we can count, we have it – Champions League, national team, between the travel, come back and be able to not have injury for many years... People don’t know how dedicated I was. I was so dedicated. This football club was my first wife, to be honest. Even my wife knew it.” Toure, who is 35 on Sunday, intends to play on and probably in the Premier League, with his family wanting to remain in England. “Like I said to Khaldoon a few times: ‘Look, I am a competitor, I am a professional. I know my body. Nobody knows my body more than me’. And I knew I could do it. “I hate it when people try to stop me. I hate it when people say to me: ‘You have to stop’. I hated that. It’s like, ‘I give you a limit’. It depends on your mentality. And I have been learning that for such a long time. And I know what I can do and I will know when I am not capable of doing it. And I know I can continue to play football.” Even if that means facing City? “My mum says, ‘If you love something, keep it for you, but if you leave it, it’s free to do what it wants’. That’s my view, if you let me go, I have to face you. I’m a big fan of the Gladiator movie. I’d have to win, I would never celebrate a goal against them [City]. I don’t want to face them but, if I want to stay in the Premier League, I will have to. “What these fans and what this club wants from me, I have given to them. It’s like I’m empty. I’m free to go. I will be released, to go and assess my duty in a different club. Maybe clubs need my experience, my thinking, my mentality.” The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018 ** 5 Gomez injury ends World Cup hopes By Chris Bascombe Liverpool’s Joe Gomez has been ruled out of the Champions League final and this summer’s World Cup after undergoing ankle surgery. The 20-year-old defender never fully recovered from the problem he sustained while on international duty with England, and the injury was aggravated in recent Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City. Gomez was a shadow of himself in those fixtures – he was unfairly criticised for his performances given that he was playing in pain – and has now paid a heavy price. Not only will Liverpool be without the player for their final home match against Brighton on Sunday – a game they may have to win to ensure Champions League qualification – but also the final against Real Madrid on May 26. For Gareth Southgate, it is also a significant setback. The England manager’s experiment with three centre-halves has been encouraging, and Gomez is a player who could comfortably slot into the position. He looked likely to make the World Cup squad before picking up the injury in the early minutes of England’s friendly win over Holland in March. However, the player confirmed yesterday afternoon that he would not be available to travel to Russia. “Gutted to confirm that my season for both club and country is over, having undergone successful ankle surgery,” Gomez said in an Instagram post. “Been a tough few weeks trying everything possible to be available. I’m going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre-season. The focus now is to support the team in the two biggest games of the season!” It is the latest in what is becoming a catalogue of injury setbacks at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s serious knee injury ended his season and World Cup chances. Adam Lallana has had numerous problems despite his recent return from a hamstring issue and will not be match fit until pre-season. Emre Can is hoping to step up after a back problem, while Joel Matip has missed the climax to the campaign after thigh surgery. Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid’s coach, said Cristiano Ankle surgery: Liverpool’s Joe Gomez will miss the Champions League final Ronaldo would be fit to face Liverpool in Kiev. Ronaldo suffered a minor ankle sprain while scoring in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona on Sunday. He will miss the league matches against Sevilla tonight and Celta Vigo on Saturday, but may return for the final game of the season against Villarreal on May 19. “What is incredible is that [Ronaldo] is walking after 48 hours and that shows his ambition, but I’m not sure if he will be available for the Villarreal game,” Zidane said yesterday. “Everyone will be available for the final, I’m telling you, 150 per cent. Everyone will be back, Cristiano, Isco and [Dani] Carvajal.” Mayor sets up Wembley talks By Ben Coles London Mayor Sadiq Khan is set to meet with the Football Association this week to discuss the potential sale of Wembley Stadium to Shahid Khan, the Fulham owner. The American billionaire, who also owns NFL franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars, opened talks last month with the FA to acquire the stadium for about £600 million. The London Mayor revealed that his team will be seeking guarantees from the FA that money gained from a sale will be reinvested into grass-roots football. “The deal with Wembley is between Shahid Khan and the FA,” said Sadiq Khan yesterday at the launch of next year’s Major League Baseball fixtures at West Ham’s home, the London Stadium. “My team are meeting the FA to get assurances that any taxpayer money used to rebuild the stadium will be reimbursed, and to make sure the FA get guarantees that Wembley Stadium will remain the home of English football team and that cup finals must continue to take place there. “Any monies that the FA receives must be used for grass-roots sport. It must not be squandered.” Khan also stressed that he would fight for the best possible outcome between the FA and Shahid Khan. “If I’m not happy then I will make my views clear to the Government, and also to the FA and Shahid Khan, to make sure we get the right deal with London. We want to do right by not just today’s Londoners, but also future generations.” Meanwhile, Khan said the baseball matches in June next year between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will help to “balance the books” of the London Stadium. In a dig at his predecessor, Boris Johnson, Khan criticised the fact that taxpayers’ money was being used to pay for the venue in Stratford. “We have a Premier League club playing there making huge profits and taxpayers are subsidising that,” he said. The MLB will bring regular-season games to Europe for the first time. John W Henry, Red Sox and Liverpool owner, and Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees managing general partner, were at the launch. “We are bringing our best players and, in my opinion, our best rivalry to London,” Steinbrenner said. 6 *** PAUL HAYWARD Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph CHIEF SPORTS WRITER Era of football manager as statesman is almost over N o sentient being who sees the new Sir Bobby Robson documentary, More Than a Manager, will reach the end without welling up – and most will shed tears. The great football leaders leave a particular kind of void that illustrates the power they have over our lives. Within a fortnight, as Britain ight, blazes with early summer light, ed the football will have confronted shock of Sir Alex Ferguson being age, felled by a brain haemorrhage, eave and seen Arsene Wenger leave 2 the stage at Arsenal after 22 years. 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Guar rdio is Guardiola a manager who lo ook to looks but create new wave waves, b also stay ahead of them, so he can never be engulfed by failure. Watching this shift from patriarch to hired gun, it’s tempting to think: No More Heroes. No longer will a Bobby Robson be able to transform an Ipswich Town, changing a town’s self-image. No more will a Ferguson be allowed four years to rewrite a stalled club’s culture. There are “strong” managers around who look like shaping clubs in their own image, Klopp and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino for example. Yet we are surely letting go of a time when these people could be the guiding lights for whole towns and cities – stand-in politicians at a time when faith in real politicians has collapsed. It makes for an amusing overstatement. In a godless world, where politics has imploded, the great football managers can still inspire multitudes to follow them wherever they go. Safer, perhaps, to say with certainty that tribalism ceases when managerial greatness shows its face. At the end of the story, anyway. The reverence for Robson, Ferguson, Wenger and others across the whole game is reassuring, and shows what we really value. Only the lost causes in football crowds refuse to see that respect is a pleasurable thing to feel. Racing must stop the louts running wild A brawl involving 20 racegoers that put three men in hospital at Goodwood at the weekend suggests racing needs a sharper awareness of warning signs. The images of a man on the floor being kicked in the head as the fighting went on unabated contradict the racecourse’s claim that the incident was dealt with by security staff. One witness told the Racing Post: “This brawl happened some 20 minutes after I first became aware of the chanting/ atmosphere in the bar. There was one security guard observing the fight from a distance, with many people asking the obvious question, ‘where were the security or police?’ The actual fighting was disgusting, with at times up to five men kicking a man prostrate on the ground.” Racing’s Faustian pact with mass heavy drinking has always been hard to manage, but the kind of violence seen at Goodwood is a recipe for disaster for the sport. Rising tensions among young blockheads usually follow a pattern (chanting is often involved), and racecourse staff need to be able to spot those indicators and intervene. Even more, the joy-wreckers who get dressed up to drink and fight on racecourses need to be identified, shamed and thrown out forever. The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018 ** Sport Football Money ‘not a problem’ for Spurs Club are not relying on Champions League cash Pochettino tells squad to ‘die’ to win final matches By Matt Law Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed the suggestion that Tottenham Hotspur are under greater financial pressure than their rivals to qualify for the Champions League, even though they are due to move into their £850 million new stadium next season. Spurs are only two points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea as they head into the final two matches, playing Newcastle United tonight and Leicester City on Sunday. Manager Pochettino has urged his players to “die” to get over the line and qualify for Europe’s elite club competition for the third season in a row. But he insisted that the club’s financial position would be secure, even if they miss out on the £50 million-£70 million windfall that the Champions League brings. “I think Daniel [Levy, chairman] is safe with the money,” said Pochettino. “It is not a problem. The GETTY IMAGES FOOTBALL NEWS CORRESPONDENT Star player: Key men such as Harry Kane want to play in the Champions League plan four years ago was not to play every season in the Champions League to be sure that the club is going to survive. If you overachieve, fantastic. You have more money to invest in the facilities like the new stadium, but I don’t think money is a problem.” Tottenham plan to offer new contracts to Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris, Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Pochettino himself. Whether the club would meet the demands of their star players and Pochettino without the income from the Champions League is unclear. It could also affect the budget for the summer transfer window. But Pochettino believes money In brief Conte decision soon Antonio Conte has said his future as Chelsea head coach will become clear “in two weeks”. In other words, after the FA Cup final against Manchester United. Conte, who is expected to leave, added that it was not his concern whether the team were well prepared for the next campaign. “This speculation is not important to me because my focus is only to do my work in the best possible way with my players.” Chelsea face Huddersfield tonight still pushing for a top-four finish. Meanwhile, the club said they would investigate fresh claims that former coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams racially abused youth-team players at the club. Nine players have now made allegations. Raise wages, clubs told Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City were last night under pressure to pay all who work for them a real living wage following their promotion to the Premier League. Citizens UK wrote to Wolves’ executive chairman asking for a meeting to discuss all employees earning at least £8.75 per hour while living-wage campaigners will target Cardiff today by delivering a giant congratulations card to their chief executive. no reason for Manchester City fans to worry. “I have one more year and next year I will be here,” he said. Salford pair quit The joint-managers who have taken Salford into the National League have left. A club statement said Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley were leaving due to “irreconcilable differences around personal terms”. Salford are part-owned by Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ players, PSG win French cup Pep Guardiola has still not signed his expected contract extension, but said there was In one of football’s greatest financial mismatches, Paris St-Germain beat Third Division side Les Herbiers 2-0 in the French Cup final last night. Hamilton (0) 1 Imrie 82 St Johnstone (0) 2 McMillan 65 pen Wotherspoon 80 2,367 FRANCE.-Cup, Final: Les Herbiers 0 PSG 2 (Lo Celso 27, Cavani 75 (pen)). Partick (0) 0 Motherwell (0) 1 Bowman 60 3,320 Ross County (0) 0 Dundee (0) 1 Murray 51 7.45 unless stated PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea v Huddersfield Leicester v Arsenal Man City v Brighton (8) Tottenham v Newcastle (8) LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP Celtic v Kilmarnock Hearts v Hibernian LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL 1ST LEG Alloa v Dumbarton LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL 1ST LEG Stenhousemuir v Peterhead DANSKE BANK.-Promotion/Relegation Play-off 2nd leg: Carrick (2) v Newry (3). Europa League Play-off, Semi-finals: Cliftonville v Ballymena, Linfield v Glentoran. FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE: Chelsea v Birmingham (7), Everton v Yeovil (7). SUPER LGE 2: Sheffield FC v Doncaster Belles (7.30), Watford v Brighton. Guardiola holds out Results and fixtures Premier League Swansea (0) 0 Southampton (0) 1 Gabbiadini 72 20,858 Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership HOME AWAY P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts 3,976 Celtic (C) 36 11 6 0 38 8 13 3 3 35 16 49 81 FA Women’s Super League 1 Aberdeen 37 11 4 4 30 16 10 3 5 25 21 18 70 Rangers 37 10 2 7 32 20 11 4 3 39 25 26 69 Hibernian 36 11 3 4 34 22 7 9 2 22 17 17 66 Liverpool (1) 1 Man City (0) 0 England 9 TOP 5 P W D L F A GD Pts Chelsea 14 9 5 0 34 9 25 32 Man City 14 9 2 3 39 15 24 29 Reading 16 8 4 4 36 17 19 28 Arsenal 15 8 4 3 28 16 12 28 Liverpool 16 9 1 6 28 21 7 28 SUPER LGE 2: Durham 3 Aston Villa 0. FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE: Selkirk 4 Edinburgh Univ 3. EA SPORTS CUP.-Qtr-finals: Cobh Ramblers 2 Longford Town 0-Dundalk 3 Bohemians 0-Sligo 1 Waterford 0. PREMIER LGE 2.-Div 1: Liverpool 5 Chelsea 1. Kilmarnock 36 8 3 7 26 26 7 7 4 22 21 1 55 Hearts 36 7 7 3 21 12 4 6 9 16 25 0 46 Motherwell 37 7 5 7 23 22 5 4 9 17 27 -9 45 St Johnstone 37 5 6 7 16 26 7 3 9 25 26 -11 45 Dundee 37 6 3 9 18 26 5 3 11 18 30 -20 39 Hamilton 37 5 3 11 26 35 4 3 11 21 30 -18 33 Partick 37 6 4 9 20 24 1 5 12 10 38 -32 30 Ross County 37 3 7 9 23 29 3 3 12 16 34 -24 28 Aberdeen (1) 1 McLean 14 pen Rangers (0) 1 McCrorie 63 17,745 Fixtures should not be the main motivation of trying to qualify for the Champions League. “The second thing is money, but the first is that to qualify for the Champions League is a dream of everyone and for me it’s impossible to not give your best in the last two games to win,” he said. “It’s massive because the Champions League is, with the Premier League, the best competition in the world. It’s in our own hands and we need to die to try to achieve that. “We have to be together, to fight for that, with our fans and to create a good atmosphere for Wednesday and Sunday, and try to be sure to play Champions League in the new stadium. That would be fantastic.” Tottenham have been accused of looking tired over the past five games, during which time they have only won once, but Pochettino believes the final two games provide a greater mental challenge than a physical test. Two victories would ensure a third-place finish above Liverpool, who are a point ahead of Spurs, having played one more game. Pochettino, who is without Eric Dier against Newcastle, said: “I hope we are focused to make sure we are able to win the last two games. It would be a massive success for the team and the club to finish third.” Game zones Chelsea Huddersfield 7.45pm. Sky Sports Main Event Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Willian are pushing for recalls as Chelsea seek a fifth successive win. Huddersfield have Tom Ince back. Leicester City Arsenal 7.45pm Leicester, who miss the suspended Marc Albrighton, have not won for six games. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has never lost to them. No Mesut Ozil tonight, though. Manchester City Brighton 8pm Benjamin Mendy is in line for his first start for Manchester City since September, while Yaya Toure is expected to make his final appearance. Tottenham Hotspur Newcastle Utd 8pm Eric Dier is out but Jan Vertonghen is fit after an ankle injury as Spurs seek their first league double over Newcastle since 2004-05. Newcastle’s Islam Slimani is suspended. 7 Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Golf EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Jordan Spieth feels this week’s Players Championship belongs with the very best, writes James Corrigan ‘The top 50 in the world is here and, when everything is weighed up, it is the strongest field in golf. It has that extra vibe, that aura that the other majors possess’ ‘I think this should now be a major. I really do’ J ordan Spieth had been busy trying to convince the world’s media about the attributes of The Players Championship before stepping outside to launch an even more impassioned plea for major recognition for the PGA Tour’s flagship event. In perhaps the only quiet corner of a sun-strewn, blisteringly expectant TPC Sawgrass, the young American unequivocally outlined his argument to Telegraph Sport. “I think this should be a major, I really do,” Spieth said. “Given the calibre of player … look, the entire top 50 in the world is here and, when everything is weighed up, it is the strongest field in golf. It also has that extra vibe, that aura that the other four majors possess. Just the way the guys talk about it this place … well, it’s different.” And despite its many detractors, the Pete Dye layout is, too. “These final holes are iconic, which have made iconic memories,” Spieth said. “Among the pros, we think of it on the same level. As far as the purse and the extra levels of attention and intensity, it’s right up there with the big four.” Spieth has yet to win in Ponte Vedra. Granted, he is only 24 and Father Time can hardly be classed as heckling him in the manner of those Bud-inspired revellers perched upon that bank behind the 17th, but he does not appreciate the void. Indeed, the Stadium Course could even be described as the Kryptonite for the boy wonder. Spieth finished fourth at the first time of asking as a 20-year-old but, since then, has missed three successive cuts, an unprecedented run of failure on his recordbreaking results sheet. He does not quite understand it. “But I’ll work it out,” Spieth said. “I have to.” The US PGA Championship is the next tournament on his hit-list – for the obvious factor that it is the only major he has yet to win – but make no mistake what is inked in closely behind. “Even if I became the sixth player to complete the career grand slam, my resume in my eyes would still feel a bit empty without a Players title. Hey, I’d be happy with those five titles. I want to, yeah, but I wouldn’t feel I Tough test: Jordan Spieth has yet to win this year – and has missed the past three cuts at Sawgrass Fifth major Sawgrass details The Players Championship Venue TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. TV: Live on Sky Sports. Who to follow 12.54pm Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood. 1.27pm Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth. 6.41pm Henrik Stenson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia. 6.52pm Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods. ‘needed’ to win a World Golf Championship. I definitely do with The Players and maybe that shows why it should be a major.” So why is it not? Why are the pros not expressing their displeasure with placards? The problem is where to protest? Unlike the LPGA Tour – which in 2012 arbitrarily decided the Evian Championship in France to be a female major – nobody in the male game has the power to decree what is a major and what is not. “The only thing that stops it is people jotting down how many majors players have won,” said Spieth. “But I’m telling you, if you win here, you can win anywhere. There is no added thing that any other tournament brings that this tournament doesn’t have. Therefore, a guy like Rickie [Fowler], who gets flak for having not won a major yet, has essentially won this tournament [in 2015] that’s harder to win than a major.” Spieth’s assertions are welltimed. Last week, Rory McIlroy – with whom Spieth plays in the first two rounds – jumped spikes first into the rankings debate by stating that the Masters was the biggest tournament in the world above the Open. Predictably, eyebrows raised beneath visors, especially in the R&A clubhouse, but Spieth thinks the Northern Irishman’s comments owed as much to his own circumstances as to anything else. “Hey, I’m American and I grew up with the Masters being the major I wanted before all others, so I don’t find it surprising, no,” Spieth said. “But even if some were surprised, you have to look at it where a player is in their career and Augusta is the one Rory doesn’t have. It’s a bit like me being around the [US] PGA. I know how special the Open is to Rory. I was there with him the night he won [at Hoylake] and you could tell that was a lifelong goal realised. Who knows, if Rory wins the Masters, that might be something that’d change in his opinion.” The strange truth is that only the non-major champions and the career grand-slammers can be truly unbiased in their judgments. “If I win the PGA and this tournament, then it will be all about loading up on majors and my picks would be the Masters followed by the Open, but only by a tiny margin,” said Spieth. “History- GETTY IMAGES 8 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018 ** 9 Sport Cricket Competitive qualities: Jordan Spieth on the way to finishing runner-up at this year’s Masters The 100-ball bash not ‘set in stone’ and can be stopped Players’ chief insists they could withhold support ECB told to add detail amid many concerns By David Clough wise there is no comparison. Being announced as ‘the champion golfer of the year’ and seeing the names and legends from way back inscribed on the trophy, there is nothing like that. It is by far the greatest trophy in our sport.” The adventures of the “Jug” are always well recorded and are a staple of the champion’s year, although Spieth has remained coy about his antics with that hallowed piece of silverware. Until now. “No, I haven’t done anything as wacky with it as John Daly might have, but I love margaritas and one of the first things I did when I got home was to take it to our favourite margarita spot and fill it up. It was special to share that with my gang. But I’ve learnt the best thing you can have from it is red wine – and so it should be as that’s what it was made for. I take it with me, otherwise it’s tucked away in my bedroom, with the replica out for show in the house. I don’t want anyone touching the real one.” In two months’ time at Carnoustie, another golfer may be holding it aloft, although Spieth is determined to deny that scenario and, after his runner-up performance at the Masters, who would bet against him? Spieth remains winless in 2018 but in coming so close to overhauling the nine-shot deficit between him and Patrick Reed, actually drawing level before running out of holes, he reminded everyone of his peerless competitive qualities. Spieth is self-damning about his failure to win this year – “I need to find the spark to kick-start 2018” – but it is fair to say a victory on Sunday would constitute a burst of fireworks as it would likely return him to the world No 1 position after a three-year absence. “The first year I played here, I almost won it, and so I just kind of assumed that it would come easy to me. I didn’t make a bogey for 54 holes, but I thought it was the norm so I’ve came back thinking, ‘oh, if I miss it in a tough spot I’ll get up-and-down’. I’m ready to get back on that first-year path but do it the right way. “Because, after the PGA, this is the other one I really want. Actually there is another and that is a Ryder Cup win on European soil, because it hasn’t happened for my country for so long [25 years]. But that’s a story for another week.” England’s professional cricketers remain bereft of the details they need to back the new 100-ball tournament and still have the power to derail plans if they wish, according to Daryl Mitchell. The Professional Cricketers’ Association chairman and 27 fellow players heard reassurances that proposals to inaugurate the untested format in 2020 still amounted merely to a “concept” at Edgbaston yesterday. That assessment was delivered by England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison, who addressed players including Test wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow and women’s opener Tammy Beaumont. Mitchell declared the exchange of views and information a qualified success at a “pivotal moment in our sport”, while an ECB spokesman cited “constructive and valuable feedback”. Nonetheless, the PCA chairman insisted many more details would be urgently sought and acknowledged a bottom line that no competition could take place should his members withhold their support. Asked what it would take for The Hundred to be forsaken – despite being proposed last month by the ECB instead of the anticipated Twenty20 – Mitchell said: “Judging by the information regarding other stakeholders, probably the players saying they don’t want it. We have the power to do that.” Mitchell struck an often conciliatory tone in a press briefing, but did also ask rhetorically: “There is no competition without any players, is there? “As a whole group, a union, we would have to feel very, very strongly to go completely against it. Whether that is likely to happen, I don’t know.” The stakes were high for the game, he said. “It’s vital – it’s a pivotal moment in our sport. “Here we are, two years out – and there are many, many unanswered questions. The ECB don’t officially have a format that is set Prepared: Nathan Lyon is ready to take some stick in stone. The drafts, general managers, the pay bands … there’s an enormous amount of unanswered questions, and the worry for me is that we don’t even have a timeframe as to when we’re going to get those answers. “We asked for that today. They say they’ve a timeline and they’ll send it over.” Amid Harrison’s reassurances, Mitchell revealed, was the ECB’s claim that the absence of England players such as Bairstow and captain Joe Root – who are set to be on Test duty when the tournament takes place – would not be noticed by a prospective new audience as yet unaware of such established stars. “Another concern was the Test players won’t be playing – the likes of Root and [Ben] Stokes – they’ll be allocated to a team for marketing purposes but won’t be playing. “The point was made that this new audience won’t necessarily Summer tourists India and Australia squads Australia ODI squad Tim Paine (capt), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye. T20 squad Aaron Finch (capt), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth. India squad for T20 series against Ireland and England Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav. know who Stokes and Root are anyway.” Nonetheless, Mitchell accepts the ECB’s current position in good faith. “[The ECB] are keen to stress they want our input. [This] is not set in stone … they are very keen to stress that it is still a concept, an idea that all stakeholders will be consulted on – of which we’re a huge part.” Meanwhile, Australia’s combative off-spinner Nathan Lyon will be ready for a rowdy reception in this summer’s one-day international tour of England. Lyon, recalled to Australia’s 50-over team for the first time since 2016, said: “I’ve never played in England where they haven’t given it to us,” he said, at the suggestion there may be some flak this summer. “There’s no point taking some tissues out with us – we’ve just got to stand out there and cop it.” 10 Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph FINAL Sport Tennis False dawn: Andy Murray was feeling the pain when he played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in December Simon Briggs TENNIS CORRESPONDENT Scot poised to skip rest of grass-court season August the likely return date from hip problem Judging by the inclusion of Andy Murray on yesterday’s entry list for the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s, you might imagine that everything remains on track in Murray’s comeback from a longrunning hip problem. Unfortunately, the real picture is considerably less rosy. The Daily Telegraph understands that there is little prospect of Murray fulfilling any of his grass-court commitConfidant: Rafael Nadal revealed that Andy Murray was not improving after his injury ments, which include not only Queen’s but also the Rosmalen event in Holland, not to mention the big prize of Wimbledon itself. Whispers from close to the Murray camp suggest that the American hard-court season, which only starts in earnest in August, is now the more realistic target. There is also a theory that he should be especially cautious and delay his comeback until the end of the year. It is now almost 10 months since Murray’s last competitive match – last year’s Wimbledon quarter-final against Sam Querrey – and the outlook has failed to improve. Social media enthusiasts might remember a sense of optimism surrounding Murray’s trip to the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in late March, as he posted a number of photographs of himself on the court, or wading into the ice-bath. Yet a veil has now descended once again, and Murray seems to be on a training break. All England Club regulars say they have not seen him for three weeks and his coach, Jamie Delgado, posted a photograph of himself on court with Tim Henman yesterday. Meanwhile, Murray’s old friend and rival, Rafael Nadal, rather gave the game away during a post-match press conference in April. Describing a phone call that they had shared a fortnight previously, Nadal said: “I have been in that situation. I know how tough and frustrating it is when you work every day and you don’t see any improvements.” Admittedly, Murray’s own instinct throughout this drawn-out medical saga has been to aim high. With his 31st birthday now only a week away, he clearly feels each tournament that he misses as a dagger to the heart. This may help to explain why he keeps on entering more events, including not only Rosmalen but the Washington Open in early August. But he also keeps missing them. We have seen at least three different comebacks fail to happen: first at the US Open, then in Brisbane in January, and finally ahead of the Lawn Tennis Association’s new Challenger event in Glasgow. On Saturday week, a second Challenger will begin in Loughbor- AFP/GETTY IMAGES Murray almost certain to miss Wimbledon ough, but do not expect Murray to be at that one either. Given that the two tournaments are estimated to have cost the LTA about £400,000, and that only a handful of British players participated, the whole scheme now looks misguided. Murray backed the concept from the off, but the LTA should perhaps have treated his suggested comeback dates with more scepticism in light of what had gone before. The likely absence of Murray from the rebranded Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s will be a blow for the tournament. He has won it a record five times, most recently in 2016. On the upside, though, Farrow and his team have attracted the strongest field in terms of rankings that Queen’s has ever had. The entry list includes world No 1 Nadal, the 2014 champion Grigor Dimitrov, and three exciting young talents in Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, and, Kyle Edmund. Yesterday the new British No 1 beat SCOTLAND SQUAD.-Forwards: S Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby), J Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), M Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby), F Brown (Glasgow Warriors), L Carmichael (Edinburgh Rugby), A Dell (Edinburgh Rugby), D Denton (Worcester Warriors), M Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Z Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), G Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), R Gray (Toulouse), L Hamilton (Leicester Tigers), M McCallum (Edinburgh Rugby), S McInally (captain, Edinburgh Rugby), J Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby), T Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), G Turner (Glasgow Warriors), B Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby). Backs: N Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), C Harris (Newcastle Falcons), A Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), S Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby), A Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), S Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), G Horne (Glasgow Warriors), P Horne (Glasgow Warriors), R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), L Jones (Glasgow Warriors), B Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby), J Lang (Harlequins), B McGuigan (Sale Sharks), A Price (Glasgow Warriors), D Taylor (Saracens). Summer Tests, 9 Jun: Canada v Scotland (Edmonton). 16 Jun: US v Scotland (Houston). 23 Jun: Argentina v Scotland (Resistencia). WALES SQUAD.-Forwards: R Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), N Smith (Ospreys), E Dee (Dragons), R Elias (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter Chiefs), S Lee (Scarlets), D Lewis (Cardiff Blues), A Beard (Ospreys), B Davies (Ospreys), S Davies (Cardiff Blues), L Charteris (Bath), C Hill (Co-Captain, Dragons), J Davies (Scarlets), E Jenkins (Co-Captain, Cardiff Blues), R Moriarty (Gloucester), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), A Shingler (Scarlets). Backs: Al Davies (Scarlets), G Davies (Scarlets), T Williams (Cardiff Blues), G Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), R Patchell (Scarlets), H Parkes (Scarlets), O Watkin (Ospreys), S Williams (Scarlets), J Adams (Worcester Warriors), H Amos (Dragons), S Evans (Scarlets), G North (Ospreys), T Prydie (Scarlets). Summer Tests, 2 Jun: South Africa v Wales (Washington). 9 Jun: Argentina v Wales (San Juan). 16 Jun: Argentina v Wales (Santa Fe). Snooker Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-0 at the Madrid Open to ensure a secondround meeting with Novak Djokovic but Johanna Konta suffered a repeat of her Australian Open defeat by American Bernarda Pera as she crashed out 6-4, 6-3. Pera now faces the local hope Carla Suarez Navarro. Meanwhile, Glasgow’s Emirates Arena was confirmed yesterday as the venue for Great Britain’s Davis Cup play-off against Uzbekistan in September. Database Baseball MLB: Chicago Cubs 14 Miami 2-Cincinnati 6 New York Mets 7-Oakland 2 Houston 16-Philadelphia 11 San Francisco 0-San Diego 5 Washington 8-St Louis 0 Minnesota 6-Texas 7 Detroit 6. Basketball NBA.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Eastern Conf Semifinals: Boston 92 Philadelphia 103 (Boston Celtics lead series 3-1)-Cleveland 128 Toronto 93 (Cleveland Cavaliers win series 4-0). Cricket AUSTRALIA ODI SQUAD (v England, 5-match series): A Agar, A Carey (wk), A Finch (vice-capt), J Hazlewood, T Head, N Lyon, S Marsh, G Maxwell, T Paine (capt & wk), J Richardson, K Richardson, D Short, B Stanlake, M Stoinis, A Tye. 1st ODI, 13 Jun: Kia Oval (1pm). 2nd ODI, 16 Jun: The SSE SWALEC, 11am). 3rd ODI, 19 Jun: Trent Bridge (2pm). 4th ODI, 21 Jun: Emirates Riverside (2pm) 5th ODI, 24 Jun: Emirates Old Trafford (11am). T20, 27 Jun: Edgbaston (6.30pm). INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals 158-8 (20 overs, Buttler 82, Tye 4-34); Kings XI Punjab 143-7 (20 overs, Rahul 95no). Rajasthan Royals win by 15 runs. Cycling GIRO D’ITALIA.-Stage 4 (Catania to Caltagirone, 202km): 1 T Wellens (Belgium) Lotto Fix All 5h 17m 34s; 2 M Woods (Canada) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale; 3 E Battaglin (Italy) LottoNL-Jumbo; 4 S Yates (GB) MitcheltonScott; 5 D Formolo (Italy) Bora-Hansgrohe all at same time, 6 R Kreuziger (Czech Rep) Mitchelton-Scott +4s; 7 P Konrad (Austria) Bora-Hansgrohe at same time; 8 L L Sanchez (Spain) Astana Pro Team; 9 D Pozzovivo (Italy) BahrainMerida; 10 E Chaves (Colombia) Mitchelton-Scott; 11 T Dumoulin (Holland) Team Sunweb; 12 R Dennis (Australia) BMC Racing Team all at same time; 30 C Froome (GB) Team Sky +21s; 33 N Roche (Rep of Ireland) BMC Racing Team at same time; 44 S Bennett (Rep of Ireland) Bora-Hansgrohe +36s; 56 A Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin +1m 17s; 66 H Carthy (GB) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale +1-28; 156 R Mullen (Rep of Ireland) Trek-Segafredo +1052. Overall: 1 Dennis 14h 23m 08s; 2 Dumoulin +1s; 3 S Yates +17; 4 Wellens +19; 5 P Bilbao (Spain) Astana Pro Team +25; 6 M Schachmann (Germany) Quick-Step Floors +28; 7 Pozzovivo at same time; 8 T Pinot (France) Groupama-FDJ +34; 9 P Konrad (Austria) Bora-Hansgrohe +35; 10 C Betancur (Colombia) Movistar Team at same time; 20 Froome +55; 36 Dowsett +1m 30s; 37 Roche +1-32; 45 Bennett +1-44; 106 Carthy +7-59; 139 Mullen +11-46. FOUR DAYS OF DUNKIRK (France).-Stage 1 (Dunkirk to La Bassee to 165.3km): 1 M Sarreau (France) Groupama-FDJ 3hrs 56m 19s; 2 B Coquard (France) Vital Concept Club; 3 R Barbier (France) AG2R La Mondiale both at same time. Ice Hockey NHL.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Eastern Conf Semi-finals Pittsburgh 1 Washington 2 (Washington win series 4-2). Western Conf Semi-final: Winnipeg Jets 0 Nashville Predators 4 (Series tied 3-3). Rugby Union PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP: Bargoed 24 Llandovery 47-Cross Keys 22 Llanelli 30-Newport 16 Pontypridd 27. TOP 5 P W D L F A Pts Pontypridd 14 11 0 3 401 299 57 Merthyr 12 10 0 2 374 223 57 Carmarthen Q 14 9 1 4 346 289 53 Llandovery 13 10 0 3 321 268 52 RGC 1404 13 7 1 5 435 261 48 BETFRED WORLD CH'SHIP (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).Final: M Williams (Wales) bt J Higgins (Scotland) 18-16. Frame and session scores (Higgins first) Final session: (131) 131-1, (67) 68-58 (58), (82) 82-47, 91-0, (62) 67-47, 0-74, 14-104 (100), (65) 65-63 (63), 0-71 (69). Third session: 5-98 (61), 19-73 (56), 0-126 (69, 56), 7-63 (52), (67) 92-29, (72) 76-65 (65), (80) 80-0, 8-84 - 15-10 Williams. Sunday's scores Second session: 46-81 (72), (51) 75-31, (127) 127-8, 12-76, (56) 85-9, (117) 123-15, 0-123 (118), 35-64 (64), 43-80 - 10-7 Williams. First session: 23-75, 15-65, 35-72, (55) 60-70, (119) 120-4, 0-133 (95), (52) 98-0, (59) 82-21 - 5-3 Williams. Century breaks: Higgins 4, Williams 2. Tennis ATP & WTA T’MENT (Madrid).-Men, 1st rd: B Coric (Croatia) bt P Carreno-Busta (Spain) 6-4 6-2; J Struff (Germany) bt M Copil (Romania) 6-4 6-4; R Bautista Agut (Spain) bt J Donaldson (US) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4; P Kohlschreiber (Germany) bt Y Sugita (Japan) 6-4 6-3; R Haase (Holland) bt H Chung (South Korea) 6-2 6-0; K Edmund (GB) bt D Medvedev (Russia) 6-4 6-0; R Harrison (US) bt G Garcia-Lopez (Spain) 6-4 7-6 (9-7); A RamosVinolas (Spain) bt P Gojowczyk (Germany) 5-7 6-2 7-5; P Cuevas (Uruguay) bt J Sock (US) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-0; L Mayer (Argentina) bt F Fognini (Italy) 6-3 6-4; F Verdasco (Spain) bt P Lorenzi (Italy) 7-5 6-4; E Donskoy (Russia) bt S Tsitsipas (Greece) 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3). 2nd rd: J M Del Potro (Argentina) bt D Dzumhur (Bih) 6-3 6-3; D Lajovic (Serbia) bt R Gasquet (France) 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-1); D Shapovalov (Canada) bt B Paire (France) 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4; M Raonic (Canada) bt G Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 7-5 3-6 6-3. Women, 2nd rd: S Halep (Romania) bt E Mertens (Belgium) 6-0 6-3; Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Rep) bt S Sorribes Tormo (Spain) 7-5 6-2; D Kasatkina (Russia) bt S Cirstea (Romania) 6-3 6-1; P Kvitova (Czech Rep) bt M Puig (Puerto Rico) 6-3 7-6 (10-8); A Kontaveit (Estonia) bt A Sasnovich (Belarus) 6-2 4-6 6-2; C Suarez Navarro (Spain) bt E Svitolina (Ukraine) 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4. Fixtures Cricket INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians (3.30pm). Rugby League WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE: Featherstone Rovers v Leeds Rhinos Women (7.30). Rugby Union WRU NATIONAL LGE.-Div One, East: Dowlais v Risca (7.15), Nelson v Abertillery B G (7.15). Sport on TV BASEBALL: MLB, Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 8pm & Midnight. BASKETBALL: NBA, play-offs TBC - BT Sport 1 1am (Thurs). CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 3pm. CYCLING: Giro d’Italia - Eurosport 1 12pm. FOOTBALL: Premier League, Chelsea v Huddersfield - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League 7.30; Scottish Premiership, Hearts v Hibernian - BT Sport 1 7.15. HORSE RACING: Chester - ITV 4 1.30. TENNIS: ATP, Madrid Open - Sky Sports Main Event 11am; WTA, Madrid Open - BT Sport 2 11am & 8.30pm. The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018 *** 11 Sport Rugby Union Hartley captaincy now in doubt Medical advice: Dylan Hartley has not played a game since he suffered concussion during England’s defeat by Ireland in the Six Nations at Twickenham on March 17 Jones unsure whether hooker will return Cipriani thought to be in line for England tour By Gavin Mairs RUGBY NEWS CORRESPONDENT Dragons lock Cory Hill and Cardiff Blues flanker Ellis Jenkins will act as cocaptains for Wales’ summer tour, with the bulk of their Lions contingent left at home. Wales face South Africa in Washington DC on June 2 before flying to Argentina for back-to-back Tests in San Juan and Santa Fe on June 9 and 16. Gloucester flanker Ross Moriarty and Northampton wing George North are the only members of the 12 Wales players who toured New Zealand with the Lions who make the trip. Scrum-half Tomas Williams is the sole uncapped player, with Rhys Davies unavailable once he joins Toulon. Warren Gatland, the coach, said: “This is a great opportunity for this squad to get Testmatch game time and face Rugby Championship opposition.” Daniel Schofield Townsend gives youth a chance with eye to Japan PA Eddie Jones has admitted he is not certain if Dylan Hartley will return as England captain after his latest concussion injury. The Northampton hooker, who has been England skipper throughout Jones’s two-year tenure, has not played a game since the Six Nations defeat by Ireland at Twickenham on March 17 and will not go on England’s three-Test tour of South Africa next month after taking medical advice to take an “extended period of rest over the summer”. It is the third serious concussion injury of his career, having also undergone a long lay-off in 2016 when he said another serious head injury could lead him to consider his future in the game. “You never know – nature decides when the player can come back. He just needs to wait and see,” Jones told Sky Sports. “If he’s right to play, he’ll play. He’ll come back with intent and dedication and he’s got to fight to get his place back in the England side. “If he doesn’t come back, he’ll be remembered as the most successful captain England’s ever had. Look at his winning percentage, it’s higher than any other Test captain. “It’s extraordinary what he’s done for this country and it’s extraordinary the criticism he attracts.” Jones added: “He doesn’t know [a possible return date] – he’s relying on the doctors to give him the allclear. He’s got the best medical care and he’ll have to fight for his place when he’s back. “He’s OK, he understands. He can’t control injury. He’s just got to keep his focus on staying as fit as he can. He’s 100 per cent determined to be back.” Danny Cipriani, meanwhile, is understood to be in with a strong Hill and Jenkins named co-captains for Wales tour chance of making a return to the England squad after his impressive Premiership campaign with Wasps. Jones is set to announce his squad tomorrow and it is thought that the 30-year-old’s recent string of man-of-the-match displays that have helped steer Wasps into the Premiership play-offs has thrust him into contention. Jones has consistently overlooked Cipriani, who won his last England cap three years ago, but his game-breaking skills could bring him into consideration for one of the full-back berths as well as flyhalf. Jones has also revealed that he intends to appoint a new attack coach to his management team following England’s fifth-place finish in the Natwest Six Nations Championship. “Certainly we need to bring in another coach to help with the attack,” Jones told BBC Sport. “We are looking to take another coach on tour and I’ve got the right per- son for this tour. When the time is right, we will announce it. It’s certainly someone I have worked with before.” Glen Ella worked with Jones during the tour of Australia in 2016, when England won the series 3-0, and given that this is a temporary role, he could be used again. “It has always been the case that we are looking for the right coach and when I can find the right coach who is available, I will bring him on to the staff,” Jones said. Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has often emphasised the benefits of touring, so it was little surprise when he named a strong 33-man squad for Scotland’s three-Test summer tour to Canada, the United States and Argentina. He has included six uncapped players, with the party captained for the first time by Stuart McInally, their standout player this season. With a handful of regular starters recuperating from injury and eight senior players given the summer off, this tour will give Townsend a chance to work with several youngsters who may feature in next year’s World Cup in Japan. The six uncapped players are spread evenly between the backs and forwards, with all being 23 or under. Richard Bath Henshaw’s miracle recovery raises Leinster’s hopes of fourth crown Centre feared his season was over, but he will be a key man in European final, writes Mick Cleary R obbie Henshaw’s double-quick return to action, following shoulder surgery in February, has boosted prospects of Leinster adding a fourth European Cup title to their honours board and cementing their status as one of the tournament’s highest achievers. There is, of course, a formidable obstacle blocking the pathway of that ambition in the shape of Racing 92, who will offer heft as well as dazzling individual talent at San Mames in Bilbao on Saturday. But Leinster will arrive in good heart as well as great shape, with their Ireland centre’s recent return to the roster another indication of just what a potent challenge the unbeaten province offer. Henshaw, 24, is one of Europe’s most consistent performers but it looked as if a troubled year (a pectoral injury ended his Lions tour prematurely) would involve further misery when his shoulder was badly damaged in the act of scoring his second try against Italy in February. Yet here he is, raring to go, fulfilling a childhood desire to experience a European final. “I have been in love with this competition since I was a kid,” said Henshaw. “To be here is a dream. Of course we can’t talk about silverware yet because there is still work to do. But any player would want to be in this position. I have loved every minute here.” Henshaw made a contentious switch from Connacht to Leinster two years ago with the intention of enhancing his own game as well as tilting for trophies. There was an ironic send-off at Connacht as he helped the unfashionable province to a first Pro12 title, beating Leinster in the final, 20-10. “It was a bit of history made but it is great to be in this situation now with Leinster,” said Henshaw, thankful above all he has recovered in time to play a significant role in the run-in, something he thought might be beyond him after going under the surgeon’s scalpel. “It was a full reconstruction but it was through keyhole so it wasn’t an open incision. Post-surgery I Comeback: Robbie Henshaw initially thought he would be out until late May or June was into the club after two days. Usually you stay away for a couple of weeks just to get your head right, but I was straight back in and keen to do work on it. I was pretty much pain-free a couple of days afterwards and got out of the sling as quickly as I could, and then thankfully didn’t have any setbacks. Initially my thoughts were the end of May to beginning of June, that I’d get back for the Australia Tests, but it’s been a swift recovery.” Henshaw’s partnership with Garry Ringrose, and Johnny Sexton inside calling the shots, will be the fulcrum of Leinster’s attack, seen to vivid effect in their 38-16 defeat of Scarlets in the semi-final, Henshaw’s comeback game. Leinster exited at that stage to Clermont last year and had that disappointment in mind. “That hurt we experienced, we brought into this year,” said Henshaw. “We have definitely grown as a team. But the job isn’t done yet.” 12 Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** Sport Racing Breaking barriers: Sean Levey rides 66-1 shot Billesdon Brook home to win the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket ‘In Africa they called me white – now it’s the other way round’ E XC LU S I V E I N T E RV I EW Oliver Brown CHIEF SPORTS FEATURE WRITER Sean Levey broke new ground as the first black man to win a Classic, but there is still a way to go A hazy, sun-dappled afternoon at Brighton racecourse evokes a tranquillity to which Sean Levey often harks wistfully back. As a child, his daily playground was the Ezulwini Valley in landlocked Swaziland, a tapestry of hot springs and riding stables whose name translates as ‘Heaven’. The distance from there to Newmarket, where last weekend Levey secured his maiden Classic victory aboard 66-1 chance Billesdon Brook, can be gauged in more than miles. His glory in the 1,000 Guineas had many extraordinary facets. For a start, he rode the longest-priced winner in 204 years of the fillies’ race on the Rowley Mile. Billesdon Brook, with whom he once enjoyed a couple of minor successes at Goodwood, had only been deemed worthy of squeezing into the top four, at best. By far the most arresting detail, though, was that Levey was the first black jockey to prevail in a British Classic. Even in a sport of overwhelming whiteness, it seemed stunning, in 2018, that such a distinction was still his to seize. But Levey remains, with Royston Ffrench, one of only two black jockeys riding regularly in the UK. Ethnically and culturally, the profile of the average weighing room stands out only by its sheer homogeneity. Levey, born to a Swazi mother and Irish father, is adamant that his own rarity value does not trouble him. “When I was out in Africa they called me white, now I’m over here it’s the other way round,” he says. “It has never been a bother. It’s more that it’s surprising for people. I’ve probably had the same background as a lot of the other riders. I had parents with racing in their blood, and that’s what gets most of us into it. It’s not one of those sports where you turn up at school and decide, ‘I want to be a jockey’. It doesn’t work like that.” Close your eyes when listening to Levey, and his accent belongs far more in County Tipperary than it does in the wilds of southern Africa. That much is to be expected, given that he spent several years as an apprentice jockey with Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle, where his mother, Tini, still works as housekeeper. His father, Mickey, first carved a riding career with trainer Rob Smyth in Epsom, before diversifying into bookmaking, stable ownership, hotel work and, briefly, a stint running amateur boxing in Swaziland, which led to a trip to the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. On the subject of race, Levey says: “Some of the perceptions are right. Racing has been around a long time, and traditionally here it has always been about the English and the Irish. But in the US, it’s totally different: the place is full of Mexican and Brazilian jockeys.” He is wary of being cast as a trailblazer, preferring to label himself as “international”. “The world’s a smaller place now,” he argues. “Racing is opening its doors for more people to have an opportunity.” But is it? While a second Flat racing title in three years for Brazil’s Silvestre de Sousa points to a greater eclecticism, the emergence of just two prominent black jockeys, in Levey and Ffrench – the son of a Jamaican welder, and the first to make an impact in Britain – is a reminder of how much remains to be done. The same pattern is mirrored across the Atlantic. While African- ‘I’ve had the same background as a lot of other riders. My parents had racing in their blood’ Americans dominated the early years of the Kentucky Derby, comprising 13 of 15 runners at the inaugural running in 1875, the last winner of the race without white or Hispanic ancestry was Jimmy Winkfield, 116 years ago. It is an ugly feature of US history that many of the first black jockeys were born into slavery or were children of slaves responsible for caring for horses on plantations. Today, the much-profiled black athlete CJ McMahon, who started riding Quarter Horses on his grandfather’s Louisiana farm, is seeking a different path to success. Levey vividly recalls the day he acquired his equine passion, having jumped off the school bus in Swaziland a stop early to begin riding at a friend’s stables. “I wanted to see what it was all about,” he says. “Fortunately, my dad then started taking me there on Sundays – he knew everyone. I used to ask him, ‘If you know so much about riding, how come you have never taught me?’ He replied, ‘If there’s one thing I’ll never do, it’s teaching my own family how to do something. It never works’. “So, I learnt myself, but he was always there for advice, and he pushed me forward as soon as he realised my interest was so strong.” Other sporting avenues were swiftly ruled out. The young Sean tried football on the scorched earth of Ezulwini but loathed it, cutting his knees on the debris strewn across dirt pitches. Cricket he also hated, having no wish to be struck by “such a hard ball”. Fleetingly, The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018 *** 13 Trailblazer How Ffrench set the pace ALLSPORT Royston Ffrench, whose weighing room nickname is “Tiger” after the famous golfer, has achieved worldwide success in a career spanning 23 years, with victories in Britain, Australia, Dubai and China. Ffrench (below) burst on to the scene in 1996 when, as an apprentice, he rode Inchcailloch to win the Cesarewitch at Newmarket, one of the Flat season’s major staying handicaps. Now 43, he has ridden 731 winners from 8,287 rides in Britain and his best season was 1997 when he rode 77 winners. His career tailed off domestically after the 2011 season and he chose to ride abroad far more often. He suffered injuries to his arms and legs in a fall at Jebel Ali in December and has not ridden in Britain this year. ‘The world’s a small place now. Racing is opening its doors for more people to have opportunities’ athletics beckoned, until Levey realised it was not a realm in which he could thrive. “Those black lads can run, like,” he laughs. “And I ain’t one of them.” Ideally, Levey Snr would have liked his son to have tried his hand at boxing, so wrapped up was he in the Swazi amateur scene. “Dad wanted me to do it a lot,” Sean acknowledges. “But my mum didn’t – and my dad listens to my Williams finally in dream land after partying the night away until 11am SNOOKER Welshman celebrates remarkable comeback in fittingly epic fashion, writes Jim White M ark Williams was as good as his word. After winning the most astonishingly tense world snooker final against John Higgins, the oldest champion since 1978 insisted that he was not going to have an early night. “I’m going to party the night away. Last time I won it I think I had half a pint of milk and went to bed,” he said of his victory 15 years ago. “I’m not going to bed this time – it’ll be daylight before I get to bed.” Chronicling his celebrations on social media, he duly set about on a single-handed attempt to drink Sheffield dry. His final post, delivered at 11am, showed him flat out on a hotel bed alongside his fellow professional Lee Walker, who looked decidedly worse for wear. “The morning after. Now I’m in bed with @lwalker147. But who cares,” Williams tweeted. Nobody will begrudge him his moment. His was a return to title-winning form that deserved to be celebrated long and hard. Twelve months ago, such had been a shambolic run which had encompassed not winning a ranking title in more than six years, he had contemplated retiring from the sport. After failing to qualify for last year’s event, he had watched on television “in a caravan, holding a can of beer”. This was a man who seemed finished. However, encouraged by his wife to give it another year, he duly crowned his comeback by beating off the tenacious Higgins at the last to claim the £425,000 first prize. Long night: The new world champion posted images of his celebration, ending with him sharing a bed with fellow professional Lee Walker at 11am And there was no one more surprised than the Welshman at his change of circumstance. So ridiculous was the idea of him winning that he had said in the early stages he would conduct his media duties naked were he to do so. He duly did, arriving in the press room with just a towel to protect his champion modesty. “It’s an unbelievable story. Twelve months ago I was thinking about chucking it, and here I am doing an interview having won the 2018 World Championship, b-----naked,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to coming back next year, I’m not going to say anything stupid and end up like this but, to be honest, if I won this next year I’d cartwheel down here naked.” Standing grinning at the back of the room was Barry Hearn, chairman of World Snooker, who insisted there would be no disciplinary measures taken for Williams’s clothes-free celebration. “No fines, nothing, let him enjoy this incredible story,” Hearn said. It was an understandable response. Williams’s unfettered salute to his achievement was precisely what the sport needed. In the absence of Ronnie O’Sullivan, its one breakout star, here was a player demonstrating true marketable character. Not just in his joyful partying, but in the resolve he showed in the final. After Williams had taken an apparently unassailable 15-10 lead, Higgins, the best closer in the business, had hauled him back to 15-15. Even when he then moved to 17-15, with just a pink to pot to take the title, Higgins had snapped back to force the final into the 34th frame. Under such relentless pressure from the pursuing Scotsman, many a player has crumbled. But Williams, never for a moment showing any hint of nerves, clung on to fulfil his naked pledge. “Where has it come from?” he said. “Unbelievable. If I never win another tournament or my form goes downhill, I don’t care. I’ve just done something I thought I’d never ever do.” Although on the evidence of his performance in securing the third world title of his 26-year professional career, tickets for next year’s winner’s press conference will be much sought after. Yates on the rise as Froome suffers again mum. I just grew up on horses quicker. I was always going to go down that route.” Now 30, Levey, even in the afterglow of his Guineas breakthrough, assesses his progress since with a certain fatalism. “Originally, my dream was to win the Derby,” he says. “But the older you get, the more you ride, the more your outlook changes. You go from Classics to thinking, ‘I’ll just take a Group One at this stage’. After finally winning a Classic, I’m not sure. Doing right by Richard Hannon, the trainer who has stood by me, and his family: that’s my biggest goal.” Conspicuous in this monochrome world by his blackness, but refusing to be defined by it, Levey is content simply to follow his heart. C YC L I N G By Tom Cary CYCLING CORRESPONDENT Briton Simon Yates continued his excellent start to this year’s Giro d’Italia, finishing four seconds ahead of race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC) on the steep uphill finish into Caltagirone on stage four to climb to third overall. However, there were more problems for Team Sky’s Chris Froome, who finished 21 seconds behind stage winner Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal). Froome’s deficit to the pink jersey lies at nearly one minute. After three days in Israel and then a rest day on Monday, the peloton finally hit Italian soil yesterday with a tough and undulating 202km run from Catania to Caltagirone in Sicily. Wellens was hotly tipped for the win and he lived up to his billing, getting himself on the right end of a late split on the hectic final run-in and sustaining his effort on the 800-metre climb to the finish Losing ground: Chris Froome is now 55 seconds behind Giro leader Rohan Dennis line. Wellens beat Canada’s Michael Woods, who was just ahead of Italian Enrico Battaglin. Any hopes Froome had that he had left his bad luck behind him in Israel – where he crashed in the prologue and lost 37 seconds to his pre-race rival Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) – were ended in cruel fashion. Team Sky had hit the front in the final 10km in an attempt to keep Froome out of trouble. But the narrow finale proved too tricky to control and as the attacks started to fire, Froome found himself on the wrong side of a split. The 32-year-old, who is under immense pressure with an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at last year’s Vuelta a Espana still being investigated nearly nine months on – crossed the line 21 seconds back on Wellens. Froome is now 20th, 55 seconds back on Dennis. “Today was a very nervous stage, the roads were a little bit dangerous,” said Froome. “I’m very confident for the next stages. The crash is just a memory, I’m not letting it get to my head.” 14 Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** Sport Racing Chester Proschema can end O’Brien domination of Chester Vase [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 1.50 Conditions Stakes (Plus 10) (2) 2YO 5f £14,940 1 821 Arthur’s Spirit (21) (D) W G M Turner 9 2 W Carson 10 R Kingscote 6 2 3 Dark Thunder (9) T Dascombe 9 2 M Harley 7 3 33 Five Amarones (2) T Dascombe 9 2 4 90 Gingersdunthelot [P] (32) D Loughnane 9 2 Rossa Ryan 1 5 211 Kinks (11) (D) M Channon 9 2 C Bishop 11 Fran Berry 5 6 41 Lihou (32) (D) P Evans 9 2 A Rawlinson 2 7 5 Jensue (13) T Dascombe 8 11 J F Egan 8 8 213 Lady Prancealot (10) (D) P Evans 8 11 DOUBTFUL 3 9 1 Light My Fire (20) (D) T Dascombe 8 11 P J McDonald 4 10 1 No Lippy (11) (D) M Johnston 8 11 J Fahy 9 11692 Thegreyvtrain (8) R Harris 8 11 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 No Lippy, 3-1 Lihou, 7-2 Kinks, 7-1 Dark Thunder, 14-1 Lady Prancealot, 16-1 Jensue, Five Amarones, Arthur’s Spirit, 25-1 Others. Trainer feels improving colt has bright future Eight found guilty over Australia dope scandal 2.25 Cheshire Oaks (Fillies’ Listed) (1) 3YO 1m 3f £42,532 1 61 Award Winning (10) J Gosden 9 0 L Dettori 5 2 5-9 Dramatically (21) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 0 J A Heffernan 8 3 43- Forever Together (199) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 0 D O’Brien 3 4 3-7 Hazarfiya [V] (19) Sir M Stoute 9 0 James Doyle 6 P J McDonald 7 5 8 Here’s Alice (20) C Hills 9 0 O Murphy 9 6 1- Kinaesthesia (182) R Beckett 9 0 7 7-3 Magic Wand [T] (23) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 0 R L Moore 1 8 -53 Princess Yaiza (17) G Cromwell (Ire) 9 0 F Norton 10 A Atzeni 2 9 31- Shaherezada (186) R Varian 9 0 D Probert 4 10 1 Shailene (14) A Balding 9 0 S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Magic Wand, 4-1 Kinaesthesia, 6-1 Shaherezada, Award Winning, 7-1 Princess Yaiza, Dramatically, 12-1 Shailene, Forever Together, 16-1 Others. By Marcus Armytage 3.00 Boodles Diamond Handicap (2) 3YO 5f £21,165 PA At even money, the market believes the quest to find this year’s Investec Derby winner ended when Saxon Warrior won the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, well before the eight days of trials – which take place at Chester, Lingfield, Leopardstown and York – began. But it is never quite so straightforward and even Ballydoyle do not always have a handle on the pecking order of their middle-distance horses at this time of year. Last year, Ballydoyle’s number one going into Epsom was the Dee Stakes winner Cliffs Of Moher, but 40-1 shot Wings Of Eagles, who sailed down the outside to collar Ryan Moore’s mount late on, was second in the MBNA Chester Vase a year ago. O’Brien, who has won the Vase for the past five years, runs three today: Flag Of Honour, third in a French trial on heavy ground, Family Tree, a Gowran maiden winner, and Hunting Horn, third behind Sevenna Star and Ispolini, who he meets again, at Sandown Park. Upward curve: Proschema wins the 32Red Casino Maiden Stakes at Doncaster However, this does not seem like O’Brien’s first XI and he may have to take a back seat. The William Haggas-trained Young Rascal caught the eye winning a maiden at Newbury, but few races would give local trainer Tom Dascombe as much pleasure as a Chester Vase and it may be worth taking a chance on his Proschema, an 11-length winner at Haydock last time out. “It’s a job to know what he beat, but he did it well,” said Dascombe. “He’s not got a great draw, but we’ll find out what we’ve got. We don’t have many that get a trip, but he’s definitely a Group horse – it’s just a question of which Group.” In Australia, the milk-shaking conspiracy, which involved five trainers, three stablehands and 123 races over seven years, has been described as the “biggest scandal in Australian horse-racing history”. The eight have been found guilty of giving illegal race-day treatments of sodium bicarbonate, mainly because of incriminating texts about “top ups” found on the phone of box driver Greg Nelligan after he was caught red-handed doping a runner last October. The main trainer implicated in the conspiracy, Robert Smerdon, handed in his licence in March and did not participate in the inquiry. Penalties are expected to be handed down tomorrow. Going: Standard TV: Sky 415 3 -25 Firmage Burg [H] (29) H Fry 4 9 4 Fran Berry 5 4 4-0 Ebqaa (14) J Unett 4 9 2 D Probert 4 5 68- Monaco Rose [H] (221) (D) R Fahey 5 9 2 Connor Murtagh (5) 6 Rossa Ryan (5) 1 6 453 French Mix (11) (D) A Dunn 4 8 13 7 U0- Opera Buffa [P,T] (J61) S Flook 5 8 2 Sophie Ralston (7) 2 S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Sunshineandbubbles, 2-1 Lady Persephone, 5-1 French Mix, 8-1 Monaco Rose, 10-1 Firmage Burg, 16-1 Ebqaa, 50-1 1 -43 Spoof [H] (12) (D) C Hills 9 7 C Shepherd 3 O Murphy 1 2 6-0 Looks A Million (19) (D) J Tuite 9 0 3 -32 Big Time Maybe [P,T] (74) (D) (BF) T Dascombe 8 13 P Pilley (3) 7 4 47- Formidable Kitt (248) (D) T Dascombe 8 11 R Kingscote 6 5 295 Global Academy [B] (12) (D) Miss G Kelleway 8 11 G Mosse 2 6 -92 Billy Dylan (11) (CD)(D) D O’Meara 8 10 A Atzeni 8 J F Egan 10 7 256 Joegogo (19) (D) P Evans 8 9 P Hanagan 4 8 1-4 Showmethedough (18) R Fahey 8 9 9 15- Porchy Party [P] (222) (CD)(D) (BF) T Dascombe 8 7 F Norton 9 10 -85 Angel Force (8) (D) D C Griffiths 8 6 Nathan Evans 5 S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Formidable Kitt, 6-1 Showmethedough, Spoof, 7-1 Global Academy, Big Time Maybe, 8-1 Porchy Party, Looks A Million, Billy Dylan, 12-1 Others. 3.35 Stakes (Group 3) (1) 3YO 1m 4f £56,710 1 2-3 Dee Ex Bee (14) (BF) M Johnston 9 0 F Norton 10 D O’Brien 5 2 1- Family Tree (245) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 0 3 1-3 Flag Of Honour (24) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 0 J A Heffernan 4 4 -13 Hunting Horn (12) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 0 R L Moore 1 W Buick 3 5 1-2 Ispolini [T] (12) C Appleby 9 0 R Winston 6 6 0-1 Jetstream (77) C Hills 9 0 7 7 Miles Christianus (14) R J Osborne (Ire) 9 0 R Scott 8 8 11 Perfect Illusion [H] (75) (D) A Balding 9 0 O Murphy 7 R Kingscote 9 9 -11 Proschema (11) (D) T Dascombe 9 0 James Doyle 2 10 2-1 Young Rascal (18) W Haggas 9 0 S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Hunting Horn, 4-1 Young Rascal, Ispolini, 6-1 Dee Ex Bee, 7-1 Flag Of Honour, Proschema, 10-1 Family Tree, 16-1 Perfect Illusion, 25-1 Others. Marlborough 1.50 - No Lippy 2.25 - Kinaesthesia 3.00 - Showmethedough 3.35 - Proschema 4.05 - Argentello 4.35 - Gabrial The Saint 5.05 - Sultan Baybars Going: Good to soft-good in places TV: ITV4 1.50, 2.25, 3.00 & 3.35 / Sky 432 & Virgin 536 Draw: A low draw and a fast start give a distinct advantage in sprints. 4.05 Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) (3) 3YO 1m 2f £11,828 1 23 Argentello (20) (BF) J Gosden 9 5 L Dettori 3 2 5-2 Baritone (11) (BF) Sir M Stoute 9 5 R L Moore 10 3 8-4 Chief Ironside (18) W Jarvis 9 5 K Shoemark 6 James Doyle 7 4 27- Heart Of Soul (235) I Williams 9 5 5 3 Howman (20) R Varian 9 5 A Atzeni 5 O Murphy 2 6 6 Infrastructure (18) M Meade 9 5 7 55 Moon of Baroda (63) C Hills 9 5 P J McDonald 8 8 6-6 Rockesbury [P] (10) D Loughnane 9 5 Jane Elliott (5) 1 9 22- Soldier To Follow (238) (BF) A Balding 9 5 D Probert 4 10 00- Snoop (335) David Loughnane 9 0 J F Egan 9 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Argentello, 3-1 Baritone, 5-1 Soldier To Follow, 11-2 Howman, 7-1 Chief Ironside, 10-1 Infrastructure, 20-1 Moon of Baroda, 25-1 Heart Of Soul, 66-1 Others. 4.35 Eversheds Sutherland Handicap (3) 3YO 6f £11,828 1 5-9 Neola (19) (D) M Channon 9 7 A Atzeni 8 DOUBTFUL 10 2 19- Encrypted (197) (D) H Palmer 9 7 3 1-6 Captain Jameson (20) (D) J J Quinn 9 5 J Hart 11 P J McDonald 3 4 2-4 Mr Top Hat (19) (D) P Evans 9 3 5 -02 Requinto Dawn (18) R Fahey 9 2 T Hamilton 2 6 10- Ginbar [P] (208) (CD)(D) T Dascombe 9 2 M Harley 12 J F Egan 1 7 214 Last Page [P] (12) (D) P Evans 9 0 8 18- No I’m Easy (228) (D) T Dascombe 9 0 R Kingscote 7 9 122 Bungee Jump (19) (D) Grace Harris 8 12 C Noble (5) 4 10 2-3 Excellent Times (18) (D) T Easterby 8 11 D Allan 14 11222 Montague (5) (D) D O’Meara 8 11 C McGovern (5) 13 12711 Marietta Robusti (19) (D) Mrs Barclay 8 10 R Hornby 6 P Hanagan 5 13 3-4 Gabrial The Saint (20) R Fahey 8 10 14 0-3 Pilkington (11) J Bethell 8 10 G Lee 9 S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Mr Top Hat, 11-2 Requinto Dawn, 13-2 No I’m Easy, 15-2 Marietta Robusti, Ginbar, 11-1 Gabrial The Saint, Captain Jameson, Last Page, Bungee Jump, Excellent Times, 14-1 Others. 5.05 Greenhous Handicap (4) 7f £7,698 1 720 Roaring Forties [P] (20) (C)(D) R Bastiman 5 9 5 M Harley 8 2 739 Heaven’s Guest (45) (D) R Fahey 8 9 5 T Hamilton 14 3 9-0 Sultan Baybars [P] (14) (D) D O’Meara 4 9 5 Daniel Tudhope 2 4 08- Kenstone [P] (181) (C)(D) A Wintle 5 9 5 Finley Marsh (5) 9 5 97- The Feathered Nest (144) R Fahey 4 9 5 P Hanagan 7 6 898 Intransigent [V] (49) (C)(D) A Balding 9 9 4 W Cox (5) 1 7 -07 Storm Ahead (11) (D) T Easterby 5 9 4 D Allan 12 8 550 Twin Appeal [B] (14) (D) T D Barron 7 9 3 P J McDonald 11 9 945 Right Touch (20) (C)(D) (BF) R Fahey 8 9 3 J Garritty 6 J F Egan 10 10 0-5 Roll On Rory [V] (11) (C)(D) J Ward 5 9 3 11 48- Cheerfilly [P] (214) (D) T Dascombe 4 9 3 R Kingscote 3 12 -04 Alejandro (86) (C)(D) David Loughnane 9 9 3 R Winston 4 13348 Outer Space [P] (26) (D) J Flint 7 9 2 D Muscutt 13 B McHugh 5 14222 My Amigo [T] (11) Mrs M Fife 5 9 2 S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Right Touch, 6-1 My Amigo, The Feathered Nest, 8-1 Kenstone, Cheerfilly, 12-1 Twin Appeal, Roaring Forties, Storm Ahead, Sultan Baybars, 14-1 Others. Wolverhampton Marlborough 5.55 - Sheriff Garrett 6.25 - Astraea 6.55 - Sunshineandbubbles 7.25 - Verandah [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 7.55 - Viola Park 8.25 - The Amber Fort 8.55 - Revenge 5.55 Handicap (5) 2m 120yds £3,619 1 2 3 4 5 Sheriff Garrett [P] (12) (C) T Easterby 4 11 7 Mr W Easterby 7 Doesyourdogbite [P] (J59) Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 6 DOUBTFUL 9 Full Suit (11) Archie Watson 4 11 6 Mr S Walker 12 Brigadoon (13) M Appleby 11 11 6 Mr J Kendrick (5) 10 Three Colours Red [P] (J25) (CD) (BF) R Stephens 6 11 3 Mr C Dowson (5) 1 6 -24 City Dreamer (34) (BF) A King 4 11 3 Mr Alex Edwards 4 7 306 Hewouldwouldnthe (9) J Portman 4 10 13 Mr J Harding (3) 11 8 988 Ladurelli [T] (11) A Dunn 6 10 12 Mr B Carver (7) 3 9 5-7 Party Royal [H,P] (45) N Gifford 8 10 12 Mr D Dunsdon 8 10 -77 Ballyfarsoon [V] (16) (CD)(C) P Winks 7 10 10 Mr Oakley Brown (7) 5 11 -91 Down Time [B] (36) P Midgley 8 10 9 Mr Tom Midgley (7) 6 12 -24 Air Ministry [B] (18) I Furtado 4 10 8 A Anderson (5) 2 13 3-6 Casemates Square (18) (BF) I Williams 4 10 3 Mr C J Todd (7) 13 S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Full Suit, 5-1 City Dreamer, 6-1 Sheriff Garrett, 7-1 Air Ministry, Casemates Square, 8-1 Brigadoon, 10-1 Others. -64 25/ /24 643 -27 6.25 Handicap (6) 3YO 1m 1f 104yds £3,105 1 -86 2 663 3 8-0 4 885 896 6 382 7 656 8 855 9 0-3 10 8-7 11539 Astraea (14) (BF) M W Easterby 9 7 H Shaw (5) 11 Pact Of Steel (29) H Dunlop 9 7 H Crouch 6 The Fiddler (18) C Wall 9 7 G Wood (3) 8 Enforcement [H] (197) M Keighley 9 6 L Morris 12 Jenny Ren (29) Sarah Hollinshead 9 4 P Mathers 9 Beloved Knight (26) Mrs L Mongan 9 4 J Watson (5) 7 Be Mindful (92) C Hills 9 3 J Crowley 4 Stay In The Light (11) K Burke 9 3 C Lee (3) 10 Percy Prosecco (26) Noel Williams 9 1 Rossa Ryan (5) 2 The Knot Is Tied (16) T Easterby 9 1 J P Sullivan 1 Westfield Wonder [P] (10) R Thompson 8 13 Nicola Currie (5) 5 12 76- Navarra Princess [B] (141) (BF) D Cantillon 8 10 D Probert 3 13677 Pammi (41) A Carson 8 7 K O’Neill 13 S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Beloved Knight, 4-1 Percy Prosecco, 8-1 Stay In The Light, Navarra Princess, Astraea, 10-1 Pact Of Steel, Be Mindful, 12-1 The Fiddler, The Knot Is Tied, 16-1 Others. 6.55 Fillies’ Handicap (5) 1m 4f £3,752 1 152 Lady Persephone (25) (CD) A King 7 9 7 W Carson 3 2 121 Sunshineandbubbles [P] (25) (CD)(C) J Candlish 5 9 7 J Fanning 7 Opera Buffa. 7.25 Novice Median Auction Stakes (6) 3YO 1m 1f £3,105 1 7-1 Adjutant (18) B Meehan 9 9 J Fanning 6 2 31- Strange Society (160) H Palmer 9 9 Josephine Gordon 8 3 15- Verandah [WS] (256) (BF) J Gosden 9 4 R Havlin 2 O Murphy 11 4 6 Deliverance (18) A Balding 9 2 Hayley Turner 1 5 5-7 Epaulement (22) T Dascombe 9 2 P Dobbs 7 6 64- Garden Oasis (277) Sir M Stoute 9 2 7 -95 Island Sound [P] (5) Mrs H Main 9 2 Georgia Cox (3) 4 D O’Neill 5 8 4- Jahaafel (174) (BF) W Haggas 9 2 G Downing 3 9 00 One Flew Over (9) I Williams 9 2 J Crowley 10 10 7- Tajarrob (188) E Dunlop 8 11 S Donohoe 9 11 2- Worth Waiting (186) D Lanigan 8 11 S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Verandah, 9-2 Adjutant, 6-1 Strange Society, 7-1 Worth Waiting, 10-1 Jahaafel, 12-1 Garden Oasis, 16-1 Epaulement, 20-1 Deliverance, Island Sound, 50-1 Others. 7.55 Hellermanntyton Academy Handicap (6) 7f £3,105 1 854 2 486 3 753 4 495 219 6 057 7 136 8 941 9 423 10340 Pushkin Museum [H] (18) (C) P Morris 7 9 7 Fran Berry 7 Viola Park [P] (8) (CD)(D) R Harris 4 9 6 J Fahy 11 Hipz [V] (28) (D) G Margarson 7 9 6 Jane Elliott (5) 3 Mischief Managed [E] (209) T Easterby 4 9 5 D Fentiman 6 Lord Murphy [T] (20) (CD)(C) (BF) D Loughnane 5 9 5 A Mullen 5 Light From Mars [P] (8) (CD)(D) R Harris 13 9 3 D Probert 4 Mossy’s Lodge [B,T] (15) (D) A Carson 5 8 13 W Carson 8 Tasaaboq [P,T] (7) (C) P McEntee 7 8 13(6ex) D Brock 10 Sir Lancelott (11) (CD)(C) A Nicholls 6 8 12 B McHugh 2 Rising Sunshine [B,T] (9) (D) J Bradley 5 8 9 Josephine Gordon 1 11606 Rapid Rise [B] (9) J Bradley 4 8 7 A Beech (7) 12 12546 Go Charlie [H] (14) (C) Mrs L Williamson 7 8 7 C Hardie 9 S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Hipz, 9-2 Sir Lancelott, 5-1 Tasaaboq, 7-1 Lord Murphy, 8-1 Pushkin Museum, 10-1 Viola Park, 12-1 Light From Mars, 14-1 Mossy’s Lodge, Mischief Managed, 25-1 Others. 8.25 Hellermanntyton Protection Handicap (5) 7f £3,752 1 573 Time To Reason (27) (D) C Wallis 5 9 7 W Carson 7 2 321 The Amber Fort (18) (C) M Herrington 4 9 6 Phil Dennis (3) 2 3 112 Critical Thinking [P,T] (18) (CD)(C)(D) D Loughnane 4 9 6 S Donohoe 4 4 22- Alqalsar (328) J Bradley 4 9 6 D Probert 6 5 03- Highly Sprung (193) J L Eyre 5 9 4 J Fanning 3 L Morris 1 6 789 Bouclier (46) (D) J Unett 8 9 3 7 354 Energia Flavio [P] (18) (C)(D) P Morris 8 9 3 Fran Berry 5 C Hardie 8 8 470 Grey Destiny (12) (CD)(D) A Brittain 8 8 11 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 The Amber Fort, 7-2 Critical Thinking, 4-1 Highly Sprung, 6-1 Alqalsar, 8-1 Energia Flavio, 12-1 Time To Reason, 14-1 Grey Destiny, 25-1 Bouclier. 8.55 Handicap (6) 3YO 5f £3,105 1 842 Ellen Gates (19) R Hughes 9 11 S W Kelly 2 2 6-5 Funkadelic (14) (CD) B Haslam 9 10 P Mulrennan 10 3 233 Furni Factors [B] (42) R Thompson 9 7 Nicola Currie (5) 4 4 -61 Revenge [B] (9) (C) T Easterby 9 7(6ex) J Hart 11 5 -30 Billy Booth [V] (9) Miss G Kelleway 9 6 Aaron Jones (3) 3 6 -54 Glamorous Rocket (2) R Harris 9 5 D Probert 7 P Mathers 5 7 477 Elliot The Dragon (9) D Shaw 9 4 8 80- Go Sandy (251) Mrs L Williamson 8 11 K Lundie (5) 6 9 549 Sitsi (35) B Smart 8 9 J Fanning 9 10543 Raise A Little Joy (46) J R Jenkins 8 8 Josephine Gordon 1 11 -70 Haxby Juniors [B] (9) A Brittain 8 8 C Hardie 8 S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Revenge, 3-1 Ellen Gates, 6-1 Glamorous Rocket, 7-1 Furni Factors, 8-1 Funkadelic, 12-1 Raise A Little Joy, Sitsi, 16-1 Billy Booth, 25-1 Others. Tomorrow's meetings Chelmsford 6.10 to 9.10 (ATR); Chester 1.50 to 5.05 (ITV4 1.50, 2.25, 3.00 and 3.35, RUK); Huntingdon 2.00 to 5.15 (RUK); Wincanton 5.20 to 8.20 (RUK); Worcester 1.40 to 4.55 (ATR). The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018 *** 15 Sport Racing Kelso Fontwell Park 2.00 Principal & Prosper Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 5f £4,289 1 -11 Calix Delafayette [H] (23) (C) J Ewart 6 11 6 B Hughes 2 5- Cathal’s Star (186) Ruth Jefferson 5 11 0 J Hamilton High Jinx (F11) T Easterby 10 11 0 C R King 3 4 P5- Painters Lad (142) Mrs A C Hamilton 7 11 0 C O’Farrell C Bewley (3) 5 800 Reaplee (74) C Grant 5 11 0 6 FP- Templenaboe (115) Miss L Russell 6 11 0 Derek Fox T Dowson (3) 7 P88 Ella’s Dene (31) T Reed 7 10 7 8 622 Hills Of Connemara [T] (41) S Corbett 6 10 7 Sam Coltherd (5) 9 P66 Russiantom [T] (14) S Corbett 7 10 7 F O’Toole (3) S.P. f’cast: 6-4 High Jinx, 7-4 Calix Delafayette, 9-2 Hills Of Connemara, 7-1 Cathal’s Star, 25-1 Reaplee, 33-1 Templenaboe, 50-1 Russiantom, Painters Lad, 66-1 Ella’s Dene. 2.35 Novices’ Handicap Chase (4) 2m 6f £4,614 1 2 3 4 5 Black Jack Rover (256) (D) D McCain 9 11 12 B Hughes Cherif De L’isle (159) Miss L Russell 6 11 12 Derek Fox Free Range [V] (19) M Hammond 8 11 11 A P Cawley Always Tipsy (23) (CD) N Alexander 9 11 10 Lucy Alexander Romulus Du Donjon (22) (BF) Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 8 L Murtagh (5) 6 -66 Robintheaulad [T] (31) A M Thomson 7 10 12 J Hamilton 7 61- Bocasien Desbois (44) M Todhunter 7 10 10 H Brooke C O’Farrell 8 666 Royal Mandate [V] (13) R Menzies 6 10 7 S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Black Jack Rover, 4-1 Bocasien Desbois, 9-2 Romulus Du Donjon, 5-1 Always Tipsy, 7-1 Free Range, 8-1 Cherif De L’isle, 12-1 Robintheaulad, 14-1 Royal Mandate. 820P444 UP1 323 3.45 Bedmax Handicap Chase (4) 3m 2f £4,614 Marlborough 2.00 - Calix Delafayette (nap) 2.35 - Always Tipsy 3.10 - Witness 3.45 - Achill Road Boy 4.15 - Sudski Star 4.45 - Dance Of Time 5.15 - Akarita Lights Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 3.10 Belhaven Brewery Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 7f £4,289 1 25- Minstrel Royal [P,T] (118) P Kirby 8 12 0 T Dowson (3) 2 45- Danceintothelight [T] (16) D McCain 11 11 12 Miss A McCain (7) 3 500 Benny’s Secret [H] (19) (C) N Alexander 8 11 12 Lucy Alexander 4 /33 Elmono (14) Miss L Russell 7 11 11 Derek Fox 5 33- No Such Number [P,T] (160) M Barnes 10 11 8 D Irving (3) 6 -55 Shepherd’s Bight (115) Ruth Jefferson 6 11 7 B Hughes 7 P2- Champagne To Go (16) R Menzies 8 11 7 N Moscrop (5) 8 P33 Graystown (22) W Coltherd 6 11 7 Sam Coltherd (5) 9 P5- Christmas Twenty (41) M Hammond 8 11 2 F O’Toole (3) 10 61- Witness (41) M Hammond 9 10 13 Miss Becky Smith (5) 11 76- Chocolat Noir [P] (16) M Todhunter 5 10 10 H Brooke S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Witness, 11-2 No Such Number, 6-1 Champagne To Go, 7-1 Elmono, 8-1 Benny’s Secret, Graystown, Shepherd’s Bight, 10-1 Danceintothelight, 12-1 Others. 1 PP7 Scotswell (23) (CD)(C) Mrs H Graham 12 12 0 T Dowson (3) 2 44- Amilliontimes [T] (179) (C) Mrs J Stephen 10 11 12 C Bewley (3) 3 P3- Cobajayisland (19) M Scudamore 10 11 10 B Poste 4 -33 Shake It Up (67) M Hammond 9 11 9 Miss Becky Smith (5) 5 8-P Classical Milano (76) G Bewley 7 11 6 J Bewley (3) 6 UF4 Golden Investment [H,P,T] (45) (C) D McCain 9 11 6 B Hughes 7 3-2 Pretty Miss Mahler (26) M Todhunter 7 10 11 Ross Chapman (3) 8 3P- Attention Please [P] (22) (D) Mrs R Dobbin 8 10 10 R Day (3) 9 614 Achill Road Boy (22) (D) (BF) W Coltherd 9 10 9 C O’Farrell S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Pretty Miss Mahler, 9-2 Shake It Up, 5-1 Achill Road Boy, 6-1 Golden Investment, 7-1 Cobajayisland, 8-1 Amilliontimes, 10-1 Attention Please, 12-1 Scotswell, 20-1 Classical Milano. 4.15 Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (3) 2m 1f £7,538 1 2 3 4 Double W’s (18) Ruth Jefferson 8 11 12 B Hughes Brave Spartacus (50) (D) G Boanas 12 11 12 Miss E Todd (7) Ifandbutwhynot [T] (30) (D) T Easterby 12 11 3 H Brooke Sudski Star [B,T] (45) (CD)(C)(D) Mrs H Graham 10 11 1 T Dowson (3) 5 133 Applaus [P] (25) M Hammond 6 11 0 S Quinlan 6 32- Chain Of Beacons [T] (16) (CD) K Scott 9 10 5 C Bewley (3) 7 1P1 Oak Vintage (16) (CD) Mrs A Hamilton 8 10 3 Ross Chapman (3) S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Sudski Star, 10-3 Oak Vintage, 9-2 Double W’s, 5-1 Ifandbutwhynot, 13-2 Chain Of Beacons, 8-1 Applaus, 16-1 -59 -77 243-1 Brave Spartacus. 4.45 Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (5) 2m 6f £3,120 1 2 3 4 Dance Of Time (18) Miss H Reveley 11 11 12 Mr J Dawson Eco Warrior (16) N Orpwood 8 11 12 Mr N Orpwood (5) See Mores Finale (10) S Clark 10 11 12 Mr R Wilson (7) Shantou Prince [T] (16) Mrs G B Walford 9 11 12 Mr C Furness (7) 5 F4- Summoned [P] (16) Mrs S E Grant 7 11 12 Mr J M Andrews (7) 6 41- Tambour Major [P] (11) J Threadgall 11 11 12 Mr C Wood (7) S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Dance Of Time, 10-3 Shantou Prince, 4-1 Others. 111F3-3 12- 5.15 Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m £2,924 1 36- Amarone Gentleman [T] (12) S Corbett 6 11 2 Mr R Wilson (7) 2 Bally Conor Ruth Jefferson 5 11 2 J Hamilton 3 0- Darry Desbois (86) M Todhunter 5 11 2 Ross Chapman (3) 4 32- Enzo Barbieri (24) Miss P Robson 5 11 2 B Hughes Harry The Potter C Grant 5 11 2 DOUBTFUL 5 Nearly There W Storey 5 11 2 Rachel McDonald (7) 6 7 6- Rocket Man Rodney (207) Mrs H Graham 5 11 2 T Dowson (3) 8 73- Slade Storm (339) A Whillans 5 11 2 Steven Fox (5) 9 The Boo Box D Whillans 5 11 2 C Whillans (3) 10 22- Akarita Lights (28) J J Quinn 4 10 12 C R King F O’Toole (3) 11 5- Big Bad Dog (50) M Hammond 4 10 12 12 Captain Kurt Mrs J Stephen 4 10 12 R Day (3) 13 Cellar Vie J Ewart 4 10 12 C O’Farrell H Brooke 14 5- Roo Roo (24) I Jardine 4 10 12 S.P. f’cast: 13-8 Akarita Lights, 4-1 Enzo Barbieri, 5-1 Others. Marlborough 5.10 - Snazz Man 5.45 - Royals And Rebels 6.15 - Don Lami 6.45 - Holryale (nb) 7.15 - Bennys Girl 7.45 - Ramore Will 8.15 - Bitofblinding Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 415 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 5.10 myracing.com Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m 6f £3,119 1 622 673 7U4 955 086 007 P68 509 P610 00- Project Mars [V] (19) N Gifford 6 11 12 J M Davies Alltimegold [P] (18) T Vaughan 5 11 12 A Johns Minella Style (113) D L Williams 8 11 12 Mr S Quinlan (7) Summer Getaway (14) N Mitchell 6 11 10 S Bowen Waikiki Waves (30) G L Moore 5 11 9 H Teal (7) Vexillum [P] (189) (C) N Mulholland 9 11 9 R T Dunne Black Anthem (42) B Barr 6 11 7 H Bannister Robin De Broome (97) B Barr 6 11 4 T Garner (3) Howlongisafoot [B] (24) (D) (BF) C Gordon 9 11 2 H Reed (5) Chocolate Diamond [V] (24) D C O’Brien 7 10 10 Brodie Hampson (5) 11 67- Willshebetrying [V] (38) (C) M Hoad 7 10 8 M Goldstein 12 57- Snazz Man (25) Mrs S Gardner 8 10 5 Lucy Gardner (3) 13 44- Dropzone [B] (15) B Forsey 9 10 4 T J O’Brien 14 66- John Biscuit (161) Miss J Davis 10 10 3 A Tinkler S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Project Mars, 9-2 Summer Getaway, 10-1 Others. 5.45 Handicap Chase (4) 3m 2f £4,614 Newton Abbot Marlborough 2.10 - Swatow 2.45 - Mighty Leader 3.20 - Blu Cavalier 3.55 - Henryville 4.25 - Pointed And Sharp 4.55 - Sonneofpresenting 5.25 - Berry De Carjac Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 415 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 2.10 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (3) 2m 6f £8,447 1 60- Audora (14) M Hill 7 10 12 James Best D Jacob 2 1- Desirable Court [WS] (362) A King 5 10 12 3 50- Frizzle (139) Emma Lavelle 5 10 12 Jonathan Burke 4 43- Kilcullen Bellamy (48) E Williams 6 10 12 C Ring (3) 5 6P- Kiwi Myth [P,T] (14) Mrs F M Shaw 6 10 12 Mr M Legg (5) 6 0-6 Oldtown Polly (3) B Powell 6 10 12 B J Powell 7 -22 Rosemary Russet [T] (97) H Fry 6 10 12 N P Madden 8 2U- Swatow [H] (15) Emma Lavelle 6 10 12 S Twiston-Davies S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Swatow, 5-2 Rosemary Russet, 11-4 Desirable Court, 7-1 Kilcullen Bellamy, 16-1 Frizzle, 20-1 Kiwi Myth, 33-1 Audora, 50-1 Oldtown Polly. 2.45 Beginners’ Chase (3) 3m 2f £9,357 1 6P- All Kings (57) R Buckler 9 10 12 Sean Houlihan (5) 2 17- Mighty Leader [T] (208) (CD)(D) F O’Brien 10 10 12 P Brennan 3 /P- Overland Flyer [T] (87) P Nicholls 7 10 12 H Cobden 4 /P- The Eaglehaslanded [B,T] (88) P Nicholls 8 10 12 S Twiston-Davies M Kendrick (5) 5 PP- Brown Revel [T] (168) S Flook 9 10 5 S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Overland Flyer, 13-8 The Eaglehaslanded, 10-3 Mighty Leader, 16-1 All Kings, 66-1 Brown Revel. 3.20 Novices’ Hurdle (3) 2m 1f £7,928 1 111 Blu Cavalier (17) P Nicholls 8 11 10 H Cobden D Bass 2 21- Higgs (16) (CD) S-J Davies 5 11 6 C Ring (3) 3 /8- Peterborough (179) E Williams 5 11 0 4 Jumbo’s Boy (F30) P Bowen 4 10 10 J Bowen (3) 5 -66 Poet’s Charm [H] (16) M Hill 4 10 10 K Edgar (3) S.P. f’cast: 2-5 Blu Cavalier, 7-2 Higgs, 14-1 Peterborough, 16-1 Jumbo’s Boy, 25-1 Poet’s Charm. 3.55 Handicap Chase (2) 2m 5f £14,076 1 4-5 Alcala [T] (11) (CD)(C)(D) P Nicholls 8 11 12 H Cobden 2 062 Sizing Platinum [T] (19) (C) C Tizzard 10 11 11 R Johnson 3 0P- Henryville [H,T] (193) (CD)(C)(D) H Fry 10 11 8 N P Madden 4 -60 Ballybolley [T] (55) (D) N Twiston-Davies 9 11 7 D Jacob 5 10/ Roman Flight [V] (F8) (D) D Dennis 10 11 2 S Twiston-Davies 6 1-P Play The Ace [P,T] (123) (D) (BF) P Bowen 9 11 1 J Bowen (3) 7 7-0 Casino Markets (21) (D) E Lavelle 10 10 10 N Scholfield L Edwards 8 33- Cut The Corner (30) (D) A Ralph 10 10 9 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Sizing Platinum, 9-2 Alcala, 13-2 Play The Ace, 7-1 Cut The Corner, 8-1 Ballybolley, Roman Flight, 10-1 Henryville, 12-1 Casino Markets. 4.25 Handicap Hurdle (3) 2m 1f £7,408 1 644 2 322 3 133 4 595 046 257 -00 8 -88 9 1310 07- Watcombe Heights (17) (CD)(C) C Tizzard 8 11 12 H Cobden Pointed And Sharp [H] (19) P Hobbs 6 11 6 R Johnson Nelson’s Touch (30) J W Mullins 5 11 5 N Scholfield Cleni Wells [H] (24) (C) M Hill 7 11 5 C Deutsch English Pale [P,T] (163) J Flint 5 11 5 D Jacob Flight To Milan (44) E Williams 5 11 3 C Ring (3) Treasure The Ridge [B] (16) (CD) M Hill 9 11 0 J McGrath Nabhan [T] (12) B J Llewellyn 6 10 11 Rob Williams (3) Shrubland [P] (181) (D) (BF) D Skelton 5 10 11 H Skelton Global Thrill [T] (12) (CD) B J Llewellyn 9 10 8 Sean Houlihan (5) S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Shrubland, 10-3 Pointed And Sharp, 4-1 Nelson’s Touch, 6-1 Watcombe Heights, 8-1 English Pale, 10-1 Flight To Milan, 14-1 Nabhan, 20-1 Global Thrill, 33-1 Others. 4.55 Handicap Chase (3) 3m 2f £8,356 1 03- Dell’ Arca [B,T] (21) D Pipe 9 11 12 T Scudamore 2 PP3 Southfield Theatre [B] (13) (BF) P Nicholls 10 11 9 H Cobden 3 6-P Sonneofpresenting (30) K Bailey 8 11 8 D Bass 4 92- Drumlee Sunset [T] (75) T R George 8 11 6 Jonathan Burke 5 43P Fourth Act [B,T] (30) (BF) C Tizzard 9 11 0 S Twiston-Davies 6 0-2 Lamb Or Cod [T] (128) (CD)(D) P Hobbs 11 10 11 R Johnson S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Dell’ Arca, 3-1 Drumlee Sunset, 4-1 Southfield Theatre, 11-2 Lamb Or Cod, 13-2 Fourth Act, 12-1 Sonneofpresenting. 5.25 Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m 1f £4,159 1 755 Unsafe Conduct [T] (46) C Tizzard 5 12 4 H Cobden 2 F0- Berry De Carjac (160) Grace Harris 7 12 4 L Heard 3 03- Come On Charlie (48) P Hobbs 6 12 3 R Johnson 4 P4- Glimpse Of Gold [T] (32) T Vaughan 7 11 12 D G Noonan 5 80- Franz Klammer (19) C Longsdon 6 11 9 Jonathan Burke 6 -99 Udogo (30) B Powell 7 11 9 B J Powell 7 UP- Baron Von Chill [WS] (275) D Skelton 6 11 8 H Skelton 8 600 Indigo Stamp (17) M Gillard 7 11 8 Mr T Gillard (7) 9 488 Kublai [T] (24) A Dunn 8 11 7 R McLernon 108PP Scorpion Star [P] (16) M Hill 9 11 6 J McGrath 11 61- Ice Tres [P] (14) (CD) C Down 9 11 5 Miss Page Fuller (5) 12822 Bee An Aristocrat (14) J Frost 9 11 4 Bryony Frost (3) 13 70- Temir Kazyk (14) Henry Oliver 4 11 2 D Crosse 14 -00 Ice Konig [T] (98) (C) J Frost 9 11 0 A Thorne (7) 15 5P- Russian Spy (62) E Williams 5 11 0 C Ring (3) 16077 Thundering Home [B,T] (14) (D) N Mitchell 11 10 12 T Bellamy 17311 Centreofexcellence [H,T] (18) S Flook 7 10 9 J Bowen (3) 18 /8- Aaryam [P,T] (80) J Flint 6 10 9 D Jacob S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Centreofexcellence, 5-1 Come On Charlie, 11-2 Baron Von Chill, 13-2 Bee An Aristocrat, 7-1 Ice Tres, 8-1 Unsafe Conduct, 10-1 Glimpse Of Gold, 16-1 Kublai, 20-1 Others. Whistler’s Nap Proschema (3.35 Chester) is today's nap for Whistler (Marcus Armytage), of The Sunday Telegraph. Results Brighton Going: Good to firm-good in places 2.00 (5f60yds h’cap): Roundabout Magic (N Mackay 10-1) 1; Pride Of Angels (9-2) 2; Foxtrot Knight (6-5F) 3. 4 ran. shd, hd. (S Dow). 2.30 (5f60yds nov): Soumei (P Cosgrave 11-4) 1; Haylah (9-4F) 2; Hedonism (5-1) 3. 8 ran. 1l, 11/2l. (Ed Walker). NR: Maximum Power. 3.00 (6f210yds h’cap): Kachumba (S Woods 9-2) 1; River Rule (12-1) 2; Following Breeze (13-2) 3. Silverturnstogold 3-1JF, Racehorse 3-1JF. 11 ran. 1/2l, ns. (R Guest). 3.35 (7f211yds h’cap): Ateem (S Levey 13-8F) 1; Spirit Of Belle (3-1) 2; Black Caesar (10-1) 3. 7 ran. 21/2l, 41/2l. (R Hannon). 4.05 (1m3f198yds h’cap): Esspeegee (Darragh Keenan 5-1) 1; Roy Rocket (17-2) 2; Archimento (15-8F) 3. 7 ran. 33/4l, 11/2l. (A Bailey). NR: Amuletum. 4.35 (7f211yds): Sharp Operator (W Carson 7-2) 1; Joyful Dream (3-1JF) 2; Baby Gal (3-1JF) 3. 8 ran. 21/4l, 1l. (C Wallis). NRs: Navarra Princess, Spike’s Princess. 5.05 (6f210yds h’cap): Nutini (L Keniry 11-8JF) 1; Balgair (11-8JF) 2; Daring Guest (11-1) 3. 6 ran. hd, 3l. (M Saunders). NR: Duke Of North. Placepot: £255.00. Quadpot: £21.90. Exeter Going: Good-good to firm in places 5.50 (2m175yds mdn hdle): Tillythetank (W Hutchinson 7-2) 1; Secret Escape (1-3F) 2; Mrs Miggins (10-1) 3. 11 ran. 6l, 4l. (A King). NR: Admiral’s Sunset. 1 16- In The Hold (58) E Williams 8 11 12 A Wedge 2 334 Royals And Rebels [B,T] (32) (D) C Mann 8 11 10 H Bannister 3 /P- Fort Smith [B] (165) O Sherwood 9 11 9 H Beswick (7) 4 U1- Chill In The Wood (15) D F Davis 9 11 1 M Grant 5 PP- Flugzeug [P] (53) (C)(D) J W Mullins 10 10 0 T J O’Brien S.P. f’cast: 2-1 In The Hold, 5-2 Chill In The Wood, 4-1 Royals And Rebels, 9-2 Fort Smith, 8-1 Flugzeug. 6.15 Novices’ Hurdle (4) 3m 2f £4,094 1 833 Benechenko (22) F O’Brien 6 11 1 Brodie Hampson (5) 2 P0- Cintex (73) N Mulholland 6 11 1 H Reed (5) 3 37- Don Lami (16) (C) (BF) A Honeyball 5 11 1 A Coleman T J O’Brien 4 477 Judge Judy (33) Mrs L Hill 5 10 8 S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Don Lami, 2-1 Benechenko, 5-2 Cintex, 14-1 Judge Judy. 6.45 Maiden Hurdle (4) 2m 2f £4,094 1 09- Daleelak (24) D C O’Brien 5 11 2 Mr J Pearce (7) 2 24- Holryale [T] (165) D Skelton 6 11 2 Bridget Andrews (3) 3 33- It’s Got Legs (38) G L Moore 5 11 2 A Glassonbury Kevin Jones (5) 4 4F- Maratt [H] (63) J W Mullins 5 11 2 5 /9- Mr Dorrell Sage [WS] (89) O Sherwood 5 11 2 T Garner (3) 6 UU The Winningtipster (19) P Henderson 5 11 2 T J O’Brien 7 25- White Valiant (241) (C) J Berry 5 11 2 J Quinlan M Grant 8 3- General Allenby (16) H Tett 4 10 12 9 -55 Zillion (16) Mrs S Gardner 4 10 12 Lucy Gardner (3) 10 7- Honey P (360) Miss R Woodman 7 10 9 T Phelan J M Davies 11P00 Remember Me Well (15) R Rowe 5 10 9 A Wedge 12 PP- Swift Native (19) N Gifford 6 10 9 S.P. f’cast: 7-4 It’s Got Legs, 2-1 Holryale, 10-3 White Valiant, 16-1 Mr Dorrell Sage, 20-1 General Allenby, 25-1 Others. 7.15 Mares’ Handicap Chase (4) 2m 6f £4,614 6.20 (2m2f111yds nov hdle): Serosevsky (N P Madden 3-1) 1; Rockpoint (2-5F) 2; Beyond Supremacy (14-1) 3. 8 ran. 13/4l, 10l. (H Fry). NRs: Buster Moon, Champ, Commodore Barry, Menapian, Orchard Thieves, Out Of Style. 6.50 (2m7f25yds h’cap hdle): Max Forte (Bryony Frost 4-1) 1; Waterloo Warrior (9-2) 2; Katy P (12-1) 3. Jully Les Buxy 7-2F. 10 ran. 31/2l, 11/4l. (C Down). NRs: Coningsby, Join The Clan, Just A Sting, Mon Palois, Zero Grand. 7.20 (2m3f48yds h’cap ch): Kings Lad (T Scudamore 17-2) 1; Triple Chief (5-1) 2; Lip Service (4-1F) 3. 8 ran. 21/2l, 31/4l. (C Tizzard). NRs: Above Board, Admiral’s Secret, Bredon Hill Lad, Conna Cross. 7.50 (3m54yds ch): Creative Inerta (Mr R Dingle 9-4) 1; The Lizard King (7-1) 2; Brandy And Red (16-1) 3. Mistress Massini 5-6F. 5 ran. 8l, 7l. (Ben Clarke). NR: The Two Amigos. 8.20 (2m175yds nh flat): Rhythm Is A Dancer (Bryony Frost 2-1F) 1; Earth Moor (11-2) 2; Shiroccan Roll (25-1) 3. 9 ran. 8l, 3/4l. (P Nicholls). NRs: Drift Rock, Global Rhapsody, Grey Diamond, Jeremiah James, Master Card, Nifty At Fifty, Rufio. Placepot: £119.60. Quadpot: £33.30. Fakenham Going: Good 2.10 (2m3yds sell hdle): Ascendant (P Cowley 5-6F) 1; Hatem (14-1) 2; Tiger Trek (11-8) 3. 6 ran. 3/4l, 22l. (J Farrelly). 2.40 (2m5f44yds h’cap ch): Millen Dollar Man (R McLernon 5-1) 1; Caviar D’Allen (3-1) 2; That’s The Deal (10-1) 3. Midnight Mustang 11-4F. 6 ran. 7l, 23/4l. (A Dunn). NRs: How About It, King Cool, Postbridge. 3.10 (2m4f1yds mdn hdle): Potters Hedger (J Sherwood 7-2) 1; Hatchet Jack (5-4F) 2; Touchy Subject (11-1) 3. 6 ran. 11/2l, 13/4l. (Mrs L Wadham). NR: Flynnvincible. 3.45 (3m5f24yds h’cap ch): Emerald Rose (M Grant 14-1) 1; Set List (6-1) 2; Court King (10-1) 3. Some Kinda Lama 5-1F. 13 ran. 13l, 41/2l. (J S Smith). 4.15 (2m4f1yds h’cap hdle): Apache Song (H Bannister 5-2) 1; Amron Kali (9-2) 2; Northern Beau (10-1) 3. Potters Midnight 2-1F. 6 ran. 7l, 1/2l. (J Eustace). 4.45 (3m38yds ch): Strollawaynow (Mr Benedict Shaw 12-1) 1; Can Mestret (5-1) 2; Caulkin (100-1) 3. Bound For Glory 2-1F. 9 ran. 10l, 11l. (D Arbuthnot). Placepot: £415.30. Quadpot: £98.80. Ludlow Going: Good 5.30 (1m7f169yds nov hdle): Diamond Guy (H Cobden 1-4F) 1; Djarkevi (4-1) 2; Blackjacktennessee (100-1) 3. 8 ran. 5l, 12l. (P Nicholls). 6.00 (2m7f171yds h’cap ch): Pembroke House (R Patrick 11-2) 1; Gorsky Island (9-2F) 2; Tb Broke Her (6-1) 3. 11 ran. ns, 11/2l. (S-J Davies). NR: Amber Gambler. 6.30 (1m7f212yds h’cap ch): Nightfly (Jonathan Burke 4-1) 1; Walden Prince (14-1) 2; Jackthejourneyman (6-1) 3. King Spirit 7-2F. 13 ran. 1l, 41/2l. (C Longsdon). 7.00 (2m4f11yds h’cap nov ch): Monbeg Legend (N De Boinville 9-4F) 1; Sumkindofking (5-1) 2; Solatentif (5-1) 3. 5 ran. 41/2l, 4l. (N Henderson). 7.30 (2m5f55yds h’cap hdle): Ayla’s Emperor (R T Dunne 20-1) 1; St John’s (25-1) 2; Samson’s Reach (6-1) 3. Captain Simon 3-1F. 13 ran. 11/2l, 3l. (J Flint). 8.00 (1m7f169yds h’cap hdle): Equus Millar (Mr Z Baker 7-1) 1; Nikki Steel (6-1) 2; Billy My Boy (22-1) 3. Blazon 9-2F. 14 ran. 21/4l, 9l. (N Twiston-Davies). NR: Irish Hawke. 8.30 (1m7f169yds nh flat): Lust For Glory (J McGrath 10-11F) 1; Crackle Lyn Rosie (33-1) 2; Ruby Tiger (16-1) 3; My Lady Grey (7-1) 4. 16 ran. 31/4l, ns, 1/2l. (N Henderson). Jackpot: Not won, pool of £12,288.53 carried over. Placepot: £200.50. Quadpot: £191.00. Thirsk Going: Good to firm 1.50 (5f nov): Fastman (Daniel Tudhope 7-1) 1; Dragon Beat (5-1) 2; Victory Command (10-3) 3. Bengali Spirit 6-4F. 9 ran. 11/4l, hd. (D O’Meara). 2.20 (7f mdn): Mystic Meg (D Brock 2-1F) 1; Margie’s Choice (5-2) 2; Lady Safeara (12-1) 3. 10 ran. 11/2l, 11/2l. (H Palmer). NR: Herringswell. 2.50 (7f218yds h’cap): Feathery (S Donohoe 6-5F) 1; Yeah Baby Yeah (5-2) 2; Palenville (9-1) 3. 5 ran. 31/2l, ns. (C Fellowes). NR: Forever A Lady. 3.20 (1m4f8yds nov): Blazing Saddles (Daniel Tudhope 9-5F) 1; Lucky Deal (8-1) 2; Caliburn (11-1) 3. 7 ran. 11/4l, shd. (R Beckett). NR: Colenso. 3.55 (5f h’cap): Acclaim The Nation (J Hart 7-1) 1; Poyle Vinnie (15-2) 2; Computable (16-1) 3. Rasheeq 4-1F. 14 ran. 1/2l, 11/4l. (E Alston). NRs: Elysian Flyer, Signore Piccolo. 4.25 (5f mdn): Militia (P Hanagan 4-5F) 1; Hop Maddocks (5-2) 2; Madam Devious (7-1) 3. 7 ran. 3/4l, 13/4l. (R Fahey). NRs: Capla Demon, Cavendish Place, Fairy Falcon, Paco Escostar. 4.55 (7f218yds h’cap): Whitkirk (J Garritty 7-2) 1; Zeshov (11-4F) 2; Midnight Macchiato (7-1) 3. 8 ran. 33/4l, 3/4l. (J O’Keeffe). NR: Planetaria. 5.25 (7f218yds h’cap): Mango Chutney (P Makin 7-2) 1; Vive La Difference (15-8F) 2; Mywayistheonlyway (11-1) 3. 8 ran. nk, 13/4l. (J J Davies). NR: Dreamofdiscovery. Placepot: £32.60. Quadpot: £7.90. 1 /F- Atlanta Ablaze (12) (BF) H Daly 7 12 2 A Tinkler S Bowen 2 /P- Chantara Rose [P,T] (90) P Bowen 9 11 12 3 P4- Lee Side Lady (225) (C) N Mulholland 8 11 7 R T Dunne A Johns 4 P1- Tara Mac [P] (25) T Vaughan 9 11 1 5 11- Bennys Girl (12) D L Williams 10 10 6 Mr Shane Quinlan (7) S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Bennys Girl, 5-2 Atlanta Ablaze, 3-1 Tara Mac, 9-2 Lee Side Lady, 25-1 Chantara Rose. 7.45 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 3f £4,094 1 29- Zen Master [H] (28) (BF) C Mann 6 11 12 Angus Cheleda (10) 2 11- Ramore Will [H] (30) (C) C Gordon 7 11 11 H Reed H Teal (3) 3 366 Justification (86) G L Moore 10 11 9 4 28- Stole The Show (128) Dr R Newland 6 11 9 C Hammond (6) 5 5P- Present Destiny (116) J W Mullins 6 11 8 D Sansom (3) 6 -33 Monday Club [H] (13) D F Davis 5 11 7 Alan Doyle (7) 7 22- Pirate Look [P] (41) (BF) M Keighley 4 11 4 H Stock (6) 8 60- Welluptoscratch [T] (14) D Arbuthnot 7 10 9 R Patrick 9 55- Backinthesaddle [T] (138) D Steele 10 10 7 P Cowley S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Ramore Will, 4-1 Stole The Show, 9-2 Pirate Look, 13-2 Monday Club, 7-1 Justification, Zen Master, 12-1 Others. 8.15 Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m 2f £2,274 1 73- Black Lightning [P] (24) N Gifford 5 10 12 J M Davies Dadsinluck T Vaughan 5 10 12 A Johns 2 3 89- Lord Condi (79) M Keighley 5 10 12 A Coleman H Teal (7) 4 25- Shannon Light [P] (24) B Johnson 6 10 12 5 Bitofblinding G L Moore 4 10 8 A Glassonbury N De Boinville 6 4- Go Forrit (33) D Arbuthnot 4 10 8 7 Johnny Rocco H Whittington 4 10 8 H Bannister Manning Estate O Sherwood 4 10 8 T Garner (3) 8 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Johnny Rocco, 7-2 Black Lightning, 13-2 Others. 16 Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** Final whistle The event kicks off for the 75th time today and Marcus Armytage has special memories of performing there Why the Royal Windsor is a horse show apart ack in 1943 a horse and B dog show was held in Windsor to raise funds for the war effort. Naturally there were a few hiccups; the ‘grandstand’ had its back to the venue’s best view, Windsor Castle, and a lurcher, a sporting cross-bred not unknown for its lack of basic table manners, stole a piece of chicken from King George VI’s lunch plate. When a date was set for the first Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park the following year, the canine element was dropped with the organiser “determined never to have another dog on the showground”. This may have been a bit harsh on man’s best friend – I have always told my children that, if our lurcher ever steals their food, it is entirely their fault for leaving it within reach. However, the show, which starts today, celebrates its 75th anniversary and boasts the highest level international dressage, showjumping, carriage- Royal approval: Marcus Armytage talks with the Queen driving and enduranceracing. Having been schooled locally, your racing columnist, Charlie Brooks, and your racing correspondent, me, have form with the show. We will deal with Brooks first – which is also what the headmaster said at the time. He was essentially a prefect with power to report fellow pupils to higher authority and was on ‘patrol’ at the show. When he walked into the chairman’s tent, he found 20 boys drinking and smoking. “I had three choices,” he recalled. “(a) Turn around, walk out and pretend I saw no one; (b) Bust them all; (c) Join in.” Multiple choice was never his strong point, (c) was patently the wrong one and he was stood down as a prefect. The school’s combined cadet force has produced a few generals over the years but I was destined not to be one of them. I put up with sleeping in bivouacs on Salisbury Plain for one reason only; to ride in the interservices Queen’s Plate at Windsor Show. In 1980 an Eton CCF team of Richard Clapham, Jeremy Graham and myself surprised ourselves by winning. As a result, we were invited to Windsor Castle for dinner. This is the letter which I wrote as a schoolboy to my grandparents about the occasion. I am not proud of the spelling, grammar or my grasp of the royal houses of Europe. I know now that lichen is the staple diet of reindeer, not a country, and apologies to whom I can only imagine was Prince Rainier of Monaco, although the strong possibility remains it was someone completely different. “Dear … I hope you are well etc. Here’s the story: 8.10 arrive – driven to the door in a Ford Fiesta while everyone else in Rolls Royces had to park and walk. Door opened by 2 men in red tails – quite an ego boost. 8.30 entered Long Hall = v.v long. Few gin and tonics. Chat with crown equerry Sir John Millar, Prince, Prince and Princess of Lichenstein (I think), also the girl who was in tow with Prince Charles! Just before supper we have a long chat with the Queen (in a pea-green dress). “At table we sit with Lady Dugdale, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, and Prince (Reiner?). I think of Lichenstein and his father, also a prince. The three of us seemed by this time more at home than Prince Reiner. “All through supper (although it was called a buffet it was v grand) I took all the necessary hints from Jeremy, the only cultured and experienced one among us to do whatever was correct. During pudding (best ice cream I’ve ever had) I did not use my fork. But I was copying Prince Rainer. All the same I was told off by Jeremy. Few more wines during supper followed by a disgusting liqueur. “Not much news otherwise, a holiday today because of ascention. Batted number two in the house match, only got two runs but we won by 100 runs. “Love Marcus.” All that sleeping on Salisbury Plain was clearly worth it.