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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
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Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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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
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The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018
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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.
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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. Within days, screen-ings of More Than a Manager at Wembley, St James’’
n
Park and Ipswich’s Portman
n
Road will renew interest in
aRobson’s super-eventful cad,
reer with Ipswich, England,
Barcelona and Newcastle.
The great managers only
grow in stature as their
achievements recede.
The Robson film deliverss
ame’s
tantalising images of the game’s
iola
future, because Pep Guardiola
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ry a
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d Jose
is in his Barcelona team and
Mourinho, often beaming, is
alongside as translator and later
whizz-kid assistant coach.
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known he was laying the
ground for one of the most opertball:
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ires in
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nal
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departure, and the revisiting
n many
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of my generation a feeling that
statesman managers are a thing of
till carry
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ry mana lustre (the so-called luxury
agers), but countless otherss merely
nding
hang on in a world of hounding
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wonder whether any of the
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aders in
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the way of Bill Shankly, or Ferguson, or Wenger in his first 10 years
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managers
level, ass his send-off
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leaders: Sir Alex
Ferguson, Arsene
Wenger and Sir
Bobby Robson
demonstrates. Arsenal fans aside,
for a minute, Wenger is being
clapped off the stage by supporters
from Cornwall to Cumbria.
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pe
ded in tthiss way, you know you
are looking at human quali
qualities
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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
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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-
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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.”
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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
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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.”
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Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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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
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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.
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