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Thursday 10 May 2018
C H E L S E A 1-1 H U D D E R S F I E L D
Huddersfield secure their Premier
League status – and damage Chelsea’s
Champions League hopes
Cipriani wins recalll
Jones ready to end
Wasps player’s exilee
Djokovic beaten
Now Edmund eyes
world top 20 place
ney Rule
Cricket’s Rooney
ECB to targett Asian
fans and coaches
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Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Premier League
Huddersfield party as Conte
Matt Law
at Stamford Bridge
Alonso 62
Huddersfield Town
Depoitre 50
Att: 38,910
They were meant to be the whipping boys. The club the money men
would brush aside. But Huddersfield Town upset the odds to
complete their remarkable Premier
League survival mission with a
draw against last season’s champions Chelsea.
David Wagner’s trousers briefly
fell down as he was given the
bumps by his delirious players, but
Huddersfield have pulled down the
pants of those who predicted they
would be sent straight back to the
Just days after securing a point
against Premier League recordbreakers Manchester City, a Laurent Depoitre goal at Stamford
Bridge was enough to seal Huddersfield’s top-flight status and effectively relegate Swansea City.
It was Depoitre’s first goal of 2018
and it is one that will go down in
history for the Terriers, who frustrated a Chelsea team desperate for
three points to boost their hopes of
Manchester City (C)
37 31
Manchester United
37 14 12 11
37 13 10 14
2 105 27 97
24 5 7
22 8 7
20 12 5
21 7 9
18 6 13
35 37
43 55
Leicester City
37 12 11 14
52 55
Crystal Palace
West Ham
9 10 18
7 15 15
28 57
37 55
West Brom (R)
8 9 20
6 13 18
27 54
31 54
Stoke (R)
6 12 19
33 67
Champions League qualification.
Marcos Alonso netted a lucky
equaliser, but the Blues now need a
football miracle to climb into the
top four on the final day.
This was all about the fighting
spirit of Wagner’s side, who celebrated wildly at the final whistle.
Some players sank to their knees as
they realised they had done it and,
as well as throwing Wagner into the
air, the entire match-day squad,
along with the backroom staff,
eventually gathered to receive the
congratulations of their fans.
“This is an absolute overachievement,” said Wagner. “It’s a
bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year, we
were predicted to be relegated and
we got promoted. This season, we
were predicted to be a team relegated by miles, and I understand it.
“We work under circumstances
which are not even Championship
circumstances. But part of our
DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA,
is to try it. To have passion, desire
– how big you are doesn’t count. It’s
about trying everything. We are
humble. We are ambitious, too. It’s
an incredible achievement for us. It
feels like another trophy.”
On the loss of his trousers during
the on-pitch celebrations, Wagner
added: “I hope this was not live. Listen, my body shape is not how it has
to be!”
Needing a draw, Huddersfield arrived in west London with a plan
and carried it out brilliantly –
boosted by the fact they managed
Miracle save:
Chelsea are
denied by the
Jonas Lossl, while
Antonio Conte
(right) is left to
rue lost points
to take a shock lead five minutes
after half-time. Following a tackle
from Chris Lowe on Willian, which
replays showed to be a foul, Depoitre outpaced Antonio Rudiger as he
chased Aaron Mooy’s pass over the
defence and crucially got a toe to
the ball before Willy Caballero, who
had raced from his line.
The Belgian showed superb
strength to stay on his feet as the
goalkeeper clattered into him, and
he calmly dispatched the ball into
the net. The Huddersfield bench
celebrated by all racing on to the
Caballero’s inclusion was one of
six changes made by Antonio
Conte, who may be regretting his
decision to start with Eden Hazard
and Olivier Giroud on the bench.
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
faces up to failure
Mourinho: Some of my
squad are mentally weak
By James Ducker
Key points
So, what
happens on
Last night’s
result affected
both ends of the
table. It means
‹ Huddersfield
stay up after
reaching 37
points in their
first Premier
League season.
‹ Swansea are
almost certainly
relegated as
they go into the
final game
against Stoke
three points and
nine goals
the only team
they can still
catch. But, to
survive, they
would require
freak scorelines
in their
‹ Chelsea will
qualify for the
top four only if
they win at
Newcastle and
Liverpool lose at
home to
‹ Tottenham’s
win last night
them a
League place
alongside the
Jose Mourinho has issued another
blunt appraisal of his Manchester
United squad by admitting he is
stuck with some players who are
too weak mentally to succeed.
The United manager also questioned the overall mindset of his
team after declaring that it “doesn’t
smell right” that the club could
have beaten the rest of the Premier
League’s top six this season but lost
to the three promoted sides.
United trail champions Manchester City by 17 points and Mourinho insisted his team still needed
to make a big jump both mentally
and in quality terms to compete for
the title and Champions League
next season.
Asked if it was a question of
needing more quality or a better
mentality to bridge the gap, Mourinho – whose side face West Ham
United tonight – said: “Both. How
many points separate us from Manchester City? Not two, three or four
– a lot of points. We need both
things that you mentioned. Some of
the people we have, they have to be
more consistent in their performance, and we need more quality.
“I trust some more than others
who can bridge that gap. That’s normal. I worked with the players for a
couple of years. I know them better
than anyone. And, of course, some
of the players I am totally convinced
are going to make it. Some others I
have good hopes that they are going to make it and some others I
don’t believe they are going to
make it.”
Nonetheless, Mourinho claimed
it was not as simple as offloading
the players he did not “love” and intimated that only Pep Guardiola,
the City manager, had the luxury in
England of being empowered to assemble “the perfect squad”. He said:
“Of course we can keep [those players]. Unless there is a perfect squad,
fell to Mathias Jorgensen and he
sent his attempted clearance
straight into Alonso, the ball deflecting off the left-back and into
the net.
Lossl then made an incredible
save, which was every bit as important as Depoitre’s goal, to palm
Christensen’s header on to his
right-hand post with the Dane
ready to celebrate.
But it was Huddersfield who
staged a Stamford Bridge party and
Chelsea must beat Newcastle
United on the final day and hope
Liverpool lose to Brighton, with
Tottenham Hotspur now sure of
their top-four place.
If this was Conte’s final match in
charge of Chelsea at Stamford
Bridge, then it was a sad end for the
Italian, whose team performed the
traditional end-of-season lap of appreciation in front of empty blue
“The situation wasn’t in our
hands before this game and, for
sure, the [top four] possibility is less
now after this game,” said Conte.
On his future, Conte added: “This is
not my task, there is a club to judge
the situation and then to take the
best decision.”
Chelsea (3-4-3) Caballero 4; Azpilicueta 7, Christensen
6, Rudiger 6; Zappacosta 5 (Giroud, 54, 6), Kante 6,
Fabregas 6, Alonso 6; Willian 6, Morata 5, Pedro 5
(Hazard, 59, 6). Subs Eduardo, Barkley, Bakayoko, Moses,
Cahill. Booked Fabregas.
Huddersfield Town (5-3-1-1) Lossl 8; Smith 8 (Malone,
85), Jorgensen 7, Schindler 8, Kongolo 6, Lowe 7
(Hadergjonaj, 62, 6); Mooy 8, Hogg 7, Billing 7; Van la
Parra 6 (Pritchard, 53, 7); Depoitre 8. Booked Lossl.
Subs Coleman, Ince, Quaner, Mounie.
Referee Lee Mason (Lancashire).
where you buy one goalkeeper you
don’t like, you buy another one; you
buy a central defender you don’t
like, you buy another one. Unless
you can do that, and you go in the
direction of the perfect squad, you
have to keep players you don’t love.
“When I say love, I say players
you don’t totally believe have the
level of the squad but you have to
keep. If you go to the Premier
League managers, the majority will
tell you the same. In my squad, I
have some players where I would
like to have better than I have.”
Mourinho has had particular
frustrations with the mentalities of
Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial,
while Matteo Darmian and Daley
Blind are likely to be sold. He said:
“If you told me that we lost five
matches, and one was against Hud-
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dersfield, and one was against Manchester City and one was against
Leicester City, and you lose in different circumstances, I say that’s
human beings playing football. But
when you lose against all the teams
that were promoted, it doesn’t
smell right, for me.”
Asked how he could address that,
Mourinho said: “Try to succeed in
getting every player to have the
same mentality as I have, to face
every game in the same way.”
Mourinho also insisted he does
not want to sell Paul Pogba, his
club-record £89 million signing,
and expects the France midfielder
to be at United next season. Paris
St-Germain are weighing up a move
for Pogba, but Mourinho said: “I
think he’s going to be here next
Ferguson out of intensive care
By James Ducker
Argentine Caballero had not
been forced to make a save before
picking the ball out of the net, as
Chelsea dominated the first half
and wasted a great chance to open
the scoring moments before Depoitre’s goal. Willian’s free-kick was
perfect for Rudiger, but the defender headed over the crossbar.
Unsurprisingly, Conte reacted by
sending on Giroud, and the Frenchman replaced Davide Zappacosta to
partner Alvaro Morata up front.
The Chelsea fans chanted for Hazard to be sent on as well and they
did not have to wait long as he took
over from Pedro.
But Chelsea’s 62nd-minute leveller was down to good fortune,
rather than good judgment. Cesar
Azpilicueta sent in a low cross that
Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer in
intensive care following surgery on
a brain haemorrhage, Manchester
United confirmed last night.
The former United manager, 76,
had been receiving round-theclock care at Salford Royal Hospital
after an emergency operation on
But the club announced in a
statement last night that Sir Alex
would “continue his rehabilitation
as an inpatient” at the hospital.
The statement read: “Sir Alex no
longer needs intensive care and will
continue rehabilitation as an inpatient. His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support
and good wishes, but continue to
request privacy as this will be vital
during this next stage of recovery.”
Earlier in the day, Jose Mourinho,
the United manager, had said the
club were “very positive” Sir Alex
would make a full recovery. The
Scot is thought to be awake and
talking and Mourinho – while
reluctant to discuss the situation in
detail – expressed confidence that
he would return to good health.
“We are positive, we are very,
very positive,” Mourinho said about
Sir Alex. “We are confident.
“But it’s private. His family ask
for privacy and that’s what I am
going to respect.”
Road to recovery:
Sir Alex Ferguson
will remain in
hospital following
Asked if the news about Sir Alex
could affect his players’ mood
during their penultimate Premier
League game away to West Ham
United tonight, Mourinho said he
expected it would inspire rather
than inhibit his squad.
“No, I can only think that if there
is any relation it is a positive relation,” he said.
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Premier League
Kane eases the
nerves to book
top-four place
Kane 50
Newcastle United
Att: 54,923
By Sam Dean at Wembley
They have stumbled rather than
stormed over the finish line, but
Tottenham Hotspur have finally
hauled themselves back into the
promised land. A scrappy, angstridden victory over Newcastle
United, coupled with Chelsea’s
draw against Huddersfield across
London, has at last ensured that
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will host
Champions League football at their
sparkling new stadium next season.
As ever, it was Harry Kane, nowhere near his best but still in possession of an unbreakable radar in
front of goal, who dragged them
through, leading from the front.
Newcastle had enough chances
to send jitters through a trembling
Wembley, yet it was Kane who
provided the game’s only killer
moment and, in doing so, gave life
to a fanbase rattled by fear.
An hour after Kane’s intervention, Pochettino’s press conference
felt like nothing less than a victory
speech. He thanked his coaching
staff and his players, and even paid
particular praise to the maligned
Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama for stepping up, despite spending so much of the season cut away
from the first team.
“For the club, it is a massive, massive thing to move to the new stadium and play in the Champions
League,” Pochettino said. “It will be
another challenge. It will be a fantastic stadium, but you need to
make the new stadium your home,
like it was with Wembley. We need
time to make that happen.”
Wembley certainly would have
felt like home at the final whistle
and, a few minutes earlier, when
Hughes in
talks to stay
on if Saints
seal safety
By Sam Wallace
Southampton plan to open negotiations with Mark Hughes next week
over a permanent contract of up to
three years, provided they can
guarantee their Premier League
survival in Sunday’s last game
the news spread that Chelsea had
failed to beat Huddersfield. On a
night brimming with emotion, relief poured down the stands as Tottenham clung on to end their recent
wobble and allow themselves to
dream of more nights in Madrid,
more meetings with Juventus.
“People did not realise it was so
tough for the players and for the
fans it was so difficult,” said Pochettino of this season’s relocation.
“That is why I feel so proud of this
group of players. It is difficult to
achieve what we achieved today.”
The only setback was an injury to
Kieran Trippier, the England fullback, who will be waiting anxiously
to see the extent of a knee injury he
suffered in the second half.
Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle
manager, complained afterwards of
penalties his side were not awarded,
but his ire should instead have been
directed at his forwards. Newcastle
doused the Tottenham goal in
shots, striking a post and forcing
Hugo Lloris into a phenomenal
first-half save, but they lacked the
ruthlessness of Kane.
“We did really well,” Benitez said.
“We had enough chances to score.
We put them under pressure.”
That early assault contributed to
a swelling of nervous energy
around Tottenham’s fans, who
knew a failure to qualify for Champions League football this season
would constitute a collapse to
compete with the great ‘Spursy’
moments of modern times.
A run of three defeats in five
games had set the nerves jangling,
and the unease was only made
worse in a disjointed first half dominated by a Newcastle team playing
with a sense of purpose one might
not have expected from a side with
nothing left to compete for.
Tottenham had most of the ball,
but Newcastle had nearly all the
chances. First, Jonjo Shelvey struck
the outside of a post with a closerange free-kick, before Jamaal Lascelles drew an acrobatic stop from
against Manchester City. Hughes
has impressed the club’s board and
all three members – chairman
Ralph Krueger and vice-chairmen
Les Reed and Martin Semmens –
were at the Liberty Stadium on
Tuesday night to see the team win a
crucial relegation match against
Swansea City.
Also there was Nelly Gao, daughter of Gao Jisheng, who bought 80
per cent of the club for £210 million
in August from Katharina Liebherr.
Nelly Gao will be the next figurehead of the club’s ownership, rather
than her father, although she will
leave the decision over the future of
the next manager to the board and
senior staff. They have been impressed by how quickly the players
have taken to Hughes and his staff
of Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, and they feel that was re-
have now
qualified for
the Champions
League for the
season and
finished as
London club in
the Premier
League for the
first time since
‹After failing
to score in his
first four
League games
at Wembley,
Harry Kane
has since
netted 13 in his
past 14
‹ Since losing
their opening
League home
game at
Wembley this
season, Spurs
have lost one
of the past 17
(W12 D4).
‹ This was
Spurs’ first
league double
over Newcastle
since 2004-05.
Tottenham Hotspur
It’s glory,
glory Spurs
A season to
Back on song: Harry Kane celebrates the crucial goal that confirmed Spurs’ Champions League place
Lloris. Two opportunities soon fell
to Dwight Gayle, who first headed
over from Shelvey’s whipped cross
and then tested Lloris again with a
stabbed low effort.
Already, the noise of the crowd
had turned from encouraging to
desperate. The groans grew louder
with each overhit pass or heavy
touch, while exasperation was
everywhere as Kane, clearly out of
sorts, slashed at not one but two
volleyed opportunities. But, as we
should probably know by now,
flected in Tuesday’s performance in
a game the club had to win.
Southampton prefer to give
three-year contracts to managers,
although it will be a matter of deciding the right deal once survival
is ensured. There are no alternatives
to Hughes under consideration and
he stands to earn a bonus of around
£1 million if he can secure safety.
The club have three more points
than Swansea and a goal difference
that is nine superior.
Despite the recent criticism of
their transfer policy, with the big
sales of Virgil van Dijk in January
and Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama in the summer of 2016, Southampton
sure-footedness in the market has
not eluded them. They believe the
£5.4 million paid for defender Jan
Bednarek from Lech Poznan in the
even a blunted Kane still poses a
significant threat.
So it proved within minutes of
the restart, when Son Heung-min
teed up Tottenham’s top scorer inside the box. Perhaps helped by the
lack of time he had to think it
through, Kane instinctively stroked
the ball into the top corner.
Still the anxiety hung around
Wembley, festering as the game
opened up. Jacob Murphy, on as a
substitute for Newcastle just a minute earlier, had the clearest oppor-
Foul play How Saints
took revenge on hotel
left a damning
review of the
Marriott on
after the hotel
their booking
game citing
iting a
virus. “Very
as other
seemed to be
unaffected,” it
said. “Not
planning to
return any
time soon.”
tunity as he raced in behind the
right of Tottenham’s defence. But
he missed, high and wide, and
Spurs were able to breathe, wait,
then celebrate.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1) Lloris 7; Trippier 6
(Alderweireld 83), Sanchez 7, Vertonghen 6, Davies 6;
Sissoko 6, Wanyama 6 (Rose 88); Eriksen 7, Alli 6, Son 6
(Lamela 77); Kane 6. Subs Vorm (g), Llorente, Foyth,
Lucas. Booked Alli, Lamela.
Newcastle United (4-4-2) Dubravka 6; Yedlin 7,
Lascelles 7, Lejeune 6, Dummett 6; Ritchie 6, Diame 5,
Shelvey 6, Kenedy 5 (Muprhy 71); Perez 6, Gayle 5
(Joselu 76). Subs Darlow (g), Hayden, Manquillo, Merino,
Haidara. Booked Ritchie, Diame, Yedlin.
Referee Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).
summer was a sound investment
and so, too, the £14.8 million paid to
Lazio for Wesley Hoedt.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, signed
from Bayern Munich for £13.5 million, is another who has played a
major role under Hughes.
Oriol Romeu said Hughes’s effect
had been transformative since he
replaced Mauricio Pellegrino. The
Argentine was highly regarded and
the club felt they gave him as much
time as was realistic, but it was Pellegrino’s relationship with key players that eventually came under too
much strain.
Romeu said Hughes had “made a
huge difference”, adding: “He has
been amazing, to see how he has
stepped in since the first day, trying
to change things around. He has
been positive and tried to make us a
better team. He has done it.”
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
Sport Premier League
Leicester end long Wenger run
Leicester City
Iheanacho 14, Vardy 76 pen, Mahrez 90
Aubameyang 53
By Jeremy Wilson
Att: 32,095
Arsenal have whittled down their
shortlist of candidates to succeed
Arsene Wenger, with Juventus
manager Max Allegri and former
captains Mikel Arteta and Patrick
Vieira among the group under
Allegri’s track record over the
past decade makes him the leading
candidate among the more heavyweight managerial figures in Europe
but Arsenal are not settled on
whether to go all out for an established manager or a younger headcoach option.
Arteta, 36, is particularly well
regarded at the Emirates but, other
than the past two seasons as assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester
City, he has no senior coaching
experience. Vieira is the coach of
By John Percy
at the King Power Stadium
Allegri last night
steered Juventus
to another Italian
Cup triumph
In the penultimate game of Arsene
Wenger’s farewell tour of the Premier League, Leicester City finally
found a way to beat him.
Wenger had not lost in 22 games
against Leicester before this, but
late goals from Jamie Vardy – the
striker he tried and failed to sign
two years ago – and Riyad Mahrez,
in possibly his last home appearance for the Foxes, sealed defeat.
Those goals in the final 14 minutes shattered the Wenger curse
and gave Claude Puel a sorely
needed victory, ensuring Arsenal
are still waiting for their first away
point in 2018. Wenger has one last
chance to end that unwanted
record at Huddersfield on Sunday.
Arsenal played for 75 minutes
with 10 men after the dismissal of
Konstantinos Mavropanos and,
despite an equaliser from PierreEmerick Aubameyang, their misery
on the road continues. There was
also a contentious penalty decision
after Demarai Gray was fouled by
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Vardy
converting the spot-kick, and Arsenal are enduring their worst run
away from home since 1966.
Wenger said: “I feel that our team
at home has championship-winning form but away we have a lack
of confidence because of a few bad
results. It is very sad because the
decisions went against us and we
are upset that we lost a game we
should not have lost.
“I disagreed with the red card
because he was not the last man.
There was also a creative and imaginative aspect from the referee for
the penalty – watch it again, it’s a
nice dive and not a penalty.
“But there’s something special in
this team that will come out next
year, I’m convinced they will be
one of the contenders.” Wenger also
reiterated his belief that Jack
Wilshere will sign a new contract,
with the midfielder absent here as
his wife had gone into labour.
Killer blow: Riyad Mahrez fires home the third goal to seal victory in what could be his final home game for Leicester
Arsenal did start well but Vardy,
often isolated up front under Puel’s
possession-based approach, produced a chance entirely of his own
making which led to the opener.
Vardy twisted Rob Holding inside
out before his shot was pushed
away by goalkeeper Petr Cech.
After Mahrez’s corner was only
half-cleared, Christian Fuchs’s
cross was headed back by Fousseni
Diabate to Kelechi Iheanacho,
whose finish was clinical.
Then came the pivotal moment
for Mavropanos, making his third
successive league start. Iheanacho
charged down the 20-year-old’s attempted pass and was then pulled
back as he prepared to bear down
on goal. It was an easy decision for
referee Graham Scott.
The equaliser came in the 53rd
minute after Ashley Maitland-Niles
produced a fine run down the right
to find Aubameyang in the area.
Though Eldin Jakupovic brilliantly
Misfiring Gunners Records they did not want
‹ Leicester’s
win was their
first over the
Gunners in the
league since
‹ Arsenal
have lost seven
away matches
for the first
time since
January 1966.
But at least it
is not as bad as
1925 when the
suffered 13
away defeats.
‹ This is the
first time
Arsenal have
more than 50
goals in a
campaign and
the first time
in the top
flight since
‹Jamie Vardy
has scored 24
goals against
the Big Six
saved the striker’s first effort,
Aubameyang’s shot on the rebound
gave the Leicester goalkeeper no
Leicester appeared out of ideas
until Gray, a substitute, was clumsily brought down by Mkhitayaran
in the box. Wenger was going apoplectic in the technical area but
Vardy made no mistake for his 21st
goal of the season. Mahrez sealed
the win with a breakaway goal in
the final minute.
Puel said: “The performance was
important to make amends for our
last two matches. It was a good feeling to win our last home game.”
Leicester (4-4-2) Jakupovic 7, Simpson 6 (Dragovic 82),
Morgan 6, Maguire 6, Fuchs 6; Mahrez 6, Choudhury 5,
Silva 6, Diabate 7 (Gray 72); Iheanacho 7 (Barnes 88),
Vardy 7. Subs Hamer (g), Benalouane, Iborra, Thomas.
Booked Simpson, Mahrez.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Cech 7; Maitland-Niles 7, Holding 6,
Mavropanos 3, Kolasinac 6; Xhaka 5, Ramsey 6; Iwobi 4
(Nketiah 84), Mkhitaryan 7, Welbeck 5 (Mustafi 19, 6);
Aubameyang 7. Subs Ospina (g), Osei-Tutu, Mertesacker,
Willock, Nelson.
Booked Holding, Xhaka. Sent off Mavropanos. (15)
Referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).
Results and fixtures
Chelsea (0) 1
Alonso 62
Huddersfield (0) 1
Depoitre 50
Leicester (1) 3
Iheanacho 14
Vardy 76 pen
Mahrez 90
Arsenal (0) 1
Aubameyang 53
Man City (2) 3
Danilo 16
Bernardo Silva 34
Fernandinho 72
Brighton (1) 1
Ulloa 20
Newcastle (0) 0
Dumbarton (1) 1
Carswell 6
Ladbrokes Scottish League One
Play-off final 1st leg
Stenhousemuir (0) 2
M Dunlop 61 76
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
FA Women’s Super League 1
Celtic (0) 0
Kilmarnock (0) 0
Hearts (1) 2
Lafferty 26
Naismith 57
Hibernian (0) 1
Kamberi 48 pen
Chelsea (1) 2
Kirby 20
Cuthbert 90
Birmingham (0) 1
Ladd 63
Everton (1) 3
Turner 35
Green 62 73
Yeovil (0) 1
Miles 48
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Celtic (C)
37 11 7 0 38 8 13 3 3 35 16 49 82
37 11 4 4 30 16 10 3 5 25 21 18 70
37 10 2 7 32 20 11 4 3 39 25 26 69
37 11 3 4 34 22 7 9 3 23 19 16 66
Kilmarnock 37 8 3 7 26 26 7 8 4 22 21 1 56
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Play-off final 1st leg
Alloa (0) 0
New York City, who have improved
their finishing position in each of
his two seasons.
Arsenal do not want to contact
managers at an inconvenient moment and so will wait until most of
the major European leagues have
finished before accelerating their
process. Discussions, however, are
being held internally. They intend
to make their appointment by the
start of the World Cup next month.
A proven figure such as Allegri or
Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim, would
be likely to bring a greater staff and
salary expectation but would represent less of a risk than a less experienced manager, such as Vieira,
Arteta or Hoffenheim’s Julian
Last night Allegri oversaw Juventus’s 4-0 rout of AC Milan as they
won the Coppa Italia for the fourth
year running.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are close to
agreeing a new contract with midfielder Jack Wilshere.
In brief
Premier League
Tottenham (0) 1
Kane 50
Arsenal focus
narrows on
Allegri, Vieira
and Arteta
37 8 7 3 23 13 4 6 9 16 25 1 49
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
37 6 3 9 18 26 5 3 11 18 30 -20 39
37 5 3 11 26 35 4 3 11 21 30 -18 33
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
Peterhead (0) 0
DANSKE BANK.-Promotion/Relegation Playoff, 2nd leg: Carrick 1 Newry 3 (Newry win 6-3
on agg). Europa League Play-off, Semi-finals:
Cliftonville 4 Ballymena 0, Linfield 3 Glentoran 4.
P W D L F A GD Pts
15 10 5 0 37 10 27 35
Man City
15 10 2 3 42 15 27 32
16 8 4 4 36 17 19 28
15 8 4 3 28 16 12 28
16 9 1 6 28 21 7 28
16 8 2 6 26 17 9 26
16 4 2 10 19 24 -5 14
15 4 1 10 12 35 -23 13
Bristol City
15 4 1 10 10 39 -29 13
15 0 2 13 1 45 -44 2
Doncaster Belles 2-Watford 0 Brighton 1.
P W D L F A GD Pts
16 13 2 1 47 15 32 41
15 11 1 3 34 19 15 34
15 10 3 2 33 21 12 33
16 9 2 5 38 26 12 29
ITALY.-Cup, Final: Juventus 4 (Benatia 57,
65, Douglas Costa 62, Kalinic 77 (og)) AC
Milan 0.
SPAIN: Barcelona 5 (Coutinho 11, Paulinho
16, Messi 45, Dembele 87, 90) Villarreal 1
(Sansone 54)-Sevilla 3 (Ben Yedder 26, Layun
45, Sergio Ramos 84 (og)) Real Madrid 2
(Borja Mayoral 87, Sergio Ramos 90 (pen)).
TOP 10
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
36 15 3 0 52 11 12 6 0 42 13 70 90
Ath Madrid 36 12 5 1 28 6 10 4 4 27 14 35 75
Real Madrid 36 11 4 3 48 20 10 5 3 38 22 44 72
36 12 3 3 34 15 8 4 6 28 22 25 67
Real Betis
36 10 3 5 33 29 8 2 8 23 27 0 59
36 11 2 5 33 20 6 4 8 18 26 5 57
36 10 5 3 30 22 6 1 11 16 34 -10 54
36 9 4 5 26 12 5 6 7 15 20 9 52
36 8 3 7 26 21 5 6 7 22 36 -9 48
36 7 4 7 25 19 6 4 8 16 29 -7 47
West Ham v Man Utd (7.45)
Charlton v Shrewsbury (7.45)
Stoke to sell Wimmer
Stoke City are prepared to
take a substantial hit on
£18 million flop Kevin
Wimmer, who will be
offloaded after one season,
probably to the Bundesliga.
Stoke will also look to loan
out £12 million signing Saido
Berahino, while £18 million
midfielder Giannelli Imbula
will be sold.
Can likely to miss final
Liverpool’s Emre Can looks
to have lost his fight to be fit
for the Champions League
final. A scan on his
troublesome back proved
inconclusive and he has
been sent for further tests.
Leeds lose in Myanmar
Leeds started their
controversial tour of
Myanmar with a 2-1 defeat
by a National League All
Stars side. Tomorrow they
face the national team.
Rowett’s Johansen fury
Gary Rowett believes
Fulham midfielder Stefan
Johansen should have been
banned for the play-off game
with Derby after his forearm
smash on Birmingham’s Jota
on Sunday. Johansen was
not even booked for the
incident. “If that was the
Premier League, he’d be out
of the game, the next leg and
the final,” Rowett said.
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Football
City break Chelsea
records on Toure’s
farewell to Etihad
James Ducker
at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City
Danilo 16, B Silva 34, Fernandinho 72
Brighton and Hove Albion
Ulloa 20
Att: 54,013
It was a night when Manchester
City supporters gathered to bid an
emotional goodbye to one of the
club’s great players in Yaya Toure
and a night, too, when Chelsea
kissed goodbye to a hat-trick of
Premier League records.
If Toure is a symbol of City’s
recent golden past, Pep Guardiola’s
young gunslingers, headed here by
the outstanding Leroy Sane, represent their rich and vibrant future.
By the time Toure left the field in
the 86th minute to a standing ovation from the Etihad faithful and
hugs from team-mates, before being
warmly greeted on the touchline by
an ebullient Guardiola, City had rewritten the Premier League history
books. This victory over Brighton
saw City set a new record for points
taken, goals scored and wins
claimed in a season in the 23-year
history of the Premier League and
kept them on course for a remarkable century of points, which will be
achieved if they beat Southampton
at St Mary’s on Sunday.
As it stands, the win swept City to
the 97-point mark, two more than
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea managed
in their victorious 2004-05 campaign. There is simply no shelter
from Guardiola for the Manchester
United manager this season. It was
also the champions’ 31st victory of
the league campaign, one more
than Antonio Conte’s Chelsea managed last term, and the three goals
on the night took their tally for the
season to 105, two more than Chelsea amassed under Carlo Ancelotti
in 2009-10.
Guardiola made a point of listing
all the best Premier League sides,
from Sir Alex Ferguson’s United
teams to Arsenal’s Invincibles and
Mourinho’s Chelsea, and revelled in
the knowledge that his City outfit
had amassed a points total none of
those could rival. “They deserve to
be the best – you have to make more
years to do that – but we were better than all of them in one single
season,” a beaming City manager
said. “We’ll try for 100 points and
finish this almost perfect season.”
The only thing missing on the
High standards:
Pep Guardiola,
the City manager,
drives his side on
from touchline
night was a goal for Toure, although
no one could accuse him of a lack of
trying. The veteran midfielder
thought his moment had come
shortly before his substitution
when he surged into the Brighton
penalty area and swapped passes
with Sane, only to send his shot
straight at Mathew Ryan.
The disappointment was shortlived because this was an evening
for Toure to savour. Most of the
crowd stayed back at the end to
watch a montage on the big screens
of his best moments and there was a
loud cheer when he cited his winning strike in the FA Cup semi-final
against United in 2011 – what many
consider to be a watershed moment
in the modern City story – as his
best goal. Toure thanked the City
owner, Sheikh Mansour, and chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak before
his brother, Kolo, the former City
defender, appeared on the pitch to
present him with a framed shirt
bearing the number 316 – his appearances for the club – a mosaic of
him celebrating his 2011 Cup final
goal against Stoke City and a lifetime season card.
City captain Vincent Kompany
led the tributes. “If there is ever
going to be a legend at this club, it is
going to be this man,” Kompany
said before reeling off all of Toure’s
As much as the night was about
Toure, making his final home
appearance for City, it was to Sane
whom the eye kept being drawn.
He set up all three of City’s goals
and Guardiola underlined the PFA
Young Player of the Year’s talent
when he said afterwards: “What I
like the most is seeing his outstanding performance but still having
the feeling he can do better.”
It was Sane who was quickest to
react to Ilkay Gundogan’s short
corner and pull the ball back for
Fernandinho to drill in a low shot
and claim City’s third goal, and the
Germany winger who also picked
out Bernardo Silva for the second
after Leonardo Ulloa had equalised
for Brighton. Yet Sane’s brilliance
was best encapsulated for the first
goal. Exchanging a one-two with
Fernandinho in his own half before
gliding past the centre circle, Sane
looked up, spotted Danilo making a
dash for it and threading a fine pass
for the Brazilian to race on to and
coolly dispatch into the corner.
“At our party three days ago
Leroy danced a lot, so I was scared
about his level today, but he was
excellent,” Guardiola said, laughing.
Brighton’s goal owed something
to the eccentricities of goalkeeper
Claudio Bravo, afforded his first
start in the league this season.
Anthony Knockaert slipped a
pass into the penalty area for Davy
Propper. Bravo charged out but
succeeded only in fisting the ball a
yard from Propper, who swivelled
and plonked a pinpoint cross on to
the head of Ulloa to score. Bravo got
himself into another spot of bother
in the second half, when he fumbled Jose Izqueirdo’s shot and was
relieved to see Knockaert fire over
after Danilo’s attempted clearance
from the loose ball had cannoned
back off Pascal Gross’s head.
The night, though, was all about
Toure and City’s record-breakers.
Manchester City (4-3-3) Bravo 5; Danilo 7, Kompany 7,
Laporte 7, Zinchenko 6 (Mendy 76); Fernandinho 8, Toure
7 (Nmecha 86), Gundogan 6; Bernardo 7, Jesus 6 (Diaz
83), Sane 8. Subs: Ederson, De Bruyne, Adarabioyo, Foden.
Brighton (4-4-1-1) Ryan 6; Bruno 6, Duffy 6, Dunk 6,
Bong 5; Knockaert 7, Propper 6, Stephens 6, Izquierdo 6
(March 79); Gross 6 (Kayal 73); Ulloa 6 (Locadia 73).
Subs Krul, Murray, Goldson, Schelotto. Booked Duffy.
Referee Paul Tierney (Lancashire).
Rooney in
limbo as he
awaits news
on manager
By Chris Bascombe
Wayne Rooney’s Everton future
will become clearer once a decision
has been taken on who will manage
the club at the start of next season.
As was the case a year ago,
Rooney has no shortage of offers to
move abroad and Major League
Soccer side DC United are the latest
to show interest.
When he left Manchester United,
the 32-year-old had in mind fulfilling his dream of ending his career
at his boyhood club. Those sentiments remain despite the difficulties encountered during his first
season back home.
Whether his role at Goodison
Park will become increasingly limited next season will be impossible
to gauge without discussions with
the manager. Such conversations
can only begin when the club’s hierarchy confirm their plans.
Sam Allardyce has expressed his
confidence he will remain, but
there has been no public confirmation from the board. The briefest
statement would end any uncertainty. Instead, there has been only
silence, adding to the sense Everton
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
Lookman a solid bet if
Southgate opts to gamble
Youngster’s rapid rise at
Leipzig will have alerted
England manager as he
eyes World Cup squad
End of an era:
scores City’s third
goal, and after
game Vincent
Kompany (left)
presents Yaya
Toure with jersey
before departing
player (right)
applauds fans
are investigating the pros and cons
of alternatives.
Naturally, there will be many at
Everton preparing for all eventualities. Like all those within the Everton squad, Rooney will be eager to
know what direction the club take
over the summer.
Everton seem to be in limbo until
such time majority shareholder
Farhad Moshiri presents his vision
for next season and beyond.
Rooney has already publicly expressed his desire to remain – the
fact he signed a two-year deal last
In the balance:
DC United have
shown an interest
as Wayne Rooney
ponders his future
summer with the option to trigger a
third was proof of this.
Speaking to Jamie Carragher in
an exclusive interview with The
Daily Telegraph in February,
Rooney spoke of his desire to move
from the pitch into coaching. Those
plans are already in place. “From
next season, I want to be doing
some coaching sessions with the
under-14s at Everton,” Rooney said.
“It would be good to have all my
badges by the time I have finished.”
Rooney has scored 10 goals for
Everton this season and started 16
of 23 games under Allardyce.
Speaking to talkSPORT this
week, Allardyce thought it unlikely
Rooney would leave this summer.
“I wouldn’t consider anything on
the cards at the moment. It would
have to be massive for him to want
to leave Everton,” said Allardyce.
hen Gareth
Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez
in his November friendlies the
England manager was
acknowledging a certain
restlessness about his playing
resources, a condition common
among his predecessors whatever
their prior reputation.
Roy Hodgson tried to pick
squads that looked forward to the
next tournament, including Luke
Shaw, Ross Barkley and Raheem
Sterling in the 2014 World Cup and
Marcus Rashford two years later at
Euro 2016. Sven-Goran Eriksson
will always be remembered for
taking Theo Walcott at 17 in his
2006 World Cup squad but he also
selected the 19-year-old Aaron
Lennon, whose contribution that
summer hinted at a promising
international future that never
quite materialised.
When Southgate names his
World Cup squad next week he
will attempt what no club manager
has to do, that being pick players
on the basis of five weeks of their
life – a fleeting window on a career.
Sign a player over five years and
any manager is well-hedged, pick
him for a single World Cup and the
outcome can be dictated by
anything as ephemeral as a bout of
self-doubt, a sore ankle or a bad
break-up. You can be the best team
in the world for four years, but to
be the world champions you have
to be the best for most of June and
half of July once every four years,
and every coach is going to be
drawn to those players who just
happen to be burning strongest in
holiday season.
Anyone who has tried to pick the
England squad for Russia will
know that is a case of creeping
towards the final 23, rather than
starting with 35 and whittling
down those deserving cases. There
are some on a late run of form
tugging at Southgate’s sleeve, such
as the recently-returned LoftusCheek, and Danny Welbeck, who
looks as ready as ever to burst past
a full-back and put his shot
somewhere unexpected.
From among England’s
generation-2000, Jadon Sancho
logged another assist for Borussia
Dortmund at the weekend with a
change of direction that had a
Mainz defender heading out to get
a bratwurst. At 18, he has played 11
Bundesliga games this season, the
past three of them starts, and there
is something of the Brazilian about
this carefree little Englishman who
carries the flag for an exceptional
group of home-grown players.
If taking Sancho to Russia feels
like too much of an indulgence
that may put more pressure on the
player than is strictly necessary at
this stage, then Ademola Lookman
is a more solid bet. He is the
20-year-old Everton loanee who
has eventually forced his way into
the RB Leipzig team this season
and has four goals and two assists
in 10 games. His new club trust
him ever more, with six starts now,
and it will be telling if he gets his
seventh away to Hertha Berlin on
Saturday, the last game of the
season, with a Europa League
The manager just needs
a man in form for five
weeks of a summer that
can shape a lifetime
place still to be secured and the
outside chance of Champions
League qualification.
Lookman’s two goals against
Wolfsburg on Saturday did not
quite have the drama of his debut
strike against Borussia
Monchengladbach, but they were
both well-taken finishes from a
elf in the
man who found himself
right place at the rightt time.
What will intrigue Southgate,
who knows England’s junior
teams as well as any off his
predecessors, is the
single-mindedness with
which Lookman has
pushed his way
forward in his
short career.
He was famously
only discovered by
Charlton Athletic at 16
and given a scholarship
within weeks of having
played for a London
Right move: Leipzig has been
making of Ademola Lookman
Sunday League representative side
at the club’s training ground.
Previously he had played for
Waterloo FC, a community club in
Kennington, south London, which
at the time tended to retain their
best boys rather than lose them
to academies.
Lookman was a Charlton
first-team player in just his second
year as a scholar and he signed for
Everton in January last year, a
mind-spinning career trajectory.
Come this January he was
defying the gloomy predictions
for life in the Bundesliga made by
Sam Allardyce, who described
Lookman as “stubborn – and he got
what he wanted”. Having voiced
concerns about Lookman’s ability
to deal with the language and his
refusal to look at the loan options
Everton suggested, Allardyce did
wish him success.
Given Lookman’s three A-stars
and five As at GCSE, one can only
presume that he felt he could
muddle through and so it has
proved, an arresting story of career
progression that one might assume
strikes a chord with Southgate.
At each stage Lookman seems to
have made the right choice rather
than the obvious choice – even
joining Everton when bigger clubs
with less of a reputation for
developing young players were
interested. His agent is Emeka
Obasi, who took Sancho to
Dortmund and Mandela Egbo
from Crystal Palace to
Monchengladbach and clearly sees
the benefits in G
appetite for dev
developing players.
But most of aall, Lookman is in
some form – a confident
footballer playing well in
one of Eu
Europe’s top
leagues with a World
Cup fin
finals just five
weeks away.
Southgate is not
trying to plot this
young man’s career,
or p
predict his
long-term future
– he just needs a
man in form for
five weeks of a
summer that can
shape a lif
Flirtation with American dream
is unlikely Plan B for Evertonian
C United have won more
MLS titles than any club
other than Los Angeles
Galaxy and yet, with all due
respect, it still seems an unusual
choice for Wayne Rooney when all
his recent Premier League A-list
peers have headed for either New
York or Los Angeles.
As for the football, DC United
are currently bottom of the Eastern
Conference with one win in seven
and not making that strong a case
to be the right club for a man who
has never strayed far from home.
It was only last summer that
Rooney was delighting in his
Everton homecoming, disclosing
his loyalty to his Everton pyjamas
and dreaming one day of coaching
the under-14s. Marcel Brands is
expected to be appointed the club’s
technical director from PSV
Eindhoven soon, with implications
for the incumbent Steve Walsh as
well as Sam Allardyce. It is said he
has not made his mind up about
Rooney and you have to wonder
whether DC United remains a
contingency for the man himself.
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Edmund eyes world top 20 after Djo
Briton holds nerve in
Madrid to see off Serb
‘Kyle was better,’ admits
former world No 1
By Simon Briggs
Kyle Edmund’s emergence as a
world-class player continued in the
Madrid Open yesterday, as he added
the 12-time major champion Novak
Djokovic to his list of scalps.
In terms of ranking, Djokovic is
not the highest-flying opponent
Rose targets
Players win
in unlikely
dash for the
that Edmund has taken down, as he
now stands well below his peak at
No 12. Yet the Serb will always be
one of the game’s greats and he remains highly competitive, as he
showed by beating the former US
Open finalist Kei Nishikori in
Madrid’s first round this week.
Edmund held his nerve superbly
towards the end of a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
victory that could have gone either
way. The key moment was probably
the fifth game of the decider, which
found him facing three break points
at 40-0 down.
A series of heavy serves helped
to bail him out of trouble, and he
claimed his own break three games
later to set up what could be consid-
By James Corrigan
in Ponte Vedra
England could be hailing its fourth
world No 1 here on Sunday night.
For the first time in his 20-year career, Justin Rose has the chance to
reach the summit. All that is
required is for him to win the Players
Championship and for the other
scorecards to fall in his favour.
The fact Rose is No 5 highlights
the congestion at the top of the
rankings. Indeed, the 37-year-old
was stunned when told of the
chance to emulate Sir Nick Faldo,
Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.
“I was really shocked,” he said.
“But it is certainly going to be a
huge goal now that I know I’m close
ered a career-best win. These players had met three times before, and
on each occasion Djokovic had
strolled through in straight sets.
But their trajectories this year are
pointing in different directions.
Edmund set up his season brilliantly in January by reaching the
semi-finals of the Australian Open,
and has a 14-7 win-loss record after
making his first ATP final in
Djokovic, by contrast, has been
buffeted by physical and mental
uncertainty. He underwent surgery
on a long-term elbow problem in
February and then ended an unsettled 11-month spell with part-time
coach Andre Agassi in April. Now
reunited with long-term mentor
Marian Vajda, he has won only six
of the 12 matches he has played thus
far in 2018.
“It was a great experience first of
all to beat Novak,” Edmund told Sky
Sports. “I’ve lost to him three times.
“He’s a legend of the game, so
your first match when you share
the court is an experience. But
now, especially after reaching the
semis of the Australian Open, it’s
time to try and beat these guys and
I was very pleased today how I
managed my game, especially in
the third set.”
Yesterday’s result is likely to
relegate Djokovic to No 18 in the
world when the next set of rankings
are published on Monday, while
Edmund has a strong chance of
breaking into the top 20 for the first
time. He could end any doubt on
this point tomorrow by beating
David Goffin, the stylish Belgian.
But already, simply by reaching the
third round of a Masters 1000 tournament, he has ticked off another
first in what has been a season full
of breakthroughs.
“After the Australian Open it was
a goal of mine to get inside the top
20,” said Edmund.
“You have to set targets and I
thought that was a very realistic
target, so I’m pleased it’s happened.
But you know the way the tennis
world works, you reach a target but
enough. I was higher in the rankings
than I am now when I won the US
Open in 2013 – I got to third – but I
was still 200 to 300 points away, so
it wasn’t a particular target.
“It is now, and I’d love to do it. It’s
something every pro aspires to and
having played consistently well for
some time now, I do think it’s something I can achieve.”
In truth, Rose’s form here at
Sawgrass does not inspire giddying
confidence. In 14 appearances at
the PGA Tour’s flagship tournament, he has recorded only two
top-20 finishes but missed six cuts.
However, his fourth in 2014 showed
he has the game to cope with Pete
Dye’s controversial layout and he
feels this dangling golden carrot is
just what he requires.
“It’s good to have that focus of
No 1, because in the past there have
been timess when I’ve
gone a bit ‘brain soft’
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The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
okovic scalp
it doesn’t stop and you keep trying
to get better.”
One of the most obvious differences in Edmund this year is that he
is getting the job done more often
in the close matches. His winning
percentage in deciding sets has
climbed from 31 per cent in 2017 to
56 per cent.
There have been setbacks, too,
including first-round exits in Miami
and Monte Carlo. But even last
week in Estoril, where Edmund’s
6-3, 1-6, 6-0 defeat to Joao Sousa in
the quarter-finals might have
seemed disappointing at the time,
he compensated by winning his
first ATP doubles title alongside
fellow Briton Cameron Norrie.
Throughout yesterday’s match,
Edmund was the more aggressive,
and he stuck to this approach even
after Djokovic’s second-set fightback. He finished with 25 winners,
far ahead of his opponent’s eight.
And one sign of his recent improvement was that 11 of them came on
the backhand side, which has not
always been a strength.
“I knew rallying with him and
trying to beat him at his own game I
wasn’t going to win,” said Edmund.
“So, it was important for me to go
out there and be expressive.”
Former world No 1 Djokovic was
gracious in defeat, saying: “Kyle
was better in decisive moments. He
was courageous to go for his shots.”
‘After Valegro I had this
feeling everyone thought
that was the end of me’
Jim White
Olympic champion
Charlotte Dujardin
wants to prove she is
not a one-horse woman
On the up:
Kyle Edmund
shows off his
backhand on the
way to victory
over a dejected
Novak Djokovic
(right), before
saluting the
Madrid crowd
stand out. At 8.27am local time
(1.27pm UK), Rory McIlroy will set
off on the 10th tee with Spieth and
Thomas and after his Masters disappointment, he says it is time for him
at least to contend here.
The 29-year-old’s first three
attempts on the Stadium Course
resulted in three missed cuts, but
since then he has steadily improved,
finishing eighth, sixth, eighth and
12th before a tie for 35th last year.
“The first time you get on some
Pete Dye courses, they are very
strange and set you up at wrong
angles,” said McIlroy, “but you
learn to deal with it and play the
way he wants you to play.
“I was a little stubborn the first
few years I came here, but this is my
ninth time so I’m not a spring
chicken any more.
“It took me a few years to figure it
out, but I’ve had a few top-10s here
and I think it is about time that I
step up and give myself a chance on
Sunday. I would love to add this
event to my CV.”
Tiger Woods has two Players
wins on his resume and it says
much about his stature that he considers this to be a track that does
not suit his game.
But Woods – who yesterday confirmed his entry for July’s Open
Championship at Carnoustie –
believes his pairing with former
nemesis turned close friend Phil
Mickelson can “act as inspiration”.
The group – which also includes
Rickie Fowler – will undoubtedly
draw the most eyes, particularly
when on the 17th. Mickelson holds
the record for most balls hit in the
water on the notorious par-three
hole – eight.
hen she
competes at the
Royal Windsor
Horse Show this
week, the
dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin
will have a point to prove. After the
retirement of Valegro, the horse
with whom she won three Olympic
golds, she is keen to show once
and for all that she is not a onehorse woman.
“That’s absolutely my
motivation,” she says, after a
morning ride at the Gloucestershire yard owned by her mentor,
Carl Hester, where she has been
based throughout her dazzling
career. “I want to do it again not
just on one but on a number of
horses. I don’t want to be known
just for what I did with Valegro.”
Mind, what she did with Valegro
was pretty remarkable. Unbeaten
in individual competition since
January 2012, the horse gave his
last competitive performance in
16. These days, he
December 2016.
ered retirement in
enjoys a pampered
Hester’s yard. Such was the
nishing level of
gelding’s astonishing
achievement – with him, Dujardin
broke records almost every time
d – it has created a
they competed
daunting precedent.
gro I had this
“After Valegro
one thought that
feeling everyone
was the end off me,” says
Dujardin. “Of course, he
was amazing, but having
ow coming
trained him, now
w one,
out with a new
ng is
what I’m hoping
everyone will see I’m
not just someone
ust the
who trained just
one horse.”
Since the horse
retired, Dujardin
has spent the past
year avoiding
competition. “II
felt like the five
years I had riding
Valegro were very
intense, the
n me
expectation on
to deliver became
enormous,” she
Ready for Windsor:
Charlotte Dujardin with
Mount St John Freestyle
says. “I’ve described this last year
as a gap year. But it wasn’t a year
off: I had 10 horses here getting
ready and I did the odd show in
this country. But, mentally, it was
very refreshing to have less
pressure. If anything, it has made
me more ambitious.”
After trying out a horse called
Gio (which she nicknamed
Pumpkin because of its rounded
orange hind quarters) this year, she
gave a competitive debut to a
nine-year-old mare called Mount St
John Freestyle. Or, as she calls her,
Freebie. On their first ride out
together, Dujardin scored 81 per
cent, which, according to Hester, is
an eye-openingly high score for a
debutant horse.
“I was just hoping for a good
clear round, to get 81 per cent,
well, you couldn’t ask for any
more,” she says. “What she can do
is pretty phenomenal. The minute
I started to train her and found
more gears on her, I knew she was
good. It was something I could feel
more than others could see. But
now she has come on so much you
can see what she is capable of.”
Working on specific patterns
and movements for 45 minutes
‘I’ve described this
last year as a gap
year. But it wasn’t a
year off: I had 10
horses getting ready’
every day in the yard’s indoor
parade ring, Dujardin has found
the horse has an enormous
appetite for instruction.
“If you look at her normal paces,
they’re nothing special,” she says.
“But when I started riding her, I
felt her trainability was so good.
“Some people in our sport don’t
like mares. They think they’re
sensitive and opinionated. Most
people go for geldings because
they’re easier minded. And yes,
mares can be tricky in season. But
I’ve got eight mares under
instruction and I find all of them
really good to work with.”
Dujardin is convinced this is the
one who has the potential to
become another Valegro-style
serial achiever. “I think she’s got
another 80 per cent in her,
definitely,” she says. “At Windsor,
it’s going to be really exciting.
But we have to be careful. We are
only scheduled to do three
competitions this season, just to
see how it goes. She’s only nine, we
don’t want to overdo it.”
Indeed, Dujardin is anxious to
ensure the horse does not
experience any burnout before her
most critical appointment: Tokyo
2020 where she will be going for
an unprecedented third Olympic
individual title.
“It’s scary where time goes,” she
says. “It really is only two years
away and each competition keeps
coming faster and faster. Physically
for the horses, it’s so demanding.
And, mentally, they have to cope.
So you have to be so careful.”
She is, though, con
convinced that
fans at Windsor will ssee the early
stages of another cham
pairing. “For sure, she
she’s capable of
an Olympic medal. Sh
She’s very
talented, she does sup
super stuff, she’s
very reliable.”
Dujard would
Until Tokyo, Dujardin
rather no one asks he
her the question
that was posed at the end of this
interview: so, how do
does Freebie
compare to the great Valegro? “I
don’t want to compar
compare her to
Valegro,” she says. “Each
horse is
different. There aare things she
can do better th
than Valegro,
thing he could
there’s things
do better than
her. But
it doesn’t make her
less special.
I’m lucky
I had a horse
Valegro in my life,
achie three
to achieve
Olympi gold
medals I don’t want
to compare
There is no point.
It will be different.”
The Royal
H rse S
c lebra its 75th
year; Charlotte
Dujard will be
riding there
and tom
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Cricket
Opening up
What the move will involve
ECB focuses on attracting
Asian fans and coaches
Nick Hoult
Governing body to
introduce Rooney Rule
Halal food, music and
flags welcome at games
English cricket has revealed an action plan to attract Asian fans and
make up for decades of neglecting
communities who love the sport.
A 105-page England and Wales
Cricket Board report released today
outlines how the Rooney Rule is to
be adopted to ensure coaches from
ethnic minorities are given equal
opportunities. Other measures include the serving of halal food at
matches, encouraging music and
flags, providing multi-faith prayer
areas and moving food courts away
from areas serving alcohol.
The proposals are the result of
two years of consultations and sur-
veys working with the South Asian
community and spearheaded by
Lord Patel of Bradford, an increasingly influential figure at the board.
The Rooney Rule will mean at
least one candidate holding the
necessary qualifications from a
BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) background will make the
shortlist of every ECB coaching job,
from junior pathway cricket to disabled cricket and right up to the
head coaches of the senior men’s
and women’s teams. Overseas candidates, from Pakistan for example,
will count as fulfilling the criteria.
The ECB will also hold talks with
the counties, urging them to adopt
the Rooney Rule over the next two
years after their study revealed that
only five per cent of coaching jobs
in first-class cricket were held by
people from an Asian background.
The Rooney Rule was adopted by
American football in 2003 to ensure
African-American coaches received
equal opportunity for coaching
jobs. “This is an area of significant
long-term importance for the ECB,
which will initially see investment
focused on the targeted develop-
He’s out
quits ECB
Giles Clarke’s
tenure at the
ECB is over
after his
after last
night’s AGM.
Clarke joined
as nonexecutive
director in
2004, also
serving as
chairman and
president. As
Barry O’Brien
was one of
four nonexecutive
ment and support of elite BAME
coaches through a bespoke
mentoring and work-placement
scheme,” the report states.
The ECB also plans to deliver
“unconscious bias” training for
county academy directors to educate them about the needs of ethnic
minorities, award bursaries to
players from poor backgrounds
and appoint Community Talent
Champions to help Asian cricketers
navigate the route from parks
cricket to the professional game in
the hope of stemming the flood of
lost talent.
Twenty Urban Cricket Centres
will be established over the next
two years, putting the women’s and
girls’ game at the forefront. Blackout blinds will be installed to respect cultural sensitivities, and 200
female coaches will be recruited.
The report reveals cricketers
from the South Asian community
make up a third of the sport’s participants at amateur level but the
figure drops to a shocking four per
cent in the professional game.
A lack of talent identification and
decent facilities in urban areas,
where the majority of South Asian
communities live, are blamed for
the failings. The report paints a
picture of a South Asian
community obsessed
with cricket, but
not engaged
the English
game. It states
that 42 per cent of Sky
subscribers are South Asian and
that 30 per cent watch the Indian
Premier League, a figure that drops
to just four per cent for the county
Twenty20 Vitality Blast.
“We know cricket is central to
Rooney Rule
Designed to increase candidates
from ethnic minorities for top
coaching jobs. Just five per cent
in county cricket come from
black, Asian or ethnic
minorities, such as Vikram
Solanki (above) at Surrey.
identity of
Asian, but this doesn’t
include traditional ‘English
cricket’, which has a very different image in the minds of South
Asian cricket fans,” says the report.
“Whilst they see South Asian
cricket, such as the IPL, as being
fun, relevant and a game of entertainment, they see English crickett
as serious, less important and
old fashioned, creating a significant cultural and practical challenge for us to
engage the South
Asian audience.
It may be too late, but let us hope
this ends years of neglect and waste
Lord Patel has brought a
sea change to the ECB
since joining the board,
reports Scyld Berry
t has been a tragic waste. For
more than half a century,
South Asians have been
living in Britain in large
numbers but deterred from
joining cricket clubs and
from playing their favourite game,
especially for a living.
If South Asians had been
embraced by official cricket, the
sport in Britain would be much
stronger. Cricket would be
unrivalled as the No 1 summer
sport; crowds would be larger; far
Influential: Lord
Patel has
convinced the
ECB to change its
more children would play and
watch; England’s Test team might
be higher than mid-table.
Now, at long last, the England
and Wales Cricket Board is doing
something in earnest. It may be
too late: so many South Asians
might h
have been alienated by the
of official cricket that
wil follow football. But at
they will
least thi
this action plan is an earnest
attempt thanks to one man more
than any other: Kamlesh Patel – or
Professor, the Lord Patel of
Bradford – who has sea-changed
the EC
ECB since joining its board.
I suggest
two yardsticks by
which we can judge the action
plan. One is whether the
Rooney Rule reforms coaching.
A nic
nice livelihood is to be made
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
Allow musical instruments and flags to Test matche
matches to change the atmosphere,
bringing it more in line with the sub-continent. Har
Hard to see this happening at Lord’s
and Trent Bridge has banned the Barmy Army trum
trumpeter in the past.
The Hundred will
be massive even after
this shambolic start
ECB still has time to win
over fans and players to
new format but it should
not have been so tough
“We will optimise the match-day
experience at all major matches, by increasing
awareness across the customer journey, creating an enenvironment
‘razzmatazz’ and, where possible,
allowing musical instruments and
flags, diversifying the food offering
for everyone and making sure there
is a selection of halal and vegetarian food options available.”
It should avoid thoughtless incidents of the past, such as counties
holding pig roasts when hosting a
Pakistan tourist match. Shifting the
cultural experience of a day of Test
by becoming a Level Three or Four
coach, but very few South Asians
have been able to qualify as one.
Selectors of county age-group
teams – who just happen to be
Level Three or Four coaches – tend
to pick their own, hence this
damning statistic: only four per
cent of professional county
cricketers are British South Asian,
whereas one third of recreational
cricketers are.
Secondly, will the ECB subsidise
South Asian teams who have no
ground but want to hire urban
cricket grounds that are not being
used, especially on a Sunday? If a
traditional club charges £200 for
hire, will the ECB chip in half?
Here, I have to admit a vested
interest in that I am delighted the
ECB is going to use the City Cup
purely as a talent identification
tournament for 16 to 21-year-olds,
like youngsters from Chance to
Shine Street and the Lord’s
Taverners Wicketz programme.
Projects, grants and other funding
gaging females
Plans to recruit 200
male coaches to
w rk with girls and
men players
from South Asian
says this is vital
to break down
b rriers.
Only four per cent
of professionals are
British South Asian
whereas one third
of amateurs are
are well and good, but the game is
the thing.
The City Cup was born out of a
conversation with Angus Fraser,
then the cricket correspondent of
The Independent. He was saying
how Middlesex had been at their
most successful in the 1980s when
they were their most ethnically
diverse, but almost all their players
now came from fee-paying schools
(ie, the middle class).
As soon as I was appointed the
editor of Wisden a decade ago, I
launched the Wisden City Cup
with Fraser’s help, now he had
become Middlesex’s director of
cricket, while the county’s chief
cricket, with its beer snakes, will be
difficult, but is partly why only
three per cent of tickets are bought
by the South Asian community.
The ECB has identified 10 core
areas to work with South Asian
communities: Birmingham, Bradford, Kirklees, Leeds, Leicester,
Sandwell and Slough.
Role models have been identified
as being crucial and the new Hundred competition is part of the process. It is reported 58 per cent of
South Asian cricketers prefer playing Twenty20 or an even shorter
format. Moeen Ali has spoken in
the past of the difficulties faced by
Asians in breaking through.
development officer, Phil
Knappett, organised the initial
tournament in north London with
four teams playing 20-over
midweek evening games.
The combined Wisden City Cup
XI were so strong they beat the
Middlesex academy side, who had
first-class players to open their
batting and bowling. A Bangladeshi
off-spinner from east London, who
had not played on grass pitches
because there was not one, became
an MCC Young Cricketer.
In offering cricket to deprived
areas on a sustained basis – not just
dumping a few kits of plastic bats
and balls, then ticking a box and
leaving them to it – I found it is
essential to provide free transport,
free food and cricket kit that is cool
as well as free. I hope the revised
ECB City Cup will recognise this
importance when trying to identify
talent that has been going to waste.
And a similar nationwide City Cup
for South Asian females would
guarantee cricket’s future.
he early days of ‘The
Hundred’ have been
embarrassing and
shambolic. It is in a
total mess already. It
has been launched
without a strategic plan. Whenever
something new and radical is
suggested, there will be those
lining up to criticise, so you must
have all the answers at your
You have to be able to say clearly
and concisely, this is what we are
doing, this is why we are doing it
and here is how it will work. Do not
pose more questions by being
secretive. So far, we have had
hardly any real information and the
players were told at a meeting on
Tuesday with the England and
Wales Cricket Board that it was
only a “concept”. I understand the
competition is set in stone and will
go ahead, but fans and players need
winning over because they remain
in the dark about so many aspects.
What is the ECB hiding from? It
is not foreign policy or Brexit. It
should not be that complicated or
difficult to launch a new cricket
tournament without causing this
kind of upset.
The ECB must have known that,
as soon as it presented it to the
counties last month, it would be
out in public within minutes. Tell
anything to a county conference
and you may as well put an advert
in the national papers. What I do
not get is why it did not go to the
counties with a fully formed idea.
A month later, we still do not
know what the strategic 10-ball
over is about. We do not know
what the eight teams are going to
be called. The players do not know
what the contracts will look like. It
starts in two years. That is not long.
I am not against the competition.
I like innovation. In 10 years, I am
sure it will be the talk of our
summer. The game needs a
domestic tournament with a huge
profile that reaches beyond our
current cricket audience. But, at
the same time, you have to take
existing fans with you by giving
them detail and information. Not
alienate them.
If this is going to be the main
tournament of the summer then
we have to give it a four-week
window. Crucially, it must not
compete with Test cricket. Firstly,
why would you not want Joe Root
and Ben Stokes playing in the
tournament? So far, we are being
told they will not be available, but
will be used for marketing
Surely the best way to promote
cricket is through your best players
being on the field, not just on a
couple of posters trying to sell it.
Kellogg’s would not put a famous
face on the front of a box of Corn
Flakes and say, by the way, he eats
Secondly, do not put this
competition up to compete with
Test cricket at a time when the
long format is struggling. Separate
them and use the four-week
tournament, with its huge profile,
to really promote the Test series
that is happening afterwards.
Tell the young kids who are
watching The Hundred, “You have
seen Joe Root for the first time,
now watch him in a Test match.”
I fear that if you put Test cricket
up against this tournament it will
be another hammer blow to the
format. In time, this new
tournament will be massive, and
Tests will pale in comparison. An
Ashes can compete, but not the
lesser series, so organise the
summer to give the new
competition a window.
Why would you want a Test
player playing in a series when
they know all the focus is on the
100-ball tournament? He will sit
there saying, “I wish I was playing
I fear if you put Test
cricket up against
this tournament it
will be a hammer
blow to the format
in that.” Yes, the ECB will point to
the Big Bash and say that has been
a huge success without its Test
players. But when the West Indies
were in Australia a couple of years
ago, all the international players
wanted to be in the Big Bash,
rather than playing in a Test series
that nobody was watching.
It is right the ECB has started to
consult the players. It was wrong
to leave them out until so late, but
the players’ influence should only
reach so far. Do not let them
dictate. It is up to administrators to
make the right decisions for the
future of the game. The players are
right to want to know their
contracts and how much they will
earn. But this is not about them. It
is about the future of our game.
It is about the next generation of
cricket fan and player. In the end,
players just love playing the game
in front of big crowds with a buzz.
My problem is not with the idea,
just the way it has been executed.
There is time to get it right, but
already the ECB is facing a tough
uphill battle of its own making.
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Rugby Union
Cheetahs and Kings
eye Champions Cup
South African clubs want European
spots after joining Pro14 this season
here is growing
momentum behind
the scenes for the
two South African
teams who joined
the Pro14 this
season, the Cheetahs and the
Southern Kings, to be allowed to
compete in the Champions Cup.
Neither are currently eligible
for qualification for the European
club competitions, even though
the Cheetahs finished in a
qualifying position this season
and have made it through to the
Pro14 play-offs.
However, it is understood that
conversations have been taking
place between key stakeholders
about opening up the tournament
to the South African sides, who
are keen to be involved, having
been cut from Super Rugby.
And while it is understood the
issue is not on the agenda for the
board meeting of European
Professional Club Rugby
tomorrow, senior club sources
say it is only a matter of time
before it is given serious
There are also
concerns that the
review of the
England domestic
season as part of
the overhaul of
the global
European dream:
Tom Botha of the
calendar from 2019 could see the
Champions Cup reduced from 20
teams to 16 to free up more
weekends, given the desire to
retain the seven-week length of
the Six Nations.
The original format of two
24-club tournaments was reduced
to 20 when the former organising
body, ERC, was disbanded in 2014
following pressure from the
English and French clubs for a
greater degree of meritocracy and
commercial control.
Significantly, the current
participation agreement does not
allow for any changes to the format
of either the Champions Cup or
Challenge Cup until 2022, unless
there is unanimous support.
However, in terms of the
inclusion of the Cheetahs and the
Southern Kings, the carrot of a
slice of the South African television
broadcasting revenues is likely to
prove tempting for those seeking
to increase the commercial
value of the European
And if the Cheetahs go on
to win this season’s Pro14, the
clamour for their inclusion is
expected to heighten.
The South African
Rugby Union has
already stated its desire
for the two clubs to be
allowed to compete in
Europe, having signed
them up for an initial
six years to compete in
the Pro14.
Bilbao prices lead to finals rethink
he high prices of flights to
Bilbao and hotel rooms for
this weekend’s Champions
Cup and Challenge Cup finals are
likely to influence the choice of
venues for future finals.
The Champions Cup final
between Leinster and Racing 92
remains on course to be a sell-out,
but supporters have had to look at
a variety of travel options,
including ferries from Ireland to
Spain and fly-drives to southern
France, given the lack of
competition in direct flights to
Bilbao. With hotels also hiking up
their prices, thousands of fans have
opted to stay in tents.
European Professional Club
Rugby is understood to be working
with the authorities in Newcastle,
the location for next year’s finals,
to ensure there are adequate travel
solutions, as well as reasonably
priced accommodation.
While the concept of taking the
finals to new destinations to grow
the brand is laudable, it seems that
the organisers will in future give
more weight to locations that are
easily accessible for as many
supporters as possible.
The format of selecting two
venues for two successive years in
advance will also change in order
to provide the organisers with
more flexibility to alter their
priorities, given the experience of
the previous finals.
It is understood there have been
more than 10 applications to host
the 2020 finals.
Hunt on for new Six Nations sponsor
n interim Six Nations
committee has been
appointed to oversee
negotiations for a new title sponsor
for next season’s championship,
while the search for a successor to
former chief executive John
Feehan continues.
It is understood the Six Nations
has hired headhunting firm
Odgers Berndtson to find a new
chief executive. The appointment
is wanted before next season.
Feehan’s departure last month
came before a new deal was agreed
for a title sponsor to take over from
RBS, which used its NatWest brand
for this season’s championship.
Steve Brown, the Rugby Football
Union chief executive, insisted that
there was no concern about the
ability of the organisation to sign a
longer-term deal with a sponsor in
the absence of a chief executive.
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
Sport Rugby Union
Cipriani on the verge of England recall
Call-up: Danny Cipriani could join the
tour party led by Owen Farrell (right)
Jones ready to end
ee-year exile
fly-half’s three-year
ptain team
Farrell to captain
outh Africa
for tour of South
By Gavin Mairs
Danny Cipriani iss poised to be
handed the chance
e to rekindle
his England careerr three years
after he won hiss last cap
when Eddie Jones names his
34-man squad for the tour of
South Africa next month.
Cipriani’s recall
all is exye-catching
pected to be the eye-catching
selection from today’s anracens flynouncement. Saracens
half Owen Farrell is expected
to take over the captain’ss
role after Dylan Hartley
ith a
was ruled out with
concussion injury.
whose last game
was against France
in England’s World
Cup warm-up game
in Paris in August
o be
2015, is thought to
ion as
considered an option
a full-back as well as fly-half.
d’s recall would
The 30-year-old’s
be one of the most significant of his
career, given that he has been overlooked by previous England head
coaches Stuart Lancaster and Martin Johnson and is considering a
move overseas if the international
door is closed to him this year.
Farrell is the obvious choice
captai the squad, given he was
to captain
Jones’s choice when Hartley was
ruled ou
out of the Six Nations match
against France, although as one of
England’s Lions players, there was
also a thought of resting the
Jones has been forced to make a
number of radical selections, given
the number of injuries and players
who need rest. Twenty players are
unavailable for the three-Test tour.
Among those who are thought to
be in line to be rested are Leicester
prop Dan Cole and Harlequins
scrum-half Danny Care. Mako Vunipola is expected to tour, however.
Jones is already without Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson,
Courtney Lawes, George Kruis and
Nathan Hughes because of injury,
Anglo-Welsh Cup replaced
by all-English competition
tions. Although the Anglo-Welsh
Cup was primarily used to develop
younger players, it has also proved
helpful to Premiership clubs – providing more experienced players
with meaningful game-time following long-term injury, for instance.
Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty said he felt
that keeping a third competition
was “hugely important” for English
“The cup competition bridges
the gap for young players from A
League and under-18 rugby before
they make the step into the Premiership or European matches and
on to the Test arena,” McCafferty
said. “It is a development competition with the average age of 24, for
the next generation of Owen
Farrells and Maro Itojes. The Anglo-
By Charlie Morgan
The Anglo-Welsh Cup will be replaced next season by a 12-team
competition involving solely Premiership sides.
The Premiership Rugby Cup will
have a prize pool of more than
£500,000, with cash incentives
riding on every game.
England’s top-tier clubs will be
split into three groups as the inclu-
sion of Welsh regional sides ends
after almost 13 years.
All four Welsh regions had featured in a 16-team Anglo-Welsh format since 2005-06, but have
struggled over the past two seasons, with squads stretched during
international windows. Each finished bottom of their respective
pools in 2017-18.
This split comes as Pro Rugby
Wales moves to establish an
under-23 regional competition,
with Premiership Rugby preferring
flexibility over rigid age restric-
while Manu Tuilagi, who has been
plagued by injuries over the past
two years, said last week he did not
expect to be selected for the tour.
Jones, who is likely to name a
31-man training squad for the camp
in Brighton next week – when he is
without those players involved in
the Premiership semi-finals and finals – will allow as much time as
possible for Billy Vunipola to prove
New ball game How the
tournament will work
teams in three
pools of four.
fixtures held
‹‘Derby day’
round of
matches to be
‹More than
prize money
incentives on
every game.
‹Three pool
winners and
best runnerup qualify for
‹ Final to be
played at
home ground
of highestseeded
his fitness. The Saracens No 8 has
suffered from a tight hamstring
that delayed his return to the starting XV after a wretched 18 months
with knee and shoulder injuries.
There are expected to be some
new faces, too, with Brad Shields,
the Hurricanes flanker, likely to ne
included, having asked for his release from the New Zealand Rugby
Union. Jason Woodward, the
Gloucester full-back who is of New
Zealand extraction, is also thought
to be involved in one of the squads.
Meanwhile, Ireland have tied
down defence coach Andy Farrell
to an extended contract, along
with several other members of
Joe Schmidt’s back-room team.
Fellow assistant coaches Simon
Easterby and Richie Murphy have
signed new contracts, which will
run until June 2020. The Irish
Rugby Union has confirmed that
highly regarded scrum coach Greg
Feek will shortly join Ricoh Black
Rams, the Japanese team, but will
continue in his present role with
Ireland until the 2019 World Cup.
Schmidt’s own contract runs out
at the conclusion of the World Cup,
when a bout of musical chairs between international coaches could
take place. Both Schmidt and Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach,
have been strongly linked with taking up the New Zealand job once
Steve Hansen steps aside.
South Africa have been dealt a
blow with the news that Malcolm
Marx is unlikely to feature in any of
the three matches against England.
Marx has a hamstring tendon tear.
Welsh Cup has acted as a finishing
school for these young players and
the Premiership Rugby Cup competition will do the same.”
As previously, the Premiership
Rugby Cup will be held during
breaks from league action over six
international weekends around the
autumn Tests and the Six Nations.
After the pool games, there will be
semi-finals and a final. The pool
draw will be made in July.
McCafferty also confirmed that
the Premiership A League would
continue despite administrative
Although Bristol competed while
in the Championship, London Irish
are to drop out following their relegation to leave a streamlined competition involving teams from 12
top-flight clubs.
MLB: Baltimore 7 Kansas City 15-Chicago Cubs 4
Miami 3-Chicago White Sox 6 Pittsburgh
10-Cincinnati 7 New York Mets 2-Colorado 4 LA
Angels 2-LA Dodgers 5 Arizona 8-Milwaukee 3
Cleveland 2-New York Yankees 3 Boston
2-Oakland 2 Houston 4-Philadelphia 4 San
Francisco 2-San Diego 0 Washington 4-St Louis 1
Minnesota 7-Tampa Bay 0 Atlanta 1-Texas 4
Detroit 7-Toronto 0 Seattle 5.
NBA.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Western Conf
Semi-finals: Golden State 113 New Orleans 104
(Golden State lead series 4-1)-Houston 112 Utah
102 (Houston win series 4-1).
INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Mumbai Indians 210-6
(20 overs, Kishan 62); Kolkata Knight Riders
108 (18.1 overs). Mumbai win by 102 runs.
GIRO D’ITALIA.-Stage 5 (Agrigento to Santa
Ninfa, 153km): 1 E Battaglin (Italy) LottoNLJumbo 4h 06m 33s; 2 G Visconti (Italy) BahrainMerida; 3 J Goncalves (Portugal) Katusha-Alpecin;
4 M Schachmann (Germany) Quick-Step Floors; 5
S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott; 6 T Wellens
(Belgium) Lotto Fix All, 14 R Dennis (Australia)
BMC Racing Team, 16 T Dumoulin (Holland) Team
Sunweb, 33 C Froome (GB) Team Sky; 38 N Roche
(Rep of Ireland) BMC Racing Team all at same
time; 50 H Carthy (GB) EF Education First-Drapac
p/b Cannondale +40s; 101 A Dowsett (GB)
Katusha-Alpecin +5m 46s; 102 R Mullen (Rep of
Ireland) Trek-Segafredo at same time; 168 S
Bennett (Rep of Ireland) Bora-Hansgrohe +10-04.
Overall: 1 Dennis 18h 29m 41s; 2 Dumoulin
+1s; 3 S Yates +17; 4 T Wellens (Belgium) Lotto
Fix All +19; 5 P Bilbao (Spain) Astana Pro Team
+25; 6 M Schachmann (Germany) Quick-Step
Floors +28; 7 D Pozzovivo (Italy) Bahrain-Merida
at same time; 8 J Goncalves (Portugal) KatushaAlpecin +32; 9 T Pinot (France) Groupama-FDJ
+34; 10 P Konrad (Austria) Bora-Hansgrohe +35;
19 Froome +55; 32 Roche +1m 32s; 69 Dowsett
+7-16; 76 Carthy +8-39; 95 Bennett +11-48;
131 Mullen +17-30.
FOUR DAYS OF DUNKIRK (France).-Stage 2
Mormal to Soissons, 173.3km: 1 A Greipel
(Germany) Lotto Soudal 4h 18m 15s; 2 T Dupont
(Belgium) Wanty-Groupe Gobert; 45 A Fenn (GB)
Aqua Blue Sport all at same time; 115 M
Brammeier (Rep of Ireland) Aqua Blue Sport +3m
52s; 116 C Dunne (Rep of Ireland) Aqua Blue
Sport at same time. Overall: 1 Coquard 8h 14m
22s; 2 M Sarreau (France) Groupama-FDJ +2s; 3 J
Lecroq (France) Vital Concept Club +3; 4 B Feillu
(France) Fortuneo-Samsic at same time; 5 T
Dupont (Belgium) Wanty-Groupe Gobert +6; 6 R
Combaud (France) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
+7; 30 Fenn +12; 124 Dunne +7m 48s; 125
Brammeier +10-00s.
Rugby Union
PREMIERSHIP: Ebbw Vale 14 Merthyr 17.
Doyle (Somerset); 2 T Batchelor (Swindon); 3 H
Andersen (Leicester); 4 B Kurtz (Poole).
ATP & WTA T’MENT (Madrid).-Men, 2nd rd: R
Nadal (Spain) bt G Monfils (France) 6-3 6-1; D S
Schwartzman (Argentina) bt F Lopez (Spain) 7-5
2-6 6-2; B Coric (Croatia) bt J Struff (Germany) 6-0
6-2; D Thiem (Austria) bt F Delbonis (Argentina) 4-6
6-3 7-5; P Kohlschreiber (Germany) bt R Bautista
Agut (Spain) 6-3 4-6 7-5; K Anderson (S Africa) bt
M Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-2; D
Goffin (Belgium) bt R Haase (Holland) 7-5 6-3; K
Edmund (GB) bt N Djokovic (Serbia) 6-3 2-6 6-3; J
Isner (US) bt R Harrison (US) 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (9-7); P
Cuevas (Uruguay) bt A Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) 6-1
6-7 (2-7) 6-2; L Mayer (Argentina) bt F Verdasco
(Spain) 6-2 6-1. Women, 3rd rd: S Halep (Romania)
bt Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Rep) 6-1 6-4; Karolina
Pliskova (Czech Rep) bt S Stephens (US) 6-2 6-3; D
Kasatkina (Russia) bt G Muguruza (Spain) 6-2 4-6
6-3; P Kvitova (Czech Rep) bt A Kontaveit (Estonia)
6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3; C Garcia (France) bt J Goerges
(Germany) 6-2 6-4; C S Navarro (Spain) bt B Pera
(US) 2-6 6-2 6-4; M Sharapova (Russia) bt K
Mladenovic (France) 6-3 6-4; K Bertens (Holland) bt
C Wozniacki (Denmark) 6-2 6-2.
IPL.-Delhi: Delhi v Hyderabad (3.30pm).
Rugby League
Featherstone v Hull (7.35)
Rugby Union
WRU NATIONAL.-Ch'ship: Narberth v Skewen (7.15).
Sport on TV
CRICKET: Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad
- Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 3pm.
CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 12 Noon.
DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Action 7pm.
FOOTBALL: West Ham v Manchester United - Sky
Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League
7.30; Charlton v Shrewsbury - Sky Sports Football
/ Sky Sports Main Event 7.30; European Under-17
Championship, England v Switzerland - ITV4 6.45.
GOLF: The Players Ch'ship - Sky Sports Main Event
12.30 & 10pm, Sky Sports Golf 12.30 & 6pm.
HORSE RACING: Chester - ITV 4 1.30.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup,
Featherstone v Hull - Sky Sports 7.35.
TENNIS: ATP, Madrid Open - Sky Sports Main
Event 11am; WTA, Madrid Open - BT Sport 2
11am & 8.30pm.
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Racing
Improving Young Rascal
drops strong Derby hint
William Haggas broke Aidan
O’Brien’s five-year stranglehold on
the MBNA Chester Vase yesterday
when Young Rascal overcame inexperience to win this Derby trial by
half-a-length from Dee Ex Bee.
Whether the Intello colt, bred by
Mrs André Fabre, can break
O’Brien’s stranglehold on the Derby
is another matter, but he stays and
will have learned a lot from this
experience. He is as short as 10-1 for
There he will be the first runner
in the race for Investec’s co-founder
Bernard Kantor, the driving force
behind the company’s sponsorship
of the Derby.
The winning margin may not
have been much to shout about in a
bunch finish, but James Doyle had
to extricate himself from a tricky
position, switch, and then persuade
Young Rascal to go through a gap.
“It’s why we came – to get two
races in one,” explained Haggas. “A
few things went against him and
he’s fully entitled to start at Epsom.
He was a slow learner at two then
won a maiden at Newbury in April.
Here, there are people on either
side of the course and it is not a
straightforward track.
“The [Derby] favourite [Saxon
Warrior] looked impressive at Newmarket. If you’re going to provide a
shock you have to stay. It’s about
time we had another Derby horse –
it’s a long time since 1996 [Shaamit].
We’ve not had many runners.
Storm The Stars was third and
we’ve had one other. It’s nice for
Bernard – he’s always wanted a runner in the race.”
Haggas could add a second string
1.50 - Doctor Sardonicus
2.25 - Rastrelli
3.00 - Dragons Tail
3.35 - Idaho
Learning curve: Young Rascal powers
home in the Chester Vase yesterday
to his Derby bow later today as My
Lord And Master looks the one to
beat in the Homeserve Dee Stakes
(Chester, 2.25).
He beat Young Rascal by six
lengths at Nottingham last year and
was second in Epsom’s Blue Riband
Trial, beaten a head by a canny ride
from Frankie Dettori.
Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
5.20 Racing UK On BT TV Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 5f £4,224
1 15- Athreeothree [B] (31) Jack Barber 7 11 0 N Scholfield
2 00- Jeffrey (18) R Walford 5 11 0
M Griffiths
T Bellamy
3 05- Lucky Accord (13) P Hide 6 11 0
4 /7- Mister Serious (14) R Walford 9 11 0
D G Noonan
H Cobden
5 83- Ringa Ding Ding (15) P Nicholls 5 11 0
6 55- Stradivarius Davis [T] (16) P Nicholls 5 11 0
D Jacob
R Hawker (5)
7 97- Willie Mclovin (16) C J Gray 6 11 0
8 0P- Leoro [P,T] (F12) C Mann 4 10 9
D Crosse
S.P. f’cast: 5-6 Ringa Ding Ding, 4-1 Leoro, 7-1 Athreeothree, 10-1
Stradivarius Davis, 14-1 Jeffrey, 16-1 Mister Serious, 20-1 Others.
5.50 ‘Confined’ Handicap Hurdle (3) 2m 4f £7,473
1 53- Night Of Sin [B] (28) (BF) N Williams 5 11 12 T Scudamore
2 3F- Garo De Juilley [H,T] (18) P Nicholls 6 11 10 H Cobden
3 73- Mister Fizz [P] (22) Miss I Pickard 10 11 8
R T Dunne
4 42- Here’s Herbie [T] (28) S Gardner 10 11 4 Lucy Gardner (3)
5 64- Solstice Star [P,T] (48) (D) M Keighley 8 11 4 T Bellamy
6 3-3 Little Miss Poet [H] (5) (BF) P Hobbs 6 11 4 R Johnson
7 P2- Secret Door (18) H Fry 7 11 3
K Edgar (3)
8 52- Lord Topper [P] (226) J Snowden 5 11 2 Miss Page Fuller (5)
9 20- Balibour (59) Emma Lavelle 6 11 2
P Cowley (5)
S.P. f’cast: 10-3 Secret Door, 11-2 Lord Topper, 6-1 Little Miss
Poet, 13-2 Mister Fizz, 15-2 Night Of Sin, 8-1 Others.
7.20 Frys Electrical Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 5f £4,224
1 13- Schnabel (146) (D) D Dennis 6 12 1 Mr James King (5)
2 8U- Bright Tomorrow [P,T] (18) W Greatrex 7 12 0 H Bannister
3 06- Manhattan Spring (113) J W Mullins 7 11 12 A Thornton
4 27- Sporty Yankee [P,T] (80) M Keighley 5 11 11 H Stock (5)
5 F4- Pyrios (82) P Hobbs 5 11 10
R Johnson
6 UP- Tea Time Fred [P] (23) S Gardner 9 11 10 Lucy Gardner (3)
7 32- The Mighty Ash [B] (23) Mrs F M Shaw 8 11 10 Mr M Legg (5)
8 90- Earth Storm (90) Jack Barber 6 11 8
N Scholfield
9 PP- Beau Phil [H,T] (17) J Scott 7 11 8
M Griffiths
10 65- Lady Of Longstone [P] (162) D Pipe 8 11 6 D G Noonan
11 0P- Cornish Warrior [P] (17) N Mulholland 7 11 5 H Reed (5)
12 37- Prince Mahler [T] (31) Kayley Woollacott 8 11 2 D Jacob
13 89- Hardness (15) P Hobbs 5 10 13 Mr Stefan Kirwan (7)
14 27- Faction [P] (309) N Hawke 5 10 10
C O’Farrell
15 25- Benbecula [B] (39) (C) N Mitchell 9 10 8 Miss Page Fuller (5)
16 78- Nosper (98) R Buckler 6 10 5
Alice Mills (3)
17 3P- Kayf Charmer (23) Miss L Blackford 8 10 2 James Best
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 The Mighty Ash, 5-1 Schnabel, 8-1 Bright Tomorrow,
Pyrios, 10-1 Cornish Warrior, Benbecula, 14-1 Others.
7.50 Maiden Hurdle (5) 1m 7f £3,249
1 P1- Tikkinthebox [T] (15) J Scott 6 12 0
R Hawker (5)
2 38- Isis Blue [T] (23) K Burke 8 11 12
D G Noonan
3 F8- A Montmartre (304) (D) N Mitchell 6 11 8
T Bellamy
P Brennan
4 05- Overawed (18) (D) T R George 7 11 5
5 6P- Westerberry (44) J W Mullins 6 11 3
Kevin Jones (5)
6 8P- Third Act [B,WS] (75) (D) C Tizzard 9 11 0
H Cobden
7 53- Two Hoots (39) J Scott 7 10 8
N Scholfield
D Crosse
8 PU- My Diamond [B] (15) Mrs L Young 7 10 0
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Tikkinthebox, 3-1 A Montmartre, 11-2 Isis Blue,
13-2 Two Hoots, 8-1 Third Act, 10-1 Overawed, 14-1 Others.
1 P0- Amirr (144) J W Mullins 8 10 12
A Thornton
2 92- Darling Maltaix [H,T] (16) (BF) P Nicholls 5 10 12 H Cobden
3 33- Djin Conti (110) H Whittington 5 10 12
D Jacob
4 37- King Vince [T,WS] (162) (BF) J Snowden 5 10 12 R Johnson
Matravers [T] (F294) M Keighley 7 10 12
H Stock (5)
6 P0- Pirolo [T] (18) N Hawke 6 10 12
C O’Farrell
7 83- The Twisler (196) N Mulholland 6 10 12 T Scudamore
8 08- Wimpole (F50) M Scudamore 5 10 12
B Poste
9 26- Marettimo (105) W G M Turner 4 10 8
P Brennan
10 69- Mutoondresdashorse (18) N Hawke 4 10 8 D G Noonan
Tis Wonderful (F79) C J Gray 4 10 8
R Hawker (5)
12 13- Bubbles Arcade (F265) K Burke 6 10 5
N Scholfield
13 0- Fred’s Filly [H] (18) N Mitchell 5 10 5
J Sherwood (3)
14 /3- Lady Wethered (31) Miss L Blackford 6 10 5 James Best
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Darling Maltaix, 9-2 The Twisler, 5-1 King Vince, 6-1
Djin Conti, 7-1 Bubbles Arcade, 8-1 Lady Wethered, 12-1 Others.
6.50 Direct Group Handicap Chase (3) 3m 1f £9,097
8.20’ Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (5) 1m 7f £3,249
6.20 Mirage Signs Novices’ Handicap Chase (4) 2m £4,874
1 3P- Gentleman Jon [B,T] (88) (CD)(C) C Tizzard 10 12 0 H Cobden
2 44- Orbasa [B] (40) (C) P Nicholls 7 12 0
A Thorne (7)
3 23- Abbreviate [P] (56) K Bailey 7 11 12
T Bellamy
4 25- Theatrical Star (45) C Tizzard 12 11 11
R Johnson
5 P2- Treaty Girl [T,WS] (159) (BF) B Pauling 7 11 10 D Jacob
6 78- Swincombe Scorchio [T] (54) P Gundry 8 11 1 T Scudamore
7 /3- I’m In Charge [T] (13) (CD) J G Cann 12 10 13 N Scholfield
8 32- General Girling [B] (17) (CD) R Hodges 11 10 0
P Brennan
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Orbasa, 4-1 Abbreviate, 9-2 I’m In Charge, 11-2
Theatrical Star, 13-2 Treaty Girl, 8-1 Gentleman Jon, 14-1 Others.
1 /P2 663 804 845 886 P47 798 2F9 6610 09-
Comragh [H,T] (120) J Scott 8 11 12
R Hawker (3)
Lady Vitesse [H] (42) M Keighley 5 11 8
H Stock (6)
Fleur Du Pommier (16) G C Maundrell 5 11 7 M Kendrick
Shufoog (26) M Usher 5 11 6
J Nixon (3)
Kristal Hart [P,T] (F43) N Mulholland 9 11 4 H Reed (3)
Ruby Russet [T] (17) C Tizzard 6 11 1 Angus Cheleda (7)
Moynihans Girl (50) Mrs L Young 4 11 0
S Sheppard
Lizzie Langton [T] (26) C Tizzard 7 11 0
A Thorne (3)
Let’s Be Happy [P,T] (F16) Ali Stronge 4 10 12 C Deutsch
Our Phillie Lily (184) S Gardner 6 10 6 Sean Houlihan
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
4.05 - Ynys Mon
4.35 - Ghostwatch (nb)
5.05 - Mulligatawny
1.50 Gateley PLC Handicap (2) 5f £21,165
By Marcus Armytage at Chester
Going: Good 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.
5.20 - Ringa Ding Ding
5.50 - Little Miss Poet
6.20 - Tikkinthebox (nap)
6.50 - Orbasa
7.20 - Cornish Warrior
7.50 - The Twisler
8.20 - Shufoog
11 03- Oh Dear Oh Dear (32) R Hodges 10 10 0 Bryony Frost
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Lizzie Langton, 4-1 Lady Vitesse, 5-1 Shufoog,
13-2 Ruby Russet, 10-1 Kristal Hart, Our Phillie Lily, 12-1 Let’s Be
Happy, 16-1 Oh Dear Oh Dear, 20-1 Others.
1 641 Doctor Sardonicus (31) (D) T Dascombe 7 9 7 M Harley 2
2 161 Gracious John (20) (D10) P Evans 5 9 6 Fran Berry 12
3 5-2 El Astronaute (17) (CD)(D) J J Quinn 5 9 3
J Hart 9
4 530 Sir Maximilian [V] (61) (CD)(D) I Williams 9 9 2 J Crowley 8
5 317 A Momentofmadness [H] (20) (D) C Hills 5 9 0 W Buick 1
6 -60 Hyperfocus (22) (D) H Palmer 4 9 0 Josephine Gordon 10
7 115 Reflektor (40) (CD)(D) T Dascombe 5 9 0 R Kingscote 5
8 63- Mayleaf Shine [H] (206) (D) I Jardine 4 8 11 J P Sullivan 7
9 -70 Boundsy (17) (CD)(C)(D) R Fahey 4 8 6
P Hanagan 13
10 34- Confessional [E] (194) (CD)(D) T Easterby 11 8 5 C Hardie 11
11 18- Powerallied (222) (CD)(D) R Fahey 5 8 5 P Mathers 4
12517 Tavener [P] (15) (D) D C Griffiths 6 8 2
F Norton 3
13 -00 Bossipop [B] (10) (C) T Easterby 5 8 2 Nathan Evans 6
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 A Momentofmadness, 5-1 Doctor Sardonicus, 6-1
Reflektor, El Astronaute, 8-1 Tavener, Powerallied, 12-1 Others.
2.25 Homeserve Dee Stakes (Listed) (1) 3YO 1m 2f £42,532
1 1-3 Kenya [T] (26) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 5
D O’Brien 4
2 6-2 Finniston Farm (22) T Dascombe 9 0
R Kingscote 7
3 382 Fortune’s Pearl (23) A Balding 9 0
4 -22 King’s Proctor (12) (BF) M Johnston 9 0
F Norton 1
5 1-2 My Lord And Master (15) W Haggas 9 0 Daniel Tudhope 5
6 4-1 Rastrelli (20) (D) C Appleby 9 0
W Buick 6
7 3-4 Rostropovich [T] (25) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 0 R L Moore 3
8 341 Shakour (14) J Ward 9 0
Ben Curtis 2
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 My Lord And Master, 3-1 Rostropovich, 7-2 Kenya,
9-2 Rastrelli, 11-2 Finniston Farm, 20-1 King’s Proctor, 66-1 Others.
3.00 Abbey Logistics Handicap (2) 3YO 1m £21,165
1 -93 Another Batt (22) G Scott 9 7
S De Sousa 2
2 -47 Ventura Knight (40) (D) M Johnston 9 1 F Norton 10
3 7-7 Nobleman’s Nest (20) S Crisford 9 1
O Murphy 12
4 16- Being There (285) C Appleby 8 12
W Buick 9
5 2-5 Simpson (15) (D) Ed Walker 8 11
P Cosgrave 1
6 112 Vale Of Kent (38) M Johnston 8 10
J Fanning 3
7 17- Tadleel (224) (D) E Dunlop 8 10
J Crowley 11
8 6-5 Dragons Tail (21) (C) (BF) T Dascombe 8 9 R Kingscote 6
9 -41 Caffe Macchiato [B] (17) (D) A Keatley (Ire) 8 9 S Foley 8
10 2-4 Mr Top Hat (20) P Evans 8 7
J F Egan 7
11245 Joe’s Spirit [H] (40) R Fahey 8 7
P Mathers 13
12 2-1 Porth Swtan (23) C Hills 8 7
P Hanagan 4
13 -14 Sha La La La Lee [H] (7) T Dascombe 8 7 Hayley Turner 5
S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Being There, 11-2 Vale Of Kent, 7-1 Porth Swtan,
Caffe Macchiato, 8-1 Another Batt, 10-1 Others.
3.35 Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Group 3) (1) 1m 5f £56,710
1 0-2 Danehill Kodiac (19) R Hannon 5 9 3
S Levey 3
G Lee 1
2 15- Duretto (201) (C) A Balding 6 9 0
A Atzeni 4
3 03- Dylan Mouth (185) M Botti 7 9 0
S De Sousa 2
4 05- Elidor (237) M Channon 8 9 0
R L Moore 5
5 5-8 Idaho (40) A P O’Brien (Ire) 5 9 0
J Crowley 6
6 96- Muntahaa (301) (CD) J Gosden 5 9 0
S.P. f’cast: 6-5 Idaho, 11-4 Muntahaa, 6-1 Duretto, 7-1 Danehill
Kodiac, 10-1 Dylan Mouth, 20-1 Elidor.
4.05 EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) (2) 2YO 5f £11,828
1 6 Anthem of Peace (10) B Meehan 9 5
O Murphy 2
C Bishop 1
2 3 Arcadian Rocks (10) M Channon 9 5
J F Egan 8
3 23 Awake In Asia (12) P Evans 9 5
R Kingscote 5
4 6 Finoah (12) T Dascombe 9 5
Swift Justice T Dascombe 9 5
M Harley 4
W Buick 3
6 42 Ynys Mon (23) C Hills 9 5
Elieden Miss G Kelleway 9 0
P J McDonald 9
Lady Kinsale E Alston 9 0
J Hart 7
S De Sousa 6
9 2 Wedding Date (9) R Hannon 9 0
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Ynys Mon, 4-1 Awake In Asia, 5-1 Arcadian Rocks,
6-1 Wedding Date, 8-1 Finoah, 10-1 Swift Justice, 16-1 Others.
4.35 English Fine Cottons Handicap (3) 3YO 1m 4f £11,828
Austrian School (7) M Johnston 9 8(6ex) P J McDonald 6
Volevo Lui (35) (D) M Botti 9 7
M Monaghan (3) 1
Ghostwatch (19) (D) C Appleby 9 5
W Buick 4
Christopher Robin [B] (26) (BF) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 4
R L Moore 7
A Atzeni 5
5 3-2 Knightly Spirit (13) (BF) R Varian 9 3
S De Sousa 2
6 8-3 Metatrons Cube (15) C Hills 8 12
J Watson (5) 3
7 -11 Berkshire Royal (26) A Balding 8 9
J F Egan 8
8 3-4 Arthenia (41) C Hills 8 7
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Christopher Robin, 7-2 Ghostwatch, 4-1 Austrian
School, 5-1 Knightly Spirit, 8-1 Volevo Lui, 10-1 Others.
5.05 Partner Tech Handicap (3) 1m 2f £11,828
1 4-0 Dance King [P,T] (19) (D) T Easterby 8 9 7
D Allan 6
2 20- Al Destoor [T] (J165) (CD)(D) J Candlish 8 9 7 D Nolan 2
3 762 Indian Chief (21) (D) R Bastiman 8 9 7 Daniel Tudhope 9
4 21/ Novelty Seeker (579) (D) M W Easterby 9 9 6 C Hardie 7
5 -00 Mulligatawny [P] (12) (D) R Fell 5 9 5 T Hamilton 12
F Norton 3
6 -20 Abareeq (8) (D) M Johnston 5 9 4
P Hanagan 11
7 -04 Dark Devil (14) (C) R Fahey 5 9 2
8 9-4 Never Surrender (19) (CD) C Hills 4 9 2 J P Spencer 4
Finley Marsh (5) 5
9 4-3 Fast Dancer (19) (C) J Tuite 6 9 2
S De Sousa 10
10848 Berrahri (15) (CD)(C)(D) J Best 7 8 11
O Murphy 1
11 5/1 Bakht A Rawan (24) W Kittow 6 8 11
12127 Zabeel Star (21) (D) K McLintock 6 8 10 P J McDonald 8
S.P. f’cast: 11-2 Never Surrender, 6-1 Indian Chief, Bakht A Rawan,
7-1 Fast Dancer, Dark Devil, 8-1 Others.
Chelmsford City
Going: Standard TV: Sky 415
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6.10 Novice Stakes (5) 7f £5,175
1 61/
2 6-7
3 214 1
5 5-1
6 0
8 739 8-0
10 79
11 0-
Golden Slam (707) R Varian 4 9 7
J Mitchell 1
Arbalet [T] (23) (D) H Palmer 3 8 12
James Doyle 9
Glendevon (211) (D) R Hughes 3 8 12
S W Kelly 12
Mr Marrakech (22) (D) J Gosden 3 8 12
L Dettori 7
Tadbir [H] (14) (C) B Meehan 3 8 12
D O’Neill 4
Excelabit [T] (12) D Lanigan 3 8 5
J Quinn 11
Fard [V] S Crisford 3 8 5
H Bentley 10
Pheidippides (293) Tom Clover 3 8 5
L Morris 8
Saphil (23) J Ryan 3 8 5
David Egan (3) 6
Timssaah (12) G Peckham 3 8 5
K O’Neill 3
Fata Morgana [H] (198) Mrs C Dunnett 3 8 0
N Garbutt (3) 5
12 6-0 Smart Dart [B] (21) R Beckett 3 8 0
Emma Wilkinson (7) 2
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Glendevon, 3-1 Mr Marrakech, 9-2 Arbalet, 5-1
Tadbir, 8-1 Golden Slam, 12-1 Fard, 14-1 Pheidippides, 33-1 Smart
Dart, 50-1 Others.
6.40 Bet Exacta At Handicap (2) 7f £16,172
Squats (5) (D) W Haggas 6 9 7
Georgia Cox (3) 5
Eljaddaaf [H] (14) (C)(D) D Ivory 7 9 6
R Winston 3
Take The Helm (41) (D) B Meehan 5 9 6 James Doyle 8
Lucymai (14) (CD)(D) D Ivory 5 9 5
J Duern (3) 1
War Glory (7) (C)(D) R Hannon 5 9 3
T Marquand 7
Suzi’s Connoisseur (9) (D) S C Williams 7 9 1 C Rodriguez (3) 2
Qaffaal (59) (C)(D) (BF) M W Easterby 7 8 13
Nathan Evans 9
8 6-0 Noble Peace (23) (D) Mrs L Pearce 5 8 13
H Bentley 4
9 767 Shyron (15) (D) G Margarson 7 8 7
L Morris 6
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Take The Helm, 4-1 Qaffaal, Lucymai, 6-1 Eljaddaaf,
7-1 Suzi’s Connoisseur, 8-1 War Glory, 12-1 Squats, 16-1 Shyron,
20-1 Noble Peace.
7.10 Fillies’ Handicap (3) 3YO 1m £9,704
1 11 Fountain Of Time (43) (D) C Appleby 9 7 James Doyle 6
2 1-5 Zoraya (17) P Cole 9 4
R Da Silva 5
3 1-1 Talaaqy (15) W Haggas 9 3
D O’Neill 4
4 25- Melodies (209) E Dunlop 9 0
D Probert 1
5 121 No More Thrills (15) (C) R Hannon 9 0
T Marquand 2
6 46- Indicia (237) C Hills 8 11
L Morris 3
7 8-1 Mesquite (26) R Beckett 8 10
H Bentley 7
S.P. f’cast: 13-8 Fountain Of Time, 11-4 Talaaqy, 5-1 No More
Thrills, 8-1 Mesquite, 10-1 Melodies, 14-1 Zoraya, Indicia.
7.40 Handicap (2) 3YO 1m 2f £16,172
1 5-1 Zaaki (19) Sir M Stoute 9 7
P Dobbs 5
2 117 Beautiful Memory [H] (22) (CD)(D) S bin Suroor 8 11
W Cox (5) 6
3 112 Ode To Autumn [B] (14) J Gosden 8 10
L Dettori 1
4 111 Desert Wind (79) (D) E Vaughan 8 10
L Morris 3
5 4-2 Macaque (30) A Balding 8 8
D Probert 4
6 212 Poet’s Prince (7) (C) M Johnston 8 6
J Fanning 7
7 21- Best Blue (140) (C) M Bell 8 5
H Bentley 2
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Zaaki, 4-1 Ode To Autumn, 5-1 Desert Wind, 6-1
Beautiful Memory, 7-1 Macaque, 8-1 Best Blue, Poet’s Prince.
8.10 Conditions Stakes (2) 1m 6f £16,172
1 341 Great Hall (12) (D) M Quinn 8 9 10
Fran Berry 2
2 7-8 Higher Power (19) J Fanshawe 6 9 7
T Queally 4
3 2D- Weekender (216) (C) J Gosden 4 9 7
L Dettori 3
4 121 Ocean Of Love [H] (26) (CD)(D) S bin Suroor 4 9 5
Crouch 1
5 373 Haines [P] (9) (C)(D) A Balding 7 9 3
R Hornby 5
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Weekender, 11-4 Higher Power, 3-1 Great Hall, 4-1
Ocean Of Love, 8-1 Haines.
6.10 - Mr Marrakech
6.40 - Eljaddaaf
7.10 - Fountain Of Time
7.40 - Zaaki
8.10 - Weekender
8.40 - Elgin
9.10 - Midnightly
8.40 Novice Stakes (5) 1m 5f £5,175
1 3 Elgin (19) A King 6 9 2
James Doyle 1
E Si Si Muove (J18) A Crook 6 9 2
C Lee (3) 6
3 5 Its’afreebee [T] (19) Richard Spencer 8 9 2 R Winston 4
4 -65 Max Liebermann (10) J Ryan 4 9 2
Fran Berry 3
Mercian King (J66) Miss Amy Murphy 7 9 2 L De Souza 2
6 05- The Otmoor Poet [P] (J251) A Hales 5 9 2
L Morris 5
S.P. f’cast: 4-6 Elgin, 3-1 The Otmoor Poet, 15-2 Its’afreebee,
12-1 Max Liebermann, 14-1 Mercian King, 66-1 E Si Si Muove.
9.10 Billy Ocean Here On Ladies Day Handicap (4) 5f £7,310
1 158 Dynamo Walt [V] (14) (CD)(D) D Shaw 7 9 9 P Mathers 5
2 185 Excellent George [T] (14) (C)(D) S C Williams 6 9 7
C Rodriguez (3) 1
3 66- Dazacam (377) (CD)(D) M Herrington 4 9 5 R Winston 7
4 14- Rio Ronaldo (315) (D) Mike Murphy 6 9 4 James Doyle 2
5 108 Something Lucky [V] (13) (D) M Appleby 6 9 3
A Rawlinson 4
6 -21 Zamjar (34) R Cowell 4 9 3
T Marquand 3
7 911 Bosham [B,T] (29) (CD)(C)(D) M W Easterby 8 9 3
H Shaw (5) 8
8 115 Midnightly [T] (38) (CD)(D) (BF) R Guest 4 8 13 L Morris 6
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Bosham, 9-2 Zamjar, 6-1 Midnightly, 7-1 Something
Lucky, 8-1 Dynamo Walt, 10-1 Others.
Whistler’s Nap
Mesquite (7.10 Chelmsford City) is today’s nap for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph.
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
Sport Racing
Magic Wand 14-1 for the Oaks
By Marcus Armytage
Happily, the 1,000 Guineas third, is
Aidan O’Brien’s most prominent
filly in the Oaks betting, but Magic
Wand was cut to 14-1 for Epsom after she won yesterday’s Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks by 3½ lengths
from stablemate Forever Together.
Ryan Moore made the running
on the daughter of Galileo sedately
for a mile before quickening up.
Although she ran green in the closing stages, this will have been a
steep learning curve for her.
Forever Together was hampered
twice around the last bend before
finishing well and I do not suppose
Donnacha O’Brien would be too
upset if they were reunited at Epsom. “We’re very pleased with
Magic Wand,” said Kevin Buckley,
Coolmore’s UK representative.
“She’s improving all the time and
this puts her in the Oaks mix. The
other filly was a bit unlucky, but
Donnacha was complimentary.”
Owner Clive Washbourn has
been coming to Chester’s May
meeting for 25 years with runners
without hitting the target. So it was
inevitable that on the one occasion
he could not make it, his Chief Ironside should win to continue a good
run for trainer William Jarvis.
3.10 Novices’ Handicap Chase (4) 3m £4,614
2.00 - Blazon
2.35 - Haul Away
3.10 - Plantagenet
3.45 - Mab Dab
4.15 - Black Buble
4.45 - Capitoul
5.15 - Lyndsays Lad
Going: Good TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
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2.00 Smarkets Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m £4,224
1 872 433 4-P
4 575 5U6 537 438 699 7410 8611 4512 2513 47-
Hattaab (104) T R George 5 12 0
S Twiston-Davies
Bardd (F31) (D) (BF) N Henderson 6 11 12
J Bowen (3)
Blazon (2) (D) (BF) K Bailey 5 11 12
M Hamill (5)
Hello Bertie (167) (WS) R Jefferson 6 11 11 B Hughes
Working Class (16) O Sherwood 4 11 9
H Beswick (7)
Mountain Path (170) Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 9 N P Madden
Cap St Vincent (39) T Vaughan 5 11 9
A Johns
Friary Gold (176) Katy Price 6 11 8
B Poste
Cosmic King [H] (20) (BF) F O’Brien 6 11 8
P Brennan
Way Out West [H,T] (13) C Longsdon 5 11 7 A Coleman
St Patrick’s Day [P] (16) J R Jenkins 6 11 7
A Tinkler
First Up [P,T] (F98) Oliver Greenall 4 11 6 Will Kennedy
Free Bounty [T] (F112) N Mulholland 5 11 3
P K Donovan (7)
14 P4- Candyman Can [H] (16) Miss L Hurley 8 11 1 J M Davies
J Quinlan
15 36- Figeac [B,T] (15) N Littmoden 4 10 12
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Hello Bertie, 5-1 Bardd, 6-1 Cosmic King, 10-1
Mountain Path, Hattaab, 12-1 Others.
2.35 ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle (5) 2m 5f £3,249
Going: Good TV: Sky 415
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1.40 Racing To School Handicap Chase (5) 2m 110yds £3,379
Northandsouth (26) (D) S Drinkwater 8 11 12 Bryony Frost (3)
Key To The West (20) (D) J Spearing 11 11 11 Fergus Gregory (5)
Mr Muddle [V] (25) (D) G L Moore 11 11 11 A Glassonbury
Alpine Secret (154) (BF) B Pauling 6 11 9
D Jacob
Aza Run (20) (D) S A Harris 8 11 5
A Wedge
Holeinthewall Bar [P] (16) (D) T Barfoot-Saunt 10 11 4
Mr G B-Saunt
7 35- Shininstar [H] (16) J Groucott 9 11 0 Miss L Brooke (7)
8 /3- Brinestine [P,T] (15) (D) Miss E Baker 9 10 13 B J Powell
9 P4- Ballina Lady [P,T] (18) G McPherson 7 10 0 Mr J Nailor (7)
10 45- Heurtevent [P] (16) (CD)(D) A Carroll 9 10 0 H Bannister
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Alpine Secret, 5-1 Brinestine, 6-1 Ballina Lady, 13-2
Key To The West, 7-1 Northandsouth, 8-1 Shininstar, 10-1 Others.
2.10 Martin & Co Novices’ Handicap Chase (4) 2m 4f £4,679
1 39- Great Tempo [B] (34) D Pipe 5 11 12
T Scudamore
2 61- Soulsaver [T] (20) A Honeyball 6 11 12
R McLernon
B J Powell
3 54- Le Curieux (54) B Powell 6 11 11
4 55- Tudors Treasure [P] (25) R Stephens 7 11 10 James Best
5 44- Dark Invader (49) E Williams 6 11 10
A Wedge
D G Noonan
6 05- One Leader (97) T Vaughan 7 11 4
7 55- Youngoconnor (17) C Williams 5 11 0
W Hutchinson
8 23/ Rule The Ocean (424) M Sheppard 8 10 10 S Sheppard (3)
9 75- Cropley [P] (13) D Burchell 9 10 7
R T Dunne
10 P6- Findusatgorcombe (16) J Frost 6 10 3 Bryony Frost (3)
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Soulsaver, 7-2 Great Tempo, 6-1 Tudors Treasure,
8-1 Dark Invader, 10-1 Cropley, 12-1 Others.
2.45 Stallion Book Handicap Chase (4) 2m 4f £4,679
1.40 - Brinestine
2.10 - Soulsaver
2.45 - Red Square Revival
3.20 - Rock Of Leon
3.55 - Peggies Venture
4.25 - Blackdown Hills
4.55 - Notnow Seamus
5.25 - Alcock And Brown
3.55 7 Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (Div 1) (5) 2m 4f £3,119
1 35- Bean Liath (23) D L Williams 7 11 0 Mr Shane Quinlan (7)
2 75- Belle En Noir [T] (56) Steph Hollinshead 6 11 0 C Poste
3 54- Everlanes [T] (13) A Honeyball 5 11 0
R McLernon
Fair Alice M S Wilesmith 9 11 0
Mr J M Ridley (7)
5 49- Kayf Storm (45) K Bailey 5 11 0
D Bass
6 44- Mac Bella (175) E Williams 6 11 0
A Wedge
7 30- Peggies Venture (40) A King 7 11 0
W Hutchinson
8 78- Rose Of Cimarron (16) W Greatrex 5 11 0 H Bannister
9 85- Lady Maleficent (45) D Skelton 4 10 9
H Skelton
S.P. f’cast: 4-5 Peggies Venture, 5-1 Mac Bella, 7-1 Everlanes, 12-1
Rose Of Cimarron, Lady Maleficent, 14-1 Others.
4.25 Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (Div 2) (5) 2m 4f £3,119
1 00- Agent Memphis (19) K Bailey 6 11 0
D Bass
2 42- Blackdown Hills (15) (C) J W Mullins 8 11 0 A Thornton
3 F0- Cup Of Gold (13) B Case 6 11 0
Kielan Woods
4 9P- Hurlstone Point (17) P Hobbs 5 11 0 Sean Houlihan (5)
5 8P- Jennifer Juniper (17) F O’Brien 5 11 0
A P Cawley
6 05- Maggies Legend [T] (16) A Hales 5 11 0 C Shoemark
7 04- Malindi Bay (201) H Evans 5 11 0
Bryony Frost (3)
8 47- Ruby Fool [P] (17) R Mitford-Slade 8 11 0
James Best
9 6- Katebird (16) Oliver Greenall 4 10 9
D England
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Blackdown Hills, 3-1 Maggies Legend, 5-1 Malindi
Bay, 10-1 Agent Memphis, 12-1 Hurlstone Point, 14-1 Others.
Vendredi Trois (66) (C) Emma Lavelle 9 11 13 A Wedge
Fear Glic (129) (D) J Du Plessis 12 11 13 Mr R Dingle (7)
Exmoor Mist [P,T] (28) V Dartnall 10 11 12 James Best
Red Square Revival [P,T] (155) (C)(D) D Pipe 7 11 12
T Scudamore
Sean Houlihan (5)
5 6P- All Kings (58) R Buckler 9 11 11
6 44- Zalgarry (152) (D) A Whitehead 11 11 11 Mr J Wall (5)
7 51- Alf ‘n’ Dor [B,T] (25) (D) P Bowen 7 11 9
S Bowen
8 8P- Follow The Swallow [T,V] (114) G McPherson 10 11 2
Kielan Woods
9 86- Thoonavolla [P] (15) (CD)(C)(D) T H Weston 10 10 10 C Poste
10 30- Quinto [T] (18) J Frost 8 10 10
Bryony Frost (3)
11 64- Fifty Shades (14) Christian Williams 5 10 0 R T Dunne
12 UU- Grey Messenger [P,T] (15) Miss E Baker 9 10 0 B J Powell
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Red Square Revival, 7-2 Alf ‘n’ Dor, 5-1 Exmoor Mist,
10-1 Zalgarry, Vendredi Trois, 12-1 Others.
Mortens Leam (18) Mike Hawker 6 11 12
H Brooke
Church Hall [T] (17) Miss E Baker 10 11 12 B J Powell
Market Road [T] (39) E Williams 8 11 12 Miss Isabel Williams (7)
Lord Getaway (20) H Evans 6 11 12 Bryony Frost (3)
Scooby (16) G McPherson 7 11 11
Kielan Woods
North West Wind [P] (45) E Williams 5 11 11 A Wedge
Notnow Seamus (F342) (D) D Skelton 7 11 11
Bridget Andrews (3)
8 63- Lady Mix (58) N Hawke 5 11 11
T Buckley (10)
9 /8- Shadarpour [P] (18) Mrs K Stephens 9 11 10
L Heard
10 30- Frankie Rapper (178) D Skelton 6 11 7
H Skelton
11 U7- Fair To Middling [P,T] (154) P Bowen 8 11 6 S Bowen
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Market Road, 4-1 Lord Getaway, 7-1 Frankie Rapper,
8-1 Mortens Leam, Fair To Middling, Lady Mix, 10-1 Others.
3.20 Selling Hurdle (5) 2m 4f £3,119
5.25 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m £4,094
12- Rock Of Leon [P,T] (17) (C)(D) P Kirby 7 11 5 N Moscrop (5)
Cease To Surrender H Tett 7 11 0
Mr F Tett (5)
PU- Luca Brazi (62) A Sadik 6 11 0
T Phelan
90- Searching [V] (25) G L Moore 6 11 0
A Glassonbury
2P- Torrent Des Mottes (17) A Dunn 7 11 0 Conor Smith (5)
5P- West To Crossgales (74) C Pogson 7 11 0
A Pogson
FP- Why Lie (88) A Phillips 7 11 0
S Sheppard (3)
93- Geni Johnson (17) A Dunn 6 10 7
T Cheesman (5)
/7- Wintour Leap [P] (F26) (C) Robert Stephens 7 10 7
Sean Houlihan (5)
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Rock Of Leon, 7-2 Wintour Leap, 4-1 Searching, 5-1
Geni Johnson, 7-1 Torrent Des Mottes, 25-1 Others.
4.55 Worcester News Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 7f £4,159
Casterly Rock (64) (BF) P Hobbs 6 11 12 Sean Houlihan (3)
The Gipper (32) (D) E Williams 8 11 8
C Ring (3)
Linguine (156) D L Williams 8 11 7
T Cheesman
Alcock And Brown (45) (CD) D Skelton 6 11 7 Bridget Andrews (3)
Purple ‘n Gold [B] (177) (CD)(D) D Pipe 9 11 2 S Sheppard
Oskar Denarius [H,T] (20) (D) B Pauling 7 11 0 Bryony Frost
Navajo War Dance (84) (WS) A Stronge 5 10 12 L Murtagh
Sweeping Rock (161) (CD) J Spearing 8 10 7 C Deutsch
Catchin Time [P,T] (33) (D) Miss L Hurley 10 10 0
C Hammond (3)
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Oskar Denarius, 3-1 Casterly Rock, 6-1 Sweeping
Rock, 8-1 Catchin Time, Navajo War Dance, 10-1 Others.
1 0P- Cockney Seagull [T,V] (20) L Jewell 5 11 2 T Garner (3)
2 40- Commodore Barry (45) (BF) K Bailey 5 11 2 B Hughes
T J O’Brien
3 PP- Dassett Gold [P] (14) P Webber 5 11 2
S Twiston-Davies
4 10- Dr Rhythm (166) P Nicholls 5 11 2
N De Boinville
5 42- Haul Away (175) N Henderson 5 11 2
J Quinlan
6 43- Myplaceatmidnight (29) N King 6 11 2
J Bowen (3)
7 23- Potterman (90) (C) (BF) A King 5 11 2
8 35- Shanroe Tic Tec (42) Mrs J Mason 6 11 2
J M Davies
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Haul Away, 2-1 Potterman, 5-1 Dr Rhythm, 6-1
Myplaceatmidnight, 8-1 Commodore Barry, 33-1 Shanroe Tic Tec,
66-1 Dassett Gold, 200-1 Cockney Seagull.
1 44- Plantagenet (32) J W Mullins 6 11 13
D Sansom (5)
2 52- Go West Young Man (19) (BF) H Daly 10 11 12 A Tinkler
3 82- Kings Temptation [T] (45) B Case 6 11 12
S Twiston-Davies
Mr P Mason (7)
4 11- Whin Park (19) (D) B Pauling 6 11 10
5 06- Canyouringmeback [H] (18) (D) N Gifford 6 11 10
J M Davies
6 6P- Midnight Gem (144) (C) C Longsdon 8 11 9 Paul O’Brien (5)
7 54- Miss Yeats (45) Mrs L Mongan 7 11 7
H Teal (7)
8 P6- Jolly Jet [P] (31) Mrs L Jewell 6 10 8
M Goldstein
T Garner (3)
9 8P- Hab Sab [P] (39) Mrs L Jewell 6 10 0
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Whin Park, 3-1 Kings Temptation, 6-1 Miss Yeats,
Plantagenet, Go West Young Man, 12-1 COthers.
3.45 Smarkets Handicap Hurdle (4) 3m 1f £4,874
Popelys Gull (55) Mrs P Sly 6 11 12
Mr J Andrews (7)
Bandon Roc [V] (13) (CD) K Bailey 7 11 11 M Hamill (5)
Stage Summit [P] (49) B Pauling 5 11 11 N De Boinville
Will O’The West (16) H Daly 7 11 10
A Tinkler
Fingerontheswitch [P,T] (40) N Mulholland 8 11 9
P K Donovan (7)
6 56- Le Dauphin (164) N Henderson 7 11 9
N Curtis (5)
7 UF- Gibbes Bay (91) P Nicholls 6 11 9
Mr L Williams (7)
8 1P- Colt Lightning (32) (BF) Tom Lacey 5 11 8
A Johns
T J O’Brien
9 41/ Bodega (411) I Williams 10 11 7
10 33- Sartene’s Son [T] (39) N Twiston-Davies 5 11 4
S Twiston-Davies
11 36- Bonnet’s Vino (78) Mrs P Sly 10 11 4 Miss G Andrews (3)
12 1P- Doitforjoe [T] (209) David Dennis 8 11 3
B Hughes
H Teal (7)
13 23- Sackett (16) N King 7 11 2
14 21- Mab Dab (20) (D) Mrs L Jewell 7 11 0
T Garner (3)
15 P8- Local Show [P,T] (17) (BF) Mrs S Humphrey 10 10 13
A Coleman
S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Stage Summit, 7-1 Bandon Roc, 15-2 Sackett, 8-1
Gibbes Bay, 10-1 Doitforjoe, Mab Dab, 12-1 Others.
4.15 Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £4,874
Shining Romeo (14) (C) D P Quinn 6 12 0
A Coleman
Handsome Dan (F48) S Hollinshead 12 11 12 R Patrick (5)
Early Retirement (40) (D) Mrs C Bailey 6 11 12 J Bowen (3)
Barton Knoll (160) (D) J Mackie 6 11 9
B Hughes
5 P3- Midnight Chill [T] (29) J Snowden 6 11 9
J M Davies
6 20- Royal Ruby [H] (45) N Henderson 6 11 7 N De Boinville
7 14/ Blagapar (637) (BF) Dr R Newland 7 11 7
S Twiston-Davies
8 50- Master Work (45) P Hobbs 5 11 7
T J O’Brien
A Tinkler
9 58- Balgemmois (25) Ali Stronge 5 11 6
10 33- Master Of Finance [P] (20) L Wadham 7 11 3 J Quinlan
R Day (3)
11 P0- Kiwayu [T] (104) (D) M Sowersby 9 11 2
12 39- Bomber’s Moon [T] (19) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 2 M Grant
13 31- Black Buble (19) (D) A Carroll 5 11 0
L Edwards
14 F5- Le Capricieux (14) G L Moore 7 10 13
H Teal (7)
15 PP- Make Me A Fortune [P] (113) (D) S Gollings 10 10 13
J McGrath
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Black Buble, 5-1 Shining Romeo, 8-1 Master Of
Finance, Barton Knoll, 10-1 Others.
4.45 Chase (Novices’ Limited Handicap) (3) 2m 104yds £7,343
1 67- Utility [T,WS] (159) (D) Jonjo O’Neill 7 11 8 A Coleman
2 74- Miss Night Owl (162) (D) T R George 8 11 5 B Hughes
3 U1- Capitoul (16) (CD)(D) Dr R Newland 6 11 4
S Twiston-Davies
4 50- Comanche Chieftain (22) (D) N King 6 11 4 H Teal (7)
5 4P- New Agenda [H] (F35) (CD) P Webber 6 11 2 T J O’Brien
S.P. f’cast: 5-6 Capitoul, 7-2 Miss Night Owl, 5-1 New Agenda, 7-1
Utility, 20-1 Comanche Chieftain.
5.15 Maiden NH Flat Race (5) 2m £2,274
1 47- Black Kalanisi (80) J Tuite 5 11 4
T Greatrex (7)
2 22- Daario Naharis (116) A Ralph 5 11 4 Mr Alex Edwards (5)
3 7- Lyndsays Lad (90) N Henderson 5 11 4
N Curtis (5)
Thomas Darby Olly Murphy 5 11 4 Fergus Gregory (5)
5 5- Ace Cheetah [T] (66) J R Jenkins 4 11 0 P K Donovan (7)
Balleticon K Bailey 4 11 0
Mr Liam Carter (7)
Bright Forecast B Pauling 4 11 0
Mr Aaron Rid (7)
8 63- Skyline [T,WS] (66) (BF) H Morrison 4 11 0 J Bowen (3)
9 0- Delayed Reaction (42) P Hedger 6 10 11 Miss K Evans (7)
Flaka Tim Pinfield 6 10 11
Ben Hicks (7)
11 4- Luna June (28) F O’Brien 5 10 11
R Patrick (5)
Nanny Pat’s G L Moore 5 10 11
H Teal (7)
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Thomas Darby, 4-1 Skyline, 6-1 Lyndsays Lad, 13-2
Black Kalanisi, 7-1 Bright Forecast, 12-1 Balleticon, 14-1 Ace Cheetah,
Nanny Pat’s, Daario Naharis, Luna June, 25-1 Others.
Going: Good
1.50 (5f15yds): No Lippy (P J McDonald 6-5F) 1; Lihou
(5-2) 2; Dark Thunder (11-2) 3. 7 ran. 11/4l, 21/4l. (M
Johnston). NRs: Five Amarones, Kinks, Lady Prancealot,
Light My Fire.
2.25 (1m3f75yds): Magic Wand (R L Moore 3-1F) 1;
Forever Together (11-2) 2; Princess Yaiza (9-1) 3. 10
ran. 31/2l, 1/2l. (A P O’Brien (IRE) ).
3.00 (5f15yds h’cap): Spoof (C Shepherd 9-2) 1; Looks A
Million (5-1) 2; Porchy Party (16-1) 3.
Showmethedough 3-1F. 10 ran. 1/2l, 1l. (C Hills).
3.35 (1m4f63yds): Young Rascal (James Doyle 10-3) 1;
Dee Ex Bee (12-1) 2; Hunting Horn (3-1F) 3. 10 ran.
1/2l, 3l. (W Haggas).
4.05 (1m2f70yds mdn): Chief Ironside (K Shoemark
14-1) 1; Infrastructure (6-1) 2; Argentello (11-10F) 3.
10 ran. 3l, 1l. (W Jarvis).
4.35 (6f17yds h’cap): Gabrial The Saint (P Hanagan
13-2) 1; Mr Top Hat (6-1) 2; Neola (11-1) 3. No I’m Easy
7-2F. 12 ran. 11/2l, 2l. (R Fahey). NRs: Encrypted,
5.05 (7f1yds h’cap): The Feathered Nest (P Hanagan
7-1) 1; My Amigo (4-1F) 2; Alejandro (8-1) 3. 12 ran.
3/4l, 11/4l. (R Fahey). NRs: Intransigent, Twin Appeal.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £17,193.16 carried over.
Placepot: £52.80. Quadpot: £18.50.
Going: Good-good to firm in places
5.10 (2m5f164yds h’cap hdle): Snazz Man (Lucy Gardner
6-1) 1; Howlongisafoot (6-1) 2; Black Anthem (8-1) 3.
Summer Getaway 3-1F. 14 ran. 7l, nk. (Mrs S Gardner).
5.45 (3m1f210yds h’cap ch): Royals And Rebels (H
Bannister 7-2) 1; Chill In The Wood (7-2) 2; Flugzeug
(9-1) 3. In The Hold 2-1F. 5 ran. 7l, 6l. (C Mann).
6.15 (3m1f166yds nov hdle): Don Lami (A Coleman
2-5F) 1; Cintex (9-4) 2; 3 ran. 12l. (A Honeyball). NR:
6.45 (2m1f162yds mdn hdle): Mr Dorrell Sage (T Garner
20-1) 1; Holryale (6-4F) 2; It’s Got Legs (15-8) 3. 12
ran. shd, 11/4l. (O Sherwood).
7.15 (2m5f135yds h’cap ch): Tara Mac (A Johns 5-1) 1;
Atlanta Ablaze (2-1F) 2; Chantara Rose (5-1) 3. 5 ran.
5l, 3l. (T Vaughan).
7.45 (2m3f49yds h’cap hdle): Stole The Show (C
Hammond 7-2) 1; Zen Master (7-1) 2; Present Destiny
(12-1) 3. Ramore Will 2-1F. 9 ran. 3/4l, 1/2l. (Dr R
8.15 (2m1f162yds nh flat): Lord Condi (A Coleman 6-1)
1; Manning Estate (7-2CF) 2; Black Lightning (6-1) 3.
Johnny Rocco 7-2CF, Bitofblinding 7-2CF. 8 ran. 1/2l,
11/2l. (M Keighley).
Placepot: £33.80. Quadpot: £8.80.
Going: Good-good to firm in places
2.00 (2m4f189yds nov hdle): High Jinx (C R King 2-1) 1;
Hills Of Connemara (7-2) 2; Calix Delafayette (evs F) 3.
8 ran. 9l, 36l. (T Easterby). NR: Templenaboe.
2.35 (2m5f133yds h’cap nov ch): Free Range (A P
Cawley 9-2) 1; Bocasien Desbois (15-2) 2; Royal
Mandate (9-1) 3. Romulus Du Donjon 7-2F. 7 ran. 10l, 4l.
(M Hammond). NR: Cherif De L’isle.
3.10 (2m6f151yds h’cap hdle): Shepherd’s Bight (B
Hughes 6-1) 1; Champagne To Go (11-1) 2; Christmas
Twenty (11-2) 3. Witness 5-2F. 10 ran. 11/4l, 33/4l. (Ruth
Jefferson). NR: Elmono.
3.45 (3m2f39yds h’cap ch): Cobajayisland (B Poste 6-1)
1; Amilliontimes (28-1) 2; Attention Please (11-1) 3.
Achill Road Boy 7-2F. 9 ran. 11/4l, 10l. (M Scudamore).
4.15 (2m1f14yds h’cap ch): Oak Vintage (Ross Chapman
3-1) 1; Ifandbutwhynot (9-1) 2; Sudski Star (6-1) 3.
Double W’s 7-4F. 7 ran. 11l, 7l. (Mrs A Hamilton).
4.45 (2m5f133yds nov ch): Shantou Prince (Mr C
Furness 5-2) 1; Dance Of Time (4-6F) 2; Eco Warrior
(12-1) 3. 6 ran. 14l, 41/2l. (Mrs G B Walford).
5.15 (2m51yds nh flat): Akarita Lights (C R King 5-4F)
1; Enzo Barbieri (7-2) 2; Nearly There (50-1) 3. 12 ran.
11/4l, 9l. (J J Quinn). NRs: Bally Conor, Harry The Potter.
Placepot: £158.60. Quadpot: £50.80.
Newton Abbot
Going: Good-good to firm in places
2.10 (2m5f122yds nov hdle): Desirable Court (D Jacob
11-8F) 1; Rosemary Russet (2-1) 2; Audora (66-1) 3. 8
ran. 16l, 5l. (A King).
2.45 (3m1f170yds nov ch): Mighty Leader (P Brennan
7-4) 1; Overland Flyer (4-5F) 2; All Kings (6-1) 3. 3 ran.
10l, 41/2l. (F O’Brien). NRs: Brown Revel, The
3.20 (2m167yds nov hdle): Higgs (D Bass 3-1) 1; Blu
Cavalier (2-13F) 2; Peterborough (22-1) 3. 5 ran. nk,
21l. (S-J Davies).
3.55 (2m4f216yds h’cap ch): Cut The Corner (L Edwards
9-1) 1; Sizing Platinum (10-3) 2; Roman Flight (25-1)
3. Alcala 3-1F. 8 ran. 41/2l, nk. (A Ralph).
4.25 (2m167yds h’cap hdle): Global Thrill (Sean
Houlihan 12-1) 1; Shrubland (9-2) 2; Watcombe
Heights (2-1F) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l, 3/4l. (B J Llewellyn). NR:
Nelson’s Touch.
4.55 (3m1f170yds h’cap ch): Drumlee Sunset (Jonathan
Burke 5-1) 1; Lamb Or Cod (9-2) 2; Sonneofpresenting
(7-1) 3. Dell’ Arca 3-1F. 6 ran. 13/4l, 6l. (T R George).
5.25 (2m167yds h’cap hdle): Unsafe Conduct (H Cobden
17-2) 1; Bee An Aristocrat (9-2F) 2; Ice Konig (20-1) 3;
Centreofexcellence (6-1) 4. 17 ran. 23/4l, 21/4l, 10l. (C
Tizzard). NR: Baron Von Chill.
Placepot: £41.30. Quadpot: £10.80.
Going: Standard
5.55 (2m120yds h’cap): Hewouldwouldnthe (Mr J
Harding 40-1) 1; City Dreamer (10-3F) 2; Party Royal
(40-1) 3. 12 ran. 13/4l, 11/2l. (J Portman). NR:
6.25 (1m1f104yds h’cap): Pammi (K O’Neill 33-1) 1;
Percy Prosecco (7-2F) 2; Pact Of Steel (9-1) 3. 13 ran.
hd, 11/4l. (A Carson).
6.55 (1m4f51yds h’cap): French Mix (Rossa Ryan 15-2)
1; Sunshineandbubbles (15-8F) 2; Monaco Rose (6-1)
3. 7 ran. 11/2l, 3/4l. (A Dunn).
7.25 (1m142yds nov): Adjutant (J Fanning 9-4) 1;
Epaulement (18-1) 2; Strange Society (10-1) 3.
Verandah 8-11F. 6 ran. hd, 1/2l. (B Meehan). NRs:
Deliverance, Island Sound, Jahaafel, One Flew Over,
Worth Waiting.
7.55 (7f36yds h’cap): Mischief Managed (D Fentiman
5-1) 1; Viola Park (8-1) 2; Lord Murphy (6-1) 3. Sir
Lancelott 7-2F. 12 ran. 3/4l, 1/2l. (T Easterby).
8.25 (7f36yds h’cap): Critical Thinking (S Donohoe 3-1)
1; The Amber Fort (4-1) 2; Bouclier (5-2F) 3. 8 ran. shd,
hd. (David Loughnane).
8.55 (5f21yds h’cap): Billy Booth (Aaron Jones 25-1) 1;
Ellen Gates (4-1) 2; Furni Factors (3-1JF) 3. Revenge
3-1JF. 10 ran. nk, ns. (Miss G Kelleway). NR: Glamorous
Placepot: £712.50. Quadpot: £47.40.
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Final whistle
A computer craze
addictive to
children is
getting free ads
on the pitch, says
James Corrigan
Players set
trend with
goal jigs
the old
debate kicks off, the cry
always go up that parents
should not expect others
to bring up their
children; which is a
shame for those of us not
very good at raising the
But even if we are not
allowed to demand these
multimillionaires – who
actually have more than
enough spare time – draw
up and stick to ethical
guidelines for our
offspring to follow,
perhaps it is acceptable to
ask them not to make the
guardian’s job yet harder.
And not to encourage
the kids to play a
computer game that
leaves them rooted to the
sofa in a zombie-like
trance that they then
proceed to carry over
into the few hours of life
they deign to spend away
from the monitors.
I refer, of course, to
‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’.
If you would like to know
what that is then join the
queue. Reports say it is
“an interactive game of
survival which invites
children to create a
superhero avatar and
compete against each
other on a dystopian
But, basically from the
noises emanating from
the bedroom, it appears
to involve my son
screaming at his friends
down a headset to shoot
someone before he,
himself, is shot. “Theo,
you idiot, kill him, kill
him . . . ” – that sort off
Fortnite seems to
be at its peak and,
m it as
although many claim
a mere fad, nobody can
be too sure, because the
craze is off the scale.
It is free to download,
but somehow made
$50 million
(£36.8 million) in a single
day last week, and that
accounts for all the
£7.99s appearing on my
credit card.
One of the shameless
“in-app purchases” iss
dances for your
computer characterss to
enact, which makes
Under the spotlight:
Antoine Griezmann
performs the ‘L Dance’’
‘It’s just like
the real thing,’
my son
opined after
‘Wiggle’. Souldestroying
those terrifying little
online beings a cross
between Craig Revel
Horwood and Rambo.
It is not just juveniles
and students being hit by
the bug, but professional
sportspeople, too, and
maybe we should not be
surprised by that. But
they are bringing their
obsession on to the field,
not by “eliminating”
rivals – although,
around – but by
celebrati goals with
Fortnite jigs.
So, in recent
we have seen Dele Alli
being joined
by Harry
Kane in ‘‘The Jubilation’,
while Antoine
Griezman performed
the ‘L Da
Dance’ after
scoring against
in the Europa
at Cardiff
City, Call
Callum Paterson has
i for months,
been at it
‘T Floss’ to ‘The
from ‘The
Wiggl After
t e latter,
my boy
high praise
for his
just lik
like the real thing,”
opine Soulhe opined.
destroyin As was the
loo when I
blank look
ventured the “real thing”
had been the volley into
the left-hand corner a few
seconds before.
Still, we are told there
is no need to worry. Only
a bit of fun. Except
experts are warning
about the addictive
qualities of the game and
teachers are complaining
about the ruinous effect
in the classrooms.
Then there is the small
matter of the scourge of
eSports keeping the next
generation from
participating in proper
sport. This is a rapidly
escalating problem and
the International
Olympic Committee is
not really helping by
indicating eSports could
be a demonstration event
in the 2024 Olympics.
Something has to be
done and football, as the
world’s main sport,
should be at the
vanguard. It could start
with the superstars not
providing free
advertising. No, a ban
would plainly not work,
so all we can do is plead
to the consciences of
Kane, Griezmann and co.
Be an example to our
kids. Just on this. Please.
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