FINAL Thursday 10 May 2018 Sport telegraph.co.uk/sport C H E L S E A 1-1 H U D D E R S F I E L D Wagner’s wonders GETTY IMAGES Huddersfield secure their Premier League status – and damage Chelsea’s Champions League hopes Cipriani wins recalll Jones ready to end Wasps player’s exilee n Djokovic beaten Now Edmund eyes lace world top 20 place ney Rule n Rule l Cricket’s Rooney ECB to targett Asian chess fans and coaches Page 13 Page 8 Page 10 ** 2 Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Premier League Huddersfield party as Conte Matt Law FOOTBALL NEWS CORRESPONDENT at Stamford Bridge 1 1 Chelsea 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 Championship. 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 Table Manchester City (C) P W 37 31 Manchester United Tottenham Liverpool Chelsea Arsenal 36 37 37 37 37 Burnley Everton 37 14 12 11 37 13 10 14 D 4 L F A PTS 2 105 27 97 24 5 7 22 8 7 20 12 5 21 7 9 18 6 13 67 69 80 62 73 28 32 38 35 51 77 74 72 70 60 35 37 43 55 54 49 Leicester City 37 12 11 14 52 55 47 Newcastle Crystal Palace Bournemouth Watford Brighton West Ham 37 37 37 37 37 36 36 43 43 44 34 45 47 55 60 63 50 67 41 41 41 41 40 38 Huddersfield Southampton 37 37 9 10 18 7 15 15 28 57 37 55 37 36 Swansea West Brom (R) 37 37 8 9 20 6 13 18 27 54 31 54 33 31 Stoke (R) 37 6 12 19 33 67 30 11 10 10 11 9 9 8 11 11 8 13 11 18 16 16 18 15 16 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 outstanding 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 pitch. 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 Sunday? Last night’s result affected both ends of the table. It means that: 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 behind Southampton, the only team they can still catch. But, to survive, they would require freak scorelines in their respective games. Chelsea will qualify for the top four only if they win at Newcastle and Liverpool lose at home to Brighton. Tottenham’s win last night guarantees them a Champions League place alongside the Manchester clubs. 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, REUTERS 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 seats. “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- Game zone West Ham United Manchester United KO 7.45pm TV Sky Sports Main Event 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 season.” 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 3 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 Saturday. 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 surgery 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. 4 ** Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Premier League Kane eases the nerves to book top-four place Kane 50 Newcastle United 1 0 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 CHIEF FOOTBALL WRITER 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- Tottenham have now qualified for the Champions League for the third consecutive season and finished as highest-placed London club in the Premier League for the first time since 1995 After failing to score in his first four Premier League games at Wembley, Harry Kane has since netted 13 in his past 14 appearances. Since losing their opening Premier 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. GETTY IMAGES Tottenham Hotspur It’s glory, glory Spurs A season to savour 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 believe that their 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 Southampton left a damning one-star review of the Swansea Marriott on TripAdvisor after the hotel cancelled their booking before Tuesday’s game citing citi iting a game, virus. “Very disappointing, as other guests’ bookings 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.” FINAL The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018 5 Sport Premier League Leicester end long Wenger run 3 1 Leicester City Iheanacho 14, Vardy 76 pen, Mahrez 90 Arsenal 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 consideration. 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 Winner:Max Allegri last night steered Juventus to another Italian Cup triumph REUTERS 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 November 1994. Arsenal have lost seven consecutive top-flight away matches for the first time since January 1966. But at least it is not as bad as 1925 when the Gunners suffered 13 consecutive away defeats. This is the first time Arsenal have conceded more than 50 goals in a Premier League campaign and the first time in the top flight since 1983-84. Jamie Vardy has scored 24 goals against the Big Six sides saved the striker’s first effort, Aubameyang’s shot on the rebound gave the Leicester goalkeeper no chance. 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 38,910 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 32,095 54,013 Newcastle (0) 0 54,923 Dumbarton (1) 1 Carswell 6 811 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 19,324 HOME AWAY 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 Aberdeen 37 11 4 4 30 16 10 3 5 25 21 18 70 Rangers 37 10 2 7 32 20 11 4 3 39 25 26 69 Hibernian 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 Nagelsmann. 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 Hearts 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 Dundee 37 6 3 9 18 26 5 3 11 18 30 -20 39 Hamilton 37 5 3 11 26 35 4 3 11 21 30 -18 33 Partick 37 6 4 9 20 24 1 5 12 10 38 -32 30 Ross County 37 3 7 9 23 29 3 3 12 16 34 -24 28 Peterhead (0) 0 796 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 Chelsea 15 10 5 0 37 10 27 35 Man City 15 10 2 3 42 15 27 32 Reading 16 8 4 4 36 17 19 28 Arsenal 15 8 4 3 28 16 12 28 Liverpool 16 9 1 6 28 21 7 28 Birmingham 16 8 2 6 26 17 9 26 Everton 16 4 2 10 19 24 -5 14 Sunderland 15 4 1 10 12 35 -23 13 Bristol City 15 4 1 10 10 39 -29 13 Yeovil 15 0 2 13 1 45 -44 2 FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE 2: Sheffield FC 1 Doncaster Belles 2-Watford 0 Brighton 1. TOP 4 P W D L F A GD Pts Doncaster 16 13 2 1 47 15 32 41 Brighton 15 11 1 3 34 19 15 34 Millwall 15 10 3 2 33 21 12 33 Durham 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 Barcelona 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 Valencia 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 Villarreal Sevilla 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 Getafe Girona Eibar 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 Fixtures PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham v Man Utd (7.45) SKY BET LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFFS SEMI-FINAL 1ST LEG 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. 6 ** Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Football City break Chelsea records on Toure’s farewell to Etihad James Ducker ALL NORTHERN FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT um at the Etihad Stadium Manchester City Danilo 16, B Silva 34, Fernandinho 72 Brighton and Hove Albion Ulloa 20 3 1 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 achievements. 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 7 Lookman a solid bet if Southgate opts to gamble SAM ACE ACE WALLACE Youngster’s rapid rise at Leipzig will have alerted England manager as he eyes World Cup squad W MAN CITY VIA GETTY IMAGES End of an era: Fernandinho 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 Southgate selected Ruben LoftusCheek, 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. uthgate, What will intrigue Southgate, who knows England’s junior teams as well as any off his predecessors, is the th single-mindedness with which Lookman has pushed his way forward in his short career. He was famously only discovered by Charlton Athletic at 16 ip and given a scholarship g within weeks of having played for a London Right move: Leipzig has been making of Ademola Lookman kman 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 Germany’s appetite for dev developing players. But most of aall, Lookman is in c some form – a confident young footballer playing well in one of Eu Europe’s top leagues with a World Cup fin finals just five weeks away. Sou Southgate is not tryin trying to plot this youn young man’s career, or p predict his lo long-term future – he just needs a m man in form for fi five weeks of a su summer that can shape a lif lifetime. Flirtation with American dream is unlikely Plan B for Evertonian D 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. 8 *** Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport 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 TENNIS CORRESPONDENT 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 summit 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- GOLF 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 Marrakesh. 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’ for a few weeks after rs,” he said. the Masters,” yed pretty “I played well alongside gside Henrik [Stenson] at the Zurs] event a rich [pairs] few weekss ago withng the full out getting rewards [they finh], and if ished 19th], nce prethe chance self this sents itself week – or in the weeks thatt follow – I feel I’ll be ake it.” ready to take If Rose were to lift his first 018, he would then title of 2018, in Thomas to finneed Justin e the top 46, Dusish outside on to come outside tin Johnson ne and Jon Rahm the top nine not to be in outrigh outright second. It is a five-man scrap for tthe honour, with Jordan Spie Spieth also in with a shout, and that only adds to the lus lustre of Florida’s $11 million (£8 million) showpiece. Paul Casey’s w withdrawal with a back compla complaint has ensured the world’s to top 50 are not all in the field, b but with respect to Casey – who is now a leading can candidate in every tourname tournament in which he tees it up – his absence will not affect the huge crowd fi figures. Two o of the three-balls Aiming high: Justin Rose has his sights set on becoming the world No 1 becom evening on Sunday Sun *** 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’ I N T E RV I EW Jim White Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin wants to prove she is not a one-horse woman W On the up: Kyle Edmund shows off his improved backhand on the way to victory over a dejected Novak Djokovic (right), before saluting the Madrid crowd (above) 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. 9 hen she competes at the Royal Windsor Horse Show this week, the champion 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 edent. 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 one not just someone ust the who trained just one horse.” orse Since the horse din retired, Dujardin has spent the past year avoiding international competition. “II ve felt like the five ing years I had riding Valegro were very intense, the n me expectation on ame to deliver became he 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 champion 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 “E Valegro,” she says. “Each horse is different. There aare things she can do better th than Valegro, thing he could there’s things t do better than her. But it doesn’t make her spec less special. I’m lucky h I had a horse like Valegro in my life, achie three to achieve Olympi gold Olympic medals I don’t want medals. com to compare it. There is no point. It will be different.” Ro The Royal Windsor H rse S Ho Horse Show c lebra its 75th ce celebrates Annive Anniversary this C year; Charlotte Dujard will be Dujardin t riding there today and tom tomorrow. 10 ** 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 CRICKET NEWS CORRESPONDENT 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 Clarke quits ECB B Giles Clarke’s e’s he tenure at the ECB is over after his retirement was announced after last M. night’s AGM. ed Clarke joined as nonexecutive director in 2004, also serving as nd chairman and president. As expected, ’s Glamorgan’s en Barry O’Brien was one of four nonexecutive directors appointed. 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 with 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. the identity of being South 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 I t has been a tragic waste. For or more than half a century, South Asians have been living in Britain in large m numbers but deterred from joining cricket clubs and e, 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 ar sport; crowds would be larger; far Influential: Lord Patel has convinced the ECB to change its approach 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 indiffer indifference 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 attempt, than any other: Kamlesh Patel – or Profess Professor, the Lord Patel of Bradfo Bradford – who has sea-changed the EC ECB since joining its board. I suggest su two yardsticks by whic which we can judge the action plan plan. One is whether the Roon Rooney Rule reforms coaching. A nic nice livelihood is to be made ** The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018 Razzmatazz 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 MICHAEL ICHAEL L VAUGHAN AUGHA AU HA AN ECB still has time to win over fans and players to new format but it should not have been so tough T “We will optimise the match-day experience at all major matches, by increasing the cultural awareness across the customer journey, creating an enenvironment with ergetic ‘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 Engaging E En gaging females Plans to recruit 200 Plans P ffemale fe male coaches to w rk with girls and wo work w wo men players women from South Asian backgrounds. Communities says this is vital to break down b rriers. ba barriers. 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, London, Luton, Manchester, 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. 11 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 fingertips. 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 purposes. 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 Shreddies. 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. 12 ** Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Rugby Union Cheetahs and Kings eye Champions Cup GAVIN MAIRS THE TALK OF RUGBY BY South African clubs want European spots after joining Pro14 this season T 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 consideration. 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 Cheetahs 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 competitions. 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 T 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 A 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 13 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 RUGBY NEWS CORRESPONDENT RESPONDENT Danny Cipriani iss poised to be e handed the chance e to rekindle e 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 ye catc g pected to be the eye-catching selection from today’s anracens flynouncement. Saracens half Owen Farrell is expected to take over the captain’ss y role after Dylan Hartley ith a was ruled out with concussion injury. he Cipriani, the lf, Wasps fly-half, me whose last game e was against France d in England’s World me Cup warm-up game ust 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 Fa 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 26-year-old. 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 rugby. “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- E XC LU S I V E 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 Twelve Premiership teams in three pools of four. Four pool-stage fixtures held during international windows. ‘Derby day’ round of matches to be included. More than £500,000 prize money with incentives on every game. Three pool winners and best runnerup qualify for semi-finals. Final to be played at home ground of highestseeded qualifier. 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 problems. 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. Database Baseball 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. Basketball 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). 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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 PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP: Ebbw Vale 14 Merthyr 17. Speedway PREMIERSHIP RIDERS CH'SHIP (Poole): 1 J Doyle (Somerset); 2 T Batchelor (Swindon); 3 H Andersen (Leicester); 4 B Kurtz (Poole). Tennis 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. Fixtures Cricket IPL.-Delhi: Delhi v Hyderabad (3.30pm). Rugby League LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP 6TH ROUND 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. 14 *** Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Racing Chester 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 Epsom. 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. 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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 racinguk.com 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 5 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 11 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 GETTY IMAGES 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. Marlborough Marlborough 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 DOUBTFUL 8 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 5 W Buick 3 6 42 Ynys Mon (23) C Hills 9 5 Elieden Miss G Kelleway 9 0 P J McDonald 9 7 Lady Kinsale E Alston 9 0 J Hart 7 8 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 1 2 3 4 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. 1-1 -11 3-1 3-5 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 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 6.10 totesport.com Novice Stakes (5) 7f £5,175 1 61/ 2 6-7 3 214 1 5 5-1 6 0 7 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 totesport.com Handicap (2) 7f £16,172 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 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. -00 174 -41 352 8-4 883 542 7.10 totesport.com 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 totesport.com 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 totesport.com 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 H 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. Marlborough 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 totesport.com Novice Stakes (5) 1m 5f £5,175 1 3 Elgin (19) A King 6 9 2 James Doyle 1 2 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 5 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 15 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. Worcester Huntingdon 3.10 smarkets.com Novices’ Handicap Chase (4) 3m £4,614 Marlborough 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 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 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 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 1.40 Racing To School Handicap Chase (5) 2m 110yds £3,379 1 2 3 4 5 6 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. 60P456255406- 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 2 3 4 Marlborough 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 4 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 353P6141- 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 2U654U02308P/1- 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. 234450/94UP1746353- 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 1 2 3 4 5 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. 634153P640- 4.15 smarkets.com Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £4,874 1 2 3 4 62265P5U- 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) 4 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) 6 Balleticon K Bailey 4 11 0 Mr Liam Carter (7) 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) 10 Flaka Tim Pinfield 6 10 11 Ben Hicks (7) 11 4- Luna June (28) F O’Brien 5 10 11 R Patrick (5) 12 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. Results Chester 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, Montague. 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. Fontwell 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: Benechenko. 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 Newland). 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. Kelso 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 Eaglehaslanded. 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. Wolverhampton 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: Doesyourdogbite. 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 Rocket. Placepot: £712.50. Quadpot: £47.40. 16 *** Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Final whistle A computer craze worryingly addictive to children is getting free ads on the pitch, says James Corrigan Players set dangerous trend with ‘Fortnite’ goal jigs henever the old W footballerscast-as-rolemodels 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 blighters. 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 island”. But, basically from the noises emanating from the bedroom, it appears to involve my son screaming at his friends hoot down a headset to shoot someone before he, eo, himself, is shot. “Theo, ill you idiot, kill him, kill him . . . ” – that sort off thing. 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. oad, It is free to download, but somehow made $50 million ingle (£36.8 million) in a single hat day last week, and that accounts for all the £7.99s appearing on my credit card. ess 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 Paterson’s ‘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, “e not by “eliminating” a rivals – although, hang around – but by celebrati goals with celebrating j Fortnite jigs. r So, in recent weeks, we have seen Dele Alli joi being joined by Harry Kane in ‘‘The Jubilation’, An while Antoine Griezman performed Griezmann the ‘L Da Dance’ after a scoring against Arsenal Eu in the Europa League. Meanw Meanwhile, at Cardiff City, Call Callum Paterson has i for months, been at it ‘T Floss’ to ‘The from ‘The Wiggl After Wiggle’. Pater Paterson executed t e latter, th l the my boy affo afforded high praise for his cho choreography. “It’s just lik like the real thing,” opine Soulhe opined. destroyin As was the destroying. 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.