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Issue 24 - Saturday 1st August 2015
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Page 4 - Yours In Sport with Kevan Minter - The Colonel.
Page 5 - Tropics Is A Group Horse In A Handicap.
Page 6 - Falcao Can Be The Community Shield Match Winner.
Page 7 - Hull And Boro Can Prosper In The Championship This Season.
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FLAT RACINGTop Tug trainer Sir M.Stoute - Never got a clear passage yesterday at Goodwood but stayed on strongly and will appreciate a step up in distance.
Withernsea trainer R.Fahey - Noted staying on after not getting the run of the race at York.
Intense Style trainer L.Eyre - Ran in the same race as Withernsea but faded out of contention however he has taken time to adjust since coming over from Ireland.
Cry Fury trainer Sophie Leech - Well handicapped but perhaps didn't quite see out the trip at Newbury.
The Ducking Stool trainer Julia Fielden - Placed in Cry Furys race this consistent sort should be followed especially at Yarmouth.
Mutamid trainer I.Mohammed - Ran well at Lingﬁeld and could be an improver.
Major Rowan trainer B.Smart - Never quite saw out 12 furlongs on the ﬁbresand and a shorter journey looks the answer.
Howard Davis-Shaw Betting Opportunity Fold4Gold Like Us On Facebook - Your Quick Sport Fix - Page 3 The Cartier Racing Awards (horse racings Oscars) have reached a landmark 25th year and, with some outstanding performances already seen on the track, 2015 looks set to be a vintage season.
The 25th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 10.
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. In addition to the eight equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 17-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.
European horseracing's top awards are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2015 (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 Racing viewers (35%).
Early contenders for Cartier Horse Of The Year include Gleneagles (80). The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt, who also leads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category, has already scooped two Classic wins in 2015, winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Gleneagles gained the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award in
2014. Eclipse hero Golden Horn (64), owned by Anthony Oppenheimer and trained by John Gosden, is now unbeaten in ﬁve races after his emphatic victory under Frankie Dettori from stable companion Jack Hobbs who has since won the Irish Derby (32) in Britain's premier Classic, the Investec Derby, at Epsom Downs on June 6 and must be on the short list of runners for the top prize.
The approval by the BHA to convert Newcastle's ﬂat turf track to all-weather as turned a few heads in the sport but it is held by many to be a pivotal moment in racing. The world in racing is changing all the time and we have to move with it like it or not I remember when Sunday racing came in and greyhound racing went from eight race's per meeting to 12/16 nothing stays the same in this world so lets just get on with it and stop sounding like a bunch of grumpy old men.
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Kevan Minter The Colonel Like Us On Facebook - Your Quick Sport Fix - Page 4 Tropics Is A Group Horse In A Handicap Tropics is a group horse running in a handicap and can conﬁrm that view by winning the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood on Saturday. One of the biggest handicaps of the season is the highlight of the last day of the ﬁve day festival of summer Flat racing.
Glorious Goodwood is less stuffy than Royal Ascot and a huge injection of cash has boosted prize money considerably.
In the good old days the meeting was covered by the BBC and that means the commentator was Sir Peter O’Sullevan, one of the best sports broadcasters ever. I met him in the 1970s at Aintree and said I would like his job and he replied he won’t go on for ever and somebody would have to replace him. He did seem to go on for ever but sadly died this week aged 97. His legacy includes raising fortunes for several animal charities.
Sir Peter was something of a traditionalist but not stuck in the past. He would have understood the arguments for and against when the Stewards’ Cup lost its famous title last year because the sponsors wanted to name it after their company. The 32Red Cup had a short life and once the Qataris got involved it went back to being called the Stewards’ Cup. Some races will always be known under the name of past and present sponsors such as the Whitbread and the Hennessey.
The Grand National has had several sponsors but will always be called the National. When Red Rum won the race for the third time in1977 I think the main sponsor was The Sun. Racing is heavily dependent on companies backing its major races and some of the more obscure but the 1977 National will be most remembered for: “Its hats off and a tremendous reception. You’ve never heard one like it at Liverpool. Red Rum wins the National.” Those words must be worth a fortune if they could be sponsored.
The Stewards’ Cup is a race open to three-year-olds and older run over 6 furlongs and is Goodwood’s most famous race. It’s not a Group race so does not attract the very best horses but is one of the most valuable and sought after handicaps of the season. Five horses have won the race twice but not since 1967 and 1968 and Richard Hughes has the most winning rides with four. Two trainers have handled four winner but only completing the quartet at the end of the 19th century.
Hughes is ending his career as a jockey at Goodwood on Saturday and it would be ﬁtting if he won the Stewards Cup again on a track where he has often been seen at his best. The three times champion will be now be focusing on training rather than riding racehorses but still has a ride on Ninjago for Richard Hannon in the Stewards Cup. The head must rule the heart which means there will be no wonderful ending to a great career with another win in the prestigious handicap.
Dinkum Diamond looks overpriced for Saturday’s big race and could be thrown in at the weights. He is being ridden by Oisin Murphy, one of the bright young things of the weighing room who could emulate Hughes by becoming champion jockey. Dinkum Diamond last won a race at Doncaster in March 2014 with a rating of 100 and that piece of form brings the horse into the mix but beating Tropics may be beyond him.
Tropics has been allocated top weight but that could be a surmountable handicap on the basis of ﬁnishing second in the July Cup. That race at Newmarket often identiﬁes the best sprinter in Europe and the race was won until Muhaarar started motoring and got up near the winning post. That form gives Tropics an outstanding chance of carrying the weight and making undoubted class tell. It’s just a shame Sir Peter won’t be calling the horses at Goodwood this Saturday.
Like Us On Facebook - Your Quick Sport Fix - Page 5 Falcao Can Be The Community Shield Match Winner The Community Shield match between Arsenal and Chelsea has more intrigue than being the season opener and a gloriﬁed friendly with the appearance of Petr Cech for the Gunners. An unseemly spat between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger marks the new season of petty feuds fuelled by a media frenzy. The match is being played during the Third Test between England and Australia which is far too soon.
The thinking behind playing the ﬁxture in the ﬁrst week in August is to truncate the end of the season ahead of Euro 2016. This is a nonsense because England will yet again underachieve because the best players play too much football and too few potential England internationals play in the Premier League.
The FA will point to a healthy crowd at Wembley and the new television deal as evidence that the market wants an unlimited amount of football.
However, West Ham played in the Europa League at the start of July which is a farcical situation.
Fortunately they don’t have many players on their books destined for the England squad at the Euros.
Their ground sold out for the European ﬁxture which indicates an appetite for summer soccer. Even so it is irritating that Wenger and Mourinho are already trying to score points before a ball has been kicked in anger.
The Special One was defensive about his title-winning men last season and highlighted some of their progressive play before the turn of the year. John Terry and co. dug in towards the end of the season but it will go down as one of the most uninteresting in the Premier League era. Mourinho fashioned a side to win the league and he achieved that objective. Excelling in the Champions League is the next step and the manager has led two sides to be kings of Europe.
Much will again depend on the contribution from Eden Hazard who was the best player of last season.
Diego Costa served his main function by scoring consistently but injury concerns could hamper his inﬂuence this time in the opening exchanges. He could miss the Arsenal match in which Gary Cahill may not ﬁgure after breaking his nose in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona. Cech was only called upon in early rounds of the Cup competitions and was the deﬁnite number two behind Thibaut Courtois.
Didier Drogba has left the club again and Radamel Falcao has arrived from Manchester United. He scored just four goals in the Premier League last season and didn’t seem to get on with Louis Van Gaal. Falcao never looked fully ﬁt during his time with United and that could have been a legacy of a knee injury which meant he missed the World Cup. Despite that blip he has scored 142 goals in 255 matches for his various clubs.
Cech was allowed to move across London because the Chelsea hierarchy appreciated his loyal service and contribution during most of the Roman Abramovich era. At his peak he was the best keeper in the league and could still give Arsenal ﬁve years service. His new club were outstanding in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the Cup Final and will be looking to build on that result by winning the Premier League for the ﬁrst time since the 2003-04 season.
Arsenal have yet to make a marquee signing but Karim Benzema would be a great addition to a strong squad. Jack Wilshere ﬁnally delivered for England at the end of last season and Theo Walcott is still relatively young for a player with so much experience. The central characters in the Wembley ﬁxture will be the two managers and Cech but Falcao can get his career back on track by scoring the winner in a Chelsea 1-0 win.
Tip: Chelsea 1-0 and Radamel Falcao scorecast at 40/1.
Like Us On Facebook - Your Quick Sport Fix - Page 6 Hull And Boro Can Prosper In The Championship This Season A good starting point in assessing the potential contenders for the Championship is the relegated sides from the Premier League and the losers in the play-off ﬁnal. In that context Hull City can regain their status immediately and Middlesbrough could return to the top level of English football. Queens Park Rangers and Burnley have had their time in the sun and going straight back up looks beyond them.
In the past relegated teams have beneﬁted from lucrative parachute payments but they will receive a reduced amount from the 2016-17 season. Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich will be helped in this way for one year less than in the past. The relegated clubs will get these payments over three years and not four. However, the amended regulations will not impact on Hull, QPR and Burnley who will be allocated £64m over the next four years.
Hull were relegated last season in 18th place and with 35 points which is below average for the team in the third nightmare scenario position. They were only sucked into the mire towards the end of the season and suffered most from Leicester’s outstanding late run of form. They have retained most of the squad and Steve Bruce has decided to stay on as manager. At the time of writing former England international Tom Huddlestone is still with club and prepared to help City return to the Premier League.
His side scored more goals and conceded fewer than the two teams that ﬁnished immediately above them in the ﬁnal table. West Brom let in the same number of goals and ﬁnished 13th. Those facts suggest Hull were not the third worst team in the league and Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle could have easily replaced them in the drop zone. Managerial appointments proved crucial for the ﬁrst two named and the Geordies only secured safety on the last day of the season.
Bruce has signed Ryan Taylor from Newcastle and he can be a valuable asset at Championship level. Aged 30 he has plenty of experience in the Premier League and he was good enough to play for the England Under-21 team.
The Hull owners have not panicked which means the squad could take advantage of the brief window of opportunity and return to the Premier League. They reached the FA Cup Final in the season before last and several members of that team are still at the club.