Wayne DaCosta’s Day – Trainer overjoyed after bagging Guineas double

first_img Walker rode identical races to accompany DaCosta into the history books, biding his time just off the leaders for the first half-mile before using his mounts’ superior pace to dispute the lead into the lane and kicking clear off the turn. DaCosta became the sixth trainer to complete a 1000-2000 Guineas double, joining Paul Newman (1980), Kenneth Mattis (1981), Billy Williams (1991), Philip Feanny (1992 and 1993), and Gary Subratie (2011). Walker, who experienced Guineas joy in 2014 and 2015, winning the 2000 with TALENTED TONY K and the 1000 aboard PUDDY POOH, respectively, was notching his first double in the season’s classic openers. Aboard SHE’S A MANEATER, he sat fifth, but close enough from post-position 10 while EMPRESS HALL, MONEY MAGNET, MARLENE MY LOVE and LIGHTNING LILY disputed the lead. She joined the leaders a half-mile out and took on old rival MONEY MAGNET, racing to the turn as a team while BILINGUAL started a threatening move to straighten full of running and charging at the leaders. However, SHE’S A MANEATER changed gears a furlong out, leaving BILINGUAL under pressure and darting to the rail with Robert Halledeen, killing her chances against DaCosta’s talented filly, who stopped the clock in 1:39.0 for a mile. FEARLESS SAMURAI was not as impressive, winning in 1:40.2 after stalking and going past stablemate LOOSE CANNON from three furlongs out. Though eased by Walker, his winning margin was diminishing at the end as MARKET FORCE, out for the third time, came charging at the end under apprentice Bebeto Harvey. DaCosta and Walker accounted for four of the day’s 12 races, combining for the two Guineas, in addition to ALEXANDER REW in the third and VISION OF GOLD in the ninth. Punters will have to return on Saturday for a shot at the Pick-9, which eluded bettors for another raceday. It’s carry-over now stands at $2.5 million after 44-1 shocker Cruise Lava Cruise turned the bet on its head in the seventh event. GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT Wayne DaCosta’s run of champion trainer titles stands at 16. Last year made it 12 consecutive, in excess of 2000 winners accounting for most major races, including Jamaica derbies and back-to-back Diamond Mile victories. Yet, he described yesterday’s Guineas double as “ecstasy”. “I have never had this feeling before, winning two big races on the same day, “he told The Sunday Gleaner while making his customary trek from the north lounge at Caymanas Park to the winners’ enclosure after FEARLESS SAMURAI came home a half-length clear of Richard Azan’s MARKET FORCE in the 2000 Guineas. DaCosta was put on the cusp of history two races earlier when his super filly, SHE’S A MANEATER, expertly handled by champion jockey Omar Walker, outclassed her peers in the 1000 Guineas, strolling home almost five lengths clear of Anthony Nunes’ BILINGUAL.last_img read more


first_imgThe Frankie Kennedy Winter School 2012 will be officially launched on the Rónán Beo@3 programme on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Thursday 29 November, broadcast live from Queens University Belfast.The public is welcome to attend the programme, which will include excellent traditional musicians and singers, and will be broadcast from the Students Union Building in Queens form 3pm – 5pm.Rónán Beo @3, normally broadcast from Raidió na Gaeltachta’s studios in Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal, will relocate to Belfast for this very special event. Piper Robbie Hannan will officially launch the school, and there will be a host of other guest musicians and singers performing live including Dermot McLaughlin, Úna Monaghan, At First Light, Tara and Dermie Diamond, Conor Byrne, Gearóid Ó Maonaigh, Réalta, and musicians from Queens including Dr. Martin Dowling, Christine Dowling, Nollaig Casey, Conor Cadwell agus Úna Monaghan.The event will be all the more special since Frankie Kennedy was originally from Belfast, and also attended Queens University.The Frankie Kennedy Winter School will take place in Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal Gaeltacht from 27 December to 1 January.The School was founded in Gaoth Dobhair in 1994 after the sad passing of Belfast-born flute player Frankie, a founder member of Altan. There will be events for all the family, including a series of concerts from Ireland’s finest artists, including Altan, Andy Irvine, Séamie O’Dowd, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steve Cooney, At First Light, and the return of the New Year’s Hooley, Ceol, Craic agus Céilí with Breanndán Begley and Steve Cooney, Reel It, plus much more. One of the other events on this year’s calendar is a concert to celebrate Raidió na Gaeltachta’s 40th Birthday and acknowledge their major contribution to promoting traditional music culture. This will be recognized with performances from a variety of Donegal musicians and singers.The launch of the Frankie Kennedy Winter School 2012 will be broadcast live on Thursday 29 November from 3pm-5pm from the Students Union Building. It’s guaranteed to be a good show, so come along if you like, or tune in at 3pm. Also live online www.rte.ie/rnag. LAUNCH OF FRANKIE KENNEDY WINTER SCHOOL TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RnaG was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Frankie Kennedy Winter SchoolRnaG. launchlast_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: Sarri dismisses Higuain talk, praises Morata

first_img tense Maurizio Sarri has rejected talk of Gonzalo Higuain potentially joining Chelsea this summer.The Blues boss was quizzed about the Juventus forward, who he previously worked with at Napoli, after his side’s pre-season penalty shootout win over Inter. Morata and Higuain previously played together at Real Madrid 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Sarri responded by telling Sky Italia: “Gonzalo Higuain? I’m waiting for Alvaro Morata to give the best of himself.”Chelsea’s existing front man had a bright start at Stamford Bridge, but went on to endure a tough first season in English football.Morata wasn’t selected in Spain’s World Cup squad and has played in both of his club’s two pre-season matches so far.“He did very well [in the second match against Inter],” continued Sarri, “Much better than in Australia [the first game against Perth Glory].“It gives me a lot of confidence.” How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining smart causal silverware Latest Chelsea News gameday cracker center_img REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade With the striker situation seemingly put to bed, Maurizio Sarri went on to discuss another of his new team’s ongoing transfer sagas.Eden Hazard has been strongly linked with a potential move to Real Madrid for several years, but never more than now Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club.“He’s a strong player,” Sarri. said of the Belgian, “One like him, all the coaches want to train him, but despite that he’s also true that the strong player must remain motivated,“We hope to be able to [keep him] and do it with the right motivations.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REAL DEAL possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more