Johnny Murtagh is aiming for a dream start to his training career with Fort Knox in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. The multiple Group One-winning jockey has been assisting Tommy Carmody for the past couple of seasons, with a string for prominent owner Andrew Tinkler at Murtagh’s Curragh yard. Murtagh has now taken over the reins, but Fort Knox no longer runs in Tinker’s colours as, after an impressive win in a Guineas trial at Leopardstown, he was bought by Sheikh Mohammed and will run in the famous maroon and white silks at the weekend. “It’s a big weekend and we’ve got a few entries. Fort Knox has come out of his last race well and he’s been doing everything nicely. Crucially he’s had no hiccups since then. He’s going nicely at home and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Murtagh. “Sheikh Mohammed’s team were obviously impressed with Fort Knox and I think a lot of it is to do with him being by Dubawi, who is the stallion of the moment. It’s a big confidence boost that they left him with us. “They saw he was being aimed at the Guineas and we train just down the road so they probably thought it was for the best. “It was a tough race at Leopardstown, the ground was soft and there was a real headwind into your face so he showed a good attitude to win as he did. I don’t think better ground will be an issue. It should be beautiful this weekend anyway, as it’s good at the moment with a few showers about. “It will be some start if he can win, nobody can accuse us of not aiming high, anyway!” Tinkler will still be represented in the Classicafter he paid the supplementary entry fee for Ask Dad. Murtagh added: “Andrew was keen to have a runner in the race which is why he’s supplemented Ask Dad. It’s a race that’s been lucky for him in the past and he’s been placed in it before so he said we may as well try to pick up some placed money.” Press Association
Press Association The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and the club have announced his departure as they look to rebuild following relegation from the Barclays Premier League. The Scotland international will follow Steven Reid out of Turf Moor after the defender announced his retirement earlier this week. Relegated Burnley are to release winger Ross Wallace at the end of the season. But long-serving midfielder Michael Duff could stay on after the Clarets confirmed they will begin discussions with the 37-year-old over a new deal. Wallace, a former Celtic trainee signed from Preston five years ago, has made 165 appearances and scored 13 times for the club. He has played 15 times in the Premier League this season, finding the net twice. Wallace said: “It’s a sad day for me to be leaving Burnley. I have thoroughly enjoyed five terrific years at the club and made many friends.” Duff, who is in his testimonial season, joined Burnley for £30,000 from Cheltenham in 2004. He has played in each of the top eight tiers of English football across his career. Manager Sean Dyche said: “With the outcome of the season now clear we have met with the players to put them in the picture. “Ross will be leaving and, of course, we thank him for his contribution to the club and we wish him well in the future.” Burnley travel to Aston Villa for their final game of the season on Sunday.
By Simon cambersMELBOURNE,(Reuters)-Serena Williams plans to play fewer tournaments in the future to aid her quest to win more grand slam titles, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 35-year-old American won her 23rd grand slam title on Saturday at the Australian Open, breaking the open-era record she held jointly with Germany’s Steffi Graf.Serena will now manage her schedule as she chases down the all-time leader Margaret Court, the Australian whose record of 24 grand slam titles straddled the amateur and professional eras.“Mentally she has to stay fresh and mentally excited when the grand slams start, because they are the goal,” Mouratoglou told a group of reporters after Serena’s 6-4, 6-4 victory over her sister Venus Williams gave her a seventh Australian Open title.“So we have a lighter schedule – not lighter than last year, which would be difficult (when she played just eight events and did not play after September) – but lighter than the year before (11 events).”At one stage in 2016, Serena held the world number one ranking based only on seven events over a 52-week period.Germany’s Angelique Kerber overtook her when she won the U.S. Open last September but Serena will return to top spot when the rankings are updated today.Serena has traditionally played fewer tournaments than most top players, but since she usually reaches the final, she is able to pick and choose.From the start of 2012 to the end of 2016, Serena won 288 matches, second only to Poland’s Agnieska Radwanska, who won 289.But while Radwanska lost 107 matches in that period, Serena lost just 29.Mouratoglou said Indian Wells, in March, would be Serena’s next stop but didn’t expect to see her at too many events before the next grand slam, the French Open, which begins on May 29.“We’ve already done the schedule for the whole year,” Mouratoglou said. “It doesn’t mean that the schedule is not going to change, it’s meant to adapt to situations. But generally speaking it’s already set for the whole season.”Mouratoglou said numbers alone were not the main factor behind Serena’s continuing hunger, even in her 20th year on tour.“She was not motivated by 22, she was motivated to win grand slams,” he said.That’s her motivation. This won’t change until she maybe one day wakes up and is not motivated to win grand slams, but for now she is. That’s enough. The record is not the thing that makes her play.”And Mouratoglou said Serena would not obsess over the record of 24 held by Court.“With all the respect for Margaret Court, it was another era, the draws were like 16 players and they were not professionals,” he said.“Of course the record is here and we definitely want to beat it, but there was a professional era and the record was Steffi Graf.”
TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors will be looking to move on and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks will be hoping to stay alive tonight in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.The host Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 after winning Game 5 in Milwaukee 105-99 on Thursday night. Another win will put them into the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.The Bucks have an immediate goal of forcing a Game 7 Monday night on their home court. The Raptors are approaching Game 6 warily, not trying to get ahead of themselves.“Listen, this is a great team we’re playing,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “They are really good and deep and athletic and long and all kinds of stuff. This was a super hard win (Thursday), super hard.And we have to play with a tremendous amount of effort. Again, I think our keys are this: We’ve got to play good offence, not turn it over and score the basketball, because if you don’t, they’re getting what they want, which is downhill basketball in a hurry. “If we can score it, if we can take care of it, we can get our defence set up, for the most part we get down and guard them and make the shots a lot tougher. We have to rebound the basketball. They’re a great rebounding team.”Bucks centre Brook Lopez is aware of the task at hand. “We’re just on to the next game,” Lopez said. “We’re not thinking about winning two right now, obviously. We just want to go out there and get Game 6.” Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo was emphatic.“I’m (ticked), I’m not going to lie to you,” Antetokounmpo said. “We’ve got two more games to go and we can do this. … We’re the best team in the league, man.“We’re not going to fold. We’re going to go and give everything we’ve got. We’re not going to go there and even (if) they set a great tone and come out and hit us in the mouth first – we can’t fold. We’re going to come back to Milwaukee being (ticked), like, you cannot fold. You’ve got to go out there and give everything you’ve got. If we lose, we lose. OK, cool. But we’re not going to fold as a team. That’s not what we do.”As usual, Kawhi Leonard led Toronto’s scoring Thursday with 15 of his 35 points coming in the fourth quarter. He also added seven rebounds and a career-best nine assists.“Just got to give credit to my teammates,” Leonard said. “They knocked down shots (Thursday) when I gave it to them, and I’m not a guy that really controls the ball the whole game.”The Raptors have an advantage in playoff experience over the Bucks, and that could have been a factor already in this series and could be again in Game 6. “Experience helps a lot,” Leonard said. “You know, just from my input, I’ve been here before. I’ve been to the finals, and it’s pretty much nothing new that I’m seeing out there. You just have to have fun with it and enjoy it. Like I told them (Thursday), we were down 10, I told them to enjoy the moment and embrace it, and let’s have fun and love it. This is why we’re here.”Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova said it’s a mental game.“I think it’s going to be about us showing our strength – not just physically,” Ilyasova said, “(but) mentally, because we have to be ready. They will come out full force, and not just them – the fans and everything. We have to stick together and play our best game.”
Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: email@example.com | @chris_iseman Nick Bibbs sat on the turf about 35 yards away from the goal with his arms folded across his knees, staring toward the net where his team had just been dealt another crushing loss. After helping to lead a defense that held Villanova scoreless for more than 109 minutes, he couldn’t comprehend how it ended in another fruitless result.And it didn’t make it easier that the team that delivered the blow was his hometown team. The one the Syracuse defender would’ve loved to have beaten.‘It kind of hurts,’ Bibbs said. ‘You play so well for a full however long, and you let up a goal with 40 seconds left, it hurts. It really does. Especially with a team from my hometown, I live five minutes away, it just doesn’t feel good.’Syracuse (3-11-1, 1-6-1 Big East) knew Villanova was going to come in and try to beat the Orange with its physicality, calling for SU to increase its intensity. And it did that for almost the entire game before falling 1-0 in double overtime to the Wildcats (6-7-4, 3-4-1 Big East) Wednesday night. As a result, SU’s hopes for the postseason are complicated, and Saturday’s game against DePaul becomes essentially a play-in game for the Big East tournament.The goal that spelled disaster for Syracuse could have been avoided. But with all of its scorers pushed up in its offensive end of the field in the final minute of the second overtime, Villanova had a perfect chance for a fast break goal. Orange goalkeeper Phil Boerger ran out of the cage to try to cut off Matt Margiotta’s angle during the counterattack, but it was to no avail. Margiotta cut left and had a wide open net to put home the only goal of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd until Villanova’s game-winning goal, which came with the Orange going full throttle for a win instead of playing for what would be a useless tie, SU’s defense shined. It shoved the Wildcats’ scorers, it slid all over the field to knock the ball away and had no hesitation taking down Villanova attackers to halt possible scoring opportunities.The Orange’s defensive unit wreaked havoc on the Wildcats from the start, just as the game plan dictated.‘Coming in, (Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre) told us they’re a physical team, so we need to match their intensity,’ Bibbs said. ‘We did. Our backline is feisty, real physical back four. Teams struggle when they’re up top. Their strikers struggle. That’s what we want to do, be physical.’In the 71st minute, Bibbs chased Villanova forward Dylan Renna down the right sideline in what looked like a perfect scoring opportunity. But as Renna approached the box, Bibbs went to slide down and knock the ball out from in front of him. In his attempt to make the stop, he managed to get Renna to try and fight him off, inducing a tripping foul and earning a free kick for the Orange.Syracuse goalkeeper Phil Boerger said it was an overall willingness from the entire team to defend at its best. And what made the defensive stops even more impressive from previous games was that Villanova had nearly no open scoring chances in its set plays. Boerger said that aspect of Syracuse’s defense had been lacking, forcing an increase in attention to defending to those plays and specific players last week in practice.As the season has progressed, the communication between the young back four improved with seemingly every game, and that was no different Wednesday night.Still, Boerger couldn’t shake the frustration. After such a strong performance from the defense, it was just another unlucky loss.‘The communication, we were spot on tonight,’ Boerger said. ‘Whatever it is, we did well with it. We defended very well in set pieces. In the past few games, we had given up goals in set pieces, so we worked on that in training.’McIntyre stood outside his team’s locker room after the game, looking and sounding less frustrated than he had been after some of Syracuse’s previous losses. He said he wasn’t fazed that a team managed to score with just 44 seconds left.His defense had been simply too good for him to take the loss as a complete failure.‘Yes, we like to keep clean sheets, but I’ll take that as a clean sheet for the guys,’ McIntyre said. ‘We were very good, and a team catching us with however many seconds there were left doesn’t detract away from the 109 minutes where we were very solid tonight.’‘ … It would’ve been good value for some points tonight. But it’s not to be.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on October 5, 2016 at 11:18 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com Practice ended, and the women’s soccer team rushed to grab their bags and water bottles. The players tossed their heart monitors in the storage house, and loaded their belongings into their cars to get ready for class.Jessica Vigna remained on the field, taking headers and practicing her clearance.“She hates taking headers,” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “Absolutely hates them.”Standing in front of the box, Vigna received toss after toss from assistant coach Kelly Lawrence, who kept feeding her headers. She would head them to the outside of the pitch and then clear the ball with her left foot. She doesn’t like it, but it’s necessary for her transition.The junior center back has been the veteran of Syracuse’s defense and has helped lead the Orange (7-4-2, 0-3-1) to its best start since 2003. Vigna has started all 13 games for Syracuse and has yet to come off the field during a game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor most of her high school career, Vigna played in the midfield. In her transition to the collegiate game, Vigna still has not solidified herself in one position. Syracuse has allowed 10 goals in its last three games, all losses, and will need Vigna to help stop the Orange’s slide during its matchup with Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday at SU Soccer Stadium.“She’s been that rock in the back for us,” goalie Courtney Brosnan said.The Orange recruited Vigna to play in the midfield, but Wheddon moved her to center back when she was a freshman. The following year she moved back to the midfield she said before being shifted to the defense again this year.Vigna said being a defender has restricted her freedom while midfielders can take more touches in more space. Starting alongside freshman center back Taylor Bennett, Vigna has helped to produce six clean sheets in the 4-1-4-1 setup for the Orange.Wheddon recognized that Vigna is a midfielder and would prefer to play more on the attacking side of the ball, but in certain circumstances she has gotten her chance.Syracuse and Rhode Island headed into the 89th minute tied at 0-0. With three seconds left before the final minute, a foul on Rhode Island led to a Syracuse penalty kick. Vigna marched up the line and blasted a shot past the outstretched arms of the Rhode Island goalkeeper for the game winner.Daily Orange File PhotoGrowing up in the midfield and playing midfield her sophomore season, Vigna had to adjust her play style and work on different parts of her technical game to make sure the transition is smooth.From the center back position there is not as much running as there is from the midfield, but there is more sprinting.“I think I’ve gotten a lot quicker,” Vigna said. “Rather than coasting around before a sprint as a center-mid, playing center back is much more stop-and-sprint.”She conceded though that her fitness has dropped playing as a back. Wheddon added that Vigna needed to improve on balls in the air and on her timing of the tackles when she made the switch.Wheddon and Vigna both stressed the importance of heading for defenders, and that the timing has to be perfect in order to get proper clearance.“We did a lot of individual workouts,” Wheddon said. “Working on headers off corners and long clearances so that she would work on timing where she caught the ball in the air so that it wouldn’t go straight up.”She hated headers because she did not think that she was good enough at them for what she and the team needed. Her timing used to be off, she said, and she couldn’t clear the ball the way she wanted to.But this year, her timing seems to be right. Wheddon explained that in most situations when Syracuse has conceded goals, it has not been the fault of the defense.“They’re sticking to their marks,” Wheddon said. “They’re doing what they’re supposed to do.”Most days, after practice now, the team scrambles away, loading into their cars and getting ready for class, but Vigna remains on the field taking headers and practicing her clearance. She is still adjusting to center back, but has remained the top option for the Orange and has anchored its defense. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Related Articles Submit Grosvenor Sport, the sportsbook provided by Rank Group subsidiary Grosvenor Casinos, has signed up for today’s Tipster Challenge at Carlisle.Representing the company, which was recently confirmed as sponsor of this Saturday’s Celebration Mile at Goodwood Racecourse, is Head of Sport Steve Munns.Munns has provided tips for the eight-race meet, where he will be going up against competition regular Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru for bettingexpert.____________________________________1:35bettingexpert: Geesala BraveHas an experience edge over these and improved last time out to take a promising fourth.Grosvenor Sport: Barefoot BabyNot much to worry about from those with form on the table, and although Geesala Brave is likely to improve from last time, it could be worth siding with the most powerful stable in the field and the only filly. Barefoot Baby cost a few quid and was green in a stronger contest on debut and normal improvement would see her heavily involved here at around the 4/1 mark.____________________________________2:05bettingexpert: Picture No Sound (Nap of the Day)Found the ground too soft when disappointing at Nottingham but had shaped well in his debut.Grosvenor Sport: Picture No Sound (Nap of the Day)Watch for some improvement from Canford Joy over this extra furlong but it probably won’t be enough to deny Richard Fahey’s Picture No Sound who showed solid form last time at Nottingham when not getting the cleanest of runs. Not a big price at around 6/4, but the most likely winner and preferred to Albert Street.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Majestic StoneRan well when second in a huge field one run back and a repeat of that would be enough to go close here.Grosvenor Sport: Jack BlaneJack Blane has been raced over a mile and 7f so far but his latest starts indicate a drop back to 6f may be the answer. He often shows good mid-race speed before flattening out and while 5f was too sharp on his first three runs, he’s never tried this trip and looks fair value at around 7/1.____________________________________3:15bettingexpert: Pomme De TerreHas hinted he was coming to the boil in recent weeks and takes on some rivals here who have shot up the weights.Grosvenor Sport: My Name Is RioMy Name Is Rio is best at 5f with cut in the ground and gets those conditions here. The 6f wouldn’t have suited last time and is worth chancing today at around 16/1 on his first start at a track that should suit.____________________________________3:50bettingexpert: Supreme PowerImproved dramatically on his second run for this new yard and is less exposed/fresher than some of these handicappers.Grosvenor Sport: Heir Of ExcitementHeir Of Excitement has the benefit of 7lb claimer Seamus Cronin in the saddle and has ground conditions to suit. Being ridden prominently can be an advantage when conditions are soft and that should be the plan with this one. Looks a fair price at 9/2.____________________________________4:25bettingexpert: WarfareCaught the eye last time after a slow break and features on a career low mark after a long spell in the wilderness.Grosvenor Sport: Duck Egg BlueThis 1m1f trip should suit Duck Egg Blue down to the ground and if they don’t dawdle she should be finishing fast under 7lb claimer Paula Muir on ground she likes. Likely to be a fair price at around the 8/1 mark.____________________________________4:55bettingexpert: Kashmiri SunsetLooked one to follow when making a winning start for Ian Jardine and paid the price for chasing a fast pace at Haydock last time out.Grosvenor Sport: Always ResoluteIn a race where a few of the principles have ground doubts it may be worth chancing Always Resolute on his return from nearly a year off. Managed 11th of 33 in the Cesarewitch on his final start last season and that form is strong in this context. Gone well after a break before.____________________________________5:25bettingexpert: Our Place In LouleHit form last time out and can follow up with conditions to suit.Grosvenor Sport: Caesar The GaeserCaesar The Gaeser has worked his way down to a mark 2lbs below his last win and has two course and distance wins to his name. Should be cherry ripe now and looks a fair price at around the 12/1 mark for his in-form stable.____________________________________ RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Stephen Harris – bettingexpert1.758.16 3Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas37.80 4Harry Lang – Pinnacle47.00 5Alexman – OLBG25.10 6Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 7Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 8Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 9Conall McSorley – Metric Gaming14.00 10Michael Robinson – Betsafe13.50 11Conor White – BetBright13.33 12Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 13Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 14Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” Beginning May 1, the 13 families near Mayfield will be getting bottled water from the city of Wellington, after the council approved an agreement between the city and KDHE at a special meeting Wednesday.The city was told recently it had to stop letting people use untreated water from water lines, a practice that had been in place since the 1950s. Wellington has been pumping millions of gallons of water off these properties for the past 50 years, and part of the deal was, the people would get free water, though it was untreated.The rule apparently came down from the federal government to the state, and the state has handed it down to the cities. Talks have been going on for some time, but nothing was done until the deadline neared.The city council approved an agreement that Mayor Shelley Hansel had been given from KDHE earlier in the week. The council discussed this at its last meeting and passed a resolution saying it would not cut people’s water off until a solution could be reached.It seems KDHE agreed to that â€” to some degree. The city will have to supply people with water or drinking and cooking, and the people can still use untreated water for other things, like bathing, washing clothes and outdoor use.KDHE plans to meet with the city in the next 30 days to work out a plan to find a permanent solution.Hansel said the city likely won’t have to pay any fines if it does what KDHE said, and works out a plan with KDHE to get a permanent fix in place.Hansel said the point of the resolution last week was to make sure people did not get their water cut off, but she also said she wants to be sure everyone is getting safe water. She said after talking with KDHE this week, she realized this has been an ongoing issue for 10 years or so, and that the state also dropped the ball to some degree.The council directed the city manager to get a plan in place to provide bottled water to those 13 families by May 1. They may use a private water distributor if they can find one locally, as opposed to the city taking it out there or having those people come and get the water.There is no date yet, but the city will meet with KDHE in Wellington, probably in a work session meeting. It should happen in early May, and Hansel said she wanted to invite the people affected to have input as well.Of the 13 families, not all are using the water for their homes, city manager Roy Eckert said. Some are using it only for outdoor purposes, such as stock watering. He was going to contact KDHE and find out if those people would need to be given water as well. Either way, he said he would find a way to get them water by the first of the month.Council member Jim Valentine brought up the point that the city had planned to installÂ a water line, and in 2015 it was on the Capitol Improvement Project list.Apparently no official action was taken, but at the time the city thought it would cost about $150,000. City officials, like the city manager, later found out it would cost possibly twice that much, and the plan was put on the back burner.Eckert said they had decided it would cost less to get individual wells dug than it would to put in the water line.But that is why they will have the meeting with KDHE, to go over all the possibilities. The plan that is to be worked out will have to include whether to do a water line or to provide wells for individual homes. Both are still possibilities.The council has expressed its desire to take care of the people who are using the city line that pumps raw water to the city water plant. The city gets a sizable portion of its water from wells on those properties, which comes to many millions of gallons. The deal in place for the last 50 years was that the city would provide free water in exchange for the water they were getting from wells on those properties.Follow us on Twitter.
However, Uganda handed over of two of their scheduled games (walk-over) to Latvia and Brazil as Uganda could not proceed with the game with only two players of the required three.The Ugandan delegation had only three players for the men’s team and four in the women’s team due to the inability for them to meet all the costs for travel URN has learnt.The defeat to Russia means the silver backs are out of the competition.The Women team, the Gazelles are seeded with China, Togo and Indonesia and are scheduled to play on Monday.The women’s team include Ritah Imanishimwe, Sarah Ageno, Priscilla Abey and Melissa Akullu.******URNShare on: WhatsApp Uganda Silverbacks. PHOTO via @AWBG2019Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Silverbacks on Sunday lost to Russia 14-11 in the inaugural 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar.The inaugural international beach multi-sport event was organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees.In their first game of the day played on Sunday, the Silverbacks lost to a better Russian side 14-11 by the end of the 10 minutes of the game.Daniil Abramovskii was the man of the match as he scored 8 points. Cheburkin Dmitrii added 3 points for Russia and Ivan Khramov added 2.Uganda’s Henry scored 7 points converting three of four attempts, while Bbale Fayed added 3 points for team Uganda.However Uganda’s Jonathan Egau injured his left knee six minutes in the game and scored only 1 point for Uganda.Following Egau’s injury and inability to return to the court, it left Uganda with only two players on the court.In a gesture of sportsmanship, with four minutes remaining to the end of the game, the Russian side decided to play with only two players despite having a total of four players in good condition.
It did not end there, as 21-year-old Odean Edwards had an armchair ride aboard his first ride, FIFTYONESTORM, at 8-5 in the fifth race over the straight and repeated the feat aboard 7-2 chance LUCKYBEGOOD, who made all impressively over 1300 metres in the sixth. Edwards, who is popularly called ‘Dino’, secured as many as five rides on the card. A past student of Bridgeport High, Edwards is apprenticed to trainer Richard Azan. Steadman rounded off a fantastic day for the apprentices with victory aboard the highly fancied SIR D for trainer Ryan Darby in the closing race over the straight for $180,000 claimers. Outgoing principal of the Jockeys’ School, Ina Lawrence, the JRC welfare officer, said she was elated that the youngsters came out on the first day and provided a treat for racing fans. “It was a fitting retirement present on my last day at work. I go on pre-retirement leave after today and, mindful of this, they said they would do something special for me. Five winners from 10 races is more than enough,” said Lawrence, who will be succeeded by Shantell Clarke. Meanwhile, ‘handicap certainty’ PERFECT NEIGHBOUR romped the $1.2 million Governor General’s Stakes over 2000 metres, winning the 56th running of the grade one race for the second straight year. Ridden by in-form Robert Halledeen for trainer Wayne DaCosta, the 2013 derby and St. Leger winner, came through on the inside of long-time leader, UNCLE TAF, approaching the final bend and proceeding to beat reigning ‘Horse of the Year’, TYPEWRITER, by five lengths as the 1-2 favourite. TODAY’S PROGRAMME, TIPS ON B6 IMPRESSIVE The new apprentice riders who recently graduated from the Jockeys’ School had an immediate impact on their first day in the saddle at Caymanas Park yesterday, three of them sharing five winners on the 10-race programme. Linton Steadman and Odean Edwards led the way with two winners, both winning aboard their very first rides. Steadman, 24, a past student of Waterford High, stunned the large crowd when winning aboard the 16-1 outsider, VISION, for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the third race over 1100 metres for the Keeling Memorial Cup. The grey colt ran on strongly from way off the pace to catch his previously unbeaten stable-companion DREAMLINER, the howling 1-5 favourite, in the closing stages. That marked the start of an apprentice rout, as in the very next race, Hakeem Pottinger, the 21-year-old son of ex-jockey Michael Pottinger, brought 2-1 chance MARIA’S GLORY for trainer Gary Griffiths with a strong run for a decisive win over a mile.