Fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas earlier in the season, she had not been seen since struggling over 10 furlongs in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the end of June. Sent off a 5-1 chance dropped in class to Listed level, Lady O’Reilly’s daughter of Champs Elysees had to work hard to see off Fastnet Mist in the final furlong, but she prevailed by three-quarters of a length under Chris Hayes. Paul Deegan’s patience with Avenue Gabriel was rewarded as the filly won the feature Clodovil EBF Garnet Stakes at Naas. Third in Listed company on her debut, a maiden should have been a formality, but the 9-10 favourite scrambled home by a short head from Sharaasa in the Bungle Inthejungle EBF Fillies Maiden. Lynam said: “On first viewing I thought ‘oh dear we’re beat’, but she got home and won. Maybe I overrated her, but I thought she was very good. Pat (Smullen) still thinks she could be, but she’d have to improve a bit from that. “He said she’s still very green, but I like to see it in the form book. Lets hope she’s very good, but it looks at the moment like she’s just good. We’ll see what she’s like next year. She was well bought anyway – she wasn’t expensive.” The Killavullan Stakes next weekend may be on the agenda for Captain My Captain after his empahtic win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Birdcatcher Nursery, which followed a good show in a big sales race. Trainer John Murphy said: “He’s a lovely big horse and was unlucky in the Curragh, when he was drawn very wide. He loves good ground and we were a bit worried that it might be a bit dead. He should excel over seven or a mile next year and will maybe even get further. “He’s a real nice horse and has always worked like it. Our two-year-olds have been very backward this year and that’s my first two-year-old winner. There was talk of the Killavullan this morning and we are dying to try him over seven. The further he goes the better.” Rocky Bleier (20-1) came from last to first to win the valuable Woodlands 100 Club October Handicap for trainer Bill Farrell and jockey Billy Lee. The trainer said: “He got a bit jarred up in the spring. We waited for his shins to settle and for an ease in the ground. He’s on an upward curve. He’s in the sales but won’t go now.” Deegan said: “That’s great. I’m delighted for James (Kelly) and Lady O’Reilly and their patience has been rewarded. “Her best form was always on fast ground and we’ve always said she was better on it, but it started to catch up with her. It took her a long time to get over the Pretty Polly as she came back not herself. That’s a nice race to win before the winter and she’ll go home for a holiday now. “We won’t be tempted to run on quick ground again. She’ll be a good mare next year and could be a filly for something like the Matron. Her Guineas run was no fluke. We thought she might stretch out a bit more but probably a true-run mile is what she wants.” Endless Drama earned a quote of 33-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas with Boylesports after making an impressive debut in the Tifrums EBF (C&G) Maiden. The Ger Lyons-trained colt, sent off a well-backed 6-1 shot, hit the front just under two furlongs from home and bounded five and a half lengths clear of Cenotaph. Lyons said: “He’s a nice horse and we’ve always liked him. He’s as big a horse as we’ve had come into the yard and we took our time with him. Coming from the camp he did, they know their stuff. He didn’t make the breeze-ups for one reason or another, but they told me he was as good as they’ve had. “That’s the way we were hoping he’d run, but you don’t expect it. He’s a very, very smart horse. That’ll be it for the season. He holds an entry for the Killavullan, but that wouldn’t be my style to run them back like that. We’ll look forward to next season. Next year we’ll start him over seven and step up quietly.” Eddie Lynam’s Byzantium opened her account at the second time of asking, but her odds-on supporters were made to fret. Press Association
Smalling said the bitter experience of being a bystander in European football is all the incentive his United team-mates need. “You hear the Champions League music when they all line up and it’s just a case where we’ve been in it year after year, so it’s a sad time,” Smalling told www.manutd.com. “We’ll be making sure we don’t miss out again next time. “I was watching it the other week. Even when we were in it, I would watch it on the other night anyway. Even more so this year. It’s a bit gutting that we’re not involved but you can see the standard of football we need to make sure we rise to.” United’s four victories have been achieved despite a lengthy injury list, not least in defence, but they will at least have captain Wayne Rooney available after a scare last week which saw the England striker have a scan on a possible knee problem. It may also be a good time to play Ronald Koeman’s Saints, whose impressive start to the season has stalled with successive defeats in their last two games. United boss Van Gaal, meanwhile, has spoken of being impressed at the team spirit that has developed, highlighted by the Christmas party organised last week by Rooney. “It was fantastic,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “Usually, I don’t use words like this, but I think it showed the cohesion in our group from both the players and staff. My wife and I enjoyed it very much. “The squad is very important, and that’s why the timing of our Christmas party was fantastic – it showed the togetherness in the squad. I think we are in a good position.” The match at St Mary’s is being built up as a battle between warring Dutch coaches Van Gaal and Koeman, who fell out when they worked together at Ajax in 2004. The pair have refused to discuss their relationship but they appear to have buried the hatchet. According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, at a recent League Managers’ Association meeting Van Gaal complimented Koeman on his work, told him: “You have a good team,” and clapped him on the shoulder. Smalling says even just hearing the Champions League music brings it home to him that United are missing out Europe’s elite club competition. United, however, are on course to qualify for the next season’s Champions League, with four successive victories propelling Louis van Gaal’s side to fourth place in the Premier League table. Three points from the trip to Southampton on Monday night and United will leapfrog Saints into third place. The misery of being forced to watch other clubs in the Champions League this season is driving Manchester United to ensure that is not their fate next year, defender Chris Smalling has admitted. Press Association
“They can play on the international stage, and let’s treat them the same way that we treat the more exotic-named players. “Because if we don’t give them the experience to play in the Premier League we’re never, ever going to be able to have a strong national team. ” Kane is now on the verge of a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s senior squad, but Ramsey admitted Tottenham came under fire for preferring the homespun striker to Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor last season. Ramsey spent a decade at Spurs, ending up as a senior first-team coach, but left the club at the same time as manager Tim Sherwood in May 2014. The 52-year-old hailed Kane’s 24-goal haul at Spurs this term, and accepted relegation-battling QPR must be at their peak to contain the in-form frontman. “First of all it was me, Tim (Sherwood) and Les (Ferdinand) who were involved in the coaching and the dealing with that,” Ramsey said. “Harry probably learned quite a bit from Les in the training sessions we did there. “When you’re working with developing players, you have to dream alongside the player: if you don’t you’re not believing in what you’re teaching. “Has Harry Kane surprised me? No. “Sometimes you need an opportunity to play. “When we played him at the back end of last year, the fans weren’t having it, were they? “They were trying to get the galacticos on the pitch. “We had to stick to our guns and we got a lot of flak for it. ” Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue have not been involved since January, but Mauricio Pochettino says that does not mean their Tottenham careers are over. After being appointed head coach at White Hart Lane last summer, the former Argentina international handed experienced defender Kaboul the captain’s armband. Hugo Lloris was named as one of his deputies alongside Adebayor, although the former is the only one of the three to have established himself as a regular under Pochettino. Kaboul, Adebayor and fellow misfit Capoue all looked set to exit before the transfer window closed and have not featured since moves away failed to materialise. It is now eight matches in all competitions since any of them were even an unused substitute, yet Pochettino indicated they were still in his plans. “Always for every game it’s my decision, my choice,” the Spurs head coach said when asked about the trio at his Friday press conference. “I think that you understand. In the end, all of our squad is fully fit and you need to pick players. “I am happy with all, but if we have 26 or 27 players in the squad then more than 18 is impossible.” A return to the squad against QPR looks unlikely given Pochettino has a fully-fit squad to choose from. The trip to Loftus Road will be their sixth match in a topsy-turvy 17-day period and one in which a win is needed to bolster their top-four hopes. “We are expecting a very tough game,” Pochettino said. “QPR is a strong team and we play in their home. ” Chris Ramsey believes it would be “a dream come true” for Tottenham and QPR to see Harry Kane and Charlie Austin form an England strike force. Head coach Ramsey will face former employers Spurs in Saturday’s league clash at Loftus Road, claiming he is “not kryptonite” for Tottenham despite inside-knowledge of the club’s thriving youth products. “That would be a dream come true for most people from those two clubs,” Ramsey said of a Kane-Austin England partnership. “I think they are both very good players, both hard-working, both very focused, and I’m sure that they would be a match for any defence if they played together. “I think Harry Kane has been good enough for England for a while. “We tend to bash a lot of the young players in and around the clubs. “We tend to look at people from abroad and just automatically think they are better, just because they are from other countries with exotic names. “It’s not just Harry Kane I’m thinking of – I’m looking at loads of other clubs with loads of other English players that could be considered for the Premier League. “Because managers are under pressure, they tend to stick to what would be seen as the tried and tested expensive players, when we do have a lot of good English players who could play in the Premier League, gain the experience. Press Association The Rangers boss and former Spurs coach challenged top-flight clubs to value English players just as highly as big-money imports with “exotic names”. Ramsey helped guide Kane from academy starlet to Barclays Premier League goal machine at Spurs, and reckons the Walthamstow-born forward fully deserves an England call-up.
Everton have yet to open talks with Tottenham over the future of on-loan winger Aaron Lennon but manager Roberto Martinez has outlined his transfer spending plans to chairman Bill Kenwright. “We’ve sat down but we haven’t had (the) opportunity to go into real detail on figures,” he said of his meeting with Kenwright. “We want to be very strong next season and that means we need to keep hold of all our good performers. “We’ve identified three or four positions that we need to strengthen but we have nine points to play for before we can plan for any future squad. “I think it is a very significant game at the weekend for Aaron. It is the last home game he will be available for and I think he has had a phenomenal impact in our team. “He has set high standards and made a massive contribution and I would expect exactly the same over the next two games and we want him to finish as strong as he can. “I think he has enjoyed it and over the next two games we want him to carry on with the levels. “After that we will sit down and see where Aaron wants to be and what his thoughts are. “Whatever happens in the future, it needs to be something that the player is happy with. We haven’t had any sort of conversation with Spurs.” Lennon plays his last match at Goodison Park against Sunderland on Saturday as he is ineligible to face parent club Spurs on the final day of the season. Martinez has been impressed with the England international’s impact since arriving in January but accepts there is plenty of ground to cover before they can think about signing the 28-year-old. While mid-tabled Everton could play a significant part in the relegation battle there remains the chance they could still qualify for Europe themselves. The Premier League could gain an extra place in next season’s Europa League via UEFA’s Fair Play table with Liverpool (likely to qualify via their league finish), West Ham and Everton England’s top-three sides. Martinez’s side head to Upton Park next weekend but the manager insists the Fair Play League will not come into their thinking. “It is a league you can’t really control so I’ve learned to put it aside and I don’t want to waste any time on that,” said the Toffees boss. “You wouldn’t play a game having the Fair Play League in your mind because it could go horribly wrong. “There are three games to go and we will see where it will take us.” Qualification could mean the new season starts on July 1 but that does not faze Martinez. “I think this season, if we have learned something, it is to be ready to adapt,” he added. Press Association
Kane has plundered some 30 goals during a stand-out campaign, which will finish with England Under-21s at the European Championship in the Czech Republic. The 21-year-old, though, has scored only once in his past seven appearances, sparking some concerns over burn-out for the striker who was voted Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane’s biggest challenge will be to prove he is not a one-season wonder. Pochettino, however, is confident Kane, set to travel with Spurs on a whistle-stop post-season trip to Malaysia and Australia, can sustain his form through into 2015/2016. “I think Harry’s challenge for next season is to try to score the same number of goals again – or more. We need to push him to try to do that,” the Argentinian said. “He deserves this moment he is in and we are very happy with his season. “Now he goes to the Euros and I hope he gets the trophy because I think it would be good for him. “After that he can start his holidays, come back, and try to do it all again.” Pochettino accepts it may be difficult for people outside Tottenham to see the club’s progress this season, but remains convinced they can continue to move forwards. “This first season was not easy but we have been able to achieve some positive things and we can see the club is moving in the right way,” said the 43-year-old, who left Southampton last summer to take over at White Hart Lane following Tim Sherwood’s departure. “The new philosophy of the team is there now and we need time to develop that now.”
Beckwith Star will bid to claim the Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle for the second year running at Galway on Monday. Eric The Grey was second to Beckwith Star 12 months ago and, rated just 2lb higher now, a big run looks likely. Dermot Weld is represented by handicap debutant Defining Year, who had his last run over timber in January 2014. He has some decent form on the level from this season and with Davy Russell now aboard, he is sure to have plenty of supporters. Gordon Elliott is represented by The Scourge (Paul Carberry) and Utmost Zeal (Jack Kennedy), and both look to have solid claims. Others to consider in this ultra-competitive contest are King Of Oriel, Theturnofthesun, Baby Jake and Rocky Court. Press Association The Henry de Bromhead-trained 10-year-old is rated 9lb higher than last year but Adam O’Neill takes a valuable 5lb off his back. He won over fences on his last start at Wexford and he should again give a good account of himself.
Collett was 18 when he broke his right leg while making his first appearance for United’s reserves against Middlesbrough in 2003. Boro player Gary Smith and his club admitted liability through their insurers before compensation of more than £4million was decided at Manchester’s High Court. Norman Whiteside Six weeks into Whiteside’s apprenticeship at United he suffered a knee injury which ruled him out for seven months. A t 21 he required serious medical procedures to prevent an early retirement from the game and at 24 he joined Everton, but he w as forced to admit defeat and retire aged 26 in 1991. Paul Lake Just three games into his captaincy of Manchester City, 21-year-old Lake picked up an injury against Aston Villa which was later confirmed as a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. After several unsuccessful comebacks in a five-year injury struggle, he retired from football in January 1996. Here, Press Association Sport looks at six other young footballers to have experienced injury setbacks – and the results of their attempts to continue their career. Three who recovered: Aaron Ramsey Suffered a double leg break in a Premier League match against Stoke in 2010 at the age of 19 but returned to the first team and remains an integral part of the squad, as well as being a key player for a Wales side who are on the brink of qualification for a major competition for the first time since 1958. Djibril Cisse Liverpool striker Cisse was 23 when he broke his leg in a Premier League match at Blackburn in 2004. However, he was back in action in less than six months. Stints at Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos, Lazio, QPR, Kuban Krasnodar and Bastia followed and, now aged 34, he has yet to hang up his boots. Sam Hutchinson Hutchinson made his Chelsea debut at the age of 18 in 2007 but retired from professional football aged 21, due to a recurring knee injury. However, he signed a new deal in 2011 following a “significant improvement” and is now on the books of Sheffield Wednesday, playing in Tuesday’s match at Bolton. Three who didn’t: Ben Collett England and Manchester United defender Luke Shaw faces a long spell on the sidelines as a result of his double leg break in Tuesday’s Champions League match at PSV Eindhoven. Press Association
Gary Cahill says Jose Mourinho has every right to round on the Chelsea players following their woeful start to the season. Cahill will experience a “career high” moment on Friday when he captains England for the first time against Estonia at Wembley. With Wayne Rooney out injured, the Chelsea centre-back is also likely to lead the Three Lions out against Lithuania in their final Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday. Cahill has started all eight qualifying wins, but domestically he has only been on the winning side twice this term. That record has left the Blues fifth from bottom of the Barclays Premier League table, and manager Mourinho is understandably annoyed with a number of his players. Cahill was one of seven Chelsea players singled out for criticism by the Portuguese earlier this season. The England vice-captain did not take umbrage at Mourinho’s claim that his performances had been under-par. He admits he deserved it. “We’ve had a very disappointing start to the season,” Cahill said. “It’s something we all want to address. When I get criticised, I have a determination to try and put it right, work hard and not start sulking about. “He (Mourinho) wasn’t happy with the way I was playing, along with a few others, and he has every right to let us know that. “Through tough times, we all need to stick together and turn it round together.” Unlike Liverpool, who sacked Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, Chelsea have stood by their manager. The club issued a statement declaring their continued faith in the Portuguese. Mourinho also has the full support of the dressing room. Press Association “Of course we all back him, of course we are all around him,” Cahill said. “Dare I say, he doesn’t even need backing. When you’ve done so much in the game, got the CV and been through everything that he has been, not just in this league or what he has done for Chelsea, but in other leagues. “I don’t even think he needs backing, but obviously it is nice to have that and he has certainly got that from the players and the club.” For now, Cahill can put the disappointment of being four points above the relegation zone to the back of his mind. His primary concern is doing a good job leading England for the first time in his 37-cap international career. “The boss told me I was going to be captain this morning,” Cahill said at Thursday’s pre-match press conference. “It was a proud moment for me and my family. They’ll be down to watch, as they always are. “It’ll be a special moment for them as well. “I will approach the game like I would any game. I don’t want to change anything, but will play the same game and have the same mentality as if I was captain or not. “But it’s something I’m very proud about. It’ll be a special day and I want to enjoy it as much as I can.”
Claudio Ranieri has underlined his desire to create a Leicester legacy as he eyes a return to European football. The boss insists he is at the King Power Stadium for the long haul as they aim to keep shocking the top flight. Leicester are second in the Barclays Premier League having lost just once this season ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea. Including the Foxes the Italian has had eight jobs in 11 years since leaving Chelsea in 2004 – never lasting more than two years – but after maintaining their surprise top four challenge Ranieri wants to break that pattern. “Yes, I came here because I want to stay here a long time,” he said. “I think what I achieved (past European qualification) is good and I want to get back there. “To play in Europe or the Champions League is fantastic and I want to help my players and my team to achieve this goal, but slowly. “You have to be solid at the beginning and know each other very well and then we can go there.” The 64-year-old has also insisted he is not looking to seriously strengthen in the January transfer window. The Foxes also have no intention of selling the league’s 14-goal top scorer Jamie Vardy with the 28-year-old having scored in 11 straight games, a new Premier League record. Several of Leicester’s fringe players – including Andrej Kramaric and Gokhan Inler – may look for loan moves but Ranieri wants to protect his dressing room. “Now is a very good time for us and I don’t need anybody because everybody is working very well,” he said. “At the moment, I don’t want anyone. Why should I change or move something? The dynamic and spirit is very important. We are working well, why change?” Press Association
A Fort Pierce home caught fire early Saturday morning.St. Lucie County Fire rescue responded to a home on Gatewood Drive near Howland Boulevard around 3:30 a.m.Firefighters said the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene, adding, that no one was in home.Investigators and an arson dog are currently investigating the cause of the fire.No injuries were reported.