Gabriel lifts Garnet for Deegan

first_img 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 Associationlast_img read more

Dragons starting with Preparations: We are not afraid, we are going for a Good Result!

first_imgNational football team of B&H gathered yesterday in Brussels, where preparations for the qualifying matches against Belgium and Andorra will take place.Head coach Mehmed Baždarević invited a total of 24 players. The team should be completed on Monday, due to the obligations of individual players in their clubs, such as Pjanić, Džeko, Lulić, Hajrović, Medunjanin, Burić…Coaches list include : Asmir Begović, Ibrahim Šehić, Jasmin Burić, Emir Spahić, Ognjen Vranješ, Sead Kolašinac, Ermin Bičakčić, Toni Šunjić, Josip Kvesić, Mensur Mujdža, Marin Aničić, Muhamed Bešić, Miralem Pjanić, Haris Medunjanin, Anel Hadžić, Mario Vrančić, Tino Sušić, Senad Lulić, Izet Hajrović, Edin Višća, Edin Džeko, Ermin Zec, Milan Đurić, Vedad Ibišević.Baždarević is expecting a tough match against Belgium, but he believes that his players can get favorable results.“They have one of the best national teams in Europe, but we must be ambitious and show determination. We are not afraid, we are going for a good result,” said the coach of B&H national team.The match between Belgium – B&H is scheduled on the 3rd of September at the “King Baudoin” stadium in Brussels. Three days later, B&H will welcome Andorra on the “Bilino Polje” stadium.The qualifying match between young U21 national team of B&H and Kazakhstan is scheduled on the 2nd September at the Stadium “Asim Ferhatović Hase.” (Source: photo euskola)last_img read more


first_imgIn this slightly colder article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series we are going to visit the north face of Muckish Mountain on a very wintery day.Winter in Ireland is a very fleeting mistress with a sudden drop in the ambient air temperature and an even swifter rise in temperature, Winter conditions in the Irish mountains can come and go in a single day.It is when a period of extended cold weather hits the Emerald Isle, it is then that its mountains are transformed into a true winter wonderland. Face of Muckish FilmAt the northern end of The Derryveagh Mountains in County Donegal lives a huge flat topped mountain called Muckish named from the Irish, Mucais or an Mhucais, meaning the pig’s back.The south face of the mountain holds the easiest and most popular route to it’s huge flat topped summit. With the north face of Muckish is a completely different beast as the entire face is dominated by a huge steep sided corrie.This corrie holds the remains of the ancient mining works used long ago to extract the high grade quartz sand from the mountain, the sand was then used to produce high quality glass.The old miners track into the corrie provides an excellent and easy summer navigation route into the corrie and up onto the summit of the mountain.When winter hits county Donegal this corrie is transformed into an outstanding winter mountaineering venue.The steep normally wet sides of the corrie freeze and are plastered with snow. With a few freeze/ thaw cycles this snow soon consolidates and is quickly transformed into superb neve.This neve provides outstanding underfoot conditions for winter walking into this magnificent corrie.The miners track is quite steep in places and a single walking axe and crampons are recommended as the track weaves it’s way up and through several amazing but steep gullies to the huge summit plateau.From the summit of Muckish Mountain the views are vast, uninterrupted and breathtaking as far as the eye can see towards the Slievetooey massif to the South. The Inishowen Peninsula to the North and the surrounding Derryveagh mountains. Muckish Mountain is living proof that you do not have to travel abroad for a truly great winter mountaineering experience.STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS: WINTER ON MUCKISH MOUNTAIN was last modified: January 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalIain MillerMuckish Mountainpicture specialThe Great Outdoorswinterlast_img read more