Paul Nicholls retains faith in Solo ahead of return | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – “This track is much more like Kempton, where he won the Adonis. He’s schooled great and is working well – I’m very excited about him.“We’ll stay over hurdles this year, and Saturday will tell us an awful lot.”Nicholls also fields Diego Du Charmil in Sayturday’s Grade Two heat, while 2016 victor Sceau Royal represents Alan King and arrives on the back of victory in the Welsh Champion Hurdle.- Advertisement – Colin Tizzard’s Master Debonair is an intriguing runner, having been off the track since disappointing in his Cheltenham Festival prep back in February, with a planned Aintree outing scuppered by the cancellation of the Grand National meeting.Brandon Castle and Teqany complete the six-strong line-up.Nicholls fields Wincanton fan Grand Sancy in the “Rising Stars” Novices’ Chase, in which he faces just two rivals.He has won the last two of his five outings over fences, also finishing third at Grade One level on his chasing debut, and arrives with a Listed success at Chepstow already in the bank this season.The trainer said: “This has been the plan ever since he won at Chepstow.“He’s a good, solid jumper who loves good ground, so I think he’s got a great chance“He’s a novice until December 1, and the experience he had in those good races last season will stand him in good stead.“He ran in the Elite Hurdle last year and was only just beaten – he loves Wincanton.“He’s a good, solid jumper who loves good ground, so I think he’s got a great chance.”Present Man and Bryony Frost will try to repeat their victories of 2017 and 2018 in the Badger Ales Silver Trophy Chase, with Nicholls also fielding Danny Whizzbang and My Way.The 10-year-old Present Man warmed up for this with a veterans’ chase win at Chepstow last month, when he returned from a 335-day break.Nicholls said: “He’s only gone up 2lb for winning at Chepstow, and we went there thinking he’d need the run a little. We had that as a prep race, so he surprised us a little bit.“He looks great. I don’t think he was ever right last season. If he runs like he did at Chepstow the other day, on his beloved course and the ground is fast, he must have a leading chance.”While Present Man tops the weights, My Way is at the other end of the scale with Bryan Carver also taking a hand 5lb off the recent Stratford hurdles winner.Nicholls added: “I’ve always thought the Badger Ales would be a great race for My Way. He’s a maiden over fences, but he ran some nice races last year and is on a nice little mark.“He won well over hurdles the other day, really as a prep for this. If the ground doesn’t dry up too much, he’s definitely got a chance.”The three-mile-one-furlong contest has drawn 15 runners, including Kim Bailey’s likely favourite and hat-trick seeker El Presente and the Harry Fry-trained Just A Sting, who was fourth in the race last year. aul Nicholls is keeping the faith with Solo as he makes his seasonal bow in the Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton.The four-year-old made quite a splash on his British debut back in February, hacking up by 13 lengths in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton to add to a previous Auteuil victory for Guillaume Macaire.- Advertisement – Upped to Grade One company in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, Solo fell short in finishing a 10-and-a-half-length eighth – but Nicholls believes that effort can be excused and is keen to see how his charge, who has been gelded since, shapes up on his return.He said: “He’d probably done enough in France and had never seen a track like Cheltenham before.“Horses like Clan Des Obeaux and Frodon ran in the Triumph and finished in midfield like him. I’d put a line through Cheltenham – he’s had a nice break, he’s been gelded and has definitely improved.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Dover calls 27 to trials ahead of CONCACAF U-20 Championship Qualifier

first_img-Guyana drawn in Group A; will face Montserrat on Feb 15HEAD Coach of Guyana’s Men’s U-20 side, Wayne Dover, has called 27 players to trials ahead of the up-coming Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) 2020 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualifiers.Guyana has been placed in Group A with co-host Nicaragua, along with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat and the US Virgin Islands.The Dominican Republic, Curacao and Puerto Rico are the other host countries for the tournament which will be played February 15 – 23.Dover and his troop will get into action on February 15 against Montserrat, and will then face St Vincent and the Grenadines on February 17, followed by US Virgin Islands on February 19 and Nicaragua on February 23.“The Technical staff focus will be to organise the team in offence and defence and have them playing as a unit,” Dover said, after taking his charges through their paces at the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Providence facility.Wayne Forde, president of the GFF, said that he’s confident of an improved performance from the U-20 team, as compared to their showing in 2018, stating that “the preparation for this tournament began with a scouting programme throughout the Regional Member Associations which was further complemented by the inauguration of the first National KFC U-20 Tournament.”Forde further reasoned that the shortlisted players have been training since last year, “but unfortunately, not at the frequency we would have preferred due to the financial challenges as a result of the Senior Men’s Nations League campaign. Notwithstanding, I am confident that Coach Dover and his staff understands the importance of making a commanding statement at the Concacaf championship this year and I have no doubt that they will deliver.”The 2020 edition of the men’s world cup qualifying competition will be disputed in three stages, beginning with the qualifiers. For the qualifiers, the 17 participating teams (ranked from 17-41, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019) were divided into three groups of four teams and one group of five teams.After round-robin play, the top finisher in each of the groups will advance directly to the knockout stage of the competition (third round).The second round of the competition will also be played in a group format, between the top ranked 16 participating teams (according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019). For this round, the teams have been divided into four groups of four.After round robin play, the top three finishers of each group will advance to the knockout stage of the competition. The knockout stage of the competition (round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final) will be played in June of 2020, at a yet-to-be announced host country.Meanwhile, at the same championship in November 2018 contesting the Group Stage, Guyana recorded a historical 2-0 win over El Salvador, compliments of goals from Kelsey Benjamin and Captain Jeremy Garrett in their final match at the IMG Academy in Florida, USA.Prior to their win against El Salvador, the young Guyanese narrowly went down to Curacao 3-4, and Cayman Islands 2-3 after giving up their opening match to Guatemala, 0-4.last_img read more

Sarajevo Half- Marathon for Ecological Awareness: around 1300 Participants Running in Sarajevo

first_imgAround 1300 participants which is a record number so far participates in today’s 8th Sarajevo half-marathon, the biggest international sports manifestation in B&H – by Anadolija.This event was organized on occasion of the International Car free day so it contributes the ecological awareness of the participants and the citizens.“This year, around 1300 participants came, which is a record of all editions we organized so far. Novo Nordisk Fun Run race/walk of 4 kilometres gathered over 500 participants while at the start of the Sarajevo Sperbank half-marathon there is around 750 participants.” – pointed out the director of the Association Maraton Sarajevo, Erol Mujanović and added that the number of this event’s participants is increased from year to year.“The number of marathon lovers in B&H is increased, and this year participants from even 30 different countries of the world joined us” – said Mujanović.He emphasized that a great number of citizens is interested in running and healthy living so that a great number of those who do it just for recreation is present too.The paticipants started at Trg djece Sarajeva and the sign to start was given by the Ambassador of Spain in B&H Maria Aurora Mejia Eraskin.According to the organizer’s words, the participants will run for an hour, and pass through almost all parts of Sarajevo during that time.“They will be running through the centre of the city, through Old Town, Vilson’s promenade and at the stadium Koševo.” – said Mujanović and added this route is chosen according to the world standards and is very attractive.When it comes to prizes, the first three places will be awarded financially while all participants of the race will receive t-shirts and medals after the race.“That way, all participants will have a nice souvenir from Sarajevo” – said Mujanović.(Source: Oslobođenje / photo: Anadolija)last_img read more