STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

first_img47% 14% 9 1 $869,762 $171,278 8 9% 5 26% $169,553 CARAVA EYES BUENA VISTA UPSET WITH ZAFFINAH Steve Knapp37 Win% (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 17) 24% 6 Vladimir Cerin37 5 39% 16 19 1st 9% 9 51% 18% 21 6 TALAMO, S Y SKY EYE PIECE OF SPRING FEVER PIE Tiago Pereira108 21 15% $948,226 $940,225 13 16 17 5 11 John Sadler62 4 7 13% 8 7 18 63% 4 13 30 17% $722,795 42% 9 39% Mike Smith56 Joel Rosario164 44% 41% 30% 63% $1,134,096 12 Mark Glatt50 11 10 5 43% $996,435 $864,185 Eswan Flores62 Hector O. Palma35 22 6 14% 43% 9 SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $238,534 9 32% 19 17 13% Assael Espinoza87 21 5 46% 6 6 ITM% Kent Desormeaux72 49% $885,030 11 8% CARAVA HOPES FOR LUCK OF THE IRISH AGAINST VASILIKAZaffinah has never failed to earn a check in 12 starts since coming from Europe early in 2017, and it’s likely she’ll earn her keep again in Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares scheduled at one mile on turf.To win, however, the Irish-bred mare trained by Jack Carava for Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC will have to conquer favored Vasilika, who defeated her by a length and a half last out in the Grade III Megahertz at a mile on a good turf course Jan. 21.“She’s just a hard-trying mare and a mile seems to be her specialized distance,” Carava said of the chestnut mare who will be seeking her first stakes win in this country Saturday. “I had to run her down the hill a few times because races wouldn’t fill for her.“She’s pretty consistent going a mile on turf. She’s doing all right even though we were a little sidetracked training because of the weather. I haven’t been able to do as much with her as I’d been hoping, although she doesn’t require a whole lot.”TALAMO, S Y SKY PROVE SUCCESSFUL COMBINATIONJoe Talamo has ridden S Y Sky in each of her nine career races, winning five, with three seconds and one third. He will be back aboard in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes and understandably is looking forward to the reunion.“She’s never been out of the money, and even when she loses, she shows up and tries really hard,” Talamo enthused. “She’s fun to ride. She breaks really sharp and puts you in a good spot.“She doesn’t need the lead, but she breaks so well she puts you right there, which is really good.” Owned and bred by longtime supporter of the California breeding program Nick Alexander, current president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), S Y Sky has earnings of just under a half-million dollars at $457,320.As for the gregarious Talamo, hard to believe he’s 29 now after coming west from his native Louisiana at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel.Despite an infusion of young apprentice riders and world-class competition from journeymen like Joel Rosario and Flavien Prat, Talamo and his agent, Scotty McClellan, industriously strive to attain a position among the top 10 riders.“We’re trying to do the best we can with the opportunities we have,” Talamo said, causing a chuckle when he added, “At 29, I’m no spring chicken.”That, of course, is relative and very debatable.SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER IS $238,534With no single ticket winner on Sunday, there is a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $238,534 at Santa Anita today, President’s Day.With $211,555 in “new” money wagered, Sunday’s total Jackpot pool reached $401,657, which helped fuel a consolation payoff of $212.30 on a total of 532 tickets.Monday’s Rainbow Six starts with race four, the $200,000 California Cup Derby, in which the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Galilean is the prohibitive 2-5 morning line favorite.Approximate post time for the Cal Cup Derby is 2:04 p.m. PT.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Jimmy Jerkens Shedrow Stroll: Getting to Know  Midnight PartyDoug O’Neill Shedrow Stroll:  Shut It UpInstagrand (Inside – Blue Helmet) works 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019Why Not Us (Red Helmet) &  Shining Through (Black Helmet) work 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019Roadster (Outside) works 6 furlongs &  Reedley works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 2/17/2019Gunmetal Gray works 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019FINISH LINES: This Friday, first post time will be 1 p.m., and the following day, Saturday, it will be 12:25 p.m. . . . With four wins Sunday, Joel Rosario took a 37-35 lead over Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race . . . Numbers are virtually similar across the board for favorites at the Winter Meet, with 33.11 percent winning overall (98 of 296), 32.84 percent on dirt (66 of 201) and 33.68 on turf (32 of 95) . . . Kent Desormeaux was scheduled to ride six horses today, four of them drawing the extreme outside post position. One, however, Seaside Dancer in the first race, was scratched from the also-eligible list . . . Tyler Baze rides All Out Blitz for Simon Callaghan in today’s Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park . . .Two-time Grade I winner Paradise Woods is none the worse for wear after finishing last in her first start for John Shirreffs in Saturday’s Santa Monica Stakes run on a good main track. “She came out of the race really well,” the trainer said. “Obviously, the post (one) really compromised her.” Shirreffs rendered no race for her next start . . . Jockey Felipe Martinez has been suspended three days (Feb. 24, 28 and March 1) for careless riding on Annitasheaven in Saturday’s seventh race . . . As chronicled in an epic column by Bill Plaschke in Sunday’s LA Times, Santa Anita Hornblower Jay Cohen’s joyful notes have been muted for the time being.  Please see the full story and video on his road to recovery  here. . . . The California Horse Racing Board holds its monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast) . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, presenting live action again on Friday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The track will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday, Feb. 21, with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. NOTE: FIRST POST TIME THIS FRIDAY WILL BE 1 P.M. 3rd 9 8 Peter Miller86 22 Money Won 3 32% 35 15 4 Martin Pedroza48 $315,496 Jerry Hollendorfer71 Bob Baffert53 $372,568 Drayden Van Dyke105 19% 41% 22% $248,047 53% Ruben Fuentes75 $311,407 29 10% 19 Joe Talamo105 Agapito Delgadillo47 59% 5 15 6 Philip D’Amato68 JockeyMts 16 $185,538 ITM% 7 Mario Gutierrez77 5 Geovanni Franco141 19%center_img 23% 2 2nd 12 27% 21 24% 5 J. Keith Desormeaux43 8 TrainerMts $271,309 17% 49% Rafael Bejarano119 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 13% $483,288 5 19 18% Aaron Gryder44 14 19 3 William Spawr17 14 2nd $775,898 $188,636 9 $1,055,218 8 3rd $172,841 $194,450 William E. Morey45 $1,913,234 Edwin Maldonado51 12% 6 19 29% 43% 17% 1st 39% $831,098 7 10 9 7 58% $296,136 Richard Mandella33 11 7 15 16 Win% 2 $454,744 10 Doug  O’Neill131 Flavien Prat143 9 23% $1,014,511 $594,722 7 8 Money Won 22 11 7 $403,819 11 59% 11 20 $2,185,332 2 9 13 39% 9 37 15% 17% 12% 16 10 9 35% $924,702 42% 14% 29 7 Tyler Baze160 $458,047 19% Heriberto Figueroa140 $266,795 Simon Callaghan28 7 3 5 25% Peter Eurton36 $500,364 $707,138 14 14% 6 40% $156,840 58% 8 46% 5 Richard Baltas87 $1,068,146 38% 48% 54% 18% 15% 12 5 34% 55% 2 10% 58% 15% 41% 29 Jeff Mullins38last_img read more

SANTA ANITA TO UNVEIL NEW AREAS, INCLUDING TRACKSIDE SEATING & DINING, IN ADVANCE OF BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2

first_img—TRACKSIDE DINING:  This new customer option provides racegoers with a day-long dining and seating experience near the outer rail, just past the finish line.  With tables and seating provided on terraced levels, every seat provides a unique “up close and personal” view of the action. — STRETCH RUN SUITES: Open air suites just west of FrontRunner Restaurants provide an unobstructed view of the racetrack and the San Gabriel Mountains, while providing premium seating and dining. SANTA ANITA TO UNVEIL NEW AREAS, INCLUDING TRACKSIDE SEATING & DINING, IN ADVANCE OF BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2 SANTA ANITA’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN FRIDAY, SEPT. 27  ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2019)–Santa Anita Park, which will play host to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 & 2, will unveil a number of new patron amenities on Friday, Sept. 27, the start of its 23-day Autumn Meet.  The areas, which are part of a $5 million capital improvement initiative, will include Trackside dining just past the finish line as well as new elevated Stretch Run Suites featuring open air dining with a panoramic view of Santa Anita’s home stretch and San Gabriel Mountains.In addition to these premium areas, all-new Club Loge Box Seats, a luxurious Players’ Lounge (which will play host to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge above Clockers’ Corner), as well as Upper Terrace Restaurants on both the fourth and fifth floors overlooking the Club House turn will await fans this fall.“Customer service and the on-track experience here at Santa Anita are huge priorities for us,” said Aidan Butler, Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations for The Stronach Group.  “The new dining and seating options will greatly enhance that experience and we are looking forward to sharing all of these new venues with our fans and horsemen.”Following is a listing of Santa Anita’s all-new dining and seating amenities:center_img –CLUB LOGE BOX SEATS:  This will provide fans with additional box seating options on all days, with ready access to food and beverage service.–PLAYERS’ LOUNGE:  Located just above Clockers’ Corner at the top of the stretch, this area will play host to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, and affords players ready access to over 30 big screen television monitors, Wi-Fi, betting windows and food and beverage options.–UPPER TERRACE RESTAURANTS:  Fans will find brand new, state of the art culinary options on the fourth and fifth floors, overlooking the Club House turn.  A wide array of food and beverage options will be available.“As we prepare to bring the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Santa Anita for a record 10th time in November, we’re thrilled with what’s being done to upgrade an already tremendous facility,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited.  “The sightlines at Santa Anita are unparalleled, as is its long, storied history of world class racing dating back to the mid-1930s.  These dining and seating upgrades are going to further enhance what has already been an incredible experience for our fans and horsemen over the years and we can’t wait for what should be a great two-day event on Nov. 1st and 2nd.”For more information or to make dining and seating reservations for Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet and/or the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE; HEADED BY GRADE I MALIBU & LA BREA ON DEC. 26

first_imgSANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE; HEADED BY GRADE I MALIBU & LA BREA ON DEC. 26, A TOTAL OF 93 STAKES, 11 OF THEM GRADE I, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH JUNE 21ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2019)–Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21.  The schedule, which includes a total of 93 added money races, will be keynoted by a pair of Grade I stakes on opening day–the $300,000 Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $300,000 La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies at the same distance.The Malibu and La Brea will again be complemented on Dec. 26 by the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile and the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock Stakes.The prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one quarter on turf, will serve as Santa Anita’s final Grade I offering this year on Saturday, Dec. 28.The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced a total of 18 Kentucky Derby winners and two Triple Crown Champions–Affirmed in 1978 and Justify in 2018, will be run on Saturday, April 4.First run in February, 1935, the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, which was won this year by Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, will be contested for the 83rd time on Saturday, March 7.SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I STAKES ROSTER, DEC. 26 THROUGH JUNE 21Dec. 26                  $300,000 Malibu StakesDec. 26                  $300,000 La Brea StakesDec. 28                  $300,000 American OaksMarch 7               $600,000 Santa Anita HandicapMarch 7               $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe MileMarch 14             $400,000 Beholder MileApril 4                   $1 million Santa Anita DerbyApril 4                   $400,000 Santa Anita OaksMay 25                 $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa AnitaMay 25                 $500,000 Shoemaker MileMay 25                 $500,000 Gamely StakesFor Santa Anita’s complete Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Stakes Schedule, please visit santaanita.com/horse-racing/horsemen/last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020

first_img3rd 60% 4 TOP O’NEILL ASSISTANT MORA RETURNS TO DUBAI AGAIN 5 6 5 $372,465 Drayden Van Dyke38 ITM% 4 2 ITM% Money Won Umberto Rispoli25 13% 42% Edwin Maldonado18 5 Abel Cedillo71 3 Bob Baffert27 11 TrainerSts $308,508 $270,379 2nd 36% 0 29% 5 Philip D’Amato29 2 6 $571,809 8 6 3 39% 18% 0 41% 74% 15% TINA TINA ‘DOING WELL’ FOR SUNDAY’S GRADE III ASTRA 2 3 7 Michael McCarthy13 Win% 5 $79,371 15 54% 44% 25% 13 31% 1 6 5 $737,340 Jorge Velez44 Peter Miller24 5 1 21% 2 4 CARRESSA TRIES TURF IN MONDAY’S HOLIDAY FEATURE 2 Jeff Bonde7 26% 62% 14% 11% 3rd $235,962 26% Richard Mandella14 8 $79,715 1 $190,887 Steve Knapp13 13 1 Joel Rosario61 35% 2 $188,091 58% JockeyMts 0 3 23% Ruben Fuentes21 1st J.C. Diaz, Jr.28 $547,882 Doug O’Neill34 Mike Smith19 10% 10 Money Won 71% 10 45% $84,675 $609,682 $109,691 39% $1,006,032 1 Craig Anthony Lewis13 12% 2nd 6 $143,851 HIGHER POWER IN SHARP DRILL FOR RICH PEGASUS CUP 2 4 4 $288,177 $1 MILLION GUARANTEED IN RAINBOW JACKPOT TODAY Flavien Prat45 30% 1 $492,914 42% 57% 20% 5 42% $593,620 1 2 Richard Baltas38 43% 23% 1 $497,242 7 4 Win% 44% 1 3 3 Tiago Pereira28 Mario Gutierrez29 33% 9 47% 46% 4 3 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS(Current Through Friday, Jan. 17) 23% 15 5 1st 2 4 4 CARRESSA MAKES GRASS DEBUT IN MEGAHERTZCarressa makes her turf debut in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at one mile.The four-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo trained by John Shirreffs for Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds or Mooney, et al, is coming off a smashing 8 ¼ length win at a mile on Del Mar’s main track Nov. 22.“There wasn’t a race for her otherwise, so we thought this was an opportunity to try her on grass,” Shirreffs said. “I think Uncle Mo (offspring) can run on anything; they like the off going, the dirt, the turf. They just like the track.”The field for the Megahertz, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post: Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Take These Chains, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 7-2; Tonahutu, Andrea Atzeni, 15-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 15-1; Brill, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Super Patriot, Joel Rosario, 5-2.Monday is Dollar Day, with hot dogs on sale for $2 and beer and soda for $1 apiece.TINY TINA ‘DOING WELL’ FOR MARATHON ASTRAWith a little bit of luck, Tiny Tina might have won the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 28, instead of finishing second by an onrushing nose despite the fact that she bobbled at the start and was three wide in the lane.At least Phil D’Amato is hoping that’s the case when the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare runs in Sunday’s Grade III Astra Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile-and-a-half on turf.“She’s rounding into form and doing really well right now,” the trainer said. “She’s reunited with (Flavien) Prat who has won three races on her, so I’m expecting a big effort.”The Astra, race six of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Lostintranzlation, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Tiny Tina, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Blue Diva, Abel Cedillo, 4-1; Trust Fund Kitty, Assael Espinoza, 20-1; Siberian Iris, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Ms. Peintour, Brice Blanc, 8-1; and Heathers Grey, Aaron Gryder, 10-1.$1 MILLION GUARANTEE TODAY IN SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 POOLSanta Anita Park guarantees $1 million in today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot comprised of races four through nine. With five stakes highlighting the nine-race California-Cup program, four of which will be included in the Rainbow Six, fans will have plenty of lucrative betting opportunities on a card consisting exclusively of California-bred or sired horses.Additionally, Santa Anita will guarantee $500,000 in today’s 50 cent Late Pick 4, beginning with race six.Approximate post time for race four, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 2:04 p.m. PT.LEANDRO MORA IN DUBAI FOR 2 ½ MONTHSSanta Anita is missing one of its friendliest faces for a spell.Leandro Mora is in Dubai for two-and-a-half months.A trusted and valued assistant of two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill for 18 years, the 61-year-old Mora departed Thursday for the Middle East where O’Neill will campaign 11 horses on a regular basis for the first time.Dubai is familiar territory for Mora.“I’ve been there 13 times,” he said before leaving with O’Neill, who will spend about two weeks with Mora before returning to California. “I started around 2001. I’m excited to be going because this is a good test for American horses.“It’s the first time an American group is going, so let’s hope for the best.”SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.FINISH LINES: Rafael Bejarano took off his scheduled five mounts a today after suffering injuries in a shower mishap in the jockeys’ room Friday. “He hit his head pretty good and has a black eye,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi. “It’s unfortunate, but it could have been worse. He won’t ride today but hopefully will tomorrow.” . . . Flavien Prat will be out of town next weekend, riding Higher Power Saturday for John Sadler in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park and Serengeti Empress Sunday for Tom Amoss in the Grade III Houston Ladies Classic. With Prat aboard, Higher Power impressed clockers this morning when he worked five furlongs in 59.60, just a shade under the bullet drill of 59.40 recorded by Sadler trainee Flagstaff . . . Heck Yeah, scratched from today’s Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, worked four furlongs this morning for Bob Baffert in 50.60. In all, there were 172 recorded workouts today, 23 on the training track . . . Word on stakes winners from the Sadler barn has Catalina Cruiser standing at stud for $20,000 live foal at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., while Cistron and Ollie’s Candy are scheduled to breeze tomorrow as they prepare for a 2020 campaign, the latter pointing to the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14. “Catalina Cruiser is doing well,” Sadler said. “He’s got a full book of mares.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 18th, 2020A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 2 of 2A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2Quick Questions With Clocker Gary YoungWORKOUTS:Zucchera (Baltas) 1-18-20Shelbe Rose (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Bolo (Gaines) 1-16-20Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-16-20Bold Endeavor (Papaprodromou) 1-16-20Tiny Tina (Outside) and Malakai Moxie (D’Amato) 1-14-20Legends of War (O’ Neill) 1-13-20Desmond Doss (Outside) and Lucky Long Legs (D’Amato) 1-13-20 19% 4 6 31% 17% 14% 3 $167,816 $107,060last_img read more

Mick McCarthy ready for ‘cup final’ against Denmark in pivotal Euro 2020 qualifier

first_imgMICK McCARTHY spent a large portion of a ten- minute interview with journalists refusing to rule out a lot of things.And the Ireland boss is clinging to the belief that a victory over Denmark is one of the plausible scenarios that could pan out.1 Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthyFollowing Thursday’s win over New Zealand, McCarthy was asked a number of questions about how performances in that friendly game might influence his thinking for the match that matters on Monday night.Asked about Troy Parrott, he said he would have a look at the teenager again but that he had not done himself any harm.Pressed on whether that meant he was ‘refusing to rule him out’, the manager replied: “McCarthy refuses to rule him out, whatever you want, yeah.”It became his go-to gag for the remainder of the conversation, when asked whether Seán Maguire was an option on the right and whether Parrott could play for the Under-21s on Tuesday.Yesterday’s announcement that Lee O’Connor, but not Parrott, would return to Stephen Kenny’s squad for their game against Sweden, offered a further indication that a second outing in four days at the Aviva Stadium for the starlet had not been discounted.That Ireland might feel the need to turn to a 17-year-old who has yet to taste league football and has just one senior cap, in a friendly, could be seen as a poor reflection on the strength of the current squad.TOTTENHAM TEAMMATESIt would be the first time that he has shared a pitch with Christian Eriksen for a competitive fixture, although they are club colleagues at Tottenham.But, although he is short on experience, he is clearly a player of exceptional potential.And, whatever personnel McCarthy picks, he will be looking to mask a number of shortcomings in trying to assemble a team which adds up to more than the sum of its parts.McCarthy said: “I think we’ve always had to do that. They’re a great bunch of lads and they won’t be left wanting, that’s for sure.”Ireland will be up against a side that has lost just once in their previous 33 games — and that was when none of their front-line players were available because of a pay dispute.A draw will suffice for the Danes to qualify for Euro 2020 whereas Ireland need to win — but McCarthy does not expect his players to be daunted by the challenge in front of them.He added: “It should be an inspiration, walking out and standing in front of that crowd for the national anthem. And I think it is for these lads.“I’ve just said to them in there — we’re now preparing for a cup final. Which it is and we’ve no second chance from it. I’ve just been at pains to stress that.”PLAY-OFF SAFETY NETThere is, of course, the safety net of a play-off in March but McCarthy is anxious to remove that from the equation and have his players working off the basis that this is do-or-die for them.He said: “They’ll know about it, of course, but they won’t be thinking about it. They’ll want to qualify and do it here.“It would be nice if we’d qualified already but it was unlikely right at the very start.“But needing a draw? Ooh, I don’t know how you’d go about that one. Would you just sit back and think, ‘Well, we’ll soak it up?’ No, not really.“Do you go gung-ho and get done? We know what we’ve got to do — we’ve got to win. There is no other result that’s going to count for us.”BALANCE MUST BE STRUCKMcCarthy is fully aware that a balance has to be struck.Some will point to the fact that four of the last five meetings between the teams were draws.But that has been because Ireland have shown either limited ambition or the capacity to get at Denmark, in the knowledge of what happened to them in that fifth encounter.And McCarthy conceded that his side were living dangerously in Copenhagen in June when Shane Duffy’s late headed leveller earned them a point.He added: “We should be beating New Zealand at home, there’s no question about that. And we did. It will have no bearing or reflection on Monday night.“We couldn’t give them on Monday some of the space we’ve given New Zealand, that’s for sure.“We’ll have to be really rock-solid and tight.“Over there we drew 1-1 but I’ve looked at it a number of times and they opened us up a few times and we made a good save and a couple of good blocks.“I’ve no doubt they can be got at. I’m not ruling it out.“I’m not saying they are unbeatable because they’re not but they are a completely different team to New Zealand and you’ve got to respect that.“I don’t want to be disrespectful to New Zealand, I’m not being that but they’re just not the Denmark team.“Don’t think that that’s the recipe for sitting back and inviting all the pressure because I’m not sure about that either.“But I think it’s got to be a very considered press, to make sure we do it properly and do it together and make sure we all defend well, because they are a good side“I don’t know if them not having to win is a good thing or a bad thing but at some stage we’ll have to go toe-to-toe with them.”PLEASED WITH MAGUIRETo that end, McCarthy was pleased to see both Maguire and Callum Robinson score their first goals for Ireland against the Kiwis, although he again qualified it by pointing out that the back four Monday’s visitors would field would be somewhat more difficult to penetrate than New Zealand’s.Derrick Williams also got off the mark but the Blackburn man was unlikely to feature against Denmark anyway before he was ruled out with a calf injury.McCarthy said: “Seán trained well in that position and he took everything we said in training to him into the game. I was pleased with him.“He’s not had that much game-time but I thought he was really good so I wouldn’t have any fears with him at all.”Maguire might have shot earlier when a first-half opportunity arose but McCarthy added: “He had a similar chance in training the other day and funnily enough he stuck it away, it was on his left foot.“I was pleased he got his goal in the end. He didn’t let his head drop, he kept playing, he did really well.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club“Callum is another one. I feel that his best slot — and he plays there for his club — is on that left-hand side. He likes to come in on the right foot and he’s done himself no harm“I know they want to score goals. No matter how they play, they want to contribute by scoring. It was a great finish by Seánie.“And Callum as well, that’s one of the things we talked about, getting inside that far post and getting on the end of something — so something sank in!”last_img read more

Brown renews calls for 18th man option

first_imgWinger Ross suffered a potentially serious ankle injury when his left ankle was folded under him in a first-half tackle against the Rabbitohs in Round 3. He stayed on but the injury deteriorated throughout the game.However the club lost fullback Brendan Elliott and back-rower Sione Mata’utia (who is also the player generally used as a centre to plug mid-game backline injuries) to concussions, forcing Ross to finish the match.Speaking after the game, Brown reiterated his desire to be able to call on fit reserves in order to protect not just players suffering concussion but also players like Ross, who are then forced to play under duress.”The game’s got to address this situation,” Brown said.”It’s not why we lost the game [but] we had two in concussion bin, no-one can replace them, you’re supposed to be protecting players, then you’ve got to leave blokes out there who are hurt playing out of position. How does that make sense?”The game has got to address this. With legal cases now coming up (ex-Knights winger James McManus is taking legal action against the club over its management of his concussions), doctors are more cautious, we’re not addressing the bigger problem.”The bigger problem is there’s injured players being forced to stay on the field because we don’t have any players left.”He said Ross would “definitely” have come from the field if there were adequate replacements.”Because we had two blokes in the concussion bin which many years ago they would have kept playing and there wouldn’t have been a problem. We know why there are rules being addressed which is great and I think we’re all on side but we need to introduce more people,” Brown said.”We’ve all got a fresh 18th man sitting there. We had Josh King today sitting there.”Brown also referenced the Titans’ gutsy win over the Eels on Friday night, which saw several players come from the field for head injury assessments and several players playing out of position at the injury-ravaged club as an example when an 18th man would have been appropriate.last_img read more

Hunters climb to second place on Intrust ladder

first_imgHunters are leveled on 12 points with Townsville Blackhawks but Blackhawks are leading the competition due to points for and against.Both teams have so far won six out of seven games played.Burleigh Bears have moved down from second to fifth spot and share 10 points with Northern Pride and Redcliff Dolphins, who are in third and fourth place respectively.Easts Tigers are on sixth spot with nine points, followed by Sunshine Coast Falcons and CQ Capras on eight points.Norths Devils have moved from eighth to ninth spot on seven points following their loss against Hunters on the weekend.Souths Logan Magpies take up the 10th spot on six points followed by Ipswich Jets and Tweed Heads Seagulls on four points, Wynnum Manly Seagulls on two points and Mackay Cutters yet to put a mark on the scoreboard.last_img read more

Rio 2016: Second boxer held over alleged sex assault

first_imgShe alleged Jonas Junius, 22, had grabbed her and tried to kiss her. She also accused him of offering her money to have sex.Junius is competing in the light-welterweight division.Last week, a Moroccan boxer was arrested by police after allegedly assaulting two female cleaners.A Brazilian judge has ordered Hassan Saada to be detained for 15 days, pending an investigation, media reports said.This could mean Saada is unable to take part in the Games.Junius, Namibia’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremony last Friday, is scheduled to fight French boxer Hassan Anzille on 11 August.But that could also be in doubt if he has to remain in custody.Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports. They will be watched by a global audience of billions.The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city’s security, infrastructure and venues.last_img read more

The songs of Cornellà and Sant Joan Despí go unnoticed

first_imgAfter the earthquake that led to the suspension of the Vallecas party for calling Zozulya Nazi, nothing. Everything remains the same in Spanish football that last Saturday lived two denigrating scenes in the stands of the great citizen rivals of Barcelona in the derbies of LaLiga Santander in Cornellà and in the match of Third Division subsidiaries in the Estadi Johan Cruyff of Sant Joan Then without anyone intervening.In the Cornellà-El Prat match where Espanyol and Barça faced each other, Carlos del Cerro Grande’s referee refused to heed Piqué’s claim during the match that asked him to record the racist and homophobic cries in the minutes I dedicated a part of the Spanish stand with the song “Piqué bastard, Shakira has a tail, your son is from Wakaso and you are a fag.” Hours before, in the derby of the subsidiaries that was played at the Estadi Johan Cruyff in Sant Joan Despí between Barça B and Espanyol B a dozen ultras of the Barcelona team that are prohibited from accessing the Camp Nou, but not at the stadium where the subsidiary plays, made fun of the deceased Espanyol player Dani Jarque singing “If Dani Jarque scores it will be a ghost goal”. Further, they released Nazi slogans Y They wished the death of Commissioner Lluís Venteo, the security coordinator between the Mossos d’Esquadra and the club.last_img read more

Ferran has participated in 50% of Valencia’s goals since November

first_imgFerran Torres shows again that it is sweet. Assistance to Maxi Gómez, after a great individual action, in the match against Barcelona again exhibits that his performance in the team has become capital. In fact, Since last November 9, when he scored against Granada, he has participated in 50% of his team’s goals.Torres accumulates four goals (Granada, Villarreal, Levante and Mallorca), and four assists (Levante, Valladolid, Logroñés and Barcelona). During this period his team has scored a total of 16 goals, having participated in half of all of them. At just 19 years old, the canterano remains unrenewed and the big clubs in Europe have focused on him. However, in Valencian offices they work to give continuity to a player who at his young age is already vital for the team.last_img