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Chelsea fans arrested if flares are set off against Swansea

Chelsea tell fans they will be arrested if flares are let off against Swansea

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:09 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 9 January 2013

Chelsea have publicly warned their supporters that they risk being arrested for bringing flares and smoke bombs into Stamford Bridge.

They have even warned supporters that dogs will be used to sniff out any fans that are attempting to smuggle in any illicit objects.

The behaviour of supporters in English football has been in the spotlight during a season that has been blighted by incidents of coin-throwing and racist abuse.

Worrying trend: Flares and coins have been thrown at several games this season

Worrying trend: Flares and coins have been thrown at several games this season

The most recent Manchester derby ended in disgraceful scenes as Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin just above his eye and blue flame from flares enveloped the pitch.

A statement on the club website reads: ‘Chelsea Football Club reminds our supporters that taking flares, smoke bombs or anything similar into a stadium breaches Ground Regulations and using such objects is likely to result in arrest. Their use is extremely dangerous and risks serious injury to fellow fans.

‘Unfortunately there has been an increase in incidents involving flares and smoke bombs in recent weeks and as well as fans facing prosecution, the club is liable to be charged by the authorities should this behaviour continue.

‘Anyone choosing to break the law regarding flares and smoke bombs at football matches runs a high risk of being caught. During the FA Cup game at Southampton, a person in the Chelsea section of the stadium was arrested and charged with throwing a flare onto the pitch.’

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton last weekend

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton in the FA Cup third round last weekend

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton in the FA Cup third round last weekend

Chelsea also warned their fans not to attempt to take flares into the Liberty Stadium when the Blues head to South Wales for next week's return leg in a fortnight's time.

‘At our away Capital One Cup match at Swansea later this month, South Wales Police will be using dogs in the area of the turnstiles to detect fans carrying such objects,' the statement went on.

‘Should any arrest result in conviction then Chelsea FC will support the police in every possible way to obtain a football banning order.

‘The club, the players and the management greatly appreciate the large number of fans and the vocal support which have backed the team this season, but we ask for good behaviour to be maintained. Please don’t risk a criminal conviction and banning order, or the club being charged with an offence, for the sake of a flare, smoke bomb or firework.’

England go to Nagpur, back to where it all started for Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar

England go to Nagpur, back to where it all started for Cook and Panesar

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 11 December 2012

England's last Test at Nagpur was at the city’s old venue, but it was the start of a new era with Alastair Cook flying in from an A tour in the Caribbean to score 60 and 104 not out on his debut.

It was also Monty Panesar’s first Test, which he marked by claiming Sachin Tendulkar lbw as his maiden wicket.

The first of many: Monty Panesar celebrates bowling Sachin Tendulkar in 2006. He accounted for the Little Master Twice in Mumbai

The first of many: Monty Panesar celebrates bowling Sachin Tendulkar in 2006. He accounted for the Little Master Twice in Mumbai

First Test

(Nagpur, March 1-5, 2006)

England 393 (Collingwood 134) and 297 for 3 (Cook 104no).

India 323 (Kaif 91, Hoggard 6-57) and 260 for 6 (Jaffer 100)

Match drawn

The Little Master later signed the ball, writing on it: ‘To Monty, once in a blue moon, never again mate.’

England’s third debutant in a game that ended in a draw was Somerset’s Ian Blackwell, who scored four runs, failed to take a wicket with his left-arm spin and was never picked again for his country.

First of 23: Alastair Cook celebrates his maiden Test century in Nagpur

First of 23: Alastair Cook celebrates his maiden Test century in Nagpur

The good news for England’s seamers was that Matthew Hoggard returned first-innings figures of 30.5-13-57-6.

Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand radio outburst defending Manchester derby clashes

And you thought it was mad yesterday… United legend Crerand launches astonishing on-air rant at BBC 5 live presenters in row over clashes at Manchester derby

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UPDATED:

15:18 GMT, 10 December 2012

Former Manchester United midfielder Paddy Crerand was involved in an astonishing outburst on national radio this morning as he reacted angrily to the suggestion that Rio Ferdinand could in any way have provoked Manchester City fans with his celebration of United’s winner in Sunday’s derby.

Ferdinand appeared to be hit by a coin following Robin van Persie’s late goal at the Etihad Stadium and City goalkeeper Joe Hart also had to prevent a supporter from confronting the United defender.

It was put to Crerand during an interview on BBC Radio 5 live that listeners had called and texted the show to suggest that players should tone down their celebrations in front of opposition fans, but Crerand was disgusted by the insinuation that Ferdinand had any responsibility for the incident and repeatedly challenged the station to say how many people had blamed Ferdinand.

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Battle scar: Rio Ferdinand's face is covered in blood after being hit by a coin

Battle scar: Rio Ferdinand's face is covered in blood after being hit by a coin

Doubling up: Ferdinand reacts after being hit by a coin

Doubling up: Ferdinand reacts after being hit by a coin

Blue mist: Ferdinand holds his head as a blue flare is thrown onto the pitch

Blue mist: Ferdinand holds his head as a blue flare is thrown onto the pitch

Outburst: Retired Manchester United footballer Paddy Crerand hit out at Radio 5 live presenters

Outburst: Retired Manchester United footballer Paddy Crerand hit out at Radio 5 live presenters

'Who said that That is ridiculous,' Crerand said.

'What planet do they live on That is absolute garbage. How many people have phoned you up One, two, three How many Why make a statement like that if you haven’t got (the number of listeners) to hand…if you haven’t got the evidence”

Asked to respond to the suggestion that Ferdinand could have provoked the attacks, Crerand added: 'I think the point is absolutely ludicrous.'

At one point Crerand asked interviewer Chris Warburton: 'Is this a publicity stunt Ask me a sensible question and don’t talk stupid, asking me daft questions about whether fans should celebrate or not.'

Warburton’s co-presenter Rachel Burden interjected to suggest to Crerand that there may have been a misunderstanding of the question that had been asked.

Crerand demanded again to know how many people had contacted the show.
'How many texts A million Half a million A hundred thousand'

Crerand added: 'Rio Ferdinand was nowhere near where the home fans were. He gets struck by a coin that someone has thrown from about 15 or 20 yards, it wasn't as if he was standing in front of their supporters jumping up and down.'

After Burden asked Crerand a couple of questions, he said: 'Why have you changed commentators, why have you come on all of a sudden'

Crerand was told it was standard for both presenters to contribute questions and Warburton said: 'Don't worry, I haven't run scared Paddy.'

Leaving it late: Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck celebrate Manchester United's late winner

Leaving it late: Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck celebrate Manchester United's late winner

Crerand later insisted he stood by what he had said in his radio interview.

He said the issue was with a coin being thrown, not the players' reaction, and therefore he was not prepared to add fuel to what he considered was the wrong debate.

'It is a local derby and you are expected to get carried away, particularly after you've come back having been 2-0 up and let it get to 2-2,' he said.

Led away: Van Persie and Ferdinand walk away after the celebrations

Led away: Van Persie and Ferdinand walk away after the celebrations

'But they (5 live) were looking for something sensationalist, they weren't looking for anything sensible.

'They were interested in making it worse than it was.'

'They said they had received lots of calls from fans but they couldn't say how many. One of them (Burden) was not even at the game, they didn't even see it.'

Crerand condemned the throwing of objects at players.

'What do people think about when they do that' he added.

'It was stupidity and it shouldn't happen but it is very difficult to find out who threw the coin.'

PADDY CRERAND INTERVIEW: FULL TRANSCRIPT

Former Manchester United midfielder Paddy Crerand this morning gave an extraordinary interview to BBC Radio Five Live on the subject of the trouble which marred yesterday’s Manchester derby. United defender Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin thrown from the crowd as he celebrated Robin van Persie’s late winner, but when it was suggested to Crerand that Ferdinand’s celebrations in front of Manchester City fans may have played a part in the incident, he responded with an angry confrontation with presenters Chris Warburton and Rachel Burden.

Chris Warburton: We’ve had a lot of people getting in touch saying the players have to take a bit of responsibility, stop celebrating in front of opposing fans and stoking it up. I just wondered what your thoughts are on that

Paddy Crerand: Who’s said that Who’s made that statement

CW: We’ve had various calls and texts from our listeners, Paddy.

PC: What planet do they live on

CW: Well, you tell me.

PC: Well, I’ve no idea. I was at the game yesterday, do you expect fans not to celebrate when their team scores a goal

CW: No, no, what they’re suggesting is that players are going up to opposing fans and celebrating in front of them and that that stokes the crowd up.

PC: I was at the game yesterday and that is absolute rubbish. Who suggested that, and where did that come from Absolute garbage. How many people phoned you up One Two Three

CW: No, no, we’ve had various texts this morning saying the same thing as well.

PC: Well how many Tell me how many. If you’re going to make a statement like you’re making a statement now, tell me how many.

CW: Just take it from me that we have had a good number of texts…

PC: I’m not taking it from you, you tell me.

CW: Well, I haven’t got it to hand Paddy.

PC: Well why make a statement then, if you haven’t got it to hand No I’m not taking it from you, why do you make a statement like that when you haven’t got the evidence

CW: Well, what do you think of the point

PC: I think the point is absolutely ludicrous. You go to a football match, or any sporting situation, and you think people shouldn’t celebrate What planet are your people on at all

CW: No, no, that’s not what’s being suggested.

PC: That’s what you’re suggesting.

CW: In terms of…

PC: In terms of what Now you’re making excuses for yourself.

CW: I was going to ask you a different question Paddy.

PC: Yeah, go on then.

CW: In terms of the environment at a derby, how has it changed from when you were playing

PC: It’s not changed in any way whatsoever. I don’t care that it’s a derby, or any football match, people celebrate when their team scores a goal. What do you expect them to do, be quiet I don’t know what you’re suggesting, I’m totally amazed.
Just a minute please – is this a publicity stunt

CW: No. I think I’ve been quite clear in what I’m saying to you Paddy. Let me ask you a question about the football.

PC: Yeah, well ask me a sensible question then. Don’t talk stupid and ask me daft questions about whether fans should celebrate or not.

CW: Well we asked Danny Mills the question about an hour ago, Paddy, and he gave us quite a reasonable answer.

PC: Well what did he say to you I’ve no idea what Danny Mills says to you, what was his reasonable answer

CW: He told us that you can’t hold players in any way responsible.

PC: Of course you can’t. Why make a thing about a sensible answer that Danny Mills gave you that people should celebrate Of course they should celebrate.

Rachel Burden: I think there might be a bit of misunderstanding here. A number of people texted the programme and people called Five Live…

PC: How many texts A million

RB: If you’d let me finish…

PC: Half a million

RB: If you’d let me finish…

PC: Hundred thousand

RB: If you’d let me finish the point…

PC: Yes.

RB: …and the point was about Rio Ferdinand going down to an area where home fans were and celebrating in front of them.

PC: Let me say something to you. Did you watch the game yesterday

RB: I listened to it.

PC: Well you didn’t watch it then, you don’t know what happened then. Rio Ferdinand was nowhere near where the away fans – where the home fans were. He gets struck by a coin that somebody’s thrown from about 15 or 20 yards, it’s not like he was standing in front of their supporters jumping up and down. He was 15 or 20 yards from their fans.

RB: Do you remember things like that happening when you were playing in these derbies

PC: I don’t remember anything like that happening, no.

RB: So do you think the atmosphere has got worse over the years

PC: Why did you change commentators Why have you come on all of a sudden

RB: That’s just the way it works on the programme, we both join in together.

CW: Don’t worry, I haven’t run scared Paddy.

PC: Oh, I thought you’d run away there for a minute. No, but let me say, it was a great football match, no question about that. When it went to two each, I thought City were the team that were going to win it. Manchester United finished up winning with a deflected goal and you can’t not accept the fact that fans would celebrate when the third goal went in. And derby matches are a lot different from ordinary matches, obviously, but why somebody would throw something at Rio Ferdinand is totally stupid. Why a fan would run on the pitch…
And to be fair to Manchester City, a United fan ran on to the pitch last year when United beat City 4-3. So the effects of football on people sometimes can go to the extreme, it shouldn’t happen but it does happen unfortunately. And particularly in matches that are local derbies.

AUDIO: listen to Paddy's rant on BBC Radio 5 live… click here for more…

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Tonia Couch – Image of the week by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My image of the week – Great Britain diving hopeful Tonia Couch

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UPDATED:

10:52 GMT, 16 July 2012

Being asked to go to Plymouth to shoot diver Tonia Couch was one of my best assignments of the year.

She’s one of the easiest people to photograph and I couldn’t really go wrong.

I have travelled to Plymouth before but always to photograph her training partner Tom Daley and Tonia is often overlooked – until now.

For this image I had the floor of the diving pool raised so the water was only three inches deep which made it a beautiful dark blue colour.

Tonia’s personality and swimsuit stand out from the shallow water.

Nikon D3
Lens 24-70mm
Exposure 1/200th of a second at F5.6

Andy Hooper's image of the week: Tonia Couch

Noel Gallagher launches Manchester City home kit

Noel's in good Kompany: Oasis legend shows off new City kit, but will Van Persie be wearing it

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UPDATED:

10:36 GMT, 5 July 2012

Is this the shirt that Robin van Persie will be wearing next season

Following the news that Van Persie will not sign a new deal at Arsenal, Manchester City are one of the favorites to snap up the Dutch striker.

City are prepared to offer a whopping 225,000-per-week, but face competition from neighbours Manchester United who are also keen to sign the 28-year-old.

A kit of alright: Vincent Kompany and Noel Gallagher show off City's new home kit

A kit of alright: Vincent Kompany and Noel Gallagher show off City's new home kit

And if he does sign for the Premier League champions then this is the kit he will run out in next season

City launched their new Umbro kit with a little bit of help from former Oasis guitarist and lifelong City fan Noel Gallagher.

The High Flying Bird's singer joined skipper Vincent Kompany as part of the Umbro Show Your City campaign.

The City skipper returned the favour by introducing Noel on stage to a crowd of 80,000 at the Rock Werchter festival in his home country last weekend.

Pain and simple: City will wear a classic sky blue kit next season with a dark blue collar

Pain and simple: City will wear a classic sky blue kit next season with a dark blue collar

Noel is not the first Gallagher to help City launch a kit as the club turned to younger brother Liam last summer to show off the shirt they went on to win the league title in.

Noel will hope City can repeat the success of last season in the new kit.

Yohan Blake beats Usain Bolt in Jamaica Olympic trials

Blake stuns Bolt to win Jamaican Olympic trials with fastest time of 2012

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UPDATED:

19:03 GMT, 30 June 2012

Usain Bolt may be the world's fastest man but he is no longer the best in Jamaica.

And if he does not sort out his start in the next five weeks, the Olympic gold medal may be beyond his grasp.

Bolt was beaten by his training
partner and rival, Yohan Blake, in the 100metres at the Jamaican Olympic
trials, the first time they have lined up together in competition since
Blake took Bolt's world title in Daegu last year.

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Bolt from the blue: Blake (left) crosses the finish line to win in Kingston

Bolt from the blue: Blake (left) crosses the finish line to win in Kingston

On that occasion Bolt was disqualified for a false start. But this time Blake beat him fair and square.

He was spectacularly quick off his
blocks at the National Stadium in Kingston, he was always ahead and he
won in 9.75sec, the year's fastest time. It makes him the fourth fastest
man of all time.

Bolt was so far off the pace that he
barely beat former world record holder Asafa Powell for second place,
overtaking him only in the last stride to stop the clock at 9.86sec, two
hundredths ahead.

All three men are picked
automatically for the 100m in London, a race once regarded as a Bolt
coronation but now being hyped as a potentially epic battle.

World champion: Blake heads to London having run the fastest time in the world this year

World champion: Blake heads to London having run the fastest time in the world this year

Jubilant Blake said: 'It's awesome.
No pressure at all. I'm the world champion and now I'm the national
champion of Jamaica. I go into the Olympics like this.'

Blake shares coach Glenn Mills and training sessions with Bolt but he has avoided him in races this year.

Those who have paid 725 to see the Olympic 100m final are guaranteed their money's worth.

The result means that six men – three Jamaicans, two Americans and one Trinidadian – have run 9.86sec or faster this year.

'Could be the best race ever,' four-time Olympic medallist Ato Bolden tweeted.

Well beaten: Bolt congratulates Blake after the race

Well beaten: Bolt congratulates Blake after the race

Third: Asafa Powell fell away after a blistering start

Third: Asafa Powell fell away after a blistering start

Bolt had problems with his starts in both semi-finals and final.

'I had trouble getting out but I kept feeling like I can't give up. I had to ignore it,' he said.

His long legs reduce the number of
strides he needs to cover 100 metres to 41 – three fewer than others –
but they take a lot of unwinding from the blocks and it is a problem he
has struggled with all summer.

Mills dismissed the setback even
though the clock is running with just five weeks to go until the first
round of heats in London.

'Bolt is a tough cookie and I think he will survive,' he said. 'We are right where we want to be going into London.'

National record: Fraser (centre) won the women's final

National record: Fraser (centre) won the women's final

History tells us that, when Bolt gets it right, he is utterly devastating. He won Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 2008 Games in Beijing, had held the previous fastest time in the world this year after clocking 9.76 in Rome last month and still holds the world record, a jaw-dropping 9.58 set three years ago.

Dwain Chambers, like the other British sprinters in Helsinki for the European Championships, was astonished by the news from Kingston, where even fourth-placed Michael Frater clocked 9.94.

'You just have to forget about it. Those guys are on another planet,' said Chambers.

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While the Jamaican trio and their American rivals Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay and Trinidadian powerhouse Keston Bledman continue to stop the clock in the high nines, Britain's best are struggling to get near 10 seconds.

British No 1 Adam Gemili has broken the tape at 10.08 this season but Chambers's 2012 best is a relatively pedestrian 10.25, set in Birmingham last week.

Yohan Blake beats Usian Bolt in Jamaica Olympic trials

Blake stuns Bolt to win Jamaican Olympic trials with fastest time of 2012

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UPDATED:

08:56 GMT, 30 June 2012

Yohan Blake ran the fastest 100 metres in the world this year as he and Usain Bolt booked their places at London 2012 in the Jamaican National Championships and Olympic trials.

All eyes were on Olympic champion and world record-holder Bolt in the final in Kingston, but it was world champion Blake who stole his thunder, running 9.75 seconds to best his rival's time of 9.76 set in Rome last month.

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Bolt from the blue: Blake (left) crosses the finish line to win in Kingston

Bolt from the blue: Blake (left) crosses the finish line to win in Kingston

Bolt was second in in 9.86, while former world record-holder Asafa Powell was just behind him in 9.88 to book the third spot on the team, although he reportedly limped away from the track.

'No pressure at all, everything is good. I'm just fortunate,' Blake, who also beat his previous personal best of 9.82, said. 'I'm the national champion of Jamaica now, I go into the Olympics like this.'

World champion: Blake heads to London having run the fastest time in the world this year

World champion: Blake heads to London having run the fastest time in the world this year

This was the first time Blake and Bolt had faced each other since Blake took the world title Daegu last year when the Olympic champion false started.

Bolt, who started poorly, said: 'I had to ignore it (his start). I had trouble getting out, but I kept feeling like I could not give up.'

All eight men in the final met the Olympic A standard.

Well beaten: Bolt congratulates Blake after the race

Well beaten: Bolt congratulates Blake after the race

Third: Asafa Powell fell away after a blistering start

Third: Asafa Powell fell away after a blistering start

Defending women's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce broke the national record as she won her final in 10.70, which was also a world-leading time.

She was joined on the team by Athens and Beijing 200m winner Veronica Campbell-Brown who ran 10.82.

National record: Fraser (centre) won the women's final

National record: Fraser (centre) won the women's final

Kerron Stewart, who was joint second in Beijing, finished third while the other woman to take a share of silver in 2008, Sherone Simpson, could only finish fourth.

Olympic 400m hurdles champion Melaine Walker also won her final, running 54.77.

Graeme Souness admits he would have returned to Rangers with Blue Knights

Souness admits he was ready to return to Rangers with beaten Blue Knight Kennedy

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 15 May 2012

No return: Graeme Souness

No return: Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness has distanced himself from Charles Green's consortium but urged the Yorkshire businessman to 'take care of' and 'love' Rangers.

The former Rangers player/manager's name was mentioned on Sunday when former Sheffield United chief executive Green spoke to the media after his group agreed a deal to buy the Ibrox club.

Green aims to take Rangers out of administration through a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) by early July with his consortium, of which little is known, pledging 8.5million for creditors.

Souness would have returned to Govan if his friend, Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy, and the Blue Knights had been successful in their bid to buy the club but he will have no involvement with Green.

'I certainly met Charles and he ran past me what his intentions were,' the former Liverpool, Galatasaray and Blackburn boss told TalkSport.

'But I've known Brian Kennedy for a long time, we are from the same part of Edinburgh, more or less, and I was very happy to get involved with someone I knew the strength of and completely understood where it was going.

Admission: Souness revealed he would have returned to Rangers had the Blues Knights bid been successful

Admission: Souness revealed he would have returned to Rangers had the Blues Knights bid been successful

'Anything other than that, it just wouldn't be for me.

'Glasgow Rangers is a unique football club and like any other supporter, I am deeply concerned with where it's going and what is going to happen to it.

'Whoever controls and whoever is in charge of running that football club has a duty to every single supporter and a duty of care to what the club means and I can't emphasise enough what it means to people up there (Scotland).

'It is more of an institution than a football club.

'They have to take care of it, love it and manage it to the best of their ability and hopefully leave it in a better position when they do go, than how they found it.'

Aidan O"Brien backs son to shine on Camelot

O'Brien backs son to shine on Derby favourite Camelot, despite 'horrendous' pressure

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20:10 GMT, 14 May 2012

Aidan O'Brien has described the
pressure of training Camelot as 'horrendous' but backed teenage son
Joseph to take the responsibility of riding the red-hot Investec Derby
favourite in his stride.

The unbeaten son of Montjeu is odds on
favourite with most bookmakers to add the Epsom Classic on June 2 to
his 2,000 Guineas win at Newmarket.

Guineas delight: Joseph O'Brien and Camelot (right) looking to add second Classic to their portfolio

Guineas delight: Joseph O'Brien and Camelot (right) looking to add second Classic to their portfolio

After a sequence of 39 losing runners in the Derby, including five seconds, since O'Brien won the Epsom Classic with High Chaparral 10 years ago, there will be intense pressure on a jockey who is 19 later this month and finished fourth last year on Memphis Tennessee, his only previous ride in the Blue Riband.

His father said: 'If you were asked about the worry (of training him), I supposed horrendous is the word. Everyone has put so much into him. That is what we live for.

'Everyone knows about the responsibility without me speaking about it. What people don't understand with Joseph is that from the time he has been able to walk he has been in the middle of all of this.

Family way: Aidan O'Brien (right) is confident son Joseph (left) can handle the pressure

Family way: Aidan O'Brien (right) is confident son Joseph (left) can handle the pressure

Family way: Aidan O'Brien (right) is confident son Joseph (left) can handle the pressure

'He has heard all the discussions and seen all the disappointments. Before he was able to ride he was in the back of the jeep, hanging out of the window watching all the horses work. He has never known anything else.

'Every minute of the day we are talking about it – it is not extra pressure as a rider because that is what he has always done.'

Ominously, O'Brien snr, who is aiming his nine-length 1,000 Guineas Homecoming Queen at the Irish 1,000 Guineas on May 27, believes Camelot has improved for his Guineas win.

The Irish trainer, whose Excelebration is the main threat to 2-5 favourite Frankel in Saturday's Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, said: 'We think he learned a lot. He ran through gaps put his head down to fight.'

O'Brien pits Twirl against John Gosden's 1,000 Guineas fourth in Werdnesday's Musidora Stakes at York while Was goes for the Group three Blue Wind Stakes at Naas the same evening to gauge if they are capable of joining 1,000 Guineas third Maybe and Kissed in the Investec Oaks.

But Dundalk winner Ernest Hemingway will miss Thursday's Dante Stakes if the going is worse than good.

Confidence behind Camelot could mean a select Ballydoyle Derby squad heading to Epsom.

So You Think has been left in Saturday's Lockinge Stakes but O'Brien said the intention is for him to run in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Irish Guineas meeting.

Nick Skelton wins Longines Grand Prix

Skelton shows why he's No 1 with impressive win at Longines Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

20:04 GMT, 13 May 2012

British No 1 Nick Skelton continued his rich vein of form on Sunday by winning the Longines Grand Prix of La Baule in France.

The Warwickshire-based showjumper was Britain's top performer during the FEI Nations Cup opener on Friday.

No 1: Nick Skelton pulled off an impressive win

No 1: Nick Skelton pulled off an impressive win

And he eclipsed a world-class field on Carlo to land the blue riband grand prix class, winning 53,000.

Skelton, 54, has Carlo and Big Star both in contention for the London Olympics, where he hopes to build on last year's bronze medal at the European Championships in Madrid.

Skelton's British colleague Ben Maher was third behind Belgium's reigning world champion Philippe Le Jeune, producing another superb display on Tripple X III just a week after winning the Valencia Global Champions' Tour event on the same horse.