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Rigadin De Beauchene lands Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick

Rigadin De Beauchene lands Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick


16:02 GMT, 12 January 2013



17:51 GMT, 12 January 2013

Rigadin De Beauchene (5-1) put the icing on the cake of what has been a bountiful start to the month for trainer Venetia Williams when getting up in the shadow of the post to deny Godsmejudge and the gallant Pete The Feat in the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick.

The eight-year-old put his jumping issues behind him under a determined Robbie Dunne to pull the race out of the fire after he was seemingly booked for third at the second-last fence.

New star: Nigel Twiston-Davies has a leading candidate for Cheltenham

New star: Nigel Twiston-Davies has a leading candidate for Cheltenham

Dunne intentionally steered a wide
course on Rigadin De Beauchene in the straight, a ploy that paid off as
the combination reeled in the battling leaders with 50 yards to travel
to win by half a length.

Williams said: 'Robbie swept wide
into the straight and managed to get the horse to meet the last fence on
a good stride which I think was very important.

'His owner Andrew Wiles hopes he may
emulate his half-brother Miko De Beauchene and win the Welsh National
next season. I think Andrew might have reservations about him going for
the Grand National itself though. He's had issues with his jumping.'

Williams said she was encouraged
about a good run from her gelding after the horse that beat him in the
mud at Lingfield went on to land the Sussex National.

Dunne said: 'We were going a good
gallop when he made a mistake down the back and he also got in tight to a
couple. But overall he jumped much better today, having had a
confidence-booster at Lingfield.'

Noel Fehily was proud of the gallant Pete The Feat whose unbeaten run of five this season was finally broken back in third.

He said: 'It was another very good run. He's jumped from fence to fence and galloped to the line.'

Nigel Twiston-Davies can be forgiven if he starts getting excited about The New One (1-2 favourite) who routed the opposition in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

So far the only defeat he has
suffered in his career came in the Festival Bumper where he was sixth
but nothing in this Grade Two could live with him.

His jockey Sam Twiston-Davies said: 'The sky is the limit.'

Nigel Twiston-Davies said: 'He seems
to have so much speed and staying power and it's a shame we haven't
really learned anything, as some of the others didn't go in the ground
and he wasn't tested.

'He won but we still don't know
enough about him and that encourages me to look at the programme book
and find another two-and-a-half-miler for him in order to give him some
more experience.'

Sarah Such, joint-owner of the winner,
was out of breath after cheering The New One home and exclaimed:
'Amazing. I can't breath he is absolutely wonderful, a really special

Team Twiston-Davies also took the concluding bumper with Pure Science (5-1), a nine-length winner.

Rocky Creek boosted his claims for the RSA Chase and was cut to 12-1 from 20s for that Cheltenham Festival contest after flooring Highland Lodge in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Novices' Chase.

Paddy Power were impressed with the Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old after he readily brushed aside Highland Lodge in the home straight of the three-mile contest to leave that rival exhausted on the run-in.

The pair had taken each other on at the last three of the fences down the back stretch with Rocky Creek nudging into the lead under a confident Daryl Jacob before the second last.

At this point the 7-4 chance jumped to the front where Tour Des Champs fell and brought down the weakening Forgotten Gold. Rocky Creek then forged steadily clear of Highland Lodge, who stopped to a walk on the flat and was caught by 16-1 shot Fill The Power for second.

Jacob believes the winner could be a factor in the RSA given the right underfoot conditions.

He said: 'I had the favourite covered and just wanted him to give me a lead into the straight before pressing on.

'He's a horse for the future and will be a truly super chaser in time. He's a possible Cheltenham horse for sure providing the ground there isn't too quick.'

Ely Brown booked his ticket to the Cheltenham Festival when avenging his 2012 defeat in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Qualifier.

Second to Thehillofuisneach here 12 months ago, Charlie Longsdon's charge travelled well and readily outstayed Holywell and Hada Men by a length and a quarter and four under Noel Fehily.

According to his trainer, Ely Brown needed to win today in order to guarantee a run in the Final at Cheltenham in March.

Longsdon said: 'I said to Noel he had to win again if he was going to get to Cheltenham and after this he certainly deserves to take his chance.

'If he goes up 5lb it will be his ticket booked. He was second here last year and when I looked down today's field I thought it was quite a lot tougher.

'He had a hard race at Aintree. We gave him plenty of time to recover from that and he was pinging after his last outing at Haydock.'

Rody (11-2) earned glowing praise from his pilot Paddy Brennan who described the Tom George-trained gelding as 'as good a jumper as you could possibly wish to see' following his resounding success in the Betfred 'The Bonus King' Handicap Chase.

Giving weight to all seven of his rivals in the two-mile contest, Rody made it three wins from his last four starts as he continually made ground on Eastlake at his fences.

Brennan sent him on rounding the home bend and the combination pulled eight lengths clear, with Kapga De Cerisy a neck back in third. The winner is owned by Tony Dalton and Jennifer Laing who both work for Saatchi and Saatchi.

Laing said: 'He's a happy horse who really likes being at the racecourse. He wasn't as good over hurdles because he used to brush through them, but he gives the fences more respect.'

Brennan added: 'It's his jumping that wins him his races, I've been very impressed with him.'

Flaming Charmer caused a minor shock in the opener, posting a 14-1 triumph for owners Chasing Gold, trainer Colin Tizzard and jockey Brendan Powell.

The five-year-old proved too strong for Thunder Sheikh to deny Timmy Murphy a winner on his first ride back from injury in the Betfred Goals Galore Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

On ground described as soft by the winning jockey, Flaming Charmer outstayed his foes and Powell said: 'He's a nice horse for the future and I think he'll stay further.'

Tom Chadney, spokeman for Chasing Gold, said: 'The reason I bought him was because his dam is Kates Charm who won the Cleeve Hurdle and was a very good mare for Robert Alner.

'We have nine horses spread around the country with seven trainers. It enables our members to watch the horses run wherever they are based.'

Arsenal v Coventry City: Mark Robins in the dark over Arsene Wenger selection

Coventry boss Robins in the dark over Arsenal selection ahead of Capital One Cup clash



22:20 GMT, 25 September 2012

Coventry City boss Mark Robins has no idea which Arsenal team his League One strugglers will face at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

But he has asked Arsene Wenger to leave the Gunners' Under-11 striker out of his plans.

With the Sky Blues bottom but one in their division without a league victory to their name so far this season, a trip to the in-form north Londoners might seem a daunting task.

New man in charge: Robins is preparing for Coventry's trip to Arsenal

New man in charge: Robins is preparing for Coventry's trip to Arsenal

But with 8,000 fans in support, Robins is hoping his club can repeat the feat of five years ago when two Michael Mifsud goals defeated Manchester United at the same stage of the competition.

However, Robins admits that the new rules brought in by the Football League to ensure clubs field strong starting XIs have not helped in his planning.

New rules state that managers must play six of their first-team, based on overall appearances in previous games.

However, the Football League is trialling this experiment and has no jurisdiction over Premier League clubs. It has left Robins not knowing what he will face.

'I'm expecting six players from their starting line-up on Sunday to play,' he said, 'but I'm hoping that they renege on that agreement with the Football League.

Young Guns: Wenger is likely to rest a number of key players for the visit of Coventry

Young Guns: Wenger is likely to rest a number of key players for the visit of Coventry

'If we have to adhere to it and they don't have to, what it means is that they will be slightly less than full strength. They will have quality in every position and ability in every position.

'We have a list of their players and Arsene Wenger could do anything, to be honest, which makes it difficult to plan.

'But I have to tell you, I went to watch Arsenal's Under-11s play in a tournament at Warwick University recently.

'And they have a striker who is a cross between Ian Wright and Thierry Henry. It was frightening. It was pass, pass, pass too. Very impressive. I wouldn't like to face him in a few years!

'Having said that, we can only plan for ourselves.'

Robins added James Bailey to his squad, following a loan deal that was agreed with Derby County, as he tries to arrest a slump in form following Andy Thorn's sacking that has seen the Sky Blues lose five successive league matches.

However, he remains confident in his ability to turn the tide and change the mind-set at a club that has been in a downwards spiral since its' demotion from the Premier League 11 years ago.

'This is a magnificent football club,' he said, 'Coventry is a club that was in the top-flight when I was growing up and wouldn't be out of place should we return there.

'This is a job to relish. I'm not surprised at what I have walked into, however.

'Having worked with the players for four days, I know they have decent attributes but the mentality needs changing.

'There is an air of negativity. We have to change that. It will change but it will take time.

'It's a club that could move quickly. But it's a long way off. Don't hold me to a time-scale. Look at the likes of Norwich and Southampton who have ended up with back-to-back promotions.

'It will turn and things will become more positive and far clearer in due course.'

Brian Clough is still a son of Middlesbrough but Don Revie is forgotten

Clough is still a son of Boro… Revie is forgotten

Michael Walker


21:30 GMT, 16 September 2012



21:30 GMT, 16 September 2012

One o'clock, Friday, and at the cafe in Middlesbrough's Albert Park about 20 men have gathered for an afternoon stroll. But this is one with an enjoyable, educational difference.

It begins nearby, outside No 11 Valley Road. This is the house in which Brian Clough was born and raised. There is a green plaque notifying the proud fact.

The route then returns to Albert Park to take in the engaging statue of the young Clough there, boots over his shoulder, on the way to work.

Home favourite: Clough was born and raised in Middlesbrough

Home favourite: Clough was born and raised in Middlesbrough

Across the road from the park, where there is now an estate agents and a pawnbroker, there used to be Rea's cafe, where Clough met one of the great loves of his life, his wife Barbara, and where he talked intently with another, Peter Taylor.

From there it is the length of two pitches to where the old Ayresome Park stood. Clough scored 197 goals in 213 League games for Middlesbrough.

Tarnished figure: Most people didn't realise Revie was from Middlesbrough

Tarnished figure: Most people didn't realise Revie was from Middlesbrough

The treasured ground disappeared in 1997. There are still cobbles on Warwick Street. Down at the bottom of Ayresome Street, the walk then turns.

In the space of around a mile, we have reached a different part of Middlesbrough and soon there is Bell Street, quiet, modest and usually bypassed.

There is no plaque on this street, not even outside pebble- dashed No 20. But there should be. Because here, so close to where Brian Clough grew up and matured as a footballer, is where Don Revie was born.

In 1969, aged 41, Revie led Leeds United to the first league title in the club's history. In 1972, aged 37, Clough led Derby County to their first league title in the club's history.

In 1974, Revie led Leeds to the title again. In 1978, Clough led Nottingham Forest to the club's one and only league title in their history. In between, before and after, there was plenty more.

By the way…

Another Middlesbrough man was Harold Shepherdson, Alf Ramsey's assistant with England in 1966. Harold also has a street named after him: Shepherdson Way leads to the Riverside.

Not least was that Revie became manager of England – successor to Sir Alf Ramsey – at a time when the man who thought he should have that job, who always thought he should have that job, was Brian Clough.

A couple of reasons for Clough's self-confidence came in the shape of Forest's two European Cups, in 1979 and 1980. Clough did not get the England job, but Leeds needed a manager after Revie. They chose – for 44 infamous days – Clough.

That two of the greatest English managers of the 20th century should come from opposite sides of Ayresome Park makes this an exceptional slice of the landscape. That they were opposites in other ways – first rivals, then harsh enemies – is fascinating.

As is the fact that their home town celebrates only one of them. Clough has a plaque, a statue and a street named after him. Don Revie Most people in Middlesbrough don't even know Revie came from Middlesbrough.

In part it is because Revie left for Leicester City at 17 having never played for Boro. But as Roger Hermiston, author of Clough and Revie, explained: 'Not playing for Boro meant no legacy, but also Revie rarely mentioned Middlesbrough. That's understandable.

'Sometimes people put their past behind them. From the town, Revie became a somewhat tarnished figure, the way the England job ended. And they were different characters. As Austin Mitchell said, Clough was like JFK, Revie was like Richard Nixon.'

Hermiston was our guide on Friday, along with Rob Nichols, as part of 'Discover Middlesbrough'. 'But I have great admiration for Revie,' added Hermiston.

Don's mother died when he was 11. Pausing beside a remaining workhouse wall at the Holgate End of Ayresome Park, Hermiston added that 'the fear of ending up here was real for Revie and his father. Revie was two when Wall Street crashed and started the Depression. Fear of unemployment was always on the Revie shoulder. Maybe that explains his later obsession with money.'

Clough, too, liked money. But the walk emphasised his childhood happiness. He wanted to be Wilf Mannion and if not, then Len Hutton. Revie, it seems, wanted away. So many other names and facts stepped forward – in May 1940, Middlesbrough was the first English town to be bombed by the Germans. Living history – so engrossing it was an afterthought that neither Clough nor Revie ever managed Boro.

A club built on localism

York-born Steve McClaren is another Middlesbrough-England managerial connection. In his last league game as Boro boss, at Fulham in May 2006, McClaren named an all-English starting XI. Ross Turnbull, Andrew Davies, Matthew Bates, David Wheater, Andrew Taylor, James Morrison, Jason Kennedy, Lee Cattermole, Malcolm Christie, Danny Graham, Adam Johnson.

They lost 1-0 and none are at the club today. On Saturday Boro beat Ipswich 2-0. Nine of Tony Mowbray's starting XI were English, five of them were born in the north-east. As was Mowbray. Localism.

AP McCoy to return from injury at Warwick

Key ride for McCoy as champion jockey prepares to make return from injury

Champion AP McCoy eases back into action on Key To The West in the bumper at Warwick on Thursday 26 days after breaking ribs and puncturing a lung in a fall at Taunton.

His ride, a Nicky Henderson-trained son of Westerner who cost 125,000 euros, provides a platform for the 16-time champion to warm up for an important weekend of Cheltenham Festival trials.

The famously resilient McCoy, who has notched 174 winners this season, will have to be passed fit to ride by the Warwick course doctor and has balanced his desire for a rapid return with caution.

Comeback: Tony McCoy broke several ribs and punctured a lung

Comeback: Tony McCoy broke several ribs and punctured a lung

He said: ‘I’ve been feeling good the last week or 10 days. I broke a few ribs at the back and a few at the front as well. For the first week, I was easy enough to deal with as I wasn’t able to do a lot. For the last week or 10 days I’ve been a little more agitated.

‘I would have liked to have come back sooner. What worried me was if I came back and I wasn’t physically able to take a heavy fall again, I’d end up missing a lot more.’

Meanwhile, David Pipe-trained Grand National favourite Junior, yet to race this season, is an entry in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock on February 18.

Champion jockey Tony McCoy taken to hospital with rib injury after Taunton fall

Champion jockey McCoy taken to hospital with rib injury after Taunton fall

Tony McCoy faces a spell on the sidelines after sustaining suspected cracked ribs at Taunton on Friday.

McCoy suffered a final-fence fall aboard Laudatory in the Steve Logan Memorial County Contractors Handicap Hurdle.

Agony: Iron-man McCoy lies prone after a fall at Taunton

Agony: Iron-man McCoy lies prone after a fall at Taunton

The 16-times champion jockey gave up his final ride of the day, Hopeful Start, in the totetrifecta Handicap Chase.

A shaky-looking McCoy was later taken by ambulance on a stretcher to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.

Clerk of the course Michael Trickey said: “He had some morphine and they”ve had a further look and taken him to hospital.

“He has suspected cracked ribs.”

McCoy is due to be in action at Warwick on Saturday, where he has four rides.