Wayne Rooney’s top five England goals

Wayne Rooney, England’s all-time record scorer with 53 goals, has retired from international football..
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Liverpool 0-0 Hoffenheim: LIVE updates and highlights from Champions League qualifier

LIVERPOOL welcome Hoffenheim to Anfield for tonight’s Champions League play-off second leg. Follow the action LIVE with Express Sport.
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Killarney kind to odds-on punters again

Killarney kind to odds-on punters again

A lovely shot of Aljunood and Pat Smullen showing their Killarney rivals the way home ©Healy Racing Photos There was a second comprehensive success for an odds-on chance in race two at Killarney with Aljunood (2/5) triumphing in the Pitchsupplies.ie Maiden. Pat Smullen soon had the first-time hooded 81-rated three-year-old in front and he made all to easily beat newcomer Kings Inn by three and a half lengths. Smullen said on Dermot Weld’s charge: “It looked on paper that all he had to do was run his race and he’d win and thankfully that’s the way it turned out. I kept it simple, and went a nice even pace. “He can be a bit anxious and want to get on with it but luckily I didn’t get hassled today. He was a bit keen for the first furlong or so and then he came back to me and relaxed lovely into the race. “To be fair he picked up well at the furlong pole and I knew I had the race well in keeping. I think the ease in the ground was a big help to him. “If he relaxes he could get a bit further but around a mile is ideal for him.” (AM & EM) 
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Ulysses and Crowley excel in Juddmonte

Ulysses and Jim Crowley account for Churchill and Barney Roy ©Healy Racing Photos Ulysses showed he is getting better with age as he put his younger rivals in the shade to give Sir Michael Stoute a record-breaking sixth success in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York. Having finished second in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes last time out, the four-year-old claimed a second Group One of the season when making a successful switch back to a mile and a quarter to add to his victory in last month’s Coral-Eclipse. After early leader Cliffs Of Moher faded away, it was dual 2000 Guineas winner Churchill and St James’s Palace Stakes hero Barney Roy who traded blows. But sitting patiently in behind was an almost motionless Jim Crowley aboard the son of Gailileo, waiting to pounce and make his move as late as possible. Hitting the front around a furlong from home, the 4-1 scorer quickly asserted, crossing the line two lengths clear of Churchill, with his old rival Barney Roy back in third. Crowley said: “He seems to like being ridden with confidence. He is improving and today is the best feel I have got off him to be honest and he seems to be getting better and better. “I always had plenty of horse. Today he relaxed so nicely and he just lobbed round. When I got there he got there quite soon, I just had to nurse him along to make sure he got there. “This horse is improving all the time and when the rain came this morning, I knew after Ascot it wouldn’t be a problem. I think he is one of those that only does as much as he has to, not in a bad way, but like I said he is a great ride to pick up and I am grateful to be riding him. “These are the races when you are champion you want to be winning.” Stoute said: “It all just went so smoothly and there was never a blip. I think it was his best performance to date. “York is a different track to Sandown, it’s so level, and I never had any worries the way he was travelling. “I think it’s time to give him a break and work backwards from the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The owners are keen to go for that. We’ll go home and work it out.” Comparing Ulysses to some of his previous winners of the race, Stoute said: “He is taking his races so well, he’s got everything. I think he is as good at 12 furlongs, don’t forget the King George was run in a swamp, it wasn’t ideal conditions for him. “Today’s performance would put him up there, if not in front of them.” Ulysses halved in price with one firm to 3-1 for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, in which he was fourth to Highland Reel last season. The latter remains the 11-4 favourite, and his trainer Aidan O’Brien said of Churchill: “He ran very well and we are very happy with him. The ground wasn’t ideal, but he still ran well.” When asked if he thought he stayed 10 furlongs, O’Brien said “He didn’t wilt anyway. It was a great run for his first try at the trip. We knew conditions weren’t ideal, but at least he has left Ascot behind him. “Goodwood (withdrawn from Sussex Stakes following a downpour) messed us up really as we were ready to run there, but you can’t do anything about the weather. The Irish Champion Stakes is very possible, but he would have to be very well.” Barney Roy had been beaten on the line by Ulysses in the Eclipse, and his trainer Richard Hannon said: “That was another very solid run. They took each other on a long way out and probably set it up for the winner. “We might run him over 10 furlongs again, but a lot will depend on the ground. If it comes up soft we could go back to a mile with him. But we are certainly not ruling it out.”
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Market’s Field hunts his treble

Market’s Field ©Healy Racing Photos With plenty of rain forecast, conditions are likely to be testing at Sligo today for its seven race National-Hunt card. The feature contest on the programme is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap Hurdle where the hat-trick-seeking Market’s Field is sure to prove popular with punters. The Enda Bolger-trained five-year-old recorded his first career success over fences at Wexford last month, following up in a handicap hurdle over the course on August 10. Donal McInerney will again be aboard, and he takes off a valuable 7lbs. Ruby Walsh is an interesting booking on Small World, and he has solid claims with just 10st 3lb on his back, while top-weight Seskinane and Killarney winner Open To The World are other leading contenders. Christy Roche trains Open To The World, and he will be represented by Bay Hill in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle. This six-time winner was a good third at Killarney on his last start and another solid effort can be expected from him with Jody McGarvey in the plate. Seven horses have been declared for the Diageo Mares Maiden Hurdle with Shanning and True Identity the most interesting. The former, trained by Willie Mullins, was successful on her sole start on the level in France and can be expected to give a good account in the hands of Walsh. Newcomer True Identity is trained by Noel Meade, and she is a full-sister to four-time winner The Unit, who was third in a Grade One at Aintree on his last start in April. Meade has Darkest Flyer in the Hop House 13 Lager Rated Novice Hurdle, and the five-year-old will be bidding to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Ballinrobe. Recent course and distance winner Nellie Pledge and top-weight Snugsborough Hall are other leading hopes. Sparky Stowaway looks the safest option in the Carlsberg Maiden Hurdle, while Disparue, Celtic Monarch, Ancient Empire and Make My Heart Fly are a few for the shortlist in the Callan Tansey Solicitors Handicap Hurdle. Chess Grand Master should prove hard to beat in the concluding Smithwicks Flat Race, with the Dermot Weld-trained newcomer Days Without End, who is related to plenty of smart sorts, appearing to be his chief rival.
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Webber: Verstappen ‘a bit flaky’ this season

Webber: Verstappen ‘a bit flaky’ this season
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Expert picks for the Northern Trust Open

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Alluringly pitted against Enable again

Alluringly pitted against Enable again

Alluringly ©Healy Racing Photos Aidan O’Brien’s Alluringly steps back up in class for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday. The daughter of Fastnet Rock won a Listed race at Gowran recently but finished behind Enable at Chester in May and in the Epsom Oaks. John Gosden’s brilliant filly, who also won the Irish Oaks and the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, is among Alluringly’s five rivals on the Knavesmire. Gosden also runs Coronet, winner of the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot but rated some 18lbs inferior to her stablemate. Sir Michael Stoute has won the race nine times previously and also fields two smart fillies in Breeders’ Cup winner Queen’s Trust and Abingdon. Perhaps Enable’s biggest threat will come from Roger Varian’s Nezwaah, a clear-cut winner of the Pretty Polly at the Curragh last time out.
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Review sligo 22nd Aug

Sir Ector ended a drought that stretched back the best part of four years with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap Hurdle at Sligo. Nicole McKenna’s 10-year-old did finish second at Roscommon on his latest outing in this sphere, though, so despite struggling on the level at Galway since, he wasn’t winning out of turn. He took the last in front and although King Blue tried to tackle him, he couldn’t really get near enough to challenge and Paul Townend drovep>Sir Ector (6-1) out to triumph by three lengths. Darkest Flyer showed tremendous resolution to claim top honours in the Hop House 13 Lager Rated Novice Hurdle. Sean Flanagan cut out much of the running on Noel Meade’s 11-10 market leader and when pressed by the strong-travelling top-weight Snugsborough Hall at the last, he found extra reserves of stamina to win by three and three-quarter lengths. Shanning was made to work harder than expected to justify odds of 1-3 in the Diageo Mares Maiden Hurdle. Having tracked the leaders for much of the two-mile journey, Ruby Walsh sent Willie Mullins’ French recruit about her business after jumping two out but Amarillo Rose went with her and the favourite only edged it by a length and a quarter. Davy Russell has been in the headlines of late and drove Broughtons Star home in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle. Effernock Lad made a bold bid from the front and seemed likely to stay there, only for Russell to pounce after the last on the 9-2 joint-favourite, who passed the post a length to the good. Russell and trainer Gordon Elliott looked like doubling up when Full Batten threw down a big challenge in the Carlsberg Maiden Hurdle, but Movingswiftlyalong wasn’t for passing and scored by half a length at odds of 11-4. Kilganer Queen (13-2) came off the reserves’ bench to win the Callan Tansey Solicitors Handicap Hurdle, while Chess Grand Master took the Smithwicks Flat Race.
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Chiara Luna primed for Moyglare

Chiara Luna, noseband ©Healy Racing Photos Chiara Luna is set to represent her owners in the Group One race they sponsor, the Moyglare Stud Stakes, at the Curragh on September 10. Trainer Dermot Weld is looking forward to stepping the War Front filly up to seven furlongs following her debut success over six at Leopardstown last week. “Chiara Luna will go for the Moyglare,” said the Rosewell handler. “She came out of the race well and wants seven furlongs or a mile. She’s out of a Ribblesdale Stakes winner. “We took a chance running her over six but the reason for doing it was we were running against time and wanted to teach her. “She would learn a lot more over six around Leopardstown than a mile at the Curragh, where they canter along and just quicken for a furlong. “She’s a nice filly.”
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O'Brien looks towards Champions Weekend

O’Brien looks towards Champions Weekend

Aidan O’Brien ©Healy Racing Photos Aidan O’Brien’s three fillies who ran in the Debutante Stakes at the weekend have all been handed the Moyglare Stud Stakes as their next assignment – along with stable companion Clemmie. Magical caused an upset when making all at the Curragh, with the Ryan Moore-ridden Happily second and the favourite September only fourth. O’Brien feels the result could be different on faster ground – but the way Clemmie won a Group Two at Newmarket with ease will have plenty backing her to come out on top. “Donnacha (O’Brien) was delighted with Magical in the Debutante Stakes on Sunday. She handled the ground well and she’s a nice filly,” said O’Brien. “We ran three in the Debutante Stakes, all with the view to coming back here for the Moyglare Stud Stakes. Ryan thought Happily would quicken better on better ground and Seamus (Heffernan) felt the same for September, but it was her first run back since Royal Ascot and she’ll come on for that. “If the ground is not too soft, they will all come back for the Moyglare with Clemmie. We’ve been happy with Clemmie since Newmarket.” Order Of St George won the Irish St Leger Trial for the third time and will attempt to avenge last year’s reverse in the Leger itself. “Order Of St George is in good form and he did everything right in the Irish St Leger Trial on Saturday,” said O’Brien. “He handled the ease in the ground well and stays very well. In all fairness to Order Of St George, he is a very consistent horse and the plan is for him to come back to the Curragh for the Irish St Leger. “He had a break after Royal Ascot so it was nice to get him back going and Ryan was very happy with him.” O’Brien also dominated the Futurity Stakes on Sunday, with Rostropovich beating Coat Of Arms. “We were delighted with both Rostropovich and Coat Of Arms in the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh,” said O’Brien. “Rostropovich probably wasn’t mad about the ground, but he stayed going well. Looking at him in his races, I’d think he will stay further than seven furlongs but on nicer ground, a race like the National Stakes would be possible. “On better ground he might travel better, so it is possible he will be in our thoughts for the National Stakes.”
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Preview killarney 24th Aug

Willie Mullins is triple-handed as he attempts to scoop the big pot on offer in Thursday’s Laurels Pub & Restaurant Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap at Killarney. The champion NH trainer’s team is headed by joint top-weight Laws Of Spin, with his stablemate She’s So Flawless at the opposite end of the handicap and 2lb out of it. Mullins also saddles the veteran Digeanta, who ran twice at the Galway Festival, once with credit and the other when struggling in the race won so impressively by fellow Mullins inmate Renneti. Sea The Lion is on a hat-trick mission for Jarlath Fahey, while smart jumpers Snow Falcon and Western Boy, as well as Jim Bolger’s progressive three-year-old Clongowes, add further spice to the contest. The Mullins-trained Max Dynamite was disappointing when the subject of a Galway Hurdle gamble and reverts to the level for the John Lane & Sons Tralee (Q.R.) Race. The 2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up takes on Sandymount Duke, who ran so well for a long way in the Plate at Ballybrit. Andesh made a promising start to his career and tries to build on it in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden at 4.30. Michael Halford’s colt got closest to a well-backed Ballydoyle youngster with previous experience at the Curragh and looks a useful prospect. Halford turns Miss Snossyboots out again just five days on from her Tramore triumph, and she has a 6lb penalty to contend with in the Ross Golf Course Apprentice Handicap. Oathkeeper was still in with a shout when coming down as favourite at Galway and locks horns again with the second and third from that event, Dont Tell No One and Ballela Boy, in the Killarney Oaks Hotel Beginners Chase. Neddyvaughan strives to supplement his recent Sligo success in the Owens McCarthy Claims Specialists Handicap Chase, while Presenting Julio is back over fences on an attractive mark in the Kelly Foley & Co. In Association With Lloyd Fitzpatrick Handicap Chase.
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Warm The Voice set for Beresford task

Warm The Voice, left ©Healy Racing Photos Warm The Voice, comfortable winner of a maiden at the Galway Festival, is to step up in class for the Beresford Stakes. The Group Two Beresford, run at Naas this season while the Curragh undergoes its redevelopment, has been won by some of the greats of Irish racing in recent years. Alamshar, Azamourm Sea The Stars and St Nicholas Abbey are on the roll of honour and last year subsequent Irish Derby hero Capri was successful. Warm The Voice is owned by Jim Bolger’s wife, Jackie, and trainer Brendan Duke told At The Races: “He’s very good, he’s taken the race very well. “The Beresford is at Naas this year, over a mile, and he’ll probably rock up there, I like him. “He’s a terrific horse for us to have, he does what you want him to do, no carry on, he’s never looked for any counsellors or anything like that, he just does what you ask him to do.”
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McLaren confirms Vandoorne will stay in 2018

McLaren confirms Vandoorne will stay in 2018
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Eni Aluko wants to put FA row behind her amid fresh allegations

Eni Aluko hopes to be able to move on from the fall out of her row with the Football Association.
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