Hurling for Cancer Research raises 160k

Hurling for Cancer Research raises 160k

Una Manning (left) and Davy Russell presenting the cheque to Emma Hayden from the Irish Cancer Society ©Healy Racing Photos Hurling for Cancer Research raised €160,000 for the Irish Cancer Society this year, and a cheque was presented at Listowel this afternoon. The annual charity hurling match, the brainchild of Jim Bolger and Davy Russell, is in its sixth year and has now raised a total of €700,000 for cancer research. The hurling game, which brings together stars of the past and present from both the racing and wider sporting worlds, was once again held at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge last month and was attended by a crowd of almost 4,000. Among those who took part on the evening were TJ Reid, Peter Canavan, Niall Quinn, Stephen Hunt and jockeys Jamie Codd and Mikey Fogarty. Bolger said, “We enjoyed a phenomenal game of hurling this year with the largest attendance and the highest scoring game since its inception. “However the biggest victory of all is raising so much money to support the Irish Cancer Society’s cancer research. It is a disease that has unfortunately touched almost every family in Ireland. “One way we can fight back against the disease is through cancer research, and by discovering new and better ways to diagnose and treat cancer. “It’s heartening to see so many sporting legends take to the pitch and show their support for the work of the Irish Cancer Society.”
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Preview listowel 13th Sep

A couple of former Galway Plate heroes head the list for the 2017 Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase at Listowel. Lord Scoundrel won the Ballybrit highlight last year but was only eighth when attempting to defend his crown, two positions in front of 2014 Plate winner Road To Riches. Slowmotion and A Toi Phil were third and fourth at Galway and will be on plenty of shortlists as they step up to three miles, while the Willie Mullins-trained Arbre De Vie was sixth and then took the scalp of classy stablemate Shaneshill a few days later. Gordon Elliott does well with novices in handicaps and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by punters, with Potters Point towards the head of the ante-post market. Elliott’s Dorans River tops the weights for the Ballygarry House Hotel Novice Hurdle but is the only one of the four runners not to arrive in winning form. Fabulous Saga made a sparkling jumping debut at Ballinrobe, while Young Turk struck at Bellewstown and Balakani was impressive at Killarney. There are Listed honours up for grabs in the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes, which sees the reappearance of Zawraq. The one-time Derby favourite has only been seen once since landing Leopardstown’s 2,000 Guineas Trial in the spring of 2015 and must concede race-fitness to Mullins’ up-and-coming Riven Light. Zawraq’s trainer Dermot Weld has a strong chance in the Seamus Mulvaney Handicap, with Newcross stepping outside of maiden company for the first time. Perfect Solider also tackles his first handicap when he goes to post for the Listowel Arms Handicap, while recent winners Cracking Name and Ojinjintka do battle in the opening Exchange Inn Ballybunion & Kevin Broderick’s Bar Listowel Handicap at 2.05. Wonder Laish was once a smart Flat handicapper for William Haggas, and Charles Byrnes now tries him over obstacles in the M.S.D Animal Health Maiden Hurdle.
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Melbourne Cup Weights Announced

Almandin beating Heartbreak City in 2016 ©Healy Racing Photos Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George has once again been handed top weight for the Emirates Melbourne Cup. Sunday’s impressive Irish St Leger winner will have to shoulder 58kg (9st 2lb), with the legendary Makybe Diva the only horse able to defy such a weight in the last 40 years. Order Of St George also has the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in which he finished third last year, as an autumn aim and his connections have some serious thinking to do. Part-owner Lloyd Williams, who has won the Melbourne Cup five times already, believes the ground will be a big factor in the decision. “He needs good to soft,” he told www.heralsdsun.com.au. “Obviously I would love to run him. The Melbourne Cup, to me, is everything that racing stands for in Australia – our only international event. “But Aidan needs to select (the) best chance (based on) tracks and travel. The Arc (is) one hour away (with the) chance of rain. The Cup is 30 plus hours.” Greg Carpenter, chief handicapper in Australia, believes he has given O’Brien a carrot. “The reason I’m so keen to see Order Of St George travel to Australia is for the last three years he’s been the powerhouse of European staying,” said Carpenter. “I think that we would see a world-class stayer if he came here. It would be a challenge for him.” Iain Jardine has given Ebor winner Nakeeta the go-ahead to contest the Flemington race on November 7. The in-form handler had been non-committal about sending his stable star to Australia, but the decision has now been taken to make the trip having been handed a weight of 53kg (8st 5lb). “I think we’ll go,” said Jardine. “He’s got the same mark as Heartbreak City (last year’s Ebor winner who finished a close second in Melbourne) and he should get a run. “I’d be hopeful of getting him there in the same form he is in now and if he is, he must have a chance. He’s a stayer with a change of gear, which is what you need. “It’s not every year you get the chance to run in a Melbourne Cup.” Godolphin’s Hartnell is due to carry just 0.5kg less than Order Of St George after finishing third last year. Other notable European-based possibles include Barsanti and Marmelo, who both have 55kg (8st 9lb), while Max Dynamite and St Michel are on 54kg (8st 7lb). Thomas Hobson has 52kg. Marco Botti’s Dylan Mouth is on 53.5kg (8st 6lb).
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