Stone Hard, a smart bumper performer himself, won on his hurdling bow at Gowran but made several mistakes before eventually unseating Paul Townend at Navan three weeks ago. The pair form a formidable twin assault for Willie Mullins, who is bidding to win this prize for a sixth time in the last 11 years. While Bellshill currently heads the betting for the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, the champion trainer is not ruling out a return to two miles. Mullins said: “Bellshill was very good the last day at Navan. His bumper form has worked out very well with Barters Hill unbeaten. I ‘m open-minded about his trip. I’d have no problem bringing him back, he has plenty of gears and I love the way he jumps. With the cruising speed he has, two miles wouldn’t be a problem. “Stone Hard also takes his chance. I think he’s more a three-miler, so it will be interesting to see what he can do. The race will answer a few questions.” Formerly known as the Slaney Novice Hurdle, the two-and-a-half-mile contest will be run at Grade One level for just the second time. Bellshill, winner of the Champion INH Flat Race at last season’s Punchestown Festival, has made a flying start to his hurdling career with victories at Cork and in the Grade Two Navan Novice Hurdle. Press Association Stable companions Bellshill and Stone Hard will lock horns for a second time this season in the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas.
Published on January 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Liam Callahan was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 24th overall pick, the second pick in the second round, in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.The Syracuse captain played in 19 games this year, scoring two goals and picking up an assist. His main contributions came as a wing in Syracuse’s 3-5-2 formation, supporting the Orange’s back line while also being a key passer in the offensive scheme.Callahan spent his freshman year at Villanova before transferring to Syracuse. He ranked 21st in assists (9) during his junior year when SU made its first-ever College Cup.Callahan was the second Syracuse player drafted on Friday, joining Miles Robinson. Chris Nanco is still available to be picked. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Ghana’s FIFA and CAF referee’s instructor Joseph Wellington will represent West Africa in an upcoming FIFA referees instructor’s meeting in Las Palmas in Spain come February 16, 2014.The 43 FIFA member meeting involving referees instructors and development officers will be reviewing the FIFA laws of the game and also access the readiness of the selected FIFA referees for upcoming world cup in Brazil.Referee Wellington is expected to leave Ghana on February 15, (Saturday) morning to join the rest of his colleagues.In an exclusive interview with Asempa FM the experience administrator says it feels good to be nominated for this august FIFA programme.“I believe it is an honor for me and will make sure to learn different things from this occasion to benefit refereeing in Ghana.“Many may wish for this so if I’ve getting this opportunity, I will go and prove my wealth because is my life”. He added The 7 day event will see renowned officials exchanging ideas in other to help the game football. read more