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15 Dec 18
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15 Dec 18
The Irish Sun
RACING fans reckon two-mile chase ace Altior would give the best two-miler fencer in history a run for his money. On official ratings there is no contest, Sprinter Sacre was once given a Timeform rating of 192p, the third highest in history. How would the great Sprinter Sacre match up against Altior? But punters are not convinced the great Sprinter would have it all his own way against Altior, brilliant winner of last weekend’s main event, the Tingle Creek at Sandown. I ran a Twitter poll on Monday, and asked the public who was the best out of Altior, Master Minded, Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre. Polls like these are not an exact science, as they favour recent performers who are fresh in the mind. Also, naturally, the age of those voting has a significant bearing. Nevertheless, the outcome was fascinating. After 24 hours of voting time and 6,404 opinions cast, the results were as follows: Vote of the day: In the 🏇 Champion Chase of Champions @CheltenhamRaces @itvracing @sevenbarrows @PFNicholls @Jessica_Racing your winner is? Let the people decide… — Matt Chapman (@MCYeeehaaa) December 9, 2018 Many, incidentally, will consider Master Minded’s percentage ridiculously low, as he was awesome when landing the 2008 Champion Chase by 19 lengths from Voy Por Ustedes. However, I’m a strong believer racing enthusiasts are a glutton for consistently eyecatching efforts. That is why Aussie hero Winx — undefeated in her last 29 starts — has so captured the imagination Down Under. Master Minded clearly had some engine, but he didn’t always bring it to the racecourse, whereas Sprinter Sacre was generally consistent and Altior is now undefeated in 15 jumps starts. Master Minded was some horse on his day Altior’s issue with official ratings is his running style. He is more Sea The Stars than flashy Frankel and the problem with that is he’ll never record the figures his talent deserves. Many felt the fabulous Un de Sceaux gave Altior a race at Sandown, and that was even suggested by the latter’s excellent rider Nico de Boinville. But I didn’t see that. [boxout headline=”Here we go again…”]THE whip was back in the news this week after Times columnist Matthew Syed wrote it should be banned as horses are “thrashed” with it. This was journalism at its worst, because it is not true. His words were designed to provoke reaction. Whip use is closely monitored in racing, and I have never seen a horse “thrashed” in the UK. If it had been I would have spoken out. The modern whip is designed to inflict no pain on horses, pain is not what helps keep a horse running. If you inflict pain on a horse it runs slower not faster, so there is very little point in doing so if you are trying to win. The whip debate made me think of Lester Piggott, who has had a pacemaker fitted in hospital. Lester’s use of the whip was unique, and often described as ‘rat-a-tat-tat’. Despite that, and even though the whip was a much tougher instrument in those days, I don’t recall any horses suffering under arguably the world’s most famous jockey. It’s a funny old game. Wishing you well, Longfellow. [/boxout] Close finishes do not necessarily mean two horses have little between them. Body language strongly suggested De Boinville knew he only had to get Altior over the last two fences. Altior is an extraordinary two-mile chaser because his best and strongest furlong is usually the last. In that sense he’s like brilliant dual Arc hero Enable. [article-rail-section title=”Latest in Horse Racing” posts_category=”21″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Most horses slow down at the end of their races. Altior is a classic example of when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I don’t believe there is any chaser in training who can touch Altior in the 2019 Champion Chase. His odds of 8-11 are massive for another success at Cheltenham in March. Of course few of us would take it, because it seems crazy. That said, if Altior is in the line-up on Champion Chase day he will be much shorter. Like Winx, it’s just impossible to imagine him getting beaten. I WAS in Ireland this week and met some stars of the footballing world, including former England legend Kevin Keegan (see below). Keegan was once involved with the game, having bred and owned Ayr Gold Cup winner Funfair Wane. Keegan is one of those sportsman you could listen to for hours, he has so many stories to tell. Alas, most are far from suitable for this column! [bc_video video_id=”5976265673001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Former jockey and racing broadcaster Mick Fitzgerald gives Q+A “]
15 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1471105-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1471105-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1471105-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1471105-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah (6) competes in the bareback riding event during the ninth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah (6) competes in the bareback riding event during the ninth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah (6) competes in the bareback riding event during the ninth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal Caleb Bennett often visualizes himself holding a PRCA world championship belt buckle. He thinks of hoisting it high above his head before a rowdy sellout crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center on the final night of the National Finals Rodeo as the world’s best bareback rider. “That’s been a lifelong goal of mine,” Bennett said Friday night before the ninth go-round. “From the time I started riding bucking horses.” He could realize that goal soon. Competing in his seventh NFR, Bennett, 30, can win his first bareback riding world championship with another strong performance Saturday. The Tremonton, Utah, native has made $240,389.73 this year and is second entering the 10th and final go-round. He trails Tim O’Connell, the two-time defending world champion, by $12,988.38. To secure the title, Bennett needs a decisive victory over O’Connell. But Bennett wasn’t thinking about that Friday. “I’m going to ride bucking horses and have fun,” he said. “That’s my biggest goal right now.” Bennett was raised around rodeo and started riding bucking horses at 12, mostly as an homage to his father, who also rode them. Caleb Bennett also rode bulls and team roped in high school and won the National High School Finals Rodeo as a senior in 2007 before a successful college career at Weber State and Utah Valley University. “But there was something about the bareback riding. It’s where I excelled. It’s what I craved,” Bennett said. “Once I graduated college, I looked at my old rodeo coach and said, ‘I’m going to try to make the NFR. And that’s what I did.” In 2012, Bennett won nine rodeos and qualified for his first NFR. He has returned every year since and established himself as a top flight cowboy the past two years, finishing fourth in 2016 and sixth in 2017. He spends two hours a day lifting weights and reads and watches film in addition to his training. The totality of his preparation has correlated with his improvement. “It depends how mentally strong you are and how much you can take,” Bennett said. “A lot plays in to that. Sometimes the best thing to do is to not overthink.” Bennett was the money leader before Friday’s go-round, at which he scored 83.5 points and didn’t place. O’Connell, 27, finished first with 90 points to seize the lead. “We’ve trained for moments like this,” O’Connell said. “We knew this was going to be a 10-round fight, and I’m ready for a 10-round fight. I needed this round, I needed to get going again.” The two were separated by about $15,000 at the start of the NFR. And here they are with one ride left. “Tim is a great competitor,” Bennett said. “He’s got a winning attitude. If I can step up to the plate and take a title and have him come in second to me, that’s saying something.” Contact reporter Sam Gordon at sgordon@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BySamGordon on Twitter. [rjtemplate class=”rj-isidebar3-elem”] NFR What: 60th annual National Finals Rodeo When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Thomas & Mack Center TV: CBS Sports Network Information: prorodeo.com Montana steer wrestler wins first NFR go-round of career Steer wrestler Ty Erickson had been to the National Finals Rodeo five straight years and hadn’t won a go-round in 48 attempts. The 49th was a charm for the 28-year-old. Erickson, of Helena, Montana, tackled his steer in 3.5 seconds to secure his first victory and $26,230.77 on Friday night in the ninth go-round at the Thomas & Mack Center. He has totaled $155,084.83 this season and is sixth in the world standings. “I’m ecstatic right now,” said Erickson, who is almost $40,000 out of first place with one go-round remaining. “I couldn’t be more excited, especially as slow as my week has been. I just never felt like I could get things going, but I drew one I really liked tonight.” Other go-round winners were Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, bareback riding (90 points); Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Arizona, and Cory Petska, Marana, Arizona, team roping (3.80 seconds); Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, saddle bronc riding (90 points); Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, tie-down roping (7.40 seconds); Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, barrel racing (13.40 seconds); Eli Vastbinder, Union Grove, North Carolina, bull riding (91.5 points). Sam Gordon Review-Journal [/rjtemplate]
15 Dec 18
The Sun
RACING fans reckon two-mile chase ace Altior would give the best two-miler fencer in history a run for his money. On official ratings there is no contest, Sprinter Sacre was once given a Timeform rating of 192p, the third highest in history. How would the great Sprinter Sacre match up against Altior? But punters are not convinced the great Sprinter would have it all his own way against Altior, brilliant winner of last weekend’s main event, the Tingle Creek at Sandown. I ran a Twitter poll on Monday, and asked the public who was the best out of Altior, Master Minded, Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre. Polls like these are not an exact science, as they favour recent performers who are fresh in the mind. Also, naturally, the age of those voting has a significant bearing. Nevertheless, the outcome was fascinating. After 24 hours of voting time and 6,404 opinions cast, the results were as follows: Vote of the day: In the 🏇 Champion Chase of Champions @CheltenhamRaces @itvracing @sevenbarrows @PFNicholls @Jessica_Racing your winner is? Let the people decide… — Matt Chapman (@MCYeeehaaa) December 9, 2018 Many, incidentally, will consider Master Minded’s percentage ridiculously low, as he was awesome when landing the 2008 Champion Chase by 19 lengths from Voy Por Ustedes. However, I’m a strong believer racing enthusiasts are a glutton for consistently eyecatching efforts. That is why Aussie hero Winx — undefeated in her last 29 starts — has so captured the imagination Down Under. Master Minded clearly had some engine, but he didn’t always bring it to the racecourse, whereas Sprinter Sacre was generally consistent and Altior is now undefeated in 15 jumps starts. Master Minded was some horse on his day Altior’s issue with official ratings is his running style. He is more Sea The Stars than flashy Frankel and the problem with that is he’ll never record the figures his talent deserves. Many felt the fabulous Un de Sceaux gave Altior a race at Sandown, and that was even suggested by the latter’s excellent rider Nico de Boinville. But I didn’t see that. [boxout headline=”Here we go again…”]THE whip was back in the news this week after Times columnist Matthew Syed wrote it should be banned as horses are “thrashed” with it. This was journalism at its worst, because it is not true. His words were designed to provoke reaction. Whip use is closely monitored in racing, and I have never seen a horse “thrashed” in the UK. If it had been I would have spoken out. The modern whip is designed to inflict no pain on horses, pain is not what helps keep a horse running. If you inflict pain on a horse it runs slower not faster, so there is very little point in doing so if you are trying to win. The whip debate made me think of Lester Piggott, who has had a pacemaker fitted in hospital. Lester’s use of the whip was unique, and often described as ‘rat-a-tat-tat’. Despite that, and even though the whip was a much tougher instrument in those days, I don’t recall any horses suffering under arguably the world’s most famous jockey. It’s a funny old game. Wishing you well, Longfellow. [/boxout] Close finishes do not necessarily mean two horses have little between them. Body language strongly suggested De Boinville knew he only had to get Altior over the last two fences. Altior is an extraordinary two-mile chaser because his best and strongest furlong is usually the last. In that sense he’s like brilliant dual Arc hero Enable. [article-rail-section title=”Latest in Horse Racing” posts_category=”343″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Most horses slow down at the end of their races. Altior is a classic example of when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I don’t believe there is any chaser in training who can touch Altior in the 2019 Champion Chase. His odds of 8-11 are massive for another success at Cheltenham in March. Of course few of us would take it, because it seems crazy. That said, if Altior is in the line-up on Champion Chase day he will be much shorter. Like Winx, it’s just impossible to imagine him getting beaten. I WAS in Ireland this week and met some stars of the footballing world, including former England legend Kevin Keegan (see below). Keegan was once involved with the game, having bred and owned Ayr Gold Cup winner Funfair Wane. Keegan is one of those sportsman you could listen to for hours, he has so many stories to tell. Alas, most are far from suitable for this column! [bc_video video_id=”5976265673001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Former jockey and racing broadcaster Mick Fitzgerald gives Q+A “]
15 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
RACING fans reckon two-mile chase ace Altior would give the best two-miler fencer in history a run for his money. On official ratings there is no contest, Sprinter Sacre was once given a Timeform rating of 192p, the third highest in history. How would the great Sprinter Sacre match up against Altior? But punters are not convinced the great Sprinter would have it all his own way against Altior, brilliant winner of last weekend’s main event, the Tingle Creek at Sandown. I ran a Twitter poll on Monday, and asked the public who was the best out of Altior, Master Minded, Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre. Polls like these are not an exact science, as they favour recent performers who are fresh in the mind. Also, naturally, the age of those voting has a significant bearing. Nevertheless, the outcome was fascinating. After 24 hours of voting time and 6,404 opinions cast, the results were as follows: Vote of the day: In the 🏇 Champion Chase of Champions @CheltenhamRaces @itvracing @sevenbarrows @PFNicholls @Jessica_Racing your winner is? Let the people decide… — Matt Chapman (@MCYeeehaaa) December 9, 2018 Many, incidentally, will consider Master Minded’s percentage ridiculously low, as he was awesome when landing the 2008 Champion Chase by 19 lengths from Voy Por Ustedes. However, I’m a strong believer racing enthusiasts are a glutton for consistently eyecatching efforts. That is why Aussie hero Winx — undefeated in her last 29 starts — has so captured the imagination Down Under. Master Minded clearly had some engine, but he didn’t always bring it to the racecourse, whereas Sprinter Sacre was generally consistent and Altior is now undefeated in 15 jumps starts. Master Minded was some horse on his day Altior’s issue with official ratings is his running style. He is more Sea The Stars than flashy Frankel and the problem with that is he’ll never record the figures his talent deserves. Many felt the fabulous Un de Sceaux gave Altior a race at Sandown, and that was even suggested by the latter’s excellent rider Nico de Boinville. But I didn’t see that. [boxout headline=”Here we go again…”]THE whip was back in the news this week after Times columnist Matthew Syed wrote it should be banned as horses are “thrashed” with it. This was journalism at its worst, because it is not true. His words were designed to provoke reaction. Whip use is closely monitored in racing, and I have never seen a horse “thrashed” in the UK. If it had been I would have spoken out. The modern whip is designed to inflict no pain on horses, pain is not what helps keep a horse running. If you inflict pain on a horse it runs slower not faster, so there is very little point in doing so if you are trying to win. The whip debate made me think of Lester Piggott, who has had a pacemaker fitted in hospital. Lester’s use of the whip was unique, and often described as ‘rat-a-tat-tat’. Despite that, and even though the whip was a much tougher instrument in those days, I don’t recall any horses suffering under arguably the world’s most famous jockey. It’s a funny old game. Wishing you well, Longfellow. [/boxout] Close finishes do not necessarily mean two horses have little between them. Body language strongly suggested De Boinville knew he only had to get Altior over the last two fences. Altior is an extraordinary two-mile chaser because his best and strongest furlong is usually the last. In that sense he’s like brilliant dual Arc hero Enable. [article-rail-section title=”Latest in Horse Racing” posts_category=”419″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Most horses slow down at the end of their races. Altior is a classic example of when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I don’t believe there is any chaser in training who can touch Altior in the 2019 Champion Chase. His odds of 8-11 are massive for another success at Cheltenham in March. Of course few of us would take it, because it seems crazy. That said, if Altior is in the line-up on Champion Chase day he will be much shorter. Like Winx, it’s just impossible to imagine him getting beaten. I WAS in Ireland this week and met some stars of the footballing world, including former England legend Kevin Keegan (see below). Keegan was once involved with the game, having bred and owned Ayr Gold Cup winner Funfair Wane. Keegan is one of those sportsman you could listen to for hours, he has so many stories to tell. Alas, most are far from suitable for this column! [bc_video video_id=”5976265673001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Former jockey and racing broadcaster Mick Fitzgerald gives Q+A “]
15 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1551870-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1551870-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1551870-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1551870-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah (6) competes in the bareback riding event during the ninth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah (6) competes in the bareback riding event during the ninth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah (6) competes in the bareback riding event during the ninth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal Caleb Bennett often visualizes himself holding a PRCA world championship belt buckle. He thinks of hoisting it high above his head before a rowdy sellout crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center on the final night of the National Finals Rodeo as the world’s best bareback rider. “That’s been a lifelong goal of mine,” Bennett said Friday night before the ninth go-round. “From the time I started riding bucking horses.” He could realize that goal soon. Competing in his seventh NFR, Bennett, 30, can win his first bareback riding world championship with another strong performance Saturday. The Tremonton, Utah, native has made $240,389.73 this year and is second entering the 10th and final go-round. He trails Tim O’Connell, the two-time defending world champion, by $12,988.38. To secure the title, Bennett needs a decisive victory over O’Connell. But Bennett wasn’t thinking about that Friday. “I’m going to ride bucking horses and have fun,” he said. “That’s my biggest goal right now.” Bennett was raised around rodeo and started riding bucking horses at 12, mostly as an homage to his father, who also rode them. Caleb Bennett also rode bulls and team roped in high school and won the National High School Finals Rodeo as a senior in 2007 before a successful college career at Weber State and Utah Valley University. “But there was something about the bareback riding. It’s where I excelled. It’s what I craved,” Bennett said. “Once I graduated college, I looked at my old rodeo coach and said, ‘I’m going to try to make the NFR. And that’s what I did.” In 2012, Bennett won nine rodeos and qualified for his first NFR. He has returned every year since and established himself as a top flight cowboy the past two years, finishing fourth in 2016 and sixth in 2017. He spends two hours a day lifting weights and reads and watches film in addition to his training. The totality of his preparation has correlated with his improvement. “It depends how mentally strong you are and how much you can take,” Bennett said. “A lot plays in to that. Sometimes the best thing to do is to not overthink.” Bennett was the money leader before Friday’s go-round, at which he scored 83.5 points and didn’t place. O’Connell, 27, finished first with 90 points to seize the lead. “We’ve trained for moments like this,” O’Connell said. “We knew this was going to be a 10-round fight, and I’m ready for a 10-round fight. I needed this round, I needed to get going again.” The two were separated by about $15,000 at the start of the NFR. And here they are with one ride left. “Tim is a great competitor,” Bennett said. “He’s got a winning attitude. If I can step up to the plate and take a title and have him come in second to me, that’s saying something.” Contact reporter Sam Gordon at sgordon@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BySamGordon on Twitter. [rjtemplate class=”rj-isidebar3-elem”] NFR What: 60th annual National Finals Rodeo When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Thomas & Mack Center TV: CBS Sports Network Information: prorodeo.com Montana steer wrestler wins first NFR go-round of career Steer wrestler Ty Erickson had been to the National Finals Rodeo five straight years and hadn’t won a go-round in 48 attempts. The 49th was a charm for the 28-year-old. Erickson, of Helena, Montana, tackled his steer in 3.5 seconds to secure his first victory and $26,230.77 on Friday night in the ninth go-round at the Thomas & Mack Center. He has totaled $155,084.83 this season and is sixth in the world standings. “I’m ecstatic right now,” said Erickson, who is almost $40,000 out of first place with one go-round remaining. “I couldn’t be more excited, especially as slow as my week has been. I just never felt like I could get things going, but I drew one I really liked tonight.” Other go-round winners were Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, bareback riding (90 points); Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Arizona, and Cory Petska, Marana, Arizona, team roping (3.80 seconds); Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, saddle bronc riding (90 points); Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, tie-down roping (7.40 seconds); Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, barrel racing (13.40 seconds); Eli Vastbinder, Union Grove, North Carolina, bull riding (91.5 points). Sam Gordon Review-Journal [/rjtemplate]
15 Dec 18
Living the Kiwi Life

Monster Energy S-X Open: November 24th For Lincoln’s birthday present I got us VIP tickets to the Monster Energy S-X Open at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland. Although the weather was not great, we managed to have fun getting soaking wet walking around the booths at the pit party. Lincoln even ended up winning a […]

15 Dec 18
Parlay Game

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15 Dec 18
CAR OMAN DIGEST

In-vehicle Wi-Fi appears to be the next stomping ground. The new trend is enabled through ‘eSIM’, an embedded chip that need not be removed from the device  like a traditional SIM card.  A Wi-Fi hotspot within the vehicle would benefit all passengers, not just the driver. It will  allow numerous devices to connect at the […]