Stack harbours Lincoln doubts

first_img Press Association Fozzy Stack believes Onenightidreamed could be under-priced in the Tote Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh. He said: “I think he’s a very short price for what he’s done. He hasn’t run since last May and it’s a very competitive race. “He ran well in a similar race last season as a three-year-old and he’ll love the soft ground, but he’s drawn low (stall five), which is a worry. “I’d definitely preferred to have been drawn higher as when the ground is soft they tend to come up the stands side.” Mick Halford last won this valuable prize with Deauville Prince in 2007 and is double-handed this year, with Hasanour and Kings Ryker in contention. Halford said: “Shane (Foley) rides Hasanour as he’s got a weight he can ride at. He ran well in the (Irish) Cambridgeshire last year and he’s ready to go, but he wouldn’t want any more rain. If it goes soft I think he might struggle. “Kings Ryker has a good draw (stall 10) and is an unexposed horse with a light weight. Hopefully he’ll run well, but he wouldn’t want the ground too soft, either. “We’ll find out how forward the horses are on Sunday. The Dundalk horses have been in good form all winter, so we’ll see how those horses that haven’t run since last season are this weekend. They seem fit and well, so fingers crossed.” Yorkshire-based trainer Karl Burke is hopeful You’re Fired can make the trip across the Irish Sea worthwhile. He said: “We’re going there very hopeful. I think he’ll like the track and the trip and he’s a progressive horse. He finished last season with a couple of OK runs. He’s been gelded over the winter, which I think will really improve him.” center_img The lightly raced four-year-old heads the betting for the fiercely competitive handicap on the first day of the Flat turf season, despite having been off the track since finishing third over the course and distance last spring in just his third competitive start. Stack, assistant trainer to his father Tommy, also feels the chestnut gelding is drawn on the wrong side of the track. last_img read more

Championship round-up: Watford vanquish Millwall to go top

first_img1 Watford players celebrate Watford may have had four managers this season but that hasn’t stopped them storming to the top of the Championship with a 3-1 victory over Millwall.The Hornets went a goal down after just 12 minutes at Vicarage Road as Martyn Woolford struck for the visitors but current manager Slavisa Jokanovic inspired his troops who hit back through Matej Vydra, Daniel Tozser and Gianni Munari to claim pole position in the table ahead of Derby County.The Rams, led by Steve McClaren, looked like claiming a win over Brentford at Griffin Park when Chris Martin scored after 27 minutes but the Bees produced a comeback of their own as Andre Gray scored just after the restart and Stuart Dallas notched four minutes into added time.In the day’s late kick off, Bournemouth surged up to second as they defeated Brighton 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at Dean Court.Gordon Greer’s header for the hosts was cancelled out swiftly by Adriano Colunga, before Marc Pugh acrobatically restored the Cherries’ lead only for Sam Baldock to net his first goal for Albion.However, Bournemouth refused to give up and when Lewis Dunk brought down Callum Wilson in the box, substitute Yann Kermorgant made no mistake from the spot.Meanwhile, Middlesbrough climbed from sixth to third as the Championship remains as tight as ever.Boro dispatched Rotherham with relative ease as Patrick Bamford and Yanic Wildschut put them 2-0 up in 20 minutes.Jordan Bowery was sent off for the Millers after kicking out at George Friend ten minutes later and Lee Tomlin put a gloss on the scoreline for Aitor Karanka’s side, making it 3-0 late on.Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest’s abysmal run of form continued as Huddersfield beat them by the same score at the John Smith’s Stadium, Joel Lynch, Nakhi Wells and Grant Holt grabbed the goals for Chris Powell’s team.Ipswich Town boosted their promotion hopes with a 2-0 triumph over Blackpool as David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy notched and Blackburn did similar as they defeated Reading 3-1 at Ewood Park.Prior to kick off Leeds United named Neil Redfearn as their new head coach but he couldn’t stop them falling to a 3-1 loss away at Cardiff City.There was a six-goal thriller at the DW Stadium as Wigan and Fulham drew 3-3 with Bryan Ruiz hitting home a penalty two minutes from time to stun the Latics on home soil.Goals from Royston Drenthe and Igor Vetokele saw Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton share the spoils at The Valley in a 1-1 draw.Meanwhile, in the day’s early clash, Birmingham City’s new boss Gary Rowett started life in the St Andrews hotseat with a 0-0 draw against Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.last_img read more