#1 The Cardinals momentum continued i von carrie201918 24.05.2019 03:21

Sky Sports News HQs Alex Hammond provides a race-by-race guide to Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival. 1.30 JLT NOVICES CHASEBristol De Mai was beaten by Garde La Victoire on his chase debut but he has progressed since and won the Scilly Isles Novices Chase at Sandown last time out. The step up to this trip has been the making of him. The news that Killultagh Vic was missing the race promoted him to favouritism, but hes not for me. One horse that is very well fancied is the Willie Mullins trained Outlander, who is a better chaser than he was a hurdler. Hes 3/3 over fences and looks to be getting better all the time. Connections of Garde La Victoire have opted for the JLT Chase Garde La Victoire has had three untroubled starts over fences this season for Philip Hobbs and I am glad he missed the Arkle to wait for this. It looks like hell have no trouble staying two and a half miles and it will probably suit better. He has won over the trip and is a smart novice. Black Hercules was unfortunate to fall at the last at Navan in February, but heavy ground seems to suit best. I cant split Garde La Victoire and Outlander. Alex Hammond is joined by Ed Chamberlin to look ahead to an exciting week of racing at the Cheltenham festival 2.10 PERTEMPS NETWORK FINALThis is a race where you are looking for a likely plot! Irish trainer Charles Byrnes is shrewd and knows how to train a horse for the Festival. He has Leave At Dawn in this, who won at Cheltenham in November on his penultimate start and is owned by JP McManus. The money has come for him. Cup Final is trained by Nicky Henderson and is another for McManus. He is progressive and stays well. Warren Greatrex trains Missed Approach who qualified for this in November at Newbury and hasnt been seen since. That was his first run for almost a year and he is unexposed and open to improvement. Greatrex is keen on his chance and wasnt too fazed by a 20lb rise in the handicap. Alex fancies Missed Approach to go close in the Pertemps Final If In Doubt is trained by Hobbs for McManus. He was raised 6lbs for winning at Wincanton on Boxing Day and hasnt been seen since, as I guess they didnt want him to be raised further in the weights once he had managed to qualify for this. He was 9th in this two years ago and 5th in the RSA last season and is now rated 146. Box Office is another McManus-owned horse, this time with Jonjo ONeill. He is yet to win since coming over from France, where he won three from four, and was beaten by six lengths in the Fred Winter at last years Festival; he should be competitive off 135. He didnt enjoy bad ground at Haydock when pulling up latest and is dangerous to discount. Arpege DAlene comes here in good form after a win at Chepstow recently and is also rated 146. He has had a breathing op and, as he didnt appear to be hugely fancied last time, there could be more to come. For me, Ill be on both Leave At Dawn and Missed Approach.2.50 RYANAIR CHASEI think Vautour may have ended up in the race that suits him best. Rich Ricci had been keen to go for the Gold Cup with last years impressive JLT winner but he couldnt win the King George and I couldnt see him staying in the Gold Cup. I think hes a shoo-in here. As for the Gigginstown horses, Valseur Lido is at his best over further distance than this trip, but has a chance despite that. He was desperately unlucky to unseat in the Irish Gold Cup and fell in the King George prior to that. Lets not forget he was a dual Grade 1 winning novice chaser. Could this be the year for Al Ferof in the Ryanair? Road To Riches needs to bounce back from a defeat in the Irish Gold Cup behind Carlingford Lough (when Valseur Lido unseated at the last and was very unlucky). He has shown his effectiveness at this trip, but Noel Meade made no secret of the fact he would have preferred to run in the Gold Cup, as he feels this trip might be too sharp for him. Al Ferof has had his limitations exposed at the very highest level but is going well for new trainer Dan Skelton and cant be ruled out, maybe this is his year. Josses Hill is another that falls short at the highest level, but he did have a confidence booster at Kempton last time out and has his backers. Smashing probably needs testing ground to show his best.3.30 RYANAIR WORLD HURDLEI was confident of a Cole Harden win in this last year and win he did….at 14/1! Id love to see him win again and dont think its unrealistic for him to repeat the performance. The ground should be spot on for him by Thursday, so that ticks that box. He has been trained purely with this race in mind and has had another breathing operation. Trainer Greatrex feels that hot favourite Thistlecrack has largely been bullying horses on bad ground this winter and said last week that he wont bully Cole Harden. Alex thinks Cole Harden can win the World Hurdle for the second year in a row Having said that, Thistlecrack has looked pretty formidable this season and his overall record is outstanding. He deserves to be hot favourite, but is short enough in the market. Saphir Du Rheu was runner-up in this last year, but hasnt fulfilled his potential over fences this season and reverted to hurdles when well beaten behind Thistlecrack in the Long Walk at Ascot. Im going to stick with Cole Harden again and hes an attractive price to boot.4.10 BROWN ADVISORY & MERRIEBELLE STABLE PLATEThis is a tough race to find the winner of, with big priced winners often the norm. Johns Spirit has dropped to an attractive mark for ONeill and is a regular at this track with 13 outings here resulting in three wins and a second. Stilletto is rated 142, which is up 10lbs since winning at Leicester, but I think he can still be competitive off his revised mark as his form stacks up and he is a progressive novice. Stilletto looks a likely contender for the 4.10 4.50 TRULL HOUSE STUD MARES NOVICES HURDLEI have mixed feelings about this race. The charity race, the St Patricks Derby, was always the final race on the Thursday, but that has been lost to make way for this race and with it hundreds of thousands of pounds in sponsorship raised for charity, and the thrill for ordinary folk like myself of riding at the Festival. Back to the matter in hand, though, and many people will have the Mullins-trained Limini as a banker here. She was useful on the Flat in France and is now 2/2 over hurdles for Mullins. There look to be some better priced alternatives to finish in the first three, particularly as the favourite doesnt appear to be the slickest of jumpers. Bloody Mary for Henderson comes here with a stretch of seven races unbeaten, just one of those for Henderson since coming over from France. The one I like is Smart Talk, shes the model of consistency and won a Grade 2 at Doncaster last time out for Brian Ellison. Shes got bags of scope, is progressing, and shouldnt be out of the frame. Bloody Mary is among the mares looking to upset the hot favourite in the 4.50 5.30 FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP HANDICAP CHASEJockey bookings are worth taking note of here, with the leading Irish amateurs usually snapped up for the fancied runners. Cause Of Causes has been well supported for this for McManus, so hes no double figure price. He has winning Festival form, having landed the NH Chase last term. He hasnt won since, was eighth in the National, and is likely to have had this as his target for a while. He runs off a rating of 142 and is another leading contender for trainer Gordon Elliott. Doctor Harper got off the mark at the third attempt at Leicester last time out and is a progressive novice. He has smart form and rates as one of David Pipes best chances at the meeting. The yard won it last year with The Package. I think its between those two, with Cause Of Causes getting the nod. Alex will end the day on a high if Cause Of Causes can land the Kim Muir Also See: Champion glory for Annie Power Cheltenham latest Avonte Maddox Jersey . - The width of Alec Martinezs shin guard was the difference between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks in their playoff series opener. Josh Sweat Eagles Jersey . -- Thirty years ago, the Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime, a game that remains the highest scoring in NBA history. http://www.eaglesfansproshop.com/. 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Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards and the Cardinals scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from rival Kentucky for a 27-13 victory on Saturday. Louisvilles rebound followed a halftime tongue-lashing by coach Charlie Strong, who was upset with his offence. They responded with 339 second-half yards en route to outgaining Kentucky 492-376. "I was kind of (upset) at half because I knew we werent playing our best football," Strong said. "I had some really good words for them. ... We hadnt played our best with our offence in the first half but defensively, we had. "I knew eventually we would pick up on offence because we just have too many good players not to." Fortunately for the Cardinals, Louisvilles best player had already started making adjustments. Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 13-yard touchdown just before halftime that opened things up for Louisville (3-0). The quarterback said he didnt feel like his timing was off, but conceded that he wasnt as accurate as he could have been. The point was to keep pushing. "You never carry one play into the next play," he said after completing 16 of 28 attempts. "If I throw a bad ball one play then I just try to hit the next one." Perry followed with second-half TD runs of 1 and 36 yards sandwiched around John Wallaces 21-yard field goal that provided a cushion. He finished with 100 yards on 11 carries to help the Cardinals earn their third straight Governors Cup. The Cardinals defence held Kentucky to 0 for 13 on third downs and forced three turnovers, including two in their territory on consecutive possessions to preserve a win that required more work after easy wins over Ohio and Eastern Kentucky. "Thats just good to show that we focused on the money down," Louisville middle linebacker Preston Brown said. "Third down is a big down for us. We got off the field when we needed to." Alex Montgomery caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Whitlow in the fourth quarrter and Joe Mansour kicked two field goals for Kentucky (1-2).ddddddddddddWhitlow and starting quarterback Maxwell Smith combined to complete just 17 of 37 passes for 214 yards for the Wildcats. Smith left in the third quarter after injuring his shoulder, and Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he was unsure of his status. The Wildcats have a bye week before facing No. 18 Florida on Sept. 28. "I felt like we had a good plan," the coach said. "I felt like our guys were starting to play more aggressive, make them earn their yards. ... It was disappointing that we had a couple of turnovers. We had our opportunities." Bridgewater returned to Commonwealth Stadium for the first time since directing a 24-17 victory in 2011 that helped launch a career that includes Heisman hopes this season. He got off to a slow start as Kentuckys defence kept him and his receivers in check for much of the first half. He had just 58 yards through one quarter and looked especially out of sync in throwing behind Robert Clark after the Cardinals recovered a Whitlow fumble at the Wildcats 27. Wallace salvaged the drive with a 36-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. But Kentuckys offence couldnt take advantage as receivers dropped passes from Smith -- who took all but two snaps in the first half -- while Raymond Sanders fumbled a handoff at the Louisville 13 late in the second quarter. The turnover ended a chance for the Wildcats to tie the game after Bridgewater finally got untracked to hit a leaping Parker over two defenders in the left corner with 2:36 left in the half. "We call them ball fetchers and thats the reason why," Bridgewater said of Parker. "Just throw it up and let them go get it." Dominique Brown helped set up Louisvilles first score with five straight carries for 27 yards to the Kentucky 15. 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