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Sherlock home and hosed

first_img “Hopefully he might progress. If the handicapper isn’t too hard on him there might be a handicap at Galway for him.” The brace was initiated by Best Kept Secret, who hadn’t managed to make the frame in seven starts heading into the Vaughanshoes.ie Jennings Meats Handicap and, on 55, would be one of the lowest rated horses at Ballydoyle. But Ana O’Brien got a good tune out of the 8-1 shot and he held the late lunge of Buzz Off Barroso by half a length. Oceania Queen had been bumped up 10lb for her recent Fairyhouse win but she showed she is still a couple of steps ahead of the handicapper in the Vaughanshoes.ie EBF Fillies Handicap. The in-foal 6-1 chance quickened to the front a furlong from the finish and crossed the line with a length and three-quarters in hand of Break My Mind. Wider World sprung a 20-1 surprise in the Irish Farmers Journal Median Auction Maiden. Ken Condon’s filly failed to beat a rival home on her previous appearance at Sligo but looked a different animal this time, showing a smart change of gear at the top of the straight en route to a five-and-a-half-length defeat of Lehbab. Jack Kennedy’s star is in the ascendancy and he was seen to good effect from the front on Ruler Of France (9-2) in the Vaughanshoes.ie Kateappleby Apprentice Handicap. Back Off Mate successfully reverted to the level in the Vaughanshoes.ie Ecco Handicap, beating Muinin by three lengths as the 9-4 favourite. Joseph O’Brien was allowed to dictate terms to suit himself on the 11-8 market leader and left enough in the tank for his mount to go away again once threatened, with two and three-quarter lengths back to runner-up Pincode as he crossed the line. The winning jockey said: “He stays well and he has a good attitude. He handled the track quite well considering it was only his second run. Sherlock Holmes’ victory in the Vaughanshoes.ie EBF Maiden was the highlight of a Ballinrobe double for Aidan O’Brien.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fierce Battle Loading for the Final Ten Tickets

first_imgAlready Qualified Teams: *Egypt *Cote d’Ivoire *Ghana *Nigeria *Algeria *Morocco *Tunisia *Senegal *Guinea *Mali *Uganda *Kenya *Madagascar *MauritaniaThe 24 countries to play at the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt will be known at the end of this weekend when the final round of qualifiers are played across the continent.While some slots have already been taken before the final round of qualifiers, several others are still to be decided as some groups are delicately poised with plenty to play for in the matches scheduled to begin today through Sunday. The final ten places for the competition will be decided as Burundi, Comoros and Lesotho will be chasing history by grabbing their places in Africa’s flagship competition for the first time, following in the footsteps of Madagascar and Mauritania.This means 14 countries have already qualified for the competition going into the final round of matches with several heavyweights sealing their places in advance.Seven-time champions Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal as well as Guinea, Mali, Uganda, Kenya and the two newcomers to have already confirmed their places.However, some of Africa’s top sides like Cameroon, DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Congo have all to do in the final round of matches.The match between Cameroon and the Comoros will decide who joins already-qualified Morocco from Group B as Malawi are unable to go through.In Group G all the four teams have got a chance of qualifying with DR Congo hosting Liberia while Congo travel to Harare to face Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe lead the group with eight points, one ahead of Liberia while DR Congo and Congo have six and five points respectively.Group K is also wide open as three sides are battling for the two slots. Guinea Bissau and Namibia have eight points each with Mozambique on seven points. Os Mambas will make a trip to Bissau while Namibia travels to Zambia who cannot qualify.With Mali taking Group C’s first ticket, a fierce battle will take place when Burundi welcomes Gabon with the hosts needing just a draw to qualify for the first time. Burundi are second with 9 points while their opponents are two points adrift in third place.Another tough assignment is in Group I where Angola (9 points) and Burkina Faso (7 points) will slug it out for last ticket. Angola’s Palancas Negras travel to face Botswana while Burkina Faso host Mauritania who have already qualified.Also in a similar position in Group D where Algeria have already secured their place which leaves Benin (seven points) battling Gambia and Togo, with five points each, for the other slot.Three teams will also be battling for Group L’s remaining slot as Tanzania, Lesotho and Cape Verde all have a chance of qualifying with Uganda already sealing their place.With Nigeria taking Group E’s first ticket, South Africa must avoid a defeat against Libya to qualify.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more