It is almost a year ago that Lady Cecil took over the running of Warren Place in Newmarket after the death of her celebrated husband Sir Henry, who finished his career by training the equine giant Frankel. It is only at the age of five that Frankel’s younger brother has started to emerge from his sibling’s shadow and he reaped the benefit of an aggressive ride from James Doyle, also successful in the colours of Khalid Abdullah on Kingman in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. Press Association Noble Mission and Magician went off the even-money joint-favourites and the runner-up was closing by the post, but the all-the-way leader had built up a clear advantage with a telling turn of foot at the top of the straight and was able to hold on by a length and a quarter. Beaten by Cubanita on his reappearance at Newbury, Noble Mission had started to earn a slightly dubious reputation, but front-running tactics worked a treat when he hammered Telescope in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, after which he got the better of the same rival in the Huxley at Chester. As was tradition at Warren Place under Sir Henry’s regime, a flag will now be raised at the yard to celebrate a Group One triumph for the team. Lady Cecil said: “It’s great for all the staff at Warren Place. Our big aim was to win a Group One race and to raise the flag for Henry. I’m very emotional now. I’ve almost 30 horses for Prince Khalid (Abdullah), and without the horses you just can’t do it. “I’ll have to talk to Teddy (Grimthorpe, the owner’s racing manager) but, to be honest, we didn’t think past this about where he might next go. He’s in the Eclipse at Sandown, but we’ll have to see how he comes out of this first.” Grimthorpe added: “To win a Group One with Frankel’s brother, it’s a great tribute to those at Warren Place and huge for Juddmonte. It really is a very special day. “We fell upon the (front-running) plan at Sandown because of needs, but it worked again at Chester so we thought must try it again here. “We need to sit down and have some good thoughts now. He’s had four quite tough races, we might need to give him a little bit of a breather, but that’s up to Jane. It’s a huge win.” Aidan O’Brien said of Magician: “The race was in trouble of losing its Group One status. The ground was far from ideal, but we had to run as it would be very detrimental to Irish racing to lose a Group One race. Joseph looked after him.” Noble Mission gave Lady Cecil a poignant first Group One success as he continued his own remarkable transformation in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
England beat South Africa in tense finish to reach Lord’s finalHOSTS England reached the Women’s World Cup final following a nerve-racking two-wicket win over South Africa in Bristol.Anya Shrubsole steered a tense England over the line with just two balls to spare after they lost six wickets for 78 runs.Heather Knight’s side were chasing South Africa’s 218-6, built on Mignon du Preez’s unbeaten 76.They will face Australia or India in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.England required a boundary from number 10 Shrubsole to seal the win after they appeared to be cruising towards victory.Sarah Taylor – arguably their best player – scored a typically classy half-century in a stand of 78 with captain Knight (30) to take them to within 80 runs of victory.However, both players fell in quick succession – Knight to a wonderful catch from Laura Wolvaardt at square leg – and a collapse followed.Nat Sciver (3) was bowled round her legs and Katherine Brunt (12) was dismissed charging the seamer, but Fran Wilson (30) and the experienced Gunn, with a run-a-ball 27, held their nerve.Taking singles initially before being more expansive in the closing overs, they inched England towards victory.There was still time for brief alarm when both Wilson and Laura Marsh fell in quick succession, but Shrubsole drove her first ball for four to spark wild celebrations in the England camp and reduce a number of South Africa players to tearsTAYLOR THE ALL-ROUND STARWicketkeeper Taylor, who is once again an integral part of the side after being sidelined with anxiety-related issues, was named player-of-the-match following an outstanding all-round display.She executed a brilliant leg-side stumping to remove South Africa’s Trisha Chetty in a near-flawless display with the gloves.To underline her importance in a low-scoring contest, Chetty – Taylor’s opposite number – spilled two catches and was largely responsible for her side conceding 25 extras.With the bat, South Africa’s teenage opener Wolvaardt hit her fourth half-century of the competition and Du Preez impressed with some silky off-side play and hard-hitting into the leg side.However, once again, England’s bowlers were miserly – Brunt and Laura Marsh conceding just 22 runs in the powerplay.CAN ENGLAND WIN IT?Since losing their opening match of the competition against India, England have won every game – topping the group table on their way to the final four.They have the tournament’s leading run-scorer – Tammy Beaumont – and in Sciver an explosive all-rounder who has hit two centuries in the competition.Taylor and Knight lead a formidable middle order while, in the field, Brunt has bowled more dot balls than anyone else in the competition.Australia are the defending champions, but England won it in 2009 and also on the other two occasions they were hosts – in 1973 and 1993.The Lord’s final is a 26 500 sellout and the International Cricket Council released a statement last Wednesday declaring that 50% of ticket buyers were female and 31% were under the age of 16 – suggesting the tournament has been a hit with some new cricket fans.(BBC Sport)
Comments And with a performance like Saturday’s win over the No. 4 Tigers, it appears Desko likes what he sees.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think that it’s been a work in progress, trying to figure out who we are,’ he said. ‘… I just feel good being able to beat a team like (Princeton) like we did today.’SU (8-1, 2-0 Big East) defeated the No. 4 Tigers 13-4 Saturday at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic in front of 25,710 people to open up New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford N.J. The crowd set the regular season attendance record for a lacrosse only event. The No. 3 Orange controlled play for most of the game, holding Princeton scoreless in the first and third quarters.Tigers head coach Chris Bates said his team’s problems stemmed not only from the Tigers offensive struggles but also from their overall lack of possession.‘We didn’t have the ball very often,’ he said. ‘So if you look at the possessions, I don’t think we had the ball very much at all. When we did, I thought their goalie played well. We never had multiple shot possessions, got ourselves feeling good.’After the Orange defense held Princeton scoreless in the first quarter, the Tigers looked like they could work themselves back into the game. Freshman midfielder Mike Chanenchuk ripped a shot into the net to pull Princeton within a score.But then Jeremy Thompson took over.The junior transfer from Onondaga Community College won the ensuing faceoff and took off down the middle. As he entered the box, he found senior attack Cody Jamieson on the left side of the net for a goal just six seconds after the Princeton tally, giving SU a 4-2 edge.Thompson again won the next faceoff, this time aided by a big hit from junior Jovan Miller, and carried it into the offensive zone. As the Tigers came to him, he dished it to Jamieson in the middle of the field. The senior spun from a defender and found a wide-open Tim Desko on top of the crease.Desko buried the shot after a quick pump fake. Just 19 seconds after Princeton had pulled within one goal, the Orange lead ballooned back to 5-2.‘It seems like I get it every game at least once,’ Thompson said of the quick strikes after his faceoff wins. ‘… You know, fast-break situations, we get something off it.’And with those two quick goals, the Orange put a stranglehold on the momentum for the rest of the game. Princeton didn’t score again until the 8:13 mark in the fourth quarter — more than 30 minutes after Chanenchuk’s goal.SU flexed its offensive muscle in that stretch, jumping out to a 12-2 lead behind four goals from Jamieson. Some of its possessions lasted for three to four minutes at a time and most of them resulted in scores.Even when the Tigers did have the ball, they couldn’t solve the Syracuse defense. The attack and middies were hassled all night by the Orange defenders. Princeton had to work to get space for any opportunities and forced most of their shots from bad angles.‘We never got in any kind of rhythm anywhere on the field really,’ Bates said. ‘They faced off well. They played great between the lines. … Not having the ball offensively, we took some low percentage shots and really didn’t get any kind of rhythm offensively and you’re not going to beat Syracuse like that.’By the fourth quarter, Desko started rotating in some of the Orange’s lesser-used players and starting goalie John Galloway, who made 11 saves, left with 9:13 left.Said Desko: ‘I thought we played 60 minutes of lacrosse tonight and I was pretty happy with the performance.’ [email protected] EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — As Syracuse began to flood onto the field to celebrate its 13-4 victory over Princeton Saturday, SU head coach John Desko looked out onto the field. A grin flashed across his face.Desko said before the first practice of the 2010 season that it wasn’t a matter of if this Orange team could be great. No, it was a matter of when. Published on April 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+