More Buck’s won the £28,000 Summer Plate at Market Rasen to maintain Peter Bowen’s fine record at this time of year, writes Jim Beavis The horse used to be with Paul Nicholls and was a particularly good jumper when competing in novice chases in the autumn of 2016. However, in the last 12 months he ran so disappointingly that he was offered for sale and he was purchased by Peter’s brother Mickey and Regan Pallas for £10,000. With the help of the Bowen family magic and a handicap rating of a stone below its peak, he won first time out for them by 21 lengths. That got him into the Summer Plate with a handy 10 stone five pounds. Too Many Diamonds, going for a four-timer, came with a threatening challenge at the last fence, but despite Sean Bowen losing the reins, More Buck’s ran on gamely to triumph by half a length. In doing so, he broke the course record by more than a second. In view of the Bowen stable’s habit of doing well with new purchases, … [Read more...] about Sean Bowen guides More Buck’s home to win big race at Market Rasen
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Hundreds of people took to the pitch lines to cheer on players at a charity football match to raise money for the sons of murdered Nailsea mum Claire Tavener. Friends of Claire, 27, organised the charity match at the Grove Sports Ground in the town to raise money in memory of the popular mum-of-two. The match saw the Nailsea Vets take on the Long Ashton Codgers with a score of 2-2 at the final whistle. Claire’s two sons were mascots for the day. Despite the 2-2 final score, the Nailsea Vets reigned victorious after winning on penalties. Former Bristol City players Jamie McAllister and Scott Murray also joined the fun for an action packed 90 minutes on the pitch. Around 200 people supported the event and, as well as the match, enjoyed activities including face painting, a bouncy castle, raffle, barbecue and cake sale. Local business rallied round to support the event. Bakers Butchers of Nailsea provided all food for the barbecue, Warburtons donated the bread rolls while Thatchers … [Read more...] about Football match raises thousands for sons of murdered mum
Two early front runners have emerged for the honour of Coventry City Player of the Season, according to a CoventryLive poll. There are six main contenders but the early indications from fans suggests this year's award will be a two horse race. Sky Blues skipper Michael Doyle and leading scorer Marc McNulty are currently leading the way although there are currently 14 votes separating them. The 36-year-old captain currently has 39 per cent of the votes while his close friend and striker McNulty has 25 per cent. Right-back Jack Grimmer is currently in third place with 12 per cent of the votes, while fellow defender Jordan Willis has seven per cent and Lee Burge and Rod McDonald are currently following up the rear on four per cent. Interestingly, nine per cent of the votes have gone to an 'other' player in the squad. The official vote is organised by the club, of course, and our poll is merely an early indication of supporters' thinking. Here's what some of the fans have said so far: Rick … [Read more...] about Two early front runners emerge in race for Coventry City Player of the Season
Don't expect to be ushered aboard a free Alitalia flight anytime soon. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP In the run-up to the Italian general election on March 4th, The Local is bringing you a daily round up of who's done what and why in the fast-moving world of Italian politics. Days to go until Italy votes: 10 Things are getting real. We're almost into single figures. You can read Wednesday's daily politics recap here and catch up on all our election coverage so far here. THE HEADLINES Italy's organized crime groups continue to wield significant influence, and Italy's Interior Minister warned on Wednesday that there was a "concrete risk" of mafia interference in the election. Minniti said there had been "too much silence" on the issue in the campaign so far. Read more here. Italy is 'steeped in hate' That's the verdict of human rights group Amnesty International, which warned today that Italy's election campaign had unleashed a torrent of hate speech. The rights group … [Read more...] about Today in Italian politics: Free flights to Italy?
0 Have your say Richard Hutton, the former Yorkshire and England all-rounder, is President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The eldest son of Sir Len Hutton, the 75-year-old lives near Wetherby. What is your first Yorkshire memory? I remember spending Christmases in Wykeham near Scarborough where my maternal grandfather George Dennis lived when my father was away on winter tours to Australia and South Africa. I can also remember going to the Headingley Test in 1948 against Australia on one of the days, and then in 1953 I remember watching my father – again at Headingley – being bowled second ball by Ray Lindwall. His dismissal left me in floods of tears and my mother had to take me out of the seat to hide.What is your favourite part of Yorkshire and why? I love Yorkshire’s wide open spaces, so any of the areas which have rolling plains and hillsides in the North and East Ridings. Central and South Yorkshire have now become too crowded for my liking. In the … [Read more...] about My Yorkshire: President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club Richard Hutton on his favourite people and places