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Weld ace up for the Cup

Weld ace up for the Cup

first_img “He’s drawn seven and has a nice weight, 8st 10lb, so we’ll see. “I’ve been looking at this for a while. He got balloted out of the Fred Winter and he won nicely at Leopardstown so could represent us well.” Marco Botti admits Ryan Moore is going to have to weave his magic from stall 16 if Suegioo is to repeat his victory of 12 months ago. One of five runners for owner Dr Marwan Koukash, the six-year-old is 9lb higher than last year, when he came late to beat Angel Gabrial, another Koukash runner who also tries his luck again. The two subsequently fought out the finish of the Northumberland Plate and came up against each other on their first outing of the season at Ripon recently, but both were put in their place by Fattsota over a mile and a half. “I think it’s going to be tough to win from that draw but he’s going there in the same form as last year,” said Botti. “He ran well at Ripon on his comeback over a mile and a half which is too short for him, but he’s higher in the weights and with the draw it will be tough. “We’ll have to hope for some magic from Ryan, but if anybody can do it he can. Weld wanted to run the four-year-old at Cheltenham, but he failed to make the cut so he ran on the Flat at Leopardstown and won easily. “Ansar was beaten a short head in it a few years ago (2000) before he won a couple of Galway Hurdles and he’s a interesting runner,” said Weld. Dermot Weld likes to have a runner in the Betway Chester Cup and saddles the dual-purpose performer Zafayan in Wednesday marathon test. “I’m very happy with him, and we’ll just have to live with the draw.” Richard Fahey runs four, all owned by Koukash. Angel Gabrial has top weight, Duke Of Clarence has been drawn widest of all, Gabrial’s Star has been running well on the all-weather while Gabrial’s King chased home Trip To Paris at Ripon recently. “Angel Gabrial has a good draw but has a lot on his plate with that weight,” said Fahey. “Duke Of Clarence has some very good form to his name against Arab Spring but unfortunately he has the coffin box draw (19). “Marwan was mad to get Gabrial’s Star into the race, he’s managed it, so we’ll see how he gets on. “I was delighted with Gabrial’s King at Ripon, that run should have put him spot on so we’ll see how they all do.” Andrew Balding’s Mymatechris was a winner on All-Weather Finals Day but the Kingsclere handler sees no reason why he should not be as effective back on turf. However, Balding would be concerned if the ground turned very soft. “He’s been very progressive on the all-weather, he started off rated 69 and is now 103,” said Balding. “I don’t see why he should not be equally as effective on grass. However, my concern would be if it went very soft as he has a win on firm ground at Bath to his name. “He’s had a good winter and he possesses a good turn of foot so Chester should suit.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Water polo prepares defense to face 49ers

Water polo prepares defense to face 49ers

first_img“Our priority is defense,” Pintaric said. “We lost our first game against Santa Barbara because we played poor defense. [We] allowed too many goals overall in the first official four games of the season because of poor defense. So our maximum effort will be to tighten up those issues that showed, and I’m looking forward to [seeing] how the guys will respond to that.” “I believe nothing is changing honestly,” Dasic said. “It is flattering and shows the work that I’ve put in, but I honestly think nothing should change, and I should just keep going and focus on the games, focus on the next win.” After USC broke its 55-game winning streak over No. 2 UC Santa Barbara in a 13-9 loss Sunday, head coach Marko Pintaric stressed the program’s need to refocus on its next ranked opponent. “We know what to focus on, what we should improve on, and definitely our defense,” Dasic said. “On offense, we kind of executed what we were supposed to, and we scored nine goals [against Santa Barbara], which is also good.” Last season’s two wins against Long Beach State came at the end of the season, when the Trojans were able to best the 49ers’ combined 14 points with their total of 27. But with a rare upset loss against Santa Barbara in the back of the players’ minds, the team is taking this opportunity to address its weaknesses.   Long Beach State also participated in the Inland Empire Classic, posting three wins against Whittier College, Concordia University and Air Force as well as one loss against No. 8 Pepperdine University to improve its overall record to 6-2.  The 49ers’ scoring drives are something to keep an eye on, as they have eight players boasting a shot percentage at or above 0.700. Sophomore utilities Matt Morris and Garrett Zaan both collected 7 goals in the tournament, while redshirt senior attacker Austin Stewart racked up an impressive 15 scores. Their performance has not gone unnoticed by USC. Following its 3-1 run at the Inland Empire Classic this past weekend, the No. 5 USC men’s water polo team will look to improve its defensive effort in its first home game of the season against No. 9 Long Beach State Thursday. The Trojans are also expected to continue as an offensive powerhouse after strong appearances last weekend from sophomore two-meter Jake Ehrhardt, junior driver Jacob Mercep and senior driver Marin Dasic. With 26 goals total from the three players across the first four tournament games of the season, it is unlikely that their scoring effort will slow down Thursday. Dasic hit a career milestone by passing the 100 goal mark during the Inland Empire Classic. “We take every game as a test to correct our mistakes and to get the team better,” Pintaric said. “Every game is super serious, as if it’s the most important game of the season.” Dasic also said that while the priority is defense, the team continues to work fiercely on the offensive side in order to outscore Long Beach State’s high-scoring attack. USC will rely on a strong group of goalies to counter the offensive firepower of Long Beach State. Junior Vaios Vlahotasios had an impressive first tournament with 21 saves, while sophomore Nic Porter had eight saves and sophomore Jere Ashby had nine saves in his first appearance as a Trojan. “[We spent] a day and a half watching films, watching to analyze our play over the weekend, to show the good and bad stuff that we did, so we can fix our problems,” Pintaric said. “And [we watched] what Long Beach [State] did the last couple of weeks, so we can make an adjustment and play the best game possible on Thursday.” Sophomore goalie Nic Porter reaches out to defend a shot. Porter was a three-time Newcomer of the Week during his freshman season. (Daily Trojan file photo) USC’s first home game of the season against the Beach begins 5 p.m. Thursday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more