Ireland’s O’Briens make Breeders’ Cup a family affair

first_img The Turf, the richest grass race of the weekend, also features Ulysses, trained in England by Sir Michael Stoute. Other notable international stars in the Breeders’ Cup include: • Aidan O’Brien’s Seventh Heaven in the $2 million Fillies & Mares Turf today. The 3-year-old has already captured the Irish Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks this season. The race also includes Japanese mare Nuovo Record, a career winner of just under $5 million. • Mongolian returning to defend his title in today’s $1 million Turf Sprint. The first Breeders’ Cup winner owned and trained by Mongolians was greeted in last year’s winner’s circle by a large group decked out in colourful native garb. ARCADIA, Calif. (AP): The Breeders’ Cup is a family affair for the O’Briens from Ireland. Horse racing’s international festival, the Breeders’ Cup features 13 season-ending championships worth a combined $28.5 million over yesterday and today at Santa Anita. Once again, many of the best runners in the world will assemble for the prize money and the prestige of taking home a trophy. Not surprisingly, the foreign contingent is led by Aidan O’Brien who brought 12 horses from his Ballydoyle training centre in Ireland. O’Brien is the leading international trainer in the Breeder’s Cup with 10 wins, ranking third overall. O’Brien’s horses have earned a collective $17.2 million in the series. O’Brien also brought along son Joseph, a former Breeder’s Cup winning jockey, now following in his father’s footsteps as a trainer. Joseph O’Brien rode St. Nicholas Abbey to victory in the 2011 Turf for his father. Now O’Brien, 23, could make history as the youngest trainer of a Breeders’ Cup winner if Intricately takes the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf. Joseph O’Brien retired from the saddle this summer after a losing battle to maintain riding weight. “The last few months I was riding became quite hard weight-wise. I don’t really miss it (the riding) and I love training now,” O’Brien said. Joseph O’Brien will have brother Donnacha aboard Intricately, a 6-1 shot who most recently captured the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. Joseph’s biggest obstacle could be his father. Aiden O’Brien saddles two runners in the race: Roly Poly, the 4-1 choice and Hydrangea at 6-1. The star of Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup crew is Found, the brilliant 4-year-old filly who returns to defend her title against the boys in the $4 million Turf. She rallied from far back to win last year over a rain-softened course at Keeneland. Conditions should be firm this weekend in sunny Southern California. As if Found wasn’t enough firepower, O’Brien will also send out Highland Reel, the Arc runner-up. Trained in Englandlast_img read more

KIU Titans live it late to defeat UCU Canons in NBL

first_imgChris Omanyi top scored for KIU in the win over UCU Canons on Wednesday evening (File Photo)National Basketball League 2018Wednesday, 18-07-2018YMCA Court, Wandegeya-KIU Titans 63-60 UCU Canons-UPDF Tomahawks 68-80 Ndejje AngelsWANDEGEYA – KIU Titans produced a fourth quarter scintillating display to defeat rivals UCU Canons 63-60 in the FUBA National Basketball league on Wednesday evening.The Kansanga based side were trailing by as many as 10 points at the start of the last quarter but managed to power their way to a ninth victory of the season.Both sides started slowly and managed only 16 points between themselves in the first quarter with KIU winning it 10-06.The game gained momentum in the second as UCU Canons come out strongly, registering the first points of the quarter thanks to Isaiah Arter’s layup and eventually winning it 22-13 and taking a five point lead at half-time with the score board reading 28-23 in favour of the Mukono based side.At the start of the third, UCU stretched their lead to eight points thanks to Fadhili Chuma’s three points inside the first two minutes.Despite KIU reducing the deficit to within four points at some stage, UCU managed to hold a six point lead going into the final quarter as the scores read 42-36 in their favour.The lead was increased to 10 at the start of the fourth when David Deng converted both of his free-throws after Joseph Chuma fouled him and then Derrick Isiko sank a layup.The Titans then woke-up with Micheal Bwanga, Oscar Muge, Wilson Otweno, Collins Kasujja and the returning Chris Omanyi all contributing vital plays on course to a 27-18 win of the fourth quarter.The fourth quarter display ment that the Titans had won the game by three points with the scores reading 63-60 at the sound of the final buzzer.Chris Omanyi led KIU in terms of scoring with 13 points on the night, adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals to his game.Only Oscar Muge (10) was the other starter to reach double figures in terms of points for KIU with substitute Otweyo grabbing 12.UCU’s Fadhili Chuma top scored on the night with 18 points. David Deng (11) and Isaiah Arter (13) were the others to reach double figures in terms of points for the Mukono based side.The victory elevates KIU to third; the side has now won nine games so far, with four losses.UCU (5-7) drops to the bottom having suffered seven losses overall (including two by forfeit against Warriors).KIU will take on KCCA Men on July 21st as UCU will play Charging Rhino on July 28th.In the other game, following their loss to JKL Dolphins recently, Ndejje University Angels managed to return to winning ways with a convincing 80-68 victory over UPDF Tomahawks at the same venue.Innocent Ochera scored 18, Peter Ssefuma and Salim Kisily added 14 and 10 points respectively in the victory.UPDF’s Okoth Henry’s game high of 23 points were not enough to prevent the army side from succumbing to their eleventh loss of the campaign.Felix Mukunzi and Donald Blick added 13 and 10 points respectively, for Baker Kyambadde’s Tomahawks.Action resumes this Friday at Lugogo Indoor Arena as Betway Power takes on City Oilers while KIU Rangers will curtain raise the occasion with A1 Challenge, in the ladies category.Comments Tags: KIU TitansNBL 2018Ndejje University AngelsUCU CanonsUPDF Tomahawkslast_img read more