Bayan bags big Ascot prize

first_img At The Races presenter Gary O’Brien is part of the winning Core Syndicate. He said: “It’s not too often I’m lost for words in this job, but my heart nearly stopped in that last furlong. When he made a mistake at the second-last, I thought the game was up, but he is such a gutsy horse and you never know when you are beaten when he is on a going day. “It was a long, long last furlong, but an unbelievable result.” Fellow owner Michael Canning said: “He has been knocking on the door – you always think ‘today is the day’, but he deserves that. He was second at Galway and third in the Coral Cup – the horse really deserves to win a big one like that. We are just over the moon. “The last 100 yards felt like 100 miles. He was off the bit four furlongs out and missed the second-last, and you thought your chance had gone. It is unbelievable.” He added of Condon: “He won on the horse at Listowel last year and had a terrible injury at Cork. We didn’t think he would be back for this race. He made a real big effort to get back and fortunately his injury wasn’t as bad as first feared. “He had a couple of rides last Sunday and this was just his third ride back. It is the stuff of fairytales.” John Ferguson said of runner-up Pine Creek: “I’m thrilled with him. He’s run really well. I was delighted with his run in the Greatwood after being off for 10 months. I thought he would progress and he has. “He will probably end up getting two and a half miles and we will look at targets for the Cheltenham Festival.” Elliott was at Fairyhouse, where he said of the 14-1 winner: “This has been the plan and he had not run over hurdles since Galway. It was great, I’m delighted – he was very tough.” It was an emotional success for Condon, who has been plagued by injuries and was having just his third ride back since a heavy fall at Cork in August. The jockey suffered three fractured vertebrae in the spill and initially feared he may never ride again after suffering a rare condition called spinal concussion, which briefly left him unable to move from the neck down. Riding his second winner of the Ascot race after Cause Of Causes for Elliott in 2012, he said: “I’m a bit emotional at the moment, it’s great to be back – I didn’t think I’d make it back. It was my toughest injuury so far and I was in a lot of pain. “I was lucky I had a good group of people around me. Gordon Elliott has been so loyal to me leaving me on the horse. Even though I’m not 100 per cent fit I rushed to get back and I’m delighted he won. “He was just idling in front and was there a bit soon, but he stays well and I knew I had to press on early because he has real stamina. He was tough and responded to every call.” There was to be quite a sting in the tail for Condon, however, as the stewards took a dim view of his use of the whip from the second-last. They ruled he had used his stick above the permitted level and suspended him for 15 days, together with a fine of £3,150. Sam Twiston-Davies, rider of Pine Creek, also fell foul of the whip rules and was banned for four days. Bayan dug deep to take The Ladbroke at Ascot for trainer Gordon Elliott and rider Davy Condon. Shelford and the long-absent Balgarry set what looked a healthy gallop up front, tracked within range by Activial, who came to join issue with two to jump but made a hash of it. Galway Hurdle runner-up Bayan arrived on the scene at the last and was pushed all the way up the run-in by Pine Creek, who could never quite get there and found the line coming a neck too soon. Activial was third, with the gallant Shelford fourth. Press Associationlast_img read more

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Launch LIVE From Kennedy Space Center

first_imgFifty years ago today, Apollo 11 began its voyage into American history.The Saturn V rocket carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — and just four days later, man first set foot on the moon.The moon mission was a milestone in human history.But it was also a groundbreaking moment in broadcast television, as CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite brought the frontier of space to living rooms across America.Today, Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are reuniting at the Kennedy Space Center as special events are held across the country to mark the milestone.Saturday marks the golden anniversary of the lunar landing, when the late Neil Armstrong left the first human footprints on the moon.last_img read more

Former Seahawks CB Brandon Browner gets 8 years in prison for attempted murder, report says

first_imgBrandon Browner has pleaded no contest to an attempted murder charge in California, according to TMZ.The former Seahawks, Patriots and Saints cornerback was sentenced to eight years in state prison following his plea. He also pleaded no contest to two counts of willful child endangerment. The woman’s two children were in the apartment when the incident occurred. Aaron Rodgers hopes he’s not the reason Mike McCarthy was fired According to TMZ, the other charges Browner was facing — which included robbery, burglary and false imprisonment — were dropped because of his plea. He initially was facing life in prison.Browner was arrested and charged with attempted murder in July when he was accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, chasing her down, dragging her and attempting to smother her in the carpet. Related News Browner was immediately remanded into custody following his plea.The former NFL player was a two-time Super Bowl champion and original member of the Legion of Boom with the Seahawks.He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011.last_img read more