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Coronation treble for St Nick

first_img Aidan O’Brien’s top-class six-year-old settled well behind the pacesetters Chapter Seven and Chamonix and moved up smoothly to take the lead at the two-furlong pole in the Group One contest. Jockey Joseph O’Brien had no worries after that as St Nicholas Abbey (30-100 favourite) quickened away and was always holding his market rival Dunaden, passing the post with three and three-quarter lengths to spare. O’Brien jnr said: “Whatever it is over the winter he’s matured, he lobs down to the start on a long rein and you can put him where you like in his races. “On his blow at home the other morning he was exceptional, better than he has ever been. He’s a force to be reckoned with this year, I don’t see why he can’t be the best around over middle distances.” O’Brien snr added: “He’s an incredible horse and has everything you want in a racehorse, he quickens, he travels and is a joy to be around. Everyone has done a good job with him at home and he’s a privilege to be involved with. “Joseph said he has been very fresh the last few weeks and Chamonix leads him at home, which is why he ran. It’s been a while since he ran. He’s a great traveller, comes down the hill well and slowly moves up the gears, it was great. “What everyone forgets is how much speed this lad showed as a two-year-old, he had that class all the time. The lads said they might bring him back for Ascot, maybe the Hardwicke, on the way to the King George.” Co-owner Derrick Smith said: “I loved him from the moment he first ran and I’ve loved him all the way through. He disappointed in his three-year-old career but since then he’s got better and better and, dare I say it, I think he’s better than he ever was. The King George comes to mind and we might go for the Hardwicke, we’ll just keep running him.” Mikel Delzangles, trainer of Dunaden, said: “I think that’s as good as he is compared to St Nicholas Abbey. He ran a good race, but that’s it. The big plan is to have him as well as today on the first Sunday in October (for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe). He will prepare for that in the Prix Foy, and maybe he will run once more before that.” Press Associationcenter_img St Nicholas Abbey completed a historic hat-trick in terrific style as he became the first horse to win the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom for a third time.last_img read more

UN expert urges Haiti to work on human rights issues

first_imgAn independent expert on human rights has welcomed the recent completion of the electoral process in Haiti as “remarkable progress” while also urging the authorities to address the situation in prisons and to redouble efforts to help Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew and the 2010 massive earthquake.Gustavo Gallón, who has just completed an official mission to the country, praised “the transparency, professionalism and commitment of the Provisional Electoral Council, and the provisional government authorities in leading the elections.”Gallón said detention conditions in Haitian prisons are “extremely inhuman, cruel and degrading,” and that long pre-trial detention, which amounts to an average of 70 per cent at national level, is among the main causes of prison overcrowding, which reaches a rate of 358 per cent, equivalent to 1.43 square meters per prisoner.The United Nations said there are prisons where the situation is even worse, according to a study conducted in 2016.“It can be said that 91 per cent of all detainees in this prison who are awaiting trial are illegally or arbitrarily detained, which represents an increase of 23 per cent since 2014,” said Gallón , adding that the excessive level of overcrowding is also a factor, among others, that contributes to the high level of death in prison.“If the current trend continues, projections for the year 2017 can result in the death of 229 prisoners, an annual mortality rate of 21.8 per 1,000,” he said.Taking note of the establishment of a new Presidential Commission to assess the situation in prisons, Gallón appealed to the authorities to implement urgent actions aimed at the abolition of prolonged pre-trial detention in order to improve prison conditions and to respect the rights of people deprived of their liberty.last_img read more


first_imgCope Cycles are proud to be one of the sponsors of Donegal’s newest Cycling Team, Advanced Athletes Academy (AAA). Advanced Athletes Academy has been set up to promote athletic excellence for youths through mentoring by elite athletes.In conjunction with cyclists who are committed to youth development, AAA will… •Actively seek new talent and develop from U12 through to senior level.•Engage with local schools and clubs encouraging participation in the sport•Aim to promote an annual National Secondary Schools Cycling Championship to be hosted in Donegal.•Offer a way forward to those with the talent to progress and act as a conduit to the Continent for the best young riders •Focus on youth riders long term development and educational advancement•We have currently secured commitment from a number senior elite cyclists who in turn will help to attract and develop the best available youth riders to our youth development programme.The launch of AAA Cycling will take place on Friday night in the Bayview Bar, Dungloe, Co.Donegal at 9pm and we would be delighted if you would attend.   COPE CYCLES NAMED AS SPONSORS FOR DONEGAL’S NEWEST CYCLING TEAM was last modified: March 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AAABusinesscopeCYCLINGdungloenewsSportlast_img read more