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Youngsters take in competitive Navan heat

first_imgNavan stages an all-Flat card on Saturday with the valuable 40,000 euro Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery the feature event on the seven-race fixture. Five of the nine runners are already maiden winners over this five-furlong trip, with previous Nursery winner Leath Na Hoibre, a winner over six, the only one to have won over further than today’s minimum distance. None of the nine have won on their latest starts, although top weight Blood Moon possesses a fine piece of recent form, having finished third in the Group Three Curragh Stakes. However, Ger Lyons’ stable jockey Colin Keane has sided with Birdcage and the Qatar Racing-owned filly might be able to win on her handicap debut, having shown a good level of ability on quick ground thus far. The next most valuable event, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race, is worth half the feature’s prize but is still well worth winning, with the Ado McGuinness-trained Bubbly Bellini looking to score a remarkable 17th career win. McGuinness has done an excellent job with the eight-year-old and while well beaten on his latest Curragh start, has already won four times this year and would have claims with an ease in ground conditions. Bubbly Bellini faces just five opponents with Jamesie now reverting to conditions company having failed on his latest four stakes efforts. The Dermot Weld-trained Alkasser has himself disappointed on his latest two handicap starts but does go well on a fast surface. The opening Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden over five furlongs is an interesting event, with both the Tommy Stack-trained Aspar and Michael O’Callaghan’s Moral High Ground bidding to recoup losses having both been well supported to win on debut recently. Aspar must give away weight but was second in a well-contested maiden at the Curragh in July, while Moral High Ground was third in the Curragh maiden won by impressive Smash Williams recently. Both should play leading roles and the Patrick Prendergast-trained Go Kart also showed ability when second on debut at Dundalk. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Syracuse women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman gets contract extension through 2024

first_imgSyracuse women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman reached a long-term deal with SU Athletics to continue coaching through 2024 on Thursday, according to an SU Athletics press release.“I am very fortunate and appreciative of this opportunity,” Hillsman said in the release.Since beginning at SU in 2006, Hillsman’s compiled a 241-127 overall record, took the Orange to the NCAA Tournament seven times — currently, SU’s been to six straight — and led Syracuse to the 2016 national championship game.Hillsman has also coached four All-Americans along with four WNBA draft picks: Kayla Alexander, Brianna Butler, Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes.Syracuse went 22-9 overall in 2017-18 and was eliminated in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament by Oklahoma State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on July 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

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