Paisley Park needs to improve to regain crown | Racing News

first_imgEmma Lavelle accepts Paisely Park may need to progress again if he is to regain his Stayers’ Hurdle crown at the Cheltenham Festival.The eight-year-old suffered a shock defeat in the Grade One feature back in March – coming home a well-beaten seventh behind Lisnagar Oscar, having triumphed in his two prep runs for the main event.- Advertisement – “He came in with a beaming smile after that (gallop), because he was bulling for more as they crossed the line. Coming here was not about seeing how fast he could go up the home straight, it was about lengthening. He lengthened for five furlongs.“Both horses came out of it full of confidence. They’ve had a nice blow, and it would have brought him forward and hopefully put him spot on for a week on Friday.”Lavelle has no plans to go over fences with Paisley Park in the future, but admits he will need to raise his game again if he is to remain among the top rank in the staying hurdle division.- Advertisement – She added: “I’d say he will be a hurdler for the rest of his career. He is a great jumper of a hurdle now, but he took a long time to be a good jumper of a hurdle. I don’t know if he is manly enough to tackle fences. If we can win the races we have been winning, why take that risk?“Every year you look at the new horses coming up that are going to have a crack at that division, and we were one of them. I’d never take any of these horses for granted, but I sometimes think once you have been there and done it, there has been a history of those kind of horses remaining at the top for a while in this division, and we are hoping that he is one of them.“He probably will have to step forward again, but he is only eight. I think naturally he should still be getting better, if everything operates in the way that it should.” – Advertisement – It later transpired Paisley Park had suffered an irregular heartbeat at the Festival. But after he worked with stablemate Hoi Polloi at Newbury as part of Tuesday’s Ladbrokes Winter Carnival gallops morning, Lavelle believes he is primed for his return in the Long Distance Hurdle back at the Berkshire track on November 27 – a race he won first time out last term.Lavelle said: “He has been absolutely brilliant. Barry (Fenton) rides him all the time and he knows him inside out.“All the way through this season, he has been happier with him. He has just felt really sparky and well in himself. He is just much more up for it and he hasn’t had to ask him any questions.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Mikel Arteta issues warning to Nicolas Pepe over his Arsenal place

first_imgAdvertisement Nicolas Pepe was left on the bench for Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City (Getty Images)‘He has to be producing every three days at the level that he can be. He has to be a player that can make the difference, that is a threat, that generates fear in the opponent and gives us a big threat in the final third. His work rate has to be related as well with that kind of performance.‘He knows that. He’s such a nice kid. He’s trying really hard. You have to accept as well, the timing and the way he has adapted for the first year.‘A lot has happened for him and we have to understand that. He’s willing and I’m sure we’re going to get the best out of that. I’m convinced of that. Mikel Arteta issues warning to Nicolas Pepe over his Arsenal place Mikel Arteta has urged Nicolas Pepe to be more consistent (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s taking the flash moments into a consistent mode. That, for a creative wide player to do it, is a big task.‘Every detail has to be taken into account because it makes a huge difference. His mentality as well, his mindset has to all the time be like that; to win the game for the team. ‘He’s one of the players in the squad that can do it and must take the responsibility.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img Mikel Arteta is demanding more consistency from Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal (Arsenal/Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has warned Nicolas Pepe that his place in Arsenal’s team will remain under threat if he is unable to find consistency with his performances.The Gunners’ £72 million record signing was left on the bench on Wednesday evening as Arteta’s side were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.Pepe has shown flashes of his talent this season with six goals and eight assists in 32 appearances.And while Arteta is adamant that Pepe will show his best at Arsenal, the Spaniard admits the 25-year-old is currently struggling to meet his demands.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s clear that his consistency has not been at the level he can produce,’ said Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s the first to accept that. That’s what I’m going to demand of a player of his level and calibre. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jun 2020 3:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket News Pakistan could reportedly host all games of Season 5 of Pakistan Super League T20 tournament

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. There have been four editions of the Pakistan Super League so far.The Pakistan Super League started in 2016.Quetta Gladiators are the reigning champions of the Pakistan Super League.center_img New Delhi: The Pakistan Super League has never gotten the benefits of packed houses in the country as the majority of the tournament was played in the UAE. In the last couple of years, there have been more games played in Pakistan and it has drawn a good response from cricketing fans. However, the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League could be historic. According to sources within the Pakistan Cricket Board, the 2020 season of the Pakistan Super League could be played entirely in Pakistan. As per sources, the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League will be tentatively held from February 20 to March 22 next year with the final scheduled to be held in Lahore. Since the launch of the league, the games have been played in Dubai and Sharjah as foreign players were reluctant to travel to Pakistan because of security concerns. The last eight matches of the fourth season of the Pakistan Super League, including the playoffs and title clash were held in Lahore and Karachi.The PCB’s move to host the entire PSL in Pakistan has come after Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also the patron-in-chief of cricket, said he wanted to see all matches of PSL Season 5 to be played at home as security situation had improved a lot in the country. The PCB has already started working on renovating and upgrading venues which will host the PSL matches. 11 games are scheduled in Lahore, nine in Karachi, eight in Rawalpindi and four in Multan. If the entire PSL is held in Pakistan, the PCB’s earnings from the league will increase dramatically as there would be more gate money and better sponsorship and corporate deals because of local interest. The PCB, however, first needs to resolve some financial issues with its six franchises, who are now reluctant to give bank guarantees for the fifth edition and are also demanding a bigger share in the earnings from broadcast, title and other sponsorship revenues. Quetta Gladiators are the current champions of the Pakistan Super League, having defeated Peshawar Zalmi in the final in Karachi by eight wickets. Islamabad United are the most successful side in the history of the Pakistan Super League, having won two titles in 2016 and 2018 while Peshawar Zalmi won the title in 2017 when they defeated Quetta Gladiators in the final. In fact, Quetta Gladiators have lost twice before breaking the jinx in 2019.last_img read more