Lottery Ticket to make winning debut

first_img FANCIES The exotic bets start anew on tomorrow’s 11-race Caymanas Park programme after punters cashed in over the Easter weekend. Both Super-6s offer the guaranteed minimum of $750,000, the first commencing from race one through to race six, and the twilight six embracing race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted stakes over 1700 metres to be contested by six starters, including the likely favourite BALLON D’OR, to be ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for top-line trainer Anthony Nunes. The former record-priced yearling at the 2013 TOBA yearling sale has finished second in his two recent races, failing by 1-1/2 to beat MIND SET over 1400 metres, a performance that gives him the edge over SHINE (running well) over what is a more ideal trip for him. The improving filly MAMETA, with Orlando Foster aboard, holds the key to the second race for maiden four-year-olds over 1100 metres following her good second to CHEXIMAKIT in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup over the straight last Saturday. MAMETA, a lightly raced 4-y-o filly by Storm Craft from the stables of Patrick Lynch, looked improved when running with Lasix for the first time six days ago and now pointed in the right direction, should lead home SONG ON TRACK and IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST in a field of nine. Six horses from the $250,000 $210,0000 claiming spread will contest the third race over 1500 metres. Down in class 4-y-o colt CAMOUFLAGE, with only 52.0kg for the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, should have the measure of the consistent BATIDOR DE MUNDO with Jevanne Erwin aboard. These two look a cut above the others and it should be close between them. A field of 10 maiden three-year-olds is slated for the fourth race over 1100 metres, from which the well-forward debutante LOTTERY TICKET (Omar Walker up) is tipped to open her account right away. Trained by 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, this 3-y-o bay filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter has looked sharp at exercise, catching the eye on March 12 when galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:08.0 by 1:01.4. Only last Saturday, she looked easy in a 1000 metres gallop in 1:02.0, and with her preparation complete, should lead home fellow debutante AUNTIE RHONDA (Shane Ellis up) and FLYING MACHINE. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by another DaCosta-trained first-time runner RUNAWAY GAL, (working well) with Walker aboard, and recent winner FORCE DE JOUR under the improving apprentice Javaneil Patterson in the sixth race over the straight for high claimers. Their respective dangers are LIKE A LADY and BIG GEORGE. FIRST SUPER-6center_img (1) BALLON D’OR/SHINE (2) MAMETA/SONG ON TRACK (3) CAMOUFLAGE/BATIDOR DE MUNDO (4) LOTTERY TICKET (5) RUNAWAY GIRL/LIKE A LADY (6) FORCE DE JOUR/BIG GEORGElast_img read more

My Donegal… with Shandon Hotel General Manager Carolynne Harrison

first_imgCarolynne Harrison is a familiar face to all guests and visitors who are welcomed to the Shandon Hotel & Spa.As General Manager, Carolynne has been at the helm of a massive transformation at the luxury seaside resort.She has also been the star of the hotel’s very own television series! ‘An Shandon’ on TG4 has put the hotel, along with their fun and friendly staff, in the spotlight. The TV fame has already drawn large numbers of visitors and Irish language speaking guests who want to enjoy the craic and a ‘cúpla focal’ with the now-famous team.Carolynne, who is from Derry City, is preparing for another bumper year on the Wild Atlantic Way, but she took a moment to join the ‘My Donegal’ series and share her thoughts on the county:(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?I absolutely love the coastal areas, my favourite would have to be Murder Hole Beach in Downings. The beach is stunning although I almost have a nervous breakdown having to walk through a field full of cows in case I get chased!(2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Nothing! Some would say they’d change the weather, but I love Donegal in all seasons, even in winter, there is nothing nicer than a wrapped up walk on Marble Hill Beach followed by a glass of wine by the turf fire in the Shandon! The Shandon Hotel & Spa(3) Who is the one person that you look up to and why?I look up to two people, my Mum & Dad. My Mum for showing us that a woman can have a career and raise a young family and my Dad for raising the girls in our family like boys, we were taught it’s not cute to be afraid of spider’s lol! My Dad also invested so much time into us as kids, taking us on long walks in the country and discussing every topic on the news and current affairs!(4) What’s your happiest Christmas memory in Donegal?My happiest Christmas memory in Donegal is seeing the little children’s faces light up when Santa visits their room in the Shandon or as they walk through our Magical Winter Wonderland! We are fully aware that we have the imaginations of all the little ones in our hands and it is so rewarding when we see them leave, believing in the magic of Christmas even more!(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Being named as the ‘Coolest Place’ by National Geographic was a big one!(6) If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be?That the VAT rate remained at 9%!!(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I’m going to be biased and say it’s the Shandon’s Homemade Guinness bread! (8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?I would say Danny O’Carroll & Amanda Woods (Mrs Browns Boys), Amanda is a Donegal girl and between them they both do everything they can to support local businesses in Donegal! Not only that, they have arranged some fantastic events in the past for local charities.(9) What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?That I’m genuine and down to earth!(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Has to be Packie Bonner, I grew up watching him on the TV with my Dad & brothers, he is a great ambassador for Donegal. I met him in Scotland at a tourism event, it was lovely for him to come and support the businesses from Donegal.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Has to be Marbles, overlooking the bay at the Shandon (shameless marketing I know) Shandon Hotel owner Warren McCarthy and General Manager Carolynne Harrison at the ‘An Shandon’ premiere in Marbles Restaurant(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?It’ll be grand! At work, all my colleagues wind me up because no matter what we face I say – it’ll be grand sure and it always is!(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?2019 is going to be tough with the uncertainty of Brexit which has resulted in a poor exchange rate for our customers from NI & UK. Brexit uncertainty was hard enough on us never mind the 50% increase in VAT. Timing couldn’t be worse for a county that was working hard on tackling seasonality.(14) What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Guinness & Seafood Chowder, best served beside an open turf fire overlooking a rough, wintry sea view.(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The length of time it takes to complete road works!! Albeit, very glad to see some great improvements in our road networks of late!(16) Do you have a favourite local band?Yes – Keltic Kaos, seen them many times at weddings here and they really know how to get a party started! We have a Wedding experience event on the 30th Dec and part of the day will include a free live performance!(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?The parking at Marble Hill Beach and the water lines to the area!!Marble Hill Beach – Shandon Hotel(18) Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to DonegalDaily?Nowhere is unusual, I log on everywhere all the time! I don’t get much of a chance to go to unusual places but hopefully I’ll get a holiday next year!(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I’m really proud of the hospitality & entertainment industry in Donegal, we have some amazing talent in terms of Chef’s, super live bands, fantastic local festivals, beautiful hotels that make the most of our gorgeous location and last but not least, I am proud of our people. Donegal people are warm, inviting and full of craic which enhances our county as a tourism destination.(20) What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?I have two things that I find most rewarding:Watching young talented people who have nothing but hunger and passion for their work succeed and move through the ranks under my mentorshipWhen I ask a guest, was everything ok with your stay and they say NO – it was too short!!Would you like to take part in the My Donegal interview series? Email to find out more.My Donegal… with Shandon Hotel General Manager Carolynne Harrison was last modified: January 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:carolynne harrisonMY DONEGALshandon hotellast_img read more

Who are the most expensive South American Premier League players?

first_img 25 25 25 25 25 20= Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn to Manchester City) – £18million 25 2. Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona to Arsenal) – £35million 22. Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina to Chelsea) – £17.3million 8= Erik Lamela (Roma to Tottenham) – £30million 12. Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras to Manchester City) – £27million 25 20= Jo (CSKA Moscow to Manchester City) – £18million 25 25 25 6= Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City) – £31.5million 23= Ramires (Benfica to Chelsea) – £17million 25 19. Javier Mascherano (West Ham to Liverpool) – £18.6million 1. Angel di Maria (Real Madrid to Manchester United) – £59.7million 25 18. Anderson (Porto to Manchester United) – £20million 25 3. Ederson (Benfica to Manchester City) – £34.9 million 23= Claudio Bravo (Barcelona to Manchester City) – £17million – Click the right arrow above to see the most expensive South American players in Premier League history… 8= Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea) – £30million 15. Oscar (Internacional to Chelsea) – £25million 25 The transfer season is in full swing and there could be a number of huge moves in the market for South American stars.Manchester City have already signed Benfica and Brazil goalkeeper Ederson for £34.9million, while Chelsea have reportedly put in a £55million bid for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.Should the switch happen he would propel himself into the ranks of most expensive Premier League imports.Seeing as the Premier League was introduced 25 years ago, talkSPORT looks at the 25 most expensive South American footballers to have been signed by top-flight teams.Click the right arrow, above, to see the footballers… 16. Luis Suarez (Ajax to Liverpool) – £22.8million 13= Carlos Tevez (Manchester United to Manchester City) – £25.5million 25 25 8= Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City) – £30million 13= David Luiz (Benfica to Chelsea) – £25.5million 25 11. Juan Sebastian Veron (Lazio to Manchester United) – £28.1million 6= Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia to Manchester City) – £31.5million 25 25 25 5. Robinho (Real Madrid to Manchester City) – £32.5million 25 4. David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea) – £34million 23= Paulinho (Corinthians to Tottenham) – £17million 25 25 25 25 17. Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim to Liverpool) – £21.3million last_img read more