BEVERLEY GEARING UP FOR BANK HOLIDAY RACING
Here is the latest press release from the Beverley Races team ahead of what promises to be a fantastic day's racing for Family Day on Monday;
For full details of Monday's racing visit the website
Beverley flies the flag for the north on Bank Holiday Monday with an attractive seven-race card that begins at 12.30pm.
Another big crowd on the Westwood is anticipated for the third meeting of the season, with Beverley chief executive Sally Iggulden keen to gauge reaction to the early start. To help racegoers acclimatise, the track will be selling brunch-time snacks like hot waffles and bacon sandwiches. Gates open earlier than usual after the British Horseracing Authority agreed to spread all bank holiday fixtures in the United Kingdom over a longer time frame to help increase betting turnover during busy afternoons.
Iggulden said: 'The early start time is part of a BHA initiative to remove races from the congested mid-afternoon slot. It is experimental and we look forward to hearing our customers’ feedback. This fixture is self-funded by the racecourse and has formed a successful addition to our fixture list over the past six years, providing an opportunity for northern horsemen and racegoers, on a day dominated by more southerly racecourses.'
Feature race is the £10,000 Swan Industrial Drives Handicap (2.45), won last year by Dubai Dynamo. Ruth Carr’s inmate is again in contention for the extended one-mile heat, while Toto Skyllachy, who struck in 2012 and 2013, has also been confirmed.
David Brown hopes to put the seal on what could be a fine weekend for the Nottinghamshire trainer when he saddles On The Tiles in the concluding White Rabbit Apprentice Handicap (3.55) over seven and a half furlongs.
The grey son of Royal Applause has been in decent form this year, and won nicely on his most recent outing at Wolverhampton on April 10.
'He did well at Wolverhampton and the visor seems to have brought him on,' said the Averham Park-based handler, who also runs the once-raced Home Again in the Mayday Raceday Median Auction Maiden (1.00).
'He's probably getting to his limit now, so we'll have to see if the handicapper is right by bumping him up 3lb. Marc Monaghan will ride him. He's ridden a few winners for me and should get on well with him.'
An important few days for Brown begins at Newmarket on Saturday when Wind Fire contests the Group Three Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes. The four-year-old sprinter is twice a Listed scorer and also finished third in the 2013 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. She was last seen finishing down the field in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November, but has thrived during the winter, according to her trainer.
Brown told Beverley racecourse: 'She's a definite runner and we're looking forward to it. She's wintered well, and is bigger and stronger now as a four-year-old. It's hard for three-year-olds, but she still had a good season last year, though now might be the time she comes into her own.
Going over to America was hard for her, but she's recovered well and has had a good rest now. She looks tremendous and is in A1 condition.
She'll like the ground if it’s lightning-fast and this looks a good race for her. Here's hoping for a good weekend.'
The current going at Beverley is good to firm, with sunshine and showers forecast ahead of May Day Raceday.
THE TOUR DE YORKSHIRE IS COMING!
1-3 May 2015
Excitement is building for next weekend as the Tour de Yorkshire passes through East Yorkshire during the 174km long Stage 2 on Saturday 2 May.
For full details of the race check out the official website at
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TOUR DE YORKSHIRE FLY THROUGH VIDEO
The Hull Daily Mail website also features an article on some of the places you might like to stop and cheer on the riders along the route, as well as details of all road closures on Saturday 2 May. Have a look and see where you fancy taking in the race....
VIEW FROM THE TRAPDOOR PART ONE
Check out this article we contributed to on the Match Pint website featuring Hull City and Sunderland - undoubtedly both in danger at the wrong end of the table.
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
It’s judgement day in rugby union as both Hull teams discover their fate. After 2,320 minutes of a gruelling season, Ionians are one win away from being crowned National Two North champions for the second time in three years. All they have to do is go to Caldy and win. Easier said than done, but Ionians are in pole position and deserve to finish top of the table ahead of Ampthill who to their credit have pushed Alex Crockett’s side all the way. While Ionians are trying their best to get out of the division, Hull RUFC are doing their utmost to stay in it. Occupying the final relegation place, there are so many permutations surrounding Hull’s final game at home to Preston Grasshoppers who are hoping to hop over them in the table. Hull need to earn a bonus point win while preventing Preston from earning a bonus point of their own. Complicated? Yes. Achievable? Yes. Gary Pearce admits avoiding relegation will be right up there with winning the title with Ionians.
It may not be judgement day yet for Hull City, but it’s getting pretty damn close to it. Without a win since the 2-1 victory over QPR back on 21 February, City are sitting on the precipice of relegation. They are only outside the bottom three by virtue of goal difference and they could find themselves bottom of the table if they fail to get anything from their trip to Crystal Palace. Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City have reaped the rewards of going into games with a ‘go for it’ attitude which is something City fans would love to see from their players. With a very testing finale coming up with games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, bringing home points from Selhurst Park is essential.
North Ferriby bring the curtain down on their season with a home game against Bradford Park Avenue. The FA Trophy winners ended a run of five games without a win by beating Guiseley 3-2 on Tuesday night. The Villagers can finish ninth with a win and make their summer break all the more enjoyable. Meanwhile, a search for new owners continues after the club was put up for sale last week, just 19 days after the greatest day in their history.
In Super League, Hull KR face a tricky trip to Catalans Dragons knowing defeat will see the French side leap-frog KR, pardon the pun. New signing Dane Tilse will make his debut after arriving a week after playing his final game for Canberra last week, helping the Raiders come from
22-0 down to beat Wests Tigers 30-22. Tilse will be needed to contain a physical Catalans pack that love to battle a team into submission. Rovers have already beaten Catalans this season but repeating that 50-20 win won’t be easy. Hull FC face a team they have already beaten this season. On the opening day, FC went to Huddersfield and won 19-0. Keeping the Giants scoreless won’t be as easy, especially with so much talent in the Huddersfield squad, that includes Jordan Cox, on loan from Rovers.
Yorkshire, with Steve Patterson leading the way with wickets and Will Rhodes opening the batting, play their first home game of the season. Headingley will expect a win against Warwickshire when the championship match gets underway on Sunday. Yorkshire remain unbeaten after their draw at Trent Bridge against Nottinghamshire. Rhodes scored 41 in the first innings while Patterson took match figures of four for 110. It may be early in the season, but it looks clear that Hull will play a big part in the Yorkshire title defence this season.
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How do you see the current relegation battle in the PL and do you give Hull City fans any hope?
It is getting closer as the weeks pass
and can really see it going to the wire with the way that the fixtures pan out. The key I think is hitting form at just the right time although the fixtures have to
be favorable. I do give
Hull a chance, for sure. You are in a better position that the likes of Burnley, QPR and Leicester but there is plenty of football left to play. The only problem is the run in. After you travel to Selhurst you have five games
left to play, four at home so the fans have to be that extra man. It will be a big ask having to face the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United which means that the Burnley game is absolutely massive.
Getting a win in that game with two more to play could be pivotal.
Many Hull City fans will see the Crystal Palace game as a 'must win' or 'must not lose' fixture. After the recent great run then defeat to West Brom, any signs of complacency in the Palace ranks?
The home loss to Pulis and his West Brom side was very frustrating indeed. A couple of lapses in concentration was the difference and put us on the back foot. Unfortunately for Hull, I really expect Palace to show a reaction to that against you. I'm not saying it will be easy but it will be a tougher proposition now than if we had beaten the Baggies.
So what is the key to Pardew's success? Amazing how he was treated at Newcastle and they have slumped since his departure.
I really think that Pardew has come
back to Palace knowing that he is a bit of a cult hero. It is no secret that Newcastle fans were against him for large parts of this season. He has inherited a very
good team in fairness
but he has come in and got us playing football. It is much more noticable in that we pass the ball around and possession stats have increased no end. A lot of the players appear to have more confidence on the ball rather than looking to get forward with it as quickly as possible. It has been very refreshing and while it did not particularly work against former boss Pulis last weekend, I see that as a mere blip in what has been an excellent second half of the season. Newcastle fans tell us only time will tell. Most will perhaps wonder if they should have actually got rid of Pardew or what appears a bigger problem in Mike Ashley.
Tell us a bit about your youth and academy structure. It's something many Hull City fans believe we need to improve significantly if we are to establish ourselves in the PL in the near future.
We have a lot of pride for our youth
academy. It has produced plenty of players such as Nathaniel Clyne, Victor Moses and Wilfried Zaha. It says a lot about what it means when it was the one thing that
was kept when the club was stripped bare when we went into administration in 2010. Thankfully, the outgoing chairman Simon Jordan would not allow it to be sold. The
side though is that being in the Premier League, clubs like Palace are less likely to blood youth players in the first team. It is deemed a
risk unless they have impressed out on loan with one or two clubs at Championship level. There just is not the true competition for the young players and
that this is something that is a problem for a lot of Premier League clubs. I have recently spoken to a Chelsea fan about this very subject as they are more likely to spend a large transfer fee
rather than blood one of their talented youngsters. If we were in the Championship I would say two or three would have broken through by now. The latest big thing is Sulley
who is currently on loan at Cambridge. A real talent who scored against Newcastle in the League Cup. Look out for him.
Damian Delaney was a very popular player here in his early days. Bought by Peter Taylor from Leicester for only £50,000 in October 2002 he grew in confidence after a rough start and was Player of the Year in 2003/4 and won our Goal of the season the same year. He was the last player to score at our old ground Boothferry Park. Tell us a bit about his time at Palace?
Damo! Everybody loves Damo. He has been
quite a story since he joined us. After his contract was cancelled by Ipswich Town he was heading onto the scrap heap. Or the MLS in America. But we picked him
up and the rest is history. A real heart on the sleeve kind of player (not meant to be a pun as he has a heart tattoo on his arm)! Often leads by example and you only
look at the image of him with Peter Ramage at Wembley after winning the play off final. The guy was in tears, it was a real roller coaster
nightmare at Ipswich. It was a real moment that all Palace fans will recall. It showed just what it meant to a professional footballer which made him one of us. I am guilty of thinking that would have
been the end of him, or at least, his first team appearances for the club in the top division. How wrong I was, he has not looked out of place in the Premier League,
since Scott Dann joined us who is a real calming influence alongside him. In the absence of our captain Mile Jedinak he took the captains armband.
it was the perfect choice.
Any view on the Hull City name change saga?
It is all about money. There is a clear
idea to make the club more recognisable but for me it is not something that will work in football. It works perfectly in US sports which I am a big fan of
but football is not set up in the same way. There are so many differences it is untrue so if that is their model then it is completely wrong. There must be a clear aim
at marketing the club overseas particularly in the US and Asia. I am all for change but for the right reasons and this would be a travesty if it
was allowed to happen. I say that as I hear recently that the idea has not been completely shelved by the owners. Crystal Palace Eagles? South
London Eagles? Selhurst Eagles? No thanks.
And finally, a score prediction for Saturday...
As I mentioned above, I really am
expecting a reaction for this one so I cannot see anything other than a 2-1 win for Palace. It will be tight though and I am expecting a real battle as you will want the
points more than us.
We know only too well how relegation threatened teams can fight for a result.
Those of you travelling, enjoy the trip down and the famous atmosphere in our small corner of London.
4-6 SEPTEMBER 2015
FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL
A first glimpse of what promises to be another great festival, headlined this year by the band Public Service Broadcasting
HUMBER STREET SESH
1 AUGUST 2015
£5 wristbands for this year's Sesh are now on sale
Grab yours now from www.hullboxoffice.co.uk
or you can pay over the phone by calling 01482 221113
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
Congratulations to Cottingham cricketer Will Rhodes on hitting the winning runs on his County Championship debut for Yorkshire at Worcestershire on Tuesday. The 20-year-old made up for his first innings duck to help the defending champions to a 10-wicket win at New Road, putting on an unbeaten partnership of 105 with captain Alex Lees. Hull-born Steve Patterson got his season off to a great start taking 5-11 as Worcestershire were dismissed for 100 in their second innings. Rhodes and Patterson will hope for similar success at Nottinghamshire on Sunday looking to make it two wins from two.
Hull City need a win of their own to stave away relegation to the Championship. Just one place above the drop zone with Burnley and QPR breathing down their neck two points behind the Tigers, it is certainly squeaky bum time for Steve Bruce and his players. Crystal Palace away is the latest hurdle City have to manoeuvre if they are to extend their current stay in the Premier League to a third season. Palace are safe thanks to the shrewd appointment of Alan Pardew who has turned the club’s fortunes around since arriving earlier in the season. QPR have no game this weekend while Burnley travel to Everton where a win and a City defeat will see Bruce’s side drop into the dreaded drop zone with their finals matches against Liverpool (h), Arsenal (h), Burnley (h), Tottenham (a) and Manchester United (h) to play.
Another side in need of a win to halt a four-game losing streak is North Ferriby United. After winning the FA Trophy so dramatically, the Villagers have not won since in Conference North. A 4-1 defeat at Barrow, saw the Cumbria side regain top spot from AFC Fylde. With three games to go and their place in the division already secured, manager Billy Heath wants his players to snap their losing streak so they have something positive to take into their third season in Conference North.
In rugby league, Super League takes a break for the fourth round of the Challenge Cup. Because Hull FC and Rovers finished outside last season’s top eight, they start their cup adventure a round earlier than the other Super League sides, meaning their scheduled matches against Wakefield and Salford respectively, will have to be rearranged later in the season. Hull travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield Eagles looking for their third successive win while Rovers need a win at Bradford Bulls to put last weekend’s disappointing 25-4 defeat at Castleford behind them.
In rugby union, Hull Ionians could be crowned champions and Hull RUFC relegated on Saturday. If Ionians, who have their destiny in their own hands, beat Huddersfield at Brantingham Park and Ampthill lose at home to Broadstreet, Alex Crockett’s side will be celebrating their second National Two North title in three seasons. Realistically, both Ionians and Ampthill should win taking the title chase to the final day. At the other end of the table, Hull RUFC desperately need a win to stay in the division. Their destiny is not in their own hands which leaves Gary Pearce’s side looking for help elsewhere. Even if they win both their final two matches at Birmingham & Solihull and at home to Preston Grasshoppers it might not be enough to avoid the drop to National Three.
Golfer Richard Finch tees it up for the first time in a couple of weeks in the Shenzhen International, desperate for some form. Only once this season in 24 rounds has he shot a round in the 60s which is why he hasn’t achieved higher than a top 60 finish.
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SEASON TICKET PRICES SET TO GO UP....AGAIN
Another good article from the Hull City Supporters Trust. A lot of questions need answering by the club and let's hope the fans are properly informed ASAP.
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
This week's edition of the Fans Forum is now available to download. Discussing all of the latest Hull City news, including a review of the Swansea performance, a look ahead to our trip to Southampton, our chances of beating the drop and the FSF's backing of the HCST request for clarity on the ASI situation.
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
Hull City go to Southampton knowing they need a win to help stave off relegation to the Championship. The Tigers are only two points clear in 17th place knowing they cannot afford many more slip ups. Last week’s 3-1 defeat at Swansea was compounded by David Meyler’s straight red card just as it looked as though City were getting back into the game. Saints will be every bit as tough as the Swans were and it’s getting to the stage where City have to stop relying on others to do them a favour and get a win themselves to ease their fears of the drop. City are capable of producing a big result and with big hitters Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham to play, City need a big result and fast.
Wembley winners North Ferriby United lost both their fixtures over Easter to kill their play-off hopes. Thankfully for the FA Trophy winners, they have enough points in the bag to secure their place in Conference North for a third successive season. Manager Billy Heath will use the final five fixtures to check out who deserves to stay at the club next season and who doesn’t. Some of the fringe players will be given a run of games to impress Heath who wants to end the season knowing they gave the play-offs their best shot possible.
After a busy weekend Hull FC and Rovers are back in action. FC are at home to Widnes at the KC Stadium on Friday night looking to build on their superb 28-20 win at St Helens on Easter Monday. Lee Radford’s side have yet to win back-to-back games this season and a home game against the Vikings gives them a chance to do so. Rovers travel to Castleford fourth in the table thanks to four wins in their last five games. They are the in-form side and have the tools to end a poor run at Castleford’s Jungle where they haven’t won since 2010.
With three games left to play in National Two North, both Ionians and Hull RUFC have everything to play for. Hull are playing for their place in the league for next season while I’s are chasing their second National Two North title in three seasons. A trip to Stourbridge shouldn’t pose too many problems for the league leaders, who won’t need reminding it was Ionians who denied them the title in 2013. Hull are second from bottom two points from safety but with two home fixtures remaining, the support of the home fans will be crucial.
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HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL - GET INVOLVED!
Hull Comedy Festival returns in November for two weeks of great entertainment and plenty of laughs.
From sponsorship to performing or volunteering, there are several ways we can all get involved.
HULL FASHION WEEK
4 - 11 APRIL
Hull Fashion Week is here again!
Loads of great events and something for everyone
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
If all roads led to Wembley last weekend for North Ferriby United’s historic and dramatic penalty shoot-out FA Trophy final win over Wrexham, then the KC Stadium is the place to be this week. It’s the first derby of the Super League season between Hull FC and Rovers. No matter how often ‘pundits’ on TV say that the St Helens/Wigan derby is the biggest, it isn’t. They aren’t even in the same city. Families are divided by this one game for one day where men won’t speak to their wives or girlfriends because they support the other team. Form suggests Rovers have the upper hand, but being the home side will give FC an advantage with over 20,000 inside the KC Stadium.
Hull City are back in action at Swansea this weekend where a win will edge them closer to a place in next season’s Premier League. Swansea, however, won’t be any easy push overs. Sitting eighth, they are ready to pounce if those above them slip up. City travel to the Principality just three points clear of the relegation places and are far from safe just yet.
North Ferriby return to league duties after one of the most hectic weeks in the club’s history. They take on Chorley at the Eon Visual Media Stadium where a win will keep their play-off hopes alive. They are currently 10 points off the pace, but they have a couple of games in hand on those in and around the top five. It’s been a long drawn out week for the Villagers with civic receptions and the emotionally draining experience of playing 120 minutes at Wembley and going through a dramatic penalty shoot-out. A place in the play-offs will cap a wonderful season.
Rugby union takes a break this week for Easter after which Hull Ionians have three matches to negotiate if they are to be crowned National Two North champions. Hull RUFC will return to action second bottom in the league with three matches to save their season. At this stage both sides will be leaving National Two North, but in different directions.
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