Dancer delivers at Kilbeggan

first_img Press Association The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old was sent off the 13-8 joint-favourite for her first appearance since last August, when she made a winning debut over hurdles at Tramore. Taking a keen hold, Paul Townend’s mount had led for much of the way but was headed four out by Honey Bach, who still held an advantage over the last. Dysart Dancer left it late but rallied to maintain her unbeaten record over timber in the Bloomfield House Hotel Mares Hurdle at Kilbeggan.center_img But Townend was at his strongest aboard Dysart Dancer and just got his mount back up in the shadow of the post for a neck success. The jockey said: “She was very hard on herself. She pulled very hard and I had to give her a chance. She was very tough to get back up like that.” Elsewhere on the card there was a second career win for 7lb claimer John Tobin on Never A Secret in the Athlone Handicap Hurdle. Tobin’s previous winner had come in August 2011, and he said: “I’ve just been struggling to get rides.” Trainer-owner Hugh Finegan said of the 6-1 chance, who was winning at Kilbeggan for the second time: “I was hopeful today. We’ll see what the handicapper does. She loves this track.” last_img read more

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Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond predicts creation of a British league

first_img Press Association But Desmond believes individual clubs will soon wield more power. The Irishman told STV: “Our concentration is to win the Scottish Premier League. As far as developing other leagues, I think technology is going to change and evolve how football is sold in the future. “Before it was a monopoly with either terrestrial TV or satellite TV, now everybody has the ability to broadcast their results and performances. “In the future I think there will be different types of negotiations between teams and leagues that will evolve into more competitive leagues in the British Isles. “I’m taking a 10-year view, what we see in the English Premiership today I don’t think will be around in 10 years’ time, I think there will be a British Premiership. “In Italy and in Spain you have the bigger clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid who negotiate their own football contracts, because they are more advantageous to them. “I think that will happen in the UK with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal and then I think they will institute a change in the structure of the league.” Ronny Deila believes Celtic should have the chance to play in a British league. Changes in broadcasting technology will lead to a British league, according to Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond. The Hoops boss, speaking ahead of the Parkhead club’s Europa League home clash with Fenerbahce on Thursday night, said: “I think that (British league) could be possible. But it is not easy to do things very quickly in Britain. “It takes time but Celtic is a team that should have the opportunity to play in the best league. “Hopefully in the end we can get into the Premiership or a league that is more a British thing.” Talk of Celtic and Rangers moving into the English league has long been mooted but has never come close to happening, but Desmond claims top clubs south of the border will eventually engineer change. The Barclays Premier League has a £5.1billion television deal in place for the next three seasons while the Scottish league’s current deal is worth around £15million a year. last_img read more

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