Elliott said: “It was a good performance. Mark said he needed the whole length of the straight to get there – he wants three miles.“Obviously I’ll have to speak to Frank (Berry, owner’s racing manager) and JP, but I’d imagine the three-mile race in Leopardstown at Christmas would be the place to go with him now. He has no choice really now but to go for a Grade One.“He’s been a great little horse around the yard. The Stayers’ Hurdle would look the race for him long-term.”- Advertisement – Dual Cheltenham Festival hero Sire Du Berlais made a winning return to action in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan.The JP McManus-owned eight-year-old has won the last two renewals of the Pertemps Final at the showpiece meeting in the Cotswolds for Gordon Elliott, but faced a step up in class and a drop in trip for this two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two.- Advertisement – Paddy Power cut Sire Du Berlais to 10-1 from 16-1 for the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham next March. The blinkered 9-2 chance was on the heels of the leaders rounding the home turn and responded to Mark Walsh’s urgings on the run-in to get up and beat long-time leader French Dynamite by half a length.Matthew Smith’s stable star Ronald Pump was the 9-4 favourite on his first start since filling the runner-up spot in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, and was not completely done with when crashing out at the final obstacle.Noel Meade’s Sixshooter finished third.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Investor demand for Brisbane apartments has waned, but owner occupiers are still active. Picture: Marc Robertson.Urbis anticipates that project launches won’t see any drastic increase, however sales figures are not expected to register further decline. “It is a competitive market because there is still product in the market,” Urbis director property economics and research Paul Riga said.“In coming quarters we’re tracking another four to six projects likely to launch in the coming six months. “That will add more choice to the market, and on that basis, we would expect sales to move higher.” MARGOT ROBBIE’S SECRET WEDDING ESTATE FOR SALE Mr Riga said it was positive to see that while investor activity had slowed in the inner Brisbane apartment market, owner occupiers were still active.“A large proportion of owner occupier sales were in recently built or soon to be completed developments,” he said. “Generally, owner occupiers are looking for a home, they want to be able to see the finished product before committing.” Urbis director property economics and research Paul Riga.Unlike the previous quarter, where 46 per cent of sales were in projects in a presales phase, this quarter 55 per cent of sales were in recently built and settled developments. Only 15 per cent of sales were in presales developments.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoMr Riga said the decline in presales purchases was largely due to the lack of new projects launching to the market, with only three new projects yielding 146 apartments launching in Brisbane during the March quarter. And only 306 apartments were approved for development in the first three months of this year — in line with the low level of projects coming to the market. THE BLOCK’S BACKPACKERS’ MAKEOVER A GOLDMINE High-rise apartments in Brisbane. Picture: Mark Calleja.More than 4700 apartments, including in sold-out projects, are expected to settle across inner Brisbane by the end of the year.Mr Riga said many “savvier” developers were working behind the scenes with buyers, agents and valuers to ensure settlements were on track.“Many developers are monitoring to see how these settlements go before deciding to launch anything new to the market,” he said.“I haven’t heard reports of too many drastic issues when it comes to settlements.”Despite the lack of new projects, demand for the right product at the right price was still there, with a number of projects pending launch gathering interest from prospective buyers. “From our conversations within the market, we know that there has been solid interest and sales in recently built stock which has had to be resold, indicating that demand hasn’t disappeared and buyers are still active,” Mr Riga said.BRISBANE APARTMENT MARKET SNAPSHOT*154 sales in the March 2018 quarter, down from 252 sales in the previous quarter*Average sales price for the quarter remained steady at $680,195*Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 58% *Only three new projects yielding 146 apartments launched in the quarter*Owner occupier transactions made up the majority of sales at 34% sales(Source: Urbis) Brisbane apartment sales almost halved in the March quarter, a new report reveals. Photo: Adam Armstrong.APARTMENT sales have almost halved in Brisbane as fewer new projects are launched to market and developers adopt a wait-and-see approach, a new report has found.It’s good news for first home buyers and downsizers hunting for a bargain, with the slowdown keeping a lid on unit prices.And while investor demand has waned, the appetite for units in the Queensland capital is still strong among owner-occupiers, who made up the majority of sales during the March quarter. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The latest Urbis quarterly apartment report reveals 154 apartments were sold in the first three months of this year — down from 252 sales in the previous quarter.Owner occupier transactions made up 34 per cent of sales, overtaking foreign investor purchase, which accounted for 28 per cent of sales.The average apartment sale price remained steady at $680,195.
Pochettino’s first ever win as a manager came when Espanyol beat Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2009, and the Argentinian will hope to inflict a first defeat on the Spaniard’s City this season.Guardiola’s reign in Manchester began with 10 straight wins, a run which was halted by a 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday. City’s 100 per cent start in the league sees them four points clear of second-placed Spurs ahead of the showdown.Tottenham striker Harry Kane remains out with an ankle injury, meaning summer signing Vincent Janssen is likely to start again up front. Guardiola has reported no new injury worries for City’s trip to The club are still assessing the extent of the injuries afflicting Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph in order to determine how long they will remain on the sidelines.The Belgians are receiving treatment for hamstring and groin problems respectively, but it is hoped Delph’s muscle injury will clear up by the end of the international break. Nolito will be suspended, following his red card at Bournemouth.Spurs have won 22 of their 38 Premier League games against City; should they win this game, they will have beaten them more often than they’ve defeated any other side (currently tied with 22 wins v Everton). Spurs beat City 4-1 in last season’s league fixture at White Hart LaneGuardiola needs a win from this game to break the record for best winning starts to a managerial career in the Premier League (currently tied with Carlo Ancelotti on six).Sergio Aguero has scored 28 goals in his last 27 Premier League appearances for City. Meanwhile four of Heung-Min Son’s eight Premier League goals have come in his last 229 minutes of action for Spurs.Aguero’s mins-per-goal rate of one every 106 minutes is the best rate in Premier League history, 15 minutes quicker than Thierry Henry in second place. Aguero now has as many Premier League goals as Paul Scholes (107), but in 345 fewer games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Premier Leagues only unbeaten teams, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City lock horns in a top-of-the-table clash at White Hart Lane. City’s flawless record was broken in the thrilling 3-3 Champions League draw at Celtic last Wednesday but there is little doubt their reputation as the Premier League’s team to beat precedes them.Tottenham have been used to playing deep-sitting, counterattacking opponents in recent weeks but they know that City will fight to control the ball. An open, high-tempo showdown looms, which will be scrutinised for title pointers.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could have four first-team players back for today’s crunch match against Manchester City. Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Danny Rose will all be assessed as they near returns from hamstring injuries while Moussa Sissoko may also feature after taking a bang on the head last weekend.