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 –
Poyet told the club’s official website, www.safc.com: “Steven is okay – it was not nice at all watching the game and seeing Fletch coming off. “Naturally as human beings, we always think the worst, but we got in contact straight away with him and the Scottish medical staff, who were very good. “They sent him back to us and we have done everything possible, so I will say I am 100 per cent sure he will play on Saturday.” Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will be fit for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Leicester despite returning early from international duty. Press Association The 27-year-old Scotland international returned to Wearside after undergoing a scan on the ankle he damaged in Friday night’s 1-0 Euro 2016 victory over the Republic of Ireland, and was therefore unavailable for the 3-1 friendly defeat by England four days later. However, Black Cats head coach Gus Poyet has confirmed that his worst fears proved unfounded and he expects to have his first-choice frontman available at the weekend.
Donegal death notices for today, Sunday, October 1. Thomas MCGEEHANThe death has occurred of Thomas McGeehan, CareChoice, Macroom, Cork / Fintown, Donegal: On September 30, 2017, peacefully, in the exceptional care of the staff at CareChoice, Macroom, Thomas. Deeply regretted by his brother John, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Requiem Mass on Monday at 10am in St Colman’s Church, Macroom. Funeral afterwards to Doneraile Cemetery. Moya GALLAGHERThe death has occurred of Moya Gallagher, in Portnablagh Nursing Home. Deeply regretted by her sons Colm, Fergus and Brian and their families. Predeceased by her husband Gerry and her son Paul.Reposing at her late residence in Gortahork. House private with friends and neighbours welcome. Removal from there on Monday morning, 2nd October, for 11.00 o’ clock Requiem Mass in Christ the King Church, Gortahork, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to Portnablagh Nursing Home Comfort fund c/o Mc Clafferty Funeral Directors, Gortahork or to any family member. John T MCCAFFERTYThe death has occurred of John T McCafferty, 36 Ernedale Heights, Ballyshannon, Donegal, peacefully at the Rock Nursing Unit.Reposing at his son Billy McCafferty’s Home, Killeen, Ballyshannon today from 2pm until 9pm, remains going to St Patrick’s Church on Monday for 11am funeral mass with burial afterwards in the Abbey Cemetery, house private on the morning of the funeral please, family flowers only, donations if desired to the Rock Nursing Unit, Ballyshannon.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: October 1st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituaries