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Go On Mayson is gilt-edged to make it
third time lucky in a seventeen-runner
three-year-old Maiden Stakes over an
extended mile of good to firm Notting-
ham today; drawn fifteen!
We've just spent a winter dealing with
complexities of the draw on all-weather
tracks, apart from just a few racecourses it's a
matter of some indifference, especially over
more than seven furlongs.
An early pozzy won't be vital for Go On
Mayson because five rivals are un-raced and
seven have only been out once. None has
form to equal David Evans' charge which rep-
licated a similar debut effort when fourth at
Windsor two-hundred and forty days ago!
John Egan rides Go On Mayson for the
We're fairly certain Egan is the oldest li-
censed English-based jockey, just a year or
so older than Frankie Dettori who partners
Valcartier for John Gosden.
Valcartier was favourite on debut nigh on
six months ago but finished eighth, beaten
more than thirteen lengths. Money talks but
was a poor effort.
Go On Mayson is napped on a difficult day
which includes Catterick where the menu
is six handicaps and a claimer!
Discerning backers will dismiss that
card and try to make sense of the oblig-
atory Wednesday-nighter on Kempton
polytrack, where recent winner Glorious
Artist attempts to follow-up in a seven-run-
ner Classified Stakes over seven furlongs.
Fly in the ointment will be Mark John-
ston-trained Camargue if, as expected, he
copes with extra distance.
For the time being keep stakes to a mini-
mum but stick with the daily patent because
two recent headliners Jameson and Redicean
Secret of winning in the long term is not
to lose in the short term. Be patient!
GENEVA---The North American bid to host
the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a deci-
sion in June 2018, two years ahead of schedule.
In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the soc-
cer federations from the United States, Canada and
Mexico asked FIFA to consider their request next
month in Bahrain at its annual congress.
The proposal calls for the North American neigh-
bors to be given a clear run without rival candidates
until next year, and is item 14.1 on the congress
agenda that FIFA published yesterday.
The bid, launched in New York on Monday, is
likely the only realistic option for FIFA's 211 mem-
ber federations who are scheduled to choose the
2026 host in May 2020. That timetable could be
fast-tracked on May 11 in Manama.
The added agenda item, written in the letter
dated March 11, asks FIFA members to make a
"principle decision" for the 2026 tournament to
be "jointly and cooperatively organized" in North
If approved, FIFA could then ask the bid to
show the Zurich-based administration it meets
all technical and operational demands by a March
That would allow time to prepare a confirmation
of the 2026 hosts at the next congress in Moscow.
The Russian capital hosts the annual meeting on
the eve of the opening match of the 2018 World
FIFA bidding rules have made the North Ameri-
can bid a strong favorite to win because Europe and
Asia cannot present a candidate. Those continents
are blocked because they will have staged the pre-
vious two editions in Russia and Qatar.
South America and Africa can rival the U.S.-led
bid, though Brazil hosted in 2014 and South Afri-
ca in 2010. It was 16 years earlier that the World
Cup last came to the CONCACAF region, when
the United States hosted a 1994 edition that set
records for total attendance and average per game.
Argentina and Uruguay---the original World Cup
host in 1930---are focused on a centenary tourna-
ment in 2030, however.
Although Morocco has been speculated as a
potential bidder for a fifth time, Africa is seen
as lacking facilities even for a co-hosting bid for
an expanded 48-team World Cup. The 16 extra
teams from 2026 will add to demand for stadiums,
training camps, hotels and transport.
"Should the cooperative bid ... not satisfy the
technical bid requirements, the bidding process
will be re-opened to all Member Associations un-
der the conditions set out by the FIFA Council,"
the North American officials wrote in their letter.
The US-led bid expects 60 games to be played in
that country, with 10 in Canada and 10 in Mexico.
Although FIFA has final say on the match sched-
ule, the bid also proposes playing all knockout
games from the quarterfinals and later in the
The final week of the tournament should coin-
cide with the 250th anniversary of the Declaration
of Independence on July 4, 2026.
"A World Cup in North America, with 60 games
in the United States, would be by far the most suc-
cessful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms
of economics," said Sunil Gulati, the US Soccer
Federation president and a member of the FIFA
Mexico will push to kick off the 32-day tourna-
ment at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, which
hosted the final in 1970 and 1986. (AP)
Red Moon, ridden by jockey Prayven Badrie, runs away from Illegal Prince, with Naim Samaroo, to win Race 6, the Queen of Carnival
- The Krystal Thomas Trophy for WI Bred 3 Y0 Maidens Handicap going 1500 metres at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on Friday Lime on
March 31, (Day 10). PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Under: (Last Wednesday)
1 pm ..................................... 6-6
4 pm ......................... .........35-4
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
2 (Old Lady) 10.30 am
12 (King) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
31 (Parson Wife)
35 (Big Snake)
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017
5 6.30 pm
34 (Blind Man) 6.30 pm
12 (King) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 4 5 3 12
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 4 2 2 3 11
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 1 5 0 2
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 3 2 0 3
30HOUSECAT 2 1 3 0
31PARSONWIFE2 4 3 5 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
Egan to keep carrying 'On'
Nottingham, 10.50 Go On Mayson (nap-
e.w) 12.50 Midhmaar (e.w); Bling King
FIFA for quick
RED MOON SHINES
Yorkhill is the headline act amongst 11
horses confirmed for the Ryanair Gold
Cup at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday.
The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-
old won at the Cheltenham Festival for the
second successive year when landing last
month's JLT Novices' Chase and will un-
doubtedly be a hot favourite if he bids for
further Grade One glory in County Meath
Mullins has also left in Townshend, who
comfortably opened his account over fences
at Naas on his latest appearance.
Title rival Gordon Elliott is also dou-
ble-handed, with A Toi Phil and Ball D'Arc
still in contention.
Henry de Bromhead has three possible
runners in Attribution, Balko Des Flos and
Some Plan, while Noel Meade could saddle
his Cheltenham winner Road To Respect and
Disko. Tony Martin's Anibale Fly and the
Mouse Morris-trained Baily Cloud com-
plete the field.
Top-level honours are also up for grabs in
the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders
Fund Mares Novice Hurdle Championship
Final, for which 14 have stood their ground.
Heading a six-strong Mullins entry is
Let's Dance, winner of the Trull House Stud
Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Yorkhill headlines Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse
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