Johnston plays Curragh Whip hand

first_img Since returning with a win at Hamilton in May the Cape Cross colt has run five more races and only lost once, when dropped back to a mile for the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot. Since then he has been impressive at Newmarket and won a Listed race at Hamilton. Johnston said: “He had options in the Rose Of Lancaster at Haydock and a race at Deauville but quite simply we decided on the Irish race because the field has broken up to only five runners. “I haven’t been surprised by his progression at all. I was disappointed by his display at Ascot, but that was probably my fault. He’s won over a variety of trips but it was a mistake to drop him back down to a mile. He’s far more comfortable over 10 furlongs. “If he continues to progress I will be very happy but we won’t make any decision about future races until this one is out of the way.” Taking him on is Dermot Weld’s Caponata, Aidan O’Brien’s Fortify, John Oxx’s Qewy and the Jim Bolger filly Scintillula, who was a close third to Ernest Hemingway and Royal Diamond on Thursday. Press Associationcenter_img Mark Johnston is looking to see Maputo’s progression continue in the Royal Whip at the Curragh.last_img read more

Wisconsin heads into uncharted territories

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers head to unfamiliar Bemidji State this weekend in the second to last series of the regular season. The Badgers sit just three points behind the Beavers in the conference standings and need to continue their recent success if they want to have any hope of catching BSU this weekend on the road. UW is only 1-8-1 on the road this season.[/media-credit]All season long, when the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has taken a road trip, there’s always been concern over how the youngest Badgers will handle a new atmosphere.As they head to Bemidji State (15-14-3, 9-12-3 WCHA) this weekend, the youngsters aren’t the only ones who have never visited BSU before – in fact, Wisconsin (13-15-2, 8-14-2 WCHA) as a whole has never set foot on its foe’s campus.“Well, I hope I perform well; I’ll probably be outstanding behind the bench,” head coach Mike Eaves joked.In fact, some of the guys can’t even locate Bemidji, Minn., on a map.Sophomore defenseman Joe Faust used to live in the northern woods of Minnesota, not too far away from Bemidji, and has received questions about it.“I went to a school called Greenway,” Faust said. “I have a lot of friends and family that’s still up there, so I’m excited. Some of the guys were asking me where it was. They knew it was in northern Minnesota, but they didn’t really know where, so I was describing that a little bit.”Joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2010, the Badgers hosted the Beavers last season, sweeping their newest conference adversary with a 3-2 Friday night win and a 2-0 decision Saturday. The teams have met on neutral ice once before, in the first round of the 2006 NCAA tournament.But in the WCHA era, this week marks only the second time the two teams have met and the first time even Eaves has been to Bemidji’s new arena.“I talked to (women’s hockey head coach) Mark Johnson at the radio show; he says it’s a great facility,” Eaves said. “… I think everybody is looking really forward to going and seeing what they have to offer.”With only two more series remaining in regular season play, the Badgers are looking to make the most of what games they have left. Currently sitting in 10th place in the WCHA, Wisconsin trails eighth place Bemidji by only three points.UW is beyond recognizing the importance of the weekend or any remaining series – the team has known just how important each series has been through the second half of the season. Rather, they just need to win, plain and simple.“We need four points,” sophomore Keegan Meuer said. “We’ve said it for the past couple of weeks; but it’s kind of been do or die for us. Every game has been the most important game of the season for quite a while now, but we need four points. A split will do us no good.”For a team that is 1-8-1 on the road, winning has not been an easy task.But after a 5-2 rout of a potential conference title-contending Denver team last weekend in its final home game of the season, Wisconsin knows it just has to keep the offense rolling and continue to get shots on net.“We have to go and bottle what we did on Saturday,” Eaves said. “Not only playing well but finishing offensively. Our [goal] would be to bottle that and take that on the road with us.”“I think we go back and just look at what we did well and how we did it so well,” Meuer said. “I think it was the first time we put up 35 shots in a while. We kept them under 20, and we got a lot of scoring chances. We got a lot of pucks on the net. … If we just keep getting pucks on net and keep getting traffic in front, we’re going to find ourselves with good opportunities to score.”Regardless, the Badgers hope to continue last weekend’s win and its adjoining momentum through the remainder of the season.“I think Saturday was just huge to get out of a losing streak,” Faust said. “To get that win and play better was a huge boost to the team. It’s just brought back a new level of excitement and energy, and I think we’re just going to try and carry that into Bemidji and keep going. We don’t want to get too carried away, but we have playoffs coming up; we just have to keep improving and getting better every weekend.”last_img read more

Annexio and Rieves Lotteries come under ASA fire

first_img ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Share Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform  July 9, 2020 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has sanctioned the Annexio operated LottoGo.com, after upholding two issues raised as a result of text featured on the homepage of its site.Listing various lotteries which users can bet on, text stated “MEGA MILLIONS £256 MILLION,” before detailing “How to win the Mega Millions Jackpot,” and going on to say “Mega Millions has an opening jackpot of $15 million with no cap. It makes the world’s biggest lottery winners!” further down the page.One complainant, who understood that the prize amounts stated were subject to United States taxes and other deductions, challenged whether the ad was misleading, before the ASA also questioned its deceptive nature, by failing make clear that it was offering the opportunity to bet on the outcome of the lottery, rather than participate in it.Responding LottoGo, who had undergone a trading name change from World Lottery Club during the course of the investigation, stated a number of alterations had been made on the advice of the Gambling Commission in 2016.Adding that they did not believe it was misleading to advertise potential prize amounts pre-tax, due to not knowing the tax status of players located across a wide range of jurisdictions. The firm also stated deductions were highlighted in terms and conditions, and that text featured on the website made it clear that consumers were betting on the outcome of a lottery as opposed to entering one.Upholding both issues, the ASA emphasised that the ad didn’t make clear jackpot amounts could be subjected to significant deductions, and that consumers “were unlikely to understand from the ad as a whole that they were being offered the opportunity to bet on the outcome of a lottery via a gambling operator, rather than participate in the lottery itself”.Concluding that the ad was misleading, action laid out by the ASA is stated as “The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told LottoGo.com to make clear, as soon as prize funds were quoted, the extent to which winnings may be subjected to deductions. Furthermore, they must make clear that consumers were not being offered the opportunity to participate in a lottery, but to bet on its outcome”.A further issue was brought before Rieves Lotteries Ltd, operators of a website promoting charity scratchcards, with it challenged that the graphical nature of the content would hold a particular appeal to children.Responding, Rieves pointed to its reference only purpose, with the generic animated stock imagery used to reflect season and character, whilst also ensuring customers could identify the scratchcards they had purchased, and to search for further information about those scratchcards.Considering the bright, colourful designs in the ads and cartoon-like imagery were likely to appeal to children, the ASA upheld the complaint and told Rieves Lotteries that the ad must not appear again in current form, and to make sure future ads for gambling products did not have particular appeal to under-18s.last_img read more