IAN LINKS yesterday made light work of five overmatched rivals to win the 2000-metre Reynold ‘Ren’ Gonzalves Memorial by 16 lengths, a distance exceeding the length of the tote board at Caymanas Park.Partnered by two-kilo claiming apprentice Jerome Innis, the Wayne DaCosta-trained four-year-old colt sat off the pace, fifth down the backstretch, while BALLON D’OR fended off RAGING PROSPECT and MIRACLE STAR on the lead.Asked to pick up the pace five furlongs out, IAN LINKS eased into third and literally cruised down on BALLON D’OR approaching the three-furlong marker.Still running on the bridle, IAN LINKS effortlessly swept to the lead and turned for home with his rivals all running for second.Ridden out by Innis in the straight, IAN LINKS flew away and won unaccompanied at odds of 1-5, leaving BALLON D’OR to beat SCAR in a private battle for second.DaCosta closed a quick double with A THOUSAND STARS in the following event, the last race of the day.Returning off a six-month lay-up with Omar Walker astride, the four-year-old filly tracked stablemate GOLD MINER and EXECUTIVE CHARM before taking over approaching the home turn.Though well clear a half-furlong out, A THOUSAND STAR almost came to a halt, breaking down with Walker, who frantically kept the filly on her legs to safely get past the post.LEADING RIDERWalker was the day’s leading rider with two wins, landing the sixth event with much-improved DRAGLINE.He was, however, denied a three-timer by the narrowest of margins, a nose, aboard 6-1 chance RED PARROT, pipped on the line by Robert Halledeen aboard BIGBROWNGREYHOPE at odds of 2-1 in the fourth race.Walker leads the standings with 39 winners, more than doubling Halledeen on 19, his nearest active rival in the jockeys’ colony.Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday and Labour Day, next Tuesday, May 23.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT the club’s ongoing contract talks with a number of star players could be affecting the team’s performances.Recent rumours have suggested Reds starlet Raheem Sterling is stalling on a new deal, while the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Martin Skrtel have mere months left on their contracts.Liverpool’s disappointing season continued this week as they were dumped out of the Champions League following a 1-1 draw with FC Basel, and Murphy – who spent seven years at the club – believes their poor form could be down to off the field issues.The Anfield favourite told Colin Murray: “Martin Skrtel, who is arguably their best centre-half at the moment, has 18 months left and Glen Johnson’s is up at the end of the season, as is John Flanagan’s.“Jordan Henderson, the vice captain, also has 18 months left. They have offered him a new contract but it hasn’t been accepted for obvious reasons – probably because they haven’t offered the amount he wants.“Stevie G, and we all know what he’s done for the club, his contract is up at the end of the season and the other one of course, who is probably Liverpool’s most valuable asset, is Raheem Sterling.“He’s got a few years left but it’s up in the air at the moment and there’s a big question mark about why he isn’t signing the new deal.“Out of those six players, four of them are hugely important to the team at the moment and it’s possible they are a bit disillusioned with what’s going on at the club.“And I know, as a player, that if you’ve got contract talks going on and it’s all in the back of your mind, it has an effect.“They must be thinking to themselves: ‘Hold on, I’m playing in the first-team, I’m being picked by the manager every week but my contract’s going to run out?’“It’s a really difficult situation to be in, and I can’t see Johnson getting a new contract, why wouldn’t they have offered him one by now?“If I was looking at it from Brendan Rodgers’ point of view; Skrtel, Henderson and Sterling are three key players I would want to keep happy and playing their best football.“They are the future of the club and they shouldn’t be having conversations with their agents about: ‘Have you spoken to the club yet’.”
Chris sent us this picture on February 2 this year of winter sunshine over Lough Swilly, looking out from BuncranaDONEGAL Daily would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Christine ‘Chris’ Plummer who died in a drowning accident in Inishowen on Monday evening.Chris was a regular contributor to Donegal Daily.Her stunning pictures of Buncrana, an adopted home she came to love and adore, were loved by Donegal Daily readers. Today as a tribute we publish two of them here.May she Rest In Peace.Searing sunset over Buncrana. Taken on April 5 this yearDROWNING VICTIM HAD TAKEN STUNNING PICTURES FOR DONEGAL DAILY was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:Christine PlummerDonegal Dailydrowning victim