Defi Du Seuil faces five rivals at Cheltenham | Racing News

first_imgTwiston-Davies’ Ballyandy heads the weights in the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle.Second to Sceau Royal, who has franked the form since, in the Welsh Champion Hurdle on his first run of the campaign, he is giving upwards of 8lb to all his rivals.They include Alan King’s pair Edwardstone and Harambe, Tom Lacey’s Sebastopol, Paul Nicholls’ Thyme White and Sir Psycho and the sole Irish runner Tudor City.Ellison’s Cormier, Dan Skelton’s Proschema and the Olly Murphy duo of Hunters Call and Strong Glance are others fancied in a strong heat.Colin Tizzard’s promising The Big Breakaway is scheduled to have his first run over fences in the opening Novices’ Chase. Defi Du Seuil faces five rivals as his bids for a second win in Cheltenham’s Shloer Chase.Philip Hobbs’ stable star is reappearing after a mysterious flop in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March when it appeared he had been left with little more than a penalty kick following the late withdrawals of Altior and Chacun Pour Soi.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Riders Onthe Storm, so impressive in the Ascot Chase but a faller in the Ryanair, is yet another Grade One winner in attendance.Brian Ellison’s Forest Bihan reappears for the first time since winning last season’s Old Roan Chase at Aintree, with injury keeping him off the track, while Harry Whittington’s Rouge Vif is back at Cheltenham after an impressive win in a handicap last month.Duc Des Genievres, the Arkle winner in 2019 who is having his first run for Paul Nicholls, completes the field.- Advertisement – However, in just about the only disappointment for the now-retired jockey Barry Geraghty during the 2020 Festival, Defi Du Seuil never looked like winning at any stage and was only fourth to Politologue.Previously last season, Defi Du Seuil had won Sunday’s race – beating Politologue – the Tingle Creek and the Clarence House, taking his Grade One tally over hurdles and fences to seven.He faces last year’s impressive Arkle winner Put The Kettle On, from Henry de Bromhead’s yard, who won at this meeting 12 months ago and never ran again before the Festival.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Freshmen lead Syracuse attack as team makes postseason push

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Erin Simon will never forget her first goal for Syracuse.“It was pretty awesome; it was pretty cool to be a header,” Simon said. “I mean you don’t really score headers a lot.”Simon is one of eight freshmen on the Orange. The ability of the group to adjust to the higher level of play is critical to the team’s success. Through 14 games, the freshmen have risen to the occasion.The Orange (8-4-2, 5-1-1 Big East) is second in the American division of the Big East conference and is looking to make the postseason for the first time since 2001. The playoffs wouldn’t have been on the team’s radar if it weren’t for the contributions of so many first-year players.Simon and fellow freshman Jackie Firenze are two of the team’s top-three goal scorers this season, and both are in the top four in points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The speed of play and level of play, it’s a lot different than high school or anything like that, so I guess I’ve just had to adapt to the speed,” Firenze said.Though she started every game this season, Firenze did not get a point in her first five games. But she then went on to score four goals in the next nine games, tying her with senior Alyscha Mottershead on goals.“In the beginning of the season, I kind of struggled with finishing so that Long Island goal definitely helped my confidence,” she said.Simon’s first goal was also in the game against Long Island. Since then, she has started all but one game, and now is tied for third on the team in points.While the game against LIU was a pivotal moment for Simon, she said it was important for the team in general.“It was just a turning point for the whole team because I really think we started to improve from there, and step up our game as a whole,” she said.Head coach Phil Wheddon agreed.“When we played Long Island and Army, those were games that we really should’ve had more of an impact in overall and I think we challenged the players at that point,” Wheddon said.Simon and Firenze scored the only goals in the Orange’s most recent game against Pittsburgh, the team’s fourth win in a row.But it’s not just Simon and Firenze who are contributing. Six of the eight freshmen have received playing time this season, and five have had either a goal or an assist.“I think everyone has become more tactically aware, everyone’s clued in to what we’re trying to do and our style of play, which is a little bit different than what they’ve done in the past,” Wheddon said. “They’ve bought into what we’re trying to do, they’ve bought into the system and they’re making an impact, so that’s all I can ask as the coach.”Simon said it has been a group effort.“Our work and effort have definitely stepped up a lot,” she said. “The older girls push us to be better players and we make them work harder to make them better players.”Their closeness off the field has translated to success on it.The freshmen were already connected going into the season, having used Facebook and other social media to get in touch before the start of preseason practice.The group’s chemistry has proven to be beneficial so far this season for the Orange. Wheddon said he sees the effect the freshmen have had on the team.“They’re a close-knit group; they work well together,” Wheddon said. “They’re all going to have an impact in the program as they move forward.” Comments Published on October 10, 2012 at 12:31 am Contact Jack: [email protected]last_img read more