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Breeders’ Cup challenge for A Case Of You

Breeders' Cup challenge for A Case Of You

Adrian McGuinness is backing A Case Of You to produce a “huge run” as his first ever contender at the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in November.

The three-year-old was last seen winning the Group One Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on October 3, a race that secured his ticket to the $ 1million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

A tilt at the Prix de l’Abbaye was a late decision for the trainer, who was inspired to supplement A Case Of You for the race after his half-length defeat at the hands of Romantic Proposal in the Curragh’s Flying Five Stakes.

The Longchamp contest saw the costly decision to head to France justified however, and gave the colt another shot at gaining a ‘win and you’re in’ place at the Breeders’ Cup.

“Straight after the Flying Five we said we had to go to France,” McGuinness said.

“It wasn’t a case that you had to put your hand in your pocket, he’d earned his money to go there and we decided that we had to go.

“It was either the Abbaye or Ascot, we felt if Ascot got very heavy it would be a real testing slog, so we decided to supplement him for France even though that was sharp.”

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The race was a tense watch for McGuinness with Corine Barande-Barbe’s Air De Valse making all of the running and A Case Of You only just catching her on the line to prevail by a short head in a photo finish.

“There was somebody standing beside me in the stands who thought I had gone mad,” McGuinness said.

“The last half a furlong I knew he was coming. I came off the stands and thought ‘I hope it’s not another second in a Group One’, because after being second in the Flying Five I thought ‘will I ever be that close again?’.

“It was a long minute or so before it was called, the joy and the celebrations after it though were unbelievable.”

The decision to take up the slot in Del Mar was an easy one for McGuinness, who was disappointed to have missed the earlier chance at the Curragh.

“We did think of the Breeders’ Cup after the Flying Five, a ‘win and you’re in’, and it was pity we were only second,” he said.

“He’s only had three races since June, once we were told we’re a ‘win and you’re in’ it was a no brainer for us.

“It’s a great thrill for us to have a horse to go there, it’s brilliant for us to get out there and see what it’s all about.”

A Case Of You has produced some of his best performances on softer going, but the ground on his Flying Five run was good and McGuinness is sure he will handle the Del Mar turf.

“They tell me it’s not flint hard,” he said.

“It’s quick but there is lovely sponge in the surface out there.

“The ground in the Flying Five wasn’t slow that day, he handled it well, and I think he’ll handle it.

“He handles soft ground, but I think he’ll be better on nice ground.

“I think if the horse produces what he is capable of doing, it will take a good horse to beat him.

“The draw is key, we’d love a low draw which would be massive help to him, I’d be confident that he’s going to run a huge race out there.”

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‘Dog census’ reveals millions who bought puppies during pandemic underestimated challenge

A “dog census” has revealed the challenges faced by millions who purchased puppies during the pandemic – and are now living life with boisterous four-legged “teenagers”. It is estimated that two million Brits welcomed a pup into their homes during lockdown – many for the first time.

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Raducanu ready for Indian Wells challenge

Emma Raducanu has entered the Linz tournament which begins on November 6, but the British No 1 would be forced into a rethink should she qualify for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, with the two events overlapping

Last Updated: 04/10/21 1:33pm

Emma Raducanu will play her first tournament since her stunning New York triumph at Indian Wells

Grand Slam champion Emma Raducanu has added the Upper Austria Ladies Linz to her busy autumn schedule, but first she will play at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The US Open champion, who will play her first tournament since her stunning New York triumph at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells this week, is poised for a busy month having taken three weeks off.

After Indian Wells, the 18-year-old has entered the Kremlin Cup in Moscow beginning on October 18 and the Transylvania Open in her father’s home country of Romania the following week.

The Linz tournament begins on November 6, but Raducanu would be forced into a rethink should she qualify for the WTA Finals, with the two events overlapping.

A strong showing in Indian Wells would make Raducanu a serious contender to qualify for the season-ending tournament in Guadalajara.

The top eight players of the season qualify for the showpiece. Raducanu currently sits 15th but there are major doubts over whether Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka will play and there are plenty of points still up for grabs.

Bates at Raducanu’s side in California

Jeremy Bates has been working alongside Raducanu in California

The Briton is without a permanent coach having split from Andrew Richardson despite their remarkable New York success but has been seen on court in California with Jeremy Bates.

The former British No 1 works primarily with Katie Boulter but is also the Lawn Tennis Association’s national women’s coach.

Raducanu said last month she is looking for someone experienced on the WTA Tour and she does not expect to make an appointment until the end of the season.

When will Raducanu play at Indian Wells?

Raducanu shocked the tennis world by winning the US Open as a qualifier

The tournament is held over two weeks, with main draw matches beginning on Wednesday. Now ranked 22, Raducanu will be among the 32 seeds and therefore receive a bye in the first round.

It means she will play her first match on either Friday or Saturday.

There are a number of big names missing, including world No 1 Barty, Osaka and Serena Williams – but most of the leading players will be there along with British stars Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie, Heather Watson and Andy Murray who, like Raducanu, received a wild card.

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Pokemon Go Fest 2021 date, start time, schedule, tickets and Collection Challenge

Niantic is getting ready to host the latest Pokemon Go Fest for 2021.

Pokemon Go Fest 2021 is a worldwide event that takes place on July 17 and July 18.

Celebrating five years since the launch of the game, this year’s Pokemon Go Fest starts at 10am BST and ends at 6pm BST. 

Fans can purchase a ticket for Pokemon Go Fest for a discounted price by visiting the in-game store.

The weekend’s celebration features a host of special collection challenges, missions and spotlighted Pokemon.

On Saturday, July 17, for example, fans will encounter 75 species of Pokemon in the wild and as part of Raids.

“Explore four themed rotating habitat hours, each with a Collection Challenge, and work together with Trainers from around the world to unlock bonuses in the Global Challenge Arena,” Niantic explains.

“Encounter over 75 species of Pokemon in the wild, in raids, and by completing Special Research tasks.”

On Sunday, July 18, Niantic will shift the focus to Legendary and Mythical Pokemon, the latter of which will appear in five-star Raids.

During Wind Hour, Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Latias, Latios, Regigigas, Altered Forme Giratina, Cresselia, Virizion, and Therian Forme Tornadus will be available in raids.

Lava Hour is up next, as Moltres, Entei, Regirock, Groudon, Heatran, Reshiram, Terrakion, Therian Forme Landorus, and Yveltal headline raids.

Frost Hour raids include Articuno, Suicune, Lugia, Regice, Kyogre, Palkia, and Kyurem, followed by Zapdos, Raikou, Registeel, Rayquaza, Dialga, Cobalion, Therian Forme Thundurus, Zekrom, and Xerneas during Thunder Hour.

Needless to say, Pokemon Go Fest 2021 will feature a selection of special research tasks, not to mention a very special reward.

“Let’s celebrate this year’s event with a showstopping performance!

“Choose between certain Pokemon to feature in your musical show, and complete event-exclusive tasks to earn exciting rewards – including an encounter with the featured Mythical Pokemon, Meloetta!”

Finally, with Google Play acting as an official sponsor, fans can earn some special perks and surprises.

“We are very excited to welcome Google Play as the official sponsor of Pokemon GO Fest 2021!

“To make this year’s event even more epic, Google Play is offering eligible Trainers some special perks and surprises, including three months of YouTube Premium, a Google Play Points bonus, an exclusive Sponsored Gift, and a special training course hosted by The Try Guys!”

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Fortnite week 6 challenge guide: Where to place Prepper Supplies and Cow Decoy locations

Fortnite week 6 challenges are now live, with two of the most eye-catching challenges about Prepper Supplies and Cow Decoy locations. The Fortnite week 6 season 7 Legendary Quests became available to play on Wednesday July 14 with the Epic Quests going live on Thursday July 15. The Legendary Quests are only available for a limited time, with players just getting one week to take on these challenges.

And two of the most eye-catching Legendary Quests for week 6 are Place Prepper Suppliers in Hayseed’s Farm and place cow decoys in farms.

You only need to place one Prepper Supply while you need to place three cow decoys to complete the week 6 Quests.

If you’re struggling to complete these challenges then don’t worry, Express.co.uk is here to help.

To complete the Prepper Supplies challenge you will need to head to Hayseed’s Farm on the Fortnite Battle Royale map.

This location is north west of Corny Complex.

As explained in a post by Fortnite Insider, there are five possible locations to place Prepper Supplies.

But you only need to find one to complete this stage of the latest batch of Fortnite Legendary Quests.

One location you can head to is on the west side of the farm right by the wooden bridge.

The areas you can place Prepper Supplies are signified by a light blue outline of the supplies.

If you’re still struggling you can find a map in this article showing all the possible locations you can put down Prepper Supplies.

For the Cow Decoys locations, you will need to head to Hayseed’s Farm and Corny Complex once again.

You need to place three Cow Decoys are there are over a dozen possible locations you can place these.

The Hayseed Farm Cow Decoy locations are all close to one another while in Corny Complex it’s a bit more spread out.

If you drop in by the Gas Station near Hayseed Farm you’ll be able to head to the locations you need to complete the challenge in a straightforward way.

You can find all the possible locations for the Cow Decoys in this article.

And, in case you’re wondering, here is a full list of the Fortnite week 6 Legendary Quests…

Stage 1: Get Slone’s orders from a Payphone (1)

Stage 2: Place Prepper Supplies in Hayseed’s Farm (1)

Stage 3: Deal damage to opponents in farms (25)

Stage 4: Use an Inflate-A-Bull (1)

Stage 5: Place cow decoys in farms (3)

Stage 6: Damage an alien-driven Saucer (25)

Completing the first stage nets Fortnite players 15,000XP, with the next stage rewarding players with 40,000XP.

Every stage after that will give players 30,000XP – which rewards players with 180,000XP in total.

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Mata’utia to miss Challenge Cup final after receiving bans

Sione Mata’utia was charged by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel with two Grade B offences during Saints’ 30-14 win over Wakefield last Friday and handed a one-match penalty notice for each one

Last Updated: 13/07/21 9:24am

Sione Mata’utia was set to face his older brother Peter at Wembley

St Helens forward Sione Mata’utia will miss Saturday’s Challenge Cup final against Castleford after being given two separate one-match bans for high tackles.

Mata’utia, who is in his first season in Super League, was charged by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel with two Grade B offences during Saints’ 30-14 win over Wakefield last Friday and handed a one-match penalty notice for each one.

The 25-year-old Australia international was adjudged to have committed a high tackle classed as ‘reckless’ in the eighth minute and was then deemed to have made ‘dangerous contact’ in the 28th minute.

Mata’utia was set to face his older brother Peter, the Castleford centre, at Wembley and the pair were due to hold a press conference at lunchtime on Tuesday.

St Helens Tommy Makinson was also given a caution for disputing a referee’s decision.

Tommy Makinson was handed a caution

Wakefield centre Joe Arundel and full-back Ryan Hampshire were both given one-match penalty notices for dangerous tackles in the same match.

Meanwhile, Leeds and Catalans Dragons both had two players banned for Friday’s rearranged Super League match in Perpignan after picking up bans for offences during the club’ meeting at Headingley last Friday.

Rhinos second rower Bodene Thompson has been given a three-match penalty notice for a Grade C dangerous throw and team-mate Rhyse Martin has received one match for a similar Grade B offence.

Catalans forward Joel Tomkins, who returned from a four-match ban in Friday’s game, and team-mate James Maloney have both been given two-match penalty notices for Grade B dangerous tackles.

Huddersfield forward Joe Greenwood has been given a three-match penalty notice for a Grade C dangerous contact offence in his side’s 16-12 defeat at Wigan, while Wigan full-back Jackson Hastings was given one match for a Grade A offence of other contrary behaviour.

Gut health: Try the ‘blue poop challenge’ to learn about your microbiome

“The wrong balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gut microbes can contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, obesity and other health problems,” stated the scientists at ZOE. Dr Federica Amati – who is involved in an ongoing nutrition research project at ZOE – encourages you to take part in the ‘blue poop challenge’. This involves consuming edible blue dye – either in a muffin or shake – to measure your gut transit time.

“It’s such an exciting step in personalised nutrition,” said Dr Amati.

New research – published in the British Medical Journal – found that the blue dye method can teach us more about our intestinal health and microbiome population than through standard stool charts.

Stool charts simply analyses how regular a person is and the appearance of the faeces.

ZOE’s research suggests there’s a complex interplay between the foods we eat, dietary inflammation, and the gut microbiome.

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To learn about your gut microbiome, ZOE provides a free online analysis if you take part in the blue poop challenge.

How to take part in the blue poop challenge

The original experiment involves baking blue muffins with blue food dye, which can take up to an hour.

A more simple way is to try Indi’s Blue Body Shake, recommended by Dr Amati, who is Indi’s chief nutrition scientist.

“Indi’s take on the blue poop challenge is a fun and easy way to get us to pay attention to our gut health,” Dr Amati said.

From there, your personalised five-page report from the blue poop challenge will be sent to you via the email you provide.

Results will include the “good” and “bad” bacteria that are likely harbouring inside of your gut.

For example, you might be hosting “Eubacterium eligens”, which is associated with lower insulin secretion and higher polyunsaturated fat levels.

The online tool will then set you a health goal so that you can gain more good bacteria in your gut microbiome.

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