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Brilliant Benbatl wins second Joel Stakes

Benbatl returned to winning form with a gutsy success in the Unibet “You’re On” Joel Stakes at Newmarket.

Saeed bin Suroor’s popular seven-year-old had not got his head in front since winning a Meydan Group Two in February 2020, although he had been limited to just three runs in the intervening period – including when just edged out by Kameko in this mile contest last year.

Partnered by Oisin Murphy, Benbatl was settled in second as Pogo set a testing pace up front, with the front-runner coming up the stands side while Benbatl stayed a little wider in the middle of the track.

Pogo looked to have stolen the advantage at one point. But when Murphy gave the signal, 13-8 chance Benbatl hit top gear to edge in front a furlong out and eventually prevail by three-quarters of a length in a new track record time.

Pogo kept on gamely for second – with 11-8 favourite Master Of The Seas, sporting the first colours of Godolphin while Benbatl was in the second-string silks, staying on for third.

Benbatl, who was winning the race for a second time after also triumphing in 2019, is now 10-1 from 16s for next month’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot with Paddy Power – while the same firm go 12-1 about his Champion Stakes chance and make him a 5-1 shot from 8s for next year’s Dubai World Cup at Meydan.

Murphy hailed Benbatl as “the horse of a lifetime” after winning a seventh race on the Dubawi entire, with the duo’s first success having come in the 2017 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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He said: “He’s been a machine for a number of years.

“He gave me my first ever Royal Ascot winner. We’re in 2021 now – four years later – and he’s still winning Group Twos.

“He is the horse of a lifetime. When he won this race in 2019 he ran to a rating of 125.

“He’s one of the best horses I’ve ridden, and I’m thrilled that we’ve got him back on track. They’ve done a super job at the stable to produce him year in, year out.

“Outside of Andrew Balding, Saeed is probably my biggest supporter. Winning these black-type races is what it’s all about.”

Bin Suroor felt Benbatl was unlucky not to win on his seasonal bow in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood last month, but was thrilled to see him back in the winner’s enclosure.

He said: “He’s a tough horse that always tries his best. He’s won this race twice now and has won big races in Germany, Australia, Dubai and England.

“He is the horse that is leading the stable. We follow him really! We have had a lot of fun with him.

“He missed the break at Goodwood. I spoke to Oisin immediately after the race and he said ‘if I hadn’t missed the break, I would have won’.

“We’ll keep the options open for him. It could be Champions Day, but we’ll talk to Sheikh Mohammed and make a plan for him.

“It could be the Breeders’ Cup, we’ll see.”

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Stratford author publishes seventh book, 24 Booke Street, in Joel Franklin Mystery series

Stratford author Ron Finch has released the seventh book in his Joel Franklin Mystery series — 24 Booke Street.

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With a total of 32 books in his ongoing Joel Franklin Mystery series either published or in progress, Stratford author Ron Finch has been keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last week, Finch announced the release of his seventh book in the series, 24 Booke Street. The story picks up in 1937 and once again finds the titular police detective with a bent for communicating with the paranormal investigating a crime in Chaseford – a fictionalized version of Stratford – that is somehow connected to the spirit world.

This time, the home of one of Chaseford’s most prominent families has burned to the ground, and Franklin believes Evan Donnelly, an unscrupulous moneylender involved in many of the town’s problems, may have been responsible. With nothing but rumours to guide him, Franklin uses his gift to communicate with Sadie Morgan, a local woman who died under mysterious circumstances roughly 12 years prior, to unravel a shadowy history that could shed light on the mystery at hand.

“Several months before (I began writing this book), my son phoned me up and said, ‘Hey dad, we found a (19th-century) gravestone in our backyard.’ They live in another small town in Perth County … in a small house that’s been there for a while. The other peculiar thing about it is when they bought that house there was a picture on the wall of an old woman … and he told me, ‘When we’re in there, I think she’s watching us,’ ” Finch said.

Wondering who that woman was and whether she was somehow connected to the gravestone in his son’s backyard, Finch came up with the character of Sadie Morgan, the long-dead, previous owner of 24 Booke St. – the house the prominent family moves into after their house burns down at the beginning of the book.

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At this point in the series, Finch said Franklin has gained some renown for his ability to solve complex and high-profile crimes with seemingly little evidence. Of course, Franklin isn’t solving these mysteries alone – he has the help of Chaseford’s spirit population – but he can’t divulge his paranormal-investigative methods without risking both his personal and professional reputations.

Through extensive research into local history and by adding small details in his books that lead to future mysteries in Franklin’s continuing adventures, Finch said his recurring characters and the world he’s built in and around Chaseford keep evolving organically, leading to the development of more and more Joel Franklin Mysteries.

While each story is distinct, Finch said the message he wants his readers to take away stays the same: “Don’t believe everything you think.”

“Do you know how many problems are caused when you don’t double-check things before you come to hard, fast conclusions?” Finch said. “These guys that burned down that house, they believed that they were at the right place. They believed the people living there were evil, and that’s why they set the fire. But they were at the wrong place because they didn’t look past what they thought they knew.”

Electronic and paperback versions of 24 Booke Street can be purchased at www.amazon.ca/24-Booke-Street-Ron-Finch/.

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Joel Glazer makes Man Utd transfer promise as Glazers bid to get angry fans back on side

Manchester United executive co-chairman Joel Glazer has pledged to increase transfer investment in a statement released by the 20-time Premier League champions on Friday afternoon. The Glazer family have come under significant criticism in recent weeks after the failure of the European Super League fiasco, with a large-scale fan protest against the club’s owners causing Sunday’s Premier League match against Liverpool to be rearranged.
The wealthy American family took control of United in 2005 and have failed to gain many admirers during their period at the helm.

Glazer issued a message to Red Devils supporters in a lengthy statement on Thursday, promising to work on improving the relationship with supporters and stressing that significant investment will be made across the board in future, especially with regards to player recruitment and club facilities.

“Thank you for your letter dated April 30, sent in your capacity as representatives of Manchester United fans,” he wrote in a message to members of the club’s Fans’ Forum, published on United’s official website.

“I read the contents closely and your love and passion for the club came across very clearly. I want to salute your service to the Fans’ Forum, which I know is a vital channel for consultation between the club and our fans.

“As I recently stated publicly, I am personally committed to ensuring that we strengthen this relationship in future.

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“Your heartfelt letter captured the unique spirit of Manchester United, forged through decades of triumph, adversity and tragedy, and still powerfully present in today’s exciting team under Ole and the vibrant fanbase which you represent.

“I was personally humbled by parts of your letter, as you explained so clearly why our initial support for the European Super League left you feeling angry and let down. I would like to reiterate my sincere apology for the mistakes that were made.

“In particular, I want to acknowledge the need for change, with deeper consultation with you as our main fan representative body across a range of important issues, including the competitions we play in.

“We also recognise the importance of fan and football interests being embedded in key decision-making processes at every level of the club, and we are open to constructive discussions on how to reinforce that principle.

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“We remain committed to working with the wider football community to make the game stronger and more sustainable over the long-term, and we will now refocus our efforts on doing this within the existing structures of UEFA and the Premier League.

“In addition, I want to reassure you that my family and I care deeply about Manchester United and feel a profound sense of responsibility to protect and enhance its strength for the long-term, while respecting its values and traditions. 

“Our top priority is, and will always be, competing for the most important trophies, playing entertaining football with a team comprised of top-quality recruits and some of the world’s best homegrown talent. Under Ole, we feel we are absolutely on the right track.

“Success on the field must be underpinned by solid foundations off it. We have supported sustained investment in the team over many years, and that will continue this summer.

“We recognise that the Government-initiated, fan-led review of football is a positive opportunity to explore new structures for fan engagement and influence. I can assure you that we will willingly and openly engage in the review, with the aim of putting fans at the heart of the game and ensuring their interests are advanced and protected.

“These commitments are a starting point for further dialogue, including all the specific points you raised, rather than final proposals. We want to work together to come up with an ambitious package of measures which will transform our relationship with fans and strengthen the club for the long-term.

“In this spirit, we will reach out to members of the forum to schedule a meeting in which I shall participate as soon as possible after the final game of the season. 

“Thank you again for your work for the forum and your passion for the club. I look forward to meeting you and in the meantime let’s look forward to a successful end to the season.”

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Florentino Perez hands Joel Glazer perfect chance to fulfil Man Utd promise

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The latest Glazer gaffe at Manchester United, has the potential to be their most damaging.

Even before the Super League fiasco, the American owners at Old Trafford were amongst the least popular in the Premier League.

Since taking over the club in 2005, they have leveraged debt against the club, failed to maintain the stadium and overseen a deterioration of the playing staff.

But the baffling decision to sign up to a competition that players and fans detested in equal measure could be the final straw.

Due to the backlash, Joel Glazer was forced to do what the family very rarely do – speak to the fans directly.

In a lengthy apology, Glazer apologised to supporters for misjudging the situation and are now focusing on making amends.

Joel Glazer offered a lengthy apology to supporters for their part in the ESL project
Joel Glazer offered a lengthy apology to supporters for their part in the ESL project

Towards the end of the statement, Joel promised: “This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days.

“It is important for us to put that right.”

It will be very difficult to repair the damage that has been done in the previous days, but football can be a fickle game and if United can finally end their wait for a title next season, it may ease the pressure at least.

In order to do that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to be heavily backed in the transfer window. His top target is believed to be Erling Haaland, with the Borussia Dortmund superstar valued at £150million.

Erling Haaland has been extensively linked with a move to Manchester United
Erling Haaland has been extensively linked with a move to Manchester United

Real Madrid are also in the hunt for the Norwegian, but president Florentino Perez has handed them a major boost by suggesting they will be unable to pull off any deal of that magnitude.

In fact, he predicted no team in Europe would be able to do so, although that feels an assessment rooted in his anger and disappointment at the failed ESL.

“In general, there will not be big transfers this summer,” Perez told El Larguero.

“When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes there won't be many big transfers this summer
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes there won’t be many big transfers this summer

“It’s impossible to make signings like Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League.

“If we don’t sign Mbappe this summer, I don’t think any fan will shoot himself in the head. They know we’re doing our best, and if things don’t happen, it’s because they’re impossible.”

Signing Haaland would move Manchester United back to the pinnacle of European football.

“Manchester United has a rich heritage and we recognise our responsibility to live up to its great traditions and values,” Glazer assured fans. Signing Haaland could prove he really means it.

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Joel Glazer hints Man Utd owners will not sell as he breaks silence on Super League saga

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The pandemic has thrown up so many unique challenges and we are proud of the way Manchester United and its fans from Manchester and around the world have reacted to the enormous pressures during this period.

We also realise that we need to better communicate with you, our fans, because you will always be at the heart of the club.

In the background, you can be sure that we will be taking the necessary steps to rebuild relationships with other stakeholders across the game, with a view to working together on solutions to the long-term challenges facing the football pyramid.

Right now, our priority is to continue to support all of our teams as they push for the strongest possible finish to the season.

In closing, I would like to recognise that it is your support which makes this club so great, and we thank you for that.

With best regards,

Joel Glazer

Ed Woodward exit confirmed by Manchester United as Joel Glazer issues statement

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Manchester United have announced the departure of Ed Woodward but he will remain in his position until the end of 2021. The European Super League fiasco has sped up his exit with Woodward resigning amid fan backlash.
United along with 11 other clubs were the founding members of the new competition.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham were all announced from the Premier League with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from La Liga and Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan from Serie A joining them.

Woodward’s resignation will end his tenure alongside the Glazers which has run since 2013.

He said: “I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years.

“The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.

“I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. I am proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.

“We have invested more than £1bn in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.

“I am sure that with the changes we have made on-field and to the coaching and football staff in recent years this great club will soon be lifting silverware again. It deserves to.

“I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I am certain that the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.

“Our world-famous academy is flourishing again, with 34 players progressing into the first team since 2013, and it has been a pleasure to watch talents such as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Axel Tuanzebe flourish in the first team environment. In the years to come the club’s production line of young talent will continue to push established first team players for their places. That competition bodes well for the future.

“We have also established Manchester United women and their progress is further evidence of the demand for success at this great club.

“The last 16 months have brought so many unique challenges and the club’s work in the community and around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic has been heroic.

“The financial impact on football clubs has been severe, but United have been one of the most robust and resilient in the face of extraordinary financial pressures.

“I would like to thank United’s passionate fans for their support during the good and bad times. I know this has been a challenging period in our history, but your support for the team has never, ever been in doubt.

“Finally, it has been a pleasure to work with so many magnificent, talented and hard-working people.”

Co-chairman Joel Glazer added: “Ed Woodward has served the club with great distinction. On behalf of everyone at United I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his tireless work and dedication.

“His contribution to the club has been massive, and he will always be welcome at Old Trafford as a part of the Manchester United family.”

Love and Monsters ending explained: What happens to Dylan O'Brien's Joel?

He is later rescued again, this time by survival experts, who teach Joel a thing or two to help him survive his journey to find Aimee.

Boy helps him to become even greater than he once thought, as when his canine companion is trapped by a monster, Joel must use these survival techniques to save him.

Eventually, after getting himself into some difficult situations, he finds Aimee, who is unknowingly being infiltrated by an evil colony, which uses a monster as a predator to take supplies and land from other survivors.

Joel realises this but before he can warn Aimee, is caught by Cap (Dan Ewing), though together he and Aimee save the colony, using new techniques to commune with monsters rather than beat them.

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Manchester United’s Erling Haaland transfer agreement means nothing because of Joel Glazer

And the Norway international has been spectacular in the Champions League, too, finding the net 10 times from just six appearances in the competition.

Behind the scenes, United’s key figures all want to see Haaland arrive at Old Trafford.

But history suggests that transfer agreement could count for precious little with Glazer, ultimately, having the final say.

Solskjaer, Murtough and Fletcher will have to operate within their means this summer. While United are financially stable they, like many clubs around the globe, have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

And Glazer could veto a deal – just like he did for Jadon Sancho last summer.

United went after the England international with vigour. Ed Woodward oversaw negotiations and, after learning Borussia Dortmund wanted £108million for the England international, relayed the news to Glazer.

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