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Been very quiet here since my last days sport when I was at Warwick but sadly the weather has been a major factor and with planned trips to Haydock and Uttoxeter gone the way of rain and snow it has been a barren couple of weekend.

However I am delighted about the fact that for my upcoming birthday my Dad and Brother have clubbed together to buy me a ticket for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford in November the weekend after the Lancashire Chase at Haydock so I am very much looking forward to that.

Also there was good news about the London leg of the Diamond League Athletics being moved from Crystal Palace to the Olympic Stadium so I have got myself down on the presale list and very much hope to get a ticket for that days sport.

I do have some good plans and interesting ideas for sports to go and see but so as not to put the kiss of death on them I shall not reveal any details incase our friend Mr Fate decides to do something to intervene.

Warwick Races,Classic Chase Day,Sat 12th Jan 2013

I do enjoy a day at Warwick races, nestled about twenty miles south of Birmingham it is a dual purpose course and today was its big meeting of the whole year the Classic Chase which is a real stamina sapping steeplechase over 3m5f.

The first race was a trappy Novices Handicap Hurdle over 2m  and a field of fifteen  went to post with Flaming Charmer running out the winner in what was not the best quality field and none of the field will be festival bound that’s for sure.

Race two was the Edward Courage Cup Handicap Steeplechase over 2m and a very good performance from the improving Rody,trained by Tom George this 8yo was always jumping well and got the better of Eastlake by Eight lengths in the end,the winner could well end up in the Johnny Henderson Chase at the Cheltenham festival

Race three was an intriguing Novices Chase over 3m and Rocky Creek trained by Paul Nicholls is a horse I have always held in high regard, always travelling well and picked up this race after Tour des Champs who came to challenge then fell at two out, wether or not he would have won after falling is something we will never know, The favourite was Highland Lodge who was giving the winner 3lbs which told at the finish as he got overtaken on the line by Fill the Power who looks a real staying type. The winner will probably go for the RSA at the festival and maybe the Reynoldstown  at Ascot before hand

Race four was a Pertemps Hurdle Qualifier over 3m ,this field was a mix bag of chasers using it as a chance to run of a lower rating,some with Aintree in mind,improving Novice Hurdlers and horses too high in the handicap to win anything, this year it went to the 2012 runner up Ely Brown trained by Charlie Longsdon was in the van guard all the way and this 8yo got the better of Holywell who is no back number and I can’t wait see if he goes novice chasing next season as it could be the making of him,back in third was a seasonal best from Hada Men who ran an eye catching race and could be picking up a prize come spring time,The favourite was The Package and he travelled ok before struggling to pick up and Timmy Murphy pulled him up before two out.

Fifth race was the Grade Two Leamington Novices Hurdle over 2m5f and this has been won by many good horses over the years and The New One trained by Nigel Twiston Davies beat a useful enough field and didn’t even come out of second gear and will head to Cheltenham down on many people’s lists as a possible banker should he line up in the Neptune Novices on day two,he jumps well and has a nice way about him,aged only Five he has many good years in the pipeline,back in second was Mickie trained by Henry Daly and he will be delighted that this mare got some useful Black Type to enhance the paddock value for her, Dursey Sound from the Jonjo O’Neill yard ran flat and ended up having pulling up before the second last but he can still Improve before the end of the season.

On to race six and this was the feature race the Classic Chase, a Handicap over 3m5f this is a stamina event and always a good event in its own right, This year we were treated to an epic battle as Rigadin de Beauchenne tracked long time leader Godsmejudge to get up by half a length for trainer Venetia Williams and jockey Richard Dunne, the favourite was Pete the Feat who was trying to make it six from six this season but didn’t quite get the extra distance and a return to Three miles will be the order of the day for him, As for the winner it’s possible a trip to Uttoxeter or Ayr will be next but ultimately the 2013 Welsh National will be his main aim next season.

On to the finale and this was a real test for racing fans, a National Hunt flat race for unraced horses over 2m in essence It was the Wood Ditton of the jumping game, hard to know what to make of the form but for the record it was won by Pure Science a 5yo trained by Nigel Twiston Davies who originally was with ex trainer Barry Hills on the flat but never made the course but showed he has ability and expect the Cheltenham and Aintree bumpers to be his target but he will make an even better jumper next season.

All in all a very good day of sport at Warwick, a track which is always worth a visit and no matter what the quality of the card is you get good racing and a nice day out for your money

Also before racing the crowd were treated by a course gallop from Imperial Commander who covered 2m and looked pretty well and will make his seasonal reappearance in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in two weeks plus Neptune Collonges popped in to parade, the 2012 Grand National winner is now earning his trade as a dressage horse and who knows could he team up with Kauto Star for Rio 2016?

Wigan v Bournemouth, F.A. Cup Third Round. Sat 5th 2013

Traditionally the first weekend in January is when smaller clubs dream of an upset plus a big payday of being at the ground of a club in the Premiership.

Today at the DW Stadium the visitors were Bournemouth from the south coast and they brought a huge crowd probably over three thousand who for some reason thought Wigan would be a good place to visit.

This had the makings of a banana skin match, Wigan struggling at the foot of the Premiership while the visitors are near the playoffs in League One and had not lost for a while so confidence was on a real high.

Wigan made nine changes from the New Years Day defeat at home from Manchester United so a mixture of reserve and fringe players took to the pitch on the quest to begin their road to Wembley.

The first half was nothing to get excited about,well not until the forty first min when Eunan O’Kane struck a lovely ball from outside the box after a miss pass from Frazer Fyvie to make it 1-0 to Bournemouth.

Second half came and Wigan brought on Angelo Henriquez on who is a loanee from Manchester United and made a good impact especially when hitting the bar early on as the home side were desperate to get back in the game, Maynor Figueroa was also unlucky when his shot from outside the box went on to hit the bar

Wigan finally got their equaliser on 70 minutes when Jordi Gomez took a penalty which Bournemouth keeper originally got a hand to it but not enough to prevent Gomez following up the rebound.

In the end in finished a draw but the away side should feel robbed, they might not have had much of the ball but unlike Wigan they took their chances to get the goal when it mattered, who ever wins the replay will have an away tie at Macclesfield in the fourth round who beat Cardiff 2-1 at Moss Road so that had the potential to be another banana skin match.

Full time Wigan 1 Bournemouth 1

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