Named after the famed winner of the fillies’ Triple Crown in 1942, the Sun Chariot Stakes is one of the final Group 1 races of the flat racing season before we turn our attention fully to the jumps.
Last week will live long in the memory for Paul Dunne. The Irishman won his maiden European Tour title at the British Masters but one week on a whole host of amateur golfers have the chance to experience that big tournament feel themselves with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Hosted over three of the very best links golf courses in the world, the Dunhill Links is the only pro-am tournament on the European Tour. Each of the professionals in the field will be joined with
For many fans, international football isn’t a patch on the domestic scene. England fans, for example, have become especially jaded with the performances of their team and often prefer to watch the Premier League. That’s not quite the case in Northern Ireland. It’s been a wonderful few years for the Green and White Army under manager Michael O’Neill. Northern Ireland qualified for Euro 2016 and are en route to repeat the trick for the 2018 World Cup having guaranteed second place in Group C. They’re not, however, guaranteed of a place in the playoffs as one second placed side will be eliminated. That means Northern Ireland still have work to do in their remaining two fixtures, starting with Germany’s trip to Windsor Park on Thursday night.
England look to have sewn up top spot in Group F but there is plenty still to play for in terms of the race for a playoff spot. Slovakia are the side currently in second place and can guarantee they’ll finish there if they beat Scotland on Thursday night and England beat Slovenia at Wembley. That second permutation is outside of Slovakia’s hands and the first one is certainly no gimme against Gordon Strachan’s side. Scotland have already suffered some heart-breaking moments in qualifying but with games against two of the sides above them still to come, they know that two of their biggest performances will at least give them a chance of a World Cup spot.
Two into one does not go. Now that Serbia have guaranteed at least second place in Group D of UEFA World Cup qualifying the writing is on the wall for either Wales or the Republic of Ireland. Only one of them can book their place in Russia and Wales will be looking to make Ireland’s task all the tougher by doing what they’ve never done before – beat Georgia in a competitive fixture.