SAINTS will join Hull KR to celebrate the city’s successful bid to become the UK’s City of Culture for 2017 this Friday.There will be a whole host of entertainment including local tribute act The Beautiful Couch and an extra special performance from the club’s cheerleaders and Dance Academy as the Robins “Tell the World” about the accolade.Local band The Lamms will also perform to home and away fans in the concourse of the Colin Hutton Stand before and after the game.Tickets for the game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, byu calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Check out the away fans guide below.
MOSE Masoe will return to the NRL with St George Illawarra Dragons next season.The 25-year-old prop has agreed a two-year contract with the club.Mose joined Saints in 2014 and has been an ever present since he made his debut in March of the same year.Saints Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said: “We’re sad to be losing Mose Masoe as he has been a popular member of the squad and been at the hub of a pack that has been superb this year.“He is a really good bloke who I know will want to end his Saints career with more winner’s medals.”The Samoa international prop, who has been capped seven times, made his first-grade debut for the Sydney Roosters during the 2010 campaign before joining the Penrith Panthers in 2013.Chief Executive Mike Rush added: “Naturally we’re disappointed to lose Mose but we wouldn’t stand in the way of a player who wants to return home.“He is enjoying his time in St Helens and has settled in well – becoming a real fans’ favourite.“Having spoken to Mose he is determined to finish the rest of this season on a high and once again cap it with a Grand Final winner’s medal.”
Photo credit: Darren AgiusPhoto credit: Darren Agius The Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali recently organised a series of events to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Sette Giugno riots which unfolded on the 7th June 1919.These included the presentation of a commemorative book to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on the 4th June at Castille, followed by a Sette Giugno Symposium which also took place at Castille, and the presentation of the Commemorative Book to H.E. The President of Malta Dr George Vella at the President’s Palace in Valletta on the 6th June.The book, titled ‘Sette Giugno, Ċentinarju – L-Ewwel Pass Lejn Stat Sovran’, is a collection of truly original writings and reflections penned by main thinkers and experts on the history of our native country and forefathers. It is published by Fondazzjoni Celebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali and features contributions by Aleks Farrugia, Prof. Dominic Fenech, Frans Galea, Prof. George Cassar, Prof. Godfrey Pirotta, Prof. Kevin Aquilina, Rev. Dr Mark Montebello, Mark Camilleri, Prof. Oliver Friggieri, Prof. Paul Bartolo, Peter Cassar Torreggiani, Prof. Raymond Mangion, Dr Tonio Borg and President Emeritus H.E. Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici.In the book’s introduction, editor Raymond Mangion comments, “Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat states that the importance of this book stems from the fact that there is no one alive today who remembers the events of ‘Sette Giugno’; events for which our forefathers paid with their lives. Every pace, step, and obstacle in our journey towards the achievement of our Independence, the Republic and full Freedom, can trace their genesis to the 7th and 8th June 1919.”‘Sette Giugno, Ċentinarju – L-Ewwel Pass Lejn Stat Sovran’ promises to be of inestimable utility for researches, scholars and the general public looking for new information about the politico-constitutional and socio-economic development of our society.The book will be available in all public libraries, schools and local councils from the 14th June 2019.More info about ‘Sette Giugno, Ċentinarju – L-Ewwel Pass Lejn Stat Sovran’ and other events taking place to commemorate the importance of this anniversary is available online.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG14492.jpg” alt=”last_img” />
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 20 AugustRACING3.05 YorkKingston Hill 11/8 > 6/54.05 LingfieldMoshe 15/2 > 7/24.55 YorkRoossey 7/1 > 4/16.00 SouthwellCopperbelt 11/4 > 13/89.20 KemptonSouville 3/1 > 7/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen the early morning alarm went off to get me up in time for Ascot I expected to look out of the window onto Storm Brian Armageddon. Thankfully the worst hadn’t materialised in Devon or on route up the motorway. It was windy at Ascot but thankfully nothing that might have put racing in jeopardy which was just as well as we had a terrific afternoon’s racing in store.Betting was brisk in the opening Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup with punters and price beggars getting Kyle and Dave on the Star Sports pitch under the cosh. The ones the punters wanted to be on at the pitch were Duretto and Stradivarius with the jolly hard to get from the Saturday crowd. The office had been in touch though and had Order Of St George losing them over £100,000. You know that it’s a good result for the book when the crowd are hushed as one takes it up at the business end of race, even more so when those nearest to you start peering into their racecards. 25/1 chance Torcedor looked all over the winner, the books set for a cracking start to the day. They were about to keep pretty much most of what they’d taken and be able to crack on with the next race with very few to pay.The layers had just about enough time to think just that when caller Simon Holt started to get excited, Ryan Moore had galvanised a run out of Order Of St George and powered home to collar the gallant outsider 50 yards from the post. Gut wrenching for connections of the vanquished but the vast majority of the crowd in the betting ring were in raptures. ‘We thought we had that’ was the comment from the Bob Stock joint, echoed all along the line.No time for pondering what might have been there were queues of happy punters to pay out and the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes to get stuck into. One punter had already got stuck into Star with an £11,000 – £8,000 on course wager on favourite Harry Angel, there were other decent bets for Tasleet £5,000 – £350 each-way (that’s 14/1 with the fractions, come racing) and £5,000 – £800 each-way Quiet Reflection in another race of brisk business with the trade backing the jolly at the off. Once again a result was on the cards for the ring but this time the cup wasn’t snatched from their lips. Tony Bloom’s Librisa Breeze winning at 10/1 wasn’t quite a ‘right result’ but the jolly getting beaten was enough for most. Incidentally, the winner was tipped up at 16/1 by recent interviewee Andrew Mount in his gg.co.uk column.The business was also brisk though not quite so lumpy on the Star Sports pitch in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. The favourite Bateel was a very warm order with plenty of money going on forcing the price from 9/4 into 7/4 with a grand and a monkey laid at the top price on the joint. Hydrangea winning at 4/1 under Ryan Moore was hardly what you’d call a turn-up for the book but beating Bateel into second saved another huge pay out.The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1) (Sponsored By Qipco) was arguably the most anticipated race on the star-studded card. Ribchester was the steady if slightly weak favourite allowed to drift from 7/4 to 2/1 but Churchill was also expected to bounce back under Ryan Moore and nibbled from 5/1 into 9/2. Once again, the punters were queuing up get on at times but chunks were not forthcoming on the pitch, number one on the second line. One punter came to the joint and asked which one ‘Antonio’ was on. There were furrowed brows as the racecard was searched for clues, then Dave on the stool twigged it, ‘Ah you mean Frankie’ admittedly it wasn’t obvious but of course you need to be astute to work for Star. The punter did indeed mean Frankie and wished to have his fiver on whatever he was on. 14 fivers was duly placed on Persuasive and the punter went off happy. It appeared that this novice was not alone in wishing to put his faith in Dettori as by the time the combination passed the post the winners in front of Ribchester the price had contracted to 8/1. There had been money for the winner but once again the bookmakers copped.Business had gotten even lighter around the Star Sports pitch betting on the Qipco Champion Stakes but elsewhere people were very happy with the business. Further down Tatts I had a chat with Bristol bookmaker Richard Tovey betting under his dad John’s name. He was happy with what he had taken and the business so far. ‘So Far’ was how Peter O’Toole described how he was winning ever the cautious one, and correct to be so as it turned out.There are times in racing when the bookies look past their personal losses and cheer an astounding performance, after all you won’t find a bigger plethora of sportsmen anywhere than in the betting ring. The vast majority of them would have given back with interest what they’d won on Persuasive in the previous race but when Cracksman absolutely destroyed his field under Antonio, sorry, Frankie winning by seven lengths. In hindsight his price of 13/8 favourite was the value of the week, but of course hindsight would be a priceless commodity, so bearing in mind most layers would have done their cobblers over the winner there were plenty them allowing themselves a cheer at what was a wonderful performance.After the dust, or rather heavy sod, had settled and a lucky racegoer just won a draw for a car in the parade ring, the bookies were probably still in front and there was just a big handicap to finish. All 20 ran for the Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco) with Lord Glitters sent off 3/1 favourite. His backers must have been thinking what the hell the jockey was doing while bookies rubbed their hands then Daniel Tudhope came from last to first with an amazing run to win by a neck.While it was another jaw-dropping performance the bookies weren’t cheering this time, they’ve all got to eat you know.Simon NottSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS