Sunday 25 February 2018

Queally quits Cecil No 1 role

RACING

Tom Queally has decided to go freelance next season, which means he will step down as No 1 jockey at Jane Cecil's yard at Warren Place.

The Waterford native (29), who says he is seeking new challenges, was appointed as stable jockey to the late Henry Cecil in 2009 with the partnership going on to enjoy considerable success, including 21 Group Ones and a first Classic for the rider with Frankel's 2,000 Guineas in 2011.

As well as Frankel, Queally tasted top-flight success on the likes of Midday, Twice Over and Timepiece for Cecil and his main owner Khalid Abdullah, who announced in August that James Doyle would be his retained rider in Britain.

Henry Cecil died after a long fight against cancer in June and Queally said that he felt the time was right to make changes in his career.

Bernie Ecclestone celebrated his 83rd birthday yesterday, but it is doubtful whether Formula One's chief executive enjoyed himself with a €124m damages suit due to begin in London's High Court today.

The suit is the first of several cases around the world, all of which are linked to ongoing bribery allegations in Germany. The central charge against Ecclestone, which is still being investigated in Germany, is that he paid $44m in bribes to a German banker to engineer the sale of the sport to current owners CVC Capital Partners in 2005.

Gerhard Gribkowsky, formerly the chief risk officer of BayernLB, has already been jailed for eight years by a Munich court for being in receipt of corrupt payments.

Australia captain Michael Clarke will make his comeback from a recurring back injury for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania tomorrow.

His return is earlier than expected and is a significant boost for Australia ahead of the first Ashes Test against England on November 21.

The Kansas City Chiefs maintained the only perfect record in the NFL with a 23-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns to ensure his side's best start since 2003, having now won the first eight games of the season.

Drew Brees passed for five touchdowns and 332 yards as the New Orleans Saints won 35-17 against the Buffalo Bills, while Tom Brady was again off-colour, but the New England Patriots did enough to claim a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Irish Independent

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