first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, ST. JOE BAY, WINNER: “It feels great to be back in the winner’s circle. It’s very encouraging to go forward in my career after what happened. This has put me on a different level, mentally as well after what happened. I thought I would never be back to ride. It was not easy not riding (during the past three week period).“I lightened up on my therapy for a week or two and then started to train hard again. I only rode two horses in coming back. This horse (St. Joe Bay) was the first horse I worked since my accident. He’s a different horse since then. He’s changed since that work.  The next time I worked him he was so positive. He built up with more weight and he was so happy. The combination changed him for the good. I never thought he would win that easy. This is fun and exciting.“I tried to jump in and open up as much as I could and he took it from there. He wanted to come out of there but really his body was not too capable so bobbled a bit, but by the second stride he picked up nicely and then I just let him cruise to the lead.”TYLER BAZE, DR. DOOR, SECOND: “I didn’t think he was going to be that lazy, but besides that he got rolling and he tried hard. I think he ran really well off the layoff. I’d like to thank Bob (Baffert) for the opportunity and would love to ride him back.TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, ST. JOE BAY, WINNER: “No, this doesn’t make up for the last one (scant nose defeat of Catapult in the Kilroe Mile). We’re really happy for Victor who’s on his comeback. He’s worked hard and it’s been tough with the calendar. He was ready to go a month ago and he had to stop, so it’s good for him to get back to the winner’s circle.“The horse got was second, got beat a head in this race last year. It’s a good distance for him, he got out, got rolling and the rest is history.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kosta and Peter Hronis.last_img read more

Championship starlet to be handed new deal

first_img Birmingham City starlet Demarai Gray 1 Birmingham are planning to offer a new contract to highly rated teenage star Demarai Gray.The Midlands club turned down FIVE bids from Championship leaders Bournemouth during the January window rising from £1.5m to £5m on deadline day.But the club were determined to hold onto the talented winger and hope he will become a major star  at St Andrew’s.Birmingham boss Gary Rowett has revealed that the club are already considering offering a new bumper new deal to persuade Gray, just 18, to pledge his long-term future to the club.Rowett, speaking in the Birmingham Mail, said: “It would make sense.“I think we are going to sit down and see if we can come to some sort of agreement with Demarai and his advisors and his family – because I think that’s important.“Like I said before, he’s in a good place. I think the contractual situation to a certain degree is slightly misleading because any player under 24 would still be subject to compensation.“And when you have had bids like we have had a for a player like that, I think that reflects in the compensation. I think for me it’s important to get him somewhere where he deserves to be financially.“You are asking him to play a first team role week in week out, therefore there is going to be a reward on his behalf.“Also for him just to have that sense of security that he can keep developing and not worry at all about that side of the game.”last_img read more

WATCH: This splendid historical gem could be yours for €1.2million

first_imgA grand period property that is steeped in history has gone on the market in Castlefin, Co. Donegal for €1,200,000.The 10 bedroom Donaghmore House is now for sale and is a picture-perfect place for history lovers and hotel developers. Sweep through the classic rooms in this video from selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Rainey and try not to imagine yourself living the high life within the grand interiors.Donaghmore House was built in the 1800s and comprises of a three storey Victorian house (with a basement). It is set among 90 acres of land with a detached cast iron conservatory, two gate lodges, walled gardens and a range of outbuildings. Many original decorative features have been preserved in the home which boasts plenty of character.The property is a listed building under the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. It is believed that it was once the home of rectors from the Spence family, who served as ministers of the church in the late 1700s to early 1800s. Sherry FitzGerald Rainey say the present house may have been built after this time.Image: Sherry FitzGerald RaineyImage: Sherry FitzGerald RaineyImage: Sherry FitzGerald RaineyImage: Sherry FitzGerald RaineyImage: Sherry FitzGerald RaineyDonaghmore House sits on the banks of the River Finn and its proximity to the N15 road means there is business potential for a hotel or other uses. The outbuildings too can be converted to residential or commercial use.What would you do with a property like this? Read the full listing here on This splendid historical gem could be yours for €1.2million was last modified: September 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:propertySherry Fitzgerald Raineylast_img read more