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first_imgTriple Gold Cup-winning rider Jim Culloty enjoyed Festival success as a trainer when Lord Windermere took the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. He possibly looked a fortunate winner, however, as the Willie Mullins-trained Boston Bob crashed out at the final fence when in front. That left Lord Windermere (8-1), ridden by Davy Russell, to get the better of Lyreen Legend by a length and three-quarters to give Culloty, best known for his association with Best Mate, a first winner at the meeting since he gave up riding. Russell said: “I’ve only ridden him once at home, so all the credit goes to Jim Culloty, who has instilled confidence in him. Jim’s done a marvellous job. I only steered him today and he was in super order.” Culloty added: “We knew this horse would like Cheltenham and it’s all paid off. I fancied him like mad – I thought he’d love the ground here. I told Davy to ride him to get the trip. They went no pace and it suited us. “He’s the best horse I have and it was all about getting him here. Tom Doyle deserves a lot of the credit, he’s taught him well and the first time he rode him he said to me ‘this is the one you’ve been waiting for’. “You get nervous 30 minutes before going out to ride in a Gold Cup, but I have been nervous for the last six months with this lad. I have 13 boxes and he is in box 11, and when I work my way down to him on a morning I just pray he’s OK. “I wouldn’t have thought he would run again this year. We purposely hadn’t run him over three miles on heavy ground, but he will have had a hard enough race today. As for next year we haven’t even thought about it, this has been the long-term plan. We didn’t bring him here last year thinking about today.” When asked if Lord Windermere was a possible Gold Cup contender next season, owner Dr Ronan Lambe said: “You’d hope so. He’s a beautiful jumper and three miles is his distance.” Trainer Dessie Hughes said of runner-up Lyreen Legend: “I was very pleased. He was beaten by a better horse on the day. If the ground had been heavier it might have suited us more, but no complaints.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_imgBy Elroy StephneyEVEN at the age of 48, former Essequibo inter-county all-rounder Basil Persaud is still batting majestically.The resolutely durable Essequibian, who hails from the village of Walton Hall, is still highly acclaimed in his county, having represented several clubs as well as two area committees.The aggressive right-handed opening batsman had a dream season last year with his adopted Everest Masters Club of Georgetown, where he registered two centuries including one against the England Foundation cricket team which toured Guyana last year.In addition, he scored over 12 club centuries while representing Devonshire Castle, Ravens, Pomeroon and North Essequibo cricket committees.The dynamic all-rounder has had many unforgettable innings, labelling his outstanding 121 against Cavaliers Sports Club in 2010 as his most memorable.In recent times he has had an active schedule playing in several countries including Trinidad, Jamaica, Suriname and the United States.He has attributed his longevity in the game to remaining physically fit, committed and engaging in constant practice. He was also proud to have competed against the likes of Clayton Lambert, Sudesh Dhaniram and Rabindranauth Seeram on the local scene while he also teamed up against foreign players including Trinidadian Suruj Ragoonauth and Barbadian Raymon Reifer.The former Sports Officer is also a junior cricket coach and has been instrumental in conducting coaching clinics with several clubs across the Essequibo Coast.He is also a sitting RDC Councillor who previously chaired the Sports Sub- Committee where he has advocated for the establishment of an Annual Awards Ceremony to recognise the sterling contributions of the Region’s sportsmen and sportswomen.He also served as a member of the Essequibo Cricket Board as well as representative to the Guyana Cricket Board on the Cricket Development Committee.The attractive opener remains quite a dangerous threat to any bowler since he can drive, cut and pull with unrestrained authority and precision.His sojourn, though, in the twilight of his career is his ‘second coming’ according to him, even as he continues to enjoy a successful season with his respective clubs.He has since committed himself towards many more graceful innings whether in Essequibo, Georgetown or overseas as a loyal and dedicated student of the game.His advice to young cricketers is to remain disciplined and inculcate the right attitude towards training.He is also appealing to the relevant authorities to reintroduce cricket into the school system. It is his belief that the schools are the first step towards the emergence of the next generation of outstanding cricketers.For the moment, though, Basil Persaud continues to bat with consummate elegance and artistry while expressing confidence in having another productive season in 2018.last_img read more