JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, MIRTH, WINNER: “That was awesome. He (Javier Castellano) got in front of me, but she dug back in. I feel great and can’t wait for the next one. Let’s see if we can do it again.“There was a little more pace than I expected but that was fine because that helped me. If it had been just one horse going out there on the lead, then I probably would have had to go early to press him. But this way, I just got to sit and wait and move when I wanted.”JAVIER CASTELLANO, TINY TINA, SECOND: “I knew it could go either way and it would just come down to the bob. She ran a great race – everything she did, she did in the right way. She gave it a good run, and I’m not disappointed at all. We just got beat.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL D’AMATO, MIRTH, WINNER TINY TINA SECOND: “It may have been Mike Smith’s plan (sitting far back), but I thought we would be sitting second maybe, not that far back (second to last. But Mike is a Hall of Famer so he figured it out.“Today she showed a good dimension against good horses so I think at the end of the day she wants to go further than a mile and eighth. This was a good stepping stone today.”NOTES: The winning owner is Little Red Feather Racing.
Chhetri-backed initiative commences football talent spotting Mumbai, Apr 24 (PTI) Dream Chasers, the football talent hunt started with the backing of India captain Sunil Chhetri in February, has taken its first step towards achieving its initial goal of picking 15 talented under-13 players to undergo a five-year residential schooling tutored by the coaches from Sporting Clube de Portugal. “The response in Mumbai over the last few days has been very good. Three hundred children came yesterday and 150-odd will be watched today,” said Ameya Kochrekar rpt Kochrekar , an ex-army officer who is also the co-founder and CEO of Pro Force, which has initiated the process of talent hunting and honing the skills of handpicked children for next five years. To identify the talent pool and whittle it down to a manageable number, Ricardo D Sousa, Technical Director of Sporting Clube de Portugal, has flown down from his country and will be assisted by various Indian coaches. Giving his first impression on the football skills he had seen so far at a school in the western suburb of Kandivli, Sousa told reporters today, “I am pleasantly surprised by the skills on display.” Its a lengthy process and is expected to end by the end of the year, according to Ameya, before the handpicked 15 boys would be up and ready for the next academic year at Kolhapurs Cyrus Poonawalla International School to combine ten-month football training with academics.They will also be sent to the Portugal academy of the club for a fortnight every year.advertisementThe selection is going to be a four-stage process, explained Sousa on the lines of whats done back home in Portugal in the clubs academy in Lisbon split into skills with only the ball, ball and goal, ball skills against opponents and ball skills with complexities thrown in for good measure.The talent hunt is to cover ten cities across the country with the likelihood of it happening in the North Eastern state of Mizoram too after getting a number of queries from that region, said Ameya.Sousa said he will try to follow “the same guidelines as is the case in Portugal” during the process.Ameya said the enthusiasm shown by the parents has been heartening.”Ninety per cent of the parents with whom we have interacted feel professional football can be taken up as a career,” he claimed.After the fifteen children are identified to make up the first batch of residential trainees, they will be sent for a week-long (orientation) stay in Portugal.As far as Sousa is concerned he is to be present to oversee the process for one month before returning home.”He will return for another four-month stint,” he added. PTI SSR GK ATK ATK
Travellers are seeking climb their family trees Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Walking in the footsteps of your ancestors is fast becoming the latest travel trend as travellers turn tracing their family tree into a reason to travel. The Irish government is hoping to cash in on the phenomenon, promoting ‘The Gathering 2013’ as a perfect excuse for the 70 million or so who claim Irish heritage to trace their roots (while also hopefully boosting tourism), the Irish Times reported.The Ballymoney Museum in the UK also recently hosted ‘Route Back Home’, an international family history conference that attracted delegates from USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to attend lectures and partake in field trips to the Public Record Office.According to the Ballymoney Times, delegates from this event were able to gather fresh information about their families while developing new skills to help with their future research.One of the delegates described the experience as “A once in a lifetime opportunity to walk the streets where my ancestors trod”.