The 8-5 favourite, LOTTERY TICKET, got up in the nick of time to beat long-time leader LUNAR ROCKET (5-1) by half-a-length in the inaugural running to the Miracle Cure Sprint over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.Ridden by leading jockey Omar Walker for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and co-owners Elizabeth DaCosta and Bruce Levy, LOTTERY TICKET was kept off the early pace set by LUNAR ROCKET and the chasing BLUE MOON (19-1).Responding to a bustling ride from Walker, a furlong out, LOTTERY TICKET fairly flew over the last 100 metres to catch LUNAR ROCKET within shades of the wire, with her stable-companion BLUE MOON holding on to third in a field of 14 three-year-old fillies.A lightly raced sort, LOTTERY TICKET, by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter, was notching her second win from five starts.Earlier in the afternoon, SOTOMAYOR (5-1), ridden by champion apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony Nunes, floored the odds on the howling 1-9 favourite HENRY THE SECOND to win the Abbie Grannum Memorial Cup for maiden two-year-olds over 1400 metres by half a length.NOT TO BE DENIEDThe grey colt by Traditional out of Runaway Julie, went by HENRY THE SECOND from early in the straight and although the favourite rallied strongly in the closing stages, SOTOMAYOR was not to be denied.He is co-owned by David Miller and Stephan Narinesingh and provided Steadman with the second of two winners on the card, the other being LEGENDARY PLEASURE at 5-2 in the first race.The best horses will be on show next Saturday for the 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres for a purse of $4.5 million. Ten entries have been received for the Superstakes, including last year’s winner, FRANFIELD, from the Richard Azan stables, two-time winner TYPEWRITER and the reigning ‘Horse of the Year’, SEEKING MY DREAM.
Current Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh has already started planning for life after his playing career by launching a brand new DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY.McHugh who also manages the Donegal U13 schoolboys side has created a new academy that will focus predominantly on the technical side of the game for youth players aged from 6-14.McHugh will be joined in spearheading the new academy by former Derry City teammate and current Coleraine midfielder Ruaidhri Higgins. He’ll also be assisted at the new academy by his backroom from the Donegal schoolboys side Mel O’Donnell and Andrew Wilson.McHugh is one of the best players to have ever come out of Donegal and the opportunity for young players to work with a player of his calibre on a weekly basis is fantastic.McHugh is urging parents to simply register their kids name and D.O.B. via email: [email protected], to ensure we get coaching asap on the 1st night.McHugh told Donegal Daily, “It’s something that has been in the pipeline for years now, and has taken us a lot of time to decide the correct coaching strategy that we will adopt” “We have broken down the ‘basics’ of the game and will work in blocks to allow the kids ample time to pick up these essential skills ”“Our aim is to coach good technical skills within an environment that encourages kids to express their own natural talent ”The DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY officially gets underway next Wednesday the 22nd of April.Details regarding the times, date, cost and venue of the academy are outlined on the poster above. FINN HARPS LEGEND LAUNCHES BRAND NEW DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DSAKevin McHughnewssoccerSport