Saudi prince unearths another 'pretty special' horse in Calyx

Frankie Dettori pilots Calyx to victory at Royal Ascot. (Reuters)
Updated 20 June 2018

Saudi prince unearths another 'pretty special' horse in Calyx

  • Two-year-old storms to victory at Royal Ascot
  • Target is now the 2000 Guineas

LONDON: Saudi prince Khalid Abdullah could have another superstar horse on his hands after the impressive Calyx won the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The owner of the great Frankel, Abdullah watched the son of Kingman hit the front two furlongs out and won the race for two-years-olds by a length.
Trainer John Gosden said the winner was the type of horse “who makes you get up in the morning.”
“He’s very talented, his father was exceptionally talented and he has all of those attributes,” he said. “The high draw may not be the best, and he’s had to race on his own for two furlongs with a huge crowd screaming — that’s a big ordeal for him and I think he’s done amazingly well to win. It was a big achievement and he is worth more than the winning margin of a length to say the least. He’s a bit of show-off and I have to give him a bit of time now. His father never ran until July, whereas this boy has been out in June. I’d love to give him a nice holiday now and come back for the Prix Morny (at Deauville on Aug. 19).” His attention quickly turned to the 2000 Guineas. “I don’t see why not (be a Guineas horse), but I think at the moment we should see if we can win a Group One with him and then think about stepping up,” Gosden said.
Calyx’s win was part of a Royal Ascot treble for the formidable team of Frankie Dettori and Gosden. Dettori knows a thing or two about special horses and he thinks Abdullah could have a gem in Calyx.
“He’s pretty special,” Dettori said. “He is still green and a bit quirky but a real natural talent. My two lead horses kind of ran out of petrol and Calyx was going so easily that I had to make my own way home because it is very hard to judge how close the other side are.
“To be able to put the race to bed between the three and the one is pretty spectacular.”

Arsenal end Dubai break with 3-2 win over Al-Nasr

Updated 26 March 2019

Arsenal end Dubai break with 3-2 win over Al-Nasr

  • Gunners play Lacazette and Ozil as they beat Dubai hosts in friendly.

LONDON: Al-Nasr gave it a good go but ultimately they were outclassed by an Arsenal side not light on experience, as the Londoners beat their Dubai hosts 3-2 at the Al-Maktoum Stadium.
The match wrapped up Unai Emery’s side’s mid-season training camp and provided a big-match opening for the refurbished stadium.

Lacazette​ was one of a number of big-name players to take the field for the North Londoners. (Reuters) 

It would have been all too easy and understandable if the Gunners had rested their big names. But the Spanish boss played as strong as side as he could with both Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette playing over an hour.
Despite the impressive line-up Arsenal, however, were the ones who fell behind — Ronnie Fernandez hitting a brilliant shot from outside the area to stun the visitors and Petr Cech in the Gunners goal. It was no more than the hosts deserved having looked the livelier of the teams in the opening exchanges.

Ronie Fernandez fired in an excellent opener for Al-Nasr to give the hosts an unexpected lead. (Reuters) 

The lead was not to last long, though, as Denis Suarez, on loan from Barcelona, set up Carl Jenkinson to level the scores with the break approaching.
Emery, as expected, made five changes at half-time with Ozil and Lacazette staying on the pitch to combine for Arsenal’s second — the German teeing up the French striker with an exquisite pass to make the score 2-1.

The refurbished Al-Maktoum Stadium looked in fine shape for the big match. (Reuters) 

That then became 3-1 when teenager Tyreece John-Jules rounded the keeper before slotting home.
Al-Nasr had looked good throughout the clash and their last-minute consolation — a Khaled Jasal penalty — was no more than they deserved.

Exciting young gun Tyreece John-Jules scores the winner in a memorable match for the 18-year-old. (Reuters) 

For Arsenal the focus returns to the Premier League where they are battling it out with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United for a spot in the top four.

Al-Nasr's Khaled Jasal slots home the consolation penalty for the hosts to make it 3-2. (Reuters)