JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, CARRESSA, WINNER: “We didn’t know if she’d handle the turf, so I had two plans. If she broke sharp, I’d go to the lead, but she kind of missed the break, so we sat behind. I wanted to keep her covered up going into the first turn because she was pulling pretty hard. When we turned up the backstretch, I moved her out and dropped my hands and she relaxed. At that point I knew she was handling the turf and I really wasn’t worried about anyone else.” “We took a shot at the turf. There was really no other place for her to race in, instead of just training her we might as well run her and John (Shirreffs) did the right thing.“Now she can run in the dirt or the turf so they have many races to run, she’s been impressive and she is on her game. When a horse is getting good and starts winning it’s hard to get beat, they don’t come very often like Carressa that can run on both surfaces.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SHIRREFFS, TRAINER OF CARRESSA, WINNER: “I’m really thrilled with her, the way she’s progressed and the way she ran today. I thought the most important thing was when Victor was able to control her there going into the first turn. After that, she settled and really ran well.”MICHAEL BELLO, MEGAHERTZ, OWNER, WINNER: “To be here it brings back a lot of great memories, (Megahertz) brought so much joy to our family and to watch her race it was just unbelievable, I mean there’s just no other feeling like this.“She was tough and mean in the morning and she didn’t really want to work out. Alex (Solis) had to sit on her and wait until she was ready to do her job. She had the biggest heart and the biggest kick I have ever seen.“I’m buying some yearlings right now and I’m with Bob Baffert so we will see what happens. I want to get back in the game.”NOTES: The winning owners are Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy & David Ingordo and Steve Mooney.
The Ospreys prop Paul James was fortunate to remain on the field after flooring the Romanian hooker Marius Tincu with a punch, while the home coach, Sean Holley, was concerned at marks around the eyes of some of his players. “It is the second week in a row this has happened,” he said, in a reference to the 12-6 defeat at Leicester. “I am not saying it is eye-gouging, but it is something that has increased in the game in the last year or so.”At one point, the Ospreys captain, Ryan Jones, pointed at his eyes and looked at the referee after the replacement lock Ian Gough had, as it were, pointed the finger at the flanker Gerrie Britz for skulduggery at a ruck. Was Jones suggesting the referee needed to see an optician or that Gough had been gouged? “No comment,” he said, repeatedly.The Ospreys need to pull their collective finger out. Five penalties from the 19-year-old fly-half Dan Biggar secured victory here, but the virtually silent reaction from the crowd at the final whistle told its own story. They have in Holley probably the most enterprising young coach in Wales, but he does not wield the clout of Gatland in a top-heavy region.Ospreys: Byrne; Vaughton, Bowe, A Bishop, Williams; Biggar, Webb; James (D Jones, 53), Bennett (Hibbard, 75), A Jones, AW Jones (Gough, 72), Evans, R Jones (capt; Smith, 80), Holah, Tiatia.Pens: Biggar 5.Perpignan Porical; Plante, Sid, Manas, Candelon; Mélé (Durand, 11), Cusiter; Freshwater (Pulu, 59), Tincu (Guirado, 59), Mas (capt; Freshwater, 70), Olibeau (Guiry, 62), Kairelis (Vilaceca, 59), Perez (Vaki, 73), Britz, Chouly.Pens: Porical 3.Sin-bin: Plante, 29; Perez, 40; Vilaceca, 76.Referee: W Barnes (England). Attendance: 10,761. First published on Sun 19 Oct 2008 19.01 EDT Share via Email The Ospreys were expected to be among the high fliers in the Heineken Cup but they have yet to start flapping, failing to score a try in their first two games.Wales’s leading region may mix the bulk of the national side with a supplement of Test players from overseas, but having signed up an array of individual talent, the management keeps banging on about the overriding importance of the team ethic. The directors’ programme notes on Saturday were stuffed with corporate jargon, clotted with words such as core, values, transparency, honesty, trust and loyalty.The aim is to establish an esprit de corps, but there is no joie de vivre. Players who are expressive for Wales seem constrained, lacking swagger. There were mitigating factors against Perpignan, with a number of backs injured and opponents happy to concede penalties. But even when they had a man advantage, on three occasions, the Ospreys lacked invention.Like Wales they are run by a New Zealander, but while Warren Gatland is the head coach at national level, Andrew Hore has an overseeing role at the Ospreys and comes from a conditioning background, rather than coaching. He has built a model of rigidity, exemplified in the two-match ban given to Gavin Henson this month for skipping a training session. Henson’s ban ended early when he was recalled to the bench on Saturday morning after a back spasm forced out James Hook. The Ospreys did not have another fit and registered back but Henson remained on the sidelines throughoutthe match, even though his side only took the lead for the first time with 11 minutes to go.Perpignan led for 22 minutes either side of half-time, after Jérôme Porical kicked his third penalty, despite losing two players to the sin-bin in the third quarter, which reduced them to 13 men for two minutes. 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