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Maximillian conquers in Rockingham

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first_img Caspian Prince, as is his wont, blasted out of the stalls and held a couple of lengths advantage for much of the race. My Good Brother gave chase but the main danger was down the middle of the track as Sir Maximilian and Stevie Donohoe were making relentless progress. In the end they ran out impressive one-length winners from Caspian Prince with My Good Brother third and Lady Mega fourth. Pitt said: “He’d have won the Wokingham I had him in such good form but he missed the cut. I was silly to run him in a Group Three after that.. “I was worried about the ground, it’s not that he needs cut he just lacks a bit of early pace and if something gets an early run on him he can struggle to get them back. “He does get six furlongs but a fast-run five suits him as well, he’s able to keep tabs on them and pick them up. “My only other runner in Ireland finished stone last in the Goffs Million so this is great. “He’s in the Stewards’ Cup (32Red) but won’t go if it’s rattling quick. His main aim is the Ayr Gold Cup.” RaceBets cut Sir Maximilian to 25-1 from 33-1 for Glorious Goodwood. On a good day for British raiders at the Curragh Tim Pitt’s Sir Maximilian (11-1) arrived fast and late to deny the front-running Epsom Dash winner Caspian Prince in the valuable Rockingham Handicap.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

‘He’s great to watch, but he’s not God’ – Pope sets fans straight on Messi

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first_imgBARCELONA (Reuters) – For Barcelona fans, Lionel Messi is ‘D10S’, a combination of the Spanish word for “God” – “dios” – with the No 10 on his shirt. But Pope Francis begs to differ.Interviewed by Spanish TV channel La Sexta on Sunday, the pope praised his Argentine compatriot Messi, but said he must not be called God.“In theory, it is sacrilege,” explained the leader of the Catholic Church. “You can’t do it.“People could call him God, just as they might say ‘I adore you’, but only God can be worshipped.“(Saying) ‘He’s a god with the ball on the pitch’ is a popular way to express yourself. He’s great to watch – but he’s not God.”Pope Francis is known to be a football fan, and he is also a club member of Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo.Two goals from Messi gave Barcelpona victory in the Catalan derby over Espanyol on Sunday, taking the Liga leaders another step closer to the title.last_img read more