It was Thursday when the Regional Health Agency in the far north of France confirmed the first case of coronavirus in that neck of the woods, a student in the Regional Centre for Circus Arts having tested positive after arriving back in the region from Italy.
Aidan Coleman has carved out a solid career since moving to England from Cork over a decade ago but it wasn’t until Paisley Park won the JLT Hurdle last December that he finally joined the Grade One club. Now the 30-year-old is hoping the Stayers’ Hurdle favourite can double his tally of Cheltenham Festival successes later this week
Davy Russell, crowned champion-jockey for the third time at Punchestown on Saturday, got off the mark for the new season when partnering Crezic, trained for Gigginstown House Stud by Gordon Elliott, to victory in the Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter Maiden Hurdle at last night’s rescheduled meeting in Kilbeggan.
When he wasn’t praising the strikers for finding the back of the net or, if the occasion called for it, not so gently reminding them to at least hit the target, Roy Keane was throwing a few compliments — “good hands”, “great save” — in the direction of the young goalkeeper who was being kept busy between the posts at Ireland’s training session here in Belek yesterday.