– Advertisement – Sceau Royal, winner of Saturday’s Elite Hurdle for Alan King, could switch back to fences for the race, while the Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil, who was a huge disappointment in the Champion Chase in the spring, is in line make his seasonal bow.Rouge Vif was a winner at last month’s Showcase meeting and could return to Cheltenham for Harry Whittington, with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Ascot Chase hero Riders Onthe Storm, the Brian Ellison-trained Forest Bihan and 2019 Arkle winner Duc Des Genievres, who is now with Paul Nicholls, completing the possibles. Put The Kettle On is set to kick off her campaign in Sunday’s Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.Henry de Bromhead’s six-year-old posted a career-best effort when springing a 16-1 surprise in the Arkle at the Festival in March, adding to a previous success over two miles at Cheltenham’s Open meeting last year.- Advertisement – Put The Kettle On is again due to line up at the fixture, with the mare counting among seven entries for the Grade Two heat.De Bromhead said: “She’s in great form and is due to go over to Cheltenham for the Shloer Chase. She seems to love it over there, so she’s going over there this weekend.“She’s in mighty form, working well, so we’re looking forward to that.”- Advertisement –
Bush did not answer a question about whether the United States would have reacted militarily if those captured had been Americans. The president said he supports British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, now in its second week. Bush would not comment about Britain’s options if Iran does not release the hostages, but he seemed to reject any swapping of the British captives for Iranians detained in Iraq. Britain, however, appeared to be easing its stance, emphasizing its desire to talk with Iran about what it termed a regrettable situation. “I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen,” British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said at a European Union summit in Bremen, Germany. “What we want is a way out of it.” CAMP DAVID, Md. – President George W. Bush on Saturday said Iran’s capture of 15 British sailors and marines was “inexcusable” and called for Iran to “give back the hostages” immediately and unconditionally. Bush said Iran plucked the sailors out of Iraqi waters. Iran’s president said Saturday they were in Iranian waters and called Britain and its allies “arrogant and selfish” for not apologizing for trespassing. “It’s inexcusable behavior,” Bush said at the Camp David presidential retreat, where he was meeting with the president of Brazil. “Iran must give back the hostages. They’re innocent. They did nothing wrong.” It was the first time that Bush had commented publicly on the captured Britons. Washington has taken a low-key approach to avoid aggravating tensions over the incident and shaking international resolve to get Iran to give up its uranium-enrichment program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Leicester defender Frank Sinclair has warned the club’s hierarchy they will have to match Queens Park Rangers’s £15million valuation of Charlie Austin if they want to beat the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle to the striker.The managerless Foxes – who sacked Nigel Pearson last week despite last season’s great escape from relegation – recently tabled a £12m bid for 26-year-old AustinHowever, the offer was rejected with the stubborn Super Hoops standing firm on their asking price for the player, who received an England call-up late last term after scoring 18 Premier League goals.And Sinclair, who made 164 Premier League appearances for Leicester, believes the side should show their ambition to remain in the top flight and pull out all the stops to land the frontman.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “QPR will be looking for a bit more after the £12m offer, Chelsea can afford that and I think at the end of the day if Leicester really want him they have to up their bid to the £15m asking price.“It shows where their ambition is. I think Austin is a good player; he is up there with one of the best British players in the Premier League. He certainly deserves to stay in the league with the amount of goals he scored last season.“You have to buy top players if you want to stay in the Premier League and even without a manger, someone in the boardroom is trying to get things right.”