Archive for July 3rd, 2015

West Ham Win First Europa League Qualifier


Only one full season with West Ham as a player was enough for former central defender Slaven Bilić to attain legend status among Hammers fans. As a result, his return to the club as manager has largely been met with positive sentiment. But Bilić has already courted controversy after West Ham’s first win since his arrival.

Rather than take charge for West Ham’s first competitive game of the season, a Europa League qualifier against Andorran minnows v, Bilić chose to watch on from the stands as West Ham academy director Terry Westley took charge instead on Thursday night.

West Ham did emerge as strong 3-0 winners in the UK football results last night (2 July 2015), but Bilić’s decision to sit out is understandably odd, especially given the response of Lusitanos manager Xavi Roura, who clearly felt disrespected. Roura sarcastically described Bilić as ‘the special one’ in a post-game interview.

Epsom Downs Horse Racing Results – 2 July 2015


Thursday proved to be extremely tough for the favoured horses at the Epsom Downs. The going was good to firm (good in places) on what was a fine yet cloudy day.

Coming first in the UK horse racing results yesterday was a win for 9/2 prospect Leah Freya ahead of 7/2 joint-favourite May Be Some Time in the 18:15 Handicap. Tony Curtis then proved too strong at 9/2 for third-place finisher and 5/4 favourite Machine Learner in the 18:50 Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Iseemist became the third winner by clinching the 19:25 Handicap at 11/2. Stubbins then won next at 2/1 in the 19:55 Maiden Fillies Stakes ahead of 10/11 favourite Monasada in third.

Banditry managed to become the first favourite winner at 11/8 in the 20:25 Handicap, but the bookies were delighted yet again when an outsider in the form of the 12/1 Liberty Jack won the 20:55 Handicap.

Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park – 4 July 2015


Day two of the Coral Eclipse 2015 will deliver seven thrilling races. All being well, the weather will hold up to give race-goers another stunning day. At present, the going is good to firm (good in places).

Sky Sports is the source of today’s free horse racing naps, and the first to consider is Waaday at 11/4 in the 14:00 Coral Charge, given that the three-year-old has won three from its last four.

Coming up next is the 14:35 Coral Challenge, for which Basem is fancied as favourite at 9/2. But it won’t be easy for Basem, as 16 other horses will challenge the four-year-old and its career record of three wins from five.

The 15:45 Coral Eclipse is, of course, the centrepiece of the afternoon. Ahead of this five-horse race, it is Golden Horn that’s fancied as 4/11 favourite. And it makes sense because the three-year-old has a perfect record of four from four in its young career.

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