No luck for Geraghty on return

first_imgBarry Geraghty’s return to the saddle saw him finish sixth and second at Limerick on what were his first mounts as the new retained jockey to JP McManus. Geraghty was appointed to the role last month, replacing the now-retired Tony McCoy, and was in action for the first time since suffering a broken shinbone in March. He had another setback after being admitted to hospital with a kidney stone earlier this week. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Waver made some progress to improve going to two out in the Mike Denver Plays Limerick Racecourse Live On The 23rd July Rated Hurdle, but was never able to land any sort of blow. Geraghty said: “I had a good blow walking the course earlier as it started to rain going up the back straight; I’m fine riding but would be easily beaten in a race! “It’s brilliant (to be back), great (to get the job) and that was a nice introduction.” Geraghty’s other ride came on Hash Brown for McManus and trainer Michael Hourigan in the Book Online At Limerickraces.ie Beginners Chase. Hash Brown momentarily looked like he might give Geraghty a first-day-back winner, but it was not to be. He gave chase after Sizing Platinum led at the fourth-last, but the leader had plenty left and jumped the last two well to seal success. Punch Bag had taken Waver’s race, completing a double on the card for Andrew Lynch. Trainer Brendan Duke said of his 9-2 winner: “It is unlikely he will run many times and will run at Ballinrobe in a four-year-old hurdle in a few weeks’ time. He’ll then have one more run before being left off until the spring, but I’ll have to break that news to his owners first! Press Association “He is progressive and will improve further and if he is lucky in life, he has a bright future.” Sizing Platinum (3-1), meanwhile, looks to have a bright future after what was a winning debut over fences. Trainer Henry de Bromhead said: “That was good and he jumped deadly and really well. It can be trappy enough here at Limerick but he seems to have improved for a fence. “He is big and raw and only coming to himself now. Our hands are almost tied as to where he will run next as there are very few novices over two miles during the summer with the Galway Festival and Kilbegnet Chase at Roscommon on that route.” Myles Ahead is bound for Galway after getting off the mark in the Celebrating The 4th July Maiden Hurdle. Lynch’s mount had four and three-quarter lengths in hand of Rocky Court, to reward those who sent him off the 11-10 favourite. Trainer Tony Mulholland said: “He has has been knocking on the door and putting him back to two miles helped. “We’ll look for a handicap at Galway next.” The feature thetote.com Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase went the way of Protaras (6-1) for Noel Meade and Ger Fox. Fox said: “We weren’t going to run him at all as we thought the ground might be too dead, but I kept him wide for the better ground and he jumped from fence to fence. “We put blinkers on him today as sometimes he can be quite lazy.” last_img read more

Florida Ends ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at the Swamp due to “racist history”

first_imgThe University of Florida is banning its “Gator Bait” cheer at sporting events because of “historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” school president Kent Fuchs announced Thursday.As part of a university-wide review to help the school take steps against racism, Fuchs highlighted the cheer as an action that will be taken immediately.“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” Fuchs said. “Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.”the band plays familiar tune prompts fans to make the gator chomp motion with their arms and shout “Gator Bait!”African American babies were used as alligator bait, according to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University, citing newspaper articles and imagery from the late 1800s and early 20th century. The term “alligator bait” was also used as a racial slur against African Americans.According to ESPN: Lawrence Wright, who popularized the phrase, “If you ain’t a Gator, ya Gator bait, baby,” after saying it following a win over Florida State in 1995, told The Gainesville Sun he was upset with the decision to remove the cheer and wants to talk to Fuchs.“I’m not going for it,” the former safety told the Sun. “I created something for us. It’s a college football thing. It’s not a racist thing, It’s about us, the Gator Nation. And I’m black. What about our history as the Gator Nation? We took a program from the top five to No. 1 in the country. I think I’ve done enough, put in the sweat and tears, to get to offer my opinion about something like this.”last_img read more