South Wales Echo - 2021-09-04
South Wales Echo 2021-09-04


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2 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline News MS welcomes crackdown on illegal puppy imports after vets raise concerns OGmORE mS Huw Irranca-Davies has welcomed the crackdown on illegal puppy imports. mr Irranca-Davies is an honorary member of the British Veterinary Association (BVA). He welcomed the latest statement from the BVA. New measures, which form part of Defra’s Action Plan on Animal Welfare, have been set out for consultation and will raise the minimum age for importing a puppy from 15 weeks to six months; ban the import of dogs with cropped ears and docked tails; and prohibit the import of heavily pregnant dogs to help protect puppy and mother welfare. Statistics from a BVA survey earlier this year revealed that almost 6 in 10 (58%) small-animal vets have been presented with dogs with cropped ears in the last year. The Doberman was the breed most commonly presented to vets with cropped ears, with American Bulldogs and Cane Corsos the second and third most likely breeds to be seen. A successful campaign, spearheaded by BVA and The FOAL Group alongside a wide range of veterinary and animal welfare organisations under the #CutTheCrop #FlopNotCrop banners earlier this year, amplified the call for swift action to end the legal loopholes that allow ear cropping to continue. Veterinary organisations have also repeatedly raised awareness of the plight of pets that are illegally smuggled into Great Britain, sometimes by criminal gangs who dupe new owners into buying sick or poorly socialised pets. Three in ten (29%) companion-animal vets surveyed in 2018 had seen puppies that they were concerned had been brought into the country illegally, with the French bulldog the most commonly mentioned breed. mr Irranca-Davies said: “These measures will help tackle the harm and abuse caused to dogs and puppies by people who make money out of suffering and exploitation. I applaud the campaigners who have worked for these changes, and make it easier to prevent these criminal and immoral practices.” BVA senior vice-president Daniella Dos Santos said: “We’re delighted that the government has listened to concerns raised repeatedly by veterinary and animal welfare organisations and is acting decisively to clamp down on the evils of puppy smuggling.” Ex-teacher groomed boy with drug and sexually abused him A former teacher groomed a boy with alcohol and a sex drug before subjecting him to a series of sex acts over a period of months. Anthony Preece, who taught at Bedwas High School in Caerphilly county borough, took the ‘vulnerable’ boy out for trips in his car and for meals between march and September 1980. He also plied the youngster with alcohol and amyl nitrate, also known as poppers and used in sexual activity. The 75-year-old, of Half Acres in Sherbourne, Dorset, who was jailed for three years in 1992 for five offences of indecent assault with a male under the age of 16, had denied nine charges of indecent assault and three charges of buggery. His decision meant his victim was forced into the dock at Cardiff Crown Court to give evidence against him - but the jury believed the victim. In a victim impact statement read to the court by prosecutor Andrew Davies, he said: “It is very difficult to put into words the damage you have caused me. I was a young naive boy and it is very difficult to process what you have done to me. “It had a detrimental impact on most of my life, not only physical impact, but also in the long term. “The shame and confusion is so NiNO WiLLiAmS Reporter great I considered ending it all. “It was devastating on me personally and on my relationships with family and friends and girlfriends. I pushed away those closest to me. It caused many relationships to break down. It made my life difficult to me and those close to me. “I felt so alone and isolated with a deep sense of shame, and left me with serious identity issues. I did not know what to do and as a result I turned to drink and drugs. “When the government HIV campaign [happened] at the time I wondered whether you may have given me AIDS and I spent years thinking I may die from AIDS and my family found out. “Because of AIDS I was terrified of having children. I missed the opportunity to have children and believe it is why I do not have any. “You said everything you did to me was recorded in your book and if there was anyone who crossed you you knew some dangerous people who would silence them. “By pleading not guilty and forcing a trial it made me feel like you were trying to maintain control over me.” mitigating, Justin Charles Gau said Preece had been a changed man since being released from his earlier prison sentence. Sentencing, Judge David Wynn morgan said: “In the words of the prosecution you dazzled [your victim] and made him feel special but your activity was manipulative and predatory, carried out with the sole purpose so you could commit sexual offences against him, which you did with alcohol and amyl nitrate. “The consequences have been profound. As a result of pleading not guilty it required him to give evidence and to relive the experience you inflicted against him. “You portrayed him as a wicked liar, and portrayed yourself as charismatic but presented yourself to the jury as sanctimonious and hypocritic a l ”. Preece was jailed for five years on three counts of indecent assault against a male, for three years on six counts of indecent assault against a Cardiff Crown Court ROb bROWNE male, and for eight and a half years on three counts of buggery, each to run concurrently, making a total of eight and a half years’ imprisonment. He will serve two-thirds before being eligible to be released on licence. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely. Gwent Police say they are unable to provide a mugshot of Preece. 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Inside Coronavirus latest ................................. 6-9 Weather .......................................................... 8 UK & World ............................................12&13 Cardiff bucket list .............................22&23 Taking a swim with coffin .............24&25 Quiz Time ....................................................29 Letters .................................................... 30&31 Sport ....................................................... 38-44 Lifestyle ............................................... Pullout TV ...............................................Inside pullout Puzzles & Stars ...................Inside pullout SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 3 News Flags fly as Olympians take victory tour around towns RObERT LLOyd Print Content Editor It WAS the sort of reception normally reserved for royalty. Olympic competitors Lauren Williams, 22, and Lauren Price, 27, were honoured with a special open-top car victory tour of their home towns of Blackwood and Ystrad Mynach yesterday. the “Heroes tour” was organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council and began with a special “Wall of Fame” ceremony at Ystrad Mynach Centre for Sporting Excellence. Assembled guests heard speeches by the leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council Cllr Philippa Marsden, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport Dawn Bowden and Brian Davies, Director of Sports Systems and now chief executive officer of Sport for Wales. the Olympic medallists were honoured with a place on the Wall of Fame. Flags were handed out to the crowds who lined the streets for the victory tour of, first, Ystrad Mynach and then Blackwood. Cllr Marsden said: “I am thrilled that we have been able to arrange this tour in a matter of weeks to celebrate both Lauren Price and Lauren Williams. “I know there was a huge desire in the local community for us to organise an event fitting of their achievements, and I feel this event will offer an opportunity for the community to show how proud we are of them.” She added: “Residents will also have the opportunity to write a special message in books that are open in the Centre for Sporting Excellence on the Sports Wall of Fame. And we are still exploring options for a large scale event later this year following a presentation to full council.” Olympic gold medallist boxer Lauren Price put Ystrad Mynach on the map when she beat China’s Li Qian to take the top spot on the podium in the middleweight category at the tokyo Olympics. After her victory, Gelligaer council paid tribute by giving the telephone box close to the home of Lauren’s grandmother on Penallta Road in Ystrad Mynach a lick of gold paint. taekwondo fighter Lauren Williams won silver at her debut Olympics in tokyo after coming agonisingly close to claiming gold. Lauren Price provided one of the standout moments of the Games when she used her first moments as an Olympic champion to point up to the sky and stare proudly above. She was thinking of her grandfather. Along with her grandmother 27 years ago, Derek and Linda had taken her in at three days old after her biological parents gave her up. they provided her with the love and foundation that allowed her to thrive. Last December, having had dementia, Derek died. Olympic medallists Lauren Williams and Lauren Price, left, on their tour of Ystrad Mynach and, also pictured, some of the residents who lined the streets to cheer them Chris Fairweather/huw evans agenCy BUDD ELECTRICAL LTD. 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4 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline News 50k challenge a perfect way to remember Kevin Eben Leonard with friends taking part in the challenge The first time super-fit runner Kevin Leonard realised something was wrong was when it took him 10 minutes longer than normal to complete the weekly Parkrun. He would normally complete the course in just over 19 minutes so to take nearly half an hour, combined with a persistent cough, made him go the doctor. Two courses of antibiotics didn’t improve his health and within a Cathy Owen Reporter couple of weeks he was so breathless he had to go A&E. “It was just really unusual,” explains his widow Eben. “He was such a fit and healthy person. The doctors at A&E couldn’t find anything but sent him to the hospital for a CT scan. He went for the scan at the University Hospital of Wales on December 23. “Kev phoned me to say that the doctors wanted to see me. I couldn’t understand why they would want to see me. But when I got there Kev told me they had found something. Then three doctors came in to say that they had found blood clots on his lungs. “They explained that the clots were a sign that the blood was changing and getting stickier in the right lung, which is a sign of cancer.” It was a shock for the family of the journalist who had worked for BBC Wales, Cardiff University and the South Wales Echo during his career. Kevin was still able to walk around and further tests were carried out in the new year but “the worst possible news” came after an operation to remove the cancer in March 2020 was halted. “When they went in to carry out the lobectomy on the lung they realised the cancer had progressed to stage four,” says Eben. “They explained to my daughter and I that it had been what they described as an open and shut operation because they couldn’t operate. “They explained the only treatment left available to Kev was immunotherapy and chemotherapy. It was devastating but the oncologist explained the immunotherapy and that was a gamechanger for us because it would give him more time. It wouldn’t cure him but it would give him Man, 53, arrested in murder investigation A MURDER inquiry has been launched after a man was found dead at a property. South Wales Police said officers were called to a property on West Walk, Barry, at about 1am yesterday. Officers were in attendance at the scene while investigations are ongoing. They were also seen searching bins and shrubbery in Knap Gardens at around 5pm. A cordon was put in place around the gardens. A force spokesperson said the more time.” Throughout this gruelling time Kevin remained positive and continued to keep his family’s spirits up. But the treatment was hard on his body and several times he ended up needing hospital treatment. By September last year the cancer had moved to his bowel and Eben says it was then that they “felt time slipping away”. It was decided to pause treatment for a time and while the family were able to celebrate a “nice” Christmas together Kevin’s health deteriorated. “It was nice but we couldn’t have done it without the help of the nurses from the City Hospice in Cardiff,” Eben says. “It was thanks to them that Kev was able to stay at home with us. They would visit daily and we were able to keep Kev comfortable and stable. “They were also great for me because they were able to gently prepare me for what was to come. I think I still tried to hold on to some hope but they could read what was happening and helped me through it. Kev was getting worse and worse and died on February 18.” Six months on, the family are now turning their grief into a positive and using Kevin’s love of running to raise money for the hospice that helped the whole family so much. incident is being treated as a murder. A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and an incident room has been set up at Cardiff Central Police Station. A statement released yesterday read: “Officers can confirm the sudden death of a man at a property on West Walk, Barry. “Officers attended the property at around 1am today and are still in attendance whilst Kevin Leonard died in February from lung cancer The Run 50k 4 Kev challenge encourages participants to run, walk or cycle 50km during September with the money going to City Hospice. Cardiff’s local hospice is the only provider of home-based specialist palliative care in the capital. The charity provides care to 550 patients with terminal or life-limiting illnesses at any one time in addition to counselling and support services for families. Family and friends have come together this month for the fundraiser and there are even people in other parts of the UK and as far afield as Australia taking part. “The response has been amazing,” admits Eben. Daisy Magill, fundraising and events co-ordinator at City Hospice, said: “We’d like to thank Eben’s family, friends and Kevin’s colleagues for supporting Eben and taking on ‘Run 50k 4 Kev’ this September. “We’re delighted that over 250 people have ordered T-shirts ready for the challenge and will be following their progress every step of the way. The generous support will enable us to continue to care people in our community when they need us the most.” To donate visit the fundraising page at https://www.justgiving. com/fundraising/run50k4kev investigations are ongoing. “This incident is being treated as a murder.” One neighbour said: “I had no idea anything had happened until I woke up and saw the vans. “I didn’t know what had happened until I read the news.” ■South ■ Wales Police are asking anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to contact the Major Crime Team by phoning 101. Information can also be reported via email on SWP101@ SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 5 Victim’s statement was shared in bid to intimidate JOHn JOnES Reporter THREE people have been sentenced for perverting the course of justice during an attempted murder trial by launching a “long campaign of intimidation” against the victim. Keiron Hassan, 33, his childhood friend, Kevin Ryan, 32, and his former partner Bethan Brahim, 26, were sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court yesterday for distributing a copy of a victim’s witness statement in the community and on social media. Hassan, from Ely, Cardiff, was jailed for 24 years in November 2020 after being found guilty of attempted murder. On April 13, 2020, he and Kamall Legall, from Fairwater, Cardiff, carried out a “gangland-style hit” on 22-year-old Taylor Patterson in the Rumney area of the city, striking him with a machete before shooting him using a sawn-off shotgun. The attack left Mr Patterson severely injured with wounds to his neck but he was “remarkably” saved by medics after undergoing five hours in surgery. As he was approached by Hassan and Mr Legall outside a Lifestyle Express shop in Harris Avenue, he was heard saying “not here, not now” and appeared scared before he was attacked. Less than a week after the incident, Mr Patterson provided vital evidence to the police and identified both men as being responsible for the attack. Both Hassan and Mr Legall were later sentenced to 24 years in prison after being found guilty following a fiveweek trial at Newport Crown Court. At yesterday’s sentencing, however, the court heard how, prior to the trial, Hassan obtained a transcript of the victim’s statement from his defence team and enlisted Brahim, from Barry, and Ryan, from Mynachdy, Cardiff, to distribute copies of the statement to people in the local area and on social media platforms, to expose Mr Patterson as “a grass” and put pressure on him not to give evidence. The victim failed to attend court at the beginning of the trial in Newport on October 20 2020, until he was arrested himself under a warrant issued by the judge and gave evidence at Bridgend Police Station. Judge Richard Twomlow said that while the group didn’t quite succeed in their plan, they were close – and gave Hassan a consecutive sentence of two years, before sentencing Ryan to two years and eight months in prison. Brahim, who is seven months pregnant, was given a 21-month sentence, suspended for 12 months. Chris Rees, prosecuting, said Hassan had plotted a campaign of intimidation to stop Mr Patterson from giving evidence from inside his prison cell and had wanted his victim to “see he would be branded a grass and be subject to retributions” if he attended court. The court heard that Hassan and Ryan were in contact with each other on several occasions, while Ryan and Brahim also discussed spreading copies of the statement online. A conversation between the pair on May 2 2020 saw Hassan tell Ryan: “When you’ve got it Kev, put it through doors, put it through houses,” to which Ryan responded: “Leave it with me, I’ll get them printed”. Hassan then told him “Let everyone see that he’s a f***ing rat,” with Ryan replying: “Live by the sword, die by the sword.” On May 29, Brahim and Ryan discussed the copy of the transcript on Facebook Messenger and planned to send it to various individuals who would spread it further. Ryan told Brahim in a message: “Don’t worry, I’ve shown his mates down Tremorfa what a grass he is lol”. A day later, Brahim told him that she had sent the copy to “the man in the van”, an associate of Mr Hassan’s. On June 15, in a prison telephone conversation, Hassan told Ryan to “keep the pressure on”. A day later, Ryan contacted Mr Patterson’s grandmother and told her: “I’ve got 33 pages of your precious grandchild’s statement, showing what a grass he is.” He had also previously said that if Mr Patterson were to confront him, he would “annihilate him” and “knife him in the backside”. Keiron Hassan was one of three sentenced for perverting the course of justice during an attempted murder trial South WaleS police Mr Rees said that by June 18, the two men believed that their campaign of intimidation was working, with Ryan telling Hassan that he had spoken to Mr Patterson and told him that “everyone had seen it” and that if he “wanted an easy life”, he shouldn’t go. On August 1, Brahim contacted the owner of a ‘fed spotter’ Instagram page to see if they would publish the transcript to their followers. However, the owner refused, saying there would be “peak witness intimidation charges” if he did. All three were later arrested, with Ryan arrested outside Newport Crown Court on the first day of the trial on October 20. A week before the trial, he had posted a message on Snapchat which read: “Week today ‘til my boy is in court. Let’s see if this maggot turns up and stands in court. If he does, he won’t be having an easy life. End of.” Ryan kept the message up on the platform for 10 minutes before deleting it. Brahim and Ryan both pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. Hassan denied the offence but was found guilty following a threeday trial in June 2021. Andrew Taylor, representing Brahim, said that his client was a “woman of good character” from “a law-abiding family” who was due to give birth to her first child in November. He said she had been in a relationship with Hassan for two years before the attack in April 2020, and had “fallen under his spell”, before describing him as a “dangerous, determined and ruthless” criminal who “used and abused” Brahim during their relationship. “It is unfortunate that Ms Brahim met him and it is more unfortunate that they formed a relationship,” said Mr Taylor. “She has accepted what she did was wrong and shown genuine remorse. She recognises that her actions could have seen a dangerous person released back onto the streets of Cardiff. “She fell under his spell and that is why she is here in court today. She was acting as a conduit to do the dirty work of Keiron Hassan.” Huw Davies, representing Ryan, said that while his client had 15 previous convictions, none of them indicated a propensity towards violence. He also said that his client cared for his young daughter four days a week while his partner worked, and also looked after his mother who has severe arthritis. He said Ryan “had accepted his offence was serious” and should be “allowed credit”, before recommending a suspended sentence or as short a sentence as possible. In delivering his verdict, Judge Twomlow said he had to consider the different roles played by each of the three individuals. “This was a long and serious effort over many months to intimidate Mr Patterson,” he said. “Your intimidation was successful in that the victim did not attend court initially, and the climate of fear affected him and his co-operation with the authorities. “Keiron Hassan was the orchestrator and the one who stood to benefit from this campaign. I have to take into account the 24-year sentence he is serving – that reduces this sentence, which otherwise would have been four years. Now, I impose a twoyear consecutive sentence. “Mr Ryan, while you were not the instigator, you played an active and enthusiastic role in this conspiracy,” he continued. I sentence you to two years and eight months imprisonment, of which you will serve one half in custody. “Ms Brahim, I accept that you feel genuine remorse and I believe you were naïve to the seriousness of what you were involved in. You have no related convictions and are about to become a new mother. You will receive a 21-month suspended sentence, suspended for 12 months.” Following the sentencing, officer in the case Detective Constable Scott Meacock of South Wales Police said: “This sentencing decision sends out a strong message to the criminal fraternity. “If you are intent on disrupting the criminal process or intimidating witnesses, we will arrest you and the courts will exercise due diligence in sentencing.” News Target set for return of traffic to Castle Street CARDIFF council has published updated information about Castle Street reopening to private cars. Roadworks start on Monday and the council aims to reopen the road to general traffic by the end of October. The plans to reopen the road include making the pavement on the south side of Castle Street narrower, to make space for an extra lane of traffic. While these works take place overnight, Castle Street will remain open to taxis and buses to travel one-way, from Cowbridge Road and Westgate Street onto North Road. These works will only take place between 8pm and 6am so during the day Castle Street will remain open to buses and taxis in both directions. The inbound route travelling from Boulevard de Nantes, south onto North Road, towards Castle Street, will be closed to all traffic, with the exception of the emergency services, where access will be maintained in both directions. While the works take place, the on-site contractor will manage deliveries to businesses. The works also include updating traffic light systems, resurfacing and relining and new signs. A council spokesman said: “This new road layout will ensure that the council meets its legally binding requirement to lower pollution on Castle Street to acceptable limits in the shortest time possible and represents the council’s original plan for the road as set out in the Clean Air Plan produced by Cardiff council and subsequently approved by Welsh Government in 2019.” The road was closed to traffic in the summer of 2020 and pedestrianised before an outdoor cafe area was installed on the street. Then, last autumn, the road reopened to just buses and taxis. The council announced in June plans to reopen the road to private cars, after fears the closure was leading to higher rates of air pollution in nearby residential streets. A council spokesman said: “Signage has been put up on-street to notify residents and motorists that work will start on site from September 6, so that the required works can be carried out on Castle Street with the aim to re-open the road to general traffic by the end of October.” SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERS Get Wales Online’s top stories sent straight to your email inbox with our newsletters WWW.WALESONLINE.CO.UK/SIGNUP

6 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline Coronavirus ‘I could have collapsed... think anyone would have Mark Smith Health Correspondent A GRANDFATHER has relived the agonising 40 hours he spent in A&E waiting for a bed to become available at one of Wales’ biggest hospitals. Martin Nicholas, 63, was told by his GP to visit the emergency unit at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil after becoming very jaundiced, fatigued and suffering severe stomach pains. He said he arrived in the A&E department at around 9am on Wednesday and was seen for an initial triage – during which he had bloods taken – about an hour and a half later. But for the next 40 hours he remained on a hard, uncomfortable waiting room chair for a bed to open up on a ward, and as he was expecting surgery he went without eating for close to 30 hours. “You couldn’t really sleep on those chairs in the waiting room as they were so hard, and I didn’t want to miss my name being called,” he said. “When I finally got a bed I told the staff that I couldn’t have carried on like that for much longer. I think I would have walked out. I could have collapsed and I don’t think anyone would have noticed.” Martin, who lives in Mountain Ash in the Cynon Valley, said there were several people in A&E in the same position as him - including an 86-year-old woman who had waited 43 hours before being admitted onto a ward. He described the emergency department as “manic”, with sick and injured patients filling up the corridors and growing increasingly frustrated at the dire situation. “They just didn’t have the bed capacity to put us anywhere. There were doctors running around trying to find spare cubicles to put people in to assess them,” he recalled. Martin, a grandfather-of-10 and a father-of-three, explained he was eventually given a bed on a ward at 2am yesterday where he was finally able to have a good night’s sleep. “They still don’t know what’s wrong Martin Nicholas with me. I think they’re a bit flummoxed by it all to be honest,” added Martin, speaking from his hospital bed yesterday. He added: “It does make me think twice about going to that hospital – and being in that situation – again. But I was told to go there to potentially have surgery. I thought I’d have a bed waiting for me.” Experts recommend against mass COVID-19 jabs for healthy children aged between 12 and 15 are not being recommended in the UK, it has been announced. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) confirmed yesterday that it is widening the so-far limited rollout to more children in this age bracket who have underlying health conditions. But it is not recommending mass vaccination of children aged between 12 and 15. The JCVI’s advice has been followed throughout the pandemic by all four UK nations. The programme is being extended from what had been considered the most at-risk children to include children with chronic major heart, lung, kidney, liver and neurological conditions. It means an extra 200,000 teens with underlying conditions will now be eligible for two doses. The decision on healthy children was based on concern over an extremely rare side effect of the Pfizer vaccine which causes heart inflammation. But as children are at such low risk from the virus, they decided vaccination would offer only “marginal gain” and, therefore, there was “insufficient” evidence to offer mass vaccination. UK health ministers from across the I don’t noticed’ His son Mat Nicholas said: “My dad is a very fit and healthy person and hasn’t really been to the doctors much in his life, so when he says he’s feeling ill you know something isn’t right. So for him to be sat in a plastic chair overnight with no sleep and no bed or blanket offered to him is just ridiculous.” The Welsh Government target is for 95% of patients to be in A&E no longer than four hours before being admitted, transferred or discharged, while no patient should wait more than 12 hours. However, at Prince Charles Hospital barely half (52.6%) of patients wait there for four hours or less, according to the latest statistics for July 2021. Only one other A&E department in Wales – Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire - performed worse in July (44.7%). A spokeswoman for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, which is responsible for Prince Charles Hospital, said: “We are unable to comment on individual patients but apologise to any patient who has experienced a long wait in any of our emergency vaccination of healthy children four nations have written to the chief medical officers to request they begin the process of assessing the broader impact of universal Covid-19 vaccination in this age group. Welsh Government Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “I would like to thank the JCVI for fully considering the issue of vaccinating 12 to 15-year-olds and for taking the care to form a balanced view. “Our intention as it has been from the start of the pandemic is to follow the science and evidence, and I have asked my chief medical SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 7 Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil Rob Browne departments. “Prince Charles Hospital, along with all emergency departments and hospitals across South Wales, has been under extreme pressure over the last few weeks as the significant rising Covid rates coming through our emergency departments pose challenges for our services and teams. “This, along with the rise in patients testing positive when arriving at our emergency departments, have a huge impact on the department. Our staff are working extremely hard under difficult circumstances. All patients visiting our emergency departments are triaged on arrival and patients are then seen in order of emergency. Therefore, there may be delay for those patients that are not urgent. In addition, our clinical staff regularly review all patients waiting to ensure that any change of condition is also managed appropriately. “We thank the public for their support and ask that they help us by using our services wisely and appropriately, and taking precautions to reduce the spread of Covid.” officer to provide guidance at the earliest opportunity on the clinical and wider health benefits of vaccinating this age group.” On Wednesday, the JCVI decided all people who have severely weakened immune systems will be offered a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine. It said those with conditions such as leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants who are over 12 will be given a third jab. The announcement was separate to the booster programme which is set to start in Wales in the coming weeks. Coronavirus Six more have died with Covid SIX more people in Wales have died with coronavirus according to the latest update from Public Health Wales. Data published yesterday also identified 2,391 new positive cases in Wales, bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 286,256. The total number of people who have now died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus in Wales is 5,688. The latest update covers the 24 hours up to 9am on Thursday. According to the Office for National Statistics, more than 8,000 people in Wales have now died with Covid-19 cited on their death certificate. The latest Covid infection rate across Wales as a whole has reached 415.3 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to August 29 – up from 411.4 recorded on Thursday. The Public Health Wales figures are based on the date a test was done, not the date a test was put on the system, meaning it is an accurate reflection of how fast the virus is spreading in Wales. The area with the highest infection rate in Wales is Swansea which stands at 651 per 100,000 population (down on 664.4 yesterday), followed by Merthyr Tydfil with 623.3. The areas with the highest number of cases reported yesterday were Swansea with 230, Cardiff with 229, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 210, Caerphilly with 148, Conwy with 137, and Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot both with 122. Meanwhile Gwynedd had 105, Flintshire had 101, Bridgend had 100, Denbighshire had 99, Pembrokeshire had 95, Powys had 94, Newport had 80, Vale of Glamorgan 79, Wrexham 74 and Merthyr Tydfil had 60. The areas with the lowest cases were Anglesey with 54, Ceredigion and Torfaen both with 43, Monmouthshire with 41 and Blaenau Gwent with 38. As of Thursday there were 360 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering) – down from 399 the day before. Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital on Thursday with 97 followed by Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 64, Aneurin Bevan UHB with 63, Cardiff and Vale UHB with 54, Swansea Bay UHB with 40, Hywel Dda UHB with 38 and Powys Teaching Health Board with four. As of Thursday there were 48 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus – up from 44 the day before. 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8 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline Coronavirus ‘Very challenging’ time saturday £30,000 for every ticket in this winning postcode BD21 3EH Keighley Weather Around the Country Today’s Weather Wales’ Four-Day Outlook Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Carlisle Exeter Gloucester Leeds Liverpool London Manchester Norwich Nottingham Plymouth Swansea Saturday Sunday °C °F °C °F cloudy 19 66 cloudy 22 72 pcloudy 22 72 cloudy 24 75 pcloudy 22 72 cloudy 23 73 overcast 19 66 cloudy 21 70 pcloudy 22 72 cloudy 21 70 cloudy 21 70 cloudy 24 75 overcast 17 63 cloudy 21 70 cloudy 19 66 cloudy 21 70 cloudy 20 68 pcloudy 24 75 overcast 19 66 cloudy 22 72 cloudy 18 64 pcloudy 21 70 overcast 19 66 cloudy 22 72 pcloudy 22 72 cloudy 21 70 sunny 21 70 cloudy 21 70 Around the World Amsterdam Beijing Corfu Majorca Mexico City Moscow New Delhi New York Paris Rio Rome Sydney Tokyo Saturday Professor Kelechi Nnoaham Sun & Moon °C °F Sunday °C °F Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset sunny 20 68 pcloudy 22 71 rain 23 74 rain 25 77 sunny 26 78 rain 24 76 rain 29 84 sunny 29 84 rain 22 72 rain 22 71 rain 9 48 overcast 9 49 rain 33 92 rain 35 95 pcloudy 21 69 cloudy 21 70 sunny 29 84 rain 29 85 sunny 27 81 sunny 28 82 rain 26 79 rain 31 88 rain 21 70 rain 18 65 rain 22 72 rain 21 70 CORONAVIRUS, a spike in respiratory viruses and an unpredictable flu season will lead to a “very challenging winter” for the NHS in Wales. That’s according to Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, director of public health for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, who said health and social care staff in Wales are in desperate need of a break. He warned a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in communities is translating into higher hospital admissions, albeit on a smaller scale than the first and second peaks. Prof Nnoaham confirmed a higher proportion of younger patients had needed expert hospital treatment for coronavirus compared with earlier waves, with people in the 10 to 19 age bracket driving infection rates in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend over recent days. However, in Merthyr Tydfil, which has seen a surge in infection rates over recent days, he said 20 to 50-year-olds – some of whom remain unvaccinated – were the biggest driver of cases. The professor is urging young learners to take a lateral flow test the night before their first day of school to ensure they don’t bring Covid back into the classroom. “With Covid infection rates higher than they’ve been for some time, especially among young people, it’s imperative that Almanac Carmarthen 6:29 a.m. 7:51 p.m. 2:42 a.m. 7:24 p.m. Aberystwyth Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip Aberystwyth Brecon MArk SMiTH Health Correspondent we take every possible step to stop the virus spreading in our schools and education settings,” he said. “We’re asking learners to take a lateral flow test the night before they go back to school, and not to attend if they’re positive. “Once they’re back in school, students should continue to take lateral flow tests twice a week to make sure they’re not spreading the virus unknowingly. “Young people’s education has been hit hard by this virus, and it’s important we keep classrooms open as much as possible.” We spoke to him to find out how he thinks the NHS will cope over the traditionally difficult autumn and winter period. Q. Last time we spoke in July you said hospitals across Wales had “‘virtually no headroom” for another rise in Covid admissions. Clearly there has been another rise – and routine care is also ramping up. How concerned are you that hospitals will soon not be able to cope? A. Yes, I am concerned. However, it is a measured concern based on what we have seen. In the first and second waves we became quite used to a situation where the moment we get community cases rising, hospital admissions follow within about Skies will be partly cloudy to cloudy today. Afternoon highs will range from 19 to 22C. Conwy Brecon Swansea Cardiff Cardiff Carmarthen Liverpool Birmingham Sep. 6 Sep. 13 Sep. 20 Sep. 28 New First Full Last Conwy 18/64 20/68 18/64 14/57 15/59 14/57 0.00" 0.00" 0.00" Swansea 20/68 20/68 20/68 15/59 15/59 15/59 0.00" 0.00" 0.00" two weeks. A rise in deaths then follows within about five to 10 days from that point. We’ve now had a number of weeks of sustained increase in community cases, but the trajectory that we were expecting in terms of hospital admissions has not materialised. In other words, hospital admissions have not risen at the same rates as we would have expected based on the experiences of the first and second waves. Having said that, we know that hospital rates are increasing but not at the rates that we’ve come to be used to. That’s why there is reason for assurance and why I talk about a “measured concern” because we now have an effective vaccination programme. Even when people are being admitted into hospital, they’re not as sick as they were during the first and second waves, and in fact the length of stay in hospital is now much shorter. So there are a number of things that are giving us reason to hope, but at the same time the general picture is that of an increase in hospital admissions – and that’s enough reason to worry. Q. The three local authorities in Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, and in particular Merthyr Tydfil, are seeing a surge in their sevenday infection rate. These are areas where people are typically older, have more chronic conditions and are more likely High Tides Sunday Cloudy. E wind 9 mph. 22°C/ 72°F 15°C/ 59°F Monday Partly cloudy. SSE wind 7 mph. 23°C/ 73°F 15°C/ 59°F Tuesday Sunny. E wind 11 mph. 24°C/ 75°F 16°C/ 61°F Wednesday Sunny. E wind 11 mph. 24°C/ 75°F 16°C/ 61°F Saturday Pressure mounts on the NHS every winter but this year could be worse than normal Tempura to become very ill with Covid. Are you expecting higher hospital admissions and deaths in these places? A. Indeed. We have already seen a higher increase of hospital admissions in Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil when compared to our two other two district general hospitals. And interestingly, when you look at the epidemic in those three local authorities, in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf the increase we’re seeing is fundamentally driven by 10 to 19-year-olds, Sunday Holyhead 4.8 9:44 a 5.1 9:56 p 5.0 10:21 a 5.4 10:31 p Pwllheli 4.1 7:28 a 4.4 7:39 p 4.5 8:02 a 4.8 8:11 p Aberystwyth 3.9 7:14 a 4.2 7:26 p 4.2 7:51 a 4.5 8:01 p Milford Haven 5.7 5:20 a 6.1 5:39 p 6.1 6:03 a 6.5 6:19 p Llanelli 6.3 5:17 a 6.7 5:36 p 6.8 6:00 a 7.2 6:16 p Swansea 7.7 5:22 a 8.2 5:42 p 8.3 6:05 a 8.8 6:22 p Port Talbot 8.0 5:22 a 8.5 5:41 p 8.6 6:06 a 9.1 6:22 p Barry 9.7 5:51 a 10.2 6:10 p 10.4 6:38 a 10.9 6:54 p Cardiff 10.2 5:53 a 10.8 6:14 p 10.9 6:42 a 11.5 7:00 p Newport 9.9 5:57 a 10.6 6:19 p 10.7 6:48 a 11.3 7:06 p SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 9 Coronavirus ahead from flu and Covid whereas in Merthyr it’s being driven more by people between the ages of 20 and 50. It’s possibly to do with vaccination uptake in perhaps older individuals who are absolutely eligible but have not come forward to take the vaccine. Q. So in terms of people that are currently in hospital with Covid, surely we must be seeing a rise in younger people being admitted. Would that be a fair assumption? A. This is an important point to get across. Across the first, second and current third wave, you are still more likely to go into hospital with Covid if you’re older than if you’re younger. We did a quick analysis of a recent cohort of 58 patients, and what we saw was a greater proportion are still older people compared to younger folk. However, compared to wave one and wave two, with three we’re seeing more young people in hospital because most of the infection right now is driven by people between the ages of 10 to 19. So compared to previous waves more young people are coming in the hospital. However, compared to other age groups, even this current wave you’re still more likely to get older people coming into hospital than younger people. Q. What is the latest research on the length of time the Covid vaccine protects people? Is its effectiveness likely to wane for people during the winter months, and does it make a difference what brand of vaccine they took? A. It depends less on the kind of vaccine you take. I know there are reports that have said if you have a particular kind of vaccine it wanes faster than it does with another kind of vaccine. I think those are isolated research reports. We need more evidence to be more clear about the relative rate of decay of protective immunity with different vaccines, so at this point we’re not making any sort of policy decisions based on those variables. However, it is not unexpected that there will be some degree of waning of immunity over time, particularly when it comes to people’s individual personal characteristics – for example, if someone is immunosuppressed. And that’s why the third vaccination announcement has been made. That’s why there’s also a plan for boosters. So the whole purpose of boosters is a recognition of the likelihood that immunity wanes. Q. How do you see the situation changing as we head into the autumn and winter period? A. I think we are definitely going to have a very challenging winter in the NHS. Last year there were a number of predictive modelling studies that pointed out that we would be exactly in the situation where we are right now. One example is the respiratory syncytial virus which is circulating now. It is out of season and doesn’t normally circulate this early, but that was predicted on the basis that lockdowns reduce social contacts. We are also expecting a very busy flu season. Every year when we constitute flu vaccines it is based on the virus circulating in the previous season. Because of lockdown flu didn’t circulate the previous season, so we are constituting a vaccine around which there might be questions around how efficacious is it going to be. When you put all those factors together – Covid, respiratory syncytial virus in young people and flu circulating in the background – the NHS is braced for a very challenging autumn and winter. Q. What are staffing levels and morale like in the NHS at the moment? Does the health service have the resources and the workforce needed? A. Workforce is one of our major concerns because a lot of our staff and across health and social care have been through a very challenging 18 months. They live in our communities, so some of them have suffered losses as a result of Covid in their families, some of them have been ill with Covid themselves, and they’ve had to maintain as much resilience as possible to enable us to mount a response to this pandemic. So a lot of them are tired, and they would have valued a break from this pandemic more than anything else. Yet no one is able to offer them a break. Instead, what we’re seeing is another challenging winter ahead. Q. And I guess some of the responsibility has to lie with the public this autumn and winter, with people only using the health services that are right for them? A. I really want people to please think long and hard before showing up in A&E, using hospital services and primary care services. GPs are also under the cosh, primary care is under a lot of pressure right now, so I urge people to consider whether they actually need to see their GP in the first place, think about whether a community pharmacy might solve your issue instead.

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Along with Lidl’s dedication to supporting young farmers, that’s just one of the many reasons why the company has won a host of awards, including Supermarket of the Year 2020, Most Sustainable Retailer of the year ( for the second year running), Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year ( for the third year running) and, for five years running, the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Mid-size Store Retailer of the Year. Why Lidl is good news for all of us When you shop at Lidl you can be sure you’re getting the best-quality food that’s fresh from the farmer. Lidl knows how important it is to support British farmers, and wherever possible it sources its fresh produce from British, Red Tractorassured suppliers. Nearly two thirds of the products it sells are sourced from within the UK, and 100 per cent of its fresh milk, butter, eggs, cream, chicken and beef. And Lidl makes sure that farmers are paid fair prices for their produce. It puts its food through stringent quality checks before they hit the shelves too – ensuring, for example, that its oranges are juicy, its apples have crunch and its grapes are sweet. Lidl is also committed to supporting sustainable fishing practices – hence its five MSC awards. To find out more, visit SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 11 News Driver found not guilty of causing dad’s death Appeal for help after ‘hate crime’ assault POLICE are appealing for information after an alleged hate crime that took place outside a Cardiff nightclub. A 32-year-old woman was assaulted outside Pulse Nightclub on Churchill Way at 3.30am last Sunday. The suspect is described as a white woman, short, under 40 years old with reddish hair, a tattoo near the left eye, and of slim build. She was wearing a white romper with blue and black stripes. South Wales Police say inquiries are continuing to identify those responsible. The force said: “A hate crime is any crime motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity. Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority for South Wales Police. READER OFFER “We encourage people, whether they are a victim or a witness of hate crime, to report it directly to South Wales Police without fear.” ■The ■ individual or anyone else with information is asked to contact the police quoting occurrence number 304230. Or they can go to: SWPReportOnline or send the force a private message on Facebook or Twitter Jason Evans Reporter A DRIVER has been found not guilty of causing the death of a motorcyclist father-of-five who died following a crash on the A48. Adam Rose was on his Kawasaki bike when he collided with a slow-moving car on the A48 Margam roundabout. The biker suffered catastrophic injuries in the collision, and died in hospital 13 days later. The driver of the Audi car involved in the crash – Cameron Gibbs from Cwmavon – was charged with causing death by careless driving but was acquittedyesterday following a trial at Swansea Crown Court. The court had previously heard that on the afternoon of July 16, 2019, Tata Steel worker Mr Gibbs stopped his Audi A3 in the bus stop on the Margam Park side of the roundabout to use his phone to call work as he had been unable to return to the steelworks because of an unrelated crash and road closure. After checking what he should do, he then moved off slowly in the direction of Pyle with the intention of making a U-turn or a right turn to rejoin the roundabout and go onto the M4 motorway. Moments after he rejoined the carriageway Porthcawl man Mr Rose, who was riding in the same direction and was overtaking a number of other vehicles, crashed into the back of the defendant’s car. It was the prosecution’s case that the U-turn manoeuvre by 27-year-old Mr Gibbs was “not necessary nor required” in the circumstances, and was a manoeuvre which other road users could not have anticipated or expected. The defence argued that when Mr Adam Rose Cameron Gibbs has been cleared of causing death by careless driving Athena Picture Agency Gibbs rejoined the A48 from the bus stop he did so safely – there were no oncoming vehicles which would have delayed or prevented the U-turn, and there was sufficient space between the Audi and the traffic coming up behind. It was put before the jury that he could not reasonably have expected Mr Rose to perform the overtaking manoeuvre he did. It was agreed by both defence and prosecution that due to the position of both parties and other vehicles on the road at the time, neither would have been able to see the other when the Audi first emerged from the bus stop. 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12 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline UK News The shredded Banksy “Love is in the Bin’ Care reforms ‘must be properly funded’ Banksy back at auction A BAnksy painting that partially shredded itself after being sold at auction is going back under the hammer. The subversive street artist stunned the art world when his Girl With Balloon attempted to selfdestruct in London in 2018 immediately after the conclusion of the auction. A collector had the top bid at £1.1 million. The painting, re-titled Love Is In The Bin after the shredding, is now back on offer and will appear at a sotheby’s auction in October. Homes closure warning The Government is being warned of widespread closures of care homes unless it scraps the “no jab, no job” law in england. Unison said ministers were “sleepwalking” into a disaster, revealing an exodus of staff has already started. The union said the mandatory vaccination rule for england was pushing thousands of workers to the brink of quitting ahead of the September 16 deadline to get their first jab. A CAbinet minister has stressed the need to ensure social care reforms are “adequately funded” as the UK Government considers a manifesto-breaking national insurance hike to cover the costs. With a long-awaited announcement of reforms touted as soon as next week, ministers have been debating how high a tax rise is needed to fund the nHS and social care. A source close to UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid strongly denied he had pushed for an increase to national insurance as high as 2%, but did not dispute that he had argued for a rise of more than 1%. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is said to be arguing against an increase higher than 1%, with any rise being a breach of the Conservative’s 2019 manifesto. Conservative former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged the Government to “bite the bullet” and announce a tax hike, but warned against a national insurance increase by saying it “disproportionately targets the young”. With two manifesto pledges seemingly at odds, Justice Secretary Robert buckland Justice Secretary Robert Buckland chose to stress the commitment to longterm reform social care. “i’m confident that something will come forward very, very soon because a lot of us have been waiting anxiously,” he told bbC breakfast. “What we said in the manifesto about social care is no-one has a monopoly of wisdom about these issues and the british public are sensible enough to know that when it comes to the issue of social care, we have got to find some way in which it will be adequately funded.” the times reported that five Cabinet ministers would oppose the hike to national insurance. Multiple newspapers have reported that new plans could be revealed next week when Parliament returns from its summer recess. Mr Hunt, chairman of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee, said the “eye-watering” sums required are far bigger than what the Chancellor “can find down the back of a treasury sofa”. He told bbC Radio 4’s today programme: “i’m really arguing that we need to bite the bullet and say there has to be a tax rise of some sort.” He wrote in the telegraph that a “rise in income tax feels very un-Conservative” and “national insurance disproportionately targets the young”, so instead argued for a new “health and care premium”. Downing Street did not deny a tax raise was being considered, but it was stressed that no decisions have been made. £25,000 to be won Get your FREE game card inside your newspaper on Saturday 11th September! 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The protest in Kabul was the second women’s protest in as many days, with the other held in the western city of Herat. Around 20 women gathered under the watchful eyes of Taliban gunmen, who allowed the demonstration to proceed. The women demanded access to education, the right to return to work and a role in governing the country. “Freedom is our motto. It makes us proud,” read one of their signs. The Taliban have said women will be able to continue their education and work outside the home, rights denied when the militants were last in power. But the Taliban have also vowed to impose sharia, or Islamic law, without providing specifics. Terrorist shot dead in NZ after store attack A violent extremist who stabbed and injured six people in an Auckland supermarket has been shot dead by police, authorities in new Zealand said. the attack took place at about 2.40pm local time at a Countdown store in the new lynn area of the city on Friday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a terror attack. She said the man was a Sri lankan national who was inspired by the socalled islamic State group, that he was well known to the nation’s security agencies and was being monitored around the clock. She said that, by law, the man was not allowed to be kept in prison. Ms Ardern said that three of those who had been stabbed were seriously injured. “this was a violent attack. it was senseless,” the prime minister said. “And i am so sorry that it happened.” Ms Ardern said that because the man was under constant monitoring, a police surveillance team and a special tactics group were able to shoot and kill him within 60 seconds of the attack starting. Police commissioner Andrew Coster said they had concerns about the man’s ideology and kept very close tabs on him. Mr Coster said they followed him from his home to the supermarket on Friday. Countdown Lynn staff comfort each other as they wait to leave with police after the terrorist attack in Auckland, New Zealand “He entered the store, as he had done before. He obtained a knife from within the store,” he said. “Surveillance teams were as close as they possibly could be to monitor his activity.” Mr Coster said that when the commotion started, two police officers from the special tactics group rushed over. He said the man approached police with the knife and so they shot and killed him. one bystander video taken from inside the supermarket records the sound of 10 shots being fired in rapid succession. Ms Ardern said legal constraints prevented her from discussing everything that she wanted to about the case, but she was hoping to have those constraints lifted soon. Some shoppers in the supermarket reportedly tried to help those who had been wounded with towels and nappies. “to everyone who was there and who witnessed such a horrific event, i can’t imagine how they will be feeling in the aftermath,” Ms Ardern said. “But thank you for coming to the aid of those who needed you when they needed you.” Auckland is currently in a strict lockdown as it battles an outbreak of coronavirus. Most businesses are shut and people are generally allowed to leave their homes only to buy groceries, for medical needs or to exercise. IS ‘Beatle’ will face life in jail A British terrorist who conspired to abduct and behead Western hostages for the so-called islamic state is facing spending the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to eight charges. Alexanda Amon Kotey, 37, was one of the gang of four is militants nicknamed “the Beatles” and admitted charges including four counts of hostage taking resulting in death. Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick GLOBAL BRIEFING Ex-Cardinal denies sex attack on boy ForMer roman Catholic Cardinal theodore McCarrick has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts nearly 50 years ago. McCarrick, 91, wore a mask and entered Boston’s Dedham District Court hunched over a walker. “shame on you!” a protester shouted. he did not speak during the hearing, at which the court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and ordered him to stay away from the victim and have no contact with minors. McCarrick is the only Us Catholic cardinal to be charged with child sex crimes. Pope Francis defrocked him in 2019 after a Vatican investigation determined he sexually abused children, as well as adults. EU deal with AstraZeneca the european Union has reached an agreement with drug maker AstraZeneca to end a legal battle over the slow delivery of the Anglo-swedish company’s coronavirus vaccine. the eU’s executive branch, the european Commission, said that AstraZeneca has made a “firm commitment” to deliver a total of 300 million vaccine doses by March next year.

14 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline News Devastation caused by fire revealed in photo This dramatic aerial photo show the scene of devastation following a fire at a South Wales recycling plant. Some 50 firefighters were called in to tackle a large fire involving 200 tonnes of metal at Penallta Industrial Estate, Hengoed, near Ystrad Mynach. South Wales Fire and Rescue shared the aerial photo, which shows the extent of the damage. The alarm was first raised just after 3pm on Wednesday, and crews remained at the scene up until Thursday lunchtime to dampen down the blaze. South Wales Fire and Rescue said they arrived at North Road on the Penallta Industrial Estate in Hengoed to find a “large, welldeveloped fire”. A statement said “multiple crews” had been in attendance, with residents being asked “to close their windows and doors due to an accumulation of smoke in the area”. Fire crews from Caerphilly, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberbargoed, Abercynon, Barry and Whitchurch were sent to the scene. Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles around. A crane was also on site helping to lift bits of burning rubble. There were no reported injuries. The fire at a scrap metal yard at Penallta Industrial Estate, Hengoed South Wales Fire Service Warning as norovirus is reported £250k roads spend to cut claims MERTHYR Tydfil County Council is planning to spend £250,000 dealing with highways issues like potholes, faulty paving and kerbs in the borough to reduce claims against them. A report to cabinet on Wednesday, September 8, recommends that an additional £250,000 is used from Mark Smith Health Correspondent CASES of the highly infectious winter vomiting bug norovirus have been reported in Wales, it has been confirmed. Public Health Wales said incidents of the “unpleasant” virus, which can cause both sickness and diarrhoea, had been reported to them over recent weeks. Last winter there were far fewer reported cases of norovirus than usual as a result of the country being in lockdown for most of this period. However, health professionals are predicting a surge this time around as Wales is now at alert level zero and people are mixing more frequently. As schools prepare to return for the autumn term, officials have urged people to follow simple steps to reduce the spread of the incurable bug, including staying at home if any typical symptoms are identified such as a mild fever, headaches, stomach cramps and aching limbs. A PHW spokeswoman said: “We’ve seen a few incidents relating to norovirus in Wales over recent weeks, but numbers of cases over the last year are fewer due to the coronavirus restrictions, which mean norovirus has had less opportunity to circulate. “Typically, we would expect to see more cases in the coming months as we usually see in autumn/winter as schools return and we adjust to alert level zero. “If you are feeling unwell with symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting, you should stay at home and not attend school or work until at least 48 hours after your symptoms have cleared. Practising good hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent transmission.” While norovirus is usually short-lived and most people make a full recovery within one to three days, elderly people and very young children can sometimes suffer complications – the most frequent of which is dehydration, and may require hospital treatment. Public Health England (PHE) said cases increased across England over the summer months following further easing of Covid-19 control measures. reserves for highway repairs this year. The report said that there is currently a “substantial backlog” of 950 highway defects, all of which meet the criteria of a potential claim against the authority. It said if the extra £250,000 was spent, the backlog of highway defects could be significantly reduced.

ADVERTISING FEATURE Cardiff Food Centre has expanded and it now has thousands of household items available The Cardiff Bay Business is operaTing over Two floors wiTh a promise of CompeTiTive priCes There is a new addition on the retail map of Cardiff Bay and it’s one that is attracting its fair share of interest. Cardiff Food Centre has been dispensing items from a host of countries since it began back in 2015. Now its international offer has been complemented by the arrival of a household section, well stocked with 3,500 items at competitive prices. Cardiff household can be found on the first floor of the centre and reaction to its range, unveiled in mid-August, has been encouraging for director Umit Sevimli. he always wanted to expand and conversations with customers confirmed that the decision to bring in household goods was the right one. Cardiff household prides itself on supplying your domestic needs, and there is plenty to survey as you wander around the showroom. You will find plenty of kitchenware and home decoration products to your liking. Items for your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom will vie for your attention at this new attraction. There is a large range of electrical items, saucepans, frying pans, cookware, knives, utensils, cutlery, plates, serving dishes, glassware, crockery and other essential accessories to keep you on top of your game in the kitchen. Wandering down the aisles, you will see a huge selection of towels, bedding and soft furnishings, cleaning and laundry items, while handcrafted furniture and one of a kind ornate lamps also feature in the vast display. internAtionAl cuisine beckons competitive prices can be found throughout the store thousands of items can be found up and down the aisles “I had lots of requests from customers that they needed household items as well,” he said. The first floor had been confined to storage, but that all changed in February when the process of turning it into a household showroom, complete with a mezzanine floor, began. All you need for households items cardiff food centre is now joined by cardiff household over two floors Cardiff Food Centre downstairs continues to serve the community, just as it has over the last six years. Items from Portugal, Brazil, Columbia, romania, russia, Ukraine and Poland are on the menu. “We are appealing to the whole community, Turkish, Iranian, Somalian, Greek, Lithuanian, Welsh, everybody,” said Umit. “As well as varieties of international food, we offer fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, breads and other pastries.” one-stop shop “You can find your food and household items here and prices are very competitive,” said Umit. “I am excited by this new addition. The reaction so far has been really good.” “People really like it because they can find everything they need. They don’t need to go anywhere else. We have never closed during Covid-19 and now we have made this improvement to the business.” Vote of confidence from A regulAr customer there is a 15-hour timeslot to get your shopping done, with just one hour less on a sunday kitchenware is a big feature in the new section early customer reaction to the new addition has been positive Zumrut Gray was pleasantly surprised to see the new addition to Cardiff Food Centre on her latest visit there. She regularly makes the journey there from her home in Penarth, mainly to buy food items from her native Turkey. “I have been coming here ever since it opened,” she said. “I tend to stock up. Now it has got the household items section upstairs and I have been browsing through it, like the kitchen items and bed linen. It is really nice and there is an amazing variety. I was surprised at the variety.” opening hours to suit All shoppers Some people know exactly when they are going to do their regular shopping, but for others, it is a question of fitting it in when they can. Luckily the long opening hours at Cardiff Food Centre and Cardiff household mean there is always going to be a time when you can drop in and fill your trolley. The business is open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 11pm, and on Sunday from 9am to 11pm. Where to go Cardiff Food Centre, 1-3 Dumballs Road, Thomas Hoskin Industrial Estate, Cardiff, CF10 5FG. Email, ring 029 2048 0802 or index.html. It is also on Facebook and Instagram.

16 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline News Production firm Bad Wolf up for sale at £50m Autumn deals on awesome brands £ 5 200g £ 10 £ 9 480 tea bags £ 1 98 £ 1 84 £ 3 50 £ 1 £ 1 Selected Asda stores. Selected lines. Subject to availability. Old El Paso Mexican original smoky BBQ fajita kit 500g (40p per 100g), Sharwood’s tikka masala medium curry cooking sauce 420g (23.9p per 100g), Loyd Grossman tomato & basil pasta sauce 350g (28.9p per 100g), Nescafé Original Instant Coffee 200g (£1.75 per 100g). Delivery, collection and minimum basket charges may apply. Carrier bag charges may apply. Delivery/collection slots subject to availability. 350g £ 3 £ 2 500g 420g Planning applications VARIOUS planning applications have recently been submitted to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Council. They include: ■Removal ■ of condition 13 (retaining walls) of planning permission ref: 21/0378/08 at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdar, Laburnum Drive, Cwmdare, Aberdare; ■Two-storey ■ rear extension, increase roof height and pitch of main roof for formation of attic room and changes to windows to primary elevation at Gernant, Cwm-Hwnt, Rhigos, Aberdare; ■Single-storey ■ extension and garage to rear of property at 86 Ty Rhiw, Ty-Rhiw, Taff’s Well, Cardiff; ■Retention ■ of 146cm-high gates on driveway at 4 Trem-Y-Glyn, Trebanog, Porth; ■Non-material ■ amendment to Sion Barry Business Editor Bad Wolf directors, from left, Natasha Hale, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner TomJackson ONE of the UK’s leading TV production companies, Bad Wolf, is up for sale. Headquartered in Cardiff at its Wolf Studios Wales, where leading productions such as His Dark Materials and a Discovery of Witches are filmed, it is understood that the sales process is down to two final bidders, with Bad Wolf valued at around £50m. The business was set up in 2015 by former BBC executives Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. Alongside fellow director Natasha Hale, they own the majority of equity in the business, with a 24.9% stake for Access Entertainment, a division of Access Industries owned by industrialist Len Blavatnik. Media giants Sky and HBO both have 5% stakes in Bad Wolf. It is not known if HBO or Sky are bidding to acquire the business, or whether the current directors could maintain some equity interest following any deal. The sales process is being overseen by GCA Advisors. As well as bringing leading productions to Wales, the directors of Bad Wolf have played a key role in the promotion of Wales’ wider creative industries sector globally. They have also ensured a much wider economic impact for the Welsh economy from Bad Wolf productions by championing a strong indigenous supply chain. However, an acquisition does raise the question of what commitment a new owner would have for maintaining the Wolf Studios Wales operation. Could they, for instance, opt to move productions to lower-cost locations or those offering more generous filming incentives like Romania? Bad Wolf declined to comment when asked if the business is up for sale. The freehold interest in Wolf Studios Wales, at the site of the former Nippon Glass factory in Cardiff Bay, is owned by the Welsh Government, with Bad Wolf having entered into a long-term lease. Bad Wolf is currently in post-production for the next series of a Discovery of Witches, with current filming including that for the next series of His Dark Materials and Industry. Its latest published accounts, for the financial year to the end of December, 2019, show the business generating revenues of £90m and pre-tax profits of £2.8m. The business employs around 500 people. In 2019 it was named as the fastest-growing indigenous firm in Wales in the Wales Fast Growth 50 initiative. condition 1 (approved plans) of previously approved 20/0963/16 at Former Clariant Site, Llantrisant Road, Church Village; ■Building ■ of a single-storey garden outhouse at Ty Gwyn, Trem Y Dyffryn, Mountain Ash; ■First-floor ■ rear extension at 68 Jones Street, Clydach, Tonypandy; ■Building ■ of an outbuilding to rear garden at 9 Inverleith Terrace, Llwynypia, Tonypandy; ■Addition ■ of a second storey and the construction of front and rear extensions at Or Diwedd, 1 Pleasant View, Trehafod, Pontypridd; ■Garage ■ conversion, single-storey extension to rear of garage at 10 The Pines, Hirwaun, Aberdare; ■Single-storey ■ garage to rear at 2 Cobden Street, Godreaman, Aberdare. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 17 News Toll idea for busiest road stretches considered Tolls have been considered for the A470 at Pontypridd Rob Browne THE Welsh Government is considering tolls for some drivers on two of Wales’ busiest stretches of road. A recent survey of some road users questioned them about some motorists paying to use parts of the M4 motorway and A470 in an effort to tackle air pollution. As part of this, scenarios surrounding tolls on older cars on the M4 around Newport, Wales’ busiest stretch of motorway, and the A470 around Pontypridd were considered. But the survey says a “clean air zone” is not proposed “at this stage”. A similar survey asking respondents about the use of tolls on such roads was also sent to commercial vehicle drivers of LGV and HGV vehicles. The surveys were commissioned by Accent on behalf of WSP the Welsh Government’s consultants in assessing measures to improve air quality in the locations – identified as areas of poor air quality. The Government asked drivers if their commuting or travelling habits would change if some vehicles had to pay to use those stretches of road. The survey discusses a toll for petrol cars registered before 2006 and diesels plated before September 2015. Vehicles who met the survey’s criteria – i.e. through age – were deemed “compliant”. It suggests a charge from January 2023 for the M4 between junctions 25 and 26 through the congestion pinch point at the Brynglas Tunnels in Newport and between Pontypridd and Upper Boat on the A470 in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Drivers were asked whether they would be willing to pay a variety of pricing options ranging from £3 to £8 for cars and from £6 to £12.50 for light goods vehicles to use the stretches of roads. They were then asked to respond whether they would choose to switch to public transport, change destination or route, pay the charge, switch cars or not travel at all should the toll be introduced. Non-exempt heavy goods vehicle drivers have been asked for their response to a charge of £50. The survey explained if such a charge was to be implemented, it would be a “single charge applied on a daily basis”. Respondents were told pollution levels at the two areas under discussion were above legal limits, so the Welsh Government “has been assessing potential solutions and packages of measures to improve air quality”. “This work is necessary as the Welsh Government are legally required to improve air quality and reduce harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide in the shortest possible time and whilst at this stage a Ffion Lewis Reporter clean air zone is not proposed at these locations, all potential options must be developed should they be required in the future,” the survey added. Last week the Welsh Government formally wrote off millions of pounds which were spent on the M4 relief road plan – ending any remaining hope that the project might go ahead. The remaining £78.9m costs of the relief road were written down by the Welsh Government. It comes after £43.1m spent on the project was written off the previous year. A total of £135.7m in public money has been spent on the M4 relief road, which would have seen a new road built to alleviate traffic congestion near the Brynglas Tunnels. According to BBC Wales, Councillor Sam Trask, chairman of Rhondda Cynon Taf Conservatives, was one of those asked to complete the survey. He said: “I drive a nine-year-old diesel car and, were I able to afford one, I’d already be driving a less-polluting car. “I feel that if the Welsh Government are going to charge me to use a road that I normally use twice a day to go back and forth to work, then they’re actually going to put that aspiration even further out of reach and I’m going to be even less likely to be able to afford a better car. “I think if these proposals were to go ahead, they would adversely affect the poorest in our society unfairly.” A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “There are currently no plans, have had no discussions and have no intention to introduce congestion charges on the M4. In a separate piece of work, in line with our legal obligations to reduce harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide, we have commissioned surveys to gain people’s views on clean air zone proposals on the M4 between junctions 25 and 26 in Newport and on the A470 between Upper Boat and Pontypridd.” Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport, Natasha Asghar MS, said: “The idea of having tolls on two of Wales’ busiest roads is utterly ridiculous, and will be a major kick in the teeth for hardworking people. Punishing people for driving an older car, probably because they can’t afford a brand new one, is simply unacceptable, and goes to show that this Labour administration is antidriver and anti-growth.” She added: “Labour ministers need to scrap this hare-brained idea now, and look at other projects, such as improving Wales’ shambolic public transport.” play in-store | app | online 18 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline News Mum’s quandary – pay for surgery or wait for years Caitlin Arlow Reporter Players must be 18 or over. Terms and conditions apply. Excludes NI. The Health Lo ttery operates 5 main lo ttery draws per week (Tue-Sat) each with a jackpot of £25,000. Every £1 line for any Wednesday or Saturday main lot tery draw will also automa tically be entered into the appropriate £100,000 free prize draw which also take place on those days. All players matching 5 numbers in the free draw will win an equal share of the prize. The Health Lo ttery scheme manages 12 society lot teries that operate in rotat ion and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain. This month’s society lot tery is Health Lo ttery North West. For more details on which society lot tery is running each month please visit or ask your Health Lo ttery retailer. The Health Lo ttery logo is a registered trademark of The Health Lot tery Ltd. NHS waiting lists have soared due to the large backlog caused by the pandemic, with many patients left waiting months or even years to have the treatment they require. Natasha Williams, 28, from Cardiff was diagnosed with a chronic illness during the pandemic but was told that if she didn’t get the treatment she needed privately she’d be left in pain for up to three years. Her diagnosis of pelvic congestion syndrome and endometriosis required her to have an operation to help her deal with the pain and symptoms. With clinics not being run and gynaecologists not taking physical appointments, Natasha was told by a private gynaecologist that if she wanted her operation with the NHS she’d be left in pain for two to three years due to the long waiting lists. When Natasha discovered how long she’d have to wait for treatment, she worried about her future. She said: “I’m a single parent so it was like, am I really going to be left to be able to take care of everything? I was struggling and was bed-bound at the time as well, so I thought I wouldn’t be able to look after my child. It was quite a stressful time.” With the help of family, Natasha made the decision to have the surgery she required privately – but things have not got better. She said: “After the private surgery, in my case, things haven’t got any better and I’m still chasing ongoing treatment through the NHS that would potentially help my chronic pain. “I’m only 28 and to be in this situation you’ve got to look at your life in a different way and think before you do something. It’s hard to get your head around it sometimes.” Natasha’s private surgery for a laparoscopy cost just under £4,000. Seven months after her surgery, Natasha is waiting for potentially more surgery with the NHS that could help her chronic pain. She’s waiting for a face-to-face appointment to talk about treatment and ongoing investigation into her chronic illness. She originally had the appointment booked for July but due to cancellations she now has to wait until October to see a consultant. She said: “I’m on co-codamol every day and I don’t believe it’s a good solution to the problem as medication can become addictive and cause problems with the liver.” Natasha is now part of support groups with other women who are suffering with the same chronic illness. She said some women have been told it’s now a five-year wait for treatment. Natasha said: “I think there’s a very big gap where there need to be more specialists in the chronic illness I have been diagnosed with, because there’s not enough research out there or consultants to manage the amount of women who have it. “It’s frustrating and I want the clinics to open up again and help the women who need it the most. “There’s a process of having to chase all the time for your own treatment that could help you. If they find out why I’m still in pain and I need more surgery, I’ll have to Natasha Williams took the decision to have surgery privately to ease her pain because of the long wait on the NHS try and go private again because I couldn’t wait for the period of time they are telling me.” A spokesperson said Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is continuing to deliver its elective care services. “Staffing constraints and infection prevention and control precautions mean that activity is not at the levels they were at pre-Covid. However, all essential services continue to be provided, including urgent and emergency surgery and cancer services. “Covid and non-Covid demand, in addition to planned care demand, means the system remains pressurised. “We would ask all those using our services to access them in an appropriate way.”

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Spending a couple of hours there really perked up a dull September Thursday evening. The menu is small but attractively flush with myriad flavours and choices. Vegan and gluten-free eaters rejoice, many of them cater for you too. The small plate and great wines ethos has jumped over from its sister restaurant, Michelin Guide favourite, Nook, as head chef Tom Powell, formerly of the Walnut Tree, puts his stamp on Kindle’s “fire food” and you get a really special dinner. With small plate ordering you get no starters and mains as such – our server recommended three or four per person should be a good amount – and your choices are served as and when they are ready. We also had a tasty amuse-bouche of fresh mackerel with spears of red onion for me, and a crispy and juicy tomato for my friend, who is a vegan. Of course, being the aubergine obsessive I am, I couldn’t resist the sangak flatbread with burnt aubergine butter (£4). My guest ordered it too, in fact, she liked it so much she had another. I also chose the crispy potato with confit egg (£8), mackerel rassam and the lamb ribs galbi (£13). My friend ordered the collard greens with coal-roasted onions (£8), smoked potato, chicory and fennel (£10). Sangak is an Iranian leavened bread, and while it looked like it might have a crunch when it arrived, it was really pleasantly bouncy and light and was lavished in aubergine and delicately oiled, too – I couldn’t ask for better. The nourishing collard greens had a smoky and sweet top – comfort in a bowl, they looked great, too; and my friend’s potato dish was light with a lovely sharp and crunchy chicory bed. I loved my crispy potatoes with confit egg, the middle was satisfyingly squidgy and the outer layer perfectly crisp. The Lamb ribs Aubergine on flatbread Oatcake with roast apple mackerel was in a light curry sauce with a snappy turmeric flavour. 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22 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline Feature The Cardiff bucket list – Mark Lewis Wales Millennium Centre and, right, Cardiff Castle Cardiff Market rob browne The Swalec Stadium nigeL French ■ Check out our brilliant shopping centres. ■ Explore beautiful Bute Park. ■ Browse the independent shops in Cardiff’s Victorian arcades. ■ Bike the Taff Trail. ■ Sit in the springtime bluebells on the Wenallt. ■ Run the Cardiff Half Marathon. ■ Have the best bacon bap at the Hayes Island snack bars. ■ Catch a show at the Wales Millennium Centre. ■ Learn all about Welsh history at St Fagans. ■ Wander around the suburbs of Cardiff. Cardiff is packed with brilliant things to do, delicious things to eat and beautiful places to go. Portia Jones has compiled a list of things you should tick off your Cardiff ‘bucket list’... ■ Watch Wales in the Six Nations. ■ Walk the Cardiff section of the Cambrian Way Trail. ■ Go white water rafting at the White Water Centre. ■ Have a loaded hotdog from Franks in Cardiff Market. ■ Try to finish a hoagie at New York Deli. ■ Buy vinyl from Spillers. ■ Feed the ducks at Roath Park Lake. ■ Buy freshly roasted coffee from Hard Lines. ■ Try a pint from Tiny Rebel Brewery. ■ Take a boat trip from Cardiff Bay to Bute Park. ■ Go to the open bar at Pipes Brewery. ■ Have a meal in a prison at The Clink restaurant. ■ Have faggots and mushy peas at Cardiff Market. ■ Hunt for vintage treasures at Castle Emporium. ■ Get an ethical burger from Ansh. ■ Try to finish a mammoth breakfast at Ramon’s. ■ Admire the historic animal wall art the castle. ■ Tuck into chips and gravy on Chippy Lane. ■ Try a fancy cocktail at Lab 22. ■ Feast on vegan treats at Wild Thing Cafe. ■ Try delicious pizza at Cafe Citta. ■ Conquer vertigo at Boulders Climbing Centre. ■ Watch Twenty20 action at the Swalec Stadium. ■ Sample Science Cream liquid nitrogen ice cream. ■ Have a pint in the historic Rummer Tavern. ■ Have a lush dessert from Pwdin. ■ Bike across Cardiff Bay barrage. ■ Jump for joy at Go Air Trampoline Park. ■ Take your kids paddling at Victoria Park splash pad. ■ Come face to face with dinosaurs at National Museum Cardiff. ■ Learn skate skills at Spit and Sawdust. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 23 Feature great things to do in city The Norwegian Church Richard Swingler The Old Library Richard Williams The Cardiff Bay Barrage path Mark Lewis Roath Park lake Peter Bolter The Splash Park at Victoria Park Huw Evans Agency ■■ Sample local gins at Gin & Juice. ■■ Buy local food from Riverside Market. ■■ Feast on Tukka Tuk Indian Streetfood by Anand George. ■■ Watch local bands at Clwb Ifor Bach. ■■ Grab a takeaway coffee from the the Secret Garden Cafe. ■■ Pamper yourself at St David’s Hotel and Spa. ■■ Feast on Grange Fried Chicken at the Grange Pub. ■■ Get the best view of Cardiff Bay on the Admiral Restaurant Terrace. ■■ Fire a rocket at Techniquest. ■■ Watch a comedy show at The Glee Club. ■■ Go for a spooky ghost tour of Cardiff Castle. ■■ Watch a film in the boutique Everyman Cinema. ■■ Visit the deli counter at Wally’s. ■■ Catch an arthouse film at Chapter Arts Centre. ■■ Try award-winning curry at Purple Poppadom. ■■ Explore the woodland trails at Fforest Fawr. ■■ Try Welsh cockles from Cardiff Market. ■■ Have cocktails on the rooftop at the Botanist. ■■ Do a Loving Welsh Food city tour. ■■ Find the historic “hidden room” in The Old Library. ■■ Explore the Cardiff Food Festival. ■■ Pay tribute at Ianto’s Shrine. ■■ Take a tour of the Senedd. ■■ Watch the sunset at Cardiff Bay. ■■ Browse a huge selection of books at Cardiff Central Library. ■■ Have coffee in a forest setting at Forest Tea Rooms. ■■ Choose a love spoon at the Welsh Love Spoon Gallery. ■■ Explore the market stalls at Cardiff Market. ■■ Get an amazing cheese toastie from Mr Croquewich. ■■ Shop for antiques at Jacob’s Antique Centre. ■■ Head to Cardiff Bay landmark the Norwegian Church. ■■ Try a traditional Clark’s pie. ■■ Photograph the cherry blossoms in Llandaff. ■■ Pay a visit to The Bone Yard Shipping Container Studios. ■■ Dine underground in former bank vaults at Potted Pig. ■■ Have a slap-up brunch at Milkwood. ■■ Feast on street food at Street Food Circus. ■■ Walk along the Glamorgan Heritage Canal. ■■ Wander around gorgeous Llandaff Cathedral. ■■ Get some fresh fish from Ashton Fishmongers. ■■ Be a cosplayer at Comic Con. ■■ See a gig at the Motorpoint Arena. ■■ Buy Welsh cakes from Fabulous. ■■ Watch Cardiff City play at Cardiff City Stadium. ■■ Watch a panto or play at the New Theatre. ■■ Take a Doctor Who tour of the city. ■■ Pick out delicious cakes from La Belle Epoque. ■■ Play a round of golf at Treetops. ■■ Watch the Cardiff Devils play. ■■ Relax on an urban beach at Cardiff Bay.

24 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline Feature Angela Jones has started a onewoman campaign to raise awareness of the harmful phosphates, sewage and agricultural effluent being dumped in her favourite wildswimming spots in Wales. Jonathon Hill spoke to the activist... ‘Wild woman of action as river If you’ve taken a dip in the River Wye lately – or any river in the uK – chances are you weren’t far away from a smelly, polluted body of slime. Discoloured or pungent water, or algae, are telltale signs of phosphates in a river – usually caused by run-off from local farms and dumping by businesses. The Wye, which straddles much of the border of Wales and england and stretches 250 kilometres, has seen rising levels of algal blooms and decreasing wildlife over the past few years. Its once pristinely clear water has now turned into a murky, muck-riddled waterway. Pesticides used in farming run off into the water, with algae effectively choking the river and killing animals. It is thought that an increase in the number of intensive chicken farms has led to a damaging increase in the amount of phosphates in the Wye and yet planning applications for more farms are being submitted and accepted all the time. for Angela Jones, the issues of the pumping of contaminated waste or surface run-off hitting the Wye have gone too far and she’s had to go to great lengths to be noticed. Known locally as the “wild woman of the Wye”, Angela – fed up with her calls for action through her writing being disregarded – has bought a coffin, marked it with the words “death of the Wye” and tows it down stretches of the river to bring attention to a now very serious problem for Wales’ waterways. According to Dwr Cymru-Welsh Water’s own figures in 2020, sewage was dumped in Wales’ rivers more than 100,000 times in almost 900,000 hours. fifty-five-year-old Angela, who has swam in the river for 35 years and now teaches swimming and kayaking among other things, began testing for phosphates in the river herself five years ago. Phosphates in the water should not exceed 0.03-0.05 parts per million, depending on where you are along the river. But Angela, who is in the Wye up to eight hours most days and even sleeps on its banks twice a week, said she has never received a reading which has achieved expected quality standards – and the readings are worsening all the time. She now only covers 26 miles of the Wye because the rest of the river is too polluted to take people swimming. And she regularly finds herself cancelling sessions because of health concerns in the water. She insists her efforts are nothing to do with business, but her undying passion for the river. “everyone needs to take more responsibility, because what happens in our rivers is everyone’s problem,” she said. “So many people do not realise what’s going on because all they use the river for is their own gain. “I taste and smell the Wye’s pollutants every day and I see what businesses are doing to it. It’s all for money. Land is cheap for chicken farmers to buy. The fields are stripped of trees and grass and are instead planted with maize, and then you get the wash-off and all that manure goes into the river. “We have a beautiful plant called the water crowfoot which we have lost 90% of on the Wye in the last two years. It will hit the whole ecosystem. We’re seeing swans and fish dead all the time. The swans rely on the water crowfoot to live. The rapid decline in fish will affect the otters.” Angela said it is astonishing how quickly the decline is happening and, if practices changed now, it would still take more than a decade to return the Wye to good health. “I have spent the last three years also working on a book where I included the impact of phosphates on the water crowfoot,” she explained. “But by the time I finished the book the water crowfoot had all but gone.” A spokesperson for Nfu Cymru told BBC Wales: “Despite claims from some campaigners regarding the impact of poultry farming within the Wye catchment, a recent NRW report is clear that the overall pattern of failures in the Wye does not support the hypothesis that poultry units are the main, or even a particularly important, reason for nutrient failures within the catchment.” While a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) report released at the end of last year didn’t explicitly blame farming for the cause of water pollution in the Wye, it reads: “Much of the upper Wye catchment is rural and until recently has been predominantly farmed for sheep and beef cattle. More recently there has been a rapid expansion of chicken farms, which has been the source of considerable public concern. “Comparison of phosphate concentrations in the Wye against targets indicate widespread failures, some of them large in magnitude.” The report showed that 60% of the Wye was at that point failing to reach water quality targets. on September 14, Angela will take Angela ready for a swim in the River Wye her coffin to Cardiff Bay to campaign for change outside the Senedd. She is calling for an end to more chicken farms in Wales, more chicken waste being added to Welsh fields and better resources for NRW to introduce fines for perpetrators. While public interest in wild swimming in Wales has increased exponentially since the start of the pandemic, Angela said she is not finding that interest is transferring into effective action. But she will also be campaigning at the Senedd for two sites of “bathing status” on the Wye at Monmouth and Ross, and that’s where wild swimmers could really help by forcing NRW to regularly monitor water quality levels and publish results. “It’s about proving that over a long period of time people have swam in the water regularly,” Angela said. “If we can prove that, then we can get that status and get the agency to properly look after the river. “I’ve never wanted to be the ‘wild woman of the Wye’. I never wanted to be the woman with the coffin. But change is needed and I needed to find a way to get the message seen. “We know big water companies too are pumping straight into the river. I SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 25 Feature the Wye’ takes pollution rises The contents of the ‘coffin’ could see right to the bottom of the riverbed only four years ago. Now I’m lucky if I can see a few inches in front of me while in the water.” The river has the highest status possible for protection against illegal pumping, but Angela doesn’t believe that is being reflected in fines being handed out by NRW. She believes up to 30% of pollution in the river is being caused by water companies such as Dwr Cymru-Welsh Water. A BBC Panorama investigation earlier this year also accused the company of being one of the worst perpetrators. A spokesperson for Dwr Cymru- Welsh Water told us: “Welsh Water has an important role to play to protect our rivers including reducing phosphates from our wastewater treatment process. Over the past decade, we have invested more than £85m to remove phosphates across our operating area. “This has included removing phosphates from 10 of our assets on the River Wye. We have also agreed with NRW and the EA a 10-year investment plan to further reduce phosphates which will include an additional £50m being invested between now and 2025 in projects specifically along the Wye. “Further projects on the Wye will then follow between 2025-30 as identified by the updated modelling work. The schemes have been prioritised and agreed with our environmental regulators and in line with their guidance. “There are a number of factors Angela Jones swims in the River Wye with the coffin RichaRd SwingleR Angela with her dog which contribute to phosphate levels in rivers which are beyond the control of the water industry. Phosphates are present in sewage from the food we eat and the household chemicals we use. “Investigations and modelling of the River Wye shows that our assets are responsible for less than a third of the phosphates in the main water body. The remainder is caused by other factors such as urban surface water drainage, misconnected drains, septic tanks from properties not connected to the sewer, agricultural run-off and animal faeces. “We are committed to working collaboratively with all bodies involved and to play our part in helping to further enhance river water quality. This can be seen in our work with the Wye & Usk Foundation and Hereford Council to support additional phosphate removal using natural treatment such as low-carbon wetland systems which will also enhance local biodiversity. “The proposals will remove more phosphates than the development will introduce in the catchment. The benefits of adopting this approach are twofold as it will reduce the phosphates entering the river and do so in a sustainable and low-carbon way. We also play an active part in the nutrient management board on the River Wye around Hereford and we are encouraging NRW to set up similar arrangements in Wales. “In light of NRW’s recently published interim planning position on SAC [special areas of conservation] rivers in Wales, we are currently re-running our models on all SAC rivers in Wales (including the Wye) to understand how this might influence our investment plans, particularly plans linked to future development. “We will continue to work closely with our regulators and government to ensure that investment is prioritised towards delivering the greatest environmental benefit, meeting the needs of our customers while remaining affordable.” As publicity has grown around Angela’s campaign, she has posted on social media about her difficulties in suffering abuse at the hands of online trolls. But she is determined to make a difference. “I don’t care about the abuse, because I know what I am doing is worth it,” she added. “There is always a bigger picture. Yes, this is happening in the Wye, but this is happening in our rivers across Wales and the rest of the UK. “If this can set a precedent to say we won’t accept it, then it is all worth it. We can’t accept it and I won’t let up now.” Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government were contacted for comment.

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30 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline YOUR VIEWS ON THIS DAY ■1860: ■ The first weather forecast appeared in The Times. ■1870: ■ Emperor Napoleon III, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, was deposed and the Third Republic declared in France. 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Am I hallucinating? Or is the Welsh Government seriously considering charging tolls to use the overcrowded, totally inadequate car park that is the m4 motorway these days? Businesses in their droves are already pulling out of Wales because they are fed up with the massive problems of getting materials in and goods out along this clogged corridor, not to mention the poor workers trying to get to those jobs that are still available, stuck in daily traffic jams because of the total inadequacy of this road, designed for the needs of the last century, when there were still adequate affordable reliable public transport services, which are now shambolic and totally inadequate for purpose, and in many areas now virtually non-existent. The last thing they need is for the Welsh Government to use this awful situation as a cash cow raising “revenue” which will no doubt end up in the coffers of the already bloated Cardiff Bay bureaucracy to be wasted on their “Artists’ Impressions” and “Big Ideas”, not to mention their bloated expense accounts. What is needed is a new road, or at the very least, improvements including the Newport bypass, suitable for the needs of today, not a toll on the suffering of commuters and businesses. Perhaps it is time for Westminster to take this road back under its control, as it is after all part of the British national transport infrastructure. Ian McNicholas Waunlwyd, Ebbw Vale Tenants lose out as work can’t be done HOusING tenants in Caerphilly will be aware that over the last five What is needed is a new road, or, at the very least, improvements Ian McNicholas years Caerphilly council has carried out a works programme to upgrade Caerphilly housing stock (WHQs). I have been contacted by tenants who had been promised various improvements to their properties, only to be told that said improvements will no longer be carried out. Readers will know that Labour-led Caerphilly council borrowed over £230m to deliver the Welsh Housing Quality standards works, which now has to be topped up with an extra £10.018m in funding in order to finish the work, as they were running out of money. I have written to the council asking why they failed to bring the WHQs project in on budget, and despite the massive overspend tenants are now being told that work previously agreed will no longer be completed. It appears that the council is happy to pay more for less – sadly it’s the tenants who lose out. Cllr Nigel Dix Blackwood Seeking my old friend Pamela my NAme is Dianne mcminn and I live in Australia – my grandparents emigrated to Australia in 1912 from england. In 1983-1986 I worked with Pam (Pamela) Jones, from Cardiff, in Riyadh, saudi Arabia, as nurses at the military Hospital, and while I have tried through social media (Facebook etc) to locate my dear friend I am now appealing to your newspaper to help me find her. We are all getting older (I am 63 in a few weeks) and I feel that my life is not complete without reconnecting with someone who not only became a wonderful friend in a strange land where expatriate friendship was your lifeline, but was a professional role model every nurse should have had the experience of working with – we worked in Cardiac surgery ICu. Dianne McMinn PO Box 7259 Shepparton VIC 3632 Australia Summertime – and the livin’ is easy WITH America concurrently burning and drowning, indeed with both record rainfall and extreme temperatures triggering catastrophic floods and wildfires all over the globe, who would have thought that a bog-standard and affectionately mocked British summer would be so reassuring? yes, the uK suffers its floods and wildfires following a dry spell, but nothing compared to events elsewhere. One slowly grasps why the uK and Ireland are identified as countries best placed to maintain orderly civilisation within their own borders when the four horsemen come galloping over the horizon – presuming of course that our politicians prioritise huge investment in farming, water, police and armed forces, the four essential factors necessary to survive a cataclysmic event labelled “when”, not “if”. Huw Beynon Llandeilo Housing reaching crisis point FOR me we are at a crisis point and need to address several issues no politician has been willing to address for three or more decades: ■ How homes have become a “bank” and not a home, ■ How building regulations are outdated given the global warming crisis and “building control” needs to change immediately, eg eco-only new builds with three-foot thermal walls, solar panel roofs, water heating solar panels; etc, and ■ Do the uncomfortable political thing, as Gwynedd council has done, and charge second-home PHOTO OF THE DAY owners two or even three times the normal council tax. And in addition, maybe do the same for those “renting landlords” too with large portfolios that deny homes for firsttime buyers. Also, “ring-fence” this additional tax to help young local people buy their own home. Keith Deacon (ex Bangor & Wrexham) Cromer, Norfolk Call election and sort out priorities Re “m4 relief road ‘dead in the water’ after £78m costs written off”. Huge amounts of money were spent on the project before it was scrapped in 2019. With Covid for years to come and much stronger strains, the last thing we will be doing is travelling anywhere. I fully expect airports to close. Car sales are at an all-time low with everyone doing little mileage for years to come. Better put this money into local facilities, hospitals and schools than to waste it on things that are not going to be needed. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 31 powered by QUOTES OF THE DAY “The takeover, I think it’s fair to say, was faster than anyone anticipated, not just the United Kingdom or Nato allies, but I was talking with our friends here. And I suspect the Taliban and ordinary Afghans were taken by surprise. I think there was a common widespread surprise at the speed with which the consolidation of power happened” – Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the pace of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. When governments refuse lockdowns and border closure, travel will all be from air pods of some description before the governments master Covid. The year 2099 is more likely than the year 2025 that has been spoken Tolls or car tax, one or the other not both. Dan Jones No, absolutely not. We need another M4. Way too much traffic on it. Eileen Killen Absolutely not. I think we pay more than enough tax as it is. Susanne Jones No we all pay road tax as it is. Cilla Thomas Some people cant afford new cars. Mary Paul Perhaps everyone should pay a about as they are in reverse with sorting out Covid. Another thing: it is the children aged 12-plus who are likely to die with Covid these days, so by the time it’s sorted thousands of proposed drivers will have deceased wEbchaT toll instead. Not everyone can afford the latest models. Linda Radmore They need to invest in public transport, so less people have to use the roads. Alexandra Neale Less cars on the road please, far too congested at the moment. Darren Welshy Smitham So you think because you asked the same question but in a different way that the answer will change. Older cars already pay owing to negligence of all UK governments as cash comes before life with all of them, and that is completely wrong. We need an election ASAP. Howard Williams Swansea Llanyravon Park, Cwmbran. Picture sent in by Paul Tarrant, Rumney, Cardiff The small print: Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason). The Editor reserves the right to edit all letters. Should there be tolls on the M4 or A470 for drivers of older cars and polluting vehicles? more on vehicle tax because of higher emissions, why should they pay more again. Annemarie Davies No. It will end up with the side streets being clogged up. Karen James The MOT is supposed to take care of all that. Jane Whitley Absolutely not. If you want to be green, run your old banger into the ground. The impact of building new cars causes as much damage to the environment as driving a smokey old banger. Nick Edwards Like a poor tax? Can’t afford a new car but can afford to pay for tolls... Emma Pay No way. Sort out the Brynglas tunnels Dripford . Cheryl Thomas What? They can’t catch enough people speeding to fund the coffers anymore? Carl Dianne “The JCVI’s view is that overall, the health benefits from Covid-19 vaccination to healthy children aged 12 to 15 years are marginally greater than the potential harms. Taking a precautionary approach, this margin of benefit is considered too small to support universal Covid-19 vaccination for this age group at this time. The committee will continue to review safety data as they emerge” – Professor Wei Shen Lim, above, chair of Covid-19 immunisation for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). “We are glad Alexanda Kotey has finally admitted his guilt and justice will be served. It’s been a hard few years and there will be hard times to come but my family and I would like to bring my dad home to rest” – Bethany Haines, daughter of David Haines, who was murdered by IS militants, after British terrorist Alexanda Amon Kotey pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a US court. “We will be asking Fifa to investigate the sickening abuse we saw at last night’s game, and we demand they issue the strongest sanctions possible, such as lifetime stadium bans” – The Professional Footballers’ Association after England’s players suffered racist abuse in Budapest.

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38 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline KEMPTON TODAY THIRSK TODAY Going: Standard to slow Draw: No advantage. Going: Good Draw: High numbers best on the straight course, low numbers best at 7f & 1m Tyger Bay 1.00 Lilkian El Hibri 1.30 Manhattanville Wings Of War 2.05 Wings Of War Hukum (nb) 2.40 Hamish Thunderclap 3.15 Hold Fast Elsaab 3.50 aTTache Escobedo 4.25 Fox Leicester Alpine Lady 1.40 Fozzie Bear Tuscan 2.15 Tuscan Yellow Bear 2.50 Yellow Bear Mossbawn 3.25 Oso Rapido Noble Dynasty 4.00 King Triton Star Jewel 4.35 ffion Southern Voyage 5.10 Eagle Court Havagomecca 5.40 Ballintoy Harbour 1.00 UNIBET EXTRA PLACE OFFERS EVERY DAY HAND- ICAP (5) 6f Winner £3,240 (9 run) RTV 1 (7) 411 Lilkian (23) Darryll Holland 4 9-8 (CD).................A Villiers (5) 87 2 (4) 231 Tyger Bay (15) C Allen 4 9-7 (CD3)...........................M Dwyer 87 3 (3) 443 Highfaluting (24) Harry Eustace 7 9-6 (C2)............G Wood 87 4 (5) 635 Mount Mogan (17) E Walker 4 9-6 (D).....................L Morris — 5 (1) 760 Stone Circle (30) M Bell 4 9-5 (D3).......................O Murphy 70 6 (2) 525 The Blue Bower (23) J Portman 4 9-3 (CD2)..T Saunders (5) 90 7 (9) 645 Tipperary Jack (17) J Best 5 9-2 (C2).......................J F Egan 86 8 (8) 548 Good Earth (28) J Osborne 4 8-13 (D)...............S Osborne (5) 99 9 (6) 672 Calonne (10) R Brisland 5 8-6................................D Keenan 86 BETTING: 4 Lilkian, 5 Highfaluting, 11-2 Mount Mogan, Tyger Bay, 7 Tipperary Jack, 15-2 Stone Circle, 8 Good Earth, 10 Calonne, 12 The Blue Bower. 2020: THE LAMPLIGHTER 5 9 5, Jack Mitchell 2-1 Fav (G Baker), drawn (3), 9 ran. 1.30 TRY OUR NEW PRICE BOOSTS AT UNIBET NURSERY (4) (2-Y-O) 7f Winner £4,320 (7 run) RTV 1 (2) 711 Noisy Night (31) R Charlton 9-7 (CD).................. Rossa Ryan 99 2 (1) 418 Neptune Legend (16) H Palmer 9-7 (D)................O Murphy 70 3 (3) 516 Groom (73) R Hannon 9-6........................................ P Dobbs — 4 (7) 112 Manhattanville (14) E Dunlop 9-6 (D)..................L Morris 91 5 (5) 322 El Hibri (17) B Meehan 9-4.................................... J Crowley 83 6 (4) 906 Raging (14) R Hannon 9-2...................................S Hitchcott — 7 (6) 335 Mystery Fox (24) R Varian 9-1............................... E J Walsh 84 BETTING: 2 Noisy Night, 4 El Hibri, 9-2 Manhattanville, 13-2 Mystery Fox, Neptune Legend, 8 Groom, 16 Raging. 2020: ZOFFARELLI 9 0, Rob Hornby 10-3 (R Beckett), drawn (7), 8 ran. 2.05 SIRENIA STAKES (GROUP 3) (1) (2-Y-O) 6f Winner £34,026 (8 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (2) 11 Hierarchy (11) H Palmer 9-1 (D2).........................O Murphy 70 2 (5) 213 Wings Of War (16) C Cox 9-1 (D)............................ H Crouch — 3 (1) 102 Eve Lodge (59) C Fellowes 8-12 (BF)....................... J Crowley — 4 (7) 15 Fearless Angel (22) D Loughnane 8-12........... Rossa Ryan — 5 (8) 754 Honey Sweet (42) K Burke 8-12................................... C Lee — 6 (4) 045 Nymphadora (16) A Balding 8-12.......................... P Dobbs — 7 (3) 421 Princess Shabnam (31) S P C Woods 8-12 (D)........L Morris — 8 (6) 1 Scot’s Grace (59) K P De Foy 8-12 (CD)................. D Muscutt 99 BETTING: 7-2 Nymphadora, 4 Wings Of War, 9-2 Scot’s Grace, 5 Hierarchy, Fearless Angel, 10 Honey Sweet, 12 Princess Shabnam, 14 Eve Lodge. 2020: MIGHTY GURKHA 9 1, Adam J McNamara 11-2 (A Watson), drawn (3), 10 ran. FORM GUIDE: NYMPHADORA 18-1 Led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Zain Claudette at York 6f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug. WINGS OF WAR 9-2 Close up, headway near side of group 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, head towards finish, 3rd of 20, 1/2l behind Ever Given at York 6f 2yo auc (2) gd in Aug. SCOT’S GRACE 11-1 Chased leaders, smooth headway to lead 1f out, soon ridden and quickened clear, impressive, won at Kempton 6f (4) pol in Jul beating Tadita Twitch by 4 1/2l, 11 ran. 2.40 UNIBET SEPTEMBER STAKES (GROUP 3) (1) 1m 4f Winner £45,368 (5 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (5) 311 Hukum (21) Owen Burrows 4 9-8 (C, D2)................. J Crowley — 2 (4) 533 Fox Tal (7) A Balding 5 9-5.....................................O Murphy — 3 (1) /4- Hamish (442) W Haggas 5 9-5.................................. P Dobbs — 4 (3) 126 Outbox (36) A Watson 6 9-5 (D5)...............................L Morris 99 5 (2) 395 Prince Of Arran (129) C Fellowes 8 9-5 (CD)..... Rossa Ryan 70 BETTING: 8-11 Hukum, 3 Hamish, 8 Outbox, 10 Fox Tal, 12 Prince Of Arran. 2020: ENABLE 6 9 9, Frankie Dettori 1-14 Fav (J & T Gosden), drawn (4), 6 ran. FORM GUIDE: HUKUM 8-11fav Tracked leader after 1f, led going well over 2f out, clear when edged right inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug beating Rodrigo Diaz by 3 1/2l, 8 ran. HAMISH 6-1 Held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, switched right and headway inside final furlong, stayed on, never nearer, 4th of 9, 5l behind Fanny Logan at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gs in Jun ‘20. OUTBOX 5-1 Tracked leader, ridden and no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Passion And Glory at Goodwood 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gs in Jul. 1.40 EXCLUSIVE HELMSLEY LODGES AT CLIFF STUD NURSERY (5) (2-Y-O) 1m Winner £3,240 (10 run) RTV 1 (10) 641 Knight Rider (21) K P De Foy 9-8 (D)...............P Mulrennan 78 2 (7) 334 Fozzie Bear (26) R Charlton 9-7...................... P J McDonald — 3 (6) 868 Signorina Merisi (37) M Channon 9-5...........James Doyle 76 4 (5) 492 Alpine Lady (21) J Tate 9-4.........................................J Hart 99 5 (8) 512 Galileo Glass (18) Darryll Holland 9-4.................. J Watson 80 6 (1) 755 Victory (29) A King 9-1..........................................M Harley 70 7 (2) 281 Bungley (15) T Easterby 8-12 (D).............................. H Shaw 82 8 (9) 444 Isladaay (8) A Keatley 8-10......................................S James 80 9 (4) 846 Sparka (15) R Fahey 8-6......................................P Hanagan 76 10 (3) 613 Sun Rising (15) D Brown 8-2............................... JP Sullivan 82 BETTING: 7-2 Knight Rider, 5 Fozzie Bear, Galileo Glass, 7 Alpine Lady, 8 Sun Rising, Bungley, 10 Signorina Merisi, 12 Victory, Sparka, 14 Isladaay. 2020: GALAH 9 7, Daniel Tudhope 16-5 (R Beckett), drawn (9), 11 ran. 2.15 EBF NOVICE STAKES (GBB RACE) (DIV 1) (4) (2-Y-O) 7f Winner £5,206 (11 run) RTV 1 (3) 71 Tuscan (22) C Hills 9-9 (CD)............................... P J McDonald 99 2 (4) Billyb Mrs A Duffield 9-2.............................................S Gray — 3 (11) 73 Hilts (22) J O’Keeffe 9-2..........................................J Garritty 88 4 (7) Master Ellis M Dods 9-2..................................... C Beasley — 5 (9) Mythical Dancer C Appleby 9-2....................James Doyle — 6 (2) 65 One More Try (22) R Fahey 9-2..........................P Hanagan 97 7 (5) Purple Ice M Dods 9-2....................................P Mulrennan — 8 (8) 7 Roudemental (21) T Dascombe 9-2...................Jane Elliott 83 9 (10) 8 Sharvara (15) R Hannon 9-2.............T Hammer Hansen (3) 99 10 (6) 06 The Grey Wolf (22) T Easterby 9-2....................D Fentiman 70 11 (1) 88 Hurt You Never (89) Adrian Nicholls 8-11..........B McHugh 80 BETTING: 13-8 Mythical Dancer, 5-2 Tuscan, 10 Sharvara, One More Try, 12 Purple Ice, Hilts, 14 Roudemental, 16 Master Ellis, 25 Others. 2020: BALLYCOMMON 9 5, Paul Hanagan 8-1 (D Carroll), drawn (7), 11 ran. 2.50 EBF NOVICE STAKES (GBB RACE) (DIV 2) (4) (2-Y-O) 7f Winner £5,206 (10 run) RTV 1 (3) 7 Albegrey (32) T Easterby 9-5.............................D Fentiman 71 2 (7) 0 Blenheim Boy (15) R Fahey 9-5.........................P Hanagan 77 3 (6) Give A Little Back A King 9-5..............................M Harley — 4 (2) 5 Hypersonical (49) K Burke 9-5..................... P J McDonald 71 5 (4) 87 Jkr Cobbler (18) I Jardine 9-5............................... A Mullen 73 6 (9) 65 Killearn (15) C Hills 9-5....................................K Shoemark 94 7 (8) 526 Oh Herberts Reign (16) R Hannon 9-5.......T H Hansen (3) 99 8 (1) 6 Oliver’s Army (48) M Dods 9-5............................ C Beasley 70 9 (10) 5 Selfish Brian (15) J J Quinn 9-5................................J Hart — 10 (5) 2 Yellow Bear (22) D Carroll 9-5................................ H Shaw 98 BETTING: 15-8 Oh Herberts Reign, 9-4 Yellow Bear, 6 Killearn, 8 Give A Little Back, 10 Oliver’s Army, 14 Hypersonical, 25 Blenheim Boy, Jkr Cobbler, 33 Others. 2020: ALBA ROSE 9 0, Joe Fanning 11-8 Fav (M Johnston), drawn (10), 10 ran. 3.25 ZZOOMM FULL FIBRE BROADBAND HANDICAP (4) 7f Winner £4,590 (14 run) RTV 1 (5) 498 Strongbowe (16) T Easterby 5 9-7 (C, D)........Ella McCain (5) 98 2 (3) 439 Central City (28) I Williams 6 9-7...........Bradley Furniss (7) 70 3 (12) 621 Mossbawn (8) T D Barron 4 9-6 (CD)...................... C Beasley 96 4 (14) 508 Willie John (16) B Haslam 6 9-6 (D)......................... H Shaw 90 5 (8) 831 Oso Rapido (10) R Fell 4 9-5 (D2).................................J Hart 96 6 (4) -87 Harry Love (24) O Pears 4 9-5 (C, D)..................H Russell (3) 86 7 (10) 130 Daniel Deronda (21) D O’Meara 4 9-5 (BF, D2)...... J Watson 96 8 (13) 266 Trinity Lake (12) D Carroll 5 9-4 (D)...............Z Wheatley (7) 98 9 (1) 495 Soaring Star (26) K Ryan 4 9-3 (BF)......................... K Stott 99 10 (9) 407 True Blue Moon (8) T Easterby 6 9-3 (D)............ JP Sullivan 96 11 (7) 584 Parys Mountain (10) T Easterby 7 9-2 (D4)......D Fentiman 97 12 (11) 941 Late Arrival (15) M & D Easterby 4 9-0 (D2)........J Mason (3) 94 13 (6) 006 Cowboy Soldier (22) R Fell 6 9-0............................ R Scott 93 14 (2) 015 Equidae (15) I Jardine 6 8-8 (D6)............................. A Mullen 96 BETTING: 9-2 Mossbawn, 5 Oso Rapido, 6 Daniel Deronda, 10 Soaring Star, Late Arrival, Strongbowe, 12 Trinity Lake, True Blue Moon, 14 Others. 3.15 UNIBET LONDON MILE SERIES FINAL HANDICAP (2) 1m Winner £20,616 (14 run) RTV 1 (9) 348 Sanaadh (90) M Wigham 8 9-10 (C)...................... C Bennett 94 2 (3) 722 Hieronymus (16) G Baker 5 9-6 (CD)...................... H Crouch 74 3 (5) 088 Fantasy Believer (35) C Hills 4 9-6 (CD3)............. J Crowley 99 4 (12) 112 Tahitian Prince (30) R Hannon 4 9-4 (CD2)...... Rossa Ryan 78 5 (6) 814 Giuseppe Cassioli (17) Muir & Grassick 4 8-11 (D)...M Dwyer 90 6 (13) 761 Crystal Casque (17) B Millman 6 8-8 (CD2).......A Villiers (5) 94 7 (8) 372 Storm Catcher (15) S Pearce 3 8-7 (C)........... Jimmy Quinn 82 8 (11) 431 Exceedingly Regal (15) W Knight 3 8-6 (CD)..........L Morris 78 9 (10) 095 Buckingham (5) E J-Houghton 5 8-5 (D)...Georgia Dobie (3) 99 10 (14) 417 Hold Fast (119) A Balding 4 8-5 (CD2)....................O Murphy 82 11 (2) 366 Shuv H’penny King (15) Muir & Grassick 3 8-4.................... ...................................................................Laura Pearson (3) 78 12 (4) 611 Thunderclap (10) H Morrison 3 8-4 (CD2).......S Osborne (5) 86 13 (1) 863 Revolutionary Man (16) R Brisland 6 8-0 (C)..K Schofield (5) 99 14 (7) 751 Sharla (24) R Teal 3 8-0 (CD)............................... G Rooke (3) 70 BETTING: 4 Thunderclap, 11-2 Hold Fast, 7 Tahitian Prince, Storm Catcher, 10 Fantasy Believer, Hieronymus, Exceedingly Regal, 12 Crystal Casque, Giuseppe Cassioli, 14 Others. 2020: Race abandoned. 3.50 UNIBET CASINO DEPOSIT 10 GET 40 BONUS NURSERY (5) (2-Y-O) 1m Winner £3,240 (10 run) RTV 1 (3) 677 Incumbent (38) C Cox 9-9...................................... H Crouch — 2 (2) 711 Astaroth (8) J Osborne 9-8..............................S Osborne (5) 99 3 (9) 048 Snow Hawk (15) S Kirk 9-8..................................... P Dobbs 88 4 (5) 547 Mr Professor (86) Alice Haynes 9-6................. Rossa Ryan — 5 (8) 844 Elsaab (20) S P C Woods 9-6.................................. D Muscutt 92 6 (10) 493 Showmedemoney (23) A Watson 9-6.....................L Morris 78 7 (6) 554 Attache (15) A Balding 9-3....................................O Murphy 85 8 (4) 805 Stone Axe (18) M Johnston 9-1.................................J F Egan 70 9 (1) 797 Cephalus (24) C Hills 9-1....................................... J Crowley — 10 (7) 078 At Liberty (24) M Bell 8-12...................................D Keenan — BETTING: 5-2 Showmedemoney, 10-3 Astaroth, 6 Attache, 8 Elsaab, Incumbent, 10 Cephalus, 12 Stone Axe, 14 At Liberty, 20 Others. 2020: No corresponding race. 4.25 TRY OUR NEW PRICE BOOSTS AT UNIBET HAND- ICAP (5) 1m Winner £3,240 (12 run) RTV 1 (5) 633 Love Dreams (17) M Blake 7 9-12...................T Greatrex (3) 94 2 (9) 265 My Target (158) M Wigham 10 9-12 (D6).............. C Bennett 95 3 (3) 519 Motawaafeq (71) M Appleby 5 9-10 (BF, D2)......... J Gordon 94 4 (10) 252 Super Over (31) A Watson 3 9-9 (C)..........................L Morris 88 5 (7) 496 Starry Eyes (19) J Chapple-Hyam 5 9-7.......................R Tart 99 6 (11) 5-9 Neptune’s Wonder (16) H Palmer 3 9-6.............O Murphy 77 7 (12) 187 Goodwood Glen (24) W Knight 3 9-3 (D)............ D Muscutt 79 8 (4) 097 Makambe (32) C Banham 6 9-2 (CD).........................J Haynes 92 9 (2) 133 Fox Leicester (23) S L Keightley 5 9-2 (D2).......S Osborne (5) 91 10 (6) 744 Escobedo (43) R Hannon 3 9-1................................ P Dobbs — 11 (8) 652 Miss Zenlingus (22) H Dunlop 3 9-0.................... J Crowley 70 12 (1) 763 Broxi (10) D Ivory 3 8-13..................................... Rossa Ryan 92 BETTING: 5 Starry Eyes, 11-2 Super Over, 6 Love Dreams, 13-2 Broxi, 7 Neptune’s Wonder, 15-2 Miss Zenlingus, 8 Fox Leicester, 10 Escobedo, Motawaafeq, 16 Others. 2020: WHAT AN ANGEL 3 9 4, Sean Levey 6-1 (R Hannon), drawn (3), 13 ran. 4.00 PERSONAL TOUCHES 20TH ANNIVERSARY EBF HCAP (3) (3-Y-O) 1m Winner £11,081 (7 run) RTV 1 (2) 1-2 Noble Dynasty (144) C Appleby 9-7 (BF)..........James Doyle 70 2 (7) 045 Siam Fox (50) R Hannon 9-5 (D2).........T Hammer Hansen (3) 94 3 (4) 022 Far Hope (28) S & E Crisford 9-3 (D)....................K Shoemark 90 4 (1) 411 Bowland Park (28) D & C Kubler 9-3 (D)....................J Hart 94 5 (5) 413 King Triton (15) G Tuer 9-0 (CD)..............................S James 94 6 (6) 420 Cuban Dancer (15) M Johnston 8-12 (D)................. B Curtis 99 7 (3) 552 A Boy Named Ivy (8) M Dods 8-12 (D)..............P Mulrennan 90 BETTING: 9-4 Noble Dynasty, 10-3 Bowland Park, 7-2 King Triton, 15-2 A Boy Named Ivy, 8 Far Hope, 10 Siam Fox, 14 Cuban Dancer. FORM GUIDE: NOBLE DYNASTY 7-4fav Close up, ridden and headway chase winner over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Mutasaabeq at Newmarket 7f con stks (3) gd in Apr. BOWLAND PARK 9-4fav Awkward leaving stalls, raced keenly, prominent, led over 4f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden for effort over 1f out, ran on well final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug beating Yorkshire Lady by 1l, 7 ran. KING TRITON 12-1 Chased leader, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Rifleman at York 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug. 4.35 BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF FILLIES’ HANDICAP (3) 7f Winner £11,081 (7 run) RTV 1 (7) 234 Last Sunset (14) S bin Suroor 3 9-8 (D)..................... B Curtis — 2 (6) -13 Star Jewel (20) S & E Crisford 3 9-7 (D2)............James Doyle 70 3 (1) 285 Ffion (14) D Loughnane 4 9-5 (BF, D2)................P Mulrennan 91 4 (2) 2D1 Algheed (19) M Loughnane 3 8-12 (D)................K Shoemark — 5 (3) 123 Baby Alya (20) K Ryan 3 8-10 (D)................................ K Stott 99 6 (5) 441 Vanitas (8) D O’Meara 3 8-9 (D2)............................. J Watson 77 7 (4) P51 Celestial Queen (22) K Burke 3 8-3 (CD).................S James 99 BETTING: 3 Celestial Queen, 4 Star Jewel, 5 Ffion, Vanitas, 6 Algheed, 13-2 Baby Alya, 10 Last Sunset. 2020: ANGEL OF THE GLEN 3 9 0, Harrison Shaw(3) 16-1 (K Burke), drawn (8), 11 ran. 5.10 CALVERTS CARPETS HAMBLETON CUP HANDICAP (3) 1m 4f Winner £6,480 (6 run) RTV 1 (1) -12 Strawberry Rock (35) H Palmer 4 10-4 (BF, D)..James Doyle 95 2 (2) 526 Celtic Art (14) P & O Cole 4 10-0................................ K Stott 96 3 (3) 644 Eagle Court (12) D O’Meara 4 9-9.......................... J Watson 94 4 (5) 411 Southern Voyage (42) A Watson 3 9-4 (D)......K Shoemark 95 5 (4) 346 Liverpool Knight (65) A King 3 8-13 (D)..............M Harley 99 6 (6) 000 Harmonious (13) S Dixon 4 8-10........................ JP Sullivan 70 BETTING: 7-4 Southern Voyage, 3 Strawberry Rock, 9-2 Liverpool Knight, 5 Eagle Court, 6 Celtic Art, 33 Harmonious. 5.40 JENNY ROBERTS MILLINERY HANDICAP (4) (3-Y-O) 5f Winner £4,590 (8 run) RTV 1 (4) 051 Ready Freddie Go (34) O Pears 9-7 (CD2).........H Russell (3) 70 2 (1) 198 Ballintoy Harbour (17) P Midgley 9-7 (D3).............G Lee 89 3 (6) 314 Havagomecca (22) M Dods 9-2 (BF, D3)................ C Beasley 79 4 (2) 418 Follow Your Heart (36) K Ryan 8-11.................... K Stott 79 5 (7) 129 Khabib (17) R Craggs 8-11 (D2)............................P Hanagan 99 6 (3) 415 Country Carnival (19) D O’Meara 8-10 (D2)....... J Watson 99 7 (8) 320 Tees Spirit (17) Adrian Nicholls 8-9......................B McHugh 79 8 (5) 641 Runninwild (17) Mrs A Duffield 8-8..........................S Gray 70 BETTING: 7-2 Ready Freddie Go, 4 Ballintoy Harbour, 11-2 Runninwild, 6 Country Carnival, 13-2 Havagomecca, 8 Khabib, Follow Your Heart, 10 Tees Spirit. CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS HAYDOCK TODAY ASCOT TODAY Going: Good to firm Draw: In 5f & 6f races on soft ground high numbers have an advantage. Going: Good-good to firm in places Draw: No significant advantage. Hafit 1.15 Power Of Beauty Lord Glitters 1.45 My Oberon Vino Victrix 2.20 Vino Victrix Noble Masquerade 2.55 Noble Masquerade Starman (nap) 3.30 Art Power Jawwaal 4.05 Jawwaal Fast Medicine 5.15 Fast Medicine Wanees 2.00 Wanees Bouquet 2.35 Beautiful Secret Stay Well 3.10 Alfaadhel Maxi Boy 3.45 Documenting Sunrise Valley 4.20 Star Seeking First Edition 4.55 First Edition Under Curfew 5.30 King Of Stars 1.15 BETFAIR EXCHANGE ASCENDANT STAKES (LISTED) (1) (2-Y-O) 1m Winner £22,968 (4 run) RTV 1 (4) 110 Dukebox (70) R Hannon 9-2..................................S M Levey 70 2 (2) 1 Hafit (29) C Appleby 9-2............................................W Buick 84 3 (1) 112 Power Of Beauty (15) H Palmer 9-2...............T Marquand 99 4 (3) 321 Triple Time (29) K Ryan 9-2 (CD)............................. A Atzeni 90 BETTING: 11-8 Hafit, 7-4 Power Of Beauty, 4 Triple Time, 8 Dukebox. 2020: FANCY MAN 9 2, Ryan Moore 15-8 JtFav (R Hannon), drawn (9), 6 ran. 1.45 SUPERIOR MILE STAKES (GROUP 3) (1) 1m Winner £45,368 (5 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (1) 345 My Oberon (14) W Haggas 4 9-6 (D)..................T Marquand 86 2 (2) 101 Artistic Rifles (35) E Bethell 5 9-3 (D6)................ A Atzeni 70 3 (3) 304 Bell Rock (14) A Balding 5 9-3 (D).........................D Probert 84 4 (5) 442 Lord Glitters (14) D O’Meara 8 9-3 (D4)............ D Tudhope 99 5 (4) 217 Maydanny (16) M Johnston 5 9-3 (D2)...................J Fanning 78 BETTING: 11-8 Lord Glitters, 5-2 My Oberon, 4 Maydanny, 7 Bell Rock, 12 Artistic Rifles. 2020: TOP RANK 4 9 3, P J McDonald 11-2 (J Tate), drawn (2), 7 ran. FORM GUIDE: LORD GLITTERS 10-1 Held up in last, pushed along well over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, ran on well inside last, no match for winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Real World at York 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug. MY OBERON 4-1 Held up towards rear, pushed along well over 2f out, ridden well over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, no extra, 5th of 7, 5l behind Real World at York 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug. MAYDANNY 15-2 Close up, pushed along over 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 2 1/4l behind Cruyff Turn at York 1m hcap (2) gd in Aug. BELL ROCK 14-1 Chased leaders, shaken up 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Real World at York 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug. ARTISTIC RIFLES 3-1 Made all, going best 2f out, nudged along and pulled 3 lengths ahead entering final 1f, in full control final furlong and eased close home, won at Hamilton 1m hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul beating Marie’s Diamond by 2 1/4l, 5 ran. 2.20 ‘MY ODDS BOOST’ ON BETFAIR HANDICAP (2) (3-Y-O) 1m 6f Winner £51,540 (8 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (4) 241 Roseabad (17) M Johnston 9-7 (D).....................R Kingscote 91 2 (6) 020 Golden Flame (14) M Johnston 9-5 (D)................J Fanning 77 3 (1) 211 Valley Forge (14) A Balding 9-5 (D).....................D Probert 95 4 (5) 511 Vino Victrix (31) H Morrison 9-2 (D).................T Marquand 70 5 (2) 214 Praiano (13) R Varian 9-0 (BF)................................ A Atzeni 91 6 (8) 291 Oceanline (13) A King 9-0 (D2).................................W Buick 91 7 (7) 154 Contact (28) T D Barron 9-0.................................. R Dawson 99 8 (3) 114 Tynwald (19) R Hughes 8-11 (BF)........................ D Tudhope 84 BETTING: 2 Valley Forge, 4 Vino Victrix, 5 Praiano, 6 Oceanline, 8 Roseabad, 12 Contact, Tynwald, 16 Golden Flame. 2020: FAVORITE MOON 8 3, Andrea Atzeni 9-4 (W Haggas), drawn (4), 5 ran. FORM GUIDE: VALLEY FORGE 10-1 Mid-division, headway and going well over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden under 2f out, stayed on well, gamely, won at York 1m 6f Heritage Handicap (0-105) (3yo) (2) gd in Aug beating Moshaawer by 1/2l, 22 ran. VINO VICTRIX 5-4fav Settled in mid-division, headway to challenge over 2f out, led 2f out, ridden and went left over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug beating Al Kout by 1 1/2l, 7 ran. PRAIANO 11-4fav Towards rear, waiting for room 2f out, switched left and ridden over 1f out, headway 1f out, kept on well final furlong, never near to challenge, 4th of 12, 2l behind Oceanline at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug. OCEANLINE 17-2 Close up, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led 1f out, stayed on, won at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug beating Sovereign Duke by 1 1/4l, 12 ran. ROSEABAD 11-4 Made all, ridden 2f out, edged right inside final furlong, ran on, won at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Raymond by 4l, 5 ran. CONTACT 9-2 Steadied and switched right start, held up well off the pace in last pair, headway out wide edging right 2f out, went modest 4th towards finish, never on terms with leaders, 4th of 8, 6l behind State Of Bliss at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug. TYNWALD 13-8fav Went to post early, led but pressed, pushed along over 3f out, ridden hung left and headed 3f out, lost 2nd 2f out, weakened soon after, 4th of 5, 13l behind Noble Masquerade at Windsor 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug. GOLDEN FLAME 66-1 Tracked leaders, bumped 5f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 14th of 22, 27l behind Valley Forge at York 1m 6f Heritage Handicap (0-105) (3yo) (2) gd in Aug. 2.00 NATIONAL RACEHORSE WEEK BRITISH EBF NOVICE STAKES (4) (2-Y-O) 7f Winner £5,454 (7 run) SSR 1 (5) 1 Alotaibi (22) J & T Gosden 9-8 (D).......................... J Mitchell 99 2 (4) Brilliant Blue G L Moore 9-2...........................T P Queally — 3 (6) Everyonelovesagrey A West 9-2. Elisha Whittington (5) — 4 (2) Hannibal Barca B Meehan 9-2........................J P Spencer — 5 (1) 0 Land Of Eagles (13) A West 9-2............................. R Havlin 70 6 (7) 00 Petrila (49) R Hannon 9-2............................... L Browne (7) 82 7 (3) 6 Wanees (22) C Hills 9-2............................................D O’Neill 84 BETTING: 1-2 Alotaibi, 7-2 Wanees, 10 Hannibal Barca, 14 Brilliant Blue, 20 Petrila, 25 Everyonelovesagrey, 66 Land Of Eagles. 2020: AKMAAM 9 5, Martin Dwyer 12-1 (B Meehan), drawn (6), 10 ran. FORM GUIDE: ALOTAIBI 14-1 Chased leaders, headway to lead well over 1f out, pushed out final furlong, very readily, won at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug beating Oh Herberts Reign by 1/2l, 14 ran. WANEES 10-1 Mid-division, pushed along 2f out, one pace thereafter, not given hard time, 6th of 14, 8l behind Alotaibi at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug. HANNIBAL BARCA Zoffany colt out of Innocent Air. BRILLIANT BLUE Ribchester colt out of Sea Of Knowledge. PETRILA 66-1 Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened soon after, 13th of 17, 13l behind Tropez Power at Newbury 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gf in Jul. EVERYONELOVESAGREY Hellvelyn gelding out of Actionplatinum. LAND OF EAGLES 125-1 In rear, ridden 3f out, weakened soon after, last of 11, 14l behind King Of Conquest at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug. 2.35 FIRST DAYS BRITISH EBF FILLIES’ NOVICE STAKES (RND) (4) (2-Y-O) 1m Winner £5,454 (8 run) SSR 1 (3) 1 Destiny Queen (43) G Baker 9-6 (C)....................P Cosgrave 70 2 (7) 0 All About Alice (95) Martin Smith 9-0... Rhiain Ingram (3) — 3 (2) 2 Beautiful Secret (21) S bin Suroor 9-0 (BF)..........H Turner 86 4 (8) 3 Bouquet (56) J & T Gosden 9-0................................ R Havlin 99 5 (6) Canterbury Bell W Haggas 9-0........................R L Moore — 6 (4) Icy Lady A Balding 9-0............................................R Hornby — 7 (5) Mashaaer R Hannon 9-0........................................D O’Neill — 8 (1) Ottilien D Menuisier 9-0.....................................J P Spencer — BETTING: 9-4 Bouquet, 5-2 Beautiful Secret, 5 Canterbury Bell, 6 Destiny Queen, 8 Mashaaer, 12 Ottilien, Icy Lady, 200 All About Alice. 2020: LOVE IS YOU 9 0, Jason Watson 3-1 (R Charlton), drawn (1), 6 ran. FORM GUIDE: BOUQUET 18-1 Dwelt in rear, pushed along 3f out, headway entering final furlong, running on when not clear run towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Ardbraccan at Newmarket 7f mdn (3) gf in Jul. BEAUTIFUL SECRET 10-3fav Went left start, tracked leader close up, led well over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, kept on well, headed on close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Suspicious at Doncaster 1m mdn flls stks (5) gf in Aug. CANTERBURY BELL Ribchester filly out of Lavender Lane. DESTINY QUEEN 28-1 Tracked leaders far side of group, led 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at Ascot 7f 2yo fll nov stks (5) gf in Jul beating Loquace by 2l, 6 ran. MASHAAER Muhaarar filly out of Fleeting Smile. ICY LADY Norse Dancer filly out of Celestial Secret. OTTILIEN Holy Roman Emperor filly out of Vezina. ALL ABOUT ALICE 100-1 Went left and slowly into stride, chased leaders in centre, struggling over 3f out, soon edged left and behind, last of 12, 18l behind Ammolite at Lingfield 7f mdn flls stks (5) gf in Jun. 3.10 LAVAZZA STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP) (2) (3-Y-O) 1m 4f Winner £38,655 (10 run) ITV1/SSR 1 (7) 192 Alfaadhel (37) R Varian 9-7...................................D O’Neill 79 2 (5) 115 Wahraan (14) Sir M Stoute 9-5.............................R L Moore 82 3 (9) 411 Chalk Stream (26) W Haggas 9-3 (D2)....................C Fallon 79 4 (6) 742 Irish Legend (10) H Palmer 9-2 (BF)....................... N Callan 81 5 (10) 210 State Of Bliss (15) M Johnston 9-1 (CD)...................N Currie 79 6 (1) 041 Stay Well (23) H Morrison 8-12 (D).........................R Hornby 79 7 (4) -61 Champagne Piaff (16) G L Moore 8-11.................S W Kelly 79 8 (2) 551 Candleford (19) W Haggas 8-8...................A Farragher (5) 70 9 (3) 110 True Courage (14) M Bell 8-4 (D2)...................... D E Hogan 82 10 (8) 332 Auriferous (21) A Balding 8-2..............................W Cox (3) 99 BETTING: 11-4 Wahraan, 11-2 Chalk Stream, 6 Alfaadhel, 7 Champagne Piaff, 15-2 Irish Legend, Candleford, 10 Stay Well, 12 Auriferous, 14 Others. 2020: SHANDOZ 9 0, David Egan 7-2 Fav (R Varian), drawn (10), 10 ran. 2.55 BETFAIR EXCHANGE OLD BOROUGH CUP HAND- ICAP (2) 1m 6f Winner £41,232 (12 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (11) 320 Global Storm (14) C Appleby 4 9-10 (D)..................W Buick 99 2 (6) 583 Sextant (2) K Dalgleish 6 9-7............................. C Rodriguez 70 3 (9) 510 Alright Sunshine (70) K Dalgleish 6 9-5 (D)..B Garritty (3) 91 4 (2) 050 Nicholas T (17) J Goldie 9 9-4............................ B Robinson 86 5 (3) D45 Island Brave (17) H Main 7 9-4 (D).................... S De Sousa 89 6 (10) 045 Hochfeld (7) M Johnston 7 9-3 (D4)......................J Fanning 86 7 (12) 275 Rhythmic Intent (15) S C Williams 5 9-1.............S M Levey 96 8 (7) 602 Rajinsky (17) T Dascombe 5 8-13 (D)..................R Kingscote 94 9 (1) 768 The Trader (28) M Johnston 5 8-11........................ A Atzeni 77 10 (8) 222 Autumn War (8) I Williams 6 8-8 (D2)...................D Probert 94 11 (5) 456 Indianapolis (28) I Williams 6 8-5...................... R Dawson 99 12 (4) 121 Noble Masquerade (19) E J-Houghton 4 8-2.........H Doyle 89 BETTING: 4 Global Storm, 5 Noble Masquerade, 7 Rajinsky, 15-2 Rhythmic Intent, 8 Indianapolis, 10 Autumn War, Alright Sunshine, 12 Hochfeld, Island Brave, The Trader, 14 Others. 2020: EUCHEN GLEN 7 9 7, Paul Mulrennan 14-1 (J Goldie), drawn (11), 17 ran. FORM GUIDE: GLOBAL STORM 12-1 Towards rear, ridden and one pace 3f out, 10th of 20, 12l behind Sonnyboyliston at York 1m 6f hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in Aug. NOBLE MASQUERADE 7-4 Held up tracking leading pair, good headway on near side rail over 2f out, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug beating Leroy Leroy by 4l, 5 ran. RAJINSKY 7-1 Mid-division, ridden and headway well over 3f out, every chance 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Arcadian Sunrise at York 2m hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug. RHYTHMIC INTENT 22-1 Midfield, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, ran on strongly between horses final furlong, 5th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Sam Cooke at York 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug. INDIANAPOLIS 9-2 Held up in 7th, good headway out wide chasing leaders 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final 110 yards, 6th of 10, 3l behind Just Hubert at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug. ALRIGHT SUNSHINE 20-1 Mid-division, stayed on close home, 10th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Nicholas T at Newcastle 2m hcap (2) in Jun. AUTUMN WAR 4-1 Very slowly away, held up in rear, closed 3f out, went 3rd and hung right over 1f out, went 2nd and stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Just Hubert at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug. HOCHFELD 15-2 Led after 1f, pushed along and headed 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 5th of 7, 5l behind Indigo Times at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug. ISLAND BRAVE 18-1 Towards rear, ridden 4f out, stayed on steadily, no extra inside last, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Arcadian Sunrise at York 2m hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug. 3.30 SPRINT CUP STAKES (GRP 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) (1) 6f Winner £162,800 (11 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (2) 348 Art Power (36) T Easterby 4 9-3 (D2).................. S De Sousa 93 2 (6) 012 Emaraaty Ana (15) K Ryan 5 9-3 (D2)..................... A Atzeni 93 3 (1) 581 Garrus (6) C Hills 5 9-3 (D3)................................R Kingscote 88 4 (4) 260 Glen Shiel (27) A Watson 7 9-3 (D4).........................H Doyle 95 5 (10) 113 Starman (27) E Walker 4 9-3 (D5)......................T Marquand 99 6 (7) 001 Summerghand (7) D O’Meara 7 9-3 (CD)............ D Tudhope 88 7 (8) 152 Creative Force (39) C Appleby 3 9-1 (BF, D4)...........W Buick 92 8 (5) 405 Nando Parrado (21) C Cox 3 9-1 (D)..................... L Dettori 76 9 (3) -80 Supremacy (56) C Cox 3 9-1 (D3)............................... A Kirby 70 10 (11) 195 Chil Chil (15) A Balding 5 9-0 (D6).........................D Probert 92 11 (9) 031 Happy Romance (49) R Hannon 3 8-12 (D4).........S M Levey 88 BETTING: 10-11 Starman, 5 Creative Force, 8 Art Power, Glen Shiel, 14 Supremacy, 16 Happy Romance, Chil Chil, 20 Emaraaty Ana, 25 Others. 2020: DREAM OF DREAMS 6 9 3, Oisin Murphy 5-2 Fav (Sir M Stoute), drawn (11), 13 ran. FORM GUIDE: WAHRAAN 7-1 Dwelt, held up in rear, going ok in rear 2f out, soon ridden and not clear run over 1f out, stayed on well, 5th of 13, 2l behind Migration at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug. CHALK STREAM 6-5fav Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out in second, ridden along and progress to lead 2f out, went clear 1f out, easily, won at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug beating Barn Owl by 2 1/2l, 5 ran. ALFAADHEL 5-1 Slowly into stride, held up off the pace towards rear, headway out wide chasing leaders 3f out, every chance 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd post, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Qaader at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gs in Jul. CHAMPAGNE PIAFF 2-1fav Mid-division, good headway out wide chasing leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, edged right and went clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcap (3) gf in Aug beating Barenboim by 2 1/4l, 11 ran. CANDLEFORD 9-4 Tracked leader 8f out, hampered twice on bend and clipped heels halfway, ridden to lead and hung right over 1f out, driven clear final furlong, won at Windsor 1m 2f (5) in Aug beating Tall Order by 4l, 7 ran. IRISH LEGEND 6-5fav Raced keenly, soon tracking leader, ridden to lead inside final 2f, over soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, stayed on and rallied, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Tribal Art at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Aug. STAY WELL 10-1 Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, smooth headway and led 2f out, edged clear 1f out, all out, won at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Zikany by 3/4l, 6 ran. AURIFEROUS 9-2 Raced keenly, led, pushed along and joined 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and no chance with winner over 1f out, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Mojo Star at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo mdn (3) gd in Aug. STATE OF BLISS 9-1 Quickly away and led, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakening when short of room over 1f out, 13th of 15, 10l behind Sam Cooke at York 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug. TRUE COURAGE 33-1 Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders well over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 13th of 22, 27l behind Valley Forge at York 1m 6f Heritage Handicap (0-105) (3yo) (2) gd in Aug. 3.45 CAREYS FOUNDATION SUPPORTING THE LIGHTHOUSE CLUB HCAP (2) 7f Winner £28,862 (11 run) ITV1/SSR 1 (4) 003 Documenting (21) K Frost 8 9-10 (CD).................. T Whelan 95 2 (3) 306 Mystery Smiles (42) A Balding 3 9-7....................R Hornby 93 3 (11) 060 Orbaan (16) D O’Meara 6 9-6...............................J P Spencer 96 4 (2) 510 Baashir (16) C Hills 4 9-6 (D3)..................................D O’Neill 96 5 (8) 740 Cliffs Of Capri (16) J Osborne 7 9-3 (CD2)............D Costello 99 6 (6) 461 Via Serendipity (16) C Fellowes 7 8-13 (C2, D).............. .......................................................................... H Turner 96 7 (7) 023 Maxi Boy (22) M Bell 4 8-12......................................C Fallon 98 8 (1) 0/8 Ripp Orf (14) D Elsworth 7 8-10 (CD2)................... J Peate (7) 70 9 (10) 163 Silver Samurai (21) M Botti 4 8-10 (D)............... D E Hogan 96 10 (5) 122 Top Secret (22) Muir & Grassick 4 8-5 (CD)................N Currie 95 11 (9) 115 Mr Tyrrell (22) R Hannon 7 8-5 (D)........................K O’Neill 94 BETTING: 5 Via Serendipity, 11-2 Cliffs Of Capri, 13-2 Documenting, 7 Mystery Smiles, Top Secret, 15-2 Baashir, 10 Ripp Orf, Maxi Boy, 12 Others. 2020: DOCUMENTING 7 9 1, Ray Dawson(5) 14-1 (K Frost), drawn (8), 16 ran. FORM GUIDE: VIA SERENDIPITY 4-1 Held up off the pace in mid-division, headway chasing leaders when not clear run over 2f out, soon switched left, ridden to challenge over 1f out, ran on under pressure to lead final 110 yards, won going away, won at Windsor 1m hcap (3) gf in Aug beating Hieronymus by 1 1/2l, 10 ran. CLIFFS OF CAPRI 22-1 Raced wide in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Cruyff Turn at York 1m hcap (2) gd in Aug. DOCUMENTING 16-1 Held up towards rear, ridden and headway well over 1f out, pressed leaders inside last, kept on, always held, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Motawaajed at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug. MYSTERY SMILES 13-2 Started very slowly and lost many lengths, behind and no chance after, nearest finish, last of 6, 4 1/2l behind Guru at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul. TOP SECRET 5-1 Held up mid-division, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headway well over 1f out, pressed leaders inside last, kept on strongly, just denied, 2nd of 8, ns behind Neenee’s Choice at Newbury 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug. BAASHIR 10-1 Keen in touch, pushed along and headway 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 11th of 18, 4l behind Cruyff Turn at York 1m hcap (2) gd in Aug. MAXI BOY 5-1 Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 3l behind Power of Darkness at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug. RIPP ORF 14-1 Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, well beaten over 1f out, last of 8, 16l behind Silent Escape at Sandown 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug. MR TYRRELL 12-1 Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on one pace, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Spanish Star at Newbury 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug. FORM GUIDE: STARMAN 2-1 In touch, ridden to lead 1 1f out, headed and kept on, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Marianafoot at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 1 gs in Aug. CREATIVE FORCE 2-1fav Midfield, edged left and ridden 2f out, progress to chase leader entering final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Kinross at Goodwood 7f Grp 2 (1) sft in Jul. ART POWER 4-1 Slowly into stride, outpaced towards rear far side of group, pushed along and struggling halfway, never on terms, 8th of 13, 9l behind Suesa at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gs in Jul. GLEN SHIEL 20-1 Led, ridden 2f out, headed and faded, 10th of 12, 8l behind Marianafoot at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 1 gs in Aug. SUPREMACY 40-1 Tracked far side leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 15th of 19, 8l behind Starman at Newmarket 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jul. CHIL CHIL 22-1 Outpaced towards rear, ridden over 2f out, switched left and ran on final furlong, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Winter Power at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug. HAPPY ROMANCE 11-1 Tracked leaders in centre, headway and switched left between horses over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, quickened to lead final strides, won at Newbury 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul beating Diligent Harry by nk, 7 ran. EMARAATY ANA 40-1 Midfield, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on strongly final furlong but could not reach winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Winter Power at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug. SUMMERGHAND 16-1 Held up in last pair, headway over 2f out, ridden and chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newmarket 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug beating Tabdeed by 2 1/2l, 9 ran. GARRUS 6-1 Always prominent,ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 3 gd in Aug beating Duhail by 1 1/4l, 12 ran. NANDO PARRADO 40-1 Soon led and set strong pace, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, headed and weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Sacred at Newbury 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug. 4.05 BETFAIR BE FRIENDLY HANDICAP (2) 5f Winner £16,200 (10 run) RTV 1 (9) 219 Atalis Bay (63) M Botti 3 9-9 (CD)............................ A Atzeni 84 2 (1) 460 Stone Of Destiny (28) A Balding 6 9-8 (D2)........ S De Sousa 93 3 (4) 510 Mountain Peak (17) E Walker 6 9-7 (CD3)........T Marquand 90 4 (3) 177 Tone The Barone (28) S C Williams 5 9-6 (D8).......M Ghiani 70 5 (8) 154 Jawwaal (17) M Dods 6 9-6 (D4)............................D Probert 90 6 (5) 667 Jabbarockie (14) E Alston 8 9-4 (CD2).....................W Buick 99 7 (7) 021 Copper Knight (17) T Easterby 7 9-3 (D10)...............D Allan 90 8 (10) 375 Mondammej (17) A Brittain 4 8-11 (D)....................C Hardie 96 9 (2) 337 Get It (13) C Cox 3 8-9 (D)...........................................H Doyle 96 10 (6) 521 Be Proud (13) J Goldie 5 8-6 (D6)............... Miss A Waugh (5) 93 BETTING: 4 Copper Knight, 9-2 Be Proud, 5 Jawwaal, 13-2 Mondammej, 7 Mountain Peak, 8 Atalis Bay, 10 Stone Of Destiny, 12 Get It, Tone The Barone, 20 Jabbarockie. 2020: COUNT D’ORSAY 4 8 11, David Allan 11-1 (T Easterby), drawn (7), 11 ran. FORM GUIDE: COPPER KNIGHT 18-1 Chased leaders, led over 2f out, shaken up well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, always doing enough, won at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug beating Live In The Moment by 3/4l, 22 ran. BE PROUD 11-4fav Towards rear, waiting for room 2f out, switched right and ridden over 1f out, kept on well final 110yds, won going away, won at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug beating Global Prospector by 1/2l, 13 ran. JAWWAAL 33-1 Raced keenly towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside last, stayed on well, 4th of 22, 1 1/4l behind Copper Knight at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug. 5.15 BETTER ODDS ON BETFAIR EXCHANGE HANDICAP (4) 1m Winner £7,452 (11 run) RTV 1 (1) 185 Asdaa (16) M Johnston 5 9-12 (D)............................J Fanning 70 2 (10) 257 Star Shield (18) D O’Meara 6 9-11 (CD)............... D Tudhope 86 3 (7) 505 Gin Palace (16) E J-Houghton 5 9-11 (D5)................C Bishop 99 4 (11) 215 Old News (17) Mrs L Stubbs 4 9-10 (D2).....................H Doyle 78 5 (3) 043 Shawaamekh (8) D Carroll 7 9-10............................D Nolan 78 6 (4) 434 Chookie Dunedin (18) K Dalgleish 6 9-7........B Garritty (3) 74 7 (5) 123 Fast Medicine (18) P Chapple-Hyam 3 9-7.......... C Noble (3) 74 8 (6) 176 Sucellus (26) O Greenall 5 9-5 (BF, C)............Megan Nicholls 82 9 (9) 515 Lasting Legacy (21) C Fairhurst 4 9-4 (D2)......... S De Sousa 78 10 (2) 752 Perfect Swiss (6) T Easterby 5 9-0 (D5)....................D Allan 78 11 (8) 525 Typical Man (63) I Williams 3 8-13..........................W Buick 90 BETTING: 4 Perfect Swiss, 13-2 Fast Medicine, 7 Typical Man, 8 Shawaamekh, Lasting Legacy, Old News, 10 Asdaa, Chookie Dunedin, Star Shield, Sucellus, 12 Gin Palace. 2020: STAR SHIELD 5 9 12, Daniel Tudhope 17-2 (D O’Meara), drawn (14), 15 ran. 4.20 IRON STAND BRITISH EBF PREMIER FILLIES’ HCAP (STR) (2) 1m Winner £18,900 (11 run) SSR 1 (7) 056 Kestenna (43) J & T Gosden 3 9-7 (D)....................... R Havlin 82 2 (9) 682 Ready To Venture (20) W Haggas 3 9-6......A Farragher (5) 94 3 (3) 213 Rising Star (16) M Botti 3 9-6 (D2)...................S Cherchi (3) 96 4 (4) 112 Passionova (28) G Baker 3 9-6...........................P Cosgrave 90 5 (10) -22 Star Seeking (20) Sir M Stoute 3 9-3 (BF)..............R L Moore 99 6 (2) 812 Don’t Tell Claire (21) D & C Kubler 4 9-2 (D2)..... J Mitchell 96 7 (11) 111 Roman Mist (16) T Ward 3 9-1 (D3).........................D O’Neill 86 8 (1) 211 Sunrise Valley (25) Sir M Stoute 3 8-13 (D)............C Fallon 70 9 (6) 426 Serenading (30) J Fanshawe 5 8-13...................J P Spencer 90 10 (5) 932 Nebulosa (14) A Balding 3 8-12 (BF)......................W Cox (3) 94 11 (8) 1-3 State Occasion (14) R Beckett 3 8-11 (D)..............R Hornby — BETTING: 3 Sunrise Valley, 5 Passionova, 11-2 Star Seeking, 15-2 Ready To Venture, 8 Rising Star, 10 Roman Mist, 12 Don’t Tell Claire, Nebulosa, Serenading, 14 Others. 2020: DREAMLOPER 3 8 8, Luke Morris 9-2 (E Walker), drawn (3), 10 ran. FORM GUIDE: SUNRISE VALLEY 1-12fav Made all, drew clear of rivals 1f out, kept on well, canter, won at Chelmsford City 1m (5) pol in Aug beating Mr Fustic by 15l, 5 ran. PASSIONOVA 4-1 Midfield, switched right to challenge over 2f out, soon ridden for effort, kept on to go second inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Waliyak at Haydock 1m fll lst stks (1) sft in Aug. STAR SEEKING 13-8fav Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, steady headway 1f out, held every chance final furlong, always held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Lethal Talent at Chelmsford City 7f fll hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Aug. READY TO VENTURE 7-2 Held up in last, chased leaders 3f out, shaken up 2f out, ridden and headway well over 1f out, badly hampered on rail when pressing leader over 1f out, switched right and stayed on strongly inside last, just denied, 2nd of 4, shd behind Duty Of Care at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug. 4.55 FEVER-TREE HANDICAP (2) 6f Winner £10,823 (8 run) SSR 1 (7) 073 Lexington Dash (5) R Hannon 4 9-9 (D3)........ L Browne (7) 94 2 (8) 438 Royal Scimitar (7) C Cox 3 9-7 (D)..........................D O’Neill 94 3 (4) 315 Popmaster (28) E Walker 3 9-5 (BF, D3).................R L Moore 88 4 (2) 009 Tinto (6) A Perrett 5 9-3 (CD)....................................R Hornby 70 5 (6) 703 First Edition (6) C Cox 3 9-2.................................Doubtful 70 6 (5) 106 One Night Stand (42) W Jarvis 4 9-1 (D3).............. N Callan 99 7 (1) 910 Mokaatil (21) I Williams 6 9-0 (D2).............. B Sanderson (3) 86 8 (3) 781 Fortamour (33) B Haslam 5 8-8 (CD).......................C Fallon 86 BETTING: 9-4 Royal Scimitar, 5-2 Popmaster, 4 Fortamour, 13-2 Lexington Dash, 12 Mokaatil, One Night Stand, 14 Tinto. 2020: FORTAMOUR 4 8 5, Cieren Fallon 9-1 (B Haslam), drawn (2), 11 ran. 5.30 WINDSOR & ETON SEA CADETS HANDICAP (3) 5f Winner £6,480 (9 run) SSR 1 (3) 510 Blue De Vega (13) R Cowell 8 10-0 (CD2)........A Farragher (5) 88 2 (7) 205 King Of Stars (28) M Appleby 4 9-10 (D3)..............R Hornby 99 3 (2) 11 Mine’s A Double (45) C Cox 3 9-6 (D)....................R L Moore 70 4 (6) 423 Noorban (17) D O’Meara 3 9-5 (D2).....................J P Spencer 80 5 (5) 506 Concierge (13) M Attwater 5 9-2 (D3).................... W Carson 80 6 (1) 151 Devil’s Angel (14) J O’Keeffe 5 9-2 (D).....................C Fallon 80 7 (8) 569 Celsius (16) Tom Clover 5 9-0 (D5).......................... J Mitchell 88 8 (9) 123 Under Curfew (22) A Carroll 5 8-12 (D4)..Mollie Phillips (5) 80 9 (4) 574 Thegreatestshowman (25) A Murphy 5 8-9 (BF, D4)........ ...........................................................................S Cherchi (3) 84 BETTING: 2 Mine’s A Double, 4 Devil’s Angel, 6 Noorban, King Of Stars, 8 Under Curfew, 12 Blue De Vega, Thegreatestshowman, 16 Concierge, 20 Celsius. CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 39 STRATFORD TODAY NOVICES’ HURDLE (GBB RACE) (3) 2m Winner 1.25 £5,991 (7 run) RTV 1 314 Camprond (49) P Hobbs 5 11-8 (BF, D)........................T J O’Brien 99 2 221 Percy’s Word (12) D Skelton 7 11-4 (C).......................H Skelton 93 3 James Park Woods D F Davis 5 10-12.......... B Ffrench Davis (7) — 4 4-F Sharp Suited (73) B Ellison 6 10-12............................B Hughes 70 5 0- Night Bear A Carroll 4 10-10.................................. H Bannister 82 6 14- Punxsutawney Phil B Ellison 4 10-10 (D).................H Brooke — 7 00- Secret Moss (173) B Summers 6 10-5.................... C Hammond — BETTING: 8-11 Camprond, 9-2 Percy’s Word, 5 Punxsutawney Phil, 8 Sharp Suited, 16 Night Bear, 20 James Park Woods, 200 Secret Moss. 2020: FOR PLEASURE 5 11 8, Harry Bannister 9-4 (A Hales), 10 ran. 3.40 PARDY’S DAIRIES NOVICES’ CHASE (GBB RACE) (3) 1.55 2m 3f Winner £7,080 (4 run) RTV 1 111 Presentandcounting (16) D McCain 7 11-12 (C).....B Hughes 99 2 -64 Clever As A Fox (76) Dr R Newland 8 11-2........S Twiston-Davies — 3 454 Game In The Park (54) N King 8 11-2..........................J Quinlan 70 4 116 Hooper (49) N Henderson 5 11-2 (CD)............. B Ffrench Davis (7) — BETTING: Evens Hooper, 6-5 Presentandcounting, 15-2 Clever As A Fox, 100 Game In The Park. 2020: DARLING MALTAIX 7 11 2, Harry Cobden 5-1 (P Nicholls), 6 ran. FORM GUIDE: HOOPER 5-1 Chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, held final 150 yards, kept on, 6th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Stonific at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jul. PRESENTANDCOUNTING 11-8fav Jumped well, made all, clear 7th until 9th, left well clear 2 out, shaken up before last, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Stratford 2m 5f nov chs (3) gd in Aug beating Eglantine Du Seuil by 4l, 4 ran. CLEVER AS A FOX 7-1 Jumped right at times, chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, not fluent 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Mercian Prince at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Jun. GAME IN THE PARK 11-2 Held up in last pair, plugged on in modest 4th before 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 27l behind Candyman Can at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jul. CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ SELLING HANDICAP 2.30 HURDLE (5) 2m 3f Winner £2,342 (8 run) RTV 1 1-7 Falberto (85) J Coulson 6 11-12 (CD)............................F Gregory 96 2 338 Princess Ruby (21) N Twiston-Davies 5 10-13...........J Nailor (3) 87 3 367 Hats Off To Larry (16) O Greenall 7 10-10.............R Turner (3) 99 4 3-P Harbour Force N Mulholland 7 10-10..................... L Harrison 96 5 3U4 Bagan (12) T R Gretton 7 10-8 (C)................................. J Dixon (6) 96 6 -56 Wilde Water (14) D Burchell 7 10-0....................... C Hammond 78 7 568 New Zealander (16) G McPherson 4 10-0......... Lilly Pinchin (3) 70 8 658 Stage Power I Jardine 4 10-0......................................K Brogan 70 BETTING: 9-4 Bagan, 7-2 Falberto, 9-2 Princess Ruby, 11-2 Hats Off To Larry, 7 Harbour Force, 12 Wilde Water, 16 New Zealander, 20 Stage Power. 2020: DARIYA 5 10 8, Tom Buckley(6) 9-4 JtFav (C Longsdon), 8 ran. KEOGH & HOWS HANDICAP CHASE (3) 2m 7f 3.05 Winner £5,882 (4 run) RTV 1 F14 Solar Impulse (5) I Williams 11 11-12................. L Harrison (5) 79 2 141 Rhythm Is A Dancer (13) P Nicholls 8 11-9 (CD).........H Cobden 77 3 213 Licklighter (47) L Morgan 10 11-5.............................. A Wedge 99 4 111 Franz Klammer (37) P Pritchard 9 10-0 (CD3)........ A Thorne (5) 70 BETTING: 9-4 Rhythm Is A Dancer, 5-2 Licklighter, 3 Franz Klammer, Solar Impulse. 2020: PRINCETON ROYALE 11 11 7, Bryony Frost 20-1 (N King), 10 ran. FORM GUIDE: RHYTHM IS A DANCER 14-1 Led until 7th, led after next, jumped right 2 out, just headed when left in clear lead last, stayed on, won at Worcester 2m 7f Novice Limited Handicap Chase (4yo+) (3) gd in Aug beating Oscar Montel by 10l, 5 ran. LICKLIGHTER 9-2 Held up in rear, headway when not much room before 4 out, went 2nd 2 out until before final bend, no extra, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Dressedforsuccess at Cartmel 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jul. FRANZ KLAMMER 7-2fav Close up, niggled along over 2 out and soon pressed leader, led turning for home, pressed approaching last, ran on well flat and pulling away close home, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul beating King Golan by 4l, 16 ran. SOLAR IMPULSE 3-1 Held up behind leaders, not much room 4th, closed before 9th, not fluent 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 4th of 6, 45l behind Roi De Dubai at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Aug. WOLVERHAMPTON TODAY APPRENTICE HANDICAP (6) 1m 1f Winner £2,700 5.25 (9 run) SSR 1 (5) 544 Vocatus (16) M Appleby 5 9-12........................R Clutterbuck 74 2 (1) 122 Far From A Ruby (17) Muir & Grassick 4 9-12.... C Gahan (7) 82 3 (8) 524 Parikarma (14) E Dunlop 4 9-12.............................H Burns 86 4 (7) -82 Glendun (10) Harry Eustace 7 9-10........................P-L Jamin 74 5 (4) 089 Rocket Dancer (15) M & D Easterby 4 9-9........... W Pyle (7) 94 6 (2) 213 Boy In The Bar (15) I Williams 10 9-7..........Ellie Mackenzie 70 7 (6) 464 Ephemeral (40) K P De Foy 5 9-5.................C Hutchinson (3) 82 8 (9) 900 Kumasi (9) R Stephens 4 9-0.....................................T Heard 99 9 (3) 788 Gloryella (23) B Rothwell 5 8-7............ Laura Coughlan (3) — BETTING: 7-2 Parikarma, 4 Vocatus, Far From A Ruby, 9-2 Glendun, 11-2 Ephemeral, 10 Boy In The 7.00 Bar, 12 Rocket Dancer, 16 Kumasi, 100 Gloryella. 2020: LIAM’S LASS 4 9 8, April Pearson(7) 13-2 (Mrs P Sly), drawn (12), 12 ran. SCHOOL OF ROCK SEPTEMBER GRAND THEATRE 6.00 NOVICE STAKES (5) 7f Winner £3,672 (12 run) SSR 1 (6) Barney Too L Williamson 4 9-6.................................T Eaves — 2 (10) 31 Unique Cut (23) S & E Crisford 3 9-4 (D)..................R Coakley — 3 (8) 89 Alafdhal (115) P McEntee 3 9-2..............Grace McEntee (5) — 4 (5) 97 Clownsman (31) T Ward 3 9-2.........................P-L Jamin (5) — 5 (11) 66 Mc’ted (10) Joseph Parr 3 9-2...............................H Burns (5) 85 6 (12) 4 Old Flame (15) R Beckett 3 9-2 (BF).................... C Shepherd 95 7 (3) Pyrrhos T Ward 3 9-2...............................................J Bryan — 8 (9) 98 Shamadaan (10) Mitchell Hunt 3 9-2.................. T Heard (5) 81 9 (7) 23- Shobiz (410) C Hills 3 9-2 (BF).............................. David Egan — 10 (1) 9- Lady Iris (450) D Shaw 4 9-1...............................A Beech (5) — 11 (2) 3 Dubai Hope (24) S bin Suroor 3 8-11.............. S B Kirrane (5) 99 12 (4) 6-7 Title Track (15) C Cox 3 8-11......................................J Fahy 70 BETTING: 15-8 Dubai Hope, 7-2 Old Flame, 4 Unique Cut, Shobiz, 14 Pyrrhos, 16 Mc’ted, 25 Title Track, Clownsman, 33 Others. 2020: ROCKY DREAMS 3 9 2, Kieran O’Neill 6-1 (R Hannon), drawn (1), 11 ran. RESTRICTED NOVICE STAKES (GBB RACE) (5) (2-Y-O) 6.30 5f Winner £3,780 (9 run) SSR 1 (2) 193 May Blossom (23) D O’Meara 9-9 (D2)........... S B Kirrane (5) — 2 (8) 21 Loves Me Likearock (14) C Hills 9-2................ C Shepherd 96 3 (3) 05 Mr Ginja Ninja (10) D Shaw 9-0........................A Beech (5) 70 4 (6) 835 Alaskan Jewel (18) A Keatley 8-11...................L Edmunds 99 5 (7) 035 Rosa Mystica (18) R Hughes 8-11 (D)................. T Heard (5) — 6 (4) 9 Curb Appeal (92) V Dartnall 8-9.................C Hutchinson (5) — 7 (9) 3 Miss Anaco (17) B Millman 8-9.............................R Coakley — 8 (5) 326 Regal Rhapsody (24) G Boughey 8-9............... David Egan — 9 (1) 735 Rockprincess (26) K Ryan 8-9.................................T Eaves — BETTING: 7-4 Loves Me Likearock, 3 May Blossom, 13-2 Rosa Mystica, 8 Alaskan Jewel, Regal Rhapsody, Miss Anaco, 14 Rockprincess, 50 Curb Appeal, Mr Ginja Ninja. 2020: FAUSTUS 9 5, Callum Shepherd 11-2 (R Cowell), drawn (4), 11 ran. FORM GUIDE: LOVES ME LIKEAROCK 7-4fav Chased leaders, switched right final bend, led entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f 2yo nov stks (5) pol in Aug beating Pure Charmer by 2 3/4l, 11 ran. MAY BLOSSOM 16-1 Went left start, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged left then veered right inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Ana Gold at Beverley 5f 2yo fll nov stks (5) gd in Aug. ROSA MYSTICA 8-1 Went left start, in touch, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Adaay In Asia at Leicester 6f flls hcap (4) gf in Aug. ALASKAN JEWEL 13-2 Midfield, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Come Quick at Carlisle 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug. MISS ANACO 18-1 Chased leader, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, lost 2nd final 110 yards, no extra and just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Tyson at Bath 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug. REGAL RHAPSODY 10-1 Tracked leader on outer, pressed leader over 1f out, kept on until no extra and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Ballet Steps at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug. ROCKPRINCESS 22-1 Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, ridden along before 1f out, one pace, 5th of 8, 7l behind Lotus Rose at Ripon 5f 2yo nov stk (5) gs in Aug. CURB APPEAL 33-1 Slowly away, always towards rear, last of 9, 19l behind Kingboard Star at Bath 5f 2yo nov stk (3) gf in Jun. MR GINJA NINJA 300-1 Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 9l behind Dora Penny at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo nov stks (4) in Aug. Going: Standard Draw: Little effect. Going: Good to firmgood in places CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS Percy’s Word 1.25 Percy’s Word Presentandcounting 1.55 Presentandcounting Bagan 2.30 Princess Ruby Franz Klammer 3.05 Solar Impulse Jamacho 3.40 Jamacho Darling Du Large 4.15 Darling Du Large Minella Plus 4.50 Paddy Husseys Taxi HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY JAMIE BRISTER HANDICAP HURDLE (2) 2m Winner £8,387 (5 run) RTV 1 -12 Hang In There (49) E Lavelle 7 11-12 (CD)....... J A Anderson (10) 83 2 8-7 Daybreak Boy (41) M Gates 8 10-10 (D)...................... C Ring (3) 99 3 313 Jamacho (16) C Longsdon 7 10-0 (CD3).........................B Hughes 70 4 25- Torcello S Lycett 7 10-0 (D)...................................T Scudamore 83 5 321 Cousin Oscar (19) D McCain 9 10-0................ P J Kavanagh (10) 77 BETTING: 9-4 Hang In There, 5-2 Jamacho, 11-4 Cousin Oscar, 4 Torcello, 20 Daybreak Boy. 2020: JAMACHO 6 10 9, Brian Hughes 15-2 (C Longsdon), 8 ran. FORM GUIDE: HANG IN THERE 9-2 Jumped left at times, led until mistake 3 out, led again before next, headed flat, ran on, 2nd of 15, hd behind Stonific at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jul. JAMACHO 9-2 Raced out wide, jumped slowly 1st, held up in last pair, closer at 5th (water), went well held 2nd home turn until 3rd and one pace before the last, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Admiral’s Sunset at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug. COUSIN OSCAR 7-2 Made all, ridden before 2 out, always doing enough, won at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug beating Hurricane Ali by 1 3/4l, 5 ran. TORCELLO 12-1 Led early, tracked leader 6f, handy 3rd, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Golden Taipan at Kempton 2m NH flat (4) std in Feb. DAYBREAK BOY 66-1 Rear of mid-division, last after 7th, not fluent 4 out, well beaten before next, last of 7, 47l behind Ballon Onabudget at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jul. NAF RACING HANDICAP CHASE (4) 2m 1f Winner 4.15 £3,594 (8 run) RTV 1 311 Romanor (43) Seamus Mullins 7 11-7 (CD)..............D Sansom (3) 79 2 5-6 Ballyneety (49) Jonjo O’Neill 8 11-7......................W T Kennedy 82 3 -12 Darling Du Large (16) T R George 8 11-6....................J J Burke 76 4 324 Atlantic Storm (3) B Summers 9 11-5 (CD3)......... C Hammond 70 5 -U6 Away For Slates (104) M Harris 11 11-3 (D).........M Bastyan (3) 82 6 452 Larch Hill (21) C & A Pogson 8 11-3 (D).......................B Hughes 99 7 2-7 Jarlath (14) Seamus Mullins 10 11-2 (C, D)..................K Jones (3) 82 8 228 Ambassador (49) D Skelton 4 11-0.............................H Skelton — BETTING: 5-2 Romanor, 10-3 Darling Du Large, 7-2 Ambassador, 8 Larch Hill, Atlantic Storm, 10 Jarlath, 14 Ballyneety, 16 Away For Slates. 2020: TIKKINTHEBOX 8 11 12, Bryan Carver(5) 5-1 JtFav (J Scott), 11 ran. FORM GUIDE: ROMANOR 7-4fav Raced keenly, chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, challenged 4 out, stayed on flat, led close home, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jul beating Schmidt by 3/4l, 5 ran. DARLING DU LARGE 4-1 Held up last, hit 3 out, headway into 2nd before the last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Admiral’s Sunset at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug. AMBASSADOR 11-1 Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, never dangerous, no extra final 150 yards, 8th of 15, 6l behind Stonific at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jul. ANDY TOWNSEND MEMORIAL OPEN NH FLAT RACE 4.50 (GBB RACE) (5) 2m Winner £1,906 (7 run) RTV 1 Paddy Husseys Taxi N Mulholland 5 11-0......S Twiston-Davies — 2 P-3 Strensham Court (67) S Drinkwater 6 11-0..........D Burton (5) 99 3 0- Larusso (207) S Edmunds 4 10-12............................. C Gethings 70 4 5 Minella Plus (111) D McCain 4 10-12.........................B Hughes — 5 Rock On Rani S Curran 4 10-12............................... H Bannister — 6 Time Delay Ben Clarke 4 10-12.....................................B R Jones — 7 8 Triptothecity (12) N King 4 10-5...............................J Quinlan — BETTING: 9-4 Strensham Court, 11-4 Larusso, 4 Paddy Husseys Taxi, 9-2 Minella Plus, 10 Triptothecity, 16 Rock On Rani, 20 Time Delay. CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS Glendun 5.25 Parikarma Shobiz 6.00 Unique Cut Miss Anaco 6.30 May Blossom General Panic 7.00 zebelle Bashosh 7.30 Fair Star Villanelle 8.00 Villanelle Lexington Fury 8.30 Ford Madox Brown NURSERY (4) (2-Y-O) 6f Winner £4,050 (9 run) SSR 1 (8) 120 Roman Dragon (17) T Dascombe 9-7 (D2).......P-L Jamin (5) — 2 (3) 318 Lovely Mana (22) D Loughnane 9-2 (C).............. David Egan 97 3 (7) 103 El Hadeeyah (14) J Tate 9-2 (D).......................... C Shepherd 97 4 (1) 652 Mohi (26) C Cox 9-2.......................................................J Fahy 91 5 (6) 312 General Panic (73) S P C Woods 9-2 (BF, D)........ S Woods (5) 70 6 (2) 118 Zebelle (22) G Boughey 9-1.............................. M Crehan (3) — 7 (9) 023 Sterling Knight (10) E Dunlop 8-9...................H Burns (5) 99 8 (5) 032 Beauzon (10) D O’Meara 8-6................................... F Norton 97 9 (4) 065 Dash For It (14) R Hughes 8-4............................ T Heard (5) 93 BETTING: 7-2 Mohi, 5 El Hadeeyah, 11-2 General Panic, 13-2 Zebelle, 7 Lovely Mana, 15-2 Roman Dragon, 8 Beauzon, 10 Sterling Knight, 14 Dash For It. GRAND THEATRE WE WILL ROCK YOU HANDICAP 7.30 (3) 1m 4f Winner £6,281 (7 run) SSR 1 (2) -76 Petite Jack (21) R Teal 8 10-0 (D5)....................P-L Jamin (5) — 2 (6) 372 Sky Defender (6) M Johnston 5 9-13 (D)................ F Norton 99 3 (1) -60 Big Team (198) S bin Suroor 4 9-11 (C)............. S B Kirrane (5) 70 4 (4) 521 Snow Ocean (57) P Evans 5 9-8 (C)............................T Eaves 93 5 (7) 2-2 Fair Star (245) B Ellison 5 9-8 (BF, C2)................. C Shepherd 94 6 (3) 113 Bashosh (30) R Varian 3 9-2 (BF)........................ David Egan — 7 (5) 412 Possible Man (20) Sir M Stoute 3 9-0.............. M Crehan (3) 80 BETTING: 9-4 Bashosh, 4 Possible Man, 9-2 Sky Defender, 5 Fair Star, 13-2 Snow Ocean, 8 Big Team, 20 Petite Jack. BILLIONAIRE BOY AT THE GRAND THEATRE HAND- 8.00 ICAP (6) 1m 4f Winner £2,700 (7 run) SSR 1 (2) 446 Financial Conduct (20) M Appleby 7 9-12 (D3)..T Ladd (3) 99 2 (1) 604 Hooflepuff (25) B Ellison 5 9-10 (CD3).............. C Shepherd 94 3 (6) 123 Villanelle (39) J Portman 4 9-9 (BF, D)......R Clutterbuck (5) 70 4 (4) 471 Power On (9) J Butler 3 9-8................................ David Egan 94 5 (3) 391 Lunar Shadow (25) A King 3 9-4 (D)........Georgina King (7) 91 6 (7) 672 Perthshire (18) M Usher 3 9-3...............Ellie Mackenzie (5) 96 7 (5) 77/ Gustave Aitch Mrs S Leech 5 9-0..........................R Coakley — BETTING: 10-3 Lunar Shadow, 7-2 Perthshire, 4 Hooflepuff, 9-2 Villanelle, Power On, 8 Financial Conduct, 50 Gustave Aitch. FORM GUIDE: LUNAR SHADOW 11-2 Tracked leaders, asked for effort at 3f, switched right at 2f, made headway inside final furlong, ran on well to lead close home, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug beating Alambrista by nk, 5 ran. PERTHSHIRE 22-1 In touch, headway 2f out, ridden edged right and every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Colinton at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (6) in Aug. HOOFLEPUFF 7-1 Keen tracked leaders, pressed leader 5f out, pushed along and every chance 2f out, not quicken final furlong, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Genesius at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) in Aug. MAMMA MIA! AT THE GRAND 2023 HANDICAP (5) 8.30 (3-Y-O) 1m 1f Winner £3,240 (6 run) SSR 1 (1) -41 Lexington Fury (8) R Hannon 9-8........................ F Norton 70 2 (4) 452 Ford Madox Brown (19) D O’Meara 9-7 (C)..S B Kirrane (5) 99 3 (2) 653 Adaay Dream (28) T Dascombe 9-6..................P-L Jamin (5) — 4 (3) 751 Arcadian Nights (12) M Channon 9-5 (CD)...... David Egan 88 5 (6) 061 Dark Esteem (40) R Teal 9-1 (CD)..................... M Crehan (3) 89 6 (5) 552 Wurlitzer (24) A King 8-12..................................R Coakley 90 BETTING: 7-2 Adaay Dream, 4 Lexington Fury, 9-2 Wurlitzer, Ford Madox Brown, Arcadian Nights, 5 Dark Esteem. Star appeals at Haydock Park Starman can cement his champion sprinter-elect status with a second Group One victory in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock. The four-year-old has been backed to the exclusion of virtually everything else all week - and for good reason after what has been a highly-successful campaign so far. Ed Walker took the wraps off his stable star at York back in May, when he shrugged off the disadvantage of ease in the ground to win the Duke of York Stakes. RESULTS ASCOT Going: Good-good to firm in places 1.20 (6f, £5,454): 1, KHANJAR (J Crowley) 5-4 Fav; 2, Stubble Field 80-1; 3, Chorus Girl 7-1. 8 ran. nk, 4l. (W Haggas). Tote: Win £2.10; Pl £1.10, £14.00, £1.70. Exacta: £125.90. Trifecta: £700.60. CSF: £140.67. 1.55 (7f, £9,720): 1, SAGA (L Dettori) 2-5 Fav; 2, Koy Koy 12-1; 3, Monet’s Sunrise 4-1. 7 ran. 1¼l, 2¼l. (J & T Gosden). Tote: Win £1.20; Pl £1.10, £4.10. Exacta: £6.30. Trifecta: £14.20. CSF: £7.31. 2.30 (1m, £6,480): 1, TWAASOL (J Crowley) 9-1; 2, Ajyaall 9-4 Fav; 3, Piece Of History 8-1. 8 ran. ¾l, ½l. (Owen Burrows). Tote: Win £9.80; Pl £2.10, £1.30, £2.00. Exacta: £34.40. Trifecta: £225.50. CSF: £29.71. 3.05 (1m 4f, £11,340): 1, RECOVERY RUN (D Probert) 3-1; 2, Bugle Major 9-1; 3, Protected Guest 22-1. Also: 5-4 Fav Love Is Golden. 5 ran. 4l, ½l. (A Balding). Tote: Win £3.00; Pl £1.60, £3.40. Exacta: £21.00. Trifecta: £117.80. CSF: £26.43. 3.40 (1m, £10,823): 1, UNCLE BRYN (L Dettori) 5-2; 2, Walhaan 7-2; 3, You’re Hired 16-1. Also: 9-4 Fav Fantastic Fox. 7 ran. ¾l, shd. (J & T Gosden). Tote: Win £2.90; Pl £1.70, £2.10. Exacta: £12.50. Trifecta: £50.50. CSF: £12.05. 4.10 (6f, £4,374): 1, PRONTISSIMO (J Crowley) 2-1 Fav; 2, Bernardo O’Reilly 8-1; 3, Louie de Palma 9-2. 7 ran. 1½l, ¾l. (Patrick Owens). Tote: Win £2.50; Pl £1.40, £4.00. Exacta: £16.70. Tricast: £63.41. Trifecta: £72.80. CSF: £18.23. NR: Beauty Choice. 4.45 (7f, £4,385): 1, DARK SHIFT (R L Moore) 10-3 Fav; 2, Papacito 4-1; 3, May Night 12-1. 8 ran. ¾l, 1½l. (C Hills). Tote: Win £4.00; Pl £1.40, £1.70, £3.00. Exacta: £17.20. Tricast: £142.57. Trifecta: £149.90. CSF: £17.04. PLACEPOT: Dividend: £37.30. HAYDOCK Going: Good to firm 1.10 (1m 2f, £4,752): 1, FAIRMAC (F Norton) 6-4 Fav; 2, Miramichi 9-4; 3, Sandret 8-1. 4 ran. 1½l, ½l. (M Johnston). Tote: Win £2.20; Exacta: £5.30. Trifecta: £12.70. CSF: £5.02. NR: Bake. 1.45 (6f, £5,400): 1, RISHES BAAR (D Tudhope) 28-1; 2, Vertiginous 1-3 Fav; 3, Gabriella’s Spirit 50-1. 8 ran. nk, 3¼l. (D O’Meara). Tote: Win £28.50; Pl £4.50, £1.02, £7.30. Exacta: £46.00. Trifecta: £559.00. CSF: £40.38. NR: Benefit. 2.20 (6f, £13,500): 1, REGIONAL (D Tudhope) 6-1; 2, Mitrosonfire 4-1; 3, Be Proud 17-2. Also: 11-4 Fav Edraak. 7 ran. 1¼l, hd. (E Bethell). Tote: Win £6.70; Pl £3.00, £2.70. Exacta: £34.30. Trifecta: £285.40. CSF: £28.65. 2.55 (5f, £4,752): 1, SOUND OF IONA (Miss A Waugh) 7-1; 2, Buniann 9-1; 3, Amor de Mi Vida 9-1. Also: 9-4 Fav Good Luck Fox. 10 ran. ½l, ½l. (J Goldie). Tote: Win £7.30; Pl £2.50, £3.40, £3.20. Exacta: £67.50. Tricast: £588.15. Trifecta: £436.30. CSF: £69.14. 3.30 (1m, £5,400): 1, IMPROVISE (O Murphy) 3-1; 2, Smiling Jayne 7-2; 3, Auntie Margaret 11-1. Also: 11-4 Fav Thebeautifulgame. 6 ran. hd, nk. (M Bell). Tote: Win £3.70; Pl £2.30, £2.40. Exacta: £15.10. Trifecta: £76.30. CSF: £12.90. 4.00 (7f, £4,752): 1, TADREEB (F Norton) 11-5; 2, Invincibly 13-2; 3, Beheld 11-8 Fav. 5 ran. 1l, ½l. (M Johnston). Tote: Win £3.00; Pl £1.80, statistics Weight watcher Horses which have dropped most from previous winning handicap marks in the last two years. ASCOT: 3.45 Orbaan (won off 100 down 3lb to 97); 4.55 Fortamour (4lb); Tinto (9lb); 5.30 Concierge (3lb); Celsius (4lb); Blue De Vega (5lb). HAYDOCK: 2.55 Indianapolis (won off 97 down 12lb to 85); 5.15 Gin Palace (8lb); Sucellus (14lb). KEMPTON: 1.00 The Blue Bower (won off 74 down 3lb to 71); Tipperary Jack (8lb); 4.25 Makambe (6lb). STRATFORD: 3.40 Jamacho (won off 123 down 6lb to 117). THIRSK: 3.25 True Blue Moon (won off 77 down 4lb to 73); Parys Mountain (5lb). WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.25 Rocket Dancer (won off 64 down 3lb to 61); Boy In The Bar (23lb); 8.00 Power On (3lb); Hooflepuff (8lb). Downgraded Horses dropped two grades or more from their previous race. HAYDOCK: 1.15 Dukebox (down 2 grades), 4.05 Atalis Bay (dn 2). ASCOT: 4.20 Kestenna (down 2). KEMPTON: 1.00 Stone Circle (down 2), 1.30 Neptune Legend (down 2). THIRSK: 1.40 Signorina Merisi (down 3), 2.15 Sharvara (down 2), 2.50 Blenheim Boy (down 2), 2.50 Killearn (down 2), 2.50 Oh Herberts Reign (down 2), 5.40 Ballintoy Harbour (down 2). WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.25 Vocatus (down 2), 6.30 Curb Appeal (down 2), 7.00 Roman Dragon (down 2). STRATFORD: 4.15 Ambassador (down 2). Stable movers Horses which are having their first run for a new trainer. RMG EXTRAS: 4.40 Alajab (A) (F Rohaut to P Collington), 4.40 Heavy rain at Ascot scuppered an intended Diamond Jubilee run subsequently, but back on fast ground at Newmarket he showed his rivals a clean pair of heels in the July Cup - with the likes of the reopposing Creative Force, Art Power and Glen Shiel all in behind. A subsequent trip to France yielded no joy in the Maurice de Gheest when soft ground and an extra half-furlong proved too a step too far, but he was not disgraced in being beaten less than two lengths in third. £2.50. Exacta: £15.80. Trifecta: £32.00. CSF: £16.03. NR: Great News. 4.30 (1m 6f, £4,752): 1, DREAMWEAVER (T Marquand) 9-4 Fav; 2, Arctic Fox 4-1; 3, Ottonian 7-1. 6 ran. ½l, 1¼l. (E Walker). Tote: Win £3.10; Pl £1.70, £2.10. Exacta: £11.90. Trifecta: £39.10. CSF: £10.76. PLACEPOT: Dividend: £189.90. NEWCASTLE Going: Standard 1.00 (1m 4f, £2,700): 1, PEERLESS PERCY (C Beasley) 9-4 Fav; 2, Monash 3-1; 3, Amourie 5-1. 10 ran. 1¼l, 1½l. (M Dods). Tote: Win £2.90; Pl £1.20, £1.80, £1.90. Exacta: £10.60. Tricast: £29.80. Trifecta: £39.50. CSF: £8.80. 1.35 (1m 2f, £3,510): 1, TILSITT (P Mathers) 14-1; 2, Global Art 6-1; 3, Twisted Dreams 15-8 Fav. 9 ran. ½l, ¾l. (R M Smith). Tote: Win £9.10; Pl £2.20, £1.70, £1.40. Exacta: £66.80. Tricast: £233.45. Trifecta: £324.80. CSF: £96.42. 2.10 (1m, £3,672): 1, BASHKIROVA (D Costello) 2-1 JtFav; 2, Alrehb 11-1; 3, Nizaaka 6-1. Also: 2-1 JtFav Discover Dubai. 11 ran. ½l, 2½l. (W Haggas). Tote: Win £2.80; Pl £1.10, £2.90, £2.00. Exacta: £21.50. Trifecta: £110.80. CSF: £27.51. 2.45 (1m, £10,308): 1, SANITISER (M Tabti) 9-2; 2, Truely Aclaimed 9-1; 3, Highland Premiere 15-2. Also: 3-1 Fav Strozzi. 9 ran. nk, 4¼l. (P & O Cole). Tote: Win £5.00; Pl £1.80, £2.90, £3.00. Exacta: £42.40. Tricast: £298.89. Trifecta: £273.10. CSF: £44.88. 3.20 (7f, £2,700): 1, BRAZEN BOLT (J Hart) 13-8 Fav; 2, Moonbootz 40-1; 3, Nat Love 15-2. 14 ran. ¾l, ns. (J J Quinn). Tote: Win £2.50; Pl £1.50, £9.60, £3.00. Exacta: £64.10. Tricast: £427.01. Trifecta: £583.30. CSF: £97.02. 3.50 (7f, £2,700): 1, LEXINGTON WARFARE (B McHugh) 7-1; 2, Musahaba 10-1; 3, Oriental Lilly 18-1. Also: 5-2 Fav Nibras Shadow. 11 ran. 1l, hd. (R Fahey). Tote: Win £8.10; Pl £3.10, £3.40, £5.10. Exacta: £71.80. Tricast: £1229.71. Trifecta: £1335.10. CSF: £72.08. NR: Sea Storm, Youarenotforgiven. 4.20 (6f, £5,994): 1, TATSUMAKI (S Cherchi) 11-8 Fav; 2, Designer 12-1; 3, Leuven Power 9-4. 14 ran. 2l, 2½l. (M Botti). Tote: Win £2.30; Pl £1.30, £2.80, £1.50. Exacta: £19.30. Trifecta: £66.10. CSF: £19.22. 4.55 (5f, £3,672): 1, DUSKY LORD (J Mitchell) 8-15 Fav; 2, Twilight Secret 11-4; 3, Tantastic 14-1. 6 ran. nk, 1¾l. (R Varian). Tote: Win £1.20; Pl £1.10, £1.50. Exacta: £2.50. Trifecta: £7.30. CSF: £2.16. JACKPOT: £10,000.00, with £3,835.11 carried over PLACEPOT: Dividend: £272.30. Alghanny (A) (F Rohaut to P Collington), 4.40 Bayan Athbah (A) (F Sanchez to P Collington). HAYDOCK: None. ASCOT: None. KEMPTON: 3.50 Mr Professor (J Tuite to Alice Haynes). THIRSK: 2.50 Oliver’s Army (K Ryan to M Dods), 5.10 Liverpool Knight (J & T Gosden to A King). WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.00 Alafdhal (Fre Head to P McEntee), 6.00 Lady Iris (F H Graffard to D Shaw), 6.30 Curb Appeal (Paul George to V Dartnall). STRATFORD: 4.15 Larch Hill (N Twiston-Davies to C & A Pogson), 4.50 Minella Plus (J Nallen to D McCain). Race trends Highlighting any races which a trainer has won twice or more in the past 10 years. ASCOT J & T Gosden won the 2.00 in 2018 and ‘19. R Varian won the 3.10 in 2014, ‘19 and ‘’. E Walker won the 4.55 in 2018 and ‘19. HAYDOCK A Balding won the 2.20 in 2016 and ‘19. T Easterby won the 4.05 in 2013 and ‘’. I Williams won the 2.55 in 2018 and ‘19. KEMPTON None. STRATFORD C Longsdon won the 3.40 in 2016 and ‘’. WOLVERHAMPTON C Hills won the 6.30 in 2017 and ‘18. S bin Suroor won the 7.30 in 2017 and ‘19. M Johnston won the 7.30 in 2014 and ‘16. Britain hit 100-medal mark with three golds Great Britain won three more gold medals as they passed the 100-medal mark on day 10 of the Tokyo Paralympics. The golds went to canoeist Emma Wiggs and athletes Jonathan Broom-Edwards and Owen Miller. Wiggs was victorious in the VL2 200m event - the first time that the Va’a boat, which is an outrigger canoe with a support float and is used with a singlebladed paddle - has been raced at the Paralympics. She will aim to defend her KL2 kayak title today. World champion Broom- Edwards, a silver medallist in Rio, went one better this time in the T64 category by clearing 2.10m with his second attempt for gold after he needed three efforts at 2.07m. Miller, making his Paralympic debut, put in a strong final lap to win the T20 1500m in three minutes 54.57 seconds, ahead of Russian Alexander Rabotnitskii. Beth Munro made history with Britain’s first taekwondo medal at the Paralympics with silver in the -58kg event. The 28-year-old from Liverpool, who only took up the sport in late 2019, lost 32-14 to Denmark’s Lisa Gjessing, the four-time world champion. The GB men’s wheelchair basketball team will play Spain for bronze on Sunday after a 79-68 loss to hosts Japan in the semi-finals. It is the sixth Games in a row that GB have been in the third and fourth play-off. On the final day of the swimming programme, there was heartbreak for Britain’s Stephen Clegg who was beaten to gold by 0.06 seconds in the final of the S12 100m butterfly. There was also silver for wheelchair tennis pair Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett in the men’s doubles, the tandem pair of Sophie Unwin and her pilot Jenny Holl in the women’s B road race and for the class 6-7 table tennis team of Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak. The universal relay team of Libby Clegg and her guide Chris Clarke, Jonnie Peacock, Ali Smith and Nathan Maguire were upgraded to silver from bronze after China were disqualified. USA took the gold. There were bronzes for Jordanne Whiley in wheelchair tennis singles, Jeanette Chippington and Rob Oliver in Para-canoe and athlete Hannah Taunton, as well as javelin thrower Hollie Arnold. OFFICIALHORSERACING COMMENTARY AND RESULTS Cal09016094248 Calscost65pperminplusyourtelephonecompany’snetworkaccesscharge.18+only. SP:Spoke.Helpline:03332023390

40 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline WEEKEND FIXTURES Today FOOTBALL World Cup qualifying Group A (1945BST unless stated: Republic of Ireland v Azerbaijan (1700). Serbia v Luxembourg (1700BST). Group D: Finland v Kazakhstan (1400BST). Ukraine v France. Group F: Faroe Islands v Denmark. Israel v Austria. Scotland v Denmark. Group G: Gibraltar v Turkey. Holland v Montenegro. Latvia v Ukraine (1700BST). Group H: Cyprus v Russia (1700BST). Slovakia v Croatia. Slovenia v Malta (1700BST). Sky Bet League One (1500 unless stated): Accrington v Shrewsbury. AFC Wimbledon v Oxford. Cheltenham v MK Dons. Doncaster v Cambridge. Fleetwood v Wigan. Gillingham v Charlton. Lincoln v Rotherham. Sheff Wed v Sunderland. Wycombe v Ipswich. League Two: Bradford v Walsall. Bristol Rovers v Crawley. Carlisle v Salford. Colchester v Sutton. Exeter v Forest Green. Mansfield v Harrogate. Newport v Leyton Orient. Northampton v Scunthorpe. Oldham v Barrow. Port Vale v Rochdale. Stevenage v Swindon. Tranmere v Hartlepool. FA Cup qualifying: Merthyr Town v Hamworthy Utd FAW Welsh Cup, Round 2 (South): Aberystwyth Town v Aber Valley, Barry Town United v Goytre, Carmarthen Town v Trethomas Bluebirds, Dinas Powys v Afan Lido, Goytre United v Taffs Well, Haverfordwest County v Brecon Corries, Monmouth Town v Llanelli, Pencoed Athletic v Llantwit Major, Penrhyncoch v Ynyshir Albions, Penybont v Undy Athletic, Pontardawe Town v Cardiff Met University, Pontypridd Town v Penydarren BGC, Swansea University v Caldicot Town, Ynysygerwn v Cambrian & Clydach RUGBY UNION Friendlies: Leicester v Dragons (1400), Hartpury University v Ospreys (1400), Scarlets v Nottingham (14.30), Harlequins v Cardiff (1500) WRU Championship Cup, Group 1: Bargoed v Cross Keys Group 2: Beddau v Cardiff Met Group 3: Neath v Maesteg Quins Group 4: Narberth v Ystalyfera WRU Plate, District A1: Abergavenny v Brynmawr, Blackwood v Ynysddu District A2: Caerleon v Cwmbran District A3: Monmouth v Oakdale, Pill Harriers v Newport HSOB District A4: Pontypool United v Risca District B1: Rhiwbina v St Peters, Rumney v Llanishen District B2: Barry v Taffs Well, Cowbridge v Dinas Powys District C1: Abercwmboi v Mountain Ash, Abercynon v Treharris District C2: Gilfach Goch v Rhydyfelin, Llantrisant v Ynysybwl District C3: Porth Harlequins v Treorchy District C4: Nelson v Caerphilly District C5: Brecon v Bedlinog, Builth Wells v Dowlais District D1: Aberavon Quins v Maesteg Celtic, Pencoed v Heol y Cyw District D2: Bridgend Athletic v Kenfig Hill, Nantyffyllon v Tondu District D3: Bridgend Sports v Skewen, Porthcawl v Pyle WRU Bowl, District A1: Aberbargoed v Rhymney, Abertysswg v Blackwood Stars District A2: Abercarn v Hafodyrynys, Abertillery BG v Fleur de Lys District A3: Blaina v Garndiffaith, Nantyglo v Tredegar Ironsides District A4: Trinant v Whitehead District A5: Chepstow v St Julians HSOB, New Panteg v Machen District B1: Caerau Ely v Llandaff, Canton v Llandaff North District B2: CR Cymry Caerdydd v Cardiff Quins, Llantwit Major v St Albans District B3: Old Penarthians v Llanharan, Penarth v Pontyclun District C1: Tylorstown v Penygraig, Wattstown v Treherbert District C2: Cefn Coed v Hirwaun, Deri v Ynysowen District D1: Bryncethin v Nantymoel, Cefn Cribwr v Maesteg District D2: Briton Ferry v Bryncoch, Neath Athletic v Pontrhydyfen District D3: Aberavon Green Stars v Taibach, Baglan v Cwmafan WRU Shield, District A1: Cwmcarn United v Brynithel, Pontllanfraith v Crumlin District A2: Hollybush v Tredegar, Trefil v Markham. District A3: Malpas v Bettws, Rogerstone v Girling District A4: Abersychan v Old Tyleryan, Forgeside v West Mon District B1: Cardiff Internationals v Whitchurch, Cardiff Saracens v Sully View District C1: Ferndale v Tref y Clawdd District D1: Brackla v Tonna, Ogmore Vale v Pontycymmer CRICKET Fourth Test, Kia Oval: England v India. MOTOR RACING Zandvoort: Dutch Grand Prix qualifying (1400BST). RACING Ascot, Haydock, Kempton, Stratford, Thirsk, Wolverhampton. Tomorrow FOOTBALL World Cup qualifying Group B (1945BST unless stated): Kosovo v Greece. Spain v Georgia. Group C: Bulgaria v Lithuania (1700BST). Switzerland v Italy. Group E: Belarus v Wales (1400BST). Belgium v Czech R. Group I: Albania v Hungary (1700BST), England v Andorra (1700). San Marino v Poland. Group J: Germany v Armenia. Iceland v North Macedonia (1700BST). Romania v Liechtenstein. RUGBY UNION WRU Women’s Cup, East Wales 1A: Deri v Nelson, Ynysddu v Senghenydd. 1B: Gwernyfed v Llantwit Fardre, Llandaff North v Pontyclun. Women’s South Wales Plate, East Wales 2A: CR Cymry Caerdydd v Old Penarthians, Rhydyfelin v Taffs Well 2B: Blaina v Porth Harlequins, Dowlais v Fleur De Lys CRICKET Fourth Test, Kia Oval: England v India LV= Insurance County Championship (to Sep 8) Division Two: Durham v Glamorgan. Essex v Gloucestershire. Northamptonshire v Surrey. MOTOR RACING Zandvoort: Dutch Grand Prix (1400BST). RACING Fontwell, Perth, York. Mannheim prove too strong for Devils CARDIFF Devils were beaten 7-2 in Champions Hockey League in Germany against Adler Mannheim. Cardiff had a better start than last week against the German side, but after nine minutes the hosts found their breakthrough. A quick pass up ice set Luca Tosto through, and after a quick pull back move to open up the shooting lane, he found a way past Mac Carruth in net for the Devils to make it 1-0. The hosts doubled their lead at 13:47 when an offensive zone error by the Devils sprung Ruslan Iskhakov who beat Carruth to give the hosts a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period. Five minutes into the middle period, Andrew Desjardins stripped the puck in the offensive zone, and he scored over the shoulder of Carruth for a 3-0 lead. At 30:05 Thomas Larkin extended the lead even further to 4-0 then a powerplay goal from Borna Rendulic put Mannheim up 5-0. With a minute remaining in the period, the Devils were finally on the board when Cole Sanford scored his third goal in the CHL to make it 5-1 after 40 minutes of play. Taran Kozun replaced Carruth in net for the final period and was tested early making two big saves in the first minute of play. At 42:11, Iskhakov scored his second of the game to give Mannheim a 6-1 lead. Defenceman Brendan Mikkelson scored a beauty of a goal, tipping in a pass from Brandon McNally for the Devils’ second goal at 45:33, but Mannheim rounded off the scoring with Iskhakov’s hat-trick goal on the powerplay at 58:44. Cardiff now face a trip to Switzerland to take on Lausanne HC tonight in their fourth game of the CHL season, with their next two games in the competition coming in October against Finnish side Lukko Rauma. Shane Lewis-Hughes will be hoping to press his Wales credentials SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 41 Lewis-Hughes makes his Cardiff return to action Shane Lewis-Hughes returns from a six-month injury layoff when Cardiff when face Harlequins at The Stoop today (3pm). The hard-hitting flanker broke through into the Wales set-up last season, winning three caps and impressing with his abrasiveness and refusal to be awed by reputations. But a shoulder injury in the spring required surgery and cut short his campaign. He comes back alongside another fit-again Wales international in Ellis Jenkins, who saw his own 2020-21 campaign abbreviated by another knee injury, three months after coming back from one that kept him out for more than two years. It barely needs saying that the pair are high-quality operators whose return will boost Cardiff for the new campaign. Also on the comeback trail is centre Garyn Smith after recovering from a knee injury. He will link up with fellow Cardiff academy graduate Max Llewellyn in midfield. The highly promising Jamie Hill is at scrum-half, while Rhys Priestland is set to make his Cardiff debut off the bench after his move from Bath. Director of rugby Dai Young said: “We don’t have any of our internationals involved because it’s still a bit too early. “So this gives the players who have been here since the word ‘go’ in pre-season an opportunity to put their hands up. “They are really excited.” Quins are Gallagher Premiership champions and Young is expecting a good work-out for his side. “I’m sure it will be a test for us,” he said. “They had a great season last MARK ORDERS Rugby Correspondent time and confidence will be high across their squad. You don’t win championships as a team, you win them as a squad.” Cardiff: Matthew Morgan; Aled Summerhill, Garyn Smith, Max Llewellyn, Jason Harries; Jason Tovey, Jamie Hill; Rhys Gill, Kirby Myhill (capt), Will Davies-King, James Ratti, Rory Thornton, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Ellis Jenkins, Alun Lawrence. Reps: Kristian Dacey, Brad Thyer, Scott Andrews, Sean Moore, Rhys Anstey, Gwilym Bradley, Olly Robinson, Sam Moore, Ethan Lloyd, Rhys Priestland, Harri Millard, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso. ■■ Ospreys have resisted the temptation to pitch Gareth Anscombe back into the fray when they face Hartpury University in a pre-season opener at the Alpas Arena today (2pm). It’s more than two years since the Wales international suffered a major knee injury in a World Cup warm-up match with England at Twickenham. The player himself had raised hopes that he might be about to launch his on-pitch comeback by this week putting out a tweet of himself in training and adding: “Enjoying some time back in the middle, not far now @ospreys.” But he isn’t in the squad named for the run-out in Gloucester. Ospreys squad: Forwards: Rhodri Jones, Garyn Phillips, Elvis Taione, Ifan Phillips, Sam Parry, Ben Warren, Rhys Henry, Tom Botha, Jack Regan, Rhys Davies, Lloyd Ashley, Will Griffiths, James Fender, Olly Cracknell, Morgan Strong, Sam Cross, Jac Morgan, Morgan Morris, Ethan Roots. Backs: Max Nagy, Dan Evans, Luke Morgan, Dewi Cross, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Michael Collins, Callum Carson, Keiran Williams, Josh Carrington, Cai Evans, Josh Thomas, Joe Hawkins, Matthew Aubrey, Reuben Morgan-Williams, Rhys Webb. ■■ Dragons hand new boy Jordan Olowofela a debut when they face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road today (2pm). Winger Olowofela has been loaned out to the Welsh side by the Tigers for a season. Jordan Williams also features in the back three, while elsewhere in the backline Jamie Roberts and Sam Davies provide Test-class experience. Up front, Richard Hibbard will lead the charge from hooker, with Ben Fry, Taine Basham and Ollie Griffiths making up a strong-looking back row. Director of rugby Ryan is looking for his side to move up a gear over the campaign. “I am here to make this place keep improving and my challenge is to use my experiences of how best to do that,” said. “I don’t expect anybody to cut us any slack. “We are trying to be competitive with the resources that are available to us and we are quite happy to be accountable for that.” Dragons: Jordan Williams; Owen Jenkins, Jared Rosser, Jamie Roberts, Jordan Olowofela; Sam Davies, Dan Babos; Josh Reynolds, Richard Hibbard, Chris Coleman, Joe Davies, Joe Maksymiw, Ben Fry, Taine Basham, Ollie Griffiths.

42 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline Sport Business done... so how Cardiff City’s transfer work is seemingly done until January, save any unlikely post-window free agent arrivals. While many are left ruing the departure of Josh Murphy without signing a replacement, others rejoiced that the Bluebirds kept hold of star striker Kieffer Moore. It was a fairly quiet and measured window from Cardiff. They signed four players, one of whom, Ryan Wintle, was then loaned out to Blackpool for the season. There were few fireworks, no late drama as we saw on the same day last year, because Mick McCarthy did the bulk of his work in the early dealings of the window. Mark McGuinness looks a good signing, while the loan arrival of Ryan Giles has been the most exciting of all. James Collins provides back-up for Kieffer Moore and he will no GLEN WILLIAMS Football Writer doubt chip in with some useful goals this term, too. But how is the squad depth now looking following the closure of the transfer window? We take a look... GOALKEEPER Sheffield United entered the conversation late on deadline day as they broached the Bluebirds over the potential signing of Alex Smithies . Fortunately for Cardiff talk went cold and they opted for Robin Olsen, otherwise that might have thrown a late spanner in the works. But now, as things stand, the Bluebirds, as they have done for some years now, have two very good keepers in situ in Dillon Phillips and Smithies. They also have Wales youth international George Ratcliffe there to fill that third-choice role. Well stocked in this department. Isaac Vassell could be like a new signing for Cardiff City is he can get back to full fitness RIGHT WING- BACK Another position of real strength for the Bluebirds. Tom Sang and Perry Ng have proven themselves to be very competent full-backs at this level since they were introduced into the side earlier this year. The fan base is divided over which should start, which is probably a good sign. Two options for Mick McCarthy and the manager has given them both ample opportunity. Both can bomb forward and are capable defenders, too. It was interesting to see academy player Tavio d’Almeida fill in at wing-back for the Carabao Cup clash with Brighton, so he is an option there, too. CENTRE BACKS A position in which Cardiff have some reinforcement. McCarthy likes three centre backs and has an established trio in Curtis Nelson , Sean Morrison and Aden Flint. Mark McGuinness looks a good find, too, and will no doubt blossom into a very good player. He looks capable of stepping in with ease should one of the aforementioned three sustain an injury. Cardiff also have Northern Ireland international Ciaron Brown in the squad. McCarthy is a fan and he will have a part to play this term. Oliver Denham, the former Manchester United youth player, is another who made his first-team debut against Brighton and could be used if needed, too. LEFT WING-BACK Here’s where it gets a bit sticky. Joel Bagan has been entrusted with the No.3 shirt this season, a real show of confidence from the Cardiff hierarchy. He is someone who, behind the scenes, the club have been excited about for a couple of years, since Neil Warnock was in charge. The youngster, who was called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21s squad last week, has started steadily for Cardiff this season, but there is a feeling there is a lot more to come. While that is exciting, the other options are thin on the ground. Ryan Giles can play there, but it would seem a huge waste of such attacking talent if he did. Tom Davies has been brought into the fold this term, too, but he is 17, two years Bagan’s junior, and he will be blooded slowly. Elsewhere, Joe Ralls could play there, but that’s not a true fit, while Ciaron Brown playing there would seemingly negate a lot of the attacking threat which comes with the role. CENTRAL MIDFIELD The stacked midfield options at McCarthy’s disposal is what ultimately forced Wintle out the door towards the end of the window. City have experienced foursome Will Vaulks, Marlon Pack, Joe Ralls and Leandro Bacuna available to choose from in the middle of the park, meaning competition for places is rife. Bacuna has been played a little more advanced, wrongly if you ask some people, while Vaulks has had to wait patiently for his opportunity despite arguably being the best of the lot last term. The emergence of Sam Bowen in pre-season, coupled by his stellar showing against Brighton in the Carabao Cup, has also thrust the youngster into the manager’s thinking and, in doing so, probably forced Wintle out the door. With Bowen, there are five realistic options in the engine room, with only two, maximum three, spots available. Lee Tomlin could perhaps be seen as a central midfielder, too, if only a little more advanced in more of a No.10 role. But he needs to get fit and well first before he is factored in. RIGHT WING Rubin Colwill has burst onto the scene and, following his bright Wales display on Wednesday night, is likely to get his chance from the off soon. It looks as though the 19-year-old will be given a far more pronounced role this term and it will be encouraging to track his progress throughout the campaign. Compatriot Mark Harris will also be pushing him for that spot, too. Harris has also started the season well and has come on leaps and bounds since his inclusion in the first team towards the end of 2020. With so many strikers in situ, Harris will probably be utilised on the wing this term. LEFT WING In light of Murphy’s deadline-day departure to Preston, this is another area which looks a little light. Ryan Giles is the standout in the attacking left role. He has started the season excellently; he looks dangerous with the ball at his feet and has a wicked delivery when he decides to put in a cross. As mentioned earlier, Bacuna has been given the nod in this area of the pitch, too. He scored against Blackpool, but has struggled to have the impact in the other games in which he has featured. Many believe him to be more suited to a more defensive role and the evidence so far suggests that is the case. But McCarthy sees something in it, so he is likely to continue getting his chances. Elsewhere, young Kieron Evans is seemingly the next cab off the rank from the youth set-up and he could well get his shot if a couple of injuries befall those ahead of him. He likes to start on the left and drift inside to affect games, so the lack of senior depth might just present the Wales youth international with an opportunity. STRIKER Kieffer Moore is the undoubted star of the show up front. It was a huge boon for the club to keep hold of him in the summer transfer window, with Wolves’ bid believed to be way off where Cardiff valued him. He has nailed down that position and it will take something special to take it off him. Although that is what James Collins will attempt to do, no doubt. He is an experienced striker at this level and scored a number of goals in pre-season, although he is yet to hit the target this term. The club will be hoping Isaac Vassell finally returns from injury to resume his Cardiff City career, which, in truth, has never really got going despite that dream debut winner against Luton more than two years ago. Then we look at the youngsters again. Both Isaak Davies and Chanka Zimba are thought of highly in the youth ranks, and by McCarthy, and they should get minutes at some point. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 43 do Bluebirds look now? Flynn fuming as unvaccinated players are sidelined James Collins has yet to find his goal touch Michael Flynn was happy to be back in the Newport County dug out this week after recovering from Covid but fuming when he heard four players had caught the virus. What made it even worse is that two of those players had refused to be inoculated and will now be among seven players missing from today’s home clash with Leyton Orient as they isolate for 10 days. Had those players been doublejabbed by now, as many of the squad have been, then they would have been free to play after testing negative. “It’s a decision they have got to live with. They decided not to have the jab and every time they come into close contact with a positive case they will miss at least 10 days of football,” said Flynn (pictured). “I’m certainly not happy with the situation, but I’ve got to let players make their own decisions. If they are happy doing that then it’s not going to help them going forward. ROB COLE Sports Writer “I’m just happy I was double jabbed when I caught Covid because I hate to think how I would have felt without that protection. I was really bad for three or four days – aching, sweating and shaking – and it really wiped me out.” Flynn missed the 8-0 Carabao Cup hammering by Southampton and the 3-0 League Two defeat at Salford City, but was back for the 2-0 midweek win over Plymouth Argyle in the Football League Trophy. “I had to sit down throughout the 90 minutes and I couldn’t shout at the players, but it was good to be back,” said Flynn. “I wasn’t too bothered about the Southampton result because we made a lot of errors, had a weakened team and they were excellent. But the Salford game was extremely disappointing. “I was on the phone to Jim Holman, our goalkeeping coach, eight times during the match. I was fuming because that wasn’t us. “Then I discovered that some of the players felt really run down and low on energy. Then we had the Covid cases. “We’ve just got to draw a line under it all and move on. We only have 18 or 19 to pick from for this weekend, but I am still confident we will have a team that is good enough to win the game.” Among those unlucky players missing out on a game this weekend will be Lewis Collins, who was due to travel with Wales U21. He is too young to have had his second jab yet and so has to isolate for the full period after being named as a close contact of one of the Covid cases. Back on the pitch, Flynn will be hoping to build on what he still insists is “an unbelievable start” to the season. “We’ve won four out of seven and we’ve only had two games at home. We’ve got a 50% record in one cup competition, 50% in the league and we’re unbeaten in another cup,” he added. Orient did the double over County in the league last season, but were one of the Welsh club’s victims in yet another good run in the FA Cup. They will head to Rodney Parade on the back of a 2-0 win at home over Bradford. 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FOOTBALL County boss Flynn left fuming as Covid crisis sees seven sidelined PAGE 43 Sport SOUTH WALES ECHO, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 rugby’s back... and so is cardiff’s wales star shane after his long injury lay-off team news ahead of pre-season trip to quins: page 41 no extra preSSure wales not concerned by rivals’ midweek wins, says colwill Rubin Colwill insists Wales are under no extra pressure to beat belarus tomorrow after wins for World Cup qualifying rivals belgium and the Czech Republic. The quirk of a five-team Group E fixture list has forced Wales to play catch up on the road to Qatar 2022. belgium and the Czech Republic have both played four games, claiming 10 and seven points respectively, while Wales have three points from two outings and lost further ground to the top two on Thursday. Roberto Martinez’s belgium won 5-2 in Estonia as Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice, while the Czech Republic were beating belarus 1-0 at home. “Every game is vital at international level,” said Cardiff midfielder Colwill, 19, who won his second senior cap against Finland on Wednesday. phiL BLAnChe Football writer “The other results obviously affect where we are in the group, but i don’t think they affect what we want to do. “We want to try and win every game and try and beat every team. “The pressure is already there and we will focus on ourselves and not about other things.” Wales have stayed in the Finnish capital Helsinki since their 0-0 friendly draw at the Olympic Stadium. Rob Page’s squad will travel to Kazan this afternoon, the controversial choice for their World Cup qualifier with belarus. The Russian city is 700 kilometres east of Moscow and was selected to host the game by uEFA with Wales unable to enter belarus by air due to sanctions against the Minsk government. Tomorrow’s game at the 30,000-capacity Central Stadium will be played behind closed doors. “This is one of the things that happens in football, nothing ever goes 100 per cent right,” Colwill (pictured) said. “You’ve got to deal with it and get on with it. “We’ll definitely all pull together to do the best we can in the circumstances. “it’s obviously better with fans, for them and for us. “it would give us a boost if they were there, but we’ll get on with it and try to win the game. “i think they’re a good side who work hard for each other. “but we’ve got a togetherness as well, and if we play how we can play then hopefully we’ll get the result.” Colwill has had a rapid rise to prominence since making his Cardiff debut in February, just months after playing Academy football. He won a place in Wales’ 26-man European Championship squad and made his international debut against France in June. Colwill has started only once for Cardiff this season after recovering from Covid-19, but the versatile teenager is already adapting to the demands of international football. “Just training with players like Gareth bale you take so much in,” said Colwill, who this week extended his Cardiff contract until 2024. “it’s more structured and tactical than club football, so much on the line each game. “nobody wants to concede and make sure they’re still in the game. it’s a lot different to club football.” does mccarthy have enough strength in depth at bluebirds? pages 42&43 This newspaper is published by Media Wales, a subsidiary company of Reach PLC, at 6 Park Street, Cardiff, CF10 1XR, and printed by Newsquest Printing Oxford, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0EJ. Registered as a newspaper at the Post Office

SATURDAY 04.09.21 LIFE STYLE Autumn delights Food One pot: Rachel Ama’s recipes let you cook once and have three meals Pages 4&5 PUZZLES BRAIN TEASERS: Give your little grey cells a workout Pages 6-8 TV Welcome in the new season by making the most of our delicions Welsh produce tuck in: pages 2&3 what’s on: TV highlights, soaps and seven-day listings Pages 9-19

2 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline Tuck In Say hello to autumn Wales has a host of food producers who make the most of salt marsh and mountain pasture to raise our fabulous lamb, grow organic vegetables, conjure up artisan cheese and distill our very own whisky and gin. So there’s every reason to have an all-out indulgent feast now that the evenings are drawing in and the kids Welcome in the new season by making the most of our delicious Welsh produce... are back in school. For the recipes below, you can create a delicious supper or tasty lunch with barely a nod to produce shipped in from miles away. Local farmers’ markets are great places to buy ingredients for a special meal. The products come direct from farms, orchards and market gardens, and vegetables are picked on the day they are sold, ensuring freshness. These dishes are simple and delicious, showcasing some top-notch Welsh ingredients. Roast loin of lamb with celeriac puree From Jim Dobson, award-winning head chef at the Fox and Hounds, Llancarfan Ingredients Loin of Welsh lamb, approximately half a pound per person Sea salt such as Halen Mon and pepper – to taste Whole celeriac, peeled and chopped into small pieces 10g butter 10ml milk (preferably whole) Pinch of paprika Method Preheat the oven to 160°C/Gas Mark 3. Season the lamb with salt and pepper to taste. In a saucepan, soften the pieces of celeriac in the butter for about 10 minutes. Add a dash of oil if needed and keep the lid on. Once the celeriac is soft, add the milk and seasoning and cook over a low heat for a further 10 minutes until the celeriac is completely soft. Put the celeriac in a food blender with some of the milk and blend until smooth. Keep warm. Heat a large frying pan and colour the lamb evenly. Transfer to a roasting tin and cook for 10 minutes (or longer if you like your meat less pink). Serve the lamb with the celeriac puree, baby spinach or any other seasonal vegetables of your choice. Leek and Caerphilly tart From Topstak’s Gallery Cafe in the Vale of Glamorgan Ingredients For the pastry: 200g plain flour Pinch of salt 50g cold unsalted butter, diced 50g cold lard, diced 2-3 teaspoons cold water For the filling: 2 leeks, washed and trimmed 25g butter, melted 2 medium free-range eggs 125ml double cream 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 100g Caerphilly cheese, crumbled Salt and pepper Method To make the pastry, put the flour and the salt in a large bowl, rub in the butter and lard. Gradually add the water to make a dough. Knead briefly until smooth. Put in fridge and chill for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 200°C, Gas Mark 6. Roll out the pastry to approx 3mm thickness and use it to line a 36 x 12cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Line the pastry case with baking paper and baking beans. Blind bake for 12-15 minutes. Carefully remove the paper and beans, then return to the oven for another five minutes. Reduce the heat to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Cut the leeks into even-sized chunks, 2cm thick. Place in the pastry case and sprinkle the crumbled cheese over the leeks. Mix the eggs, cream, parsley and salt and pepper together, then pour over the leeks and cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Leave in the tin for a few minutes before slicing. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 3 Tuck In A bit of coastal paradise Bara Brith Bread & Butter Pudding With Orange and Penderyn Whisky From the family-run Metropole Hotel & Spa in Llandrindod Wells Ingredients 8 slices of Bara Brith, preferably homemade 3 free-range eggs 300ml single cream 75ml milk 1tbsp demerara sugar 75g Welsh butter 2tbsp Penderyn Whisky For the orange and whisky sauce: Cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from two or three oranges) Zest from one orange ¼ cup sugar 1 tbsp butter 2 tbsp Penderyn Whisky Method Butter the slices of Bara Brith and cut each slice in half, arranging them in your chosen pie dish in a circular pattern. Beat the eggs and add the cream and milk. Pour over the pudding. Finally sprinkle over the demerara sugar to give a lovely golden crispy crunch on top. Place in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for approximately 35-40 minutes until the pudding is beautifully golden-brown in appearance. While the pudding is in the oven, prepare the sauce. Mix the orange juice, zest and sugar in a small saucepan. Simmer the juice mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, until a thick, syrupy sauce has formed (at this point, you should still be able to pour the sauce, but if you like, continue reducing the sauce to make it even thicker). When the sauce is a consistency you like, stir in the whisky and simmer for another two or three minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Serve the orange sauce chilled, at room temperature or warm. Pour orange and whisky sauce over the pudding. Serve hot with some vanilla ice cream or cream. straight off the vine Neil Cammies We’ve all been locked up for what feels like an eternity and we don’t know when the next lockdown will come... if at all. So we’re not taking any chances and are trying to get away as much as we can, catching up with our dear friends and family. With that in mind, last weekend we joined our pals in their incredible house overlooking the coast at Manorbier for a catch-up and a little trip to the beach. To say this spot is paradise is doing it down. The whole area just makes you smile and we all know how good a bit of sea air can be for our well-being. Needless to say, we had an amazing time in the glorious sun – I know, it does exist – taking a refreshing dip in the chilly channel and even having a crack at paddle boarding, obviously while the theme tune of Hawaii Five-O went round and round in my head – I must be part-Polynesian. Gorgeous chopped salads, cheeses and pâté were the order of the day for late lunch while we sipped fizz and glasses of rosé. It was like living the coastal dream, something we are hoping to achieve in a few years – and there’s no harm in having a few dry runs. Wines from the UK make very good lunchtime buddies as they are generally fresher than an Arctic breeze through your underpants and also have thoroughly sensible alcohol too. From a lovely estate in Totnes, Devon – and an estate I visited a few years ago – is the SHAR- PHAM ESTATE SELEC- TION 2020 (£15.20, Made from the variety madeleine angelvine from their Sandridge Barton site, this is the epitome of a crisp drop of white. The nose has a little floral breeze running across the top of the light white fruit. In the mouth the brightest orchard fruit shows juicy green apple initially, then some citrus acidity shows through the mid-palate and lively finish. Mouthwatering and perfect with delicate fish dishes. The SOCIETY’S ENG- LISH WHITE 2020 (£8.50, The Wine Society) is made in conjunction with Three Choirs, who the Society has worked with since the early 1990s. The bouquet has clearly defined pear drop aromas which show up immediately. In the mouth the refreshing citrus fruit shows mainly grapefruit characteristics tempered by a touch of minerality and a clean, crisp finish. This is a classic summer picnic wine that would suit oily fish like fresh mackerel or on its own as an aperitif. Moving to Western Australian, the ROBERT OATLEY SIGNATURE SERIES RIESLING, 2020 (RRP £13.95, Cambridge Wine Merchants and Dixie Co.) is made by Oz superstar winemaker Larry Cherubino. This has the most pronounced bouquet of rich citrus fruit with lime zest starring. On the palate crisp lemon acidity chimes in, washing across the tastebuds assisted by a little smidge of minerality. But this wine is all about freshness and suitability with food, especially spicy Asian flavours or a whole raft of seafood. It really gets the juices going and again has thoroughly sensible alcohol, making it ideal for the odd glass or two. The PERCHERON, CHENIN BLANC, VIOGNIER, 2020 WESTERN CAPE (£7.25, The Wine Society) has bold stonefruit aromas across the bouquet. In the mouth, as you’d expect from a South African chenin blanc, plenty of bold, forwardfacing fruit, with apricot at the top of the pile showing its sunny side. Its the cleanliness through the mid-palate that lightens the load that makes it such a good lunchtime option. It shows some mineral interest on the finish and is a great-value white that works really well with a big old plate of fish, chips and the obligatory mushy peas. @NeilCammies email: Neil Cammies is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers

4 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline Food & Drink RAISE A GLASS WITH JANE CLARE With cork-popping enthusiasm, the world of cava came into my life the other day. I tentatively dipped my toe into some form of normality as I held an event with real people and by golly we had a good time. Five wines had their own stories to tell but there was a recurring theme: That cava has quality at its heart. It’s a Spanish sparkling wine with a unique, proud presence, now enhanced and driven by a new quality pyramid structure. And cava producers know what they’re doing! Sparkling wine has been made the traditional way, with a second fermentation in the bottle, since 1872. Native Spanish grape varieties, such as xarel·lo, macabeu and parellada are key, but international varieties pinot noir and chardonnay can also be included in a blend. D.O. Cava has recently led a strategic plan to strengthen the quality of the wine. I was happy to help them share the love with these suggestions. Vallformosa Origen Brut Bio (£13.49, baythornewines., left) is a Cava de Guarda in the pyramid structure, which means a minimum ageing of nine months in the bottle. It was dry, delightful, delicious and one of the flavour winners of the night. Reyes de Aragón El Casto Brut Reserva (£7.92, or £33.60 for six, right) is a brilliant value cava further up the classification tree. It is a Cava de Guarda Superior Reserva crafted from macabeo and chardonnay. It brings tropical fruit notes edged with toastiness. The last of our whites was Alta Alella Mirgin Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2017 (£14.15, The wine is a Cava de Guarda Superior Gran Reserva, being aged a minimum of 30 months. It had subtle almond notes, citrus and bruised apples. Two rosados finished our evening. The cranberry-laden organic Brut Rosé Nu (soon to appear Online at Savage Wines £12.95) is aged over 12 months in the bottle. Then with a flourish, the beautiful bottle of Vilarnau Rosé Delicat Brut Reserva (RRP £12, Amazon, Ocado, left) shared ripe strawberries and raspberries in the glass. You can find out more ■■Jane is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Find her on social media and online as One Foot in the Grapes. Life has changed “drastically” for food writer Rachel Ama. Alongside things becoming “very stay at home” – as they have for all of us - she also became a mum during the last year. “I’m so much busier. I didn’t know!” she says with a laugh. “When I’d hear talk from mums about how tired they were, I don’t think I really understood it. And now I’m like, ‘Wow’.” This new reality has “followed straight through in my book – it’s just making big food, lots of it, and making it last.” The new cookbook in question is One Pot: Three Ways, in which Rachel presents a main dish or “centrepiece” and then gives you three ways to eat it. Take her sticky cauliflower bites served with rice and sesame seeds, for instance: make a batch and it can then be transformed into a crunchy salad on day two, and into Chinese style pancakes with cucumber on day three. Rachel realised the concept is a response both to the busyness of mum-life, and to a question she is constantly asked: how do you maintain being vegan? Her answer? “I make a big pot of food.” It was an ideal way of cooking during that “crazy state of new motherhood”, she remembers, “when I was super lazy, I could just literally eat that the same way for the next couple of days. Or I could refresh it with some herbs or add some potatoes, or turn my Caribbean curry into patties to be fun and make something different.” It’s a pattern also carried over from Rachel’s meat-eating days, when the leftovers from a roast chicken on a Sunday would be used up through the week – as sandwiches, or rustled up into a brand new dinner with some new sides. Now, she makes a big vegan dish “the centrepiece that the chicken used to be.” “I like to think this way of batch Rachel Ama’s new One Pot cookbook let’s you cook once to create a trio of tasty meals, as Ella Walker learns 3 AND EASY cooking is way more delicious,” says Rachel, who recommends using up all your odds and ends in your centrepiece dishes too. “It can create a routine of people getting used to eating what “Whereas if I’ve come home from work, I’ve got the big feast in the [fridge already]. I’m just gonna cook up some rice to go with it. That for me is a lot easier,” she adds. they have. And planning a little Rachel's plant-based recipes bit, not too much, because no one wants a rigid plan... and the more also reflect the impact the pandemic has had on how we cook – thought that goes into that, the the constraints and demands less you run to a supermarket and are like, ‘I’m gonna buy everything because I’m starving right now and I need dinner!’ we've all had to learn to manage. "When life became pretty crazy, there was limited supply of food available," she recalls. "But there CAJUN BEER-BATTERED OYSTER MUSHROOMS WITH TARTARE SAUCE(Makes 4 servings) INGREDIENTS 150g plain flour; ½tsp baking powder; 2tsp sweet paprika; ½tsp cayenne pepper; 1tsp ground white pepper; 1tsp ground cumin; 1tsp dried oregano; ½tsp dried thyme; 1tsp garlic powder; 2tsp salt, plus extra to serve; 50g cornflour; 300g oyster mushrooms, torn into bitesized pieces; Sunflower or olive oil, for frying; 320ml cold lager (or soda water); Lemon wedges, to serve For the Tartare Sauce: 100g vegan mayonnaise; 2tbsp capers, finely chopped; 1 garlic clove, minced; Freshly ONE-POT EPIPHANY: Becoming a mum made Rachel Ama make better use of batch cooking ground black pepper; Handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley Method: 1. To make the tartare sauce, mix all the ingredients for it in a bowl, then set aside. 2. Mix the flour, baking powder and all the seasonings together in a large bowl. Place the cornflour in a separate bowl or on a large plate, and place the mushrooms in a third bowl. 3. Pour a 2cm depth of oil into a deep frying pan or wok and place over a high heat until it registers 1800C (3560F) on a thermometer. Alternatively, test the temperature by dipping the end of a wooden spoon in it – if it’s hot enough for frying, the oil should bubble around it. Be careful not to overheat the oil or it will smoke. 4. Whisk the cold beer or soda water into the seasoned flour mixture to make a was opportunity to be more creative in how to make food last. It’s really exciting to see people cooking more seasonal food with seasonal ingredients.” Since her debut cookbook, Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats in 2019, she says the landscape of vegan food, and the conversations around it, have shifted quite a bit. “Everyone’s more happy to incorporate plant-based meals, whether vegan or not,” she says. “When I did my first book, it was still very much, ‘Oh, don’t you think veganism is a trend?’ Or [people would say], ‘It’s just trying to lose weight’, or all these other crazy trend accusations and it was still a bit taboo and a bit unusual and there [were] questions about flavour.” Now, she says, “it’s become such a staple in everyone’s life, whether they’re vegan every day, or a couple days a week, people just say, ‘I don’t want to have meat or fish’. It’s become more of a norm.” Rachel is hopeful she can help people “be excited to see what they can create with legumes” and actually sustain plant-based eating, so you are “full, and meeting your taste buds’ happy places.” Most people have “moved forward” with the idea that plantbased foods are interesting and fun to eat, she says, and it’s being reflected in the amount of space vegetables take up in supermarkets, and the availability of plantbased dairy alternatives. People, she says, “do want to have a vegan meal for flavour, not just nutrition or anything else – they just want to eat some good food.” ■■One Pot: Three Ways by Rachel Ama, from Hodder and Stoughton, priced £22. Photography by Henry Jay Kamara. batter. Then, working quickly, take a piece of oyster mushroom and dip it in the cornflour. Shake off any excess, then dip it in the beer batter before carefully transferring it to the hot oil. Working in batches, cook for three to four minutes, or until each piece is golden and crisp. Once cooked, drain the mushrooms on a wire rack or a plate lined with kitchen paper. Season with extra salt and squeeze over a little fresh lemon. 5. The mushrooms can now be used in today's other recipes, or will keep in the fridge for three days. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 5 Food & Drink AMERICAN-STYLE ‘CHICKEN’ pickle sandwich (serves 2) CAJUN TACOS WITH PICKLED RED ONION AND TARTARE SAUCE (Serves 2) Ingredients: 2 portions of Cajun Beer-battered Oyster Mushrooms (as before); 2 portions Tartare Sauce (as before); 2 vegan brioche burger buns, sliced in half; 2 gherkins, sliced; 2tbsp sriracha or your favourite hot sauce Handful of lettuce, shredded Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 2400C/2200C fan/ 4750 F/gas 9. 2. Place the battered mushrooms on a wire rack over a baking tray and bake for five minutes. Check to see if they’re warmed through and crispy. If not, return them to the oven for another few minutes. 3. To build your sandwich, spread the tartare sauce on the bottom half of your brioche bun. 4. Pile on the mushrooms, then top with the gherkins, hot sauce and lettuce. Serve immediately. INGREDIENTS: 2 portions of Cajun Beer-battered Oyster Mushrooms (as before); 4 tortilla wraps; 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced; Handful of lettuce leaves; Handful of fresh coriander; 2 portions of Tartare Sauce (as before); 4tbsp sriracha or your favourite hot sauce For the Pickled Red Onion: 1 red onion, finely sliced; 1tbsp apple cider vinegar; 1tsp sea salt Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 2400C/2200C fan/475 0F/gas 9. Meanwhile, make the pickled onion. Place the sliced red onion in a bowl and pour over the vinegar. 2. Add the salt, stir to combine, then set aside for at least 10 minutes. 3. Place the battered mushrooms on a wire rack over a baking tray and bake for five minutes. Check to see if they’re warmed through and crispy. If not, return them to the oven for another few minutes. 4. Warm the tortillas in a frying pan over a medium heat for two minutes on each side. 5. To assemble the tacos, place each wrap on a plate and pile the battered mushrooms on them. Top with the avocado, lettuce and coriander, then drizzle over some tartare sauce and sriracha. 6. Fold the wraps over and serve. FREE £10 to spend at No minimum spend Fill Your beds And borders WiTh beAuTiFul AuTuMn beddinG plAnTs, sprinG FloWerinG bulbs And More! To celebrate the arrival of Autumn, we’ve teamed up with gardening specialists YouGarden to give you £10 to spend across the site! Fill your beds and borders with beautiful autumn bedding plants, spring flowering bulbs and instant impact plants from a huge range. Whether you’re planning for next spring, or want to add some autumnal foliage to a neglected corner of your outside space - YouGarden has everything you need. 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Stage whisper (5) 18. Welcome (5) 19. Slide unsteadily (7) 21. Fall asleep (3,3) 22. Starts (6) 23. Add up to (6) 25. Uplift (5) 26. Rescue (4) 28. Auction item (3) Down: 1 Bobby; 2 Kennels; 4 Even; 5 Arabic; 6 Salon; 7 Annul; 9 Via; 12 Forages; 14 Dam; 16 Galas; 17 Seats; 19 Fatuous; 20 Pagan; 21 Alias; 23 Pelican; 24 Bellow; 25 Sin; 27 Banal; 28 Tacit; 30 Utter; 32 Rear; 33 Nor. K C G F BRICK CLAM EQUALITY EXPORT FLIRT GLORY JALOPY OIK ORBS POX SPOIL VEND WHO A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y J 2 S P O M F Q T X R B H U Y I G Codeword This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 W I Need a little help getting started? Then call 0901 293 6261 to hear four random extra letter clues. Or text CODE and send to 64343 to receive 4 clues. Calls and texts cost £1 plus any network extras. Service Provider: Spoke Ltd, helpline 0333 202 3390 YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 M S P K G F J V H X Z Y L 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 C Q I U D W O A N B T R E Split Decision Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. S C M T W O U K T B N K E W V A H N I I A D C A L S A L T E I H E N L R T L O D K FROTH HUNKY JEW LACK POXY RIVAL ROTUND RYE SQUEAL STY TOMB VIE WIG S P G A D N T A S T A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y J YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS A N G E L R A O R O U N D O G G W H E R E YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS P L F V Y B N A D K Q G S C O U I E T M W X J R H F V B T Q R X A U M P O I L D J N C E K S G W H Y ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 7 LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO In association with SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES Sudoku 4 3 6 2 4 1 5 7 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Easy Circlegram Niner 3 2 7 9 4 6 3 8 8 6 9 3 7 2 1 6 4 8 9 5 4 3 7 2 1 9 5 8 6 9 5 1 6 2 8 7 4 3 3 Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. EASY 1 9 6 6 2 3 1 1 9 2 7 5 3 1 2 7 5 8 4 7 1 4 5 8 6 9 2 8 9 7 5 3 6 3 7 2 4 1 5 6 2 1 9 8 8 7 4 5 3 6 3 9 1 4 7 2 7 2 6 3 8 4 4 5 3 9 1 7 9 1 8 6 2 5 6 9 4 8 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Hard 6 6 5 7 8 3 1 6 4 9 2 1 6 5 7 8 4 9 2 3 2 3 7 8 5 9 6 4 1 5 7 9 1 5 8 9 7 HARD 4 7 4 2 5 1 9 7 1 2 3 4 6 9 4 5 9 8 2 7 6 7 8 1 3 5 9 8 7 3 4 2 3 6 2 9 5 1 5 1 4 6 7 8 8 4 1 5 9 6 7 3 6 2 1 4 2 9 5 7 8 3 Replace the question mark with a letter so that the letters within the circle can be rearranged to form words with a common theme. What are the three words, and the letter represented by the question mark? A G R G R V M E ? T E D I S P A L YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS The letter represented by the question mark is U. Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, all South American countries. Alphamuddle Wordsquare Rearrange the letters in the top grid to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed in the bottom grid to start you off. 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You’re GEMINI 1987starting CANCER to feel this SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES DINGBATS® original logotype, 1987 game board ARIES E C A T C H A D O R E T O W E R ARIES C R E E D H E R D S ARIES ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER TAURUS GEMINI CANCER TAURUS GEMINI CANCER LEO VIRGO ARIES LIBRA TAURUS SCORPIO GEMINI CANCER ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER LEO LIBRA SCORPIO VIRGO LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN LEO AQUARIUS VIRGO PISCES LIBRA SCORPIO ARIES make sure no one gets hurt again. SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES ARIES LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER F ind as many words as possible using the letters in the grid. Each word must use the central letter and at least 3 others, and letters may be used only once. You cannot use plurals, foreign words or proper nouns, but verb forms ending in ‘s’ are permitted. There is one 9-letter word to be found. SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN LEO AQUARIUS VIRGO PISCES LIBRA SCORPIO E T E R Y A ARIES M P N HOW YOU RATE 20 Good; 25 Very Good; 30 Excellent. SAGITTARIUS SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN CAPRICORN AQUARIUS AQUARIUS PISCES PISCES ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES GEMINI CANCER TAURUS LIBRA Sept 24–Oct 23 LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER sAGITTARIUS Nov 23-Dec 21 SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN LEO AQUARIUS VIRGO PISCES LIBRA SCORPIO G=0 G=0 (80p/min + network (80p/min + network For B=0more call 0905 B=0 789 4273 access charge) For more call 0905 789 4279 access charge) LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER TAURUS GEMINI CANCER SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES DINGBATS® SAGITTARIUS Red CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER ARIES ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER doing LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO LEO this you VIRGO need to feel LIBRAyou are SCORPIO working LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO CAPRICORN Dec 22-Jan 20 LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER (80p/min + network LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO LEO VIRGO LIBRASAGITTARIUSSCORPIOCAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER ARIES LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS VIGILANCE alive, anvil, calve, calving, cave, cavil, caving, civil, cleaving, evil, gave, gavel, give, given, leaving, live, living, naive, nave, navel, vail, vain, vale, vane, veal, veil, veiling, vein, venal, venial, vial, vice, vicinal, vigil, vile, vine. KINGBATS logotype, 1999(?) Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. 41237659 gives a musical instrument; 3547921 gives a musical show; 412887421 gives a type of music. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: HORSEPLAY YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Find the familiar phrase, saying or name in this arrangement of letters. DINGBATS® iPhone logotype, 2009 YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: Spreadsheet THINGBATS logotype, 1999(?) SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 04/09/2021 TAURUS GEMINI CANCER SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER LEO VIRGO LIBRA SAGITTARIUS SCORPIO CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER making a drama out of a minor crisis. You really aren’t in the mood for emotional scenes. You will benefit from encouraging others to adopt a less frenzied approach to work you are sharing. Your calm influence ARIES will inspire confidence. For more call 0905 789 4271 You will have mixed feelings when an old friend gets in touch with you. You will be pleased to hear from them again but unfortunately you are also reminded of an upsetting incident involving this person and a relative of yours. You will do your best to For more call 0905 789 4272 A colleague isn’t taking the job as seriously relationship isn’t working. You are trying to better your prospects and in the process of alongside someone who is more experienced and R=255 professional. R=185 SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES If other members of your household are relaxed, you can expect to enjoy a wonderful day. Conversely if a partner or relative is feeling miserable, their dull mood could rub TAURUS GEMINI CANCER off ARIES on you. You TAURUS will try to GEMINI create a CANCER comfortable atmosphere but this won’t be easy if someone is spoiling for a fight. For more call 0905 789 4274 SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER For more call 0905 789 4276 LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4277 access charge) DINGBATS®, 2009: for normal use SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES DINGBATS®, 2009: thicker stems. Only for use at very small sizes, optionally without ring. (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4280 access charge) (80p/min + network LEO VIRGO LIBRA SCORPIO Your sociable mood will draw other people to you. You had expected to have to go behind the scenes to get to the bottom of certain issues. But beware, you won’t find it hard to bring up subjects that might, in the wrong circumstances, make other people a bit suspicious. Give others who are involved in a group project a chance to get used to new ideas. Take your time to get an important assignment perfect first time. You are very keen to get results but before handing in the project, it’s important to check it out from every angle. Online conversations will open your mind to enterprising new projects and creative ideas. Emotionally you feel pulled in two directions when half of you is longing for activities to make life more thrilling and the other half is hesitant about pulling out of commitments already made. Someone is trying to persuade you into putting your money into a risky venture. As excited as they might be about this proposition, they are only seeing what they want to see while you can see the risks, the flaws and the loss that could result if you go ahead with this. AQUARIUS Jan 21-Feb 19 Someone close who has been quiet and This is a great time for getting ahead of the preoccupied lately will demonstrate a rat race. It will be important not to drop your R=60 R=0 wonderfully creative side to their nature. guard. 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Keep some ideas to yourself and KINGBATS Purple SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER sought to handle a delicate group related stick to improving your own situation rather matter. Just don’t feel compelled to grant than getting anyone else involved. Put more KINGBATS, 2009 every subsequent request that comes your thought into those bright ideas to make your way for help. money go further. (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4282 access charge) Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge – maximum of 5 minutes duration. You must be over 18 and have the bill payer’s permission. SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES Service provider Uploading, Spoke. 2009 Helpline 0333 202 3390 SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES

8 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline The Big Quiz QUOTES OF THE WEEK “I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I’m looking forward to joining the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead” Cristiano Ronaldo after his Manchester United return was confirmed “It’s very difficult to give you a firm figure. For UK nationals, we’ve secured since April over 5,000, and we’re in the low hundreds (remaining)” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the numbers left behind after CODE CHALLENGE Puzzle evacuations Saturday from Kabul Sep5,2021 SATURDAY EXTRA CC 628 ended MASTERMINDS 1. How long does it take to play Kanye West’s 10th album Donda from start to finish? 2. Which US city had its power knocked out during Hurricane Ida’s deadly passing over the Gulf Coast? 3. What was the name of the alpaca that was culled after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis twice? 4. Which celebrity chef thanked people for their support after a fire at one of 1 his restaurants in Scotland? 5. What cleaner form of petrol has been introduced at filling stations across Britain? 6. Pope Francis will visit which island nation in December? 7. Which sports shoe company is giving its head office staff in America a week 3 off to rest after a tough year? 8. Footballer Jimmy Greaves had a brief stint with which Italian club? 9. What is the new lifesaving cholesterol-lowering drug which will be made available on the NHS? 10. Which British comedian has been named as the new 26 patron of The British Hen Welfare Trust charity? 11. Who was presented with the legend award at this week’s GQ Men Of The Year Awards? 12. What has a new coronavirus strain first identified in Colombia been named? 13. Which climate activist has said she does not believe Scotland is a world leader on climate change? 14. What has been voted the number one TV theme tune of all time? 15. Which football manager spent 44 days at Leeds, his reign adapted into the film The Damned United? 16. Who is making history as Marvel’s first Asian superhero in the movie Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings? 17. Which acting newcomer is to take on the Will Smith role in the TV reboot of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air? 18. What animal had to be rescued by the RSPCA after getting stuck in a football net in a garden in Rossendale in Lancashire? 19. At which racecourse is the Gold Cup held? 20. Keith Lemon will host new E4 celebrity dance show The Real Dirty Dancing alongside which member of the Pussycat Dolls? 21. How many jumps are there at the Grand National? 22. When will movie Downton Abbey: A New Era open in cinemas? 23. Which royal is the patron of the Welsh national rugby team? 24. China has cut children’s online gaming to what? 25. Which world-famous landmark will be wrapped in silver and blue fabric as part of a posthumous art installation designed by the late artists known as Christo and Jeanne-Claude? 26. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove was spotted dancing at a nightclub in which Scottish city? 27. When will the contactless card limit rise to £100? 28. Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke is to make his pantomime debut in which Christmas show? 29. Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, but which former host country did they beat in the final round of voting? 30. Which US actress is portraying Diana, Princess of Wales in new film Spencer? ANSWERS 1. The album runs for one hour and 48 minutes; 2. New Orleans; 3. Geronimo; 4. Nick Nairn; 5. E10 petrol; 6. Cyprus; 7. Nike; 8. AC Milan; 9. Inclisiran; 10. Bob Mortimer; 11. Sir Anthony Hopkins; 12. Mu; 13. Greta Thunberg; 14. Inspector Morse; 15. Brian Clough; 16. Simu Liu; 17. Jabari Banks; 18. A sheep; 19. Ascot; 20. Ashley Roberts; 21. Thirty; 22 March 2022; 23. Prince William; 24. One hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays; 25. The Arc de Triomphe in Paris; 26. Aberdeen; 27. October 15; 28. Cinderella at the Richmond Theatre in London playing Buttons; 29. United States; 30. Twilight star Kristen Stewart. CODE CHALLENGE 2021 You have just 20 minutes and 21 seconds to crack the Code Challenge. Each grid number represents a letter. Every letter of the alphabet is used. Today’s clue letters are below the main grid. Write in the appropriate letter wherever its number appears. Don’t give up. Call the Extra Letter line. Solution next week. 17 4 24 26 12 22 22 21 11 17 9 7 6 17 14 15 25 18 15 12 23 8 17 9 11 15 24 20 21 18 22 10 24 20 15 24 10 19 15 12 10 19 19 4 14 10 1 24 20 17 15 17 6 24 2 15 14 17 6 12 20 17 24 22 15 19 17 10 14 17 19 12 26 24 11 14 13 9 12 10 19 14 5 14 9 16 9 16 22 12 19 19 24 15 14 10 19 24 15 19 6 21 12 22 24 26 Giant Crossword Across 9 A treat for the stray dogs in the enclosure? (5,4) 10 Aggravating to dress in - I have a few (9) 12 A first class return from the island (4) 13 The fellow has a right to be furtive (6) 14 Gets rid of some undesirable characters? (7) 15 Usually getting the facts really garbled (9) 17 The crane swinging at the back is no help at all (9) 18 Intend to go in to hire some things to wear (7) 19 Ring and, in turmoil, split about the weapon (6) 20 Exploited the old (4) 23 Particularly when it’s more than anyone else’s (4,2,3) 25 Take longer in the telling than (9) 26 What you do to get a title, perhaps (4) 27 Even though I have the odd bleat about it (6) 29 Runners grown in your garden (7) 32 Very upset when a gun went off, shied uncontrollably (9) 34 Summer pants and a top for the cricketer (5,4) 35 Yell and clap (7) 36 Concerning the handouts to various regions (6) 37 Concluded it’s superior to (4) 38 At a loose end and not dressed yet? (7,2) 39 From the flower seller a grim, crotchety, ‘Sold out!’ (9) 3 21 14 10 19 22 8 15 12 8 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z K B J 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 0900 586 4352 For up to 5 EXTRA LETTERS and FULL SOLUTION, call: Use your Target Time minutes when you call the Extra Letters line. Deduct two minutes for each extra letter you use. Stay on the line for some hints, followed by the Full Solution. TARGET TIME 20:21 mins secs Last week: Across: Cave, Placebo, Magic, Citadel, Execute, Host, Tawdry, Junket, Zone, Refrain, Animate, Chair, Agility, Atom. Down: Comment, Zeal, Vague, Winning, Acquire, Fail, Lichen, Urgent, City, Surface, Bedrock, Apart, Blot, Tantrum. Landline calls cost 61p/min plus network extras. Calls from mobiles will be higher. Minimum age 18. Line closes next Friday. Std Reach plc rules apply. See SP: J Media UK, SW4 7BX. Helpline: 08448001188. Down 1 One’s pet starter (8) 2 The subject of how dangerous sun-bathing is? (7,5) 3 Do travellers have a terribly long wait to get one? (5-3) 4 With only myself to count on (6) 5 Twigs they’re not real hair (8) 6 Giving to an Australian animal in the hut (7,3) 7 By which ploughmen steer a straight course? (7) 8 The chap looking at the paper works in television (10) 11 Putting a foot into the wrong one repeatedly (5) 16 The animal upset the beer, all right (6) 19 Round up, with a comrade (3) 21 How the Queen can’t see things from her own viewpoint? (12) 22 Dislocate, which does inconvenience you (3,3) 23 Was firm about not leaving the TV on the floor? (4,1,5) 24 Not mad about silver, though it’s very popular (3,3,4) 25 Dismissed as ‘unfashionable’ (3) 28 Standing at the bottom, turn round (8) 29 The impression you stand to make (8) 30 Drink, when you urge to, squash (8) 31 With scorn said ‘Involved in a racket’ (7) 33 One of the family appears at midnight, looking haggard (5) 34 Lots and lots of writing on the various wars (6) Last week’s solution Across: 9, P-eculi-ar 10, Tea(m) 11, Un-used 12, Salted (away) 13, Singlet(rousseau) 14, Head 15, Checked out 17, Drop shot 18, Demands 19, Mayo (may owe) 21, Nipped 24, Turns over a new leaf 27, B-ranch 29, Reed (rev) 30, A/c-tions 33, Ante-lope 35, Salmon-Ella 36, Love 37, Forfe-it 38, Ho-race 40, (Paul) Revere 41, Nut 42, Am-at-eurs. Down: 1, Detachment 2, Bust 3, Bindweed 4, Press on 5, Called round 6, Just for now 7, Bus-he’s 8, Let a-lone 10, Tenet (rev) 16, Cha-grin 20, Ag-re-e 22, Prec-I-se 23, Over-bearing 25, School fees 26, Final score 28, Run’s over 31, Clot-h cap 32, Flotsa-m 34, Eleven 35, S-he-et 39, Reel. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 9 TV Pick WOLFE Sky Max and Now TV, Friday As an actor, finding yourself plunged into obscure situations in the name of research is something that comes with the territory. For Rogue One star Babou Ceesay, Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington and the cast of new Sky Original crime drama Wolfe however, a day at the office doesn’t usually involve being surrounded by masses of confiscated Class-B drugs. Stepping inside Lancashire Police’s state-of-the-art forensic training laboratory, the visit proved a learning experience for all concerned. “There was just weed everywhere and they were just laughing about it,” says Amanda, 47, of the forensic officers working within the facility’s drug department. “There’s this kind of nonchalance about what they do, you know? For civvies like us, we just go ‘Oh!’ but it’s all part of their job.” Illegal substances aside, Amanda – ex-partner of Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman – says the visit helped her step into the shoes of forensic investigator Dot, alerting her to a set of common characteristics exhibited by those working in the field. “It was the way they talked about their job and their attitudes towards it,” reflects the actor. “Their unwavering sense of humour – and a lot of it was dark actually; I think that the only way they can cope with all the things they see is through humour. And I definitely think we have that in our show.” Described as ‘darkly funny’, sixpart series Wolfe is the brainchild of Bafta award-winning screenwriter Paul Abbott. Best known for his work on Shameless and No Offence, Paul, 61, says the new series is built upon “mischief” and “delinquency”. “I have a petulance about the way I construct stuff, I guess, because most of it I’ve never seen before,” says Paul. “I love watching forensic shows, posh ones, big American ones, but there’s no room for people inside those shelves,” he continues, referencing the lack of storylines focusing on the humans involved in investigations. “I love cop shows, but I just wish they were more humorous, more Amanda Abbington as Dot DARKLY comic new drama Wolfe focuses on a Forensics team’s crime-solving efforts. Danielle De Wolfe meets the show’s cast and writer witty. So we took it to an extreme and created a pantomime version. This is a totally different construction. But it’s basically for the same selfish reason that it’s what I want to watch.” Centred around lauded Professor Wolfe Kinteh played by Ceesay, the crime scene expert heads up the local university’s forensic science department – a mixture of veteran team members like Dot (Abbington) and Steve (Adam Long), alongside green university proteges including Maggy Wolfe (Babou Ceesay) is estranged from his wife (Naomi Yang) and Dominique (Shaniqua Okwok). “We had a police adviser who said ‘it doesn’t happen. In a I love cop shows, but I just wish they were more humorous university where there are students, you’ve got a forensic lab? No, it would never happen’,” says Paul. However, shortly afterwards, Paul discovered such a unit was already in existence at the University of Lancaster – a site incorporating the drugs unit later visited by the cast. With the show’s lead character Writer Paul Abbott Harry Potter star Natalia Tena plays Val described as “half genius, half liability”, it’s revealed that Wolfe struggles with bipolar disorder. A mental health condition that causes extreme behavioural changes. Sometimes this manifests in an all guns blazing approach to crime solving that draws scrutiny. Venturing down a YouTube wormhole in the name of research, Babou describes watching countless videos of individuals with bipolar disorder reflecting on their own manic episodes. “I have a friend who has had all sorts of challenges,” says Babou. “He talked me through the entire thing, including being sectioned; he took me out to dinner and opened up. Then, 32 months later, I’m cast as Wolfe and I’m like ‘woah, okay’.” Wolfe’s disorder hugely impacts his family life – culminating in him being kicked out by his wife Val (Natalia Tena) and daughter Flick (Talitha Wing). “I think that Val is deeply in love with him still but on top of the normal wear and tear of long term relationships and marriages – especially with Flick being sick and having leukaemia, I feel that Val just can’t deal with that anymore,” says Natalia, 36, known for her roles as Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter franchise and wilding Osha in Game of Thrones. Professor Wolfe and his team of forensic specialists who use humour to get them though their tough jobs “You’re dealing with a kid that’s dying, and a partner that has a mental illness... And I think as soon as we found out that Flick was going to be fine, [Val] was like, I need to go, I need to breathe.” Working hand in hand with the police on live investigations, gruesome scenes are a regular occurrence for Wolfe and his team. Despite Amanda noting the series is “a drama, not a documentary”, the actor describes the show as “quite violent”, noting the production “hasn’t held back” when it comes to the crime scenes. Revealing the need for “maggot wranglers” on set, Amanda says “all the forensic people that came in and the people that work in mortuaries have said, ‘yeah, this is exactly what it’s like’.” Despite copious amounts of blood and plenty of prosthetic limbs, Babou notes the scientific side of the investigations suited him down to a tee. “I used to be a microbiologist, so being in a lab and stuff like that doesn’t necessarily faze me,” says the actor. “I’m addicted to forensic shows. I watch Forensic Files and have maybe seen 80% of them – and I think there are hundreds of them. “Literally, that’s my Sunday afternoon, I just love watching people solve murders, it helps me sleep at night.”

10 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline TV Highlights When Katherine Ryan was announced as host of a new dating show earlier this year, viewers were riled. But the choice of presenter wasn’t the catalyst for the barrage of negativity, or pending Ofcom complaints, rather it was the show’s mischievous premise that set people off. Ready To Mingle follows a single girl in the search for her perfect partner, as 12 male suitors compete for her affections and the chance to win a big money prize. Taking up residence in a luxurious hideaway, she will get to know all the boys through activities, games and dates, eliminating each one by one until her “dream man” remains, the series synopsis reads. Sounds simple enough... So what’s the problem? Well... not all the boys are single, with a number of them being guided by their real-life partners in pursuit of the winnings. “LOL yes register your displeasure EARLY over that which doesn’t exist,” Katherine, 38, wrote on Twitter in retaliation to the backlash. “SHE knows. THEY know. Consent – and eager enthusiasm to participate – obtained from all parties & partners. How else may I offend today please.” Five months on and the sentiment sticks, with the Canadian comic willing sceptics – who expressed concern over the potential “humiliation” of the female lead – to watch it before commenting. “They need to see the show, and then they’ll fully understand why I was so eager to be involved,” she rationalises when we speak ahead of its launch. “Viewers aren’t being fooled and [the single girl] is not being fooled – she knows that this is the challenge for her to work out – and even the partners are Soccer Aid for Unicef 2021 Tonight, ITV, 6.30pm Forget the Euros, Dermot O’Leary presents the biggest celebrity football match in the world, as stars including Usain Bolt, Liv Cooke, Roman Kemp, Paddy McGuinness, Sir Mo Farah and Ore Oduba line up to raise money for Unicef and help give children the best start in life. Sven-Goran Eriksson is England manager, with coaches Micah Richards and David Seaman, while Harry Redknapp returns to manage the Soccer Aid World XI FC. David Beckham, Unicef goodwill ambassador and sporting icon will present the trophy. Single girl: Sophia Dusauzay It might seem like a lot of trickery but actually it’s a very honest show Controversial new dating show Ready To Mingle asks who can be trusted when it comes to finding a suitor. Gemma Dunn finds out more from host Katherine Ryan not being fooled, they are very much involved in all the gameplay. “In many cases it was the partners who put their boys forward to do the show,” attests the panel show regular, who stands by ITV’s statement that suggests the woman is in a position of empowerment throughout. “I think it’s important to give adults an opportunity to consent and play these games if they want to, and there’s also a wonderful social experiment which is very entertaining.” Has she ever fallen for a guy, only to find out he wasn’t single? “No, he was always in a relationship with me. But he was also single every time he left the house,” Katherine answers frankly. TV PICKS OF THE WEEK Vigil Tomorrow, BBC1, 9pm We’ve been completely gripped by this claustrophobic murder mystery. In this instalment, DS Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) believes she is now investigating a co-ordinated attack. She pulls the thread and the new lead takes her into the heart of Scottish politics, and to the discovery of an earlier cover-up. DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) “I was the girlfriend, as far as I know. I don’t think I was ever a sidepiece. But I’ve been lied to, I’ve been cheated on. And in my 20s, I didn’t really have the tools to decipher who was genuine and who wasn’t. I certainly didn’t have the confidence to dismiss them,” she muses. “[So] this is also a wonderful experiment for the public to see and to say, ‘Look, here’s how you spot a liar. Watch the way his eyes move, watch the way he changes details in a story, watch his body language’. It’s a game, but it also will provide clues to people at home so that they don’t get lied to in real life.” As for being held up against its rivals: “Unfortunately I’m seeing a few instances where contestants are potentially looking for a fashion contract or they have a partner at home or they’re not in it for the starts to question who she can trust aboard Vigil, when a message from land makes her realise she has been deliberately undermined. Silent Witness Monday, BBC1, 9pm Just when you thought Silent Witness had been consigned to the great TV in the sky, it rises like a phoenix, ready to grip viewers once again. There’s been a shake-up at the Lyell Centre following the departures of Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Katherine with husband Bobby Emilia Fox as Dr Nikki Alexander wholesome reasons that they once were,” Katherine teases. “Whereas Ready To Mingle might seem like a whole lot of trickery, it’s actually a very honest, full disclosure show. “It puts it all on the table, like, ‘This is the game. Do you want to play it?’ There are boys, some of whom are single, some of whom are not. Can you spot the liar? I love the honesty of putting that at the forefront.” If you can rely on anyone for truth when it comes to dating it’s Katherine, who not so long ago swapped her much-loved singledom for marital bliss. Already mum to 12-year-old daughter Violet, her daughter from a previous relationship, the star reunited with childhood sweetheart Bobby Kootstra three years ago, rekindling their flame while Lintern) and Clarissa Mullery (Liz Carr), so expect a fresh face or two. We’re also promised five new two-part stories, beginning with Redemption, in which Nikki (Emilia Fox) is confronted by a dangerous criminal from her past. The second episode airs tomorrow. 9/11: Life Under Attack Tuesday, ITV, 9pm This documentary about the terrorist atrocities in the US in 2001 offers an in-depth look at the terrifying events of that day, in New York as well as at the Pentagon and in filming BBC hit Who Do You Think You Are? in their hometown of Ontario. The key to finding her Mr Right? Trust your instinct, she says. “I would also say that if you’re 20-something and dating, whatever you think is probably true. I never trusted my intuition enough but looking back I always knew when I could smell a rat, but I wasn’t confident enough to follow that intuition,” admits Katherine, who gave birth to son Freddie in June. “The one piece of advice that always works is that if someone is treating you badly, you have to blank them,” she adds. “You cannot text them back, you disappear. Silence is a universal language and that really is the only thing that men understand in that situation.” And, crucially, don’t be afraid to be single. After all, the razor-sharp comedian – who once stated that her plan was to be “single for life” – Pennsylvania. Previously unseen footage, audio and incredible interviews with survivors are used to piece together what happened, as well as the authorities’ efforts to deal with an unprecedented catastrophe. Animals with Cameras Wednesday, BBC2, 8pm Gordon Buchanan and tech specialist Chris Watts are back to reveal more groundbreaking footage showing the behaviour of our favourite animals. In the first of four new episodes, we head into our oceans. Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, has one of the world’s largest populations of nesting loggerhead turtles, and here SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 11 has carved a career out of sassy one-liners based on her former status, albeit in whip-smart standup specials (Netflix’s In Trouble and Glitter Room) or via her celebration of single motherhood in Gordon meets the scientists working to find out more about this fascinating animal. Meanwhile, in the Bahamas, the team is out on the water with experts to fit a specially designed camera to a Caribbean reef shark. The National Television Awards 2021 Thursday, ITV, 7.30pm For many of us, TV has played an even bigger role in our lives than usual over the past 18 months. So, this year’s National Television Awards should feel particularly special. Ant and Dec are aiming to bag their 20th trophy in a row in her self-penned debut sitcom The Duchess. “I mean, I think it’s wonderful to be single. I love being single,” she declares. “And you can only find someone wonderful when you’ve National Television Awards host Joel Dommett the TV Presenter category while there are also new shows in the mix, including lockdown hits Bridgerton, Normal People and It’s a Sin, and new NTA host Joel Dommett’s own The Masked Singer. A new category, Authored You can only find someone wonderful when you’ve grown enough to put your most wonderful self forward... whatever you seek, you shall find Ready To Mingle host Katherine Ryan, left grown enough to put your most wonderful self forward... whatever you seek, you shall find. “So if you think men are terrible, you’re going to find men who are terrible. And if you think men are liars, you’re going to find men who are liars,” she warns. “But if you’re just going about your business, you have an interesting life, with friends, and you’ve got a career that you’re passionate about, the most wonderful person will walk into your life – that’s what happened with me and my husband.” Next Katherine will return to the stage, as she embarks on her aptly named Missus tour. Having previously denounced partnership to her fans, the major UK-wide tour – running from September this year to May 2022 – will see the seasoned stand-up share new perspectives on life and love as she navigates her new status. But will it be as upfront and open as her previous shows? “Full disclosure is the best way for me to connect with people because I give trust by getting trust!” she insists. “I love when people tell me secrets. I hate small talk; I want to meet a stranger for the first time, and I would love for them tell me everything about their life. And I would be non-judgmental, and I would share about my life. “I think that’s very tribal and that’s how I connect with people.” ■■Ready To Mingle starts on ITV2, Monday at 9pm Documentary, includes a nod for one of the past year’s biggest headline-makers, Marcus Rashford. Grantchester Friday, ITV, 9pm As a vicar, Will should be used to performing christenings, but his latest baptism service takes an unexpected turn when a man arrives claiming that he’s the rightful father of the child rather than the proud parents at the font. As Will and Geordie try to sort out the dispute, they discover the row could be connected to the murder of Joan Beaumont, the head of a local adoption agency. TV FILMs of the week The Railway Children 1 Today, BBC2, 2pm Charming children’s adventure film based on the E Nesbit novel. Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary TV Highlights Gary Warren, Sally Thomsett and Jenny Agutter Warren star as the three children forced to leave their comfortable, middleclass home in London when their father is mysteriously taken into custody. Although initially horrified by their impoverished state and bleak new home in Yorkshire (the parsonage home of the Brontes in Haworth provided the location), the move opens up an exciting new world for them, centring on the local railway line. Bernard Cribbins also stars with Lionel Jeffries directing. The BFG 2 Tomorrow, BBC1, 3.45pm Orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is snatched from her bed by a hooded 24ft tall figure, called the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance), who is fearful that she might reveal she’d seen a giant. A friendship is forged between Sophie and the BFG (left), who is bullied by his fellow giants. To rid Giant Country of these man-gobblers, Sophie hatches a plan. Breakfast at Tiffany’s 3 Monday, GREAT! movies classic, 9pm A struggling writer (George Peppard) moves into a New York apartment building, and takes a shine to his neighbour Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn, left), an eccentric party girl who is looking for love – preferably with somebody rich. However, he realises she may not be quite the outrageous free spirit she would have everyone believe. The Wolf of Wall Street 4 Tuesday, ITV4, 10pm In the aftermath of Black Monday, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio, left) loses his Wall Street job and is forced to sell penny stocks. Blessed with the gift of the gab, Jordan excels and opens his own firm with salesman Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill). The dodgy business soon attracts the attentions of FBI Agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler). The Fisher King 5 Wednesday, GREAT! movies classic, 9pm Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) is a superstar talk radio DJ. After advising an unhinged fan to wipe out a yuppie watering hole, Jack is shocked when the madman obliges. Following months of regret, Lucas is saved from a gang of thugs by tramp Parry (Robin Williams, left). The men’s fates are intertwined, leading Jack to try making amends. Monsters and Men 6 Thursday, Film4, 9pm Drama about the police shooting of an African- American man, told from three contrasting perspectives. They include local resident Manny Ortega (Anthony Ramos), who captures the incident on camera, undercover cop Dennis Williams (John David Washington, left) and high school student Zyrick (Kelvin Harrison Jr). 7 Moonlight Friday, Channel 4, 12.35am Oscar-winning drama following 12-year-old Chiron (Alex Hibbert), whose mother (Naomie Harris) is a slave to her drug habit. This drives Chiron into the arms of dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali, left with Hibbert). Chiron grows into an awkward 16-year-old (Ashton Sanders) and recognises his attraction to best friend Kevin (Jharrel Jerome).

12 SOUTH WALES ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 @WalesOnline Janine isn’t exactly The Square’s poster girl, but she’ll certainly make the residents take notice Soaps Has her seven-year absence from the good folk of the East End mellowed Janine Butcher... what do you think? Trouble with a capital J HOME AND AWAY Channel 5 Nikau causes upset and chaos, as he refuses to leave Bella alone at her exhibition. While Ari and Tane fume at him, he retreats to his room and refuses to come out, while a conversation between him and Bella that should have brought closure instead leads to a police chase. Meanwhile Jasmine and Cash keep stumbling across each other, above, and there’s a strong attraction. Sadly, the spark quickly wanes when she discovers that he’s a cop. She is one of the biggest villains in soapland and this week sees the much-anticipated return to the Square of Janine Butcher. And Charlie Brooks, the actress who plays her, promises she will be as bad as ever after seven years away. Charlie says: “It would be criminal not to bring her back and go where we all really want her to go, which is this alter-ego evil side. And we’re definitely, definitely doing that.” Janine’s comeback is linked to the return of her daughter Scarlett, who arrived on Friday after running away from her foster carers to meet with Kat Moon’s son Tommy. emmerdale ITV Wendy realises just how dangerous her ex Russ is when he reveals he’s on the run for shooting a police officer during an armed robbery. So, when he tells her she needs to convince Vic to give him Harry’s inheritance she does, but later feels so disgusted with herself, she has a change of heart. Vic is understandably confused when Wendy arrives at the Hide and tells her not to transfer the cash, so Wendy explains that her ex was blackmailing her with a secret that could ruin her life. Before she can reveal what it is though, Russ turns up to ask why the money hasn’t come through – and he’s got a eastenders BBC1 We can expect some scenes between Janine and Kat, especially when Kat decides that she is determined to take Scarlett in. She turns up to the court this week to say that she wants to be the girl’s carer. Just as the hearing gets under way, Janine bursts in, insisting she’s a changed woman. Kat is unconvinced, so when Scarlett goes missing, she assumes her mum is to blame. For once, Janine is innocent – but sawn-off shotgun, inset below. When armed police arrive, the stand-off becomes a siege, and outside the Hide, the villagers hear a shot... Meanwhile Leyla tries to cope with her miscarriage alone, but when Liam discovers the truth, can he offer her the support she needs? And Cathy’s conscience finally catches up with her, above, when she sees just how much her trolling has hurt April, and Kim discovers Jamie is back under her roof. A cuppa in the caff may be the only quiet moment we’ll see between Kat and Janine she does have an idea where her daughter could be, and when she tracks her down it leads to a scuffle that could put her, Tommy and coronation street ITV Corey and Kelly’s trial continues to dominate events. The latter finally has a chance to give her side of the story when she takes to the stand, but Sabeen wastes no time picking holes in her testimony. For once, Laura comes through for her daughter and asserts that she Scarlett in danger. Charlie, 40, adds: “We know that it’s going to be explosive – we might see some flames in a big fire. “I know when it’s exciting because I can feel it as an actress, when two characters are just sparking off each other.” Elsewhere this week, Jean arrives home to find that Ruby hasn’t told Martin the truth, and the marijuana she left to die in the garage is now a tropical, illegal jungle. Meanwhile Rainie is suspicious about Linda’s due date. would never have hurt Seb. After the closing speeches, the jury is sent out, and a despairing Abi yells at the jury not to believe Corey. She’s convinced that Stefan bribed a witness – but how will she feel once the verdict is announced in the final nail-biting episode of the week? Meanwhile, Eileen learns the truth about Phelan’s ashes and a stressed-out Curtis upsets Emma by going AWOL. Hope struggles to settle back in at school, and Tyrone feels torn between his responsibilities to Hope and Alina, despite Fiz encouraging him to take a break by visiting his new girlfriend’s parents. Abi faces Corey in court HOLLYOAKS Channel 4 The Maaliks hope a family dinner will coax the truth out of Misbah, pictured, but she has bigger worries on her mind when she discovers she’s being sued for gross misconduct. And in a special episode, showing as part of Channel 4’s Black to Front Project, the Deveraux family gather for a birthday BBQ, which sheds new light on their past. It also brings in a new member – Felix’s son, DeMarcus, whose attempts to win his dad’s affection look set to backfire. Neighbours Channel 5 Aaron and David are stunned when Paul returns with baby Isla, pictured, and throw themselves into parenthood, no questions asked. It’s not the same for Jane who demands to know why Nicolette hasn’t returned. Paul does his best to support her, but John’s bombshell that her daughter is in the US and can’t be found leaves Jane heartbroken. Meanwhile, Toadie ends up caught in the middle between Melanie and Rose. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SOUTH WALES ECHO 13




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