Don Cossack and Faugheen share Horse Racing Ireland prize

first_imgDon Cossack and Faugheen were joint-winners of the Horse of the Year Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards ceremony at Leopardstown. Press Association “I’m sorry he let the side down in the Morgiana. He’s a great horse, but he flopped that day, for whatever reason,” said Ricci. “I hope he comes back the next day. We still have confidence in him. Hopefully he’ll do the business at Kempton and get back on track.” Mullins said: ” He did cut his mouth (at Punchestown), but that took a day to recover from and most horses wouldn’t feel a little cut on their mouth. I wouldn’t use that as an excuse. He’s in great order.” Don Cossack was last seen winning the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal at the end of October and is set to return to action over the Festive period. The King George VI Chase at Kempton has long been considered his likely target, but connections are not ruling out Leopardstown’s Lexus Chase. Gigginstown House Stud’s manager Eddie O’Leary said: ” Obviously we love him and let’s hope he stays lucky. It will be the King George (next), or the Lexus. Every option is open.” Mullins picked up the National Hunt Award, while Pat Smullen was the winner of the Flat Award. Smullen was keen to pay tribute to his boss Dermot Weld, and said: “I t goes without saying you can’t achieve what I’ve achieved this year without having the job I have. “This was arguably our best year together and I’m hopefully looking forward to more in the future. I have a great agent in Kevin O’Ryan and it’s a big team effort.” The Point-to-Point Award went to Enda Bolger, trainer of top-class hunter chaser On The Fringe, who completed the Cheltenham-Aintree-Punchestown treble last spring. Bolger said: “T he horse is great and obviously we’re going to try to repeat what we did last year. I’m very surprised to receive this award as there’s some great people around and I’m just honoured. I have a great horse, a great owner (JP McManus) and a great jockey (Nina Carberry).” Rising star Jonathan Burke was given the Outstanding Achievement Award. The 19-year-old jockey dedicated the award to his late mother. “I’m doing something that I love and something that I’ve dreamed of from a very young age. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in. I had a great grounding working for Willie Mullins, Noel Meade and Gordon Elliott. I’ve had great people round me and I’m very lucky,” he said. Legendary commentator Des Scahill won the Contribution to the Industry Award, while Leopardstown won Racecourse of the Year. Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of HRI, said: “The reputation of Irish racing and breeding is built on the achievements of the extraordinarily talented people in our industry. The HRI Awards allow us celebrate these trainers, jockeys and horses who give us so much to be proud of and I wish all our winners and nominees continued success in 2016.” For the first time in history the award was shared as voters were unable to choose between the Willie Mullins-trained Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen and Gordon Elliott’s five-time Grade One-winning chaser Don Cossack. Faugheen suffered a shock defeat at the hands of stable companion Nichols Canyon on his seasonal reappearance in last month’s Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown, but owner Rich Ricci is confident he will bounce back when defending his crown in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. last_img read more

British Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London Heathrow

first_imgBritish Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London HeathrowBritish Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London HeathrowBritish Airways’ first Airbus 350, registration G-XWBA, touched down at London Heathrow this weekend, featuring the airline’s newest generation business class seat, Club Suite.The airline will take delivery of 18 A350s, with four of the new aircraft joining the fleet before the end of the year.Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A350s to the fleet. This aircraft marks a significant and exciting milestone in our £6.5 billion investment programme and is even more special as it comes with our new Club Suite. The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort on board.”The newly-branded ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Boasting 40 per cent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power; every aspect of British Airways’ Club Suite has been designed for today’s customer.The A350 promotes a feeling of well-being, space and calm due to its reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting which is intended to compliment the time of day and outside light. Customers will leave their flight feeling rested thanks to higher levels of humidity and refreshed air as the cabin pressure is equivalent to an altitude of just 6,000 feet. There are also environmental benefits to flying on the state-of the-art A350 as 25 per cent lower fuel burn significantly reduces CO2 emissions.As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 features the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and warm quilt, new amenity kits and an enhanced service and an improved dining experience. The World Traveller (economy) cabin offers 219 seats. Customers will also benefit from high-speed WiFi, allowing travellers to browse the internet on their personal electronic devices.In a world first, the airline mapped out their new Club Suite and A350 in lasers within the British Airways Laserdrome, a 100 square metre structure, towering 6 and a half metres high.During phase one in August, the first A350 aircraft will start some short-haul flying between London and Madrid to allow the airline’s teams to perfect their customer service delivery and familiarise cabin crew with the aircraft layout.In phase two, which starts during September, the aircraft will begin long-haul flying to Dubai, followed by services to Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore this year. During this period another three A350 aircraft will join the British Airways fleet and two Boeing 777 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new cabin.At the start of 2020 phase three will begin which will see British Airways rolling out its Club Suite on further long-haul aircraft across the network.The arrival of the A350 is part of the airline’s £6.5bn current investment programme and forms part of an exciting year for the airline as it celebrates its centenary. Other activity includes the airline’s BA 2119 programme exploring the future of fuels, the customer experience of the future and the aviation careers in the next 100 years. Source = British Airwayslast_img read more