Willie Mullins felt Shaneshill and Nichols Canyon were feeling the effects of a long campaign after the Graham Wylie-owned duo finished second and third respectively in the Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle on Saturday. Mark Stone Jersey . Though Shaneshill, the mount of Danny Mullins, rallied strongly after the last flight, he went down by a neck to former Irish runner Rawnaq, partnered by Emma Lavelles former stable jockey Jack Doyle.Nichols Canyon, ridden by Ruby Walsh, was another three lengths away in the Grade One at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Mullins said: Nichols Canyon did not jump that well and maybe wasnt best suited by going left-handed, while Shaneshill ran a big race.However, for both horses this was probably one race too many, but we look forward to returning next year.The race is part of the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge, which involves the Ryanair World Hurdle and the Tennessee race.If any horse can win the two three-mile Grade Ones within 12 months, connections would earn a US$500,000 bonus.Rawnaqs owner Irvin Naylor said afterwards that he was keen to take up the challenge and head to Cheltenham next March.He said: There were so many good horses in the race and our jockey rode a superb race. He was always in the right place at the right time.The horse jumped flawlessly and the trainer had him tuned to the highest level.It all came together for this most important race. Rawnaq gave it all and you cannot ask for more of a horse than to give his all.He is the best and I think he will represent the US well at Cheltenham. I look forward to going forward with this challenge. Also See: Live results service Full racecards Get Sky Sports Vegas Golden Knights Gear . The Kelowna, B.C. rink made the announcement on their facebook page on Thursday night. Wholesale Golden Knights Jerseys . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers.San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs didnt need their Big Four to make easy work of the Carmelo Anthony-less New York Knicks. Marco Belinelli had 22 points off the bench as the Spurs routed the Knicks 109-95 on Wednesday night. Tony Parker missed his second straight game with a left hamstring strain, Kawhi Leonard sat with a bruised hand and Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were both held out to rest. Danny Green netted 13 points, while Boris Diaw added 12 points and four assists for the Spurs, who had dropped two of their last four games coming in on the heels of an eight-game winning streak. I havent been this pleased in a while. I just saw a lot of guys who havent played much play the fundamental game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Anthony sat out due to left knee soreness. Tim Hardaway Jr. posted 23 points to lead New York, which has lost 10 consecutive games. Theres just a mutual level of respect as competitors that weve always held for each other, Knicks coach Derek Fisher said of Popovich. Hee means a lot to me personally, in terms of what he stands for and the way hes helped develop what this organization has become. Nicolas Hague Jersey. The Spurs were up 29-26 after a quarter of play and led 56-52 at halftime, but pulled away in the third quarter. They began the second half on a 9-2 run, with four straight Aron Baynes free throws capping the surge and staking San Antonio to a 65-54 cushion. A 16-0 burst later in the frame put the game away. Belinelli knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to finish off the swing and give the hosts a commanding 86-61 margin later in the stanza. San Antonio, which outscored New York 38-21 in the third, took a 94-73 spread into the fourth, where it cruised to the easy triumph. Game Notes The Spurs moved to 8-1 at home this year ... The Knicks 4-20 start is the worst in franchise history ... New York has lost 11 straight road games, its longest since dropping 12 consecutive ones from Jan. 15-March 1, 2006 ... The Spurs had seven double-digit scorers. ' ' '
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