Steip Amach caused a real upset when she lowered the colours of Royal Navy Ship to land the Group Three Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown. Royal Navy Ship was sent off the 1-6 favourite after beating Jacobean to score on his debut, but Seamie Heffernan never looked truly comfortable on him at the head of the four-runner field. Steip Amach, the 12-1 outsider, was last of the quartet on the turn for home, but Jim Bolger’s filly responded well to Kevin Manning’s urgings, cutting down the leader close home before going on to score by three-quarters of a length. Press Association Bolger said: “She got bogged down in Navan, and the ground was a bit better here. Seven furlongs or a mile doesn’t really matter to her. She’ll probably start off next year in a Classic trial back here.” The winning trainer and jockey secured a double when Answered got the better of a thrilling duel with Vote Often to land the Listed Trigo Stakes. Both were reappearing after lengthy absences, with Irish 1,000 Guineas third Vote Often just ahead as the pair took up the lead two furlongs out. Neither horse would back down in a head-to-head battle up the straight, but it was Answered who just found the most close home, the 9-2 chance eventually scoring by a neck. Bolger said: “He missed most of the season with an injury but it’s good to get him back. He’ll handle better ground but wouldn’t want real summer ground. I’d expect he’ll improve again.” Giovanni Canaletto rocketed into the Investec Derby picture as he produced an eyecatching turn of foot to easily put the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden to bed. Aidan O’Brien’s charge is a full-brother to last year’s Derby hero Ruler Of The World and still figured among the entries for the Racing Post Trophy at the beginning of the week. He was sent off the 4-7 favourite to build on his debut third at Navan. Seamie Heffernan sat in midfield early and still had a number of horses ahead at the turn for home, but Giovanni Canaletto swept to the front with a powerful surge and careered away to beat Alcatraz by six and a half lengths. Heffernan said: “He’s completely asleep. When he got a bit of light he woke up, as if to say ‘what do you want me to do?’. I gave him a crack and he went right away. He’s doing it so easy at home. We like him.” Many bookmakers were quick to alter their prices on the premier Classic, with RaceBets going 20-1 from 33-1. Betfred gave the winner a 20-1 first-show quote for the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Unsinkable had dropped like a stone in the ratings after a poor season but having transferred from Britain to the Ger Lyons yard, he was backed into 11-2 favourite for the Leopardstown Handicap and won as he liked, storming away under Tom Madden to score by two and three-quarter lengths. David Wachman’s 7-2 chance Off Limits was an eyecatching fourth on her debut and stepped up to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, though it was a close call as she got up in the shadow of the post under Billy Lee to win by a short head.
Syracuse (14-7, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) struggled to put away sets in which it led late, and that ultimately doomed SU in its straight-sets loss to Pittsburgh (14-4, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) on Friday night in the Women’s Building. Syracuse registered six total blocks and 31 digs, their second- and third-lowest totals of the season, respectively. Below, see our best shots from the game. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 13, 2017 at 6:02 pm Contact Max: email@example.com
Millennial Esports is one of a number of companies that has heavily invested in esports in the past 18 months, but it’s one of far fewer which have built a diverse portfolio across the industry. Alex Igelman, Millennial EsportsAlex Igelman, Millennial Esport CEO, will be attending this year’s Esports BAR in Cannes to discuss one element of the business; blockchain. There has been considerable noise made in regards to esports focused ICOs in the past six months, and Igelman will be giving a talk on this for attendees to the second iteration of the event in February.Esports Insider: Firstly, why did you decide to establish a blockchain division? How do you see it making an impact in esports and gaming?Alex Igelman: Blockchain technology unleashes functionalities that were previously not possible, from the actual ownership of digital assets to the provably fair bookeeping of events. The world of esports will benefit greatly from the numerous applications and platforms that are being developed using this technology. As one of the leading brands in esports today, Millennial has decided to be part of this disruptive change in the way players all around the world enjoy gaming.ESI: We’ve seen a number of esports focused ICOs emerge in the past six months. Do you expect 2018 to see more of these appear, or for there to be a period of consolidation in this regard?Alex: Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, have been exploding in the past year indeed. This is particularly true in the world of esports for two main reasons:1) Esport users, players, and viewers are more likely to own cryptocurrencies and use cryptocurrencies than in most industries.2) Esports is a world of digital assets by construction, and as a result is one of the best use cases for blockchain integration.Without judging the merit of each individual project, we have observed very strong ones that will add massive value to the esports ecosystem, as well as other projects that don’t seem to use blockchain to its full potential but merely ride on the hype of the rise in cryptocurrency adoption. It’s our expectation that many more decentralized protocols will be built in esports, that some will fail to gain adoption while some will revolutionise and completely disrupt the whole esports economy. ESI: What can attendees of the Esports BAR expect from your talk?Alex: We think it is useful and enjoyable to describe and imagine together all the possibilities that esports on blockchain offers to users: seamless in-game payments, market place for various in game assets, recording of past achievements, truly shared economy for game developers and users, just to name a few.ESI: Millennial now has a fairly diverse portfolio across esports and gaming, from a production studio, to a venue in Las Vegas, a simracing tournament operator and developer, and a data analytics firm. Is the plan now to make more investments and acquisitions or to focus all efforts to growing these?Alex: I strongly believe that with the acquisition of Eden Games, we are extremely well positioned in the esports ecosystem.We are involved in almost every known current vertical, save and except for team ownership- an area we have purposely avoided. While future acquisitions and tuck-ins are always possible, we will now focus on building our publishing arm and growing the user base of Gear.Club while leveraging and utilising all our other amazing assets to do so.Disclaimer: We are an official content partner of the Esports BAR in Cannes