Sport in Brief:


£500,000 St Leger

The St. Leger Stakes on Saturday boasts prize money of £500,000 and Doncaster’s flagship race – a Group 1 contest over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards – is set to attract the very best three-year-olds, as they compete in the final Classic of the season.

After their recent stunning victories at York, Sea Moon and Blue Bunting head the ante-post betting market for South Yorkshire’s most famous race. Trained at Newmarket by Sir Michael Stoute for owner/breeder, Prince Khalid Abdulla, Sea Moon won the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York in fine style, while Blue Bunting, already with two Classics in the bag this season, the 1,000 Guineas and Irish Oaks (as well as the Yorkshire Oaks) will attempt to become the first filly to win the St. Leger since User Friendly in 1992.

Manchester United footballer Michael Owen has Brown Panther in the entries, while Newmarket trainer John Gosden, who won last year’s race with Arctic Cosmos has three contenders to choose from – Masked Marvel, Buthelezi and Thimaar.

Free tickets for juniors

Sheffield United’s junior season ticket holders can get a taste of play-off action – Rugby League style.

They can each claim one free ticket for tomorrow night’s first round play-off fixture between Sheffield Eagles and Widnes Vikings at Bramall Lane (7.45pm).

Tickets are available until 5pm on match day from the Blades ticket office; alternatively call 0871 995 1889.

The 52-18 demolition of York saw the Eagles finish the league season in fourth place on 39 points, earning a home game in the first round of the play-offs against Widnes, who lost their their final game 44-4 to Featherstone.

This play-off game is an all-paying (except junior season ticket holders). Ticket prices are £14 adult, £10 concession and £7 children.

Plant points the way

Richard Plant enjoyed a competitive weekend on his maiden visit to Knockhill in Scotland, returning home with a haul of points from both Porsche Carrera Cup GB races.

Buoyed by his first ever PCCGB podium at Snetterton last time out, the Sheffield racer started from 10th in the opening race and crossed the line in eighth. Like race one, Plant improved two places from his grid position in the second race.

Such has been his consistency during the season that he is one of the only drivers to have finished each and every race so far – scoring points in all 13 races which has helped him maintain his position as the leading rookie and fifth in the overall standings. Porsche Carrera Cup GB now moves on to Rockingham for rounds 14 and 15 of the series on September 17-18.

Vets doubles decider

The Sheffield and District Parks Bowling Association’s Gents Vets Doubles Merit semi-finals and final will be played at Firth Park BC next Tuesday (1pm). Some 31 pairings originally entered the competition and the four remaining pairs are: Trevor Downs and Derek Ellis (Hillsborough), Maurice Birch and Rex Binney (Woodhouse), Frank Elliot and John Crowther (Bradfield) and David Hallam and Bob Jackson (Millhouses).

Smith’s hopes dashed

Dave Smith’s hopes of completing a nap hand in the Sheffield and District Works and Sports Association’s Coronation Bowl have been foiled.

The four-time winner of the prestigious Works Bowls event again reached the final on his home Bradway green but his hopes of glory were ended when he was beaten 21-15 by Mosborough’s Scott Nicoll. In the semi-finals Nicoll and Smith both had 21-12 wins over J Westell (Bradway) and D Missere (Laycocks) respectively.