Monthly Archives: June 2017

Sicily, Modica, Hotel Palazzo Failla & Locanda del Colonnello Restaurant

Modica Hotel Palazzo Failla

Modica Hotel Palazzo Failla

Absolutely and without question, the Palazzo Failla in Modica Alta. The Failla family opened this lovely hotel in their family palazzo. The resultant restoration is gorgeous; the master bedroom, replete with original floor tiles from the Sicilian ceramic city of Caltagirone, are one of the many options for guests. In 2008, the family opened a dependance across the road from the original hotel where suites that include every modern convenience (Spa tubs, steam showers for example) are available. There is a restaurant for the hotel La Locanda del Colonnello, which  offers  typical Sicilian fare.

Via Blandini, 5 – 97015 Modica (RG)

Tel: +39.0932.941.059

Courtesy & with thanks Travels across Italy




Wings of Eagles, outsider at 40/1 winner of the 2017 Derby, son of 2011 Derby winner Pour Moi trained by French Trainer Andre Fabre. Investec Derby at Epsom. 2017

Investec Derby 2017

Wings of Eagles,Trainer Aidan O’Brien,  Investec Derby 2017. Courtesy & with thanks Sky Sports


16:30 Investec Derby 1m 4f 10y
(Group 1) £1,625,000 added 3yo 18 ran
Winner £921,538 2nd £349,375 3rd £174,850 4th £87,100
Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
Surface: Turf
Winning time: 2m 33.02s
Off time: 16:35:25

Investec Derby: Wings Of Eagles wins at 40/1 for Aidan O’Brien
Last Updated: 03/06/17 7:51pm
Wings Of Eagles, ridden by Padraig Beggy, wins the Investec Derby
Wings Of Eagles caused a huge 40/1 upset in the Investec Derby at Epsom to propel jockey Padraig Beggy into the limelight.

With only two behind him with three furlongs to run, the son of 2011 Derby winner Pour Moi came from the clouds to claim his Aidan O’Brien-trained stablemate Cliffs Of Moher in the dying strides.

The result had looked like going with the form book as Cliffs Of Moher just got the better of the two Frankel colts, Cracksman and Eminent, inside the final furlong.

But that was not taking into account Wings Of Eagles, the apparent Ballydoyle fifth string, who provided O’Brien with a sixth Derby winner.

Beggy, having his first ride in the race, said: “That’s my first ride, but when you’re riding one for Aidan you don’t worry about the price, they always have a chance.

“I had a bit of bad luck in running but probably got there at the right time in the end.”

Courtesy &  with thanks Sky Sports

Arqana Deauville  celebrates their first Derby winner for a horse bought at the Arqana Yearlings sales. August 2015 Wings of Eagles was presented by Haras du Montaigu.  Wings of Eagles is the son of Derby 2011 winner Pour Moi, trained by the great French Trainer, Andre Fabre.

Derby 2017 -omnisport-Getty

Wings of Eagles 40/1 winner Investec Derby. Courtesy & with thanks Getty. Omnisports.




Frankie Dettori & ENABLE win the Investec Oaks on Ladies Day at Epsom. 2017.


Frankie Dettori on Enable wins the INVESTEC Oaks at Epsom, on storm swept Ladies Day

Frankie Dettori on Enable wins the INVESTEC Oaks at Epsom, on storm swept Ladies Day 2017. Courtesy and with thanks SKY SPORTS.

Enable ran out an impressive winner of the Investec Oaks at  Epsom in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

John Gosden’s filly was a 6-1 shot for a mile-and-a-half Classic run in driving rain after a thunderstorm hit the track just minutes before the off.

Pocket full of  dreams took the field along for much of the way, but was a spent force heading inside the final three furlongs.
Her stablemate Rhododendron, the 8-11 favourite after finishing second to fellow Aidan O’Brien inmate Winter in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, loomed up ominously, but Enable was also delivered with her challenge and the pair settled down to fight it out.

Rhododendron briefly looked to be travelling the better, but her stamina appeared to give out passing the furlong marker and the further Enable went the better she looked and there was five lengths between them at the line. Alluringly was third.
Gosden said: “We knew there’d be a strong pace, but I didn’t think quite that strong.

O’Brien, whose runners had suffered a marked delay in getting to the track after travel problems in Ireland, said of Rhododendron: “I thought she ran very well, everything went lovely and she ran a good race.

There was drama before the off when American challenger Daddys Lil Darling bolted to the start, with Olivier Peslier deciding to bail out just before she reached the stalls.

Kenny McPeek commented “Hopefully the filly is OK, we’ll get back and regroup. I haven’t thought beyond today, but I will be back, you can’t predict that.”

Courtesy & with thanks SKY SPORTS 

America’s Cup Day 4 2017, Bermuda

America's Cup Day 4 2017

America’s Cup Day 4 2017. photo copyright Richard Gladwell

Sail-World’s cameras were on the water again on the Great Sound for the start of Round Robin 2.

The regatta has started to lose some of its bonhomie, as one team will be out of the competition come Saturday, and two more go towards the end of the following week.

© Richard Gladwell