Widespread Panic Delivers Double Encore For St. Augustine Sunday Closer [Videos]

first_imgWidespread Panic brought a night of glorious revelry to Saint Augustine for the third night in a row, uniting the “good people” community for their never-to-be-missed Sunday show.The boys kicked into a high-voltage “Little Kin” to open the show, segueing into the jerky rhythm of “Sell, Sell” from their most recent album Street Dogs. To follow with an explosive introduction, Panic blew the dust off of the rarely played “Dirty Side Down” for the first time since Panic En La Playa Seis, from March of 2017. Dave Schools led the vocal vanguard for a sandal stompin’ rendition of Vic Chestnutt’s “Sleeping Man”. Luring the sailors closer with their swampy sirens’ song, the band whipped into an electrifying rendition of “You Should Be Glad” from the underappreciated album Earth to America, providing an opportunity for Sonny Ortiz and Jimmy to connect forces and jam.After an explosive ending, the Panics introduced “Rebirtha” with the crowd reacting fervently to the tell-tale opening double-notes. As is tradition, the captivating John Bell crushed the vocals in his emotionally wrought style while Jimmy Herring and JoJo Hermann ignited the music with scorching riffs and ferocious synthesized keys all woven around the beat of Duane Trucks’ pounding drum lines and Dave School’s bone-crushing bass pulses. Mellowing the tone, the good ol’ boys played a sweet finger-lickin’ “Pilgrims” before closing the first set in similar sentimentality with the beautiful ode to Michael Houser with “Space Wrangler.”After a short set break, Widespread Panic reignited the crowd with a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” which hasn’t been played since the politically charged heaters in Birmingham. John Bell crooned a slick “The Last Straw” with several tempo breakdowns and one incredible lightning Herring solo before Schools drove the heavy bassline of “Bear’s Gone Fishin’” as JB reminded us that “It’s sunny at the edge of the sea.” For the first of two Blind Faith covers, the Panics executed a flawless “Can’t Find My Way Home” which was last played almost exactly a year ago at the same Amphitheatre. The same, rowdy crowd reciprocated the vibrant energy and embraced the déjà vu before losing their sunbaked minds to the opening piano and guitar introduction to “Greta” with JoJo Hermann on lead vocals (“swarm of yellow rabbits!” ). The crowd of salty dogs howled ravenously at the appropriate opportunity before Jimmy Herring silenced them with his entrancing guitar chops.To wind the second set down, the boys built a titanic sandwich that began with a segue into a soaring “Surprise Valley” that soon dissolved into a percussive breakdown featuring Duane Trucks and Sonny Ortiz while everyone else stayed on stage. A second smaller sandwich was encased in the larger sandwich with the first half of “Proving Ground” transitioning into the second Blind Faith cover of the night with “Do What You Like”. The cover hasn’t been played since Phases of the Moon Festival which took place outside of Chicago, Illinois in 2014 so naturally, it was the first time that Duane Trucks took part in this elusive jam. To provide the second layers–the bread if you will–the band rocked home the second halves of “Proving Ground > Surprise Valley” to complete this belly-buster of a sandwich.To end the second set, Widespread Panic sizzled through a dreamy version of Neil Young’s “Last Dance” which was last played in Memphis during which JB opened the song with a remembrance to “Please take care of each other, watch out for each other so you can live to play another day.” Many could not help but think about this mournfully as the bittersweet feeling of the end of a three-night run wound down.However, Widespread Panic continued to serve extra helpings with the ultra-rare performance of “Nobody’s Loss” from Til’ the Medicine Takes. JoJo dove into the song with his slow and purposeful piano playing which was accompanied by shared vocal duties from him and John Bell. The tempo accelerated for a combined cover of The Guess Who’s “No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature” with Jimmy Herring blazing trails from his crow’s nest at stage right. The crowd of wary scallywags gave whatever energy they had left to dance and applaud riotously, and in turn, Widespread Panic played a second encore out of respect. However, JoJo never got the memo and the ensuing “Porch Song” was performed without his piano expertise. The last time Widespread Panic rewarded the crowd with a double encore was during the Halloween run in Broomfield, Colorado in 2016.Widespread Panic epitomizes the sense of community and respect in the relationship between audience and performers. They continue to show nothing but class, and stoic professionalism to make the struggles, from mundane to extraordinary, more bearable. As the world evolves, it can leave us feeling divided and isolated even as cyber connections becoming more commonplace. However, through music and community, the distance doesn’t feel as vast, and brotherhood and sisterhood is as tangible as the energy in the air. The “good people” community is an exemplary personification of the idiom, “A stranger is merely a friend you haven’t met yet.”The band weighed anchor and realigned their looking-glass towards the autumnal plunder of Milwaukee. With Saint Augustine’s rum supply nearly emptied, the memories of this bountiful three-night run will outlive the pain of even the strongest hangover. Until next time, my friends, stay busy, stay well.“Lawyers, Guns And Money”[Video: Fred Ramadan]“Can’t Find My Way Home”[Video: Fred Ramadan]“Do What You Like” > “Proving Ground” > “Surprise Valley”[Video: Fred Ramadan]“No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature”[Video: Fred Ramadan]“Porch Song”[Video: Fred Ramadan]You can listen to an audio stream of Widespread Panic’s first night in St. Augustine via PanicStream here.Setlist: Widespread Panic | St. Augustine Amphitheatre | St. Augustine FL | 9/14/18I: Little Kin > Sell Sell, Dirty Side Down^, Sleeping Man, You Should Be Glad, Rebirtha, Pilgrims, Space Wrangler (73 mins)II: Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Last Straw, Bear’s Gone Fishin’, Can’t Find My Way Home^^, Greta > Surprise Valley > Drums > Proving Ground > Do What You Like^^^ > Proving Ground > Surprise Valley, Last Dance (84 mins)E1: Nobody’s Loss, No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature (14 mins)E2: Porch SongNotes ^ LTP 3/02/17 Playa (49 shows)^^ LTP 9/15/17 St Augustine (38 shows – 366 days ago)^^^ LTP 9/13/14 Phases Festival (229 shows) FTP for Duane[Everyone remained onstage for Drums and JB continued playing; Double encore was unplanned and ‘Porch Song’ was without JoJo; Last double encore was 10/30/16 Broomfield]RIP Joey Tellolast_img read more

National Tour of Pippin Takes Flight for Broadway Balances America

first_imgIt’s time to spread a little sunshine! Broadway Balances America, a special six-part series airing on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, returns on October 29 with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the touring production of the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin. Tune in as The Balancing Act introduces viewers to the strong women behind Pippin and how they balance their lives in the demanding theater industry.In this episode, Tony-winning director Diane Paulus, who was named one of TIME’s most influential people in the world, and circus creator Gypsy Snider highlight the creative process of developing a fresh, new Pippin for modern audiences. Viewers will get an exclusive look on-stage with Snider working with the show’s Leading Player and various acrobats that make this Pippin truly extraordinary.Pippin, Broadway’s high-flying hit musical, is now playing at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre and across the U.S. on national tour. With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory. This captivating new production, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), features sizzling choreography by Tony nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation of breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers).Pippin won four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Paulus), Best Actress in a Musical (Patina Miller) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Andrea Martin).Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting new series and to find out which Broadway musicals will also be featured! View Comments Broadway Balances Americalast_img read more

Copley Hospital first hospital in Vermont to reach EHR milestone

first_imgCopley Health Systems recently completed attestation to the federal government that Copley Hospital has met ‘meaningful use’ criteria for the Phase One implementation and use of its electronic health record (EHR) and is eligible for Medicare EHR incentive payments. Copley completed attestation on June 27, 2011; the first hospital in Vermont to do so.  The attestation demonstrates to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that Copley Hospital has met requirements for EHR Medicare incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ‘Our focus has been to improve the quality of patient care and patient safety in addition to improving the exchange of information among healthcare providers and patients through our EHR,’ said Mel Patashnick, President of Copley Health Systems. ‘Our being at the forefront of implementing this vital technology is indicative of our commitment to providing outstanding patient care.’  Copley is using CPSI as its EHR platform. A number of employees, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinical staff, were involved with process preparation, the selection and installation of the appropriate software and training for implementation to meet ‘meaningful use’ guidelines.  Copley has also worked closely with Vermont Information Technology Leaders to build a bi-directional health record interface, enabling transmissions to and from the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE).  Copley’s EHR Phase One implementation was funded in part by a grant from the Lucy D. Nisbet Charitable Fund. Copley Hospital is the non-profit community hospital serving the greater Lamoille Valley area of north-central Vermont. This rural hospital is a vital resource for the wellness and health of the community in addition to being one of the largest employers in the areas. Copley provides 24/7 emergency services, women’s and children’s health services, access to more than 50 specialists including a full-time cardiologist, urologist and a state-of-the-art orthopedics program on its campus in Morrisville, Vermont. Copley provided more than $800,000 in direct charitable care last year and has provided $5.5 million in community benefits for the surrounding area.last_img read more

Guatemala’s security forces cut homicide rate by cracking down on gangs

first_img A ‘clear strategy’ Gang-related killings in Guatemala dropped significantly in recent weeks, thanks largely to the efforts of the country’s security forces, authorities said. In January and February 2014, there were 868 killings throughout the country related to gangs and organized crime, Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla recently told journalists following a Security Cabinet meeting. That is 146 fewer such killings compared to the same time period in 2013, when there were 1,064 homicidies, the interior minister said. The Security Cabinet meeting, on Feb. 28, 2014, was led by President Otto Pérez Molina. In 2012, the last full year for which such statistics are available, there were 5,174 killings in Guatemala, authorities said. That was a 9 percent decrease from the number of killings throughout the country in 2011 officials said. In 2011, the homicide rate was 39 killings per 100,000 residents. In 2012, the rate killings dropped to 34 per 100,000 residents, according to government statistics. The homicide rate in Guatemala has been reduced substantially since 2009, according to a report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). About half of all killings in Guatemala are connected to gang activity or international drug trafficking, authorities said. There are 8,000 to 10,000 gang members and transnational criminal organization operatives in the country, officials estimate. The need for continued vigilance There were 56,350 killings in the country from 2003 to 2013, and 87 percent of the homicides were committed with a firearm according to a report by Plaza Pública. Two major Mexican transnational criminal organizations, the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, operate in Guatemala, transporting drugs from South America north to Mexico, the United States, and Canada, according to published reports. Both organized crime groups have formed alliances with gangs which operate in Guatemala. The Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas are battling each other and three Guatemalan drug trafficking families – the Lorenzana, Mendoza, ad Chamales organizations — for control of drug trafficking routes. Guatemalan security forces have captured important members of each of these criminal groups. For example, in April 2011, Guatemalan security forces captured Wildemar Lorenzana, the leader of the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization. He is known as “The Patriarch.” He was allegedly a key link between Colombian drug traffickers and the Sinaloa Cartel. In August 2012, a Guatemalan court approved a request by the United States to extradite The Patriarch to that country. Attorneys for The Patriarch appealed the decision. The appeal was unsuccessful, and on March 7, 2014, President Pérez signed an order authorizing the extradition of The Patriarch to the U.S. U.S. authorities allege that The Patriarch helped transport hundreds of thousands of tons of cocaine into the United States between 1999 and 2003. By Dialogo March 18, 2014center_img Organized crime and violence Guatemalan security forces are making progress in reducing gang and organized crime violence, Pérez Molina said in his second annual government report. “We have a clear strategy that is already providing results in eradicating violence from Guatemala. Criminals are being and will be detained, we are fighting crime and nobody is above the law,” the president wrote in the report. The National Civil Police (PNC) and the Public Prosecutor’s Office are coordinating their efforts to fight gangs and transnational criminal organizations. Both agencies are analyzing criminal activity, which helps officials decide the best way to use security forces, said Carlos Mendoza, a security analyst at Central American Business Intelligence (CABI), a policy consultancy firm based in Guatemala. The close cooperation between the PNC and prosecutors “may be one reason for the lower homicide rate,” Monedoa said. The PNC, which began 2014 with 30,000 officers, is improving its training and expanding. In March 2014, 1,600 recruits will graduate from the PNC’s police academies and become officers. The new officers will be deployed in the eastern and southern regions of the country, authorities said. Authorities are upgrading the PNC’s equipment. For example, in 2013 the Ministry of the Interior purchased 14,146 Pietro Barreta guns for the PNC. The PNC is also improving its training. In 2013, the PNC began offering training in police science, with a specialty in community policing. The PNC also opened regional academies in Huehuetenango and Santa Rosa. A Regional Task Force (FTT) comprised of PNC officers and members of the Armed Forces is also helping to reduce the violence. The FTT is comprised of 1,800 soldiers and 500 police officers. In 2013, the FTT broke up 119 gangs and criminal cells which were involved in contract killings, kidnapping, extortion, robbery, and other crimes, authorities said. “We have the best team of investigators into offenses against life, the best anti-kidnap squad and the best crime intelligence unit,” the president stated in his annual report. Guatemalan security forces are working hard and must remain vigilant, said Ana Glenda Tager Rosado, director of the Latin American office of the International Alliance for Peace Building (Interpeace). “We need to recognize the work, effort and coordination of the state over the last four years,” Tager Rosado said. In addition to pursuing security initiatives to reduce violence, the government should also continue to fight poverty, strengthen its democratic institutions, and boost civic engagement, Tager Rosado said. Mendoza, the security analyst, agreed. “With regard to people’s safety, no government can have complete control over how the homicide rate evolves,” Mendoza said. “We need to recognize and value the continuous institutional and organizational reforms”, stated Mendoza.last_img read more

Vestal pastor encourages communion at home during Holy Week

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) – Joe Coudriet, founding pastor at Family Life Church, is preparing for the churches’ busiest time of year: Easter. “This week, our primary responsibility is to make sure that we minister to the flock, look out for those that are here in the church congregation and church family that are in need,” said Coudriet. Coudriet says no matter how you celebrate during this difficult time religion is there to lean on. With Holy Week underway, Coudriet is keeping his churchgoers active in the comfort of their own homes. “We’re so thankful for our church family, they continue to make opportunities like this possible through their faithfulness,” he says. The pastor says it doesn’t matter where you receive or who you do it with. center_img Coudriet and the rest of church staff have begun to encourage communion at home to ensure their congreagtion gets the full experience of Holy Week. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “You don’t have to be in a holy place, you don’t have to be in a church sanctuary, what you need to do is have a relationship with God,” he says. “All Christ followers are encouraged to partake in the Lord’s table in commemoration of what he did and you can do it as often as you’d like,” Coudriet says.last_img read more

NAPF urges members to stop abstentions in policy overhaul

first_imgIt said to account for reputational risk from the stocks based on a company’s approach to tax.Funds should consider and engage on emerging risks such as those associated with climate change and cyber security.After turbulent years for companies from pension funds and other owners on the area of remuneration, the NAPF has also updated its policy to be more explicit about the issues it thinks members should consider.In September, the group began naming and shaming companies that had failed to acknowledge shareholder and NAPF member concerns on pay.The updated policy also no longer advocates the use of abstentions when voting at annual general meetings (AGMs), as the NAPF said it wanted to members to put more emphasis holding individuals to account for issues relevant to them.Corporate governance lead at the NAPF, Will Pomroy, said it was a natural role for the NAPF to express its expectations for pension funds and asset managers.“Members of the NAPF have a clear interest in promoting the success of the companies in which they invest,” he said.“We focus our efforts on maximising the long-term returns of our members’ assets, irrespective of the potential for short-term discomfort.“We strongly encourage shareholders to make systematic use of all of the powers at their disposal to support the highest standards of governance at the companies in which they invest.”In 2013, the NAPF, alongside the Financial Reporting Council, set up a stewardship framework asking asset managers to publish voting habits and activities.However, after only seeing 57 managers take part by March 2014, the pension fund group blasted the industry for not singing up. The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has re-written its corporate governance policy for members as it looks to encourage schemes to be more considered when engaging with companies.Its corporate governance policy and voting guidelines are updated annually and aim to act as an impetus to schemes on how they communicate expectations to asset managers and proxy advisory firms.In the latest update, the NAPF has added the need for schemes to place greater focus on the personal responsibility of individuals elected to the board of companies, and holding these individuals to account.The guide called for a wider view of risks in the companies owned by pension fund members.last_img read more

Property wielding daughter a chip off the Clive Palmer block

first_imgThe Palmer clan: Second wife Anna, daughter Emily, Mr Palmer holding baby Mary and son Michael on the right. Picture: SuppliedTHE 23-year-old daughter of Queensland’s richest man Clive Palmer is certainly a chip off the old block with her property deals.Emily Palmer, who has a portfolio of six residential properties that would make most Queenslanders very happy indeed, finalised the sale of her Corinda house in Brisbane a fortnight ago.The property had fetched her some good rental funds at $640 a week, sitting in a cozy spot across from the Oxley Football Club with the 18-hole Oxley Golf Course a five-minute walk away.The property on Oxley Road, Corinda, that Ms Palmer has recently sold.One in five expect to rent for life‘Transformer’ avo farm perfect for when you don’t feel like ‘adulting’More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoWhy this is the country’s most viewed homeNo price has yet been revealed for the property which was one of five she received after the untimely death of her mother Sue in 2005. The Palmers had been married for 22 years, with the Corinda property bought for $120,000 in 2002. Last year, the land alone on that site was valued at $300,000, according to CoreLogic records.The property is updated for the area.Ms Palmer’s portfolio includes a three-bedroom house in Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast, a three bedroom unit at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, a three bed house in Little Mountain bought four years before she was born, an art deco rental house in university suburb Taringa — bought for $75,000 13 years before she was born, and a four bed mansion in Paradise Point on the Gold Coast bought when she turned 18.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFunniest open home inspections02:22last_img read more

Saudi Mers death toll passes 100

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Saudi Mers death toll passes 100 by: – April 28, 2014 26 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! There is growing concern in Saudi Arabia about the spread of MersSaudi Arabia says more than 100 patients infected with the Mers coronavirus have now died since the outbreak began in 2012.The health ministry said another eight deaths occurred on Sunday, taking the toll to 102.The acting health minister says three hospitals in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam have been designated specialist centres for treating Mers.Mers causes symptoms including fever, pneumonia and kidney failure.The rate of infections is increasing and the World Health Organization (WHO) has offered to help Saudi Arabia investigate infection patterns.The Saudi health ministry reported the latest deaths in a statement late on Sunday.Among the victims were a child in the capital, Riyadh, and three people in the western city of Jeddah.The ministry said it had detected a total of 16 new cases of Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) over the past 24 hours.Acting health minister Adel Fakieh said the three hospitals designated as specialist centres for Mers treatment can accommodate 146 patients in intensive care.On Saturday, Egypt recorded its first case – a 27-year-old man who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia.Correspondents say many Saudis have voiced concerns on social media about government handling of the outbreak.Last Monday, Saudi health minister Abdullah al-Rabiah was sacked without explanation as the Mers death toll climbed.BBC Newslast_img read more

Memorial Day is ‘Family Fun Day’

first_imgBrookville, In. —  The 2019 Stayin’ Alive “Family Fun Day” is Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) in the Brookville Town Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Games, activities and crafts are free and open to the public.Weather permitting, the University of Cincinnati AirCare helicopter will be there along with the Silly Safari sponsored by Jim True Ford, the Indiana Pacers Fan Van, a pickelball demonstration and local first responders.For more information call 765-647-7272 or go to the website.last_img read more

Ruby is ‘all business’ – Maher

first_img With regular partner Steve Pateman sidelined by suspension, Maher made an ambitious bid to recruit the great Irish jockey, and it paid off as Walsh steered the 12-year-old to National glory at Ballarat racecourse, in Victoria. Maher reports Bashboy to have taken his exertions well and while there were suggestions the famous victory could be his swansong, the trainer believes there is every chance he could race on. “The horse has come out of it in great order. He actually pulled out pretty well on the day and he’s been fine since,” the trainer told Press Association Sport. “I still can’t really believe it, to be honest. It’s not a total surprise he won, obviously, but for it all to come together on the day, along with the whole Ruby thing, I’m still pinching myself. “Ruby is just a class act. He walked the track and had a spin round in one of the hurdle races. “It came across that he was all business and he was coming here to get it done. “We knew if he was going to do it we had to back his staying ability. “He wasn’t going to win in a sprint with all that weight and Ruby gave him a great spin and put it to them. “The horse just made the one blunder at the second-last. People were joking here Ruby did that just to add to the theatre of it! “I’m going to have lunch with the owner later in the week and we’ll have a chat about thing things then, but the horse is as free as a bird and thrives on his work. Trainer Ciaron Maher hailed Ruby Walsh “a class act” when reflecting upon Bashboy’s historic third victory in the Australian Grand National. Press Association “There is a rule over here that you can’t race in the Grand National from the age of 13 and upwards, so that would rule him out, but if we could get an exception to that we could look to bring him back. “He only has four races a year, so he doesn’t have a lot of racing, and the National is the only handicap he runs in, so he doesn’t have to concede a lot of weight in his other races. “It will be up to the owner to decide, but there are a couple of races in New Zealand he could run in in September. He could do that if the owner decided this will be his last year. “If he decided to bring him back next year, he could just go out in the paddock and come back in January as normal.” Maher was keen to gauge Walsh’s thoughts on how Bashboy measured up to the great horses he rides in Britain and Ireland and was pleased with what he heard. “He didn’t really compare horses directly, but he did say he and Willie (Mullins) had been planning to bring some horses over here some time and the class of horses they were thinking of bringing over wouldn’t be good enough, so that was a nice boost for us,” said Maher. “We’re under no illusions that the top-level horses you have in Britain in Ireland. “The top horses at the Cheltenham Festival, are serious machines and our horses over here probably don’t measure up, but it was nice to hear that Ruby felt that they might have to bring higher grade horses over here than they thought. “Ruby said some of the three-mile races you have over there for horses that are 10 years old and over, over three miles around somewhere like Sandown, would be good for Bashboy.” Maher’s weekend triumph with Walsh has further whetted his appetite to have a runner in Britain in the future. He said: “I would love to bring a horse over there. Australia is importing a lot of stayers now and I recently bought a horse from France called Kapour. “He showed some good form in France and has won a stakes race in Sydney since he arrived. “I think he’s quite a good horse and I have run him in a hurdle trial as well, which he seemed quite good at, so he could be an option to bring over. “I don’t know if there has ever been an Australian horse run at the Cheltenham Festival. I would have to do my homework on that, but Cheltenham is the pinnacle of jumps racing and if I had one good enough I would love to bring him over. “I’ve worked in Britain and Ireland, but I’ve never been to Cheltenham before. I’d love to get there next year if I can.” last_img read more