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Piers Morgan hit by Ofcom complaints after drinking a pint on TV at 6.42am after slamming viewers as ‘knobs’

PIERS Morgan has been hit by several Ofcom complaints after drinking a pint at 6.42am as he hosted Good Morning Britain.

And the outspoken presenter slammed viewers as 'knobs' for being offended by his actions.

Piers, 55, couldn't contain his pleasure when he was slipped a glass of beer on yesterday's show, as news correspondent Jonathan Swain reported live from a pub about the easing of lockdown rules.

But fans were not pleased that he flouted "health and safety" by boozing at work.

One commented on his photo on Instagram and said: "Drink alcohol while working is against health and safety. Piers Morgan should know that. Sack him now."

Piers read out the comment on Instagram and said: "Now some of the knobs have gone over from Twitter and are now on Instagram.


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Now Ofcom tells The Sun Online they received eight complaints from furious viewers who were outraged at his rant and about him drinking the pint live on air.

He took a sip and savoured the taste in front of viewers, as co-host Susanna Reid groaned: "It's 6.30am in the morning kids."

Piers took no notice, saying: "Swainy, I'm very Jealous … I'll be having a couple of pints on Saturday."

However, he also warned viewers to "please be careful on Saturday."

He added: "We all want to have fun but please give the police a break, they need us to help them, we are all in this together."

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Brooklyn eatery, shuttered by COVID-19 just 8 days after opening, bounces back

On March 7, Romeo and Milka Regalli hosted a grand opening for Ras, their new Ethiopian restaurant in Crown Heights.

Just eight days later, they had a not-so-grand closing.

The husband-and-wife pair, who already operate three Awash Ethiopian restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn, had been plotting Ras for four years. The couple dreamed of serving vegan versions and modern interpretations of their native cuisine’s famous dishes: Platters with scoops of farm-to-table vegetables like beets, cabbage and lentils infused with fragrant spices and meant to be scooped with the traditional spongy bread, injera, made in house.

They’d gut-renovated a former sports bar, then hired and trained 28 employees, from line cooks to bartenders. Everything was going according to plan. Even brunch at the 68-seat culinary upstart was bustling. But then foot traffic on their block, main drag Franklin Avenue, started to disappear.

“Literally a day before the city shut down, we were telling our staff, ‘It’s probably going to be closed for a week. It’ll be a good rest for all of us. We’ll see you next week,’ ” Romeo, 33, said. “We didn’t know.”

So the Ethiopia-born couple — who met when Romeo arrived in New York in 2013 as an aspiring filmmaker and applied for a job at the Upper West Side outpost of Awash, which Milka managed at the time — shut their doors and waited.

Denied a Paycheck Protection Program loan because they could not produce documentation of a 2019 payroll, they decided to try takeout and delivery to bring in a little income. They hadn’t plan to offer the service, at least at first.

“Ethiopian food doesn’t travel well,” said Romeo, who added that it took several tries to find compostable, non-plastic containers that would allow the dishes to be packaged separately for diners to plate at home. “Packing food takes longer than serving it on a plate.”

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Celtic told by Southampton they want Fraser Forster to fight for No1 next season in huge blow to loan transfer

CELTIC have been dealt a huge blow as Southampton reportedly want to keep hold of Fraser Forster.

The goalkeeper, 32, was shipped out on loan to Neil Lennon's side last year.

Celtic were hopeful of extending Forster's loan deal at the club for one more year.

But the Daily Mail claim Southampton want him to fight for the No1 spot next season.

Ralph Hasenhuttl wants him to challenge Alex McCarthy at St Mary's.

This could mean that the Saints will allow reserve keeper Angus Gunn to leave on loan.

Southampton forked out £10million to sign Forster from Celtic in 2014.

He has two years remaining on his £90,000-per-week contract with the Saints.

Celtic could now turn their attention to former England No1 Joe Hart.

Hart, 33, has been told his contract with Burnley will not be renewed.

The Hoops, Arsenal, West Brom, Derby, Leeds and Sheffield United have been linked to him.

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LAPD could be replaced by community-based responders for ‘non-violent calls’ – The Sun

LOS Angeles' City Council has approved the first step towards replacing the police department with community-based, unarmed emergency responders for non-violent calls for service.

The move was described as a "dawn of a new era of public safety" for the city's residents and is in response to widespread protests to defund police.

"This won't solve all of our problems right away," said council member Herb Wesson, who co-authored the motion.

"But this move marks a sea change in our city's approach to public safety and I'm optimistic cities and counties across the nation will follow our lead.

"This is the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles," he continued, in a statement posted on Twitter.

"The bottom line is that the way things have been going is not working for our communities. This last month has made that crystal clear. We have a responsibility to listen to our people, and our people have spoken."




Wesson added he looked forward to continuing to work alongside LA's Black Lives Matter chapter.

Wesson introduced the motion on June 16, announcing: "Today I, alongside my colleagues, will introduce a motion to replace LAPD officers with unarmed, non-law enforcement agencies who will be responsible for responding to non-violent calls for service.

"We need to reimagine public safety in the 21st century. One which reduces the need for armed police presence, especially when the situation does not necessarily require it.

"We have gone from asking the police to be part of the solution, to being the only solution for problems they should not be called on to solve in the first place."




The motion, introduced by Wesson and council president Nury Martinez, instructs the LAPD to work with the county's Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and other government agencies to respond to non-violent incidents, such as drug abuse and incidents related to mental health.

It would include diverting nonviolent calls for services, such as neighbor disputes and others from the LAPD to the appropriate non-law-enforcement agencies.

The news came as New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio said he would cut $1 billion in funding from the New York Police Department for 2021.

The cuts were described as not going far enough by some activists, and come in the face of calls to defund the police, as well as a $9 billion revenue shortfall for the city, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayor had initially planned to cut NYPD funding by less than 1 percent, while slashing youth services.

 

But thousands of protesters have been camped outside City Hall for the past week, demanding deeper cuts to police funding.

“It’s time to do the work of reform, to think deeply about where our police have to be in the future,” de Blasio told reporters on Tuesday.

In both NYC and LA, protests have been ongoing in an attempt to pressure officials to defund – or at least overhaul – police departments, following the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in police custody.


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Ozark Season 4: Confirmed by Netflix… With a Tragic Twist!

Netflix delivered some good news and some bad news on Tuesday morning when it comes to one of its most beloved programs.

First, the good news:

OZARK IS COMING BACK FOR SEASON 4!

And now the bad news:

OZARK WILL END WITH SEASON 4!

The streaming giant confirmed today that this Emmy-winning drama will return for a fourth season of 14 episodes, which will be split into two parts.., and which will then conclude with a series finale.

In a press release, Netflix said the new season “will mark the final chapter in the Byrde family’s journey from suburban Chicago life to their criminal enterprise in the Ozarks.”

A subsequent teaser video released by the company on social media simply said the show will “go out with a bang.”

Which is exactly what we’d expect from Ozark.

The series centers on Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde and Laura Linney as his wife, Wendy.

The two were forced to move themselves and their two kids from Chicago to Osage Beach, Missouri, after Marty got in over his head with a Mexican drug cartel.

But things didn’t exactly go smoothly for the family in this rural outpost, either.

“A super-sized season means super-sized problems for the Byrdes. I’m excited to end with a bang(s),” said Bateman in a statement, while Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy added:

“We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right.

“It’s been such a great adventure for all of us — both on-screen and off — so we’re thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible.”

For the record, Mundy will return to his position for the final season, while confirmed cast members include:

Bateman, Linney, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Charlie Tahan and Lisa Emery.

Last year, Bateman won an Emmy for directing, while Garner took home the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award.

Ozark has also earned two Golden Globe nominations and six Screen Actors Guild award nominations to date.

Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix, said in a statement of her own:

“Ozark is a gripping drama that has captivated audiences all around the world and garnered tremendous critical acclaim.

“We’re so grateful to Chris, Jason, Laura, Julia and the entire cast and crew for all their tireless dedication to the show and can’t wait to see how the Byrdes’ journey comes to a close.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no way of knowing for certain when Ozark Season 4 will hit Netflix.

But look for new episodes to be available some time in the middle of 2021.

And then, we presume, for the finale to air some time in 2022.

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Am-dram actor punched by audience member in village show heckling row

Season’s beatings: Am-dram actor is left with fractured eye socket after member of the audience punches him in dressing room brawl over HECKLING at Christmas Alan Ayckbourn play

  • Howard Osborne, 66, ‘lost it’ and attacked amateur actor Dr Christopher Price
  • Attack happened after showing of Season’s Greetings by Saxlingham Players
  • Am-dram club put on the show at Saxlingham Nethergate village hall, Norfolk
  • Osborne pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm at court 

An actor in a village amateur dramatic society was left with a fractured eye socket when he was punched during a back-stage bust-up by a member of the audience in a row about heckling at a Christmas show.

Howard Osborne, 66, is said to have ‘lost it’ and repeatedly punched amateur actor Christopher Price in the dressing room moments after the show had ended, leaving ‘blood everywhere’.

The bust-up erupted after a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s dark comedy Season’s Greetings at Saxlingham Nethergate village hall, Norfolk, a court heard.

Victim Dr Price, a retired GP, has since said he is unsure if he will be able to return to act at the venue again, saying the ‘sanctuary of the dressing room’ has been ‘violated’.

Meanwhile the Osborne’s defence solicitor told today magistrates his client’s heckling was part of the show. 

Howard Osborne, 66, is said to have ‘lost it’ and repeatedly punched amateur actor Christopher Price (pictured left) in his dressing room moments after the show had ended, leaving ‘blood everywhere’

The bust-up erupted after a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s dark comedy Season’s Greetings by amateur dramatics group the Saxlingham Players (pictured)

The production was held in December at Saxlingham Nethergate village hall (pictured), Norfolk, a court heard

Norwich magistrates heard how Mr Price initially objected to heckling by Osborne and told him he was not welcome at the after-show party.

A short time later, Osborne confronted the grey-haired actor and told him: ‘You’ve got five seconds to apologise to me or I’ll punch you through that wall’.

Osborne, of Saxlingham Thorpe, was then said to have thrown ‘five or six’ punches, knocking his shocked victim to the floor.

He was arrested after police were called to the village hall.

Osborne admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was fined £750 and ordered to pay £750 compensation to Mr Price as well as £180 in court costs.

The assault happened on December 7 last year on the last night of the three night run of the play performed by the Saxlingham Players.

The black comedy written in 1980 by Ayckbourn tells of a dysfunctional family and their friends in a suburban house over four days of Christmas.


The Saxlingham Players programme said the plot of the performance (pictured left) involved an ‘undercurrent of petty trials and tribulations’ from Christmas Eve until the day after Boxing Day. Pictured right: The stage set up for the show at Saxlingham Nethergate village hall

The assault happened on December 7 last year on the last night of the three night run of the play performed by the Saxlingham Players (pictured). The black comedy written in 1980 by Ayckbourn tells of a dysfunctional family and their friends in a suburban house over four days of Christmas

The Saxlingham Players programme said the plot involved an ‘undercurrent of petty trials and tribulations’ from Christmas Eve until the day after Boxing Day.

It added: ‘As with any family at this time of year the veneer of ‘peace and goodwill to all mankind’ wears thin.’

Mr Price was playing the character of Bernard, a feeble-spirited doctor who is anti-violence and obsessed with putting on a dismal puppet show for the children.

A flyer for the Season’s Greetings performance by the Saxlingham Players

Robyn Khan, prosecuting told the court, said: ‘The victim told police that he’d had a verbal discussion with the defendant after he was heckling his performance.

‘A short while later the defendant came into his dressing room and said, ‘You’ve got five seconds to apologise to me or I’ll punch you through that wall’.

‘He then launched himself at the victim who then fell into a chair due to a blow received from the defendant.’

A witness to the attack, Jonathan Jackson, said in a statement that both men landed up on the floor and he saw Osborne ‘throwing five or six punches’.

Another witness, Clifford Lee-Smith, a member of the show’s cast, said Mr Price was getting hit to his face and head, and could not defend himself.

Ms Khan added: ‘He said the defendant had completely lost it and that there was blood everywhere.’

Mr Price who has appeared in previous productions for the Saxlingham Players, told of his trauma in a victim impact statement read out to the court.

He said: ‘I have only been back to Saxlingham Nethergate Village Hall once since.

I don’t feel safe. The actor’s dressing room is a sanctuary but that was violated. I don’t know if I’ll ever go on stage there again.’

Simon Nicholls, defending Osborne, said heckling had been part of the performance.

He added: ‘The complainant was playing a role. Several people were laughing and jeering at his character. It wasn’t an attack on his acting.’

The home of Howard Osborne near Saxlingham Nethergate, Norfolk. Mr Osborne has been convicted of assaulting actor Dr Christopher Price

Mr Nicholls said Osborne and his wife were long-time supporters of the amateur dramatics company.

He claimed that he had been confronted by Mr Price and his sons and told he should not attend an after-show party.

Mr Nicholls added: ‘He accepts unequivocally that he lost his temper and that what started off as a tussle between the two of them developed into something that cannot be argued was self-defence.’

Presiding magistrate Jane Dyke told Osborne: ‘There was we believe significant provocation not only by the complainant but also by the two sons and that was perhaps the trigger point for the unfortunate assault causing actual bodily harm that followed.’

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NJ family devastated by coronavirus is now helping researchers find a cure

The tragic New Jersey family that lost five members to the coronavirus, which also sickened 19 of their kin, are now focused on helping to find a cure for the deadly disease by taking part in scientific studies, according to a report.

On March 13, the tight-knit family lost Rita Fusco-Jackson, 56, the second person to succumb to the disease in New Jersey. Within days, her mother, Grace Fusco, 73, and two other offspring – Carmine Fusco, 55, and Vincent Fusco Jr., 53 – also died.

A few weeks later, Grace’s sister died on Staten Island, The New York Times reported.

After a lengthy stint on ventilators, two other siblings remain too weak to return to work.

“This ain’t over,” Joe Fusco, 49, who spent a month on a ventilator and lost 55 pounds in the ordeal, recently told the Times about the pandemic at his home in Freehold, NJ. “This ain’t over in the least bit.”

Fusco, whose sister Maria Reid, 44, spent almost three weeks unconscious, added: “I want to help somebody. I don’t want anyone else to have to lose five family members.”

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are conducting research on the family – studying the DNA of the surviving and deceased members for genetic clues, according to the newspaper.

Elizabeth Fusco, 42, the youngest of 11 children, every Thursday donates convalescent plasma rich with virus-fighting antibodies.

“We know another wave is going to come,” Elizabeth told the Times said. “It’s inevitable. Whatever will help this world is all I care about.”

Her 12-year-old daughter Alexandra, who was born with a serious health condition — congenital diaphragmatic hernia — also contracted the illness.

Elizabeth emerged as a relentless advocate for the stricken family.

“They would tell me to calm down,” she told the paper. “No, I’m not going to calm down. Tell someone who didn’t lose a mom, a sister and two brothers in a matter of less than seven days to calm down.

“Tell me how you’re going to save my brother and sister,” added Elizabeth, whose family held a four-person funeral on April 1 and plan a memorial celebration in August. “I consumed my time with — I’m not going to lose another one.”

In a desperate search for treatment, Elizabeth and other family members pushed doctors to try convalescent plasma, remdesivir and even the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine, which President Trump has touted.

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday yanked its emergency use authorization for the drug as a treatment for COVID-19 in hospitals.

“I don’t care if you were giving them rat poison — if you told me that that was going to fix them,” Elizabeth, who called Gov. Phil Murphy on his cellphone for help, told the Times, her voice trailing off.

She and her mother’s cousin, Roseann Paradiso Fodera, also lobbied people for access to experimental drugs, and, later, for autopsies that never materialized, the paper reported.

Elizabeth also turned to CentraState Medical Center, the hospital where Grace Fusco and five of her children were treated, for help and support.

“For 44 days, every three to four hours, I was on the phone with them,” Dana Fusco, Joe’s wife, told the paper.

Reid, Joe’s sister, said she can’t afford to dwell on the past. “I’ve got to move on. I’ve got a young daughter,” she said.

For his part, Joe expressed his frustration with people who flout social-distancing measures and avoid wearing face masks.

“These idiots are out there and not taking precautions,” he told the Times. “Not wearing a mask. And not doing what they’re supposed to do. They’re out of their minds.”

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Man drags alleged wife by hair and assaults her in public

Wife is dragged through the streets and beaten in India after trying to stop her husband from marrying another woman

  • Footage shows the moment a woman is dragged through a village by her hair 
  • The incident reportedly took place in Bahir, northern India, district on June 24 
  • At the beginning of the clip, the woman is on the floor when the man starts pulling her hair

Footage has emerged showing the moment a woman is dragged through a village by her hair. 

The man drags his alleged wife by her hair for trying to prevent his marriage to another woman in Bihar, northern India. 

The disturbing incident reportedly took place in the Hussaina Khurd panchayat of Vaishali district on June 24. 


At the beginning of the clip, the woman is on the floor and the man continues pulling her hair while she gets up 

At the beginning of the clip, the woman is on the floor and the man is pulling her hair. 

She gets up and he continues to grab hold of her hair aggressively, parading her through the village and occasionally pulling her head forcefully. 

According to local reports, the victim had come to the village after being informed that her husband was set to marry another woman on June 25. 


The man drags his alleged wife by her hair as he parades her around the village


According to local reports, the victim had come to the village after being informed that her husband was set to marry another woman on June 25

However, things took a nasty turn when the victim turned up and announced that her husband was already legally married to her. 

It is unclear whether or not the man was legally allowed to marry the second woman.   

After hearing the news, the bride-to-be’s family reportedly called off the wedding. 

The woman is believed to be a resident of the city of Muzaffarpur in the Tirhut region of the Indian state of Bahir  

The man also calls someone on the phone while pulling the young woman and at one point the victim also talks to the person on the phone. 

The woman was also physically dragged out of a rickshaw and after being paraded through the village, she was locked in a room by the local men, according to local reports. 

The victim is believed to be a resident of the city of Muzaffarpur in the Tirhut region of the Indian state of Bihar. 

The woman and her attackers are yet to be identified by the police.  

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Epsom Derby tips: Runner by runner analysis, video form and trainer preview ahead of Saturday's big race

THE 2020 Derby is fascinating on any number of levels.

And this year's race is a particularly open-looking one, which makes for a cracking betting heat. Our man Jack Keene has taken a close look at the key contenders.

English King (5-2f)

Newcastle's Tapeta track has become a hotbed for future Flat racing stars and Ed Walker's colt could be the latest off the conveyor belt.

He opened his account in the north east in November and made a huge impression on his first start of his three-year-old campaign when winning the Lingfield Derby Trial with ease.

The form has a solid look to it, with Berkshire Rocco, the only horse able to get anywhere near the son of Camelot, subsequently second to last Saturday's Irish Derby winner Santiago at Royal Ascot.

Lingfield's trial had been something of a poor relation to similar races in recent years until Anthony Van Dyck bucked the trend 12 months ago, and English King certainly seemed to handle the downhill turn with aplomb 24 days ago.

He takes on proven Group 1 horses for the first time, though the booking of Frankie Dettori, even if it was controversial, is a big plus.

There is some rain in the forecast and it remains to be seen if he will handle ease underfoot, with a debut seventh on soft ground at Newmarket inconclusive.

Trainer quotes: "Frankie came down and rode him from his stable and back to his stable – he really wanted to get inside the horse's head and understand him, which is a mark of Frankie's professionalism. He rode him for well over an hour, and they got on great.

"I'm massively excited. It sounds mad that I wouldn't swap him for a Guineas winner, but I wouldn't – I think he's got everything it takes."

Pros: On a sharp upward curve and looked well-balanced when winning the Lingfield Derby Trial.

Cons: Lacks experience at the top level and it's unclear if he will handle a slow surface if the rain arrives.

Kameko (7-2)

Andrew Balding's top three-year-old made a triumphant return to action in the 2000 Guineas earlier this month.

That was his second Group 1 victory, having also won the Vertem Futurity Trophy last winter, so his credentials for this race are outstanding.

He was given a peach of a ride to win at Newmarket three weeks ago, with champion jockey Oisin Murphy the last of the 'big guns' to play their hand.

The result was a neck defeat of Wichita, with Pinatubo a close third, and that pair have since run well in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He brings the strongest form to the table, but there has to be a big question mark over the 1m4f trip.

Offspring of his sire Kitten's Joy, including Roaring Lion and Hawkbill, have a mixed record over the distance.

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On balance, the optimum trip for Kitten's Joy's 48 Group-race winning sons and daughters is a mile to a mile and a quarter – only 10 of them have registered a win over 1m4f, though the vast majority around tight US tracks.

His dam Sweeter Still was a sprinter-miler and is related similar types, with her half-brother Kingsbarns a well-held fifth in the Group 2 Prix Foy on his only outing over 1m4f. The trip is a definite conundrum.

There's little doubt in my mind he could get 1m2f standing on his head, but when he tackles that final 2f he will be stepping into the unknown, while any rainfall would further confuse matters.

Trainer quotes: "You'd like to think he's my best chance of winning it, but we've had five runners in it in the past and five disappointments.

"We've been really pleased with him, he had a gallop at Kempton last week. He's a pleasure to train, a real professional.

"The figures show he's very talented. The whole point of the Guineas and the Derby is that one is a test of speed and the other a test of temperament, stamina and agility. We've passed the speed test, now we've to pass the other."

Pros: Bring top level of form to the table and already a dual Group 1 winner

Cons: Stamina doubts stepping up to 1m4f and rain would be a worry

Russian Emperor (13-2)

This colt has improved with each visit to the racecourse for his all-conquering connections.

He was a shade unlucky not to win on his reappearance in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown, but he made amends when keeping on strongly to win the Hampton Court at Ascot.

He did well to win that day from off the pace, and he ran hard through the line once hitting top gear under Ryan Moore in a time which, compared to the Prince Of Wales's Stakes on the same card, was pretty tasty.

He looks all over the type to improve for the step up to 1m4f, on run style and breeding. His sire Galileo has produced four Derby winners, and his sons or grandsons filled the first four places in last year's race.

He doesn't look to have push-button acceleration, but he is clearly going in the right direction and has a decent engine when engaging overdrive.

Ryan Moore quotes: "He is a lovely horse that is straightforward and has a great attitude. He has got a very good attitude and his dam was exceptional in Australia. I think he will be a nice horse going forward for the rest of the year.

"He is very professional and has had the benefit of a couple of runs this year."

Pros: Improved with each start and won nicely in a good time at Royal Ascot

Cons: Takes a bit of winding up so will be best suited by an end-to-end gallop

Vatican City (7-1)

Aidan O'Brien's beautifully-bred colt is one to consider very closely.

He is the sixth foal to race out of the broodmare sensation You'resothrilling, and the five siblings that have gone before him have all been Group winners.

He opened his account at the second attempt in pleasing fashion at Dundalk last year, and he took a huge step forward to finish second in the Irish 2000 Guineas last time.

The son of Galileo was briefly outpaced before finishing with a wet sail to grab the silver medal. That finishing effort, combined with his big, loping stride, suggest he is more than ready for a stiffer test of stamina.

He is a very exciting prospect, but he is still a little light on experience and significant rainfall could harm his chances.

Ryan Moore quotes: "Vatican City is a beautiful horse, he's only had three runs and put in some good work in the last furlong to finish second in the Irish 2000 Guineas. That is solid form."

Pros: Bred to be a superstar and stormed home to finish second in Irish 2000 Guineas

Cons: A little light on experience and wouldn't want to ground to come up too testing

Pyledriver (14-1)

The neutrals out there will be cheering on William Muir's stable star.

And there was no fluke about his 18-1 King Edward VII Stakes victory at Royal Ascot. The race was run at a steady-enough pace and he showed heart and gears to get himself out of a tricky position and gallop clear in the straight.

The hot favourite Mogul flopped that day and the second Arthur's Kingdom ran well below expectations in the Irish Derby at the weekend, so he will need to take another step forward on the bare form – but it would take a brave man to rule out further progress.

He is a big horse who will only improve with time and racing and he has won on ground ranging from Firm to Soft.

Trainer quotes: “He’s going to keep getting stronger and stronger and he just keeps thriving.

“I’d always said, if he’s a miler he’s going to be a nice horse, if he gets a mile-and-a-quarter he’ll be a Group 3 horse, if he gets a mile-and-a-half he could be anything.

“And that’s what we’ve found. He’s got the temperament for it and is a pleasure to deal with.”

Pros: Improved physically from two to three and relished the step up to 1m4f at Ascot

Cons: Form of that race looks a little suspect so he needs to progress again

Mogul (7-1)

Many had high hopes for Mogul this season – and those hopes may yet be realised.

He was a smart two-year-old, winning a Group 2 on Irish Champions weekend before a solid fourth behind Kameko in the Futurity.

He shaped as if he needed the run in the King Edward at Ascot, but he checked out very tamely and he now has questions to answer.

The son of Galileo is bred to excel over 1m4f; his brother Japan is a Group 1 winner at the trip, his sister Secret Gesture was second in an Oaks and his dam is a half-sister to the Arc winner Sagamix.

There is a temptation to put a line through his comeback run, as he looked to be carrying plenty of condition, but he went out like a light and the runner-up has already let the form down.

It would be no surprise to see a much improved performance this time around, but he has definitely slipped down the Ballydoyle pecking order.

Trainer quotes: "Mogul who seems to have come out of Ascot well.

"We wanted two races before the Derby for him which is why he went there, we were trying to squeeze two races into one – we've been very happy with him since."

Pros: Bred to excel over this trip and is entitled to improve for comeback run

Cons: Checked out tamely at Ascot and there are doubts about the strength of that form

Best of the rest…

HIGHLAND CHIEF (12-1) has been nibbled in the betting in recent days and he was hugely impressive winner at Royal Ascot.

He produced a sustained surge from the home bend to the line and looks to have improved significantly for the step up to 1m2f.

He did wander around in the closing stages which would be a concern and he ideally needs slow ground, but he is a lively outsider with the extra 2f unlikely to be an issue.

ARMORY (20-1) looks ready for a step up in trip following his keeping-on fourth in the Irish 2000 Guineas, where he never looked like landing a serious blow at any stage.

The French Derby has also been mooted for him, though, so he may not turn up. One entry for Ballydoyle which did catch the eye was SERPENTINE (33-1).

The Galileo colt opened his account by nine lengths at the weekend and his dam, who is closely related to Arc hero Dylan Thomas, was second in the Oaks in 2010.

Andrew Balding's KHALIFA SAT (16-1) was a gutsy winner of the Cocked Hat Stakes and is well worth a crack at this race.

He did get a soft lead that day and will need to take a big step forward, but he handled the contours of Goodwood well and would have an each-way squeak.

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Verdict

English King was undeniably impressive at Lingfield, he looks a very classy customer and the booking of Frankie Dettori is a plus.

But this demands another step forward and he is skinny enough at the head of the betting now.

Guineas hero Kameko is the best horse in the race on ratings and if he stays the trip he will be hard to beat. That is a big 'if' though.

Aidan O'Brien has a sensational record in this race, and his RUSSIAN EMPEROR and VATICAN CITY are particularly interesting.

The former won in a good time at Royal Ascot while the lightly-raced latter caught the eye when flashing home in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

They look the value against the field with significant improvement expected on the step up to 1m4f.

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Mum 'held down by throat' by carjackers in front of terrified kids at Birmingham park

A MUM was held down by her throat in front her terrified kids in a broad daylight carjacking in a park.

The woman was returning to her Range Rover with her two kids and sister's three children when the thugs pounced.

She was thrown to the ground before one of the attackers held her down by her throat as her horrified kids watched on.

The yobs demanded she hand over the keys to her Range Rover Discovery before fleeing in the car.

Shocking footage released by the police shows the two men speeding away from the packed car park in the 4×4.

They say the woman was thankfully not seriously injured but was left shaken by the horror in Highbury Park, Birmingham, last Monday.

She also suffered bruising and the kids were left "frightened" by the 4.15pm attack, Birmingham Live reports.

West Midlands Police are now appealing for information and say the two men have been described as "Asian".

A spokesperson added: "If you recognise the men in the footage or have any information, we urge you to contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference 20BE/144169F/20."

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