Looking to the immediate future, DaCosta is hoping his luck will change in this Saturday’s rich and prestigious Burger King Superstakes, over 2000 metres, the only major race that has eluded him in a long and distinguished career. “I will run three horses in the Superstakes – PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, HOVER CRAFT, and ROYAL VIBES,” he disclosed. “I think I have a really good chance of finally breaking the ice with the 2013 derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who has done everything asked of him coming into the race,” he added. Halledeen again has the ride aboard the recent Gold Cup hero. The grey colt SILVER CLOUD, running at odds of 7-2 with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, upstaged the front-running 6-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT to win the inaugural running of the Ronron Trophy over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. The race was run in honour of the crack imported filly RONRON, who won a string of grade one races for owner Kenval Wallace and trainer Gary Subratie five or so years ago. RONRON won 10 races from 16 starts for Subratie in 2010 and 2011. This, however, was a fitting win for DaCosta as RONRON ended her career with the 14-time champion after a brief stint with him. SILVER cloud, who was notching his second consecutive win with Halledeen in the saddle, bided his time in third, passing the half mile as ROYAL ASSAULT, with star apprentice Linton Steadman, led under pressure from the well-backed ROAD WI SEH (9-5) until disposing of him on entering the straight. But SILVER CLOUD, who was always in touch, soon found his best strides and closed smoothly on the rails to overhaul ROYAL ASSAULT midway the last furlong, going on to beat him by 2 1/2 lengths in the good time of 1:12.0 behind splits of 22.3, 45.4 for the first half-mile. The 34-1 outsider, DREAMCOMETRUE, closed rapidly for third in a field of 12 native-bred three-year-olds. Owned by the trainer’s wife, Elizabeth DaCosta, SILVER CLOUD is by He’stherealthing out of the Royal Minister mare Preach Preacher and bred by the trainer. DaCosta said he was pleased by his progress and is looking forward to further successes in the months ahead. superstakes
JFT 96 – Against the backdrop of an Independent Panel investigation into the Hillsborough disaster, the Kop proclaimed ‘JFT 96’ ‘Justice for the 96’ at a home game against Norwich on 22 October 2011. A year later, the panel’s report finally delivered the truth about Hillsborough, leading to the new inquest. 14 The Truth – In 2007 Liverpool met Arsenal at Anfield in the FA Cup third round, for a match screened live on BBC television. The game was watched by millions, but it wasn’t the action on the pitch that grabbed the attention. Instead, Liverpool fans angered by the BBC’s use of former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie, who had refused to admit any wrongdoing over the newspaper’s damaging accusations about Liverpool fans in relation to Hillsborough used the occasion to send out a message that the truth about the Hillsborough disaster must be heard. As the Kop spelt out ‘The Truth’, all that could be heard for the first six minutes of the game the amount of time played in the fateful FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989 was a constant chant of ‘Justice for the 96’. It was a remarkable display and helped keep the campaign for truth and justice in the public domain. JC 23 – On the occasion of Jamie Carragher’s 737th and final Liverpool appearance, the Kop paid tribute to the one club hero and all-time Anfield great on his retirement from the game. Red and White – Long before other English clubs were trying to create a spectacle on European nights, Anfield had become famed for its atmosphere under the floodlights. Before the 2002 Champions League quarter-final against Bayer Leverkusen, the Kop recreated the famous red and white checkerboard pattern that appeared on thousands of flags when Liverpool won their first European Cup in 1977. As horrendously copied by Chelsea years later. Free Michael Now – Liverpool fan Michael Shields was wrongly imprisoned for attempted murder in Bulgaria, after travelling to the country en route to Istanbul for Liverpool’s Champions League victory in 2005. On 1 December 2008, the Kop made their plea before a game against West Ham, prompting the Football Association ito write to the club asking for an explanation of the orchestrated support for a convicted man. Shields had been transferred to a UK prison to serve out his 10-year sentence, but less than a year after the Kop’s protest, Shields was released and given a royal pardon by Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who said he was “morally and technically innocent”. 14 Thanks – Before the Merseyside derby in May 2013, the Kop thanked Everton and their fans for all the support they have given to the campaign for truth and justice surrounding the Hillsborough disaster. 14 14 14 Allez – Liverpool needed a 2-0 win over Italian champions Roma to progress to the 2002 Champions League last eight and, with French manager Gerard Houllier back on the bench for the first time since his heart surgery five months earlier, the Kop roared them on to victory. The night began with a message in French to both the team and Houllier, ‘Allez’ (come on). The 96 – 25 years – To mark 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster, against the backdrop of new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, the Kop paid their respects before a home match with Manchester City. Five times – Liverpool’s return to the Champions League may have been a disappointment, but this European Cup mosaic was certainly spectacular. It was created to mark Liverpool’s return to the competition for the first time in six years. Ray Kennedy – In April 2009, Liverpool and Arsenal played out a spectacular 4-4 draw. The match is chiefly remembered for the fact that Andrei Arshavin scored all four goals for the visitors, and that it effectively ended Liverpool’s hopes of winning the title. But that night was poignant for another reason, as both sets of fans paid tribute to one of the greatest players to pull on a red shirt Liverpool or Arsenal red. Ray Kennedy helped Liverpool dominate in England and Europe in the late 1970s and 1980s, having won the double with the Gunners in 1971, but was sadly struck down with Parkinson’s at the age of just 35. A fund to help pay for his care, ‘Ray of Hope’, as well as fund the Parkinson’s Disease Society, organised a mosaic display of Kennedy’s numbers ‘5’ on the Kop for his Liverpool shirt, and ’10’ in the away end for his Arsenal number. 14 14 14 Shankly – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see another 13 memorable Liverpool mosaics – On 1 September 2013, just a day before what would have been Bill Shankly’s 100th birthday, the Kop remembered Liverpool’s legendary manager in style. Then watched the Reds beat Manchester United 1-0. When Steven Gerrard makes his final Liverpool appearance at Anfield against Crystal Palace – live on talkSPORT on Saturday 16 May – the Kop will be paying tribute to the Reds legend with a mosaic.As one of the most football grounds in the world, Anfield is no stranger to spectacular displays of support.Take a look at the slideshow above to see 14 of the most memorable Liverpool fan mosaics down the years. GH – Gerard Houllier helped make Liverpool a force again when he delivered five trophies to Anfield in 2001, so it was a huge shock when he was rushed to hospital for emergency heart surgery during a Premiership game in autumn of that year. On 4 November 2001, the Kop was transformed into a giant French tricolour, with Houllier’s initials in the centre, as a get well soon message to their boss. 14 14 14 14 14 Sami – One of the best defenders in Liverpool history, Sami Hyypia, bid farewell to Anfield in 2009 and was waved off with this spectacular mosaic. Hyypia’s Liverpool career encompassed 454 games, 10 trophies and a lifetime’s gratitude from Kopites. 14 Justice – Mosaics are usually the preserve of the Kop, but on 23 September 2012, at a home game against Manchester United, three sides of Anfield made a statement at the first game following the independent panel’s report into the Hillsborough disaster. The Kop picked out the words, ‘The Truth’ and the home section of the Anfield Road end declared ’96’. But with the truth about the disaster now irrefutable, the Centenary Stand’s message signalled what needed to now follow: ‘Justice’.