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Air Force Blue is expected to have little problem in seeing out the mile trip for the first time as he bids to give trainer Aida

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Air Force Blue is expected to have little problem in seeing out the mile trip for the first time as he bids to give trainer Aidan OBrien a record-breaking eighth success in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday. Carmelo Anthony Jersey . Although the three-year-old - whose stablemates Air Vice Marshal, Bravery and Shogun also remain possible starters - has yet to race beyond seven furlongs, connections believe the additional furlong should pose no problems to the triple Group One winner.Reported to have wintered very well, the son of War Front, winner of last years Phoenix Stakes, National Stakes and Dewhurst, is the 8/13 favourite with Sky Bet to make a winning return to action on the Rowley Mile. Speaking at a Newmarket media event on Monday, Kevin Buckley, UK Representative for owners Coolmore, said: He has wintered very well, developed, strengthened and his training regime has gone perfectly, so we are all happy. It has been faultless, I believe.The only question is that has never run over a mile before, but I dont think its really a flaw.Given his physical make-up and how he has developed and how he performed on the Rowley Mile last year, there is every reason to believe everything will be fine.Clearly there has to be some form of concern as he has never done it before, but his training and physique suggests that it should be fine. Until he comes here and does it we wont know for definite.While it is all systems go for Air Force Blue, trainer Hugo Palmer said on Monday that Galileo Gold will only take his place in the line-up should the ground be good or softer.After winning the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year, the Paco Boy colt ended the campaign finishing third in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in October.Although not seen out so far this year, the Al Shaqab Racing-owned three-year-old posted an impressive piece of work in a racecourse gallop at the track before racing at the Craven meeting earlier this month.The Newmarket handler said: I had a long chat with Frankie Dettori before the weekend about which direction to go.There are 15 days between the two races (English and French 2000 Guineas). There is nothing to stop any of the horses running in the English Guineas turning up in France.Frankie feels that if the ground was fast the speedier horses might do him for toe in the dip and he would be fast finishing, wherever he is, coming up the hill.On good ground or slower ,Frankie believes he has got a real strong chance. With that in mind, if the ground is good ground or slower he will take his chance at Newmarket, and depending on what happens Deauville or the Curragh (Irish Guineas) would remain an option after that.Blue De Vega is stated to be 50-50 to take his chance after pleasing connections in a workout at the weekend, with his appearance also ground dependent.Trainer Michael OCallaghan said last week the Qatar Racing-owned Blue De Vegas participation was in the balance as he felt the race might just come too soon following a wet winter and a cold spring.However, Blue De Vega has been showing the right signs since and a final decision has yet to be made.Qatar racing manager David Redvers said: We are waiting to see what happens with the ground. He has his last spin on Tuesday so hes left in at the moment and a decision will be made nearer the time.Hes in great shape. Hes got two options - Newmarket or France. It just depends whether Michael feels hes ready to run after his last spin tomorrow.We dont particularly want extremes of going.Godolphin suffered a blow when their main hope Emotionless was ruled out of the race, but they could still mount a challenge, being represented by the Mark Johnston-trained Buratino, Jim Bolgers Herald The Dawn and Ribchester, trained by Richard Fahey.Massaat, runner-up to Air Force Blue in the Dewhurst, will be Owen Burrows first Classic runner after he took over from Barry Hills.His owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum also has Taqdeer, trained by John Gosden.Peter Chapple-Hyam relies on his Racing Post Trophy victor Marcel, while Ed Walker looks to Stormy Antarctic following his convincing victory in the Craven Stakes over the course and distance earlier this month.The list of possibles is completed by First Selection, Kentuckyconnection, Zhui Feng and Zonderland. Also See: Live results service Full racecards Get Sky Sports Custom New York Knicks Jerseys . The International Ice Hockey Federation says Pavlovs avoided a two-year sanction because he acted "without significant negligence in failing to verify the safety of the supplements he was taking. Frank Ntilikina Jersey . Kevin Durant certainly played like there was on Sunday night, scoring 36 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Thunder made quick work of the visiting Pacers with a 118-94 win. http://www.nbaknicksauthority.com/mark-jackson-knicks-jersey-c-15/ . - Christophe Lalancette scored a third-period goal and added the shootout winner to lead the Drummondville Voltigeurs to a 5-4 win over the Quebec Remparts in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play on Sunday.SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres remembered Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn before Wednesday nights game and then went out and honoured him the best way they could. Pinch-hitter Tommy Medica singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in their first home game since Gwynn died of cancer Monday. "It was a little different today," said manager Bud Black, who played with Gwynn for one season at San Diego State. "Even when the game was over. I think everybody handles what has happened with Tony a little bit differently." Before the game, Mark Martinez, Gwynns top assistant at San Diego State, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Black. The Padres players and coaches then gathered around a large No. 19 painted on the grass in right field, which was Gwynns number and position, and observed a 19-second moment of silence. "It all sort of hit home and Im sure that the stadium, not just the 25 players, but all of us here in the stadium, have come across Tony," Black said. Starters Felix Hernandez and Andrew Cashner pitched well but didnt get a decision. Hernandez struck out 10 and allowed only three singles in seven innings, with no walks. But he allowed the Padres to tie it at 1 on a wild pitch with two outs in the sixth. Everth Cabrera started the winning rally by beating out an infield single on a chopper against Charlie Furbush (0-4). Cabrera was sacrificed over by Alexi Amarista and scored on Medicas liner to centre. James Jones throw home was late and off line. It was Medicas second game-winning hit of the season. Medica had met Gwynn a few times, and had played against San Diego State while at Santa Clara. The Padres lost their first two games after Gwynn died, at Seattle. "You could see it on the road, even in Seattle, I mean, there were Tony Gwynn jerseys all over the place," Medica said. "You could see how much he meant to baseball, let alone the San Diego Padres organization. You could see it again tonight, and all the great things hes done for this team and for baseball. Im sure he was smiling down after that win." It was the mmost runs the Padres have scored in four games. Tracy McGrady Jersey. They had lost three straight, including two in Seattle. Joaquin Benoit (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth. Huston Street worked the ninth for his 19th save in as many chances. Hernandez allowed a leadoff single to Seth Smith in the first and then retired the next 15 batters until Amarista beat out an infield single. Cashner sacrificed Amarista, who took third on Smiths groundout and scored on Hernandezs wild pitch to tie the game at 1. "It was a changeup and I threw it too hard," Hernandez said. "That was a tough loss for us. I missed a lot of pitches." Said manager Lloyd McClendon: "It was a tough game for the Seattle Mariners, not just Felix. Those things happen. They had their best guy on the mound and we had our best guy on the mound. It was one of those games where we knew it was going to be close." Cashner allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, struck out two and walked two. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the second when Mike Zunino was hit by a pitch, took third on Dustin Ackleys single and scored on Brad Millers single. NOTES: The Padres are wearing a patch with No. 19 inside a home plate logo on their jerseys, over the players hearts. Theyre wearing a JC star patch to honour Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who died Jan. 5 at 89. ... The Padres have scheduled a public tribute to Gwynn for June 26 at Petco Park starting at 7:19 p.m., symbolic because Gwynn made his Padres debut on July 19, 1982. ... Seattle DH Corey Hart (strained left hamstring) and OF Michael Saunders (right AC joint inflammation) are expected to come off the DL on Friday. ... Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko, who has plantar fasciitis in his left foot, is out of a boot and cast but apparently is a ways away from returning. "Its been better," Gyorko said of the injury. ... The Padres plan to place 1B Yonder Alonso (sore right wrist) on the DL and bring up Jake Goebbert. ... 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