Alex Hammond looks ahead to the opening English Classics and thinks Marcel has an each-way chance in the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Richard Johnson was finally crowned champion jockey for the first time on Saturday; do you think anyone can wrestle his shiny new trophy off him in the next few years?I dont think there is a single racing fan or professional in the game who would begrudge Richard Johnson his first title. He has had to wait over 20 years to get his hands on the trophy; and a new trophy at that as the last one was quite rightly given to Sir Anthony McCoy. Over the years there have been a handful of jockeys, both Flat and jumping, that you have huge sympathy for as they were top class, but never champion. Like Johnson until now, they were born in the wrong era. We all have our own thoughts on that, but Adrian Maguire was a close second to Richard Dunwoody and was a prodigious talent. Dickie said that the championship was his biggest achievement; he has said that if he had gone his whole career without getting his name on the roll of honour it would be his one regret. Thats how much it means to these sporting heroes, they travel thousands of miles each year, day in day out, in the quest to be the best of a very good bunch. You can see that Johnson is buzzing with the accomplishment; you can see he has no intention of giving up the accolade any time soon. Like the colossus before him, you get the impression that while he is riding, he wants to be the best. Aidan Coleman put up the closest fight, but even he was 105 winners behind the new champ. Without the firepower of John Ferguson, who provided him with 59 of those winners, its going to be even harder for him in the future. Our new champ has the hunger and drive, and barring injury, he should keep a tight grip on the title for a few seasons to come. Paul Nicholls just edged out Willie Mullins in the UK trainers championship in the end, how do you see this battle developing next year?As much as that must have been bad for the blood pressure of the protagonists, the trainers title going right down to the wire like that was a PR exercise that will be hard to beat in future campaigns. The only thing it may have done is whetted the Mullins appetite to try and win the British championship in future. Until the season was well into its autumn, Mullins didnt seem to take the title bid seriously, when he did it was almost too late. Still, a sliding door here and a change in luck there and it could easily have been reversed. It will be interesting to see how Irelands champion tackles the British season in future. I cant see him changing too much early on, but if things go well, then things may change from the New Year onwards. One thing is for sure, I wouldnt be lumping on Nicholls to win the 2016/17 season at the current prices as there is more than just Mullins snapping at his heels.The Flat season really cranks up a gear this weekend, give us three equine stars on the level to follow in the coming months.Im getting my head round the Flat season now and am really looking forward to seeing several horses over the coming months, its hard to narrow it down to three:Dartmouth (Sir Michael Stoute) - There are few trainers better at campaigning high class older horses than Sir Michael Stoute. Dartmouth is a Darley-bred colt, owned by The Queen, and he could give Her Majesty plenty to smile about in the year of her 90th birthday. This four-year-old progressed up the handicap ranks last season and started the 2016 season with a win at Chelmsford on a surface he doesnt really relish. That was in Newburys re-routed John Porter Stakes, which wasnt the strongest runnings of the contest in its history, but this looks like a horse that should continue to improve over middle distance trips.Gifted Master (Hugo Palmer) - I flagged this horse up after his win at Newmarkets Craven meeting and he looks capable of winning his share of races over the specialist trip of seven furlongs and he should be effective over six furlongs too which brings in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.Order Of St George (Aidan OBrien) - Im a sucker for a Flat stayer/Cup horse and this horse looks a top-class performer to follow in that sphere. He won three of his four outings as a three year-old culminating in an unchallenged victory in the Irish Leger. It will be interesting to see what route his trainer takes to Royal Ascot for what will no doubt be his first big summer target, the Gold Cup, for which he is already 5/2 favourite with Sky Bet. He seems versatile on most ground conditions, so there shouldnt be too much concern whatever conditions are like in June.As I said, there are so many horses to look forward to, but Ill be disappointed if we dont see these three winning some nice prizes.Air Force Blue is the short-priced favourite for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, will you be taking him on at prices around the 4/6 mark?I wont be backing Air Force Blue, but it doesnt mean he wont win the colts classic. It was interesting to hear Aidan OBrien expressing a slight doubt about this son of War Front staying the mile. His sire was top class over 6/7 furlongs and his dam was speedy too and this colt has plenty of toe, so there has to be an element of doubt. Having said that he won the Dewhurst well, staying on over the seven furlongs and is twice a winner over that trip. When you hear OBrien waxing lyrical about his latest superstar, it feels a bit like the boy who cried wolf. Yeah, yeah you think, as you hear about the best horse he has ever trained. Having said that, those superlatives tend to be backed up by performances on the track, so who am I to take those comments with a pinch of salt? So, he looks hard to beat on all known form, but for me the bet at the prices could be Marcel each-way. Peter Chapple-Hyam has produced horses to win on the big occasion many times in the past and this horse is proven over the mile having won the Racing Post Trophy last autumn. As it was snowing in various parts of the country this week and theres been rain around, the ground is unlikely to be fast and that would play into the hands of Marcel. Hes now 12/1, having been shortened in the last week and that still looks reasonable each-way value - you can also back him with Sky Bet in the market without Air Force Blue at 9/2.And finally, what do you fancy in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday?Aidan OBrien looks to hold the key to this race too with Minding the ante-post favourite and Ballydoyle a pretty handy second string. Minding is bred in the purple being a daughter of Galileo out of a mare called Lillie Langtry, who won the Coronation Stakes and Matron Stakes at the highest level at three. Minding is already proven in Group One company having won the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Fillies Mile, the latter over this course and distance. Minding beat Ballydoyle in the Moyglare, but the latter is also a Group One winner having added her name to the list of Prix Marcel Boussac winners at Longchamp in October. Last year their head-to-head record read Minding 1 Ballydoyle 1. I think Ballydoyle looks like a real galloper and at current prices at the time of writing (11/2 with Sky Bet) I have backed Ballydoyle to cause a bit of an upset and beat her stablemate. The fly in the OBrien ointment could be Mark Johnstons Lumiere, who splits them in the market. She had three starts over six furlongs last season, winning the Cheveley Park Stakes, and has loads of speed. However she doesnt look like a one-trick pony and is bred to stay this trip. She could be vulnerable from the front though. Nathras win in the Nell Gwyn gave a form boost to Minding, who beat her in the Fillies Mile. That win at Newmarket gives her the fitness edge on her rivals and trainer John Gosden has hit the ground running this season. Also See: Live results service Full racecards Get Sky Sports http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Sam-Koch-Jersey/ . Wall made the comment in a speech to a Regina business crowd that included Lesnar. 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PARIS -- One of the best moves of the summer transfer window in France was Radamel Falcaos decision to stay at Monaco, rather than to take another loan spell somewhere.Four goals in two games last week underlined his strong return to form -- he has been recalled by Colombias national team -- yet it was a goal Falcao had disallowed that offered a better glimpse he is somewhere back to his best.Late in the first half against Nancy last Saturday, his strike partner Valere Germain had a header saved.The ball fell to Falcao, who was to the right of six-yard box, off balance and without a clear shooting chance. In a flash, he expertly dragged the ball back, span around nimbly and still had the presence of mind to artfully glide the ball into the middle of the net.It would have been his hat trick but was ruled out for offside. Yet it showed that his instinct is returning and that he has confidence in his body again.He remains one of the best strikers. Hes only 30 (years old), Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said. Our objective is to get him back to his (best) level.It has been a difficult return from injury and loss of form for Falcao, once arguably the most lethal poacher in the world when with Atletico Madrid. He had scored 72 goals in 87 games for Porto when Atletico snapped him up in the summer of 2011, and in two seasons for Atletico he netted 70 goals in 91 games, winning the Europa League and the Spanish Cup.Falcao joined Monaco in May 2013 a deal worth 60 million euros ($67 million) and netted 11 in 19 games.But in January, 2014 he tore his anterior cruciate ligament playing in a French Cup game. He would normally have been rested against non-league Chasselay, but insisted on playing. The defender who injured him -- Soner Ertek -- received a stream of vitriolic threats on social media from irate fans and the clubs president said a hateful letter was even sent from Colombia.Falcao missed the World Cup later that year and his career nosedived.He joined Manchester United and then Chelsea -- both on loans. But his pacee had gone, he looked unhappy and drastically low on confidence.dddddddddddd He managed just four league goals for United and one for Chelsea -- where nine of his 10 league appearances were as substitute.Jardim criticized Falcaos decision to move to the Premier League when clearly not ready for its hugely physical demands.He tried to keep playing at a high level. Normally, when a player is injured he doesnt change club, Jardim said. Its not easy to recover and to play at the same time. Players are not machines.This season, Falcao has scored eight goals in 10 games for Monaco and is captain.He needs one more goal in upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Chile or Argentina to become Colombias all-time top scorer.Ive worked hard to be able to return to the national team, said Falcao, who has 25 international goals.Jardim, a Portuguese coach in his third season in charge, has turned second-place Monaco into an attractive, high-scoring team with 36 goals in 12 league games.Though 13 different players have scored in the league, its the partnership between Falcao and Germain that stands out.The unheralded Germain was loaned to Nice last season after two inconsistent campaigns with Monaco.Leading the line, he scored a commendable 14 league goals for Nice and, just like Falcao, returned.They have gelled.Although Germain lacks pace and is not a great finisher, he has outstanding movement, awareness and touch -- making him the perfect foil for Falcaos robust yet technically assured style.In particular, the clever timing of Germains wide runs gives Falcao the space to quickly take up central positions. 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