Take Ian Links in the fourth

first_img The useful but unpredictable GENUINE FRIEND, with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards aboard, is weighed to win the third race over 1200 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 6-y-o mare from the stables of Linton Calder has come down 4.0kg in the weights and if getting it right at the start, should win from the front running EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS with top jockey Dane Nelson up and SEMPER FIDELIS in a field of 11. IAN LINKS, who beat all barring the promising SOL SENOR over 1400 metres in March 5, should go one better in the fourth race over a mile – for maiden three-year-olds – with former champion Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. MR DOITBETTA and HEY CHAMP are twin dangers in a 14-strong field. Briefly, the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by RAY RAY (Oneil Beckford up) and down in class UNCLE G with apprentice Patterson aboard. Their respective dangers are NO MONEY FRIEND and LEGAL ACCOUNT. With CAPTAIN GRANVILLE (21-1) and ZEEVA (10-1) scoring notable upsets at Caymanas Park last Saturday, the Pick-9 had no takers and the carry-over to tomorrow stands at $3.6 million. This should ensure a Pick-9 payout in excess of $5 million. Both Super-6s on the other hand were cornered and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over the straight five course to be contested by six starters. Despite the small field, the race promises keen competition, what with the presence of last Saturday’s course winner, ZEEVA, ROCKETEER, FRANKENSTOR and OFFICIAL REPORT, who has beaten better in the not too distant past. Trained by Philip Lee, OFFICIAL REPORT last won over this trip via the Stewards’ Room last August on the disqualification of WOMAN IS BOSS in overnight allowance company and with a mere 48.0kg with apprentice Javaniel Patterson aboard, gets the nod over FRANKENSTORM and ZEEVA. Next on the programme is a maiden condition race for four-year-olds and up, which will more than likely come down to a straight fight between BIG BUCK with apprentice Jerome Innis and MR. TOPPER TOP MAN with in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard. Both finished second and third, respectively, behind FREE RANGE over 1200 metres last Saturday, but with Chatrie replacing female apprentice Andree Powell aboard the Donovan Plummer-trained MR. TOPPER TOP MAN, he should reverse the placings as only three-quarter length separated them at the finish. (1) OFFICIAL REPORT/FRANKENSTORM (20 MR. TOPPER TOP MAN/BIG BUCK (3) GENUINE FRIEND/EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS (4) IAN LINKS (5) RAY RAY/NO MONEY FRIEND (6) UNCLE G/LEGAL ACCOUNT USEFUL BUT UNPREDICTABLE FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

The Wright View | Not too late to save WI cricket

first_img Maybe when Afghanistan and Ireland are ranked above us fans will realise what their prime ministers and cricket legends were saying for years, that the present West Indies Cricket Board and their surrogates are only interested in selecting yes-men to represent us and have consistently suppressed individualism, the very trait that made us unbeatable world champions for years! When the history of West Indies cricket and its demise comes to be written, these men will never be forgotten. The passage of Category 4 hurricane Matthew through the Caribbean en route to the islands of the Greater Antilles has caused several local sporting competitions to be postponed. That meant that sport fans could spend more time watching live television of different sports from around the world. Cricket was being played in South Africa, India and in Sharja. To watch the approach of world-class cricketers in ODI’s and Tests made us, quickly realise that cricket greats not only have natural talent, but they are able to think while playing, making critical adjustments during matches in an effort to win. The captaincy on display in these matches reveal that experience is the only attribute that can make a captain assess a pitch before deciding to bat or field when the toss is won, and experience is the only attribute when deciding what bowling change to make when pitches or bowler technique is unhelpful when facing prolonged batting partnerships. The West Indian Way of placing young, inexperienced captains (who have trouble commanding a place on the team based on merit) cannot work, will not work, and will instead embarrass the youngster and the group of nations that he represents. When will the West Indian cricket fan get a chance to celebrate a good cricket again? It doesn’t look like that will happen in the lifetime of this generation, unless we the fans insist on change in the structure of the group managing West Indian cricket. It is not too late! The Courtney Brown-selected group of West Indians now playing against Pakistan in the middle East, have so far lost the T20 series a 3-0 margin and are in the process of losing the One Day Internationals (ODI) by a similar scoreline. That loss will effectively rule us out of automatic qualification for the Champions League next year where the eight top teams in the world vie for supremacy. This is a tough call for West Indian fans who were quite recently celebrating the (temporary) resurgence of West Indian cricket after the teams from this region were crowned world champions in three different competitions. To move seamlessly from first to last, in any world sport is not an easy achievement. The uncertainty around the Champions League has been achieved by a series of events that were easily predicted to result in disaster. And yet we the West Indian cricket fans made only muted token protests and did not support the Caricom Committee on cricket while a group of “administrators” systematically removed from the team, any player of note who dared to question tactics, remuneration or selection criteria. Teams in the lower half of the world ranking in Tests, ODIs and T20s cannot wait to compete against us as it is obvious that they have a very good chance of moving up the rankings by defeating us. Where will it end? Selecting yes-menlast_img read more


first_imgCloughaneely GAA News:Seniors/ReservesBhí turas iontach tairbheach ag Cloich Cheann Fhaola ‘na gCella Dé Domhnaigh seo chaite nuair a bhain said an dá chluiche. Bhain an fhoireann tacaíochta 3-16|4-06 agus na sinsir 1-10|0-08. Tá Cloich Cheann Fhaola sa bhaile ar an Domhnach seo – in éadan Naomh Náille ar 1:30 agus 3:00 PMIt was a double victory in Killybegs for both our Senior and Reserve teams at the weekend. Both teams are currently sitting in 2nd place in their respective league tables after the weekends results.After a half time score of 1-07 to 1-03, favouring Cloughaneely, our reserves came out with a storming opening to the 2nd half which saw them score 2-05 within 15 minutes. However Killybegs then found their stride again and responded with 3 goals of their own within quick succession. Cloughaneely managed to maintain their distance however and finished with a comfortable 3-16 |4-06 victory.Seniors: Cloughaneely had the disadvantage of playing against a slight breeze for the 1st half. Killybegs were very strong defensively so every point was hard fought. Half time score was CCF 0-06 Killybegs 0-05; with 3 of CCF’s points coming from frees (2 from Denis Boyle, 1 from Shaun McGuire) and Cloughaneely’s top scorer of the day Paul Sweeney contributing the remaining 3. Just before half time Killybegs launched a long ball in to their full forward, however CCF’s keeper Shaun McClafferty expertly beat his opponent to the ball and cleared it to safety just before the half time whistle.2nd Half: Killybegs dominated the play for the first 20 mins of the 2nd half and got the opening point of the 2nd half 8 minutes in; however a lot of missed opportunities meant they failed to progress on the scoreboard and they scored their final 2 points within the dying minutes of the game. Shaun McClafferty again proved his worth in the 40th minute when he produced an excellent save to deny a powerful strike on goal. Cloughaneely began to come back into the game again thanks to a point from Paul Sweeney in the 48th min. This was quickly followed by an excellent run from Cillian Gallagher who passed the ball of the Shaun McGuire to register CCF’s 2nd point of the 2nd half. Darren Ferry and Denis Boyle contributed Cloughaneely’s final 2 points of the game in the dying minutes. However, just before the full time whistle the quick actions of Paul Sweeney and substitute John Harley earned Cloughaneely the only goal of the game. Full time Score CCF: 1-10, Killybegs 0-08Cloughaneely: Shaun McClafferty, Ciaran McGeady, Eamonn Curran, Martin Ferry, Kevin Mulhern, Eugene McGuire, Lee O’Brien, Paddy Cannon, Ciaran Scanlon , Darren Ferry (0-01), Darren McGeever, Cillian Gallagher, Shaun McGuire (0-2, 1F), Paul Sweeney (0-04), Denis Boyle (0-03, 3F).CCF Subs: Eamonn Curran replaced by John Harley (1-0) 41 mins. ***Next Up – Cloughaneely have a home game this weekend against St. Naul’s at 1:30 and 3:00 PM!**Cash For Clobber**Cloughaneely GAA are doing a house to house clothes collection, a bag drop is currently underway around the houses. Any unwanted clothes, bedding, curtains, shoes etc you would like to donate to the club, can be put into the bag and we can have these clothes recycled to raise much needed funds for the running of the club. Please leave the bags out for collection a week later on Monday 6th July. This is the perfect opportunity for a clear out of unwanted items! Your help and support is much appreciated!***Cloughaneely GAA Cúl Camp***The camp will run from the 20th-24th July. Prices: €55 for 1st child; €45 for the 2nd child; €40 for 3rd and subsequent children. Please contact Declan McGarvey on 086-1009467 to book!SUPERB DISPLAY FROM VETERAN PLAYER DENIS BOYLE ENSURES ANOTHER CLOUGHANEELY WIN was last modified: June 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CloughaneelyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Warriors mailbag: The latest on the Jordan Bell suspension

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – The Warriors are gearing up for yet another presumed NBA championship run. But as DeMarcus Cousins recently observed, they are also a soap opera. So there are episodes that shadow the team’s ongoing success.Exhibit A: Jordan Bell served a one-game suspension in Wednesday’s win over Memphis for what the Warriors called “conduct detrimental to the team.” Since then, the Athletic first reported that the Warriors suspended Bell for placing a hotel room charge to Warriors assistant …last_img