Watch Vision Of Gold in Race 2

first_imgThe second Super-6 offers a$1.1 million carryover at Caymanas Park tomorrow, while the Pick-9 commences at the guaranteed minimum of $1 million.The Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a maiden 4-y-o and up condition race over a mile to be contested by eight starters, including the likely favourite MINY LEE, who caught the eye when a close second to I HAVE A DREAM over 1400 metres on Boxing Day.Prior to that, he was a close third to MR ROMANTIC and subsequent winner ABOGADO, and with trainer Donovan Plummer churning out the winners in recent weeks, MINY LEE with apprentice Jerome Innis gets the nod over DEMOLITION BOY and LAZZA.VISION OF GOLD, who has shown promise in his two starts to date, will now prove hard to beat in the second race over 1300 metres for native-bred three-year-olds, with former champion Omar Walker aboard.From the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the chestnut colt by Fearless Vision out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect has been fitted with the visor and tongue tie following his good third to STUNNER over 1400 metres two months ago and having looked improved at exercise, gets the nod over stable-companion PERFECT ASSET (Lasix administered) and OK DUDE in an 11-strong field.TROJAN, who has been knocking at the door, tries a longer distance (1820 metres) in the third race for four-year-olds and up, and this could be just what the doctor ordered, despite the presence of KING WITHIN and COLOURS OF WAR in a seven-horse field. Top apprentice Linton Steadman has the leg over TROJAN, who carries 53.0kg by virtue of his 3.0kg apprentice claim.Ultra-consistent EUSEBIA, who finished a close third to PRINCESS SHEMIKA and INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres recently, gets the nod over old rival SIR D and GRANDE MARQUE in the fourth race for $180,000 claimers over the straight, with Richie Mitchell now taking the ride in a field of 11.BIRD CATCHER, who won decisively for jockey Wesley Henry and trainer Fitzroy Glispie recently in two-year-old company, faces a highly thought of debutante AWESOME DESTINY (a bay filly by Afleet Express – Seek, working well) in the fifth race over 1200 metres for three-year-olds and it should go down to the wire. Preference, however, is for BIRD CATCHER, who won in a good time over 1100 metres on December 13.Then close the first Super-6 with the speedy GLOBAL (Bebeto Harvey) in the sixth race over 1300 metres in which GOLDEN GLORY and CLASSY AVIATOR are twin dangers in a field of 15.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) MINY LEE/DEMOLITION BOY(2) VISION OF GOLD/PERFECT ASSET(3) TROJAN/KING WITHIN(4) EUSEBIA/SIR D(5) BIRD CATCHER/AWESOME DESTINY(6) GLOBAL/GOLDEN GLORYlast_img read more

Biggest names, record numbers for CPL T20 Draft

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Organisers of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are reporting that a record number of local and international stars have registered for the Player Draft scheduled for next Thursday in Barbados.Players from 14 nations have entered the draft for the fourth instalment of the CPL, which takes place from the end of June until the beginning of August.Among the assembled overseas stars is a 34-strong South African contingent headed by prolific top-order batsman Hashim Amla, leg-spinner Imran Tahir, and fast bowler Morne Morkel.Sri Lanka will have 20 representatives in the frame, including legends Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga, who will be looking to join their compatriot Kumar Sangakkara.There will be 23 players from Australia in the draft, including the experience of Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, and Michael Hussey, and a further 11 New Zealanders, including the likes of Nathan McCullum.A seven-member Bangladesh contingent features Shakib Al Hasan, one of the world’s finest all-rounders, while seven players from Afghanistan are in the mix.”Some of the leading names in world cricket have signalled their intentions to join the biggest party in sport at the CPL, so this year’s competition is sure to be our most exciting to date,” declared Director of International Cricket for the CPL Tom Moody.”Outside of our ‘marquee’ players, there are international players of the highest standard, including a host of World champions and a myriad players who continue to entertain and enrich the global game.”The list of West Indies talent in the frame for the six franchises this year includes stars Chris Gayle, West Indies World T20 captain Darren Sammy, and Lendl Simmons.COMPETITIVE ROSTERDarren and Dwayne Bravo are set to join the number-one-ranked T20 international bowler Samuel Badree, as well as Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.”It is, without doubt, our most competitive roster, and it is exciting to see such a high standard across the established and emerging nations around the world,” said Moody.”That players from 14 nations have entered the Draft illustrates the global reach of the CPL, and with a sizeable increase in the West Indies contingent, which is up by over one-fifth this year, it is clear that the T20 game is growing from strength to strength.”A statement released by the CPL on Tuesday said it is also expecting interest from North America as players from Canada and the USA, who recently competed in the Nagico Super 50 competition, aim to book one of the six coveted places.Two players each from England, Ireland, and Scotland, and one from The Netherlands will be the European representatives vying to secure a place in the CPL.Sixteen of the 157 West Indies players to register have already been retained ahead of the Draft, leaving 141 eligible for selection on Draft day.”This is 25 more than the 116 who vied for spots at last year’s Draft and represents a 22 per cent increase,” said the CPL statement.”Coupled with an 18 per cent increase in international player registration, this is further illustration of the CPL’s growing stature as one of the foremost tournaments in T20 cricket.”last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Warmington calls soldier an ‘A**hol*’

first_img The incident occurred after the soldier tried to inform the candidate that he had to go inside the polling station alone, which angered him. Warmington’s angry tirade was met with cheers from a number of persons wearing shirts with his photo and name attached. The JLP candidate had gone to the venue to express his discontent about clerks working at polling divisions 20 and 40 inside the venue. He said they were slowing down the process and that he had already complained to Director of Elections Orrette Fisher.  “It means that when the process concludes, they must be allowed to vote,” Warmington said. Meanwhile, persons commended a policeman, who helped to tone down the irate candidate. Warmington was later seen telling persons to obey the police and that he only respected the police command. Meanwhile, both the JLP and the People’s National Party (PNP) contenders were seen throughout the constituency with scores of persons in their respective party colours parading in vehicles. Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for South West St Catherine Clifford Everald Warmington caused quite a stir, after he called a member of the Jamaica Defence Force an a**hol*. The incident occurred about 11:40 am at the entrance of the Old Harbour Primary School, St Catherine. It was an angry Warmington who shouted, “You have no authority to order me! Let the police address me! You are an a**hol*! Don’t say nothing!”last_img read more

Chasing history! – Portmore hunting RSPL record

first_imgNever in the history of Jamaica’s football has a promoted team rose from the lower league to the summit of top-flight football in successive seasons.However, former winners Portmore United are hoping to rewrite the record book as they prepare to take on Humble Lion in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals, starting tomorrow, and coach Jeffrey Hewitt said it would be “special” to accomplish such a feat.Portmore were relegated from the Premier League in the 2013/2014 season, but after battling their way back to local football’s premier competition last year, no one expected the season the St Catherine side has delivered.They topped the preliminary standings on points to take the $1-million prize and Hewitt said winning the play-offs would be the added bonus.”Definitely, it would be something special (to come straight up and win the league), but our objective is not really based on that. Our intention is to make sure we are champions of the league, but that (coming up and winning) would definitely add to it,” he said.Hewitt said that prior to the start of the season, they were confident of doing well on their return, however, as the team performed above expectations, he said their objectives also changed.EXPECTATIONS SURPASSED”We surpassed it (expectation) and our objectives changed along the way. Coming into the season, we played some practise games against Premier League teams and, based on what we saw, we knew, for a fact, we were going to finish high up the table, but as the season progressed, we realised we could push further and we kept pushing and, hopefully, at the end of the season, we will be on top.”We have been putting in a lot of work, and it’s definitely about the backroom staff. We have been working very hard with this team and credit must go to (technical) director (Andre) Waugh who set the programme. He knows what he’s about and what he wants and the guys have fallen in line and as it is we are getting there,” he continued.To achieve this dream, Portmore must first get by arch-rivals Humble Lion in their two-leg semi-final and Hewitt claim things are looking good for them as they head into tomorrow’s first-leg clash at Effortville.”Finishing on top of the league ahead of Arnett Gardens, Montego Bay is a good feeling. We are really proud of what we have achieves so far and our ambition is to go all the way. The job is not yet done, we just have to keep on working, as our focus is on getting through these two semi-final games and try to advance to the final.last_img read more

C’down to honour 1982 Manning Cup champions

first_img “Although this year’s team has better facilities and support, including a nutrition programme, the 1982 team was much more talented and had players who were more loyal, committed, and proud to wear the Camperdown jersey. Those days, it was difficult to make the team. if you did, it was a cause to celebrate. Today, things are different. these players are not as loyal like back then,” said Bender, whose team has struggled this season. Bender said his team, which was beaten by the defending champions Jamaica College in the semi-finals last year, has been suffering from serious injuries and indiscipline but should have a better second round. “Since the season commenced, we are yet to start our strongest team. At one stage, some of the players got suspended, while others were injured. All this has been sorted out now, and the team is ready. We are looking forward to making it to the semi-finals and going one better,” said Bender. committed and proud Camperdown High School will honour the heroes of their star-studded 1982 Manning Cup team tomorrow night. The team, led by former Reggae Boyz the late Peter ‘Jair’ Cargill, took three titles that year. All the surviving members of the team are expected to be at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, where they will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame by the Camperdown alumni. Four members of the all-conquering team – Claude Palmer, reserve goalkeeper; Carl Richards, forward; Barrington ‘Cobra’ Gaynor, defender; and mid-fielder Cargill – will be recognised posthumously, along with the then principal, James Fitz-Henry Brown, under whose leadership the east Kingston-based school won the Manning Cup, Walker Cup, and Olivier Shield titles that year. Christopher Bender, who was one of four mid-fielders used by coach Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters in the 4-4-2 formation has described the success of the 1982 schoolboy season as the greatest achievement in his career as a player. Thirty-three years later, Bender is now head coach of his alma mater.last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 1WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: RITCHIE 82nd. WBA: RONDON 16thSubstitute Matt Ritchie struck late to earn Bournemouth a share of the points after West Bromwich Albion took an early lead at the Vitality Stadium. A mistake by Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc was punished when Salomon Rondon headed home. But Boruc saved Craig Gardner’s penalty before half-time and Ritchie drew the hosts level with a close-range header.ASTON VILLA 0NEWCASTLE UNITED 0Newcastle United dropped into the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three as relegated Aston Villa ended a run of 11 defeats with a goalless draw at Villa Park. Aleksandar Mitrovic headed wide two good second-half chances for Newcastle. Now their fate is out of their hands and Newcastle will be relegated if Sunderland, who beat Chelsea, beat Everton on Wednesday.CRYSTAL PALACE 2 STOKE CITY 1GOALS:-PALACE: GAYLE 47th, 68th. STOKE: ADAM 26th.Crystal Palace came from behind to secure a morale-boosting victory ahead of the FA Cup final later this month against Manchester United. Stoke took the lead through Charlie Adam. But Dwight Gayle equalised for the home side, before adding a second with a 25-yard free kick and earning the points that confirmed Palace’s status as a Barclays Premier League club for another season.LEICESTER CITY 3 EVERTON 1GOALS:- LEICESTER: VARDY 5th, 65th PEN; KING 33rd. EVERTON: MIRALLAS 88th.Champions Leicester put their celebrations on hold to comfortably beat Everton, before being presented with the Barclays Premier League trophy. Jamie Vardy scored twice, but missed out on a hat-trick by sending a second penalty over the bar. Andy King was also on the scoresheet, with Kevin Mirallas netting Everton’s consolation.NORWICH CITY 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:-UNITED: MATA 72nd.Norwich City’s chances of avoiding relegation seem increasingly dismal after a home defeat by Champions League-chasing Manchester United. Cameron Jerome had Norwich’s best chance, only for David de Gea to save his header. A mistake by Sebastien Bassong allowed Wayne Rooney to race clear and find the supporting Juan Mata, who slotted in. Norwich could be relegated on Wednesday if Sunderland beat Everton.SUNDERLAND 3 CHELSEA 2GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: KHAZRI 41st; BORINI 67th; DEFOE 70th. CHELSEA: COSTA 14th; MATIC 45th.Sunderland climbed out of the bottom three after two goals in three second-half minutes saw them fight back for a dramatic win over Chelsea. Diego Costa gave the Blues the lead, but Wahbi Khazri levelled. Nemanja Matic restored Chelsea’s lead. Fabio Borini replied, before Jermain Defoe scored a vital winner. Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off for a second booking before the final whistle and has probably played his last game for the club.WEST HAM UNITED 1 SWANSEA CITY 4GOALS:- WEST HAM: SAKHO 68th. SWANSEA: ROUTLEDGE 25th; AYEW 31st; KI 51st; GOMIS 90th.West Ham’s hopes of Champions League football took a severe knock as Swansea put four past them in the Boleyn Ground’s final Saturday game. Wayne Routledge poked home to give the visitors the lead. Andre Ayew doubled the lead and Ki Sung-yueng put the result beyond doubt. Diafra Sakho netted a consolation, before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis added Swansea’s fourth.last_img read more

Tough TG – Edwards confident in Tivoli Gardens role

first_imgTivoli Gardens FC coach, Omar Edwards, knows all too well that his West Kingston-based team is one of the toughest to lead, but considers himself a disciplined tactician, taking on a job to lead the former champions to a respectable Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) campaign. Prior to Edwards, three coaches came and went for different reasons in a short space of time at the club. “When I talk to the players, they don’t back answer or give strong opposition, and that is really a plus to coach at a team like Tivoli Gardens. So far, they are responding positively, and I must say kudos to my players for doing that,” Edwards said at the Red Stripe Premier League Press Conference, yesterday. Edwards, who is assistant coach of the national Under-17 team, as well as head coach of Denham Town High school’s Manning Cup team, says despite losing two home games and winning two on the road, his charges’ performances have been encouraging. “We are playing some good football; we created several opportunities, but we are failing to capitalise on our opportunities at home. Some persons might say it is pressure playing at home, but we are really playing some good football,” he reasoned. “I was called to coach the team, and part of that is building, and I am going to do it to the best of my ability. Many have gone before me, and I know that Tivoli is a difficult place to coach. I have also spent over a decade coaching at Boys’ Town at the highest level,” he stressed. Ahead of a visit to league leaders Jamalco FC in Clarendon tomorrow, Edwards is eyeing a win. Tivoli Gardens are in eighth place on six points. “Jamalco has started the season pretty well. They have players on their team, [one] is the leading goal scorer, so in my opinion, they are doing something pretty good, but going to Jamalco, we are going for maximum points,” the coach noted He also noted that players at his high-school team, Denham Town, could find their way in the Tivoli Gardens team if they show enough ability. “If I believe we have players there (Denham Town High) who can matriculate into the Tivoli Gardens team, and they want to go there then certainly,” he outlined.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Slow trip down memory lane

first_img HISTORY IS INSTRUCTIVE Add to that the resistance of our 400m men to moving up when their prime one-lap days are over, and Newman could be national record holder for years to come. History is instructive. Wint, Kerr and Newman were dynamite over 400m, with Sir Arthur winning gold in the 400m at the 1948 Olympics and Kerr taking the Pan-American Games title in 1959. Terrelonge, Mario Vernon-Watson, Alex Morgan, who are also in the top 10, and Myton all were solid 4×400 men. Our coaches are brilliant and, if any group can help Jamaica spread its forces into ‘new’ athletic disciplines, they can. My guess is that they will soon start to usher some of the 400-metre men out to the two-lapper. To my eye, there are two tall men whose spindly frames and long strides suggest they could travel well over 800m. They are 2015 intercollegiate 400m champion Jonia McDonald and former JC high jumper Fitzroy Dunkley. Let me be clear. McDonald and Dunkley both have more to give at 400m. Dunkley, now just out of collegiate eligibility at Louisiana State University, is a recent convert to sprinting and has only been running the 400m for three seasons. McDonald could be one of those gems MVP genius Stephen Francis unearths and moves from zero to hero. Even so, I hope they keep their options open and at some point, carry their speed to an event that could fit them perfectly. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. Recent news of an honour for venerable Excelsior High School and San Jose State University superhero Neville Myton will send veteran observers on a slow trip down memory lane. Fifty-four years ago, Myton cemented his claim for a spot on the 1964 Olympic team with a nippy world junior record run of 1 minutes 47.2 seconds for 880 yards. Fast-forward to 2016. Converted to a metric equivalent of 1 minute 46.5 seconds, that mark has Myton, once labelled ‘the indomitable running man’, still on the all-time Jamaican 800m top 10 performance list all these years later. It’s remarkable that, in those days before synthetic tracks, a schoolboy could run that fast. Myton was remarkable. He dominated the 880 and the mile at Boys’ Championships and is still the only Jamaican to win the Penn Relays high-school mile. His perch, by my count, as the 10th-fastest Jamaican 800m man of all time isn’t in danger. No Jamaican has broken 1 minute and 47 seconds since Aldwyn Sappleton did in 2009. Jowayne Hibbert and Ricardo Cunningham have come reasonably close in recent seasons and Hibbert, a 1.47.12 man, has the potential to go even faster. Still, Myton’s time is looking to have secure tenancy in the top 10 for a while to come. Seymour Newman’s national record of 1 minute 45.21 seconds is looking as safe as houses. Talk of overseas coaching consultancies has faded, but my guess is that coaching isn’t the core problem. I reckon our love of sprinting has drawn coaching and athletic talent away from the 800m, where Arthur Wint and George Kerr, between them, won three Olympic medals. Our best man in the event since those days was 1995 world indoor champion Clive Terrelonge. He stands behind Newman and 1968 and 1969 NCAA champion Byron Dyce on the all-time list at 1 minute 45.47 seconds. The success of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, et al, has made the 100m so attractive that it has become hard to resist. Anyone with any basic speed dreams of 9.58.last_img read more

Learn from Alia – Lamey

first_imgHandel Lamey, president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ), wants upcoming local swimmers to learn as much as possible from the global swim star Alia Atkinson before she retires.”From here, she has a lot of experience out there in the international events, it’s just for her to be able to share with our younger swimmers, who are coming up, and she was able to do that in Windsor, Canada recently. We had a young team with her,” he told The Gleaner.Lamey continued that the budding athletes were able to learn from Atkinson and see competition at that level, noting it will help position them to learn from her before she transitions out of the sport.”She (Atkinson) has tremendous motivation and focus, and I think that is something that augers well for her, and also for the swimmers that are coming up, we are hoping they can learn from her to really emulate her,” Lamey pointed out.Atkinson recently won three medals at the Short Course (SC) World Championships and broke the 50m breaststroke SC world record, despite failing to pick up her long sought Olympic medal.”After the Olympics, that was really disappointing for her. I know that she was expecting to do very well there because she was coming off a period that she equalled the world record at the time and then she broke it, so she was expecting big things and it just didn’t work that way,” Lamey underlinedHe remarked with pleasure that the 28-year-old was able to bounce back after her Olympics disappointments, while describing the publicity she has given the local swim fraternity as “immense”.”She gives us tremendous publicity, not only here in Jamaica, but overseas. Once we are on tours with the senior team and once we call her name, we here in Jamaica get the publicity because she is born and bred, and we automatically get that level of exposure because when you look out there in the swimming environment, there are not many black swimmers,” added the local swim boss.Lamey stressed that the upcoming youngsters will be able to learn from some of the challenges Atkinson has faced over the years, which she was able to overcome.Atkinson is a nominee for the RJR Sports Foundational 2016 National Sportswoman of the Year award.She previously won the award in 2014.last_img read more

Hurdlers in great form at Queen’s meet

first_imgSprint Hurdlers were in great form yesterday at the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet inside the National Stadium.Four records were broken. Excelsior High’s Ackera Nugent sped to a new mark of 11.69 seconds to win the Class Three Girls’ 80 metres hurdles, breaking the old mark of 11.82 set by St Jago’s Kimone McLeod last year. Holmwood Technical’s Dyandra Gray (11.74) and Shamel Robinson (11.84) were second and third, respectively.Holmwood’s Shanette Wilson topped Class Two, winning the 100m hurdles in 13.40 to erase the 14.69 set by Hydel High’s Jada Thomas last year. Vere Technical’s Britany Anderson was second overall in 13.48, with third going to Danielle Dawkins of Queen’s in 14.39.Vere’s Amoi Brown captured the Class One 100m hurdles in 13.75 ahead of Renee Shaw of Excelsior (14.06) and Patrice Watson of Queen’s, 14.57.Competing for his new school, Wolmer’s Boys’, former Calabar High hurdler Alex Robinson smashed the Class One 110m hurdles record. He clocked 13.88, beating the 14.40 set by Calabar’s Sean Selvie last year. Calabar’s pair of Orlando Bennett (13.96) and Lafranz Campbell (14.07) were the next best.Kingston College’s (KC) Timothy Lee was the fourth record breaker in the hurdles. He romped the Class Three 100m event in 13.95 seconds to erase the old mark of 14.28 set by Shaven Carr of Calabar last year. Calabar’s Jerome Campbell was second in 13.98, the same time done by third-place finisher Javelin Granville of St Jago High.KC took the first two places in the Class Two 110m hurdles. Wayne Pinnock and teammate Davion Williams both clocked 14.15. Calabar’s Shaven Carr was third with 14.55.SELECTED RESULTSBOYSClass 1 400m1. Jhevaughn Matherson, KC, 48.562. Dashawn Morrison, KC, 48.683. Travis Jackson, G’Maceo 48.89Class 2 400m1. Shemar Davis, St Jago, 50.252. Jamone Allison, XLCR, 50.773. Nicquaine Henry, C’Bar, 50.87Triple Jump Class 11. Carey McLeod, KC, 15.69m2. Paketo Sudley, JC, 14.29m3. Tevin Dunn, Munro, 14.14mGIRLSClass 3 400m1. Dorlan Nelson, XLCR, 57.02. Jodiann Dixon, Clar, 57.23. Ashley Johnson, St Jago, 58.6Class 2 400m1. Sanique Walker, Vere, 55.522. Michaela Lewis, Queen’s, 56.713. Kimarley Francis, St Jago, 56.91Class 1 400m1. Aleisha Kelly, St Jago, 54.602. Nicolee Foster, Holm, 54.923. Osheen Kerr, Holm, 56.04Triple Jump Under 201. Tissanna Hickling, St Jago, 12.90m2. Kemeva Headley, Holm, 12.30m3. Danielle Spence, St Jago, J 11.69mlast_img read more