FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) CAPTAIN GRANVILLE/ ABOGADO (2) ELVIRA/CHANGE HIM NAME (3) JAMAI RAJA (4) ABOVE THE RADAR/ OUR CREATION (5) RAGING PROSPECT/ HOLOGRAM SHADOW (6) YOGA/LEGAL ACCOUNT The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow’s 12-race meet stands at $4.2 million. There is also a carryover in the second Super-6, this amounting to nearly $1 million. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race four to 12; the first Super-6 from race one to six; the late Super-6 from race seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a three-year-old maiden special over 1820 metres to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders CAPTAIN GRANVILLE and the free-running ABOGADO, to be ridden by champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis and Wesley Henry, respectively. The Andrew McDonald-trained ABOGADO has been knocking loudly at the door in sprints, failing by a head to stave off the outsider QUEENOFSAINTROSE over 1200 metres on December 5, a race in which CAPTAIN GRANVILLE finished a well-beaten ninth after being brought slowly into stride. Prior to that race, CAPTAIN GRANVILLE was second to MEET JUSTIN over a mile as the 4-5 favourite and returning over a more suitable trip, and the figure eight now fitted, should outfinish ABOGADO in the closing stages. ELVIRA, who beat all, barring the in-form FRANKENSTORM over the round-five course on November 28, is tipped to go one better now dropped-in-class ($350,00 claiming from $450,000) in the second race over 1100 metres. Trained by Paul Smith, ELVIRA will report in good nick, and despite the obvious clams of CHANGE HIM NAME, with the improving female apprentice Mellisa Ward again in the saddle following his near miss to INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres on Sunday, as well as ROCKETEER and FIFTYONESTORM, she gets the nod in a field of nine. The third race over 1300 metres for maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for JAMAI RAJA, who ran a fair race when finishing six lengths fifth to SORENTINO’S STAR over 1400 metres in the valuable Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 28. Prior to that, on November 14, the chestnut colt by Market Rally out of Angela’s Favourite chased home his highly thought of stable companion ZUGULU over this trip in the Caymanas Juvenile Sprint and with trainer Richard Azan calling up his promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey for the ride, reducing the weight to 51.5kg, the hint should be taken. Best of his 12 opponents is THE PROMISE LAND (Wesley Henry up), a lightly raced colt who is steadily coming along. After winning easily over 1820 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag last Saturday, ABOVE THE RADAR, with Aaron Chatrie again in the saddle, steps down in class for the fourth race over a mile, and although he can expect stiff opposition from OUR CREATION (Bebeto Harvey up) and AUDRE’S BLESSING, in a 10-horse field, should bring fitness into play and win again. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT (Shamaree Muir up) and the fleet-footed YOGA, working well with Paul ‘Country’ Francis riding for trainer Solomon Sharpe. Their respective dangers are HOLOGRAM SHADOW under Shane Ellis and LEGAL ACCOUNT, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. Elvira gets the nod
THE sparingly raced 4-y-o filly BERRANCA should make amends for her near miss over 1100 metres on March 26 when she takes on seven opponents in the 4-y-o and up restricted allowance, the opening Super-6 race over 1200 metres on tomorrow’s Post to Post Guineas Day 11-race programme at Caymanas Park. The Adore The Gold – Charity Dance offspring, who, in 2015 finished third in the in 1000 Guineas and second in the Oaks, returned from a nine-month absence recently and lost out by a head to RAS EMANUEL in a driving finish in a highly competitive race. Now a lot better for the run and bang-in-form claiming apprentice Linton Steadman riding for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, BERRANCA will not be easily denied from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. She will find the distance ideal and should lead home SUPERTRONICS and COMMANDING AVIATOR. DOC HOLIDAY, who has won a number of races in the past six months, should prove too strong for rivals in the closing stages of the second race (claiming $350,000 – $300,000) over 1300 metres. The stretch-running 6-y-o gelding, who now takes orders from trainer Tyrone Prince, has lots of speed ahead of him in the likes of down-in-class DIFERENTGENERATION, AUNT HILDA, and recent winner LEGAL ACCOUNT, who has changed stables since winning easily on a $250,000 tag on March 19. With DIFERENTGENARATION, in particular, sure to make things pretty hot, the pace should come back to the closer DOC HOLIDAY, who notched his last win over this trip some months ago at this level. The improving claiming apprentice Jerome Innis has the ride. GRAND TRAIN, who found only FABULOUSCONNECTION too good over the straight recently, should provide top apprentice Steadman with yet another winner in the third race over 1100 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 5-y-o grey horse has most appeal in the 10-strong field and gets the nod over the free-running DR DEAREST with former champion Wesley Henry aboard. SUB STRUCTURE, now dropping down two classes for the fourth race over 1100 metres for conditional $180,000 claimers, should come into her own with Steadman astride and win from MANDEYA and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS in a field of 10. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by CONCLUSION (improving rapidly now) and the well-forward first-time runner SUPER COP (working brilliantly), with Omar Walker riding him for 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta in a field of 13 maiden three-year-olds. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) BERRANCA (2) DOC HOLIDAY/LEGAL ACCOUNT (3) GRAND TRAIN/DR DEAREST (4) SUB STRUCTURE/MANDEYA (5) CONCLUSION/MR DOITBETTA (6) SUPER COP
KC: All relays should be very competitive as there are three where it looks like it will be a Jamaica vs USA rivalry. AndrÈ: Yes, the sprint relays and the women’s 4x400m should be a straight war between the Jamaicans and the Americans. The thing is the US are far more prepared than Jamaica since they have been practising for a while and have already competed together so that’s an interesting point to consider. KC: It is so strange that we are a such a small nation compared to the United States and we can never get our people to come together to practise or to compete as a relay group before any major Championship and this has hurt us big time in the past and it could happen once again this weekend AndrÈ: We always seem to figure it out and rely on instincts more than anything else and we won’t see the value of true preparation until it hurts us. KC: But we are not learning as it has always hurt us and I do not see this changing soon because of the club situation where I think this takes precedent over national representation. AndrÈ: I agree, but we can only hope we have no major hiccups here. If we don’t, then we should be in for some exciting relay clashes. I’m interested to hear what the line up will be for the men 4x100m. Do we put Bolt on the backstretch or do we ask Asafa to run his first backstretch and receive and change the stick for the first time? Also, do we start the women’s 4×100 with the inexperienced Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson on the opening two legs? KC: Coming into the championships the United States looked very good but after the 100 and 200 metres things looked to be swinging into our favour especially on the female side. Morrison after a sub 11 seconds looks perfect for us on the lead off leg. AndrÈ: Like you, I’ve grown in confidence where the women’s 4x100m team is concerned. As long as nothing silly is done and the right people are used at the right time, I think we will win this. Morrison to Thompson to VCB to SFP may be our best line up now. Keep it simple, get the stick around and the gold medal is ours. KC: Perfect but who will be rested in the preliminary round. With so much at stake I don’t think the coaching staff should take any chances here as the same quartet for the final should start here with Morrison to Thompson to VCB to Shelly. I wouldn’t risk Stewart or Simpson on this team . AndrÈ: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is fresh after doing only the 100m and should be fine for the heats … I would rest VCB and bring in Sherone for the heats to run the third leg. KC: Not a bad idea but still a risk. I think we have a glorious chance of breaking the world record of 40.82 seconds set by the USA at the London Olympics. My only concern is that they have not done much baton changes as the camp was a waste of time. On the other hand the USA competed in Monaco where they ran two teams with the A team winning in 41.96 seconds which is a world leading time. However, I think we have a line-up which can run over one full second faster. AndrÈ: I’m going with a win for Jamaica, US. A will finish next best with Trinidad and Tobago getting the bronze. KC: The race will be won on the second leg where Allyson Felix and Elaine Thompson should have a battle royal but our two final kegs should have things their way with Shelly-Ann sprinting away to victory as the USA will be second with Trinidad, Great Britain, and Ukraine fighting for the bronze medal.
Darren Mattocks, who plays centre forward for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team and scored in their 3-2 loss to Nicaragua in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers last Friday, believes all is not lost and the Reggae Boyz will bounce back. The 25-year-old netted in the first leg and has now scored 11 goals overall for Jamaica. He might just be thinking that his biggest test for his country could be tomorrow night. “To get back two goals, that’s definitely something we are going to build on and move forward. I am pretty confident we will learn and make all corrections and go to Nicaragua and get the job done,” he pointed out in a post-game interview late Friday night. Mattocks reasoned that the result would be seen as very disappointing by the Jamaican people, but maintained that the visitors played well, amid suggestions that the Reggae Boyz underestimated them or put in a lacklustre performance. SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM “I wouldn’t say we underestimated them, to be honest. Sometimes we don’t know what teams are capable of doing until we play them, and that’s what happened here tonight (Friday). I think they played well and surprised us. Many wouldn’t expect them to come into Kingston and defeat us, but it’s something that we learn from and we will continue growing,” he said. Tomorrow night inside the Estadio Nacional stadium in Managua, Jamaica must win or face elimination from yet another FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Getting a positive result in the return leg, Mattocks says, begins with thinking positive and working as a team. “They (Nicaragua) have got a good set of players, and they attack as a team, so that’s where their goals came from. Now we know that’s how they play, so now we are going to make all corrections and go forward,” he stressed. The player added that the upset was a lesson for the Reggae Boyz, “who have come a long way”, adding they are determined to continue. The match will kick off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.
A Winchester Park fortress it seems, as 22-time champions St George’s reigned supreme at home and made light work of Innswood High in their ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup return match yesterday.St George’s whipped their rivals 5-0 to move to the top of Group C with a superior goal difference.”We wanted this,” St George’s coach Neville Bell said. Innswood had beaten St George’s 2-1 at home when the teams met earlier this season.The heroes for the North Street-based school were Alex Marshall, who slammed in a hat-trick, while captain Shevon Stewart overcame a first-half penalty miss to score twice.Marshall’s goals came in the second, 67th and 90th minutes. He is now Manning Cup’s leading marksman with 10 goals, while Stewart has four.Marshall, however, does not believe there is an over-reliance on him to score.”Not really, all I do is just go out there and make use of the opportunities. I don’t know how many I will get (goals this season); it’s up to God,” said the diminutive player.Goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths of Innswood had a good game. He pulled off a penalty save and what could be save of the season to deny Stephon Gilzene from close range.”St George’s really came out and played for this game … and pushed us,” Innswood’s assistant coach, Kemar Foster, said.Yesterday’s resultsGROUP BHydel 2 Papine 0Dunoon 1 Greater Portmore 1Cumberland 0 Haile Selassie 2GROUP CEltham 2 Kingston Technical 0St George’s 5 Innswood 0Denham Town 0 Ardenne 2GROUP FJonathan Grant 3 Ascott 1Spanish Town 1 Norman Manley 1Excelsior 2 Vauxhall 1
JGA’s HeroesWeekend ClassicThe Jamaica Golf Association’s (JGA) Heroes Weekend Classic will be held on October 17 and 18 at Sandals Golf and Country Club.Sandals Ocho Rios will be offering a special rate of US$300 per couple per night for golfers who are entered in the JGA event. The entry fee is $8,000 for members and $9,000 for non-members. One day fee is $5,000 while the fee for juniors is $4,000.The cost for shared cart and caddy is US$27.50 per day. For walkers, the caddy fee is US$20.Antigua’s Joseph among winnersEDMONTON, Canada (CMC):Teenaged Antiguan jockey Kwame Joseph was among the winners as Caribbean riders continued to dominate at Northlands Park at midweek.The 17-year-old Joseph, in his first stint on the international circuit, won the final race of the eight-race card with 15-1 outsider Kaitlans Song.He was joined on the winners’ list by four-time defending champion, Barbadian Rico Walcott, who captured race three with favourite Wild Romeo, and Jamaican Trevor Simpson, who won race one with 4-1 bet Im Hott Ur Nott.Veteran Barbadian rider Desmond Bryan took race five with 4-1 choice Montana Skies, while fellow national Damario Bynoe scored an upset in race six with rank 60-1 outsider Gold Kiss.With just over two weeks left in the Northlands Park season, Walcott is coasting towards his fifth consecutive title with 127 wins, with Scott Williams sitting second on 68.Jamaican Tony Maragh is third on 48 but just narrowly ahead of Shannon Beauregard on 46.Switzerland qualify for Euro 2016LONDON (AP):Switzerland will return for the European Championship for the first time since co-hosting the tournament eight years ago after thrashing San Marino 7-0 yesterday with seven different scorers.As the Swiss secured second place, Group E leaders England made it nine wins out of nine in qualifying, with Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling scoring in a 2-0 win over Estonia.With one qualifier remaining, Switzerland have an unassailable five-point advantage over Slovenia, who were held 1-1 by Lithuania.England are the only team with a 100 per cent record in qualifying for next year’s finals and should be top-seeded in the draw.Spain on a cruiseLOGRONO, Spain (AP):Santi Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored two goals each to help Spain beat Luxembourg 4-0 yesterday and secure a spot for the holders in next year’s European Championship.Cazorla scored in the 42nd and 85th minutes, while Alcacer netted in the 67th and 80th to give Spain 24 points in Group C, five more than Slovakia and Ukraine. Slovakia lost 1-0 at home to Belarus, while Ukraine defeated Macedonia 2-0.In the final round, Ukraine host Spain who will be looking for a third consecutive European title in France next year, and Slovakia play at Luxembourg.The top two teams from the nine groups qualify automatically. The best third-place team also advances, while the other eight meet in a playoff.
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) All Island Community Netball League might prove to be a fitting conduit for development plans of the sport’s governors here, Netball Jamaica (NJ).Last Saturday, Dr Paula Daley Morris was elected unopposed as the new NJ president. On Sunday, the INSPORTS-run islandwide league started.”We met with Dr Paula Daley Morris and she wants to meet with all stakeholders and INSPORTS will be included,” Ian Andrews, INSPORTS’ administrative director, informed. “She wants us to assist in their junior programme development as she wants to start a strong junior programme.”It fits right into our mandate. We hope that this competition will assist in that way,” he said.The competition, which will cater to over 9,500 competitors from various communities across Jamaica, got under way at the Delacree Park Community Centre and in the opening game, Max Social (Maxfield Park) swamped Hagley Park All Stars 36-0. Tashai Price did most damage, netting 28 of Max Social’s goals.Though it involves competition, there are other components to the league, primarily coaching seminars that will be conducted by certified coaches. Players will be taught the rudiments of the game, such as passing, shooting and defending.According to INSPORTS officer Tanya Wright, these seminars can be considered as a continuation of the umpires’ training seminars that were held across the island earlier this year.”In keeping with the agency’s mandate to unearth and nurture talent, this programme seeks to create a medium to expose talents and to channel them into the national programme for further development and possible representation,” remarked Wright, one of the coordinators of the league.Venues islandwide”We’re going to use approximately five venues in every parish,” she continued, noting that the league will continue on Sunday with more matches at Delacree Park.The competition is similar to its popular All Island Football League, which is dubbed the ‘Ghetto World Cup’.”We’re going to be having matches in all the parishes and so far, we’ve been getting positive feedback from the communities. They had been waiting for a long time, so now that’s it’s here they are excited,” said Wright.”We’re going to be placing a lot of emphasis on the coaching aspect because we want to ensure that the basic concepts are taught at the grassroots level.”
NORWICH CITY VS SOUTHAMPTONNorwich have won two of their last three, as many games as they did in their previous 14 combined. Southampton, who were fourth at this stage of last season, have won just twice away from home so far this season, scoring only nine goals. But Norwich have only 11 goals at home.SUNDERLAND VS ASTON VILLAAston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 league games, and since their only win, at Bournemouth, they have taken two points in nine games on the road. Sunderland are 19th and just four points ahead of bottom-placed Villa after losing, on Wednesday, against Liverpool, their fifth loss in a row.WEST BROM VSSTOKE CITYStoke have conceded 19 goals this season – only four sides have leaked fewer. And the Potters are four points better off than at the halfway stage last season. In August Stoke had midfielders Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam sent off as West Brom secured a first league win this season.WEST HAM VSLIVERPOOLWest Ham are unbeaten in six games in the Barclays Premier League, though five of those have been drawn. Liverpool won 1-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday to move above the Hammers, into seventh place. West Ham’s Andy Carroll, the match winner against Southampton on Monday, could start against his former club.CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEAAt this stage last season Chelsea led the Premier League comfortably, with 14 wins from 19 games and just one loss, helping the Blues to 46 points. Now, at the halfway stage the Blues have won just five games and accrued 20 points. In addition they have 23 goals compared to 41 last term.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):England survived a late South Africa surge as the second Test at Newlands was drawn, with the tourists 159-6 in their second innings yesterday.England finished 161 runs ahead, but had to fend off the South Africans, who took six wickets in two sessions on the final day to provide an unexpectedly eventful finish.After four days of bright sunshine and perfect batting conditions, England were determinedly defending the draw under gloomy skies in Cape Town when bad light ended play just under two hours before the scheduled finish.”It was a nervous finish, actually,” England captain Alastair Cook said. “It’s not ideal and we’ll have a chat about it.”England posted a mammoth 629-6 declared in their first innings, their second highest score in South Africa, only for the hosts to respond with a defiant 627-7 declared. England still lead the four-match series 1-0 and are in good position for a first series win over South Africa in 11 years. There are two matches to play, in Johannesburg and Centurion.South Africa, despite their progress at Newlands, were suddenly hampered with the unexpected announcement after the match that Hashim Amla was stepping down as captain immediately.”If someone else can add more value, why wait and be a hindrance to the team for two more Tests?” Amla posed.In a test where 1,256 runs were scored in the first two innings on a serene batting pitch where batsmen had few problems, it was a strange finish in Cape Town even before Amla’s decision.The surface began to offer spin, and nip and bounce for the quick bowlers and the searing heat gave way to a blanket of gray cloud cover and light drizzle.Ultimately, England kept their nerve to maintain the lead in the series, while South Africa, under pressure to live up to their No. 1-ranking in Tests, found some momentum after a big 241-run defeat in Durban and a hammering for their bowlers at the start at Newlands.”I know after a day-and-a-half a lot was being written and a lot was being said,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo said. “For us to show that type of resilience with the bat was phenomenal.”
Samuels fined KOLKATA, India (CMC): West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee following a verbal altercation with England all-rounder Ben Stokes during Sunday’s final of the T20 World Cup. Samuels, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 66-ball 85, was accused of using abusive and offensive language directed at Stokes, a Level One breach. He was found to be in violation of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. Samuels has admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. Level One breaches normally carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee. Four WI cricketers in ICC teams KOLKATA, India (CMC): Four West Indies cricketers have been included on the ICC teams of the tournament following the T20 World Cup which ended here on Sunday. Stafanie Taylor has been appointed captain of the women’s team, which also includes her teammate all-rounder Deandra Dottin. The West Indies women captain, who was awarded player of the tournament, has been placed at the helm of a line-up that also comprises four players from New Zealand, two players each from Australia and England, and one player each from Pakistan and South Africa. Spinner Samuel Badree and all-rounder Andre Russell are the two West Indies players in the male line-up led by India’s Virat Kohli, player of the tournament. An ICC statement says the teams were chosen by a select group of former cricket stars and commentators who were given the task of picking a balanced side for all conditions on the basis of performances in the tournament.