Tomorrow’s well-supported 11-race programme at Caymanas Park offers no Pick-9 or Super-6 carry overs, but with the races having a competitive look about them, punters should be on guard for upsets.The Pick-9, with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, will embrace races three to 11, the Sunrise Super-6 from race one to six, and the Twilight Super-6 from race six to 11.We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a restricted allowance race over 1820 metres (non-winners of three) to be contested by seven four-year-olds and up.They include super fit SWEET DIMENSION and sparingly raced TURBO MACHINE CAT. It should be a straight fight between the two.SWEET DIMENSION just failed to stave off STIR IT UP over a mile last Saturday and, all in all, she has been a model of consistency. With only 52.0kg, the 4-y-o daughter of War Marshall – Brown Sugar should bring race fitness into play and stave off TURBO MACHINE CAT, who is out for the first time since finishing 17 lengths’ sixth to MR AMBASSADOR over 1500 metres when last raced on June 30 in better company.Next on the programme is a two-year-old maiden special over the round-five course for the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup in which eight fillies have been declared. .LOOKING SHARPThe field includes four debutants, the most forward of whom is DON’T BLUSH BABE, a bay filly by Twilight Time out of Hishi Blossom, to be ridden by apprentice Anthony Thomas for veteran trainer Norman Palmer.She, along with fellow newcomer LAWS OF THE CODE (also working well) and the Gary Subratie-trained VICE ROYALTY, who chased home the highly thought of ARMAGEDDON on her recent debut over 1100 metres, should decide the outcome. Having looked sharp at exercise recently, galloping three furlongs in 35.0, DON’T BLUSH BABE is tipped to make all in this quick sprint.VALLEY OF QUEENS caught the eye when running on to finish 1 3/4 fourth to KING WITHIN over 1100 metres on September 24 and should provide the in-form claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins with yet another winner in his quest for champion apprentice. The eight-horse field is nothing much, and the Robert Darby Sr-trained VALLEY OF QUEENS should lead home WICKED TUFF and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS.A CUT ABOVEThe fourth race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers looks tailored for the down-in-class COPPERFIELD , who beat CHEERS by a length over 1300 metres on July 20, but finished lame in his subsequent race behind CRUISING MOTION some weeks ago. The three-year-old son of Fearless Vision – Pik A Trix looks a cut above $180,000 claiming and should account for BARS OF GOLD and CLEARLY OURS in a bid for his third career win. COPPERFIELD will again be ridden by star apprentice Linton Steadman for topline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, who saddled ACADEMY AWARD to win the Trinidad derby last Saturday at Santa Rosa Park.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the country’s top stayer, should win the fifth race, the grade one Governor General’s Stakes over 2000 metres for the third straight year ahead of the 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD and the 2015 St. Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL. Then close all bets with back-to-form JUNIOR DON with apprentice Bebeto Harvey in the sixth race over a mile.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SWEET DIMENSION/TURBO MACHINE CAT(2) DON’T BLUSH BABA/VICE ROYALTY(3) VALLEY OF QUEENS940 COPPERFIELD/BARS OF GOLD(5) PERFECT NEIGHBOUR(6) JUNIOR DON/JESSIE JAMES
Lindeners were on Saturday given an opportunity to join in the creation of a process which would allow citizens to exercise influence over ways in which Guyana’s oil and gas revenues would impact society.This opportunity was made possible through a public consultation hosted by Policy Forum Guyana (PFG), a partner in the programme Shared Resources Joint Solutions (SRJS). The ‘Open Space’ initiative, hosted at the Egbert Benjamin Centre in Mackenzie, Linden, aims at generating national consensus among ordinary Guyanese on how the “mega-revenues” expected from the country’s oil and gas sector can best deliver to the future of all Guyanese.It was the second in a series of five initiatives which are set to be conducted across the coastal regions in New Amsterdam, Anna Regina and Corriverton in the coming months. The PFG team to Linden was spearheaded by Coordinator Benita Davis, Mike Mc Cormack, Tatyana Abrams and Shevona Strain.According to Davis, the Open Space method is an excellent way to engage all citizens in a discussion on a complex issue like oil and gas. Apart from the ordinary people educating themselves about the consequences of oil and gas, Davis said, the event is also a valuable learning opportunity for many of the volunteers from Linden who may be experiencing the Open Space technique for the first time.The longer-term aim of the initiative, she explained, is to revive a collective belief among Guyanese that things could be different. “Rather than resigning ourselves to each one striving as individuals to better their own position within the existing society, if citizens act together, they can renovate society as a whole,” she explained.Among those present at the activity were several groups, including the Linden Youth leaders, Connection Youth Group and the Linden Youth Network. The groups engaged in discussions that were centred on developments they would like to see in the community and across the country coming from oil and gas revenues. This included the future development of Linden’s economy and job availability for graduates, among other things. They also embraced the opportunity to share issues and recommendations.Davis said the Open Space events have a two-year timeline set in three phases. These are (1) to create a national consensus on the common future to which all Guyana aspires, (2) to create a national consensus around priority mega projects best suited to advance the realisation of the common vision developed in phase one; and (3) to undertake environmental and social impact assessments, feasibility studies and cost of the projects identified in Phase two.