Valley Of Queens a firm banker

first_imgTomorrow’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 JAMESlast_img read more

Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgChelsea’s Hazard hard ball pays offLiverpool’s upgrades in the transfer market meant they were expected to push City for the title, but Chelsea’s 100 percent start was not as confidently foreseen after a chaotic summer at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea caved in to Thibaut Courtois’s demands to join Real Madrid, but crucially didn’t do the same for Eden Hazard. The Belgian has starred rather than sulked at not getting his move, scoring a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Cardiff to take his tally to five goals in just three starts under new manager Maurizio Sarri.Should Chelsea mount an unexpected title challenge, it will be down to their resilience in holding onto Hazard.No let-up from LiverpoolThe Merseyside club won the last of their then-record 18 English titles in 1990 — before the Premier League was formed — but optimism is growing after a statement 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur kept them on maximum points.Manager Jurgen Klopp called it Liverpool’s best game of the season after a surprisingly easy afternoon at Wembley as Spurs struggled to penetrate until Erik Lamela’s injury-time strike.Liverpool have so far amassed a perfect 15 points, trailing Chelsea on goal difference — even without any goals so far from Mohamed Salah, who totted up an astonishing 44 in all competitions last season.Sane and Silva showcase City’s depthManchester City’s Leroy Sane showing his skill in a 3-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium © AFP / Oli SCARFFIt says much for the wealth of options on offer to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola that he could afford to leave out last season’s Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane for the first month of the season.Sane scored inside two minutes of his return to the starting line-up in a 3-0 cruise over Fulham on Saturday that kept City nestled just two points behind the leaders. Guardiola has been reportedly keen to improve Sane’s attitude, but the same can’t be said for Bernardo Silva.Bernardo Silva has now become a favourite of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola © AFP / Paul ELLISThe Portuguese had to wait for his time to shine during City’s record-breaking campaign last season, but is currently Guardiola’s main man in midfield with Kevin De Bruyne sidelined by a long-term knee injury.“It’s almost impossible to be more pleased with him (Silva) as a manager,” said Guardiola. “That’s why he deserves to play all the minutes he’s playing.”Mourinho smiles at lastJose Mourinho was relaxed and contented after Manchester United held on to beat Watford 2-1 on Saturday — a million miles away from his spikiness of recent weeks.He singled out Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku for praise and even spoke warmly of the match officials when asked about the late sending-off of Nemanja Matic. “I don’t know,” he said. “The only thing I know is that (referee) Mike Dean was very good and the assistants were very good.”And he drew a laugh when he joked about goal-scorer Chris Smalling’s new haircut. “He was good,” Mourinho said. “The only thing I don’t like in Chris at this moment is the haircut but I am nobody to tell him that.”Hammers’ faith rewardedLife is not as lonely for Manuel Pellegrini after West Ham’s 3-1 win away to Everton © AFP / Paul ELLISSuch is the febrile atmosphere of the Premier League, there was speculation that new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, despite being given £100 million ($129 million) to spend on players in pre-season, might be sacked after starting the campaign with a run of four straight defeats.But a 3-1 win away to Everton on Sunday quelled those concerns, at least for the time being, and gave the Chilean an extra reason to celebrate his 65th birthday.As a former Manchester City manager, Pellegrini is aware of the rollercoaster nature of life in the Premier League, but victory at Goodison Park allowed him to proclaim a long-term vision for the east London club. “We score goals and always try to continue scoring goals. I saw the players working every day of the week… I am convinced and the players are convinced.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their third goal in a 4-1 win at home to Cardiff © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 16 – Both Chelsea and Liverpool maintained their perfect starts to the English top-flight season with wins over Cardiff and Tottenham respectively, while West Ham climbed off the bottom of the table with a 3-1 success away to Everton that gave them a first league victory under manager Manuel Pellegrini.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:last_img read more