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'Polly' to 'Glide' in!
Benjamin Thomas is nigh on a 'cert' for an eight-runner
3-y-o Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of 'good' ground
Pontefract tonight, can you wait until nine o'clock!
Patience is the supreme virtue, until you run out of time
which, incidentally, is the crux of an obvious chance for
consistent, hitherto luckless Benjamin Thomas, placed
in all four races to date.
Significantly 'Benjamin' achieved a 'career-best'
time-handicap mark eleven days ago when a close third at
Wetherby over seven furlongs, beaten only half a length.
Both 'form' rivals, Harwood and Castle Hill Cassie, will
collar a deal of support but I'll be monitoring any market
moves for well-bred newcomer, Romanticism, trained by
Sir Michael Stoute.
'Stoutey' doesn't need to bother with second-season
fillies, unless they are indeed 'special!
Romanticism will need to be above average if Benjamin
Thomas replicates that recent run under experienced
Northern jockey, Jason Hart, who journeys across 'the
Pennines' from Haydock to renew association.
Earlier twice-raced Qaaraat looks another 'banker' in
a 2-y-o Novice Stakes over an extended five furlongs of
'good to firm' Bath; I've been waiting nineteen days for this
Ed Dunlop-trained colt, close one and a half lengths third
to Way Of Wisdom over the minimum trip at Newmarket.
Way Of Wisdom was turned over unceremoniously by
de Bryne Horse over an extra furlong at Windsor last Sun-
day; time-figure was tremendous and Richard Hannon's
charge is 'penciled in' for the 'Coventry' at Royal Ascot!
Qaaraat is unopposable and what beats twice-raced,
Luca Cumani-trained, Polly Glide, in an eight-runner Maid-
en fillies' Stakes over a mile of 'good to firm' Haydock will
win. Strongly-fancied and mount of Jim Crowley.
Cracking 'professional special' each-way treble, if they
Mori grinds out success
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly boasts the very
best of pedigrees, with her sire Frankel twice count-
ing the Sussex Stakes on the Downs track among his
successes, while her dam, Midday, farmed the Nassau
Stakes between 2009 and 2011.
Mori (15/8 favourite) had just an Ascot maiden win
to her name from two starts prior to this Listed af-
fair, but she stepped up on that in style in the hands
of Ryan Moore, who allowed her to race prominently
Coconut Creme travelled alongside her and it was
clear from some way out that the pair would fight
out the finish, with Mori eventually poking her head
in front with half a furlong to run before going on to
win by a length and three-quarters.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid
Abdullah, said: "She is bred to win at Goodwood, as her
father won two Sussex Stakes and her mother won
three Nassaus. If we were ever to breed a winner for
Goodwood, this is the one.
"When she won at Ascot, she was doing her best
work in the last furlong and really today it was pretty
much the same thing.
"I think all being well we will head to Royal Ascot for
the Ribblesdale and take it from there. On that, you'd
be pretty confident she'd have no problems getting a
mile and a half.
"She was green first time out at Newbury, and it was
a learning curve at Ascot, but she was quite professional
today. She was really well balanced and relaxed."
Lewis and Jabloteh
must go the long way
San Juan Jabloteh forward Na-
than Lewis and his troops at the
club will have to settle for contest-
ing a 16-team Concacaf League
for the chance of making it to the
Concacaf Champions League.
This, after Jabloteh failed in its
attemp to secure automatic qual-
ification after losing 1-0 to Cibao
FC of Dominican Republic in the
Caribbean Club championship
final last Sunday.
Lewis missed a close range
header inside the opening two
minutes of the contest. A miss
that would come back to haunt
him and the team.
"It was very disappointing to
make it to the final and lose out the
way we did. We had the game to
win because a couple goals would
have made life difficult for the op-
ponent," Lewis said.
"Now we have to focus on the
start of the Pro league and the
Concacaf League in order to qual-
ify. I thought overall we could have
been better and I take responsi-
bility for not taking the chances
that came my way. We have a lot
cessful at the international level,"
The revamped Concacaf club
competitions framework, allow-
ing for a less congested schedule
for all participating clubs, fea-
tures two distinct tournaments
which each crown a champion
-- an August to October cham-
pionship, the Concacaf League,
featuring qualified teams from
Central America and the Carib-
bean (Central FC, Jabloteh and
Portmore United), and the Feb-
ruary to May Champions League
featuring top clubs from across the
region, including Liga MX and
Major League Soccer.
Corneal: Coach education
programmes on stream
Even though he is no longer the
technical director of the TTFA,
FIFA and Concacaf coaching
instructor and lecturer Anton
Corneal is working along with
the association to promote and
develop its coaching education
Corneal has been the head in-
structor at recent "C" license and
Grassroots coaching courses set
up and staged by the TTFA with
over three hundred participants
involved in 2017 so far with more
courses on the schedule.
"There is a concerted effort to
maximise the opportunity for de-
velopment and growth of our local
coaches and this is commenda-
ble," he said.
He added that: "All the devel-
oped football countries pay at-
tention to this and it's good to see
the request for education here and
the enthusiasm from the coach-
es. Of course you get the one or
two coaches who believe they are
already there but results always
speak at the end of the day. What
we will continue to do is guide
them in the best possible way
because the development of the
game is what is most important."
The TTFA intends to introduce
a "B" license "course in early 2017
and will continue to utilise re-
sources being made available by
Concacaf and UEFA.
Yorke throws in his name for
Dwight Yorke has thrown in hat
in the ring for the Sunderland head
Yorke played at the club under
Roy Keane during his final three
years as a player in England and
now believes he can inspire the
"If the opportunity comes
to manage such a great club as
Sunderland, having played at the
football club, having seen what
the fans are like, and the expec-
tation, it is a very big club," Yorke
told Bein Sports last week.
"There's no two ways about
that, it's a terrific job. The one
thing that Sunderland have got
in their favour is that every time
they've been down and relegated
to the Championship they have
managed to bounce back straight
away. That is a positive in itself
and that is what I would proba-
bly say to them if I was given that
Yorke recently spoke out against
the lack of opportunity for black
managers in the United Kingdom.
Rugby's John sees benefits
in grassroots workshop
Kwanieze John, a member of the
rugby fraternity, was a participant
at the recent T&T Football Asso-
ciation grassroots workshop for
officials and coaches at the Ato
Boldon Stadium in Couva.
John, also a women's national
rugby player said her interest in
the workshop allowed her to real-
ise what benefits could be used in
other sports such as rugby.
"I think the workshop was a
step in the right direction con-
sidering what has been happening
in local sport where we have been
pushing towards more longterm
athlete development, doing age
appropriate work with the ath-
letes," John said.
"I recently attended a devel-
opmental course hosted by the
TTOC where they spoke about
plans for developing long term
athlete development programmes
such as these for ten sporting dis-
ciplines but football is a little more
advanced in that they have already
started implementing these kind
"One of the things I found in-
teresting from the workshop was
the emphasis on coaching kids to
play and enjoy the sport as op-
posed to coaching players or in
my case rugby players because
there is a difference. I think this
is a concept that can be adopted
by rugby and all sports as a matter
of fact," John added.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Shaun Fuentes is
the communications manager for
the TTFA - shaunfuentes@yahoo.
Anton Corneal talks to participants during the final C license course.
Bath, 12.55 Qaaraat (nap-e.w)
Haydock, 1.05 Polly Glide (e.w)
Pontefract, 6.00 Benjamin Thomas
Under: (Last Friday)
1 pm ................................... 21-4
4 pm ..................... ..............3-23
6.30 pm............ ..............25-35
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
1-2-11-18-20 Mx: 2
2 (Old Lady) 10.30 am
17 (Pigeon) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
34 (Blind Man) 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 10.30 am
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 8 3 19
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 6 3 4 4 17
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 0 4 15
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 3 1 4 13
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE3 5 3 6 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
34 (Blind Man)
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