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Bolt keen on staying close to
sport after London farewell
sprinter Usain Bolt says he
hopes to remain involved in
athletics even after retiring
following the London World
Championships next month.
The Jamaican will compete in
his final Diamond League here
Friday before also bringing an
end to his glittering career at
the August 4-13 showpiece at
the Olympic Stadium.
"There's a lot of directions I
could go, but one thing I know is
that I'll definitely be close with
track and field," the 30-year-old
told reporters here.
"I'll try my best to stay as
close as possible to sport, stay in
sports and try to educate young
athletes coming up and what it's
all about to be a champion."
Bolt will walk away from the
sport as the most decorated
sprinter ever after dominating
every Olympic Games and World
Championship since shooting to
international stardom in 2008.
And after winning unprece-
dented double sprint titles at the
2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympiads
and also having similar success
at the Berlin, Moscow and Beijing
World Championships, Bolt said
it was time to call it quits.
"I've done everything that I
possibly can in this sport," he
said, before recalling a conver-
sation he had with great former
American track star Michael
"I asked (him) because I was
surprised when I heard he re-
tired. I said, 'Why did you re-
tire? You were dominating so
much.' And he said, 'I've done
everything I wanted to do, I've
accomplished all my goals.' And
that's how I feel at this point. I
decided that it's just time."
Bolt's retirement has coin-
cided with the rise of the excit-
ing South African Wayde van
Niekerk, the reigning World and
Olympic 400 metres champion
Van Niekerk is tipped to domi-
nate the 200 metres in the future
but Bolt said the 25-year-old had
arrived on the scene too late to
forge a rivalry.
"I think that's one of the most
disappointing things in my ca-
reer now. He came along at this
late stage and I didn't get to
compete against him, because I
think he's one of the best now,"
"I'm never afraid, I live for
competition. But for me it's too
late now, I'm at the end of my
career. We'll never know what
could happen." (CMC)
Chow brightens campaign with brace
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- Ja-
maican Chavion Chow head-
lined Caribbean success at
Assiniboia Downs here when
he picked up a brace of wins
on Wednesday's seven-race
The 30-year-old, the 2015
jockey's champion, captured race
five with favourite Outlandos be-
fore returning in race six to win
with another favourite Gavar.
He currently languishes ninth
in the standings on 12 wins from
102 rides with Adolfo Morales
sitting on top with 29 wins.
Guyana's Rohan Singh was
also in winner's row, partnering
with 2-1 bet Black Tie to capture
race three over a mile while Bar-
badian Antonio Whitehall took
race seven, piloting favourite
Coalminer to victory.
However, it was Chow who
took the honours. He was forced
to wait until late on the day's card
before he could taste success,
however, when he paired with
three-year-old gelding Outlan-
dos to trounce the three-year-
old and upwards by 5-3/4 lengths
in gate-to-wire style.
Going six furlongs, they pro-
duced splits of 23.40 seconds
and 46.60 for the half to be 1-1/2
lengths clear and widened in the
stretch to reach the wire strongly.
Chow then immediately fol-
lowed up that win, again making
all the running this time aboard
five-year-old gelding Gavar to
dismiss the three-year-old and
upwards by four lengths.
The pair got clear of an early
challenge from outsider Kenton
to dictate the pace before ac-
celerating on the final turn and
separating themselves from the
Barbadian Rico Walcott
continued his march to-
wards a seventh straight
jockey's title at Northlands
Park when he rode a double
on Wednesday's nine-race
The 27-year-old rode win-
ners in race six with favourite
Hopewick and in race nine with
2-1 chance Lady B, to move
to 54 winners for the season
which started May 5 and wraps
Walcott is 30 clear of Trini-
dadian Keishan Balgobin who
lies second on 24 wins while
Jamaican Dane Nelson sits
third on 19.
Walcott opened his account
over a mile when he partnered
with the seven-year-old mare
Hopewick to trounce the
three-year-old and upward
fillies and mares by 4-3/4
Three-to-one bet Merveil-
leuse laid down the early frac-
tions while chased by Fordy
Eight Cush before Walcott
brought Hopewick from the
off the pace to snatch the lead
at the top of the stretch and
dominate the lane.
Walcott then teamed up
with three-year-old bay fil-
ly Laura B to rout the three-
year-old and upward fillies
and mares by 11-1/2 lengths
in a front-running effort over
Laura B was pushed early on
by Tegan'sbestwilko but dis-
posed of her rival heading into
the turn and widened the lead
into the stretch.
Barbadian Damario Bynoe
also tasted success when he
guided 6-1 chance He's No
Saint to a half-length win
over the three-year-old and
upwards in race four over 6-1/2
And Balgobin was also in
winner's row when he com-
bined with 2-1 choice Wild
Deuces to get the better of the
three-year-old and upward fil-
lies and mares by half-length,
in a six-furlong contest in race
'Berger' set to
perform a 'Solo' act
in a five-run-
of 'good to
ton tonight; a replication of his debut effort
thirty-two days ago should suffice.
Chances are this Keith Dalgleish-trained Lord
Shanakill colt will indeed improve given plenty
of recovery time; apparently Han Solo Berger is
reckoned first division material.
After a tardy start Han Solo Berger was soon well
adrift at Carlisle, over a similar distance, but the
'penny dropped' at halfway and, under an 'edu-
cational ride from Dougie Costello, he stormed
through to finish just over a length off odds-on
winner, Ghost Serge, others were well in arrears.
On the time-handicap Han Solo Berger is better
than forecast favourite, Clubbable, a Mayson filly
from the 'winning machine' camp of Richard Fahey.
Clubbable also shaped well first-up when beaten
about three lengths by Footsteps Forever at Ponte-
fract; interestingly runner-up, Procedure, carried
the first colours of Cheveley Park Stud and started
a much shorter price!
Expect Clubbable to progress but hope Han Solo
Berger and Paul Mulrenna are too strong on the
final climb! Earlier Sharja Bridge looks a 'penal-
ty-kick' and an 'anchor' for our daily patent in
a six-runner 3-y-o Maiden stakes over a mile of
'good to firm' Haydock, where a seven-race pro-
gramme will be staged on its 'inner course.'
Sharja Bridge looks totally 'different gravy'
judged on his first-ever effort over course and
distance last month; Roger Varian has hit a seam,
not a trainer to oppose without good reason.
The Love Doctor is a long time winning but has
excellent prospects of going one better, despite
top-weight, in a Nursery Handicap over six fur-
longs of 'good to firm' Nottingham where rain fell
Talk about enough boxes ticked, The Love Doc-
tor achieved a 'career-best' TH mark in a similar
race at Ponte ten days ago, his sixth outing, when
second to Areen Faisal beaten just over a length,
with the rest four lengths and upwards in arrears.
Tom Queally takes over from 'computer champ'
Danny Tudhope but that's not a problem. Get on,
all of them!
Iain Jardine saddles 21/1 double
Iain Jardine took the training honours at Hamil-
ton with a 21/1 double when his only two runners,
Yes You and Tor, did the business at the South
Jamie Gormley showed he could be an apprentice
to follow as the 7lb claimer made all the running
on the game Tor (9/2), who put up a determined
effort to upset the 4/9 shot Hochfeld in the Racing
Though Hochfeld appeared menacingly on the
scene in the straight, Tor had much more reso-
lution and shrugged him off to score by a length
and a quarter. The leading pair drew six lengths
clear of Warp Factor in third, with Be Perfect last
of the four. The Dumfries handler said: "It was a
very game performance by Tor. It was brilliant and
both winners were given good rides.
"We've got a couple here tomorrow and both
could run well, fingers crossed."
Tor is declared at Haydock on Friday but it is
odds against him being asked to make a quick
appearance so soon after giving his all.
"It's unlikely he'll go tomorrow. We'll make a
decision in the morning," said Jardine.
Barbadian jockey Rico Walcott.
Jamaican Usain Bolt.
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am........................... 27-1
1 pm ................................ 13-23
4 pm .................... .............19-15
6.30 pm............ .............. 18-33
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
1-3-12-15-17 Mx: 4
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
11 (Corbeau) 4 pm
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
8 (Tiger) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 4 8 9 4 25
15SICKWOMAN3 6 3 2 13
18WATERBOAT 7 6 5 4 22
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 1 6 18
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 6 3 6 20
30HOUSECAT 5 4 5 0 14
31PARSONWIFE4 64 6 20
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
5 (Parson Man)
Nottingham, 11.30 The Love Doctor
(e.w) • Haydock, 1.35 Sharja Bridge •
Hamilton, 3.20 Han Solo Berger (nap)
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