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UCI to invest in TT
President of the International Cy-
cling Union (UCI) Brian Cookson has
given the the Couva based state-of the
art National Cycling Centre (NCC), the
thumbs up to be the hub of cycling in the
Pan American region in the near future.
Cookson who is on his first visit to the
shores of the twin-island republic to wit-
ness action in the ongoing Elite Pan Amer-
ican Senior Track Cycling Championship
revealed yesterday that his union is set to
invest here over the next four years as its
main Satellite Centre in Switzerland has be-
come an expensive venture. "We are seeing
more and more medallist at track cycling,
mountain biking and all of those disciplines
coming through. What we are doing at the
moment is to channel all this through Swit-
zerland where the UCI is based. That is quite
an expensive operation. Switzerland is an
expensive place to bring people, as there
are visa problems and all sort of things. So
what we want to do is establish more satel-
lite centres and this facility here in T&T is
absolutely first class and suitable for that"
His comment comes in the midst of calls
by T&T Cycling Federation president Rob-
ert Farrier to stakeholders at the NCC for a
business plan for the facility, that will ba-
sically achieve the same purpose. He said
his association's officials have the model for
taking the sport forward and transforming
the NCC into a commercially viable entity.
When quizzed on if he felt T&T being the
hub for the sport was a realistic one, the
UCI boss said yes, and described the NCC
as a much nicer and better facility that he
had imagined. "There are many countries in
the Pan Am that would like to have a facility
like this one" Cookson said.
He believes that his visit to T&T will send
a message of support from regional of inter-
national countries for the TTCF initiative,
as there are massive amounts of talents in
T&T and across the Caribbean.
According to Cookson "We are seeing
athletes from smaller nations doing better
and better in world cycling because we are
able to invest now and get more support,
give more coaching and bring people into
the heartland of cycling. This facility will
unlock many doors for many people in years
A 'Girl' to follow,
ZAIN SMARTS (6/1-NAP), and CHILEAN (11/4) gave
us a 25/1 'beaut' double, Thursday, last day of August!
Mutakatif gets his chance in an eight-runner Novice
Stakes over seven furlongs of 'good' ground Chester to-
day, fourth attempt for this Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned
Acclamation colt which hasn't fulfilled early promise.
Perhaps he's not anything like as good as Charles Hills
reckoned, or needed time!
According to the TH Mutakatif has achieved enough
to be firmly 'on the premises' and rates a 'professional
special' each-way bet, if all 'decs' go to post which, of
course, isn't guaranteed.
A spate of non-runners recently, doubtless 'engi-
neered' by the bookmaking profession to reduce places
(and pay-outs!), has been overlooked by the Racing Post
trade paper, heavily supported by off-course firms. It's
the bane of bettors like myself who play place doubles
An argument has been forwarded that 48-hour dec-
larations have been the cause but we know different;
bookies paid 'reps' in the past to persuade trainers/
owners to withdraw 'runners' on the day thus thwarting
unsuspecting punters who place bets well in advance
and can't rectify a disappointing situation. Not all punters
are on betting exchanges like myself.
We haven't seen Mutakatif for 57 days, Hills' legend-
ary father, Barry, supervises Hamdan's horses and insists
he's needed time to mature but is now definitely ready
to win at a track he dominated for decades, becoming
know as 'Mr Chester!'
Carouse is an obvious danger and local trainer, Tom
Dascombe, could have a trump card with newcomer
Spud, but Mutakatif justifies the first leg of my each-way
doubles and trebles played into Yogi's Girl and Frolic.
Yogi's Girl, is one of two David Evans' 'decs' for
an eight-runner Conditions Stakes over six furlongs;
her recent 'come-back' more than three months after
landing the prestigious 'Lily Agnes' on this course was,
significantly, a 'career-best' effort. Drawn one, get on!
Sir Mark Prescott-trained, Frolic, one of eight declared
for a Fillies' Novice Stakes over an extended seven fur-
longs of 'good to firm' Beverley, was a 'non-runner' at
Thirsk yesterday; take the hint!
Evans and Prescott are flying!
Jockey Ronald Ali stands high on horse Stockyard, with broad smile as he races to the winning pole ahead of his challengers,
apparently saying "race done" as Stockyard leaps away to win the Massy Remittances Independence Cup (Gr 11) on Independence Day
at Santa Rosa Park, Arima. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Brian Cookson, president of the Union
Dream of being cycling hub realistic...
Under: (Last Saturday)
1 pm .................................. 35-4
4 pm ................................22-27
6.30 pm............ .................5-27
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
1-6-9-10-13 Mx: 4
18 (Water Boat) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake) 4 pm
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
15 (Sick Woman)
29 (Opium Man)
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 5 8 10 4 27
15SICKWOMAN4 7 3 2 15
18WATERBOAT 9 7 8 4 28
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 8 2 6 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 8 3 7 24
30HOUSECAT 8 4 6 1 19
31PARSONWIFE6 8 5 7 26
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
27 (Little Snake)
Chester, 1.40 Mukatakif (e.w); 3.55 Yo -
gi's Girl (e.w); Beverley, 2.05 Frolic (e.w).
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