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LONDON---The statue of Michael
Jackson outside Premier League club
Fulham has been hauled down.
On the orders of new owner Shad
Khan, the tribute to the late "King of
Pop" was removed yesterday from
outside Craven Cottage in west Lon-
The statue is being returned to Mo-
hammed Al Fayed, a friend of Jack-
son s who sold Fulham to Khan in July.
Khan says "our supporters views on
the statue have been made clear ... the
removal of the statue is the right thing
for Fulham." Jackson died after a
lethal overdose of anesthetic in 2009.
A Jamaican chestnut colt came
to Trinidad to prove that his name
was no fluke.
And fans who turned up at Santa
Rosa Park, Arima, on Tuesday saw
Bigman In Town live up to his tall
The Baskaran Bassawh-owned
three-year-old silenced all his
detractors with a polished display
in winning the NGC CNG Trinidad
Derby under the astute guidance of
top American jockey Javier Castel-
Bassawh was very confident that
his colt would win the final leg of
local racing s Triple Crown and it
was no surprise that War Of Words
was beaten in his bid to become the
first triple crown winner in a decade
at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Bigman In Town won the most
prestigious event on the local racing
calendar by 4 3/4 lengths with War
of Words having to settle for sec-
For Bassawh, it was a change of
luck. Bigman Boyou died last year
before the event and he also lost the
talented colt Sir Bas.
I stood next to Bassawh for the
Derby and I remember one of his
friends saying to him that he needed
to calm down. Another friend said
he could jump and shout as much
as he wanted, but he must not get
a heart attack.
Bassawh took all the comments
with a smile and fixed his jacket to
lead in his colt.
His confidence was clear from the
moment he picked up his binoculars
as the horses were getting set to
load. The first horse to enter the
stalls was Bigman In Town and Bas-
sawh said to me, "He will win so
easily, you will not believe."
His words proved prophetic and
Castellano and Bigman In Town
coasted home to an easy success,
quelling all the talk about his ability
to stay and the quality of the field
that he beat last time out.
The only time Bassawh showed
some signs of anxiety was when
Castellano asked Bigman In Town
to pick up the lead with 500 metres
to race. He shouted, "Let him go
Castellano, let him go."
Inside the final 200 metres, Bas-
sawh said: "It is all over, he running
away from them, Castellano making
it look easy."
On his walk to the parade ring to
meet and greet his Derby hero, the
smiling owner stated, "Winning was
never in doubt. Once he ran to his
best and Castellano rode him, I knew
he would win."
Bassawh, who is president of the
Racehorse Owners Association, ded-
icated the victory to his good friend,
the late Juan Navarro, who suffered
a heart attack and died just over
week ago. He could not hide his
obvious delight and commented: "I
feel great to win the Derby with a
horse in my colours. It is my second
Derby win because Free Passage won
last year, but raced in the colours of
Navarro. I said before the race that
you would see a great performance
and you did. Castellano rode him
superbly but what can you expect
from the best jockey in the world.
I brought him to ride and he showed
all that he can do."
Navarro was supposed to lead in
the winner with Bassawh. Bassawh
and Navarro have owned horses
together for quite a while.
Oaks Stakes heroine Perfect Day,
which is also owned by Bassawh,
finished seventh of the 12 runners.
Bassawh has decided to keep Big-
man In Town in Trinidad.
Champion trainer John O Brien
who Bassawh stopped in his quest
for Triple Crown glory will now con-
dition Bigman In Town.
Jamaican trainer Gary Subratie
was elated at the performance of
Bigman In Town and he commented:
"I knew he would win but I did not
think he would do it this easily. He
won well and he will only get better.
Castellano gave him a peach of a
Victorious jockey Castellano, who
won two races on the day, stated: "I
want to thank Mr Bassawh for bring-
ing me here to ride his colt. He did
it really well. I broke him well and
settled him but going down the back,
I thought I may have been short of
room when I wanted to make my
move, so I took him back a bit and
went around my rivals. Once I set
him alight with 500 metres left, he
was never going to be beaten. he
was travelling best of all. This colt
will go on to better things."
Michael Jackson statue removed from Fulham
Jockey Javier Castellano acknowledges the applause after piloting
Bigman In Town to victory in the NGC Derby on Tuesday.
Owner Baskaran Bassawh and his wife Maureen accept the Derby trophy from Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine
after Bigman In Town won the NGC Derby at Santa Rosa Park, on Tuesday. At left is Hugh Lee King of the Arima
Race Club, while NGC's Chan Chadeesingh is at right. PHOTOS ABRAHAM DIAZ.
Jamaican colt new
Bigman In Town
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