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The present confidence of
DirecTV W Connection FC ahead
of tomorrow s 2013 Toyota Classic
final, probably mirrors that of a
brand new Toyota Hilux parked
proudly under the showroom
lights of the car company s new
San Fernando location.
But let s not forget Club Sando.
They are Super League s longstand-
ing frontrunners this season and
have already outdone expectations
by reaching the final against Con-
nection. That final will take place
tomorrow at the Ato Boldon Sta-
dium, Couva, from 8 pm.
Sando became the first ever sec-
ond tier club to reach the Classic
final when it defeated Defence Force
3-2 in the semi-final round last
weekend, and the journey included
a 11-10 spot-kick win over Cale-
donia AIA in the quarter-final round
following a 2-2 draw. It had
advanced to that stage with a 3-1
win over another TT Pro League
club, Police FC, in the preliminary
Sando head coach Anthony
Streete said his team has done its
loyal supporters proud thus far, but
calls for an increased turnout of
supporters, past and present, to
come out to rally in tomorrow s
The fixture will mark Streete s
second final against Connection in
his career as a head coach, and third
of the Toyota Classic.
In 2006, St Ann s Rangers
coached by Streete suffered a 4-0
defeat against the now-defunct
United Petrotrin in the Toyota Clas-
sic final. A year later, Streete s play-
ers suffered a penalty loss to Con-
nection in the Pro Bowl Final
following a 2-2 draw. Then in 2007,
the "miracle worker", as he was
often referred to, led Rangers to the
Toyota Classic Final again in 2008
but went under 2-1 against San
And, although he looks towards
breaking the duck for his first ever
trophy as a head coach, the 54 year-
old prefers not to be overconfident
ahead of the big stage.
Connection, which successfully
defended the Digicel Charity Shield
at the beginning of the season, cur-
rently leads the TT Pro League
championship with a maximum 15
points from five matches.
The Stuart Charles Fevrier-
coached Savonnetta Boys also
enjoys 10 wins from 11 matches in
all domestic competitions this sea-
son, with its most recent a 1-0 win
over Police FC on Wednesday in
the FA Trophy round-of-16.
Following Wednesday s win, in
which Fevrier utilised a number of
non-starters including, Devaughn
Elliot, Tremain Shayn Paul, Celio
Da Silva Santos, Mickaeel Gordon,
Camilo Ortega Diaz and Andell
Noray, the Connection coach said,
"This (win) gives us more confi-
dence (heading into Saturday s Toy-
ota Classic Final) because we
haven t lost a game in open play
for the season.
"Today (Wednesday), we had
some of our other players in the
game, and regardless of whom we
utilised, we have been getting the
results. So that s very encouraging
for us and we would like to continue
that way," said Fevrier.
Connection s ride to the final
included taking the scalps of three
Super League outfits, firstly Real
Maracas 2-0 in the preliminary
round, then Malabar FC, 4-1, in
the quarter-final round, and Guaya
United 3-0 in the semi-final.
Now can the two-time Toyota
Classic winner, Connection, con-
tinue its perfect form against a
fourth Super League outfit?
Asked if shuffling between the
FA Trophy and Toyota Classic com-
petitions has been difficult, the
Connection coach responded: "It s
part of our job as a staff. For me
personally, it s nothing new, because
I ve been coaching the club for
almost 14 years and sometimes
based on the amount of competi-
tions you re in, you have to manage
the players. I have enough experi-
ence in doing that and we are man-
aging quite well."
Fevrier is a seasoned finalist
coach, and one of the most suc-
cessful coaches in the past decade
and a half, while Streete, a former
St Ann s Rangers coach heads into
only his fourth career final as a head
"I learned a lot from my time at
W Connection and from "Stuarty"
...the little that I didn t know," said
Streete, who served as an assistant
coach to Fevrier last season after
being sacked by Rangers in February
2012, but switched clubs a year later,
"I also admire their profession-
alism and I would like to thank
them for letting me continue my
trade after Rangers left me out. But,
"Stuarty" always encouraged me
and always said that I was a head
coach, and when the opportunity
came to me in the form of Club
Sando, I welcomed the move."
Tomorrow's Toyota Classic final
Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando v W Connection, 8
Toyota v Pro League Coaches and
Administrators, 6 pm.
As the Arima Race Club implements
its latest initiative which will see pun-
ters in Tobago being able to watch and
wager on local racing from tomorrow,
the mouth-watering showdown
between GALVESTON and the win-
ners of the last two editions of the
NGC CNG Trinidad Derby Stakes
(GR.IR) will take place, at Santa Rosa
The "big three" will square off in
the Caribbean Champion Stakes
(GR.IR), feature attraction of the 40th
round of the Arima Race Club s 2013
Respected "creoles" WAR OF
WORDS, winner of the first two legs
of this year s Triple Crown, the NLCB
Easter Guineas (GR.IR) and Carib Brew-
ery Midsummer Classic (GR.IR);
PRINCE ZESHAN, HEADLINE NEWS
and PLUM PLUM are also involved in
the $200,000 contest.
But GALVESTON, FREE PASSAGE
and BIGMAN IN TOWN are expected
to be the ones battling for the $120,000
winners cheque in the penultimate
event of the nine-race card.
Despite the fact that he has won five
of six this year, and is rated as many
as 20 points higher, GALVESTON may
not be the favourite in the 1,800 metres
contest with BIGMAN IN TOWN pres-
After failing to find winners enclo-
sure as the top fancy in the two legs
of the Jamaica Triple Crown in which
he participated, the son of Cowtown
Cat has been unstoppable since he came
here in the middle of the year.
After winning his first race by over
20 lengths in mid-August, BIGMAN
IN TOWN cruised to victory in the
Trinidad Derby (GR.IR), and completed
the hat-trick when he trotted up by
over eight lengths for new trainer John
O Brien in the Caribbean Sprint Cham-
pionship (GR.IIIR) three weeks ago.
Baskaran Bassawh s chestnut will be
getting five kilos from GALVESTON
and FREE PASSAGE and that could
make the difference.
However, it will not be easy to beat
GALVESTON, whose only defeat this
season occurred when he returned from
an absence of three months to finish
third over 1,900 metres in the Presi-
dent s Cup (GR.II).
The best locally bred horse of the
last few years has won five races, includ-
ing the Caribbean Turf Championship,
Arima Race Club Cup (GR.II) and Inde-
pendence Cup (GR.I).
GALVESTON did struggle to beat
UNQUESTIONABLE in the S.F.A.
National Stakes a month ago in his last
outing, but he was probably not fully
wound up for that $100,000 event.
FREE PASSAGE, also from the Mosca
barn, finished behind GALVESTON in
both meetings, but this will be the first
time that last year s NGC CNG Trinidad
Derby (GR.IR) will not be giving the
runner-up in the 2011 Carib Brewery
Midsummer Classic (GR.IR) and NGC
CNG Trinidad Derby (GR.IR) weight.
When giving GALVESTON two kilos
in the Independence Cup (GR.I) on
Independence Day, August 31, FREE
PASSAGE was beaten by over five
lengths into third. Their first meeting
had been five months earlier when
GALVESTON beat FREE PASSAGE by
three lengths into fourth in receipt of
They will be at level weights this
time, but FREE PASSAGE, winner of
the Starlight Stakes (GR.IIIR) and Eric
Colt" Durant Memorial (GR.II) this
season, is not expected to turn the
The field also includes the O Brien
trained trio of WAR OF WORDS,
PRINCE ZESHAN and HEADLINE
NEWS, who placed second, third, and
fourth, respectively, in the Derby (GR.I).
HEADLINE NEWS, who won the
Chief Commander Stakes by nine
lengths, could be the best after the "big
The field also contains PLUM PLUM,
who is taking a big step up in class but
is unbeaten from three starts in
There will be two Stakes races during
the afternoon as the West Indian bred
two-year-olds will be in the spotlight
in the day s fourth event.
The Nursery Stakes is only the third
race of the season for the "babes" and
the winners of the previous two are
among the six declared to face the
starter over 1,300 metres at 1.50 pm.
And in addition to the Chadee owned
and trained EYE SEE YOU, who tri-
umphed two weeks ago, and COUN-
TRY BOY, winner of the Futurity Stakes
by 12 lengths early last month, the field
also includes newcomers TONI-
THETIGER and MOMENTUM.
MOMENTUM, owned by Rupert
Indar Jnr, and a son of Western Classic
scorched the track with a 600 metres
workout in 34 4/5 second from the
gates on Sunday November 24, 2013.
Action will get going at NOON when
POT OF GOLD, who won the Toyota
Trinidad & Tobago Breeders Classic
(GR.IRT&T), placed second in the
NLCB Easter Guineas (GR.IR), third in
the Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic
(GR.IR) and fifth in the NGC CNG
Trinidad Derby (GR.IR) this year, will
come up against six 70-55 rated horses
over 1,350 metres.
There will be HI5 betting in the third
(1.14 pm), fifth (2.28 pm), seventh (3.42
pm) and curtain (5 pm) events.
The Soca 6 will get going with in
the "Nursery" at 1.50 pm.
in Champion Stakes
Sando looking to go one
better in Toyota Classic
W Connection star Joevin Jones, right, during one of his many runs against Guaya United in the semi-finals.
Bigman In Town...could continue
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