No stopping Radical in Race 5

first_imgUpsets by CREEDENCE at 23-1 in the closing race, WINTER IS COMING at 22-1, and CHIEF PROSPECT at 12-1 ensured that the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. It offers in excess of $1 million tomorrow, while both Super-6s will start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.The Pick 9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a 5-y-o and up maiden claiming race over 1100 metres to be contested by eight starters. They include the likely favourite DEPUTY HEADGIRL, BRAVE HEART, CONNOR, and RAWALPINDI EXPRESS, who ran an improved race, for third behind CONCLUSION last Saturday and seems to be coming on now.DEPUTY HEADGIRL from the in-form stables of Steven Todd has the best form to recommend, having finished second to BLOEFOUNTAIN over the straight on January 14. Prior to that, on December 3, she was 1 3/4 lengths second to THEGREATALLIANCE over this trip, and with the competition this weak, gets a glorious opportunity to finally open her account. Jemar Jackson, who won aboard THE SALESMAN on Wednesday, has the ride.HAT-TRICK SEEKERSNext on the programme is a $450,00-$400,000 claiming race over 1100 metres, which brings together hat-trick seekers ZACKONTHEATTACK and FRANKENSTORM in a field of seven.These two, along with the proven campaigner HOLOGRAM SHADOW, now dropped in class, should ensue a close contest. If HOLOGRAM SHADOW is anywhere near his best, he can definitely take the honours with in-form Richard “Bya” Mitchell securing the ride. But I have my concerns re his current form, and preference is for the Gary Subratie-trained ZACKONTHEATTACK, who is coming off back-to-back wins against some good horses over middle distances last December and he is still at home over the shorter distance.LOST BY A NOSEThe third race over 1400 metres for native-bred maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for RADICAL, who lost out by a nose to DONTAE over a mile on January 25. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will present RADICAL even sharper for this race, and with champion jockey Omar Walker prevailing with the ride, the son of Fearless Vision gets the nod over PROUD OF NUCLEAR and SUBBIE in a field of nine.The fourth race over 1400 metres for five-year-olds and up should see old rivals INDY ARAZI and PARTY CITY, second and third respectively, to CRUCIAL VALOR over 1500 metres on January 21, fighting out the finish.INDY ARAZI failed by a length to catch the winner that day, but PARTY CITY has been so consistent of late that he could well turn the tables. GIRSHOM, though inconsistent, along with LITTLE PRINCE, will not be far away in the 10-horse field.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by DONTAE (Nelson up) and the well-forward 3-y-o debutante LIGHTNING LILY (working very well) for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny. Their respective dangers are NIGHT LIGHT and LOOSE CANNON.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) DEPUTY HEADGIRL/BRAVE HEART(2) ZACKONTHEATTACK/HOLOGRAM SHADOW(3) RADICAL(4) PARTY CITY/INDY ARAZI(5) DONTAE/NIGHT LIGHT(6) LIGHTNING LILY/LOOSE CANNONlast_img read more

Corentyne cattle owners concerned over pastures being offered to investors

first_imgCattle owners on the Corentyne, in Berbice, have raised concerns over efforts by persons, who are reportedly closely connected with the current Government to give out sections of a communal cattle pasture.The 52/66 Cattle Pasture, which consists of 17,000 acres was leased to a co-op in 1997 for the purpose of cattle rearing and targeted the small cattle farmers, is now being offered to investors.Guyana Times understands that applicants are being told that they can have a portion of the pasture for $800,000 and that the Lands and Surveys Department isA section of the 52/66 Cattle Pasturecurrently entertaining applications for leases of portions of the 52/66 cattle Pasture.Recently the issue was discussed at the regional level.The Prime Minister’s Regional Representative, Gobin Harbhajan, explained that rice farmers are taking up the cattle pastures, hence there is less space for the animals to graze.Harbhajan also confirmed that persons have been applying for portions of the 52/66 Communal Cattle pasture and on those applications sent to the Commissioner, the applicant has indicated that they have no intention of rearing cattle.“If we allow that to happen then the poor cattle farmers with four or five heads of cows will not be able to have their cows there because people will fence that area.”Harbhajan said already some persons have fenced sections of the pasture. In addition, others have dug canals marking off their claim. He said also being affected are those who fish in the swamps which exist in the pasture. Many of those fisherfolk are confronted with ‘Do Not Trespass’ signs thus they cannot fish.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman David Armogan says he had high-level discussions on the issue and is assuring that cattle farmers need not worry. According to Armogan, the Lands Commission has not made a decision on the issue as yet and will not be doing so until the completion of a land use policy.“He (Lands and Survey Commissioner) told me that all of the land use policy has to be revisited. We have to know where cattle should be, we have to know where rice should be, we have to know where dairy should be; you have to know where you should plant plantain and cassava; that is a part of the land use policy and that has to be put in place,” the Regional chairman said.The Chairman added that senior officials from the Lands and Survey Department acknowledged that they have been entertaining applications for leases but until the land use policy comes into place, the 52/66 Cattle Pasture will remain as it is and available to cattle farmers. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more