January 20

FA boss hails St Catherine Manning Cup teams

first_imgSeveral teams from St Catherine have made bright starts to the 2016 ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup, catching the eye of St Catherine Football Association president Peter Reid. Jonathan Grant, St Catherine High and St Jago High have all won their first two games, and Reid is encouraging them to keep going. He expressed the hope that the St Catherine teams would stay in contention. “I’d say it’s early days,” he cautioned, “but put your head in front and people will have to catch you.” So far in the Manning Cup Group G, St Jago have beaten Calabar and Campion College. Meanwhile, Jonathan Grant High and St Catherine High have each won twice in Group D. He also noted that several of the players on these teams have emerged from age group competition staged by the association. “Congratulations to the management and staff of the St Catherine teams,” he said while watching a Manning Cup game this week at the Prison Oval in Spanish Town, “but we have been doing our part in that.” “We have our Under-15, our Under-17,” he related, “and the boys would matriculate into the Manning Cup.” Speaking about the St Jago team that edged Calabar 1-0 in the match he was watching, he said: “I see about six boys who came through a programme and that would spread all throughout the different schools.”last_img read more

July 29

STAR PREVIEW Sandown Park Thursday

first_imgAll eyes of the racing world on Esher tonight for the Brigadier Gerard card at Sandown Park. It’s always a great night of racing but has added lustre this year with ITV Racing covering the meeting live on ITV4 – their first evening card.If you’re not signed up yet with starsports.bet it might be a good night to try – check out the special on how you can get £25 cash paid into your account if any horse wins by a head or less – it’s a course that often sees close finishes and the judge called into action.Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper reported 10mm of rain overnight with further showers forecast which will produce ground deader than what they were declared on.The six-race card starts at 6pm with two Listed races and two Group races to look forward to.6:35 Matchbook Commission Free On All Sports National Stakes (Listed)Always a good race that brings together the precocious two-year-olds. This year nine will do battle up the centre of the course and seven of them were winners last time out !!The draw is absolutely crucial – in the last six runnings the winner has been drawn 1-2-3-2-2-2. The race also favours pace, so the ability to break well and race against the far side rail is potent. Vintage Brut is drawn in pole position and looks well worthy of taking this step up in class after his debut success at Thirsk when he scooted home by seven lengths from Wasntexpectingthat who won next time out.Vintage Brut went off at 25/1 at Thirsk so it really was ‘Wasntexpectingthat’ and he relished the soft ground.With more rain likely, he may well enjoy the conditions again – even though it’s unlikely to be quite as testing.8:10 Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3)Sir Michael Stoute won this last year with 8/1 chance Autocratic and relies on Poet’s Word at much shorter odds in this year’s renewal. He seems versatile ground wise and ran well on his seasonal reappearance when runner-up to Hawkbill in the Group 1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan. He should be spot on now for this and I think Group 3 level is very much his comfort zone.Fabricate was only pipped a short head here last month in the Gordon Richards Stakes. Over the same course, trip, grade and going he should again run a big race and looks the obvious danger.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK VINTAGE BRUT (6.35 Sandown) 5 points win at SP with starsports.betBACK POET’S WORLD (8.10 Sandown) 10 points win at SP with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 109.43 points (golf in play)last_img read more