Market Force surges to Monday Morning Trophy

first_imgTrainer Richard Azan and stable apprentice Bebeto Harvey teamed up to win their second trophy on consecutive racedays yesterday at Caymanas Park, thanks to a 10-1 upset by the unbeaten MARKET FORCE in the inaugural running of the Monday Morning Trophy over 1400 metres for three-year-olds.Azan and 2.0kg-claiming apprentice Harvey had won last Saturday’s open allowance feature for the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy over 1820 metres with 1-5 favourite FRANFIELD, this in a driving finish from BLUE DIXIE.This time around, MARKET FORCE romped to an easy victory, 4 1/2 lengths ahead of the 3-2 favourite RADICAL, who finished fast after experiencing a rough passage in a large field of 15. MARKET FORCE was never far off the pace in fifth passing as the 99-1 outsider TRUE WHISPER led from EMPRESS HALL (6-1), WONG DON (7-1) and highly fancied MALACHI (2-1).He quickened into the lead on entering the straight, disposing of TRUE WHISPER and MALACHI for a facile win, covering the distance in the good time of 1:26.1. UNFINISHEDBUSINESS at 29-1 was third, ahead of EMPRESS HALL in fourth.VASTLY IMPROVEDMARKET FORCE, who made a winning debut over 1100 metres last November in a two-year-old race, reported with Lasix administered for the first time and looked a vastly improved animal in the process. He could take his place in the 2000 Guineas field on April 8.The race was run in honour of the 1987 Triple Crown winner and ‘Horse of the Year’ MONDAY MORNING. The trophy was presented to the Azans by veteran trainer Stanley Findlay, who saddled MONDAY MORNING to win the 2000 Guineas in April, 1987. However, the horse was subsequently transferred to the stables of Enos Brown, who saddled him to win the derby and St Leger, not to mention the Gold Cup that year.Another lightly raced three-year-old colt showed classic potential, winning the opening race over 1300 metres for maidens by the proverbial city block. The son of Strikewhileithot – VOODOO CHANT bolted off the track on his debut in the closing stages of the Front Runner Sprint when having the race at his mercy, but duly made amends as the 1-9 favourite. He was ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes.Among the four winning favourites on the card was the Patrick Lynch-trained 3-5 favourite TALENTED TONY K, who made all in the overnight allowance sprint, holding on by a neck from RAS EMANUEL at 6-1 with Shane Ellis aboard.last_img read more

O’Meara flattens Weise in first round

first_imgSteve O’Meara retained his southern area light-middleweight title with another stunning first-round knockout – this time blasting away Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.Weise suffered a brutal knockoutO’Meara, previously known as a slick boxer rather than a dangerous puncher, floored Weise with a blistering shot.He was making the first defence of the belt he won with an opening-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms at the same venue in September.The 27-year-old, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, hopes to challenge for the British or Commonwealth title next year.He had vowed not to let Weise upset his plans and was true to his word, spectacularly ending the contest with a thunderous right hand.O’Meara sportingly refused to celebrate his win while Weise lay on the canvas, instead showing concern for his opponent who was briefly attended to by medics before being helped onto a stool.The victory improves O’Meara’s record to 15-2 and could pave the way for a clash with recently-crowned British champion Brian Rose.Follow West London Sport on Twitter.last_img read more

Africa gains from 2010

first_imgThe benefits come in terms of publicity. A spokesperson for the African Union Commission says it will help to change the image of Africa from that of conflict to that of peaceful activities such as sport.Yet it is mostly tourism and infrastructure development which will form the heart of the spin-offs.Already some 25% of all tourists who come to South Africa combine this with a visit to neighbouring countries. To make this easier, and increase both the absolute numbers and the percentage of cross-border tourism, Southern African Development Community countries (SADC) are working towards a single visa for the region. Closer co-operation between regional airlines is also on the cards.Last year a strategy was drawn up to facilitate cooperation. Known as the Trans-Frontier Conservation Areas 2010 Soccer World Cup Strategy, it aims to develop and market trans-frontier parks and conservation areas. It will lead to upgrading and adding additional infrastructure to all of these areas.The joint regional package will focus on:§    The Great Limpopo Trans-Frontier Park (connecting South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe).§    The Kgalagadi Park (South Africa and Botswana).§    The Kavango-Zambezi Conservation Area (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe).§    Botswana’s Chobe National Park which will link up with Zambia’s Kafue National Park and extend into Zimbabwe and the still-to-be finalised Limpopo-Sashe Park through Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.In Swaziland a $290m resort and game reserve complex on the country’s southern border with South Africa will be completed in time for 2010 and is expected to create 8 000 jobs during construction plus 2 000 permanent jobs.South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique will also promote the Lubombo Tourism Route which spans these three countries.It is also expected that some of the visiting soccer teams might spend some initial training time in neighbouring countries and upgrades of necessary facilities are also planned.Thus Zambia will construct three ultra-modern stadia in Livingstone, Lusaka and Ndola, upgrade hotel and other facilities in an attempt to attract some teams to acclimatise in this country.Tourism is seen as a potential vehicle for economic growth and thus of poverty reduction. To this end the SADC countries have grown their share of the international tourism market from 1.5% to 1.8% between 2001 and 2004. By 2010 SADC wants to almost double that figure to 3%.As South African Deputy-President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has said: “We have agreed with FIFA that it will be an African event. All of Africa is invited to showcase itself and to be part of the action.” (Sourced from a host of African newspapers)last_img read more

Fun at the Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wow! What a fun Farm Science Review! The weather was the best we have had in recent years and we really enjoyed the chance to talk with so many of you who dropped in to see us. We got to lament the challenges of a difficult 2019 but celebrate the bright future of agriculture in Ohio too. We also had the chance to talk with many great guests who will be featured in upcoming broadcasts, podcasts, videos, and OCJ stories.This year’s late harvest boosted attendance at the farm show, which attracted 114,590 people over three days. Typically at this time of the year, many farmers are driving combines. Instead, some were eyeing brand-new combines and tractors displayed at the show, taking pictures of their children and grandchildren behind the wheel at the Farm Science Review.Under sunny skies and welcoming mild temperatures, visitors learned about the economics of producing malting barley, legal issues associated with growing hemp, the most common mistakes made by family-run farms, and tactics to reduce the risks of producing corn and soybeans, among other topics.“During a challenging year, Farm Science Review provides a lot of optimism for those in the agriculture field,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of FSR. “Here, farmers can enjoy themselves and also learn how to improve their operations.”Many of the educational talks at Farm Science Review addressed Ohio’s agricultural crisis in which persistent spring rain delayed or prevented planting on an unprecedented number of acres statewide.Along with the tension that came with late or no planting this year and low commodity prices, unresolved trade talks between the United States and China, the nation’s top soybean buyer, are adding to the uncertainty.Sometimes families add to the pressures of farming by how they run their businesses, noted Jolene Brown, a professional speaker and author who gave a talk on the most common errors family-run farms make.“We run as a family-first business and that means, ‘Don’t rock the boat and make Dad mad,’ ” Brown said. “If you want to be a family-first business, that’s OK as long as your business can be a hobby.”Mark your calendars for next year’s Farm Science Review, which will be Sept. 22-24, 2020.   Dave Russell interviewed Matt Hutchison from Seed Consultants, Inc. Bill Bayliss (right) talked with Dusty Sonnenberg at the Farm Science Review. Many Extension researchers talked about a wide array of subjects pertinent to Ohio agriculture, including year-round strawberry production with Chieri Kubota. Gov. Mike DeWine spent much of the day at the FSR after giving some comments at the CFAES Celebration Luncheon. Dale Minyo interviewed Bill Lehmkuhl from Precision Agri Services Inc. In addition to heading up the Ohio Field Leader project in a joint role with the Ohio Soybean Council, Dusty Sonnenberg got quickly promoted to popcorn popper at the show. Dave Russell and Dale Minyo worked on broadcast programming. Our dedicated marketing specialists Jeff Reese and Risë Labig put in many miles visiting with clients during the show. Matt Reese had the chance to interview Luke Crumley, the new director of public policy and nutrient management for Ohio Corn & Wheat. Brad Moffitt with Ohio Corn and Wheat loves the combination of old tractors and ethanol. Dale Minyo and Matt Reese talked about the incredible opportunities for women in agriculture with representatives from John Deere. This panel of experts joined us for a podcast discussion on mental health. Jolene Brown from Iowa talked about family farm transitions and mental health. Dale and Kolt worked on afternoon programming during the FSR. Janelle Mead with the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts talked about soil health and the Soil Your Undies program that is generating discussion around the state. Beautiful mornings were the norm for this year’s show. Matt Reese talks with Janelle Mead and Kris Swartz with the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts talking about a soil health awareness program. There were picture perfect conditions for the harvest demonstrations at the event. Plenty showed up for the harvest demos. The Ohio Land Contractors of America coordinated impressive tile installation demonstrations for the show. After a tough planting season for the Farm Science Review, corn yields were disappointing in the 130s, but bean yields were in the 50s. There are hopes for higher yields with the later planted crops this fall. This year’s show featured fertilizer placement demos. If there is ice cream involved, we are interested.last_img read more

Aussies rule the pool as SA join the party too

first_imgThe swimming quartet of Virdhawal Khade, Anshul Kothari, Arjun Jayaprakash and Aaron D’Souza made history on Monday by becoming the first Indian men’s team to qualify for the 4x100m relay final at the Commonwealth Games.But the team failed to improve on its performance in the final and finished in sixth- place while the Australian swimmers stamped their authority to grab three of the five gold medals at stake.The Indian quartet clocked 3.27.14 seconds in the 4x100m final, which was won by the Australian team with a Commonwealth Games record.Khade, who will shoulder the burden of a majority of India’s hopes, said he was satisfied with the performance but pointed out that he did not exert himself entirely. ” It was good to be become the first Indian team to qualify for the finals and we qualified sixth which is reasonably well,” said the Kolhapur swimmer after the final.”I didn’t give my 100 per cent because our aim was to qualify and we did that,” he added.A reasonable decision considering Khade will be in action again on Tuesday in the 50m butterfly and will compete in four other categories in the following days.But the Olympian expects to come up with better performances in the 100m freestyle and the 100m butterfly which he believes would be his best opportunities for glory.”I am feeling better although I have five more events left in the competition. I will do all that I can but I believe the 100m butterfly and the 100m freestyle are the two events in which I can do better.” Most of the other Indians in the fray found the going really tough against a star- studded field. Badrinath Melkote (27.26 sec) and Subha Chittranjan ( 30.00 sec) managed to reach the semi- finals of the men’s 50m backstroke and the women’s 50m butterfly respectively, but lacked the experience and the expertise to push ahead.advertisementAustralian Olympic champion Kylie Palmer started the flurry of medals as she eclipsed both the Games record and her personal best to tough home in 1.57.50 sec in the 200m freestyle to grab the first gold medal for her team.Palmer finished ahead of Wales’ Jazz Carlin ( 1.58.29 sec) and England’s Rebecca Adlington whose late surge helped her clock in at 1.58.47 sec.In the men’s 400m freestyle, it turned out to be a thrilling finish with Australian Ryan Napolean just falling short of the pole position as Canadian Ryan Cochrane’s late charge saw him move ahead – a lead he maintained to finish first with a timing of 3.48.48 sec.Napolean ( 3.48.59 sec), who was slapped with a three- month ban for testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year, had to remain content with a secondplace finish ahead of Scotland’s Darry Carry ( 3.50.06sec).Alicia Couts brought home the second gold for Australia in the record time of 2.09.7 sec in the women’s 200m individual medley.Emily Seebohm, 18, of Australia grabbed the silver medal while Canadian Julia Wilkinson ( 2.12.09sec) came in third.South African Chad Guy Detrand Le Clos made the most of the absence of Australian Nick D’Arcy, who failed to qualify for the 200m butterfly final, and broke the Games record clocking in at 1.56.48sec to win the gold, while Englishman Michael Rock ( 1.57.15sec) and Canadian Stefan Hirniak ( 1.57.26sec) followed him in the second and third place respectively. In the 4x100m final for men’s relay, Australia clinched the gold, while England came in second.last_img read more