Power out to end Meydan hoodoo

first_img “He has been ultra consistent and has thrived once more during his second winter here in Dubai. Few other sprinters can match his consistency.” Caspar Netscher was a further head adrift in third that day and his trainer David Simcock is similarly pleased to have been given a double-figure stall. He said: “I think he has a live chance. The Asian sprinters look very tough but mine has drawn well and he looks to have come forward for his prep run. He showed plenty of speed that day, he’s in very good order and I like the fact he is drawn high (11). “It is the first time we’d had a clear run with the horse since May last year. He had a pelvic problem which made the whole season particularly difficult. Everything was a rush, but he is now much better physically.” Fourth-placed Lancelot Du Lac also reopposes for Dean Ivory after finishing just behind Ahtoug on the first of his three Dubai runs back in January. Ivory said: “He’s been here for a while now and knows the ropes. I feel he goes in with a decent chance. He has never won over 1000 metres (five furlongs) but he ran well (over that trip) at the Carnival. I’m very happy with his draw (15). He is where the speed is, and that’s important because he travels better when they go fast from the start.” Sole Power will tread a familiar path as he tries to make it fourth-time lucky in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan. Eddie Lynam’s charge posted his best effort in the five-furlong heat when a length-and-a-half second to Ortensia back in 2012, before going on to finish fourth and seventh in the two subsequent renewals. The eight-year-old won the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot and the Nunthorpe at York last term, but failed to take a hand in the finish in his three starts at the end of the campaign before posting a disappointing effort when down the field in the Meydan Sprint earlier this month. Lynam told At The Races: “He’s training well and we’re very happy with him. He ran on ‘Super Saturday’ and was a little bit disappointing. Hopefully he’ll put that run behind him and bring his best form to the race. “His best run in the race was three years ago when he was second behind Ortensia. He ran a good race when he was fourth and last year draw-wise he probably saw a bit more daylight. “He seems to have taken a little bit longer to come to hand as he’s got older and we’re just hoping he reproduces his best on the day. “He’s won nearly two million euro in prize-money – he’s a been a lifetime horse and we’re very fond of him. Let’s hope we’ve got another year of him performing at his best.” The Ian Williams-trained Sir Maximilian won the Meydan Sprint to book his place and cement his heady progress, lining up on a mark of 108, some 20lb higher than his rating this time last year. Williams said: “I’m delighted with him. He’s in good nick and Dawn Oxley, who has been with him in Dubai since January, has done a great job. He’s the first horse I’ve run here, so there’s been a lot to learn, but he is at the top of his game.” Ahtoug was beaten just a short head in that Group Three race and trainer Charlie Appleby was delighted to get a high draw in the 16-runner event. “I was pleased with Ahtoug’s draw. In sprints at Meydan, I am always happier when my horses are drawn towards the stands side. There is also plenty of speed around him so I am very happy being drawn 13,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Barbados: 50 years of cricket excellence

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – As Barbados celebrates its 50th Independence anniversary, it is most fitting to highlight the tremendous success, which this 166 square-mile island has had over the period, co-incidentally marking the same number of years for sponsored regional first-class Championships.Barbados proudly boast of the most titles by far (21), along with two in what was referred to as the “international” Championship, contested between 2001 and 2008.Led by the world’s greatest ever all-rounder, The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, Barbados captured the first two Shell Shield trophies in 1966 and 1967.There was no Tournament in 1968 and after 21 years, the sponsorship was changed from Shell to Red Stripe with Busta and Carib among other sponsors.Following are the champion Barbados first-class teams (with the matches for each player in the respective seasons in brackets), as well as the points earned and matches won between 1966 and 2016.1966 (Shell Shield) – Garfield Sobers (captain), David Allan, Robin Bynoe, Richard Edwards, Charlie Griffith, David Holford, Conrad Hunte, Peter Lashley, Seymour Nurse (four), Rawle Brancker, Tony Howard (three), Arthur Bethell, Tony White (one).Points: Barbados 42 (3 wins), British Guiana 24, Combined Islands 16, Trinidad & Tobago 12, Jamaica 10.1967 (Shell Shield) – Garfield Sobers (captain), Rawle Brancker, Richard Edwards, Geoffrey Greenidge, Tony Howard, Peter Lashley, Seymour Nurse (four), Arthur Bethell, Robin Bynoe, Alfred Taylor (three), Wycliffe Phillips (two), Charlie Griffith, Vanburn Holder, David Holford, Conrad Hunte, Erskine King (one).Points: Barbados 26 (3 wins), Guyana 14, Jamaica 8, Trinidad & Tobago 8, Leeward Islands 0, Windward Islands 0. NB: The Leeward Islands and Windward Islands each played only two matches.1972 (Shell Shield) – David Holford (captain), Keith Boyce, Robin Bynoe, Nolan Clarke, Geoffrey Greenidge, Vanburn Holder, Tony Howard, Peter Lashley, Hallam Moseley, Seymour Nurse (four), Darnley Boxill, David Murray (two).Points: Barbados 38 (3 wins), Guyana 26, Jamaica 18, Trinidad & Tobago 16, Combined Islands 14.1974 (Shell Shield) – David Holford (captain), Gordon Greenidge, Vanburn Holder, Collis King, Peter Lashley, David Murray, Albert Padmore (four), Gregory Armstrong, Nolan Clarke, Geoffrey Greenidge (three) Keith Boyce, Tony Howard, Garfield Sobers (2), Stephen Hinkson (one).Points – Barbados 32 (2 wins), Trinidad & Tobago 26, Jamaica 24, Guyana 20, Combined Islands 14.1976 (Shell Shield) (NB: Shared title with Trinidad & Tobago) – David Holford (captain), Nolan Clarke, Wayne Daniel, Stephen Farmer, Geoffrey Greenidge, Collis King, Ricky Skeete, Emmerson Trotman (three), Teddy Foster, Joel Garner, Lawrence Maxwell (two), Gregory Armstrong, Gordon Greenidge, Albert Padmore (one).Points – Barbados 20 (1 win), Trinidad & Tobago 20, Jamaica 18, Combined Islands 8, Guyana 2.1977 (Shell Shield) – David Holford (captain), Stephen Farmer, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, Vanburn Holder, Collis King, David Murray, Albert Padmore (four), Nolan Clarke, Desmond Haynes, Emmerson Trotman (three), Wayne Daniel, Joseph Newton, Ricky Skeete (one).Points – Barbados 36 (three wins), Combined Islands 24, Trinidad & Tobago 24, Jamaica 6, Guyana 0.1978 (Shell Shield) – Vanburn Holder (captain), Sylvester Clarke, Teddy Foster, Alvin Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Lawrence Maxwell, David Murray, Ricky Skeete, Richard Straker (four), Gregory Armstrong, Emmerson Trotman (three), Malcolm Marshall, Leslie Reifer (one).Points – Barbados 24 (one win), Combined Schools 18, Jamaica 18, Trinidad & Tobago 16, Guyana 12.1979 (Shell Shield) – David Holford, Lawrence Maxwell (captains) (two matches each), Sylvester Clarke, Alvin Greenidge, Nigel Johnson, Malcolm Marshall, Thelston Payne (four), Clyde Beckles, Richard Straker (three), Teddy Foster, Joel Garner, Desmond Haynes, David Murray (two), Hartley Alleyne, Hubert “Ellis” Brathwaite, Wayne Daniel, Gordon Greenidge, Collis King, Albert Padmore (one).Points – Barbados 30 (two wins), Trinidad & Tobago 24, Combined Islands 20, Jamaica 10, Guyana 0.1980 (Shell Shield) – Albert Padmore (captain), Sylvester Clarke, Desmond Haynes, Collis King, Malcolm Marshall, Thelston Payne (four), Wayne Daniel, Alvin Greenidge, Emmerson Trotman (three), Carlisle Best, Teddy Foster, Joel Garner, David Murray, Ricky Skeete (two), George Reifer (one).Points – Barbados 102 (four wins), Combined Islands 68, Trinidad & Tobago 64, Guyana 41, Jamaica 28.1982 (Shell Shield) – Albert Padmore (captain), Alvin Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Collis King, Ezra Moseley (five), Sylvester Clarke, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, David Murray, Leslie Reifer, Franklyn Stephenson, Emmerson Trotman (three), Carlisle Best, Wayne Daniel, Ricky Skeete (two), George Linton, Thelston Payne, George Reifer (one).Points – Barbados 57 (three wins), Windward Islands 52, Jamaica 36, Guyana 25, Leeward Islands 24, Trinidad & Tobago 20.1984 (Shell Shield) – Carlisle Best (captain), Hubert “Ellis” Brathwaite, Roderick Estwick, George Linton, Thelston Payne, Neil Phillips (five), Milton Small, Michael Worrell (four), Dave Cumberbatch, Ricardo Ellcock, Arnold Gilkes, Leslie Reifer (three), Terry Hunte, George Reifer (two), Gordon Greenidge (one).Points – Barbados 48 (two wins), Guyana 41, Jamaica 36, Leeward Islands 36, Windward Islands 32, Trinidad & Tobago 17.1986 (Shell Shield) – Joel Garner (captain), Carlisle Best, Desmond Haynes, Thelston Payne (five), Gordon Greenidge, Tyrone Greenidge, Terry Hunte, George Linton, Malcolm Marshall (four), Noel Broomes, Roderick Estwick, Sherlon Greaves, Roland Holder, Winston Reid (two), Victor “Vibert” Greene, Nigel Johnson, Elvis Reifer, Leslie Reifer, Michael Worrell (one).Points – Barbados 64 (three wins), Trinidad & Tobago 48, Jamaica 32, Leeward Islands 32, Windward Islands 25, Guyana 24.1991 (Red Stripe Cup) – Desmond Haynes (captain), Carlisle Best, Courtney Browne, Anderson Cummins, Roland Holder, Samuel Skeete (five), Gordon Greenidge, Malcolm Marshall, Ezra Moseley, Philo Wallace (four), Sherwin Campbell, Henderson Springer (three), Ottis Gibson (two), Ahmed Proverbs (one).Points – Barbados 72 (four wins), Trinidad & Tobago 37, Guyana 36, Leeward Islands 36, Jamaica 20, Windward Islands 12.1995 (Red Stripe Cup) – Courtney Browne (captain), Vasbert Drakes, Ottis Gibson, Livingstone Puckerin, Winston Reid, Floyd Reifer, Philo Wallace (five), Desmond Haynes, Patterson Thompson (four), Henderson Bryan, Ricky Hoyte, Dayne Maynard (three), Stanton Proverbs (two), Adrian Griffith (one).Points – Barbados 56 (three wins), Leeward Islands 52, Trinidad & Tobago 48, Jamaica 29, Guyana 28, Windward Islands 12.1997 (Red Stripe Cup) – Philo Wallace (captain), Henderson Bryan, Ottis Gibson, Winston Reid, Floyd Reifer (ten), Sherwin Campbell, Roland Holder (seven), Pedro Collins, Adrian Griffith, Terry Rollock (six), Courtney Browne, Ricky Hoyte (five), Dave Marshall, Stanton Proverbs, Patterson Thompson (four), Sean Armstrong, Ryan Hurley (three).Points – Barbados 112 (six wins), Jamaica 93, Leeward Islands 80, Trinidad & Tobago 76, Guyana 44, Windward Islands 27.1999 (Busta Cup) – Roland Holder (captain) (NB: Played six matches), Courtney Browne, Sherwin Campbell, Pedro Collins, Adrian Griffith, Ryan Hinds, Winston Reid (seven), Corey Collymore (five), Henderson Bryan, Dave Marshall, Patterson Thompson (four), Floyd Reifer, Philo Wallace, Horace Walrond (three), Ricky Hoyte (two), Hattian Graham (one).Points – Barbados 72 (four wins), Trinidad & Tobago 44, Guyana 37, Jamaica 36, Leeward Islands 20, Windward Islands 202001 (Busta Cup) – Ian Bradshaw (captain, NB: seven matches), Sherwin Campbell (captain: NB: one match), Henderson Bryan, Corey Collymore, Adrian Griffith, Philo Wallace (seven), Sean Armstrong, Courtney Browne, Roland Holder, Dave Marshall (six), Ryan Hinds, Floyd Reifer (five), Ryan Austin (four), Shirley Clarke, Corey Glasgow, Dayne Maynard (one).Points – Barbados 57 (four wins), Guyana 57, England A 54, Jamaica 51, Leeward Islands 48, Trinidad & Tobago 38, West Indies B 20, Windward Islands 0.2003 (Carib Beer Cup) – Courtney Bowne (captain), Tino Best, Sherwin Campbell, Ryan Hurley, Floyd Reifer, Philo Wallace (nine), Dwayne Smith (eight), Sulieman Benn, Ian Bradshaw, Ryan Hinds (seven), Kurt Wilkinson (six), Corey Collymore (three), Pedro Collins, Vasbert Drakes, Antonio Thomas (two), Randy Thomas (one).Points – Barbados 72 (five wins), Guyana 48, Trinidad & Tobago 43, Jamaica 43, India A 36, Leeward Islands 34, Windward Islands 30, West Indies B 12.2004 (Carib Beer Cup) – Courtney Browne (captain), Sherwin Campbell, Pedro Collins, Ryan Hinds, Floyd Reifer (nine), Tino Best, Martin Nurse (seven), Antonio Mayers (six), Sulieman Benn, Ryan Nurse, Kurt Wilkinson (five), Ian Bradshaw, Shawn Graham, Dwayne Smith (four), Corey Collymore (three), Fidel Edwards, Ryan Hurley (two).Points – Barbados 84 (seven wins), Jamaica 52, Windward Islands 48, Guyana 40, Trinidad & Tobago 40, West Indies B 27, Kenya 16, Leeward Islands 16.2007 (Carib Beer Cup) – Ryan Hinds (captain), Tino Best, Wayne Blackman, Pedro Collins, Floyd Reifer, Dale Richards (five), Ryan Austin, Corey Collymore, Kevin Stoute (four), Patrick Browne (three), Kirk Edwards, Alcindo Holder, Carlo Morris, Dwayne Smith (two), Shamarh Brooks, Fidel Edwards (one).Points – Barbados 54 (four wins), Trinidad & Tobago 44, Jamaica 25, Guyana 24, Leeward Islands 15, Windward Islands 10.2014 (WICB Cup) – Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Ashley Nurse (seven), Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins (five), Kirk Edwards, Omar Phillips, Kevin Stoute (four), Tino Best, Rashidi Boucher, Jason Holder (three), Fidel Edwards, Shai Hope (two).Points – Barbados 82 (four wins), Trinidad & Tobago 80, Windward Islands 65, Jamaica 59, Combined Campuses & Colleges 49, Leeward Islands 42, Guyana 29.NB: Courtney Browne was the Barbados captain in 2003 and 2004 when they were the Carib Beer “International” champions.Trust that you have well and truly digested the greatness of Barbados as a cricketing nation. The many outstanding names in the winning teams speak volumes.(NB: First appeared in Barbados Today on November 25 in Keith Holder’s weekly column). (BCA article)last_img read more