The promising claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey teamed up with 7-2 chance EDISON to win the highly competitive overnight allowance feature over 1300 metres from the fast-finishing SHINING LIGHT (9-2) at Caymanas Park yesterday.Harvey, who is a past student of Waterford High, had the Richard Azan-trained EDISON handily placed passing the half-mile as the 54-1 outsider BLACK THORN led the 13-horse field, ahead of the chasing RED FLAG (7-1). EDISON was soon sent in chase of BLACK THORN and went by on the outside entering the straight and held on grimly by a neck to thwart a late run from SHINING LIGHT under in-form Aaron Chatrie.Harvey, who was notching his 17th winner since graduating from the Jockeys’ School last September, said EDISON had a perfect trip.”He was well drawn on the outside of the field on a muddy track and was able to avoid traffic,” said the young rider.”When I improved into second three furlongs out, I knew he was ready to run, and in the end, held them at bay for the victory,” he added. A 7-y-o bay gelding by Outrigger-Perfect Ten, EDISON is owned by Elite Bloodstock Limited and bred by Dave Girod and Laurence Heffes.The 6-5 favourite COMMANDING CHIEF, seeking his first win since August 2014, could fare no better than fifth under leading jockey Dane Nelson, who said: “He was never that far off the pace, but took a lot of riding leaving the half-mile and really needed a longer trip and a more relaxed pace.”Trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ NuÒes saddled two winners on the afternoon in COME DANCE WITH ME and the lightly raced 3-y-o colt SOY EL SENOR, both obliging at 2-1.
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh foresees Hardik Pandya dominating the ongoing World Cup the way South African Lance Klusener did in the 1999 edition as he feels the Indian all-rounder’s clean-hitting is something that no opposing skipper can deal with.Pandya stroked his way to a 27-ball 48 at The Oval to help India post an imposing 352 for 5 against Australia on Sunday. India then bowled Australia out for 316 for a 36-run win.”…it’s the innings of Hardik Pandya that will send shivers down opposition spines. This guy might just be the equivalent of Lance Klusener in the 1999 World Cup. He has the ability to begin his innings like most finish, with clean hitting that no opposing captain can protect,” Waugh wrote in his column for the ICC’s official website.The damaging stroke play by Pandya, who hit four fours and three sixes, reminded Waugh of Klusener’s fireworks in the 1999 World Cup. Klusener was player of the tournament 20 years ago in England for his destructive lower-order hitting that netted 281 runs at a strike rate of 122.17, a phenomenal tally in the pre-T20 days of 1999.The left-hander’s exploits powered South Africa to within one run of making the final at Lord’s, but a frantic run out on the semi-final at Edgbaston resulted in Waugh’s Australia securing a famous tie.Australia went on to win the World Cup title by outclassing Pakistan in the final.”When they (India) get off to solid opening partnership, as they did against Australia, they then have the luxury of seeing Virat Kohli orchestrate the remainder of the innings,” Waugh wrote.advertisementPraising veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni who hit a 14-ball 27, Waugh said: “The cunning and sheer brilliance of MS Dhoni rarely fails to deliver and again he timed his assault on Australia to post a 350 plus target.”Australia will be disappointed that they missed some crucial chances in the field and their bowling was at times loose and not as disciplined as expected.”Chasing an imposing total, the Australians would have required a solid platform before launching an all-out assault in the last 15 overs.”Australia were never quite on track to create history with David Warner and to a lesser extent Steve Smith struggling for their usual rhythm and control at the crease,” said Waugh, one of the most successful captains of all time.”To win against the odds everything must fall into place and the turning point came early in the innings with the run out of Aaron Finch who looked in imperious touch and looked set for a big hundred,” he said.Despite the loss, Waugh said Australia can still feature in the semi-finals as one of half a dozen sides who have a shot at winning the tournament.”India will walk away from this match full of confidence as most of their key players did exactly what needed to be done under extreme pressure and their game plan was executed perfectly,” Waugh wrote.”Australia won’t be too disappointed as they have time to dissect this loss, fine-tune their process, tinker with batting orders and bowling options and maneuver things around before the semi-finals come around.”Waugh feels this World Cup is still wide open with up to six teams in the fray to lift the Cup at Lord’s.Also Read | Watch: Yuzvendra Chahal beats Kuldeep Yadav in wrong arm shootoutAlso Read | AB de Villiers called me before World Cup selection but it was too late: Faf du PlessisAlso See: