Former top-class campaigner COMMANDING CHIEF should score a long overdue win in today’s competitive looking overnight allowance race over 1300 metres to be contested by 13 starters at Caymanas Park.COMMANDING CHIEF last won the grade one Prime Minister’s Stakes in a titanic tussle with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR over 2000 metres on Independence Day 2014 (August 6), and although yet to win another race since, has run some useful races in defeat, even though sparingly raced.When he last competed, in open allowance company on January 23 for new trainer Spencer Chung, the eight-year-old gelding by War Marshall out of She Knows Beau ran a decent race behind the progressive filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN and CAMPESINO over a mile, finishing six lengths sixth after racing prominently in second entering the straight.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and stepping down to overnight company in the process, COMMANDING CHIEF has a glorious chance of reliving past glories.MOST ACCOMPLISHEDHe is easily the most accomplished in the field, following big-race wins in the St Leger and Gold Cup when trained by Everal Francis, and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride, the hint should be taken.Still, it won’t be a walk in the park for the veteran campaigner as he faces some very fit opponents in SHINING LIGHT, MIRACLE STAR, RED FLAG, EDISON and HOVER CRAFT, all ideally suited to the distance.The Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT (Omar Walker up) not only won in grade one company last season, but was second to FRANFIELD in last November’s Superstakes, and with 1300 metres not too sharp for him, is a worthy opponent. The same can be said of the Gary Griffiths-trained SHINING LIGHT, a recent winner who will love every inch of this race.However, COMMANDING CHIEF has never had it this easy in years and thus gets the vote.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are SUPERTRONICS (knocking at the door) to go one better in the second race; stable-companion BIG GEORGE to repeat in the third; GOLDEN GLORY in the sixth; down-in-class BOLD AVIATOR in race seven; and the speedy OPTIMUS to finally deliver in the eighth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1000 metres round.
Dani Alves 1 The agent of Manchester City and Manchester United target Dani Alves has revealed that she does not expect her client to sign a new deal with Barcelona.Alves has under a year to run on his current contract, meaning he would be able to leave the Catalan giants on a free next summer.The Brazil international has made over 300 appearances during his time at Barca and won 16 major honours, but his time at the Nou Camp now appears to be at an end.His representative, Dinah Santana, told TMW: “If the club [Barcelona] wanted to renew Alves they would have done it already.“I would not do things the way they have. We will leave the suitors until December or January… then we’ll decide who to marry.”
The 30-year-old trained on Wednesday morning ahead of the return leg on Thursday, where the Gunners will be looking to overturn a 1-0 loss in Belarus.Emery has faced questions on an almost-weekly basis about the former Germany international after taking the decision to drop him from the team on several occasions.Ozil’s performances have tailed off in recent times, with ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger questioning whether his new, club-record contract had left the player in the ‘comfort zone’.“First, mostly, the key is in his hand,” Emery replied when Wenger’s opinion was put to him.“And he is working very well this week. I ask him in our conversations to be consistent.”Emery however did say the player has to train more consistently if he is to be selected in the future.“When you can train with regularity, consistency, you can help us after in the games.“Now I think this week is good for all the players because we are in an important moment for the season.“He needs to be consistent, be available for training, for the matches. Without the injuries, without being sick. Like that, I think we can see the best Mesut with us.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Emery fires Ozil warning over lack of fitnessLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery has told midfielder Mesut Ozil he needs to shake off his minor injuries and illnesses to earn a regular place in the side.Ozil missed last week’s Europa League round of 32 first-leg defeat to BATE Borisov as he was still feeling the effects of a sickness bug, with Emery opting to leave Arsenal’s highest-paid player at home.