‘Chief’ set for long overdue win

first_imgFormer 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.last_img read more

Bush loses top economic adviser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHubbard’s departure comes as Bush faces one of the biggest economic challenges of his presidency, a severe slump in housing and a credit crisis that have roiled financial markets and triggered fears of a recession. Hubbard said in a letter to Bush that he would leave by year’s end. “Were it not for my strong desire to spend more time with my kids, I would not have considered departing,” said Hubbard, the father of three. Hubbard wrote that the Bush White House was a place of “forthrightness” and “mutual respect” in Washington, which is “often portrayed as an arena of deception and self-promotion.” Hubbard has helped direct White House policy on entitlements, energy security, climate change, housing and trade investment. He has been deeply involved in the debate over a children’s health insurance program and Bush’s proposal to treat health insurance costs as taxable income for the first time. “Al contributed his own ideas and also worked to ensure that all views were brought to the table and given fair analysis and debate,” Bush said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President Bush on Wednesday promoted his No. 2 economic adviser to the top job after yet another White House aide announced he was quitting before the administration’s final year in power. Departing is Al Hubbard, director of the National Economic Council, which advises the president on U.S. and global economic matters and helps coordinate policy. His successor is his deputy, Keith Hennessey. Hennessey came to the White House in 2002 and has been deputy to two previous directors of the council. He also was a top budget aide to Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., and worked for the Senate Budget Committee. “Keith has been an important member of my White House team for more than five years,” Bush said in a statement. last_img read more