‘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

Pork-knocker arraigned for murder of brother-in-law

first_imgAnthony King, a 25-year-old pork-knocker who is accused of beheading his sister’s reputed husband in the wee hours of Monday last at Grove, East Bank Demerara, (EBD) was on Friday arraigned before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman for the heinous crime.He was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which detailed that he murdered 39-year-old Justin Peterkin of Paradise, East Coast Demerara on November 5, 2018 at Lot 1323 Block Y, Grove, EBD. He was subsequentlyMurder accused: Anthony Kingremanded to prison until November 23, 2018.This horrific incident reportedly occurred at about 08:20h on the day in question. A neighbour, Daniel Boutrim, has recalled going outside of his house and seeing the suspect holding a hammer in his hands. After returning inside his house, Boutrim recalled, he heard a “knocking” sound, and shortly after returning outside, he saw the late Peterkin’s motionless body on the ground. The suspect was reportedly hovering over the body, using a knife and hammer to sever its head.After committing the act, the suspect reportedly left the yard and proceeded towards the street with the two weapons in his hands. The Police were contacted, and immediately took King into custody.last_img read more

Shed fire in Matthew’s Park last night

first_imgA fire about 5:30 last evening in Fort St. John caused extensive damage, to the contents and interior of a detached garage at a residence, in the 91 hundred block, of 77th street. Fire Chief Fred Burrows says the shed housed seven sleds and a quad but, because the building was properly finished it held the fire and, the structure was saved.He says one resident of the home, who tried to fight the fire was taken to hospital by ambulance, suffering from smoke inhalation.The chief estimates the damage in excess of 100 thousand dollars but as yet, he says there’s no clear indication on the cause of fire.- Advertisement –last_img read more