Cavalier, Rivoli in crucial RSPL clash

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Rivoli United's Cory Burke
Cavalier's Chevone Marsh

A place above the relegation zone is not where Rudolph Speid, coach of Cavalier, thought his team would have been at this stage of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), and this could get worse if they achieve any other result but win when they play away at bottom of the table Rivoli United.

Blessed with talent but plagued by injuries, Cavalier will have to go against their season form book to affect their fortunes positively.

“We have issues. There are injuries and other things, but I think we are getting over them, but one of the things we have to be aware of going into this game is that we tend to play well against the better teams and have bad results against teams below us. So based on our record, it is going to be a difficult game,” said Speid, summing up his team’s situation.

Add to that the fact that Cavalier have not won a single away game this season and the reasons for Cavalier to worry increase. Speid, however, puts a positive spin on things.




“It has to change. We had a good game against Montego Bay on Monday last and should have won.

“The fact is that we are on our way up. The last five games we only lost one, a contentious game against Arnett Gardens, and the five games before, we lost four and drew one so our record bears that out,” Speid explained.

Rivoli United, despite their position on the table, are a competitive unit and can get the better of any team in the league on their day. They are capable of scoring goals and with Cory Burke, the second leading scorer in the league on nine, they have a player who will cause problems for any team.

A major weak point for Rivoli is the number of goals they concede. Their 19 goals conceded are only better than the promoted UWI FC and Boys’ Town, who struggled at the start of the season. This situation could benefit Cavalier’s leading scorer, Chevone Marsh.


Today’s Games:


-3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Boys’ Town – Wespow Park

3 p.m: Portmore United vs UWI FC – Juici Park, Clarendon

– 3 p.m: Rivoli vs Cavalier – Drax Hall, St Ann

– 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Reno – Edward Seaga Stadium

– 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Harbour View – Drewsland Stadium


Tomorrow’s game:


– 8:40 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Humble Lion – Anthony Spaulding Complex

SANTA goes back to the green again for charity

Tourism minister Dr Wykeham McNeill (right) at last Friday's launch of the 15th anniversary SANTA Amateur Charity Golf Tournament at a transformed 18th hole of the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. At left is Stephen Strachan, assistant brand manager for Heineken while at centre is Stacy-Ann Smith, brand public relations manager for Red Stripe.

The 15th anniversary SANTA Amateur Charity Golf Tournament was launched last Friday at a transformed 18th hole of the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club.

The event coincided with the presentation of the newly renovated course and clubhouse for the tournament, which started yesterday and ends today.

SANTA, which is an acronym for ‘Seeing A Need, Taking Action’, was conceived as a means of raising funds to support a variety of charitable causes. Since 2001, some $30 million in cash, time, materials and equipment has been contributed. Approximately $3million is expected to be raised in support of this year’s charities: The Wortley Home, Boys’ Town Infant & Primary School, Sickle Cell Trust, and Laws Street Trade Training Centre. During the launch, cheques in the amount of $1 million were presented to the Wortley Home and $300,000 to the Sickle Cell Foundation, respectively.

Addressing the launch, Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill praised the organisers and the principals of the club in staging the tournament.




“Not only is golf an important element of the tourism mix, the development of a nation is measured by the presence of green areas and recreation spaces such as this one,” the minister said. He also spoke of the ongoing development of Kingston as a visitor destination, with the opening of new properties as the Mariott, and the work now proceeding to renovate the former Hilton Kingston.

President of the Constant Spring Golf Club Nigel Davy thanked the sponsors for their dedication, as well as the participants. Addressing the work done on the property, he said, “This is only the beginning. We aim to complete the renovation work by the first quarter of 2016.”

The SANTA Charity Golfing event is presented with the support of the CB Facey Foundation (the charity arm of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust), the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Heineken, Jamaica Broilers, Jamaica National, RJR Group, Proven Investments, ICWI, BCIC, JMMB, Hot Off the Press, Whistling Frog, Power 106, The Gleaner, and other sponsors.

Heineken provided a welcome hospitality bar to complement Friday evening’s putting contest on the green of the 18th hole.

Locals, foreigners share spotlight at Reggae Marathon

Okoye Henry
Reggae Marathon male and female 10K champions Dwayne Graham and Danielle James display their medals in Negril shortly after their wins yesterday morning.

Jamaicans and overseas runners shared the spotlight in the 15th Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K held yesterday in Negril, Westmoreland.

In what was the best supported staging of the event, the excitement and anticipation was high as more than 2,500 runners dashed across the starting line at the Long Bay Beach Park where locals walked away with three top spots while their overseas counterparts copped the remaining three top titles.

The longest event, the Reggae Marathon, went to Poland’s Bartosz Olszewski. He clocked two hours 36 minutes and three seconds (2:36.03). Elina Junnila, also from Poland, snatched the female title in 3:08:50.

Defending male 10K champion Dwayne Graham retained his title in 32:01.

“It feels great to come back and take the title, I really love this,” a winded Graham told the Sunday Gleaner following his big win.




The farmer gave his formula for success as nothing more than eating right, complemented by training hard in the hills of his home parish of St Mary. He even boasted that he won despite putting in less training than he did in previous years, noting that this is a testament to his passion for athletics.

“This is my third year. The first time I came in third, while for my second and third year I am first so it’s job well done,” he stated, adding that he will be back for the title next year.

The first female home in the 10K was Danielle James. She clocked 39:51. James credited her success to some intense training at G.C. Foster College where she is also currently pursuing a two-year coaching course.

“The first time I came here, I came in second. The second time I was third and now I am first so I’m feeling pretty good,” said James.

The Half Marathon male and female winners were Jamaica’s Kirk Brown and Canadian Heather Colasuomno.

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Skipper Holder: No time for excuses

West Indies captain Jason Holder

BRISBANE, Australia (CMC):

West Indies captain Jason Holder has demanded immediate improvements from his floundering side, after they suffered a humiliating 10-wicket defeat to a youthful Cricket Australia XI in their four-day tour match yesterday.

In a frank assessment where he minced no words, the 24-year-old told reporters his players needed to examine themselves, take responsibility for their performances and “stop looking for excuses”, as they looked to lift themselves ahead of the opening Test against Australia starting Thursday in Hobart.

“Obviously, we’re going to cop a bit of criticism. We obviously have to improve, there’s no doubt about it,” a sober Holder said.




“Going into the Test match, we’re up against the number-two ranked side in the world in Australia so we have to be better, we need to make the most of these coming days and make sure our preparation is very good leading up to the first game.

“We’re at the stage now where we need to make some strides forward. We’ve been a bit stagnant for a few months so we just need to pick ourselves up, try something different and find it within ourselves.

“Each player has to look in the mirror, reflect on their personal performance and hope to uplift the team, especially in this first Test match.”

Opting to bat first at Allan Border Field, West Indies managed only 243 all out and then watched helplessly as Cricket Australia XI – with six players on first-class debut – piled up 444 all out.

In their second innings, the Windies slumped to 97 for seven on the third day before being dismissed for 210 early on the final morning, leaving the hosts with a mere 10 runs to win.

Wanted: something like a miracle

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons (centre) gives his team a pep talk during a training session in Brisbane, Australia last week week.

The West Indies are in Australia, and although the Australians are blooding some new players themselves, the West Indies, beaten and battered since 1995, are struggling along and fighting against the odds on a return to their glory days.

Since that day in 1995 when they bowed to Australia, they have been beaten by almost everyone, except by Bangladesh and Zimbabwe; they have lost 5-0, they have failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, and their awesome fast bowlers and their brilliant batsmen of earlier times are now, for want of a better term, firing blanks, most of them.

No country, not England and certainly not Australia, who once ruled the roost, took this long a time to return to the top, or close to it.

Just recently, the West Indies team toured Sri Lanka, and despite Sri Lanka losing the services of batsmen Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Tilikaratne Dilshan, as well as fast bowler Lasith Malinga, in spite of their confidence going in, they still failed to win a Test match for a 2-0, 3-0, and 1-1 result in Test matches, ODIs, and T20s.

With the scores showing Sri Lanka 484, West Indies 251 and 227 in the first Test; and Sri Lanka 200 and 206, West 163 and 171 in the second Test, the West Indies batting failed miserably in the Test matches.

And it wasn’t any better in the ODIs where, in winning 3-0, Sri Lanka once scored 228 for two wickets while batting second.

The West Indies’ only saving grace cane in the T20 tournament which they drew 1-1 but suffered a heavy defeat when Sri Lanka ran up 215 for three batting first.

The West Indies are now in Australia, and despite losing 4-1 on their first tour in 1930-31, 4-1 in 1951-52, and 2-1 in the exciting series of 1960-61, 4-1 in 1968-69, and an embarrassing 5-1 in 1975-76 before the wonderful days of the 1980s and early 1990s, the future looks bleak.

In those early days, the West Indies boasted players of the quality of George Headley and Frank Martin, Learie Constantine, Herman Griffith, Tommy Scott, Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Gerry Gomez, Sonny Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine, Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding.


While Australia have remained strong or nearly strong all the time, the West Indies have got weaker and weaker, to the point where they are now ranked only above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Whereas the West Indies once filled to capacity cricket grounds like Lord’s and the Eden Gardens, Melbourne and Sydney, they are hardly likely to do so this time around; and whereas countries lined up to play the West Indies once upon a time, tours by the West Indies are run at a loss these days.

The West Indies, regardless of what they may think, are no longer the attraction they once were. Apart from the results of matches, their batsmen, their bowlers, and most of their fielders are no longer as exciting, as fast, as furious, as excellent, and as brilliant as they were once upon a time.

Once upon a time, particularly under Worrell, Sobers, Kanhai, Lloyd, and Richards, one was proud to be a West Indian, regardless of where in the world one found oneself.

It may not be so when it comes to skill, but when it comes to results and to performance, this West Indies team may well be the weakest of all West Indies teams going back to 1928 and the West Indies first Test match.

This team, the same team to a man which toured Sri Lanka, is going to Australia to take on Australia with their top batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, averaging 34.82 in 61 Test matches and 40.01 in 39 Test matches; and with their two top bowlers, possibly Jerome Taylor and Devendra Bishoo, averaging 32.99 in 43 matches and 38.35 in 15 matches.

Those figures pale in comparison to a team of good, promising young batsmen, a team with batsmen like David Warner and Steve Smith, one with 15 centuries, including two in one match on three occasions, from 44 matches, and one with 12 centuries, including four in one series, from 34 matches.

Fortunately for the West Indies, their batsmen in particular, Mitchell Johnson has just retired, and Mitchell Starc is injured. It is, however, also a team packed with really good fast bowlers in Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, and Peter Siddle, plus Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

It also boasts, in Nathan Lyon, a good, old fashioned off-spin bowler.

As a West Indian, I hope I am wrong, and I pray I am wrong. It seems, however, based on the look of both teams, and although the Australian batting seems top heavy, that this tour of Australia will be another disaster, probably worse than 1975 when a team including Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Viv Richards, Alvin Kallicharran, Clive Lloyd, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding was massacred by Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, and company.

It was, however, the start of something good. With a little luck, maybe with something like a miracle, the action, starting in Hobart on Wednesday, may be the beginning of something good.

STETHS make it five

Paul Clarke
St Elizabeth Technical's (STETHS) captain Chris-Andrew Dixon (centre) accepts the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup trophy from FLOWs head of marketing, Carlo Redwood, (second left), with the team's players and technical director Wendell Downswell (left), and Shanakay Maragh (Bigga marketing executive) also part of the presentation party. STETHS edged Dinthill 1-0 to win the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup. Photo by Paul Clarke

Western Bureau:

St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) are the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup champions.

Neville Morgan’s header in the 57th minute was enough to hand STETHS a 1-0 win. It’s their second title in three years and their fifth overall.

Yesterday’s defeat extended Dinthill’s long wait for another hold on the coveted title. They last won the trophy in 1981.

The Montego Bay Sports Complex hosted the final, and as promised by the STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn, it was one to be remembered.

Prior to the match, the STETHS coach he really wanted to take this title after several early-season setbacks, and his players played like they were on a mission yesterday.

From the opening whistle STETHS enjoyed the majority of ball possession and it was clear that Dinthill’s tactics of sitting deep in defence and allowing STETHS to attack would backfire in the end.


They came very close to opening their account in the 20th minute, when several attempts on the Dinthill goal resulted in a header crashing against the crossbar. The rebound was subsequently put over, as Dinthill breathed a collective sigh of relief.

That was STETHS’s first real chance, but before that the danger man for Dinthill, Rodave Murray, had a half chance which he also failed to convert at the other end.

Just after the half-time break, it was time for STETHS’s ace goalgetter Michael Kerr to show his worth and he nearly made Dinthill pay with a rasping shot that flew just wide of the far post in the 50th minute.

Dinthill’s big goalkeeper George Brown then saved smartly, diving to his right to block another of Kerr’s efforts with his leg to keep the scoreline even.

But with their opponents offering little in attack, STETHS struck. Morgan rose above the Dinthill defenders to head past Brown from a left-sided corner for the only goal of the final.

STETHS supporters invaded the field at the final whistle as they celebrated wildly.

Dinthill’s only consolation is that they will still have the current team intact next year to mount another assault, and perhaps take that other step in lifting the title that keeps eluding them.

Bournemouth stun Chelsea

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud (centre) scoring a header during the English Premier League match against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London yesterday. Arsenal won 3-1.


In a Premier League season where the usual narrative has been ripped up, there was no shortage of surprises yesterday.

The tone for the day was set by Manchester City collapsing 2-0 at Stoke and Leicester then seized the opportunity to go top of the league by beating Swansea 3-0.

Leicester were struggling to avoid relegation last season but now find themselves atop the standings the exact opposite of Chelsea’s trajectory. The defending champions’ season sank to a new low when they lost 1-0 at home to promoted Bournemouth, an eighth defeat in 15 league games that leaves them just three points above the relegation zone.

Glenn Murray scored an 82nd-minute winner after barely 90 seconds on the field as Bournemouth became the first Premier League newcomers to beat Chelsea since 2001.

“It must rank as the best individual result in the club’s history,” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said.

And it’s been some history at 125-year-old Bournemouth, with the south-coast team coming close to being relegated from the fourth professional division in England and going out of business entirely over the last decade.

Embattled Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho maintained that the loss was undeserved and said the referee should have awarded a penalty before Bournemouth’s goal when Simon Francis handled.

“We dominated the game but one refereeing mistake cost us,” Mourinho said.

While no one expects Chelsea to be a relegation candidate, the team is now 17 points behind leaders Leicester languishing in 14th place, with Bournemouth only two points behind the champions.

fifth draw in nine games

Chelsea’s defeat puts Manchester United’s frustrations into perspective. United endured a fifth 0-0 draw in nine games in all competitions as West Ham held Louis van Gaal’s fourth-place team in check at Old Trafford.

Arsenal went to second by halting a three-game winless run with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland that saw Olivier Giroud score for both teams.

There was only one negative for Leicester. Jamie Vardy last weekend broke a Premier League record by scoring in his 11th consecutive match, but the striker missed out on equalling the all-time pre-1992 top-flight mark of 12 games.

Instead, Riyad Mahrez grabbed his first career hat-trick to send Leicester two points clear.

Leicester’s victory at Swansea will cast further doubt on the future of home manager Garry Monk whose team has taken only six points out of out a possible 33.

Leicester displayed the attacking swagger sorely lacking in City’s performance at Stoke as Manuel Pellegrini’s side went a fourth away game without a win in the league. Marko Arnautovic scored twice from Xherdan Shaqiri’s assists as Stoke tore City apart.

“In this game we are playing with the same players in the last three games,” Pellegrini said, bemoaning injuries to Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. “Maybe it’s the reason why we didn’t play with the energy that we need to win.”

Tottenham drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion after Dele Alli’s opener was cancelled out by James McClean. Tottenham remain three points behind United the only team to beat the north London club in the league on the opening day.

Watford moved into the top half of the standings by beating Norwich 2-0 as captain Troy Deeney scored for a fourth consecutive game.

Woeful WI staring at innings defeat

Captain Jason Holder

BRISBANE, Australia (CMC):

West Indies were staring at a humiliating innings defeat in the face after an all-too-familiar second-innings batting collapse left them hanging by a thread, on the penultimate day of their four-day tour match against a youthful Cricket Australia XI here yesterday.

Trailing by 201 on first innings after watching the hosts convert their overnight 245 for four into 444 all out at the Allan Border Field, West Indies slumped to 125 for seven at the close, still requiring a further 76 runs to avoid a demoralising defeat.

Captain Jason Holder was unbeaten on 26 and partnered by tail-ender Kemar Roach on nine, with only Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel to come.

Carlos Brathwaite has so far top-scored with a robust 31,

batting at number eight, while opener Rajindra Chandrika and the experienced Marlon Samuels both scored 21.

Of the top six, they were the only ones to make it past 15 as two debutant seamers, Ryan Lees and James Bazley, ripped through the West Indies top order to leave the innings in tatters at 59 for six.

The 21-year-old Lees finished with three for 37 and Bazley, only 20, claimed two for 39, while leg-spinner Cameron Boyce picked up two for 56.

The display will be worrying for West Indies ahead of next week’s first Test, especially coming against a side fielding six players on first-class debut.

They were in trouble from as early as the fourth ball of the innings when Kraigg Brathwaite perished without scoring, caught at point by Bazley off Lees, without a run on the board.

Left-hander Darren Bravo followed soon afterward for five, nicking a defensive prod at Bazley behind, to leave the tourists on seven for two.

Chandrika, who faced 47 balls and struck two fours, then repaired the innings somewhat in a 29-run, third-wicket stand with Samuels who faced 53 deliveries and also counted two fours.

Bazley, however, removed Chandrika to a catch in the slips by substitute Tim Paine and with a run added in the next over, Lees removed Jermaine Blackwood without scoring to a catch at the wicket, as the Windies tumbled to 37 for four.

Plucky Dinthill could spoil STETHS' party

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Dinthill's coach Anthony Patrick
Romaine Brown of Dinthill (right), turns expertly away from an incoming tackle from Jevaughn Bailey of Manchester High, during a recent daCosta Cup semi-final match at the Juici Field in Clarendon.

Western Bureau:

After a long, often frustrating 34-year wait, Dinthill Technical now have the chance to once again play for the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup title, when they clash with St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) in this afternoon’s final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 4:30 p.m.

Much is riding on this one, as Anthony Patrick, in his first year as head coach of Dinthill, will be on the cusp of joining an elite set of coaches – Jackie Walters, Oliver Clue and Frank Brown to have won both the daCosta and Manning Cups, but for him the focus should rightly remain on his players.

“It’s really about them. If we play our game and win the final against STETHS, everybody associated with Dinthill will be happy. That is what we are hoping for,” coach Patrick said.

“It is their good side against our good side. Anything can happen, but we are very happy to be here and want to do our best. We want to win and is going out there to win,” he added.

According to Patrick, his team has what it takes and have been preparing all season for this moment.

He said that as far back as in April, along with assistant coach Curtis Hamilton, the team’s management, the entire school have been in support of their dreams.

“Everyone has played a part in us reaching this far, but my hat is off to the players. They have given all to this moment. Confidence is right where we want it to be and it’s a good feeling,” the coach said.

As well it should be. With the prodigious talent of Rodave Murray in full swing, he has one of the most lethal strikers in the game. They will need him and the team’s tenacity to be crowned champions. Murray has 27 goals to his name.

Not to mention goalkeeper George Brown, whose efforts between the posts has been underrated to say the least. Brown has been a tremendous part of Dinthill’s march to the final and will be called upon this afternoon to once again be the wall to stop Michael Kerr and company from scoring.

“Big Brown is a huge part of our success. I think he is the best at the position in his age group,” stated Patrick.

“But football is a team sport, so all our players have been impressive. Now we must take it to the STETHS team to win,” he said.

– Paul Clarke

Dreams will come true in Diamond Mile

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Wayne DaCosta (right) trainer of SEEKING MY DREAM and owner, Member of Parliament Derrick Smith.fileTrainer Wayne DaCosta (right) holds a strong hand in tomorrow's Cal's Jamaica Derby. DaCosta trains ante post favourite ALI BABA and the expected second favourite SEEKING MY DREAM. The latter is owned by Derrick Smith (left).
Gladstone Taylor
SEEKING MY DREAM (Omar Walker up).

Sixteen of the very best horses in the country will today contest the inaugural running of the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile, which offers a record purse of $13.5 million.

The mammoth 14-race pro-gramme at Caymanas Park, which commences 10:10 a.m., will see the remaining 13 races offering purses of $1 million and over. And if that wasn’t enough, purse money will be paid to the first 10 past the post in the Diamond Mile, with a whopping $6.5 million going to the owner of the winner, $2.1 million for second, and $1.25 million for third.

The race, which was conceived by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, is being sponsored by Supreme Ventures Limited with support coming from Caymanas Track Limited and the Jamaica Racing Commission.

With so much at stake and the big guns of racing chomping at the bit to get a piece of the action, it should be a day of huge excitement. All roads will definitely lead to Caymanas Park today.


Among the galaxy of stars down to run in the Diamond Mile are the 2013 derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, one

of six horses conditioned by 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta; stable-companions SEEKING MY DREAM, who won the derby in June; and ALI BABA, winner of the 2000 Guineas in April; two-time Horse of the Year; TYPEWRITER; the recent Superstakes winner FRANFIELD; not to mention the crack imported horse UPPA TUNE; outgoing champion sprinter POTCHEEN; and, of course, COMMANDING CHIEF.

At the weights, the race looks tailored for SEEKING MY DREAM, to be ridden by four-time champion Omar Walker for Member of Parliament Derrick Smith.

SEEKING MY DREAM estab-lished himself as the season’s top three-year-old by virtue of having won the derby in June and his close second to ALI BABA and SUPERLUMINAL in both the 2000 Guineas and St Leger, respectively.

He catches my fancy, with the conditions of weight allotment for the three-year-olds (53.0kg) decisively in his favour.

Since losing the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile on the line to the lightly weighted PHINEAS on November 14, SEEKING MY DREAM has impressed at exercise. He looked the part when cantering nine furlongs Sunday morning, galloping the last six in 1:13.2, beating his much accomplished stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR by a length in the process.

To say that SEEKING MY DREAM has improved since losing to SUPERLUMINAL in the July 4 St Leger would be an understatement.

Indeed, I am expecting him to win on the strength of his near miss in the Invitational Mile when having his first outing in over four months. Toting top weight of 57.0kg that day, SEEKING MY DREAM, with Robert Halledeen aboard that day, chased stable-companion FORTUNEONE-HUNDRED before going by entering the straight, only to be denied on the line by the fast-finishing PHINEAS.


Now better for the run, SEEKING MY DREAM should make no mistake with his derby-winning jockey, Walker, back in the saddle. The Harry Parsard-trained UPPA TUNE is versatile and consistent as they come and given his strong pace, should make a brave bid with champion Dane Nelson aboard. But the biggest danger to SEEKING MY DREAM is his own stable-companion, PERFECT NEIGH-BOUR, who ran on strongly to beat a good field of grade one horses in the Gold Cup over 1400 metres some weeks ago and will truly relish a mile.

Other firm fancies on the card are MESSITHEGREAT in the opening race for maiden three-year-olds; FORCE DEJOUR, who has win seven of his last eight races, to rebound in the second; WILL IN CHARGE to go one better in the fifth for maiden two-year-olds; as well as SHINE in the seventh; BRAVE PROSPECT in the ninth; and SILVER CLOUD to complete the hat-trick in the 10th, the SVL Diamond Sprint Trophy over 1200 metres.