Highly fancied RUNALLDAY and 10-1 outsider DON CHASSIS won the Front Runner-sponsored Hot Line and Sir Howard Stakes for native-bred three-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, over 1200 metres, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Both races, which offered purses of $1.1 million, marked phase two of the Front Runner Racing Series, which was introduced last year for native bred two-year-olds. This year, Front Runner and Newport Mills Limited extended the sponsorship to three-year-olds preparing for the classics in four races – Hot Line Stakes, Sir Howard Stakes as well as the Thornbird (Guineas trial) for fillies, and Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both scheduled for March 18 over 1400 metres.In the 23rd running of the Hot Line Stakes, contested by nine fillies, RUNALLDAY, who raced prominently in third as the marginal 4-5 favourite FORT JKOX disputed the lead with DON’T BLUSH BABE, stormed through on the rails past FORT KNOX, leaving the furlong pole to win by four lengths in a new stakes record time of 1:12.3. LADY FAYE (12-1) stayed on well to pip FORT KNOX for second behind fast splits of 22.1 and 45.2 for the half mile.LIGHTLY RACEDA lightly raced bay filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Racee, RUNALLDAY, who won as the 4-5 second favourite, was ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony Nunes and reigning champion owner Stephan Narinesingh. She was bred by HAM Stables Limited.Later in the afternoon, the Philip Feanny-trained DON CHASSIS ran on well from just off the early pace to catch and beat long-time leader and 1-2 favourite LOOSE CANNON under champion jockey Omar Walker by 2 1/2 lengths.DON CHASSIS, who had previously won the Mercury Sprint over the straight on January 28, was one-two winners for two-time champion jockey Shane Ellis and 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny. A lightly raced chestnut colt by Performing Magic out of Femme Doree (bred by Everglades Farms), DON CHASSIS covered the distance in the same time as RUNALLDAY (1:12.3).Superkids Racing Stables, who owns DON CHASSIS, highlighted the 11-race programme with three winners. The others were 6-5 favourite LORD EQUUS, with Ellis aboard, and stable-companion PINELOPE, who made all at odds of 7-2 to win the King’s Plate open allowance race over 1500 metres in decisive fashion with the apprentice Javaneil Patterson aboard. Both LORD EQUUS and PINELOPE are conditioned by trainer Patrick Fong.Nunes and stable rider Steadman completed a double as well with the 33-1 outsider KANALOA in the closing race over the round five course. Racing continues on Wednesday, the holiday card featuring the Ash Wednesday Trophy.
A bridge collapsed near Siliguri in Darjeeling district on Friday morning, injuring a truck driver, West Bengal Minister Rabindranath Ghosh said.The truck, which was crossing the bridge, was hanging from the broken portion of the structure that connects Manganj area to Siliguri, a major city in north Bengal.No other vehicle was plying at the time of the collapse. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital and discharged after administration of first aid.”The truck driver suffered minor injuries and his condition is stable now. The bridge, built by the local Zilla Parishad [district council] is meant only for small vehicles and ambulances. However heavy vehicles such as trucks carrying construction material often cross the bridge at night. This, along with lack of maintenance, caused the collapse,” Mr. Ghosh, who is North Bengal Development Minister, told The Hindu.The bridge, in Phansidewa subdivision, is about 75 metre long and was constructed 15 years ago. Locals blamed poor maintenance of the bridge as the reason for the collapse.This is the second bridge collapse incident in West Bengal this week. A portion of the Majerhat Bridge on an arterial road in Kolkata collapsed on September 4.An bridge under construction on NH 31D near Siliguri reportedly collapsed on August 11.(With inputs from PTI)
Dutch public service broadcaster NOS has appointed the director of Dutch broadcasting association BNNVARA as its new chief executive.Gerard TimmerGerard Timmer takes up the CEO role on May 1, replacing Jan de Jong who became a director of Feyenoord football club at the end of last year.Timmer said he looks forward to continuing to build on the strength of the broadcaster, describing NOS as “a wonderful organisation” and “the heart of journalism in the Netherlands”.
“I would also like to congratulate the organisers on an important first event to recognise learners and trainers.“Great work goes on in our communities in respect of learning and training with very dedicated and committed trainers and learners.“Recognising the accomplishments of those who achieve, and those who help, and support others achieve, is vital but we must also recognise the barriers that some individuals have to overcome to achieve.“Part time, community and adult learning are important to so many. Councillor Aileen MellonEDUCATION SPOKESPERSONMellon congratulates OCN on inaugural Recognising Learning Endeavour AwardsSinn Fein “More joined-up pathways through learning and training, and better partnership working of providers is more important than ever in the changing landscape that we now face in our working lives.” Mellon congratulates OCN on inaugural Recognising Learning Endeavour Awards was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Sinn Fein councillor Aileen MellonSINN Féin Councillor Aileen Mellon has congratulated all the winners and nominees of the inaugural OCN Recognising Learning Endeavour awards.The party’s education spokesperson said: “I’d like to congratulate all those who were nominated for and received awards at today’s inaugural OCN Recognising Learning Endeavour awards.