Lord Equus to rebound

first_img LATE SUPER-6 FANCIES TOMORROW’s Jamaica Oaks 12-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a host of carry-overs, including $4.2 million in the Pick-9 from Race Four to 12 and $1.1 million in the late Super-6 from Race Seven to 12. There is also a place pot carry-over of $281,000 as well as $95,097 hi-five carry-over from Sunday to tomorrow’s fifth race and a superfecta carry-over of $146,000 from Sunday’s eighth race to the first race tomorrow. We look at the second Super-6 commencing in Race Seven, a four-year-old and up restricted allowance (non-winners of two) for fillies and mares to be contested by 10 starters over 1,200 metres. VALLEY OF QUEENS, KIMBERLY GOLD, SWEET DIMENSION, and the sparingly raced filly PROLIFIC PRINCESS are expected to figure prominently. Victory should go to the Neive Graham-trained PROLIFIC PRINCESS despite racing for the first time since August of last year. Back then, she was a runaway winner over this trip in the fairly good time of 1:14.3, and with connections, including popular owner O’Shaun Connection doing very well with their string of horses this season, PROLIFIC PRINCESS should return with a bang under title-chasing jockey Omar Walker. She has most to fear from KIMBERLY GOLD, who hails from the in-form stables of Steven Todd. (7) PROLIFIC PRINCESS (8) ITALIANO/MIND SET (9) LORD EQUUS/CLASSY AVIATOR (10) LOTTERY TICKET/ HONEY DARLIN (11) NUCLEAR AFFAIR (12) SMOKEY TOPAZ/ MERITONE Walker, Graham, and O’Shaun Connection should team up once again to win the eighth race over 1500 metres (claiming $450,000-$400,000) with down, in-class ITALIANO. Having beaten better in his first two races of the season in January, the seven-year-old grey gelding should defy topweight of 57.0kg over what is an ideal trip for him but should still be wary of the Wayne DaCosta-trained MIND SET and the recent winner STAR NEW VISTA. LORD EQUUS, who finished a good fifth to FUTURE KING in the recent Post to Post 2000 Guineas, should take a lot of beating in the ninth race over 1200 metres, this for non-winners of two three-year-olds. Trained by 14-time champion PhilipFeanny, LORD EQUUS notched his last win over this trip in the fairly good time of 1:13.4, and based on his good fourth to CHASE THE GREAT in the March 19 Prince Consort Stakes (Guineas trial), will prove hard to beat with only 51.5kg and Oneil Mullings aboard. CLASSY AVIATOR (Wesley Henry up) and the Wayne DaCosta-trained LITTLE BIG HORN (Walker up) are twin dangers in a field of 11. Race number 10 for the Ricochet Cup over the round-five course for maiden three-year-old fillies should resolve itself into a straight fight between the Feanny-trained HONEY DARLN (Mullings up), who went down fighting against SUPER COP last Saturday, and the DaCosta-trained LOTTERY TICKET (Walker up), who showed promise on her recent debut. It should to be close, but for me, it’s LOTTERY TICKET. The 11th race, the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks for native-bred three-year-old fillies over 2,000 metres, looks a mere formality for the impressive 1000 Guineas winner NUCLEAR AFFAIR, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros. This exceptional hree-year-old filly is unbeaten in three starts this season, and having looked razor sharp at exercise, should lead home Guineas runner-up A THOUSAND STARS in a field of 10. Then, close all bets with the speedy SMOKEY TOPAZ under top apprentice Linton Steadman in the last race over 1,200 metres, where MERITONE and BLUE DIXIE are main rivals in a field of 11 overnight allowance horses. IDEAL TRIPlast_img read more

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Sizzling Chinese economy spurs worries over inflation

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stocks later stabilized in the United States – unlike the panic selling on Feb. 27 that sent the Dow Jones industrial average plunging 416 points in the worst one-day rout since the Sept. 11 attacks. But the “China effect” on investors around the world remains palpable, due in large part to just how important trade with China has become for most nations. On Thursday, the State Council in China vowed that it would take steps to keep the economy from overheating. It has said the same thing several times in the past year, to little avail. The economy keeps exceeding growth expectations even though interest rates have been increased three times in the last year and curbs have been imposed on investments in real estate, the auto industry and other fields. The latest evidence that the restrictions haven’t taken hold: Beijing reported Thursday that fixed-asset investment countrywide grew a stunning 23.7 percent during March. But the real shocker for investors was the news that the consumer price index in March rose 3.3 percent, its highest since hitting 3.9 percent in February 2005. China has said it wants to keep inflation under 3 percent for the whole year after it increased 1.5 percent in 2006. BEIJING – The signs of a surging economy are everywhere: flashy luxury cars, glitzy shopping malls, expensive restaurants and construction cranes in many neighborhoods. For most Chinese, this is a good thing. It means more jobs, higher incomes and rising affluence. But China’s leaders, fearful of accelerating inflation and the risk that all this investment could collapse in a debt crisis if borrowers go bankrupt, are trying to apply the brakes. How well they succeed is taking on an increasing global importance, as a slide in stock prices in Asia and then Europe on Thursday demonstrated. The reaction came after Beijing reported its economy expanded in the first quarter a sizzling 11.1 percent from the same quarter a year ago and that inflation was the highest in two years. last_img read more

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