Impressive win by Long Running Train

first_imgThe progressive American 4-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN made it two wins from as many starts this season, slamming her five opponents in the annual renewal of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy grade one feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a short priced favourite at 2-5 with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN chased and disposed of long-time leader RAGING PROSPECT (31-1) leaving the half mile and moving away to win by seven lengths from SOUTHERN CRUISE (5-1). Following a stewards’ inquiry, BRAWN (3-1), who passed the post third with Aaron Chatrie aboard, was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference to topweight HOVER CRAFT (4-1), who was promoted to third. Last season’s Most Improved Trainer, Harry Parsard, said that LONG RUNNING TRAIN is turning out to be a top-class filly and racing fans are yet to see the best of her. “She won with the minimum of fuss today and although effective over middle distances, she has progressed to a point where it’s going to be difficult for any horse to beat her going two turns,” argued Parsard, who also owns the bay filly by Flower Alley – Cuz You Never Know. “This was her first win in grade one company and I suspect it will be the first of many,” he added. Henry, on the other hand, described LONG RUNNING TRAIN as an ‘exceptional filly’ who is ready to go places. “I am happy that my recent shoulder injury, which kept me out of the saddle for almost a month, has healed in time to secure the ride and provide me with yet another win aboard her,” said Henry, who rode two winners on the card, including the 52-1 outsider PAPER N LACE for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the second race over a mile. Meanwhile, on a day of upsets, LAZZA (4-1), the first of two winners for apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, won the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race in post-to-post fashion, while CHEXIMAKIT, with Harleston Lewis up, scored a 15-1 upset in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maidens over the straight. Disqualifiedlast_img read more

Gary Best’s attack on Mark Phillips exposed the PNC’s desperation

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me a few column inches in your newspaper to respond to unsubstantiated and fallacious claims by PNCR executive Rear Admiral Gary Best, who, out of sheer desperation, attempted to discredit the credentials of an outstanding patriot, Brigadier (Ret’d), Mark Phillips.Rear Admiral Best, a former army chief himself, at one of the PNCR’s Friday rants sought to make the case that Brigadier Phillips is no match for his party’s leader, Brigadier (ret’d) David Granger – a most outlandish statement from a man who we once entrusted with the protection of our borders.I wish to remind Rear Admiral Best of a few facts. First, Brigadier Phillips led the Guyana Defence Force with distinction and has maintained an untainted character post-military.Brigadier Phillips is also highly qualified, both as a military officer and an academic. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Management from the University of Guyana and a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Management from La Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic.Brigadier Phillips has held several appointments, including Colonel (Administration and Quartering), and Colonel (General Staff) in the GDF’s Defence Headquarters, during his 30 years of military service.  He was also Guyana’s Head of Delegation to the Inter-American Defence Board from 2008 to 2009, and was up to 2011 Guyana’s non-resident Military Attaché to Venezuela. Over the years, Brigadier Phillips has demonstrated his ability to manage.Brigadier Phillips is an outstanding orator with hands-on knowledge of our national security architecture. He has never violated our Constitution and has always demonstrated respect for the rule of law.Having listened to Brigadier Phillips’s presentation on a recent televised interview relating to national security, one can easily conclude that he is au fait with the current state of our national security and has a vision of how to correct this mess created by the Granger-led APNU/AFC.Having outlined the impeccable record of Brigadier Phillips, let us now examine Brigadier Granger’s record, both as a military officer and President of Guyana.Granger was never seen as fit and proper to lead the Guyana Defence Force and was never appointed to such a post due to his poor management skills or lack thereof. As a matter of fact, both President Burnham and President Hoyte bypassed him and appointed others. His failed Government is the testimony that he is unfit and improper to lead or manage anything.Despite his promises, Granger failed to devise a national security plan for Guyana, even though he is surrounded by the likes of Best and others who claim to have all the answers to issues of national security.Granger has violated and continues to violate the Constitution which he swore to uphold, both as an officer of the GDF and President of Guyana.Further, he has very poor knowledge of national security and continues to bungle on this issue every time he attempts to speak to this matter, making him a mismatch for Brigadier Phillips.Editor, I would also like to highlight that Rear Admiral Best has no moral authority to question the intelligence and integrity of anyone. He publicly supports a coalition whose tenure in office is wreaked in corruption, cronyism, nepotism, incompetence and disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law. Brigadier Phillips, on the other hand, is not a member of any political party and has never supported a Government that has violated our Constitution.Rear Admiral Best speaks of integrity but lives on a plot of land at Pradoville 2 where he constructed a sprawling mansion for which Former Housing Minister, Irfaan Ali is facing politically-concocted charges.Yours respectfully,Edward Laynelast_img read more