Start with fit Awesome Destiny

first_img (1) AWESOME DESTINY (2) SUPERTRONICS/MAN IN BLUE (3) BIG GEORGE (4) SUB STRUCTURE (5) BATTLE SONG/CLEARLY OURS (6) GOLDEN GLORY BIGGEORGE TIPPED TO WIN BIG GEORGE, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for DaCosta, has won two of his last three races and is tipped to repeat in the third race over the straight for four-year-olds and up. He represents the in-form horse in a small field of six, and despite the presence of the recent course winner ANOTHER BULLET and lightly weighted COME DANCE WITH ME. BIG GEORGE, however, has most appeal with only 53.0kg. Having dropped two classes to contest the fourth race (claiming $180,000) over 1000 metres round, SUB STRUCTURE, with Nelson aboard, should score an overdue win at the expense of the fleet-footed CLASSICAL TRAIN in the field of 12. The last two races in the first SUPER-6 should be won by BATTLE SONG (loves the straight) under in-form Aaron Chatrie and GOLDEN GLORY (Odean Edwards up) to beat his improving stable-companion CLASSY AVIATOR (Chatrie up) in the sixth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday, and the carry-over to tomorrow’s meet stands at $1.2 million. Both Super-6s were caught by punters and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The first Super-6 is from race one to six; the late Super-6 from five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1500 metres, confined to native and imported three-year-olds, to be contested by seven starters. The ones expected to figure seriously are recent winner WILL IN CHARGE under leading jockey Dane Nelson; the American filly AWESOME DESTINY with champion jockey Shane Ellis riding for trainer Gary Subratie, and MY COMPANION, who will now have the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards after flopping behind ORPHEUS in the Sir Howard Stakes over 1200 metres last Saturday. AWESOME DESTINY was all the rage (3-5 favourite) on her debut over 1200 metres some weeks ago but could only manage third, beaten three lengths by CRUISING MOTION. Now better for the experience and the longer trip to her liking, AWESOME DESTINY is expected to recoup losses despite the presence of the Robert Pearson-trained native-bred colt WILL IN CHARGE, who looked improved when scoring over a mile in the good time of 1:40.3. AWESOME DESTINY should chase the expected leader STUNNER before going through approaching the home turn and holding WILL IN CHARGE at bay. SUPERTRONICS, to be ridden by Robert Halledeen for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, went down fighting against the speedy YOGA recently and gets a glorious chance to go one better in the second race, a 4-y-o-and-up restricted allowance over 1100 metres (non-winners of two) in which eight will run. SUPERTRONICS has been knocking loudly at the door in recent weeks and should now win from MAN IN BLUE and BIMINI.last_img read more

Trade and investment the focus of this week’s Play Your Part TV

first_imgTravel With Flair joint founder and managing director Johanna Mukoki is making waves in the world of businessThis Sunday’s episode of the Play Your Part TV series focuses on South Africans who are helping build a better future for the country through the role they play in securing trade and investment. They include Richard Maponya, Leslie Sedibe, Vivian and Sorisha Reddy, Kenalemang Kgoroedira and Johanna Mukoki.Dreaming big, Richard Maponya started out small selling clothing offcuts. Today he owns Maponya Group, with interests in property, retail, horseracing and vehicle sales. The determined entrepreneur also opened Soweto’s first major shopping centre, Maponya Mall, in 2007.It has always been Richard John Pelwana Maponya’s dream to see Soweto grow its own flourishing economy. Born in Limpopo Province on 24 December 1926, Maponya is a property developer best known for building a business empire despite the restrictions apartheid imposed on black South Africans.Buying locally made goods is not just about patriotism; it’s about investing in the country, economic growth and job creation. Leslie Sedibe, head of Proudly SA, says every citizen should buy South African goods every time they shop. It is one way they can play their part for the nation.Social cohesion will only come on the back of economic success, says Sedibe. The country faces massive challenges of unemployment, poverty and growing inequalities, he points out. The simplest solution is to buy local as this will grow the economy and increase jobs.Added to his business acumen, he is a passionate activist and introduced the Ubuntu Schools Campaign against sexual violence and bullying in schools.There are some 36 000 commercial farmers in South Africa; they are in the main white and male. Yet, historically, Africa has been a continent of small-scale, subsistence farming where women crofter farmers have kept the food supply secure for their families and communities.Now, a small – barely two hectares – organic farm in the North West Province is trying to revive that tradition. Kenalemang Kgoroeadira – or Mama Kena – a PhD student at University of South Africa (Unisa), who conceptualised the project, hopes Thojane Organic Farm will grow into a working example of small-scale sustainable farming that gives local residents access to healthy food.From honing her entrepreneurial skills to support her family’s business at the tender age of 11 to heading up an internationally acclaimed travel agency from its head offices in Rivonia, Travel With Flair joint founder and managing director Johanna Mukoki is making waves in the world of business.With a Rhodes University Bcom degree in one hand and steely determination in the other, Mukoki made her bones doing her articles as a member of the KPMG (Aiken & Peat) Audit, Tax and Advisory firm before beginning her own foray into the world of entrepreneurship.last_img read more

Scott Metzger, July 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve actually missed some of these rains. This last week we had about eight tenths but to the south we really didn’t get hardly anything. The northern part of the county got around 2 inches. We are almost at 8 inches of rain for the month of July so far and the ground is still wet. We have plenty of moisture and we have a pretty good chance of having a good corn crop here.We sprayed probably half of the corn so far and the rest of it will be sprayed with fungicide this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had some fields with northern corn leaf blight and it has been corn after corn for a long time. Just about everything it seems like has gray leaf spot. We have a found a couple fields with common rust. When you get this kind of weather everything starts popping up.I am surprised I haven’t seen many issues as far as diseases in our beans. We’ve got some fields that are way too wet and the beans are yellow. I think our beans are to the point where yields are being hurt from as much rain as we’ve had. Some of these fields that lay wet are starting to hurt a little bit, but we have been scouting for disease and haven’t seen any yet. If you go down around Chillicothe, frogeye is running rampant down there. Our beans are in the R1, R2, or R3 stages. They are at the point where we need to spray if we are gong to spray. This last week the last of the corn started tasseling and pollinating. It was a bit warm but we had plenty of moisture.We have a great stand of double-crop beans. We will probably spray those this week. We were trying to decide whether to spray Xtend or just Roundup on them. We have some Plenish beans and I haven’t seen any issues in them with dicamba damage. In one field there is just a driveway splitting the Plenish on one side and the Xtend on the other. We didn’t have any issue with it.last_img read more

Rude welcome

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “To be honest, I was expecting us to be 4-1 after five games,” Garcia said. “But I really didn’t expect us to beat some of the teams that we beat and lose to Blackwater.”The 99-111 loss to the Elite on Wednesday, admitted Garcia, was a game they took lightly coming in.“Every team is a tough match,” Garcia said. “It’s how you come into the game.”Rey Nambatac had 12 points to lead the Painters, who also have victories over four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer and crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT “Lucky for us that Alaska [had manpower woes]. We allowed them to get back in the game.”The Painters, who didn’t have to contend with at least three of the Aces’ traditional starters, led by as much as 22 points and didn’t need anyone to dominate offensively in the lopsided contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRain or Shine, at 4-1, trails idle Phoenix (4-0).Alaska debuted sans Vic Manuel, JV Casio and Kevin Racal who have different injuries.A fourth Ace, Yutien Andrada, was also injured.In the second game, Roger Pogoy scored five straight points late in overtime to key an 80-75 TNT win over Magnolia, which also played its first game since ruling the Commissioner’s Cup last December.Pogoy scored 26 points and Jayson Castro 24 as the Texters rose to a fourth-best 3-3. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Chicano’s SEA Games preparation off to rousing start MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine’s Javee Mocon (left) and Alaska’s Jeron Teng chase the loose ball. —SHERWIN VARDELEONRain or Shine brought down another perennial PBA Philippine Cup title contender at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night, but coach Caloy Garcia said the Elasto Painters still need to improve on one major aspect.“We have to be consistent,” Garcia said after their 85-72 win over a severely undermanned Alaska crew that allowed the Painters to stay close behind unbeaten leader Phoenix Pulse.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more