Unique double for trainer Robinson

first_imgTrainer Lorenzo Robinson had the unique distinction of winning races in separate countries yesterday. MR DOITBETTA romping home by 13 lengths in the inaugural running of the Simply Magic Cup over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park and a 70-1 outsider to victory at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Canada earlier in the day. Robinson, a noted owner, trainer and breeder, was not present at Caymanas Park to see his fast-improving 3-y-o gelding, MR DOITBETTA (9-2), make hacks of his seven age-group rivals in the Simply Magic Cup to make it two in a row, but the news was music to his ears. Instead, Robinson was at Woodbine to lead in his other winner, having obtained a licence to train at Canada’s premier racetrack a fortnight ago, Speaking from Canada via telephone shortly after his double victory, Robinson said he was on top of the world. “Judging from the manner of his two recent wins, MR DOITBETTA, who, I understand, won in good time of 1:57.2, could develop into a live classic contender with the Derby, St. Leger and next month’s Lotto Clasic (Governor’s Cup) fast approaching. “The plan is to commute between Jamaica and Canada and, having started with a bang in Canada, it could open doors for me in no time up here,” he added. Ridden by the promising claiming apprentice Hakeen Pottinger, MR DOITBETTA was held off the early pace as the 7-5 favourite MY WAY led under pressure from ANOTHER FURY (5-1) approaching the final bend. By then, MR DOITBETTA had made rapid headway and, coming three wide into the straight, quickly disposed of MY WAY to win by a wide margin from 2-1 chance DR TRAIN. In the absence of Robinson, MR DOITBETTA was saddled by stand in trainer Lincoln Lungs. A roan gelding by Vibank out of Olympic Advice, “DOITBETTA” is owned and bred by Robinson as well. On a day when second-race winner, 3-2 favourite BARS OF GOLD was disqualified by the stewards for causing interference at the start, the nine-race programme proved challenging for punters. The upsets were provided by MIRACLE RECOVERY (made all) at 19-1 in the first race, KIRI at 7-1 in the third and TARANTINO at 9-2 in the fifth. Champion jockey Shane Ellis rode two winners in BAD BOY JUSTIN (3-1) and SURE MAN (5-2) in the sixth and seventh races, respectively.last_img read more

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$100M allocated for bulletproof vehicles purchased on credit

first_img– Govt roasted for alleged breach of Accountability ActFor Ministry of PresidencyOver $100 million dollars of taxpayers’ money have been allocated in the 2018 Budget to cover an alleged corrupt act, which saw the Government of Guyana, via the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP), purchasing more bulletproof vehicles — worth millions of dollars — on credit from a local business entity in 2016. The purchased vehicles have reportedly been delivered although arrangements to pay for them have not been made in the 2017 budgetary allocation, as is provided for in the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act. The Ministry of the Presidency allegedly has even already put some of these vehicles into use.According to the Parliamentary Opposition, the Government allegedly purchased five new bullet proof vehicles despite there being no budgetary allocation made therefor in 2017. Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Bishop Juan Edghill told a media conference on Thursday that this move is in clear breach of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.Edghill, who was earlier this week suspended from the National Assembly, has claimed that Government is not allowed to make purchases on credit. He noted that this breach amounts to corruption and poor transparency.“The Government compromised itself with a supplier by taking an advance in vehicles and trying to find monies in 2018 to pay for that (transaction),” he opined.Saying he would have liked to ask the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, several questions about the transactions, Edghill declared that the Permanent Secretary would have had several questions to answer as well.The vehicles were reportedly purchased by the MoTP.last_img read more

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