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Do not oppose Fearless Samurai

first_img FRANCIA’S PRIDE will report in good nick, and despite the strong claims of the Anthony Nunes-trained COUNTER ATTACK, she should make amends in a field of seven. TWO STEPS UP, who has been running consistently well, looks the one to beat in the third race 1100 metres for $250,000 – $210,000 claiming horses. She finished a close third to DIFERENTGENERATION and FIERY PATH over this trip in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup on February 8, and now dropped in class, should make no mistake in a field of nine. SHE’S A LEGACY, the mount of three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson, should be good enough to win the fourth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds, following her close second to BILINGUAL over 1100 metres last November. That represents better form than most and although she can expect stiff competition from lightly-raced ZI BEAST and first time runners PAINTTHISTOWNRED and RAGE OF ANGELS, SHE’S A LEGACY is given the edge in a field of 11. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by JESSIE JAMES and BALLON D’OR, with top apprentices Bebeto Harvey and Linton Steadman aboard. Their respective dangers are recent winner NATASHADONTPLAY and Nelson’s mount, LAZZA, a recent course winner. RUNNING CONSISTENTLY FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES With eight favourites having obliged last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught by scores of punters and all start anew with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. The Pick 9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a three-year-old and up restricted stakes to be contested by seven starters, including hat-trick seeker FEARLESS SAMURAI and recent winner BIRD CATCHER. With 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta ensuring that the race will go through by saddling all of four starters, it will take a brave punter to oppose his impressive 3-y-o colt, FEARLESS SAMURAI, with champion jockey Omar Walker again in the saddle. A winner of his last two races, FEARLESS SAMURAI looked a live classic contender on January 25 when strolling home by 81/2 lengths from LADY FAYE over 1500 metres. And before that, on October 17, he easily accounted for HENRY THE SECOND and subsequent champion, 2-y-o SOTOMAYOR, over 1400 metres, The son of Fearless Vision, Sayur, obviously has a touch of class and, having looked razor sharp at exercise, should lead home BIRD CATCHER, a narrow winner from over 1400 metres on February.4 Trainer Fitzroy Glispie, who conditions BIRD CATCHER, should have better luck with highly-fancied FRANCIA’S PRIDE in the second race over 1820 metres. The 4-y-o filly finished a length third to DANCING QUEEN and ANOTHER FURY over a mile on February 8, but the result would have been different had she not suffered interference from stable-companion, ANOTHER FURY, entering the straight. (1) FEARLESS SAMURAI (2) FRANCIA’S PRIDE/ COUNTER ATTACK (4) TWO STEPS UP/ ABOGADO (5) SHE’S A LEGACY/ ZI BEAST (5) JESSIE JAMES/ NATASHADONTPLAY (6) BALLON D’OR/ LAZZAlast_img read more

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JKL’s Ritah Imanishimwe eyes team victory at 3×3 Africa cup

first_img Tags: 3×3 Africa CupHope AkelloJKL Lady DolphinsRitah Imanishimwe Imanishimwe (R) has represented Uganda at both 3×3 and 5×5 basketball. (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAMPALA – The 2019 3×3 Africa Cup got underway on Saturday morning at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.The three-day competition has attracted a total of 12 Men’s teams and 10 in the Women category.Uganda will be represented by both the Men and Women.The women’s team features two of JKL’s players in Ritah Imanishimwe and Hope Akello.Imanishimwe who has represented the nation at both the U23 and senior level in the past, is hoping the nation runs out victorious.“As a team, we want to play the best game, compete and then try to win the championship, she noted.“Our target is to to try and win and we have prepared well in terms of physic and mental strength. We are ready to take on the task.The Ugandan women head into the competition as top seed and with individuals like Imanishimwe and Akello, they are expected to be among the teams to beat.Aside from the team goals, the Imanishimwe also has targets of her own.“As an individual, i would like to do my best to help my team go furthest in this competition, she continued.“This can only be achieved via a collective effort by both me and my teammates. We play as a team and shall win as one.Apart from 3×3 basketball, Imanishimwe has also represented Uganda in the normal game (5×5).She is a good shooter, hustler and also great at defense and without a doubt, one of the best female basketballers in the country.The women’s event is made up of 10 teams, with seven of those starting their campaign in the pool stage and the other three – Burundi, Djibouti and Mauritius – set to battle it out for the final spot in Pool A tomorrow morning.For the Women edition, Uganda has been placed in Pool A alongside Nigeria and Kenya.Second seeds Mali, the defending champions, feature in Pool B along with Egypt, Benin and Botswana.The top two teams from each pool will advance to the semi-finals.Following two days of round-robin action, all the knockout matches in both the men’s and women’s events are scheduled for Sunday (November 10th).Uganda is hosting the third edition of the most important 3×3 basketball competition for national teams in Africa.Togo’s capital Lomé staged the first two editions, in 2017 and 2018.Comments last_img read more

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