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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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No panic ahead of Continental debut-Muluya

first_img0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya gives out instructions during a training session at the Utalii Complex, in Nairobi on November 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 26 – Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya says his charges are calm but excited ahead of their debut in continental football on Tuesday when they face Djibouti’s Arta Solar in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round at the Kasarani Stadium.Sharks playing in only their second season in top flight football handed themselves a ticket to the Confederations Cup after winning the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Cup title with a 3-2 conquest over Sofapaka. “The atmosphere in training has been very good and the behavioral actions from the players is encouraging. They are willing to get into action and expecting a good outing on Tuesday. It is a good platform for them to show what they can do,” Muluya told Capital Sports.He added; “There is no kind of panic and the best thing is that we are starting at home so that gives the players a bit of confidence to go in and do well.”Sharks come into the match against a Djibouti side that finished eight out of 10 teams in their league and only picked a ticket to the competition after Ports who finished second in the league declined to participate.Kariobangi Sharks players sip in during a water break during a training session at the Utalii Complex, in Nairobi on November 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDespite their small and unknown pedigree, Muluya is not underrating them and has vowed his players will give their best to get a win and progress to the first round.“What I know about them is that most of them are in their national team and they are a team which likes to play possession football. We only know a few things about them but despite that we will not underrate them,” Muluya noted.“We will try and concentrate on improving our own play and with that we can always have a good chance of winning. It is our first match of the new season and we would like to kick off with a win,” added the tactician.Sharks will throw their young squad into the match and their squad hasn’t been helped much with key departures and injuries.Kariobangi Sharks new signing, defender Tom Teka makes a pass under pressure from teammate Moses Mwangi during training session at the Utalii Complex, in Nairobi on November 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe side lost dependable defender Pascal Ogweno to Gor Mahia while left back Bolton Omwenga left for KCB, a move that threw the side off balance after they had already submitted his name to CAF.“I would look at it as an opportunity for the other players to step up. I will not look at it as a problem but more for the opportunities it will present,” Muluya said.He further explained; “Bolton’s departure was quite untimely, but you know you cannot hold on to a player who got a better offer and would like to better his life. We are victims of our own success because they (Bolton and Ogweno) left because of their good performance in the team,”“I will believe in the players who have remained in the team and move forward.”Further, defender Geoffrey Shiveka will miss with injury while goalkeeper John Oyemba and midfielder Sven Yidah have just returned to training after recovering from long term injuries.Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Sven Yidah enjoys a chat with teammate Moses Mwangi during training session at the Utalii Complex, in Nairobi on November 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIt is Shiveka’s injury that has perhaps hurt Muluya the most, but he has called on his players to step up and cover for their injured assistant captain.“When your leader is missing it is tough but again, it means everyone has to become a leader. It is a blow for us and now the responsibility is on the whole team. In the Shield final we missed out top scorer Kapaito (Eric) but the others stepped in to fill his void,” Muluya opined.The club has also signed youngsters Peter Ogutu, Finley Osoro and Alvin Mang’eni all from High School while central defender John Otieno joins in from Nakuru All Stars.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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