SHARED RIDING HONOURS Apprentice Anthony Thomas, who rode both TIMEFORARMS and FRANCIA’S PRIDE, shared the riding honours with Halledeen, who also rode two winners. Meanwhile, CTL presented cash awards to the winners and runners-up in the 2016 overall monthly winners in each category – Garth Samuels and Oneil Hinds (owners), Wayne DaCosta, Anthony Nunes (trainers), Bebeto Harvey (jockey), Sterling Smith, Ferron Hall (grooms). Racing continues on Wednesday. CAMPESINO confirmed his status as one of the country’s top sprinters with a facile victory in the season’s first grade one race, the $1.2 million Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres, at Caymanas Park yesterday. Toting topweight of 57.0kg with Robert Halledeen riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and popular owner Howard Hamilton, CAMPESINO, running as the 4-5 favourite in a field of five, chased the leader, SIR BUDGET, for most of the way before going by entering the straight. Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as he moved away to win by 33/4 lengths from 8-5 second favourite BRAWN and FRANFIELD in the smart time of 1:17.3 JAMAI RAJA (lame) was declared a late non-starter. This was CAMPESINO’s second consecutive win and his third from his last four starts. The consistent seven-year-old gelding by Campadre out of Yaella had previously won the St. Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres on January 7 and the prestigious Glen Mills O.J. Caribbean Sprint Championship over 1200 metes on November 12, ahead of his more fancied stable-companion BUZZ NIGHTMARE. On a day when O&S Tack Room provided product prizes, a bag of Alfalfa Cubes feed to the winning owner of each race, trainer FItzroy Glispie highlighted the 11-race programme with three winners. These were BIRD CATCHER (2-1), who humbled the highly-thought-of three-year-old colt FEARLESS SAMURAI (1-9 favourite) in the opening race over a mile, 3-5 favourite FRANCIA’S PRIDE in the second and the veteran campaigner TIMEFORARMS (2-1), who produced a tremendous late run on the rails to win the overnight allowance race over 1500 metres in a driving finish.
A Berbice money changer was on Sunday morning robbed and shot by bandits who pounced on him at Springlands, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Money changer Mohamed Abdel Razack, also called AzimReports are Mohamed Abdel Razack, also called Azim, of Elijah Avenue, Springlands, was plying his trade at Springlands when the armed bandits attacked him.Guyana Times was told that the 42-year-old man was standing outside the Boyo’s Beer Garden along the Corriverton Public Road about 05:25h when the incident occurred.According to information received, the men confronted Razack and pulled him off of the concrete structure where he was sitting and took the money he had in his pocket.The money changer told this newspaper that he has been in business for over two years and had in excess of 8000 Surinamese dollars (SRD), US$100 and in excess of $200,000 local currency.“When they pull me off and I fall, one of them take the gun and lash me behind my head and ask where the money,” the man related.The money changer said he wrestled with the bandits to defend himself and screamed for help, but the road was desolate.“I hold on on his hand and twist it, because if I did not twist the hand, he could have shot me in my face or stomach.”He further detailed that a shot was fired, but he did not know at the time that he had been struck.“I beg a car driver to drop me at the station, because I just get rob and the Police respond to me same time. We went and search in all the back streets and we ain’t find nobody. When we come back to the Station, then I feel the burning on my foot and realised that I get shot in the left thigh,” Razack explained.He was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital, where he was treated.All three bandits are said to have been wearing hoods and two of them carried firearms.The Police are on the hunt for them.