Trainer 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.
Fabio Borini feels he could still have a future at Liverpool, according to Luke Edwards, the Daily Telegraph’s north-east correspondent.The Merseyside club accepted an offer in the region of £14million from Sunderland for the striker, after he enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season.The Black Cats are still waiting on an answer from the Italian as to whether he wants to make the move permanent.Edwards, speaking on The Sports Bar, said: “I think Borini is under this idea that if he stays at Liverpool then he will end up getting a chance.“With the [Loic] Remy deal collapsing, it has probably stiffened Borini’s resolve that if he sticks around he will get football and he is going to play.”Edwards, however, believes Borini could still join the Black Cats this summer, if Liverpool land another forward before the transfer window closes.“My personal view is Borini will end up coming,” he said. “As it gets closer to the window closing, particularly if Liverpool sign another forward, which they are trying to do, maybe Fabio will think he doesn’t really want to sit on the bench and play in the Capital One Cup.”
Photo: PTI 5_21_2017_000008BChennai, May 21 (PTI) J Jayalalithaa continues to draw crowds — even six months after her death.”Jaya pattiya kumbittukko (pay obeisance to Jaya grandma),” an elderly woman tells her grandchild at the mausoleum of the former chief minister at the Marina Beach here.The six-time chief minister passed away on December 5 last year after spending over 70 days in a hospital here.Men and women– young and old — continue to throng the “Amma samadhi”. On an average, about 15,000 people every day visit the final resting place of the late AIADMK chief amid the whistling sea breeze.Many of them are women, for whom Amma continues to be an icon. Among the others are party workers, sympathisers and tourists who wait in the serpentine queue to take a look at the samadhi.Rural people still look upon her as their Amma — or mother — and many speak of the several welfare schemes that she launched for their benefit.”She is among the women I look up to for inspiration, for her courage, for standing tall in the male dominated political arena,” says B Kalpana, a civil service aspirant.On being asked about Jayas conviction in a disproportionate assets case, S Jayanthi, a tourist from Batlagundu, retorts: “One should also note she gave people milch cows, goats, subsidised food (Amma Canteen) and more.”Similar praise is heard about her welfare schemes and some pioneering measures like all women police stations.Standing in the queue, K Masilamani, a retired government servant, recalls that Jayalalithaa took action under the Essential Services Maintenance Act in 2003 against striking employees.advertisement”Still,” he says “we cannot also forget that she implemented innovative welfare schemes.”He mentions the cradle baby scheme for orphans and Amma canteens which serve food at a subsidised rate.”We need to take everything into account,” he says.Some people sell biographies of Jayalalithaa, pocket-size photographs of the late CM and small diaries with her image at the site.The samadhi, just behind the memorial of Jayalalithaas mentor and former chief minister M G Ramachandran, sports a makeshift shamiana and steel railings with supporting ornamental pillars forming an enclosure.The spot where her mortal remains were interred is covered with cement plastering.Two portraits of Jayalalithaa — one massive, and the other small — adorn the mausoleum, the only signs that mark the spot as the late leaders resting place.The police say adequate measures are in place to regulate the crowd, which is expected to swell with school and college vacations.During weekdays, a police team led by an assistant commissioner is also on duty at the adjacent M G R memorial complex, which is under CCTV surveillance, a senior police official says.Since the number of visitors goes up substantially during the weekends, a deputy commissioner is posted on the site with an additional number of police personnel.Security guards drawn from a private security agency are deployed in the inner precincts of the Jayalalithaa memorial complex.Although the state government had allotted Rs 15 crore last December for the construction of a memorial for Jayalalithaa, work is yet to begin as a petition had been filed in the Madras High Court against the move.The petition was filed on the grounds that the late leader was the prime accused in a disproportionate assets case in which the Supreme Court on February 14 had convicted three co-accused, including V K Sasikala.The apex court had “abated the proceedings” against Jayalalithaa after her death. PTI VGN BN TVS BN ROH ARK BDS ARK