Talking Horses: Mr Everest has right Cesarewitch credentials

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Hide Share on Twitter Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Pinterest Horse racing Tony Martin has largely kept this talented type off the Flat this year and he warmed up for this with a spin over hurdles at Listowel. He is well treated, well drawn and good value at the 16-1 available on Friday evening, though that may come under pressure overnight.2.20 Newmarket The Zetland Stakes may fall to Aidan O’Brien for a third straight year, thanks to Mythical. He’s a big, green colt and perhaps these undulations will catch him out but his Gowran performance hinted at plenty of ability.2.40 York We haven’t seen him for a while but it’s worth remembering how much promise was in the Goodwood maiden success of Cobra Eye during the Glorious meeting in late July. The next three horses have all won since and he was declared for the Acomb Stakes at the Ebor meeting here before becoming a late non-runner. This is not such a demanding next step and he has two siblings who won at this level.2.55 Newmarket With so much unexposed potential on offer, much may depend on which of these juveniles gets the run of the race. Bearing in mind that the stalls are against the stands’ rail, one possibility is that Military March will go straight into the lead from his high draw and the Godolphin runner could be hard to catch. He made a pleasing debut on the July Course in high summer and is bred to do much better with time and distance.3.15 York A first stab at 10 furlongs turned into an unfortunate Goodwood experience for Coolagh Forest but things went better for him at this track a month ago, when he beat 14 rivals by daylight. He looks a more reliable proposition than Harrovian. Show Quadrilateral digs deep to maintain unbeaten record in Fillies’ Mile Quick guide Saturday’s racing tips Thank you for your feedback. Talking Horses features … we have a small favour to ask. 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Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Hexham 1.25 Beneficial Quest 1.55 Raecius Felix 2.30 Military Hill 3.05 Just Georgie 3.40 Floating Rock 4.15 Bocasien Desbois 4.50 Dakota BeatNewmarket 1.45 Ascension 2.20 Mythical 2.55 Military March 3.30 Pinatubo 4.10 Mr Everest (nap) 4.45 Farzeen 5.20 Prince EijiYork 2.05 Convict 2.40 Cobra Eye 3.15 Coolagh Forest 3.50 Growl 4.25 Colour Image 5.00 Sassie 5.35 Lord Of The RockChepstow 2.10 Nordano 2.45 Diamond Guy 3.20 Drinks Interval 3.55 Reserve Tank 4.30 Zanza 5.05 Theo (nb) 5.40 CubaoWolverhampton 5.25 Spirited Guest 6.00 Kocasandra 6.30 Moneta 7.00 Great Bear 7.30 Pot Of Paint 8.00 Mac Jetes 8.30 Viola Park Share on Facebook 3.30 Newmarket As we saw in Paris last weekend, the very best horses can be vulnerable if conditions are not quite right, so caution is appropriate as Pinatubo faces rain-softened ground for the first time. That being said, Friday’s action did not suggest this surface is worse than good to soft and Charlie Appleby’s star should be able to win this Dewhurst if anywhere close to the form we have seen from him. Wichita has course experience but this is a lot tougher than the Group Three he won here last month.3.50 York Beaten only by a well-treated younger rival in the Ayr Gold Cup, Growl could get his day in the limelight. That game effort was his best in a busy year and of course he’s been raised a few pounds but he’s still more than a stone below his peak rating. Some of his best efforts have come on soft, including his fourth place in the Stewards’ Cup a couple of seasons ago. Read more A fascinating, absorbing Cesarewitch may fall to Mr Everest (4.10), who will hopefully get a smoother run through the Newmarket contest than he did in the Irish equivalent last year. He did well to get third at Navan that day and showed his ability in a similarly valuable handicap at Naas the following month. Was this helpful? Topics Support The Guardian Horse racing tips Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more

Police conduct seizures in bikerlinked drug network in Quebec New Brunswick

first_imgMONTREAL — Police conducted raids linked to the Hells Angels and drug trafficking in several regions of Quebec and New Brunswick Wednesday.Quebec provincial police said 150 police officers took part in 35 seizures in homes, vehicles, and businesses.Sgt. Ann Mathieu said operations were conducted in various cities in the province as well as in Edmundston and Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska in New Brunswick, where the RCMP assisted them.She said the organized-crime network targeted was primarily active in eastern Quebec — the Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspe and Iles-de-la-Madeleine — and was allegedly linked to influential members of the Hells Angels.Mathieu said the raids were aimed at gathering evidence and no arrests were immediately expected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC commits to indigenous control of child welfare after release of report

first_imgThe Canadian PressVANCOUVER _ British Columbia is committed to First Nations taking over child-welfare decisions in their communities, the province’s Children’s Minister said Monday after receiving a report about how the current system has failed Aboriginal children.The report by a special adviser to the ministry issued 85 recommendations to reduce the staggering number of Aboriginal kids in care of the B.C. government. A major focus is the need to return control to Indigenous communities.Premier Christy Clark accepted the report and said the province had already begun work on 40 recommendations and would implement all those that apply to B.C. Other recommendations are directed at the federal government.“Separating a child from his or her family must always be a last resort for government. We must ask ourselves why it is that First Nations children are so much more likely to be separated from their home than others,” Clark said.She did not offer a timeline or an estimated cost, other than to say it would be a “long journey” involving a “significant investment.”The 40 recommendations the province is already working on include regular meetings with Metis and First Nations leaders, recruiting Indigenous people to work in the ministry and working to better inform Indigenous people about the child-welfare system.Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux said her ministry has begun discussions with some Aboriginal communities on transferring jurisdiction for child welfare, either under current provincial legislation or legislation they write themselves.“We agree that Indigenous families and communities should be the ones deciding their futures,” she said.Grand Chief Ed John was appointed a special adviser on Indigenous child-welfare in September 2015. Since then, John has had discussions with First Nations leaders, delegated Aboriginal agencies and the provincial and federal governments.Called “Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification – From Root Causes to Root Solutions,” the document is John’s final report.“The report is entitled ‘Indigenous Resilience.’ Well, hope is the source of that resilience,” John said.The report’s detailed recommendations are divided into 10 key categories, including ensuring direct support for Indigenous children and families and enabling greater access to legal services.It also urges a more equitable funding formula between the province and federal government, an increase in early intervention services, better reunification and permanency planning, and nurturing a sense of belonging and prioritizing culture.Finally, the report calls for a national strategy for Indigenous child welfare.The portion of Aboriginal kids in B.C. care has increased over the past decade, from 50 per cent in 2006 to 61 per cent this year, and Clark’s government has faced fierce criticism on the issue.Last year, B.C.’s representative of children and youth released a report that blamed the overdose death of a legally-blind aboriginal girl on “professional indifference.”After an Aboriginal teen jumped to his death from a hotel window, the ministry and children’s representative undertook a sweeping review that revealed 117 children in the province’s care were placed in hotels in 2015.Melanie Mark, child-welfare critic for the Opposition New Democrats, said John’s report exposed how easy it was for Aboriginal kids to fall through the cracks. But she called the premier’s announcement a lot of “fluff” and “high-level talk” without a lot of detail or commitment.“Today would have been great if the premier committed to truth and reconciliation and the calls to action,” Mark said. “That would have been true leadership.”Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey said he met with John during consultations on the report and urged him to ensure that Aboriginal kids are not taken out of their communities and placed in non-Aboriginal homes when they are put in foster care.“They start to lose their identity and their identification with the community,” he said. “That’s where a lot of the difficulties facing Aboriginal kids in care start.”[email protected]last_img read more