Native-bred three-year-old non-winners of two take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) Trophy race over 1200 metres.A large and competitive field of 16 will face the starter, including top contenders ROAD WI SEH, TARANIS, BONGO KING, TURBO MACHINE CAT and the free running ACTION MAN, all fit horses.Indications are that the winner will come from this group, especially with the likes of TARANIS, BINGO KING and ROAD WI SEH looking really sharp at exercise.ROAD WI SEH, a free-running sort who figured prominently for a long way in both the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and the derby earlier this season, has changed stables since his last race, moving from trainer Patrick Chang to Lorne Kirlew, who has a good strike rate.This being his easiest task for some time, ROAD WI SEH should come into his own and prove a tough opponent, with top apprentice O’Brien White riding this lightly raced 3-y-o colt by Adore The Gold out of Dream Watcher from the convenient mark of 54.5kg.This being only his sixth outing, ROAD WI SEH has lots of scope and with middle distances more to his liking, gets a golden opportunity to supplement his maiden win over the round five course on March 28.Tight race aheadWhile I really fancy his chances, ROAD WI SEH can ill-afford to skip a beat, with TARANIS and BONGO KING present.Both have been trained to the minute, the Richard Azan-conditioned TARANIS under leading jockey Shane Ellis extensively prepared by his trainer in preparation for this trophy. The Everal Francis-trained BONGO KING has also caught the eye in his preparation and along with the very fit TURBO MACHINE CAT (Omar Walker up) should take it down to the wire for the major share of the $868,000 purse.But ROAD WI SEH could just be that much classier than his opponents and now reverting to a more suitable middle distance trip, should rebound with a win at the expense of main rivals TARANIS and BONGO KING.Other firm fancies on the card are BARS OF GOLD, with leading jockey Shane Ellis to stave off old rival GEISHA’S GLORY in the third race for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy over 1700 metres; DOOLAHIN to rebound in the fourth for maiden three-year-olds; COUNTRY TRAIN for in-form trainer Marlon Anderson in the fifth; THE BEST FLYER to go one better in the seventh; and SUPERIOR QUALITY in the ninth for overnight-allowance horses over 1100 metres.
In support of giving back to Liberians in this festive Season, Liberia’s biggest sports betting company, Winners Incorporated has identified witha little over 100 orphans at Love a Child Orphanage Home situated along the Robert International Airport (RIA) Highway.The company, on Friday December 26, 2014 presented to the home 100 bags of 25KG rice, 100 3gallons of vegetable oil and 17 cartoons of assorted biscuits.Making the presentation on behalf of Winners Inc., the Marketing Manager of the company, Randall Kaybee, said the gifts were part of the company’s way of identifying with Liberians, especially children who are orphans and do not have other means of survival.He said the company started its operations in Liberia since 2010 and has been involved with giving back to Liberians as part of it’s cooperate social responsibility, with special emphasis on needy Liberians, like the orphans, disabled and blind.Winners will never relent in living up to its commitment to give back to Liberians as a means of buttressing the government’s efforts to help successfully implement the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS),” said the Winners executive.He pointed out that Winners had over the years identified with several vulnerable institutions in the country.Mr. Kaybee urged the administrators of the home to use the donated items wisely.At the same time, Winners marketing manager encouraged the children to focus on their education and take their lessons seriously, adding that education is the most powerful gift that a child can boast of.He averred that while it is true that the kids are orphans, “yet the future looks bright for you, provided if you listen to your teachers and caretakers and give them the greatest respect Do not lose hope; those taking care of you are also mothers and parents. They know just what is good for you and your survival since you are here striving for your better future.” he advice.Receiving the donated items on behalf of the home, Mother Rebecca Brooks Wreh extolled Winners Inc. and said since the establishment of the institutionin March 4 of 1998, Winners is the first company to have make such a huge offer.The orphanage receives no direct support, she said, adding, “Support has been coming from humanitarians and philanthropists like Winners but not as compared to the current Winners donation.” In the same vein, Mother Wreh is calling on other well meaning Liberians and philanthropists to emulate the good example of Winners in making sure that the children survive.Mr. Kaybee was accompanied to the orphanage by the company’s Administrator, Beyan Flomo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)