final leg “Already the Diamond Mile is creating a lot of buzz and is the most anticipated race of the year,” said Miller. “The season will climax on Boxing Day with the third and final leg of the Supreme Ventures two-year-old series over a mile with a purse of $4.25 million and the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres on the same day,” he disclosed. Turning to the very popular Gold Cup for which Alex’s Imports has contributed $400,000 to the purse, Miller said a crack field is expected to face the starter, including last year’s winner, POTCHEEN, the 2013 winner, COMMANDING CHIEF as well as UPPA TUNE, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, reigning Horse of the Year TYPEWRITER, HOVER CRAFT, ALI BABA, PETE’SWILDONE and the banging-form American horse FORTUNEONEHUNDRED. “The Gold Cup is such a unique race that it brings together the best of the sprinters and stayers. Over the years, it has been won by such outstanding horses as KILOWATT, who won the inaugural running for trainer Valbert Marlowe in 1967, won again in 1968 and for a third time in 1970, MONTE’S STICH, who won in a blanket finish under the crushing impost of 140lb in 1972, as well as the legendary native bred sprinter EROS who won back to back in 1994 and 1995, HARLEQUIN, HOT LINE, I’M ATISFIED, A KING IS BORD, AHWHOFAH and of course, SAINT CECELIA, who win it in 2009, 2011 and again n 2012,” recalled Miller, who added that a number of races on the card will bear the names of Alex Import’s products such as Wassy CG Bike and Japanese Tank. Also speaking were Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited; Errol Barrett, operations manager of Alex’s Imports; and Kirk Nurse, marketing and social media manager. In a short address, Stewart said, “Over the years, the Gold Cup has provided tremendous excitement due to the fierce battles and nail-biting finishes that characterise these races. We at CTL are particularly pleased that Alex’s Imports Limited has agreed to once again be a part of this time-honoured event.” Caymanas Track Limited’s (CTL) racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr says the 44th running of the Alex’s Imports Gold Cup over 1400 metres on Saturday, October 17 will kick-start a fantastic last quarter of racing never before seen at Caymanas Park. Speaking at yesterday’s Alex’s Imports Gold Cup launch inside the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park, Miller said it was fitting that the popular grade one race, with a purse of $1.6 million, would spearhead the running of some truly prestigious races at the back-end of the season. “In addition to the Gold Cup, this period will facilitate the $10.8 million Supreme Ventures 2-y-o Triple Crown series, which commences in late October, the mile and quarter Superstakes on November 14, not to mention the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile on Saturday, December 5 with a record purse of $13.5 million.
FC Fassell has crossed over to the semi finals of the President’s Cup, edging Watanga 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Goalkeeper Joshua Williams converted two decisive spot kicks to qualify the team to the third stage of the competition after an appalling spell in the Coca-Cola Tournament that was heavily fancied.Fassell under-pressure coach Matthew Julutweh who was reemployed after being dismissed for poor performance in the Cocoa Cola Tournament, adopted a passing game, as players craved the ball at all times and worked it around to try and force an opportunity but lacked clinical finishers.The trio, skipper Vitalie Sie, Varney Dukuly and Kesselly Kamara would not rattle the net and even the inclusion of Sussa Garrel, Frank Nagbe, Jr. and Elijah Clarke would make an impressive difference.Unfortunately, Watanga hit men Ronaldo Dahn, Titus Suku, Grant Targbwe and Leon Power Quamie were unimposing in front of the net.In the second semi final derby, Keitrace FC narrowly defeated Jubilee 1-0. A diagonal kick from potent striker Mohamed Diallu was enough to qualify the team.In the hot post-mortem of Tuesday’s second game, it was found that the Mamie Kpoto side had just 48.33 per cent of possession. It means they saw less of the ball.The two teams have joined IE, who is already in the semi finals, with a bye.However, today’s game between the BYC II and Nimba United; and BYC against LISCR seem to be spectacular, as BYC President Sekou Konneh has declared today as “all blue day.”Unconfirmed report said BYC Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sirleaf has promised an extra envelope for the boys to reach the semi finals to pacify them over the abrupt change of the President’s Cup from the BYC Blue Field to the ATS.Howbeit, Nimba United is said to be rigid in continuing its respectable performance amidst the resignation of head coach Sam Chebli.The Finnie Dolo’s mountainous outfit must prove supremacy as a topnotch club over 2nd division BYC II.For LISCR and BYC, it’s a Liberian clásico.Both sides over the last three years have become the current rivals, taking the unparalleled places, of traditional rivals, IE and Barrolle.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)