Rough day for form players

first_imgForm players experienced a tough time at Caymanas Park yesterday, ensuring that the Pick-9 and first Super-6 had no takers.Both exotic bets boast attractive carry-overs to next Saturday’s Alex’s Imports Gold Cup meet, featuring the 44th running of the popular grade one race over 1400 metres.With the fancied horses failing to deliver for the most part, doubles, triples, superfectas, trifecta, hi-fives and exacts paid handsomely. The programme produced no startling upsets, but with most of the winners returning odds ranging from 8-1 to 9-2, it spelt grief for punters.Only one favourite managed to oblige – KING WITHIN – at 8-5, with former champion Omar Walker aboard in the fourth. Apprentices Linton Steadman and Hakeem Pottinger had doubles on the card.The Pick-9 carry-over is now in excess of $2 million and the first Super-6 at $1.2 million.Meanwhile, the lightly raced but progressive three-year-old gelding, GOLD MEMBER (9-2), truly impressed in winning the restricted allowance race over the straight for three-year-olds, posting his second win over the distance on consecutive Saturdays.Ridden by Ruja Lahoe for trainer Gresford Smith and owners New Blue, the chestnut gelding by Adore The Gold out of Lady Chachi won by four lengths in the smart time of 58.0. GOLD MEMBER is a half brother to 2011 2000 Guineas winner Big Man Boyu (War Marshall – Lady Chachi).last_img read more

Pele back in Brazil after hospital stay in France

first_img0Shares0000Pele arrived back in Brazil after a six-day hospital stay in Paris © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASao Paulo, Brazil, Apr 9 – Football great Pele arrived back in Brazil Tuesday after having surgery for a “severe urinary infection” during a six-day hospital stay in France.The three-time World Cup winner was discharged late Monday from the private American hospital in the Paris suburbs where he had been taken after falling ill following an appearance at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe. After arriving at the Sao Paulo-Guarulhos airport in Brazil, the 78-year-old was taken through the terminal in a wheelchair and was driven away in a van.“Once again, thank God, everything went well. I’m alive. Long live Brazil,” said Pele, a gold cross hanging around his neck, after he arrived in Brazil’s biggest city.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Brazilians and all those who called the hospital, who called me, for my operation, to wish me a rapid recovery,” he added.In a statement on Monday on the site, Pele said he had required “medical assistance and surgery” for a “severe urinary infection.”Before he was discharged, current Brazil star Neymar, who plays alongside Mbappe for Paris Saint-Germain, paid him a visit at the hospital.Neymar posted a photo on his Instagram account Monday of himself next to a smiling Pele in his hospital bed with the two holding hands.Brazil’s G1 reported that Pele had intended to come out of hospital on Saturday to return to his home country, but had been delayed by further tests.The infection was not serious and was under control, members of Pele’s entourage had said.Pele has had several health scares in recent years.A similar infection put him in intensive care in November 2014.Pele fell ill after attending this promotional event in Paris © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEIn 2016, Pele, who played 1,363 professional matches, scoring 1,281 goals, was unable to light the flame at the Rio Olympics because of severe pain in the hip.In January 2018, he cancelled a trip to London fearing a “stressful” and “tiring” journey.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more