Nelson lands double at Northlands

first_imgEDMONTON, Ontario (CMC):Jamaican Dane Nelson and Barbadian Quincy Welch kept up their early season form by riding braces on the eight-race card at Northlands Park here Saturday.Nelson won race one with favourite Centrefire and also captured the day’s final race with another odds-on bet, Seek the Noblest.Welch, meanwhile, found success in race four with favourite Awe C’mon Sweetie and followed up with 2-1 chance Midnite Poppa in race seven.Nelson leads the jockeys’ standings with eight wins with Welch, a six-time former Northlands champion, one behind on seven.Four-time defending champion, Barbadian Rico Walcott, won just once in five outings on the programme and sits third on four win.VICTORY BY LENGTHSNelson opened his account over six furlongs when he steered four-year-old chestnut gelding Centrefire to victory by 11/4 lengths over the three-year-old and upwards who have never won two races.And though he had to wait until the last race of the day to find the winners’ enclosure again, he held his nerve well to carry four-year-old colt Seek the Noblest to a 51/2 lengths trouncing of the three-year-olds over six furlongs.He duelled through the opening quarter with Welch and 10-1 bet Wild Tactics before drawing off in the stretch to win handily.Welch, a Northlands champion in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008, made all the running with three-year-old filly Awe C’mon Sweetie in race four, romping to a 51/2 length win over the three-year-old and upwards maiden fillies and mares over six furlongs.In race seven, over the same distance, he stalked from second with the six-year-old bay Midnite Poppa before reeling in pace-setter Red Red Rose at the top of the stretch and storming to the finish by 41/2 lengths to commandingly dispose of the three-year-old and upwards.last_img read more

AFC once again rally back to pick a point

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards striker Marvin Omondi leads team-mates in celebration.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – AFC Leopards once again came from behind to pick a point after drawing 2-2 against Vihiga United in the only Kenyan Premier League match hosted at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Saturday.AFC Leopards were trailing after six minutes of play after Chris Masinza scored the early goal after driving home a shot from six-yards outside of the box following a throw-in by Charles Okwemba. Things got worse for Ingwe in the first half when Michael Misigo volleyed  home to double the  scores for visitors Vihiga United to see the Edward Manoa side take a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.AFC returned stronger in the second half with the pep talk of outgoing coach Dennis Kitambi paying dividends. Wyvonne Isuza pulled one back for Ingwe from the spot when he was hacked down by Vihiga’s captain Bernard Ochieng in the 54th minute.Just as Vihiga thought they had won the match, AFC Leopards repeated what they did in their last match against Kariobangi Sharks scoring the equaliser on the death (95th minute) when Vincent Oburu connected home a cross from Isuza.The result left AFC Leopards stagnated third in the standings on 20 points while Vihiga, who are playing in their first season the top flight league, are 13th on 13 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more