In the absence of a trophy race at Caymanas Park today, the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over a mile takes the spotlight on the nine-race programme. Seven starters have been declared, including top contenders MIRACLE STAR, ROYAL VIBES, RAGING PROSPECT and BOLD AVIATOR. The Wayne DaCosta-trained ROYAL VIBES will have lots of supporters in this not-too-hot overnight field, having been a model of consistency even though failing to win a race in the last six months. The five-year-old son of Royal Minister-November Lace is ideally suited to a mile and is fit enough to land a blow under his in-form rider, Robert Halledeen. However, the fact that ROYAL VIBES finished behind RAGING PROSPECT the last two times they met says a lot for the chances of the 6-year-old gelding RAGING PROSPECT, from the stables of Patrick Lynch. RAGING PROSPECT, who beat the very useful MILITARY MOVE over this trip back in April, caught the eye when finishing two lengths second to PRINCESS SHINE over 2000 metres on September 5, a race in which he had the then favourite ROYAL VIBES behind in third, BOLD AVIATOR (fourth), MIRACLE STAR (sixth) and BLACK THORN (seventh). All renew rivalry today, but with RAGING PROSPECT coming down 4.0kg in the scales by virtue of the 4.0kg claiming allowance of promising apprentice Odean Edwards, he’s definitely the pick of the weights, with only 50.0kg. Blessed with good pace and in good nick for this race, RAGING PROSPECT should win at the expense of the Gary Subratie-trained BOLD AVIATOR and ROYAL VIBES. Other firm fancies on the card are MY COMPANION in the third race for maiden two-year-olds, BATTLE SONG in the fourth, AUNT HILDA in the fifth and LONG RUNNING TRAIN over recent winner ROYAL ASSAULT in the seventh race over the straight.
0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann netted a second half brace in the Stade de France as France came from behind to beat Germany in Paris. PHOTO/COURTESYPARIS, France, Oct 17- Antoine Griezmann hit a pair of second-half goals as world champions France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday and cast further doubt on Joachim Loew’s future.Toni Kroos struck a 14th-minute penalty for Germany, but Griezmann engineered a rousing fightback in the first game between the nations at the Stade de France since the November 2015 friendly that was overshadowed by a series of terror attacks on the French capital. France coach Didier Deschamps fielded an almost identical team to the one that started the World Cup final, Presnel Kimpembe the lone exception in place of the injured Samuel Umtiti.Germany’s chastening 3-0 defeat by the Dutch on Saturday prompted Loew to make five changes, as he injected additional pace into the attack with the inclusions of Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry.Kylian Mbappe’s electrifying speed was soon on display, but Hugo Lloris initially proved the far busier of the two goalkeepers as Germany sought to end a run of three competitive matches without a goal.Lloris, who missed last month’s opening 0-0 draw in Munich, was forced to hack clear early on when N’Golo Kante’s intervention sent the ball rolling towards his own goal.However, he was beaten on 14 minutes when Kroos struck from the spot after Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Kimpembe was penalised for a handball as he slid to block a Sane cross.Lloris guessed correctly and dived to his left although the Tottenham keeper could only help the ball into the corner of the net.Germany immediately threatened a second as Sane burst clear on the halfway line, but his pass for Timo Werner was pushed away from the RB Leipzig striker by an outstretched Lloris.France, unbeaten in 14 matches since a friendly loss to Colombia in March, were again indebted to Lloris when he scrambled a Matthias Ginter effort behind after a chance fell invintingly to the defender at a corner.– Griezmann steps up –Olivier Giroud lifted over a difficult chance from a Lucas Hernandez cross just before half-time, shortly after a teasing Griezmann delivery eluded a lunging Mbappe in the Germany box.A vastly improved France nearly equalised through Mbappe minutes into the second half, the teenager denied by Manuel Neuer’s left boot as he bore in on goal.Sane scuffed wide from a Nico Schulz cut-back, but France levelled on 62 minutes as Griezmann rose magnificently to head a driven Lucas Hernandez cross beyond a helpless Neuer.Gnabry, making first Germany appearance since Nov 2016, intercepted a risky Kimpembe pass and saw a rasping 25-yard strike fisted away by Lloris.But France were awarded a penalty of their own 10 minutes from time when Paul Pogba slipped in Blaise Matuidi, the Juventus midfielder upended by Mats Hummels as he tried to round Neuer.Griezmann smacked the resulting spot-kick past Neuer to condemn Germany to an alarming sixth defeat in their last 10 outings, and rule Loew’s side out of Nations League title contention.France, who top the section on seven points, take on the Netherlands in their final game on November 16 in Rotterdam, while Germany must beat the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen next month if they are to avoid relegation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)