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.
There has been a widespread outpouring of love and commendation for the bravery and quick-thinking shown by seven-year-old Kissan Henry after she managed to save herself and her four-year-old brother from a fire while they were at home alone.In recognition of her bravery, the Guyana Police Force on Saturday presented her with a plaque and a bottle of perfume. The simple presentation was done by Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Paul Williams, on behalf of the Commissioner and other members of the Force.“The Force has recognised her bravery and brilliant thinking from a humanitarian standpoint at such a tender age.”This initiative was the brainchild of Crime Chief Paul Williams.Last Monday evening, Kissan and her younger brother were asleep in their two-storey Glasgow New Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam, home when a fire erupted.However, the seven-year-old was awakened by the smell of smoke and after realising the house was on fire, she immediately wrapped her brother in a blanket and eased him through a window as far as the blanket could reach and then dropping him the remaining six feet.She then followed by jumping through the window; 14-feet to the ground, fracturing her leg in the process. Kissan then screamed for help and neighbours rushed over, kicking open the door to get to the fire. The fire service subsequently arrived and was able to extinguish the small blaze.At the time of the fire, the Police said the mother of the two children was at a “drug block”. Neighbours claimed they contacted the woman, informing her about the fire and she said she was on her way. By the time the mother arrived, the Police and fire service were already on the scene. After seeing the crowd, the woman reportedly told the driver to turn around and leave the area. On Wednesday, she showed up to the Police station in the company of a welfare officer.According to residents, the two minor children are left unattended and locked in the house for several hours on many occasions.A few months ago, the four-year-old boy was hospitalised after being burnt with hot portage when his sister attempted to make breakfast for him.The Childcare Department had visited the home after reports of child neglect. However, on the last occasion, they allowed the children to continue living with their mother after the children’s grandmother had promised to take care of them.The children are now in the care of an aunt.Young Kissan Henry with Crime Chief Paul Williams and others after receiving the award