Walcott tightens grip on Northlands title

first_imgWINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):Four-time defending champion Rico Walcott further strengthened his hold on a fifth Northlands Park title when he rode a triple at the western Canada racetrack here Saturday.The Barbadian reinsman won race two with favourite Secret Way, race five with another favourite, Eight Ender, before wrapping up the eight-race card with a handsome victory aboard 4-1 chance Skimmer Jim.Walcott, the brother of former Northlands champion Ricky Walcott, now leads the standings with 93 wins – almost double the tally of the second-placed Scott Williams, who has 48.He opened his account on Saturday over 5-1/2 furlongs when he made all the running with two-year-old bay gelding Secret Way, to beat the two-year-olds by seven lengths.Walcott then returned in race five with a carbon-copy ride, to carry Eight Ender to a resounding 12-1/4 length gate-to-wire win over the three-year-olds, who have never won two races.Going six furlongs, Walcott was through the quarter with the gelding in a time of 23.12 and was three lengths clear at the half run in 47.06.They then drew off in the stretch to reach the wire unchallenged.Walcott returned to the winners’ enclosure in the day’s final race when he guided the five-year-old bay gelding, Skimmer Jim, to the wire by a length.Going a mile for three-year-olds yet to win three races, Skimmer Jim lacked early speed, but Walcott got the best out of him in the stretch run, and he hauled in favourite and pace-setter Lucky Ed to take the win.The Northlands title wraps up October 24.last_img read more

DISGUST AS THREE DEAD PONIES DUMPED IN SCENIC AREA

first_imgOne of the three dead pines found dumped at the weekend.These are the gruesome remains of three ponies which were dumped in a scenic area in Killygordan over the weekend.The remains of the horses were discovered on Friday evening in the townland of Lismullyduff by ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley.It followed a tip-off by a member of the public. The legs of this pony were tied.Two of the animals were fresh while the third discovery was that of skeletal remains.Inspector McGInley scanned the animals but none of them contained microchips.One was a grey yearling mare and the other was a piebald.Inspector McGinley told Donegal Daily that there was simply no excuse for dumping animals in such a way. “WE do not know yet how they died. This area is close tot he border so these animals could have originated form either side of the border.“It was quite a disturbing scene. It would have been harrowing for any young child out walking with their family to come across such a scene,” he said.Inspector McGinley said the cost on the owner of disposing of the dead carcasses would most likely have been a factor in the dumping of the ponies illegally.“Whoever dumped these animals here knew they were not microchipped and knew it would be difficult to trace them,” he said.Anybody with any information on the dead animals is asked to contact the ISPCA on 1890 515 515. Another of the dead animals found dumped.DISGUST AS THREE DEAD PONIES DUMPED IN SCENIC AREA was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more