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Monday, 18 February 2019



Timeform pick out their three best bets from Flamingo Park on Monday...

#1 LAPTOP WIZARD - Flamingo Park R2 (10:50 GMT)

LAPTOP WIZARD failed to meet market expectations when third on his most recent outing at Turffontein, but he didn't do much wrong and could be worth another chance on his first start for a new yard. Royal Delight is taken to chase the selection home, while Utopian should go well, too.

#1 DOUBLED OVER - Flamingo Park R4 (11:50 GMT)

DOUBLED OVER has proved costly to follow so far, but she is the clear form pick here and will find few better opportunities than this to belatedly get off the mark. Seraphic is the most realistic option for second, while Fleur Du Cap is the tentative selection for third.

#8 ROYAL STAG - Flamingo Park R8 (13:55 GMT)

ROYAL STAG has fewer question marks about him than the others, having demonstrated his wellbeing with a good second here last time, and he could be the way to go from the same mark. Miesque's Speed is given the vote for second, while Red Hot Russian is another to consider.


10:20 AM - Welcomes You Maiden Juvenile Plate (Fillies)

Both JAY IS SIMPLE and SILENT WYLIE showed improvement on their debut in their second runs and could fight out the finish but we must also respect the newcomers. RUBY AND ROSES is a Mambo In Seattle filly that represents the strong jockey and trainer combination of Muzi Yeni and Coerie Lensley. Gauteng raider SHE'S SO SASSI has to be considered as well.

Top Tip: Jay Is Simple (3)
Watch out for: Ruby And Roses (4)
2 10:50 AM - All To Come Maiden Plate

LAPTOP WIZARD makes his local debut and it could well be a winning once. If he takes to the sand he should be the right one. PIECES OF GOLD shows pace and could be a threat trying this track for the first time. ROYAL DELIGHT has improved of late and could contest the finish. UTOPIAN ran a much improved race last time. MISS INTERNATIONAL shows pace and could finish in the money.

Top Tip: Laptop Wizard (1)
Watch out for: Royal Delight (3)
3 11:20 AM - Betting World - 087 741 2777 Fm 62 Handicap (F & M)

Trainer Cliffie Miller looks to hold a strong hand in this race. ATARCTICA is looking for a hat-trick after some nice wins and gets the vote to score again. Stable companion EASY PEASY is not as reliable but does look to be improving. LIQUID GOLD could spoil the party for Miller as this Philanthropist filly won the only time she raced at this course. OLIVIA S could place.

Top Tip: Antarctica (1)
Watch out for: Easy Peasy (2)
4 11:50 AM - Tab Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Maiden Plate (F & M)

DOUBLED OVER found trouble on her local debut and can get closer to the winner this time. SERAPHIC ran well on her local debut and will be looking to go one better this time. SPIRIT OF THE LAW ran a much improved race last time out and could pop up in the places. DURBAN BOURBON is capable of better than what she has shown recently and could finish in the money.

Top Tip: Doubled Over (1)
Watch out for: Seraphic (2)
5 12:20 PM - Book For Classic Day 011 681 1508 On 2 March Mr 78 Handicap

CHARTER JET has been in good form this season but it is possible that she may get stretched this longer distance. TOWN FLYER was a runaway victor of his latest start which was over this track and distance. Stable companion ASSISTED TAKE OFF always does his best and is clearly not out of it. WARRIOR'S STONE looks to be progressing nicely and can win yet again.

Top Tip: Charter Jet (2)
Watch out for: Town Flyer (4)
6 12:50 PM - Join Us For The Joburg's Prawn Festival 30 March Mr 72 Handicap

CUTTING EDGE has some fair local form. He will need to do more to win but might place. ALRAUNE has been at the top of her game recently and does have a winning chance. ZIP LINE is holding form and from a good draw can go close. NEPHRITE makes the trip from Gauteng and has a winning chance. TIME TO BE GREAT has been doing really well in his new yard and could be the one to beat.

Top Tip: Cutting Edge (1)
Watch out for: Alraune (3)
7 1:20 PM - Kimberley 1400 (Non-Black-Type)

Another competitive race. ICARUS FLIGHT has done well at this track but does give weight away to most of his rivals. TIMKAT was a bit disappointing when run out of it late by stable companion BRIGHT FLAME last time out and there may not be much between them this time either. ARIANO'S BAGOFGOLD makes his local debut and is returning from a break but cannot be dismissed away.

Top Tip: Icarus Flight (1)
Watch out for: Timkat (2)
8 1:55 PM - Save The Date 4 May Gin & Roses Festival Mr 62 Handicap

HECTOR HEATHCOTE makes his local debut and it could well be a winning one as he does have the ability to win from a bad draw. LORD LIKA is much improved recently and was full of running when winning last time out. FOR EVER is holding form well enough but does battle to win. PORTMAN SQUARE and ROYAL STAG have place chances. MIESQUE'S SPEED is much improved of late and can earn.

Top Tip: Hector Heathcote (1)
Watch out for: Lord Laika (2)
9 2:25 PM - 0861 150 160 Fm 56 Handicap (F & M)

CAREFREE makes her local debut and deserves respect. IMAGINE THAT was narrowly beaten on her local debut and will be looking to go one better this time. PRESS MY BUTTON tries the sand at Flamingo Park for the first time but is clearly not out of it. BONFILIA got caught way out of her ground last time out and if closer to the pace this time can win a race like this.

Top Tip: Carefree (1)
Watch out for: Imagine That (2)
10 2:55 PM - Next Flamingo Park Racemeeting Monday 4 March Mr 56 Handicap

A tough race to find the winner. DIRECTORS ROCK is unreliable but is not out of it. FLYING MYTH ran well on his local debut and could do even better this time. ARAMOUSE needs to do more to win but might place. TOM COLLINS has now run well twice over this track and distance so must be considered. JUST AFRICA is battling to win but might place. ASIAN STAR is improving-can place.

Top Tip: Director's Rock (1)
Watch out for: Flying Myth (2)






Winning Form Best Bets
Race 1: JAY IS SIMPLE(3)
Race 3: EASY PEASY(2)
Race 5: TOWN FLYER(4)

Magic Tips Best Bets

Jockey: N Klink - Trainer: L Human

The former Highveld resident LAPTOP WIZARD had solid credentials back home and has joined up with a top local yard. UTOPIAN showed smart improvement when going close over this c & d last month and he had exposed maidens ROYAL DELIGHT and KISSMEBACKFOOT behind him that day

Race 5: TOWN FLYER(4)
Jockey: N Patel - Trainer: J Rugg

TOWN FLYER crushed his rivals on unfavourable weight terms at pinnacle level over this c & d last month and could still be ahead of the handicapper despite the resultant five pound penalty.

Race 9: BONFILIA(4)
Jockey: J Greyling - Trainer: D Cason

BONFILIA could be a decent prospect in this province & her continued improvement has been noticeable. She caught the eye with a strong finish for 3rd in mixed company over seven furlongs on her handicap debut and it could pay to follow the runner-up Royal Stag's progress in the previous contest. This bay daughter of Curved Ball usually ends her races well and she has already proven herself over the mile.

Race 10: TOM COLLINS(5)
Jockey: D De Gouveia - Trainer: S Von Willingh

TOM COLLINS quickly showed his worth in this province when he ran on strongly for a close 3rd in a competitive c & d handicap where he had many of today's rivals behind him recently. He wasn't far behind Zip Line (runs in race 6) that day. The former Highveld resident FLYING MYTH improved on his local debut behind the subsequently disappointing DIRECTOR'S ROCK but the son of Trippi was returning from a lengthy 30 week absence and he will strip fitter.

Jockey: M Yeni - Trainer: C Lensley

DURBAN BOURBON had legitimate excuses for her below-par last run and her top jockey will be looking to make amends after an ordinary ride last time out. She is a capable former Highveld resident

Sunday, 17 February 2019



Winning Form Best Bets

Magic Tips Best Bets
Jockey: C MAUJEAN - Trainer: D SHAM

ALLMYLOVING caught the eye on debut when finding little betting support. She ran behind a quality sort on that occasion and now back against her own sex, she should have enough scope to find the winners box.

Jockey: R SIMONS- Trainer: M DE KOCK

CONDOR GULCH has been supported on all 6 occassions and looks to be progressive enough to feature here. He runs for an inform yard and should be capable enough to run a place. His stable companion takes on the boy today after a solid start to her career and she looks to have plenty of scope to feature.

Race 3: ATREVETE(10)
Jockey: D HABIB - Trainer: P MATCHETT

The nicely bred daughter of Var, ATREVETE is the top selection in the PA opener. She impressed on debut when finding little support in the betting and she will relish the extra furlong today.

Jockey: G LERENA - Trainer: M DE KOCK

The Dynasty colt, PROTEA PARADISE, is our top selection in the 7th event on todays card. He appears to have the field held on that last feature race effort and with the in-from Lerena retaining the ride, one can expect a very big run from him today. He was just touched off in his penultimate start by sub- sequent Gr1 Cape Derby winner Atyaab, at level weights and that should be good enough to dispatch of this field.

Jockey: P STRYDOM- Trainer: S TARRY

The versatile CAPTAIN AND MASTER reverts back to the mile today, where he has tasted prior success. He hasn't quite reached the heights that some may have anticipated earlier on in his career, However, he appears to be maturing well with age and with the blinkers fitted today, he should make a very good account of himself.



Timeform pick out their three best bets from Turffontein on Sunday...

Seemyvision - Turffontein R1, 15:00 GMT

Seemyvision's effort to finish third at Vaal on debut last month was an excellent one, and she will be very difficult to beat if able to repeat that run. She's a confident pick to get off the mark in this, with Allmyloving the most likely to take advantage if she under performs.

Greener Pastures - Turffontein R2, 13:30 GMT

Greener Pastures has posted two really solid efforts at Vaal since winning here in December, and a repeat of that form would give her serious claims of returning to winning ways. Vontreo is clear second best on form, while Condor Gulch can't be ruled out.

Varquera - Turffontein R3, 14:00 GMT

Varquera produced a really solid effort to finish third on debut at Vaal last month, and she sets a very strong standard on that form. Atrevete was another who produced a solid debut effort at Vaal last time and is respected, while the more-experienced Hartleyfive is another to consider.


1:00 PM - Welcomes You Maiden Juvenile Plate (Fillies)

ALLMYLOVING and SEEMYVISION finished almost the same distance away from the winner in their respective debut runs but the former carried 2,5kg less. The amount of improvement could determine their performances. Many are sure to improve and there appears to be some promising first-timers - watch the money.

Top Tip: Allmyloving (1)
Watch out for: Gin Fizz (6)
2 1:30 PM - All To Come Assessment Plate

VONTREO wasn't disgraced in the Guineas when 5th behind National Park. He gives 2,5kg to filly GREENER PASTURES who has never been out the money. BIG VOICE JACK is running well and finished runner-up in his last 2. CONDOR GULCH has ability but may need the run and should prefer further. The remaining 2 runners make no appeal in this class.

Top Tip: Big Voice Jack (1)
Watch out for: Condor Gulch (2)
3 2:00 PM - Play Soccer 6, 10 And 13 Maiden Plate (F & M)

Tricky. ATREVETE ran on strongly on debut when close up in 4th place and will know more about it. Similarly, VARQUERA did well in 3rd on debut when reasonably fancied and will come on. More experienced HARTLEYFIVE (coupled with newcomer JER - watch!) disappointed last time but if not troubled by breathing could get into the shake-up. More could earn. Watch the first-timers.

Top Tip: Hartleyfive (1)
Watch out for: Kindavar (6)
4 2:35 PM - Tab Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Mr 84 Handicap

Open. ORAVAR has ability but needs to settle. On their meeting in December OLD MAN TYME could have his measure but is drawn on the inside fence. The latter has a good stable back-up in CERTIFIABLE who should finish together with BASILIUS. Older runners TALKTOTHESTARS and GREASEPAINT are not out of it. PURPLE DIAMOND is better than his last run. More with claims.

Top Tip: Oravar (4)
Watch out for: Old Man Tyme (7)
5 3:10 PM - Join Us For The Joburg's Prawn Festival 30 March Pinnacle Stakes

CAPTAIN ALDO loves this course and distance and should contest the finish. He loves being up with the pace, however, TILBURY FORT has come well and runs fresh. He will be catching late. Stable companion CAPTAIN AND MASTER sports blinkers now and could go all the way. INFAMOUS FOX tries blinkers for the first time and shouldn't be ignored. WILL PAYS may not be at his best.

Top Tip: Will Pays (1)
Watch out for: Captain Aldo (2)
6 3:40 PM - Book For Classic Day 0116811508 Fm 87 Handicap (F & M)

REGAL GRADUATION beat GIMME HOPE JOHANNA by 1,8 lengths last time but looked to have plenty in hand. She should confirm. PERFECT TIGRESS wasn't disgraced in the Guineas last time and should get into the shake-up. STRAWBERRY PAVLOVA is never far back and should again be thereabouts. POOL PARTY, MRS O, MAZARI, JAMESON GIRL, MAR DEL SUR and INVINCIBLE LADY could pull it off.

Top Tip: Strawberry Pavlova (1)
Watch out for: Pool Party (2)
7 4:10 PM - Tommy Hotspur Handicap (Grade 3)

The Tommy Hotspur attracted a competitive field. RIVARINE found problems in his last run and should turn it around with REBEL'S CHAMP on 2kg better terms for 1,9 lengths. EXQUISITE TOUCH should be at peak fitness and 2,5kg better can see her reverse it with REBEL'S CHAMP. PRINCE OF KAHAL has improved since gelded. KZN raiders RED CHESTNUT ROAD and CHANTYMAN must be respected.

Top Tip: Rebel's Champ (1)
Watch out for: Exquisite Touch (2)
8 4:40 PM - Save The Date 4 May Gin & Roses Festival Assessment Plate

PROTEA PARADISE looks to have plenty of scope for improvement but with recent maiden winner INDY ICE meet up a couple of days earlier. Get the update. SAINTS ALIVE disappointed in her last 2 but is bred for the extra and must be respected. BANK ROBBER could be anything on a facile maiden win. On that he will see out the extra 200m. SENOR LIZARD is finding form again.

Top Tip: Senor Lizard (1)
Watch out for: Saints Alive (2)
9 5:10 PM - 0861 150 160 Maiden Plate

LASAIR races as a gelding for the first time after a rest and if ready could take it. IDEAL DAY improved in his 2nd start when tried over a mile and will come on. DRY YOUR EYES sports blinkers now and any improvement could see him win here. FLASH BURN, SIR GEOFFREY, SENIOR'S GUEST and BARISTA are all capable of getting into the mix.

Top Tip: Lasair (1)
Watch out for: Dry Your Eyes (2)
10 5:40 PM - Next Turffontein Racemeeting Saturday 23 February Maiden Plate (F & M)

MINONA improved after a rest and should be cherry-ripe now. She finished 4 lengths in front of BATED BREATH but the latter was finishing like a train. EVER FAIR has Lyle back aboard and should do a lot better. JIVE EXPRESS is looking for this and further and her debut over 1200m was excellent. Stable mates SUPER FINE and ANDIAMO could make the frame.

Top Tip: Minona (1)
Watch out for: Ever Fair (9)


Manchester United 'receive whopping £3.8BN takeover bid' from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman who hopes to tempt Glazers into selling the club before next season

© getty Manchester United have received a whopping £3.8 billion takeover bid from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Manchester United have received a whopping £3.8BILLION takeover bid from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
The Saudi royal family, who are worth a staggering £850bn, are hoping to tempt United's current owners the Glazers into selling the club before the start of next season.

© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman is stepping up his £3.8billion takeover bid of Man United The proposed takeover bid comes after United chiefs have been seen spending an increasing amount of time in Saudi Arabia, according to The Sun.
Sources close to the Glazer family claim that they are against selling the Premier League club but an offer that big could certainly tempt United's owners.

The American owners purchased the Red Devils in 2003 for £790m but if they decided to accept Bin Salman's offer, the Glazers would bank a huge £2.2bn profit.
The Saudi Prince has previously been linked with buying United last year but sources insisted the club is not for sale, especially after Bin Salman became embroiled over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Saudi Crown Prince is hoping to tempt the Glazers into selling United by next season The £3.8bn valuation from the Saudi Prince is dependent on whether or not United can secure Champions League football next season.
Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fail to deliver Champions League football, then the valuation of United would likely drop while a deal is unlikely to go through until qualification is confirmed.

© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited (L-R) Bin Salman sits with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Russia's president Vladimir Putin Purchasing United would signal the Saudi family's intent to rival Manchester City as the top team in English and world football.
City, who are owned by Sheikh Mansour of the Abu Dhabi royal family, have guided City to becoming one of the world's best club teams after huge investments were made over the past decade.  Sportsmail contacted Manchester United over a potential takeover but they refused to comment on ‘speculation’


Haydock Park brawl: Mass punch-up erupts at Merseyside racecourse as mother and child get caught up in fighting

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EN-GBA racecourse has vowed to take a “zero tolerance” approach after a mass brawl broke out at Haydock Park on Merseyside.

Footage posted on social media showed about 40 men piling in as two groups traded blows.
As horrified spectators watched on, a woman clutching a small child had to be led to safety after appearing to get caught up in the fighting.

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited A woman clutching a small child had to be led to safety after appearing to get caught up in the fighting (Oliver Hodgson/Twitter/PA)
Stewards then intervened to keep the two sides apart.

A Haydock Park spokesman said: "We take a zero tolerance position on anti-social behaviour.
"The perpetrators were ejected at the time and we are continuing to work with the police on this matter."

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The racecourse vowed to take a 'zero tolerance' approach after the brawl (Oliver Hodgson/Twitter/PA)

Merseyside Police said on Saturday evening that one man was arrested.

The force said in a statement: “At around 4.50pm, officers were called to Haydock Racecourse following reports of a disturbance involving a group of men.

“Officers attended the scene and following further enquiries, a 26-year old male was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of a controlled drug.

“No complaints were made and there have been no reports of any injuries at this time.
“The arrested male has been taken to a local police station for questioning.”
The issue of violence on racecourses captured the headlines last year, when fights broke out at Goodwood and Ascot on successive weekends.
Additional reporting by Press Association

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Flybmi goes into administration - all flights cancelled

© Other Flybmi operated in 25 European cities. Pic: Paul Robertson/Flickr Regional airline

Flybmi has gone into administration, with all flights cancelled from today.
The British company, which flew 17 regional jet aircraft on routes to 25 European cities, says Brexit has been a major factor in its demise.

 Thousands of holidaymakers have had their plans thrown into disarray.

 British Midland Regional Limited, which ran the East Midlands-based airline, said: "The airline has faced several difficulties, including recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU's recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme.
"These issues have undermined efforts to move the airline into profit.

 "Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and lack of confidence around bmi's ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe.

 "Additionally, our situation mirrors wider difficulties in the regional airline industry which have been well documented.

 "Against this background, it has become impossible for the airline's shareholders to continue their extensive programme of funding into the business, despite investment totalling over £40m in the last six years.

 "We sincerely regret that this course of action has become the only option open to us, but the challenges, particularly those created by Brexit, have proven to be insurmountable."
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 Customer Laura Mason tweeted: "@flybmi meant to be flying tomorrow. Can't check in & says on stand by! Booked flights a year ago what an absolute joke #awful service."

 Bmi Regional employed a total of 376 employees based in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.
British Airline Pilots' Association general secretary Brian Strutton said: "The collapse of FlyBMI is devastating news for all employees.

 "Regrettably Balpa had no warning or any information from the company at all."
What should customers do?

 :: Customers who booked directly with flybmi should contact their payment card issuer to obtain a refund for flights which have not yet taken place;

 :: Anyone who has booked flybmi flights via a travel agent or one of flybmi's codeshare partner airlines should contact their agent or airline for details of options available to them;

 :: Those with travel insurance should contact their provider to find out if they are eligible to claim for cancelled flights and the procedure for doing so.