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Wednesday, 23 January 2019


Money laundering: Court revokes Olugbenga Obadina’s bail

By Brendan Umoren 

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja has revoked the bail of Olugbenga Obadina, Managing Director of Almond Properties Limited, who is standing trial on an eight-count charge bordering on money laundering.

Obadina was charged to Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for receiving N2, 417,000,000 (Two Billion Four Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira) only from the officer of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), for contracts that were never executed.

The trial judge had, last Thursday, noted with displeasure, the absence of the defendant and his counsel, and ordered that the defence show the Court cause, why the bail granted to Obadina on July 18, 2016 should not be revoked.

Goddy Uche, SAN counsel for the defendant told the Court that his client had been in and out of the hospital following a surgery he undertook at Lagoon Hospital, Lagos, recently.

He said: “I plead with my lord to look favorably at the defendant and temper justice with mercy due to his poor health as he is presently using crutches to walk.

“We cannot take the Court for granted and on behalf of the defendant, I will like to state that there will be no more absence from the Court.”

The judge in his response, however, dismissed the appeal, and revoked his bail and ordered that he should be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the next trial date scheduled for January 30 and 31, 2019.

The trial judge held that: “I will revoke this bail as it appears you are playing with me coming back with one excuse or the other.

“In making my decision, I have considered the submissions from the defence counsel; however this is a court of record, and the question put to the defence was to show cause why the bail should not be revoked.

“Unfortunately the medical report which is meant to be a supporting document was not tendered.

“To demonstrate the seriousness of this matter, we cannot rely on mere hear say; after you get the medical report, you can file for an application of motion for re-instalment for bail, pending the next hearing date for continuation of trial.”


Nigeria international passport to cost N70,000, says NIS

By Dennis Erezi |

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Monday said registration and the issuance of new international passport would cost Nigerians N70,000.
NIS spokesman Sunday James, who made the disclosure, said the agency will commence issuance of the new international passport from Monday, March 4 2019 in Abuja.
Issuance of the passport will commence in Ikoyi in Lagos on March 25, Kano on April 1, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on April 8 and London, United Kingdom April 15.
He said the phase two multiple rollout in New York, Washington, and Atlanta, USA would follow immediately after London on April 22; while other locations, local and abroad, would follow in sequence from April 29.



1 Melandla

2 Light Toes

3 Jaleika

4 Tubular

5 Jika

6 Studio

7 Humble

8 Seattle


Timeform pick out their three best bets from Fairview on Wednesday...

Jaleika - Fairview R3, 12:35 GMT

Jaleika was a good second here last time out and she sets a clear form standard in this. A repeat of her most recent run would give her serious claims of getting off the mark. Rock Stardom would have claims if building on her fourth here last time, whilst Hither Green is another to consider.

Shallcross - Fairview R4, 13:10 GMT

Shallcross is a really solid performer at this level, winning here three starts ago, and his effort to finish third here last time was a strong one. A repeat of that effort could see him win again at the expense of Shepherd's Sky, who can take second.

Jika - Fairview R5, 13:50 GMT

Jika is generally always there or there abouts, and has placed in each of his last eight starts. He's weighted to strike at this level, and is fancied to pick up a deserved success. Desert Chief is another to consider in receipt of plenty of weight.


11:25 AM - Welcomes You Maiden Plate (F & M)

ARIKARI is clearly better than her last run would suggest and could contest the finish once again. DESERT WANDERER continues to hold her form and does have a winning chance in this line-up. BARGEME has been disappointing in her last few starts but could improve under a new trainer. PASHTOOSH showed pace on her local debut. MELANDIA was narrowly beaten on debut and can win this.

Watch out for: ARIKARA (1)
212:00 PM - All To Come Novice Plate (F & M)

LIGHT ON HER TOES has done well enough in her recent runs to have a winning chance over a course and distance that clearly suits. SEATTLE MERMAID needs to do a bit more to win but is in fine form and could play a minor role. TASUNKE could be returning to some form and ran on nicely last time out. FLAME OF FIRE ran a good third last time out and could have more wins to come.

Watch out for: FLAME OF FIRE (4)
312:35 PM - 0861 150 160 Maiden Plate (F & M)

HITHER GREEN has yet to win and has had 37 attempts. Her recent form is fair and she could finish in the money once again. JALEIKA only found one too good on her local debut and could make amends for that defeat. ROCK STARDOM has been unreliable but is clearly not out of it. HIPPIE TRAIL is battling to shed her maiden tag but is likely to be involved with the finish once again.

Watch out for: JALEIKA (4)
41:10 PM - Play Soccer 6, 10 And 13 Mr 66 Handicap

MAHIR ran on Friday 18 January and that run will need to be looked at. TUBULAR BELL ran on well to narrowly win his latest start and only picked up a 2 point penalty so can win again but it is a tough race and many have winning chances. DATA LINK is suited to this course and distance. PIN UP FOLD likes the Polytrack and could play a minor place. WHITELEAF HILLS has a chance.

Top Tip: MAHIR (1)
Watch out for: TUBULAR BELL (2)
51:50 PM - Mr 78 Handicap

BORDER PATROL has ability but does not always show it. He has a chance in this line-up. JIKA is doing well in his new yard and should fight out the finish once again. PROSPECT STRIKE is better than his last run would suggest and could earn some money. WISH TO LAND was a good winner on the turf last time out but is as good on the Polytrack. RIVER CAM seems better than last time.

Watch out for: JIKA (2)
62:25 PM - Betting World - 087 741 2777 Fm 68 Handicap (F & M)

STUDIO BLUES was only run out of it very late last time out and has done really nicely for trainer Alan Greeff. LET IT FLOW flew up late last time and is clearly suited to this course and distance so must be considered. CLOSE TO MY HEART returns from a break but could earn some money. ROMANTIC CRUSADE won well on her local debut. This is a stronger field but she has a chance.

Watch out for: ROMANTIC CRUSADE (5)
73:00 PM - Tab Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Mr 63 Handicap

HUMBLE ADDICT made good late headway last time out and remains in good form. He could win a race like this. KEANANS ROCK has lacked a strong finish recently but could play a minor role. ALBRANDINO steps up in distance and does deserve some respect. EX NIHILO and LIMESTONE MASS need to do more to win but could earn some money. APOC is in good form and could contest the finish.

Watch out for: HUMBLE ADDICT (1)
83:35 PM - Next Fairview Race Meeting Is Friday 25 January Fm 76 Handicap (F & M)

SEATTLE OAK returns from a break but is also looking for a hat-trick of wins and must be considered. STOPTHINKINGOFME has not won for some time but could play a minor role. GAME GIRL is in good form and has a winning chance returning from a short break. HORSE HAIZI likes this surface and should go close once again. CANDY CRUSH is battling to win but could finish in the money.

Top Tip: SEATTLE OAK (1)
Watch out for: GAME GIRL (3)


Winning Form Best Bets
Race 3: JALEIKA(4)

Magic Tips Best Bets
Race 1: MELANDIA(10)
Jockey: L Hewitson - Trainer: Y Bremner

MELANDIA was supported on her promising debut in a big field over six furlongs on the grass last month and that formline has worked out well. She finished just under one length ahead of the in-form DESERT WANDERER and the daughter of Seventh Rock would have come on appreciably from the experience.

Race 4: MAHIR(1)
Jockey: K Zechner - Trainer: JVA Strydom

This is a tricky staying handicap where all eyes will be on the form entrant MAHIR who was carded to race on 18/01. The consistent four-year old gelding crushed subsequent winner TUBULAR BELL over slightly shorter on this surface last time and is only 3kgs worse off despite the resultant maximum eight pound penalty. Of course the latter had a narrow subsequent win over WHITELEAF HILLS but could be a different proposition from pole position today.

Race 5: WISH TO LAND(4)
Jockey: T Gould - Trainer: A Greeff

The powerful Greeff stable is really well-represented in this competitive mile handicap where the slight first preference is for WISH TO LAND. The chestnut gelding finished well for a narrow recent win over stronger rivals on the grass earlier this year and he can follow-up despite the resultant three pound penalty.

Race 7: APOC(8)
Jockey: K Zechner- Trainer: D McLachlan

The veteran gelding APOC is in good form having finished runner-up in three of his last four starts and he should make his presence felt. The top weight HUMBLE ADDICT was only a head adrift of the top selection in early October and is 1kg to the good. He has kept his form really well in recent starts with the mile being the slight reservation though today's potential lack of a strong tempo will aid his cause.

Race 2: FLAME OF FIRE(4)
Jockey: K Zechner - Trainer: JVA Strydom

The three-year old FLAME OF FIRE has improved rapidly since returning from a 12 week absence and she produced a creditable recent display in a minor feature. Admittedly, she has work to do at the weights but is still developing her best merit rating and certainly has room for improvement.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Lamzat Tips For Vaal

Double place tips should be Pigeon and Greek Fire!

2 Our Biscuit/Pigeon/Glitter

3 Greek Fire

4 Sanmi Mossa/Festive Lingari

5 Mighty Valdie

6 Che Bella


Timeform pick out their three best bets from Vaal on Tuesday...

Nordic Rebel - Vaal R3, 12:15 GMT

Nordic Rebel is a very solid performer at his level, with five career wins, and whilst he failed to justify favouritism over C&D last time, only finishing third, that was a career best effort, and he ought to have leading claims of returning to winning ways off the same mark. Divine Odyssey was slightly below par last time, but would be right there if bringing his best form to the table.

Sammi Moosa - Vaal R4, 12:50 GMT

A big field are due to take their chance, and the one that's fancied to come out on top is Sammi Moosa, who was unable to complete a double here last time out, finishing fifth, but she's been holding her form well and should be right up there at the business end of the race. Rockstar Child is another running well of late and is feared, whilst Festive Linngari can fill the places.

Only To Win - Vaal R5, 13:30 GMT

Only To Win's losing run stretches back to April 2017, but she hasn't been doing an awful lot wrong of late, running her best race yet to finish second at Turffontein four starts back. A repeat of that would make her very difficult to beat and she sets a clear standard in this company. Blonde Vision is preferred for the forecast, while Monopolize is another to consider.


11:05 AM - Welcomes You Workriders Maiden Plate

This a very weak field of maidens. SENOR'S GUEST disappointed last time but should be given another chance. GENEROSO has the best chance in this his 66th start of cracking a win against this field. GAELEBALE has run some good races and could win fresh. PITCH PINE found support at long odds last time and could do better. CHIEF BLACK HORSE and PROPOSITION (blinkers on) can earn.

Top Tip: GAELEBALE (1)
Watch out for: SENOR'S GUEST (3)
211:40 AM - Book For Gauteng Guineas Day 2 February 0116811508 Maiden Plate (F & M)

HAREER attracted some money on debut and ran on for a good 2nd. She should relish the mile and from pole position should be the one to beat. PIGEON POST will relish the mile but will start from a wide draw. The balance have had their chances but could get into minor money. They include TAKE MY WORD, CRUCREEK and MISS JAGGER.

Top Tip: PIGEON POST (7)
Watch out for: HAREER (15)
312:15 PM - Tab Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Mr 95 Handicap

PILOU is in top form and looking for 4 straight wins in a trot. He renews rivalry with MORNING CATCH whom he has beaten twice narrowly before but it could go either way. DIVINE ODYSSEY has a chance on collateral form but is carded to race twice before this - watch. GREEK FIRE can improve more and must be considered. NORDIC REBEL cannot be left out of calculations.

Top Tip: PILOU (1)
Watch out for: GREEK FIRE (4)
412:50 PM - Betting World - 087 741 2777 Mr 66 Handicap

A full field and it could get tricky. WELL CONNECTED is running well but has a wide draw to contend with whereas SAMMI MOOSA gets away from pole position and could take up the advantage. FESTIVE LINNGARI is holding form and shouldn't be far off. STREET FLYER could get into a fighting position early with Gavin up. ROCKSTAR CHILD can improve more. Others could pop up.

Watch out for: SAMMI MOOSA (5)
51:30 PM - Book For Classic Day 0116811508 On 2 March Assessment Plate

Filly BLONDE VISION is back around the turn and could get away. Other filly and stable mate ONLY TO WIN is more than capable and warrants respect. DESERT OASIS was not fancied in the betting when flashing home and could be anything. MONOPOLIZE is no slouch and 5 lengths behind Hawwaam looks promising.

Watch out for: DESERT OASIS (4)
62:05 PM - Join Us For The Joburg's Prawn Festival 30 March Fm 77 Handicap (F & M)

CHE BELLA should be at peak fitness and should enjoy this track. NICKY NOO has early speed and Striker could keep her going. ANCIENT SPIRIT is holding form and could go in again. LAST GIRL STANDING will be catching late. SEATTLE TANGO, TWELVE OAKS, RINGS AND THINGS, KENTUCKY BLUE, LAST CHIRP and SOUL OF WIT could get into the frame.

Watch out for: NICKY NOO (5)
72:45 PM - Save The Date 4 May Gin & Roses Festival Mr 84 Handicap

CARBON ATOM is never far back and this course and distance should be ideal. WHITEHAVEN should be at peak fitness and should make his presence felt. DAN THE LAD is in form and could go in again. LONE SURVIVOR is better than his last 2 and could get into the action. SPORTING MONARCH, GREASEPAINT, MOUNT KEITH and TALKTOTHESTARS are all capable of popping up.

Top Tip: DAN THE LAD (2)
Watch out for: WHITEHAVEN (3)
83:20 PM - Next Vaal Racemeeting Thursday 24 January Maiden Plate (F & M)

Tricky last. POISON IVY finished ahead of ETERNAL SUMMER on the Cantata Mundi form line but VISERION, I'M THE ONE, VIDA AMOROSA and THE BEES KNEES (runs before this) weren't far behind. FLIRTY GIRTY was also in front of ETERNAL SUMMER recently but PEGGY CARTER wasn't far off. LACONIA races before this - watch the form.

Watch out for: ETERNAL SUMMER (7)


Winning Form Best Bets
Race 1: GENEROSO(10)
Race 3: PILOU(1)
Race 5: ONLY TO WIN(7)

Magic Tips Best Bets
Jockey: S Khumalo - Trainer: J Ramsden

MORNING CATCH renews his rivalry with narrow recent conqueror PILOU but the game frontrunner is 0.5kg to the good and gets the nod to reverse the half a length deficit. The latter completed a smart hat trick that day and should still stake a serious claim despite the resultant five pound penalty

Jockey: W Kennedy - Trainer: M De Kock

This is an extremely tricky assessment contest but the powerful de Kock yard holds a very strong hand and the slight preference is for the young filly BLONDE VISION who was caught late in mixed company in a minor feature in her penultimate run. She was outclassed when 3rd by two high calibre sprinters in a subsequent feature but should be highly competitive today

Race 7: CARBON ATOM(4)
Jockey: L Hewitson - Trainer: S Tarry

The improving youngster CARBON ATOM has benefitted from blinkers and he should continue to progress. The Tarry inmate finished strongly for a close 2nd last time out and the 3rd placed entrant State Trooper has won since. That said, the capable older campaigner MOUNT KEITH meets the former on 3.5kgs better terms for a neck defeat suffered in early November and he should have many followers

Jockey: Lyle HEWITSON - Trainer: Sean TARRY

FLIRTY GIRTY is the form choice after her two close seconds recently and she can add to her sire's maiden success recently.

Race 2: PLUM FIELD(16)
Jockey: C Zackey - Trainer: N Houdalakis

PLUM FIELD is progressing steadily and her last formline could be worth following. The chestnut daughter of Marchfield should enjoy the mile and she has more room for improvement