Champion sprinter POTCHEEN should defy topweight once again and win today’s grade-one feature over 1200 metres for the None Such Sprint Trophy at Caymanas Park. The $1.2 million race is run annually in honour of the legendary native-bred sprinter None Such, who was Horse of the Year in 1967. Significantly, None Such won more than 20 races in an illustrious career and was ridden to victory on many occasions by Hall of Famer Kenneth Mattis, who died in October last year at age 78. Fittingly, the Kenneth Mattis OD Memorial Trophy over 2000 metres for overnight allowance horses will be run as the supporting feature on the card, this attracting seven starters, including top contenders ROYAL VIBES, MIRACLE STAR and BOLD AVIATOR. POTCHEEN, who shoulders topweight of 57.0kg with customary rider Omar Walker aboard, is out for the first time since winning the Lotto Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres on May 23, a race in which he closed rapidly on the rails to beat the fleet-footed FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by a neck in the fairly good time of 1:06.0. In that race, the Harry Parsard-trained POTCHEEN had stable-companion UPPA TUNE behind in fifth, while further behind were PETE’SWILDONE and the 2013 derby winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR. All three renew rivalry with POTCHEEN on slightly improved terms at the weights, and with UPPA TUNE and the Wayne DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR having looked razor-sharp at exercise, it could be closer. Both UPPA TUNE and PERFECT NEGHBOUR have won their subsequent races, the Parsard-trained UPPA TUNE capturing the Reggae Trophy over the straight on July 11, and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR the Prime Minister’s Stakes over 2000 metres on August 6. UPPA TUNE, in particular, represents the genuine speed in this small field, and with Paul ‘Country’ Francis retaining the ride aboard the versatile American horse, he will have to be caught. However, a well-prepared POTCHEEN won’t be far off turning for home, and his now-famous stretch run should prove too much for UPPA TUNE in deep stretch. Other firm fancies on the card are TARANIS (Ellis up) to go one better in the second race over 1820 metres, FORCE DE JOUR to repeat in the third over the straight, down-in-class INFANTRY OFFICER in the sixth, DOOLAHIN in the eighth, and ROYAL VIBES in the Kenneth Mattis OD Memorial Trophy.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Thedward Candler, 24, of Gardena had been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2001 and sentenced to seven years in state prison. Prison records show he was paroled Aug. 12 after serving six years. Severa Madrona was found slain Sept. 18. Candler, charged with murder with the special circumstance of killing during a rape and sodomy, appeared in court Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed. Candler agreed to wait until Nov. 13 to enter a plea so the Public Defender’s Office could have more time to review the case. Madrona was on her daily walk near her home when she was attacked. Her body was found in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue. She died from blunt force trauma, authorities have said. Sheriff’s investigators initially said she was not sexually assaulted. On Wednesday, homicide Lt. Pat Nelson said that’s what detectives believed at first. He said that until an autopsy was performed, there was no indication the petite great-grandmother had been sexually assaulted. Forensic evidence collected during the exam linked Candler to the crime, authorities said. Candler’s DNA was included in the state law enforcement database because of his previous conviction. After the crime scene evidence was matched to Candler’s DNA, he was placed under surveillance. He was arrested last Thursday. In court, Deputy Public Defender John Mattingly said two people who may have seen the killer shortly after the slaying were shown photo arrays that included Candler. One identified him and one did not, he said, adding that identity will be an issue in the case. The special circumstance qualifies Candler for capital punishment, but prosecutors will decide later whether they will seek the death penalty. Candler will remain in jail without bail. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Gardena man is accused in woman’s rape, murder. By Denise Nix Staff Writer The man accused of sexual assault and murder in the death of a 76-year-old great-grandmother was released from prison just five weeks before the attack in El Camino Village.