BIRD CATCHER, who figured prominently in both the1000 Guineas and the Oaks, looks the one to beat in today’s Caymanas Park restricted allowance feature over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy, for native bred three-year-old fillies.The 14-strong field promises keen competition from leading lights BIRD CATCHER, POISON GAS, BLUE MOON, LIKE ALADY and BABY P. But the Fitzroy Glispie-trained BIRD CATCHER has the best credentials on past performances, especially having worked well in preparation for this trophy.BIRD CATCHER finished three lengths fifth to A THOUSAND STARS in the recent Caribbean Choice Oaks, this after disputing the lead at the half mile. And prior to that she finished fourth to NUCLEAR AFFAIR in the Post To Post 1000 Guineas, racing prominently into the straight as well.FAIRLY GOOD TIMEIt is interesting to recall that BIRD CATCHER won her only race over this trip in December of last year, slamming GLOBAL by five lengths in the fairly good time of 1:07.0.The chestnut filly by Burning Marque out of Bye Bye Birdie has moved impressively at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping six furlongs in a fast 1:13.1 on May 13.Having secured a good draw on the outside, BIRD CATCHER, with only 52.5kg and former champion apprentice O’Brien White aboard, should race in close touch of the expected leaders – POISON GAS and MISS MYRTLE – before coming through approaching the distance. She should win from the Wayne DaCosta-trained BLUE MOON and POISON GAS.Other firm fancies on the card are last Saturday’s fast-timer winner, FLYING MIRACLE, in the third; DI COBRE to go one better in the fifth race over the straight; as well as LUCKY NINE in the sixth; and down in class ZACKONTHEATTACK to score an overdue win in the ninth race.
Soesdyke fatal stabbingSeveral days after 15-year-old Ricardo Singh of Diamond, East Bank Demerara was fatally stabbed at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, a member of a community policing group, who was arrested in connection with the murder, remains in custody.Based on reports received, the 72-hour detention period has elapsed, but the Police were granted court approval to further detain the young rural constable (RC). Guyana Times understands that the teen’s friend, who had also been taken into custody, has been released as Police continue their investigations.Information reaching this publication revealed that on the night of the fatal stabbing, the rural constable was reportedly seen using excessive force on the now dead teen after the teen had resisted arrest. Guyana Times was told that the young man had had an altercation with another young man at a wedding house in Soesdyke, EBD, and the Police were consequently summoned.It is unclear whether the deceased young man was wounded during the scuffle at the wedding house or during his arrest by the rural constable who is now in PoliceDead: Ricardo Singhcustody.When contacted, ‘A’ Division Commander, Leslie James, confirmed that investigations into the teen’s murder are continuing, while noting that, before charges are instituted, the Police have to make sure that the matter had been properly investigated. The deceased teenager, who also used to be referred to as “Cardo”, of Lot 63 Avenues A & B, Diamond New Housing Scheme, EBD, was stabbed several times, including once to his abdomen.The former Diamond Secondary School student and his friends had left their respective homes on Sunday last with the intention of “taking a lime” at the Linden-Soesdyke Highway Junction, but had instead gone to the wedding house, which was close by.The initial report is that, while there, a gang of men allegedly attempted to relieve one of the teen’s friends of his gold chain and cash, and the deceased teen intervened. His friend whom he was helping reportedly ran away, leaving him behind.The deceased young man, who would have been celebrating his 16th birthday on Thursday last, was subsequently found in a nearby trench with his intestines protruding. He was picked up and taken to the Diamond hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Conversely, it was reported that the young man had been misbehaving at the wedding house and the Police were called in to intervene. However, at the time, members of the Community Policing Group (CPG) were patrolling the area, and they reportedly arrested the young man. He was placed in the back of their motor vehicle, and as it took off for the Timehri Police Station, he reportedly jumped out, but instead of stopping to check on the young man, the vehicle sped away.It is expected that the teen would be cremated on Sunday.