Muir makes history in winning Canadian Derby

first_imgEDMONTON, Ontario (CMC):Jamaican jockey Shamaree Muir became the youngest every rider to win the CDN$150,000 Grade III Canadian Derby when he produced a tremendous ride aboard favourite Ready Intaglio.The 21-year-old, in his first season outside of Jamaica, partnered with the Amber Meyaard-trained colt to beat the three-year-olds by three-quarter lengths going a mile and three-eighths.Thirteen-to-one chance, Solve, with another Jamaican, Dane Nelson, aboard, finished second while The Accuser, with Barbadian Damario Bynoe in the irons, placed third.”He was relaxed and I just waited for the right time to make my move,” said Muir.”He’s the smartest horse I’ve ever ridden. This is a very classy horse. I think he’s going to go places.”Hold the Giant and Northernlocomotive whipped the field through a brisk pace, laying down 23.28 seconds for the quarter mile and 47.82 for the half-mile, as Muir raced Ready Intaglio in a bunch near the rear of the field.Through the stretch for the first time, Barbadian Rico Walcott brought Inside Straight up to join the leaders and then took over the running on the backstretch, with Muir already threading Ready Intaglio through the field down on the inside.As the race swung forhome, Inside Straight held sway with Solve and The Accuser running on strongly, but Muir expertly slipped Ready Intaglio through a seam along the rails in mid-stretch to hit the front.Solve tried to stay with the pair, but Muir had the momentum and carried the colt the wire strongly to win in style.”I just took the shortest way around; the shortest way is the fastest way,” Muir said of his decision to keep the colt on the rails.”I was on the rail just about every step. I think that was what made the difference.”Muir and the connections of Ready Intaglio survived anxious moments afterwards, however, as an objection was launched by Walcott for interference in the stretch run.The stewards eventually dismissed the claim.last_img read more


first_imgA young woman has asked a judge to publicly name the father of her child who was found guilty of defiling her when she was just 15 years old.Carl Heaton was 35 when he had sex with the girl on three occasions in Co Donegal in 2008.The girl subsequently had a baby boy who is now four years old. Heaton told the girl he wanted to marry her and even gave her an engagement ring.Heaton, of Lartigue Village in Listowel, Co Kerry, is already serving a prison sentence for other offences.He appeared in handcuffs at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with three offences of defilement against the young woman under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act.He pleaded guilty to all three offences.The court was told that Heaton, a former soldier, had sex with the girl when she was invited to his own daughter’s sixteenth birthday party.A relationship developed with Heaton initially claiming he did not know the girl’s age.The relationship continued for a number of months with Heaton contacting the girl by phone and text on a number of occasions.The court heard the girl’s mother knew about the relationship and said she would “see how it developed.”The charges against Heaton relate to two offences at the Atlantic Guest House in Donegal Town on September 14th, 2008 and another at Drumbeg, Inver when he admitted having sex with the girl in his car beside the beach.Defence barrister John Whelan SC said it was not a case that Heaton was a predator but that the relationship was a mutual infatuation.However, in her victim impact statement, the girl said that Heaton “put me through hell.”On one occasion he texted from his daughter’s phone and pretended he had been in a serious car crash, that he was on life support and that she should come and see him.She said the best thing that happened to her was the birth of her son.“The birth of my son gave me a reason to live and I love him to bits. I want to make sure my son’s life doesn’t end like mine,” she said.She had since completed her Junior Cert and did very well.When asked by Judge John O’Hagan if she had plans for a career, the young woman revealed she wanted to be a social worker.Judge John O’Hagan said every case is different and each sentence must be tailor-made.“I don’t know if it was love or infatuation or what it was,” he said.However he said Heaton took advantage of a young girl of 15 and persisted in following her.He sentenced Heaton to three years in prison and suspended the last year of the term.He ordered the sentence to run concurrently with the sentence he is currently serving which means Heaton is due for release in October 2014.ABUSED WOMAN ASKS JUDGE TO NAME FATHER OF HER CHILD was last modified: October 24th, 2012 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) Tags:Carl HeatondefilementLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more