Hot apprentice Linton Steadman stole the show at Caymanas Park yesterday, becoming the first from the recent batch of Jockeys’ School graduates to ride a triple.His winners were 4-5 favourite SIR BIGGS for trainer Donovan Plummer in the third race over 1820 metres for maiden three-year-olds, EXPRESS TRUCK at 9-2 for trainer Steven Todd in the sixth race over a mile for $180,000 claimers and the Ryan Darby-trained POCKET MONEY, a 6-5 favourite in the closing race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers.A past student of Waterford High, Steadman, 25, duly made amends for not landing his first triple last Saturday, when one of his winners, DOC HOLIDAY, was disqualified by the stewards after passing the post first in the seventh race over 1500 metres.The disqualification did not prevent him from emerging the CTL Jockey of the Month – with eight winners – winning the incentive in only his first full month in the saddle, having ridden for the first time on September 26.The popular young rider has so far ridden 13 winners to become the fastest apprentice to reduce his claiming allowance from 4.0kg to 3.0kg.On a day when the apprentices dominated by winning seven of the 10 races, Steadman said he was happy with his form.”I was looking forward to taking the triple last Saturday, but Doc Holiday was unfortunately disqualified.”Today, everything fell into place, and I can’t wait to get back into the saddle on Saturday. Right now, I want to win every race, and with this kind of focus, I should continue to do well,” said Steadman, who is apprenticed to 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who gave him his first winner, VISION, on September 26.Fellow apprentices Odean Edwards and Bebeto Harvey rode two winners each, Edwards just missing a triple when the Richard Azan-trained ABBEY ROAD (5-2) was beaten by a nose in a tight photo finish by the Shane Ellis-ridden favourite, BONGO KING, in the eighth race over 1600 metres.Harvey, meanwhile, made all aboard the Robert Darby-trained 4-5 favourite, FORCE DE JOUR, in the ninth race (high claiming) over 1100 metres – the 4-y-o colt recording his sixth consecutive win.Trainer Steven Todd topped all trainers with two winners in EXPRSSS TRUCK and BLUE EYE BOY at 2-1.
The Government of Sweden has provided 15 Million Swedish Krona (SEK) (US$2M) in support of the UN Joint Appeal to respond to the Ebola crisis in Liberia.At a formal signing ceremony in Monrovia recently, the Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden in Liberia, Ms. Ewa Nunes Sorenson, said Sweden was happy and proud to support the people of Liberia through the United Nations.“Sweden is happy to contribute to efforts by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health and reduce morbidity and mortality among pregnant women and girls and combat gender-based violence during the Ebola crisis in Liberia”, Ms. Sorenson said.“Through this mechanism, we are also happy to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) to establish early case detection at community level around refugee camps as well as UN WOMEN’s contribution to social mobilization and strengthening of women’s network, as we know that a large part of the victims are women as they often care for the sick”, Ms. Sorensen added.In response UNFPA-Liberia Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Remi Sogunro, who signed on behalf of the UN said, “The global response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has increased significantly in recent weeks, but there still remains a huge gap in stopping the spread of the virus, treat those who have been infected and ensure the provision of essential health services. The support from the Government and people of Sweden is the first tangible support to the Joint UN Appeal. It is our hope that this SEK 15 million can be a catalyst for a rapid restoration of health and social services to the communities in dire need.”Dr. Remi further noted that Ebola is not only having a heavy toll on women as care givers in hospitals or at home, but also as wives, individuals, mothers and givers of life.The ceremony was also witnessed by UNHCR Liberia Representative Khassim Diagne, who stated that the UNHCR Liberia office is grateful to the Swedish Government for “significant contribution towards our preparedness and response activities in the refugee camps against Ebola.”In September 2014, the UN Resident Coordinator, Antonio Vigilente, on behalf of the UN in Liberia launched an appeal for 500 million USD to support the Government response to the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)