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ROYAL ASSAULT yesterday again proved his superiority in overnight allowance, returning off a five-month lay-up to outclass 11 rivals in the 1000-metre straight G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bucknor Memorial. Breaking widest from the favoured stands’ side draw over the straight course, the five-year-old horse briefly disputed the lead with ACTION MAN before powering to the front under apprentice Linton Steadman. Though drifting to the centre entering the main track, ROYAL ASSAULT’s class was obvious from two furlongs out. Ran a brave race Straightened out by Steadman, the Anthony Nunes-trained runner stayed on strongly to win at odds of 9-5 in 58.1 seconds on the recently sanded track, beating late-closing DANCING QUEEN with Percy Williams by two-and-a-half lengths. ACTION MAN ran a brave race for third, losing second almost at the wire at odds of 13-1 with Wesley Henry astride. ROYAL ASSAULT closed a two-timer for Nunes, whose MEMORY OF TS finished strongly under Aaron Chatrie to catch LIGHT BRIGADE stealing home in the seventh race at 1200 metres. Chatrie lit up the 10-race card with a three-timer, which included the two biggest outsiders on the day, starting with 25-1 chance CRUISING MOTION, beating another outsider, 16-1 shot SIEMPRE BUENO with Ahon Gray. The bustling rider closed the programme with another stunner, 27-1 longshot SHELLIAN GREY, running past 4-5 favourite MEET JUSTIN early in the straight. Apprentice Bebeto Harvey rode two winners, CLEARLY OURS in the second and SUBBIE in the fourth. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Things won’t always be peachy between two competitive players like Blackwater import Henry Walker and star point guard Nard Pinto.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Free from jihadist grip, Iraqi weightlifters target medals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Walker, who is treated as the team’s older brother, said he wants nothing but the best for his teammates and he will do whatever it takes for them to succeed and part of that is giving some tough love here and there.“I told him ‘bro, I just want you to be at your best, you’re playing against one of the best point guards on the PBA and he can’t get on the floor and you not get on the floor. He’s a champion,’” said Walker. “He’s [Pinto] got to bring it everyday and I don’t expect anything less than that and I’m going to be on him like he would on me the same way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The two would push each other to the limit that tempers sometime flare between them, and that was in full display Wednesday when the Elite battled San Miguel in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Walker and Pinto got into each other’s faces late in the first quarter when Beermen point guard Alex Cabagnot dove for a loose ball in front of Pinto, prompting Walker to yell at him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Both Walker and Pinto, though, downplayed the incident saying the game’s intensity just caught up with them.“I’m on Nards everyday because I can see the type of player he can be and that’s is, I don’t want him to come out there and do a disservice to himself and not be at his best,” said Walker after the Elite’s 103-100 win over the Beermen. Blackwater is on a surprising 2-0 start after beating the Beermen for the second time this conference following their 106-96 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.Pinto was given the Player of the Game nod after he put up 15 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists while Walker finished with 35 points, 17 rebounds, and seven steals.“When he’s out there and he’s playing, he’s attacking, he’s aggressive, it’s a whole different team. He got a big game, 15, nine, and seven and in order for us to be successful he’s got to be heading the attack,” said Walker.Pinto, meanwhile, sees Walker’s aggressive attitude towards him as the 30-year-old import’s way of showing some tough love.“Henry just wanted to win and even in practice he’s like that,” said Pinto in Filipino. “I too was carried away with my emotion but after we both apologized to each other and everything was forgiven.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments