ROYAL ASSAULT, installed a howling 1-5 favourite, justified the support with an all-the-way victory in yesterday’s restricted stakes over 1100 metres for native and imported three-year-olds at Caymanas Park.One of two winners for leading jockey Shane Ellis and trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, ROYAL ASSAULT disputed the early lead with 7-1 chance DWAYNE STAR before opening up from the half mile, holding on by three-quarter length from the fast-finishing WINGS OF HOPE (9-1), in the good time of 1:06.2.Owned by Preferred Racing, the chestnut colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Mayken ticked off his third from seven starts, all over 1100 metres.Ellis and Nunes had a second winner in 3-5 favourite GOLDEN BULLET, the 4-y-o colt coming through on the inside approaching the home turn to win the seventh race over 1500 metres by 7 1/2 lengths.Lead establishedWith closest rivals Robert Halledeen and Omar Walker failing to ride a winner on the card, Ellis (58 wins) extended his lead in the jockeys’ championship race to three over Halledeen and seven over Walker.Jevanne Erwin emulated Ellis with two winners – COURT CALL at 5-1 in the opening race and VESPERS at 4-1 in the closing race.The Dalton Sirjue-trained GARY GLITTER, ridden by Rayan Wilson for owner/trainer Gordon Lewis at odds of 7-2, romped the two-year-old race by six lengths in post-to-post fashion.
Allenby shot a 2-under 68 Friday, putting him at 5 under after two rounds of the Honda Classic and into a tie atop the leaderboard with first-round leader Charlie Wi – who shot a wild round of even-par 70. Allenby is winless in his past 139 PGA Tour events but came here this week insisting that it’s only a matter of time before that streak ends – and his play is backing up that assertion. PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Robert Allenby finished his round around lunchtime and left PGA National thinking he’d be within two of three shots of the lead by day’s end. He ultimately was wrong, and probably thrilled. “I think 5 under is a pretty good score after two days,” the Australian said. “This golf course is only going to get tougher from this moment on.” It’s plenty tough already. While the wind was down a bit from Thursday, the breezes did pick up a bit as the second round went along – and par remained a very solid score. The cut was 4 over and only 30 broke par, with 71.9 being the average score for the round. Will MacKenzie and Steve Stricker were tied for third at 3 under after 69s, and Daniel Copra, Joe Ogilvie, Mathias Gronberg, Camilo Villegas and Mark Wilson were another shot back. Wilson and Gronberg shot 66s, the best round of the day. “These pin positions aren’t as tough as they would be at a major, but tee-to-green it’s set up like a U.S. PGA,” said 2005 winner Padraig Harrington, who was among a group another shot back at 1 under. Fortunately for Allenby, his game is in good enough shape to handle the demands of PGA National. He put together four consecutive Top 10s earlier this season, leads the tour in birdies per round and ranks second in scoring average. “At the start of the week, I thought 10 under, 11 under would probably win this tournament,” Allenby said. “I’m 5 under at the moment. I can definitely shoot 5 under on the weekend, even if it blows like this, if I’m on my game and if I can play the way I know I can play.” His round was relatively problem-free. Wi could hardly say the same. He fell out of the lead by making triple bogey on No. 11, his second hole, after balls found hazards and bunkers with such regularity that he actually thought he made an 8 instead of a 7. “Got a stroke back there,” Wi said. A run of three consecutive birdies – starting with a chip-in from just off the green at 12 – immediately undid the damage caused by the triple, but by the round’s end, it almost seemed as if Wi was alternating birdies and bogeys. In all, he had eight pars, six birdies, three bogeys and one triple-bogey – not to mention six consecutive 3s at one point. PHUKET, Thailand – England’s Oliver Wilson eagled the 11th and 15th holes en route to a 6-under 66 and one-stroke lead in the Johnnie Walker Classic. Wilson has a 10-under 134 total on the Blue Canyon Country Club’s Canyon Course. South Africa’s Anton Haig was second after matching the course record with a 64. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany are staying at Manchester City, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.The long-serving duo have both seen their futures called into question in recent months.Striker Aguero has fired 169 goals in 352 appearances for the club but briefly lost his place to Gabriel Jesus following the Brazilian’s arrival in January, sparking speculation he could be sold this summer.Centre-back Kompany, meanwhile, has made just 15 appearances this term having struggled with injury and there were reports Guardiola was ready to move his captain on.However, the City boss has insisted that both Aguero and Kompany will be part of his squad next season.Speaking after his side thrashed Watford on the final day of the Premier League season to book a Champions League spot, Guardiola said: “They will be at Man City next season.“They improved a lot, Vincent playing eight or nine games in a row and we saw something special with him, so I can imagine when City won the league, one of the major reasons was Vincent.“But we finished 15 points behind Chelsea. Sergio helped us a lot, now we have to find him a better solution and not just depend on Sergio to score goals.”Guardiola ended his first season in English football without any silverware, with City finishing third in the Premier League.The Spaniard expects improvements in 2017/18, but admits it will take some time for the club to reach the same level as the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.“Next season we will be better, and as a coach I am better than the year before, but it is not simple,” he said.“Real Madrid have just bought one player ,16 years old [Vinicius Junior] for 46m euros, so you can imagine the market.“To compete with Barca and Real we need time, we need decades to be there.“Money is not enough – when Real and Barca want a player, other teams cannot compete.“Before, we were never in the Champions League, and now we have been there six or seven times in a row. But, to achieve the next step, although the gap is shorter, it is more difficult.“To close the gap you need time, and in our world time doesn’t exist, it’s not allowed.” Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany will STAY at Manchester City