FAST ENOUGH RALLIES FROM OFF PACE TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY BY A NECK; CRAIG MARTIN HOMEBRED GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:45.23RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2020)–A 4 ½ furlong first out maiden winner on May 31, Craig Martin’s homebred Fast Enough rallied late to collar longshot Sacred Rider close home, as he won Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby by a neck under Tiago Pereira, who collected his second stakes win of the day. Trained by Rafael Becerra, Fast Enough, a 3-year-old gelding by Eddington, got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.23.The Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series. Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Series is for California-bred or sired horses.Seventh, about five lengths off the lead mid-way around the far turn, Fast Enough rallied five-deep turning for home and gradually gained the advantage with about 30 yards to run.Off at 9-2 in a field of nine Cal-bred or sired sophomores, Fast Enough paid $11.60, $8.60 and $5.80.Out of the Bertrando mare Brilliant Melody, Fast Enough is now two for two and with the winner’s check of $110,000, he has earnings of $149,000.Sacred Rider, who shipped south from Golden Gate Fields, was an attentive third early and when early pacesetter Bettor Trip Nick tried to slow the pace down heading up the backside, he stayed clear of any traffic trouble while about three lanes off the fence.Off at 36-1 under Abel Cedillo, Sacred Rider, who finished five lengths in front of Bettor Trip Nick, paid $28.20 and $11.00.Ridden by Catalino Martinez, Bettor Trip Nick, who was off at 7-2, paid $4.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.64, 47.83, 1:12.21 and 1:38.51.
Sheffield Wednesday have signed Norwich striker Gary Hooper on an emergency loan deal.The former Celtic player, who has netted 20 goals in 70 matches for the Canaries, will remain at Hillsborough until January 17. Hooper, recently recovered from an ankle injury, has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Carrow Road this term and the last of his two appearances came in the defeat to Southampton at the end of August. The 27-year-old will link up with fellow Norwich loanee Michael Turner at the Owls. 1 Gary Hooper
AccorHotels has opened its second ibis in Chennai. Located on Mount Road in the centre of the city, ibis Chennai City Centre offers 155 rooms, a restaurant, a lounge and bar area, two meeting rooms and free WiFi.“The brand combines the ultimate comfort of modern and well-equipped rooms with the highest level of service for business and leisure travellers. The opening of ibis Chennai City strengthens our brand presence in Chennai and adds to the growing ibis network of 12 hotels in the region,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President of operations for AccorHotels India.The new hotel becomes AccorHotels’ third property in Chennai, following the ibis Chennai SIPCOT and Novotel Chennai SIPCOT in 2014, which launched as dual-branded property in 2014.