Perfect Neighbour romps PM Stakes

first_img SMOOTH SAILING The 2013 derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, made amends for his near miss a year ago with an emphatic victory in the 52nd running of the Prime Minister’s Stakes grade-one feature over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a 6-5 favourite with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, toting topweight of 57.0kg, won by five lengths from his highly fancied stable-companion, ALL CORRECT (9-5), with Paul ‘Country’ Francis in a field of six, erasing the memory of last year’s race when he was beaten a short head by COMMANDING CHIEF, with champion jockey Dane Nelson at his brilliant best. Yesterday, there was no such intrigue. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, drawn at post position one, raced prominently in third as MILITARY MOVE (11-1) led comfortably from ALL CORRECT turning into the backstretch. ALL CORRECT shot past MILITARY MOVE at the half mile, but PERFECT NEIGHBOUR soon went in chase on the outside and assumed the lead entering the straight. Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as the classy five-year-old horse by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewives moved away from ALL CORRECT to win in the fairly good time of 2:06.3. This marked his first win from five starts this season, but according to DaCosta, he has had to be running him over sprint and middle distances due to a lack of suitable distance races for grade-one horses on the calendar. “Since winning the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over a mile and a half last Boxing Day, I was forced to run him in the Lady Geeta Trophy and Lotto Sprint Trophy just to keep him race fit. He ran over a more suitable trip at nine furlongs in the Viceroy Trophy on June 27, and although running well for second to stable companion Hover Craft, had to wait too long for a suitable race. “He will now have to wait for another two and a half months for the Governor General’s Stakes in mid-October (Heroes Day) before embarking on his major objective – the Superstakes – a month later,” explained the Hall of Fame trainer. “I was very encouraged by this performance, as he not only won in a good time, but carried the weight well,” said DaCosta, who is on course to win a record 15 trainers’ championship this year, which would surpass the legendary Philip Feanny with 14 titles. PERFECTNEIGHBOUR is owned by Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai.last_img read more

Opportunity for Donegal businesses to scoop €5,000 consultancy package

first_imgBusinesses attending an International Conference in Donegal on April 12 and 13 are being urged to submit a short market entry plan that could see them win a massive €5,000 in consultancy to help them develop their plan.The Beyond Local conference takes place in Solis Lough Eske and sets out to explain why taking business into the global marketplace makes perfect sense for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).A mixture of keynote talks, workshops and business to business meetings, the two day international conference organised by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, draws on national and international experience so those attending will get the best possible insight into the benefits of looking beyond local markets for their business. “Our Small and Medium Enterprises are much more likely to survive in the globally competitive business climate if they internationalise their business.“We also know that those businesses that do internationalise and enter export markets, tend to be more innovative than their stay-at-home cousins and they are more resistant to local and national crises,” Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise in Donegal said.He explained that speakers from Denmark, Poland and Italy will join a host of speakers from Ireland and Northern Ireland to highlight how internationally active businesses are more innovative and perform better than those who have not embraced internationalisation.“Now, more then ever – in a time of major political and market changes – it is time for businesses to adopt an international outlook, but it would appear that many don’t have the ambition, the information or the knowledge to do so. This conference, aims to increase awareness of the benefits of internationalisation among SMEs and provide easier access to the information businesses need,” Mr Tunney said.As an added incentive, businesses thinking about going beyond local for their markets are also being offered the chance to win €5,000 worth of consultancy, simply by filling in a short form and attending the conference.The market entry plan form, available to download from the Local Enterprise Website – www.localenterprise.ie/donegal – is a short and simple document and businesses wishing to enter should simply complete the document, submit it to michael.tunney@leo.donegalcoco.ie by midnight on Friday April 6th and then be in attendance at the conference.“Taking business into the global marketplace makes perfect sense for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – and it means they are much more likely to survive in the globally competitive business climate. The conference is a great opportunity for businesses to learn how they can do that and I really do hope they make the best of the opportunity and come along to listen and to learn,” Mr Tunney concluded.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. Opportunity for Donegal businesses to scoop €5,000 consultancy package was last modified: April 3rd, 2018 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:000conferencedonegalLocal Enterprise Officewin€5last_img read more