BILINGUAL, MONEY MAGNET, and MARLENE MY LOVE, fillies who have played second fiddle to SHE’S A MANEATER in their last two races, finally get a chance to emerge from the 1000 Guineas winner’s shadow in this afternoon’s Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks. The trio was second, third and fourth, respectively, behind SHE’S A MANEATER in the 1000 Guineas three weeks ago, almost the same order in which they had finished in last month’s Thornbird Stakes, save MONEY MAGNET being second then. With SHE’S A MANEATER out of the Oaks, nursing a pulled muscle and being reprogrammed by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta for June’s Jamaica Derby, the Oaks plot has been thickened by her withdrawal. The distance of 10 furlongs is virgin territory for the top three contending fillies. None have gone past a mile or have attempted two turns in a competitive race, a factor which could turn the race on its head despite BILINGUAL appearing to be the best closer of the lot. Going a mile in the Guineas, MONEY MAGNET and BILINGUAL ran practically the same race, trying to keep pace with SHE’S A MANEATER, who changed gears inside the final half-furlong to win by four lengths. MARLENE MY LOVE, meanwhile, ran a contrasting Guineas race, opting to sit in the pace instead of taking charge as she had done on the lead in the Thornbird Stakes. However, the change in tactics didn’t make a difference as she again proved fourth best. CUNNING JOCKEY Whereas MARLENE MY LOVE will have to improve on her Thornbird stakes and 1000 Guineas efforts, MONEY MAGNET, in particular, is rather game and should not be underestimated, having twice finished ahead of BILINGUAL before the Guineas. Though BILINGUAL got the better of her for second behind SHE’S A MANEATER in the Guineas, MONEY MAGNET’s new rider, Shane Ellis, who replaces apprentice Bebeto Harvey, is a cunning jockey, who could use his smarts to steal the race from in front. What BILINGUAL has going for her is a super-confident rider, Robert Halledeen. He rode the perfect race in the Guineas, sitting almost atop SHE’S A MANEATER’s hind quarters from a half-mile out, but was simple outclassed in the stretch run. BILINGUAL, on breeding, should stay 10 furlongs better than MONEY MAGNET. Halledeen is bang in form and relishes the big occasions, which should counter any scheme Ellis could have up his sleeves to steal a march on the field.
Isa Arthur holding the telephone wires which were ripped from the wall the day she was robbed.The nephew of a woman who died weeks after she was burgled has pleaded with the Government to rethink their plan to scrap telephone allowance for pensioners.Joe McKean’s aunt Suzy Arthur died last week after she was thrown to the ground by burglars at her Raphoe home in July.Suzy, 89, suffered a broken hip and never came home from hospital after her horrific ordeal. Tragic Suzy lived with sister Isa, 89, at their farmhouse at Feddyglass on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road.The elderly sisters, who have been the victim of SIX robberies, relied heavily on their phone to keep them secure and in contact with the outside world.The ladies installed special pendant phone alarms which was linked directly to their local Garda station in case of an emergency.On the day of the raid on July 1st, the callous gang who targeted the sisters managed to cut their phone wires rendering their alarm useless. But Joe says the cutting of the telephone allowance in this week’s budget will now put even more fear into elderly people living in rural areas.“I would genuinely ask them to rethink cutting the telephone allowance.“If they saw what Suzy and Isa went through when these people ransacked their home and attacked them, they would not even think about it.“Old people need this kind of security because very often it is the only security measure they have.“This kind of thing just frightens them even more and makes them feel as if nobody at all cares about them. “Isa and Suzy felt safe once they had this pendant in case anything happened around the house and there are thousands of old people around the country like them.“What kind of message are we sending our to our old people when we are cutting allowances from them when the number of burglaries is increasing everyday?” he said.Joe said Isa is fortunate in that she has friends and family living close by and she is now in a position to be able to install security cameras at her home.But he says that not all elderly people can afford any kind of security measure. “With each passing budget, elderly people are getting less and less.“Elderly people are trying to scrape the money together to buy a bag of coal.“People might not think losing a phone allowance is a major thing but tell that to an old person trying to budget for every penny they have each week.“People in Government need to put themselves in the shoes of old folk and see how badly something like this will put fear into them,” he said.Farmer Joe, who regularly called in to check on his elderly aunts, says Isa is trying to cope as best she can following the death of her sister last week.“I would love for them to come back and see the harm they have done.“They may have caused one death but they have ruined so many lives. I don’t know how they can lives with themselves,” he said.NEPHEW OF TRAGIC PENSIONER BEGS GOVT NOT TO SCRAP PHONE ALLOWANCE was last modified: October 17th, 2013 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:budgetburglaryISA ARTHURJoe McKeanphone allowanceRaphoeSuzy Arthur