Popular owner Oneil Hinds (O’Shaun Connection) has hit the ground running at the start of the new season, thanks to four winners including the grey ITALIANO who romped the opening James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Hinds and trainer Neive Graham teamed up for a second winner on the nine-race card when highly fancied PERSIAN BELLE (2-1) made all in the fourth race for $250,000 – $210,000) claimers over 1820 metres, winning by six lengths from PERFECT FLYER (5-2) who chased him relentlessly. The seven-year-old gelding, ITALIANO, running as the 1-4 favourite with former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, shot past early leader AGAKHAN (2-1) leaving the half mile and breezed home by five lengths from 2-1 chance GOLDEN BULLET in a field of seven $450,000 $400,000 claiming horses. PERSIAN BELLE, on the other hand was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson. Significantly, both horses were claimed, but Hinds was not perturbed. “That ‘s the nature of game, you would like to keep horses when they win and do well for the most part, but there are others out there in the claiming marketplace with an eye for an Italiano or Persian Belle and as the owner, it’s best you lose them as winners,” said Hinds who finished sixth on the list of top owners last year with 18 winners and $81 million in stakes. “I can’t complain about my numbers in 2015, but the plan is to finish higher in the standings this season even though most of my earnings will come through claimers,” added Hinds ,who owns the O&S Tack Room (horse supplies and accessories provider) located on the Caymanas Park compound.
Despite differences of opnions, Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin believes both the Government and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) share the same goal of working to achieve a prosperous and developed Guyana.Business Minister Dominic GaskinThe business minister is of the view that once this is understood, the basis for a healthy work relationship can be achieved between the two bodies.In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) today, Minister Gaskin said his office intends to continue the collaboration it began in 2017 with the private sector in this new year.He expressed gratitude to the PSC for its positive reviews towards his ministry over the period of 2017. “My performance has to be measured by the performance of the private sector. If they are not doing well, then it means I am not doing well.”According to Minister Gaskin, the ministry worked strenuously to promote the local private sector, especially since it facilitates job opportunities for the Guyanese population.“The private sector has to be the drive and growth of development in Guyana. We (government) are the facilitators, so it is important that we have a good working relationship with the private sector.”This year, the Business Ministry will roll out several key projects which are aimed at fostering development within the private sector.“Every entity has a role to play and we want to make sure that we can facilitate growth and development at all levels of the private sector”, the minister assured.