Maragh shines with triple

first_imgQUEENS, New York (CMC): Rajiv Maragh made his presence felt on the eight-race card at Aqueduct here on Thursday as he muscled his way back into contention in the jockeys championship with an impressive triple. The 31-year-old opened the programme with a dominant win aboard 3-1 chance She’d Had Enough, followed up with victory in Race Five aboard favourite Bee Noteworthy before pairing with 2-1 bet Big Al Parker to win race six. With his latest success, the Jamaican climbed into third spot in the meet standings on 28 wins, only three adrift of Irad Irtiz Jr and right alongside second-place Kenrick Carmouche, also on 28. Maragh, who only last week won half the races on an eight-race card here, once again showed his class by taking the headlines at the eastern United States racing oval. He opened his account in style, making all the inning with chestnut filly She’s Had Enough to slam the three-year-olds by 13-1/2 lengths in a mile trip. The pair produced easy splits of 25.37 seconds for the quarter and 50.26 seconds for the half while being tracked by Unbridledadventure but began to pull away approaching the five-sixteenth pole and was never challenged thereafter. Maragh was again dominant in Race Five as he carried five-year-old bay mare Bee Noteworthy to a comfortable eight-length victory over the four-year-old and upward fillies and mares. Going six furlongs, Maragh raced Bee Noteworthy off the pace as 2-1 choice Sing For Beauty posted the early fractions. The pair then made their move at the three-sixteenth, got to the front quickly, and stormed to the finish. In contrast, in Race Six, Maragh was forced to battle before he could get five-year-old bay gelding Big Al Parker to a half-length win over the four-year-old and upwards. Going a mile, The Undersheriff made most of the running with Big Al Parker, bumped at the start by the leader, well off the pace. Maragh bided his time in the stretch before unleashing a challenge along the rails, barely getting up in the final yards to pip the leaders, with Dan the Man finishing second. The Aqueduct meet opened on New Year’s Day and wraps on March 26. SLAMMING THE RIVALSlast_img read more

Lewandowski strikes as Bayern open nine-point gap

first_imgHowever, Lewandowski came to the rescue as Bayern struggled for ideas against a Cologne team hit by injury.“We didn’t do enough and didn’t let the ball run,” Bayern captain Thomas Mueller complained to Sky.“You can’t attack against every opponent like we did in the second half — we have to do more.”With an hour gone at the sold-out Allianz Arena in front of 75,000, Bayern broke the deadlock when Mueller flicked the ball with the back of his head into Lewandowski’s path to tap home.Bayern have won 13 of their 14 games since Jupp Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as coach at the start of October.In contrast, Cologne are waiting for their first league win of the season.Their club bosses are already planning for life in the second division with the team now 13 points from safety.In Gelsenkirchen, Schalke went second despite throwing away a two-goal lead in their thrilling 3-2 win at home to Augsburg.Argentinian striker Franco di Santo gave them the lead with a deft backheel on 44 minutes, then Austria striker Guido Burgstaller made it 2-0 just after the break.A header by Brazilian midfielder Caiuby and a Michael Gregoritsch penalty pulled it back to 2-2 on 79 minutes before Daniel Caligiuri converted the winning penalty for Schalke seven minutes from time.In falling snow in Berlin, veteran former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou struck twice as mid-table Hertha Berlin won 3-1 against Hanover 96.The 31-year-old Ivory Coast striker headed home on 18 minutes, then got on the end of a free-kick a minute before the break to make it 2-0.Hanover scored a consolation goal through Togo forward Ihlas Bebou on 65 minutes before 20-year-old defender Jordan Torunarigha scored Hertha’s third.Argentina striker Lucas Alario claimed Bayer Leverkusen’s winner as they saw off Werder Bremen 1-0 to claim fourth.Earlier, striker Mark Uth fired Hoffenheim up to fifth as the hosts left it late in their 1-0 victory at home to VfB Stuttgart.The 25-year-old Uth tapped home on 81 minutes after good work by Czech right-back Pavel Kaderabek, who reacted quickest after Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard’s attempted clearance came back off the post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (R) scores the goal despite of Cologne’s goalkeeper Timo Horn (L) during their match on December 13, 2017 in Munich © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Dec 13 – Robert Lewandowski bagged his 15th goal in 16 league games as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich went nine points clear despite struggling to beat bottom side Cologne 1-0 on Wednesday.The Poland hot-shot has failed to score in only four of Bayern’s league matches this season and has netted 21 goals in all competitions.last_img read more