FORMER CHAMPION jockey Dick Cardenas returned to Jamaica after a two-year absence to boot home two winners from four rides at Caymanas yesterday, including 3-5 favourite PONTIUS PILATE in the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Cup maiden special for two-year-olds over a mile. Cardenas, 32, left Jamaica in December 2014 after riding successfully at Caymanas Park for six years, winning the championship in 2011. “I left Churchill Downs in the United States with the intention of riding today and at next Saturday’s big Diamond Mile meet, where I will ride Bigdaddykool for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes before leaving on December 11,” he disclosed. “I was not only happy to win the opening race aboard the first of my two rides for Nunes, Mesmerize, but it was nice riding for my old stable again and reconnecting with my old friends after two years,” said the quiet Panamanian. PONTIUS PILATE, who was purchased for the record price of $5 million at the 2015 TOBA yearling sale but flopped as the 1-9 favourite on his recent debut, made most in a field of nine. The chestnut colt by Forest Danger out of Sea Treaty disposed of mid-race leader, RADICAL, entering the straight and under strong urging, held on by three-quarter length from the fast-finishing 2-1 chance PROUD OF NUCLEAR. PONTIUS PILATE, who is co-owned by Nunes and the Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh, rounded off a triple for the in-form trainer on the 10-race programme. Nunes disclosed that PONTIUS PILATE is scheduled to leave the island next February to continue his racing career in Trinidad.
latest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Neil Warnock celebrates Cardiff City’s win. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Bamba sent an overhead kick against a post before Paterson’s follow-up effort was deflected onto the crossbar by Dunk.There was no third let-off for Brighton, though, as Bamba had clambered back onto his feet to thump home.The afternoon had started so well for Brighton with Dunk marking his call-up to the England squad by heading home Solly March’s sixth-minute free-kick.Dunk had scored only once in his first 47 Premier League appearances, but the centre-half made it two in as many games when he lost Bamba at the far post. Cardiff were sluggish throughout the opening quarter and March and Glenn Murray failed to extend Brighton’s advantage when well placed.But Cardiff were level after 28 minutes when Kadeem Harris, who was making his first Premier League start, weaved his way into the penalty area.Harris’ cross looped off Gaetan Bong and makeshift striker Paterson was the willing recipient as he headed in his third goal in four games from close range.Joe Ralls saw his volley held by Mathew Ryan but Cardiff were given an open invitation to get on top when Stephens saw red. 4 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Brighton’s box came under increasing pressure, but Cardiff lost their skipper Sean Morrison after he suffered from a clash of heads when trying to help on Aron Gunnarsson’s long throw.Morrison appeared to be dazed after receiving treatment, but he remained on the pitch for several minutes before being substituted – an incident the Football Association might yet investigate in relation to concussion protocols.Brighton gave warning that they could still threaten when Jose Izquierdo forced Neil Etheridge into a full-length stop, but Cardiff’s perseverance paid off as Bamba secured their second win of the season. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 4 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense 4 Neil Etheridge was overjoyed by the result. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Cardiff striker Callum Paterson had cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s early effort before Brighton were handicapped by Dale Stephens’ 34th-minute dismissal for a studs-up challenge on Greg Cunningham.It was not a new experience for Cardiff to be playing against 10 men, as Newcastle and Huddersfield had players sent off against them earlier this season.Cardiff had let points slip in those goalless draws, but such profligacy was avoided this time in a frantic late goalmouth skirmish. Dale Stephens was sent off in the first half. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? gameday cracker huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed The Brighton midfielder chased after a loose ball and sent Cunningham spinning into the air.Although contact appeared minimal, it was undoubtedly dangerous and referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in brandishing a red card.Brighton sacrificed March before half-time with Yves Bissouma sent on to bolster the midfield in Stephens’ absence.Cardiff predictably dominated possession and territory after the break, but created little until Harris struck the crossbar with a curling 20-yard effort near the hour mark. Neil Warnock took charge of his 100th game as Cardiff manager and there was plenty to celebrate as Sol Bamba scored a 90th-minute winner to overcome 10-man Brighton 2-1.Warnock was among those jumping for joy as Bamba’s close-range effort – after Cardiff had twice struck the frame of the goal in a crazy six-yard box incident – took the Bluebirds out of the Premier League relegation zone before the later kick-offs. changes 4 Sol Bamba rammed the ball home not long after his overhead kick had hit the crossbar. TOP WORK whoops Most Popular Premier League Stories predicted