Newly crowned champion trainer Wayne DaCosta continued his dominance of the major trophy races in recent months when POKER STAR won the St Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday to confirm his status as the country’s top sprinter.Installed a 4-5 favourite, with Robert Halledeen aboard, POKER STAR, coming from the number-one post position under topweight of 57.0kg, chased the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the backstretch before getting the inside run and the lead when ‘BUZZ’ drifted out entering the straight.Under a bustling ride from Halledeen, the four-year-old bay gelding by Liquidity out of Buyabook kept on strongly in front to stave off the ever-present CAMPESINO (7-5) under new champion Shane Ellis on the inside by a length, covering the distance in the good time of 1:05.2 behind splits of 22.4 and 45.1 on a slow surface.Owned by Alexander Haber and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, POKER STAR, according to DaCosta, has come on a ton after disappointing over longer distances during the 2015 classic campaign but really wanted to sprint.”This is a horse who won twice over 1300 metres in 1:17.2, and having won the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint championship behind a fast time in his previous race on November 14, knew he was ready for all comers in the sprint department … . His next race could be in February, and we will take it from there,” said the 15-time champion trainer, who saddled three winners on the 10-race programme.The others were 3-5 favourite CRUISING MOTION (Halledeen up) in the second race for maiden three-year-olds, and BIG GEORGE, a 1-5 favourite in the very next race over 1200 metres, with former champion Omar Walker aboard.Walker, who also won the opening race for high claimers aboard 9-5 favourite ITALIANO for trainer Neive Graham to complete a double, shared the riding honours with Halledeen on a day when POKER STAR was one of five winning favourites. The lightly raced MEDICAL INSTINCT at 20-1 in the sixth race for maiden five-year-olds and up provided the day’s major upset.
Vivo just launched a Redmi Note 6 Pro and Realme 2 Pro competitor in India, the Vivo Y95. The smartphone has been launched in the country on Sunday, for a price tag of Rs 16,990. The phone comes in only one variant – with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. With the Y95, Vivo brings its Halo Fullview Display to the mid-range smartphone. It’s also the first smartphone in the market to bring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor onboard. The phone will be available in two beautiful colours — Starry Black and Nebula Purple.The Vivo Y95 is the successor to the Vivo Y93 and comes with a revamped design and upgraded internals. The dual tone gradient finish on the back panel of the Vivo Y95 makes the smartphone look beautiful beyond imagination. Besides the Halo FullView display or the waterdrop notch, other key highlights of the Vivo Y95 include – 20MP AI based selfie camera, massive 4030mAh battery and a big 6.22-inch HD+ display. Let’s take a quick look at everything that the newly launched Vivo Y95 offers to the customers.Vivo Y95 specifications:Display: The Vivo Y95 comes with a massive 6.22-inch HD+ Halo FullView display with a resolution of 1520x 720pixels.Processor: It is powered by a Qualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 439 chipset.RAM: 4GB RAMStorage: The phone comes in only one variant with 64GB of internal storage.Software: The V9 Pro runs Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.Battery: The phone comes with a massive 4030mAh battery.Rear camera: The Vivo Y95 sports a dual camera setup on the rear panel. The phone packs a primary sensor of 13MP on the rear panel, while the secondary camera includes a 2MP sensor for depth sensing.advertisementFront camera: It comes with a 20MP selfie shooter on the front.Colours: Starry Black and Nebula PurpleVivo Y95 features:–With the Vivo Y95, the company brings its so-called “Halo FullView display” or waterdrop notched display to the mid-range segment. The V11 Pro was the first phone to come with a Halo FullView display. The tiny notch equips the selfie camera and also the sensors – that aren’t visible from the outside. The earpiece is placed above the notch, which is also not clearly visible from the outside.–Vivo is touting the 20MP selfie camera for the Y95. The camera is AI-based and comes packed with several features like Face Beauty, Portrait Mode, Panorama, AR Stickers, among other things. –The rear panel includes a dual camera setup on the back panel which also comes with several AI based features like Face Beauty, Time-Lapse, Panorama, Live Photos, Portrait Mode, Google Lens, AI Scene recognition and HDR. The camera of the phone comes with AI algorithm which is capable of detecting “the user’s age, gender, skin tone and skin texture to highlight natural environment and automatically deliver facial enhancements, without even having to lift a finger.” Vivo further claims that “the rear camera supports flash for extreme low lighting conditions.”–The Vivo Y95 is the first smartphone in the market to bring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, which the company says “ensures ultra-smooth performance for everyday smartphone operations.”Vivo Y95 price and availability:The Vivo Y95 has been launched in only one variant, with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal. Priced at Rs 16,990, the Y95 will be available in Starry Black and Nebula Purple across. The phone will be available on Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm, all offline partner outlets and Vivo India E-store. Vivo further strengthens its commitment to ‘Make in India’ with Y95 being manufactured at Vivo’s Greater Noida facility. The phone will be available with an array of attractive offers such as — No Cost EMI (upto 15 Months on Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Bajaj Finance EMI cards), lowest EMI which starts with Rs 1133, Paytm Rs 1,500 cashback coupon, and benefits worth Rs 4,000 along with 3TB Data from Reliance Jio.ALSO READ: Vivo Y95 launched in India for Rs 16,990, comes with 20MP AI camera, Halo FullView display read more