WINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):With just a month left in the Assiniboia Downs season, the jockeys’ championship seems destined to go down to the wire, with the top-five riders separated by just five wins.Jamaican Chavion Chow leads the standings with 40, but is just one clear of fellow countryman Dane Nelson, who is closing quickly.Defending champion, Barbadian Chris Husbands, lies third on 36 wins, only ahead of Adolfo Morales – also on 36 – on second-place finishes.Guyana’s Rohan Singh has 35 wins and is also well poised in fifth.Based on form, Chow will be the bookmakers’ favourite to take the title at the small western Canada racetrack.Back in May, the 28-year-old produced an outstanding display to win five of the eight races on the day’s card and create space for himself at the top of the standings in what is a tight title race.After finishing fourth last year, Chow is now in pole position to pick up his first riding title since arriving here seven years ago.Nelson, meanwhile, has burst into contention following his four-timer on Monday’s nice-race card, with Chow managing just a single win.The season wraps up September 7.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta admits clubs interested in Paul Pogba, believed to be Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United, are prepared to pay between £50m and £55m in the summer. (Daily Express)Filipe Luis could be offered a quick return to Atlético Madrid with the Spanish club monitoring his situation at Chelsea. The left-back joined the Blues for £16million from Atlético last summer, but has struggled to displace Cesar Azpilicueta in manager Jose Mourinho’s first-choice team. (Daily Telegraph)Paulo Dybala, who has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, could leave Palermo this summer, admits club president Maurizio Zamparini, but it might be for more than the €40m he originally quoted. (Daily Express)Crystal Palace are planning an audacious effort to sign Chelsea striker Loic Remy. (Daily Star)Winger Andrew Ayew will leave Marseille’s Velodrome at the end of the current campaign as interest in the club continues – Newcastle are said to be interested in the Ghana star. (Newcastle Chronicle)Former Newcastle and Cardiff striker Michael Chopra is training with Port Vale ahead of a potential deal. (Daily Mail)Dick Advocaat, the former Rangers and Netherlands boss, is in negotiations to become Sunderland’s ‘fire fighter’ for the rest of the season – but West Ham chief Sam Allardyce is the Black Cats No.1 long term choice. (Daily Mirror)But Derby manager Steve McClaren is the club’s choice to succeed Gus Poyet, according to other reports. (The Guardian)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Sunderland players must take blame for Poyet’s sacking, claims former Black CatLiverpool set to loan ‘next Raheem Sterling’ to Championship side WiganPaul Pogba latest! Juventus chief bullish over Frenchman’s future despite €80m interest Reports – Inter Milan consider sale of Arsenal, Man United and Everton targetArsenal target ‘proud’ to be linked with Barcelona moveSerie A hitman’s agent denies Tottenham contact as Juventus weigh up moveAgent of Newcastle strike star quashes exit rumours