Network Ten interested in securing rights to A-League, Socceroos games

Ten’s head of sport David Barham says  the network is interested in securing the broadcast rights for the A-League – as long as they come at the right price.
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The declaration comes in the wake of a Fairfax Media report that soccer’s spiritual broadcasting home, SBS, was planning to cut ties with the sport after a celebrated 35-year association.

SBS are believed to be willing to sell off the final two years of their A-League commitments and Football Federation Australia are understood to favour a partnership between Ten and Fox Sports for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Barham said Ten’s interest in soccer went beyond the A-League and that they were also keen to win the rights to the FIFA World Cup – which SBS is reportedly also willing to on-sell, UEFA Champions League – which will be up for grabs in two months – and Socceroos matches.

“We’d definitely be able to make a bid for them, no problem,” Barham said.

“But … you’ve got to see the deal for what it’s for and it all comes down to money and all those sort of things.”

The acquisition of the Big Bash League rights has been a resounding success for both Ten and cricket in the last few years and FFA would undoubtedly hope a similar union would help boost the A-League’s national profile.

“It’s got to be value for money, that’s all,” Barham said.

“We’ve got to make sure that the value works for our company, that’s all.”

Barham insisted soccer would forever be a “sport with potential” if it could not find a free-to-air television partner that made it a priority.

With the BBL only going for six weeks during the summer, Barham said the A-League would give his network a steadier stream of sport content during that time of the year.

And Barham didn’t stop there, boldly declaring that his network was interested in all sporting rights if they stacked up financially.

Already boasting a sport war chest that includes the BBL, Formula One, netball, V8s and Wallabies Tests, Barham said Ten wanted another major football code to complement it.

“Where it comes down to is which is better value – A-League, AFL or NRL,” he said.

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Gai Waterhouse – the trainer on the brink of Golden Slipper immortality

Much like barriers, Gai Waterhouse could never choose her parents. The path she chose in life? That was entirely down to her.
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Acting and travelling had their time and place, but the career she so defiantly pursued proved the stallion’s bloodlines were strong.

“Even at this stage she thinks about her dad [Tommy Smith] multiple times a day,” says Waterhouse’s son Tom, the William Hill chief executive officer named after his grandfather and who has taken an alternate path in racing.

“I guess what he thinks of her and making him proud drives her a lot. I think to her, and rightly so, he was the pinnacle of what it means to be a top trainer and to equal one of his records is huge.”

In a little more than a minute of madness which has multimillion-dollar permutations, Waterhouse can achieve something you can’t put a price on. Scaling the last rung to join her father in Golden Slipper immortality.

Tommy’s six winners have stood the test of time in Sydney’s signature race, the plaything – near bordering on obsession –  for Waterhouse since the turn of the century.

She has five winners and appears destined to notch No. 6 six come 4.32pm –  with her father’s advice still ringing in her ears.

“I was trained by the best trainer in Australia,” Waterhouse says. “Not only the greatest trainer in Australia, but during his time it took the next three leading trainers just to equal his group [winners]. He dominated Australia in the two-year-old events.

“I think about what he used to say all the time. I’m constantly following, what I would say, were his philosophies.”

With two-year-olds? “Short and sharp … don’t overcook them,” Waterhouse recalls.

That very formula has been cooking up Golden Slipper winners at a rapid rate since. Waterhouse has won five of the last 14 renewals –  two of the last three before Saturday as she likes to point out –  and is in line to tuck her “third pair” of Slippers under the bed by the end of the weekend.

Even still, another dash into the history books with unbeaten favourite Vancouver and his supporting fillies English and Speak Fondly won’t raise the pulse –  at least not yet.

“I don’t have nerves,” she says. “I get tense. Very tense. I’m doing a lot of hours and I’m finely tuning, zooming in on the horses in a massive way and watching them how they peak or if they’ve gone over. Whether they need a bit of extra work or a trip to the beach.

“I’m like an expectant mother with a lot of tension. It’s probably what makes me good at what I do.”

Waterhouse reckons she “lost” her last Golden Slipper winner Overreach weeks before the race. Not in the literal sense of the horse escaping down Doncaster Avenue like she thought owner George Altomonte interpreted in their phone call, but her fears the filly had trained off.

Yet beyond the eternal smile and public declarations of confidence, Waterhouse refused to give up and “resurrected” Overreach. It is a philosophy preached not only in public, but also in private.

“She had Pierro in the [Caulfield] Guineas and he was pushed up the hill and caught wide [before suffering his first defeat],” Tom Waterhouse says. “To me, I would have been distraught.

“She’s got the $1.20 chance which was also Cox Plate favourite and he has been given an absolute gutbuster. He had been unlucky and if he had run the race 10 times again he probably would have won it 10 times.

“But she was so calm in a way and said, ‘it happens’ and moved on to the next race. You can imagine she would be like that on camera, but when she speaks to the family there’s no anger or regret. I find that very impressive. She’s so level. It’s ultra impressive.”

Apart from her late father, Waterhouse credits bookmaking husband and renowned numbers man Rob as a great “mentor”. Holding court in the ring on any given Saturday, Rob will be loath to think anything can trouble the previously untroubled Vancouver in the world’s richest two-year-old race.

And if it wasn’t already written in the stars, then Vancouver’s horror barrier draw ensured it would.

The unbeaten colt and Waterhouse’s leading chance plucked out 18 – barrier 15 once the emergencies are taken out – a gate which has only produced one winner in Slipper history, Smith’s Star Watch in 1988.

“I’m very focused on these big days,” Waterhouse says. “I can only think about the horses and how the race will be run. I’ve done my work by the time we get to the races, then it’s down to the jockeys and trying to help the owners through their excitement and disappointment because they can’t all win.”

Which is exactly the point. There will be 15 “losers” after the Golden Slipper and only one winner. But some win more than most – Waterhouse and her father case in point.

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Lawson seeking a spark in Grafton heat after ditching electrical business

Tired of the around-the-clock tending to horses in between running his own electrical business, Wayne Lawson took the plunge into concentrating solely on his thoroughbreds.
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“It was just getting too much and I needed a break, having worked flat out for myself for nine years and doing the horses which meant 15-hour days,” the Grafton-based Lawson said. “I can always go back to that later, but I’m enjoying having the three horses at the moment.

“I breed as well, so we’re turning over horses regularly, but three is fine on my own as I have no staff.”

And the horse everyone thought Lawson would set for the Country Championships series, Blackboard Special, is not the one that will fly the flag for his small stable.

Instead Lawson has undertaken a balancing act, like so many other country trainers, with a Sam Kavanagh cast-off in Nautile to ensure he meets the eligibility criteria for the heat on his home track on Friday.

“If I knew now how he has come up this prep I probably would have looked at it, but to tell you the truth he’s probably about three weeks away,” Lawson said of Blackboard Special, the Grafton track record-holder.

“He needs one more run and then to go to the 1400 metres, but I didn’t want to push him up straight away. We’ve got him all worked out now and his breathing was the biggest problem.

“That all seems to be sorted and it would have been the perfect race for him to walk across the road, but when you don’t train them for it it’s no point going there. If something happens you would never forgive yourself.”

So instead Lawson will try to force his way into the $300,000 final at Randwick on the first day of The Championships with Nautile, with another one-third of his stable in Stariano also running at Grafton.

Lawson will make the Grafton heat a home-grown affair with jockey Ben Looker taking the ride on Nautile from a tricky wide gate.

“He’s only a little fella and the change of scenery has really helped him as he gets trained out of a paddock now,” Lawson said.

“When we first got him we gave him a couple of runs and then put him in the paddock. That was our plan and we just had to watch how many starts he had. And he only just scraped into the race as he was right on the ballot. You’ve got to be in it to win it and he’s there and I can’t fault him.”

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Tech guru Daniel Petre lists $7 million Lavender Bay home

Tech guru Daniel Petre and his wife Carolyn have listed their Lavender Bay mansion Alta Mura for more than $7 million.
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The former lieutenant to Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates bought the 1886-era mansion in 2011 for $6.4 million from Clive Steirn, SC, and his wife Marilyn. The purchase came shortly after they sold their former home in Killara for a suburb record of $11.5 million.

Showing a predilection for finely finished grand old homes, the philanthropic couple undertook a renovation three years ago. The imposing, north-facing residence has five bedrooms and a pool.

Belle Property Mosman’s Tim Foote said the couple are selling the five-bedroom home to upgrade locally, but couldn’t be pressed on where.

However, Title Deeds unearthed a caveat on the nearby Victorian landmark Villa Medusa showing its $8 million buyer was Carolyn Petre.

Records show the grand old home with Harbour Bridge views was sold by wine exporter Graham Cranswick-Smith, of Cranswick Wines, through McGrath’s Claudia Portale.

Lavender Bay has been a hive of high-end activity in recent months.

Corporate adviser Wrix Gasteen and Joy Morais have taken just less than $10 million for their Bay View Street home from a local buyer.

The co-founder of Singapore-based Ikon Corporate bought it in 2009 for $5.85 million, and has been quietly shopping it around in recent months. Despite much secrecy, word is it was sold through a tight-lipped SimeonManners’ Mark Manners and Ballard’s Will Manning.

Architect Will Rothwell and wife Siobhan have also sold their historic Lavender Bay residence Quiberee for some $9 million. McGrath’s Greta Simpson and Michael Coombs are keeping schtum on details, but word is the buyer is Colonial First State Asset Management chief Mark Lazberger.

The Rothwells won’t be moving far. They bought another 1850s-era landmark, Sunnyside, according to another blessed caveat on title.

The long-held waterfront home of property investor John Molyneux and his wife Eve sold just before Christmas for more than $12 million through Belle Property’s Tim Foote.

Built for the Master of the Mint Robert Hunt, the two-storey mansion last traded in 1971 for $153,500 when sold by Dr Leonard Reuben Rail. “That was a lot of money for us at the time. Some of our friends thought we were mad to pay it,” said Molyneux when the property was listed in September 2013. “It wasn’t an easy negotiation. He got me on the extra $500.”

The Rothwell family have already left their impression on Sunnyside. Will’s mother, architect Susan Rothwell designed the kitchen and family room, and redesigned the neighbouring property to be less intrusive on the historic home when it was owned by the Molyneuxs.

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TONY BUTTERFIELD: Star treatment part of the game

Jarrod Mullen, centre, of the Knights celebrates after winning the round two NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Newcastle Knights at 1300SMILES Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)As long as the rules allow you to tackle the guy with the ball, the opposition’s star player is going to be pressured, double-teamed and stalked.
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SO, what about those Knights in Townsville on Saturday night?

Again, nothing flash, but like the week before they demonstrated a real appetite for the competition, put their overalls on and hung in.

I’ll get to the overplayed Thurston drama in a minute, but I just wanted to note two nearly identical come-from-behind fightbacks in the first two weeks of this competition.

This is not ground breaking but a good sign all the same, not least for an administration trying to woo support back to the castle.

The Knights’ strength looks to be an ability to concentrate and execute defensively for long periods.

The pointless second half for the Cowboys, and similar application the week before against the Warriors, sit as the example thus far.

The attack is taking some time to gel, but there are positive signs.

Excellence in defence is the Holy Grail for all serious football teams, and I sense this group want to build a reputation.

But when competing at the edge of one’s capacity, errors can occur, with unintended consequences.

Staying on the right side of the rule book, by not giving away undisciplined penalties and not finding oneself on report and suspended, is part of the art form of defence, quite apart from one’s expected duty of care to the opposition.

Which brings me back to the JT rough-up debate.

Many, and not just north of the border, believed that an injustice was perpetrated on an iconic player.

By implication, the hard-fought Knights victory was said to lack honour as it was achieved by means fair and foul.

Now, I get the late-tackles argument.

Beau Scott was late-ish in one well cited example that warranted a penalty.

Likewise, the tackle where Thurston ended up in a dangerous position on his head needs to be eradicated from the game.

These should be standard calls by referees, and by and large they are picked up.

Johnathan Thurston, down after that tackle.

But, really, was anything other than pressuring the star player with the ball, as regularly as your lungs and legs will allow, ever considered an effective defensive strategy against the often one-man-band Thurston.

Of course, as long as the rules allow you to tackle the guy with the ball, the opposition’s star player is going to be pressured, double-teamed and constantly stalked. Instructions like ‘‘cut down his thinking time’’ or ‘‘discourage him from running’’ are standard refrains in dressing rooms across codes. It comes with the territory and is exploited by our ball players.

Johnathan Thurston

High-profile calls to further protect the creative and vertically challenged should be met with caution.

It should not be overlooked that it is precisely this blind defensive commitment from rampaging forwards that smaller, pivot-like players harness and rely on to weave their magic; to sell their dummies and feign their kicks.

This inequality creates opportunity: fast man on slow, big on little, wily on buggered.

Absolutely, penalise any tackles deemed late and/or unsafe.

But nobody, including the little guys, wants to see ball-playing maestros conducting their team’s fortunes in the proverbial ‘‘dinner suit’’, least of all JT (or Tommy Raudonikis for that matter).

Todd Carney was found to have been wrongfully dismissed.

■ This column last week painted a bleak picture of the legal rights often afforded Australian professional athletes.

Some suggested it was a window into the future for many occupations.

But give credit where it is due: This week things are looking up for NRL players.

Take Todd Carney, the erstwhile superstar guy found guilty in the court of public opinion for his regrettable ‘‘bubbling’’ photo.

After a nine-month process that was clearly in no hurry, the NRL appeals committee this week found in favour of the so-called ‘‘disgraced’’ Cronulla player for wrongful dismissal.

Fat lot of good that will do him now he is exiled in the south of France, but a vindication nonetheless, and further proof of a knee-jerk culture within the game’s administrations.

The lack of procedural fairness evident in Carney’s case highlights the challenging world professional players find themselves in.

Thankfully, some semblance of balance was restored with this outcome.

The accused Titans players were also afforded their natural rights with reinstatement to their employment after pleading not guilty in a Gold Coast court this week.

The assumption of innocence, before a court decides otherwise, was no doubt front of mind for barristers hired by the Gold Coast club when deliberating their next move.

In the end, CEO Graham Annesley had no choice but to comply with the esteemed advice. I reckon they could have saved their precious gold and asked any fair-minded individual on the street what would be an appropriate position to take.

Time and process will sort this mess out, but in the meantime these players are free to ply their trade without criticism until they’ve had their day in court.

But things are not all good in the world of player rights, and the example below could damage the health and welfare of our younger players.

The 19-year-old Tigers rookie Matthew Lodge ignored a direction to leave a licensed premises in Kings Cross on January 11 after leaving his phone inside and was arrested after arguing the toss with police.

As those who know the area, this is normally not a hanging offence but more a preventative measure by police dealing in the unpredictable and dangerous world of the Cross.

Matt would have been filthy on himself for getting in such a situation, but, after having his day in court, he hopes to resurrect his reputation.

So how did Tigers management deal with this mistake by a young man a year or two out of school? Provide some extra, perhaps firmer, support and guidance? Now that would take some imagination.

No. The rookie was stood down from training for a week and excluded from the Auckland Nines and the club’s final trial game.

He was eventually selected and played in week one of the premiership, but two months after the incident the club this week officially found he had breached behavioural guidelines and would be fined $10,000 for his sin.

Does it end there? Of course the police arm of the NRL would need its pound of flesh and so naturally imposed an additional $10,000.

That $5000 was suspended shows the Integrity Unit put some thought into it.

All up – and I don’t care where you come from or how anti-big-time footballer you are, that equates to nearly $20,000 he has lost from his employment.

I’d like to hear of any reader who gets fined arbitrarily in the workplace at all, much less these significant amounts of earnings.

But in this day and age one could argue he broke the rules and must be punished, irrespective of how many levels of punishment you must endure.

But I’d like to raise the question of support for these young guys. Putting the matter of due process to one side, the game needs to be mindful of the immense pressure these youngsters are under.

Brought into a rarefied world at a tender age knowing little other than footy and adulation, success or failure can have profound effects.

Desperately tragic player suicides have occurred four times in the past few years.

Is it just a societal issue and the league players are simply a subset of that?

Or should greater attention be paid to the plight of many young men who struggle to meet, much less understand, the professional expectations thrust on them at an age when most are still on ‘‘P’’ plates?

Queensland start-up eyes Google Glass

A south-east Queensland IT company, founded by two men in their early 20s, has got its eye on breaking into the international world of wearable heads-up display technology.
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Start-up company Buckham and Duffy is one of a handful of Australian businesses Google has approved to develop its latest “Glass” display technology.

The company was chosen in January after Google announced it would stop producing the Google Glass prototype but remained committed to its development.

Google Glass looks like a pair of glasses but is a cutting-edge wearable device, which projects images on to the eye to create a “heads-up display”.

Buckham and Duffy director Jordan Duffy, 20, said his company got the Google gig because of its focus on innovation and glowing references from its blue-chip clients.

Buckham and Duffy. which began as a fledgling two-man outfit in Redland Bay east of Brisbane, will develop Google Glass concepts in Australia as part of the “Glass at Work” program.

“We can overlay a huge range of data in the user’s view using glass,” Mr Duffy said.

“This could include patient health data for doctors and nurses or GPS data for surveyors.

“We can see this product increasing public safety, efficiency for organisations, with key areas of focus for us in agriculture, healthcare, security and education.

“We are only at the beginning of a digital revolution,” he said.

Buckham and Duffy has begun looking for research partners, universities and organisations interested in developing uses for the wearable technology.

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Victoria recalls James Pattinson and Cameron White to Shield final squad

James Pattinson will make his final audition for the winter Test tours of the West Indies and England in the Sheffield Shield final after he and Cameron White were added to Victoria’s squad for the match.
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While Pattinson is guaranteed of selection barring a fitness hiccup, White, who led the Bushrangers to the past two Shield titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10, is much less certain of featuring in the final XI. His best chance of facing Western Australia would seemingly be if Chris Rogers is ruled out because of the grade-one glute strain he suffered last week, although the Bushrangers’ medical staff believe he can – and will – hold his place despite the injury.

Victoria has named a squad of 14 for the match, which begins in Hobart on Saturday. The only casualty from last week’s win against Tasmania in Alice Springs is paceman Chris Tremain, who was the 13th man for that match and has been squeezed out to accommodate the return of Pattinson from the minor left-hamstring strain that sidelined him from the team’s past three matches.

Besides Rogers’ fitness, the main selection issue for Victoria is probably to be who will join Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Fawad Ahmed in their bowling attack.

Unheralded paceman Scott Boland was chosen last week ahead of Tremain and bowling all-rounder John Hastings. The 25-year-old has 24 wickets this season at an average of 25.38.

Hastings has arguably been Victoria’s most consistent bowler since his debut six years ago, having taken 124 wickets at an average of 25.26. He suffered a rib injury in the team’s first match after Christmas, a thrashing away to Queensland, and was 12th man when returning to the squad last week.

The third bowler in contention is Jon Holland. The left-arm spinner warrants selection based on his past performance, with 8-71 in the match against Tasmania, but the Blundstone Arena pitch is not overly suited to spin.

In the past 2-1/2 seasons the only team to select two specialist spinners was NSW last month. Although the Blues smashed Tasmania by an innings and 91 runs, most of the damage was inflicted by pace, with spinners Nathan Lyon and Stephen O’Keefe taking five of the 20 wickets.

White has not featured in Victoria’s past three wins. His presence with the squad will mean he will be unavailable for his club team Monash’s Victorian Premier Cricket final against Ringwood, which starts on Friday at the Junction Oval in St Kilda.

Western Australia has named a squad of 13 for the five-match ban. The absence of Michael Hogan (hamstring) means the Warriors will be missing the bulk of their first-choice bowling contenders, with Jason Behrendorff (back), Joel Paris (quad) and Ryan Duffield (thumb) also unavailable.

Towering paceman Simon Mackin has been added to the squad. Nathan Coulter-Nile will lead the WA attack, with support from three of Nate Rimmington, Andrew Tye, David Moody and Mackin.

Veteran Rimmington has continued to shed his reputation as a limited-overs specialist. The right-armer sits third on the Shield wicket tally this season, with 32 at an average of 23.31.

The match has the potential to be a particularly memorable one for WA captain Adam Voges. The 35-year-old’s record 1215 runs, at an average of 101.25, has him eighth for the highest-scoring seasons in Shield history. He needs only 40 runs to move up to fourth, while a century would given mark 100 Shield centuries in his 100th Shield match.

VICTORIA (from): Matthew Wade (c), Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Daniel Christian, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Rob Quiney, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Siddle.WA (from): Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Tom Beaton, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Harris, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Nate Rimmington, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.

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Perfectly positioned in the inner west

Society, Hudson Street, Lewisham, Photo: Cramer Society, Hudson Street, Lewisham,
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It is being touted as the Inner West’s “new hot spot”. One that taps into the current desire for community connectivity, closeness to public transport, shopping, dining and leisure facilities – including walking and bicycle tracks and parks – close at hand.

Meet the new masterplanned McGill Street precinct near the border of Lewisham and Summer Hill, where buildings are starting to take shape, with most slated for completion in the next few years.

While some developments will house up to 300 apartments, the Denwol Group’s planned development at Hudson Street and McGill Street, Society, is a boutique offering with 54 apartments by architects BKA.

Society will have a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments over its four floors. And nestled gracefully in the sunken rooftop will be a shared communal garden featuring lush plants, seating and a BBQ area.

Architect John Kavanagh of BKA has designed several buildings in the McGill Street precinct and describes Society as the “jewel in the crown”. “It faces directly north and gets direct sunlight. And it is a linear building that responds to the linear park opposite,” he says.

While looking to the future, the Society development harks back to the old – one with trams, people strolling around their neighbourhood, local parks and friendly shops.

Kavanagh says the building is set back at ground level to activate the commercial spaces. “Before work or after work you can pop in for a coffee,” he says.

Future residents in the Society Apartments will have the Lewisham West Light Rail Station at their doorstep, a planned park opposite and the charm and heritage of Summer Hill shopping centre a short walk away. There will be a wealth of public transport options including two train stations (Summer Hill and Lewisham), the inner west light rail line and several bus routes to the city.

“It’s in a wonderful location. Very rarely does one get an opportunity to locate something so close to the city in terms of its access, by that I mean in terms of the light rail, the light rail gives it another dimension,” says Phillip Wolanski, managing director of the Denwol Group.

The interiors of the Society apartments are quite neutral yet warm and Wolanski says he and the architect have paid “a lot of attention to detail and the finer points of the design”.

The McGill Street precinct is a re-working of the Lewisham light industrial area, which over the years had become an isolated pocket of old warehouses surrounded by terraces, Italianate Victorian villas, single-storey houses and the occasional block of flats. The narrow two-storey warehouses, some of which haven’t been used in recent years, are being replaced with shops, cafes and apartments.

Selling agent Erle Cramer of Cramer Property says Society will offer “the best of the inner west”. “It’s a hot spot within a hot spot,” he says.Society, Hudson Street, Lewisham, will have 54 apartments, including 21 one-bedrooms, most with car spaces, (50-64 internally) from $585,000. Prices for the 28 two-bedroom apartments (74-95sqm) and five three-bedroom apartments (110-136sqm) are still being finalised.Ph 1800 780 187www.societylewisham整形美容医院m.au 

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Trainer Matthew Dale confident NSW Country Championships winner will come from Goulburn

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale thinks there is a “big chance” the winner of the inaugural NSW Country Championships (1400 metres) will come out of the Goulburn qualifier on Friday.
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Dale’s Royal Jackpot is the $4.80 favourite for Friday’s heat, with the first two past the post going on to the $300,000 final at Randwick on April 4.

The first five chances in the betting are all Canberra horses, with Dale also having Gocup Belle as an $8 hope.

Gratz Vella’s American Time ($8.50), Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones’ Just A Blur ($7) and Nick Olive’s Without A Shadow ($7) help make up Canberra’s fab five.

Dale said Canberra had always been the strongest area in the South East Racing Association, so it was not surprising there was such strong representation in the country champs qualifier.

He said it was clearly the strongest field of all seven heats around NSW.

“Absolutely, there’s a big chance of that [the eventual winner coming through Goulburn]. I think the top two horses that go through … will definitely be right in the pointy end of the market come championships day,” Dale said.

Royal Jackpot drew barrier 19, but Dale was not concerned because the son of Not A Single Doubt liked to get back in the field anyway.

He felt the four-year-old gelding was the best chance of his three runners, with Mystic Puzzle ($13) also running.

There are doubts whether Gocup Belle can handle the distance, with 1250m the furthest she has raced, but Dale felt she should cope with the trip.

“A wide gate’s not a big concern for [Royal Jackpot], he gets back anyway, so it’s not as important for him,” he said.

“The wide barrier [14] for Gocup Belle is a little bit sticky, but she’s got speed and will roll across into a prominent position, and Mystic Puzzle drew middle of the pack [nine] and she is also ridden quietly, so it shouldn’t be a concern for her.”

There has been debate about whether country jockeys should be used for next year’s country champs, to further bolster the exposure to country racing.

Dale said there were strong arguments for and against.

Gun Sydney hoop Tommy Berry will ride Royal Jackpot, while Brendan Ward and Brenton Avdulla are on Gocup Belle and Mystic Puzzle respectively.

Dale said he would stick with the same jockey-horse combination for the Randwick final, regardless of which horses made it through.

“There’s a lot of things to think about on that point – getting some of these city jockeys out to the country areas is great for sport,” he said.

“It brings people to the track, the turnover will be clearly higher.”

Dale’s Canberra Guineas (1400m) winner Rom Baro is $5.50 equal favourite in the listed $150,000 Bendigo Guineas on Saturday, in the lead-up to the group 3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick a fortnight later.

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Stewards Ray Murrihy and Terry Bailiey feud about cobalt

WIll they come?: How many punters will turn up to watch this year’s Golden Slipper at Rosehill. Photo: Anthony Johnson WIll they come?: How many punters will turn up to watch this year’s Golden Slipper at Rosehill. Photo: Anthony Johnson
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WIll they come?: How many punters will turn up to watch this year’s Golden Slipper at Rosehill. Photo: Anthony Johnson

WIll they come?: How many punters will turn up to watch this year’s Golden Slipper at Rosehill. Photo: Anthony Johnson

The relationship between Racing NSW and Racing Victoria stewards has reached a new low after comments made by Terry Bailey about retrospective cobalt investigations on Melbourne’s RSN radio on Wednesday.

With the penalty for Darren Smith’s 40 cobalt charges to be announced on Friday, the RV chief steward was asked about retrospectively testing without a threshold.

“I’m no lawyer but I don’t know really how you go down the track of enforcing a rule that wasn’t in place at the time,” Bailey offered.

It broke the unwritten rule of not commenting on any inquiry that is in process and led to a rebuke by Racing NSW chief steward Murrihy.

“Terry has one thing right, he is not a lawyer,” Murrihy said.

Smith will learn his fate on Friday morning. He has already indicated he will be appealing.

BRING ON THE RAIN

Tim Clark wants rain ahead of Golden Slipper day to give Avoid Lightning her chance at a group 1 victory in the Galaxy. The mare won the Birthday Card Stakes on a heavy track on Slipper day last year.

“A bt of rain would helps her because he is so good in those conditions,” Clark said.

“[Trainer] Les [Bridge] has decided to keep her fresh and that’s how she races best and I think she is up to running a great race but it is a very tough field as you would expect in a group 1.”

SLIPPER CROWD

There should be no excuses for a crowd of under 20,000 punters at Rosehill on Saturday. Australian Turf Club officials have made it clear that they wanted to target Golden Slipper day after the crowd has fallen off dramatically since the merger.

It was the club’s day to promote exclusively but the campaign has been underwhelming. It was not a good sign when 15 per cent discounts were offered for several hospitality options this week.

The Championships is a combined effort with Racing NSW and seems to have more traction in the general community.

GROUP 1 GLORY

Lee Curtis wants to become a multiple group 1-winning trainer and Press Report could give him that chance in the TJ Smith Stakes during The Championships, but first she has to win at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Written Tycoon filly has raced at the top level throughout her career and rarely been disgraced. She ran fourth in the Flight Stakes and Spring Champion Stakes and finished in the first half of the Golden Rose field but Curtis believes he has now found the key to her.

“We will keep her to the sprints now because that seems like her go. She has been working great and riding her a bit quieter seems to work, so that’s what we will be doing on Saturday,” Curtis said.

Press Report boomed home from last to win in restricted grade at Warwick Farm last month, while Curtis admits she has to step up in the Sebring Stakes, as he is eying bigger things.

“The TJ is there for her if she was to win and win well on Saturday,” Curtis said. “You would have to take on the big boys, who will be at the top of their games, but the carrot [$2.5 million] is pretty big to go there.

“The PJ Bell is another option on the same day, it’s still worth $200,000, and it’s probably more realistic because it is against her own age and sex, but we can dream.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.