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East Timor 'too small' for regional refugee centre

Thursday March 31, 2011
EAST Timor has reaffirmed its hostility to a refugee processing centre on its territory, even as the Gillard government insists it will still proceed with negotiations with the fledgling country over a plan labelled an embarrassing farce by the opposition.

Tales of the city

Thursday March 31, 2011
Every metropolis has its urban legends. John Birmingham reveals the stories - some funny, some dark - behind these well-known Sydney landmarks.

Jets change offers peek at Knights' future: Culina

Thursday March 31, 2011
JETS coach Branko Culina said yesterday that Knights members only need look at the transformation of his club for proof of the benefits billionaire Nathan Tinkler can bring.

A fair go for harmony

Thursday March 31, 2011
Two friends, more friends and a vibe, writes Anita Beaumont.

Mozzie threat to horses

Thursday March 31, 2011
A HUNTER Valley vet is warning horse owners to be vigilant following a growing number of horses being examined with unusual neurological signs possibly caused by mosquitoes.

Ryder Stakes looms as battle of the big-hitters, says Rosehill veteran

Thursday March 31, 2011
The Golden Slipper may be the race but Saturday's George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill promises to be a classic contest, with New Zealand stars adding to the intrigue. Considered the ultimate lead into next month's $2 million Doncaster Mile, this group 1 weight-for-age feature over 1500 metres should not be lost in the Slipper hype. "It is enormous," John Nicholson said yesterday. "It is one of the great George Ryders for sure. If you follow thoroughbred racing, you are very hard to please if you think that is not a good race." Nicholson will officiate at the Slipper meeting for the 45th and final time because his role as racing manager at the Sydney Turf Club has been made redundant following the merger with the Australian Jockey Club. "It is definitely one of the best I've seen and we have had some real good ones," Nicholson said. "Personally, I think this year's Doncaster Mile is going to be a great contest and that always reflects on the George Ryder. The punters are going to have a ball with this race on Saturday." A field of 15 gallopers were paid up for the $400,000 race, including nine individual group 1 winners. They include the multiple group 1 victors Theseo, New Zealand milers Wall Street and King Mufhasa, and last year's winner Danleigh, which is lining up after his Chipping Norton Stakes victory. Last year's Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo continues his path to defending his title, while Epsom Handicap winner Captain Sonador returns from Queensland. Adding further depth to the contest is last-start Coolmore Classic winner Aloha and the three-year-old group 1 winners Skilled and Ilovethiscity, which collected the Randwick Guineas at his most recent start. In a wide betting market, TAB Sportsbet had Aloha at $5.50 overnight, ahead of Triple Elegance and Ilovethiscity at $8.

Mick takes Chance at the sales

Wednesday March 30, 2011
RACING is a famously unsentimental game but Mick Tubman admits he will get emotional when it is time to farewell Chance Bye from his Kembla stables later this week.

Melito up for a tilt at champ

Wednesday March 30, 2011
ROSEHILL trainer Gerald Ryan won't dodge More Joyous with ultra-consistent mare Melito, which will be on trial for a career-capping trip to Hong Kong in Saturday's Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m).

Nolen eyes more group 1 gold

Wednesday March 30, 2011
VICTORIA'S leading jockey, Luke Nolen, can secure the title of Australia's leading group 1 jockey as early as Saturday after securing three prime mounts at Rosehill, including Golden Slipper Stakes wildcard Salade.

Smart Missile sizzles in workout for Boss

Wednesday March 30, 2011
THE unbeaten Smart Missile stunned regulars at Randwick trackwork yesterday morning and the Anthony Cummings-trained colt firmed in betting for Saturday's Golden Slipper at Rosehill.

Make it your (funny) business

Tuesday March 29, 2011
With 350 acts gracing this year's Comedy Festival, Craig Platt nominates his highlights.

End the blame game and take responsibility

Tuesday March 29, 2011
LABOR MP Robert Coombs blames NSW Treasurer Eric Roozendaal's actions at the tail end of the electricity privatisation debacle for the belting Labor received on Saturday.

VRC makes it tougher to get into the Cup

Tuesday March 29, 2011
THE Victoria Racing Club yesterday announced changes to the conditions of the Melbourne Cup, which will make it harder to qualify for the club's major race.

A reporter at the front of her field

Monday March 28, 2011
Joan Watkins was ahead of her time and peers, writes Tim Connell. OBITUARY JOAN WATKINS Born: August 3, 1915 Died: March 20, 2011 Funeral: March 25, Lake Macquarie Memorial Park Crematorium, Ryhope PIONEERING journalist Joan Watkins fought for press freedom when it wasn't popular within society or even her family.

A nail-biter in Wollongong

Monday March 28, 2011
THE fate of the seat of Wollongong hung in the balance last night after a day of furious vote counting.

1857

Monday March 28, 2011
David Livingstone said in a letter to the Times that the slave trade in Africa was in decline, to a large extent due to the presence of English cruisers. The trade could not be carried out anywhere except in the deep, reedy river of the Great Valley. In Angola, the "time of the slave trade" was spoken of in the past tense. The trade was now only carried on by some daring individuals.

Lees laps up winning feeling with three-track treble

Monday March 28, 2011
LEADING Newcastle trainer Kris Lees could not recall the last time he had success at three tracks on the same day.

A win is a win, but is Black Caviar mortal?

Monday March 28, 2011
Black Caviar is only flesh and blood after all. Her Moonee Valley triumph on Friday night was very strong. Alas, it lacked the same fluency and authority of her previous Newmarket win at Flemington. Michael McHugh, one of Sydney's first and most respected ratings scholars, assessed that performance as equal to the figure produced by Kingston Town - the best since he has been applying his method. Surely it's difficult to compare a sprinter, a sheer speed horse like Black Caviar, with a stayer like Kingston Town or even So You Think? But it all comes down to a figure produced under specialist guidelines. McHugh reflected the consistency of Manikato, rated Australia's greatest sprinter. Manikato rated similar figures for just about every win (29) for six seasons. But none were as high as Black Caviar in the Newmarket.

Zipping to spring back

Monday March 28, 2011
GRAND veteran Zipping will miss Saturday's group 1 BMW at Rosehill and instead will be spelled for a fifth tilt at the Cox Plate and possibly the Melbourne Cup as well as attempting a fifth consecutive win in the Classic at Sandown that has been named in his honour.

Pulsating win has us all ears

Monday March 28, 2011
ILLAWARRA MERCURY Keith Nolan Classic winning trainer Mike Moroney has revealed his secret to finding an Oaks filly: big ears.

Sepoy still favoured days out from Slipper

Monday March 28, 2011
TRAINER John O'Shea has given Foxwedge the all clear to wear blinkers in Saturday's $3.5 million Golden Slipper following the colt's workout with stablemate Elite Falls at Randwick at the weekend.

LETTERS

Monday March 28, 2011
Ratty old queens are spitting chips

Colt of lightning

Sunday March 27, 2011
A blokey contingent including Roosters Anthony Minichiello and Jason Ryles, former Rooster Luke Ricketson and cricketer Doug Bollinger have each bought 10 per cent shares (valued at $5000) in a colt to be trained by Gai Waterhouse.

ANTENNA

Sunday March 27, 2011
They might be new shows but they follow an old formula, writes Melinda Houston.

Magic trails at every turn

Sunday March 27, 2011
Every resort has its classic and every skier has a favourite. With help from the champions, Rachael Oakes-Ash nominates the quintessential Australian runs.

Northern exposure next

Sunday March 27, 2011
BLACK Caviar completed her Melbourne duties this autumn with her usual authority at Moonee Valley on Friday night, but soon, factors even more compelling than her sheer ability to run, come into play as she ventures north for the first time.

The highest five

Sunday March 27, 2011
Since the inception of the High Five in June 2008, this space has marvelled at the machinations and maniacs of sport.

Take it outside

Sunday March 27, 2011
Camps are a breath of fresh air for children and parents, writes Jason Mountney.

Price, Moody make presence felt from afar

Sunday March 27, 2011
TRAINERS Mick Price and Peter Moody were interstate yesterday but they still managed to have a big influence at Caulfield with Moody landing the first winner, followed by a Price double and the pair then shared the spoils in the last race when the judge could not split Almodovar and Cuban Sunday.

LIFE IS A HIGHWAY

Saturday March 26, 2011
Shooting the breeze with DAVID STEWART, Ulysses Club members vouch for the fact that motorcycle riding keeps them forever young.

NON-FICTION

Saturday March 26, 2011
THE HAPPY LIFE: THE SEARCH FOR CONTENTMENT IN THE MODERN WORLD

Grand prix chairman Ron Walker flushed with excess

Saturday March 26, 2011
The former lord mayor and former Liberal Party national treasurer is also champion of the clean portaloo, writes Mark Hawthorne.

Cashing in on Kiwi 'freak'

Saturday March 26, 2011
IN OTHER years during the last week of March, Jonathan Riddell could be found schooling nondescript hurdlers and steeplechasers at some faraway New Zealand address in preparation for April's jump season launch. But things have changed for the noted jumps rider in the past year or so.

O'Brien's filly set to rock another Guineas field

Saturday March 26, 2011
SHAMROCKER might be the only filly in today's Rosehill Guineas but the Victorian raider has already beaten up on the colts and geldings.

Fleming rides with Rocket

Saturday March 26, 2011
Breeders are flying the flag for Australia at the Dubai World Cup meeting.

Kavanagh expects fame for Mushatta

Saturday March 26, 2011
MARK Kavanagh has predicted a steep rise to fame this season for his impressive Zabeel three-year-old Mushatta after last night's 1200-metre first-up win.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Saturday March 26, 2011
THE VALLEY OF BLOOD AND GOLD

Past the post

Saturday March 26, 2011
XXXX SPECIAL It is hard to believe that Torio's Quest, which has won four of his only five starts and collected more than $685,000 in prizemoney, is at $6.50 in the TAB Sportsbet market for the first at Rosehill today, the Darby Munro Stakes (1200 metres).

Trotting goes west, in harness with the people

Saturday March 26, 2011
A move from Harold Park to Menangle Park Paceway has given the trots a new lease on life, writes Steve Meacham.

Sepoy 'fine' but Snowden up in air about other Slipper runners

Saturday March 26, 2011
DARLEY STUD'S head trainer Peter Snowden has qualified four juveniles for next Saturday's $3.5 million Golden Slipper, including favourite Sepoy, but can increase that number at Rosehill today.

Price hits the road again in search of G1

Saturday March 26, 2011
MICK Price can understandably be forgiven for having an affinity with travelling horses to Adelaide ahead of any other state in Australia, but as the trainer explains, the lure of South Australian racing stems back to his early days of preparing racehorses.

Romancing the Stone Age again

Saturday March 26, 2011
Jean Auel has taken her time on her successful Earth's Children series. After more than 30 years, the sixth and final instalment is here.

High hopes for success in three-state assault

Friday March 25, 2011
MOONEE VALLEY

He can be the best I've had - Partelle's Quest begins

Friday March 25, 2011
MAGIC Millions Guineas winner Torio's Quest is probably the best horse to walk into Brett Partelle's Wyong yard - he just has to prove it this preparation.

Impressive visitors hold the key

Friday March 25, 2011
THERE are group 1 races all over the world this weekend, but perhaps the most open of all is tomorrow's Rosehill Guineas in Sydney. Not only do the Sydney staying three-year-olds step to 2000 metres for the first time this year, they will face a rich variety of visiting opposition boasting impressive winning form.

HARNESS RACING

Friday March 25, 2011
SUNDONS STILL IN HUNT

Casey supports Fevola after yet another lapse

Friday March 25, 2011
THE Casey Scorpions have continued to back Brendan Fevola despite their new signing falling back into bad habits and gambling on the pokies yesterday during a 20-minute visit to the Berwick Inn Hotel.

Kissing Bob won't Labor the point

Friday March 25, 2011
DULL, boring, even a little staid. In what has been more of a weary plod than a race to polling day, the New South Wales election campaign has had all the predictability of the one horse-race that it is.

Casey supports Fev after lapse

Friday March 25, 2011
THE Casey Scorpions have continued to back Brendan Fevola despite their new signing falling back into bad habits and gambling on the pokies yesterday during a 20-minute visit to the Berwick Inn Hotel.

Coach expects Inglis to lift

Friday March 25, 2011
SOUTHS coach John Lang is taking a horse trainer's view to his star signing Greg Inglis. "Racehorses, they reckon, always struggle second-up after a spell, so maybe footballers are the same," Lang said. "It's not easy backing up." Inglis performed to Lang's expectations in round one against the Roosters, but the coach said the centre was below par a week later against the Bulldogs. "He said it himself," Lang said. "He wasn't the only one. But he was very disappointed in his game. But you can't change what's gone." Lang said it would take time for Inglis to find his form. "'GI' came in very much underdone. With the training background he had, I couldn't have expected more than what he did in his first game," he said. "He was rock solid in everything he did, and he came up with a great grab for a try at a vital time for us. That was as good as I'd hoped for. Not that it was a slashing game, but I didn't expect a slashing game. He was below par against the Bulldogs, but hopefully he'll rise again this week."

Greens' strong vote could aid McCarthy

Friday March 25, 2011
KIAMA independent Sandra McCarthy may emerge as the dark horse in tomorrow's state election if preferences from Labor and Greens supporters flow her way.

Moody hungry for triple treat with Caviar as his entree

Friday March 25, 2011
The powerful Peter Moody stable is attempting a rare group 1 assault across three states this weekend, writes Chris Roots.

Railways, horses and chocolate

Friday March 25, 2011
There are plenty of attractions to keep boredom at bay in the colder months, writes Keeli Cambourne.

STAY IN TOUCH THIS WEEK...

Friday March 25, 2011
FERRARI has written more chapters in its famous history - quite literally - with a book that costs a staggering $275,000, writes Jez Spinks. Only one copy is available in Australia of the most extravagant version of the Official Ferrari Opus tome, the Enzo "Diamante" edition that weighs 37 kilograms and features a handcrafted red-leather cover embossed with a prancing horse logo comprising 30 rare white diamonds. The square, 852-page super-book includes 200,000 words and 2000 pictures. Content includes details of every Ferrari road car and racing car ever built, as well as exclusive interviews and profiles of every driver who has raced for the team. Ferrari is equally decorative when describing the book, which it's likely to regard as its very own bible. "Opus is not a book; it's a concerto," says Antonio Ghini, its creative adviser. "[It's] a triumphant opera whose score is made up of cars, technology, history and achievements, and whose heroes will live on forever. Opus, like Ferrari, is a unique experience." Millionaire readers who can afford to get their hands on a copy of the "Diamante" edition might end up with a relative bargain, however, if they "win" an exclusive Ferrari "lottery". "Diamante" book owners will be entered in a prize draw to win a "unique" Ferrari formula one racing car. As with the company's supercars, none of the books is expected to become a volume best-seller.

Lily to 'bridge gap' to Caviar

Friday March 25, 2011
THE conditions of the race indicate that tonight's William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley may provide the platform for one of Black Caviar's easiest victories, but the owner and breeder of second favourite Crystal Lily is not so sure.

Praecido's staying power impresses Brown

Friday March 25, 2011
THE opportunity to partner Praecido in a track gallop earlier in the week left leading jockey Corey Brown confident the three-year-old is ready to fire in Saturday's Rosehill Guineas.

Several Shades of Why

Friday March 25, 2011
Several Shades of Why J Mascis (Sub Pop/Inertia) Rating: 4/5

POSTCODE 3000

Friday March 25, 2011
RON Walker is revved up about the running of the grand prix but there's no water running at the fountain named in his honour in Linlithgow Avenue. The Walker Fountain, donated to Melburnians in 1981 by former lord mayor and wife Barbara, is fenced up while it's being converted to spout recycled water. In the meantime, green-minded Big Red (pictured) has lent a hand to red-hot Ferrari by signing the numero uno copy of The Official Ferrari Opus, the 852-page story of Enzo Ferrari's empire, which is to be auctioned in Maranello, Italy, and is expected to fetch $2 million. It will be on show tonight at Richmond's Zagame Ferrari, along with a $275,000 Diamante edition featuring a 32.3-carat Prancing Horse sprinkled with 1500 diamonds. Cashed-up movers and shakers have been invited to inspect the editions, and possibly drop a bundle on some new wheels, but Ferrari won't release the names of the guests to the PR company because they're too wealthy and too shy to be outed (and to prevent rival luxury car companies trying to poach customers). If Bernie Ecclestone hadn't headed to New York to spread the news that he's looking for a new GP track, he could have pranced with his bulging wallet.

Plucked back to happiness

Friday March 25, 2011
The decision to learn flamenco guitar brought Kavisha Mazzella back from the brink, writes Larry Schwartz.

Moody's banking on magic to work on youngsters

Friday March 25, 2011
When Peter Moody went to the Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast in mid-January, little did he anticipate he would walk away with the two highest-priced colts, both sons of Redoute's Choice.

Black Caviar 'going super'

Thursday March 24, 2011
AS WITH record-breaking winning streaks in most sports, eventually the emphasis will switch from the glory of the run itself to what it would take for the sequence to end.

Doing hard yards

Thursday March 24, 2011
Benjalu are perfecting their sound with some help from a well-known producer, writes Anita Beaumont.

Moody and Caviar have Reid Stakes in the bag

Thursday March 24, 2011
Trainer Peter Moody is set to pick up a luxury car on Friday night. His mare Black Caviar was posted at $1.10 to win a fourth straight group 1 in Friday night's William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley. The first prize of $300,000 will leave the leading Victorian trainer $5000 short of earning $1 million in prizemoney at Moonee Valley night meetings this season. The trainer bonus is a $134,000 Mercedes Benz. Moody's William Reid acceptances yesterday also included Panipique, Hinchinbrook and Master Harry, which is also nominated for Sunday's Challenge Stakes at Warwick Farm. The Moonee Valley Racing Club will pay $10,000 in prizemoney for horses finishing fifth to eighth in the William Reid, which has attracted nine runners. Moody said Black Caviar took "a couple of days to bounce back" from the record-breaking Newmarket win but the world's best sprinter was "going super. There will be no excuses," he said. "She's held her condition well."

Letters

Thursday March 24, 2011
A shameful Affair

Businesses, horse facility bear the brunt of deluge

Wednesday March 23, 2011
WHAT threatened to be an apocalyptic mess turned out to be far less dramatic for most Albion Park and Warilla residents yesterday, as the clean-up ensued after Monday's dramatic deluge.

McEvoy takes no chances after body blow in trackwork incident

Wednesday March 23, 2011
Darley jockey Kerrin McEvoy is aiming to be back for Rosehill Guineas day after falling during trackwork at Warwick Farm yesterday. McEvoy went for X-rays on his ribs, and will not ride at today's Warwick Farm meeting. "We were going past the post after a gallop, and [the horse] whipped in, ran in, and I came off the side of it," McEvoy said. "It skittled me and kicked me on the way through. I'm pretty sore in the ribs, so I'm going to get a precautionary X-ray, but I don't think I've broken them because I can breathe OK. It's just sore when I move around."

OUR PROS

Wednesday March 23, 2011
Aerial shot of Shellharbour Rd, Shellharbour, 4.30pm Monday: "Only being in the air could give you a true idea of the scale of the floodwaters' relentless push into suburbia. The scene at Shellharbour Rd was just one of many images of devastation captured around the southern suburbs." ROBERT PEET

Land use is the big issue

Tuesday March 22, 2011
MANAGING the Upper Hunter's mineral resources alongside its agricultural ones looms as the major prospect for the area's candidates.

Playtime for parents

Tuesday March 22, 2011
Mums and dads who play with their children are teaching them far more than how to build a tower or dress a dolly, writes DANIELLE WOOLAGE. Play is one of the cornerstones of parenting, but new research has found many mums and dads don't know how to interact with their kids or find playtime boring.

Portelli pots Peace plan

Tuesday March 22, 2011
LIKELY pre-post favourite Rose Of Peace is out of the Mercury Keith Nolan Classic after rival trainers pushed for Kembla Grange's showpiece race to be run over 1800m at Rosehill this Saturday.

Rosehill raider a freak, says Kiwi trainer

Monday March 21, 2011
NEW ZEALAND trainer John Bary believes Jimmy Choux is ready to emulate Cox Plate winner Surfers Paradise in Saturday's Rosehill Guineas.

Bullet a lead in Samba murder

Monday March 21, 2011
A BULLET found in the front yard of a Middle Park house near the place where horse trainer Les Samba was fatally shot last month is a significant lead in the case, police have revealed.

Weather watch after smart change in Slipper picture

Monday March 21, 2011
GOLDEN Slipper betting changed markedly in the past week, but, unlike in previous years, the desperate late charge for places in the field will not occur at Rosehill this Saturday.

Illness can't slow up Richards

Sunday March 20, 2011
MUCH is said and written across the world of sport about the importance of winning. That victory in a football match, a golf or tennis tournament, a world title fight or a major horse race is all that counts.

Hot Noonan lands treble on the back of double

Sunday March 20, 2011
LEADING apprentice Jake Noonan continued his recent hot streak, taking the riding honours at Caulfield yesterday with a winning treble his second in the city hot on the heels of a double at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Domesky earns a shot at the Derby

Saturday March 19, 2011
CRANBOURNE gelding Domesky earned himself a crack at the group 1 $1.5 million AJC Derby at Randwick on April 9 with a win at last night's group 2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Cool's in eye of the beholder

Saturday March 19, 2011
WHEN buying a car, there are a multitude of variables to consider. Price, safety, economy, performance, comfort and so on. These considerations are readily dissected by any decent motoring journalist. Unfortunately, I'm not a decent motoring journalist. In fact, I'm not a journalist. In fact, I'm not even decent. This is why I need to go by a separate set of criteria when purchasing a car. Criteria in line with standards I live by.

Moshe follows sister's winning ways

Saturday March 19, 2011
HE CARRIES the burden of being the younger brother of the fastest horse in the world in Black Caviar, but three-year-old Moshe is shaping a fair career for himself after winning his third race from just four starts at Moonee Valley last night.

Brown lands in trouble but sees blue skies ahead at Rosehill

Saturday March 19, 2011
COREY BROWN intends fighting a drunk-and-disorderly fine issued following celebrations of his Australian Cup victory on Shocking at Flemington last Saturday.

Williams tips spring superstar

Saturday March 19, 2011
RACING scholar Lloyd Williams has taken a close interest in the development of the Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday, which is set to start favourite in today's Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill.

Red socks in court

Saturday March 19, 2011
HE'S KNOWN for wearing red socks, but barrister John Costigan, it seems, has been in the red with some Sydneysiders who have taken him to court for money owed. The former pub owner and board member of Racing NSW most recently appeared in the District Court in a matter involving Marsdens Law Group, which claimed it was out of pocket to the tune of $100,000 thanks to old red socks. Costigan, pictured, who is known for his legal work in liquor licensing, had entered into an agreement with Marsdens - the law firm run by the late John Marsden's brother, Jim Marsden - to work in its hospitality division. Marsdens claimed that Costigan did not perform the work as agreed. He then failed to attend court in answer to a subpoena and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. This month Judge Robert Sorby heard medical evidence that Costigan suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, poor impulse control, binge drinking and depression. The court was told Costigan was "walking around in a fog and could not function properly". The matter was settled confidentially out of court and no further action was taken, with the judge finding Costigan's non-attendance at court was not a deliberate act. In 2008 the horse trainer Graeme Rogerson took the former racing big wig to court over non-payment of training fees before the matter was settled. Costigan once owned the Paddington Irish pub Kitty O'Shea's (now known as The Paddington Arms, previously the Elephant and Wheelbarrow.)

Unheralded Kid takes on stars

Saturday March 19, 2011
WITH unbeaten Sepoy dominating betting on the Todman Stakes at Rosehill today against just four opponents, it is something of a David and Goliath clash but for modestly bred Kid Kobe the race is more like taking on Goliath as well as his mates.

She's no Bonecrusher but Keep The Peace ready to smash a few reputations

Saturday March 19, 2011
THE Bonecrusher team is back in town with a renowned enforcer in tow. Again major races are the focus, and that means the best of the Australian thoroughbred stayers had better shape up.

In-form filly has G1 in her sights

Friday March 18, 2011
MOONEE VALLEY

It's a sorry state of affairs as Victorians take a clear lead

Friday March 18, 2011
'Look at this cowboy ... he can't get this horse around the turn," said a punter in the media room at Flemington, expressing a sentiment deep from his hip pocket, regarding Mac Chois in the Eskimo Prince Stakes at Warwick Farm last Saturday.

HARNESS RACING

Friday March 18, 2011
BLACKIE'S BACK ON TRACK

Almindoro can be the King for a night

Friday March 18, 2011
JOCKEY Steven King might not concern himself too much with records and statistics, but the opportunity to tonight notch a win in every group 1 or group 2 race held at Moonee Valley has provided an extra spur for him in the group 2 Alister Clark Stakes.

A few crucial road rules

Friday March 18, 2011
When buying a car, there are a multitude of variables to consider. Price, safety, economy, performance, comfort and so on. These considerations are readily dissected by any decent motoring journalist. Unfortunately, I'm not a decent motoring journalist. In fact, I'm not a journalist. In fact, I'm not even decent. This is why I need to go by a separate set of criteria when purchasing a car. Criteria in line with standards I live by.

Luskin Park filly shaping up as the jewel in the crown

Friday March 18, 2011
Former NSW police minister Paul Whelan's transition from politician to high-profile thoroughbred breeder has brought memorable moments but he faces perhaps the biggest in Saturday's Todman Stakes at Rosehill with his home-bred colt Foxwedge's clash with Darley's superstar Sepoy.

Fate finally delivers Bowman the chance to ride Melito in group 1 race

Friday March 18, 2011
ONE of the secrets to being a leading jockey is making the right decisions, and a choice made a month ago might be about to produce dual group 1 glory for Hugh Bowman.

McArdle throws his Kid in with the big boys

Friday March 18, 2011
VRC Oaks-winning trainer John McArdle isn't scared of taking on the blue-bloods with cheap buy Kid Kobe in the Todman Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

Waller stable favourite back to lead the record charge

Friday March 18, 2011
Chris Waller is not expecting miracles but hopes Rangirangdoo is at least competitive this weekend on his return from injury, writes Craig Young.

Waterhouse confident blinkers sweet for More Strawberries in Coolmore

Friday March 18, 2011
Gai Waterhouse has pulled the blinkers out of the cupboard for More Strawberries in an effort to take out the "very winnable" Coolmore Classic at Rosehill on Saturday.

Make it your lucky day on Descarado

Friday March 18, 2011
Rising star Maluckyday is a huge risk in Sydney tomorrow, writes Andrew Eddy.

The father of seismology

Friday March 18, 2011
Mansfield doctor William Twycross remembers his great-uncle John Milne's pioneering work on quakes, writes Rafael Epstein.

Rawiller stands his ground in fence defence

Friday March 18, 2011
NASH RAWILLER emerged from a feisty verbal confrontation with a TVN commentator and a stewards' room "please explain" at Randwick on Wednesday intent on carving up the Sydney autumn carnival.

Outsider keeps Lee brothers' dream alive

Friday March 18, 2011
JIM and Greg Lee put a horror five months behind them when their Doncaster-bound Keepin' The Dream claimed yesterday's Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle.

Rawiller pumped for carnival

Friday March 18, 2011
NEVER one to need too much motivating, leading jockey Nash Rawiller is intent on dominating the Sydney autumn carnival following a verbal confrontation with TVN commentator Richard Callander and a stewards room "please explain" at Randwick on Wednesday.

Small fields for Sydney opener despite prizemoney

Thursday March 17, 2011
THE lure of $2.22 million in prizemoney spread across nine races attracted a paltry 79 acceptances for the opening of the Golden Slipper festival at Rosehill on Saturday.

Sydney gallopers go missing despite more than $2m up for grabs

Thursday March 17, 2011
THE lure of $2.22 million in prizemoney spread across nine races attracted a paltry 79 acceptances for the opening of the Golden Slipper Festival at Rosehill on Saturday.

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