Archive for June, 2019

  • Michelle Payne’s win may be the greatest victory by a female jockey anywhere

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world. Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.
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    Michelle Payne before the Kyneton Cup. Photo: Joe Armao

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    As far as female jockeys go, Michelle Payne is in rare air indeed after her stunning Melbourne Cup triumph aboard 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance in Tuesday’s race.

    Several women riders, here and overseas, have piloted big race winners, and a few have scored in group 1 events – the pinnacle of the sport.

    But in each racing jurisdiction there are a handful of major events, all with group 1 status, that transcend the ordinary classification. They are the races that are not just signature events in one country but prove irresistible to owners, trainers and riders from all over the world.

    Races such as Britain’s Epsom Derby, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France, the Kentucky Derby in the US, the Japan Cup and Melbourne Cup all hold that sort of cachet; they are the biggest of the big, the racing equivalent of tennis’ four grand slam tournaments, golf’s four majors, football’s Champions League.

    For female jockeys, even those at the top of their profession, it’s hard enough to get a ride in these races, never mind win them. And it’s arguable that now Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    The only one that might come close is the victory by Julie Krone on Colonial Affair in the 1993 Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the US Triple Crown, but most fans would surely agree that Payne’s triumph trumps that as the race she won had a deeper field and much more exotic competition in the saddle.

    The racing world has broadened its horizons considerably in the past 25 years and winning the big prizes is now much tougher as the international dimension has increased. It’s not just horses from top European and Japanese stables that Payne had to see off on Tuesday, but the cream of the international riding crop.

    She was up against jockeys born in Italy (Frankie Dettori, who rode the runner-up, Max Dynamite), New Zealand (Michael Walker, partner of third placed Criterion), and Jim Cassidy, Irishmen Jamie Spencer and Colm O’Donohue, South African-born Chad Schofield, Frenchman Gerald Mosse, Norwegian-born William Buick, Brazilian Joao Moreira and Englishman Ryan Moore.

    She will always be remembered for her exploits on Prince of Penzance. But will she be the mould-breaker that some hope she is, or will the male jockeys reassert their dominance and continue to pick up the plum rides?

    There have been some breakthroughs earlier that have not been capitalised on. While females in the US, such as Rosie Napravnik, who has won Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup races, and Chantal Sutherland, who has captured a slew of big US prizes, have had great opportunities, female jockeys in Australia have not been given those chances.

    Payne won the Thousand Guineas on Yosei and the Toorak Handicap on Allez Wonder, both group 1 races. Kathy O’Hara in Sydney has scored at the highest level on Ofcourseican in the Coolmore Classic, a feat equalled earlier this year by Linda Meech, who won the same race on Plucky Belle.

    Clare Lindop in South Australia became only the second woman to win a group 1 race in Australia – and the first Australian born to do so – when she took the Adelaide Cup on Exalted Time in 2006. New Zealand rider Maree Lyndon had scored in the same race aboard Lord Reims in 1987.

    Lindop and Jamie Kah have won jockey premierships in South Australia, while Kate Mallyon has won the last two apprentice titles in Victoria.

    Lindop does get some big race rides but she also suffers the fate that Payne talked about on Tuesday, that of getting “jocked off” in favour of a man when the big events come round by owners who don’t trust female riders enough.

    She was the regular partner of Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed earlier in her career, but when it was time for the big tests interstate male jockeys climbed on board, with Craig Williams steering the horse to victory in the Caulfield Cup.

    Still, until Payne’s amazing triumph Lindop had perhaps the biggest claim to female fame at Flemington when she pulled off another remarkable upset by winning the Victoria Derby on 100-1 shot Rebel Raider in 2008.

    That win came a year after Nikita Beriman had landed another huge upset in the Emirates Stakes, another group 1 test, on the 100-1 shot Tears I Cry.

    All of these women riders have proved that when given the right horse they can do the business. That the prejudice against them still exists can be seen by the starting prices of the three big winners who have scored for the women riders at Flemington: all went off at 100-1.

    When Payne and her sisters in the saddle get rides that are strongly fancied, then maybe her call for female riders to be given the same opportunity as male will have been heeded.

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  • Victorian quick James Pattinson confident despite being rested

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    James Pattinson is confident he will play all remaining Sheffield Shield games despite being rested on Cricket Australia’s advice for this week’s game against New South Wales.
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    Pattinson said he was the only quick bowler to bowl all of his allotted 10 overs in each Matador Cup game this summer and then backed that up with a Sheffield Shield match.

    Pattinson and high-performance manager Tim McCaskill said it was part of the deliberate and painstaking rehabilitation program, since Pattinson’s second back stress fracture, that his load be carefully managed.

    “It was always part of the plan for me to miss this one,” Pattinson said.

    “Coming back into cricket I had a good run of eight Matador Cup matches – and I was the only fast bowler to bowl 10 overs in each game – and then straight into the shield so it was always the plan to miss the second one.

    “I would have loved to play but Cricket Australia felt it was best to manage the load. Looking big picture it is the right thing to do, we have three Shield games after this and I will be clear to play those.”

    Victorian chairman of selectors Andrew Lynch said it was important to manage Pattinson carefully and so he will miss the NSW game starting in Sydney on Friday. Pattinson will be back for the Shield match from November 14 against WA at the MCG.

    “James’ bowling workloads are at a level that require him to rest from this match,” Lynch said.

    Pattinson revealed his reconstructed bowling action has lost none of its venom with a sharp spell in the second innings of the Shield win over Queensland last week in which he knocked over Test recalls Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja.

    “He was bowling the absolute house down,” said teammate Peter Handscomb. “He was bowling fast, he was swinging it and it was awesome to see.

    “It’s just something where we want to make sure he gets through the entire season for us first. Then by getting through the season, it puts his hand up to play for Australia.”

    Last month Victorian coach David Saker said national selectors would be mad to rush Pattinson back into the Test side and urged caution. The Australian sport science team has evidently done that by having the quick bowler rested for this game.

    “If he can get through two or three Shield games, two things will happen; he will be confident in his body, plus his action will be a bit more grooved and he probably will be ready by then,” Saker said.

    Australian coach Darren Lehmann rebuked Saker at the time for his comments saying the Victorian coach should worry about the Victorian team.

    “We won’t rush him back in if he’s not right. He’s got to be ready to play,” Lehmann said.

    This Saturday: The Rebuilding of James Pattinson

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  • Spring racing: equal opportunity boss slams sexism in racing

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Michelle Payne before her ride on Akzar at the Kyneton Cup. Photo: Joe ArmaoVictoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights commissioner is calling on the horseracing industry to review sexism in the sport she suspects is “deep seated”, and highlighted by pioneering Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne.
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    Kate Jenkins, overseeing an investigation into sexism within Victoria’s police force as head of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, has applauded Payne for bravely raising discrimination she still encounters in what the rider termed a “chauvinistic sport”.

    “She [Payne] has described, I think, a phenomenon of gender inequality that exists across our entire community,” said Jenkins, also convener of the Victorian Male Champions of Change group established this year and recent appointee to Carlton Football Club’s board.

    “My hope would be that this is something that spotlights racing, and lets racing take leadership in the sporting world to do something differently.”

    In the television broadcast of the 155-year-old, world-famous horse race, Payne spoke immediately after her unprecedented victory of the doubters. She said “some of the owners” of winning horse Prince Of Penzance “were keen to kick me off” and, in triumph, said such detractors could “get stuffed”.

    Jenkins told Fairfax Media the fact Payne broached such a thorny topic in her first interview “was reflective of a woman with lifetime experience of discrimination and chauvinism in a sport”.

    “Then she really recognised her supporters – who were men – who had really encouraged her,” Jenkins said.

    “So she was really clear recognising that they had really backed her … but the interesting thing that she did, that is often not done, is she that she then said – and named – people who had been in opposition to her because she is a woman.”

    Payne’s comments are resonating so strongly, Jenkins said, because they are not only true, but brave. “It’s hard to speak out, particularly when you’re a woman … against a tide that’s saying ‘no, we don’t discriminate, you’re getting equal opportunities, it’s just that you’re not as capable for whatever reason’.”

    Jenkins surmised Payne spoke as she did because “she’s obviously a very resilient, supported person who has got there despite some of the barriers”.

    The VEOHRC boss suspects Payne may have felt especially uninhibited because of “the true power that she had in that moment”.

    “Ultimately she had won the Melbourne Cup,” Jenkins said.

    “In the world of business you don’t get to win a Melbourne Cup and turn around and say: ‘see, I proved you wrong’. But sport gives that unique opportunity to say that despite all of your negative views about women I’ve proven you wrong.”

    Jenkins said Payne risks incurring backlash for putting the spotlight on a topic many find uncomfortable.

    “I don’t know how it will be viewed within the racing industry. But based on other industries and organisations that I’ve worked with on gender inequality there are quite mixed views on whether it’s an issue, and if it’s an issue whether it should be exposed for public examination.

    “The backlash often, I think, reflects the very sexism that is the problem. The idea of ‘why are you making a big fuss?’

    “But where the leadership is keen for change, and can see the problems, that’s when action actually happens.”

    The general manager of the Australian Jockeys  Association, Des O’Keeffe, who has worked in racing for more than three decades, applauded Payne for bringing attention to the topic.

    “I’d say to any owner or trainer out there who still has that ingrained perception [of female jockeys being inferior to male jockeys]: ‘open your eyes, look a bit deeper than you might have in the past and see how incredibly well any number of women are doing in this sport, highlighted by a ride yesterday where Michelle just completely nailed it in the most competitive two-mile race in the world’.

    “There’s no doubt they [doubters] are out there. Michelle had that feeling and I know that’s not an uncommon feeling.”

    While O’Keeffe acknowledged ongoing discrimination of female jockeys, he said horseracing had been no worse in the past than politics or the media in Australia.

    “Horseracing is doing better than the former PM’s front bench and it’s doing better than AM radio,” O’Keeffe said.

    “And it is probably doing better than a lot of other professional sports.”

    Female jockeys were first allowed to ride in Australia in 1979. Four women ridden in the Melbourne Cup since.

    “To have had only four women jockeys since then just really demonstrates to me that there must be deep-seated sexism in the industry,” Jenkins said.

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  • New cinemas to reopen at Gold Coast’s Pacific Fair

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    The cinemas are about to reopen at Pacific Fair at Broadbeach. Photo: Pacific Fair Broadbeach The transformation of Pacific Fair is expected to be done by mid-2016. Photo: Pacific Fair revamp underway
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    Pacific Fair cinemas are set to reopen on Thursday, the latest stage in the $670 million reimagination of the Broadbeach shopping complex.

    Three of the 11 cinemas opening on Thursday will be the top-flight Gold Class cinemas, with state-of-the-art sound.

    Another of the revamped cinemas has a 22-metre high digital screen, while the remaining seven cinemas have been modernised.

    Pacific Fair at Broadbeach will on November 12 reopen its new eating and dining area called The Patio, and a series of new retailers.

    Centre manager Annabelle Green said the transformation of Pacific Fair, expected to be complete in mid-2016, was an important refurbishment for the shopping complex.

    “Our local community and visitors are set to descend on Pacific Fair in the lead-up to Christmas and the summer holidays,” Ms Green said.

    “The upcoming openings of Events Cinemas, The Patio and the other new retailers will provide the enhanced shopping experience we know the Pacific Fair shopper is looking for,” she said.

    Pacific Fair Shopping Centre is part of a $2.8 billion suite of shopping centres managed by superannuation funds giant AMP Capital.

    Pacific Fair sits by the southern end of the Gold Coast light rail line at Broadbeach.

    Construction work already done shows the first panel of the new “super roof” has been built along the curved edge of the resort area.

    The stairs leading from the new casual dining area and the bridge across the resort area are in place awaiting their final treatments early in 2016.

    A new fresh food market opened in June 2015.

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  • Kayaking day for the family

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    BRING your paddling arms toMoree’s family fun Kayaking dayon November 15.
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    CottonInfo in conjunctionwith Gwydir Valley IrrigationAssociation, National Landcareand Local Land Services NorthWest are holding this family funday for free.

    CottonInfo natural resourcestechnical specialist, StaceyVogel, said that the events areheld to educate people.

    “We want people to learnabout riverine health and whatthey can do to keep their localrivers systems and wetlandshealthy,” she said.

    Two oncologistswill be joining paddlers onthe day.

    One will be discussing theriver system and the bugs thatdwell in it, the other will be discussingturtles and mammalsthis will also include a show andtell session.

    The kayakswill set off atTareelaroi and will go for anhour and a half with a break formorning tea and a barbecue willbe provided at the end.

    “Children under the age of 16need to be accompanied by anadult, the event is open for allages that have a basic level offitness and no prior kayakingexperience is needed.

    “Professional instructors willbe readily available on the day.

    “We have run a lot of theseevents.

    “People have always said thatthey have been a lot of fun andvery informative but a practicallearning experience.”

    Registration needs to becompleted by tomorrow, thereare limited spots available.To register call Stacey Vogelon 0428 266 712 or Alice Devlinon 0427 207 167.

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