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  • Big top and big thrills: Circus stars warm up for local shows

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    HIGH flying stars, candyfloss, and entertainment will take place under the big top this week as Damian Syred’s Circus Royale treats Sunraysia residents to amazing performances.

    Circus Royale ringmaster Damian Syred and dog Boo go through their paces before the circus’ run of Mildura shows. Picture: Megan Frankel-Vaughan

    Yesterday afternoon, the circus’ dogs and ponies were put through their final paces while clowns and acrobats prepared for tonight’s act – the first of the its four-day program in town.

    Circus Royale owner and ringmaster Damian Syred said he had toured Australia finding new acts to entertain crowds.

    “Having quality and elements that have audiences on the edge of their seats is a must,” he said.

    “The circus is still traditional family fun and I think that is why they are still popular to this day,”

    This will be Mr Syred’s third visit to Mildura in his nine year’s running the circus and he promised audiences would see a new two-hour show from the performers.

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  • Albury no cakewalk for Calke

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    WEIGHT THE WORRY: Calke Abbey, seen winning at Narrandera, hoping to break a drought in the Oaks Day Sprint at Albury on Thursday.Wagga trainer David Heywood admits sprinter Calke Abbey isnot quite back to his best, but warns against writing him off for the feature sprint at Albury on Thursday.

    The six-year old has been given59kg forthe Oaks Day Sprint over 1175m but gets a four-kilo allowance with in-formapprentice Stacey Metcalfe taking the ride.

    “He’s going okay but he’s not back to where he was when he was just beaten in the Town Plate,” Heywood said.

    “My main concern is the weight. They’rejust cruelling the better horses around here.”

    Calke Abbey was a perennial bridesmaid last campaign, placing in six of eight starts.

    Third up from a spell, the gelding has drawn the outside in an eight-horse field.

    The Brett Cavanough-trainedLampedusa will start favourite despite a 60kg impost.

    “He goes good, he beat us at Leeton (in the Lilly Pilly Cup),but this horse (Calke Abbey) goes good too, don’t worry.”

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  • Veteran Scott Westcott inches closer to Olympic goal

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    WAITING GAME: Marathon runner Scott Westcott has qualified for the Rio Olympics and faces a nervous wait as other times roll in. Picture by JOSH CALLINANScott Westcott reckons he can go even quicker next year after clocking up an Olympic qualifier for the men’s marathon.

    The former Aberglasslyn resident is eyeing off a race in Japan in March and wants to improve upon the time that could see the 40-year-old make his Games debut in Rio.

    “I was pretty surprised that the race in Berlin felt so cruisey; it felt pretty easy until the last few kilometres,” Westcott said.

    “So I know that I’ve probably got a little more time in the body if Itrain smart.

    “I reckon I can go a little bit quicker around probably February or March in another marathon in Japan and just strengthen my position.”

    Westcott went two hours, 15 ­minutes and 30 seconds in Berlin just two days after celebrating his milestone birthday.

    It means the Commonwealth Games representative, who had retired from marathon running, is now one step closer to achieving his Olympic dream after falling fractionally short multiple times before.

    “I’ve dreamt about it for so long and it has been something that has felt missing from a part of my life that I have sunk so much time and effort into.

    “I identify strongly with being a runner and from the age of 16 I always though about running at an Olympics one day.

    “I think I’ve done the work, so it would be nice if the cards fell my way and I get a leg up and grab that spot.”

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  • Daniel Morgan to drive in harness season opener

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Daniel MorganState award winner Daniel Morgan will be among the drivers competing on home turf this weekend as Maitland Harness Racing Club kick starts their summer season.

    The 19-year-old from Louth Park, who picked up the NSW Country Junior Driver’s Encouragement prize in September, has three drives at Maitland Showground on Saturday night.

    Morgan will steer Dynamic Jack, Pearl Art and Dreaming Big around the familiar track in the 2015-2016 opener.

    He will be up against fellow local drivers Rodney Atkins, Polly Downing, Josh Osborn, Darren Elder, Shannon Harmey, Jason Proctor, Dale Spencer, Grace Grant, Laura Spencer, Michael Formosa, Jess Dart and father-daughter combination Jamie and Maddie Bond.

    Fields for the eight-race meeting were released on Wednesday, with at least nine runners in each.

    The opening six races are 2044 metres in distance but the program closes with a pair of mile (1646m) contests.

    All events are worth $5100 in prizemoney.

    The first jumps at 6.08pm.

    Maitland’s next meeting will be the first Sunday in December.

    This is followed by the Inter City Pace heats on December 27 and series final on January 2.

    Race 1

    1 Smooth Safari

    2 Lucky Ned pepper

    3 Generals Daughter

    4 Ball Boy

    5 Ablissfullgift

    6 Cobla Stuie

    7 Norman Charles

    8 Borninastorm

    9 Famousforeverannie

    Race 2

    1 Itsa History Maker

    2 My Late Best Mate

    3 Blissfull Leader

    4 Lively Nick

    5 Deucestar

    6 Joy Of Ruby

    7 Laser Major

    8 Harris Street

    9 Double Dee

    Race 3

    1 Rhiannon Shannon

    2 Bank Of Nova

    3 Electric Warrior

    4 Perfect Sign

    5 Most Exotic

    6 Mystery Montanna

    7 Bettor Move

    8 Thingimajig

    9 Nicks Legacy

    Race 4

    1 Shore To Success

    2 Our Expressive Art

    3 Persona

    4 Nics Best

    5 Heza Panamach

    6 Angelas Image

    7 Eltonromar

    8 Dynamic Jack

    9 Leading Lavros

    10 Mondo Seelster

    11 Stevie Wander (em 1)

    Race 5

    1 Pearl Art

    2 Cody Shannon

    3 Village Exhibit

    4 Theirishinme

    5 Christian Brother

    6 Falco

    7 Amazing Milly

    8 Pure Strength

    9 Son Of A Star

    Race 6

    1 Justice System

    2 Evils Afoot

    3 Jasper Dollar

    4 The Know It All

    5 A Good Ideal

    6 Longwoods

    7 Apollo Thirteen

    8 Star Of Darwinia

    9 Heza Smart

    10 Captain Rockey

    Race 7

    1 Pip Squeak

    2 Dreaming Big

    3 Magic Ivy

    4 Superstar Glowie

    5 Stormfront

    6 Fine Sparkle

    7 Shezabadsport

    8 A Day With Me

    9 Dream Shifter

    10 Puldera Nero

    Race 8

    1 Peter Lamb

    2 Western Cove

    3 Take The Cash

    4 Bold Kenny

    5 Ten One Ten

    6 Crowbar

    7 Anna Bay Al

    8 Golspie Again

    9 Passaic River

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  • Miss Foxy Lee steps up in distance

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Miss Foxy Lee wins the Future Stars seriesFuture Stars champion Miss Foxy Lee returns to Maitland Greyhound Club seven days after taking out the 2015 feature race.

    The unbeaten bitch will step up to the 450-metre distance for trainer Dean Swain at Maitland Showground on Thursday following her maiden ­success last week.

    She will contest the opening heat in the East Maitland Business Houses series, which also has the likes of Chevy Prince, Maja Mahi Mahi, Ultimate Magic, Carjack Arrest and Surfection going around.

    In the second heat, Chevy Prince will aim for three wins on the trot for Robert Howard after going within 0.04 seconds of the track record recently.

    Chevy Prince stopped the clock at 24.83s, which is just outside the mark shared by Big Tee Rex and Winsome Prince (24.79s).

    The main competition for Chevy Prince will come in the shape of Corey Lamb’s Maja Mahi Mahi and Anthony Azzopardi’s Ultimate Magic, which both won maidens at Maitland last start.

    Azzopardi has Asa Unbreakable in the third heat with Christine Proctor’s Carjack Arrest, shooting for four wins from five races, starting one inside next to the rails.

    Surfection and Multicam Ranger look the most likely in the fourth and final heat.

    The decider will take place at Maitland next Thursday.

    This week’s final will be the Lochinvar Pet Motel sprint series over 450m, with Sandave Prince (25.01s) and Magic Spring (25.30s) to go head-to-head for $1500.

    Also of note will be the opening fifth grade race over 565m, which will feature three runners from the Aberglasslyn kennels of Bradley Canty including $1.30 favourite No Donuts.

    Maitland Greyhound Club sponsorship and promotions manager Fred Robertson nominated Miss Foxy Lee (race four, number six) as his best bet of the day.

    First race jumps at 4.07pm.

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  • Dries has eyes only for Ocean Embers

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    RACES: Adam Hardie, Jarrod Fiddes and former Branxton boy Brent Dries watching their horse Ocean Embers at Moonee Valley in September.

    While most eyes will be on the $1million group 1 Oaks at Flemington on Thursday these three Hunter men will be looking elsewhere.

    Former Greta Branxton and East Maitland rugby league player Brent Dries leads an ownership syndicate in three-year-old filly Ocean Embers, which will contest the $200,000 group 3 Gucci Stakes over 1100 metres.

    This appearance extends the 2015 Melbourne Cup carnival experience of Dries, his father Warwick, Medowie’s Adam Hardie and Toronto’s James Fiddes, who will all be cheering home Ocean Embers in just her third career start.

    Dries knows it will be a tough ask for his inexperienced runner, but remains hopeful she can give a decent account.

    “It’s a very strong race tomorrow with a lot of group and listed winners,” Dries said.

    “But hopefully she gives a good account of herself.”

    Ocean Embers, trained in Victoria by Shae Eden, won first up in Bendigo over the same distance on September 4.

    Ocean Embers

    Three weeks later she finished fifth at Moonee Valley in group 3 company.

    Ocean Embers has drawn barrier 14 and the No.15 will carry 55 kilograms via jockey James Winks.

    She was paying $26 on Wednesday evening.

    “She is going really well and is way over the odds in this race,” Dries said.

    “She won her first by four lengths down at Bendigo and then went to Moonee Valley for a group 3, unfortunately got checked out but still managed fifth.

    “A few gear changes for tomorrow and we should see a much better effort from her.”

    Dries sought out Ocean Embers from ­trainer Eden, who bought the yearling for $23,000 at the annual Adelaide sales.

    “I chased her through Eden and bought a slice in her,” the 2012 Griffins captain-coach said.

    “I have been into breeding and picking bloodlines the past two or three years.

    “It’s really rewarding to not only have a half-decent runner, but to find one yourself adds that little bit extra.”

    Ocean Embers is by Benteau out of Burningwood.

    Race jumps at 2pm.

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  • Panthers pick Matt: Walder to coach QAFLpower Morningside

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    SUNRAYSIA sporting icon Matt Walder has been appointed senior coach of Queensland Australian Football League Club Morningside.

    Matt Walder.

    Walder, left, the only man to have won a league best and fairest in both the Sunraysia Cricket Association (for Merbein South) and the Sunraysia Football and Netball Leagues (for Merbein), returns to the club he won a premiership with in the colts back in 1988.

    He expressed his delight at being able to offer his service to one of the most iconic clubs in Queensland football.

    “The Panthers model works extremely well and is the envy of its competitors, my role is not to change but rather bring my experience and skills to further build on the fantastic legacy achieved by others,” he said.

    “I have no doubt through hard work we can achieve great things.”

    In a statement on the club’s Facebook page, the Morningside Football Club welcomed Walder to its ranks.

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  • Ultra marathon to debut at Walka Water Works

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Sally DraytonAn ultra marathon will be run in Maitland next year.

    The first event of its kind for the Hunter Region will take place at Walka Water Works on March 20.

    East Maitland-based race director Sally Drayton reckons the recent ­popularity of running in the area has demanded action.

    “It will be excellent to introduce this to Maitland and it’s absolutely stunning out there at Walka Water Works,” she said.

    “It will be the first event of this kind in the area and really it’s to support the runners.

    “It [running] has gone crazy in recent times, which is great because the more people running means the world is a happier place.”

    Drayton said the running endorphins would be put to the test across three distances at the 2016 Water Works Ultra Marathon.

    There will be 21, 50 and 100 kilometre options.

    They can all be contested solo.

    The 50 and 100km disciplines can feature teams of two and up to four respectively.

    It will be conducted on a looped course.

    This marks a point of difference to other ultra marathon events across the state and country, which can be run from start to finish and require participants to carry supplies on bush tracks.

    “There are quite a few ultra­marathon events around now, but not many are done on a looped course like this, probably only about five around the country,” Drayton said.

    “Not only does it mean less travel for locals, but you can leave your stuff in a runners’ area and not carry it.

    “Plus there is much less fear of being lost or running short of supplies and this type of course can also lead to quicker times than trails.”

    Drayton said the response from prospective participants and busi­nesses so far had been positive.

    “We have 30 registered already and about 60 or 70 on Facebook who said they are coming,” she said.

    “Massage, physios, nutritionists have come on board, as well as a local music academy to [make] it a real community event.”

    For more information or to register visit the Water Works Ultra Marathon website or Facebook page.

    *November 8 – Carcoar Cup Running Festival in Carcoar, NSW

    *November 13 – Endeavour Team Endurance Relay in South East Queensland

    *November 22 – Stromlo Running Festival in Stromlo, ACT

    *December 5- Spartan Race at Simonds Stadium, South Geelong, Victoria

    *December 11 – Coast to Kosci Ultramarathon in NSW

    *January 23 – Australia Day Ultra at Australind Foreshore, WA

    *February 6 – Cradle Mountain Run in Tasmania

    *March 12 – The Six Foot Track Marathon at Explorers Tree, Katoomba, NSW

    *March 19 – Razorback Run in Alpine National Park, Victoria

    *March 20 – Water Works Ultra Marathon in Maitland, NSW

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  • Suspicious blaze an early warning: Put out your campfires or risk an inferno

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    FIRE crewswere yesterday still on the scene of a suspicious bush fire that tore through public land near the Mildura Racecourse on Melbourne Cup evening, prompting a warning for campers to properly extinguish their campfires.

    Country Fire Authority (CFA) Mildura operations officer Ron Shiner said local crews responded to the fire, main picture, on Cowra Avenue, which spread fast between the racecourse and the river, about 10.40pm on Tuesday.

    He said the fire was well alight when they arrived but it was able to be contained quickly.

    Mr Shiner said while the cause or source of the fire was not yet known, it should serve as a reminder to campers to be vigilant about monitoring and extinguishing campfires with the summer months coming.

    “People that camp and make campfires need to make sure they’re doing the right thing,” he said.

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  • Dry spells ‘the future’

    Date: 2020.04.25 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Monday’s announcement by the state government could help alleviate farmers from across the state suffering under dry conditions.THIS won’t be the last dry season Tasmania’s farmers experience and industry and government need to work together to mitigate the risks.

    That’s according to Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive officer Peter Skillern who said Monday’s multi-million dollar announcement was a good step in the right direction.

    Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff on Monday announced the state government would provide $2.2 million to extend subsidies for new irrigation electricity connections, $44,000 for feed and fodder register and $30,000 to extend the Rural Alive and Well outreach program on King Island.

    Mr Skillern said his organisation was in very close contact with the state government in forming these initiatives.

    “We have taken it upon ourselves to brief the government on the season as it has unfolded and we will continue to do that as this season unfolds.”

    He said Monday’s announcement would benefit the entire agriculture industry.

    “We applaud the government on these initiatives because they need to be undertaken with this season.

    Mr Rockliff said the $2.2 million to extend the subsidy provided to farmers signing up to new irrigation electricity connections was great news for the state’s irrigators.

    “Under changes to national rules the charges for irrigation electricity connections were set to increase substantially from 2017,” he said.

    “However, the Tasmanian government’s continuation of the existing 75 per cent subsidy in up-front connection costs will mitigate this, with an additional $1.1 million to be made available each year for two years from 2017-18.”

    Mr Rockliff said this meant farmers could plan ahead and invest in on-farm irrigation and be confident the up-front connection costs would continue to be low.

    The second initiative Mr Rockliff announced was $44,000 for a feed and fodder register.

    The state government would be working with TFGA to establish this program.

    Mr Skillern said this would be important this year with the dry season making it difficult for farmers to conserve or store feed for their livestock during the summer months.

    Mr Skillern said the register would be online-based and enable landowners who have fodder to sell or buy fodder online.

    “Part of this grant is for us to look at methods to mitigate shortages to fodder,” he said.

    “In others words, what can we do as a state for the next dry spell which will inevitably happen.”

    He said examples of this could be a centralised storage area or alternative feed sources.

    Having access to stored fodder during emergency periods was an ever-increasing important thing for Tasmania’s farmers with drier seasons expected.

    “It’s unseasonably dry on the back of a particularly dry winter and dry autumn, there is virtually no sub-soil moisture and little soil moisture,” Mr Skillern said.

    “There are some parts of the state which haven’t seen decent rain for four or five months.”

    “If we don’t get rain soon, we are in for a very difficult season and arguably for some areas it’s too late already.”

    Mr Skillern said he had experienced this first hand, with grass on his own property failing to grow due to the lack of water.

    With dry seasons expected to continue into the future, Mr Skillern said it was the responsibility of the government and industry to mitigate challenges associated with dry seasons.

    He said industry could do a lot to alleviate the changing weather.

    “We can start preparing for these events – mitigation is the key element here,” he said.

    “You can’t avoid a dry season, but you can mitigate the effects through fodder and water conservation and storage management plans to deal with a dry year.”

    “The list just goes on, but this has to be done glove in hand with the government, and you are seeing this happen from Monday’s announcement.”

    DairyTas executive officer Mark Smith welcomed the announcement, saying the state’s dairy farmers were currently experiencing the driest start to spring after the coldest winter.

    “As far as feed supply goes, things are not good as we pass the seasonal peak for milk production,” he said.

    For the year to September, total milk production across the state was 2.6 per cent up on last year’s record with September 3.9 per cent up.

    Mr Smith said this would continue with October most likely to continue in the positive, however he said milk production would likely fall below 2014 levels, increasingly so if the dry season continued.

    DairyTas are working in conjunction with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and Dairy Australia to hold a series of farmer sessions around feed budgeting, irrigation management and dry season management.

    These will be held on November 9 at the Viney’s farm in Legerwood, November 11 at the Kelly’s farm in Sheffield, and November 19 at Brian and Margaret Nichols’ farm in Smithton.

    Farmers are encouraged to attend to discuss their options and planning for the season.

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