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Victorian trio’s careers on line

November 29th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

DAVID Hussey, Cameron White and Glenn Maxwell have all departed Sri Lanka with their reputations dented.
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The three Victorians played a part in Australia’s suspect middle-order, though in Hussey’s case it was an inglorious last-minute cameo. He was entitled to feel disgruntled at being left out of the side despite his wealth of Twenty20 experience, but didn’t make the selectors regret their call with his performance in the semi-final against the West Indies.

Chris Gayle was on the lash when Hussey bowled, returning figures of 0-22 from two overs, but to be bounced on a slow pitch by Ravi Rampaul, no one’s idea of a menacing fast bowler, was not a good look. Nor did an awkward misfield off Brad Hogg’s bowling help his cause.

Hussey has been a dangerous and successful limited-overs batsman for Australia, and he’s come back from selection setbacks before, but at the age of 35 his international future looks uncertain, at best.

Maxwell was encouraged to bat with the audaciousness that is his trademark, and captain George Bailey defended the shot that hastened Australia’s unravelling against Pakistan’s spinners in the last Super Eight game.

Still, he finished the event out of the team after an awful game that included dropping the batsman who mounted the match-winning partnership. There is plenty of time for the 23-year-old to come back, and no one doubt’s Maxwell’s talent or his unwavering self-belief, but a campaign that yielded eight runs in two innings and 1-53 in seven overs amounts to a reality check for the emerging all-rounder.

There are mitigating factors; the middle-order was sheltered for the first four games by the broad bat of Shane Watson and the big winning margins in those games left them short of exposure in pressure moments.

White presents the most perplexing case of the three Victorians. He batted Australia to victory against Ireland and South Africa with 21 not out and 22 not out, but on both occasions the top three had set a formidable platform. Still, this was not a triumphant return to Australian colours for the ex-captain.

Dropped after a dismal season in January, White fought his way back into the team through the Indian Premier League, but he couldn’t transfer that explosive form onto the international stage.

When the pressure was on in Colombo, against Pakistan and the West Indies, he made 12 and five. The 29-year-old has some further rebuilding to do if he is to get there.

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Guineas next: Pierro is hot favourite.GAI Waterhouse celebrated a group 1 double as a farewell to Sydney for the spring at the weekend, and believes she will repeat the dose with her stars Pierro and More Joyous at Caulfield on Saturday.
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Three-year-old Pierro is already in Melbourne and, following his Bill Stutt Stakes romp at Moonee Valley, is at short odds to add the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate over the next three weeks.

Waterhouse added to a treble at Randwick by winning the Gilgai Stakes with Hallowell Belle at Flemington. And the cavalry arrived in Melbourne yesterday in the form of More Joyous and Kabayan.

More Joyous will be out for successive Toorak Handicaps on Saturday and Waterhouse is unconcerned about a possible topweight of 60 kilograms.

”She is the best horse in the field and will carry a good horse’s weight and win,” Waterhouse said.

”She was on the float with Kabayan, who will run in the Norman Robinson in a couple of weeks. He can wait a week because I have the winner of the Guineas, Pierro. I only need the one.”

More Joyous will use the Toorak as a final tune-up for the Cox Plate showdown, for which she is a $7.50 second elect behind Pierro at $2.70.

Proisir will take Waterhouse’s Cox Plate team to three despite being beaten in the Spring Champion Stakes.

”I have no doubt he will run the 2040 metres and that’s the right race for him,” she said.

”He was completely and utterly disadvantaged by the way the race was run on Saturday and you will see a different horse in the Cox Plate.”

It was Tommy Berry’s and Waterhouse’s day at Randwick, where they combined for a treble, including the group 1s of the Epsom and Metropolitan.

Fat Al gave her a seventh Epsom to match her father Tommy Smith’s record. The four-year-old will head to the Emirates Stakes on the last day of Melbourne Cup week.

Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold rocketed to the top of betting for the Caulfield and Melbourne cups after his 3¾-length romp.

Glencadam Gold, unbeaten in four starts since coming to Australia, was given a 1.5 kilogram penalty for his win in the Newcastle Cup last month and is liable for another penalty for his dashing all-the-way win at the weekend.

Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter, who is in France for the Arc de Triomphe meeting (which was run overnight), will announce a penalty later in the week.

Glencadam Gold needs a penalty of at least 1 kilogram to be assured of a start in the Caulfield Cup on October 20, but he is likely to receive more than that.

”[But] I don’t think he is going to get Nash Rawiller’s [weight],” Waterhouse said.

”Tommy is going to get his chance to ride him again. He did a marvellous job on Saturday.” With ANDREW EDDY

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Williams shores up Plate ride on Pierro

November 29th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

JOCKEY Craig Williams has confirmed he will ride super colt Pierro in the Cox Plate if the unbeaten star continues on that path as expected after Saturday’s group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
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Regular rider Nash Rawiller partners Pierro this weekend, where he runs as the scorching-hot $1.35 favourite in the $1 million Guineas. But he must stand aside for the lighter Williams on Cox Plate day as the three-year-old carries just 49.5 kilograms when he tries to rewrite history.

It seemed a no-brainer for Williams to choose to ride Pierro in the $3 million Cox Plate, but he has to part ways with Green Moon to do so. He rode the import to a most impressive win on Saturday in the group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington, where Green Moon confirmed he was a genuine Cox Plate contender.

While the jockey who rode last year’s winners of the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate was shoring up his Cox Plate ride yesterday, Williams plans to confirm his position in both the Caulfield and Melbourne cups later tomorrow.

He will re-acquaint himself with Dunaden when the pair gallop at the quarantine centre at Werribee.

Dunaden had a small setback when in quarantine with a foot abscess but Williams expects to see the same fit and healthy French horse as when he partnered him to wins in last spring’s Geelong Cup and Hong Kong Vase.

Williams has also reaped the benefit of suspensions to Damien Oliver and Vlad Duric at Moonee Valley last Friday night.

On Saturday, he takes over from Oliver on Awesome Bro for Leon Corstens in the Caulfield Guineas and on Elite Elle in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes, while he picks up Duric’s mount Strike The Stars in the group 1 Toorak Handicap.

Meanwhile, owner Lloyd Williams is looking to strengthen his already strong hand in the three spring majors when he tries to qualify Excluded for a Caulfield Cup run via the group 2 Herbert Power Stakes on Saturday.

Williams, fresh from a winning treble at Flemington – including the quinella in the Turnbull Stakes – as well as a feature race winner in Sydney, already has import Seville down as his Caulfield Cup horse, but Excluded can win an exemption from the ballot for the race if he can win the 2400-metre race on Saturday.

Williams told RSN yesterday that he fancied the chances of an Australian victory in the Melbourne Cup this year as the French winners of the past two years, Americain and Dunaden, would carry hefty weights (58 kilograms). He also said he wasn’t overly impressed with co-Melbourne Cup favourite Mount Athos, who he could have bought last year.

”I’m not keen on Mount Athos. I don’t think he’s a champion,” Williams said.

Tommy Berry, the rider of the new Caulfield and Melbourne cups favourite, Glencadam Gold, yesterday put paid to the theory that the import might be exposed over the tricky anti-clockwise course in Saturday week’s Caulfield Cup.

”He’ll get around as good as he does in Sydney,” Berry said of Saturday’s Metropolitan winner. ”His last piece of work the Melbourne way, he got around better than he does when on his Sydney leg.”

As for the galloper’s ability to handle the 3200 metres of the Melbourne Cup, Berry was just as upbeat. ”He’ll relish it.”

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Threat to TV racing rights

November 29th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

THE future of a multimillion-dollar deal for the TV racing rights in New South Wales is being stalled by infighting over who should sit on the board of broadcaster TVN.
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The TVN board has been in caretaker mode for more than three months and remains at a stalemate as powerbrokers in NSW and Victoria attempt to gain control of the pay-TV racing broadcaster.

The new board needs to be in place before a chief executive can be appointed to replace Peter Sweeney, who will leave this month. More importantly, the deal that will secure the broadcaster’s future, cannot be finalised until then.

TVN owns the rights to screen metropolitan racing in Sydney and all meetings in Victoria. It also has a heads of agreement with Racing NSW to broadcast NSW provincial and country racing from 2013, which is expected to add more than $100 million to the value of the company.

Attempts to appoint a new board have hit several obstacles. It is believed Victoria Racing Club chairman Michael Burn and Melbourne Racing Club counterpart Michael Symons have both been put forward by their clubs.

But The Age understands there is opposition to them in some quarters because they previously held consultancy contracts with the broadcaster.

It is understood Burn and Symons both charged TVN $15,000 a month for work on a failed attempt to take over Sky Channel and to secure the continuation of the television rights for Sydney metropolitan racing with the Australian Turf Club in 2011.

Supporters of Burn and Symons argue that they are among the most qualified investment bankers in the country, working for Macquarie Bank and Canterbury Partners respectively, and that the consultancy was done at less than market rates.

The consultancy contracts were identified while Racing NSW was carrying out due diligence on TVN.

Sources have told The Age that another contract delivered a monthly payment of $30,000 to a consultant involved in the network’s foundation, a payment that has stood since TVN was established in 2006.

That ongoing payment has been stopped. It was one of the reasons Sweeney lost the support of the stakeholders in TVN.

The new board will have eight members, two each from the ATC and Racing NSW and one each from Racing Victoria, the VRC, MRC and Moonee Valley Racing Club.

The ATC owns 50 per cent of TVN and has asked Racing NSW, as the state’s racing regulator, to join the board to represent provincial and country clubs in NSW. ATC chief executive Darren Pearce, ATC board member Laurie Macri and Racing NSW boss Peter V’landys are set to be three of the NSW representatives on the board.

The other half of the company is owned by the MRC, VRC, MVRC and Country Racing Victoria.

The three metropolitan clubs will each hold a seat on the board, while CRV interests will be looked after by another RVL representative as the regulatory authority in the state.

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