Merewether all-rounder Pat Darwen showed why he was considered the best signing of last summer in Newcastle district cricket when he scored a run-a-ball 101 against University on Saturday.
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The entertaining innings took the Lions to a strong position of 7-300 before bad light cut the day’s play five overs short at University No1 Oval.

Sea Dragons captain Josh Emerton sent the Lions in on a slow wicket and with a short square-of-the-wicket boundary.

Darwen strode to the crease with a licence to play his shots after the top three of David Celep (40), Jono Dunn (47) and captain Simon Moore (46) built a strong platform.

The former Bankstown batsman dispatched his first two balls to the boundary and continued in that vein as he smashed 11 fours and two sixes in his third century for the Lions.

At the start of last summer Darwen captured the headlines due to his stint with the Australian under-19 team in 2005.

That hype has since moved to former NSW fast bowler Mark Cameron, who has also joined the Lions.

‘‘Coming to a new club, the first half of the season is about finding your feet, but now I can relax into it. It’s great having Scud [Cameron] to take the pressure off me,’’ Darwen said.

The NSW Country representative made two centuries last season against Wallsend, including 113 in the two-day final.

Merewether won the premiership trifecta last season and their dominant display against Uni’s strong bowling arsenal sent a warning to their rivals.

‘‘We’ve all made a really conscious effort to step up our game because we know everyone is going to be hunting for us this year, considering we won everything last year,’’ Darwen said.

‘‘We need to be a better side than last year to win it again.

‘‘The boys have stepped up to that challenge so far, so it’s really fantastic.’’

Former Wallsend batsman Joe Clarke (62) continued his fine form since switching to Stockton-Raymond Terrace by guiding the Seagulls to first-innings points against Western Suburbs (99) at Lynn Oval.

Stockton were dismissed for 124 in 46 overs with Wests’ Todd Griffith taking 5-16 off eight overs.

Clarke came to the crease at 4-44 and formed a 75-run partnership with Michael Ridgewell (21).

It followed Clarke’s 49 on debut for Stockton against University last week.

The Rosellas were cruising to a first-innings lead at 2-62 before Stockton’s Ben West (4-24) and captain Nick Foster (3-45) destroyed the Wests’ batting order.

At stumps, the Seagulls were 0-10 in their second innings.

Wallsend appear set to claim first-innings points at Kahibah Oval with Charlestown reeling at 8-112 in reply to the Tigers’ 156.

Tigers skipper Brett Jackson (46) again led from the front. Jackson was dismissed at 9-112, but a late flourish of 34 from wicketkeeper Josh Forsyth could be decisive.

Only Jed Dickson (39) made a start for the Magpies as Wallsend openers Matthew Wicks (3-23) and Dan McGovern (3-31) did the damage.

Hamilton-Wickham’s Ben Balcomb (56) top-scored in only his second first-grade match in a total of 9-297 (dec) against Toronto at Ron Hill Oval.

The Kookaburras are 0-49 in reply.

Newcastle City are well placed to take first-innings points over Waratah-Mayfield. City will resume at 2-91 on Saturday in reply to the Tahs’ 117.

City opener Dylan Hunter starred with 62.

Marcus Hainsworth and Mark Jones both made half-centuries in Belmont’s 234 against Cardiff-Boolaroo (1-24) at Cardiff Oval.

Stockton wicketkeeper Jeff Goninan reacts after Wests batsman Anthony Hobson is run out. Picture: Peter Stoop

You usually hear them before you see them. They have an aversion to showering and shaving, are excessively opinionated and opposed to everything that doesn’t comply with their leftist world view.
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They also have a preference for chaining themselves to heavy objects when they don’t get their way.

We are talking about activists, or attention-seeking pests who use up valuable public resources when the time comes to arrest or rescue them.

Let’s not mention the disproportionate amount of media attention they attract and their ability to unfairly hold multimillion-dollar investments to ransom.

As the Newcastle Herald’s environment reporter I get to interact with these characters more than most.

The battle of Laman Street, coal seam gas exploration and the expansion of coalmining and related industries have contributed to a busy couple of years for Hunter’s protest industry.

If you are a conservative-leaning, pro-development type you should probably stop reading now because I believe there is another perspective worth considering.

Fact: trespass, interfering with commercial production and disobeying police directions are criminal offences and liable to be punished by our courts.

But haven’t some of our country’s most important and progressive social changes also been the direct result of intense protest and activism?

Women’s suffrage, the Aboriginal right to vote and the abolition of the death penalty would probably still be pipedreams if ordinary punters hadn’t stood up to powerful and entrenched institutions.

History tends to focus on the end result of these campaigns.

What is not so well documented is many were started by a handful of fired-up individuals whose persistence broke through complacency and ridicule.

Maybe that’s why multimillion-dollar companies, which are otherwise immune to criticism, are so sensitive and keen to target pesky activist types.

In recent months we have seen the Hunter’s direct action group, Rising Tide, linked to ordinary citizens concerned about the impact of industrial development on their communities.

The first instance followed a community meeting in Mayfield in August to discuss the potential impact of the proposed fourth coal terminal on air quality.

The meeting was hosted by the Coal Terminal Action Group, whose membership includes some experienced environmental campaigners and activists.

Of the 80 people at the meeting I counted about 20 who I would consider to be activists. Three were members of Rising Tide.

It was enough to worry the big boys at Port Waratah Coal Services, who insist there is wide support for their $5 billion project.

‘‘A lot of the [Coal Terminal Action Group’s] members – for example Rising Tide – are ideologically opposed to coal and have histories of campaigning against anything to do with coal,’’ a media release declared.

Later that month Dart Energy, which is behind a proposed coal seam gas exploration project at Fullerton Cove, also resorted to the activist card.

‘‘Whilst we recognise that local residents might want to express their concerns peacefully, it was clear professional activists, from the Lock the Gate, Rising Tide and Greens groups from outside the area were behind the extended illegal blockading of the site,’’ the company asserted.

What wasn’t mentioned was that most of the blockade’s participants were non-political residents concerned about the impact of coal seam gas. I saw one Rising Tide member during the nine-day blockade.

The right to public protest, forcefully at times, is one of the founding pillars of our democracy.

But let’s not confuse someone who risks getting munched into a thousand bits because they have chained themselves to the top of a coal loader, with someone who pickets a coal seam gas site or a public street to stop the removal of some much loved trees.

In the end both have chosen to act because they are concerned about their community. It’s just that one chooses to break the law, spend someone else’s money and risk life and limb to make their point.

Unfortunately democracy isn’t perfect but it’s still the best option.

Recently Newcastle City Council staff developed four organisational values which will guide our behaviour at work.
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We believe in co-operation, respect, excellence and well-being. We are focusing on working together as an organisation, helping and supporting each other to do the best we can, respecting diverse views and opinions and acting with integrity.

It is solid values such as these that drive many members of our community to generously contribute to the welfare and well-being of others, often without recognition or reward.

The City of Newcastle stages two events each year which seek to reward outstanding contributions made by an individual and by groups to our community and city.

These accolades are known as the community awards and Australia Day awards and recognise outstanding effort and achievement towards advancing values like a fair go, democracy, integrity, diversity, participation, endeavour and service.

They acknowledge the leadership provided by ordinary people doing extraordinary things, or the ordinary things people do extraordinarily well.

The community awards recognise outstanding effort and achievement by Newcastle individuals or community groups.

There are three levels of awards including the Freeman of the City, the City of Newcastle Medal and the Service Award.

The most prestigious is Freeman of the City. It goes to an individual who has provided the highest level of service to Newcastle, Australia or humanity. Historically the Freeman of the City award has been given rarely. The award dates back to ancient times, when an exceptional person was recognised and given privileges that extended beyond the law. That is, they were given the ‘‘run of the city’’ and hero status.

The Australia Day awards recognise achievement in the fields of arts, sport, the environment, community service, career, or sustainable development.

The Citizen of the Year is presented to the individual judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to Newcastle in any field. The Young Citizen is presented to the individual under the age of 27 who has made the most outstanding contribution.

The Community Group of the Year is presented to the cultural, social, educational, environmental or sporting group which has made a significant contribution to the community as a whole or to a specific community.

The program aims to celebrate community spirit, raise awareness of the many contributions people make individually and together, and recognise ambassadorship.

The awards honour those people or groups whose contributions have made them role models for other Novocastrians.

If you know someone who deserves to be acknowledged go to or phone 49742841 for a nomination form.

Phil Pearce is Newcastle City Council’s general manager.

Follow-up is a big word for journalists. We like to report on the after-effects, the tale behind the big headlines.
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So I’m tipping my hat to colleague Fran Thompson, who recently highlighted a 121-year-old follow-up: the campaign The Newcastle Morning Herald began in 1891 succeeded in winning decent housing for the harbour’s pilot boatmen. Boatmen’s Row, you owe us.

Inspired by this and other examples (what if Joanne McCarthy had left it at just one local story about paedophile priests, eh?), I’m using this, my final column for the Newcastle Herald, to do a bit of catch-up of my own.

So, catch-up number one: all the puppies grew up healthy (that’s from my first story in 1975, about a dachshund that had delivered more pups than she had nipples for).

Closer to today, I can’t go out leaving my three end-of-year topics hanging, so here’s the latest.

Word of the Year, 2012: Sadly, it’s a bit early for the big guys. The people who began the WoTY quest, the American Dialect Society, won’t publish their decision until February 2013, and our own Macquarie Dictionary rarely comes good until January.

Other candidates don’t show until early December, when the crunch comes between the online dictionaries, which judge by hits on their particular site, and the statisticians, who rely on the number of times a word is fed into a search engine. So you’ll have to keep an eye out for those.

But at least I can offer a couple that were too late for last year’s column. Japan has spent 2012 celebrating “bond” – in the familial, not the financial, sense – and Germany’s choice was “stresstest”, which basically means what you think it means, but applied to banks’ financial strength.

While we’re on the subject of what you think it means, the Germans’ official borrowed WoTY was “shitstorm”, which, according to the academics who chose it, “fills a gap in the German vocabulary that has become apparent through changes in the culture of public debate”.

Why, exactly, there was such a gap is probably the most interesting part of this choice. Possibly Germans used to be more restrained than the rest of us in their discussion of public issues. Or maybe they’ve suddenly begun turning into Australians. Sorry, but I’ll have to hand this one on.

Conspiracy Theory of the Year: The American elections have brought us a beautiful late starter: Barack Obama is the bastard child of 1950s black activist and Communist Frank Marshall Davis.

This, apparently, proves that Obama is a Communist too because he got it through his DNA, and is therefore devoted to the overthrow of All That We Hold Dear. (It would also make him doubly an American citizen, but that doesn’t seem to rate a mention.)

However, first place must still go to the UN Agenda 21 theory, because that’s affecting the real world.

As I mentioned in an earlier column, Agenda 21 is a non-binding agreement from the 1992 Earth Summit, full of environmental idealism. But it’s been taken by some of the odder US pollies as a threat to national sovereignty. So they’ve been refusing funds for bicycle paths (after all, they’re approved of in the Agenda) and even for projects that encourage that dangerous aim “sustainability”.

Where, as granma used to quaver, will it all end? Well, let’s check out my third pet topic, the cyberspace crystal ball.

Internet psychic predictions for 2013: The Mayan calendar/Book of Revelations “World will end on December 21, 2012” forecasts seem to have died down completely, all morphing into “world will become different spiritually” then.

At least the industry can now feel more consistent about making any predictions at all for 2013.

They’re also consistent about predicting a win for Barack Obama in the US Presidential elections, though some seem to equate that with Armageddon.

Psychic research did lead me to an interesting Twitter detail: one Kevin Rudd MP follows New York medium Jesse Bravo.

Somehow I suspect that someone’s been pranking Our Kev. Maybe I should predict a Twitch-hunt.

The psychics are unanimous that the climate will be worse, a point on which they align with solid science. Among all the cyclones, tsunamis, bushfires and earthquakes, though, there’s a cute little bit of advice that in 2013, part of a developed nation will simply disappear. Not sink, or be swallowed up or blown away; just disappear.

If Tasmania goes missing, you heard it here first.

Fare thee well, netizens – Cheryl.

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THE Reserve Bank governor, Glenn Stevens, is expected to serve out his term – due to end in September next year – despite British reports at the weekend that the central bank boss has been approached to take the top job at the Bank of England.
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One of the world’s top central bankers, Mr Stevens was reportedly among the contenders to become the next governor of the Bank of England to replace the present governor, Mervyn King, London’s The Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources.

However, it is understood Mr Stevens has not been approached by British officials, despite the news report saying informal discussions had taken place.

Mr Stevens has been at his post since September 2006 and is believed to be planning to serve out his full seven-year term, which expires on September 17, 2013.

A Reserve Bank spokesman declined to comment on the news report or on Mr Stevens’s tenure.

Mr Stevens is scheduled to appear before a parliamentary committee this morning in Canberra.

It is highly unusual for a foreign citizen to head the central bank of another country. An exception in recent years has been the American Stanley Fischer, who is the head of Israel’s central bank. To take the top job in 2005, Professor Fischer had to become an Israeli citizen and renounce his US citizenship.

Earlier this year, Canada’s central bank chief, Mark Carney, was also reportedly approached for the Bank of England role.

The Bank of England governor will soon become Britain’s most powerful public servant, assuming responsibility for not just monetary policy, but also monitoring of banks and prevention of financial crises.

It will be the new governor’s job to lead the bank through reforms to the British regulatory system, ”including the transfer of new responsibilities that will see the bank take the lead in safeguarding the stability of the UK financial system”, the government’s advertisement says.

The successful candidate must also demonstrate that he or she can ”lead, influence and manage the change in the bank’s responsibilities, inspiring confidence and credibility both within the bank and throughout financial markets”.

Tomorrow the full list of applicants for the role will be seen by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and a decision is expected to be announced by the end of this year. The role will pay £302,000 ($478,000) a year.

The list of reported favourites to succeed Mr King includes the Bank of England’s deputy governor, Paul Tucker; the chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Adair Turner; the chairman of the Independent Commission on Banking, John Vickers; and the former head of the British civil service, Gus O’Donnell.

Sir Mervyn King will have been head of the bank for more than 11 years when he steps down in June.

Mr Stevens, who has helped steer Australia through the global financial crisis, was last month voted one of the world’s best central bankers by Global Finance magazine.

He will have been in the role for seven years, which is the average length of the modern governor’s term. It is the job of Australia’s federal treasurer to appoint the Reserve Bank governor.

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How old is too old to sob like a little girl at E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial? Not 40, apparently.
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The Steven Spielberg film that would become a 1980s pop-culture phenomenon is coming out on Blu-Ray for the first time on Tuesday – 30 years, four Academy Awards and nearly $US800 million ($A785 million) after its theatrical release. To commemorate this, theatres across the country recently showed a digitally re-mastered version of the film for one night only.

Being a total geek for E.T., I jumped at the chance to see it again in a theatre. And yes, I dug up my old red hoodie and bought some Reese’s Pieces for the occasion.

Having worked as a film critic for a while now – and with a child of my own – I wanted to find out whether the movie would still have the same emotional impact on me as it did when I was a kid. I wondered whether I looked back fondly at it as a piece of nostalgia, or if the film itself truly was as original, well-made and heart-tugging as I remembered.

Thinking about the movies I watched repeatedly growing up – The Wizard of Oz, The Karate Kid, The Breakfast Club – it’s always E.T. that stirs something deeply within me. I recall experiencing an aching sense of longing when 10-year-old Elliott (Henry Thomas) says goodbye to the best friend he’d ever had – this impish, inquisitive alien from far away – knowing he’d never see him again. I wanted to see whether I’d feel that again – and I was far from alone. My theatre was packed with viewers of every type. Some came in groups while others sneaked in alone in the dark; still others brought their own children to share this movie they loved.

Once the film began, I realised pretty quickly that it wasn’t a question of whether I’d cry, but rather how many times. The answer is four:

■ When the spaceship takes off and E.T.’s heart light goes out at the sad realisation that he’s been left behind on this strange planet. Alone. In the San Fernando Valley.

■ The first time E.T. makes Elliott’s bicycle fly across the sky, with John Williams’ iconic score soaring in the background; people in my audience erupted into spontaneous applause.

■ When E.T. is dying. We all know E.T. doesn’t die, but it reduces me to a puddle every time.

■ Finally, when E.T. says goodbye to everyone, waddles aboard his spaceship and flies away. Tears just streaming down my face. No shame.

Seeing E.T. again also made me notice things about it from a professional standpoint that I hadn’t before; like the fact that most of the film is shot from either Elliott’s or E.T.’s perspective, or from their eye level. The only adult’s face we see for about 80 minutes is that of Elliott’s mum (Dee Wallace); other grown-ups are faceless or shrouded in darkness. Elliott’s science teacher is just a torso and a voice, while Peter Coyote’s character, who eventually reveals himself to be a sympathetic, kindred spirit, for a long time is little more than jangling keys on the waistband of a pair of jeans.

Fundamentally, though, there’s a great authenticity to the kids in E.T. that makes it so universal, and that comes from the honesty and purity of Melissa Mathison’s script. There is zero irony here; they wholeheartedly goof on each other. They don’t have mobile phones. They’re not overscheduled.

Elliott, his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) and younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore, displaying impeccable comic timing at age 6) truly believe in this creature. It makes absolute sense to them that he’d show up and be their friend. Why shouldn’t he be able to cobble together a phone using a Speak and Spell, a coat hanger, a record player and a fork? This was the childlike wonder of early Spielberg. This was the optimism of the decade. Anything seemed possible.

E.T. similarly looks very of-its-time technically – and that includes some forgivably cheesy green screen during the flying scenes. As in Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, the effects have a quaint tangibility. Today, E.T. would be rendered with CGI or performance capture. It would probably be in 3D.

Thomas himself told me recently that only now, at 41 with three kids of his own, can he finally appreciate the film’s enduring nature.

“It’s my great hope that the message of compassion and friendship, and that kind of being a universal thing that crosses all boundaries – that, to me, is the great thing about the film and the reason it’s stuck with audiences for so long.”


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Sisters moved from father’s house

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Family members in Italy involved in the international custody dispute.FOUR sisters at the centre of an international custody dispute are together in Italy but away from their father’s property after two of them tried to escape from his home.
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Just a day after being taken to their father’s villa on the outskirts of Florence, the two older girls ran to the front gates when they saw media camped outside and pleaded for reporters to help them return to Australia.

The eldest girl was taken back inside by her father, while her sister clung to the gate as her grandmother urged her to return inside. She held onto the gate for an hour, during which local police and social workers arrived.

The Australian Family Court ordered the four sisters, aged between nine and 15, be deported after their mother brought them to Australia for a holiday in 2010 and they never returned.

As the girl clung to the gate during the standoff, which played out late on Saturday night Australian time, her father became involved in a scuffle with the media.

The Age has been sent photographs from a supporter of the father, one showing a man’s thumb bandaged and another showing a graze on his shin.

A post on a Facebook page claimed the father was ”attacked” by the media and that their presence had been ”particularly invasive”.

”The father and the family understand that it will require patience to re-establish the harmony the girls once experienced in Italy, and reverse the painful stresses they have endured in the last two years,” the post said.

The girl eventually agreed to return to the house but it is understood she and her older sister were moved to their uncle’s home.

Channel Nine reporter Sophie Walsh, who was outside the father’s home, said the four girls were reunited at their uncle’s home as a compromise. ”The two eldest girls are now with the two younger girls. They’re at a property about 15 minutes away,” Ms Walsh told The Age last night.

”I think it’s come out as a result of the mediation talks. One thing the girls were really upset about was the fact they had been separated. One of the sisters said to me that they were separated because their dad thought the older girls would influence the younger girls.”

The girls’ maternal grandmother said yesterday she had contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade while her grand-daughter was at the gates, but was told consular officials could not intervene in court proceedings or private legal matters.

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Toothless Tigers crumble

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WHEN the going got tough, the Melbourne Tigers fell away in their opening match against the Adelaide 36ers in Adelaide yesterday.
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The Tigers went in as underdogs and were just three points down at half-time, but their good form disappeared in the second half as the home side pulled away to notch an 84-61 win.

The Tigers’ offence went up in smoke in the third term and soon after their defence went with it as the 36ers doubled the Tigers’ points, 40-20, in the second half.

Tigers coach Chris Anstey said his side had some soul-searching to do.

”We reverted back to old habits when it got hard,” he said after the game.

”We didn’t compete, we dropped our heads and let the game get away from us.”

Tigers recruit Chris Goulding and former Gold Coast Blaze teammate Anthony Petrie, now with Adelaide, were ejected from the game after the pair scuffled with 37 seconds left in the third term.

While some could call that clash the turning point in the match, the 36ers had already bounced out to a 10-point lead and looked well on their way to victory.

Anstey said Goulding had to show more restraint while his teammates needed to put together a more cohesive performance.

”I think they were just discussing who was owed more money by the Gold Coast and I don’t think they agreed,” he joked.

”I couldn’t see it all, so I will be interested to see it on tape. But you need to be more controlled and level-headed.

”Even if someone punches you in the face, you need to walk away. Once again, it’s us being too reactive and not proactive.”

The referees had not reported either Goulding or Petrie as of yesterday, but have 24 hours to lodge any further action, a move that looks unlikely.

For Adelaide, former Tigers centre Daniel Johnson and teammate and 36ers guard Stephen Weigh were the high scorers with 21 points each, while Petrie notched 13 points and Adam Gibson 12.

The Tigers’ 208-centimetre import forward, Seth Scott, had 17 points and six rebounds to lead his side, while Kevin Braswell and Lucas Walker both scored 11 points.

Walker suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the final term and did not return. Anstey said X-rays would be taken in Melbourne today.

”They got his shoulder back in and we hope there is no bone damage because we need him,” he said.

The Tigers will next visit the Sydney Kings in Sydney on Friday.

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With overseas raiders dominating the order of entry and betting for the Melbourne Cup, Australia could certainly do with a home grown standard-bearer – even if he is a recovered crock who has battled against debilitating ailments to find his way back to the track.
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The Team Hawkes trained Maluckyday might not have won the listed Bart Cummings over 2500 metres at headquarters on Saturday – the glory and the $72,000 first prize went to the $3.60 favourite Tanby, himself a handy and progressive stayer from the Lloyd Williams camp who could, depending on what happens, be one of the leading local contenders for a big race himself over the next few weeks.

But, if Maluckyday can stay sound and continue to improve, the six-year-old son of Zabeel might just end up becoming  the prime hope of the home side come the first Tuesday in November.

Maluckyday looked to have the world at his feet two years ago when he rapidly moved through the grades to win the Lexus on the Saturday before the Cup to force his way into the field for the centenary edition of the great race, eventually running second to French star Americain, with legendary galloper So You Think in third.

But a series of illness and injuries, including pneumonia, kept the Nick Moraitis owned galloper off the track for over a year, making many doubt that he would ever be able to return and fulfil the promise he had shown as a four year old.

But Wayne Hawkes, who oversees the Flemington operation of the stable he runs with his father John and brother Michael, never lost the faith and belief that the horse could come back.

Two promising runs at his first two starts after that 12 month absence suggested his confidence was not misplaced. The horse was able to finish within 6.5 lengths of Sincero in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes over an unsuitable 1400 metre trip at Caulfield on his reappearance, and then finished a similar distance behind well fancied Cox Plate candidate Ocean Park over 1800 metres at the same venue in the Group One Underwood Stakes a fortnight ago.

Back to a much more suitable distance in the Bart Cummings, Maluckyday showed that he was on the way back.

In rear  for most of the race, the $5 chance worked home strongly under Dwayne Dunn from seventh position at the 400 to finish a length down on the Damien Oliver ridden winner with the game and improving staying mare from the Pat Carey yard, Dame Claire, a head back in third spot at $8. Maluckyday was trying to concede 3.5 kilograms to the winner, and five to the third.

Hawkes was enthusiastic and not a little emotional after the run by the horse he declared the best he had thrown a saddle over in the relatively short five years that he has been a trainer in his own right.

“I am really happy with him, it was a great effort. Here in about four and a half weeks time (Cup Day) is when I want him at his top.

I am not sure where he goes next. We have not made any concrete plans with him. He was probably a bit unlucky not to have won from where he was. He had pneumonia which kept him off the tracks so long.  He looks super in the coat so that’s telling you that he feels good inside, but you never really know until they win. He all but should have won; it was as close as you get to winning without winning.

“It’s all right to be out the back and running nice sectionals, because plenty of horses do that week in and week out, but to get your head past the post first is another effort. I have been training only about five years, but he’s the best horse I have ever put a saddle over by a hundred yards.

Nick Williams was, not surprisingly, upbeat about his galloper’s prospects over the next six weeks as Tanby is just another in a flotilla of cup chances ready to do duty for the Williams stable.

“We have always had a big opinion of this horse.  He’s come through the grades well. We knew he wasn’t ready at Moonee Valley, he was a little above his race weight. He’s done a bit more work, that race brought him on and I think it was a pretty soft win in the end. He didn’t have the best run in transit, but he put paid to them very easily. It’s either the Caulfield Cup or the Moonee Valley Cup, we will have to wait and see how he pulls up.

“The Melbourne Cup is still a month away, anything can go wrong. We were going pretty well at this point last year. With these stayers its not like sprinters, you have got to put so many miles into their legs, it’s so easy for something to go wrong.”

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Bathurst 1000 podium celebrations

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WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka. WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.
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WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

WINNERS: A podium finish for Whincup, Dumbrell, Reynolds, Canto, Lowndes and Luff. Photo: Zenio Lapka.

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