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Corey Brown taking trip down memory lane with Coolmore Classic favourite Ghisoni

Jockey James McDonald rides Ghisoni to win race 5, The Coolmore Surround Stakes, during Sydney racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛 Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
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An untimely outbreak of the strangles virus has robbed Corey Brown of a chance to wind the clock back on the world’s richest race night in Dubai, but the Singapore-based expatriate will still take a trip down memory lane at Rosehill on Saturday.

Currently topping standings in the Singapore premiership race, Brown was in line to shadow three horses – including super sprinter Spalato and Derby-Gold Cup hero Quechua – to racing’s most lucrative carnival later this month before the strangles disease forced a lockdown on horses leaving the Asian nation.

Instead Brown’s March will be filled with a couple of return trips to Sydney for group 1 days, starting with the ride on Godolphin’s unbeaten filly Ghisoni as favourite for the Coolmore Classic, the race in which Brown chalked up his first major on Camino Rose in 1999.

“Hopefully it’s a bit of an omen,” Brown said. “It’s pretty disappointing [not being able to ride in Dubai]. I went there the first year Meydan was open and the weekend before the World Cup meeting was on I competed in the Jockey Challenge and then I went back on World Cup night for three rides.

“I’m more than willing to come home leaving on a Friday night and getting back home to ride on a Sunday. For mine this is the first time I’m heading home with a very good chance in a group 1 race.

“It hasn’t been by design to come home just for the super chances, it’s more being out of sight and there’s a lot of young kids in Australia. I’m always available if selected so to speak, but I think it’s been a little bit more out of sight out of mind.”

But his ability to ride at Ghisoni’s feather weight of 50kg was more than enough for trainer John O’Shea to seek out the services of Brown, who is mulling a permanent return to Australia at the end of the year.

The Melbourne Cup winner has improved his ability to ride light in the humid Singapore climate and was taken aback with the comments of Godolphin’s retained rider James McDonald after Ghisoni’s last win.

“I’ve watched her replays and obviously she’s been fairly impressive,” Brown said. “I was really happy with James’ post-race interview and that was what got me over the line as far as coming to ride the horse. When they rang and said could I ride that weight … listening to James and watching her last win, he was very impressed with her.

“I obviously spoke to [Godolphin assistant trainer] Darren Beadman for a while and he gave me a rundown on her and they’re also super excited about her so I was thankful to get the call.

“My weight’s really good. I’m not saying I’m there yet, but I have ridden 50 [kilograms] in the Gold Cup which was over 12 months ago. I haven’t got far to go now, but I’ve just been running – no saunas – and watching what I’ve been eating.”

An appetite to ride regular trackwork – something that Brown confesses wasn’t one of his strong points in Australia – has also helped open up a number of rides at light imposts.

“Don’t take this the wrong way, but I reckon I’ve ridden more [trackwork] over here in three years than I have in my whole career in Australia,” Brown said.

“I’ll ride a minimum of five – sometimes six – days a week and that would be five horses a morning and sometimes up to eight if you’ve got a busy weekend ahead of you. From what it was before I left home [the weight] is much better and easier to control here.”

Ghisoni was a solid $4.50 favourite with Ladbrokes on Thursday for the Coolmore Classic with Guy Walter Stakes heroine Solicit, gunning for a maiden group 1, joining Melbourne mare Azkadellia on the second line of betting at $5.50.

Brown’s Rosehill book will also include Kris Lees’ Twist Tops in the Magic Night Stakes and Craftiness in the Maurice McCarten Stakes.

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Tom Staniforth restarts his ACT Brumbies career 700 days after his Super Rugby debut

Tom Staniforth will play his first Super Rugby game in 700 days when the Brumbies play the Western Force. Photo: Rohan Thomson Tom Staniforth before his Super Rugby debut in 2014. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
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Staniforth playing for Canberra Grammar in 2012. Photo: Melissa Adams

Recalled ACT Brumbies second-rower Tom Staniforth says his belief and confidence never wavered in a 700 day wait between his Super Rugby debut and his next game.

But the Canberra junior admits he feels like he’s starting all over again after forcing his way on to the Brumbies bench for their clash against the Western Force on Friday night.

Staniforth played his first game for the Brumbies almost two years ago and has been fighting for his second cap since helping the team beat the Queensland Reds in 2014.

The long journey and painful waiting has done little to dampen his enthusiasm as he sets out on a mission to play as many games as he can in the final year of his contract.

“It did cross my mind whether or not I’d get another go, but I was always pretty positive with it. I had to train hard and put my best foot forward,” Staniforth said.

“I am starting again, but I feel a lot fitter, stronger and a lot more ready. Two years ago I thought I was ready but now I know that I am.

“Super Rugby can change a lot in two years. But I feel like I’ve done the work. I’m not too nervous, I’ve trained for such a long time now and played in trials. I feel ready and very, very excited to get out there.”

Staniforth is one of three changes to the Brumbies side for the round-three match in Perth.

He joins the bench, with Jarrad Butler moving into the starting side to replace Ita Vaea at No. 8 and Rory Arnold returning to lock after Blake Enever injured his shoulder.

Staniforth will also join the Brumbies on their two-game tour of South Africa, with coach Stephen Larkham to finalise the rest of his travelling party after the Force game.

Staniforth was collecting glasses in pubs around Canberra for work the last time he played for the Brumbies as a 19-year-old.

Now 21, he is nearing the end of his first professional contract and hopes to use his game time to impress and win a new deal.

The Canberra Grammar graduate has transformed his body since joining the Brumbies program on a temporary contract in 2014 before being upgraded, stacking on almost 10 kilograms since leaving school to match it with men.

The 113 kilogram second-rower helped lead Royals to a Canberra John I Dent Cup premiership and the former Australian under-20s vice-captain says his inner mongrel is driving him to perform at the top.

“[Larkham] has shown in the first couple of rounds he’s willing to give guys an opportunity and you’ve got to take that when it comes your way,” Staniforth said.

“You sort of get those debut feelings again but I’ve done all the work and I’ve had a good pre-season.

“I grew up idolising the Brumbies so to be on tour makes it very real. It’s special to me and something that I definitely don’t take for granted.

“I’m not thinking about the future at all. That’s in my manager’s hands, all I have to do is focus on playing some good footy.”

SUPER RUGBY ROUND THREE

Friday: ACT Brumbies v Western Force in Perth, 10.05pm AEDT. TV time: Live on Fox Sports 2.

Brumbies team: 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Matt Toomua, 11. Joseph Tomane, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 8. Jarrad Butler, 7. David Pocock, 6. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Scott Sio. Reserves: 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Allan Alaalatoa, 18. Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Jordan Smiler, 21. Michael Dowsett, 22. Andrew Smith, 23. Nigel Ah Wong.

Force team: 15. Dane Haylett-Petty, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Junior Rasolea, 11. Semisi Masirewa, 10. Jono Lance, 9. Ian Prior, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. Matt Hodgson, 6. Brynard Stander, 5. Adam Coleman, 4. Ross Haylett-Petty, 3. Jermaine Ainsley, 2. Heath Tessmann, 1. Pekahou Cowan. Reserves: 16. Nathan Charles, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Guy Millar, 19. Steve Mafi, 20. Angus Cottrell, 21. Alby Mathewson, 22. Peter Grant, 23. Marcel Brache.

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Why gearing isn’t helping the housing industry

Mark Kentwell’s article (“Playing with negative gearing is risky business”, Herald 9/3) recycles all the usual assertions about the consequences of changing Australia’s system of negative gearing- none of which I believe survives a moment’s confrontation with the evidence.
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First, negative gearing doesn’t make a significant contribution to the (desirable) objective of increasing the supply of housing. Over the past decade, only 7% of the total amount lent to investors for property purchases has been directed towards new housing. That means 93% has been directed towards the purchase of existing housing – and that has served only to drive up the price of that housing to ever-higher levels, to the detriment of those who would like to own their own home, but who can’t compete with investors who get their interest costs subsidised via negative gearing.

Second, negative gearing isn’t primarily a device used by ‘mums and dads’ to secure their retirement- it is, overwhelmingly, something used by high-income households to defer and reduce their tax obligations. The richest one-fifth of Australian households owns72% of all investment property. A taxpayer in the top tax bracket is two-and-a-half times as likely to have a negatively geared property investment as one with a taxable income of less than $180,000.

Third, the temporary abolition of negative gearing by the Hawke Government in the 1980s didn’t result in a nationwide spike in rents or plunge in new dwelling construction – as even the BIS Shrapnel report quoted by Treasurer Morrison in defence of negative gearing concedes.

In my view, there is nothing a Federal Government could do, that would do more to help young people (in particular) to achieve their desire to own their own home than to curtail negative gearing.

Saul Eslake,former Chief Economist of ANZ Bank, is now an independent economist

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Stepson charged with murder

UPDATE, 5.30pm:
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A MAN stands accused of murdering his elderly stepfather after the alleged victim fell from a verandah during a fight and was left in a garden bed.

Rodney Rees Ambrosius, 50, was arrested by police in a Coomba Park reservenot far from where the body of 74-year-old Kenneth Perry was found by his wife and the mother of the accused.

Police will allege the pair fought on a verandah before Mr Perry fell off the verandah and into the garden bed.

Mr Ambrosius had been living in the couple’s house near Wallis Lake for aboutsix weeks before the incident.

Police were called to the Binalong Crescent residents about 4.50pm on Wednesday after getting a call from Mr Perry’s distraught wife.

She had returned home to find hisbody and her son missing.

The accused was arrested a short distance away in a park.

EARLIER:

A crime scene was established at the home and examined by detectives and forensic specialists.

Mr Ambrosius wascharged with murderand assaulting police in the execution of their duty.

A man has been charged over the alleged murder of his stepfather at a home near Forster on Wednesday.

Police were called to a Coomba Park address about 4.50pm and discovered the body of the 74-year-old man in a garden bed.

A 50-year-old man, who was identified as the older man’s stepson, was arrested in a nearby street and taken to Forster police station.

A crime scene was established at the Binalong Crescenthome and examined by detectives and forensic specialists.

The man has since been charged with murder (domestic violence) and assault police in execution of duty.

He was refused bail to appear before Forster Local Court on Thursday.

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From Cessnock to an NRL fairytale in a year

ICE-cool centre Kerrod Holland capped aremarkable rise from Cessnock to theNRL when he kicked the winning goalfor Canterbury in Thursday night’s 18-16 triumph againstPenrith at Pepper Stadium.
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This time last season, Holland was juggling training sessions with both the Goannas in the Newcastle district competitionand the Knights’ NSW Cup side.

The Singleton junior played just one game in Newcastle’s reserve grade before round 12, before scoringa hat-trick in round 13 to finish the season with 18 tries, a swag of goals, selection in the NSW Cup team of the year and a grand final winners’ medal.

The Novocastrian Electrical electrician then accepted a two-year deal with the Bulldogs, after the Knights were unable to match their offer.

He played in the Auckland Nines tournament and, with an injury to Brett Morris prompting Des Hasler to switch Will Hopoate to fullback, was promoted for his NRL iniation.

He posted his first points in the top grade with a 61st-minute conversion, and then completed a fairytale when he converted an 80th-minute Moses Mbye try to steal two competition points, at which point he was mobbed by his teammates.

“It was always going over,’’ Holland said afterwards. “I knew straight away.’’

Penrith were shattered after leading for 76 minutes.

The Panthers drew first blood with a try by centre Peta Hiku in the fourth minute, followed seven minutes later when prop Sam McKendry crashed over.

Five-eighth Jamie Soward converted to give the home side a 12-0 lead.

The Bulldogs hit back with a Will Hopoate try in the 24thminute, but the Panthers held a 14-6 half-time advantage, which they increased by two early in the second stanza with a Soward penalty goal.Canterbury narrowed the deficit midway through the second half when elusive halfback Mbye scored after a crafty inside pass from Hopoate.

AAP reports: Canterbury hooker Michael Lichaa will miss four NRL matches with a knee injury.

The Bulldogs rake suffered the setback in Friday night’s win over Manly, and will require an arthroscope to clean out the minimal damage sustained before he limped off midway through the second half.

The month-long layoff will come as a relief to the 22-year-old who was facing the prospect of a season-ending injury.

LIVING THE DREAM: Former Knight Kerrod Holland celebrates the matchwinning goal on his NRL debut for Canterbury against Penrith. Picture: Getty Images

Former St George Illawarra No.9 Craig Garvey replaced LichaaonThursday night.

HAVING A BALL: Penrith playmaker Jamie Soward places a grubber behind Canterbury’s defensive line on Thursday night. Picture: Getty Images

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