Lantry hopes for a hit

Uttar Pradesh (Mitchell Bell) cruises home on the Beaumont track earlier this month. The horse will line up in Wednesday’s $100K Provincial Championships qualifier at Newcastle. Picture by Bradley PhotographersTrainer Ken Lantry believes it’s “worth a throw at the stumps” as he sends his progressing galloper Uttar Pradesh into the deep end in Wednesday’s $100,000 Provincial Championships qualifier (1400m) at Newcastle.

Ken Lantry

The Maitland-based mentor has just 14 horses in work and Uttar Pradesh will be his first ever runner in a Championships race.

Uttar Pradesh derives its name from a state in Northern India with the four-year-old’s dam being Kanpur, the largest city in that state.

The son of Elusive City (USA) was purchased by Lantry at a ready-to-run sale in New Zealand: “We have just poked along with him as he’s a horse that has needed a bit of time to mature.”

Uttar Pradesh has had three starts since resuming and Lantry believes he has the gelding ‘cherry ripe’ for Wednesday’s race on Newcastle’s Beaumont Track, where he is a last start winner.

“I think it’s worthwhile having a crack at a race worth one hundred grand,” Lantry enthused. “He is a horse we’ve always had a good opinion of and he’s in form so he’ll get his chance.”

Uttar Pradesh showed ability last campaign, finishing a fighting second in a strong event to Brazen (won three of four races last September-October) with third placegetter Mr Lebrock winning three races on the Gold Coast during October-December last year.

Uttar Pradesh was then sent out favourite at Scone in September but finished third:“He had come to the end of his tether by then and needed a spell but he showed us enough to warrant bringing him back for a decent race this campaign.”

After two sound efforts from a spell early in the year, Uttar Pradesh was then backed from $11 into $8.50 and powered home out wide to score on the Beaumont Track (1350m) on March 1.

“He’ll now be having his fourth run from a break and should be right at his peak,” Lantry said. “The way he finished off last time indicates Wednesday’s 1400m should be even more suitable. I think in time, he will get 1600m to 1800m.”

Lantry has booked jockey Mitchell Bell for the ride on Uttar Pradesh. Bell won the Country Championships final at Royal Randwick last autumn aboard Artlee.

Wyong trainer Kim Waugh will rely on Hetty Heights becoming her third qualifier for the $400,000 Provincial Championships final (1400m), at Royal Randwickday two of The Championships (Saturday April 9).

Waugh landed the quinella in the Wyong Provincial Championships qualifier when Supreme Effort narrowly downed stablemate His Majesty.

The trainer believes Hetty Heights has an excellent chance of joining the other pair in the final: “Hetty Heights is pretty good; there’s not a lot between the three of them.”

Hetty Heights is another last start winner on the Beaumont Track (1150m) scoring on the same day as Uttar Pradesh.

-Mark Brassel has been involved in horse racing and media all his life. After covering racing for newspapers, he joined Racing NSW 15 years ago and writes for Racing NSW Magazine and thechampionships老域名出售备案老域名

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Alex’s sights set on career in robotics

BRIGHT MIND: Alex McClung, of Branxton, with his robot that features in the Powerhouse Museum’s Shape 2015 exhibition. Picture supplied.Branxton’sAlex McClung made his first robot when he was 15years old.

Three years on, he hopes what started a hobby will turn into a career.

Alex has started a degree inmechatronic engineering at the University of Newcastle, after achieving great results in industrial technology in the HSC last year.

Alex designed and madea robot for his major assignment atAll Saints College, St Mary’s Campus Maitland.

Thinking outside the box paid off – he received 100 per cent for the assignment, and his robot was chosen for the Powerhouse Museum’s‘Shape 2015’ exhibition.

Shape 2015 is a showcase of work by25 of the best design and technology, industrial technology and textiles and design students from last year’s HSC class.

Alex’s robot navigates autonomously by clicking a map on a computer screen. It took about nine months to build.

He says robots like hiscould potentially be used in industries such as logistics, medicine, retail, tourism and agriculture.

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— The Advertiser (@CessAdvertiser) March 15, 2016Shape2015has been developed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standardsin association with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

MAAS acting director Dolla Merrilleessaid the museum isproud to present the creations of these pioneering students.

“Our vision as a museum is to be a catalyst for creative expression and curious minds and the ambitions and ideas of these students epitomise that vision,” she said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grantsaid thestudents are an inspiration for their ingenuity and theirimagination.

“In an era when innovationwill be key to success, the crossover between form and function will be an increasing feature in future design,” he said.

Shape 2015 will be on exhibition at thePowerhouse Museum, Sydney until May 8.

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Can you master this 2.5kg monster?

MOUTHFUL: JB’s Bistraunt at Edgeworth Bowling Club has a 2.5kg burger challenge.

SO far no one has finished it. One bloke came close, but couldn’t eat his way through the chips in the allotted time. We’re talking about JB’sBistraunt’s 2.5 kilogram burger challenge, the latest towering feast on the Hunter’s list of food challenges.

The equation is simple; $30, 30 minutes and you’ve got to eat the entire burger, chips and down a schooner of your choosing.

The prize? Apart from epic bragging rights, you get to shout three mates for a feed and a few beers next time you’re at JB’s.

Graeme Stewart, who owns the restaurant at Edgeworth Bowling Club, has the burger buns specially made, cooks the meat himself and chucks on lettuce, beetroot, tomato, cucumber, some American cheese and a dash of aioli and mustard.

It’s the first in a run of month-long food challenges at JB’s. Next month’s is something special.

A 2 kilogram chicken parmigiana. I know what you’re thinking, what’s so amazing about that?We’ll let Graeme explain.

“It’s six 300 gram schnitzels, layered with lasagne, ham, cheese and sauce, all served on mash potato with two big steak knives through the middle to hold it up into a tower,” he said.

We’re salivating.

But before that we need someone to smash the burger. If you think you’ve got what it takes you’ll need to call ahead and bookso JB’s knows how many to make. The food challenge is held every Tuesday in March at 6pm.

Call4958 1994 and good luck.

The burger next to a can of coke. You can take the challenge on Tuesday at 6pm.

RUGBY LEAGUE BORED GAMEBOB Farrell’s idea for a rugby league board game has already got at least one endorsement. And it’s a big one.

Twitter’s Boring NRL Guy had a squiz at Saturday’s Topics and indicated his approval.If you’re not familiar with Boring NRL Guy you should be.

He’s got 4500-odd followers on the social media platform and tweets about all things rugby league.

Let’s just say he’s got his frankfurter-like fingers on the resting heart rate of the NRL.

And having him in your corner while embarking on something like this is massive.

When asked what he thought of the idea, Boring NRL Guy tweeted: “Oh that looks like a great way to spend those boring Tuesday and Wednesday nights without footy”.

Poor bloke doesn’t know what to do with himself two nights a week.

Mr Farrell told Topics players of his game could turn back the clock and re-create an old classic grand final or State of Origin.

To that, Boring NRL Guy said: “I would go back to Newcastle v Manly in 1995 when Spud ran into the Chief. #celebpaul”.

Crafty bugger even managed to squeeze in a hashtag to help Harragon in his pursuit to be the last contestant standing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

Like we said, finger on the pulse.

THE GREAT SPORT DEBATEWALK into a pub anywhere across the Hunter and you might overhear two blokes engaged in a healthy debate about which sportsperson is or was better than another.

Inglis or Thurston?Federer or Nadal?LeBron or Kobe?

Or our personal favourite;Chief vs Spud Carroll. I know a bloke on Twitter you can debate that one with.

Usually these conversations are cordial, but, of course, include alcohol and anythingcan turn hostile.

One debate continues to divide that most passionate of sporting fans. We’re talking about those who follow football. Or soccer for you antiquated types.

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

It too is usually the stuff of light-hearted pub banter.

But the latest instalment of this eternal argument has brought about tragic consequences for two Nigerian men in India.

According to reports, a man killed his friend after an argument over which of the two La Liga superstars is the better player.

Obinna Michael Durumchukwa, 34, is understood to have thrown a glass at friend, Nwabu Chukwuma, 21, after a debate over the quality of the two players turned violent. The missile missed Chukwuma, who then picked up a shard of broken glass, using it to cut his friend’s throat. For the record, Durumchukwu supported Messi and Chukwuma argued in favor of Ronaldo.

But there are no winners here. Some sporting debates are better left alone.

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Lucia given chance to build on Lees’ legacy

TOP GUN: Newcastle trainer Kris Lees this week with Lucia Valentina while preparing her for the group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday. Picture: Marina Neil

KRIS Lees would love to add his family name to the Coolmore Classic honour roll for a sixth time on Saturday and believes Lucia Valentina is a better chance of making that happen than early odds suggest.

Lees’ late father,Max Lees, trained a recordfive Coolmore Classic winners in Satin Sand (1986), Quicksilver Cindy (1991), Flitter (1995), Chlorophyll (1996) and Shindig (1998).

Lucia Valentina will resume from a three-month spell as the 58-kilogramtopweightin the 1500m group 1 for fillies and mares at Rosehill as Newcastle trainerKris Lees eyes a run at the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The two-time group 1-winning five-year-oldwas a $14 chance with TAB Fixed Odds late on Friday but she looms as a genuine hope given her first-up record of two wins and a place from five starts.

“I think she’s probably a little bit over the odds,” Lees said.“With her racing pattern, she’s reliant on a few factors, like a genuine tempo up front.She’s not assured of it, but there’s a little bit of speed there. But if we get the right type of run and tempo, I think she could easily be into the finish.”

Lucia Valentina has a better record on soft ground but Lees was confident she would handle any test.

“She is very good fresh and she appears to have come up well,” Lees said.“I suppose her better first-up wins have been on heavy ground, and we won’t be getting that, but she’s still effective on all surfaces.”

Lees’ other focus at Rosehill will beTwist Tops in the group 2 Magic NightStakes, a qualifier for the Golden Slipper. The filly, which will wear blinkersfor the first time, was a $12 hope on Friday and Lees believed that was good value.

“She’s trained on well and she’s a genuine chance,” he said.“I think she’s another good one from a punting perspective. I think she can run well. She’s got a softer barrier that should suit and the blinkers onwill assist her.”

Newcastle trainer Paul Perry has Tatoosh in the group 2 Phar Lap Stakes, while Muswellbrook’s Jan Bowen has Eminent Duke in the group 3 MauriceMcCarten Stakes. Scone trainer Rod Northam’s Big Money was scratched from the group 2 Ajax Stakes.

On Friday at Kembla Grange, Lees had a memorable day when qualifying Danish Twist and Parraay for the $400,000 Provincial Championships final on April 9 at Randwick with second and third respectively.

Gary Harley reports:Newcastle mare Zestful continues her comeback under new trainer Kris Lees atBroadmeadow on Saturday.

The regally bred four-year-old was forced to the spelling paddock with a tendon injury after hersecond start at Rosehill in January 2015.

The disqualified Sam Kavanagh trained her for her first two starts which included a brilliant debutwin at Canterbury. Zestful resumed under Lees care on the Beaumont Track on February 23 and she bolted in with 60kilograms on her back.Lees was bullish about Zestful’s prospects on Saturday.

“I have also nominated Zestful for Gosford’s meeting next Thursday and I intended starting herthere. However after perusing the Broadmeadow field I am leaning towards Saturday. She has a soft draw and comes in well with the claim.Zestful pulled up well after the first up run and she hasn’t put a foot wrong since. You can’t beaggressive on her and she will be ridden off the pace” Lees said.

Zestful will contest the final event an 1150 metres Class 2 Handicap.Lees nominated another mare Second Obsession as his other winning chance on the Beaumonttrack. She runs in the spring event a 2030 metre Class 2 Handicap.

“Second Obsession is racing very well and if she runs the 2000 metres she will be hard to beat.She went really well when fourth in a much stronger Rosehill 1500 metre race last start.Second Obsession is a New Zealand bred mare and she is bred to stay” Lees said.

A massive drop in class should allow King of War to break through in the 2 Year Old Maiden Plate(1150m).The colt from the powerful Snowden stable has only had two starts and he resumed from a spellwith a creditable fifth in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill three weeks ago. Golden Slipperaspirants Astern, Defcon and Mount Panorama filled the placings King of War was only beaten 2-8lengths.

The Clarry Conners trained Queen of Wands will be fitter for a recent first up win on the track andthe filly will be hard to beat in the 1350 metre Class 2 Handicap.Queen of Wands raced well in black type company in Melbourne during the Spring Carnival. Shedidn’t have a lot buck when beaten three lengths by the smart Don’t Doubt Mamma in the LexusHybrid Plate at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

First up on the Beaumont Track on March 1 Queen of Wands looked above herself in condition whenshe ran on strongly to go down by 2.3 lengths over 1200 metres. The extra trip is in her favour.

Queensland owned Broadbeach Girl has had a change of stable since her debut run at the GoldCoast in July and she has claims in the 1200 metre Fillies and Mares Maiden.

The filly is now trained by Byron Baker and she looked good in an easy Randwick barrier trial win aweek ago.

It’s your normal strong Saturday Provincial Beaumont program on Saturday with Sydney leadingstables represented.With the StrathAyr Newmarket and Provincial Qualifier Race Day next Wednesday the rail is out sixmetres on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Racing NSW has increased theNewmarket andProvincial Championship maximum fields from 12 to14 on Newcastle’s Beaumont track.

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Earth Hour: be bright by turning off all the lights

Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 19, and millions of us will turn our lights off and sit in the dark for an hour from 8.30pm, showing our solidarity for a sustainable future -one that our grandchildren will thank us for.

Earth Hour is an Australian concept that has found supporters all around the world as has Clean Up Australia Day.

What can this grassroots movement for the environment achieve? How important is a symbolic event?

In my view, the symbolism is not about sitting and suffering in the dark and righteously abstaining from fossil electricity. It is better seen as an opportunity to get people talking about global warming and what they as individuals can do to help. The drop in power used by your lights for that hour might be noticed,not as much as in the olden days when we had incandescent hot wire bulbs, but the absence of light needs to be seen.

Let’s turn off the lights on Saturday night and talk about how to encourage the uptake of renewable energy, as CLEANaS, another home-grown community movement, is doing with its community financing through green bonds.

Let’s talk about active travel – walking, cycling and the CycleSafe Network – to not only save the planet but also to live longer and healthier lives. Let’s talk about Fernleigh Track and the hoped-for Richmond Vale Rail Trail; about bike paths which not only create jobs during construction but also have a positive effect on property prices, deliver a net economic benefit of a $4 return on every dollar spent (compared with just $2 for motorway projects), lower the costs of the health system and reduce car usage and consequent vehicle emissions.

Saturday night, turn off the light and let your brain define the future bright.

Professor Tim Roberts is the director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, University of Newcastle

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Tigers take a break as women expand

CHAMPIONS: Gosford celebrate their Hunter Coast Men’s Premier League Hockey grand final victory over Norths last season. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

NEWCASTLE Men’s Hockey Association president Roland Hattonis hopeful Tigers can return to the Hunter Coast Premier League but believes it couldtake two to three years of rebuilding.

Tigers have withdrawn for 2016, leaving the competition, which starts on Sunday,with seven teams and a bye.The Newcastle Women’s Premier League, meanwhile, now has 10 teams after the addition of Central Coast clubs Erina, The Entrance, Avoca Beach and Gosford.

In round one on Sunday, Souths play Gosford (12pm) andUniversity take onMaitland (3pm) at Broadmeadow.The Entrance meetNorths at Wyong from 12pm.Wests have thebye.

In the women’s on Saturday,Regals meetTigers (12.30pm),Central playSouths (1.45pm) andOxfords take onUni (3pm). At Wyong,Erina play Gosford (1pm) andAvoca Beach clash withThe Entrance from4:45pm.

Hatton said it was Tigers’ decision to not field a premier league team and his association would have supported them if they wanted to continue.

“They’ve been on the edge for the last couple of years,” Hatton said.

“They finished last or close to the last forfour orfive years and probably copped a couple heavy defeats, which is sometimes disheartening for some players.

“Some have left to other clubs and others are older and don’t want to commit to first grade. They are happy to go to seconds and try to develop their juniors.

”They lost a bit of strength there and would have probably been fairly uncompetitive if they had fielded a team. Some players are getting that bit older and other are probably a bit young for first grade, so they are in that phase.

“Hopefully they will be able to rebuild and the association will encourage that.”

Hatton hoped Tigers could return to the top league as soon as possible.

“Tigers have good depth in the lower grades and good junior development, they just haven’t been able to get those strong numbers of juniors coming through,” he said.

“I think realistically it will be two of three years minimum. It will a big step to come back up to first grade, but you never know.”

Newcastle District Women’s Hockey Association vice-president Peter Monaghan said the expansion of the women’s league came because ofthe Central Coast clubs’ desire to expand and give their players another level of competition.

He said the increase in teamswould make the competition more exciting for allclubs.

“I think the competition needed it,” he said.

“While it was still going strong, it’s certainly a positive move.”

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Wellington Boot, Country Championships all set to go

Daniel Pitomac with grey filly Shades of Pearl and local fashionista Abbey Lousick all ready for Wellington’s biggest racing weekendThe Statewide Shed’s Wellington Boot and Country Championships Qualifier, both worth $100,000, headline a big Wellington Racing carnival this Saturday and Sunday.

The track is in perfect condition according to local jockey Daniel Pitomac, who will be on the sidelines after a bad run of injuries happened in his third ride back when his mount fell.

St Louis Boutique’s Abbey Lousick’s focus will be on fashion and her store is busy selling the latest for the weekend.

“Our marquee still has tickets available for Sunday and we’ll be searching for Miss Boot on the day. It will be warm so we have brought in a range of cool autumn fashions. You can contact me on 0438 322 239 to book in,” she said.

Sydney raiders are aiming to upset the central west’s best two-year-olds on the race track in the Wellington Boot.

The nine-horse field includes Rather Sweet which will be ridden by Winona Costin who has won the Boot before.

The Warwick Farm-trained galloper finished right behind the placegetters in the Silver Slipper.

Popular former Wellington jockey Greg Ryan and veteran trainer Pat Farrell will send out Alliterate as strong chance, the pair chasing for back to back Wellington Boot’s.

The Country Championships features exciting Mudgee galloper Pera Pera who has won in the city and Brett Thompson from Gulgong with Great Choice.

The Magic Millions Wellington Cup features local galloper Fox Solid who won the race in 2014.

Iconic racing name Alan Denham has top weight Aroused in the Soldiers Memorial Town Plate.

Racing begins at 1.50pm on Saturday followed by the Calcutta at the Soldiers Memorial followed by a meet and greet with the TAB’s Glenn Munsie at 11am Sunday morning at the Soldiers Club and race day for the Wellington Boot and Country Championships begins at 12.35 with nine races.

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Truck drivers must sack family

STOP YOUR ENGINES: Uranquinty truckie Adam Manwaring expects a new mandatory payment system without any method to charge based on size or weight will force him out of business. WAGGA truck drivers will be forced out of business when new pay rates take effect next month.

Familyoperated transport businesses will have to sack their childrenand won’t be able to fill their trucks with freight from multiple clients known as “part-loads”or carrycheaper return loads called“back-loads” or“going home money”.

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) decided owner-drivers would need to charge minimum rates in a bid to stamp out exploitation of small players putting drivers in danger, but local truckies claimed the laws will destroy the very businesses they aimed to protect.

Director of Wagga business Dawson’s Transport, Peter Dawson, will have to fire his two sons and replace them with employeesbyApril 4unless he deliberatelydefiesthe regulation.

“I’ve been a truck driver for 35 years andhad my own business on two occasions, but nowI cannot drive my truck and I can’t employ my family,” Mr Dawson said.

“From April 4 I don’t have a business and mytwo sons are out of a job, but we’llwork on -they can’t stop me from making a living.”

Self-employed local livestock carrier Adam Manwaring struggled tounderstand the more than 2000different new hourly and kilometre rates and didn’t expect to stay in business much longer.

“It will shut me down – I just won’t be able to make enough money to pay the bills,” Mr Manwaring said.

“It will also have a very big effect right down the line to mechanics, tyre dealers and farmers who can’t get trucks to pick up their stock.”

Executive director of Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association, Robert Gunning, said the new regulation was made by “someone sitting in abureaucratic ivory tower” with the “ultimate motivation of supporting union drivers”.

“Small truck businesses transporting livestockfrom Tumut to Wagga regularly charge farmers for half-loads and put loads together, and they pick up whatever they can to cover the cost of the return trip,” he said.

“Now all part-loads and back-loads will be prohibited for contractors, but bigger companies with employeeswon’t be affected.”

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Thin waists in the home of French fries

IT’S A WHAT?: poached egg in soup, a lunch entree.

AS punishment for my sins, I was recently sent to France to lookat light rail.

While I was there I spent a fair bit of time looking at plates of food, prompting me toreflect on one of the biggest mysteries about life in France:how do people as obsessed with food as the French retain such modest waistlines?

I’ve had first-time visitors to Newcastle say they felt something unusual about the place, but they eventually worked out the reason:that supposedly multicultural Newcastle was so overwhelmingly white as to look like something out of the 1950s.

France also had a 1950s look to me –but that was because the people, regardless of race, were all whippet-thin. The contrast hit as soon as I left the airport: during the entire trip Ihardly saw anyone even moderately overweight, let alone obese.

Ask the reason, and people will say theFrench eat smaller portions, or healthier foods. The latter might be right, but if the portions are smaller, the courses are more numerous.

Being flown to France on someone else’s corporate coin meant I was honoured with visits to a number of top-notch restaurants.

I learnt to all but avoid breakfast, because wherever we went for lunch, it would be three courses,and if steak or fish were on the menu, they were invariably accompanied by a silvered wire basket of pomme frites.

This is the country that inventedthe French fry, after all!

The desserts were unbelievable confections with nuclear levels of sugar and butter. You could avoid dessert by opting for thecheese platter, but theplateau de fromage was invariably true to label: a mountainous terrainof soft white cheeses in varieties too numerous to count.

Dinner was more of the same, only with even more fanfare.

I would never consider myself a gastronome. I rarely set foot inside restaurants here.But the streets of old Paris –and the hearts of the four regional cities I visited –were so alive with eateries of every description, selling such exotic, but reasonably priced, fare, that even someone as blase as I can be aboutfoodwas completely taken in.

And it wasn’t just for the tourists.

The locals are out to lunch, and out to dinner, every night of the week, often till after midnight, helped, I imagine, by an attitude towards life that allows one to leave the boudoira little later, and to start work closer to 10am than nine.

I don’t have an obvious answer for the divergent body shapes, but one obvious suggestion is that the multinational fast-food chains have a far smaller hold on France than they do here or America. our exemplar when it comes to body shape.

I imagine also that the great American sweetener, corn syrup, is eaten more in Australia than in France.

Whatever the reasons, it seems to me that Australian health experts would be well advised to look to France for answers, given that most of our health interventions –beyond gastric banding –appear to have done little to slow therising tide of weight.

But it’s not all bad news.

Australia is way ahead in tackling smoking. Everywhere you look, the French, especially the young, havecigarettes glued to their mouths. French smoking rates, at about 28 per cent,are more or less doubleAustralia’s, and at 7 Euro ($10) a packet,cigarettes there are about half the Australian price.

Simplistically, then, you can die of obesity in Australia, or lung cancer in France.

A case, perhaps, ofque sera sera.

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Formosa eyeing state double

COMEBACK: Owner Kirsty Formosa with Ultimate Art, which will strive for back-to-back wins at Albion Park on Saturday night. Picture: Peter StoopMICHAEL Formosa had planned to get toAlbion Park to drive stable star Ultimate Art.

However, a busy time at home means the Ellalong trainer-driver will try between races at Newcastle to catch a glimpse of his two-time group 1 winner strivingforback-to-back victories on Saturday night.

Formosa sent Ultimate Art to the stables of Shannon Price north of the border last monthto kick-startthe six-year-gelding’s season after below-par performances in training and on the track.He started with fourth and second placesbefore winning two weeks ago at Albion Park,and Formosa was hopeful of another success.

“The trainer’s pretty happy with him, so we’re pretty confident he’ll go close to winning again,” Formosa said.“It’s a lot easier up there. We thought we’d give him a gothere while Sydney was so hard. We’ll probably just leave him up there for the winter carnival now.

“The original plan was to go up there and drive him a bit but there’s races here every Saturday night, which has kept me here.”

At Newcastle,Formosa will race Ultimate Courage (race one),Mondo Sports (five), SovereignFlight (seven) and Dance On Ice (nine) on the card that starts at 6pm.

“They are all probably good chances with a bit of luck, most of them had none last start but went OK,” he said. “Sovereign Flight’s probably going the best of them.”

Meanwhile, former Keinbah trainer Shane Tritton has Yayas Hot Spot and Suave Stuey Lomboin the $30,600 Young Cup (2480-metre)on Saturdaynight.

On Friday, Tritton’s Katy Perry won at Menangle in1:52:8.

On Wednesday night at Bathurst, Singleton trainer Aaron Goadsby and Gillieston Heights trainer-driver Peter Hedges missed placings with Fleur De Neige and I’m Major Harry respectively in$18,000 Graduate finals.

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