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Tough at the coalface but racing must fight

Friday January 1, 2010
While Australian politicians burned hot air in Copenhagen recently over carbon emissions and climate change, coal dust continues to move on the Hunter Valley, Australia's major thoroughbred breeding ground.

Punters caught between Rock and hard place

Monday October 5, 2009
Rock Kingdom represented not only a fine training performance by Gai Waterhouse in taking out the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on Saturday but also a savage form reversal. Only a week earlier Rock Kingdom, without blinkers, was beaten eight lengths over the same course and distance, 1600m, by Road To Rock, which was third behind him in the Epsom. The turnaround was nine lengths. Sure, ground conditions differed. Road To Rock scored on good but Rock Kingdom surged powerfully through slow going. Before Saturday, though, Road To Rock had much better wet-weather credentials. Blinkers were the key with Rock Kingdom. They were dropped for the George Main after being worn when the gelding was second in the Theo Marks at Rosehill previously. Sure manipulation with blinkers is a practical tool for trainers, also used effectively on Shamoline Warrior, for one, at Flemington on Saturday. But he had been beaten a length, not eight, at his previous start without them. Getting a top-liner 100 per cent for a group 1 target is an art form, practised exquisitely by Waterhouse. Still, anyone who backed Rock Kingdom in the George Main is entitled to have a severe attack of the colic.

Stewards show they hold the whip hand

Sunday August 2, 2009
WITH the exception of Hus Der Lieften, the Rosehill Gardens program yesterday was lacklustre. Maybe it was the new whip rules, the frontrunner bias early or a lack of quality horses.

Rarefied air: Parr making every post a winner with back-up role at Darley

Saturday August 1, 2009
JOSH PARR is set to continue his excellent form at today's Rosehill Gardens meeting, a historic occasion for Australian racing €“ ironically on the horses' birthday €“ when a flap will replace a smack with the whip.

We're Safe From Fly Swatters But Not From Thugs

Monday January 24, 2005
I RECENTLY returned to Australia from two years overseas. On my arrival, customs officials at Melbourne Airport confiscated a battery-operated fly swatter.

Odd Spot

Friday June 6, 2003
A German academic has invented a huge, 10,000-volt fly swatter that runs on solar power. He says that one person can carry the swatter and kill swarms of insects in milliseconds.

'people's Airline' Faces A Bumpy Ride

Friday July 3, 1987
IF Sir Peter Abeles and his staff at Ansett had a fly swatter big enough, there is little doubt the first thing they would swipe at would be East-West Airlines. The West Australian-based flyer, 40 years old on June 23, has been a constant irritant for the big domestic airline over the 30 yea

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