Trainer Peter Moody is facing cobalt charges. Photo: Pat ScalaThe chance of one of the horses at the centre of a cobalt scandal returning the recorded elevated level of the substance – without intervention – was one in 27 million, a leading expert says.
Thoroughbred trainers Shannon and Lee Hope appeared before the Racing Appeals Board on Thursday, fighting to continue working in the industry in the face of positive urine tests returned by three of their horses last year. The horses had recorded cobalt readings above the permissible threshold of 200 micrograms per litre in urine.
The Hopes are the first two of five leading n trainers — including Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh — charged with both presentation and administration in relation to cobalt positives..
Their Sydney-based lawyer Robert Stitt QC said his clients accepted that the substance could be performance enhancing but, in a surprise move, entered a not guilty plea to all charges, including one of presenting horses with cobalt in their systems on race day.
Stitt argued that the scientists who would present evidence on behalf of the racing stewards had failed to take into account the “bio-accumulation” of cobalt in the horses.
He said once tissue reached a saturation point with a substance, it would then start accumulating, and that meant the Hopes’ horses could have a returned the high readings as a result.
Veterinarian Martin Wainscott had conducted a trial on five horses over three weeks, feeding and administrating the same medicines the Hopes said they had given their horses.
In cross-examination of Wainscott, Stitt argued he had not accurately modelled the Hopes’ regime, because the trial period was too short and did not take into account that cobalt could have built up in the Hopes’ horses’ systems.
When questioned by stewards’ counsel Jeff Gleeson CQ, Wainscott rejected the claim, saying he was not aware of any trials that had shown accumulation could result in very high readings of cobalt.
Stitt sought to suggest that the trial of five horses could not be considered statistically significant, but Wainscott said it had been approved by the Department of Primary Industries in NSW.
In his opening remarks, Gleeson flagged that a chemistry professor had submitted a report stating that the chances of the Hopes’ horse, Best Suggestion, returning a cobalt reading of 510mg/L naturally was about one in 27 million.
The chances of Windi City Bear returning a cobalt reading of 270mg/L naturally was one in 1 million and of Choose returning 450mg/L was one in 12 million, Gleeson said.
Stitt said Lee Hope had been licensed under the racing act for 49 years and been a trainer since 1976 without ever being charged or found guilty of breaking any rules. His son Shannon had been licensed for two decades and had a similarly spotless record, he said.
Stitt indicated that he intended to contest all charges, in part on the basis that Racing Victoria’s rules had been interpreted incorrectly by the stewards.
Fellow accused Flemington trainers O’Brien and Kavanagh will have their cases heard on November 28, while Moody’s case will be heard on December 14.
Mary, The Making Of A Princess will air on Ten in November and star Ryan O’Kane (as Prince Frederik) and Emma Hamilton (as Princess Mary). Photo: Ten Overshare…The Langham Hotel slipped a little peek of filming back in August. Photo: Instagram
It’s rare that actual royalty star in miniseries of their own lives but in Ten’s upcoming Mary: The Making of a Princess production, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will make a cameo appearance.
“When Emma [Hamilton, who plays Princess Mary] was filming some scenes in Copenhagen, there was a scene, that if you look really closely, you’ll see Prince Frederik. He drove past in his car while they had the cameras rolling,” the prince’s on screen alter ego Ryan O’Kane said.
O’Kane, who previously played cricketer Jeff Thomson in Howzat!, missed out on visiting the royal couple’s homeland and filming in Denmark but was equally impressed with the locations in Sydney.
“We were the first film crew allowed to shoot in Government House. We used the water fountains and halls for a few scenes. It was amazing, the paint work in there is awe inspiring,” the New Zealand native said.
Mary: The Making of a Princess was also shot on Sydney Harbour and inside the newly refurbished Langham Hotel.
Emotions ran high on set with many reduced to tears during certain takes.
“I’d look up after we’d break from some scenes and if the director was crying I’d knew we’d nailed it,” he said. “It was quite hard not to get too emotional in some circumstances.”
To prepare for the role as the unassuming future King of Denmark O’Kane worked with a dialect coach on set and “watched his wedding speech on YouTube like a hundred times. Not just trying to get the accent right but to mimic how he interacted with Mary and his family.”
The first look of the upcoming miniseries was released on Thursday and promises viewers “the story you don’t know” about the couple who met during the Sydney Olympics, married in May 2014 and now have four young children.
“It celebrates these two, celebrates their relationship. Trend spotters will no doubt have a field day saying ‘Oh you used the wrong tiara there’ but it’s a really positive story,” O’Kane said.
He confirmed the creators didn’t have a direct line to the palace or the couple’s friends, like Mary’s best n friend and maid of honour Amber Petty.
“The only connection to reality is the fact it was a real situation that unfolded, there was a lot of creative licence taken with the story.”
O’Kane is now preparing to start work on the upcoming Peter Brock miniseries.
“We just had our first read through. Growing up in New Zealand I have no real idea of who he was, so it is going to be a lot of fun learning more on set.”
Tough initiation: The Cricket XI has struggled in the Matador Cup. Photo: Brett HemmingsFormer NSW captain Dom Thornely said Cricket would have been better off entering the n team that postponed the tour of Bangladesh to play in the Matador Cup than the CA XI.
Thornely, who was captain of the “Baby Blues” in 2008, a team that suffered some tough times as the likes of Steve Smith, Phillip Hughes, Peter Forrest and Usman Khawaja were blooded, said he supported the players in the CA XI, who Western thumped by 246 runs on Thursday.
The CA XI consists of fringe state squad players – and the average age of each player in the group is 21. While the CA XI enjoyed a shock victory over Tasmania, Thornely said he would have entered the national team forced to stay home after the federal government expressed fears n “interests” were at risk from extremists in Bangladesh.
“I would have picked the n team to play in the Matador Cup to see how the states went against them,” he said. “It would’ve been hard, but in hindsight I wonder if this is going to do more damage [to the CA XI players] than it will enhance their careers. You go to North Sydney and Shaun Marsh belts you over the ground for 186, yes, you know where you are, but the damage?
“On the flip side, Marsh hits 186 and pushes his case for Test selection but, with all respect, is that [bowling attack’s] quality the level you’d get from a Test side?”
Cricket national talent manager Greg Chappell said on Monday he could not understand the “negativity” directed at the CA XI, adding that the players would learn from the experience.
NSW spin bowler Stephen O’Keefe was worried how the experience could affect some players. “Even after we beat them with the double bonus point I said on radio they’d win a game and they’ve done that,” he said.
“My biggest fear for them is they do build up scar tissue. Getting thumped generally isn’t good for your cricket, regardless of what level you’re playing. I’m pretty certain a lot of those guys will go on and have good first-class cricket careers but I’d probably just like to see in that team guys more on the fringe of their state squads playing.
“The idea of getting another 11 guys out there is fantastic but I also think there are guys at NSW cricket who missed in this squad who would develop, who are still young and would benefit from playing in that team.”
Meg Ulman and Patrick Jones and their family awaiting the Stockton ferrySOMETIME last year I received an email from Meg Ulman, who, along with her partner Patrick Jones, toddler Woody, 11-year-old Zephyr and Zero their Jack Russell, were travelling 6000 kilometres of the east coast by bike, from Daylesford to Cape York and back, camping free, and hunting and gathering as much tucker as they could along the way.
The project collaborators called themselves “Artist as Family”, and blogged their adventure as they travelled. I checked them out online. Four brown and broad smiles beamed out at me from aboard their tandems.
Meg emailed in the hope that we could meet during their Newcastle visit. I replied, genuinely disappointed to be away. In the months afterwards I found my mind drifting to the Artist as Family, wondering where and how they were faring as the weather warmed.
A few weeks ago I was delighted to hear again from Meg, this time inviting me to the launch of their book – The Art of Free Travel: A Frugal Family Adventure.
Heading home with my signed copy (an abstract line drawing of a dog by three-year-old Woody), I was excited to have the opportunity to have my wonderings answered, and vicariously live a bit of their adventure.
Early on it became clear that their trip was part of a much bigger picture.
Having turned their quarter-acre Victorian block into a permaculture farm and seeded edible community gardens in town, Meg and Patrick took their low carbon principles to another level when they made the decision to ditch their car, and rely on patchy public transport and bikes in a rainy country area.
Rather than just an adventure, the northern sojourn was a radical statement in sustainability – an example of how to feed and transport a family with very little cost.
It was also a guidebook, an appendix listing what they took with them, and 256 species of free food and medicine they sampled along the way from “naturalised, Indigenous, newcomer, weedy, autonomous and feral” sources.
Still, sustainability is only sustainable if enjoyable. Could pedalling a baby uphill, packing and unpacking every night really be a lifestyle of choice?
After a rest week at a friend’s house in Brunswick Heads, Meg’s desire to be back on the road convinced me otherwise.
“I missed the breeze on my face at night in the tent, I missed the clarity of the birdsong in the morning, I missed cooking on the coals, I missed living unselfconsciously without a mirror, and I missed watching Woody explore his surrounds, digging holes, collecting leaves of various shapes and textures, identifying animal scats. I wanted to keep travelling on our bikes forever.”
Already plotting the next adventure, I have a feeling they won’t be travelling alone.
The Art of Free Travel by Patrick Jones and Meg Ulman
He’d done it: Nick Kyrgios had handled the trolling of Adelaide Crows captain Taylor Walker with aplomb and was sitting pretty on top of the moral high ground.
But it proved to be a slippery slope and in one fell tweet he stumbled.
After Twitter tempers flared on Wednesday, Kyrgios and Walker were back for the rematch on Thursday – the Mohawk up against the reformed Mullet.
It looks like the Mohawk is still ahead on points, but it’s hard to tell which way the judges will finally sway.
But before the Thriller from Twitter kicked off again, it appeared everything had ended so peacefully until a cheeky Walker posted a video of himself taking a spectacular mark against the Gold Coast Suns.
“@NickKyrgios here is for future reference buddy – just remember this next time you spit the dummy #galoot,” Walker tweeted. @NickKyrgios here is for future reference buddy – just remember this next time you spit the dummy #galoothttp://t上海龙凤论坛/s08AnXNq5D— Tex Walker (@texwalker13) October 15, 2015
It didn’t take Kyrgios long to return serve, which was when he lost the high ground – if only he’d heeded Lord Humungus’s wise words from Mad Max 2, “Just walk away”.
“@texwalker13 the fact that you just posted a highlight of yourself makes me think you’re a bigger idiot than I thought,” Kyrgios replied. @texwalker13 the fact that you just posted a highlight of yourself makes me think you’re a bigger idiot than I thought.— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 15, 2015
It had all appeared to end amicably on Wednesday night, when Kyrgios had wished both Walker and former Crows teammate Patrick Dangerfield all the best for their careers. @dangerfield32 I wish the best for you both in your careers. Never said a bad word about him.— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 14, 2015
The storm in a Twitter cup had kicked off on Wednesday morning with Walker initially having a crack at Kyrgios.
“When is this absolute Galoot going to learn. What a dead set flog!! Just suspend the peanut!!” Walker tweeted. When is this absolute Galoot going to learn. What a dead set flog!! Just suspend the peanut!! http://t上海龙凤论坛/rULDU8SPPz— Tex Walker (@texwalker13) October 13, 2015
Kyrgios fired a jab back, tweeting he didn’t know who Walker was, which was when Dangerfield got involved to the young Canberran some background. I don’t even know who Tex walker is lol— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 14, 2015
Stay tuned for round three.
Not resting on his laurels: Dean Yendall is happy to clock up the miles and mounts Photo: Pat ScalaJust after Dean Yendall started the seven-hour round trip for just one ride lasting barely two minutes at Caulfield on Wednesday – a winner, no less – you’re best chance of finding him would have been hunting an imported sports drink in a Melbourne Asian grocery.
The usual order is a “couple of slabs”.
“They used to sell it at home [in Horsham] at Safeway, but I must have been the only poor bastard buying it,” Yendall jokes of the Singaporean 100Plus. “They don’t stock it any more.”
Crack one open to celebrate on the way home, just another few hours on the road in Yendall’s 90,000 kilometres-a-year lot as Victoria’s country king.
There is a fair bit of thinking time in that Mazda 6 wagon – “I just say [to the mechanic], ‘I’ll see you back in three weeks'” – which points in every direction depending where the races are on any given day.
The atypical rough-around-the-edges jockey working his guts out to pay a “mortgage, bills and all that shit” is actually anything but. Scratch the surface and the lightweight specialist almost has no peer with a knife and fork – and in fast food highway stops, which have become a cursed convenience around the state.
“I have been eating too much chocolate,” Yendall confesses. “We [wife and former jockey Christine Puls] sit there after dinner when [daughter] Mia goes to bed and we would eat a whole block of 200-gram chocolate. Family sized. We can polish off the whole thing.”
And still ride the Caulfield Cup battler Magnapal at 50 kilograms – comfortably – in the $3 million classic on Saturday.
Yendall knew the ride would be in the offing with Magnapal’s regular partner Luke Currie struggling to make the impost and was straight on the phone to the horse’s co-trainer Terry O’Sullivan, who he rode a home-town Stawell Cup winner for as an apprentice.
“There were a few ‘F’ words – that’s the way he talks – and he said, ‘Luke would have no hope of making that weight and you’ll probably ride it’,” Yendall recalls of the conversation after Magnapal’s Naturalism Stakes win.
Bingo. All that travel and punching around slow ones during the middle of winter was worth something.
Eighteen months ago Yendall rode two-year-old Boomwaa at 46kg in the Lightning Stakes on a diet of bacon and eggs for breakfast, “something to help him get through the day”. It is fulfilling and infuriating in equal measure.
Fulfilling in the fact he can step into the rarefied air of the celebrated Purtons, Olivers and McDonalds for once, but equally infuriating for rivals who couldn’t sniff a rasher of said bacon and hope to ride under 53kg.
Just riding in his first Cox Plate last year on Gai Waterhouse’s Wandjina was a major milestone for Yendall. A second Caulfield Cup has rolled around 12 months on.
“It will put a cup winner on my CV, but I don’t think it’s going to help my career,” Yendall shrugs when asked about what a boilover for Magnapal, a $51 chance, will mean to him. “It will just say I rode a Caulfield Cup winner. I’ll still be known as the country rider that rode a group 1 winner in town. I’d rather do it more for the O’Sullivans.”
Twenty-one-month-old daughter Mia might have changed Yendall. After years of marriage without kids, the former one-time hothead has softened. Just slightly. Time at home with family – and leisure on the golf course – is even more precious as the regular stream of winners on race day hope to keep Yendall noticed at this time of year.
“People used to say I was an angry ant,” Yendall says. “That’s just the way I am. It’s my personality, I think. I say it how it is and I don’t hold back. I prefer to stay home most of the time now.”
Which is probably where Yendall will be a few hours after the Caulfield Cup, even if he engineers the unthinkable on Magnapal. Munching on that family-sized block of chocolate thinking about the races at Warrnambool on Sunday with the slabs of 100Plus handy.
Ellen Perriment and Sophie Vassallo campaigning aganist sexual harassment at Monash University. Photo: Joe ArmaoElite n universities are more concerned with protecting their reputation than dealing with sexual harassment and assault, a leading academic has warned.
Professor of Media at Macquarie University, Catharine Lumby, said “a lockdown mentality” pervaded ‘s oldest universities and their residential colleges.
“Wherever you find privilege and power you will find people very concerned about reputation,” she said.
The often unspoken problem of harassment in universities was highlighted this week, after high-profile University of California Berkeley physicist Geoff Marcy was found to have repeatedly sexually harassed women in his department.
The internal investigation resulted in little more than a threat of suspension or dismissal if Professor Marcy’s behaviour didn’t change. He resigned on Wednesday, following pressure from the research community.
Professor Lumby, who consulted with Sydney University on a pro bono basis following a series of incidents at its campus colleges, said universities needed external educators and investigators to change their boys “culture of privilege”.
She pointed out that n surgeons accused of sexually harassing female trainees attended elite universities.
Students attending some of the country’s top universities have become so concerned about sexual harassment that they have launched sexual consent workshops and campaigns.
Posters bearing slogans such as “if someone’s passed out they can’t consent” have been distributed at Monash University as part of a new campaign by the student association’s Women’s Department.
Monash University women’s officer Ellen Perriment said the sexual conversation needed to shift from no means no, to mutual positive consent of yes means yes.
Fellow women’s officer Sophie Vassallo said universities were like any other place and the issue needed to be addressed.
“You do hear of assaults and rapes happening on campuses.”
The National Union of Students will launch a campaign against sexual harassment later this year. “The culture at universities is not changing,” union’s president Rose Steele said.
Deakin University microbiologist Melanie Thomson was propositioned in 2004 by a male superior while working late as a masters student on a four-month placement in a Melbourne laboratory.
“It really threw me quite a bit,” she said. “He propositioned me and then after I knocked him back offered to give me a lift home.”
She said a power imbalance, sense of entitlement and a system where juniors need references from their superiors, meant predatory behaviour was effectively tolerated and speaking out often carried professional penalties.
“The cost to a woman making a complaint outweighs the benefits, to which there are almost none.”
Harassment also occurs at conferences, according to Melbourne University physicist Katie Mack, who spoke out earlier this week about Geoff Marcy’s case.
Female researchers working in the field have also been targets of harassment. However for many scientific disciplines, such as social, life, and earth science, field trips are an integral part of undergraduate and postgraduate study.
A survey of scientists’ experience of sexual harassment and assault in the field found women trainees were the primary targets, while the perpetrators were predominantly professionally senior to them.
The Survey of Academic Field Experiences results, published in the journal PLOS ONE in July 2014, found women respondents were 3.5 times more likely to report having experienced sexual harassment than men.
Elsewhere festival, Maitland Gaol, October 10, 2015ELSEWHERE
THIS festival meant a few firsts for me. I’d never been to Maitland Gaol, and after three years in Newcastle, I’d yet to try Doughheads or Newy Burger Co.
Walking through the jail entrance, I briefly thought about how entering this place might have been for criminals in years past, but those thoughts were far too serious for a music festival. Instead I bought a delicious cider and met up with some friends where we spent the next 20 minutes enjoying The Soorleys and coming up with clever titles for this story, as music, merrymaking and captivity bring an eclectic assortment of words to play with. “Inmate land”, “Shaking in Shackles” and “Prison’s not so bad” all seemed like possibilities.
I came to the festival ready for anything. With an open mind, a limited knowledge on the bands, and a curiosity for the place, I was prepared.
We hunkered down in the grass and stuffed our faces with Newy Burger Co. (The vegie burger was juicy and delicious; it was evident they cared for their non-carnivore counterparts.)
Hayden Calnin filled our ears. He was melodic and mesmerising, and as the afternoon sun began to set, the feeling of freedom that comes with beer and rock’n’roll was overshadowed by the history of the place and stories that never had a chance to be told.
I briefly read about Thelma Plum before the show, but, like all things good, she was heaps more fascinating after experiencing her in person. I watched her groove on stage and recognised more than a few of her songs from Triple J. She was stunning, and I was captivated with this gorgeous, bodacious brown-eyed woman, whose music had me tapping my feet. She moved, clapped, danced and always maintained a steady, direct, hypnotising gaze.
The Basics, Elsewhere festival, Maitland Gaol, October 10, 2015
The Basics came on just as the sun was going down and I was getting my salted caramel doughnut sugar rush from Doughheads. The Basics were funny guys, cracking jokes and being self-deprecating, about the money they had poured into their latest music video. Their songs were perfect for the night, with strong themes of . They performed a song called Lucky Country, and one called Hey Rain about Queensland. As they wrapped up their set, they piqued the crowd’s curiosity by prefacing that the next song was a cover perfect for the location. My friends and I threw out guesses. Would it be Folsom Prison? Would it be Jailhouse Rock? Of course we should have guessed, as the metallic riff from ACDC’s Jailbreak blared out into the crowd. I was a bit starstruck when I learnt that Gotye plays as their drummer and also sings!
Evidently Josh Pyke was the big name of the night, and my friend Sophie grew up on his songs. I was eager to hear what the fuss was all about, as another friend had earlier described Pyke as “wuss rock, but not in a bad way”. I can’t say that Josh Pyke moved me the way he did almost every other swaying girl in a flowing dress, but nevertheless, he was a definitely a nice way to end the evening. Elsewhere was the place to be.
Regurgitator (Quan Yeomans and Ben Ely) love acting juvenile.BEN Ely has lost count of the times Regurgitator have played at Newcastle University’s long-standing live music institution, the Bar On the Hill.
“We’ve kind of lost track – but I can remember some pretty great gigs,” Ely says ahead of the band’s show at the venue as part of the uni’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
“We’ve played there so many times and, for a long time there, that venue was probably one of our wildest gigs – probably the wildest gig – on our n tour.
“We had a few riots and a few fights and I think one time a few things got broken, like the roof would get broken.
“I just remember things breaking and it always was a pretty wild show.”
The band headlines the first Back to the Bar alumni reunion concert.
Billed as a chance for all graduates to relive their glory days at the venue, the gig also features hip-hop artist Citizen Kay, New Zealand singer/guitarist Bernie Segedin, folk act the Soorleys and Newcastle jump jive, funk and soul band Fish Fry/Pow Wow.
The Newcastle date is one of a handful of shows Regurgitator are performing to celebrate the release of their first live album, Nothing Less Than Cheap Imitations.
Featuring 26 tracks, the album was recorded in 2012 at The HiFi in Melbourne during the band’s anniversary tour to celebrate the release of their career-defining albums Tu-Plang and Unit.
A scan of the tracklisting (I Sucked A Lot of C – – k To Get Where I Am, Pop Porn, I Will Lick Your A – – – hole) is a reminder that Ely and Regurgitator co-partner Quan Yeomans have never concerned themselves with offending audiences.
“I think it’s always been our thing – especially Quan who likes that idea of writing pretty out-there lyrics with pop songs – and we did offend people,” Ely says.
Broadcaster Alan Jones once tried to have the band’s music banned from radio and a right-wing Christian group called for major retail stores to cease stocking Regurgitator’s music.
“They said ‘this band is a symbol of the moral decay in the world and they must be stopped’ and they tried to stop us but, of course, what happens with kids is you try to ban something, they want it even more.
“They just gave us heaps of publicity and they made us more of a popular band than we probably needed to be due to the fact that they tried to ban us.
“It’s like a red rag to a bull so, yeah, I’m grateful for that.
“Alan Jones even wrote about us in a chapter in his biography [laughs] about how he tried to ban us! I thought it was hilarious.”
His relationship with Yeomans, who he met in 1991 before forming Regurgitator in 1993, is one that he likens to that of a couple of naughty schoolkids.
“I feel like every time I hang out with Quan, we just have this juvenile, naive way of communicating together with music and language.
“When we hang out, it does feel like we’re eight years old wagging school, smoking durries down the back of the oval.
“I guess that’s part of the way our band is – juvenile behaviour.”
Back to the Bar kicks off at 5pm on October 22 at the Bar On the Hill at the University of Newcastle. Tickets online at newcastle.edu.au/homecoming.
Claude Harvey has raised over $800,000 pushing his lawnmower. Picture: Marina NeilTHE first time Claude Harvey pushed his lawnmower for charity he walked 120 kilometres and raised 35¢.
It was an inauspicious start for a man who had set himself the goal of raising $1million for child protection advocate Bravehearts.
But Mr Harvey, affectionately known as ‘‘the mowerman’’, wasn’t discouraged and refused to give up on two young girls in his neighbourhood who had been sexually assaulted. He set off again, this time bound for Sydney from the Gold Coast, and the campaign took off.
Since then the 70-year-old has clocked up 18,000km with his trusty lawnmower and raised more than $800,000 for Bravehearts.
Along the way he has been attacked by three bulls, two dogs and a woman. He was also tackled by five security guards while pushing his lawnmower across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2008.
‘‘They thought I was pushing a bomb onto the bridge,’’ Mr Harvey said.
His crusade has brought him through the Hunter again, where on Thursday he set off on his latest ‘‘mowerthon’’ from Newcastle to Sydney. He has 200kilometres to travel and says he is $178,000 from reaching his goal of a million dollars.
‘‘I’m going to keep doing this as long as I can,’’ Mr Harvey told the Newcastle Herald as he pushed his mower through Jesmond.
‘‘The way I feel, I’ll still be doing it when I’m 80. When it comes to keeping our kids safe, I’m not going to leave any stone unturned.’’
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Claude Harvey has raised over $800,000 pushing his lawnmower. Picture: Marina Neil