Baird keeps his promise over rail

A security guard watches over the soon-to-be-removed railway tracks on the Newcastle Line at the now-defunct Civic Station. Picture: Darren PatemanTHE schedule for Newcastle’s transport overhaul is being revised to ensure the rail is ripped out as soon as possible, following the passage of legislation authorising its removal through NSW Parliament.
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Transport for NSW is expected to produce more information shortly about how the truncation work will unfold, while Premier Mike Baird has said the government can now ‘‘push on’’ with building light rail.

He played up the win in Parliament’s question time session on Thursday, before taking to Facebook to post a ‘‘message to all Novocastrians’’.

‘‘I promised in the lead up to the election that we would not forget you and that we would keep our promises. And that is exactly what is happening,’’ he wrote.

The bill to officially close the line passed the state’s upper house late on Wednesday, after the government agreed to five conditions to secure the votes of the Shooters and Fishers Party, including that it would spend another $50million on the city centre project.

The government said the extra money would go to ‘‘urban renewal’’ associated with the light rail component of the project. Its other commitments to the Shooters included starting the planning for an extension of the light rail network to areas including Broadmeadow and Mayfield, and to legislate swiftly for all proceeds from any development in the corridor to be reinvested back into the city’s revitalisation.

The Greens lodged a notice of dissent on the bill.

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp, who was expelled from question time by the Speaker for interjecting, said it was ‘‘very positive to get more money, absolutely’’ but that he was disappointed the bill had passed.

‘‘The most important thing now is to get together and work hard to get the best possible integrated transport network,’’ he said.

Mr Crakanthorp said he was concerned the government may backflip on its commitment to give Newcastle City Council the ‘‘final say’’ over any development in the corridor, as it had backflipped on its position against any development in the first place.

‘‘I talked to the Premier this morning about that and he said that his word should be enough, but we’ve heard that from the government too many times.’’

Asked how the council would have ‘‘final say’’ over the rail corridor, a spokesman for Planning Minister Rob Stokes confirmed: ‘‘The key difference for any future rezoning is that the council will be responsible for preparing the planning proposal, not the state government via the Planning Department.’’

‘‘This means council will have control over the types of developments that can be approved, including height, floor space ratios and design,’’ the spokesman said.

A message to all Novocastrians:

Last night, in the face of opposition from those who stand against progress, we took a huge step forward in our effort to transform Newcastle. Legislation was passed through the upper house that finally allows us to help Newcastle unlock its potential as one of the best cities in the world.

I love Newcastle. The beaches. The harbour. The people. But for too long, Newcastle has been held back from reaching its potential, with the same old issues being debated for decades. There’s been lots of talk, but no action.

Those days are over.

I promised in the lead up to the election that we would not forget you and that we would keep our promises. And that is exactly what is happening.

Light rail is coming. And we are excited about cracking on and building it.

Revitalisation of the city is coming. Some of the best beaches in the world will soon be connected with one of the best harbours in the world.

Every time I visit Newcastle, I can feel the buzz. I can feel the optimism. The future is very bright and I’m excited to see the transformation of the city over the coming months and years.

I’d like to offer special thanks to Gladys Berejiklian and Bega (aka Andrew Constance MP) who have fought so hard for Newcastle and were instrumental in last night’s result.

We can now push on with building the light rail, and the future, that Newcastle deserves.

In many ways the story of Newcastle is the story of NSW – promises are being delivered on, challenges are being overcome, potential is being unlocked, and an incredible transformation is underway.

See Mike Baird’s Facebook page here

Record hot start to October across south-east China lifts fire risks

September heat record smashedEl Nino’s impact hits PNG, Pacific
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Much of south-eastern has recorded its hottest start to October, as the unusual warmth combines with dry conditions to elevate the fire risks from South to NSW.

Melbourne and Sydney are likely to post their hottest first halves of October on record, with Melbourne already tracking about 1 degree warmer than the previous high set in 1940, Brett Dutschke, senior meteorologist with Weatherzone, said.

Sydney is topping the high point for heat posted in 1970, while Hobart, Canberra and Perth are also recording their hottest first halves of October, he said. Adelaide is running just shy of the mark.

A relative absence of cold fronts has been driving the warmth and above-average temperatures are expected for much of the rest of October, making it possible that full-month records will be set in many places.

Melbourne reached its forecast top of 34 degrees on Thursday, its fourth day of 30-plus weather so far this month. Inland towns such as Ararat have already had six such days, double the previous record of three for October, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Sydney’s maximum temperatures are running about 4 degrees above the long-run average for all of October. Friday is expected to warm to a top of 28 degrees in the city and 34 degrees at Penrith, with slightly milder conditions on Saturday ahead of a cool change on Sunday.

“Any cool change is only going to be brief,” Mr Dutschke said.

Shift to summer-like weather

For much of southern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, the shift to a hotter spring happened relatively sharply. For those areas, winter came roughly a month late, running from July to September, Mr Dutschke said.

Even in Sydney, which had a relatively mild winter compared with Melbourne or Adelaide, the average maximum jumped by 9.4 degrees to 28.3 degrees in the first week of October compared with the last week of September.

“This is the most rapid spring warming Sydney has experienced since 1970 when it warmed by a record 12.6 degrees in a week,” he said.

A dry September for the country as a whole – with rainfall of about one-third of normal – has extended into October, raising concerns by fire authorities.

Rainfall so far this month is running at about one-fifth of the October average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology:

Towns north of Melbourne faced threats this month from an out-of-control prescribed burn, while NSW has already recorded “a few thousand fires” this season, Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, told Fairfax Media.

The spell of as many as four days of 30 degrees or warmer weather over parts of the state “had a pretty profound effect of starting to dry out NSW”, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

“The landscape can turn from moist and green to brown and dry very quickly,” he said.

The powerful El Nino building in the Pacific is one influence leading to the forecasts of hotter and drier than average conditions over coming months. The Indian Ocean has also recently begun to reinforce that influence, the bureau said this month.

In El Nino years, the typically easterly trade winds of the equatorial Pacific stall or even go into reverse, resulting in reduced rainfall over eastern and areas such as Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Global temperatures also get a kick higher as oceans absorb less heat. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said preliminary data showed September was easily the hottest for sea and land-surface temperatures in data going back to 1891.

Each of the past four records has set a new high, with this year’s El Nino-linked leap adding to the background warming from climate change, climate experts say.

Weatherzone is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website

Matthew Smith blames himself for Frill Seeking taking time to shine

Randwick fallback: After being balloted out of the Caulfield Cup, Beaten Up will run in the City Tattersall’s Club Cup. Photo: Tertius PickardAstute Warwick Farm trainer Matthew Smith is his own harshest critic when it comes to the handling of Nivison Stakes hopeful Frill Seeking. “She’s always looked like a nice mare, but I’ve just mucked her up a bit,” Smith said before the group 3 race for mares at Randwick on Saturday. “I’m leaving her alone this preparation and that’s why she’s running well. We’re not trying to ride her pretty and we’re just letting her do her own thing, which is what she likes to do.” Frill Seeking, which will have the services of Mitchell Bell, has scored back-to-back wins at Canterbury and Wyong heading into the Nivison Stakes.
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Jason Collett was planning all week to ride Astronomos in the City Tattersall’s Club Cup, but has landed arguably a better ride in last start group 1 runner-up Beaten Up. Balloted out of the Caulfield Cup, Beaten Up heads a strong renewal of the listed staying race even allowing for David Vandyke not accepting with Astronomos. “I’ve actually got a couple of really nice rides on Saturday,” Collett said. “I rode [Beaten Up] last preparation in one of his lead-up runs and that was after he broke down. He was going really well, but they took him to Melbourne for a 10-furlong race and he didn’t quite measure up, but he should be hard to beat here.” Having beaten all bar Magic Hurricane in The Metropolitan, Beaten Up is a commanding $2.60 favourite with Ladbrokes at Randwick.


Goulburn trainer Mark Gee might have the honour of saddling up the first favourite in Racing NSW’s inaugural Highway Handicap race with Nagging sharing $5.50 favouritism with Scone-trained Invienna. “It gives trainers an opportunity to compete down there and not be pushed aside,” said Gee of the new $40,000 race restricted to bush-based horses added to each Saturday metropolitan program. Nagging has won two of her four starts and prolific country hoop Richard Bensley will head to town for just the one ride. “I do a lot of breaking in and pre-training for Meringo Stud and she is just one that stayed after Tony [Hartnell] asked me to keep her,” Gee said. “I think she’s in good form and she’s probably got a little bit of quality and upside about her.”


Jenny Graham notched a small milestone when Miss Amajardan was the first two-year-old winner of the season in NSW. And now she wants to double up the Armidale success into Randwick’s opener. “Race experience helps,” the Port Macquarie trainer said. “She travelled over the mountain to Armidale and we’re hoping she will cope well with the trip to Sydney. That’s a little bit of a concern, but I think having that run under her belt will be an advantage.” The Hinchinbrook filly’s owner Dale Miller only needed to fork out $6500 to buy the horse, who has more than doubled that in prizemoney earned from just one start. Clarry Conners’ Bliss Point is the only other acceptor that won’t be making its debut in the race.


DJ Havana Brown will be performing live trackside on City Tattersall’s Club Cup day as the n Turf Club seeks to build on a couple of outstanding crowds at group 1 meetings during the spring carnival.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies face training pain as Michael Cheika turns up World Cup heat

Intense: Tatafu Polota-Nau takes the impact during a defensive drill. Photo: Stuart WalmsleyLONDON: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has told his players to brace for more training pain as he turns up the intensity in a bid to make them “body hard” for the World Cup knockout battles.
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One of the most courageous defensive efforts in Wallabies history earned the players no respite from Cheika’s brutal regimen in the build up to a quarter-final showdown with Scotland on Sunday (Monday morning AEDT).

The only ones to escape were David Pocock (calf) and Israel Folau (ankle) as both are closely monitored and managed, but winger Rob Horne was a surprise inclusion in a remarkable recovery from a shoulder injury.

The Wallabies are still being praised for an outstanding defensive display, which saw them hold Wales scoreless despite playing with 13 men for a seven-minute period in the second half.

But Cheika used physicality to blow out any lingering self approval to reset the team’s mentality for a do-or-die battle against Scotland at Twickenham.

“We trained hard today, got stuck in … we’ve still got to go through some pain at training and build into the tournament,” Cheika said.

“I don’t see any reason why we need to be peeling back now. You’ve got to be smart, we’ve had a fair few Test matches in a row, so we’re trying to manage that right to keep the edge but not busting anyone.

“We feel like we’ve done  good ground work in the build up to give us the ability to keep training. We feel like we can get more body hard, we feel like we haven’t fulfilled our potential there yet.”

Pocock and Folau are being monitored as both race the clock to be ready to play Scotland at Twickenham.

Ben McCalman looms as the man to come in for Pocock if he fails to recover in time while Kurtley Beale is on standby to replace Folau at fullback.

Folau is expected to be fit to take his place, but Horne has provided the back-line surprise just two weeks after his tournament almost ended in injury disaster.

Horne busted his shoulder when scrambling in defence in the opening 10 minutes of the pool match against England.

The partial dislocation threatened to end his World Cup and the Wallabies contemplated sending him home to recover.

But Horne was desperate to stay in camp and made an amazing return to training on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEDT) to revive his campaign.

Horne is unlikely to come into selection contention this week with Drew Mitchell holding down his spot on the wing, but could be a valuable addition if the Wallabies progress.

Cheika said it was an indication of the determination in the squad, with intense competition for spots and no one wanting to miss out on a potential World Cup-winning charge.

“Rob Horne is desperate to be selected, he’s desperate to be picked and is prepared to go through the pain to do it,” Cheika said.

“So they should [throw themselves into it] … what an opportunity to be involved in and you don’t want to let it go. It’s good to see the lads are identifying that’s the case.”

Cheika is also contemplating a lineout change, with Rob Simmons, Dean Mumm and Kane Douglas battling for the two starting lock positions.

The lineout failed to deliver clean ball last weekend against Wales and the Wallabies’ back line suffered via a lack of early possession.

The Wallabies were superb in defence against Wales and have only leaked two tries in the World Cup so far.

It would be easy to gloss over some of their deficiencies, but Cheika has identified aggression when carrying the ball as one of the biggest areas that needs improvement.Wales succeeded in slowing down the Wallabies’ rhythm by either giving away penalties at the breakdown or holding players up in tackles.

Scotland will almost certainly use the same tactics to stop the Wallabies getting a roll on.

“When you’re carrying the ball, you want to take advantage of it. We’ve taken some steps this week to try to get lower … to get aggressive in that part of the game to make sure we’re not letting opposition defenders take advantage of us,” Cheika said.

“At the end of the day, if your ball carrier is good enough and your ruck is good enough, then it won’t happen. We need to improve that part of our game so those guys don’t get in and we don’t let guys into that zone regardless whether they’re legal or not.”

Terrorism suspects to be charged over killing of Curtis Cheng

The 18-year-old Wentworthville brother arrested during raids last Wednesday.. Photo: NSW Police The 18-year-old Wentworthville brother arrested during raids last Wednesday. Photo: Police Media
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A man is arrested in a counter-terrorism operation in Merrylands last Wednesday. Photo: NSW Police

Two men are expected to be charged on Thursday afternoon in relation to the murder of police employee Curtis Cheng.

An 18-year-old from Wentworthville, who cannot be named, is expected to be charged with Commonwealth terrorism offences that carry a maximum life sentence.

The charge relates to the murder by schoolboy Farhad Jabar of police accountant Curtis Cheng outside Parramatta headquarters two weeks ago.

The 18-year-old has been in custody since counter-terrorism raids on five homes last Wednesday.

Talal Alameddine, 22, is expected to be charged on Thursday afternoon with supplying a firearm, breaching a firearms prohibited order and hindering police.

He was arrested when his home in Merrylands was one of those raided last Wednesday but he was later released.

He was arrested again on Thursday morning by the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and the Joint Counter-Terrorism Team.

Fairfax Media understands that the 18-year-old allegedly sourced a firearm from a Middle Eastern crime gang and gave it to Jabar, 15, who then used it to shoot Mr Cheng.

Jabar is believed to have been given the gun at Parramatta Mosque just hours before the shooting.

Last Thursday, the n Federal Police successfully applied to a magistrate in Burwood Local Court to detain the 18-year-old for 100 hours more without charge.

With that time frame due to expire on Monday night, police successfully applied on Monday evening to have it extended for another 68 hours.

The police had until Thursday to charge or release the man.

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione described the arrests as a “significant development”.

“These matters are particularly important to the NSW Police Force, having lost one of our own,” he said.

He said counter-terrorism investigators had been working “tirelessly on this brief and they’ve got a lot more to do”.

He did not rule out more arrests and said the investigation was ongoing.

Both men will be refused bail on Thursday and are due to appear before local courts on Friday.

Kurt Goldman hellbent on group 1 assignment after offering his best horse elsewhere

High hopes: Trainer Kurt Goldman believes horses such as Hellbent thrive at his Golburn training complex. Photo: Andy Zakeli Kurt Goldman quickly realised a young Hellbent was going to be the best horse he had ever trained and his first response was to ask owner Alan Cardy if he wanted to transfer it to a high-profile Sydney trainer.
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“I knew the horse had ability and if he was a filly or gelding I would never have had the thought,” Goldman said.

“He’s the first that I’ve come across that can do the things he does and being a colt he’s got that value. I knew this horse was good from day one.

“People like the Snowdens deal with million-dollar colts every day of the week and it’s a common thing for them to have them in their barns.”

Thankfully for Goldman, the former Wallaby Cardy didn’t give it too much thought.

He was only too happy for the young Goldman – who only earlier this year trained his first stakes winners when Faust claimed the Canberra Cup-Doomben Premier’s Cup double – to put the polish on one of NSW’s most exciting sprinters at his picturesque private Goulburn training complex.

“He also may not be the same horse if he was locked up in a box in Sydney all the time,” Goldman said. “I really do believe this property is the making of a lot of horses.

“[Cardy] obviously trusts me and that confidence I gained from taking over a horse [Faust] that was only running average around Goulburn and working with him to reach listed, group 3 level in one preparation … it gave me quite a bit of confidence to back myself.”

It might have been a stretch a couple of months ago, but Hellbent just might be another one clamouring for inclusion in the stallion-making Coolmore Stud Stakes on Victoria Derby day in a couple of weeks.

Unbeaten in his only two starts, Hellbent will go on trial for a start in the $500,000 group 1 down the famous Flemington straight six when he starts a short-priced favourite in the listed Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

“I definitely would want the horse to win to warrant going down,” Goldman said. “And in saying that I would want to see him win with some ease and a little bit of authority.

“I wanted to be hitting the Coolmore third-up and that was always my plan. He won the other day [at Rosehill] when he definitely wasn’t primed. I’ve always been quite confident in myself and when I have targeted horses at a particular race we usually go and run very well.”

Last year’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winner, the now-retired multiple group 1 winner Brazen Beau, is also by Hellbent’s sire I Am Invincible and plucked out of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

Tye Angland will take over on Hellbent in the Brian Crowley Stakes from Blake Shinn, who Goldman credited with being an excellent sounding board for his handling of the colt, with Ladbrokes listed him a firming $2.25 favourite.

“He’s a push button horse and he doesn’t want to fight the jockeys. His biggest asset is … yes, he’s got the class and ability. But he does the one percenters right.

“He’s very well mannered for a colt, he’s adaptable to different jockeys and he just responds to whatever they ask.”

Doctors warn of dangers of illicit erectile dysfunction pills

“Herbal” and “chemical” erectile pills bought from city sex shops Photo: Contributed Fake erectile dysfunction medication bought from city sex shop Photo: Contributed
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Big Ben. Photo: The Age

Fake erectile dysfunction pills, bought from a city sex shop Photo: The age

With names like African Superman, Man Up Now, Black King Kong and Stallion Pro, there’s little mystery about what they’re promising, but what dodgy erectile dysfunction pills actually deliver can be serious health problems, even death.

However, with Viagra needing a doctor’s prescription, the profit on imported “herbal” and chemical erectile dysfunction medications bought from sex shops are so big that, apparently, even bikies are getting into the action.

Police in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have received intelligence suggesting organised crime and outlaw motorcycle gangs are trafficking both fake erectile products and counterfeit weight loss medicines, which also contain dangerous chemicals

Since 2014, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has seized more than 40 different counterfeit erectile medications from adult shops. Twenty four weight loss products, such as “Star Majestic Slimming” and “One Day Diet”, have also been seized in recent TGA operations, according to confidential documents obtained by Fairfax Media under Freedom of Information laws.

Laboratory tests have found the erectile drugs contain prescription-only substances Sildenafil and Tadalafil, and weight loss products contain the banned substance Sibutramine. These contents are often not identified on the packet, and were found in widely varying amounts in products tested.

Victorian president of the n Medical Association Tony Bartone warned that the substances could pose serious health risks to users with diagnosed or undiagnosed cardiac, liver and other medical problems.

“To supply these medicines without prescription is illegal,” Dr Bartone said. “You wouldn’t give Tadalafil (erectile medication) for example to someone with angina or cardio vascular disease. They could quite easily have a heart attack. For someone with a liver condition you would only use it with extreme caution.”

The TGA recalled weight loss products containing Sibutramine in 2010 after studies found it lead to increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.

Nearly all of the 66 different medicines seized by the TGA in the past year were made in China and came from suppliers whose quality standards could not be determined.

Concern over the high cost of prescription-only erectile dysfunction medicines such as Viagra, and the unrealistic promise that taking a pill could lead to weight loss, explained the prevalence of counterfeit products, Dr Bartone said.

Dr Bartone said people wanting access to erectile dysfunction or weight loss products needed to be assessed and examined by a GP to determine if a prescription was suitable and safe.

The revelations come as the TGA is being absorbed into the health department and its team of just seven regulatory compliance officers have been made to re-apply for their jobs at the same time as running 1500 inquiries a year into counterfeit or illegal products.

As well as dealing with counterfeit erectile and weight loss medicines, the TGA’s regulatory compliance unit also is grappling with an explosion in muscle-building products containing restricted or banned drugs in ‘s gyms and sporting clubs.

Law enforcement sources told Fairfax Media the criminal syndicates were increasingly attracted to these markets because of the promise of healthy profits and minimal risk of jail if caught. Police documents show some of the crime syndicates involved counterfeit medicines are also active in importing highly-addictive synthetic cannabis and cocaine.

Though the TGA is aware of the identity of a vast number of counterfeit medicine importers, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has prosecuted just four people since 2013 for importing and supplying unapproved erectile or weight loss products.

Those convicted received fines of up to $4000 and two were placed on good behaviour bonds. Many more people found to be importing and supplying erectile and weight loss medicines have been issued with warning letters by the TGA.

The use of ‘s postal system has been identified as popular method of importing the counterfeit products, with offenders using false names, fake companies, long-term storage facilities and families and friends to bring in thousands of capsules at a time.

A TGA spokesman said “lifestyle medications” may not be subject to the same level as quality control as medicines approved for sale in by the TGA.

He said the medications may not disclose prescription-only active ingredients which may interact with other tablets or capsules being taken.

“Patients should discuss the use of any unapproved medicines with their healthcare practitioner to determine whether such a medicine is suitable for them.

People wishing to use medicines that are not approved by the TGA for supply in should note that no assurance can be given regarding their quality, safety or effectiveness,” the spokesman said.

He said the TGA’s used a “risk-based compliance framework” to determine where to allocate its investigative resources, particularly those that may lead to court action.

Godolphin count on Hauraki and hope for others in the Caulfield Cup

Godolphin trainer John O’Shea currently has one runner – Hauraki – in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, but he would love a couple of others in Complacent and Magic Hurricane.
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The latter two are emergencies and O’Shea admits he is looking to give them the chance to be in Godolphin blue on Saturday.

“They are both in good form. They are last-start winners, Magic Hurricane in the [group 1] Metropolitan. They are the sort of horses you want to have in a Caulfield Cup,” O’Shea observed.

“In any other year they probably would be in the race. If Complacent gets in he will be an outstanding chance because he has drawn perfectly and he did beat Hauraki last start. You just have to look at the fact Hauraki is one of the favourites, that tells a bit about his form.”

Complacent is the only horse in the country to win two weight-for-age races this season but as second emergency he is more likely to be at home than at Caulfield.

“He has done a great job to come back from injury and it is disappointing that he isn’t in the field,” O’Shea said.

It leaves Hauraki as the horse to try to give Godolphin a second Caulfield Cup after All The Good in 2008. He is well fancied in the betting at $9 and James McDonald was happy to be riding after stretching his legs at Flemington on Thursday morning.

“He looks great in his coat and felt great,” McDonald said. “He has certainly come on since that last run and just keeps improving. He might even have a little more left in him. He is ready to run the race of his life.”

O’Shea has targeted the Caulfield Cup with Hauraki since he was beaten by cup favourite Mongolian Khan in the n Derby. It has taken him a couple of runs to find form.

There were a couple of battling efforts in the Tramway Stakes and George Main Stakes but when he got to 2000m in the Craven Plate last start he gave Complacent a race, only to be touched out on the line after making a sweeping run.

“He made a long run and was chasing a really good one to be fair to him,” O’Shea said. “This has been the race we have been aiming at this preparation and our goal was to get here in form. His form is still on the way up and he has improved with every run and I think the market has recognised that.

“He is going to get the right run and be strong at the end. I don’t actually think there are that many chances in the race and he is definitely one of them.”

Godolphin will have its usual strong hand at Caulfield, McDonald hopping on the likes of Holler, Oaks-bound Ambience, Vashka and Etymology, which could be the boys in blue’s Derby hope.

“These are the days we work hard towards and there are good chances all day,” O’Shea said.

Godolphin’s head trainer went back to Sydney for the Rosehill barrier trials on Friday and to check on his small team for Randwick on Saturday.

Trial winners Morton’s Fork and Pyx Chamber start the day as they debut in the Victory Vein Plate, with Lieder and Sampeah to follow later in the day.

“Morton’s Fork was impressive at the trials but Sam [Clipperton] likes Pyx Chamber and wanted to ride him. They will both run well,” O’Shea said. “Lieder is getting closer to a win.”

Sampeah, placed in the VRC Sires’ Produces Stakes, resumes in the Brian Crowley Stakes after a couple of soft trials.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Captain Stephen Moore ready to heal Wallabies wounds

Warrior at large: Wallabies captain Stephen Moore. Photo: Dan MullanLONDON: The stud marks on Stephen Moore’s face are the reminder of what he’s willing to do for his country, but the Wallabies skipper is on a mission to heal ‘s wounds of the past.
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Forget the milestone and his journey to 100 Test caps, Moore just wants the Wallabies to win back respect and build a reputation on honesty, hard work and clarity.

But while Moore deflects attention from his historic moment, fellow Wallabies centurion Nathan Sharpe declared the hard-nosed hooker the “perfect man” to lead into an era of success.

Moore and Matt Giteau will become the seventh and eighth players to earn 100 Wallabies caps when they play against Scotland in the World Cup quarter final on Sunday (Monday morning AEDT).

It’s a moment that puts them among n rugby elite, joining Sharpe, George Gregan, Stephen Larkham, Adam Ashley-Cooper, George Smith and David Campese in reaching the mark.

Moore has become the voice of reason in the Wallabies, standing up for team culture and trying to erase the wrongs and controversy of recent years.

“I don’t really want to go into the past, now is not the moment,” Moore said.

“For me, when I started in the Wallabies my teammates made it a tough environment, but a good one to be a part of and something I aspired to.

“Now that I am a senior player, that’s what I want to create – a culture that people want to be a part of and aspire to.

“Right from the start I felt it was a special environment. It’s about being really honest, a culture of hard work and there’s no substitute for that.

“It’s important we try to promote that step up around anything we do … that it’s at a level above where we’ve been near previously because that’s what it’s going to take.”

You’ll find Moore at the bottom of a ruck or doing the “dark arts” work at training to ensure his team is firing for its clash against Scotland.

His work ethic and high standards have made him one of the most respected figures in world rugby a decade after making his Test debut.

Moore would rather all of the attention be focused on the Wallabies needing to win to advance to the next stage.

If he had it his way, there’d be little fanfare and would wait until after the tournament to reflect on his milestone moment.

But that’s exactly why Sharpe says he’s the right man to take charge of the Wallabies’ reins, teaming up with Michael Cheika to drive a new culture and a new path for the future.

“He was the perfect choice and the perfect man, to be perfectly frank I think it was a mistake not to have him as a leader earlier,” Sharpe said.

“The timing of things always works in strange ways to get to a right outcome. Steve’s had a chance to watch a lot of people maybe not go about things the right way.

“He’s been able to take that in … now he’s aligned with Michael Cheika and that’s reflective of how everything’s going. Often things come together for a World Cup.

“And at this stage … if do go all the way, it will be partly because these two came together at the right time.”

Moore started his Wallabies career as a quietly spoken rake on the rise who once flirted with the idea of switching allegiances to Ireland.

His parents are both Irish and he lived in Galway until he was five when his family moved to Queensland.

But the lure of a gold jersey proved the decisive factor in committing to and now he wants to play his part in restoring its aura.

The Wallabies have a chance to do just that when they play Scotland for a spot in the semi-finals.

“We have guys in our team who can do that flashy stuff, but for them to do that we need to do our job. That involves just rolling your sleeves up and focusing on the dark arts,” Moore said.

Moore said the Wallabies needed to “define what we stand for” after some lean years on and off the field.

He was given the Wallabies’ captaincy job last year, but disaster struck five minutes into his tenure when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and needed a knee reconstruction.

That has given him a steely resolve at this third World Cup, and possibly his last, with the Wallabies perfectly positioned to make a charge to the final.

He doesn’t want to speculate about his future and whether this is his last chance to rise to World Cup glory.

But that doesn’t mean there’s any time for reflection.

“All I’m focused on is this next opportunity. There’s so much to play for, it doesn’t matter if it’s your 30th, 40th or 50th Test. It’s just as important. When I hang up the boots I might look back at this type of thing.

“I’m not closing the book on anything. When you start thinking about those things you’re looking too far down the track. For me, it’s about the next challenge and that’s Scotland.”

Netflix or Stan: What kind of streaming service user are you?

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Streaming giant Netflix is on the rise in , with one in 10 homes around the country subscribing to the service since its local launch in March.

But let’s not forget competitors Stan and Presto are also vying for a chunk of your screen time. How could you possibly choose which one is the right fit for you?

The average user for each service is a closely guarded secret, so we’d thought we’d dream up our own idea of a typical Netflix and Stan user.

Read on to find out which kind of TV streaming user you are. You’re a Netflix user if:

Netflix is slick and ahead of the curve, just like you.

One million ns subscribe to the service today, but more than 200,000 people accessed Netflix US by using private networks before it was available locally.

That’s a lot of technically savvy people.

You take your streaming and content seriously, which is probably why you signed up for Netflix early in the piece.

For you, there is no streaming service but Netflix. Original content is king, and Netflix has it all. This is the company that brought you House of Cards, afterall.

Don’t forget Orange Is the New Black, Bloodline, The Killing and Narcos, too.

New research from Roy Morgan shows 19 per cent of young households have Netflix, which explains why “Netflix and chill” has become the biggest pick-up line among twenty-somethings.

You likely work in advertising or media, like your coffees black and your television shows critically-acclaimed. You’re a Stan user if:

You don’t like following the crowd and will tell anyone who listens why Android phones are far superior to iPhones.

Sure, Stan only has 300,000 subscribers, but you know this growing streaming service offers some of the finest shows on television.

Critically acclaimed shows UnReal, Transparent and Better Call Saul are exclusive to Stan, as well as classics such as Community and Friends.

We know. It’s pretty cool being able to brag about how great UnReal is while your Netflix-loving friends scratch their heads.

You’re also a big fan of n television, and Stan’s new original series No Activity starring Patrick Brammall ticks all the boxes.

You don’t need the frills in life, you just want functionality. Rebel Wilson dressed as a weird golden mermaid can stay though.

You likely work in banking or insurance and already analysed the pros and cons of each of these services in a spreadsheet.

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