Monthly Archives: January 2019

Bazzabeel belts rivals

PETER Moody’s patience with well bred stayer Bazzabeel is starting to pay off.
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Bazzabeel surges away from its rivals to win the Yalumba Handicap. Picture: PETER WEAVING

The champion trainer has been forced to take things slowly with Bazzabeel because of a string of muscle related injuries.

On Wednesday at Bendigo the five-year-old showed his class by leading all the way to win the Yalumba Benchmark 70 by five lengths.

With Luke Nolen in the saddle, Bazzabeel ($2.20 fav.)crossed straight to the front and never looked like being run down.

Cadel Triomphe ($3.40) ran on well from last to finish second, while Denoninator ($8) was a gallant third.

Bazzabeel has only had six starts for three wins and two second placings.

Moody said Bazzabeel would go out for a spell and return in the autumn with staying races the Adelaide Cup and Sydney Cup the likely targets.

“The further the better for this horse,’’ Moody said.

“He’s had a lot of muscular issues that we’ve had to work on over the years.

“We’ve given him plenty of time to get right.

“He’s had three runs back from a long spell. Now we’ll send him out for a break again because we don’t want to break him.

“He’s the the type of horse that could bob up in an Adelaide or Sydney Cup.”

Meanwhile, apprentice Ben Thompson guided Sir Mask to an upset victory in the final event of the day, the Stride Events Benchmark 64 Handicap.

Sir Mask ($18) was unwanted in betting, but he proved too strong for leader Johnny Roo Boy ($4.70).

Thompson’s four kilogram claim proved to be the difference in the concluding stages.

Johnny Roo Boy gave the winner five-and-a-half kilograms at the weights and was only beaten a head.

Sir Mask, trained at Mornington by Dean Binaisse, recorded its second win from just six career starts.

“Now that he wants to race just off the speed, and with his sharp turn of foot, I thought this track would suit him,’’ Binaise said.

Thompson was impressed with Sir Mask’s effort.

“He is the sort of horse where he needs things to go right for him,’’ Thompson said.

“With the pace from Johnny Roo Boy it did look a good race for him.

“He was able to work into the race well and finished it off nicely.”

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Schoolgirl’s search for Maitland WWI soldier complete

SEARCH COMPLETE: Charlotte Lambert, 18, from the North State High School in Mackay, began investigating the wartime service of Sergeant Arnold Lambert Worboys from Bolwarra when she discovered her surname matched his middle name.A Queensland schoolgirl whose research uncovered the history of a Maitland soldier killed in France during World War I has traced the probable site of his death.
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Charlotte Lambert, 18, from the North State High School in Mackay, began investigating the wartime service of Sergeant Arnold Lambert Worboys from Bolwarra when she discovered her surname matched his middle name.

She then found he had been killed at Villers-Bretonneux in 1917 on March 23 – the same day she celebrates her birthday.

And this week Charlotte accomplished her mission when, together with children from several schools, she visited Gallipoli and battle sites in France and Belgium.

The tour took her to a field of vegetables on a flat plain – the spot where Sergeant Worboys is believed to have been killed.

And there Charlotte planted a single poppy to honour the man she never knew, but who came to play such a big part in her life.

“It was an amazing experience, to find the place where we believe Sgt Worboys died during the fighting,” she said.

“It was a beautiful sunny day, not a bit like the weather our soldiers would have experienced.

“I placed a poppy on the spot to honour him, in what is now a field of vegetables that had been ploughed up.

“We all payed tribute to 17 Australian soldiers killed in the area, then held a service for all our soldiers.

“It was a really special occasion and I was able to share the experience with our school group.

“I was able to honour a man I never knew, yet who had come to play such a big part in my life.”

Charlotte said the scale of the war had shocked her.

“There were just so many cemeteries everywhere we went in Belgium and France,” she said. “We cannot undo the war nor give the soldiers back the lives they lost, but we can remember them and the sacrifices they made.

“I will always remember the soldiers – I have them to thank for the life I have.”

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Councils’ merged solution passed

MOUNT Isa and Cloncurry have joined forces to have the State Government’s Royalties for the Regions reverted back to its original model with only 14 councils eligible for funding.
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The Mount Isa City and Cloncurry Shire councils submitted the composition motion, presenting a merged solution to the debate which was passed to general applause by attending delegates.

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady admitted he was surprised the motion was carried with such overwhelming support given the move would rule out many councils from eligibility.

The funding program came under fire after it was changed from its original rules to allow all regional councils and state government agencies to apply.

LGAQ president Margaret de Wit said that councils rejected the watered down version recently introduced by the state which has made state government bodies eligible for the funding pool.

‘‘We’re sending a clear message to the state that councils support a program which supports those impacted by resource sector development,’’ she said.

Cr McGrady said the Cloncurry Shire Council had initially put forward a submission to have a set percentage of mining revenue returned back to resource-impacted councils.

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Water, tariffs addressed

THREE motions submitted by the Mount Isa City Council were passed at yesterday’s Local Government Association of Queensland conference in Mackay.
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The council’s composite motion to revert back to the original Royalties for the Regions structure was passed, along with a national water summit and tariff equalisations.

The national water summit plea requested the “Queensland government invite the federal government to convene a national summit meeting between the federal government, the state governments Local Government Associations and a representative of the federal opposition to develop a national strategy to deal with the impacts of draughts on local government”.

“The drought is having a devastating impact on many Queenslanders and while governments are offering assistance to graziers and others, there are no grants available for councils who have to increase water rates by substantial amounts,” the motion said.

The tariff equalisation motion will reject any possible move for the removal of “schemes which assist residents of regional centres and remote areas with the same electricity prices as the larger centres by way of subsidised electricity costs”.

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No luck for local trainers on Cup day

BENDIGO trainers walked away from Bendigo Cup day a frustrated crew.
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Michael Rodd and Windfleet after they finished third in race two.

The local trainers supported the feature meeting strongly, but no-one was able to taste success.

Danny Curran had a shot at the stumps in the Cup with his mare Caves.

The stayer travelled well in the run, but she didn’t have the class to go with her more seasoned rivals in the home straight.

Jockey Nikita Beriman didn’t push Caves out in the final 200m and the mare finished last in the field of nine.

For Bendigo trainer Shane Fliedner, his four-year winning run on Bendigo Cup day came to a grinding halt on Wednesday.

Fliedner went into the meeting with high hopes that one of his eight runners would maintain his Cup day streak.

Despite most of his horses running well, the streak was broken at four.

Fliedner’s best hope for the day was in the final event where Silent Man was well-backed into favouritism.

The four-year-old travelled back in the field and didn’t warm up until the final 100m, flashing home to run third behind Sir Mask.

It was the second time in three starts this campaign that Silent Man has run third.

Fliedner’s other placing for the day came in the opening event when Blessings ran a gallant third behind Lock And Load.

Fellow Bendigo trainer Shaun Dwyer endured a frustrating Bendigo Cup day.

Dwyer saddled up four runners for the day and went home with three third placings and a fifth placing.

Windfleet had no luck at all in the second event of the day.

Ridden by Michael Rodd, Windfleet was held up for the majority of the home straight before storming home to run third to Margin Trader.

Promising mare Never Give An Inch came from last to run third behind Seul Spirit in race five, while Inkjet Sprinter returned to something like its best form in running third to the smart Tansy in the following event.

Dwyer has always had a good opinion of Da Paolino.

The four-year-old gelding returned from a long spell with a fifth placing in the final event of the day.

Da Paolino will be better suited when it gets out beyond 1600m.

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