Port Macquarie tips: Acoustix to hit high note

Newcastle trainer Nathan Doyle has a habit of getting horses off other trainers and making them win as soon as he races them and Gironde is another one.

The three-year-old is looking to make it three-straight wins for Doyle on Thursday at Port Macquarie in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (1200m). He won first-up at the track two starts ago then was successful at Taree over 1312m last start when winning by half a length but it probably should have been by further.

“I can’t complain. He’s unbeaten since I’ve had him and he’s got a bit left in the tank, too,” Doyle said.

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Jenny Duggan has a great winning chance on Acoustix at Port Macquarie. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“He floats around when he finds the front and it wasn’t the ideal situation last start when he was trapped out deep and had to push around them and he found the front on straightening.

“It was a long way up the straight and he was fighting the whole way up it and got the job done. He can just wait for them a bit.”

From barrier eight, Doyle wants apprentice Grace Willoughby to get cover on Gironde and produce him later in the race. Willoughby is taking over from the suspended Koby Jennings but did ride him in his trial late last year.

“The horse has come on since that run and hopefully this time we can be fifth or sixth and with something to chase. That’s when you’ll see the best of him,” Doyle said.

“After this run I’ll put the blinkers on and you’ll see more improvement from him. We’ll put them on once we get to the better class of races.



He won two races impressively before a very good run in a Country Championships Qualifier, which is great form to be winning a race like this.


She’s got a good enough gate to get into the right position to win this third-up after a couple of seconds this time in.


She won on debut before a long spell and returned to race well in a fairly strong form race and she can improve greatly off that.



Leg 1: 1, 2, 4, 6

Leg 2: 3, 4, 6, 8

Leg 3: 2, 4, 5

Leg 4: 1, 3, 5, 11


KRIS LEES can train at least a double with Captain Solo looking very hard to beat in the third race, while Tigeen and Spiritual Power are also big hopes.


DARRYL MCLELLAN has a few good chances in Exotic Pearl and Just Cosmos.


Kris Lees has a powerful team heading to Port Macquarie. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


“He’s not a flash worker but come race day he really switches on. He always showed me he had something. He moved well and wasn’t having much of a blow. He looks after himself.”

Izzat also runs for Doyle in a Maiden Plate (1500m) and he’s fit enough to be running a strong trip. He flopped last start at the provincials but did run second a run earlier at Port Macquarie.

“He was disappointing the other day after a good run before it,” Doyle said. “He seems to be one of those horses where the worse you ride him the better he goes.”

Doyle will run the highly promising Pride Of Adelaide at Hawkesbury on Saturday and another big win could set him on a path to a big race over the Sydney autumn carnival.

He comes off a seven-length win on the Beaumont track at Newcastle last start and despite having just three starts to date he could find himself in a couple of Group 1 races.

The Adelaide three-year-old has been nominated for the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Group 1 ATC Derby. They are ambitious goals but Doyle won’t be afraid to have a throw at the stumps if his horse keeps winning in dominant fashion.

“We’ll get through Saturday first,” he said. “I don’t want him to be a flash in the pan which is why we’ve gone to a Class 1. If he can do the same sort of job on Saturday then those better races are options. I’m training the horse not the program.”

Meantime, Greg Howells knows his two horses racing at Port Macquarie — Teo Torriate and Real Gent — probably need some rain to hit the track if they are to keep winning. Both come off last-start wins on heavy tracks and as long as they can get their toe into the track on Thursday they will race well.

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Real Gent kicks off the charge in the sixth race and he’s looking for three-straight wins but does have to carry 4kg more in weight after he won last start at Ballina.

“He probably needs the inside gate now that he goes up in weight,” Howells said.

“You’d like to think he’d nearly lead from the barrier. He’s a pretty strong-going bugger and if you tuck him in behind you’ll have a wrestling match and I know who would win.

“He’s very suited at the mile and he does well and he’s nice and tightened up.”

It doesn’t have to be an absolute bog track, though. “He ran fifth three starts back at Ballina but it was a good form race and he did it on an improving Soft 6,” Howells said.

The stable’s other runner, Teo Torriate, has drawn wide in the eighth race and must be given a dig out of the gates to get the job done.

“It depends on what mood she’s in on the day,” Howells said.

“You’ve got to be positive on her because if you jump out and drop your hands she thinks she’s just there to have a jog around. She’s been honest and puts in 100 per cent when she wants to and on other occasions she doesn’t but she’s paid her way.”

Howells will hope she can cross them, lead and hold on.

“She didn’t draw the best (12) but with the claim she gets into this pretty well and there’s some form to come out of the Ballina race,” he said.

“She beat Foxy Walk then it came out and won well at its next start so that was good. She won’t be too close to the fence from the draw though.”

Darryl McLellan has a few good chances at Port Macquarie, including Exotic Pearl in race four. Picture: Richard GoslingSource:News Corp Australia


RACE 1 (12.40pm)

Sparkling Rose is set to start favourite despite being a 10-start maiden with just two placings. She’s first-up without a public trial and the last time she was seen was in September, when running a close fifth at Tuncurry. Trematon is a 14-start maiden with two placings. He has had two trials and the last one looked pretty good. Qukes might improve back on top of the ground.


RACE 2 (1.15pm)

Serbelloni ended his last preparation with a win which is always a good sign and he’s had a nice tune-up trial for this prep where he will be out to improve his winning strike rate. Peachies Dream has just one win from 23 starts but will have support because she’s placed on 14 occasions and her only win was last start. But it was on a heavy track over 1250m and she drops back to 1000m, which is a query. Supreme Diva ran well in a good form race last start.

BET: Quinella 4, 8.

RACE 3 (1.50pm)

Captain Solo will be very well supported after two seconds in stronger races this time in and he’s been sent here for a confidence-boosting win. On form, it’s hard to see anything beating him as long as he handles a possible wet track, which he hasn’t encountered on race day. Stonecold Flex finally gets a good draw which can help him finish in a higher spot than in the past.


RACE 4 (2.25pm)

Exotic Pearl should be able to race one-off the fence and just off the speed which gives him every chance to improve on two second placings this preparation. Les Amoureux finds her easiest career race after running in town and at the provincials under a previous trainer. Balboa has drawn well and comes off a career-best run when third and the highly promising Pride Of Adelaide ran second that day before going on to win its next start by seven lengths, so it’s a good form reference.

BET: Exacta 12, 1.

RACE 5 (3.05pm)

Just Cosmos has a racing pattern that takes bad luck out of the equation and will be in this for a long way and should go close to holding on and winning. Za Za Zena also likes to race positively and will need to get away quick to cross them from a wide gate. She may be vulnerable late if she has to work too hard early on. Sytus is back in grade and will enjoy this trip first-up and is bred to handle the wet.


RACE 6 (3.40pm)

Tigeen took the whole straight to run the leader down first-up over 1350m and the 1500m will suit. She can win again as long as that fresh run doesn’t leave her flat second-up. Real Gent comes off two straight wins but both were on heavy tracks, so he wants the rain to arrive. Acoustix tries 1500m for the first time but it looks like he will run it out and he won two races before a close sixth in a Country Championships Qualifier last start, so he’s got the form to win again.


RACE 7 (4.15pm)

Barrier one probably isn’t ideal for Senatorial, who likes to get back and run on. As long as he gets clear running when it counts, he can surge past his rivals. He’s in fantastic form but his racing pattern comes with risks. Up the Stairs would have won a Highway race last start had he drawn better. Again he will need luck from the gate but he’s going well enough to be right in the finish. Into The Oblivion has drawn well and gets in with a good weight after a big last-start win.


RACE 8 (4.50pm)

Nashian has won fresh and at the track and no doubt has the talent to be winning this race first-up despite drawing wide. Gypsy Queen gets back to a track where she’s performed well of late without winning while Darmasun resumes for a new trainer after showing glimpses of good form in Victoria. Di’s Diamond had a wide gate but likes to get back anyway so look for her late. Teo Torriate has won at the track and likes it wet.

BET: NASHIAN to win.

RACE 9 (5.30pm)

Gironde goes for three straight wins and this race isn’t any harder than the one he took out last start. He just needs to hit the lead later in the race this time so he doesn’t wander about. Spiritual Power is his main challenger and will sit off the speed and get the right run to finish it off. Hubble and Manno are also some of the main challengers in an open enough race.

BET: GIRONDE to win.

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Sky beating BBC in tug-of war for Andrew Flintoff

Sky beating BBC in tug-of war for Andrew Flintoff to be the face of their Hundred television coverage

  • Andrew Flintoff has largely kept his distance from cricket since his retirement
  • Ex-England all-rounder has focused on building a new career in entertainment
  • With Hundred to be aimed at a younger audience, his services are in demand

The BBC are battling Sky Sports to secure Andrew Flintoff as the face of their Hundred television coverage.

The former England all-rounder has largely kept his distance from cricket since his retirement 10 years ago, resisting many offers to join the massed ranks of ex-England players in the commentary box.

Flintoff has instead focused on building a new career in entertainment, starring in shows such as Top Gear and A League of Their Own, but with the controversial Hundred competition to be aimed at a younger audience, his services are more in demand than ever this summer.

BBC are battling Sky Sports to secure Andrew Flintoff as face of Hundred television coverage

The BBC and Sky are both understood to have made a pitch, with the satellite network leading the race because they have the rights to more matches and an established, award-winning cricket broadcast team.

Sportsmail columnists Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd will lead Sky’s coverage, but they are also looking for new faces.

The BBC will televise live cricket for the first time in 21 years this summer, having also won the rights to two England Twenty20 games, but with just 10 Hundred matches in their portfolio, they are understood to be struggling to fill their team. 

Radio 1 DJ Greg James is believed to have turned down an approach, with former England cricketer and Sky pundit Isa Guha their only confirmed signing to date.

The ECB confirmed on Tuesday that the Hundred’s £600,000 prize pot will be split equally between the men’s and women’s competitions, despite the fact the women will play fewer matches. It is in an indication of the governing body’s commitment to levelling up the men’s and women’s games.

‘This is a great announcement for women’s sport,’ said England captain Heather Knight. ‘Women’s professional cricket is on an exciting journey and, while there is still a way to go to realise gender parity, this is a significant step in the right direction.’

Ex-England all-rounder has largely kept distance from cricket since his retirement 10 years ago

Meanwhile, Natalie Sciver has criticised the ICC’s failure to provide a reserve day for Thursday’s Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals as rain looks set to scupper England’s attempt to become double world champions.

India v England and South Africa v Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground are under threat.

If no result is possible, the winners of Group A and B will go through to Sunday’s final at the MCG — sending England and hosts Australia tumbling out.

‘In Australia you don’t expect it to rain, but it is towards the end of the summer so you have to be prepared,’ said Sciver.

Flintoff has focused on building a new career in entertainment, starring in shows like Top Gear 


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Top chaser Un De Sceaux retired by trainer Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins has said legendary chaser Un De Sceaux will be 'impossible' to replace after he was retired just 11 days before the start of the Cheltenham Festival.

The 12-year-old was being prepared for his sixth run at the meeting, but the trainer called time on his career due to injury.

During his seven years on the track in Britain and Ireland, he gained many fans for his bold front running style, which won his connections over £1.5 million in prize money.

The veteran triumphed in 23 of his 34 starts including two races at The Festival- the 2015 Arkle and 2017 Ryanair Chase.

His record has ten Grade One races on it, the highest level in National Hunt racing, for owners the O'Connell family.

"He's been a huge star in our yard and he'll be hugely missed," Mullins said.

"You can't replace horses like him – it's impossible. He was a once-in-a-lifetime horse, and we were very lucky to have him.

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Cricket phenom snares ‘unbelievable’ catch

All rounder Ravindra Jadeja has pulled off one of the greatest outfield catches in living memory to dismiss New Zealand’s Neil Wagner in Christchurch.

The Indian team were itching to end the Black Caps innings on day two, a late resurgence from the tailenders pushing the hosts towards a first innings lead.

Wagner was on 21 when he attempted a pull shot off paceman Mohammad Shami during the afternoon session at Hagley Oval.

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Running around from deep square leg, Jadeja lunged into the air, the ball miraculously sticking into his outstretched left hand.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates the catch with his teammatesSource:Getty Images

A dejected Wagner made his way off the field, unable to fathom the absurd dismissal. Ecstatic teammate Mayank Agarwal gave Jadeja a mighty hug as the Christchurch crowd went berserk, as did commentator Ian Smith.

“Unbelievable — quite incredible. Quite possibly one of the greatest outfield catches in the history of the game,” Smith cried.

“This will live long in your memory folks. One of the greatest of all time.”

The dismissal was remarkably similar to Ben Stokes’ famous catch to remove South African Andile Phehlukwayo in London during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

That, right there, from Jadeja, is one of the best catches you’ll see. Insane stuff. #NZvsIND pic.twitter.com/gLTg296Rdm

This is where Jadeja is preferred over Ashwin. Saves 20 runs and takes some outstanding catches. Besides 2-3 wickets

Ravindra Jadeja should never not play in any cricket team that India fields ever. #NZvIND

Indian politician Abhishek Singhvi called the catch “ridiculous”, and respected cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle labelled it a “stunner”.

During the innings break, Jadeja admitted he didn’t expect to hold onto the catch, the wind making it more challenging to execute.

“I knew that he was going to play that shot; I was ready for that. But I didn’t know that ball was coming with the double pace with the wind,” Jadeja said.

“The ball came too quick, and I just put out my hand and the ball stuck in my hand.

“I didn’t even realise I took that catch.”

Jadeja has played 48 Tests for India, claiming 211 wickets and scoring 1844 runs.

The Black Caps were eventually dismissed for 235 on Sunday, seven runs short of India’s first innings total.

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‘Shut the f*** up’: King Kohli erupts

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has fired up at New Zealand’s spectators, sending a pointed message to members of the crowd in Christchurch.

Kohli is known to occasionally lose his temper on the field — he’s a passionate cricketer, and sometimes lets his emotions get the better of him.

And the New Zealand spectators evidently got under Kohli’s skin on Sunday, the roaring crowd in full voice during the second Test match at Hagley Oval.

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During the morning session of day two, Black Caps opening batsman Tom Latham reached a half century before leaving an inswinger from Indian paceman Mohammad Shami, the ball crashing into the top of off stump.

As the Indian team celebrated the breakthrough, Kohli faced the and crowd and shushed his critics, appearing to mouth the words, “Shut the f*** up”.

I’m no expert lip reader, but if I’m not mistaken that was a “Shut the f**k up” with the 🤫🤫🤫 to a section of the crowd from Kohli #NZvIND

Sydney cricket fans will remember when Kohli similarly lost his temper in January 2012, presenting the SCG crowd with his middle finger as he walked off the field.

The 31-year-old — who won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award in January — was also spotted mocking the crowd on Sunday, imitating a drunk person.

India’s Virat Kohli gestures to the crowdSource:AP


Latham made his way back to the pavilion for 52 and the Black Caps were eventually dismissed for 235, seven runs short of India’s first innings total. Shami ended the innings with 4/81 from 23.1 overs.

However, New Zealand got the last laugh, with Kohli dismissed cheaply late on day two. The Indian captain missed a straight delivery from all rounder Colin de Grandhomme, and was trapped LBW for 14.

Missing straight balls now Kohli. What a horror Test series.

Kohli’s tour ends poorly, playing down wrong line to gentle inswinger from Grandhomme. Puts India in deeper misery

Kohli has been ruthlessly criticised for his poor performances with the bat during the New Zealand tour. Although he’s touted as the world’s best batsman across formats, Kohli has endured the worst series of his 12-year international career.

The 218 runs Kohli scored across nine matches in New Zealand is the lowest he has ever achieved on a tour where he played all the three formats.

Virat Kohli only scored 28 runs in a forgettable Test seriesSource:AFP

Kohli averaged 9.50 with the bat after four Test innings, his lowest ever in an away series. With scores of two, 19, three and 14, it’s also the second time in his ten-year Test career he hasn’t passed 20 in a series. This is only the fourth occasion where Kohli failed to pass 20 more than once in a run of seven innings.

Even tailender Shami scored more runs than his skipper during the two-Test series.

ABC Grandstand radio presenter Akash Fotedar tweeted, “The inability of the other batsmen to carry the load in (Kohli’s) absence has made this a tough tour for India”.

Nightmare innings ends the worst series for Kohli in a long time. Just 38 in 4 innings. Not unusual for great batsmen to lose their GPS for phases in their career. The best come right back, as Virat will..#IndVsNZ

Kohli was recently dethroned at the world’s No. 1 Test batsman, dropping to second below Australia’s Steve Smith. He’s one of only two batsmen ranked in the top ten for all three formats, alongside Pakistan’s Babar Azam.

India is 6/90 at stumps on day two, leading by 97 runs.

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New Zealand crush India to sweep Test series

New Zealand have romped to a seven-wicket victory over India in the second Test in Christchurch for an emphatic 2-0 series sweep of the world's top-ranked side.

The Black Caps dismissed the tourists for 124 in the first hour of day three before chasing down their 132-run victory target with the loss of just three wickets.

Indian captain Virat Kohli and Kiwi captain Kane Williamson chat after New Zealand’s comprehensive win.Credit:Getty Images

Henry Nicholls hit the winning run as New Zealand drove home a dominance that was only briefly challenged in the series as India succumbed to their first two defeats in the World Test Championship.

Openers Tom Latham (52) and Tom Blundell (55) did most of the work before falling to Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah respectively, the latter producing a peach of a ball to take out the batsman's off stump.

New Zealand skipper Kane Willliamson made just five before he was caught off his gloves fending another fizzing delivery from Bumrah.

The hosts were already well within sight of their target by the time the wickets started falling, however, and it only spared India back-to-back thrashings by 10 wickets.

The thumping victory in the first Test in Wellington did much to ease the pain of New Zealand's miserable tour of Australia over the New Year and the series sweep underlined how tough it is to beat the Black Caps at home.

"Outstanding," Williamson said.

"I don't think the end result reflected how tight that match was. As we know, there's a fine line. India are a world-class side, top of the comp, so a great effort from the guys."

After the drama of day two, when 16 wickets fell as India stormed back into the match only to be pegged back by the close of play, there was a more subdued atmosphere at an overcast Hagley Oval on Monday.

India resumed on 6-90 with a lead of 97 but Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami and Bumrah all quickly departed and the hosts were soon heading back to the dressing room to pad up.

Trent Boult took 4-28 and Tim Southee grabbed 3-36 as New Zealand's experienced strike pairing did what they do in home conditions.

India's final wicket fell when Bumrah charged down the track for a single and was left stranded as Ravindra Jadeja declined the run, a suitably chaotic end to a poor effort from a much vaunted batting order on New Zealand's green pitches.

"When you sit down and look back at this series, you have to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers … you have to play extravagant shots to get runs," said India captain Virat Kohli, who managed only 38 runs from four innings.

"It was a combination of us not quite having the right execution and New Zealand playing really well in their conditions."


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Kembla Grange tips: It’s time to Go For Gold

Trainer Mark Newnham is optimistic Shadow Hero can protect his unbeaten second-up record against a crack field in the Group 1 $1 million Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Newnham’s confidence soared after Shadow Hero produced a rousing gallop at Warwick Farm trackwork on Monday morning.

Shadow Hero, ridden by Josh Parr, worked from the 1200m mark on the course proper and was clocked to run a tick over one minute and 18 seconds for the trip, including a final 400m of 22.8sec.

“It was a really solid piece of work. He’s pulled up well and is ready to go for the Guineas,’’ Newnham said.

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Shadow Hero is coming off a solid first-up fifth in the Hobartville Stakes and Newnham believes his gelding is going to appreciate the Randwick 1600m course against the likes of Super Seth, Castelvecchio, Brandenburg, Warning and Microphone.

Shadow Hero wins the Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick.Source:Getty Images

“His two second-up runs have gone very well,’’ Newnham said. “He won a stakes race at his second start at Doomben and then in the spring he won the Gloaming Stakes.

“He is going well enough to be a winning chance on Saturday.’’

Newnham, who has entered Quintessa and Soul Purpose to clash in the Fillies and Mares Maiden (1400m) at Kembla Grange on Tuesday, also reported that Doncaster Mile hopeful Quackerjack had pulled up well after his determined win in the Liverpool City Cup at Randwick last Saturday.

“Quackerjack has pulled up great. He is so tough, racing doesn’t bother him,’’ Newnham said.

“He’s a ripper because you can just rely on him every start to give his best and he has this amazing will to win.

“The plan is to go to the Ajax Stakes next and then three weeks into the Doncaster.’’

At the Kembla meeting, Newnham has indicated he is likely to avoid a clash of his stablemates in the opener, confirming Quintessa as a definite starter.

“Quintessa will run but I’m probably going to keep Soul Purpose for another day,’’ he said.

Newnham has a healthy regard for Quintessa’s emerging potential, rating her a filly of considerable staying potential.

Trainer Mark Newnham was pleased with the work of Shadow Hero.Source:Getty Images

He has her nominated for the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks during The Championships next month.

Quintessa, who like the unraced Soul Purpose is a daughter of Coolmore Stud’s outstanding young sire Pierro, has had four starts, recording minor placings at Canterbury and Warwick last spring.

She is resuming on Tuesday after two barrier trials, including her win over Carif in a Randwick 1200m heat two weeks ago.

“Quintessa’s last trial was really good,’’ Newnham said.

“She is coming up well this preparation and she should go very close to winning this race.

“I feel she is a promising staying filly and I’d like to get a win on the board and then aim a bit higher.’’

TAB Fixed Odds price assessors are taking no risks with Quintessa, opening her at $1.25 favourite to secure her maiden win.

Quintessa, Newnham’s only starter at the Kembla meeting, is the shortest favourite on the seven-race program, where trainers James Cummings and Les Bridge have strong chances.

Cummings will saddle up favourites Amitto ($3, race 2), Jetski ($3.10, race 4) and Smitten ($2.90, race 6), while Bridge has All Time Legend ($2.50, race 3) and Go For Gold ($1.85, race 5).




Was fractious in the gates when solid in the market on debut at Warwick Farm crossing the line with only one behind. Since trialled and was most impressive.

NEXT BEST: GO FOR GOLD (Race 5, No. 2)

Likewise trained by Les Bridge, this gelding has shown enormous potential at the trials but has been costly to follow in his two starts. That said, he is a talent.


Glen Boss and Gwenda Markwell combine here with a horse that has been hitting the line with purpose of late over these short courses and who races at home on Tuesday.


Has five rides all of them for the designated ‘Queen of Kembla’, Gwenda Markwell.


Race 4: 1, 2, 3, 8. Race 5: 2. Race 6: 3, 11. Race 7: 2, 4, 7, 9.


BEST BET: PAT’S NIPPER (Race 6, No. 6)

Highway winner who also claims a victory over Burning Crown. The Cody Morgan trained gelding was the one finishing best behind the handy Charlotte’s Heart second-up.

NEXT BEST: ZELLYAMY (Race 5, No. 10)

Well bred mare who won on debut in October — spelled, then caught the eye with her closing third at Grafton. Can go through her grades quickly.




Quintessa will rightfully be the shortest priced favourite of the day. She wears the colours of her sire Pierro and has placed twice in her four city runs, she was 0.8-lengths second to Cock Match one day at Warwick Farm. Trialled twice and won thelast win beating Carif Impossible to go past really. Girl You Want is trained by Gwenda Markwell who won a Tibbie Plate with her dam Miss Pageantry. Form is not nearly as bad as it reads. Show Tickets has pace and should be prominent for a fair way.



Icebath was beaten 3-lengths by Kiamichi in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace and 4-lengths off Anaheed in the Pierro before that. Fast forward to more recent times and it was no surprise then that the Brad Widdup trained filly was too good for her rivalsin a Beaumont maiden. Can keep progressing. That said, Godolphin filly Amitto is an obstacle. The daughter of Lonhro and Group 1 winner Anamato won here first-up before a 0.5-lengths second to the handy Cafe Royal. First Crown seemed to have every chance last start but is consistent.



All Time Legend was $4.20 into $4 when he made his debut at Warwick Farm on January 27. He only beat one horse home that day, the only real excuses if any where that he was fractious in the barriers and that it was his first start. Went back to the trials and was very impressive. Avouch is much better than his record would suggest even at this early stage. He can step up and show his worth in this grade. Micks ‘N’ Nicks will be getting the line and ran an eye catcher on debut over this trip. No knock at all on Well Known.



Jetski is half brother to Stradbroke winner Everest placegetter Trekking. The son of Lonhro counts Kembla as one of the two venues where he has saluted, he was mighty impressive that day running them down from worse than midfield. Jetski is unplaced in

both ‘fresh’ runs but his trials but this is a nice race for him. Bullet Fly likewise is first-up in 2020 and has the ultimate gear change in that he’s now a gelding. Lot to like about his trial win at Randwick. Fantini is an underrated horse with talent but facing his stiffest test to date.



Go For Gold trials like a city horse but has so far been able to reproduce on it on race-day beaten twice, one of them at $1.55. That said, he spelled after each of those runs so we have to be a bit forgiving. Trialled well (again) before Tuesday’s return. Have to be with him again. Gwenda Markwell will have a big say in whether Go For Gold gets rolled again; the Derby-winning trainer can win with any of her crew; Readathon and Pioneer the most likely.



Gwenda Markwell combines with Glen Boss here with the sparingly-raced 7yo I Am Magnificent who has raced ‘just’ 20 times for three wins, three seconds a fourth. A member of I Am Invincible’s first crop, this gelding has been getting back and hitting the line hard at his last couple and have the advantage of racing at home on Tuesday. Art Of Excellence has raced at Kembla sixtimes for three placings. He was somewhat the eye catcher in his Kensington race last month. Bare Naked Lady has a compelling first-up record. Smitten is a market watch.



Stick ‘Em up could very well show up in the ATC Oaks or perhaps even the Queensland or South Australian classics. The John Sargent trained daughter of Dundeel won a Bm60 at Canberra then 13 days later beat half the field home in the VRC oaks. Tonnes of merit in her first-up run at the Beaumont over 1350m. Garros is the value in the race. The Sapphire Coast housed gelding was beaten 6.4-lengths by Julian Rock in the SERA Qualifier. Last start winner Doctor Manhattan is ideally placed here at the mile (again) and on the big track.


Racing Review with Ray Thomas – March 2

Ray Thomas highlights the best from the weekend’s racing at Royal Randwick and Flemington.

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Women’s T20 World Cup: Shashikala Siriwardene stars as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh

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Sri Lanka finished their T20 World Cup campaign with their first victory of the tournament against Bangladesh.

In a match between two sides already eliminated, it was Sri Lanka who dominated – winning by nine wickets and with 27 balls to spare.

Victory was set up by Shashikala Siriwardene’s 4-16 in her final match before retirement as Bangladesh mustered just 91-8 after batting first.

Hasini Perera ensured a simple victory for Sri Lanka with 39 not out.

Achini Kulasuriya also impressed for Sri Lanka with the ball, taking 2-19, while captain Chamari Atapattu hit a quickfire 30 to ensure her side reached their victory target with more than four overs to spare.

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India accused of dodgy, deceitful tactic

Desperate to avoid its first series whitewash in eight years, India’s Test team has been accused of resorting to dodgy tactics in the second match against New Zealand.

Having set New Zealand a small target of 132, India needed early wickets at Christchurch and the touring team seemingly did not care too much about how they came.

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In the fourth over umpire Richard Kettleborough scolded Virat Kohli’s side after a fielder was heard shouting “two” as Tom Latham picked up a single with a nudge to fine leg.

The official was adamant the Indians were looking to con the New Zealander into chasing a second run that was never on.

India’s dodgy tactic

Cricket: Umpire Richard Kettleborough was unhappy with the Indian fieldsmen who he alleged were making phantom calls to try and confuse the New Zealand batsmen.

“No shouting two,” umpire Kettleborough, crowned the ICC umpire of the year four times, was heard admonishing Kohli. “You shouted two there.”

Kettleborough seemed unimpressed by Kohli’s explanation the call was to alert the fielder at fine leg of the possibility of a second run.

“No you’re not, you shouted here, enough please.”

READ: Kohli tells crowd to ‘shut the f*** up’

Kohli to Kiwi crowd: ‘Shut the f*** up’

Cricket: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has fired up at New Zealand’s spectators, sending a pointed message to members of the crowd in Christchurch which appeared to come across as ‘shut the f*** up’.

It has been a tour to forget for Kohli, who made just 218 runs across nine matches.

He also appeared to tell the crowd to quieten up in no uncertain terms on day two of the second Test.

Agitated by the crowd all Test, Kohli took his frustrations out on them after Tom Latham was bowled by Mohammed Shami, turning to them and seemingly mouthing the words “shut the f*** up.”

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Robin Goodfellow's racing tips for Monday, March 2

Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips for Monday, March 2

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday’s meetings at Wolverhampton and Wetherby.

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday’s meetings 


4.45 Creative Talent (nap)

5.15 Traveller

5.45 Tabaahy

6.15 Sky Defender (nb)

6.45 Unforgiving Minute

7.15 Dear Power

7.45 Bowling Russian 


4.45 Cafe Sydney

5.15 Traveller

5.45 Johnny Reb

6.15 Deal A Dollar (nap)

6.45 Unforgiving Minute

7.15 Dear Power (nb)

7.45 Yukon Mission 

Newmarket – 7.15 Dear Power (nap); 7.45 With Virtue (nb).

Northerner – 6.15 Sky Defender (nap)



2.00 Accordingtogino

2.35 The Crazed Moon

3.10 Young Lieutenant

3.40 Casual Cavalier

4.15 Main Fact

4.45 Spirit Of Hale 


2.00 Accordingtogino

2.35 Relkadam

3.10 Diodorus

3.40 Casual Cavalier

4.15 Secrete Stream

4.45 Spirit Of Hale 

Northerner – 3.40 Maxed Out King (nb) 

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