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Racing - Lismore, Monday Print

Muz has bit to do

april 13 2014 race twoBy Tony White

Promising juvenile Our Mate Muz returns to racing on his home track at Lismore tomorrow, trainer John Hughes hopeful he can “turn out to be a pretty handy horse”.

Our Mate Muz resumes in the Woodlawn Cup Saturday May 24 Hcp over 1200m with Raymond Spokes taking the reins.

The two-year-old by Bel Danoro out of Forest Air, a mare whose breeding traces back to the mighty Gloaming, had two starts in his initial campaign for a first-up win over 1000m at Lismore on December 1 and a long neck second to Hollywood Barbie over 1010m at Murwillumbah on December 29.

Hughes maintains Our Mate Muz should be unbeaten.

“It was over 40 degrees at Murwillumbah,” Hughes said. “The horse just didn’t want to be there. He got really stirred up on the day, didn’t want to go into the barriers and finished ringing wet in sweat.

“That just wasn’t him.”

Our Mate Muz hit the front at the 100m but was outgunned late By Hollywood Barbie.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:25
Racing - Goulburn, Monday Print

Rich Tycoon lighter
april 13 2014 race 1By Tony White

Canberra trainer Rado Boljun hopes he has found the right four-kilo claimer for Rich Tycoon who lines up at Goulburn tomorrow chasing back to back wins.

Rich Tycoon tackles the Marquee Weddings On Track Benchmark 55 Hcp (1000m) with Beany Panya in the saddle.

Beany is the 21-year-old twin sister of successful Canberra apprentice Deanne Panya.

The girls are in same the mould of Tommy and the late Nathan Berry.

Panya's four kilo claim reduces Rich Tycoon's weight to 58kg.

Beany is apprenticed to Steve Englebrecht at Warwick Farm while Deanne is with Keith Dryden in Canberra.

Deanne has ridden Rich Tycoon on five occasions recording two seconds, and a win at Queanbeyan on September 22 last year.

"Hopefully Beany can do the same," Boljun said.

"Rich Tycoon is ready to go. He's nice and fresh and with only one corner to get around Beany and Rich Tycoon should get on well together."

Englebrecht described Beany as "unbelievable".

"She's just a hard worker, very dedicated. You don't get many like that.
"Obviously she's still learning but sending her to the country helps her gain experience. She keeps wanting to improve."

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:22
FNC rugby review - round 2 Print


april 13 2014 rugby review - round 2  2014The season is already looking long for some clubs, particularly Southern Cross University, which was thrashed in round two of the FNC rugby competition on Saturday.

Southern Cross sank to its second loss in a row.

Lismore City belted Southern Cross 128-0 after leading 50-0 at the break.

Lismore supporters enjoyed the slaughter but the result will not please competition organisers.

Southern Cross has struggled for some time and the lack of depth seems to be getting worse, holidays or no holidays.

Can the students go the distance?

Southern Cross was downed 14-0 by Casino in round one.

Casino, however, is also feeling rather bruised on Sunday, following a 53-21 loss to the Grafton Redmen at Albert Park, Casino, on Saturday.

Redmen fullback Ben Stone loved every centimetre of Albert Park as he ran in three tries. Speedy back Kyle Hancock ran in two five-pointers.

The Redmen bounced back in this game after losing 36-17 to Wollongbar-Alstonville in round one.

The Bar looked the goods again, in round two, by downing Ballina 32-12.

It was Ballina's second successive loss.

Lennox Head, which drew the bye in round one, notched up a 22-17 victory over Bangalow.

It was the second narrow loss for Bangalow, which went down 23-20 to Lismore in round one.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 13:12
FNC rugby results 2014 - round 2 Print

First grade
Grafton 53 (Ben Stone 3, Kyle Hancock 2, Scott Lloyd, Jono Speechley, Beau Deleuien, Nathan McPherson tries, Kyle Hancock 3, Paul Cameron conversions) d Casino 21 (Glen Smith, Brock Armstrong, Blake Birmingham tries, Tom Farr 2, Jacob Dunn conversions)

Wollongbar-Alstonville 32 (Jerry Faifaiese, Justyn Keir, Tom Steer, Ben Damen, Nat Regueira tries, Ben Damen 2 conversions, penalty goal) d Ballina 12 (Kye Spence, Aidan Cubis tries, Nick Brydon conversion)
Halftime: Wollongbar 22 – Ballina 7

Lennox Head 22 (Cameron Phillips, Jamie Tredinnick, Adam Gordon tries, Cameron Phillips 2 conversions, penalty goal) d Bangalow 17 (Will Latham 2, Chris Bleakley tries, Will Latham conversion)
Halftime: Lennox 14 – Bangalow 7

Lismore 128 (James Smedley 5, Ashley Lawton 3, Dean Matthews 2, Dean Wilson 2, Ben Briggs, Glen Paisley, Mick Munro, Sam Johnston, Ben Sloane, Brenden Williams, Phil Barr, Ted Pye tries, Tom Bishop 13, Ben Sloane conversions) d Southern Cross University 0
Half Time: Lismore 50 – SCU 0

Byron Bay - Bye

Pointscore: Wollongbar-Alstonville 10, Lismore 9, Grafton 5, Byron Bay 4, Casino 4, Bangalow 2, Ballina 2, Southern Cross University 0

Reserve grade
Lennox Head 38 d Bangalow 15
Ballina 29 d Wollongbar-Alstonville 6
Lismore 83 d Murwillumbah 7
Yamba 32 d Mullumbimby 22
Grafton 27 d Kyogle 5

Ballina 38 d Wollongbar-Alstonville 22
Grafton 12 d Casino 0

President's Cup
Evans River 44 d Ballina 5
Casino 41 d Grafton 0

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 12:31
Racing - Narromine, Sunday Print

Taber on track to stripes

april 11 2014 race 2By Tony White

It’s been a long road back to racing but patience has proven a virtue for the Peter Nestor-trained Private Taber.

The five-year-old gelding lines up in the Usmc Diggers Cup (1300m) at Narromine on Sunday chasing back to back wins.

Last preparation ended in disaster for the consistent gelding when he “tore the ligament off his sesamoid” according to Nestor in the Forbes Cup on August 5.

It took the best part of four to five months to heal the injury then several months getting the son of Strategic back into prime racing condition.

Private Taber spent 224 days off but returned in great order winning a 1200m Benchmark 65 handicap at Bathurst on March 17.

“It was a good effort to win first-up after such a long break,” Nestor said. “He pulled up good after the race but until now I haven’t been able to find a suitable race for him.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 17:11
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