It is not often you go to the races with a $15 chance as confident was Blake Ryan was about Pipeline. "They don't trial the way he did and not race well first-up," said Ryan, who is the foreman for his father Gerald. Kuro sat off a good speed and sprinted wide in the straight and held on to score by three-quarters of a length from favourite Nieta and Princefamous.
Hill's partner Rheannon was quick to ask "what do we do with the wedding?" She got her own way in the Festival Stakes, no doubt helped by the raceday scratching of Religify because of lameness. Adrian Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, said it was good to see Sweet Redemption get a group 3 win, which she earned.
Weir said that he would "put some money on the bar at Ascot because it's been a fantastic day and for me a great break". However, for Weir, it was a day of mixed fortunes, as he was notified early on Saturday morning that his runners to the rich Pakenham Cup meeting were in doubt of starting after the float they were travelling in broke down on the way to the track.
"I agree that things have been out of hand in the past, and we don't want it to go overboard. "But sometimes a little bit of by-play between a couple of guys on either side - who are passionate about their cricket and their team - I think it's good for the game.
England boss Eddie Jones feels the squad are closer together after a week of mud slinging ahead of facing Australia. Michael Cheika openly questioned the legality of England's scrum earlier this week, Dan Cole especially, after the England prop was scrutinised throughout the three-match series earlier this month. Jones said on Friday that England were ready for everything Australia had to throw at them, adding that he felt his side would clinch the result in the final quarter.
It is the third time he has received the major prize in the five-year history of the Supercars Media Awards, which this year were decided by independent judging panels rather than by votes of the members of the Supercars Media Association. The Supercars Media Awards ceremony was held at the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit, where the last Sydney 500 finishes on Sunday, hosted by the Supercars Media Association in conjunction with Supercars, Castrol and Hino.
Then, one shot away from a first-inning victory, Wests batsman Sam Skelly's stumps were rattled. Ryan claimed two early scalps to nudge Ginninderra in front, but a 41-run stand for the eighth wicket pushed the visitors back into the box seat at the lunch break. Sydney Thunder batsman Aiden Blizzard has continued his stellar run of form by top-scoring with 76 (50) for the reigning Big Bash League champions against the Canterbury Kings.
Inspired by marquee Nico Martinez, the Wanderers finally received the three points their recent displays have warranted and it required arguably their most professional and disciplined performance of the season. For weeks, the confidence has been brimming under the surface of the Wanderers who were bridled by their results, but as substitute Brendon Santalab sealed the fourth goal, coach Tony Popovic celebrated as if it was a grand final winner.
In his fourth season, Antetokounmpo is leading the Bucks in points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game, and is 0.4 assists a night behind Matthew Dellavedova for the team lead in that category. A big reason the Bucks have the record they have is that Giannis is having a career year and is looking scarier than ever before.
The 30-year-old has led the tournament since day one, taking a share of the first-round lead with an opening 65 and then establishing a two-shot advantage with a 67 on Friday. World No 7 Adam Scott and John Senden were a further two shots back, and Dodt will be looking to join the likes of Scott, Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle and Greg Norman by lifting the trophy after round four.
For the Red Army that has followed the Holden Racing Team for a quarter of a century, they are torn between the demise of what was for so long the lead Lion racing team and the promise of its new iteration from next year. Next year, the HRT mantle as the main factory-backed Holden team will be switched from Walkinshaw Racing to Triple Eight Race Engineering, the dominant Supercars team for the past several years.
The former triathlete says swimming the distance at his age doesn't make the feat any more special - he laughs he is "really a bit of a whimp" because he wears a wetsuit. "Dense is not good for flotation but you've got to be a bit dense to keep doing this long distance swimming. I just have a go. "I haven't done the triathlons for a year because of injuries.