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Preferment threatens to unseat Fame Game

Preferment after his Turnbull Stakes win on Sunday at Flemington. Picture: Getty ImagesPREFERMENT has emerged as the most serious threat to the northern hemisphere attack on the Caulfield and Melbourne cups with his victory in the Turnbull Stakes.
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Last year’s Chris Waller-trained Victoria Derby winner is now the second favourite behind Japanese horse Fame Game for both cups after his group 1 win on Sunday at Flemington.

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’ star galloper, the 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist, finished 13th out of 15 starters.

Waller could be swayed from his original plans with the Cox Plate and not the Caulfield Cup a possible Melbourne Cup lead-up after his 2000 metre win.

Ridden by Hugh Bowman, Preferment ($11) scored by a short-head from his stablemate Royal Descent ($6). The 2014 VRC Oaks winner, Set Square, ($19) was three-quarters of a length away in third.

“If he had run second to Royal Descent the Caulfield Cup is what we would be doing,” Waller said.

“We deserve the right to be arrogant enough to say we could go to the Cox Plate, but the Caulfield Cup is most realistic.

“He’s only had the one run over 2500 metres, so it would be best going into the Melbourne Cup rock-hard fit, not hoping he’s going to stay.

“It’s a question mark every 3200-metre race, and that extra distance does test them.

“I know the Derby doesn’t always throw up a good record going towards Melbourne Cups, but this horse is a little bit different as he’s been so lightly raced.”

Royal Descent’s second was the mare’s seventh minor place in a group 1 event since she won the 2013 Australian Oaks.

“She was there for a long way up that long Flemington straight, so she lost no admirers,” Waller said.

Bowman, who combined with the Waller-trained Winx to win Saturday’s Epsom Handicap at Randwick, said he thought Preferment was suited by the bigger Flemington track more than he would be at Caulfield or Moonee Valley, the venue of the Cox Plate.

“My gut feeling is he’ll be better suited on a galloping track,” Bowman said.

“He likes Flemington and he’s a more mature unit than he was last year. He’s a group 1 horse and is furnishing into a group 1 athlete.”

Luke Currie, rider of third-placed Set Square, said last season’s VRC Oaks winner was unlucky after being held up for a run at a vital stage.

Ben Melham, who rode fourth-placed Dandino, said the effort was pleasing.

“He just needs to draw a barrier,” he said. AAP

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Canny Smith has field day with hat-trick of winners

WARWICK Farm trainer Matthew Smith noticed early last week that Newcastle Jockey Club’s meeting at Scone on Saturday was light on nominations.
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The in-form trainer decided to nominate and accept with five gallopers, and he had a field day.

The popular Smith landed a treble with Bogie, I’m Trouble and Pennington, and his long odds-on favourite Quantrill ($1.35) was withdrawn after a mishap in the barrier before the opening event.

The previously unraced Bogie was the most impressive, leading throughout in the 1400-metre maiden plate.

Bogie’s dam is African Queen, which was named after the movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart.

Smith said after the race that Bogie, an imposing four-year-old, was very smart, and he would have been surprised if the gelding had been beaten.

“This bloke is talented, and it has taken him a long time to mature, and that is why he was having his first start at four years old,” he said.

“Bogie was very impressive in a recent Warwick Farm barrier trial win when no pressure was applied to him.

“On the strength of that trial I would have been surprised if he was beaten. There is improvement in him.

“I told Greg Ryan not to get behind slow horses, and if there was no speed on, don’t hesitate to lead, and he did.”

I’m Trouble, described by her trainer as a one-paced grinder, finally broke through for her first win in her 15th race start when successful in the 2200m maiden plate.

I’m Trouble put the writing on the wall with placings in her past two starts at Hawkesbury, and she outstayed a mediocre group down the long Scone straight.

Pennington was ridden for speed by jockey Mitchell Bell, and after leading he staved off the late charge by favourite Last Witness.

Smith, preparing to drive a truck load of horses back home to Warwick Farm after the meeting, contemplated what could have been an even more successful day.

“Quantrill looked my best, and that is why he was a $1.35 chance. Disaster strikes, he plays up in the barrier, and rightly so he is scratched.

“I have no doubt it would have been four winners, but that’s racing.

“Scone is a magnificent big track, and with the Hunter Expressway it is a comfortable drive from Sydney.”

Paul Perry colt Salerno found his best form to break the track record in the 1200m benchmark 65 handicap.

Since his second race start in October last year, Salerno has not finished closer than sixth, but he dropped sharply in class on Saturday.

Perry took advantage of Gosford apprentice Alena Skerritt’s 3kg allowance, and she gave a polished display.

Robert Thompson, aboard his family-owned sprinter Fabry, sooled the half-brother to group 1 star Theseo to the front soon after the start.

Fabry was given no peace in front by Budgee Boy and was a sitting shot for Salerno, which followed the two leaders and nailed Fabrey near the post.

The time of 1:09.79 was 0.20 seconds quicker than Alart’s record two weeks earlier.

Salerno completed a double for Perry after Louisiana Rouge posted a first-up win for the stable.

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Experienced horseman killed in freak accident at campdraft

REST IN PEACE: Daryn McKendry was killed when his horse kicked out as it got up from a fall.Atop his steed, experienced horseman Daryn McKendry rode into the arena at Merriwa Showground on Saturday just like he had done countless times in countless towns over more than four decades.
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But within minutes, a tragic series of events coincided to take the life of the much-loved and highly skilled Belford man, shattering his loving family and sending the horsing community into mourning.

Mr McKendry was at Merriwa to compete in the campdrafting section – a highly skilled competition where the horse and rider work cattle before ­cutting one out of the herd and keeping it out.

But his horse was struck by a beast and fell, then rolled on top of Mr McKendry before it lashed out as it got back to his feet.

A hoof made contact with Mr McKendry’s head and, despite the best work of paramedics at the scene and doctors at John Hunter

Hospital, the 58-year-old died on Saturday afternoon.

“If he couldn’t do you a good turn he wouldn’t do you a bad one,” lifelong friend Billy Jones said.

“He was small in stature but had a big heart.

“It is a risk you take every time you leave home, really.

“I have probably had as many falls and broken bones as the next

bloke, but I have never been badly injured.

“And Daryn knew that, you just can’t guard against what has happened.

“It is a terrible, terrible tragedy and all of our thoughts and prayers go to his family.”

In fact, Mr McKendry had got back into rodeoing and campdrafting as his kids grew up, returning to the sport which he had taken up as a teenager living at Bellbird, near Cessnock.

Working in the coal industry, Mr McKendry had lived for years on his Belford property with his long-term partner Lorraine Menser.

Mr Jones said his mate had become very adept at campdrafting and was known for his competitive nature.

“He was very solid, not an out-and-out champion, but you always knew who you were competing against when Daryn was around,” Mr Jones said.

“He was just a terrific bloke.”

Mr McKendry was also a well-known volunteer for rodeo and ­campdrafting events, even helping out at the national campdrafting championships at Tamworth.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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Ugly is as ugly does at Attunga

ATTUNGA UGLIES: Tony Percival reckons he’s the ugly grass cutter while publican Warren Miller and barmaid Chloe Dowe say ugly is the new beautiful for charity at their pub. Photo: Barry Smith 300915BSA01Out at the Attunga pub, Tony Percival reckons he’s the ugly grass cutter while publican Warren Miller and barmaid Chloe Dowe say they’re ugly and proud of it.
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Ugly is the new beautiful for charity at their pub, the three say.

The Attunga Hotel is one of 19 watering holes throughout the region to raise their hands and become ‘UGLY’ in the name of cancer research.

Mr Miller says he can win the tag hands down if you listen to his customers – but his better-looking-by-miles staff are also lining up to be in the UGLY bar too.

From now until November 16, around 340 bar staffers statewide will don the “I’m U.G.L.Y. I need help” T-shirts, pleading with patrons to help the Leukaemia Foundation’s research into blood cancer.

U.G.L.Y stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable-You, and is the quirky fundraising tag for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The Attunga mob have a list of functions lined up to get the bar to shout.

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Wooltalk – Wool prices falling back

Wool prices fell back on each of the three days of sales this week, continuing the negative trend of recent weeks.
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The negative trend continued with wool prices over the three days of sales in the past week, although there were some signs of stability on Thursday.

This slide came despite offerings remaining well below the same week in 2014. There were some signs of stability on Thursday.

The Eastern Market Indicator was reported down by four cents after the sale on Tuesday, down by a further six centson Wednesday and by one centon Thursday to close the week on 1217 cents.

The opening sale this week was in Melbourne on Tuesday (the first of a two day sale in Melbourne dueto the public holiday on Friday).

Prices were generally softer, with the exception of 21 micron wool which firmed. The most significant declines were seen for crossbred lots, with the 26 micron indicator falling by 17 cents.

At the fine end, prices were down by around 10 centswith better spec lots less affected.

Prices continued to fall on Wednesday, mainly due softer prices for lower spec types and medium and broader Merino fleece wool.

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