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Sydney, New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia
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Saturday, July 14, 1990
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Saturday, July 14, 1990 63 The Sydney Morning Herald Sport Zestful Tristeke limes third A 2kg weight increase might not be sufficient to stop Tristeke's ."hat-trick" against old rivals Mac-quarie Prince, Lead Me On and Moniuszko in the Tooheys Winter Cup at Rosehill today. . This rangy, long-striding daughter of the champion sire, Sir Tristram, is in the veteran category as a rising seven-year-old yet she retains her zest for racing having won three of her last four and her last two in a row at Warwick Farm and Rosehill. . Lindsay Davies, STC track manager, said yesterday that unless rain falls today the going will be good at Rosehill and he expects the ground to be uniform. Race One: Double Ace was a 66-1 rank outsider in the betting before his promising first-up fourth to Only Version in a similar race at Rosehill on June 30. He will not be at anything like those odds today with Kevin Moses aboard from barrier five. Double Ace has plenty of pace and he will almost certainly be improved by his June 30 experience. - Double Ace is bred to be smart being a son of a speedy filly in Rodeo Song who ran second in a Canberra Black Opal Stakes. Imperial Magician and Only Version should again run well today. Race Two: Rare probably would "have beaten Bletching Chief at Randwick last time had he gone straight for jockey Troy Phillips; the margin being half a head. Today, Jim Cassidy replaces Phillips. '.' Dodecanise certain to get back in the field will be finishing strongly and Avalanche Star's country form is good Cummings calls squad From Page 66 ton and, if so, why didn't it show up?" he asked. Back in April, Cummings was fined $12,000 over a Clenbutorl positive that was later, on appeal to the AJC committee, changed to $5,000. Earlier The Oval, prepared by Cummings, returned etorphine (elephant juice) but he was cleared. , This followed the collapse of his tax shelters after which the yearlings involved had to be. resold. "Yes, I've had to put out a few bush fires this season," said Cummings, who also underwent a bilateral knee operation during the period. But none with an opium scent. For Colin Hayes, From Page 66 save 25c to spend an hour on a plug at a local riding school. "I used to -sit and dream about owning my own horses." At 17, he fractured his spine at a rodeo: the horse "sucked back" and fell all over him. The injury may have saved his life: it disqualified him from war service. Many of his childhood mates were killed. . By now he had acquired a reputation as a horse psychologist. He could catch horses other people could not. He could think like a horse. He knew how to advance and retreat, the importance of eye contact. He was in demand. The blacksmith would knock on the door and ask Hayes1 mother: "Is Colin there? Could you get him to come and catch this horse for me?" Every freak in sport is burdened with a question that is summed up in the cliche: What's his secret? Here is part of the Hayes "secret". , He had lovely instincts. He taught himself about horses. 'He had the natural intelligence to :,SjiHiMi!:l The champ and the challenger ... Australian amateur Gorski, left, and 13-year-old Quinten Hann. up for her m VHITTAKER'S WHISPERS enough to give him a chance. Race Three: Yarra Bay had to be better than average to lead from the 1,400 metres winning the Canterbury Cup over 1,900m from Comrade and Prince Toron-aga at his latest race start on March 17 on Guineas day at Canterbury. His sectional and overall times were superior to those recorded by the first four Interstellar, Shaftesbury Avenue, Majest Boy and Castletown in the Canterbury Guineas which was run over the same distance as the Canterbury Cup. Yarra Bay has already proved he is a good horse "fresh" landing a betting plunge in his dead-heat with Steyne Cheval over the Randwick 1, 600m first-up from a four-month spell in December. This distance is not Yarra Bay's best but his opposition is ordinary and he has a chance against the hot favourite, Generous Prince.' Classic Benny is to line up here in preference to race four, his connections taking the view that the 1,300m is more suitable than 1,200m. Old Classic Hand has not won a race for 18 months but he could be capable of filling a place today, the small field being in his favour and he will be well ridden by Ken Russell. Race Four: Sparingly raced four-year-old Cajun who has registered a win and three seconds from seven starts ran the best race of his career at this track two weeks ago finishing second by a nose to Truly Roman. That race was run at a sizzling a. 4p diuiweB Bill Whittaker's selections Race il Double Ace 1 1mperial Magician 2 Only Version 3. Race 2: Rare 1 Dodecanise 2 Avalanche Star 3. Race 3: Yarra Bay 1 Generous Prince 2 Classic Hand 3. . Race 4: Cajun 1 Phlegon 2 Swift Beat 3. Race 5: Regal Harry 1 Vain Promise 2 Record Dash 3. Race 6: So Discreet 1 Gold Blade 2 Orewa Lass 3. Race 7: Tristeke 1 Macquarie Prince 2 Lead Me On 3. Race 8: Agro Warrior 1 Hullo King 2 Noble Consort 3. Bet of the day: Tristeke. figure things. Just as important, he was unburdened by the traditions passed down in racing families. Ever since, he has set out to make horses happy, to pander to their herd instincts, to let them run outside whenever possible, to remember they are creatures of habit, that they have fine memories but little of the reasoning power one sees in, say, a kelpie dog, and that some traditions, such as an hour's strapping, can turn a racehorse sour. Lindsay Park is a place of beauty: glory vines, bright claret, crawling up the sandstone walls of barns, the great house on the hill. Camelot indeed. But its charm can divert you. At another level, as practical as the other is aesthetic, Lindsay Park is simply about making horses teippy. Everything is laid out to that end; the sole architect was CS Hayes. Hayes, the media figure, is measured, cool, always helpful, always discreet. He is not always like this when he starts talking about how horses should be han row pace to the home-turn, Cajun having the job of chasing the tearaway leader Locktony Prince whose first 600m in 35.37s was fast considering the "dead" track conditions. The country-trained Phlegon has a chance on his strong finishing second to Merry Measure at his first City start at Randwick on July 3. Phlegon gained about four lengths on Merry Measure from the 200m. Race Five: The 1, 900m looks tailor-made for Regal Harry. This former New Zealander was blocked for a clear run at Randwick last time when he finished second to No Bugles whom he conceded 1kg. Regal Harry's recent form speaks for itself ; two wins and two seconds from his last four starts in races from 1,600m to 2,000m. Jim Cassidy will attempt to "nurse" Record Dash near the lead and the topweight has a chance despite his 60kg burden. Race Six: Four-year-old mare So Discreet was beaten a half-length into fourth place by three solid males in Truly Roman, Cajun and Classic Benny over 1,200m at this track two weeks ago. She has a drop in class today ' racing against her own sex and carries a very handy weight of 49.5kg taking apprentice Ian Ghosh's 2.5kg allowance into consideration. Race Eight: Agro Warrior's last start sixth to Famous Do at Rosehill on June 30 was a considerably better performance than it looks on paper. He dwelt at the start then was held up for a run losing his momentum when going strongly with about 400m to go. Later he was hampered slightly at the 1 50m where Guil Ross fell creating a chain reaction. Had Agro Warrior secured a clear run, there is not much doubt he would have seriously threatened the winner, Famous Do. his home dled. Sometimes he is intense. His voice rises, his speech quickens. "They want to know why you're successful it's the sensitivity to the animal, that's what it about. It's everything. It doesn't matter whether it's dogs or cats or horses. You've got to lie sensitive to them. You spot little things in the eye or the gait. They tell you what the animal's thinking, how it's feeling. That eye contact it's so important." And I remember CS after he won last year's Cox Plate with Sheik Hamdan's Almaarad. Another departure from the persona. As the chestnut clawed his way to the line, all heart, CS stood up in the stand, raised his fist in the air, and shouted. CS was all heart, too. He was suffering angina pains (he had heart surgery when he was 56). Yet, in that delirious mood that invariably follows a Cox Plate, he consented to interview after interview, photo after photo. Eventually he managed to break away and find a quiet spot to sit. Now, he was snooker champion Stan picture by troy hows. New look Davis has his eye on the Open GOLF EDINBURGH, Friday: With his instincts returned and his body repaired, Australian golfer ' Rodger Davis is ready to win next week's British Open at St Andrews. "I am quietly very confident about the Open," Davis said at the Scottish Open at Glerieagles yesterday. "I'm hitting the ball well, I've won a couple of tournaments and I'm in a terrific frame of mind. Last year my mind was nonexistent." Davis also suffered from a painful shoulder injury last season which forced him to withdraw from the Open at Royal Troon after the first round. But he is now fit, keen and back at a golf course where he has twice held the course record. "Troon was a nice course, but I was in no state to play it," he said. "St Andrews seems to suit me and I think I know how to play well there." Davis believes patience and respect are two of the main ingredients for success at the home of golf. He said he would ignore one of the most popular theories about playing the famous Old Course. "I don't think you have to be a big hitter and despite what they all say, you don't have to hit to the left all the time," he said. "If you want to play safe you can stay left, but if you want to win you go straight down the middle. But you have to be patient and always remember that the last few holes can jump up and grab you." He gives much of the credit for his new found confidence to Melbourne sports psychologist Noel Blundell. "Even after a phone call to Noel I can go out on the course and go bang," he said. "The difference between this year and last is tremendous at least Noel has something to work with now." While Davis is happy with his form, several other Australian golfers are still looking for a game to take with them to St Andrews. And a couple of them.are going to be lucky to even get there. Ian Baker-Finch came to the Scottish Open hoping to claim one of the five British Open qualifying places on offer. But the Queenslander didn't make the cut and must now attempt to win a place at St Andrews through the pre-qualifying tournament next week Peter Senior also missed the cut and, although he sa.d he would rather go home to Brisbane, he will be playing in the Open. is where grey; there was a hint of breathless-ness. But he wanted to talk, gently, in phrases rather than complete sentences. It was almost eerie. He had announced his retirement two days earlier. Now, Almaarad had given him his biggest thrill, the crowd had given him three cheers, and his chest hurt. It was as though his life had flashed by and he had to say the things that mattered, to sort gold from dross. Back to those instincts. "You know, when I started, all I had was an instinctive feel for horses ... " He said it several times, sipping on tonic water, and the colour of parchment. "I love horses ... I love animals . . . that's all I started out with, a feel . . . you know, when I was a kid, I could catch horses other people couldn't . . . Lindsay Park horses have built the whole place, everything ... all the money has come from horses, and wp've always ploughed it back, too.7 This last part tells much. Racing abounds with millionaires who build their shnwplaces, then finance cue, on Parasfa Kathy Parashis breaks balls. Neatly, and on cue For the past four years she hustled local clubs and snooker halls, hearing every "ball joke there is" along the way, as she quietly made a name for herself on the male-dominated circuit. This week she is representing NSW in the Australian Amateur Snooker championship at Seven Hills-Toongabbie RSL over a nerve-racking five days of round robin tournaments. When she started playing the sport she encountered a lot of resentment until she realised there was no advantage or disadvantage in being a woman. "It's just a matter of how good you are," she said. "But there is more pressure on the men if they are beaten by a woman." For the first time in the 65-year history of Australian snooker, the 32 men and 20 women in the men's and women's titles will play at the same venue. Melbourne player Stan Gorski, 31, who is favoured to retain his Australian title, said the sport required a lot of natural talent. f5i' Miff ; liliiitisi iVS fft'v - ?;" i-e. " -As;'.?-;-'f 4 - 4--- vjj. X -ft- , Oh what a feeling ... Australia's Rodger Davis resorts the lie of the land on the second hole the thoroughbred horses are their racing and breeding, their whims and vanities with profits earned elsewhere. Few big properties finance themselves entirely from the quality of their horsemanship. There are exceptions a handful of the old studs in the Hunter Valley perhaps. Lindsay Park is the great exception. In terms of winners produced, it may be the most productive bit of dirt in the world. The reason Lindsay Park has worked is that though Hayes is a careful financier, an enthusiast who infects others, he is first of all a horseman. Yes, in recent times, he has trained lots of youngsters with flash price tags such as his classic colt Zabeel, who brought better than $500,000 as a yearling but he has seen fewer of these than some trainers. The bulk of Hayes' 5,300 winners have been horses the average owner could afford. CS is unlike many of the new men who must buy the "perfect horse", who will forgive no faults in God's engineering, and who seem to forget ithat the is is hoping to be right along SNOOKER ANISE ETCELL-LY "It can be mathematical like chess," he said. "A winner must have a good tactical approach rather than just mechanical." As a teenager, Gorski spent four hours a day around the table and at least 20 hours on weekends. "For five years that's all I lived for. Now that I'm married with kids, I practise only eight hours a week, so I have to fall back on my technique," he said. Gorski's wife Margaret, the Australian women's title holder, will not be defending her crown because of the birth of the couple's fourth child. But Stan said he knows how prejudiced the sport is against women. "They get ridiculed because the men think they're not good enough, but they are," he said. Another player not to be under-. estimated is 13-vear-old Victorian Ouin- ten Hann. He plays against qualities that make a champion, equine or human, ultimately come not from angles of bone, or size, or even blood. They are summed up by something you cannot see or touch, and it is called desire. Hayes bought Lindsay Park in 1965. From his Semaphore property of an acre or so, he had quickly become Adelaide's leading trainer, but the achiever was unfulfilled. He felt horses could be trained better in the country, as they are in England. Besides, he wanted to breed more of his own. He heard from a friend that Sir Keith Angas might be prepared to sell Lindsay Park, which the Angas family had owned since 1842. It was not only a gorgeous tract of land, rolling hills of sandy loam over limestone and marble, hundreds of massive redgums to tell you the country is kind but not soft; Lindsay Park, with its chapel and cemetery, its herd of deer, its coach houses and English gardens, was also a South Australian institution. Hayes drove to the property, just past Angaston, with his long-time with 51 because he has outranked players his own age. On his 13th birthday last month, he played against a field of 72 in the World Under-21 championship in Brisbane and won six of his eight matches. However, he failed to qualify on percentage. Two weeks ago he made his first century break of 103 while playing against Melbourne's senior champion Garry Cullen. Hann has also beaten the Under-18 champion in Eight Ball 4-0; including three total eight ball clearances and one seven ball clearance. After the championships, Hann will attempt to make a name for himself on the rich British circuit. The winner and the runner-up in the men's championship will be supported by a government sports grant to play in the world championship in Sri Lanka later this year. The women's champion will qualify for the women's world championship in England, but will have to make her own senior men way mere. to a high jump to check at Gleneagles. friend David Coles, the bloodstock auctioneer and racing administrator. "We pulled up," says Hayes, "and David said: 'How do we approach this?' I said: "You know the biblical proverb, ask and ye shall receive'. Sir Keith asked me why I wanted to buy it. I told him I wanted to raise good horses. Sir Keith looked at me and said: 'Colin, this place will grow anything.' A fortnight later he said I could buy it. Sir Keith was very decent and nice about it. He was getting on then, and he had tears in his eyes when he handed over the keys." Hayes began training there in 1970, and he took another decade to lay out the place exactly as he wanted it. His success from Angaston has been documented often enough, but one statistic is perhaps a revelation. Until 1980, Hayes had trained 3,000 winners in 30 years; in the past decade he has trained another 2,300. Just as Hayes planned it, everything became better. Or, as he puts it: "This past 10 years is the vision come true." others Boomers warm up on NBL BASKETBALL DAMIAN KEOGH Before the start of the Boomer' game against Adelaide a few weeks ago, Adrian Hurley responded to a knock at the changing-room door. A member of the television crew covering the game asked the Boomer coach to pass on a message to Hurley that the commentators would like to interview him during the warm-up. Poker-faced Hurley replied that he would pass the message on. The incident was quite amusing for the team but it is indicative of the relative anonymity of the man who holds a prestigious coaching position and indeed of the team itself. Since playing off for a medal at the Seoul Olympics in September 1988, the Boomers have played just five international games in Australia, providing very little exposure for the green and gold singlets in comparison to the ever-increasing profile of our domestic NBL competition. Basketball shares the disadvantage of many other sports in that our domestic season is played directly opposite to our northern hemisphere opponents. Furthermore, the costs 6f attracting foreign teams, coupled with scheduling games around NBL commitments, makes it difficult for Basketball Australia to hold regular international games. But it is possible. Bob Turner's Sportsline marketing company promoted several tours in 1987 and 1988, including two visits by reigning gold medalists the Soviet Union, two top college teams from the US and the Czech national team. In the absence of international competition this year the Boomers have been forced to play against NBL clubs as part of the preparation for next month's world championships in Argentina. In a sense these games are Clayton's internationals. It is not a cherished experienced to oe barracked against while wearing the green and gold on your home soil. Against Eastside Melbourne Spectres this week, the crowd booed Kings' star Tim Morrissey every time he touched the ball in his Australian uniform. The booing was a hangover from an incident last year and was in the height of distaste. Despite the difficulty getting pumped up for these games, they are invaluable match practice and the best way to promote th Boomer profile. Most of the games have been sell-outs and the burning ambition of young basketballers is to wear the Australian colours. From a marketing point of view Basketball Australia needs sponsorship support to continue their growing professionalism. The current team is being generously rewarded for the com mitment and sacrifice necessary to put up our best showing at the world championships. Though our performances against the NBL clubs have no,t been awe-inspiring, coach Hurleyi hampering on-court continuity? has been shuffling all 12 players in and out of the game more quickly than the blackjack dealer who emptied my wallet in Adelaide a few weeks ago. Nevertheless it has given him a good chance to evaluate players in ditlerent circumstances as well as" giving all players a chance to prove themselves. r O Defending champions the US and arch-rivals the Soviet Union scored impressive wins on the opening day of the 1 1th World Women s Basketball Champion ships in east Malaysia yesterday The US scored a hefty 106-36 win over African qualifiers Senegal in Group C, while Soviet Union scored a resounding 103-79 win over Japan in Group B. Australia also began their cam paign in splendid fashion, beating the home side 96-27. Organised by the NSW Bloodhorse Breeders' Association in conjunction with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Horse Breeders Sunday 29 July University of Sydney - covering all aspects of broodmare management. Speakers include 7 leading veterinarians, plus John Digby (Keeper of the Stud Book), Geoff Chapman (trainer) and Ken McLean (thoroughbred pedigree consultant) Cost: $70 for all-day seminar, including lunch More details from: NSW Bloodhorse Breeders' Association Ph. (02) 398 8811 Fax (02) 398 9074

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