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Posted 08 February 2011 - 09:10 AM
Apr 1 2007
Oliver Bags Grand Slam
By Ray Thomas
April 01, 2007 12:00
CHAMPION Victorian jockey Damien Oliver yesterday stole the show in front of a huge Sydney crowd, taking the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Forensics.
Oliver was lucky to get the ride earlier in the week, as most thought Darren Beadman would take the mount on the John Hawkes-trained, John Ingham-owned filly in the world's richest race for two-year-olds.
Beadman chose to ride Shaft, another Hawkes-Ingham horse.
Forensics, a $13 chance, was Oliver's first Golden Slipper winner and his biggest race win since he took the 2002 Melbourne Cup on Media Puzzle just after his brother, Jason, died in a race fall in Perth.
Oliver subsequently broke his back in a horror fall at Moonee Valley, putting him out of racing for18 months.
"I don't think there's a happier man in the world today,'' he said.
"This is the Grand Slam of racing for me. I've won the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup, but this has always eluded me.
"I'd run every place in the race, but now I've won it.''
Sydney turned on perfect weather as a crowd of more than 30,000 turned out. Revellers were met with the heaviest police presence ever seen at Rosehill, complete with sniffer dogs on the hunt for illegal drugs as patrons lined up to enter.
Celebrities were out in force, and one of the biggest receptions was given to Australian Idol star Anthony Callea, who declared himself gay earlier in the week.
That didn't stop dozens of female admirers lining the saddling enclosure fence and screaming as Callea sang the national anthem.
Two of Sydney's most prominent identities owned the two favourites in the Arrowfield Stud Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
Ad man John Singleton sent out his filly Tuesday Joy against his great mate Alan Jones's Miss Finland.
In the end, there was a clear winner: Miss Finland triumphed almost as easily as she did in the Slipper 12 months ago.
Posted 08 February 2011 - 09:13 AM
Jun 30 2007
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 09:14 AM
Posted 08 February 2011 - 09:18 AM
7-3-2009: Storm/Dragons Emergency Services Cup
Mar 7 2009
Storm, Dragons Emergency Services Cup
March 7, 2009
Emergency Services CUP NRLThe Melbourne Storm’s Round 1, NRL clash with the Dragons at Olympic Park on Friday, March 13th will become the inaugural Emergency Services Cup.
The Cup will now be a yearly battle between the club, assisting Emergency Services personnel who give their services to the communities of both Victoria and New South Wales.
At the Round One clash, the Storm will wear special commemorative jerseys that will feature a yellow ribbon embroidered into them, with each player’s jersey to be auctioned off to raise money for the Bushfire Relief Appeal.
In the corresponding clash in Round 21, the Dragons will do likewise with their jerseys.
Storm CEO Brian Waldron says the fixture, which is fully supported by both the Victorian and New South Wales governments, is a fitting tribute to those in the Emergency Services who have done so much for Victoria in recent times.
“I don’t think I’ve come across a person in Victoria that hasn’t been either directly or indirectly affected by the tragic bushfires,” said Waldron.
“We, as a Club, wanted to pay tribute to those Emergency Services personnel who have helped so many people affected by the bushfires, whether that be fighting the fires themselves; providing food, clothing and shelter; or just being there to listen and help in any way they can.
“The Emergency Services Cup will not only pay tribute to these wonderful people now, but also each and every time the Storm and Dragons meet, and I think that’s fitting recognition of the services these people provide now and in the future.”
When contacted by Waldron to discuss the concept, St George-Illawarra CEO Peter Doust had no hesitation in supporting such a worthy cause.
“The Emergency Services across our nation play a vital role in supporting our communities,” said Doust.
“While justifiably in recent times we have all focused on Victoria, there will always be a need for these valuable services somewhere.
“The Dragons would like to play a part in recognising their role and contribution – the people who give and the people who deliver.”
Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister Bob Cameron said that emergency services personnel from all over Australia had worked tirelessly to help Victorians get through the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history.
“It’s been a huge national effort and the Brumby Government and all Victorians are truly grateful for the assistance our interstate and international colleagues have offered to our own volunteer and career fire-fighters and emergency services personnel,” Cameron said.
“The spirit and endeavour of our emergency service workers and their interstate counterparts has been vital to ensuring the safety of Victorians during one of the harshest summers we’ve ever faced and their contribution can’t be praised highly enough.”
The NSW Minister for Emergency Services the Hon. Steve Whan also immediately endorsed the Emergency Services Cup initiative in both Melbourne next weekend and the mid-year return match in Sydney (Round 21).
“This is a great way to pay tribute to the thousands of emergency services personnel from both NSW and Victoria who worked tirelessly to fight these fires,” said Whan.
“It’s a fitting tribute – sporting heroes playing to show our appreciation for emergency services heroes.
“And while it’s certainly a fun event, as a community we will never forget the brave work done fighting fires. Nor will we forget those who now face the daunting task of rebuilding their lives.”
To add to the occasion, international music act Chris Isaak will entertain the crowd at half-time by performing two songs, while local act Anthony Callea will perform two of his songs before the game, as well as sing the Australia national anthem.
Gates open at 5.00pm with the under-20’s kicking-off their 2009 campaign at 5.35pm. The NRL clash will kick-off at 7.35pm.
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