Doyle’s luck stays in as Pariah draws four in the Golden Slipper

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Part-owner Fergus Doyle has played his small role in the rise of James Harron’s two-year-old empire in the past couple of years and once again he did his job at a Golden Slipper barrier draw on Tuesday.

Doyle pulled out the ball with four on it for Pariah’s barrier in Saturday’s $3.5 million feature and it added to a body of work that includes two twos and a nine, from the man with the barrier midas’ touch.

“There is a lot more important work than me picking the barrier for a horse to get here [to the Golden Slipper],” Doyle said. “James does a great job picking the right horses and Peter and Paul Snowden get them ready and peak for the big races. We have been fortunate to have a great ride with them.

“It is good to get a single number [barrier] again and each time I do it I think my luck is going to run down.

“It was a relief.”

Harron’s dark green silk have become well known with his colt syndicates racing some of the best two-year-olds in the land since its inception in 2015.

Doyle chose the barrier for Capitalist in his Magic Millions and Golden Slipper wins last year when he pulled out barrier two on both occasions. For Pariah’s second in the Blue Diamond he selected nine in another blind draw.

That barrier didn’t prove as fortunate as it looked for Pariah, as he was forced to travel three-wide outside on the leaders and was run down in the shadows of the post by Catchy, who is again a rival on Saturday.

“It is a job not many people want to do because there is pressure and while my luck is in I’ll keep doing it,” Doyle said.

Peter Snowden only confirmed Pariah, who won the Canonbury Stakes debut in Sydney, as a Golden Slipper runner on Tuesday after he showed he was at his best following his tough effort in the Blue Diamond.

“He is 100 per cent and has a good barrier, but it is going to come down a bit to weather and how the track plays on Saturday,” Snowden said.

“He has been very good in his three runs and I think if he gets the right run from the gate he will be hard to beat.”

Pariah is the leading colt of this Golden Slipper and shortened from $9 to $8.50 after the good draw. But fillies dominate the top of betting.

Unbeaten Magic Millions winner Houtzen remains the $4.20 favourite at Sportsbet even after drawing gate 16, while $5.50 second pick She Will Reign only fared a little better with 13, which will become 11 if the emergencies are scratched.

Blue Diamond winner Catchy, who is unbeaten in four starts, was backed from $7 to $5.50 after getting gate eight.

Houtzen’s trainer Toby Edmonds believes she is going better than before the Magic Millions, where she led all-the-way from the outside barrier.

“I’m hopeful more than confident now after the barrier,” Edmonds said.

Edmonds, like She Will Reign’s trainer Gary Portelli, was just as concerned about the weather, which could lead to testing conditions on Saturday, as their barriers.

“Eleven is my lucky number and if you had asked me before the draw I would have said six to 10 would be ideal. ” Portelli said. “She will be able to get the right run but it is going to come down to how the track is playing come race time.

“A wide draw might not be a disadvantage at all on a heavy track.”

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Cups potential

Powerful run: Eye on America surges down the straight to win the In Memory of Riharna Thomson Benchmark 55 at Tamworth on Tuesday. Photo: Gareth GardnerEYE On America might make a Cups horse.

That’s the opinion of Tamworth trainer Mark Mason after the lightly raced four-year-old gelding hung on for a narrow win in Tuesday’s In Memory of Riharna Thomson Benchmark 55 Handicap (1200m).

The Tamworth Jockey Club had observed a minute’s silence before the race in memory of the young university student who lost her life after being injured in a track work fall in Canberra.

While it was a sad occasion before the raceMason was more than happy after the race.

“He’s still learning,” he said after the half neck win from Greg Bennett’s Sadhika. Cody Morgan’s Pelerin was a half length away third.

“He might make a Cups horse later on.”

The latter comment was in answer to a question as to whether the gelding son of All American might stay at the 1200m sprint distances.

“No, Ithink he can get the 1400m once he matures a bit,” he said.

“I think he can get it.”

He said the ride of Matty McGuren was simple and perfect.

“He rode him well, pushed out at the right time, just like Robert,” Mason said.

Robert is Robert Thompson and was good praise for McGuren who has been in outstanding form the last 12 months or so.

McGuren had earlier in the meeting led all the way on Neon Jungle towin the Carlton Mid Maiden Plate (1600m) for Wyong trainer Damien Lane.

It gave Lane a win and a third after Eyota had finished third to Barricade in the previous race. While pleased with their results Lane thought it might well have been the other way around.

He had leant towards Eyota because “he has always had his measure” on the training track.

However Neon Jungle led and defied all challenges to notch his first win at his fifth start, holding out Paul Perry’s sand wedge with the Les Tilley-trained Bridie’s Brook third.

“They are both green,”Lane admitted.

He believes there is plenty of improvement in them.

Neon Jungle was stepping up from 1350m to 1600m, which wasalways the query for the three-year-old.

“Matty rode him well. I think he can only be better next prep,” Lane said.

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Housing and jobs driving Hunter economy

THE Hunter Research Foundation Centre’s quarterly economic indicators have become a key tool in measuring change over the years in the region’s economy.

While there is reason to caution against placing too much emphasis on any one set of figures, the longer term trends that become apparent from looking at a particular measure over time can show –quite accurately –where we have been, and where we are headed, when it comes to the major drivers of economic growth.

The first thing to notice about this overview of the December quarter is that all of the major measures are either good, or heading in the right direction, or both.

Nationally, the research centre says the economy expanded in the December quarter after a contraction in the first three months of the 2016-17 financial year.

In the Hunter, it was a case of positive trends continuing, with employment,house prices, business outlook and consumer confidence all on the march. Much of the jobs growth is in full-time employment. Unemployment –very pleasingly –is below the state average. The pipeline of construction projects is varied and robust.

Business confidence is upbeat, consumer activity has taken a turn for the better and the overall regional outlook is one of renewed confidence.

As has been the case for some time, much of the employment growth is in the services sector, with manufacturing continuing to lose ground in relative terms. Advocates of the new economy see the demise of manufacturing as a sign of progress, but it is worth remembering that Australia already has one of the lowest rates of manufacturing in the developed world, contributing just 7 per cent to the nation’s gross domestic product. In the United States, the figure, while also falling, is still 12 per cent. In high-wage Germany, by contrast, manufacturing accounts for 30 per cent of GDP, with no real sign of decline.

With this in mind, we should acknowledge the role that coal still plays in this economy, even if its critics would wish it gone forever, replaced by solar and wind power backed bybeds of batteries. Coal prices all but doubled last year, sustaining jobs and pouring more royalties and taxes into government coffers. Yes, it has its impacts, but it puts a foundation under this economy that we may find difficult to replace.

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Highlands students caught in Sage Institute collapse

Devastated: Moss Vale’s Brad Johnson, 18, was initially optimistic about his Diploma of Fitness Coaching with Sage, pictured with ‘Commando’ Steve Willis. Photo: supplied.So close, but so far.

Two Highlands students, both less than three weeks out from completing their qualifications, have been caught up in the Sage Institute closure.

Now, after 11 months commuting to Sage’s Sydney campus for the Diploma of Fitness Coaching, they find themselves with up to $18,000 invested in qualifications that are up in the air.

The Australian Careers Institute Group, trading as Sage Institute of Fitness, went into administration on February 8. The company closed on March 8 and classes in Sydney and Brisbane were cancelled.

Brad Johnson, an 18-year-old student from Moss Vale, just wants to know if he’ll get the qualification he’s worked so hard for.

“I had finished all my course work, and I was part-way through my 120 hours supervised placement. Now I’m stuck and have no idea what to do,” he said.

The young student enrolled in the fitness diploma at Sage when he hit a stumbling block during his HSC.

“I was halfway through Year 12, I wasn’t excelling and decided school wasn’t for me. I wanted to do something I was passionate about and I wanted to help people.”

Brad’s goal was to train elite athletes, but his experience with Sage has left him feeling jaded about the fitness industry in general.

“Other places were only offering up to Certificate IV, and because Sage had a diploma I thought it would be better for what I wanted to do. Now I’m not even sure I want to do it at all,” he said.

Another student, a 23-year-old Highlands man who asked not to be named, was even closer to his course completion. He had finalised and submitted all coursework and completed the requisite 120 hours of supervised training.

“Sage’s management of the whole course was ridiculously poor, but to leave students in this position at the end is completely unacceptable,” he said.

Since the administrator was announced on February 8, the man said he had contacted Sage via phone and email more than 50 times. “Never once did they answer a single call,” he said.

Administrator Ferrier Hodgson has been in touch with students and is working with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) to assist students.

An ASQA spokesman said the authority was also trying to obtain copies of student records from the administrator to make them available to students.

ACPET chief operating officer Kit McMahon said a key priority of the council was to obtain the necessary data so Statements of Attainment could be issued to students.

“If they decide to draw a line in the sand, our student support centre will try to help them have their fees refunded for subjects not studied,” she said. “We’ll try to place other students with training providers who will close the gap in their studies.”

She said every student had their own individual journey ahead of them, but processes were underway to provide them all with advice.

“It is hard, it’s disappointing and it’s a unique journey for each student,” she said.

Ms McMahon said as student data was provided to ACPET, it would make direct contact with students to discuss and advise their options moving forward.

“It’s a knock in the teeth for students on their study journey, but it’s important to know the journey will continue.”

An ACPET meeting for NSW students will take place in Sydney on March 20, but Ms McMahon said webinars would be held for regional students.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said although it was a federal issue, he would make representations to appropriate ministers on behalf of affected students in his electorate.

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Uni welcome students

WELCOME: UniSA student Melissa Ireland (studying a Bachelor of Social Work) enjoying the event with her partner Colin Taylor.

The University of South Australia Whyalla campus welcomed 110 new students during orientation onFebruary 20 and 21. Ranging from Nursing, Primary Teaching, Early Childhood, Social Work, Engineering and Foundation Studies, the campus was a buzz of activity to assist the new students to get prepared for their next adventure.

Paul Havelberg, Whyalla Campus Regional Manager says he is excited by the increase in student numbers on campus and the attendances at Orientation.

“The Orientation program offers new students a range of activities and workshops to help them learn the ropes and get settled into their studies,” Havelberg says.

“We have a mix of local staff and Adelaide staff running sessions for the students to help ease them into university life and to find out what is expected of them in the coming years.

“Most of our programs have placements and we help students to make sure they are ready for this stage of their experience. We have a range of workshops on how to navigate each subject’s online environment and how to find the necessary resources from the Library to prepare for their first assignments.”

Commencing Bachelor’s degree student, Melissa Ireland, who completed Foundation Studies before taking on the Bachelor of Social Work degree, attended the day as a volunteer to help other new students to settle in.

“I found the day informative and I was able to meet the group of students that I’ll be studying with in Social Work over the next four years. It was also satisfying to be able to help other new students to feel a part of the Whyalla Campus community,” Melissa says.

“I was impressed with the different services that are available to support students through their studies.

“Being the first in my family to go to university, I felt quite overwhelmed by it all. Attending Orientation has prepared me for the year ahead and I feel more capable knowing who I can go to for help if I need it.”

Midyear intake is open in a variety of courses –visit unisa.edu419论坛/Study/midyear-Whyalla to learn more.

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