2014 AFL DRAW
The AFL releases its 2014 home and away fixture this morning.
The draw will be unveiled about 9.30am
HIVES OUT OF BENDIGO INTERNATIONAL
BALLARAT’S Zoe Hives is out of the ITF Bendigo Tennis International.
She lost to reigning champion and fourth seed Arina Rodionova, of Russia, 6-3 6-1 in the first round yesterday.
ANOTHER BALLARAT FOR STEWART
SMYTHES Creek trainer Emma Stewart last night produced her fourth double in the past six Ballarat harness racing meetings.
And just for good measure, she had a treble at one of the other two fixtures at Bray Raceway.
Stewart and partner Clayton Tonkin won with Shakapac ($1.50 favourite) in the PRD Ballarat C1 Pace, 2200m, and Modern Chic ($1.30 favourite) in a Vicbred Platinum Country Series F heat, 2200m.
Shakapac has had just the three starts and won his past two, each in Ballarat.
He is a four-year-old by all-time great Shakamaker and raced by John Wolfe, who also owned Shakamaker.
YOU SAY GOODBYE FAVOURS HOME TRACK
YOU Say Goodbye last night again showed her liking for her home track, Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club’s Morshead Park.
The daughter of Premier Fantasy won her third race on the circuit for Napoleons trainer Stephen McKenna in the Remax Solutions Mixed 4/5, 450m.
All three victories have come in her latest five starts.
You Say Goodbye has seven wins in 17 starts for $33,000.
DECISION ON CUP RUNNERS
DARREN Weir and Dan O’Sullivan have decisions to make about the immediate futures of their Bendigo Cup runners after each performed below expectations yesterday.
Stewards questioned O’Sullivan about Tuscan Fire, which weakened after leading from the outside barrier.
He said he would wait to see how Tuscan Fire pulled up and notify stewards whether the gelding would continue racing or go for a spell.
Weir informed stewards he would do the same after Gotta Take Care failed the flatter.
Tuscan Fire (10th) won first up at Flemington in early August and has since had six unplaced, with all but one of these runs being at listed or group level.
He finished 12th in the Caulfield Cup.
Gotta Take Care (12th) has raced consistently since January – winning over hurdles and going to be placed in listed and group 2 races to take his earnings past $750,000.
AUSTRALIA lost another high-scoring one-day cricket international against India.
India reached 4-351 in the last over to pass Australia's 6-350.
George Bailey made a stunning 156 and Shane Watson 102.