WHAT’s the latest on the football clearance front?
Applications approved in the Ballarat, Central Highlands and Maryborough Castlemaine District leagues yesterday:
James Baum: Bacchus Marsh from Canterbury (Eastern EFL)
Rhys Carman: Sebastopol from East Gambier (Western Border FL)
Rohan Connors: Bacchus Marsh from Hepburn
Rylie Garland: Wendouree to Latrobe Uni (VAFA)
Tom Pridgeon: Bacchus Marsh from Hopetoun (Mallee FL)
Jordan Staley: East Ballarat from Foster (Alberton FL)
Rohan Connors: Hepburn to Bacchus Marsh (BFL)
Shaun Burchell: Maldon to Mount Pleasant (Heathcote FL)
Tim Conway: Dunolly from Maldon
Isaac Meerkin: Carisbrook from Natte Bealiba
Ayden Mines: Dunolly from Bears Lagoon-Serpentine (Loddon Valley FL)
Justin Moore: Dunolly from Heathcote (Heathcote FL)
Davin Nicholls: Campbells Creek to Bendigo FL
Ben Pedretti: Newstead to Bendigo Junior FL
Brandon Solomano: Dunolly to Maryborough (Bendigo FL)
Ty Stewart: Maryborough Rovers from Carisbrook
DOG TRAINERS DOUBLE UP
SANDHURST’S Gary Ennis and Kevin Dillon, of Wyndham Vale, shared training honours at Ballarat greyhound races yesterday.
Each landed a double on the 12-event program.
Ennis saluted with Ousti ($3.40) in the Cosmic Chief at Stud Grade 5, 450m, and Saahd ($2.30) in Velocette at Stud Grade 5, 390m.
Dillon’s double came with Seabrook Girl ($43.70) in the Flying Horse Tabaret Grade 5, 545m, and Winsome Chili ($6.40) in the Ross Isaacs Maiden, 450m.
MALUA RACING ON A RUN
MALUA Racing’s John Sadler kept his healthy run on country tracks going with Gallant Harmony ($3.40) in a benchmark70 handicap, 1100m, at Werribee yesterday.
The four-year-old was Sadler’s fourth winner in his latest eights as he reignites his season.
The Flemington/Ballarat stable has had 27 wins for the season, putting Sadler 14th on the state trainers’ premiership table.
JUMPER HAS FIRST START FOR WEIR STABLE
PROVEN steeplechaser Jervois has his first start for the Ballarat/Warrnambool training operation of Darren Weir at Terang today.
Previously prepared by Warrnambool-based Jarrod McLean, who is serving a suspension, Jervois has an excellent jumps record with three wins and three minor placings from eight tries over the obstances.
He was a Bendigo steeplechase winner two starts ago and has not raced since finishing second to Zaman at Morphettville on August.
BALLARAT stables roll out some first starters at Terang today.
HEISENBERG (trained by Robert Smerdon): Artie Schiller-Crown Ruby 3yo gelding
ANGELIC STAR (Dan O’Sullivan): Kaphero-Tangina 3yo filly
COFFEE GOT HIM (Darren Weir): Purrealist-Khairatan 4yo gelding
AUSSIES ON TOP AS SMITH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
AUSTRALIA has bowled South African captain Graeme Smith into retirement.
Having failed again with the bat last night, Smith announced overnight he will walk away from Test cricket after this series.
Australia has a 234-run lead over the Proteas after three days in the series decider in Cape Town.
South Africa made 287 in its first innings.
Australia is 0-27 with David Warner on 25.