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29 Mar 19

The ASIO site in Russell has been plagued by delays and budget blowouts. Photo: Graham Tidy The new ASIO building will not open until the latter part of this year. Photo: Jay Cronan
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The new ASIO building at night. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Blueprints for ASIO’s new $631 million building were stolen by someone in China when a computer system containing the information was hacked.

According to a report by the ABC’s Four Corners, the blueprints included floor plans and the locations of communications cabling, servers and security systems.

The theft of the blueprints occurred after hackers mounted a cyber attack on a contractor involved with building the new headquarters. They were reportedly traced to a server in China.

The incident, which has renewed calls for government agencies to make mandatory disclosures in the event they are hacked, is partly responsible for continuing delays in opening the new ASIO building, which was meant to have been operational last month, Four Corners reported.

Costs have so far blown out by $171 million and it will not open until the latter half of this year.

The lead contractor is Bovis Lend Lease, but there is no suggestion it was the organisation hacked.

The departments of prime minister and cabinet, defence, tourism and foreign affairs and trade – home of Australia’s overseas intelligence agency ASIS – have also been hacked, according to the program.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus declined to comment.

The cyber attack targeting the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reportedly involved the theft of a highly sensitive document by a foreign power.

A source told the program a Chinese foreign intelligence service was behind the hacking.

A separate source said that hackers had also accessed classified emails on the Defence Department’s restricted network, which connects the entire Australian military.

A separate attack on the Defence Department involved an employee sending a highly classified document from his desk computer to his home email account.

Hackers had targeted the officer’s home computer, allowing a copy of the document to be sent back to China once opened at home.

The hacking incidents, which are largely shrouded in secrecy, have reopened the debate on whether the government should impose mandatory data breach disclosure laws on organisations that have had a data breach.

A proposal for mandatory disclosure laws was included in a discussion paper released by former attorney-general Nicola Roxon in October 2012.

The discussion paper talks about organisations, companies and government agencies being forced to disclose breaches.

Alastair MacGibbon, a former Australian Federal Police officer who established its high-tech crime centre, said mandatory disclosure was necessary.

Four Corners also reported that Codan, a defence contractor based in Adelaide that designs and builds communications equipment for radio, satellite and metal detection applications, had also been targeted.

A spokesman for the company said it had beefed up its security.

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29 Mar 19

Finding a replacement for the big hole left by injured key forward Sam Reid will not be Sydney’s only headache as the reigning premiers chase their first top-four scalp of the season against Essendon.
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The Swans are searching for a way to stop the red-hot run of Jobe Watson, whose form has some good judges tipping him to win back-to-back Brownlow Medals this year.

Watson, averaging nearly 30 touches a game, was a clear best-on-ground last week and ranks highly in key areas such as total disposals, uncontested possessions and centre clearances.

Sydney captain Kieren Jack rated Watson as up there with the best midfielders in the league.

“He’s certainly up there, absolutely,” said Jack, whose team have lost two and drawn one of their three matches against the current top this year.

“His inside work is without doubt one of the best in the competition.”

The Swans, through a three-man tag team of Jack, Jarrad McVeigh and Nick Smith, were able to limit Gold Coast champion Gary Ablett to a relatively quiet 24 touches.

A similar output this week from Watson would be considered a plus for the Swans, who have found the Essendon captain extremely difficult to nullify in recent seasons. The powerfully built Watson has polled Brownlow votes in five of his past six games against the Swans.

“He’s just a really big-bodied midfielder. He’s very similar to a Josh Kennedy,” Jack said.

“They’re big frames, they can probably play key position forward but they’re running around the midfield. They’re tough to mark, they’re tough to handle. We’ll certainly have our hands full.”

The Swans will need to restructure their forward line after Reid was ruled out until the bye at the earliest due to a quadriceps strain he suffered against Collingwood.

The young gun will miss the games against Essendon and Adelaide but the Swans are aiming for him to return in round 13 against Port Adelaide, which is also when prized recruit Kurt Tippett is tipped to make his long-awaited debut in the red and white.

Reid has kicked only seven goals this season but his defensive work is highly rated by the Swans’ match committee.

Jack said the youngster was in no danger of having to earn his spot back through the seconds after Tippett serves his ban.

“I wouldn’t have thought so. Sam’s a very vital member of the team. [He’s] certainly a talent and the work he does defensively and off the ball certainly goes unnoticed, but we see what he does,” Jack said.

“He’s very important structurally to us. He takes a key defender out of the way and is really good competing for the ball. We’ll need someone to stand up and take his spot.”

The door is now wide open for either Tommy Walsh or Jesse White to earn a senior recall.

Walsh bagged seven goals and White kicked four in the seconds last week but both have tended to struggle to make the the massive leap from the NEAFL to the elite level during their time at the Swans.

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29 Mar 19

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Slipepry customer: Nathan Gardner steps inside. Photo: John Veage

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Still smarting from his Origin axing Todd Carney fought back in style leading his Cronulla side to their fourth straight win in a match where Queensland interchange player Ben Te’o limped from the field late in the first half.

With Kurt Gidley ruled out of the first Origin, Carney threw his name up for a NSW recall after a match-winning performance. Possible replacement John Sutton didn’t finish the game, leaving the field with concussion in the final 15 minutes.

In sloppy conditions, Carney was the difference in a willing encounter where the Sharks toppled the top of the table South Sydney 14-12 at Sharks Stadium, minus Blues duo Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis who withdrew with injury. They were missing in-form fullback Michael Gordon too, in what was Cronulla’s most impressive performance of the season.

It was an uncharacteristically ill-disciplined performance from South Sydney who gave up an 11-3 penalty count and made 11 errors in a game where Carney kicked his team to victory less than 24 hours after being dumped from the NSW team in favour of Roosters five-eighth James Maloney. And his South Sydney counterpart Adam Reynolds almost matched Carney, placing immediate pressure on the first-time halves pairing of Maloney and Mitchell Pearce and, perhaps for the first time in Queensland’s seven year domination, NSW have a back-up halves pairing that is Origin ready.

While the rain poured down for the entire first-half, it was a high quality game between two strong forward packs, despite a handful of simple dropped ball. It was Souths who struggled in the wet conditions more than the home side, with unforced errors crippling their chances of sustaining pressure. Souths could have further problems with Sam and George Burgess on report for separate first-half incidents. George tackled Cronulla fullback Nathan Gardner with a high shot while Sam joined his brother for a crusher tackle on Andrew Fifita.

Te’o threw a scare throughout the Maroons camp after he limped from the field late in the first half. While the NRL integrity unit investigates claims that he assaulted a woman last month, it was a cork to his shin that looked to have threatened his Origin spot before he returned midway through the second half.

While Carney directed the Sharks around it was teammate Fifita who led from the front. The hulking prop justified his NSW selection, and put aside the distraction of being called to make his Origin debut and having to play despite knowing he was in the team, with a barnstorming performance playing 65 minutes broken only by half-time after starting from the interchange bench.

Cronulla struck first through hooker John Morris, before a well-timed Reynolds bomb was spilt by Sharks winger Sosaia Feki handing the Rabbitohs their first real attacking chance and they capitalised. A wide backline shift saw Bryson Goodwin score in the corner against his former club.

As Reynolds’ boot had done earlier, Carney’s right foot laid on the next points. An early tackle grubber bounced off John Sutton with Jayson Bukuya scoring to give Cronulla a 12-6 half-time lead.

Not to be outdone, Reynolds spotted Cronulla half Jeff Robson and launched Sam Burgess at his fellow No. 7. Initially Robson answered the challenge with a grass-cutting tackle on the big English forward but when Reynolds sent Burgess at him following a repeat set, Robson couldn’t contain him to level the score before a Carney penalty goal proved the difference.

CRONULLA 14 (J Bukuya J Morris tries T Carney 3 goals) bt SOUTH SYDNEY 12 (S Burgess B Goodwin tries A Reynolds 2 goals) at Sharks Stadium. Referee: Ben Cummins, Brett Suttor. Crowd: 12,243.

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29 Mar 19

Channel Nine says it remains uncertain if it will match Ten’s $500 million bid to poach the rights to international and domestic cricket.
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Nine’s managing director, Jeff Browne, said the network was undecided about launching a counter-offer, with the Cricket Australia deadline next Monday.

He said money was not the only issue, and his network had had positive discussions with CA, despite industry speculation there were simmering tensions between the two parties.

Talks broke down earlier this month over the issue of domestic cricket, with CA lodging a writ in the Supreme Court of Victoria, due to be heard on Friday.

As reported by Fairfax Media, the writ is to clarify the status of the Big Bash League and whether it is subject to Nine’s last right of refusal – given this form of the game did not exist in Australia at the time of Nine’s last deal.

Nine sources labelled the legal case by CA a ”sideshow”, saying it was disappointed with the games being played by CA’s lawyers given the network has no interest in the BBL.

Ten’s five-year offer is understood to be worth $400 million for the international rights and $100 million for the BBL.

Nine argues it only needs to match the $400 million to retain the rights.

Nine’s two US-based hedge fund shareholders, Apollo Management and Oaktree Capital, have reportedly suggested they do not want Nine to bid for the rights but are willing to budge if they can be persuaded the investment is worthwhile. The network reportedly has new debts of about $700 million.

Nine’s nine-member board includes four hedge fund directors, and former federal treasurer Peter Costello.

Fox Sports has broadcast the BBL, but Ten is favoured to at least grab this even if the international rights remain with Nine. Ten has not ruled out on-selling some matches to pay TV.

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29 Mar 19

Cadel Evans has the attributes needed to back up from claiming the first ever podium finish by an Australian in the Giro d’Italia and be a serious contender for the Tour de France, says former Irish cyclist Stephen Roche, who won both events in 1987.
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Roche, who also won the world road race championship in ’87, believes Evans has shown enough in this year’s Giro, which finished on Sunday, to indicate that while he is not yet at his peak, he is on the right trajectory towards the level required for the Tour, which begins on June 29.

Roche rates Evans’ consistency in all facets of grand tour racing as his greatest asset.

”Cadel has never been able to ride the [Alberto] Contadors and the Bradley Wiggins off his wheel. His strength has been consistency. He is very persistent and tactically very clever,” Roche said before the 21st and final stage of the Giro to Brescia.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) claimed the overall win, beating Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Sky) by four minutes and 43 seconds, and Evans (BMC) by five minutes, 52 seconds.

”He isn’t the best climber, he isn’t the best time triallist, he isn’t the best sprinter,” Roche said. ”But he is one of the best all-rounders because he can sprint, he can time trial, he can be up there on the high mountain finishes. He is very clever, and he can sneak into a break and he can calculate [read races].

”I’m glad to see he has his old legs again. His age is probably on the wrong side of the barrier, but he definitely has what it takes for the Tour this year.”

Roche said it was vital that Evans focused on recovering between now and the Tour. ”I finished the Giro very tired mentally and physically,” he said. ”It’s not so important how much you do [after the Giro], but it’s important what you do. Cadel has to make sure he stays fresh.”

Evans, who raced the Giro-Tour double in 2010, when his results were marred by illness and injury rather than form and ability, agreed with Roche. ”After my last experience [in 2010], I am not even going to think about training; it’s all recovery,” he said.

”I have one or two professional appointments [after the Giro], but every day is going to count. You really have to be careful about recovery. Four weeks passes so quickly.

”I still might have to go and see one or two stages of the Tour that I haven’t seen, but it’s not just days of training [lost], but days of travel don’t help you recover.”

Rupert Guinness covered the Giro d’Italia as a guest of Eurosport.

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1 Mar 19

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The latest news from the NRL as clubs name their sides for round 12.

Talkin’ Teams: So Laurie Daley still hasn’t named a replacement for the injured Kurt Gidley. I spoke to him last week and he told me that he had two teams in mind. He had one with Gallen at prop and another team with Gallen at lock. I believe Gidley was picked with the thought of playing Gallen in the front row, so don’t be surprised to see a reshuffled side now that the Knights skipper has had to withdraw. I expect Gallen to move back to lock, with Lewis on the bench. That will allow Daley to pick one of Willie Mason, Aaron Woods, Aiden Tolman or Tim Grant. Considering Queensland have named a team without a recognised prop on the bench, the Blues should go for a big bopper. That’s just my opinion. Looking forward to the abuse when I get it wrong. Who would you pick?

Talkin’ Teams: With no Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Brent Tate and James Tamou, it’s an experienced looking Cowboys side to take on the Titans on Sunday.

Cowboys: 1. Clint Greenshields 2. Ashley Graham 3. Antonio Winterstein 4. Kane Linnett 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Michael Morgan 7. Robert Lui 8. Ashton Sims 9. Rory Kostjasyn 10. Scott Bolton 11. Tariq Sims 12. Glenn Hall 13. Dallas Johnson. Interchange: 14. Ray Thompson 15. Joel Riethmuller 16. Ricky Thorby 17. Jason Taumalolo 18. Ethan Lowe 19. Blake Leary.null

Talkin’ Teams: Dave Taylor returns from injury for the Titans, who are missing Ashley Harrison, Nate Myles and Greg Bird on Origin duty. William Zillman will captain the side in their absence.

Titans: 1 William Zillman, 2 Kevin Gordon, 3 Brad Takairangi, 4 Jamal Idris, 5 Anthony Don, 6 Aidan Sezer, 7 Albert Kelly, 8 Luke Bailey, 9 Matt Srama, 10 Luke Douglas, 11 David Taylor, 12 Mark Minichiello, 13 Luke O’Dwyer. Interchange: 14 Ryan James, 15 Mark Ioane, 16 Jamie Dowling, 17 Sam Irwin

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1 Mar 19

ON THE BALL: James Virgili and Ruben Zadkovich train at Ray Watt Oval yesterday. Picture: Ryan OslandTHE Newcastle Jets will open their pre-season campaign against Northern NSW minnows Plattsburg Maryland.
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The Bulldogs, who play in the third-tier Zone Football Premier League, is the junior club of former Socceroos striker and Jets youth team coach Clayton Zane and has also produced former national league regulars Peter Juchniewicz and Brad Wieczorek.

The Jets assembled yesterday for the start of the first main phase of the pre-season. The game against Plattsburg is on June 26 with a venue yet to be confirmed.

Marquee striker Emile Heskey is not due back from England until July and the Jets’ four Young Socceroos, Connor Chapman, Josh Brillante, Adam Taggart and Andrew Hoole, will be at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

The rest of the squad are expected to play some part.

‘‘We will go into games pretty quickly, starting with lesser opposition and building up as we have done previously,’’ Jets coach Gary van Egmond said yesterday.

‘‘We have a game against Plattsburg and we want another game against similar opposition.

‘‘We will be working the players pretty hard in this phase and they will be fatigued.

‘‘We still want to play reasonable football against a team who is going to want to do well.’’

Plattsburg player-coach Mal Hinchliffe, who works for Zane’s InZane Football academy, said his players were ‘‘buzzing’’ when told about the friendly.

‘‘We are looking at it as an experience, a game of footy they will never forget,’’ Hinchliffe said.

‘‘It is not often you get these experiences, the opportunity to play against the likes of Michael Bridges, who has played so many games in the English Premier League. A lot of them were in disbelief.’’

Plattsburg are sixth on the ladder with two wins from seven games and are still alive in the State Cup.

‘‘We have had a bit of an unlucky start to the season,’’ said Hinchliffe, who returned to Newcastle after nine years in Germany.

‘‘There are some good players, but they can’t commit to training three times a week with a state league club. Most of them are former Wallsend High boys. They are hard workers and fight to the end.’’

The Jets have opened their account against Northern NSW State League clubs in previous seasons.

Van Egmond said they would still face state league rivals as they approached the season, which begins against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on October 11.

‘‘We have divided the pre-season into three stages of about six weeks, which is similar to last season,’’ the coach said.

‘‘We are looking at going to the AIS in Canberra again, Tamworth again, and there is some talk about going to Townsville and maybe Coffs Harbour.

‘‘We want to take the game regional, from a Northern NSW point of view, and interstate if we can.’’

The Jets have at least three places to fill on their roster.

Blackburn Rovers and former North Queensland Fury goalkeeper Seb Usai and Adelaide shotstopper John Solari began a trial yesterday for the No.3 spot vacated by Jack Duncan’s exit to Perth.

Usai, 23, has spent the past 18 months at Championship club Blackburn Rovers. He featured on the bench but did not play a first-team game.

Solari, 20, plays for Adelaide Premier League club White City and is still eligible for youth league.

The Jets had 10 contracted players on deck yesterday.

Craig Goodwin has been given an extended break, while Ben Kennedy (knee) and Josh Mitchell (knee) are recovering from surgery.

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1 Mar 19

OFF-contact outside backs Kevin Naiqama and Peter Mata’utia are expected to receive another chance to advertise their wares in the NRL shop window when Newcastle take on competition leaders South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
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The Knights are set to field a depleted squad minus their three main strike weapons, skipper Kurt Gidley, fullback Darius Boyd and winger Akuila Uate, all of whom are either unavailable or in doubt with injuries.

Gidley and Boyd were selected by NSW and Queensland respectively for Origin I tomorrow week, but Newcastle’s skipper was a shock withdrawal last night because of a foot injury.

Boyd also faces a race to prove his fitness for the series opener after injuring his lower leg/ankle in Sunday’s 28-12 loss to the Warriors in Auckland.

Despite the Knights stating on their website yesterday that Boyd had been ‘‘cleared of serious injury following scans on Monday’’, there are fears he has suffered a syndesmosis injury, which means tearing the ligament that binds that tibia and fibula.

Queensland have named Melbourne winger Justin O’Neill on standby in case Boyd is ruled out.

Uate was replaced early in the second half with rib-cartilage damage and would appear at long odds to line up against the Rabbitohs.

Rib-cartilage injuries are notoriously painful and, while players sometimes carry them into games with the aid of pain-killing injections, this usually delays the healing process.

Uate is expected to have scans today and until he has those results, Knights physiotherapist Phil Coles said ‘‘we can’t be sure on time frames’’.

Uate’s likely absence would create a selection dilemma for Knights coach Wayne Bennett, leaving him with an extra vacancy in his backline.

Kevin Naiqama, who scored two tries against Canterbury nine days ago but did not retain his position, is a certain selection, either at fullback or on the wing.

Mata’utia, who has not played in the top grade since June 9 last year in a 32-16 loss to Canberra, is the next most experienced candidate.

Naiqama has scored nine tries in his 10-game NRL career and Bennett admitted after his performance against the Bulldogs that it would be ‘‘almost impossible’’ for the Knights to retain him, because he was ready to establish himself as a first-grader.

It is understood other NRL clubs – and rugby union outfits – are already circling the 24-year-old.

Mata’utia appeared a rising star when he made his NRL debut in 2011 but was cruelled by injuries last season.

The former Australian Schoolboy’s manager has been negotiating with the Knights recently about contract extensions for Mata’utia and his younger brothers Chanel, Pat and Sione, who also play for the Knights.

Other possible replacement options include powerful centre Siuatonga Likiliki or even goalkicking winger Josh Mantellato, who has been a prolific pointscorer in the NSW Cup for the past two seasons.

Veteran centre Timana Tahu, who was dropped after the 44-14 loss to Canberra three games ago, has not played since because of a calf injury.

Gidley’s unavailability means Travis Waddell is likely to be promoted from the bench to the starting side.

Waddell may have to share the dummy-half duties with a stop-gap hooker, such as Neville Costigan, to accommodate the return from suspension of enforcer Jeremy Smith.

Smith has missed five club games and the Anzac Test match since being found guilty of a dangerous throw on Matt Robinson in the round-six win Penrith.

The 33-year-old’s return will be welcomed by Bennett, who admitted Newcastle were overpowered and physically intimidated by South Sydney’s giant pack in two heavy defeats last season.


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1 Mar 19

THE Maitland Mustangs are in turmoil after the resignation of Waratah Basketball League men’s coach David Richards and the imminent departure of general manager Chris Heath.
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Richards resigned yesterday under mounting pressure after the Mustangs won just one of their first 10 games this season.

Heath is expected to do likewise tomorrow would not comment yesterday.

The Newcastle Herald has been told Heath’s exit is not directly related to Richards’s decision to step down.

‘‘I made my decision in the best interests of the team, based on my own expectations and what I delivered,’’ Richards said yesterday.

‘‘Due to my own poor performance, I decided to stand down.

‘‘I’m not sure who will take over. That is a decision for Maitland. But I think the team is capable of winning some games and I expect them to get some wins soon.’’

Maitland’s 86-72 home loss to Bankstown on Saturday was their sixth straight.

Their only victory was by one point against winless Sutherland on April 13, but five of their nine losses were by six points or less.

Speculation about Richards’s future began after the Mustangs were humbled 91-50 by arch-rivals Newcastle at Broadmeadow this month, which ensured the Hunters retained the coveted Kibble-Mallon Cup for another year.

Mustangs player Luke Boyle, assisted by older brother Adam and Maitland basketball guru Tim Mallon, said he would replace Richards on an interim basis, but the Mustangs have sounded out former Hunters coach Darren Nichols as a permanent replacement.

Nichols coached the Hunters for the past four years but resigned in February after falling out with Newcastle Basketball general manager Ivan Spyrdz and members of the board.

Spyrdz resigned a fortnight ago after almost five years in the Broadmeadow front office. He began a new job last week as general manager of Newcastle-based public relations company Eclipse Media, Events and PR.

Luke Boyle was Maitland’s player-coach last year but stepped down to concentrate on playing, which created the vacancy Richards filled.

‘‘It’s only on an interim basis at the moment with the assistance of Tim and Adam, and hopefully I won’t have to do it for too long,’’ Luke said yesterday.

‘‘I don’t want to do it forever, because I just want to worry about playing. It’s just to fill the void until we can find someone, and hopefully that will be by the end of the week.

‘‘I feel a bit sorry for him because we were a new team and he was given a pretty difficult task, and five of our losses were by six points or less.’’

The off-season departure of veterans Kieran Gleeson, Andy Allen, Matt Dick, Butch Hays and Josh Clifford meant Richards had to rebuild team led by reigning WBL Most Valuable Player Mitchell Rueter, 201cm Canadian import Robert Nortmann, Luke and Joel Boyle, Maitland stalwart Wayne Brown and several Hunters state and youth league players.

The Mustangs play Penrith and Sutherland on the road this weekend before a two-week break.

Nichols said he had spoken to the Mustangs ‘‘but I have not had an official offer’’.

If he takes the job, Nichols would almost certainly call on Newcastle stalwart Larry Davidson to be his assistant.

‘‘I have been asked to take on the position, but it’s a big decision and it’s not one I will make by myself because it impacts on my family,’’ Nichols said.

‘‘I very much want to coach again at that level, but I’m just not sure if I want to do it this soon.’’

PRESSURE: David Richards, who resigned yesterday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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1 Mar 19

Bad day: Gai Waterhouse leaves the inquiry on Monday. She was fined $5500. Photo: Marco Del GrandeGai Waterhouse could face further charges from More Joyous’ autumn campaign after she was fined $5500 for failing to keep proper records and failing to report a condition to stewards that could affect performance leading into last month’s All Aged Stakes.
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Stewards will also investigate a record of More Joyous being lame on the Tuesday before she ran fifth in the Queen Of The Turf at Rosehill on April 6.

The lameness improved on the Wednesday before the Queen Of The Turf and was recorded in the treatment book.

Waterhouse was fined $500 for not having More Joyous’ treatment book up to date when stewards took it on the night of the All Aged Stakes on April 27, as the inquiry was launched. It revealed the lameness issue before the previous start.

”We will also look at whether treatment given before the Queen Of The Turf ought to have been reported, and will do that on a separate date,” steward Ray Murrihy said as he summed up the findings.

Waterhouse told the inquiry on Monday that news had reached the Queen in England and it had been a ”shoddy” inquiry and ”incredibly cruel, unfair and disgraceful” on her and her family.

She questioned Nash Rawiller’s ride and the condition of the Randwick track, which stewards regarded in assessing a $5000 fine for not reporting More Joyous’ sore neck under rules that compel trainers to report a condition that may have had affected the performance of a horse in a race.

Her counsel Malcolm Ramage, QC, said his advice would be to appeal the guilty finding and the fine.

Waterhouse said she had the final decision on running More Joyous, just as she had with any of the 130 horses in her stable.

”There was no problem in my opinion,” she said. ”I’m not some hick from the bush. I’m qualified in what I do.”

Murrihy had earlier pressed Waterhouse on when she would report a problem with a runner from her stable.

Waterhouse said she wanted every horse from her stable to win and would not send them out if there was problem.

Stewards had set out 10 factors that should have led Waterhouse to report the problem with More Joyous. Murrihy said those 10 points were to be looked on individually rather than in totality.

”For you to have so many triggers, we wouldn’t expect you to ignore them,” Murrihy said. ”It was a clear breach of your requirement to report a condition to us.

”It shouldn’t have been hidden away from the gaze of the authorities. We shouldn’t have been kept in the dark. The public that supported the horse are entitled to know if there had been problems.”

Earlier in the inquiry, owner John Singleton was fined $15,000 for conduct prejudicial to racing after making claims in interviews that Waterhouse’s bookmaker son Tom had been telling his mates the champion mare ”couldn’t win”.

The explosive claim sparked the inquiry but stewards cleared Tom Waterhouse of any wrongdoing.

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