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Police News: stolen car found at caravan park

The latest police news from Chifley LAC:
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■ On Tuesday, March 31 at 10am, a visitor staying at a pub in Oberon overnight had his wallet stolen from his room. The wallet contained a very large amount of cash. A suspect was immediately nominated and police located the suspect soon after in possession of a large amount of cash. An investigation has commenced.

■ On Saturday, March 28 at 5.30pm, an Oberon youth was seen loitering around the side of a shop in the main street of Oberon and acting suspiciously. Police stopped and spoke to the youth, submitting him to a search. Nothing of interest was located and the youth was issued a move on direction. There has been a recent increase in the number of undesirables making Oberon their home and these people will not hesitate to find weaknesses in the security of your business and relieve you of anything that’s not bolted down.

■ On Sunday, March 22 at 2.30pm, a tourist visiting Jenolan Caves was sitting alone at an outdoor table at the cafe and placed her handbag on the seat next to her. She stood to walk into the cafe for a few moments and when she returned to her table her handbag was gone. A report was made to police and an investigation has commenced.

■ On Sunday, March 22 at 4pm, a report was made to police that a 33-year-old Oberon man, who is before the court on numerous charges, has made threats towards several of the prosecution witnesses in his case. The Criminal Justice System of NSW has a zero tolerance policy for any defendant who attempts to interfere with the judicial process. If proven, intimidating witnesses carries a penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. An investigation is underway.

■ On Saturday, March 21 at 4.10pm, Oberon Police and Chifley Highway Patrol attended the Oberon Caravan Park where they located a stolen Mitsubishi ASX station wagon parked next to a caravan. Police entered the caravan and found a 20-year-old Oberon man hiding behind a door. The man was in possession of the key to the stolen vehicle. He was arrested and taken to Oberon Police Station where he was charged with numerous offences. He was refused bail and taken to Bathurst Police Station where he had a sleep-over. He appeared before the bail court at Bathurst the next morning and was granted strict conditional bail.

■ On Wednesday, March 18 at 9am, staff at Oberon High School discovered a broken window and bent louvre on a building within the school grounds. A report was made and police would like anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Oberon Police on 6336 1000.

■ On Monday, March 16 at 6.50pm, a 20-year-old resident of Oberon Caravan Park returned home to find his caravan had been broken into and his hunting knife stolen. The man reported this to Policelink by calling 131 444. A report was taken over the phone and a job sent for Oberon Police to attend his caravan and conduct an examination of the scene to determine whether or not forensic services should attend. No surfaces were found suitable for forensic examination. Anyone with information about this is urged to contact Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or Oberon Police on 6336 1000.

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Talent shines on

ACHIEVE: Southern Sports Academy co-coach Brendan Sims, with Leeton players Lucy Preston, 13, and Emily Clyne, 13.
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LEETON’S Lucy Preston and Emily Clyne will take to the court this weekend representing the Southern Sports Academy on the Central Coast.

The talented pair were selected in the academy last year following trials and have been regularly training in Wagga and Canberra for the past six months in preparation for this weekend’s games.

Southern Sports Academy co-coach and Leeton resident Brendan Sims said the duo had improved on their skills since their selection.

“It’s definitely a big achievement for them to be selected in the academy,” Sims said.

“They’ve taken part in a number of camps in the lead up to this weekend’s competition.

“I can definitely see that they have improved by being part of the academy.

“They don’t just learn about playing the game of basketball, but there is a focus on health, fitness, nutrition and things like that.”

The pair will compete at the 2015 ClubsNSW Academy Games, which include a number of sports and not just basketball.

The girls will play numerous teams from across the state as part of the event.

Emily, who hopes one day to be a professional basketball player, was looking forward to getting on the court.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she said.

“It should be a really good experience.

“We’ll get to meet new people as well.”

A round-robin format of matches will be played throughout the weekend.

Lucy said being part of the Southern Sports Academy had been a beneficial experience.

“It’s been really good … a lot of fun,” she said.

“I’ve learned a lot.”

The ClubsNSW Academy Games are an initiative of the Regional Academies of Sport NSW Incorporated.

It is expected more than 700 athletes, coaches and team officials will be part of this weekend’s event.

Sims was confident the Leeton contingent would perform well.

“The girls have definitely grown as players since they were selected in the academy,” he said.

“In the past we’ve had the Marks brothers (Ben and Luke) be selected in the academy for basketball, so it was nice to see some more Leeton representatives.

“The academy can lead to really good things, so the girls should be really proud.

“It would be good if we had even more Leeton players be selected in the academy in the coming years.

“It’s a great learning experience for them and allows them to bring back the skills they learn to their Leeton teams.”

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Bombers face mountainous start

Leitchville/Gunbower will start its Heathcote District Football League season tomorrow at Gunbower against Mount Pleasant.LEITCHVILLE/GUNBOWER will open its 2015 Heathcote District Football League season tomorrow, hosting fellow 2014 finalists, Mount Pleasant.
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The Bombers will be looking to emulate its 2014 efforts, with the side losing to eventual premiers, Lockington-Bamawm United by 31 points in the preliminary final.

Matt Hawken, who led the side between 2003 and 2009, will return to the coaching fold tomorrow following Marty Shadbolt’s decision at the end of the 2014 season not to not coach the club.

Shadbolt moved pre-season to Loddon Valley Football League powerhouse, Bridgewater during the pre-season, joining Joel Donehue (Echuca), as well as Lancaster-bound Ryan Hocking, Russell Lee and Brad Perry in vacating the side.

However, the Bombers’ recruiters have found more than suitable replacements.

Reigning Mitiamo best and fairest, Matt Perri will boost the Bombers’ midfield and forward options, whilst Superoos teammate, Daniel Meroli will become one of the club’s key backmen, joining former Heidelberg player, Tom Shepherd.

Other new key recruits include former Reservoir best and fairest, Daniel Couwenberg, Castlemaine’s James Oliver and former Bombers captain Keiran Treacy, who will be used across the half-back line.

Tomorrow’s opponents, who lost to LBU in last season’s first semi-final, have lost 10 of its 2014 playing group.

Gone from the Blues side that secured the club’s first finals berth since 2008 are reigning best and fairest Kain Robins, HDFL interleague captain Tim Hill, leading goalkicker Matt Gretgrix and former coach Shaun Young.

However, returning coach Derrick Filo and his recruiting team have secured the services of goalkicking midfielder Simon Seddon, who has played representative football for the Goulburn Valley Football League and spent 2014 playing for Labrador in the Queensland AFL.

If the home side can stop Seddon, the Bombers will be on track to secure a second consecutive win at Gunbower against the Blues.

PREDICTION: Leitchville/Gunbower should win by 30 points.

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Brigadoon magic in Bundanoon today

The green fields of Brigadoon will be revealed when the fog lifts in the Highlands today.
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The Scottish Highlands will be brought to life in a small local village for the 38th Annual Highland Gathering known as ‘Bundanoon is Brigadoon’.

Pipe bands, games, clans and dancing will be among the festivities, which will go ahead in all their kilted glory whether the day brings rain, hail or shine.

Bundanoon Highland Gathering vice president and publicity officer Alaistair Saunders said although he hoped for good weather, “the skin is waterproof, it’s only the clothes that get wet”.

“With any luck the gods will be kind to us and the sun will shine down.”

As with many events in the Southern Highlands, the volunteer power behind Brigadoon was the single reason the gathering will take place this year.

“Without the volunteers, Brigadoon wouldn’t happen – that’s just a fact of life,” Alaistair said.

“Having said that, if it wasn’t for the volunteer committee who put in all the extra hours and conscientious commitment then the volunteers would have nothing to do.”

“It really is a team effort.”

The well-known and well-loved events including egg throwing, shot put, water toss, the kilted dash and ‘brigaball’ will return, along with a selection of special events for 2015.

As this year marks 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign, a Centenary of Anzac Display will take place at 12.15pm dedicated to the honour and memory of the Anzacs to acknowledge the sacrifice made by all service men, women and their families.

The Ingleburn RSL Club along with Campbelltown Community Pipes and Drums will present the display, along with lone piper Dr Stephen Ross from the Canberra Celtic Pipe Band.

Dr Stephen Ross will perform a tune he composed especially for the event, called ‘Brigadoon Remembers 100 Years’.

“In many ways it is a ‘new look’ Brigadoon,” Alaistair said.

“We have three new musical acts, a new heavy event from the Tartan Warriors and there’s plenty for the kids to do.”

The new music acts include Pumpkin Juice, a Celtic fiddle group from Newcastle and Lavoz, a ladies drumming group comprised of women aged between 40 and 80.

“It is a family friendly day out, there are 100 and something stalls covering everything you could imagine.

“Food is no problem and if you happen to have a Scottish heritage in your family we have the Clan Site set up so you can trace what clan you belong to.”

The cost for admission to the Brigadoon event is $20 for an adult, $10 for a child, $18 for aged pension card holders and $50 for a family (two adults, two children). Admission can be purchased at all entry gates.

To pre-book call 1300 657 559 or purchase your badge at the gate.

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Things are heating up at Mayfield

DELICIOUS HARVEST: Kitchen Cafe chef Jorden Moonen and nurseryman Matt Howle ready for the autumn events at Mayfield Garden. 040615Mayfield
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AUTUMN is a time for cool mornings, changing colours and a quietening garden.

This might be the case in some gardens, but not so at Mayfield Garden where things are about to heat up with a number of events on their calendar.

One of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens, Mayfield Garden is a drawcard to regional NSW with its feature garden, the Water Garden, Kitchen Cafè and Nursery open year round.

With an extensive orchard and vegetable patch, the garden staff is kept busy and the cafè well stocked with freshly prepared food.

“At the moment we’re harvesting lots fruit and veggies, and given the abundance we decided an Autumn Harvest Lunch would be a great way to celebrate the flavours of the season,” Mayfield Garden’s spokesperson Karyn Taylor said.

Pumpkins of all shapes and colours, figs, apples and herbs will all make their way from garden to plate for the Autumn Harvest Lunch, with a demonstration of steel forging adding to the entertainment.

“We’re excited to be showcasing some of the more traditional trades as part of our ‘old crafts’ demonstration series, kicking off with steel forging then stone masonry,” Ms Taylor said.

“Visitors to our garden are amazed by the craftsmanship of our stone masons on show in the garden. Hewn blue-stone is a feature throughout the garden and can be found lining long pathways, on the façade of buildings and on bridges.”

Just one week after the Harvest Lunch Mayfield Garden will open the gates to the Private Garden for its annual Private Garden Autumn Open Days.

During this time visitors have the chance to discover the expansive Private Garden beyond the Water Garden with the aviary, walled kitchen garden, rose garden and 80m cascade as key features.

The Autumn Harvest Lunch will be held this Saturday, April 11 from 11am-2pm and costs $110 per person. To book, call 6336 3131.

The Private Garden Autumn Open Days will run from April 18 until May 3, and will be closed on Anzac Day.

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Lake is replenished

FLOWING: Ron Kelly, left, and Brett Condely are pleased to see environmental water flowing into Lake Meran.LAKE Meran users are rejoicing after it was announced that an extra 2000 megalitres of environmental water would be released into the lake over the next month.
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The North Central Catchment Management Authority sought approval from the Victorian Environment Water Holder to enable the flow of water into the lake, 22 kilometres south-west of Kerang.

The flow of water, which began on April 2, will increase the water level by about 1.5 metres and bring the lake’s overall capacity to almost 60 per cent.

The catchment authority said the aim of this watering is to “provide ongoing deep-water habitat within the like for plants and animals and maintain the health of surrounding trees”.

Ron Kelly, who led an online petition to boost awareness of the lake and the need for increased water levels earlier in the year, said the bolstered water capacity has drawn recreational water users to the area.

“The publicity has increased interest amongst campers and day-trippers remarkably,” Mr Kelly said.

Mr Kelly said more work needs to be done to work through remaining issues between interested stakeholders.

At last month’s Gannawarra Shire Council meeting, Patchell ward councillor, Mark Arians was successful in convincing council to convene a bi-annual meeting, with representatives from various water agencies in attendance, to enhance its commitment to waterway management.

Mr Kelly said as long as the bi-annual forums are held, Lake Meran advocates will have the vehicle needed to ensure environmental water flows are not once-off events.

“If nothing gets off the ground, of course we will keep agitating,” he said.

“When water comes out through farmer diversion licences and natural evaporation, we want water to replenish that.”

North Central Catchment Management Authority project officer, Philip Slessar said a range of monitoring activities will take place over the next 12 months, including salinity monitoring by the way of a continuous probe installed in the lake.

“We will also be closely monitoring lake height and the water entering the lake to ensure we reach our objectives,” Mr Slessar said.

Mr Slessar said a vegetation survey is also planned for later in the year to provide comparison with last year’s information, depending on funding.

The results will inform future environmental watering decisions, while the catchment authority stressed that future deliveries to the lake will be assessed according to an annual prioritisation process.

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High expectations again for Lady Braves

Bendigo’s Kerryn Harrington.THE Bendigo Champions IGA Lady Braves again enter a new SEABL season with high expectations.
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The Lady Braves tip off their 2015 campaign on Friday night against arch-rivals Ballarat at Ballarat’s Minerdome.

The Lady Braves’ list this year features the inclusion of two Australian Opals squad members in Kelly Wilson and Tessa Lavey.

Wilson has spent the past three years in the SEABL with Knox, while Lavey played with the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence squad last year.

The Lady Braves have also added import Stacia Robertson from North Carolina, as well as Stephanie Bairstow, who has spent the past two-and-a-half-years at Utah State University.

Among the departures from last year’s squad that lost the grand final to Hobart by three points in overtime are Lauren King, Alex Bunton, Rosie Fadljevic, Heather Oliver, Chantella Perera and Lasondra Barrett.

“We’ve always got high expectations and this year is no different,” Lady Braves’ coach Jonathan Goodman said on Thursday.

“Losing someone like Lauren King, you can’t replace her, but we’ve done really well in our recruiting in the sense that our backcourt will be dynamic.

“Kelly Wilson is a former MVP in the league and it’s massive bringing both her and Tessa Lavey into the squad. They bring talent and experience with the Opals.

“We’ve brought in a great young talent in Steph Bairstow and import Stacia Robertson is going to be a fantastic addition as well.

“I’m really excited with the group we’ve put together, particularly with the amount of local content we’ve got this year.”

Goodman said there was no bigger way to start the season for the Lady Braves than by taking on Ballarat.

“Every time we play Ballarat it’s just like a finals atmosphere,” Goodman said.

“We’re playing on the eve of the Under-18 Australian Junior Championships in Ballarat, so there’s going to be a lot of people there and we’ll be hoping to put on a good show and make sure we walk out of there with the win.”

Friday night’s game in Ballarat tips off at 6pm.

Meanwhile, five members of the Bendigo Spirit – including Kelly Wilson and Tessa Lavey – have been named in an Australian Opals training camp squad of 18 in Gosford from April 27 to May 2 ahead of a European tour and the FIBA Oceania Championships in August.

As well as Wilson and Lavey, other Spirit players in the Opals’ squad for the training camp are Sara Blicavs, Elyse Penaluna and Belinda Snell.

Former Spirit player Maddi Garrick, who has just signed with the Melbourne Boomers, is also in the squad.

Lady Braves’ roster

Kerryn Harrington

Kelly Wilson

Stephanie Bairstow

Tessa Lavey

Maddison Wild

Molly Greetham

Thanee Cannon

Alex Strawhorn

Shelby Britten

Jessica Mangan

Charlie Brancatisano

Georgie Eishold

Andrea Wilson

Stacia Robertson

New: Kelly Wilson, Stephanie Bairstow, Tessa Lavey, Stacia Robertson.

Out: Chantella Perera, Rosie Fadljevic, Alex Bunton, Heather Oliver, Lauren King, Lasondra Barrett.

First 10 games:

April 10 – at Ballarat

April 17 – at Albury Wodonga

April 25 – v Nunawading

May 2 – v Sandringham

May 9 – v Kilsyth

May 23 – v Geelong

May 30 – v Dandenong

May 31 – at Nunawading

June 13 – v Ballarat

June 21 – v Frankston

Past four seasons:

2014: 2nd – 18-8.

2013: Champions – 23-6.

2012: 4th – 16-11.

2011: 4th – 18-8.

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United ‘good mates’ with Armidale despite crucial losses

After three years and three consecutive semi-final losses to South Armidale, you’d think there would be some animosity stewing in the Gunnedah United camp.
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Harley Cheetham puts in the boot for United during the pre-season FFA Cup tournament in Tamworth. Photo: Barry Smith, Northern Daily Leader

Well, apparently not said United coach turned manager, Richard Grant, as the two clubs prepare to face off in this weekend’s Northern Inland Premier League (NIPL) season opener.

“We get on with their mob probably better than any of others,” Grant said, who will run manager’s clipboard after officially handing over the “head coach” reins to striker Andy Cygan.

In the club’s last three NIPL semi-final appearances in, United has lost 4-1, 4-2 and 4-3 to their Armidale rivals.

But you won’t find any grudges being held in this friendly feud. In fact, the two clubs are warmly receptive of each other and relish the good natured competition.

“(Armidale) are great competitors… we’re good mates,” Grant added.

However United is keen to make its presence felt in the round one NIPL fixture at Wolseley Park on Saturday.

The club has made the most of its pre-season game opportunities and featured in a number of tournaments around the region, the latest being the Jan and Kevin Johnson Memorial Carnival in Tamworth.

We would love to send them back over the mountain with zero on the scoreboard

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Mininera and District Football League 2015 season begins

AFTER another busy off-season of recruiting, planning and sweating it out in the summer sun, 12 Mininera and District Football League clubs will hit the ground running tomorrow in the hope of opening the season with a win.
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This year’s competition is shaping as one of the closest in recent times, with a handful of teams bolstering their list with key players in the hope of closing the gap on reigning premier Moyston/Willaura.

The Pumas will unfurl their 2014 flag at Willaura tomorrow afternoon before beginning their title defence against the Ararat Eagles.

Despite Moyston/Willaura farewelling premiership coach Trent Fiscalini and power forward Aaron McKinnis, new leader Jacob Hamilton would be quietly confident his side can kick off the season on a winning note.

The Pumas have quality across the park, with Lachie Hamilton heading up a potent forward line, while experienced duo Lynden Brewis and John Vanderwaal will dictate play around the ground.

Eagle-turned-Puma James Dalkin won’t have to wait long to meet his old club and will provide good relief to Josh Bywater in the ruck.

Bywater’s direct opponent Nick Bulger will have plenty of responsibility to shoulder for Ararat, as he looks to feed the likes of Ash Leggett, Lewis Baker and young gun Jordan Thomas.

With Tatyoon being touted as a strong premiership contender, new coach Damian Cameron will be keen to get away to a strong start against another 2014 finalist in Hawkesdale/Macarthur.

Cameron said the Hawks should be at full strength, including new and returning recruits Tory Chapple, Zach Louder, Sam Thomson, Tyler Cronin and Richard Tucker.

“Hawkesdale only missed out on a grand final by eight points last year, so I am guessing they are going to be there abouts again,” he said.

“I haven’t heard too much about them, but it is always a big challenge going down to their home ground in round one.

“We haven’t played all together before, but it will be the perfect chance to see how we are set up for the season.”

SM&W Rovers coach Joe Carmody said his players will be taking nothing for granted in their round one clash with Great Western.

“I think it is going to be really tough, you never quite know what to expect,” he said.

“Either way we will be prepared for a tough contest, we can’t just turn up and expect things to run our way.

“You can look back to last time and see that the scoreboard says we won comfortably, however it was hard contested football and we need to expect the same this year.”

The Lions will welcome backformer best and fairest BenNewson, while Andrew Bach willhave his first outing as coach.

Wickliffe/Lake Bolac willbe out for revenge againstGlenthompson/Dunkeld after theRams ended the Magpies’ finalschances in 2014.

New Pies’ coach Chris Hiletsaid his team underachieved lastseason after winning the premiershipthe previous year and will becautious not to start slow againduring the opening month offootball.

“We will be looking towards theold cliché of taking it one gameat a time, hit the contested footyhard early on and set the tone forthe season,” he said.

“Dunkeld are going to come outhard, they are a good side and havepicked up a few — Kane Taylorhas come across from Drysdale inGeelong — to go with an alreadystrong line-up, led by MichaelUebergang.

“We won’t run a hard tag onanyone, but it will be known toour group that when they’ve gotthe ball, as a team, we need to putthe pressure on.”

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Road to success for country cups gun

The Ararat Pacing Cup presentation with Elizabeth Clarke Board Member, Tony Bond Ararat President, Driver Nathan Jack, Owner Graham Locke, Trainer Keith Cotchin, Vaughn Lynch Operations Manager and John Hawk. The Keith Cotchin-trained Road to Rock wins the 2015 Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup on Saturday night with Nathan Jack at the helm. Picture: PETER PICKERING
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AT his 10th country cup start this season Road To Rock won his second trophy last weekend at the Ararat Harness Racing Club’s biggest meeting of the year.

The Keith Cotchin-trained seven-year-old edged out Macho Comacho in a thrilling finish to the Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup adding the victory to his feature race CV, alongside a St Arnaud Cup triumph earlier this season.

The gelded son of Village Jasper/Diva La Diva ran to the front at the Russell T White Raceway after Macho Comacho and Ardle McArdle both held interim leads early.

Ardle McArdle stepped strongly from seven to tackle early leader Macho Comacho out of three, working to the front when Macho Comacho galloped.

Macho Comacho (Chris Alford) quickly got back into stride and hooked off the markers to re-take control at the head of affairs, before Nathan Jack seized the initiative to grab the front aboard Road To Rock when the leader slowed, which pocketed Ardle McArdle (Amanda Turnbull) three-pegs.

Reigning Ararat Pacing Cup winner Savesomtimetodream, with Jodi Quinlan aboard, then made his move to work to the breeze, giving 2013 winner Jukebox Music (Glenn Douglas) one-one cover.

Kotare Roland (Neil McCallum) was four-back the markers, Weallwantano (Matthew Craven) on his back, with Turnpike Cruiser (Zac Phillips), Hilltop Hustler (Michael Stanley) and Farmersntradies (Michael Sullivan) in the running line. Narra Operative (Kerryn Manning) was second-last and Arber (Gavin Lang) made an uncharacteristic bad getaway and settled at the back of the field.

Road To Rock comfortably navigated the opening half of the last mile (31.4 and 30.4 for a 61.8 half) before Jack upped the ante when challenged by Savesomtimetodream down the back.

Road To Rock was still travelling well to the home turn though, shaking off the reigning champ’s challenge with a 28.8 third split.

In the home straight Macho Comacho angled into the sprint lane and charged hard, while Hilltop Hustler and Ardle McArdle were winding up out wide.

But the leader dug deep, Road To Rock holding off all the challengers to score a victory by a head over Macho Comacho, with Hilltop Hustler up for third beaten 3.5 metres.

The winner got home in 29.2 for a 2:02.9 mile rate (last half 58).

Ardle McArdle ran fourth while Kotare Roland showed he was working back into some kind of form with an eye-catching fifth beaten 7.5 metres.

Savesomtimetodream weakened out of the action late to finish sixth, beaten 8.2 metres, with Weallwantano heading up the rest in seventh place.

– Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria

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