THE HERALD’S OPINION: Fighting Sydney’s giant footprint

AS our weekly Newcastle Herald columnist, Phillip O’Neill, observed on Monday, the state government has released a new Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan, althoughwith an absolute minimum of fanfare.

Given that this document, currently in draft form, sets out the government’s planning priorities for regional NSW between now and 2056, it has the potential to be a vitally important initiative.But as it stands, it is little more than a compilation of wish-lists of every infrastructure project ever touted, but with very few of them –as Professor O’Neill pointed out –in the here and now. Perhaps that is inevitable in a document with a 40-year time frame, in a political realm where most governments are battling to see beyond their next visit to the polls. But strip away the rhetoric of Newcastle being a Global Gateway City –and the Central Coast and Greater Newcastle being the state’s “largest regional centres in 2056” –and what we find is a document dominated by the already massive and rapidly growing footprint of greater Sydney.

For all of the emphasis on regional growth, the key demographic assumptions underpinning the document reveal something entirely different.

The report puts greater Sydney’s population at 4.7 million in 2016, rising to 6.3 million in 2036 and 7.9 million in 2056. That’s an increase of 3.2 million people, or 68 per cent, over 40 years.

By comparison, greater Newcastle goes from 630,000 in 2016 to 850,000 in 2036 and 910,000 in 2056. That’s an increase of 280,000 people over 40 years, or less than one-tenth of the population increase envisaged for greater Sydney.

What this means is that for all of the talk about frustrated Sydneysiders making their way north to our more hospitable way of living –and it is happening –this isonly a tiny part of the overall population picture.

Many of us don’t want the region to change, and are happy with the way things are, but in a capitalist democracy our fortunes are tied to jobs and jobs growth, and employers go with the flow of the people, rather than against it.Yes, Newcastle is getting some attention from the government, and ourconstruction-riven CBD will soon enoughbe revealed anew, but we are fighting a global trend of people everywhere crowding into already dominant capital cities. Treading water is not progress.

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Richmond re-sign premiership duo, Miles

Richmond have re-signed two of their premiership heroes, Jacob Townsend and Jason Castagna, while they have also locked in the services of VFL best and fairest winner Anthony Miles for next season.

Townsend came from nowhere late in the season to be an important goalkicker for the Tigers while Castagna played every game in 2017 as one of Richmond’s diminutive but crucial high pressuring forwards.

Miles, 25, only played five AFL games in 2017 and had considered leaving the club to seek more opportunities.

However on Monday the club announced Miles had signed a one-year contract extension, along with Townsend and Castagna who signed for one and two more years respectively.

“Anthony is highly regarded by his teammates and the club as a whole,” Richmond’s general manager of football talent Dan Richardson said.

“His strong work ethic, contested ball-winning ability and commitment to the team are second to none. Despite limited opportunities in 2017, he is a proven AFL player, who will continue to make a significant contribution to the club.”

Miles, a ball-winning midfielder, was integral to the Richmond VFL side’s runner-up finish in 2017.

Townsend, who played for the GWS Giants between 2012 and 2015, didn’t play his first game in 2017 until round 22.

From that game to the grand final the 24-year-old kicked 16 goals, including two in the Tigers’ drought-breaking premiership triumph over Adelaide.

“Jacob played a significant role for the team in all our finals games, none more so than the grand final. He is a strong competitor and, having found his niche up forward, we expect he will continue to build on this in 2018 and beyond,” Richardson said.

Castagna, who was drafted by the Tigers from the Northern Knights in the 2015 rookie draft, kicked 26 goals in 2017 but more importantly was part of the club’s mosquito-fleet forward line that harassed and wrangled opposition backline’s into submission during the year – a trademark of Richmond’s premiership winning gameplan.

Anthony Miles in action for Richmond’s VFL team in the loss to Port Melbourne Photo: AAP

“We are really pleased with Jason’s on-going development and his work-rate, both on and off the track. His pressure around the ball is a highlight and his brand of footy was very much aligned to the team success this year,” Richardson said.

Wounded Knee siege leader dies

Dennis Banks was the militant Chippewa who founded the American Indian Movement in 1968 and led often-violent insurrections to protest the treatment of Native Americans including the famous Wounded Knee seige.

He has died aged 80 following open-heart surgery.

Banks and his Oglala Sioux compatriot Russell Means were by the mid-1970s perhaps the best-known Native Americans since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, who led the attack that crushed the cavalry forces of George Armstrong Custer at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn.

American Indian activist Dennis Banks has died at the age of 80. Photo: AP

Banks, whose early life of poverty, alcoholism and alienation mirrored the fates of countless ancestors, led protests that caused mass disorder, shootouts, deaths and grievous injuries. He was jailed for burglary and convicted of riot and assault, and he became a fugitive for nine years. He found sanctuary in California and New York but finally gave up and was imprisoned for 14 months.

He once led a six-day takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, and mounted an armed 71-day occupation of the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Wounded Knee was the scene of the last major conflict of the American Indian Wars, in which 350 Lakota men, women and children were massacred by US troops in 1890.

While his protests won some government concessions and drew national attention and wide sympathy for the deplorable social and economic conditions of American Indians, Banks achieved few real improvements in the daily lives of millions of Native Americans, who live on reservations and in major cities and lag behind most fellow citizens in jobs, housing and education.

To admirers, Banks was a broad-chested champion of native pride. With dark, piercing eyes, high cheekbones, a jutting chin and long raven hair, he was a paladin who defied authority and, in an era crowded with civil rights protests, spoke for the nation’s oldest minority.

Banks, left, reads an offer by the US government seeking to effect an end to the Native American takeover of Wounded Knee. Photo: AP

To his critics, Banks was a self-promoter, grabbing headlines and becoming a darling of politically liberal Hollywood stars like Jane Fonda and Marlon Brando.

Banks and Means first won national attention for declaring a “Day of Mourning” for Native Americans on Thanksgiving Day in 1970. Their band seized the ship Mayflower II, a replica of the original in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and a televised confrontation between real Indians and costumed “Pilgrims” made the American Indian Movement leaders overnight heroes.

In 1973, after a white man killed an Indian in a saloon brawl and was charged not with murder but with involuntary manslaughter, Banks led 200 American Indian Movement protesters in a face-off with the police in Custer, South Dakota. It became a riot when the slain man’s mother was beaten by officers.

“We had reached a point in history where we could not tolerate the abuse any longer, where mothers could not tolerate the mistreatment that goes on on the reservations any longer, where they could not see another Indian youngster die,” he told the author Peter Matthiessen.

Weeks later, the siege that made Banks and Means famous began when 200 Oglala Lakota and A.I.M. followers with rifles and shotguns occupied Wounded Knee. About 300 United States marshals, FBI agents and other law-enforcement officials cordoned off the area touching off a 10-week battle of nerves and gunfire.

Amid wide news media coverage, the significance of the battlefield was not lost on many Americans. Dee Brown’s 1970 best-selling book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West had recently explored the record of massacres and atrocities against Native Americans on the expanding frontier, undermining one of the nation’s fondest myths.

Proclaiming a willingness to die for their cause, Banks and Means demanded the ousting of Richard Wilson, the elected leader of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council, whom they called a corrupt white man’s stooge. The government refused. Shootings punctuated the days of stalemate, leaving wounded on both sides. Two Indians were killed, and a federal agent was shot and paralysed.

When it was over, Banks and Means were charged with assault and conspiracy. After a federal trial, with the defence raising historic and current Indian grievances, a judge dismissed the case for prosecutorial misconduct, including illegal wire taps and evidence that had been tampered with.

By then, Banks was a pre-eminent spokesman for Native Americans. He mediated armed conflicts between Indians and the authorities in various states. But his own legal troubles were not over.

Charged with riot and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in the 1973 melee in Custer, he was found guilty in 1975. Facing up to 15 years in prison, he jumped bail and fled to California.

With 1.4 million signatures on a petition supporting Banks, Governor Jerry Brown granted him asylum in 1976.

Deprived of California sanctuary when Governor Brown was succeeded by a Republican, George Deukmejian, in 1983, Banks returned to South Dakota voluntarily and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Paroled in 1985 after serving 14 months, he moved to the Pine Ridge Reservation to work as a drug addiction and alcoholism counsellor. He also turned his life around, embracing sobriety, giving talks on public service and organising cross-country events that he called Sacred Runs, which became popular among supporters of Native Americans in later years.

He is survived his wife Banks Rama and 19 children.

Robert D. McFaddenoct

New York Times

It’s snowing at Perisher…in November

A surprise dump of snow at Perisher has social media users flipping for joy.

No, you’re not dreaming, it really is snowing in November.

A spokesperson from Weatherzone said the snowfall was not unusual for this time of year and said the unexpected fall can even happen in December.

The late dump came about 7am on Monday, just 24 days out from summer, after it dropped to zero degrees overnight.

Melisha Liegl from Perisher said about 7cm of snow had fallen across the resort.

“It’s a real winter wonderland here in Perisher today and we can’t believe how much snow has fallen for this time of year, it’s amazing,” Ms Liegl said.

“The weather does change quickly in the mountains and it can snow at any time of the year as these cold fronts pass through.”

At lunchtime it was 1.6 degrees.

A video posted by Perisher Resort on Facebook has attracted more than 3500 reactions and 1300 comments.

The snowfall came as Canberra received 39.4mm of rain between midnight and 7.30pm on Monday, more than half the November rainfall average, as heavy rain and hail lashed the south coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning on Monday, saying that severe thunderstorms in the Illawarra and Sutherland areas could lead to flash flooding, with areas near West Wyalong, Young, Yass and Goulburn also affected.

A weak low pressure system off the southern New South Wales coast deepened and was expected to intensify further in the evening before rapidly moving away towards New Zealand on Tuesday.

It was forecast to be a chilly minus 2 degrees in Perisher on Monday night and the snowfall was expected to continue.

Weatherzone is owned by Fairfax Media.

Mark Stocco to appeal 40-year sentence for murder, shootings

Special Operations Group officers gather in Yea in a massive manhunt for the elusive father and son Gino and Mark Stocco in bush north of Melbournein October 2015. Picture: Jason SouthMark Stocco and his father Gino are notorious for spending years on the run. Now, Mark is making another dash for freedom.

The younger Stocco will appeal his 40-year prison term on November 24 in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

He and his father were dubbed modern day bushrangers when they shot and sped their way to infamy in 2015.

Mark Stocco was sentenced to a minimum 30-year term for murder, recklessly destroy property by fire, and two charges of discharging a firearm to avoid apprehension.

Gino Stocco was also sentenced to 40 years, but is eligible for parole two years before his son.

The pair were charged in NSW in 2015, but have since been questioned by Victorian and Queensland detectives about crimes in those states, and have made full admissions.

Those states are expected to charge them – mostly with property-related offending – once the pair complete their NSW sentences.

In sentencing the men in March, Justice David Davies said Gino Stocco had been given a shorter non-parole term because of his age: he is 59, Mark is 38.

Gino Stocco will be 85 before he is due for release.

“It is likely he will spend his eighties in prison,” Justice Davies said.

“It may be accepted that imprisonment is more onerous for an older or elderly person and I find special circumstances in that regard. I do not accept that there are special circumstances in respect of Mark Stocco.

“The time he will spend on parole will be adequate for further rehabilitation and re-integration into the community.”

The pair pleaded guilty at an early stage, and were accordingly given a 25 per cent discount on their sentence.

But Detective Chief Inspector Michael Sheehy of NSW Police still described it as “exceptional”.

“Both Gino and Mark Stocco are callous, violent criminals who today have been held accountable for their actions,” Detective Chief Inspector Sheehy said.

“These individuals chose a path of crime.”

The Stoccos became itinerant farm workers in 2007 after being jailed in Victoria for robbing the Port Fairy Yacht Club, among other offences.

For the next eight years, they irrationally lashed out at farmers, stole without thought, and conducted vengeful acts of destruction under cover of darkness, but their bizarre crimes were relatively unknown until Gino was listed as one of ‘s most wanted.

Days later, the pairs shot at police near Wagga Wagga, sparking a 12-day manhunt and thrusting them further into the national spotlight.

When police found the Stoccos hunkered down at an isolated property east of Dubbo, they also uncovered the body of caretaker Rosario Cimone.

The pair had shot Cimone dead after a squabble about their work on the property.

Explosive reaction to Orica announcement

Gas prices are among the damaging conditions that have dragged down the profits of ‘s largest explosives manufacturer and led to a sharp fall in its share price.

Shares in Orica tumbled more than 11 per cent on Monday morning, after the company revealed its revenue and underlying profits had been hit by the higher cost of raw materials – including gas and ammonia – and the rising n dollar.

The company’s underlying profit slid 1 per cent from the previous year and fell short of analysts’ expectations.

Orica chief executive Alberto Calderon told investors the company had delivered an encouraging result in the face of “substantial headwinds”.

“Despite these challenges, our continued focus on core disciplines and a program of business improvement initiatives enabled us to deliver a sound financial result,” he said.

“The market may disagree right now and seems to interpret it as bad news. … time will tell. We are quite excited about the future.”

At 11.25, Orica shares had plunged $2.55, or 11.93 per cent.

Orica is one of the world’s largest suppliers of explosives to the mining industry. The company on Tuesday said the mining industry had suffered a severe downturn in recent years, which was now improving.

Mr Calderon said the improvement would continue in 2018, but warned there would be a lag before it made a “material difference to the services sector”.

Orica is an energy-intensive business and is among a number of large n manufacturers who are suffering from the country’s soaring energy prices.

The company said a range of business-improvement initiatives had delivered net benefits of $127 million to offset the higher raw material costs that could not be recovered from existing contracts.

“The business improvement program is focused on embedding new ways of working that make Orica a better business by buying better, producing more efficiently, and bringing more value to our customers,” Mr Calderon said.

“This is starting to deliver material results, with initiatives across every part of Orica that generate revenue, reduce costs, and make us a more effective and efficient organisation.”

Mr Calderon said volumes across the Pacific and Indonesia regions had soared 10 per cent thanks to increased demand from n coal and iron ore miners.

Orica will pay shareholders an unfranked final dividend of 28?? a share.

Johnny Walker banned from World Cup

DPC’s Johnny Walker has been banned from the Rugby League World Cup.

Darlington Point Coleambally’s Johnny Walker has made quite the name for himself.

Walker, and two other Scotland teammates, have been stood down for the remainder of the Rugby League World Cup.

The Group 20 player, captain Danny Brough and Sam Brooks were punished after theywere refused entry onto a flight on Sunday for being intoxicated following the 74-6 thrashing at the hands ofNew Zealand.

The remainder of the Bravehearts travelled to Cairns where they will tackle Samoa.

Walker had played in six Tests for Scotland before joining the Roosters this season, joining Ryan McGoldrick at the club.

Johnny Walker banned from World Cup Johnny Walker playing for Darlington Point Coleambally this season.

Johnny Walker playing for Darlington Point Coleambally this season.

Johnny Walker playing for Darlington Point Coleambally this season.

Johnny Walker playing for Darlington Point Coleambally this season.

Johnny Walker playing for Darlington Point Coleambally this season.

Johnny Walker playing for Darlington Point Coleambally this season.

Johnny Walker playing for Darlington Point Coleambally this season.

Johnny Walker playing for Darlington Point Coleambally this season.

TweetFacebook Johnny Walker at DPCHe played 13 Group 20 games, scoring three tries.

Walker was part of the Roosters outfit who lost to Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo in the second week of finals.

Scotland Rugby Leaguechairman Keith Hogg told Fairfax Media on Sunday night his organisation fully supported the airline’s decision to refuse to let the trio on the early morning flight.

“They clearly had been drinking in an inappropriate fashion. The consequences of that became very obvious at the airport. The airline were quite within their rights to say what they said. They were supported by all of us.”

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‘I’m lucky’: model Stone’s support for abuse survivors

The Age, News. Model Lara Stone in Melbourne as guest of Crown for The Melbourne Cup.Pic Simon Schluter 6 November 2017.Supermodel Lara Stone considers herself one of the “lucky” ones, as revelations about sexual harassment and abuse in the modelling and entertainment industries continue to emerge almost daily.

“I am very lucky to say nothing untoward has happened to me personally. You hear stories, people gossip but with the stories coming out it’s really sad these girls have to go through that. It should just never happen.”

Stone, 33, is in Melbourne as a guest of Emirates and the Victoria Racing Club for Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

The Dutch supermodel, famous for her gap-tooth pout and unconventional features, has worked with many of the world’s top photographers, including Mario Testino and, more controversially, Terry Richardson, who was recently reportedly banned by publisher Conde Naste over sexual harassment allegations. Richardson has denied the claims.

Although Stone wouldn’t comment on Richardson specifically, she said she was happy women “are finally feeling strong enough to tell these stories. It’s incredibly brave … and it’s really sad when people feel they can’t talk about it. It’s really important all this comes to light. That massive abuse of power is always wrong.”

Stone is considered a veteran of the industry, having been discovered while riding the Paris Metro as a teenager. Her career really took off in 2006, when she signed with powerhouse agency IMG and was booked by Givenchy and Calvin Klein.

In 2007, her biggest break came from French Vogue, which put her on the cover of its April issue under then editor Carine Roitfeld, one of fashion’s most powerful women. She has since featured in campaigns for top fashion houses and beauty giant L’Oreal.

Stone said she has not overcommitted to work recently to allow her to spend more time with her four-year-old son, Alfred, who she shares with her ex-husband, comedian David Walliams.

Stone said it’s harder to book work overseas now her son is in school.

“I like being at home with him and doing all the ‘mum things’,” she said.

She said the biggest change to her work in the past few years has been the pressure to share everything on social media.

“My agents bully me into it all the time. I like to take a break from it on occasion because you are so glued to your phone all the time,” Stone said.

Stone said she hopes her account shows her 683,000 Instagram followers the real her.

“It’s a great way you can be yourself. I don’t just see myself as a model in a picture and so it’s nice to be a [personality].”

Stone had a small part in the 2016 Absolutely Fabulous film but said she has no further acting ambitions at this stage.

“I don’t think it’s for me, I get a little shy,” Stone said. “I like the way things are going at the moment. When I don’t have my son with me I travel and do stuff like this, it’s really fun. I do my usual shoots but focus on spending time with my son.”

During her brief visit to Melbourne, she planned to visit Healesville Sanctuary to see n animals, including her favourite, koalas.

A keen traveller, Stone said she loves the journey to and feeling “upside down” due to the time difference, but has still not seen as much of the world as she desires. Had so much fun last year in #sydney#tbtA post shared by Lara Stone (@lara_stone) on Nov 2, 2017 at 4:15pm PDT

Hunter fashion goes bold and beautiful for Melbourne Cup Day

Bold: Model Hayley Williams and stylist Natalie Baker, who said punters should aim to “shine”. Picture: Marina NeilHUNTER fashionistas have spent weeks preparing for the nation’smost popular three minute race, investing in bright colours to stand out among the partying masses.

Charlestown Square stylist Natalie Baker said much of the excitement on Melbourne Cup Day is now trackside, as punters frock up in racewear that may otherwise only be seen onspecial occasions.

“We’re quite a relaxed country and culture and our climate means we tend to edge towards more casual types of clothing. Melbourne Cup is about putting on your very best outfit and making the most of it.

“We’re seeing the return of taffeta, lace and delicate fabrics you might not wear on day-to-day basis. This now counts as a special occasion in n culture.”

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Highly fancied horses unlucky in Melbourne Cup barrier draw50 years of Melbourne Cup fashionsMs Baker said fascinators had made way for hats and headpieces, with old-fashioned structured straw hats “like a Venetiangondolier” more popular than floppy styles.

“There’s also a lot of soft, feminine curls pulled back with a metallic headband, pluspearls and diamanteson clips and combs weaved into the hairstyle.”

Ms Baker said “bold colours” including golden yellow, bright red and blue as well as vintage-style florals were popular for dresses, which this year are sitting between the knee and mid-calf.

Ms Baker said some featured highnecklines, were off the shoulder, had ruffles or boasted spaghetti straps, especially if backless.

There are even some Twiggy-style shifts with unstructured waists, high necklines and long sleeves.

She said popular alternatives included mixing and matching tops and skirts, pluspantsuits with wider legs.

“It’s definitely a season that caters for everybody’s shape.”

Pop colours are also in vogue for heels, with thepinks and nude pumps of past years updated with detailing including cut-outs, suede and satin.

“Open toed shoes with a range of heel heights and widths mean you can stand on grass without sinking.”

Melbourne Cup 2017: Newcastle owners Geoff and Maureen Barnett savour double shot at $6.2 million race

READY TO RACE: Merewether couple Maureen and Geoff Barnett at Newcastle Racecourse at Broadmeadow last week before heading off to Melbourne for the Cup carnival at Flemington. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIT’Scome a little later than planned, but for Newcastle Jockey Club chairman Geoff Barnett and his wifeMaureen, having a Melbourne Cup (3200m) runner will be twice as good as they could have hoped come Tuesday at Flemington.

The Barnetts have part ownership in two Cup runners –Irish-bred geldings Big Duke and Red Cardinal – through Hunter syndication company n Bloodstock.Both were $19 with TAB Fixed Odds on Monday.

“It’s very exciting and we’ll be beside ourselves down there on Tuesday,” Mr Barnett said.

The Merewether couple bought into n Bloodstock’sProtectionist after its commanding 2014 Cup victory, but the German stallion was unable to makeanother shot at the race because of injuries.

Red Cardinal shaped up as a genuine contender last year before an elevated temperature forced connections to abandon his trip from Englandto .

This year,the Barnetts and n Bloodstock directorsLuke Murrell and Jamie Lovettwere on track to have three strong hopes in the $6.2 million race before Japanese import Admire Deus broke down in track work leading into the Caulfield Cup.

Still, two out of three isn’t bad when trying to securea start in the world’s richest staying handicap race.

Red Cardinal has already given the Barnetts a thrill with victory in the Belmont Gold Cup (3219m) in the US, while Big Duke has been a revelation, winning three times at group level and $1.15 million in prizemoney since coming to .

“We went to New York to watch Red Cardinal win the two-mile event and that was pretty good,” Mr Barnett, the managing director and CEO ofMinco Tech ,said.

“We’re pretty excited about the whole thing.

“The other big one was Big Duke running the Sydney Cup this year.

“He ran third in the second running of it and that was big time stuff, getting into those bigger races. And we reckon he would have won the first running of it.”

Asked what was his best Cup chance, Mr Barnett said: “I don’t know.It’s always a very open race and rarely does a favourite win it, but they think both are a good chance.

“They have both proven they can run the distance.Red Cardinal, before he won at Belmont, won first-up over two miles after a long spell, so he’s got the ticker.

“Then he went over to American and beat them. I think the American horses were pretty easy to beat but he competed against some of the European horses over there and you could see the way he was finishing off. It was just incredible.

“Luke is talking up that these horses can both run top five, and if you can do that, you’re right in the money.

“It would be great to win it, but even if you can finish in that top group, it would be massive.”

Mr Barnett, who has been NJC chairman since 2011, has owned thoroughbreds since the late 1990s and also has horses with Newcastle trainers Kris Lees and Alan Scorse.

He said n Bloodstock’s strategy of targeting and buying proven horses from overseas to syndicate and race Down Under has given owners more chances ofsuccess inthe major events.

“I’ve just always loved racing,” he said.

“It’s a hobby that when you’re raising a family and paying off a house, you can’t afford to be in it, because it’s quite expensive.

“But this new way they’ve got with the syndicated horses, where you don’t have to buy a whole horse, you just buy a share, it’s a very good way of going about it.

“We’ve probably got 12, 13 horses that we’re in and the shares are only equivalent to maybe one and a half horse, so you can be in quite a lot,they’re up and running and you’ve got more starters.

”We bought horses outright ourselves from the Magic Millions sales for a few years, and some never even raced, but doing it this way, we’re getting into proven horses that have ability.

“You pay a lot for them. You might spend as much for a whole horse at the Magic Millions, and get a five or 10 per cent share, but they are proven horses.

“They’ve proven that the system Luke and Jamie have put together in purchasing them works.They select very good horses.”

If luck is not on their side in the Cup, the Barnetts and n Bloodstock have Articus in the following race, a $150,000stakes race over 1800 metres.

They also have Tosen Stardom in the $2 million group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) on Saturday at Flemington.

Geoff and Maureen Barnett, left, with Kellie and Jamie Lovett accepting the NSW Stayer of the Year award. Picture: n Bloodstock