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She Will Reign scoops Golden Slipper | Photos Ben Melham riding She Will Reign celebrates winning Race 7 in the Longines Golden Slipper.
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Ben Melham, riding She Will Reign, celebrates after winning Race 7, Longines Golden Slipper.

Ben Melham, riding She Will Reign, celebrates with his partner Karlie Dales after winning Race 7.

Ben Melham, riding She Will Reign, celebrates with his partner Karlie Dales and the winning connections after winning Race 7, Longines Golden Slipper.

Scott Darby and the winning connections lift the Golden Slipper after She Will Reign wins Race 7, Longines Golden Slipper.

Hugh Bowman, riding Winx, celebrates after winning Race 5.

Hugh Bowman, riding Winx, celebrates after winning Race 5.

Connections of the winning Golden Slipper horse She Will Reign celebrate at Rosehill Gardens.

Connections of Group 1 China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes winner Winx on Golden Slipper Day.

Connections of the winning Golden Slipper horse She Will Reign celebrate.

Spectators watch the start of Race 7 in the Longines Golden Slipper.

Hugh Bowman, riding Winx, celebrates with the winning connection after winning Race 5, China Horse Club George Ryder during 2017 Golden Slipper Day.

Connections to the winning horse of the Golden Slipper, She Will Reign, celebrate trackside.

Connections to the winning horse of the Golden Slipper, She Will Reign, celebrate trackside.

Kerrin McEvoy riding Russian Revolution (#12) celebrates winning Race 8 in the Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy.

Kerrin McEvoy riding Russian Revolution wins Race 8 in the Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy.

Hugh Bowman riding Winx wins Race 5 in the China Horse Club George Ryder.

Opie Bosson, riding Gingernuts, wins Race 6.

Opie Bosson, riding Gingernuts, wins Race 6.

Ben Melham, riding She Will Reign, celebrates winning Race 7 in the Longines Golden Slipper.

A woman wearing a fascinator veil during Golden Slipper Day.

A woman wearing a fascinator veil during Golden Slipper Day.

Elizabeth Debicki speaks during Golden Slipper Day.

Paulini sings the National Anthem during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens.

Elizabeth Debicki presents the Golden Slipper trophy during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens.

TweetFacebook Trackside at Golden Slipper DayHighlights of the 2017 Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on March 18, in Sydney. Photos: Getty ImagesJockey Ben Melhambelieved he had a Golden Slipperwinner from the first time he rodeShe Will Reign.

Syndicator Scott Darby believed in She Will Reignafter her first win at Kembla.

It took trainer Gary Portelliuntil some time in the straight at Rosehill on Saturday to know his dream was coming true.

As his flying filly dashed clear Portellijust shook his head as he had waited 27 years for this result.

“I remember watching her win her first start in Hong Kong when I was there with Rebel Dane and I thought you’re a handy filly. We are going to have fun,” Portelli said. “I wasn’t thinking Golden Slipper, Benny was.

“He came back after that first barrier trial and said to me don’t book anyone else for her.”

This was a win for the battlers, the mum-and-dad owners of a $20,000 filly, and it capped the career of her trainer.

For Melham, whohad backed the filly from that first day, the Golden Slipper win confirmed She Will Reign as the best horse he has ridden only behind Black Caviar. His memories were clear of that first day.

“I told the boys that she was mine, I knew she was this good,” Melham said. “I come to ride Rebel Dane before Hong Kong and Gary put me on a couple of others and this was the gold.

“I had to get it right today because I went against what Gary wanted to do but I knew that she was that good.”

Darby was at Kembla that day he knew he had something special.

“I thought here we go againdriving home from Kembla,” Darby said. “She has gone one better than Yankee and won – I have won the Golden Slipper.”

Melham and Portelli haven’t always agreed about this filly.

“That was unbelievable. I spoke to the jockey before the race and said to him ‘I think we have got to go forward’. He went quiet and said ‘I think I’m going back to last. I am cutting the corner, I’m on the best horse and I’m going to ride her like I did in the Silver Slipper,” Portelli said.

“I would have got hang up by my balls if I had got beaten because Gary wanted to ride her completely different,” Melham said.

It was daring but brilliant and went justas Melhamdescribed. She Will Reign went across to the fence atback ofthe field and then tracked behind the inside runners and by the turn he was on the back of leader Houtzen, which couldn’t handle the conditions.

“I got up inside and hit the front and she still hadn’t come off the bridle. When I cut the ribbonsit was all over, she is just a very good filly,” Melham said.

Portellihas been one of the good guys of racing and has had his good horses but there have been the tough times.

“I started training back in 1990, have been in the game since 1986. This is the race that defines a trainer I believe,” Portelli said

“This game has taken me a long way. I struggled to get through year ten, I was a battler working a night shift in a bakery but my dream was to become a city trainer.

“I’ve been able to train horses and go to Royal Ascot. This game has taken me a long way. It goes to show to anyone out there who is not sure what they’re doing in life that if you like something and want to do something, stick at it, work hard and days like this might come.”

She Will Reign scored by 2-1/4 lengths from Frolic, which also tracked the fence, while Tulip got third place after a protest was upheld against Menari

The large syndicate or owners crowded in the the mounting yard and as the presentation ended chanted “She Will Reign, She Will Reign”.

She did and will for much longer.

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Sydney wants to host 2022 Commonwealth Games: report

Sydney is readying a bid to host the plagued 2022 Commonwealth Games after the event was officially stripped from Durban earlier this week.
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Since August 2016, Sydney has been preparing a bid for the event after problems with Durban’s capacity to host has come into question, according to News Corp.

Commonwealth Games Association president Sam Coffa said a back-up plan for a city in to host had been in the works for almost 12 months.

“As early as August [last year] I put my hand up to say [to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)] ‘should there be a problem with a host city for 2022, then would consider hosting the Games in ‘,” he said.

will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Hosting two consecutive Commonwealth Games is unprecedented in the history of the Games.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian would welcome the event coming to Sydney, which would be the first major sporting competition since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Sydney last hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1938.

“Sydney hosted the Olympic Games and we are always keen to show off our great city and sporting facilities to the world,” Berejiklian said.

Coffa agreed that Sydney is in prime position should get the nod.

“The proposal of a city like Sydney is appetising because if was tapped on the shoulder we’re not stupid, we would be looking where the infrastructure is on the ground.”

Adelaide and Melbourne have also signalled their intent to host the Games. The join a crowded group of cities that have shown interest in holding the event, including Edmonton in Canada, Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester in England, New Delhi in India and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

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Super Netball: Lightning v Magpies

Super Netball: Lightning v Magpies Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning and April Brandley of the Magpies compete for the ball during the round five Super Netball match between the Lightning and the Magpies.
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Laura Langman of the Lightning passes the ball.

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Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning wins the challenge for the ball over Sharni Layton of the Magpies.

Laura Scherian of the Lightning looks to pass.

Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning and Sharni Layton of the Magpies compete for the ball.

Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning and April Brandley of the Magpies compete for the ball.

Cody Lange of the Magpies looks to pass.

Stephanie Wood of the Lightning shoots.

Cody Lange of the Magpies passes the ball.

Kelsey Browne of the Lightning looks to pass.

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Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning and April Brandley of the Magpies challenge for the ball.

Stephanie Wood of the Lightning in action.

Lightning players embrace as they celebrate their victory after the round five Super Netball match between the Lightning and the Magpies.

The Magpies embrace during the round five Super Netball match between the Lightning and the Magpies.

TweetFacebook Super Netball: Lightning v MagpiesHighlights of the round five Super Netball match between the Lightning and the Magpies at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 18. Photos: Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesSunshine Coast Lightning recorded a thrilling51-50win over the Collingwood Magpies on Saturday night.

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Newcastle District Cricket Association: Hamilton-Wickham and Belmont to meet in 2016-2017 first grade grand final

DECIDER: Hamilton-Wickham v Belmont – the clubs, who went head-to-head in the T20 decider earlier this month, will meet again in this weekend’s Newcastle District Cricket Association two-day grand final at No.1 Sportsground. Picture: Max Mason-HubersHamilton-Wickham will get ashot at redemption while Belmont will look to seal a minor-major premiership doubleafter the top two sides automatically progressed to this weekend’s first grade grand final.
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Newcastle District Cricket Association semi-finals in all four grades were called off Saturday and Sunday with not a single ball bowled following constant rainfall during the week.

The blanket wash out means first-placed Belmont and second-placed Hamwicks, who were due to play at No.1 Sportsground and Passmore Oval respectively, move through to the maindecider ahead of third-placed Toronto and fourth-placed University.

The Pumas, who lost the title to Merewether 12 months ago, are chasing the club’s first two-day crown since 2003-2004 despite appearing in four grand finals since.

“It’s a funny way to get there, and we would have ratherget the win [in the semi-final], but we’re there,” Hamwicks captain Josh Trappel said.

“We’ve only lost one game this year and there’s not many competitions where you do that and onlyfinish second. But I suppose that[grand final spot] is the rewardfor finishing higher.”

It will be Belmont’s first grand final appearance since they last won it in 2008-2009, which broke a 15-year premiership drought, and follows losses in Tom Locker Cup and Twenty20 deciders earlier this season.

“It’s not ideal to have a semi decided by the weather, but that’s just sport and it shows how difficult it can be to win one,”Belmont skipper Mark Littlewood said.

“It [going through] is a reward for our hard work during the year.”

Belmont and Hamwickshaven’t met during the two-day play-offs in at least 12seasons, but crossed paths last Sundayin the T20 final and the Pumas secured a second straight trophy. Alast round encounterbetween themwas washed out while Belmont beat the visitors in a virtual one-day semi-final at Cahill Oval in November.

However, the wash out means the dream is over for both Toronto and University.

“It was a good year for us, but it was a frustrating way to end it,” Toronto captain Paul Toole said.“It’s just one of those things and cricket is funny like that –you play all season andfinish with a wash out.”

University skipper Matt Gawthrop said he was pleased withhis team’s performance in 2016-2017, which included a maiden Tom Locker Cup.

“I’m really proud of the boys for their efforts this season,” Gawthrop said.

“We achieved some pretty special things which will give us a lot of confidence going into next season.”

In the lower grade decidersMerewether will feature in both seconds and thirdsagainst Toronto and University respectively while Hamwicks and Charlestown meet in fourths. Venues have yet to be determined.

GRAND FINALS

First Grade: Belmont v Hamilton-Wickham at No.1 Sportsground

Second Grade: Toronto v Merewether

Third Grade: University v Merewether

Fourth Grade: Hamilton-Wickham v Charlestown

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