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REMEMBERING OUR DIGGERS: Christine Thomson, right, a grand-daughter of Bullah Vardy (pictured inset), at the Mawson Park Anzac Day ceremony with her daughter, Cheryl, and grandson, Harry Polglasse.AtPozieresin 1916, local soldier William ‘Bullah’ Vardy slumped in a muddy trench and scribbled in his pocket diary:‘‘Our men are making their attempt to take the German trenches. My God what a terrible bombardment. The sky is lit up for miles and the roar of the big guns would nearly deafen you. God pity the fallen tonight, it is terrible. This is a war of wars.’’
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Going by the huge Anzac Day crowds on Monday, I’d say Bullah’s horrific experiences a century ago still resonate with us today.

There is no generation gap on April 25. Banners held high, school blazers on, I reckon students made up almost half the crowd at the Campbelltown service, and I’m sure it was similar at Camden and Wollondilly.

At Mawson Park I bumped into Harry Polglasse, the captain of John Therry Catholic High School at Rosemeadow. He’s also the great-great grandson of Bullah Vardy.

Harry was there with mum, Cheryl, and his nan, Christine Thomson (Vardy), who well remembers her grandfather, who died in 1971.But typical of many Diggers, Bullah wasn’t one to talk a lot about the horrors he had seen. “He never talked about the war,” Christine told me, “we only know things about Pa’s experiences from his diaries.”

Some of the people at the Anzac Day ceremonies held framed photographs of their Digger forebears, and wore their medals, as young and old mixed as one, remembering sacrifices of the past.

World War I has a special place in our national psyche because ofthe massive impact it had on our tiny nation: more than 60,000 killed and 150,000 wounded. That is staggering. In 1914, for example, less than 2000 men, women and children lived in the rural valley between Glenfield and Menangle Park. Yet 250 Campbelltonians served, 40 of them left in war graves.

If you want to get a picture of the impact, let’s translate it into the present population of Campbelltown: that would mean about 20,000 of our young men and women marching off and 4000 of them being killed. The maths are probably similar for Camden, and I can only imagine the wrench those sorts of figures had on the tiny villages of Wollondilly Shire.

As far Bullah Vardy, a bank teller from Allman Street in civilian life, he served with the 1st Field Artillery at Pozieres, which saw the heaviest artillery bombardment of the war. Few diggers emerged unaffected. ‘‘The shelling of Pozieres,’’ wrote war correspondent Charles Bean, ‘‘did not merely probe character and nerve; it laid them stark naked as no other experience ever did.’’

Here are just a few of Bullah’s 1916diary entries:

July 24:‘‘All our chaps have taken the village of Pozieres and dug themselves in. Four of us had to visit the front line, so here I am. By gum, it’s hot. Germans only a few hundred yards away. I have been in the front line all day.’’

July 25:‘‘Had a very rough night last night. I am running dispatches from the trenches to the battery with heavy shellfire. My officer wounded. Day before, three men from the battery wounded.’’

July 26:‘‘Last night was hell. Our boys again attacking and the casualties were heavy. Was buried by a big shell in my dugout. Men close by killed. While observing a number of bomb throwers through the glasses a sniper had shot at me and only missed by a few inches, but got poor chap behind me. Trenches full of dead and wounded.’’

Lest we forget them.

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Launch concert for opera

LAUNCH CONCERT: Producer of music Valda Silvy and Western Sydney Opera Company founder and tenor, Lorenzo Rositano.The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre will be the backdrop for the launch concert of the new Western Sydney Opera Company next week.
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The newly-formed company’s May 7 launch willfeature opera’s emerging artists performing operatic highlightsas well as songs from operetta and musical theatre.

The young cast will include Lorenzo Rositano,Paul Smith, Daniel Macey, Christopher Nazarian, Taryn Srhoj, Questra Mulqueeny and Allegra Giagu, accompanied by John Martin.

Rositano of Kingswood is founder and tenor of the new company, and said he was passionate about bringing the project to life.

Having studied at theSydney Conservatorium of Music, in London and in Italy, Rositano wants to give others in the west the opportunity to have quality operatic productions on their CV.

“I have had my chance and many opportunities, and that’s what I want to give back to locals,” hetold theGazette.

“I am completely immersed in the whole proposal, it’s my absolute passion.Since returning from Italy it’s something I have put my whole heart into.”

Rositano was inspired to start the company in Italy after seeing that even small theatres could put on magnificent opera productions.

“I thought, why are we not doing something like this around the corner from where I live?” he said.

Rositano produced and directed a production of La Boheme at The Joan in September of last year, assisted by funding from Penrith City Council for the new company.

Cast members hail from the Blue Mountains and western Sydney, and Rositano said the local productions would provide the springboard for many to travel overseas.

“When you do operas at the conservatorium you perform them as a student, but this is in a professional capacity,” he said.

It also brought opera closer to the people of Penrith.

“It’s giving people the opportunity to come and watch opera at their doorstep,” Rositano said.

Performing Arts Centre CEO Hania Radvan said the formation of Western Sydney Opera was “a great indicator of the vibrancy and artistic health of the region”.

“We are delighted to see independent artists such as Lorenzo Rositano and Western Sydney Opera reaching audiences and thriving,” she said.

The company will also stage a production of Donizetti’sThe Elixir of Loveat The Joan in September.

The launch concert begins at 7pm on Saturday, May 7. Adult tickets are $50, concession $45, and bookings can be made by calling 4723-7600.

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David Lynch announces cast for Twin Peaks revival, including Australians Eamon Farren and Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts is among several Australian actors included in the cast for the revival of Twin Peaks. Photo: Ben Watts The famous Twedes cafe in North Bend made famous by the television show Twin Peaks just before sunset. Photo: Jimmy Anderson
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Gia Carides will also be appearing in the revival of Twin Peaks. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui

Eamon Farren has made a break into the US market with Twin Peaks after appearing in Red Dog and the ABC telemovie Carlotta.

David Lynch has released the full cast of his upcoming Twin Peaks revival.

But in typically eccentric Lynch fashion, the customary US studio press release was replaced with an alphabetised list of 217 names.

Included on the list is Australian actor Eamon Farren, who is making his US debut in the series.

Farren is known for roles in the film Red Dog and the ABC telemovie Carlotta.

He also appeared in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, which was filmed in Queensland and Victoria.

The cast list includes two other well known Australian actors: Gia Carides and Naomi Watts.

Fans of Twin Peaks will be poring over the list, hoping to confirm the return of key favourites from the show’s past.

The list includes several familiar faces, including Kyle MacLachlan, who played Special Agent Dale Cooper, and Sheryl Lee, who played the town’s doomed beauty queen, Laura Palmer.

Sherilyn Fenn, who played rebellious schoolgirl Audrey Horne, Peggy Lipton, who played Double R Diner owner Norma Jennings and Miguel Ferrer, who played FBI agent Albert Rosenfeld are also on the list.

One notable inclusion is David Duchovny, who played transgender DEA agent Denise (formerly Dennis) Bryson.

Since the announcement of the reboot of the series, there has been a great deal of fan buzz around whether or not Duchovny would reprise the role.

The cast list includes Julee Cruise, who sang the show’s original theme and appeared in an episode as a roadhouse singer, as well as Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ethan Suplee and Amanda Seyfried.

The cast list also includes Lynch himself.

Lynch’s reboot of Twin Peaks picks up the story of the iconic 90s mystery drama 25 years later.

It is based on a throwaway line in one of the original series episodes in which murdered schoolgirl Laura Palmer, appearing in a dream sequence, says that she will return in 25 years.

The original series – which was marketed with a massive Who Killed Laura Palmer? campaign – was a critical triumph, though it lasted just two years on television.

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Fruit Fly Council bolstered by new members

RECRUITS: The National Fruit Fly Council now boasts 17 members including six new horticulture industry representatives to bring a broader perspective to issues concerning the pests.THE National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) continues to bolster its credentials with the appointment of a full time manager and six new industry representatives.
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Darryl Barbour has been appointed national manager, entering the role with a background in entomology and experience in biosecurity, pest management, market access, and codes of practice for both Mediterranean and Queensland fruit flies.

Mr Barbour was employed with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources where he was responsible for developing import risk analyses and leading market access negotiations for Australian horticultural commodities.

Plant Health Australia (PHA) executive director and CEO Greg Fraser said Mr Barbour was an excellent choice for the role.

“Darryl will be ideal because of his thorough understanding of the issues, and an ability to work with a range of stakeholders including regulatory officials, growers, packers and industry bodies,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Council will need to ensure that everyone is engaged in fruit fly management.”

Membership of the Council has also been broadened in order to further carry out its mission to coordinate fruit fly management activities at a national level.

There are now 17 members on the council including representatives from the stonefruit, citrus, cherry, pome and mango industries.

The NFFC brings together government and industry members to drive the delivery of a national system that prevents fruit flies being a constraint to sustainable production or a barrier to trade and market access.

It considers the management of Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland fruit fly, which affect yield and market access for Australian produce.

It also oversees efforts to prevent exotic species from establishing.

NFFC independent chair Jon Durham said it was essential to expand membership to increase the representation of people affected by fruit flies, in order to develop a truly national solution.

“We have invited people who will bring a range of experience to the Council including government, peak industry bodies, regional groups, as well as growers and researchers,” Mr Durham said.

NEW FACE: Darryl Barbour has been appointed the national manager of the National Fruit Fly Council.

“Membership also covers pest free areas and places where fruit flies are endemic or transitional.”

The members of the National Fruit Fly Council are:

Jon Durham, independent chairMike Ashton, general manager, Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity, Biosecurity QueenslandDarryl Barbour, national manager, Fruit Fly Council, Plant Health AustraliaSteve Burdette- business development manager, citrus category, Costa Group, Renmark, SATom Eastlake, president, Cherry Growers Australia, Young, NSWGreg Fraser, executive director and CEO, Plant Health AustraliaPeter Hall, chair, Goulburn Valley QFF Taskforce; pome and stoneruit grower, Mooroopna, VicSatendra Kumar, director plant biosecurity and product integrity, Department of Primary Industries NSWJo Luck, director research, education and training, Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research CentreBen Martin, director, Australian Mango Industry Association; mango grower, Bowen, QldDavid Moore, general manager, research, marketing and investments, Horticulture Innovation AustraliaGabrielle Vivian-Smith, chief plant health officer, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, VicSally Troy, assistant secretary, plant health policy, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water ResourcesMark Wilkinson, stonefruit grower, Maida Vale, WAJoelene Williams, Greater Sunraysia PFA industry development committee; stonefruit grower, Swan Hill VicBill Woods, senior entomologist, Department of Agriculture and Food, WAWill Zacharin, executive director, Biosecurity South AustraliaMeanwhile, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) declared an outbreakof Mediterranean Fruit Flyearlier this month following the discovery of flies in the Highgate area.

A 1.5 kilometre quarantine area was established around the outbreak and an eradication program has begun.

PIRSA Manager Plant Health Operations Biosecurity SA Nick Secomb said the quarantine area includes the suburbs of Highgate, Fullarton, Unley, Parkside, Myrtle Bank, Frewville, Glen Osmond, Glenunga, Netherby, Urrbrae, Kingswood and Malvern.

“Residents and businesses within the quarantine area will be receiving information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated quarantine, detailing what part they can play in preventing its spread,” he said.

“As part of the eradication program, Biosecurity SA officers will be contacting home owners within the quarantine zone to apply organic fruit fly bait to properties and to pick up any fallen fruit. Extra fruit fly traps have also been set up in the area.”

Mr Secomb said South Australia is the only Australian mainland state that is fruit fly free and it is important that it stays that way.

“In 2014-15 the estimated farm gate value of South Australia’s horticultural produce vulnerable to fruit fly infestation,including wine grapes and almonds,was $1.1 billion,” he said.

“This status also helps to secure producers’ access to lucrative citrus markets such as Japan, USA, Thailand and New Zealand, which in 2014-15 was worth approximately $40 million.

“Successful eradication of isolated fruit fly detections such as this one helps to maintain our state’s fruit fly free status.”

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Letters to the editor

CLINIC CRISIS: Bruce Francais says the absence of a bulk billing medical clinic in Katherine proves there is a healthcare crisis in urgent need of political attention. Paid opposition on the noseCHARMAINE Roth is a regular contributor to your paper, often articulating her anti-fracking stance.
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Now, Ms Roth has been exposed as a paid employee of Lock the Gate, something that, until now, was not widely known.

This is dishonest at worst and deceptive at best.

In my mind, two questions arise, the first being whether her views on fracking are biased because of her paid position.

This would mean that her views amount to nothing more than “cash for comment”.

A week or so ago, Lock the Gate had a fundraising dinner, where speakers were brought from overseas and interstate to give their interpretation of what is happening in the gas industry in their backyards.

I stress this is just their interpretation.

My second question is how many paying guests at this fundraising dinner knew they were directly or indirectly paying Ms Roth’s wages?

Some might be okaywith that –Isuspect, however, that some will not be happy at all.

Name and address withheldHealth situation needs immediate triageTHIS is an open letter to all of Katherine’s elected representatives ofthe people, be they Northern Territory government, federal government politicians or members of Katherine’s local government organisation.

Katherine has a health care crisis.

Following upon a well-attended public forum convened in Katherine on April 7to discuss changes and answer questions about the operation of the privately-run Gorge Health, and an advertisement placed in the Katherine Times on April 13explaining the situation, it is clear to see that this town is facing a major problem with healthcare.

Gorge Health is no longer able to bulk bill patients becauseMedicare subsidies have not kept up with inflation.

Bulk billing is provided in many privately-run medical clinics in Darwin and is available in all capital cities,regional centres and in most country towns throughout Australia.

The cost of operating a medical clinic in a remote, isolated part of thecountrysuch as Katherine is prohibitive, due largely to the tremendous difficulty in attracting general practitionersto a region with a harsh,inhospitable climate.

Warren Snowdon, Willem Westra van Holthe and to a much lesser extent, elected members of Katherine Town Council, listen to the people of Katherine and assist to resolve this crisis.

With elections imminent, please listen carefully and do something.

BruceFrancais,KatherineLighting upgrade should have been last resortCOULD either the council or Member for Katherine explain why $450,000 has been allocated to put new lights at Town Oval, rather than spending the money to help out the Katherine Sports and Recreation Club?

There were people employed at the club who added money to the local economy.

How many people, other than council workers, will have jobs because of the new lights?

Name and address withheldYouth Week thanksSOMERVILLE Community Services would like to thank the management and staff of Katherine Cinema 3 for their fantastic work and ability to help provide services to the families and youth that attended the movie afternoon.

The event would not have run so smoothly without the organisational skills of the manager providing popcorn and drinks to the people that attended.

We look forward to working with the cinema in the future on upcoming events to providefree movie afternoons to the people of Katherine.

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Groovin The Moo inbound

Large turnout: A huge crowd is expected again at this year’s Groovin The Moo with tickets still available for the May 7 event in Bunbury. Photo: Andrew Elstermann.GROOVIN The Moo 2016 is rapping its hooveson Bunbury’s doorand with that it’s time to sort out ourset lists.
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With all the killer performerstaking to the stage,careful planning and prioritisationto see all the important acts kicking off at Hay Park this year.

The day kicks off at 11am on the Triple J stage with Verge Collection with Time Pilot the first to hit the stage in the Moolin Rouge tent.

As the day goes on The Channel V stage will play host to Emma Louise, Drapht, Safia and Twenty One Pilots.

Alternatively Boo Seeka, DZ Deathrays, Ms Mr and Jarryd James will light up the Triple J space.

British India will berocking in the tent at 3.30pm and as day turns to night The Rubens hit the Triple J stage at 6.30pm.

Of Monsters and Men take the main stage just before 9pm with headliner Alison Wonderlandmakingher second Groovin The Moo appearance, where she will be showcasing her future garage stylemusic at 9.45pm andclosing out the night.

At the same time Illy and Ratatat will be the headline acts under the Moolin Rouge tent for those a hip hop and electronica twist.

There will also be a number of DJs and local acts to leave everyoneexhausted from a day of dancing and partying.

After finding enormous success in 2015 and securing number one on the Triple J hottest 100 list The Rubens will also play their alternative rock tunes at 6.25pm.

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Learn compassion from Anzac memories

Legacy: Army cadets Kris Crane and Cameron Williams, 15, sell badges and collect donations to support Legacy.
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Crowds at the Anzac Day services swelled for the special commemoration of the Anzac assault on Gallipolli on April 25, 1915.

Residents responded to the inclusion of the Esperance Light Horse troop, the vintage car club in period costume and the unveiling of a war history mural in the town centre.

These novel additions to Esperance’s annualparade were part of the Entrenchment Project designed to raise awareness of Australia’s military history and the effects of post traumatic stress syndrome suffered by returning service personnel.

The Project, under the auspices of the Returned Services League (RSL) Esperance sub-branch, supports the values of the Anzac tradition – those of service, sacrifice, honour, unity and remembrance. But with the resurgence of interest in military history it is vital to focus on war’s human cost.

Esperance RSL sub-branch president George Starcevich reminded us more than 100,000 Australians have died in war service and more than double thathave returned injured and disabled. Australia currently has 2,200 service personnel serving overseas in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The Anzac legend itself grew from Australia’s defeat to the Turks at Gallipolli Cove a century ago.

West Australian playwright Alan Seymour’s classic 1958 play One Day of the Year warned about sentimentalising war when ex-serviceman Alf defends Anzac Day’s celebration of a military defeat: “Now a man’s not too bad who will stand on the street and remember when he was licked, hey.”

The play explored the disillusionment of returned servicemen who felt short-changed as Anzacs and veterans were constructed as resilient, fearless, honourable warriors .

Thus Reverend Frank Rowe’s reminder to those at the Esperance Anzac Day dawn service to show care and compassion to those who return from war struck a chord.

As part of understanding our military history, we are duty bound to take care of Australians who pay dearly for maintaining our security.

Esperance cadets at the Anzac Day commemoration helped promote Legacy, the charity that provides for 8000 widows and 1800 children in Australian families suffering after the death or injury of a partner or parent during defence force service.

To paraphrase Reverend Rowe, live generously and give meaningful support to those who have paid dearly in war.​

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Moree stops to remember the Anzacs

Rodger Butler OAM, Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Alan Ward and Fr Paul McCabe all spoke during the service at Moree Memorial Hall following the Anzac Day march.ANZAC Day began in Moree yesterday with a dawn service at the Moree and District Services Club.
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It is estimated more than 400 people gathered, for what Member for ParkesMark Coulton described as a “dignified service”.

The second service of the day was the Wales Memorial Service. The Max Wales Memorial Park was named after Moree’s son who lost his life at the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War, 50 years ago this year.

The third and final march and service for the day was held at the Moree Memorial Hall where 1500 school students and community members congregated to pay their respects.

The crowd were then addressed by RSL Padre, Father Paul McCabe, visitor Alan Ward, and Warrant Officer Navel Police Coxswain.

Small wooden crosses with the names of fallen soldiers which had been built by the members of the Moree Men’s Shed were presented.

“Today’s services went exceptionally well, the whole day was well organised,” Michael Hankey, secretary of the Moree RSL sub-branch, said.

“The main service, it was incredible how many people were up the main street.”

To see a gallery of the dawn service and more information about Anzac Day in Moree and the district, click here.

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Bust puts out smokes ring

POLICE have seized illegally imported cigarettes with a street value of $360,000 from a speeding driver on the Hume Highway.
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Wangaratta officers noticed a van travelling south at 120km/h on the highway about 8pm on Monday.

They stopped the vehicle, searched it and located 360,000 cigarettes in about 20 cardboard boxes.

The cigarettes had been illegally imported and the 35-year-old driver has been charged with possessing the proceeds of crime.

Detective Senior Constable Jason Brown said the Australian citizen, who is living in Melbourne, will face court in Wangaratta on June 27.

“It’s an illegal trade we’ve been able to identify so it’s a good result,” he said.

“The packets had foreign writing on them; they’re not a type of cigarette sold in Australia.

“This is not an isolated incident.”

A Korean man was arrested last July after being caught with 70 cartons of cigarettes bound for the North East.

Officers had stopped his speeding car in Wangaratta and located the items and $12,000 cash.

The 29-year-old had overstayed a tourist visa and had been illegally importing the cigarettes and selling them from his car.

Officers also found 1000 cartons of cigarettes worth $200,000 in Benalla in 2013.

Senior Constable Brown said the driver caught on Monday had been driving in a friend’s car.

“He was the sole occupant,” he said.

“The cigarettes were all in the back of the van stacked in20 large heavy duty cardboard moving boxes.”

Officers also caught a man driving at 165km/h on the freeway in an unrelated incident earlier in the day.

The 26-year-old North St Marys man told Wangaratta officers he was driving to Sydney to visit his sick mother.

“There are no second chances at that speed,” Leading Senior Constable Steve Williams said.

“He was forcing his way through traffic.”

The man was fined and had his licence suspended for 12 months.

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PalmAir creates a comfortable home

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The chill of winter is setting in making now the time to get your home heating sorted.

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It depends on its size, level of insulation and, of course, your budget.

“The first step is narrowing down the options,” Andrew said.

“Electric heating is suited to smaller rooms that can be closed off from the rest of the house.

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Turnbull is happy to settle for second

RICH RESULT: Steve Turnbull picked up second place in Australasia’s richest two-year-old colts and geldings event, the Australia Pacing Gold Final (1,720 metres), at Melton on Friday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 070315pbtrots4PACING
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BEING runner-up has never felt so good.

The Lagoon’s Steve Turnbull scored second place with Atomic Red ($67) in Friday night’s Australia Pacing Gold Final (1,720 metres) at Melton with only unbeaten talent The Storm Inside ($1.20) beating him to the richest two-year-old colts and geldings prize in Australasia.

The result at massive odds in the $322,000 feature was especially pleasing for Turnbull given Atomic Red had to miss his home Gold Crown Carnival with a foot abscess.

The Lagoon’s other contender, the Ben Settree trained San Domino, also had a race to remember as he produced a strong run to the line for fourth.

Emma Stewart’s two contenders got to the front at the green light, The Storm Inside crossing to the pegs with Our Little General initially caught three-wide before working into the death seat.

As the bell sounded Three Of The Best veered sharply away from the outside line and it forced him to race three-wide at the head of the field alongside the Stewart runners.

Turnbull took the opportunity to slide in behind Three Of The Best, but remained three-wide with cover up until the final corner.

San Domino, with Mat Rue in the gig, sat behind Turnbull.

With 100m to race, The Storm Inside was nudged clear with two licks of the whip from Greg Sugars and went on to win by two lengths.

Atomic Red and San Domino both finished strongly from out wide in the battle for the minor places.

Turnbull’s chance managed to remain a head clear of Weona Sizzler ($23.90) on his inside to score himself the $60,000 second-place cheque.

The mile rate was 1:55.6.

“From that draw I knew I’d need a bit of luck. He got some, but he still had to do a lot of work. It’s unbelievable,” Turnbull said.

“The death seat wasn’t there for me to take because the horse there was pulling hard. I thought there might be a bit of trouble when the field squeezed up and then one horse in front of me popped out. I went behind him around the back, but he [Atomic Red] was still doing plenty of work.

“Matty’s horse [San Domino] sounded like it might go straight past me at one point and I wasn’t sure if he’d beat the horse on my inside [Weona Sizzler], but he just kept fighting them all off.”

In another positive result for Bathurst-trained runners, Bernie Hewitt’s Mammals Magic ($4.80) came within a half-length of knocking over $1.40 favourite Our Celebrity in the Des McQueen 2YO Classic (1,720m) earlier in the meeting.

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Clash to be comedy of errors

Not again: Robbie Farah couldn’t face another loss against the Canberra Raiders in Canberra last week. Picture: Stefan Postles/Getty ImagesTomorrow, the Wests Tigers will face the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
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Ordinarily a clash between the two squads would be one to circle on the calendar –but this year it deserves to be scratched off.

The Bunnies are performing worse this season than they have at any time in recent memory, even going down to the bottom-placed Sydney Roosters in round six.

And the mighty Tigers are not as mighty as their first two wins of the season would suggest.

Last weekend, the boys in orange were demolished by the Green Machine, with the Canberra Raiders scoring 60 points to the Tigers’ six.

The defeat saw the Tigers brought to their sixth straight loss, while the Bunnies haven’t been much better, only managing three wins from their first eight games.

Significant injuries will also dampen Thursday’s battle.

The green and red team will see key playmaker Adam Reynolds sidelined with another jaw injury whileJohn Suttonwon’t be back until round 17.

The Bunnies will however benefit from the return of star winger Alex Johnston, who is expected to take the field after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Tigers will still miss Aaron Woods with an ankle injury for another two to three weeks, andDavid Nofoaluma is also sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.

After weeks of terrible losses, it’s hard to imagine the Rabbitohs and Tigers match-up as anything but a comedy of errors.

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