It's that one-and-only night on the AFL calendar. No, the Brownlow Medal count hasn't been delayed a couple of months. It's draft night. The big occasion when the 18 clubs make vital decisions about new personnel .... decisions that can eventually result in premierships.
Former Essendon great Matthew Lloyd predicted a “world of pain” for the Lions this year. It didn’t take long to manifest itself, with serious injuries to key players Daniel Rich, Matthew Leuenberger, Pearce Hanley, as well as a suspension to Daniel Merrett, exposing the club’s lack of depth.
If stallion awards were given for the Golden Slipper carnival and the opening day of The Championships, Widden Stud's Sebring would be the likely recipient.
Co-trainer Neville Voigt has dodged the Sydney autumn with last year's Fernhill Handicap winner Riocetto to aim at the Queensland Derby. The three-year-old will start his campaign as many finish theirs in the South Pacific Classic at Randwick on Saturday. ''I always thought he would stretch out and Queensland looked the right place for him,'' Voigt said. ''He handles wet ground, which is obviously going to be a bonus on the weekend. The only time he got on a wet track he won the Fernhill, but it is a building run towards Brisbane.''
David Swallow knocks Bryce Gibbs out of the top four defenders, despite the latter posting 99 against the Demons.
Kerrin McEvoy has rode plenty of staying three-year-olds in his time in Europe and Tupac Amaru gives him the feel of a young horse which will run the two miles of the Sydney Cup at Randwick on Saturday.
Nowra trainer Luke Price is wary of the wet track as smart mare Belle De Coeur continues her return from a tendon injury in the Sapphire Stakes on Saturday. "She is a really nice filly and I think she could be a group horse, so you always worry about them,'' Price said. "She won those three in a row last year and I thought we would have some fun in the spring, but she did that tendon. I have brought her back slowly but it is going to be testing on Saturday.'' Price called on the ''old mates act'' to get Zac Purton to ride Belle De Coeur.
Adrian Anderson's imminent departure from Cycling Australia opens the door for ex-Olympic team boss Nick Green to take over as CEO of an organisation in such dire financial shape it could receive a government bailout.
Good Friday football in 2015 would be played in the afternoon if Channel Seven had its way, but the AFL has suggested that it might be preferable at night.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was a picture of relief after last night's win against the Brisbane Lions, after his team kicked 11 of the last 14 goals to end the match.
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