Sandown: Jerome Hunter having a career-best season and aiming to add another city win with Zipping Boy


Jerome Hunter recently chalked up his 200th winner with Zipping Boy, who can put an exclamation mark on the private trainer’s most successful season at Sandown.

Less has meant more for one of Victoria’s few private trainers.

Jerome Hunter has trained on the Mornington Peninsula for businessman Graeme Gathercole for the last eight years but the 2020/21 season has been the pair’s best season yet.

Unlike his fellow private trainers, Hunter works with shrewd value buys rather than high-priced imports or blue bloods. But the buying formula has worked for Hunter.

He said careful placement of the team was crucial as was keeping himself mentally fresh every day.

“You go into anything learning. I believe that a lot of problems with training horses comes from doing it too much, doing it 24/7, thinking about horses all the time,” Hunter said.

“You don’t realise it but I don’t believe it’s healthy for the mind. It’s good to switch off and when you go back to training, you’ve got a fresh outlook on things.

“I don’t have the numbers so I’ve got to make sure that we’ve got to look after the horses because we haven’t got the horses waiting to come in if something goes amiss with the other ones.”

Hunter’s approach landed him his 200th winner as a trainer when Zipping Boy scored at Sandown last time out.

He has also posted career-best numbers in 2020/21 with six weeks left in the season.

Hunter has saddled 25 winners while the stable has returned more than $733,000 in stakes.

He has also maintained his strike rate around the 20 per cent mark for the fourth straight season.

“I’ve probably learned over the years to be a bit more patient,” Hunter said.

“The last few years, I’ve been around the high-teens and early 20s (per cent) strike rate and getting horse into a good routine and into the right races.”

Zipping Boy will have a chance to improve Graebar Park’s stats when he steps out in the last race at Sandown on Saturday.

The three-year-old has built an impressive record of five wins from eight starts to earn a crack against older horses in the 1000m open sprint.

“He’s a real little racehorse,” Hunter said.

Zipping Boy scored at Sandown at his last run but Hunter said the son of Squamosa would be better for another look at the course.

“He just happened to look at the big screen on the inside there and he wasn’t concentrating in the last 50m so he had something left at the end of that race,” Hunter said.

“He’s definitely stepping up. The other horses are proven and he’s still on the way up.”

Apprentice Will Price will take 2kg off Zipping Boy, leaving the sprinter to carry 52kg at Sandown.

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Ferdinand Boy wins inaugural Horizon


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FERDINAND Boy held off local hope Dr Tucker to win the inaugural Horizon during Sunday’s Sale greyhound racing meet.
In a thrilling finish, $2.30 favourite Ferdinand Boy ran a slick 24.59-second 440 metres to defeat Dr. Tucker, trained by Bill McMahon at Darriman, by less than half a length. Dream Wizard, trained by Sean Lithgow at Devon Meadows, finished third, a further length and a third away.
The $25,000 earned from winning the Horizon took Ferdinand Boy’s career prize money to $193,220.
Trained by David Geall at Lara, Ferdinand Boy has nine wins from his past 12 starts, including the group two Ballarat Cup and group three Shepparton Cup. The dog was 22 wins from 38 career starts.
Ferdinand Boy took a couple of strides to get going and then had to fend off group three Great Chase winner Dr. Tucker, who was chasing his fourth consecutive win since returning from five months on the side lines with a hock injury.
The GRV Vic Bred Series restricted win final, also over 440m, was won by Perfect Product, trained by Graeme Jose at Catani.
Perfect Product and Tiger Isla, trained at Maffra by Des Douch, was battling for the lead before the former got away entering the home straight to win by just over two lengths and claim the $4250 winner’s cheque.
Keira Spolly, trained by Steve Spoljaric at Kilmany, won the race three 440m maiden, edging out Chilly Slater.
Bernadette, trained by Jenny Gill at Darriman, won race four, a 440m grade seven, by a length from Dr Lysandra, trained by Judy McMahon at Darriman.
Race seven, a 520m mixed grade four and five, was won by General Collinda for Steph Tyler at Boisdale, a length ahead of favourite West Of Westeros, also trained at Boisdale, by Dawn Johnston.
The night’s biggest win came in race nine, a 440m mixed grade six and seven.
Wigram Road, trained by Cheryle Ragen at Kilmany, took led towards the end of the back straight and never looked back, winning by seven lengths. Madalia Pixie finished second for Kathleen Fogarty at Heyfield.
Go Emmy Go, trained by Corey Fulford at Bundalaguah, won a heat of the 440m grade five series. Angel Eyes finished third for Carolyn Jones at Rosedale to also advance to next Sunday’s final.
The other heats were won by Aubameyang (for Peter Martinovic at Koo Wee Rup) and Blazing Nenna (Mark Delbridge at Balliang).
Sir Harley, trained by David Crawford at Pearcedale, won the race one 440m maiden, five lengths clear of My Mate Damien, trained by Ragen.
The race two 440m maiden was won by Jayville Menace for Todd Chatwin at Johnstonville.
Zipping Zarbo, trained by Deb Coleman at Lara, was the clear winner of race six, a 440m mixed grade four and five. Nicholas Rose, trained by Jeff Chignell at Rosedale, just missed second place by a nose.

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NDIS ‘poster boy’ dumped by care provider over ‘hygiene issues’


Jamie Gibbings-Johns was a poster boy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when it was rolled out across Victoria in 2017.

In a promotional video from the state’s health department, he proudly shows off his new unit.

“He was excited because he got to live on his own, and he had those supports in place,” his sister, Emma Ebery, said.

Mr Gibbings-Johns, 30, has multiple complex disabilities that affect his cognition, emotional regulation and ability to perform daily tasks.

The NDIS has made it possible for him to live independently for the first time — fulfilling his main goal in life. But that’s now under threat.

“The whole purpose of the NDIS is that no person with a disability is left behind,” Ms Ebery said.

“While we have the loophole of providers being able to just step away, that risk is there.”

Mr Gibbings-Johns is one of 430,000 Australians on the NDIS.

Up until three months ago, he received the bulk of his support from the Kyneton disability provider Windarring.

The provider dominates the local market in the town, which is about 90 kilometres north of Melbourne and 60km south-east of Bendigo.

But in early February, it gave notice that the 30-year-old’s services would be completely withdrawn.

In correspondence seen by the ABC, the family was told the move was in Mr Gibbings-Johns’ “best interests”.

Ms Ebery said the COVID-19 pandemic had sent her brother backwards, and long-standing behavioural and incontinence issues had become worse.

“He’s not the only person who lives with a disability who has some behavioural concerns, who has some continence issues and needs support in all those areas.

The provider’s chief executive, Vicki Poxon, told the ABC in a statement that “hygiene issues” at the 30-year-old’s home “were an unacceptable risk to everyone”.

“Jamie lived on his own and he was meant to be learning skills to live a more independent life, but he refused to clean up his mess,” Ms Poxon said in the statement.

She said the provider had not breached its practice obligations around continuity of care.

“Windarring offered for [its] … current Disability Support Worker to work at least an extra two to three months in an independent capacity until the family employed another service provider.”

Ms Ebery lodged a complaint with the NDIS watchdog, the Quality and Safeguards Commission.

“We felt like Jamie was being blamed for having disabilities,” she said.

It was not the first complaint to be lodged in relation to Windarring.

Kaye Atlas contacted the Quality and Safeguards Commission in early 2020, after her son Tim, who lives with Down Syndrome, arrived at his day program only to be told he was not welcome.

“The team leader at the time walked into the room and in front of staff and the other participants said, ‘What is he doing here?'”

The 31-year-old’s service agreement had expired a day earlier.

Ms Atlas had written to the provider asking for a new one, but had not received a response.

She said her son was also prevented from attending the Christmas concert he and his friends had been working towards throughout the year.

Ms Atlas said she had routinely questioned the provider’s financial decisions in relation to her son over the course of the year, and raised concerns about over-charging and transparency.

In her complaint to the Commission she said the suspension felt like retaliation.

“I do believe that they had Tim targeted because I questioned the figures earlier on,” Ms Atlas said.

The provider said it did not breach practice standards in relation to Mr Atlas.

In a statement, the chief executive Ms Poxon acknowledged that it had received a complaint in relation to its treatment of Mr Atlas, but said that the Commission’s investigation had delivered “no adverse findings”.

But his mother said she has received no outcome letter or contact from the Commission to indicate the matter was closed, despite the requirement to do so under the watchdog’s complaints rules.

“When is somebody going to sit up and listen?” Ms Atlas said.

The ABC is aware of at least half a dozen separate complaints made to the Commission in relation to the provider over the past 18 months.

In another, Deb Golden reported having services withdrawn after she complained that broken steps on the provider’s bus had caused her son Jack to fall and injure himself.

No disciplinary action against the provider has been recorded on the NDIS Commission website.

In a statement, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission acknowledged that it was “aware of complaints regarding this provider but could not comment on individual complaints, investigations or compliance activities that might be underway”.

The spokesperson said the Commission took all complaints it received seriously and “regularly used information from complaints to determine if providers were meeting their obligations”.

This week the disability Royal Commission will turn its attention to the scheme’s 20,000 providers, and the way in which the Quality and Safeguards Commission responds to complaints against them.

Senator Jordon Steele-John is on a parliamentary committee examining the watchdog’s effectiveness.

He said evidence to the committee so far had “painted the picture of a commission, which was focused on gradual service, and quality improvement, and accreditation of providers, rather than investigation and enforcement”.

The inquiry’s first hearing in September revealed that between July 2018 and June 2020 the Commission had received 5,784 complaints.

One fine was issued in that period, to Integrity Care — the provider that employed South Australian woman Ann Marie Smith’s sole care worker.

The care worker was later charged with manslaughter over her 2020 death.

“You cannot investigate, you cannot enforce without the capacity to do that,” Senator Steele-John said.

“And that is still quite evidently what the Commission is lacking.”

In a question on notice to the committee, the Commission revealed it had just 21 dedicated investigators across the country who were responsible for enforcement.

That workforce has since increased to 31 and there have been a further 14 fines issued since July.

“In addition to investigators, as at May 13, 2021, the NDIS Commission has 177 officers located nationally across our complaints and reportable incidents function,” a Commission spokesperson said.

It’s not enough to reassure Emma Ebery — or her brother Jamie, who remains in his home with the help of his mum and an independent contractor.

“We still don’t have a sustainable solution,” Ms Ebery said.

“Because there are no other options, there’s nothing in the local area that we’re able to get in place.”

She said access to services “depended on your postcode”.

“And for our situation, that’s very little.”

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Meghan Trainor Recalls Baby Boy Riley’s “Terrifying” Health Complications


Meghan Trainor shared details of son Riley’s “terrifying” breathing complications that led him to spend five days in the NICU after his birth on Feb. 25.

Meghan Trainor is giving fans more details about welcoming her first child on Feb. 25 with husband Daryl Sabara.

The 27-year-old “Lips Are Movin” singer spoke to Today on Wednesday, June 2 about the challenges that now-3-month-old son Riley faced when he joined the world. 

“It was one of those horror stories where he didn’t cry,” Meghan shared. “He didn’t make noise when he came out. I was like, ‘Why isn’t he crying?’ Then they told me he was having breathing issues. It was terrifying.”

After he was born, Riley was taken to the hospital’s NICU, where he used a feeding tube. Meghan recalled that not getting to bond with him right away was particularly difficult. 

“I got to see him for one second before they took him away. That was probably the worst part,” she continued. “It was definitely a rough start. But we’re so lucky we got to bring him home after five days.”

Back in February, Meghan had announced on Instagram that Riley arrived one week early at a healthy weight of 7 pounds and 8 ounces.

“This sweet baby boy’s due date was today on Valentine’s Day. We got to meet him Monday, Feb 8th!” the star wrote at the time. “We are SO IN LOVE [crying emoji]. Thank you @darylsabara for the best Valentine’s gift ever! Welcome to the world Riley!”

In April, she gave offered more information about Riley’s journey by sharing a video to TikTok showing him hooked up to tubes and monitors shortly after birth.

“We had a rocky start…but thanks to the amazing nurses, doctors, and pediatricians, Riley is a perfect, healthy and happy baby,” she captioned the video back then. 

In December 2020, Meghan—who tied the knot with 28-year-old Spy Kids franchise alum Daryl in December 2018—revealed she had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a temporary condition that can lead to breathing difficulties in babies. 

In April, she gave offered more information about Riley’s journey by sharing a video to TikTok showing him hooked up to tubes and monitors shortly after birth.

“We had a rocky start…but thanks to the amazing nurses, doctors, and pediatricians, Riley is a perfect, healthy and happy baby,” she captioned the video back then. 

In December 2020, Meghan—who tied the knot with 28-year-old Spy Kids franchise alum Daryl in December 2018—revealed she had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a temporary condition that can lead to breathing difficulties in babies. 

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Baby boy dies at home in south-west Sydney, woman arrested



A woman remains in custody this morning after a four-month-old baby boy died in Sydney’s south-west.

Emergency services were called to a property in Oran Park about 4.40pm yesterday.

Officers found a baby boy at the property, unconscious and unresponsive.

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A 32-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Camden Police Station.

She has been transferred to Liverpool Hospital where she remains under police guard.

A crime scene has been established and an investigation is underway.

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14-year-old boy will be tried as adult for allegedly stabbing teen girl 114 times


Tristyn Bailey was killed May 9 in St. Johns County, Florida.

Aiden Fucci’s case was moved from juvenile to adult court, State Attorney R. J. Larizza said during a press conference Thursday.

Fucci was initially charged with second-degree murder but did not have time to enter a plea before his charges were upgraded, the State Attorney’s Office of the 7th Circuit told ABC News. Larizza explained the decision was made to charge him as an adult given the brutality of the case.

Bailey was reported missing to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office on May 9. Her family said she was last seen around midnight. A sprawling search was launched and at 6 p.m. her body was discovered in the immediate area near a retention pond, according to the arrest report.

Fucci was identified as a suspect in the case and was arrested, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said in a May 11 news release.

“It brings me no pleasure to be charging a 14-year-old as an adult with first degree murder. It was clear to us after we look at what happened that it was not only appropriate to charge the defendant as an adult, but it was really the only charge we could make,” Larizza said Thursday.

He offered new grisly details about her murder, noting there were 114 stab wounds found on Bailey, citing the medical examiner report, and at least 49 of those wounds were to the hands, arms and head that were defensive in nature.

“She was fighting for life,” Larizza said. “To say it was horrific could arguably be made as an understatement.”

Larizza added: “[Fucci] indicated to witnesses that he was going to kill someone by taking them into the woods and stabbing them. The statement that the defendant made to his friends made it clear he was considering a homicide.”

Fucci’s alleged statements were never reported to police, Larizza noted.

Larizza said the knife Fucci carried in the brutal attack was found in a nearby pond. Its broken tip was discovered in the girl’s skull by the medical examiner.

He said investigators found Fucci’s DNA on Tristyn’s body and her DNA was found on the knife, on Fucci’s shoes and on a T-shirt in his bedroom.

“I just want to say that I hope parents will learn something from this vicious, and brutal, murder. And that is you need to know what your kids are doing and what they’re saying. While we might not be able stop these vicious and brutal murders from happening, we ought to at least try,” Larizza said.

Fucci made his first court appearance on the new charges on Friday, appearing virtually via Zoom.

In the procedural hearing, Judge Howard M. Maltz informed Fucci of his rights, the charges and the probable cause to detain him. He will remain in jail without bond Maltz said. Fucci will be arraigned “in the next week or two,” local ABC affiliate WJXX reported.

He has not entered a plea. ABC News has reached out to Fucci’s defense attorney for comment.

The Bailey family also released a statement following Thursday’s announcement.

“We appreciate that today’s outcome is directly the result of the thorough and comprehensive work from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office along with the 7th District State Attorney’s office as part of the initial steps to bring justice for Tristyn’s murder,” the statement, shared with WJXX, said. “The caring and love shown from the people and businesses to raise up the memory of Tristyn and the resolve of our community serve as a beacon of light in the darkness. As shared in the Celebration of Life on the battle of the two wolves, it helps us to feed the good wolf,” citing an old Native American tale her father shared at her memorial service.

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Five-year-old boy on life support after being beaten with wood at home in south-west Sydney


A five-year-old boy is on life support after allegedly being beaten with a piece of wood at a home in Cabramatta in south-west Sydney on Friday night.

The 31-year-old mother of the boy and her 20-year-old boyfriend were arrested at the home and have since been charged with domestic violence offences.

Emergency services were called to the home about 9:50pm on Friday after reports of an assault.

The child was treated at the scene by paramedics and was taken to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead where he remains in a critical condition.

Police have spent Saturday gathering evidence.(

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The woman has been charged with not providing for the child, causing danger of serious injury.

The man has been charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Police allege that the child had been assaulted with a wooden stick.

At the man’s bail hearing on Saturday afternoon, the court heard he had been smacking the boy for “discipline” which ended in the boy suffering a brain injury.

Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Westmead Hospital Adam Fowler said it was the “worst case of suspected child beating” he had ever seen in his career.

“One that made me physically sob whilst examining,” he said.

Local resident Marcelo Guerrero said the incident was “terrible” and police surrounded the house on Friday night.

“It looked like maybe a bust — you had the PolAir around on top, there was a lot happening …we saw a lot of commotion.”

Another local resident, Kosen Kim, said she saw the boy only a few days ago.

“I’m very sad … I want him to be ok,” she said.

“For me, I have kids too…I don’t want him to pass [away].”

The man fronted Paramatta Bail Court on Saturday afternoon and made an application for bail which was denied.

He is due to face Liverpool Court on September 1.

The mother did not appear or apply for bail and it was formally refused. 

She will appear before Liverpool Court on September 9.

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The Eurovision ‘bad boy’ who’s no stranger to controversy: Italian singer who has been cleared of snorting cocaine was accused of ‘copying’ hit from another song – as new pictures show him as a fresh faced youngster



The Italian pop star previously suspected by some viewers of snorting cocaine at the Eurovision finals is no stranger to controversy, MailOnline has learned.

Damiano David’s group Maneskin were accused of plagiarism earlier this year after winning a major competition in Italy.

David’s on-screen antics shortly before Maneskin were crowned as winners on Saturday led some viewers to suggest he may have been snorting cocaine during the event, but he vehemently denied it and has since been cleared of drug use.

He tested negative for drugs following an investigation by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The EBU said in a statement: ‘No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed.’ 

David, 22, said he had been looking down because guitarist Thomas Raggi sitting next to him had broken a glass while they waited for results in the Rotterdam auditorium.

‘It was the moment where they were giving us 12 points and in the meanwhile Thomas broke a glass, so while I was cheering, I saw the glass broken and I was like ‘oh my god – what happened,” explained Damiano.

‘We are young guys with a huge passion for the music and this is overshadowing our win. We will get drug tested and prove that it’s all speculation. I’m getting drug tested today in a few hours. Let me say we are really offended.’

As he mounted an impassioned defence, photos from his schooldays emerged showing he was far more clean-cut as a teenager than his later outrageous stage persona suggests.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend, stunning model and influencer Giorgia Soleri, 25, also posted two photos capturing her nerves followed by ecstasy as he and the band were confirmed as kings of Eurovision.

The couple have been dating for four years, but only revealed the fact a few weeks ago with a photo of them together on Instagram, with a post: ‘After almost 4 years we can say, right?’

Frontman Damiano is joined on stage by former Rome schoolmates, bassist Victoria de Angelis, 21, and Raggi, 20, as well as drummer Ethan Torchio, 20.

They first made their name appearing on the Italian version of the X-Factor in 2017 when all four dropped out of high school to concentrate on music after coming runners up in the final.

Their song for the final, ‘Kiss This’, featured Damiano stripping to the waist and pole-dancing on stage.

But the group’s success in Italy as they were picked as the country’s Eurovision contenders also attracted controversy earlier this year.

They were forced to defend themselves against plagiarism accusations over their crowd-pleasing hit, Zitti e Buoni [be quiet and good].  

In March when the group won Italy’s biggest televised pop competition and Eurovision qualifier, the San Remo festival, some social media users called for them to be disqualified after highlighting the similarities with a song FDT by the Turin-based duo, Anthony Laszlo, which was released in 2015 by the Inri label.

Anthony Laszlo’s producer Dade compared the choruses of the two songs on his Instagram, with the comment ‘something doesn’t add up’.

Then another Italian group called Nebra claimed the song had the same guitar riff as a 2018 song of theirs.

But their label Sony Music Italia dismissed the plagiarism charges after conducting a technical examination.

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13-year-old boy dies in incident involving garbage truck in South Australia




A boy who was asleep in an industrial bin has died, after the bin was collected by a garbage truck at Port Lincoln on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

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2yo girl hurt in Chicago drive-by shooting, hours after city’s gun violence left 5 teens & young boy with gunshot wounds — RT USA News



A two-year-old toddler has been wounded in a drive-by shooting in Chicago, Illinois. The attack happened after several children sustained gunshot wounds in separate incidents.

The shooting occurred around 7pm local time on Friday near the steps of the Cook County courthouse in Chicago’s Southwest Side. The toddler was sitting in the back seat of a car when someone drove up and fired shots from another vehicle, police said. The little girl was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the leg.

No one has been detained so far, with detectives looking for suspects.  

The incident came after police reported that an eight-year-old-boy and five young teens were shot in Chicago on Thursday night and early Friday, according to local media. The youngest boy, who police said was not the intended target, was shot in the knee. At least 30 shell casings were reportedly left lying on the street where he was wounded.

The boys aged 15 and 16 were wounded in a separate shooting. The older boy was hit in the abdomen, and the younger one was shot in the arm. Both teenagers managed to walk to a hospital and were admitted to a nearby trauma center.

Another 16-year-old boy was shot in the arm while getting into his car in a different part of the city. The third 16-year-old boy was struck in the thigh while standing on the street, with the police saying that his wound appeared to be self-inflicted.



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A 14-year-old girl was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the abdomen early on Friday. She was also struck while standing on a street.

In April, a seven-year-old girl named Jaslyn Adams was injured as she was sitting in a car with her father in a McDonald’s drive-thru, when shots were fired from another vehicle. Adams’ father recovered from his gunshot wounds, but the girl died in the hospital. Three men were subsequently charged with her murder. 

According to police, there were 769 homicides in Chicago in 2020, which is 274 more than the previous year and the highest number since 2016.

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