How Flying Ricciardo’s trainer Kristy Sultana knocked back John Singleton

“He had people over at his property and he was saying, ‘I’ve got people here from overseas’, and he was asking them if they wanted to a buy a share in a guaranteed champion.

“You could hear everyone in the background asking, ‘did she sell it to you?’

He actually said he would give me a share in his next Melbourne Cup winner

Kristy Sultana

“I had about five others jump on the phone trying to talk me into it. It was funny. He actually said he would give me a share in his next Melbourne Cup winner.”

Who knows whether Singleton will have a Melbourne Cup winner, but what he failed to mention to Sultana was he has a horse good enough to run in the $15 million The Everest, which will be run at Randwick on Saturday. Singleton co-owns mare Libertini with good mate Gerry Harvey.

But before The Everest, part-time trainer Sultana will have a life-changing moment when Flying Ricciardo, named after Australia’s Formula One ace Daniel Ricciardo, lines up in the Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park on Friday night.

Flying Ricciardo’s trainer Kristy Sultana with her father Sam.Credit:Ross Schultz

Sultana is not sure if Singleton will be watching the world’s richest greyhound race, nor Ricciardo, who last month joked he would have to start seeking counsel from his namesake in a bid to find the podium more regularly.

Flying Ricciardo, named because of the F1 obsession of Sultana’s husband, has won 14 races from just 16 starts and been placed in his other two.

Asked about the prospect of starting as one of the favourites in a $1 million-to-the-winner final, Sultana said: “It’s just so surreal.


“Normally you would be cheering for a $100,000 [first prize], but now it’s chicken feed compared to winning $1 million. Whatever happens [on Friday night] happens.

“I’ve spent a long time in this game trying to get a dog like this, he was never going to be for sale. As long he gets around safely, that’s the main thing.”

Tommy Shelby (box eight) was a narrow $2.80 favourite with Sportsbet on Thursday, just ahead of Flying Ricciardo (three) at $2.90 and box one runner Shadow Mist ($3).

The final will be shown live on Nine after the Storm-Raiders NRL preliminary final at Suncorp Stadium.

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AFP charges man over scam emails targeting Labor’s Eden-Monaro candidate Kristy McBain

A 32-year-old Sydney man has been charged for allegedly sending emails to voters in the Eden-Monaro by-election trying to discredit Labor’s candidate in the poll.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) were called in to investigate, after suspicious messages arrived in inboxes in southern New South Wales, taking aim at former Bega Valley Mayor Kristy McBain.

The emails appeared to be from the Catholic Church and linked Ms McBain to, among other things, the coronavirus pandemic.

“The AFP commenced the investigation following a report from the Electoral Integrity Assurance Taskforce and the Australian Electoral Commission on 10 June, 2020,” it said in a statement.

“The report related to spam emails, which appeared to be from legitimate sources, being sent from an unidentified user to the Australian community and various organisations.

The spam was described by the AFP as “disinformation”, with voters being urged to vote for Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs instead.

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AFP officers searched the Sydney man’s home over the alleged spam emails.(Supplied: Australian Federal Police)

The man from Blacktown, in Sydney’s western suburbs, has had one charge brought against him, although the AFP are still investigating other suspicious emails.

The 32-year-old has been released on bail, and will appear in court in September.

In recent days, voters received emails suggesting Ms McBain was pulling out of the by-election because she had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Labor Party denounced the emails, as did Liberal candidate Ms Kotvojs.

“It’s offensive and inappropriate. There’s no place for this sort of thing in our politics or our society,” Ms Kotvojs said at the time.

The AFP said the investigation was ongoing.

In a statement, the Australian Electoral Commission said it took the matter “very seriously” and was continuing to provide evidence to support the investigation.

The by-election in Eden-Monaro was triggered by the resignation of Labor’s Mike Kelly.

The vote will be held this Saturday.

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The AFP investigated the matter after it was referred to them last month.(Supplied: Australian Federal Police)

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Labor’s Kristy McBain claims Eden-Monaro by-election victory against Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs

Labor’s Kristy McBain has officially claimed victory in the Eden-Monaro by-election, saying her party has clinched the marginal seat after preference flows secured her lead.

Late last night, ABC’s chief election Antony Green called the by-election result for Labor, but up until now, the Opposition was yet to officially claim victory.

About 80 per cent of the votes in the by-election have been counted, slowed by more than 44,000 pre-poll and postal votes.

A Liberal Party spokesperson told the ABC that Ms Kotvojs was not ready to call the election and noted there were many postal votes still arriving to be counted.

This afternoon, Ms McBain said her lead of more than 1,000 votes over opponent Fiona Kotvojs meant the Liberal Party would need a 63 per cent vote on a two-party preferred basis to win.

The count at the time showed Ms Kotvojs still ahead on first preferences, but falling just short on a two-party preferred basis at 49.1 per cent.

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AFP investigates ‘disinformation’ campaign against Labor candidate Kristy McBain in Eden Monaro by-election race

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is investigating a “disinformation” campaign about the Labor candidate for Eden Monaro, which falsely claimed she had quit the by-election race.

Labor sources said the party became aware of an email on Wednesday morning which claimed its candidate Kristy McBain had COVID-19 and, as a result, had withdrawn from July 4 by-election.

The email claimed Ms McBain asked her supporters to redirect their support to Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs instead.

The Australian Federal Police confirmed it was investigating the matter and described the emails as “spam”.

“The Australian Federal Police has commenced an investigation after receiving a report from the Electoral Integrity Network,” a spokeswoman said.

Australian Labor Party national secretary Paul Erickson said the emails were malicious and incorrect.

“The spread of disinformation online is a threat to democracy,” he said.

“We hope [the AFP] identify the culprit,” he said.

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Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs described the email as “offensive”.(ABC News)

Dr Kotvojs, the Liberal candidate for Eden Monaro, condemned the emails and welcomed the referral to the AFP.

“It’s offensive and inappropriate. There’s no place for this sort of thing in our politics or our society,” she said.

Ms McBain has been approached for comment.

The race for Eden Monaro has been mired in controversy since Labor’s Mike Kelly resigned in May for health reasons, sparking the by-election.

The seat hit national attention after infighting between state Liberal cabinet colleagues Andrew Constance and John Barilaro, and both pulled out of the race for the federal seat.

Mr Constance, the NSW Transport Minister, abandoned his bid less than 24 hours after preselection after a newspaper quoted Mr Barilaro, the Deputy Premier, using vulgar language to describe him to colleagues.

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