“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
“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.
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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“In Kristy McBain, we had an extraordinary advocate for the people of Eden-Monaro,” he said.
“For all those people who voted for Kristy McBain, she will make them proud. For those who didn’t, when they see her in operation, they will think about and consider giving her a vote at the general election.”
He dismissed concerns his party’s primary vote had gone backwards in the electorate since the 2019 Federal Election.
“There were 14 candidates in this election, when you have more candidates you have a drop,” he said.
“I presume the people who vote for [the HEMP Party] didn’t think it would win the election but wanted to send a message on those issues and indicated a preference after that.”
By-election saw large swings
Ms McBain enjoyed a swing towards her in booths on the South Coast, an area that was badly affected by bushfires last summer.
One exception, however, was the polling booth in the fire-ravaged town of Cobargo which was narrowly won by Labor, but with a 6.75 per cent swing towards the Liberal overall.
The New Year’s Eve bushfire ravaged the small town and resulted in the death of a local father and son who died protecting their farm.
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.