Pandemic part of James Macdonald treble


Godolphin’s Darren Beadman is convinced Pandemic is a stakes-winner in waiting even though the sprinter only just eked out a win at Rosehill Gardens.

“Every jockey that rides Pandemic comes in after a race or a trial and says he certainly has black type in him,’’ Beadman said.

“Things just haven’t worked out his way so far with barriers, the way the tracks have been playing or whatever.

“But the conditions and circumstances worked in his favour today and he dug deep when it counted. We just have to find the right (stakes) race for him.’’

Beadman was representing Godolphin trainer James Cummings when he made these comments moments after Pandemic got up in a thriller to win the Members’ Christmas Sprint (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.

Sydney’s leading jockey James McDonald drove Pandemic ($3.80 favourite) to a narrow head win over Albumin ($61) with early leader Mo’s Crown ($6) a half neck away third.

Pandemic, a well-bred son of Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond winner Sepoy out of Cataclysm, herself the dam of Blue Diamond winner Earthquake, needed every metre of the Rosehill straight to run down a very game Albumin.

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But Beadman believes the win of Pandemic will do wonders for the sprinter’s confidence.

“Pandemic hasn’t won in a while and there was only a coat of paint in it at the finish but he fought hard when needed and that will stand him in good stead down the track,’’ he said.

“The race worked out to a nicety for him. ‘J-Mac’ (James McDonald) got him out of the gates and although he was in a three-wide line True Detective gave him the cover he needed. My last instructions to ‘J-Mac’ were to give him a peach of a ride and that’s what he did.

“He will have to go up to those higher weighted races no but he will be getting some weight relief and that will help him.’’

Pandemic was the middle leg of McDonald’s treble at Rosehill, complementing his wins on The Elanora and Vitesse.

With four wins from just 10 starts, Pandemic is developing a good record but he is still yet to win beyond 1200m.

Beadman admitted Pandemic might struggle to run a strong 1200m at stakes level which does limit the sprinter’s options over summer.

Albumin was sent out at bolter’s odds but made a lie of the betting market with his gallant first-up effort to lose narrowly to Pandemic.

“I emailed the owners the other day and said I can’t believe Albumin is $81, he’s still got four legs,’’ trainer Gerald Ryan said.

“Sterling (Alexiou) and I have been really happy with horse going into this race and all I can think of was that they took too much notice of his barrier trial. He trialled without blinkers that day and he is a different horse with them on.

“He loves this track and distance so we expected him to run a good race. Jay (Ford) even said at the furlong (a200m) Pandemic had him but this horse fought and wouldn’t let him get his head in front of him. He has only got him in the last couple of strides.’’

Mo’s Crown continued his solid form this campaign with a game effort attempting an all-the-way win only to be run down in the final few strides.

Eleven Eleven, winner of the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas earlier this year following the disqualification of Alligator Blood, made his comeback with an even seventh after racing outside the lead until the turn.

Trainer Greg Hickman was satisfied with Eleven Eleven’s return to racing and said the sprinter is on target for another Magic Millions Carnival foray next month.

“I had to run him because of where he is going,” Hickman said.

“He just capitulated the last 150m but he should improve a lot from that run.’’

Hickman said is considering whether to run Eleven Eleven next in the $100,000 Wyong 3 and 4YO magic millions (1200m) on December 16.

“we are thinking about going to Wyong but he will definitely have another run before the Magic Millions.”

TAB BIG BETS

RACE ONE

Kiku was a costly commodity in the opening race of the day – the Schweppes Handicap (1300m).

Chris Waller’s rep held more than half the money on the race and was nearly four times as popular as anything else.

Going around as a $2.40 favourite, it held approximately nine times as much money as the winner, Oscar Zulu ($5.50) which was as much as $10 just minutes out from the jump.

BETS: Oscar Zulu $1,000 @ $10

RACE TWO

The popular Ellsberg did the right thing by punters by leading throughout in the Precise Air Handicap (1500 metres).

Going around with the bulk of investment, Ellsberg commanded 47 percent of the market and attracted strong money throughout the week.

Joliette ($5-$7.50) and Toscanini ($5-$4.60) filled the minors but never appeared to be threats to the winner.

BETS: Ellsberg $2,000 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.80

BETS: Instant Attraction $4,500 @ $5

RACE THREE

In a very open edition of the TAB Highway Class 3 (1800m) it was Eva’s Deel which landed the money for her admirers.

The Kody Nestor-trained runner was the most popular runner in terms of money held and hovered around the $6.50 mark for most of the day.

Rumberella ($9-$6.50) was the second best tried runner outside the winner and firmed up throughout the afternoon. Of the others, All Over Magic ($12-$8) and Post Free ($11-$8-$9.50) were two of the notable movers.

BETS: Eva’s Deel $1,000 @ $6, $1,600 @ $5.50

BETS: Deadly Impact $2,600 @ $6, $1,000 @ $6 MULTIPLE TIMES

BETS: Rumberella $1,000 @ $6.50

BETS: Post Free $1,000 @ $9.50

RACE FOUR

Punters were keen on The Elanora for most of the afternoon.

Trained by Chris Waller and ridden by James McDonald, The Elanora ($3.50-$3.20-$3.30) was well supported throughout the day tow in the De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1800 metres).

The son of Redoute’s Choice was nearly four times as popular as Atlantic King ($4.80-$5.50-$5) which was the second most popular runner in terms of money held.

Of the others, Kukeracha ($12-$10) and Dhakuri ($8-$6) had their share of support and ran up to that backing by winding up in the placings.

BETS: The Elanora $5,000 @ $3.30, $2,000 @ $3.30, $3,200 @ $3.20, $2,500 @ $3.20 TWICE

BETS: Atlantic King $1,000 @ $5.50, $1,840 @ $4.80

BETS: Dhakuri $2,000 @ $6.50, $2,000 @ $6, $1,500 @ $6, $1,000 @ $6

BETS: Namazu $1,000 @ $5.50

BETS: Prospectus $1,000 @ $16

RACE FIVE

Edison was one of the more popular runners on the day when it went around in the Iron Jack Handicap (1400m).

The Bjorn Baker runner started the day out as equal $3.40 favourite with Enchanted Heart, however, weight of money saw it bottom out at $2.60 before starting $2.90. On the other hand, Enchanted Heart jumped an equal second pick at $3.70 along with Bigboyroy.

Edison commanded the bulk of the money though and held over half the total investment on the race.

BETS: Edison $2,400 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $2,000 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES

BETS: Enchanted Heart $1,500 e/w @ $4.20/$1.55, $3,000 @ $3.80

RACE SIX

Significance, which was a drifter for most of the day, was too strong in the SKY Racing Active Handicap (2000m).

Going from $5.50-$7 on the day, the Clare Cunningham-trained galloper was the fourth most popular runner in terms of money held but was responsible for a sixth of the investment that was riding on Accountability.

The favourite was crunched into $2.60 after being $2.90 in the morning and held nearly half the market.

Gone Bye ($3.80) attracted some decent money and ran up to the support while Accountability never seemed likely after settling midfield.

BETS: Significance $1,000 @ $7.50, $1,000 @ $6

BETS: Accountability $3,000 @ $2.70, $3,000 @ $2.70, $2,500 @ $2.60

BETS: Gone Bye $5,500 @ $3.80

BETS: Vegas Jewel $1,500 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50, $2,000 @ $5

RACE SEVEN

The Members Christmas Handicap (1100m) was billed as a race in two according to the betting.

Pandemic ($3.80) and Hulk ($5-$3.80) went around as equal favourites with the pair dominating the betting ever since the markets opened on Wednesday.

Pandemic opened at $5 and bottomed out at $3.40 on Wednesday while the majority of the support for Hulk came closer to race time.

The pair commanded 55 percent of the total investment.

Albumin ($71-$41-$81) had specking throughout the afternoon and ran a cracking race to fill second spot behind Pandemic while Mo’s Crown ($9-$6) tumbled late in betting and held third after leading.

BETS: Hulk $1,250 e/w @ $5/$2, $1,000 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $3.90 MULTIPLE TIMES

BETS: Single Bullet $1,000 @ $14

BETS: True Detective $1,000 @ $23, $1,000 e/w @ $23/$6, $2,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $16/$4.20

BETS: Pandemic $3,250 e/w @ $3.80/$1.75, $2,000 @ $3.60

RACE EIGHT

The late money told the story in the Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1350m).

Vitesse went from $5.50 to $7 throughout the afternoon but 10 minutes out from the start, the money started to come for the Chris Waller runner which shortened dramatically into $4.80.

Leading throughout, Vitesse landed the money and gave James McDonald a winning treble on the day.

The big push all week was for Sausedge ($11 on Wednesday, $8.50-$4.80-$5) with the Matt Dale runner storming home to fill the minor end of the prize. Savigne ($9-$26) was a big drifter but ran right up to its looks from the yard.

BETS: Vitesse $1,250 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE

BETS: Sausedge $1,300 @ $4.60

BETS: Invinciano $6,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $6.50/$2.40

RACE NINE

Surreal Step took out a wide open Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1200m).

Attracting good money throughout the day, Surreal Step ($6.50) was pretty solid in the betting and went around as the fourth most popular runner, however, there was very little separating it, Rammstein ($3.80-$4.80-$4.20) and Golly Im Lucky ($9.50-$8-$8.50).

Dunbrody Power ($4.20) was the most popular runner in terms of money held.

BETS: Golly Im Lucky $1,000 @ $9

BETS: Dunbrody Power $2,000 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4.40 TWICE, $1,000 @ $4.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $4.20

BETS: Surreal Step $1,400 @ $6.50



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A search is underway to locate missing 11-year-old girl Kiri MacDonald who was last seen Sunday evening


A FAMILY is pleading for information regarding the whereabouts of missing 11-year-old Kiri MacDonald.

In a Facebook post Doug MacDonald said Kiri was last seen about 5pm on Sunday at West Moonah.

She was last seen wearing black leggings, a black puffer jacket and pink/purple shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.



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How Rory MacDonald Stayed Fight Fit During the Pandemic


Nearly a year since he announced his signing with the Professional Fighters League, Rory MacDonald expected he’d be spending the fall getting ready for the MMA league’s semifinal round before advancing to New Year’s Eve’s PFL Championships.

Instead, MacDonald remains indefinitely preparing for his PFL debut.

The former UFC and Bellator superstar was set to become the PFL’s most recognizable face—as well as the primary target of PFL welterweights—before the league made its decision to postpone the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. And despite no fights in sight for the PFL this year, MacDonald is still holding out slight hope for a 2020 miracle.

“I was hoping to get some kind of an update after summer,” MacDonald says. “But I’m praying that I get an opportunity at the end of the year. If not, it looks like it’s going to be a long layoff.”

But while his fight schedule remains empty, MacDonald has stayed sharp through a mixture of some old-school weight training, New Age visualization techniques, plus some creative new twists to his regimen—gymnastics—while staying fight ready for when the PFL presumably begins its 2021 season.

“I’ve been training hard during this entire quarantine,” MacDonald says. “I’ve used the layoff as a motivating factor to just get better and be ready for when that time comes.”

GARAGE SESSIONS

Along with defending PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion Kayla Harrison, who can make a case as the top female fighter in the world, MacDonald became one of the PFL’s most recognizable stars the moment he signed with the upstart MMA league in December, and quickly stamped himself as the top threat to take 2019 welterweight champion Ray Cooper’s belt.

“Rory is an elite talent,” says PFL CEO Peter Murray. “He’s a top 10 welterweight with a championship pedigree and big-fight experience. We’re [still] excited to see him compete in our challenging season format, in a stacked [welterweight] division. His signing is certainly a signal to the market…the PFL is a place you should seriously consider.”

MacDonald hoped to expand his MMA résumé already stacked with signature victories, most notably wins over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz. His two epic Bellator battles in which he split with current welterweight champion Douglas Lima, made it possibly the best rivalry in that organization. Instead, COVID-19 forced his training to be relegated at his fully equipped garage at his Montreal home.

Prior to any pandemic, MacDonald had already maintained a club-quality garage gym, equipped with free weights, power rack, treadmill and a bike. He said he added a few odds and ends to make the gym complete. “I was just training from home by myself,” MacDonald says. “I made some little additions—I’d order off of Amazon and other places, but I had most of the stuff.”

MacDonald could perform most of his workout in his garage—squats, presses, treadmill runs were the standard.

But for a fighter, even a former world champion, social distancing mandates brought by coronavirus made it challenging for a while to replicate sparring sessions with real humans. MacDonald says for the first few months, he improvised as best he can, using heavy bags, ground and pound bags. Gradually, MacDonald was able to reacquaint himself with coaches and teammates, while keeping it as safe as possible.

“It was a bit odd at first,” MacDonald admits. “At first I was just training from home by myself. You had to make adjustments, but we got through it.”

MacDonald also started adding mind games—literally—to help fill some the sparring void the pandemic created. He credited visualization—playing fight scenarios and drills in your head on a near-continuous loop, till it translates onto the ats. MacDonald says the mind techniques are a quality addition to an athlete’s routine, and advises anyone from seasoned veterans white belts to put some thought into your routine.

“I think the best tool that not a lot of people use utilize is just using your imagination when you’re on your downtime,” MacDonald admits. “Visualizing move techniques during a fight can help you put things together. It helps you become more coordinated when you put it into practice.”

RINGS OF FIRE

MacDonald was able to use the downtime to incorporate gymnastics training to his arsenal. He credits his kickboxing coach for turning him on to this full-body-weight strength and stability staple, but at the same time, gymnastics training became popularized among MMA athletes from another of his mentors, fellow Canadian and UFC legend Georges St. Pierre.

Gymnastics rings along with a variety of resistance bands and calisthenics equipment were some of the quarantine additions to MacDonald’s home gym. Along with shaking up his workouts, MacDonald says adding ring dips, inverted rows and other ring-based movements left his body shaking the first few times he attempted. Nevertheless, MacDonald says incorporating these types of body-weight moves have him feeling stronger today than he did during his last fight last October.

“I started doing gymnastics just because I felt like it would be fun to try something new, but at the same time, it has also strengthened my muscles and improved my coordination.”

Try outmuscling the unstable forces that come with rings and you’ll be quickly humbled and hurting, and MacDonald was no different at first, especially his first crack at an L-Sit, an agonizing full-body strength move, incorporating arms, core and legs. “I couldn’t do it at first,” MacDonald admits. “I was like, I got to train at this to get better.”

He says his progress came in small increments, first starting with his legs tucked in, more resemblant of an H sit than an L. Slowly over time, MacDonald says he was able to extend his legs more until mastered the move, creating an L a few days later.

I wouldn’t say I mastered it,” MacDonald says. “but I was able to do it.”

TRAIN LIKE RORY MACDONALD

WARMUP

  • Hamstring Stretch
  • Body-weight Squat: 30 reps
  • Pushup: 20 reps
  • Pullup:10 reps
  • Hip Mobility Drill
  • Dip: 10 reps
  • Plank: 60 sec.
  • Reverse Plank: 60 sec.

5 Sets Of:

  • Single-leg Pistol Squat: 10 reps
  • Inverted Row (w/rings): 6 reps
  • Deep Pushup (w/rings): 10 reps
  • Dips (w/rings): 5 reps
  • Hanging L-sit holds: 5 seconds:
    superset with
  • Pullup (w/rings): 5 reps
  • Reverse Lunge: 6 reps

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Trudeau condemns destruction of Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Montreal


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today condemned vandalism by activists that brought down a statue of the country’s first prime minister in Montreal over the weekend.

Speaking to reporters at an announcement about COVID-19 vaccines, Trudeau said that while some of the country’s past leaders have done questionable things, acts of destruction are not the best way to advance the fight for equality.

“We are a country of laws and we are a country that needs to respect those laws, even as we seek to improve and change them, and those kind of acts of vandalism are not advancing the path towards greater justice and equality in this country,” Trudeau said.

“Actions such as that have no place in a society that abides by the rule of law,” he added in French.

The statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Montreal — like those some in other cities — was targeted by activists because of his association with the Indian residential school system, which forcibly removed Indigenous children from the “savages” in their home communities for education in largely church-run facilities where abuse was rampant.

Macdonald also opposed Chinese immigration on racist grounds, fearing it would dilute the British character of Canada.

The activists say the glorification of Macdonald is out of step with the modern push for racial justice.

The statue was toppled and decapitated during a protest calling on political leaders to de-fund police services — part of a wave of protests across the continent against excessive violence perpetrated by law enforcement against Black and Indigenous people.

Macdonald, who served as prime minister for some 19 years, is remembered mostly for his key role in bringing together a collection of disparate British colonies to create a new entity that is now one of the most prosperous and free countries on earth.

He spearheaded the construction of the transcontinental railway that united the fledgling country, encouraged immigration to develop Western Canada and backed tariff-based industrial policies that resulted in a robust domestic manufacturing sector.

“He was our first prime minister and I think it’s important to recognize the role he played in the creation of this country compared to world we live in now,” Trudeau said in French.

“We must acknowledge where there were comments, perspectives, certain actions that were unacceptable — That’s part of recognizing our history as a country.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney condemned what he called “this vandalism of our history and heroes.” (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

A number of other political leaders have condemned the destruction of the Macdonald monument, saying these vandals are intent on erasing Canada’s history and applying 21st century values to a leader who served more than a 150 years ago.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asked that the damaged statue be sent to his province so it could be repaired and redeployed to acknowledge Macdonald’s contributions as the country’s first leader and a Father of Confederation.

“This vandalism of our history and heroes must stop,” Kenney said in a tweet.

“As his biographer Richard Gwyn wrote, ‘No Macdonald, no Canada.’ Both Macdonald and the country he created were flawed but still great.”

Quebec Premier François Legault also condemned the destruction of the Macdonald statue and promised to restore it to its rightful place at the Place du Canada in Montreal’s downtown core.

“Whatever one might think of John A. Macdonald, destroying a monument in this way is unacceptable. We must fight racism, but destroying parts of our history is not the solution,” he said.



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ECB appoints Tim Macdonald as England Women’s senior assistant coach


London [UK], Aug 5 (ANI): England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday announced that former Western Australia and Tasmania seamer Tim Macdonald has been appointed as England Women’s new senior assistant coach.

“Macdonald, who previously worked with Head Coach Lisa Keightley at Perth Scorchers and Western Fury, took up the role on an interim basis across the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year and has since been awarded the job on a full-time basis,” ECB said in a statement.

The 39-year-old joined up with the squad on Tuesday at the Incora County Ground, Derby as the group continued their summer preparations with a bio-secure training camp.

Keightley said Macdonald was a great addition across the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

“I’ve known Tim for a while and I’ve worked with him previously and I knew what skills he would bring to the group, especially with the fast bowlers,” ECB’s official website quoted Keightley as saying.

“He was a great addition across the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia and when it came to interview he was the stand-out candidate in terms of helping the team continue their improvement,” Keightley added. (ANI)



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