Action week about information

INFORMING: Julie McNeil, left, Lynette Bullen and Kerryn Griffin staffed an information display at Centrelink yesterday for Drug and Alcohol Action Week. Photo: JUDE KEOGHAN information display was set up at Centrelink yesterday to mark the beginning of national Drug and Alcohol Action Week.
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Representatives from the Lyndon Withdrawal Unit, the Magistrates for Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program and Kite Street Community Health informed Orange residents about the city’s drug and alcohol programs.

“It’s all about bringing our programs out to the community. The Lyndon unit is the only detox unit west of the Blue Mountains,” said Lyndon Withdrawal Unit drugs and alcohol counsellor Lynette Bullen.

“I think it’s extremely important to let people know what programs are out there and what certain substances are doing to us. We don’t want to hound people today, it’s just a nice and relaxed way to get the information across.”

MERIT case worker Julie McNeil promoted MERIT’s positive role in helping offenders with drug and alcohol problems.

“MERIT is aimed at getting people out of the criminal justice system and into help, so they can get their lives back together,” she said.

Community Health drug and alcohol counsellor Kerryn Griffin said she wanted to publicise the centre’s drug and alcohol helpline.

“We want people experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol to call 1300 887 000,” she said.

“When they call they will receive an assessment and be referred to the most appropriate service for them.”

Ms Bullen, Ms McNeil and Ms Griffin agreed that alcohol was the most commonly abused substance in Orange.

“People don’t realise that alcohol is the main killer, through binge-drinking and the likelihood of accidents,” Ms McNeil said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Civic plan go ahead

NOT FOR SALE … YET: Cr Pam Ryan argued that connecting the sale of the Function Centre to refurbishment of the civic precinct was “putting the cart before the horse”. Photo: BETHANY HALLORANGE City Council will push ahead with a plan to redevelop the Civic Square but the sale of the Function Centre has been taken off the agenda in the short term.
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Last week’s council meeting voted to develop a five-year master plan for the block bounded by Lords Place and Byng, Peisley and March streets. The plan will look at consolidating council services to the civic precinct and to provide space for growth.

Support for the master plan killed off a $633,800 proposal to refurbish the council chamber and associated administration areas.

About $100,000 of that will be used almost immediately to convert two committee rooms into office space and $300,000 will employ additional planning staff to deal with increased development activity. The funds will also be used to develop the master plan.

A report by general manager Allen Dwyer was tabled at Thursday night’s meeting.

“Council should be considering, say a five year plan to create a Civic Square precinct and consolidate operations for the next 30 years,” it said.

Cr Pam Ryan told the meeting that including the sale of the Function Centre and council buildings in Kite Street in the development of the master plan was “putting the cart before the horse”.

She said the development of the master plan should determine what was needed in the civic precinct redevelopment.

Cr Jeremy Buckingham said a master plan was a good idea but the sale of the Function Centre should be dealt with as a separate matter.

While a reference to selling the Function Centre was removed from the master plan investigation, general manager Allen Dwyer told the meeting the sale was pivotal to future expansion.

He said without selling the Function Centre and Kite Street buildings, council would need to win Tatts Lotto for the Civic Square redevelopment to go ahead.

Mr Dwyer said the intention was to retain the Function Centre until there was a suitable replacement.

Cr John Miller told the meeting the Function Centre was outdated and had become a burden on the council and community.

“The key here is that we are looking to replace the Function Centre with something that is more workable,” he said.

Cr Dick Niven said the Function Centre was built 40 years ago as a result of a great community effort.

“[But] it’s outlived its original purpose. It was a great thing. Amoco contributed to it, the Tilston family, the Glenroi people and a great number of people contributed … But we mustn’t have this attitude that it is there forever,” he said.

Cr Niven agreed the sale reference could be removed from the formal recommendation but council staff should not be forbidden from including the sell off in a master plan investigation.

Cr Niven also said the addition of a third floor should be part of the investigation.

“I can recall the time in 1976 when this [Civic Centre] was being built. Kell and Rigby were the contractors and the council at the time had absolutely stretched their budget as far as they could.

“Kell and Rigby were on site and said ‘for another $200,000 we can put the third storey on’. But council couldn’t stretch any further … It could be a solution now,” he said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Keeping up with kids no easy task

Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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CABONNE Council received seven letters from students in recent weeks.

The year 9 students from Molong Central School are learning about government and community action.

The letters all expressed a similar sentiment – the students were concerned about a lack of activities for young people in their local communities.

Suggestions for possible solutions to the problem included a heated pool, skate park, cinema, more discos, a youth centre with a games room, cycle paths and more sports events.

Some of the suggestions fall well outside the council’s jurisdiction – for example, it is not for the council to organise local sporting activities, build cinemas or run youth discos.

However, it is certainly within council’s capabilities to help fund and develop infrastructure such as skate parks and cycle paths. The question for the council to consider is – can the development of these sorts of facilities be justified, given they will cost tens of thousands of dollars?

The council has decided to undertake a review of the needs of the youth within the shire. It will consult with young people at community meetings and organise visits to the shire’s 18 schools.

Mayor John Farr observed that times had changed and the needs of young people had changed too. He said our young people were a product of a computer age and many were no longer satisfied with activities previous generations enjoyed.

Cr Peter Carman said the needs of youth appeared to be cyclical and the length of the cycles getting shorter – they were constantly needing something new to keep them entertained.

The council has adopted a sound course in undertaking the review. But as all 12 councillors recognised yesterday – it will not be easy.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Group sides well prepared for zone titles

ORANGE REPS: Mitchl Hurford (under 14s), Scott Rosser (under 13s), Josh Kent (under 14s) and Nathan White (under 14s). Also in the Group 10 sides are Nathan White (Bloomfield) and CYMS’ Steve Kerr, Jamie Bassman, Tai Sadler, Marc Sligsby, Matt Morris, Josh Harvey, John Huggett and Sandon Gibbs-O’Neil.RUGBY LEAGUE
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JUNIOR Group 10 sides will play in Wagga tomorrow for the Southern Zone championships.

There will be 14 Orange players in the under 13 and under 14 sides that play three games each over the two-day tournament.

The two sides will be playing against three other Groups, with the winners announced the Southern Zone champions.

This is the first year the round robin format has been used, with a knockout competition used in the past.

However, this year there will be no finals series for the zone winners from country NSW, instead the age division winners in each area will receive a pennant.

Orange CYMS players dominate the under 13 side, with Jamie Bassman, Tai Sadler, Marc Sligsby, Matt Morris, Josh Harvey, John Huggett and Sandon Gibbs-O’Neil selected.

Bloomfield’s Scott Rosser is also in the side.

In the under 14 team Bloomfield’s Josh Kent, Mitchl Hurford, Nathan White and Joel Robinson and CYMS’ Jarrod Broderick and Steve Kerr are the Orange representatives.

Each age division side will play three games at Wagga, with the top two sides from each division to play in a final.

Both Group 10 sides have had good preparation for the tournament, after playing Manly district teams two weeks ago.

Against the Manly sides under 13s had a 4-4 draw, while the under 14s won 26-12.

Under 14s’ games will be at 10am tomorrow against Group 4, then 3pm against Group 11 and 12pm on Sunday against Group 20.

Under 13s play Group 20 at 11am and Group 9 at 2pm tomorrow and Group 11 at 11am on Sunday.

UNDER 13s: Jamie Bassman, Tai Sadler, Marc Sligsby, Matt Morris, Josh Harvey, John Huggett, Sandon Gibbs-O’Neil (CYMS), George Natuilagilagi, Ben Thompson, Josh Jackson, Sam Player (Mudgee), James Toole, Jake Mooney, Adam Hamilton (Blayney), Steve Hughes, Paddy Mahoney (Storm), Mitchell Pearse (St Pats), Scott Rosser (Bloomfield), Wade Beecham (Panthers), Jacob Garlic (Cowra).

UNDER 14s: Josh Kent, Mitchl Hurford, Nathan White, Joel Robinson (Bloomfield), Chris Daws Wilson, Josh Newling, Chris Rainbow (Cowra), Brad Adams, Joel Hutchinson (Storm), Jarrod Broderick, Steve Kerr (CYMS), Isaac Breen, Junior Langi (Panthers), Aaron Christie-Johnson, Narayan Rodwell (Oberon), Jake Anlezark, Michael Nixon (Blayney), Matt Stevenson (Mudgee).

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Emus captain to retire after breaking arm

CALLING IT QUITS: Emus captain Derek Scott’s playing days are over after the the No 8 broke his arm against Parkes. Photo: JUDE KEOGHRUGBY UNION
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IT is not be the way he wanted to end his career, but Orange Emus captain Derek Scott has announced his retirement after having surgery on a broken forearm on Tuesday.

The No. 8, who was part of the four straight premiership victories for Emus between 1999-2002, had screws and a plate inserted into his left arm after breaking it against Parkes last Saturday.

The season ending injury will also bring an end to Scott’s career.

“That’ll probably do me,” Scott said yesterday. “It’s not the way I wanted to go out, though.

“I’ll see how I’m going at the end of the year, but I’d say that is it for me.”

Scott’s retirement is the second for Emus this year, with veteran front rower Paul Johnston calling it quits after breaking his ankle in round eight.

Scott said the injury was not a great way to end his career and was disappointed to miss the rest of the season.

“The team is just starting to go pretty well again,” he said.

“I just thought it (my arm) was badly bruised, but I went and saw the club physio on Tuesday and I had an operation that night.”

It is the first major injury for Scott, was was part of Emus’ golden run in Central West Rugby.

Between 1999-2002 Emus won four successive premierships under the guidance of coach Richard Turnbull.

Scott was captain when Emus won its last grand final in 2002 against Bathurst Bulldogs.

Former Central West captain and Emus fly-half Mark Daley will take over the captaincy ahead of tomorrow’s Blowes Menswear Cup match against Cowra at Endeavour Oval.

Former NSW Country captain Ben Wright will move to his favoured No. 8 position, with Tim Morley coming into the team in the second row.

Coach Dave Cleal said Scott’s loss was a major blow for the side, but Daley and Wright could handle the leadership.

“Mark runs the backs and Benny does most of the calls in lineouts anyway, so they should lead us well,” Cleal said.

Scott said he would help out in a coaching capacity for the remainder of the season.

Cleal said he planned to individually talk to all his players before the Cowra match tomorrow.

“I’ll just have a chat and re-assure them that we’re still going to be competitive, even without Derek,” Cleal said.

“To lose Paul (Johnston) and then your captain is hard, but it happens in this type of sport.

“It’s a blow to us, but we’ve just got to guts it out now.”

Cleal said Emus were focused on their goal of winning three straight games despite Scott’s injury.

“We said three weeks ago that we wanted three games in a row,” Cleal said. “We’ve made the small goals to win, then if a bonus point happens it happens.”

Emus has secured the full 10 points from its past two matches, with big wins over Wellington and Parkes.

Breakaway Aaron Hansen has been cleared to play tomorrow despite picking up a small tear in his quad muscle last week.

The coach said he wanted the side to get rid of “State of Origin” tackles from its game for the Cowra match.

“We need to improve our first-up tackles,” He said. “The guys are still looking for what I call the State of Origin hit, rather than just a simple basic tackle.

“The guys are going high and then getting pushed off.”

Action at Endeavour Oval kicks off at 3.15pm.

ORANGE EMUS: 1 Geoff Potts, 2 Kurt French, 3 Mitch Rodwell, 4 Tim Morley, 5 Ian Jamieson, 6 Stu Brisbane, 7 Aaron Hansen, 8 Ben Wright, 9 John Mahoney, 10 Mark Daley (c), 11 Andrew Michell, 12 Andy Bourke, 13 Al Mitchell, 14 Matt Kennedy, 15 Nick Ryan.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Turner: staff cuts to city’s police force

Premier Bob Carr’s boast of putting more police on the beat has now been exposed as a ‘beat up’ with administration staff at Orange police station to be cut from four to two, according to Member for Orange Russell Turner.
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“This 50 per cent slashing in support staff for our police officers comes at the worst possible time,” Mr Turner said.

“Only this week, Orange police were proudly demonstrating how, with the support of their administrative staff, crime in almost every area was down on last year.

“Now, with half the administrative staff no longer wanted it is anticipated police officers are going to have to make up the shortfall.”

Mr Turner said it would mean police would be doing administrative work instead of being on the beat.

Police Minister John Watkins said no decision had been made about “shared services”.

“And it is ridiculous for the Member for Orange to be speculating on staffing and predicting future crime trends when this is the case. The Government has provided record police numbers of more than 14,450 officers in NSW,” he said.

Mr Turner also said officers at the Orange Police station were about to transfer or retire and combined with the loss of administration jobs it would lead to a crime increase.

“I believe the police minister does not intend to replace these officers,” he said.

Mr Watkins said: “Retirements and transfers are daily occurrences in the force, and I have every faith that senior police will address those at Orange accordingly.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Training programs forAborigines will continue

HAPPY AT WORK: Aboriginal trainee at Jeff Hort Engineering, Anthony ‘Bindy’ Williams, says he loves his job. Photo: STEVE GOSCHABORIGINAL training programs will continue despite the demise of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Commission (ATSIC), according to a local Aboriginal employment manager.
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Glen Boyd is the coordinator of the Community Development and Employment Program (CDEP). He said the program was now run through the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

“Even though the demise of ATSIC is a bad thing, the program will still run,” he said.

Other key ATSIC programs have also been transferred to Federal Government departments.

Community Housing and Infrastructure is now run through the Department of Family and Community Services, and Indigenous Rights operates through the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.

The Structured Training Employment Program (STEP) will continue to operate, as it always has, through the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Jeff Hort Engineering is one local company which has taken advantage of the STEP program.

Its SyncHro Component plant, which manufactures refrigerator parts for Electrolux, currently employs 19 Aboriginal trainees.

“We received very positive feedback for employing Aboriginal trainees before the plant was set up in August last year,” said production manager John Sparksman.

“We felt it was our duty to follow on from that. STEP helped us, and the outcome has been very positive.”

Anthony ‘Bindy’ Williams is one of the Aboriginal trainees at the plant. He began his traineeship after working for over 15 years at Electrolux.

“I saw it advertised and thought I’d try my luck. I really enjoy it here,” he said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Safety concerns in Allenby Road

CONSTANT DANGER: Bruce Morrison is worried about the safety of his daughter Lily in Allenby Road. Photo: STEVE GOSCHAN Allenby Road couple is worried about their children’s safety while cars continue to speed along the road.
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Bruce and Lisa Morrison are the parents of an 11-month old girl and a two-and-a-half-month old boy. They believe speeding traffic along the curved road creates a constant danger.

Mr Morrison wrote a letter to Orange City Council in March which detailed three dangerous incidents within a fortnight.

On February 25 the family’s Landcruiser, which was parked outside their house, was hit by a speeding vehicle and seriously damaged.

On February 15 a vehicle lost control and collided with a power pole outside the family’s home.

On February 9 a vehicle lost control at Allenby Road’s Y-intersection and slid into the gutter.

Mrs Morrison said she was worried that children in Allenby Road would be hit by a speeding car which mounted the footpath.

“Kids ride their bikes on the footpath here. All of the houses on this street have young families in them or have young people come to visit,” she said.

Council monitored traffic speeds along the road after Mr Morrison’s letter. The average speed was 52km/h, but one vehicle was recorded at 80km/h.

Commercial and emergency services manager Kel Gardiner has recommended double lines be painted on the curved section of the road.

He said the lines would reduce speed because they warned motorists not to cut corners.

“Just putting in the lines will help, but it won’t stop people who speed around town. There’s not much you can do about them except hope that the police catch them,” he said.

Mrs Morrison said double lines would not eliminate speeding drivers in Allenby Road. She has written to council to request speed humps be installed.

Mr Gardiner said the double lines would be monitored and re-examined by the traffic committee if found to be ineffective.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Fee hike affects TAFE enrolments

UNAFFECTED: Hospitality student Aaron Woodward says there have been fee increases in his course, but they don’t affect him. Photo: BETHANY HALLTHERE are concerns that increases in TAFE course fees is affecting enrolments, according to TAFE federation organiser, Chris Freestone.
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Mr Freestone said TAFE enrolments had been affected by course fee increases implemented at the beginning of this year, the full effects of which may not be felt for some time.

“The government has acknowledged a drop-off in enrolments of eight or nine per cent but it’s not across the board – in some cases it’s more,” he said.

“There is a concern where there has been a drop off in areas like child care, where there isn’t necessarily an employer paying, and people are doing it off their own bat.”

He said there had been a downturn in hours for part-time teachers at the campus, and that a number of full-time positions remained under threat.

He said the government wanted to gloss over the effects of the cuts.

“It’s a shame because TAFE does a really good job.”

It is not yet clear how the fee increase will affect second semester enrolments which began yesterday at the Orange campus.

“In instances where there is an employer paying, such as apprenticeships, there has been no drop-off, however, there has been a decrease in enrolments in the higher end courses such as wool classing,” Mr Freestone said.

The Central Western Daily spoke to some of the students enrolling at TAFE yesterday and many said they were either exempt from course fees because of payments from Centrelink, or were having their fees paid for by an employer.

Aaron Woodward, a 17-year-old hospitality student enrolling in a Certificate 3 hospitality course, said his fees were being paid for by Mission Australia to increase his chances of employment.

“Mission Australia through Mission Employment is paying for my course,” Aaron said. “I know there has been an increase in the fees for my course, but it hasn’t affected my decision to carry on with my certificate because it is being paid for through the Job Network.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Hospital record

ORANGE Base Hospital treated a record number of patients last financial year but the good news is not all of them were sick.
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The number of babies delivered in the maternity ward climbed by 11 per cent last year compared with 2002/03.

The tally is all the more impressive as the June births have not yet been added to the 03/04 figures.

In the 11 months to May 31, 2003, 685 babies arrived at the Orange Base. For the same period this year there were 762.

Acting hospital operations manager Ross Noble was at a loss to explain the spike in births.

“They’re all local babies and there is not really any reason.

“There hasn’t been a significant increase in the number of babies being born here from outside Orange,” he said.

“There is not really any reason. No one seems to know.”

On the down side, the births were not the only admission type on the way up.

Patient numbers increased by three per cent or 515 admissions in the first 11 months of last financial year.

Just 21 short of 15,000 patients were admitted resulting in significant budgetary and planning issues.

Mr Noble said every year was a record breaker at Orange Base. “In the last two years we’ve gone up over 1000 patients,” he said.

Renal patients and people needing orthopaedic surgery were among the leading reasons for admission.

The increase in renal admissions was a result of the hospital opening a new renal dialysis unit last year.

Mr Noble put the increase in orthopaedic surgery down to a shortage of surgeons in Bathurst.

The increase in orthopaedic procedures included hip and knee replacements, fractures and trauma treatment following motor vehicle accidents.

“We are doing all of that for the area,” Mr Noble said.

The Apex Rehabilitation Unit was also busier.

“Paediatric admissions were also up. But that depends on what is the flavour of the month. We’ve had a year with a lot of gastric wogs,” Mr Noble said.

“The rest of the increases have been across the board.”

Mr Noble said the increased workload resulted in financial pressures.

“It creates pressure on staffing and increases the problems in terms of bed management and being able to ensure we have enough beds for everybody.

“It starts to create a lot of dilemmas for management and we are currently in some discussions with the [Mid Western Area Health Service] about that,” he said.

“Management understands this is putting extra workload on all our staff and there are challenges we have to continually look at to ensure safe work practices.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

And baby makes three … thousand that is

HANDY: Fiona Carpenter with her new daughter Sophie and three year-old Caitlin. Fiona says the baby bonus payment will be handy.THE joy of the arrival of baby Sophie was made even sweeter yesterday for Fiona Carpenter and her husband Michael as they were the first parents in Orange to receive the $3000 baby bonus available from July 1.
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Sophie was born at 9.07am, although she was actually due next Tuesday.

“It’s a bonus isn’t it,” said new mum Fiona.

“We’ll use it for baby stuff like nappies – it’ll definitely be used for Sophie.”

Fiona and Michael said the baby bonus would ease the expense that came with a newborn.

Both parents said they felt the payment was a good idea if used properly by recipients.

For other parents in the maternity ward it was a matter of missing out on the payment by just a few days.

Linda Seymour, whose daughter Greta was born on Monday, said she was due on June 22 so she hadn’t expected to receive the payment anyway.

“Plenty of people suggested I should try and hold on until July 1,” she laughed.

“We weren’t expecting her to arrive so late, so it wasn’t even on the cards,” she said.

Linda and her husband Tony said they had been more concerned with the health of the baby and a good birth.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

TAFE must be affordable for all

Friday, july 2, 2004
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IT was a big day for some new TAFE students yesterday, signing up for courses that for many will set them on a career path for the rest of their lives.

The Western Institute web site lists close to 200 courses at the Orange campus.

They include the HSC, accounting, beauty skills, business, computer keyboarding for kids, desktop publishing, E-business, retail management, security, aged care work, baking skills, children’s services, community welfare work, events management, meat processing, automotive, plumbing, work opportunities for women, build your own computer, music, photography, engineering and metalliferous mining operations.

An impressive list that exemplifies what TAFE is about – courses for jobs.

The old tech college might have been about the trades but the modern TAFE offers a broad spectrum of education. As broad as it was once affordable.

According to a peak union, fee increases implemented at the beginning of the year have caused a fall in enrolment numbers of about eight or nine per cent.

One student told the Central Western Daily yesterday the fee increases were not a problem because an employment agency was picking up the tab.

Good news for him and a small indication that John Howard’s much vaunted Employment Network is working.

But the fact remains a significant number of people, and they are mostly young, can no longer kick start a career through TAFE because they cannot afford it.

The courses range in cost from about $300 to $1500 a year.

There are fee exemptions available but if almost one in 10 potential students are turning away from TAFE, the threshold for assistance is too high.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Johnson plays numbers game

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TOWAC trainer Johnno Johnson is hoping weight of numbers can earn his stable a feature trophy at Dubbo on Friday.

Johnson has accepted for three horses in the $10,300 Readymix Concrete and Quarry Silver Shamrock (1000m) for two-year-olds after originally providing four of the 11 nominations.

Moville Dancer offspring Old Time Dancer’s first start has been delayed after going shin sore during the week but Johnson will be represented by gelding Duntryleague and colts Sikora’s Assault and Cracker Knight in the nine-horse field.

Contacted enroute to Canterbury yesterday where he had Prince Billy engaged in the Burwood RSL Handicap (1250m), Johnson picked out Duntryleague as his best chance in the Shamrock.

“Out of the three of them I think Duntryleague’s just got a little bit on them I think, just from the work,” he said.

“The other horse, Cracker Knight, had a couple of starts this time in but the others are first-up really.”

Duntryleague has one start under his girth, having debuted in a two-year-old handicap at Towac in April when he finished at the tail of the field.

The gelding, owned by a syndicate from the Orange golf club, was then spelled.

Tomorrow he will be ridden by Jamie Whitney and is evenly weighted with 55kg.

“He’ll improve as he goes along. He’s sort of very green, they all are. They’ve got to get educated but he’s a nice horse,” Johnson said.

The O’Hara sisters, Kathy and Tracey, will handle Johnson’s other two starters with Kathy’s ride Sikora’s Assault allocated 54.5kg and Tracey’s Cracker Knight the limit at 54kg.

Johnson believes Cracker Knight, which is yet to be placed in three starts, could be hampered by the 1000m.

“I think he might want more ground, he wants further. This might be a bit too short for him,” he said.

“The other little horse (Sikora’s Assault), he shows a bit of pace. He’ll run a nice race. They’ll go alright.”

Sikora’s Assault, an Our Maizcay colt, is first-up since finishing unplaced behind Flying Firebird in the Wellington Boot (1100m) in March.

Like Cracker Knight, Sikora’s Assault has raced just three times with its best effort to date a third at Bathurst over 1100m on debut.

While the two-year-olds have weight of numbers on their side, Johnson believes his best chance at Dubbo tomorrow is Divine Wind in the Picture Framing Shop Sprint Class 2 Handicap (1000m).

“This is her first start this time in, though,” he said.

Divine Wind, a filly with two wins from 12 starts, will be ridden by Whitney and has been allocated 56kg.

As for Prince Billy, it finished in a dead-heat for fourth with 6.50 chance Bunkum, ridden by Darren Beadman, yesterday.

Prince Billy, ridden by Jon Grisedale, started at $71 with the race won by 3.50 favourite Resistor in class record time.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.