Chris Waller pleased Vanbrugh finds form

Trainer Chris Waller said he couldn’t put his finger on why one-time smart galloper Vanbrugh had lost interest in racing but was elated that the four-year-old had come back to form by winning Saturday’s Coongy Cup at Caulfield. And Waller believes now that several options are open for the stallion, with the trainer mindful that group 1 victories are important for a later stud career. Back to form: Ben Melham rides Vanbrugh in race 6 at Caulfield. Photo: Getty Images Waller said he would now look west to the Kingston Town Stakes and the Railway Stakes as group 1 possibilities. “We could look at the MacKinnon Stakes later in the spring but while it’s worth $2 million, it won’t be easy to win. But this horse, when …

Linc Energy fights Qld environment order The liquidators for Linc Energy have launched a legal challenge to the Queensland government's environmental protection order on its operation near Chinchilla, claiming liquidated companies should not need to comply. Former Linc Energy chief executive Peter Bond was issued with the order in May, requiring him to take steps to rehabilitate contaminated soils at the Hopeland underground coal gasification site and decommission most of the associated dams. Former Linc Energy CEO Peter Bond is one of five ex-Linc executives facing charges of breaching environmental laws over the operation. Photo: Dallas Kilponen It was the first time the government had used its chain of responsibility environmental laws, designed to ensure that taxpayers were not left with the clean-up bill. But PPB Advisory, Linc's liquidators, has begun ...

Electoral donations for local governments to be revealed in real-time Donations made to candidates in the lead-up to local government elections will be revealed online in real-time under new laws introduced on Thursday. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the reform followed recommendations from the Crime and Corruption Commission's Transparency and accountability in local government report. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad's new reforms would affect local government candidates, including Moreton Bay mayor Allan Sutherland. Photo: Robert Shakespeare The changes would create a real-time online disclosure system for local government electoral donations, consistent with the state system. It clarifies that incorporated associations are not allowed to receive or hold electoral campaign funds which are intended to be applied for a member's benefit, either directly or indirectly. Donations made to candidates in the lead-up to local government ...

Infants Sensitive to Peanuts May Not Be Allergic to It Infants who are peanut-sensitised or have peanut allergy are not necessarily allergic, suggests a new study. "This is a very exciting development for those of us who have been treating an increasing number of kids with peanut allergies in the past 25 years," said Amal Assa'ad, Managing Director, ACAAI Food Allergy Committee, US. "To be able to offer parents a way of reducing the risk of their children developing peanut allergies is remarkable and of real importance." The authors recognised early introduction of peanut-containing foods may seem to depart from recommendations for exclusive breastfeeding through six months. Introduction of peanuts did not affect the length or frequency of breastfeeding, and did not negatively influence growth or nutrition. The first step, according to the study...

Arthurs Seat: What's it like living next to a chairlift? Would you live next to a cable car? Alan Hajek's house is halfway uphill, and within earshot of the gondolas floating past on the new $20 million Arthurs Seat Eagle ride at Dromana, which opened to the public on Saturday. Professor Alan Hajek, son of Vladimir Hajek, the founder of the original Arthurs Seat chairlift in 1960. Alan stands in the backyard of the house he grew up in (as seen from a cable car),  Photo: Daniel Pockett The ride is so close to the house, you could hear passengers discussing their wife's infidelities or their uncle's jail time. In fact, says Professor Hajek, who grew up here when the chairlift ran overhead in the 1960s and 1970s and still uses it as a holiday house, most overheard ...

Perth's top 8 watering holes revealed in Radio 6PR Pub of the Year The finalists for Radio 6PR's pub of the year have been announced as a previous winner, The Gate Bar Bistro failed to make the cut during Karl Langdon's final review for 2016. "The Gate has won our 6PR pub of the year on four or five occasions, I'm not exactly sure of the number but they should be in the hall of fame," he said. The Currambine Bar Bistro is one of eight finalists competing to be named Radio 6PR Pub of the Year.  Photo: Supplied "I don't think the food was as good as what I've experienced before, so this year... it didn't quite measure up to a couple of the others." Those others Langdon was referring to are the top eight pubs he visited ...

Oil drops as OPEC output continues to rise Oil retreated from a 16-month high after OPEC pumped a record amount of crude in November. Futures slid as much as 2.9 per cent in New York after rising 15 per cent over the previous four sessions. OPEC boosted production to 34.16 million barrels a day last month, according to a Bloomberg News survey, with Angola, Libya and Nigeria leading the gains. Attention is shifting to which non-OPEC producers will join Russia in reducing output when they meet in Vienna on Saturday. OPEC is hoping they will cut 300,000 barrels a day further than the 300,000 already promised by Russia. "I think we will see $US60 by the end of the month and $US70 next year," Pierre Andurand, chief investment officer and founder of Andurand Capital Management, said. "We are ...

Dow 20,000: Globalists are setting up the perfect storm of financial apocalypse to be ... It’s all so obvious at this point. Hilariously, there are no more “markets” in the market anymore; everything is rigged to rise or fall based on what serves the interests of those pulling the strings. Supply, demand, risk and scarcity no longer function in any rational way whatsoever, and that means the end is rapidly approaching for the “everything is awesome” debt bubble chapter of human history. Right now, the U.S. stock market is surging, with the Dow leaping toward 20,000, a number rooted in fiscal insanity and delusional expectations. There are no fundamentals that support a 20,000 Dow, but fundamentals have long since ceased to matter in a financial world hyperventilating on debt fumes while hallucinating about utopian economic models that will soon prove to generate fools ...