The jockey of beaten favourite, Howmuchdoyouloveme, Brenton Avdulla with trainer Con Karakatsanis.BRILLIANT Sydney sprinter Howmuchdoyouloveme was the talk of Flemington on Saturday for all the wrong reasons.
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The hulking speedster was at the centre of a doping scandal just hours before being sensationally beaten as favourite in the Yellowglen Stakes.

Racing Victoria stewards’ compliance and regulation manager, Kane Ashby, on Saturday morning conducted a random inspection of the stables of Flemington trainer Steve Richards, where trainer Con Karakatsanis had Howmuchdoyouloveme stabled, and discovered equipment used for stomach tubing a horse in a plastic feed bag in the horse’s stall.

But stewards could not determine that there was any evidence the horse had been illegally treated during an initial inquiry, and allowed the horse to run.

”We have some concerns on this matter but we wish to adjourn the matter to a later date as there is insufficient evidence that the horse has been treated,” chief steward Terry Bailey said.

Karakatsanis and his father and stablehand, Tony, were summoned by stewards on arrival at the course and asked to explain why the tubing gear was found in the horse’s box.

But both men denied any wrongdoing.

Tony Karakatsanis gave evidence that he had picked up the bag by mistake.

He said he had meant to pick up an identical bag that contained a biscuit of hay to prepare a feed for the horse when he returned to the stable after the race, but stewards were concerned that the gear was there to be used for an illegal race-day treatment.

”I thought it contained a biscuit of hay, I simply picked up the wrong bag. The horse had a bicarb level of 33.2 yesterday, why would I risk it [an illegal reading?” he said.

”There was no intention whatsoever to treat him.”

Stewards have the power to scratch a horse they believe may have been treated on race day, but could not confirm that Howmuchdoyouloveme had been treated.

As news of the discovery filtered through to punters, Howmuchdoyouloveme began to drift in betting from his opening quote of $2.30 out to $3.60. Despite beginning brilliantly and finding the lead, the sprinter found little and weakened to run eighth.

Con and Tony Karakatsanis will have to appear before a stewards inquiry at a later date.

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FIRE crews are conducting controlled back burns in parts ofsouthern Redland Bay after a grass and bush fire broke out in Orchard Road.
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Seven fire trucks, one from as far as Windsor in Brisbane, worked throughout Saturday controlling burn offs and bush fires that swept through more than 64ha (160 acres), about 7km south of Redland Bay.

Nobody was injured in the fire, which is believed to have started on Friday when a tree knocked down a power pole on Orchard Road, Redland Bay.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service’s Brett Finnis saidthere was no longer athreat to properties in the area.

He saidacrew of29firemen, using seven trucks, were lighting controlled firesto get rid of dry leaves and undergrowth.

Police on Saturday,knocked on doors in the area, taking phone numbers and a head count of residents.

They warned peopleto be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Police said they had been concerned for a house onOrchard Road on Saturdaymorning but said by Saturday afternoonthere was no longer animmediate threat.

The fire started on Fridayafternoon, when seven fire crews, three council crews and aQueensland Fire and Rescuehelicopterwere called to the scene, just after 12pm.

A helicopter was used towater bomb the bush fire burning inOrchard Road.

Large plumes of smoke from the fire can be seen fromBeenleigh- Redland Bay Road and along Mount Cotton Road.

Residents who suffer from or are susceptible to respiratory illness are advised to closewindows and doors.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures such as clearing gutters and getting rid of dry leaves.

Residents who want moreinformation about what to do can contact Redland Bay Police on 3829 4111 or Cleveland Police on 3824 9311.

Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website atwww.ruralfire.qld.gov.auor atwww.fire.qld.gov.auor by listening to their local radio station.

Firies at a fire in Redland Bay.

For information on current bushfire incidents visithttp://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.html.

Seven fire trucks were used in Redland Bay to control back burns and the grass and bush fire in Orchard Road.

Firies patrol a controlled burn off at Redland Bay.

A controlled burn off in Redland Bay.

A controlled burn off in Redland Bay, was started after a bush and grass fire in nearby Orchard Road.

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Sydney-based hip-hop dancer Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire.
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Nate “Nacho Pop” Mendelsohn from So You Think You Can Dance-fame grew up in New York and started dancing at the age of 11. He made the move to Australia in 1999.

Nacho Pop learnt about hip-hop on the streets.

He said it was a matter of watching and copying and then in later years, after he had been burned in dance “battles”, that he went searching for the roots and the culture behind hip-hop.

Today, on his first visit to Tasmania, he took two workshops at Reflexions Dance Studio open to hip-hop students.

The two groups,aged between eight and12 years and 13 and over,were taughta new routine.

“I love teaching out where people don’t get much access because the kids really soak it up,” Nacho Pop said.

Reflexions Dance Studio owner/manger Fiona Bakes said this was great exposure for dancers living on the Coast.

“He’s the biggest name we’ve had at Reflexions, so it’s pretty exciting,” Miss Bakes said.

Nacho arrived in Tasmania this morning and will return home on Monday but it won’t be all work and no play with his highlight being a visit to Tazmazia tomorrow.

Tonight Nacho Pop will DJ at Hotel New York in Launceston and tomorrow he will hold workshops at Urban FX Dance Studio, also in Launceston.

Nacho Pop leads the workshop at Reflexions Dance Studio. Picture: Katrina Dodd.

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

Nacho Pop today taught Reflexions Dance Studio students in Burnie a thing or two about the history of hip-hop and some dance moves to add to their repertoire. Picture: Katrina Dodd

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Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has batted Victoria to a resounding win over Western Australia with a feisty and unbeaten half-century in the Sheffield Shield game at the MCG.
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Wade warmed up for his first home Test, against South Africa at the ‘Gabba from Friday, with a fine 50 not out from 72 balls.

The Bushrangers completed a come-from-behind, five-wicket victory before tea on the third day.

Wade shared a 72-run stand with emerging all-rounder Alex Keath (18 not out), and struck three sweet sixes during his innings, all of them off the bowling of ex-Victorian spinner Michael Beer.

The pair restored calm from 5-99 after the Bushrangers lost 3-2 within two overs in pursuit of the victory target of 168.

The Warriors were bowled out for 138, their second innings snuffed out by Jayde Herrick with two wickets in two balls.

James Pattinson limbered up for the ‘Gabba with 4-42, including two wickets in a withering spell on Saturday morning. The young spearhead had Adam Voges caught behind and Tom Triffitt clean-bowled in his first two overs of the morning.

The home team overcame a troubling start to the runchase. Young opener Peter Handscomb, who was given a torrid working over by Mitchell Johnson in the first innings, was clean bowled for eight by the rejuvenated left-armer.

The Bushrangers slumped to 2-21 when captain Cameron White, on four, drove a simple catch to mid-on.

Chris Rogers and David Hussey steered Victoria to 3-97 with a partnership of 76 before Rogers was thumped on the pad by Jason Behrendorff and given out lbw.

Rogers had capitalised on some loose deliveries from Johnson, flaying him over point for six on his way to 44.

The subsequent mini-collapse gave the Warriors a sniff, Hussey wasting his wicket with an attempted pull shot off Behrendorff.

Aaron Finch was given out lbw to Michael Beer despite planting his foot well down the pitch. But with Wade and Keath at the crease, the Bushrangers were assured of victory despite having conceded first-innings points on Friday.

The Warriors’ capitulation came at the end of a turbulent week for WA cricket, during which the fallout from the Perth Scorchers’ boozy night at the Champions League continued and captain Marcus North resigned.

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One person is dead and at least nine others are injured in a collision involving a train and a truck in Melbourne’s south-east.
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Police said a man was found under rubble in a carriage suffering cardiac arrest following the collision at a level crossing on Abbotts Road, Dandenong South, at 11.41am.

The train involved in a fatal collision with a truck in Dandenong today.

The train involved in a fatal collision with a truck in Dandenong today. Photo: Wayne Hawkins

Paramedics treated the man but he died at the scene.

The driver of the train had to be freed from the wreckage, and has been taken to The Alfred hospital.

Police said the accident was caused when the truck – a prime mover and trailer – attempted to drive across the Abbott Street level crossing when it was struck by a passenger train, which was travelling to Cranbourne.

Scene of a train collision with a semi-trailer in Dandenong South, where one passenger has been killed.

Scene of a collision between a train and a semi-trailer in Dandenong South. Photo: Shannon Morris

One of the train carriages tipped over while three other carriages derailed. The train hit the truck’s rear.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman Ray Rowe said paramedics gave the driver fluids and oxygen as emergency services worked to free him.

He has a lower leg injury and is in a serious but stable condition. The male truck driver, aged in his 30s, walked away uninjured.

Four passengers were taken to Dandenong Hospital and four to Frankston Hospital, all with minor injuries.

Ambulance Victoria group manager Andrew Watson said that the train driver was speaking with paramedics while being rescued.

Mr Watson said the truck driver had “an amazing escape” and was saddened at what had happened.

All services on the Cranbourne line have been suspended. Buses have been ordered to replace trains. Services on the Pakenham line are suspended between Dandenong and Cranbourne.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are at the scene and are investigating the collision.

Police are investigating how the collision occured. The level crossing has boom gates.

Angelo Galluccio, the owner of a mechanics restoration business next to the level crossing, said: “There was this massive sonic, the factory was shaking. You could just hear the train derailing and going through the gravel. I just couldnt believe what had happened.”

Mr Galluccio went outside and used caution markers to stop traffic coming through the crossing.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, You only see it on the movies.”

A woman who was coming to pick up a limousine from Mr Galluccios business, April Charles, arrived 30 minutes after the train derailed.

“I could have been on that train,” she said. “I had either the option of bus or train to pick up my car. I went with bus. Its just horrible.”

Brett Ferguson, whose office window looks onto the tracks, described “a rumble”.

“The front carriage came off the tracks and the rest of the train just kept pushing it,” he said.

“I’m a little bit shaken. You dont see that every day. Im just worried about the passengers.”

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