20 November 2019

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Baster bows out a winner HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MULTIPLE Group One winning jockey, Stephen Baster, has finished his career as a winner with his final ride aboard the Logan McGill-trained Gold Fields at Sandown on Saturday 16 November. After more than 13,000 rides across his 28-year career, the retiring 44-yearold got the most out of the last-start Sale Cup winner, Gold Fields, to score a narrow short half head victory in the Group Three Sandown Stakes. The victory brought up Baster’s 1,256th winner and topped off what has been a remarkable career in the saddle. “I was a bit overwhelmed early,” the 14-time Group One winning jockey said. “I’m going to miss all the jockeys in the rooms, and I’ll miss the horses, but it’s been a great career and what a way to finish with Logan McGill and the team. I love racing and I’ll always be coming back to watch and be a part of it in some way.” The established Melbourne rider for the powerhouse partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, will now be making his mark on the Mornington Peninsula as he gets set to join McEwing & Partners Real Estate in Mornington. Baster said he’s excited to be applying his competitive personality in the property industry. “I’m looking forward to starting my new career down there (on the Peninsula) in Real Estate for McEwing and

Partners on Monday so it’ll be a quiet night and getting ready for Monday,” he said following his final win. Baster brings with him some amazing memories from the racing industry, including taking out the 1993 Oakleigh Plate aboard the Mark Riley-

trained Mookta as an apprentice, but these were the three standouts for him over his career. “Mookta winning any of his Group 1s because I was claiming three (kilograms),” he said. “Awesome Rock after losing the

Australian Cup on protest and then coming out and winning the Mackinnon was massive and then Pinot winning the Oaks was huge. “And finishing off like this is amazing - just amazing!”

Final salute: Group One-winning rider Stephen Baster retires a winner as the Logan McGill-trained Gold Fields takes out the Group Three Sandown Stakes. Picture: Supplied

Dolphins team up to call out violence FRANKSTON Dolphins CEO Adrian Lloyd was joined by new Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer at Frankston Park last week to launch the In Her Shoes: Call it Out For Her campaign. There will be 48 shoes placed on the football oval at an event on 24 November, one for each woman believed to be killed in Australia as a result of domestic violence each year. In 2017/2018, there were 2,344 family violence incidents reported in the Frankston municipality, with three times the amount of female victims compared to male victims. Cr Mayer said the gesture at the football oval kicks off “the 16 days of activism against gender based violence.” She said that she is “extremely passionate about any campaign which raises awareness about violence against women” having experienced it herself. “This is an opportunity to reflect on the impact of violence against women and how we can all play a role to stop this from happening by calling out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women in our everyday lives,” she said. “I’m not just talking the talk, I’m walking the walk too. I’ve been in those shoes and it’s soul destroying. That’s why I volunteer my time in the space of prevention and am making it a priority this year. Family violence costs our community $46 million annually and the trauma experienced by victims continues to impact their lives for years to come. “It’s incredibly scary how many

THE mayor Sandra Mayer with Frankston FC CEO Adrian Lloyd at Frankston Park. Picture: Supplied

women and children are being murdered at the hands of someone they know, it seems like it has become an epidemic when it should be going the other way after all the work done in recent years at all three levels of

government. “Prevention is the key so that these devastating numbers don’t continue to climb.” Frankston Dolphins CEO Adrian Lloyd said “if we are serious about

ending violence against women, then we must address gender inequality and disrespectful attitudes towards women straight away.” “Here at Frankston Dolphins we are part of a community and we

teach our players to be positive role models. Our motto is do what good dolphins do, which includes calling out disrespect and standing up against violence of any kind,” he said. “It’s important to bring all people, including men, into the conversation about all forms of family violence and violence against women. We will stand up against family violence against women at any cost.” The football club and council will join forces with Zonta Club Melbourne South East and CWA Peninsula Belles Branch as part of their campaign.

Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 20 November 2019


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