6 March 2018

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Women’s baseball in full swing MORNINGTON Pirates women’s baseball team is hoping to add some wind to their sails this season under the guidance of new head coach Jo Schutt (pictured right). Schutt, who returned last year after taking several years off to take care of her children, is urging other mothers to come and join the newly-formed side which enters its second season. Schutt said that a lot of women, like herself, tend to stop playing the sport to focus solely on their children but after returning last year, is hoping to attract some of those players back.

“Women will put themselves last and put their kid’s needs ahead of their own, and because I was the same and have recently come back, I’m really passionate to try and get them to do the same and get fit and active,” Schutt said. “Skills can be learnt quite quickly so that’s why it’s a good sport to get back into or even to start fresh.” Schutt is coming up from coaching the under-12s last year and said she is looking forward to the challenge of coaching the women’s side. “It will be an interesting transition from coaching children to adults but it should Taking the lead: Jockey Jordan Childs returns to the mounting yard on Grahame Begg’s star colt Written By after the running of the Blue Diamond Stakes. Picture: Supplied

be a great experience and hopefully a great year,” she said. The Women’s Pirates side trains at Wilson’s Reserve, Mornington and Schutt said the team has a broad range of ages with juniors as young as 13-years-old to women in their 50s. The women’s baseball team’s season commences on Sunday 15 April but the team will have a couple of ‘come and try’ nights over the next couple of weeks kicking off on Monday 5 April. For more information email mbcjuniorpirates@ gmail.com Ben Triandafillou

Begg’s fairytale run continues MT Eliza-based racehorse trainer Grahame Begg returned to Group One glory on Saturday 24 February when his homebred colt Written By raced away with the $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes. The two-year-old colt Written By provided Begg with his first Group One win since returning to racing just over 18 months ago and provided 21-year-old jockey Jordan Childs with his first Group One victory. Written By left his unbeaten record intact as he bought up his third career win, comfortably accounting for some of the best youngsters in the country by 2.5 lengths. Trainer Grahame Begg said it was a great feeling to be back winning a Group One and even better to provide Jordan Childs with his first

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Group One victory. “Jordan Childs definitely deserves it and I made the statement earlier in the week that he is one of the best-kept secrets in Victoria,” Begg said. “It takes a special horse to win three in a row and to do it with a Group One is spectacular. I think the last to do something like it was Redoute’s Choice who won it (the Blue Diamond Stakes) at his second start.” Begg, who trains out of Pinecliff, Mt Eliza said training a smaller group of horses has helped Written By in preparation for his races but wasn’t taking anything away from the colt’s natural talent. “As a trainer, you need to support your horses and harness their given ability,” Begg said.

“He’s a very good horse and I was supremely confident when they were turning the bend. He was travelling very well around the corner and was just cruising. “He hasn’t been left out the front for that long before which is why he was moving about a lot - he is only a two-year-old so he will continue to learn.” With the $3.5 million Golden Slipper in Sydney the next major juvenile race, Begg said he would make a decision in the coming days as to whether he would send Written By up to try and complete the double – a feat which was last accomplished in 2011 by the Snowden-trained Sepoy. Ben Triandafillou

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