RUGBY LEAGUE: DUBBO CYMS chairman Kevin Walkom believes the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs were surprised by the quality of football they came up against during Saturday's pre-season gala day at Barden Park.
RACING: CANBERRA trainer Garry Kirkup believes his mare Highly Geared can measure up to city class this preparation after the mare beat a field of flyers in the McDonalds McDash (900m) on Sunday.
RACING: PETER Nestor admits his gelding Dane De Lago is closer to the end of his racing preparation than the start but he will head to Randwick on Saturday confident the four-year-old can be competitive in the $300,000 Country Championships Final (1400m).
RACING: GREG Ryan learned his trade on the Wellington racecourse and yesterday his intricate knowledge of the track came to the fore as he guided the Pat Farrell-trained Alart to victory in the $100,000 State Wide Sheds Wellington Boot (1100m).
WHITNEY CUP: RSL-COLTS captain Chris Morton admitted it hurt to miss out on a grand final place last season but after winning the Whitney Cup on Sunday, he said his side was back where they deserved to be.