In Cahoots close to Broadmeadow record

LIGHTLY raced three-year-old In Cahoots broke the class record and was only 0.49 seconds outside the course record when he won a dramatic benchmark 70 (900 metres) sprint at Broadmeadow on Saturday.
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Raced by Newcastle businessman Lee Rowan and trained by Phillip Atkins, In Cahoots ($3.80 fav) sat off the hot speed and sprinted clear when jockey Jeff Penza gave him full rein in the straight.

The gelding scored by a length from the well backed Merry Christmas ($7.50), with Reigns Above ($31) third. The time of 50.39 seconds was 0.14 quicker than the previous track record set by On My Command more than four years ago.

In Cahoots has won three of his six starts. There was drama inside the final 100 metres when the joint leader, Sky Prince, stumbled and fell.

Sky Prince was euthanased by the veterinary surgeon while apprentice jockey Jake Pracey-Holmes lay motionless on the track.

The NJC’s club doctor, Geoff Fowler, said Pracey-Holmes was unconscious after hitting the ground and had a seizure when he regained consciousness. The apprentice had a badly cut lip and went to John Hunter Hospital for observation.

Rowan was elated with the win of In Cahoots.

‘‘This is a very fast horse, and his recent barrier trials suggested he was ready to win,’’ Rowan said.

‘‘He had not raced for more than six months and he was gelded since his last run. I paid $10,000 for him at the 2010 Inglis January Yearling sale and he has won $52,000 on the track with a big fututre ahead of him. He has been shin sore three times and that has restricted him to six starts.

‘‘The plan is to step up to 1100 metres at Gosford or Wyong next start and then to town.

‘‘We have no doubt about him running 1200 metres this preparation.

‘‘My trainer Phillip Atkins only has a small team in work in his Maitland stable but he does a great job with them.’’

The quietly spoken Atkins has eight in work at his Maitland stable and he works them at Broadmeadow.

The 50-year-old Atkins rides most of his horses in trackwork.

He has only been training for Rowan for five or six years but he has had a team in work for 30 years.

It was apprentices day out at Broadmeadow with the ‘‘kids’’ winning four of the nine races.

Singleton apprentice Aaron Bullock notched up his 80th win with a top ride on his master Todd Howlett’s three-year-old Esgrimidor in the class 1 (1200m).

Esgrimidor ($8) was a surprising drifter in betting but was well rated in front.

Howlett is keen to take the gelding to Albury for the three-year-old Inglis Classic later this month.

Howlett said after the race the 1400 metres at Albury was a query.

‘‘He won’t have another start before Albury but I will trial him,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t know if he will run 1400m but if he is allowed to bowl along in front he may,’’ Howlett said.

Rosehill based 19-year-old apprentice Blaike McDougall rode his second career winner when successful in the Maiden Plate (185m) on his master David Paynes’ filly Amaliehaven.

Ukraine born apprentice Serg Lisnyy, who is also apprenticed to Payne, sooled home the Paul Perry-trained The Graft to win a 900 metre maiden.

Promising south coast apprentice Winona Costin, who recently transferred on loan to Gai Waterhouse, booted home Countryman for her new boss in the final event, the benchmark 65 (1400m).

Champion jockey Robert Thompson edged closer to an amazing 4000 winners when successful on the Peter Moody-trained $19 chance Juantorena in the 1300 metre Maiden.

Thompson has ridden 3984 winners.

Men: how to dress for your shape

There’s nothing the fashion world loves more than doling out directions and issuing edicts. “This is in.” “This is out.” “This is cool.” “This is hideous.” “This will make you look like a style superstar.” “This will make you look like a total fashion disaster.”
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Actor Gerard Butler is an example of the “heavy lifter” genre.

It’s enough to make your head spin. Lesser men have collapsed under the pressure. And the worst part about it all is that half of those pesky proclamations are based purely on transient trends instead of truly timeless style. What’s the point of following a fad if it’s going to fall out of favour in a month or – even worse – if it doesn’t actually look good on you?

It’s a cardinal style sin we’ve all been guilty of at least once: dressing to suit what’s in style, but not what actually suits you. Your clothes should flatter your body shape, your skin tone, your hairstyle, your eye colour and your personality. A great wardrobe is a mix of classic pieces and current trends, all personalised to be uniquely you. Knowing how to dress for your body type – and which styles to avoid – is the first step to owning your personal style.

Know your body type

Male bodies may lack the curves of female bodies, and therefore have significantly less variation, but that doesn’t mean differences don’t exist. Think about how often you hear fashion gurus talk about the importance of fit. An expensive garment that isn’t right for your body will look bad no matter how much money you dropped on it, and an inexpensive piece will look like a million bucks if the fit is right. The key to it all is identifying your body shape and learning how to enhance it. Most men fit into one of these five body type categories:

1. The Heavy Lifter

His chest and shoulders are broad, but his hips and waist are narrower. There is a significant difference between top and bottom, with a wide upper body and a smaller lower body, that is frequently the result of regular “get massive” workouts.

2. The Athlete

Picture those incredibly fit Olympic chaps. The Athlete is broad across the chest and shoulders, and narrow in the waist and hips.

3. The Block Man

Gets his name because his torso takes the shape of a rectangle, with little difference between the width of his chest/shoulders and the width of his waist/hips.

4. The Happy Eater

If the Heavy Lifter is an inverted triangle, the Happy Eater turns the triangle right-side up. His chest and shoulders are narrower than his waist and hips, making his lower half appear larger than the upper.

5. The Cuddly Teddy Bear

You know exactly what this guy looks like. The Cuddly Teddy Bear is round and huggable, frequently with narrower shoulders and slim legs. This is probably where we’re all headed eventually, so it’s a shape worth understanding even if it’s not you yet.

How to dress

The Heavy Lifter

As a Heavy Lifter, your large frame is somewhat imbalanced. Your wider upper torso and narrower lower half can be evened out by your wardrobe. The goal is to draw attention to your hips while reducing attention to your upper chest. Focus on pulling the eyes downwards, avoiding bulk on the upper body, and adding a little extra to your legs. FYI – Gerard Butler is a great example of this body type. Sparta!

Put the focus on the right places. V-necks narrow the chest and draw the eye down. Stripes across the stomach and detailing around the hips (think belts or pockets) also help emphasise the parts that need it.

Go graphic. Simple graphic prints and logos will get attention, taking it away from your more substantial upper chest. Any kind of details, prints, or eye-catching colours on the shoulders, on the other hand, will draw the eyes to the wrong area.

Scratch the skinny stuff. Skinny leg cuts will make the top half of your body appear even wider. Try straight or more relaxed slim cuts instead, to balance out your proportions. You can also use statement trousers to lure the eye away from your broad shoulders. If you can, go for tapered jeans.

Expert tip from Godwin Hili (director, Godwin Charli)

You probably enjoy wearing most garments close to the body however, tailored garments can look pretty silly if worn too small. This is not to say a Slim Fitting or European fit is out of the question. You just need to accept that most read-to-wear brands will not accommodate this shape off the rack. Similar to the ‘Athlete’, it’s crucial to fit the shoulders and chest and accept that the waist and/or hips will need to be narrowed. This allows for more accurate sculpting of the back region and accentuating of the smaller waist. A schoolboy error is to find a garment that fits your small waist because you like how ‘tight’ it feels, only to bust out in the chest and awkwardly split the seat of a pant.

The Athlete

Good news for you, Athlete types: you’re the fit bastards that make everyone else seethe with jealousy. Because your upper and lower body are already well balanced, your shape is much easier to dress than others. You can play with colours and cuts without having to worry much about whether or not everything is properly in proportion. Football players and athletes are a good example for this body type.

Be daring. Take advantage of the gifts Mother Nature gave you and experiment with your wardrobe. Your body was made for making a statement, so don’t be afraid to take risks (as long as you still feel comfortable in your clothes).

Prints and colours were practically made for you. There’s no need to be conservative unless the occasion demands it. Bold colours, prints and patterns are just as well suited to your body shape as solid colour basics.

Play around with other things. If you don’t have to worry about your body type, you’re free to explore other interesting ways to spruce up your wardrobe. Try out new trends, take new cuts for a test drive, investigate new textures and fabric combinations, and work on understanding how to flatter other things – your complexion, your hair cut and colour, etc – instead.

Godwin’s expert tip

Lucky you. Sometimes referred to as an ‘inverted triangle’ shape because of the obviously smaller waist in comparison to the upper body, it’s imperative that a jacket fits you across the shoulders and chest. A slim fit or European fit is a good starting point for this body type. Unless the garment has been made-to-measure, the waist and hips of the jacketmustbe narrowed to accentuate this physique by taking it in. Trousers should be tailored without being too slim and shirts should be a slim fit or contain darts. It’s all about getting the proportions and balance correct, to avoid looking like you will topple over.

The Block Man

For the Block Man, the primary aim is to add shape where there isn’t much to begin with. There’s only so much you can do to physically alter your body, but wearing the right kind of clothing can do wonders for creating the illusion of having a different body type. When dressing, a little style sleight-of-hand will make your shoulders seem wider while making your lower torso appear narrower.

Choose your prints carefully. A print that imitates your rectangular shape – like a geometric pattern – will emphasise the issue you’re trying to correct. Well placed prints or colour, however, can be an effective way to enhance the upper portion of your body.

Layer thoughtfully. Adding clothing is the easiest way to add bulk to your body. Shirts, knitwear and scarves can be used to widen the chest and shoulders while narrowing your lower torso.

Use structure. Here’s your chance to put shoulder pads to good use. Structured blazers and jackets add the extra weight your shoulders need. For bonus points, have a tailor take the sides in or thin the jacket’s arms.

Godwin’s expert tip

Its important here to clearly define your upper and lower body components. Clever tailoring can achieve a more sculptured look. Look for a tailored jacket with a more padded shoulder to give the impression of broader shoulders. Ensure that the sleeve width of the jacket is narrow as well as the area between the under arm and waist. Your goal should be to create the illusion of shape throughout the upper body.

The Happy Eater

Again, your wardrobe is your opportunity to correct the imbalances in your natural body shape. For Happy Eaters, that means wearing clothing that adds some substance to a sloping shoulder line and smaller chest. What you wear should reduce the effect of a lower half that appears wider than your upper body. Streamlined cuts and flattering colours are important for you.

Enhance and emphasise your shoulders. Steer clear of polo necks and narrow crew-necks because they decrease shoulder with, and opt for structured tailored blazers and jackets instead. Single-breasted and button-down styles will also help streamline your torso.

Don’t put the focus on your stomach. Horizontal stripes across the stomach are a definite no, as is any kind of outerwear with details (like pockets) that draw attention to the stomach area. Dark colours will look best on your triangular shape.

Give your lower body a little more heft. Wear trousers with a straighter leg. Skinny or heavily tapered trousers will widen the central part of your body, which is exactly the opposite effect you’re going for.

Godwin’s expert tip

Keep it structured and tailored through the upper body. Neglecting this will only emphasis your mid section and you don’t want that. Accompany this with straight leg trousers to balance out the look. Have fun in winter layering with simple knitwear underneath blazers and coats, giving the impression of a broader chest and shoulder region.

The Cuddly Teddy Bear

As a Cuddly Teddy Bear, the majority of your mass is concentrated at the centre of your body, making your arms, shoulders and legs look disproportionately slim. To make your body appear more defined, you must add shape to your shoulders and wear clothing that appears to lengthen your torso. Beware of anything that shortens you in any way.

Stripes are your friends (sometimes). Vertical stripes and pinstripes will instantly lengthen your body, but horizontal stripes will make you appear rounder.

Don’t draw attention to your waist (or lack thereof). Any kind of statement belt will attract attention to your waist and highlight your widest point. A printed or textured piece in a darker hue is a better way to add flattering interest to an outfit.

Length and fit are hugely important. Be sure that your sleeves and trousers are the correct length and fit well. They should add shape and definition to your body without making your limbs appear shorter.

Godwin’s expert tip

It’s a common mistake to give up on tailored clothing and wear oversized pieces. Focus on comfort with a tailored edge. In other words, the garments should fit well across the shoulders, not be too roomy through the sleeve and underarm, and not be too tight across the waist region or lower half of the body. Avoid jackets that are short, ensuring a longer front balance. Again, its all about balance and drawing the eye away from the belly region.

D’Margeis one of Australia’s most popular men’s style and fashion blogs.

Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend writes hilarious account of being her Oscar date

So it turns out Jennifer Lawerence has an IRL best friend… and she’s not you. Upside? She’s funny, clever, self-deprecating and a worthy Shirley to JLaw’s Laverne. The lucky lady is model Laura Simpson, and over the weekend she posted a first hand account of her trip to the Oscars as Jennifer’s date on her My Space page (who knew that still existed?). And yes, Simpson was the unlucky lady JLaw used to break her dramatic red carpet fall.
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Simpson’s account of a normal person crashing the Oscars is by far the most entertaining recap of the event you’ll read. It’s full of self-awareness “I somehow managed to make an entire event having nothing to do with me all about me and my precious feelings” and feel-good fan-girling “Cate Blanchett looks like a mythical princess from a faraway land. Pictures do not do this woman justice, I felt like I needed to curtsy in front of her.”

Here’s the highlights.

On her dress:

“The day before the Oscars I had a fitting with Dior where I got to try on some beautiful dresses. I was between two dresses: the Carrie Bradshaw all-you-can-eat dress and the Angelina Jolie sexy leg kimono. I really wasn’t sure if I would ever get back to the Oscars so I let my inner Carrie Bradshaw take over and went with the dress with eight pounds of tullle.”

On JLaws fall:

“We finally arrive at the red carpet and as we exit the car, my date eats sh** and uses my freshly done Lauren Conrad up do tobreak her fall.The crowd goes wild. There are flashbulbs and people circling yet no one asks if I need any help because unless you are famous at the Oscars, you are completely invisible. … The only time anyone talks to you is if you are in the way of his or her photo.”

On the long, slow show:

“Basically everyone in the theater is just sitting in complete darkness during the categories. It’s hot and you feel like you’re going to pass out. After waiting for my date’s category, her dad and I decide to hit the bar and just watch from the monitor behind the bar and slam a few drinks to make this tolerable. The Academy really needs to spring for more hors d’oeuvres options because now everyone is hammered.”

On meeting Brad Pitt (!!):

“Brad Pitt smells amazing, like nothing I’ve ever smelled. Eventually we ask what cologne he’s wearing and he tells us, ‘I don’t wear cologne, it’s just my musk I guess.’ I have to choose not to believe him because it would just be unfair to mankind.”

AndBill Murray (!!!!):

“I … decide to follow Bill Murray around the party. At one point he looks in my direction and winks at me while dancing to ‘If You Want My Body and You Think I’m Sexy’ by Rod Stewart — a moment, I now realize, my whole life had been leading up to.”

Treat yourself and read the whole thing here:MySpace

Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: Short-lived fun

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare: out now for Xbox One and 360 for a budget price.Online shooters are traditionally grim, with bleak settings like World War II battlefields and distant ravaged planets. The crazy cast of pugilist plants and zany zombies in seems the perfect antidote.
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Initial impressions of Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (out now for Xbox One and 360) are mixed.

There seems a paucity of playing options, particularly for solo players wanting to sharpen their skills before battling faraway friends and fiends. But once you begin, the charismatic plants provide a refreshing change of pace.

The Peashooter can jump high, obtaining a vantage point to spit volleys of peas and the occasional bomb. The Chomper is even more fearsome, able to burrow underground and devour a zombie in one bite. The Cactus shoots spikes and can lay deadly potato mines. The Sunflower provides healing support as well as firing a sun ray.

The undead offer a more traditional line-up, with a foot soldier, engineer, slow-moving heavy weapons specialist and a scientist that can create healing stations.

The co-operative Garden Ops mode provides waves of enemies in a series of quick-fire rounds before a final escape sequence.

It’s challenging even on “normal” difficulty, especially if you don’t have a full squad of four players.

You can spend hard-earned coins to buy single-use items such as defensive plants to provide assistance, yet they rarely last long.

Traditional team deathmatch is joined by the superior Gardens and Graveyards mode, which accommodates 24 players.

Every garden the zombies seize turns into a graveyard before a final climatic battle that plays out differently on each map.

The sides are well-balanced and the action always chaotic.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to unlock most of the special powers and learn the intricacies of each of the 10 maps, ensuring accessibility but robbing the game of depth and lasting appeal.

While an entertaining multiplayer shooter, don’t expect longevity.

What have you been playing lately?

– Jason Hill

Jason Hill is on Twitter: @thatjason

Market looks forward to hotel influx

Hotel sales and floats of operators will dominate the sector in coming months, say agents.
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Investors are waiting for the official nod on the proposed $500-million float of Mantra, which owns and operates hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Bali. Its latest deal was the management of the Sentosa Villas in Seminyak.

Brokers said overseas operators, such as the Intercontinental and Hilton chain, traded on price multiples of about 16.

It was said the preliminary documents indicated Mantra could have $447.7 million revenue in the 2013-14 financial year and $62 million earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.

In the documents being sent to investors, Mantra management, headed by Bob East, says it expects earnings growth of 9.7 per cent in the next two years, with a forecast profit of $32.6 million profit in the year to June 2015.

The float is expected to be priced at 13 to 16 times on a price-to-earnings basis, which would value the group at about $500 million.

The Mantra Group is the latest owner-operator to embrace the strategy of having a combination of hotels, apartments, retail and commercial, in the one development.

On the hotel side, the 47-room Newport Mirage Hotel in Sydney’s Pittwater area on the Northern Beaches is being brought to market. Industry experts say between $10 million and $12 million could be achieved.

CBRE Hotels’ Andrew Jackson, Joel Fisher and Paul Kapiris have been appointed to steer the sale of the freehold going concern offering on behalf of the vendors, the Bayfield Family.

The Bayfields also own the Newport Arms Hotel, The Dee Why Hotel and Bayfields Liquor Superstore. The family has owned the Newport Mirage Hotel since 2000.

The four-star hotel and function centre is expected to have strong interest from both institutional and high-net-worth investors, both domestically and from Asia.

”Waterfront Sydney hotel properties are offered to the market rarely. Experienced hotel investors know that these assets have performed very strongly over the past decade, and the forecasts for Sydney in the medium to long term are positive,” Jackson said.

”The hotel is offered with vacant possession, which is not often the case with hotels in the Sydney metro area. We expect that there will be keen interest from local investors as well as national and international operator companies,” Kapiris said.

”The Newport Mirage Hotel neighbours one of Sydney’s most iconic pubs, the Newport Arms, and is one of the best conference, wedding and events centres in northern Sydney. However, there is certainly room for improvement in terms of trade.”