Jockey Daniel Northey was mud-splattered at the last Dubbo meeting. Photo: Janian McMillian (racingphotography南京夜网.au)
Nanjing Night Net

WHEN I was living at Young there was a theory that the arrival of the dodgem cars and dagwood dogs when the local show was in town was a guarantee of rain.

At Dubbo, surely the scheduling of a race meeting has a similar effect on the weather patterns with the only signs of a break in the current drought coming in the lead-up to the club’s Pink Day and Back O’Bourke meeting.

Six races were lost a fortnight ago when the Pink Day was on and it would take a brave person to suggest today’s six-event program, which also missed out last year when the heavens opened, would go ahead given the rain we had yesterday and are expected to get today.

Speaking with central west chief steward Todd Smith yesterday, he said a track inspection was going to take place yesterday afternoon and a final inspection will happen this morning.

No decision on the fate of the meeting will be made until that final inspection takes place so punters who were keen for a day at the track will need to keep an eye out for any notices.

If the meeting doesn’t go ahead it’s more bad luck for the club, which has been able to get itself back into a sound financial position after being on its knees just a few years ago.

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Watching the second Test match between Australia and South Africa during the week I couldn’t help but think of a schoolyard.

You know the scenario, when someone finally stands up to the school bully who has been picking on weaker kids for a while.

There’s no hiding from the fact our players bullied England during our summer, battering them physically and mentally at a time when a number of their players started to show fragility in the twilight of their careers.

In the first Test against South Africa we did the same against an opponent that probably doubted how significant the form against England was.

But the difference here is the Proteas have had the backbone to stand up and fight.

Dale Steyn fired up (the same can be said for zero of the English bowlers), Morne Morkel looked threatening (again not one Englishman did that), and while Graeme Smith failed to fire again the likes of AB De Villiers, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy refused to be bullied and made runs, in the process frustrating the Australians who for the past few months have had every match played on their own terms.

The end result is a cracking third Test that will start tonight, with coverage on Fox Sports and ABC Radio.

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