Two men accused of stabbing to remain in custody

Two men accused of stabbing a man in the stomach outside his home in Sydney’s inner west will remain in custody.
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Police allege Anthony Rich, 33, and Curtis Ollerenshaw, 19, were among three men and one woman who got into an argument with Kalepo Ulberg, 24, in front of his Hurlstone Park house about 9.15pm on Friday.

The men assaulted Mr Ulberg before one of them stabbed him in the stomach, police said.

He was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.

Mr Ulberg told Channel Nine he didn’t know what could happen.

“They jumped me straight away and I got back up and I went ‘just run’, otherwise there were three guys on top of me.”He said the stab wound was deep.

“Lucky it didn’t hit any organs or anything.”

Police charged Mr Rich, of Dulwich Hill, with reckless grievous bodily harm, affray and resisting police in relation to the incident.

Appearing via audiovisual link, he cried and waved at several family members who were in court.

“I love you,” he told them.

Mr Ollerenshaw, of Marrickville, also appeared briefly in court charged with resisting police, reckless grievous bodily harm and affray.

The pair did not apply for bail when they appeared at Parramatta bail court on Saturday and will appear at Burwood Local Court on February 3.

A third accused, Dillan Hockey, 19, is expected to face court at a later date.

He’s been charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and affray.

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Appeal for Kristy overwhelms family

GALLERY: Grill’d Bendigo getshuge response to Kristy Thomson Appeal support day
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KRISTY Thomson’s stepfather says the level of support from the Bendigocommunityhas been staggering.

Grill’d owner Richard Nash holding his jumper, with Geoff Dudley to his right and other members of the Kristy Thomson appeal committee.

Kristy Thomson’s stepfather Geoff Dudley presents an AFL jersey to Grill’d owner Richard Nash on Saturday

Geoff Dudley said his stepdaughter Kristy and their family have beenoverwhelmed by the generosity of peoplewho have pledged assistancethroughfundraisers and private donations.

He said Kristywas close to getting out of hospital and intotheRoyal Talbot RehabilitationCentre.

But he said she faced months of intensive rehabilitation.

“She’s battling on. She’sstaying positive,” he said.

“She’s been getting about in a wheelchair. The way she’s going things are looking up for her.”

Ms Thomsonsuffered serious spinal injuries when a tree fell on herin Rosalind Park on December 30 last year.The branchfell on herfour-year-old daughterPatiya May, whodied.

Mr Dudleysaid Kristycouldn’t believe the amount of public support since the tragedy.

“She’s so appreciative and just overwhelmed by it all,” he said.

“It’s hard to put into words. I can’t evenkeep up with the amount of fundraisers that are going on.”

Mr Dudley paid tribute to Grill’d Bendigo ownerRichardNash, who donated all proceeds from the burger shop on Saturday toward the Kristy Thomson appeal.

Mr Dudley,and others from theKristy Thomson appeal committee, presented Mr Nashwith a signedjersey from North Melbourne Football Club – who Mr Nash barracks for.

“Rich isa legend,” Mr Dudley said.

“He’s done an extraordinary job. Everyone in Bendigo has been unbelievable. Why would you want to live anywhere else when people here show so much generosity?”

All money raised from the appeal will go towards coveringcosts associated with Kristy’s treatment of her injuries, rehabilitation and ongoing care.

Kristy Thomson Appeal fundraising committee chairman Michael McKern thanked the team atGrill’d Bendigo for their hard work at the weekend.

“The community response was outstanding,” he said.

“They werevery, very busy at Grill’d and the staff were amazing.”

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Ricky Blows them away at Geurie

Dr Remlap enjoys a drink after the Geurie Picnic CupQueanbeyan jockey Ricky Blewitt has landed four winners including the feature race The
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Geurie Picnic Cup in sweltering conditions.

Blewitt piloted 10 year old geldingDr Remlap to an all the way win in the Bernie Wilkins Memorial Geurie Picnic Cup. The Narromine trained horse upset favourite Red Letters who finished second, Panov was third.

Dr Remlap started at $2.80 ahead of the favourite who started at $2.30with the bookmakers, Panov $6.

The winning margin 3.5 lengths.

Blewitt paid tribute to trainer Kylie Kennedy who had earmarked the Cup for Dr Remlap.

”It was great to win 4 races. I have done it twice now, once at Malawa” he said.

”Kylie has done a good job with Dr Remlap, it was also good to win for her mate Kelly Milliner from Trangie in the first race because it was her first ever winner” he said.

Kylie Kennedy said she expected a tough battle with Red Letters and was happy the veteran horse ran well.

” Red Letters beat us at Orange, so it was always going to be tough but Ricky rode him well and he was too good I am very happy” she said.

Dr Remlap rolled home by 3.5 lengths

Ricky Blewitt with Kylie Kennedy

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Kiss A Rose collapses, dies after race at Caulfield

There was high drama and then tragedy in the mounting yard at Caulfield as three-year-old filly Kiss A Rose collapsed and died after running in the $120,000 Robert Taranto WJ Adams Stakes.
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The Peter Moody-trained galloper had finished unplaced behind another mare, Shamal Wind, in the feature event over 1000 metres.

As she was brought in to unsaddle in the enclosure directly in front of the stands she collapsed.

Her strapper and staff from the Moody stable, along with Racing Victoria staff, showered her with water and ice, but the stricken horse, lying prone, died within minutes.

Dr Grace Forbes, the Racing Victoria veterinary surgeon on duty at the Saturday afternoon fixture, said afterwards that the death was not heat related.

Racing Victoria’s heat policy comes in to play when the wet bulb, which measures humidity, registers 28 and above or the temperatures tops 35.

On Saturday the highest point the wet bulb reached was 27.7 and the temperature high was 31.5, a Racing Victoria spokesman said.

The green screens were erected around the filly, who was having her fifth career start, and she expired within minutes.

The last race was delayed as a float was brought in front of the stands and her body removed.

Racing Victoria will now conduct an autopsy and investigate the incident.

Champion jockey Glen Boss, who rode the heavily backed but well beaten favourite Lord of the Sky in the race, was fuming at the length of time the horses were left waiting at the barriers in warm temperatures before the event got under way.

”We were down there seven minutes before we jumped. My horse was gone before we even ran,” an angry Boss said afterwards.

*Leading trainer Tony Vasil is the subject of a stewards inquiry folllowing allegations that he assaulted a stable hand at Caulfield on Friday.

It is alleged that Vasil, whose Prince Harada was a beaten favourite in one of Saturday’s features, assaulted an employee of Peter Moody’s close to the Caulfield horse swimming pool as he rode a bike close to where Vasil was attending the horse.

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Sunday high fire risk, Monday higher

Firefighters say Monday will be a high fire danger day due to moderately high temperatures combined with a “messy” wind change and potential lightning strikes in parts of Victoria.
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The CFA’s deputy chief officer, John Haynes said total fire bans had been declared for Sunday, a day of extreme heat, in the state’s south west, central and north central districts.

But Monday poses a bigger fire threat due to a wind change and lightning.

“We’ve got total fire bans tomorrow (Sunday) but it looks like Monday is going to be our big fire danger day for this week, and all also in to Tuesday,” Mr Haynes said.

“Monday is going to have a wind change during the day, so it’s going to be a lot windier and then a change of direction, and also some potential lightning later in the day, which will cause more fires.

“Although we haven’t got a lot of wind, it’s been so hot and dry that any slight variation of wind could now cause a pretty serious fire.”

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rod Dixon said Sunday’s temperatures were expected to be reach 42-44 degrees inland, 39 in central Melbourne and up to 43 in the Yarra Valley.

He said the wind change was expected early on Monday, reaching speeds of up to 50 kilometres an hour.

“In terms of the change, it’s a bit of a messy change; it’s not like a usual straight northerly going around to a southerly,” Mr Dixon said.

“There’s a southerly change in the west during early Monday morning, and then that extends eastwards probably early during Monday afternoon.”

Possible lightning strikes are predicted during Monday afternoon, mainly for the north west, central and eastern districts.

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