Proxy makes late dash for third

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The Alan Mathews-trained Proxy and jockey Patrick Carbery could not get a clear run in the Myer Fashions on the Field Handicap (1800m). Picture: Anita McInnes

IT was a day of placings for Muchea trainers Alan Mathews and Brent Albuino on the first day back at Ascot.

For Mathews and jockey Patrick Carbery Pounamu finished third in the Crown Towers Perth Trophy (1500m) and Proxy again with Carbery on board was third in the Myer Fashions on the Field Handicap (1800m).

Peggy Sue ran fifth for Albuino in the Crown Sports Bar Handicap (1400m).

In the 1800m handicap event Proxy, who started as second favourite, was caught behind a bunched field for much of the race.

Carbery was forced to circle the field and find an outside run.

Perth Racing race caller Darren McAullay said Proxy had been constantly checked off heels between 800m and nearing the bend before getting to the outside and then running on for a good effort in defeat.

Meanwhile a Racing and Wagering WA website post said a week dedicated to promoting responsible gambling practices would take place from October 17-23.

In Western Australia the key theme during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week will be Gamble Aware – When does the fun stop for you? to emphasise when it comes to gambling, balance and control is the key to making sure it remains an enjoyable pastime, not a problem.

Centrecare director Tony Pietropiccolo said the week was dedicated to promoting responsible gambling practices and informing the community of the support services available.

“For a large number of people, gambling is a ‘once in while’ experience but for some it adversely affects many areas of their life including their family and friends,’’ he said.

“With the increasing promotion and online accessibility of betting and gambling this initiative brings together a diverse group of organisations to promote a consistent message across the community.

“Any individual experiencing a difficulty is encouraged to seek help to address their gambling and minimise the harm it can cause.”

Support includes Centrecare’s Gambling Help WA counselling service in WA, Gambling Help Online and the Gamble Aware website.

“Getting behind this initiative is just one of many ways that government and industry can work together to address important issues such as problem gambling.”

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor, Crown Perth, Lotterywest, Racing and Wagering Western Australia, Centrecare and Medibank.

Throughout the week the key theme ‘Gamble Aware – When does the fun stop for you?’ will promote responsible gambling practices at Crown Casino, in Lotterywest retail stores and TAB outlets.

More information on the week can be found at gambleaware.com.au

The website provides people with the opportunity to complete an anonymous questionnaire to identify if gambling has become a problem for them, or a member of their family, and where they can seek help.

Support services are also available by calling the Problem Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 or visiting gambleaware.com.au