13/1 Markwell Ave, Surfers Paradise.Mr Stevens said the sale was another example of the strength of the Surfers Paradise beachfront market.“I currently have a waiting list of genuine prestige buyers from around the country looking to secure these rarely available beachfront properties,” Mr Stevens said.“The demand is significantly outweighing the supply and with this current ratio well see highly desirable properties like this snapped up very quickly moving forward.” 13/1 Markwell Ave, Surfers Paradise. 13/1 Markwell Ave, Surfers Paradise.A LUXURY Surfers Paradise apartment has sold for $2.5 million within 24 hours of hitting the market.The three-bedroom residence is on the 11th floor of Platinum on the Beach.It was snapped up by Gold Coast buyers looking for a top-of-the-range Glitter Strip apartment.“The buyers were local and looking for a luxurious beachfront holiday home to utilise with friends and family with the long term view of living there permanently in the future,” Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens said.“Platinum on the Beach is an elite address for those who demand the very best.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe property has mirror-finish timbers and marble features throughout.There are balconies off the bedrooms and living areas showcasing spectacular ocean views.
This country of ours really, really likes NFL football.It’s got the biggest television contracts, ridiculously high ticket prices that still sell and sponsorships up the proverbial wazoo.When you call the Super Bowl an unofficial holiday, you almost begin to wander into the same territory of fanaticism as the other kind of football in Europe and the rest of the world.And yet we still have this pickle – a labor dispute that has now blossomed into a lockout – the NFL’s first since 1987.What kind of a void would that create for American sports? Well, according to magazines Sports Illustrated and Fortune, the cash cow that is the NFL ($9.3 billion) is worth just about as much as the MLB ($6-7 billion), the NBA ($3-4 billion) and the NHL ($1 billion) combined.I’ve noticed a few owners over the past couple weeks reassured their fans that there will, without doubt, be a 2011-12 NFL season and nobody by any means has hit the panic button. But what if the season never happened? What would sports be like without professional football?Let’s check out some possibilities.Wisconsin’s student sections get revitalized – if only a littlePerhaps this is a stretch, but I don’t think it’s out of the question to surmise that the student sections for football and men’s basketball become a little more disciplined.Let’s talk football first. I was born and raised in Wisconsin and for anyone who can say similar, it’s no secret that Badger fans attend every school in this state (including football-less Marquette). Without time and money to spend on the NFL on Sunday, student ticket holders may find an influx of willing buyers both from the University of Wisconsin and elsewhere in the state.Those who buy tickets second-hand are probably more likely to finish their drinks on time and be in the stadium before or just after kickoff.Same idea applies to men’s basketball. All of the Badgers’ non-conference season and their first three Big Ten games overlapped with the NFL season. The Grateful Red struggled to fill out its section in every game except of course when No. 1 Ohio State came to town and everyone smelled blood.For some students it’s just difficult to spend the hours watching an NFL and college football game in the same weekend – or an NFL and college basketball game. Not everyone has that free time. But without the NFL, maybe some will be more willing to pick up the slack.Soccer starts to turn headsHahaha. Just kidding. Oh man, that’s good. Maybe if football, basketball, tennis, golf and hockey face work stoppages at the same time. Then we’ll talk about that.Baseball gets chance to reclaim center stageDespite claims that baseball is no longer America’s pastime, as noted above, the MLB isn’t miles behind the NFL like other leagues who get doubled up on by pro football.Although college football won’t be going anywhere, without the top dog NFL around, the window would still be open for baseball to stir up nostalgia for the days when baseball was all there ever was and reconnect with their fans.NFL stadium goers will find themselves with some extra cash and the MLB conveniently has some pretty cheap tickets.Bonus Swimsuit Issue!The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was originally forged out of the idea that it would be published during a lull in the sports calendar.Without the NFL (and possibly the NBA, for it has its own collective bargaining issue on the horizon as well) sports would enter another slow period in late October when the World Series is over and done with. Thus, as the formula goes, we need more half-naked women to make up for it!Any complaints about the NFL going soft fade awayEver since the NFL took an interest in protecting players from concussions, the league has been met with a constant barrage of criticisms generally aimed in the direction that the league is hypocritical for doing so and at the same time going “soft.”True, the NFL does want its players to hit hard – the violence is part of the national appeal – so say what you want about the assertions of hypocrisy (although there are smart and stupid ways of hitting and the difference can be taught).Either way, the revelations of concussions are a bit frightening and the NFL does have a responsibility of protecting its players. Perhaps if the NFL goes on hiatus for a bit longer than fans would like, the negative chatter about shielding players from brain injury will cease when the game returns.Everyone will be so glad football is back they’ll just be glad to watch it again.Elliot Hughes is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think your sports life would be terrible without the NFL on Sundays? Are you at all worried about he lockout? Send your thoughts to [email protected]
HONOR A.P., MIDCOURT SET FOR SHIRREFFS TRAINER HOPES HE HAS THE ‘WRIGHT STUFF’ BUSY DAY LOOMS FOR MICHAEL McCARTHY ANNEAU D’OR IN RUNHAPPY SANTA ANITA DERBYBlaine Wright knows his way around the race track,You might say he was born in the game.His father, Richard, was a jockey and a trainer. His mother, Susan, was an assistant trainer, an owner and a breeder, so when Blaine sends out an outsider against two deservingly obvious favorites in a Grade I race, it should be given more than a longshot’s chance.That’s the scenario the 46-year-old trainer will find himself in next Saturday, June 6, when he runs Anneau d’Or against undefeated Authentic and Honor A.P. in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.As a two-year-old, a future of gold and glory seemed on the horizon after Anneau d’Or lost the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a head at 28-1 to Storm the Court, who would go on to win an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019.That effort was followed by a neck defeat as the 6-5 favorite behind well-regarded Thousand Words in the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity.But that was then and this is now. In his two races at three, Anneau d’Or (ring of gold) was an eventful ninth in the Grade II Risen Star at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 15 and fifth of six by 9 ½ lengths in the first division of the Grade I Arkansas Derby on May 2.Next up: the Santa Anita Derby.“Our plans are to leave Monday morning (from Golden Gate),” said Wright by phone from the Bay Area, adding that Victor Espinoza has been engaged to ride the $480,000 son of Medaglia d’Oro owned by 85-year-old Peter Redekop, an inspirational story in his own right.Born in a Mennonite colony in the former Soviet Union–in the area now known as the Ukraine–Redekop’s family was oppressed by Communists for their religious beliefs and displaced in Germany for two years after World War II ended.“We basically didn’t have any food to eat,” Redekop has said. “I was 10 years old and remember it very vividly. I will never forget it.”Following several years in The Netherlands, Redekop immigrated to Canada in 1948, landing in Winnipeg. He made his fortune in real estate, jumped into racing with both feet in 1968 and has been a prominent fixture for more than half a century.Redekop is the perennial leader among owners and breeders in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame.Wright, who began training full time in 2006, is best known for developing millionaire Alert Bay into a four-time graded stakes winner including Santa Anita’s Grade II City of Hope Mile in 2015.But back to Anneau d’Or.“We had to use him a little more than we wanted the first part in the Arkansas Derby,” continued Wright, a native of Ogden, Utah, who has been a mainstay in Northern California and the Great Northwest, where he was leading trainer at Emerald Downs in 2016-17.“He broke bad, but that’s no excuse. The winner (Charlatan) ran off the charts (leading throughout to post a six-length triumph). Nobody was outrunning him that day. Maybe we would have placed a bit better, but on the other hand, it had been nine weeks since he ran in the Risen Star and it was another nine weeks from the Los Al Futurity to the Risen Star.“We had been at Santa Anita and breezed over the track for the Santa Anita Derby when it was originally to be run on April 4, but was ultimately postponed, so we came home to Golden Gate.“Now we’re looking forward to running him back in 30 days, but make no mistake; all of what transpired is no excuse as to why he got beat. He’s got to step up his game, obviously.“He really likes the track at Santa Anita. He breezed super over it (six furlongs in 1:13 flat March 28) when we had him there earlier and we were really looking forward to the Derby before racing was shut down.”Now the countdown is on in earnest.HONOR A.P. WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYHonor A.P. had his final major breeze this morning for next Saturday’s Runhappy Santa Anita Derby, going five furlongs in 1:00.20.Mike Smith, who has ridden the ridgling in all three of his races, was aboard for the drill.“He looked really good,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the son of Honor Code for the C R K Stable, LLC of Lee and Susan Searing. “Mike was happy with him.”Also working this morning for a possible start in the Santa Anita Derby was Rushie, who went five furlongs for Michael McCarthy in a snappy 59.80 under leading rider Flavien Prat.Midcourt, also owned by C R K Stable and trained by Shirreffs, is set to work tomorrow for the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup for three-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter on June 6.Midcourt was third beaten less than a length as the 7-10 favorite in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.In the Gold Cup, he will once again be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard the five-year-old gelded son of Midnight Lute in his last six races, winning four, including the restricted Comma to the Top, the Grade III Native Diver and the Grade II San Pasqual. Espinoza will be seeking his third Gold Cup win, as won it 2018 with Accelerate and in 2015 with Hard Aces.Hard Not to Love draws the rail for the second straight race in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes, which could be problematic, as she lost her left eye as a youngster when kicked by another horse. While she has made great strides adapting, she can still become antsy when there’s no horse to her inside at the starting gate.Favored at 3-5 in the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, Hard Not to Love broke from the number one post position and ran second to Ce Ce, who has post two in the Santa Maria, just outside Hard Not to Love.Asked how he felt about drawing the inside again with Hard Not Love, a nonplussed Shirreffs left ’em laughing with this: “That required another cocktail.”FINISH LINES: Trainer Michael McCarthy will saddle 3-5 morning line favorite Ce Ce in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes and he’ll be plenty busty next Saturday as Santa Anita presents a plethora of prestigious playing possibilities, highlighted by seven stakes races. Already established as a national presence, McCarthy, a 49-year-old native of Youngstown, Ohio, could have Rushie in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby; Brown Storm in the Hollywood Gold Cup; Speech in the Grade II Santa Anita Oaks; and Cono in the Crystal Water Stakes. Speech worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80. Also to be decided June 6 will be the Cinema Stakes, the Fran’s Valentine Stakes and the Desert Code Stakes . . . It was 2019 Juvenile Champion Storm the Court who worked five furlongs in 59.80 today for Peter Eurton, not Santa Anita Derby candidate Shooters Shoot. He will breeze on Monday…Happy 59th to trainer Richard Baltas.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Honor A.P. (Shirreffs) 5-30-20Rushie (McCarthy) 5-30-20Rookie Mistake ( O’Neill) 5-30-20No Slo Mo (Glatt) 5-29-20Shadow Sphinx (Baltas) 5-29-20Lane Way (Mandella) 5-28-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-28-20Justinian (Baffert) 5-28-20Honor A.P. (Shirreffs) 5-27-20Authentic (Baffert) 5-27-20Charlatan (Outside) and Crystal Ball (Baffert) 5-27-20Bellafina (Callaghan) 5-27-20