Monday, November 8, 2010

News Corp a Step Behind the Shuttle

 4 days after the Shuttle reported that restaurants on the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo had been raided by police on Melbourne Cup day, the Sunday Telegraph has caught up to speed.

In a piece titled The A-listers, the bookies and the cops, a reporter repeats the tale of how bookmakers working the wharf were busted by the Gaming Squad and told they would be arrested along with punters if they didn't cease gambling.

The SP bookies were made to return all their takings and informed punters they would have to walk half a mile to a local betting shop to place a wager.

 One punter who missed the action but not the betting was marketing executive Sharon Sargeant (left) who was lunching with ex-fiancee Frank Monte at Ottos Ristorante alongside ex-radio Golden Tonsils John Laws and his wife 'Princess' Caroline Laws.

Sharon was powdering her nose when the coppers struck and the bookies fled. Sargeant had placed a wager but never saw her $500 again.

 Even worse, the bet she placed was on Americain , the American horse that romped in first in the Cup ridden by a French jockey. Her potential winnings that vanished with a bookie-around $6000 !


Notts Ave, Bondi

The Notts Avenue , Bondi Beach house gifted to Kate Fischer when she and billionaire James Packer split has been passed in  at auction after it failed to reach the $8M asking price.

The Packer compound in Bellevue Hill
With a prime position overlooking the sweep of the beach, Kate sold the house for $2.8M in 2000 to the New York based Lochtenberg family. .

Kate has forged a new life in Los Angeles where she has converted to Judaism and goes by the name T'ziporah Malka bat Israel.

James & wife Erica

Across the road in Campbell Avenue James still lives with wife Erica
and his burgeoning family in the 3 story apartment he built in 2002

But plans are well underway for the $30M mansion he is building in Bellevue Hill where he purchased 2 houses to knock down

And in country Scone at the Elleston property he inherited from father Kerrie all manner of refurbishments are underway from a new pool to a resurfaced polo field.