AUSTRALIAN SURFER MICK FANNING HAS MISSED A CHANCE TO WIN HIS THIRD WORLD SURFING TITLE....BUT FELLOW AUSTRALIAN KAI OTTEN HAS WON THE ASP EVENT IN PORTUGAL.

FANNING HAD TO MAKE THE SEMI-FINALS IN PORTUGAL TO SECURE THE CROWN BUT FELL IN THE QUARTER-FINALS LAST NIGHT TO OTTEN.

OTTEN WENT ON TO WIN THE FINAL BY BEATING AMERICAN NAT YOUNG IN SOME STYLE.

THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE BETWEEN FANNING AND AMERICAN VETERAN KELLY SLATER

AUSTRALIA'S JAMES NITTIES HAS A SHARE OF THE LEAD AFTER THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PERTH INTERNATIONAL AT LAKE KARRINYUP....JUST ONE SHOT CLEAR OF AMERICAN DUSTIN JOHNSON.

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SHOT A 69 WITH PLENTY OF BIRDIES LIKE THIS TO BE ONE SHOT BEHIND NITTIES WHO'S AT FOUR UNDER AND TIED WITH AUSTRALIAN CLINT RICE, SWEDE PETER HEDBLOM AND SOUTH KOREAN JIN JEONG WHO PRODUCED ONE OF THE SHOTS OF THE DAY.

AMERICAN DEFENDING CHAMPION BO VAN PELT IS AT TWO UNDER PAR....AND FOUND THE GREENS TO HIS LIKING..

CAULFIELD CUP TAKES CENTRE STAGE TOMORROW, WITH SYDNEY STAYER HAWKSPUR LIKLEY TO START AS FAVOURITE.

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CHRIS WALLER TRAINED GELDING DREW POORLY FROM BARRIER 16 WHICH WILL MAKE THINGS TOUGH IN A HIGH QUALITY FIELD.

WALLER'S OTHER RUNNER ROYAL DESCENT DREW WELL IN THREE, WHILE SILENT ACHIEVER IS ALSO ANOTHER GOOD CHANCE TO WIN AND WILL START FROM BARRIER FIVE.

CRAIG WILLIAMS WON THE RACE TWO YEARS AGO ON SOUTHERN SPEED, AND HAD SIMILAR SUCCESS WITH DUNADEN LAST YEAR FROM A WIDE START....

HE'LL RIDE THIRD FAVOURITE DANDINO STARTING FROM WIDE PROBABLY FROM BARRIER 16..