ROWERS’ STORM DELAY
WHILE there was some angst last week regarding the new handicapping conditions for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, a push continues for the 2400m Caulfield Cup to become a 12-horse weight-for-age race. One of this year’s early favourites is
mare, Egg Tart, but Waller has made it clear his preference is not to run her in a race that can be a knockdown affair.
He believes the race would benefit by becoming WFA for quality stayers, adding weight to those who want to see a significant change to our premier 2400m handicap. CYCLONE Irma has had far-reaching ramifications, with the Australian rowing teams having to delay their flights to the world championships that are to be held in Sarasota, Florida, from September 23 to October 1.
Initially a move to either Princeton University, where the US teams train, or the 1984 Olympic venue in Los Angeles were considered before our men’s eight, which contains
(son of or “Crackers”), flew out yesterday.
The men, while acknowledging Germany as favourite, believe they are a genuine podium chance. Word from the camp suggests our men’s coxless four is also flying.