ROW­ERS’ STORM DE­LAY

Sunday Herald Sun - - Cricket -

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.

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