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Opie Bosson counting the days to the Caulfield Cup with Mongolian Khan

New Zealand jockey Opie Bosson was disappointed not to win Saturday’s Caulfield Stakes on Mongolian Khan but he knows a bigger prize might be only seven days away.
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The New Zealand and n Derby winner was made the $4.60 favourite for the Caulfield Cup after his eye-catching third to Criterion in the Caulfield Stakes. It is the first of two targets trainer Murray Baker  set Mongolian Khan  after his impressive autumn.

“I don’t know what would have happened if I got clear at the top of the straight,” Bosson said. “His last 100 metres was outstanding, he was really trucking to the line. He is just looking for the 2400 metres now. That run couldn’t have been any better and I can’t wait for next week.”

Baker has twice had to settle for second in the Caulfield Cup – with n Derby winner  Nom Du Jeu in 2009 and Harris Tweed the following year.

“Mongolian Khan is on track and we know he is going to be better at 2400 next week,” Baker said.

Ladbrokes firmed Mongolian Khan to $6.50 after his  run on Saturday, but by Sunday he was a  $4.60 favourite.

“He was hard to miss. It reminded me of Ethereal’s  third in the race to Northerly in 2001 and she went on to win both cups,” Ladbrokes’ Paul Di Cioccio said. “The weight-for-age races are always the best guide to the Caulfield Cup and he has been finishing on their heels in those races and got to a trip that suited him better on Saturday.”

The n Derby form appears to be a strong reference with Hauraki, runner-up at Randwick to Mongolian Khan in April, on the third line of betting with VRC Oaks winner Set Square at $9.

The Japanese once again have a strong hand with Fame Game at $8 and Hokko Brave at $11. Hong Kong-based Zac Purton has flown in from Hong Kong to give Fame Game his final gallop at Werribee on Monday morning.

Purton  won the race last year on Admire Rakti for Japan and the TAB’s Glenn Munsie said they offer the X-factor in the race in the punters’ minds.

“If you take a line through Admire Rakti last year, they were too good for our stayers. Even though he had top weight he won easily,” Munsie said. “Fame Game has been a loser in our book for a long time and they haven’t forgotten to back Hokko Brave with us either. Mongolian Khan is the other one in the top three because of what he has done this spring. Personally, I don’t see this group of n stayers having the depth and quality of last year. Set Square is the one that stands out. She has been set for the race and comes out of the Turnbull Stakes, where she ran  third, and that looks strong form, as usual. I find it hard to find Hauraki because he struggled in Melbourne in the autumn and it will be his first time there since.”

There are still a number of well-fancied horses struggling to make the field, even though Turnbull winner Preferment and the impressive Herbert Power winner Amralah will not accept.

Godolphin trainer John O’Shea is disappointed that it looks like the in-form Complacent will miss the final field. He is behind raider Quest For More in the order of entry.

“If Complacent gets a run James [McDonald] will ride him. If he doesn’t he will be on Hauraki. It is a tough year when a horse like Complacent can’t get in the Caulfield Cup,” O’Shea said. “We were hoping to have three, but Magic Hurricane, even though he won the Metropolitan last start, looks no hope.”

There is hope for those  outside with Kris Lees to make a final decision on whether Lucia Valentina  accepts after she gallops on Tuesday.

Philippa Anderson signs on for Mattara men’s contest

Philippa Anderson will compete against the men in the Mattara Pro this weekend. Picture: Simone De PeakPHILIPPA Anderson will follow in the wake of multiple world champions Layne Beachley and Carissa Moore when she competes against the men in an ASP/WSL event this weekend at the Mattara Pro.
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The Merewether natural-footer entered the one-star, qualifying series contest on Friday and is set to become just the third woman to take on the men at second-tier level on the World Surf League or Association of Surfing Professionals tour.


Seven-time world champion Beachley competed against the men in the Mark Richards Pro in Newcastle at Surfest in 2004 as a wildcard. She lost to three-time world champion Andy Irons in a famous battle-of-the-sexes heat in front of 20,000 spectators.

Moore, who is close to her third world title, competed twice in her native Hawaii against the men in prime-rated contests in 2011 and did not progress past her first heats.

Although joining a select group, Anderson is no stranger to taking on the boys.

In 2013, she became the first female to compete at the Mattara Surf Classic, which has risen to WSL level this year and is celebrating its 54th edition.

She progressed past her first heat and has also had success against male opposition in the Merewether Surfboard Club open division and at their annual Ray Richards Man On Man Memorial in recent years.

With the women’s QS series finished for the year, Anderson is looking for all the competition practice she can get as she builds towards her 2016 campaign.

She fell short of the championship tour with a QS ranking of 13th this year.

“I haven’t surfed a heat in a while, so it will be good to get it all fresh,” Anderson said.

“I love competing, and I always want to win. I don’t mind that it’s against the guys. I’m not scared or anything.

“It’s just another contest.

“I’ve finished for the year, my next one won’t be until January, so I guess it will be just good to put the rashie on and get some practice. Practice makes perfect, I guess.”

She said “it won’t be easy” taking on the likes of n teammate Shane Holmes, who won Mattara in 2011, but she was ready for the challenge.

“I do the open men’s events at Merewether boardriders and I get through a couple of heats every now and again, so I’m not nervous or anything,” she said.

“I think it will just be good to surf against the guys because in boardriders they don’t go easy on me because I’m a girl, and I think that really has helped me for my heats against the girls, to just push really hard.

“I’m just excited because the guys that normally go in it surf really good, and to just be in the water and learn what they do, their tactics, will be great.

“I’m still learning and I just want to get as much experience as I can and hopefully I can get through a couple of heats.”

The event is set to be held at South Bar Beach and attract a field of mostly exciting young n talent.

Wildfires improve despite loss to Vikings

Blair Rush jumps in a lineout against the Vikings.THE Emerging Wildfires have been together only two weeks, but No.8 Mac Rae can sense a team feel about the program developing.
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The Wildfires pushed the previously unchallenged Canberra Vikings development squad in a 43-21 defeat on Saturday in Canberra.

The scoreline was similar to the 45-23 loss to Sydney Galaxy, but it was a step up.

“I think it is fantastic that we have been given this opportunity,” said Rae, who skippered the Wildfires.

“Everyone has realised what this level is like.

“We gave them a good test.

“It was unfortunate, but it is just those little one per centers that we have not quite got right . . . knock-ons at crucial times, not capitalising from set pieces.

“Credit to Canberra, they were able to strike back from those mistakes.

“It has only been two weeks, so you can’t expect miracles, but it is pretty impressive how the team is coming together.

“We all forget what club we are from and become one. That is starting to show on the field as we progress.”

The Wildfires held the big Vikings pack early before conceding two late tries to go to the break 19-0 down.

“Entering the game [coach] Todd Louden put a big emphasis on character, especially in defence,” said Rae, who started at No.8 before switching to the side of the scrum in the second half.

“At half-time he reiterated that. We started to play with a bit more width. They had a few big units and we are able to move them around a fair bit.”

Fly-half Jason Keelan led the rival. He took on the line and committed defenders. Prop Andrew Tuala and hooker Chris Pusi bent the defensive line and Adrian Delore was dangerous from fullback.

The Wildfires play the first of consecutive home games against Greater Sydney Rams development squad at Ernie Calland Oval on Saturday from 3.30pm.

Wallabies defy Wales in Cup thriller

The Wallabies celebrate after holding off Wales in their final pool match of the Rugby World Cup. Picture: Getty ImagesLONDON: Trapped on their own tryline and down to 13 men with only a six-point lead, needed something special to repel a Welsh side who could smell blood in the water.
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In a pivotal period which could define their Rugby World Cup campaign, the Wallabies held firm and powered to a 15-6 win described as one of their sweetest in recent times, with five-eighth Bernard Foley kicking five penalties.

World Cup winners John Eales and George Gregan hailed the extraordinary defensive display on Saturday at Twickenham which extended their 11-game winning streak over Wales, ground out with halfback Will Genia and lock Dean Mumm sin-binned within three minutes of each other midway through the second half.

“The Wallabies’ defence was just outstanding,” said Eales, ‘s captain in their 1999 World Cup triumph.

“The Welsh just kept going and going, but they couldn’t find a way through ‘s defence. The Wallabies just kept finding a way.”

Gregan said: “It was just great grit. True n grit. Do us proud. That defence comes from attitude. It’s all heart.”

The victory might have come at a cost, with stars David Pocock (calf) and Israel Folau (ankle) both picking up injuries, though coach Michael Cheika was confident they would be fit to face world No.9 Scotland in Sunday’s quarter-final at Twickenham.

It ensured the Wallabies will avoid South Africa and New Zealand until a potential final. But it was the remarkable wall of gold which filled coach Michael Cheika with pride.

In an amazing seven-minute period in the second half, the Wallabies were reduced to 13 men but refused to break – three times denying attacking raids by holding attackers up over the tryline.

“We made some mistakes and we’ve got so much improvement, but for our courage and the way we put our bodies on the line to defend, I’m very proud of the lads,” Cheika said.

“I was very proud of their resilience and their intent to go and do what they did.”

It ranks alongside the 11-9 quarter-final win over South Africa last World Cup as the best modern-day defensive effort from the Wallabies.

Genia believed the nature of it, and defending two men down, set it apart.

“This is one of the sweetest ones I’ve been a part of,” he said. You just had to make a hell of a lot of tackles.”

Genia had cynically tackled his opposite, Gareth Davies, who had taken a quick tap, before Mumm joined him on the sidelines after grabbing Alun Wyn Jones in a lineout.

Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau lost control of the ball under pressure from the Wallabies defence as he crossed the line soon after Mumm’s sin-binning.

Even more impressive was bench flanker Ben McCalman’s effort to deny a rampaging George North, who had been brought down by Foley in the lead-up.

The powerful centre was held up by McCalman over the line in a show of strength that kept on top.

The match was all but secured when veteran winger Adam Ashley-Cooper rushed out of the line to shut down another rampant Welsh raid, helping force a turnover.

“That’s one of the best wins I’ve been involved with,” captain Stephen Moore said.

“We had to defend with 13 men for a long period down our end and I’m really proud with how we stuck in for each other.”

Across the park there were brutal contests for the ball – David Pocock, Sean McMahon and Scott Fardy had their hands full at the breakdown up against the Welsh trio of captain Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Faletau.

“We threw absolutely everything at and you’ve got to give them a heck of a lot of credit,” said Warburton.

“Their defence in their 22 was outstanding and we backed ourselves to go for the try. We couldn’t get it.”

A week after dominating England, the scrum again held firm after early challenges and won two first-half penalties to assert its dominance.

Matt Hall on the tail of first air race world title

n pilot Matt Hall gets first Red Bull Air Race win, upsetting Bonhomme in dramatic final in Spielberg, Austria in September this year. MEREWETHER’S Matt Hall hopes to hit the jackpot in Las Vegas this weekend by winning his inaugural Red Bull Air Race world championship.
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Hall goes into the season’s final race second on the rankings, trailing Englishman Paul Bonhomme.

To collect the title in Las Vegas, he will need a top-two finish and hope Bonhomme falters.

“I have to either come first or second, but it will all depend how Paul Bonhomme goes, because he’s eight points ahead of me,” Hall said.

“If he has a good race, there’s nothing I can do to win it. But if he makes an error, and I come first or second, I can still become world champion.

“If I come first and he comes sixth, I win.”

Hall said he was feeling calm and confident, despite being on the cusp of his greatest achievement as a racing pilot.

“I haven’t really thought too much about what it’s going to mean to be the world champion,” he said.

“I’ll let that emotion occur if and when I win it.

“If I concentrate on that, I will get nervous, so I’m avoiding all thought about the world championship and just concentrating on a good race.”

Hall and his support crew fly out for America on Tuesday. He expects to be fully acclimatised in time for Saturday’s qualifying sessions.

“We’re pretty good at that these days, as a team,” he said.

It will be the second time Hall has competed in Las Vegas.

“It’s a hot course, being in the desert there, which goes in our favour, because typically we tend to go well in hot conditions,” he said.

“It’s also a windy track, which means it’s easy for people to make mistakes.”

Bonhomme (67 points) and Hall (59) have the top two positions sewn up.

Austrian Hannes Arch (30) and Czechoslovakia’s Martin Sonka (28) are duelling for third.