Daly Cherry-Evans turns sights to lifting trophy in different shade of Maroon


“There are still things I want to tick off as a player,” Cherry-Evans told The Sun-Herald. “It’s not until you become a captain you dream about moments like Wednesday, lifting the shield. I’ve been captain at Manly now for three years and that goal is to be a premiership-winning captain at Manly.

“I’d also love to be involved with the Australian side moving forward, and if the opportunity ever popped up to captain the Kangaroos, that would be special.

Maroons half and skipper Daly Cherry-Evans celebrates the series win.Credit:Getty

“Captaining Australia and captaining Manly to a premiership are two things high up on my list.”

Cherry-Evans and Foran reuniting for the first time since 2015, with the duo forming arguably the most-experienced halves pairing in the competition.

Should Tom Trbojevic – and Foran – remain fit and his brother Jake maintains his own lofty standards, the Sea Eagles will win a lot more than they lose.

“I saw ‘Foz’ in Manly colours the other day and it definitely got me excited to see him back in the maroon,” Cherry-Evans said.

“I won’t be back until after Christmas but I’ll be popping my head in to see all the boys and re-connecting with Kieran. He will help us become a bit more of a balanced side.

“I believe we’re in that premiership window. There isn’t a year where we’ve started and I’ve thought, ‘we’re not a chance this year’.

“I like our roster, I like our coach, a lot of things go into a premiership season, but we’ve got all the right ingredients at the club.”

Cherry-Evans led the fight for the players in their pay dispute with the NRL when COVID shut down the competition. Like every other player he sacrificed precious family time.

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On Friday night, Cherry-Evans enjoyed watching his eldest daughter play touch football, a simple pleasure made off-limits to him all season.

The hardest moment for Cherry-Evans, he said, was after Origin II at Suncorp Stadium when he was unable to cuddle his wife Vessa and three young daughters at ANZ Stadium because he had to rush back on a plane to the Gold Coast.

“I love footy so much, but now I’m out of the bubble, it’s time for me to let my guard down and spend time as a father the next six weeks,” Cherry-Evans said.

“Everyone in the NRL sacrificed so much this year. As a father of three kids, I’ve missed out on a lot as a dad. I just can’t wait to be there for them now.

“The hardest part was seeing the girls after games one and two and not being able to touch them. It nearly broke me after we lost in Sydney. To be down and out and then see your daughters tear-eyed and not understanding why they can’t comfort dad, that was the hardest part of it all.”

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French honoured for ‘lifting the gloom’


Wigan’s flying Australian fullback Bevan French has won a prestigious individual award in Britain, having been chosen as the Rugby League Writers’ and Broadcasters’ Association player of the year for 2020.

The 24-year-old Australian has enjoyed a memorable first full season in Super League, having scored his 13th try from his new position of fullback as Wigan gained a 29-2 win over Hull on Thursday to help them reach next week’s grand final.

French, who recently signed a new contract with the Warriors for 2021, was the overwhelming winner of the Raymond Fletcher Memorial Trophy, which was won in 2019 by his current Wigan teammate, Jackson Hastings.

French is also shortlisted for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award, the English game’s biggest accolade, which will be announced on Monday.

RLWBA chairman Trevor Hunt said: “It’s been the darkest of times but Bevan French has typified the spirit of rugby league with some outstanding performances to lift the gloom.

“He sparked Wigan to the league leaders’ shield and grand final, claiming over 70 per cent of the votes.”





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Brad Fittler’s big challenge is lifting weary Roosters stars


James Tedesco will try to dig deep again on Wednesday night.Credit:Getty Images

Inspirational leader Boyd Cordner has already been given a rest after a challenging year for him physically and emotionally, while Luke Keary’s modest debut cost him his spot in Wednesday’s clash at ANZ Stadium.

Fittler can only hope new skipper James Tedesco and the other remaining Roosters, Angus Crichton and Daniel Tupou, find something from deep within themselves for the must-win game.

“They only know one way, and that’s to play hard, which is why they’ve had so much success,” said Fittler.

“Does it affect us? I suppose at this time of year it does given it’s been such a long season.

“It shows to be really good and successful you need to push you’re troops hard. It also shows you how committed they have been to the cause.

Daniel Tupou had his moments in Adelaide.

Daniel Tupou had his moments in Adelaide.Credit:Getty Images

“We tried to give them as much time as possible, but it doesn’t always work that way.

“With Boyd there was a bit of bad luck involved there. ‘Teddy’ looks like he’s come good, he had that knee injury, and I’m not sure it was fatigue-based.

“I don’t follow stats that much, but Teddy ran a lot in Adelaide, we were coming off our line the whole time and he was getting pounded most of the time.”

Crichton missed seven weeks with an knee injury midway through the season but said he personally had no issues getting himself up this late in the year.

Boyd Cordner will play no further part in the Origin series.

Boyd Cordner will play no further part in the Origin series.Credit:Getty

He said the quest for a third successive title was never a mental burden for him, and if anything he could not wait for his first starting role against Queensland.

“I don’t think any of us are flat,” Crichton told the Herald.

“It was a normal season for us this year with having the bubble and all, you couldn’t escape footy – that was every team and nobody knew what 2020 would entail – but ‘Robbo’ [Trent Robinson] didn’t talk too much about three-peats.

“It was about us going on a different path to the past two seasons. The way it ended was disappointing. The exciting thing is we have that core group coming back and we’ll go after it again in 2021.”

Angus Crichton can not wait for his chance to start against Queensland.

Angus Crichton can not wait for his chance to start against Queensland.Credit:Getty Images

Crichton said he had spoken with Cordner a few times about playing on the left edge and wearing his famous No. 11 jersey.

“I had some chats with ‘Boydo’ before he left,” Crichton said.

“We’ve texted here and there. It was the right call for him [to take a break]. I’m really happy he could make that call, he’s a tough player, a tough guy, and it was a good decision for him. I’ll back him [to return] until the cows come home.

“I asked him what he did he see out there out on the edge, and he ran through how they defended and what he saw in game one.

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“I’m super excited to get this opportunity and produce some footy I know I’m capable of.”

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Daniel Andrews announces lifting of coronavirus restrictions for Victoria and Melbourne


Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the 25-kilometre travel limit in Melbourne and the “ring of steel” separating the city from regional Victoria will be lifted, as part of widespread relaxing of restrictions in the state.

The restrictions will be lifted from 11:59pm tonight.

It means the rules that are currently in place for regional Victoria will apply to the entire state.

“Victoria will be once again united as one single state,” Mr Andrews said.

The state has had nine consecutive “double doughnut” days of no new infections or coronavirus deaths, bringing the rolling 14-day average down to just 0.4.

There are now just four confirmed active cases across the entire state.

From tomorrow, restaurants and pubs will have their density limits increased to 40 patrons indoors and 70 outside.

Gyms and indoor sports centres will be able to operate with up to 20 people, subject to strict density limits.

Religious ceremonies will be increased to 50 people outside. However, this change will not apply to weddings yet.

Theatres and cinemas can also reopen, with 20 patrons per space.

The state’s rolling 14-day average has continue to fall in the past week.(ABC News: Ron Ekkel)

Victorians will be allowed to have two different adult visitors and their dependents per day, either together or separately.

Previously, Melburnians could only have up to two adults from the same household in a home.

Intimate partners or people who normally live at the home continue to be excluded from the two-person limit.

There is no change to the rules on public gatherings, meaning up to 10 people from any number of households can continue to meet in public. Infants under one year old are still excluded from the cap.

Further restrictions are set to be lifted on November 22 if cases remain low, including allowing up to 10 people at indoor private gatherings and up to 50 outdoors.

But Mr Andrews again urged Victorians to stay vigilant and continue to be tested for even the most mild of symptoms.

“Nine days of zero is not the same as a vaccine,” Mr Andrews said.

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‘Don’t let NSW do all the heavy lifting’ Berejiklian urges other state premiers during COVID update | Goulburn Post



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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had a strong message to other state premiers on Wednesday, urging them to take their share of returned overseas travellers.
Ms Berejiklian said her “sense of frustration” was growing with Queensland and Western Australia in particular, which were keeping their borders closed while leaving NSW to look after the lion’s share of travellers.
She said NSW was currently looking after more than 5000 people in hotel quarantine; and continued to take in 3000 Australians – from all states – returning from overseas each week.
QLD and WA were taking around 500. “It’s a matter of principle, NSW I believe has been unfairly treated by a lot of states and we’ve done the heavy lifting,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We are noticing a noticeable spike in the number of people coming back from overseas who are relying on our health system who’ve got the disease and that does put pressure on our services. “With Victoria out of action and the other states not willing to take on their fair share … 45 per cent of that 3000 people every week are from other states. “For us it’s not so much the dollars, it’s a matter of principle. I get really frustrated and annoyed when WA and QLD expect us to process all of their citizens, which we do gladly, but then think up all these excuses why NSW residents can’t move freely to their states. “They can’t have it both ways.” Ms Berejiklian said other state premiers needed to take a “compassionate approach” and reopen their borders to NSW to stop families being separated, and businesses suffering.
She also said NSW would be “issuing invoices” to the other states, and warned them not to put NSW and Victoria in the same category.
“I just say to the other states, just think about what you’re doing to our citizens, think about how people are suffering through no logical reasons as to why NSW residents should be locked out of your state,” she said. NSW reported one new case of locally transmitted COVID-19, linked to a known source, in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday. Seven cases were also reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4217.
The one new locally acquired case is a household contact of a previously reported case linked to the Lakemba GP cluster, who has been in isolation. There are now 17 cases linked to this cluster.
It has been 14 days since a locally acquired case with no known source was identified.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the state was now dealing with three clusters – the Lakemba GP cluster; the Oran Park cluster which had 25 cases and the Liverpool private clinic cluster with 13 cases. There were 14,382 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 6438 in the previous 24 hours.
“It’s important as we move into this festive season, as we ease restrictions that everyone comes forward for testing,” Dr Chant said.
“… Even though the case numbers we’re reporting are very low we know if this virus gets a foothold in the community it can go off like a wildfire. “Particularly as we ease restrictions, particularly if we drop our guard in terms of those COVID-safe practices.” People in Sydney’s west, south west and north west in particular are being urged to be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear. Meantime COVID-19 virus fragments were identified in sewage at treatment plants in Glenfield on Tuesday and Quakers Hill on Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for residents in these areas to get tested. We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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Were NSW’s coronavirus numbers higher than Victoria’s thresholds for lifting curfew, as Scott Morrison said?


The claim

Victoria’s “roadmap for reopening” from coronavirus lockdown has not been well received by the Federal Government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the plan as “crushing news”, saying he hoped Victoria’s trigger points for easing restrictions were a worst-case scenario.

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“What I can’t help but be struck by is that under the thresholds that have been set in that plan Sydney would be under curfew now,” Mr Morrison said.

“Sydney doesn’t need to be under curfew now. They have a tracing capability that can deal with outbreaks.”

So, when Mr Morrison made his claim, were case numbers in NSW higher than the Victorian curfew threshold? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

The verdict

Yes, NSW case numbers were higher than the Victorian triggers for removing the curfew, but there’s more to it than Mr Morrison’s claim suggests.

Under Victoria’s roadmap, two criteria must be met for the removal of Victoria’s curfew: a state-wide daily average of fewer than five cases over two weeks; and fewer than five cases in total with an unknown source over a two week period.

In both raw and population-adjusted terms, NSW’s coronavirus numbers do not meet these criteria.

Even when netting out hotel quarantine cases from NSW’s figures, the state still does not fall under the threshold.

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Excluding travellers in hotel quarantine, Sydney recorded an average of 7.4 new cases per day on the date of Mr Morrison’s claim.(AAP: Steven Saphore)

However, linking the number of NSW cases and its contact tracing capability to the Victorian roadmap is problematic.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced Victoria’s stage 4 coronavirus lockdown — including the introduction of a curfew — on August 2, as the state recorded 354 new cases. Two days later, on August 4, case numbers in Victoria peaked at 686.

Case numbers in NSW have been far lower. After an initial surge beginning in March was brought under control, daily cases peaked at just 22 on August 10.

As Victoria’s Department of Health points out, Victoria’s thresholds for easing restrictions are not the same as the thresholds for reintroducing restrictions.

And as one expert contacted by Fact Check noted, stronger measures might be needed coming out of lockdown than during “maintenance phase”.

What is the road map?

On September 6, Premier Daniel Andrews released his much anticipated “roadmap for reopening“, setting out five steps to reach “COVID normal”.

There were some differences between Melbourne, where a curfew had been imposed on August 2, and regional Victoria.

Apart from the first step — which applies automatically from September 13 — these steps require “trigger points” before they can be enacted.

For example, to move to the second step, metropolitan Melbourne must reach an average daily case rate of between 30 and 50 cases by September 28, recorded over the previous two weeks.

Under this second step Melbourne’s curfew would remain in place, preventing people from being out of their homes between 9pm and 5am.

According to the roadmap, the curfew would not be removed until the third step is reached.

StepStart dateTrigger criteriaCurfewOther restrictions easing
Stage 4 restrictionsN/AN/A8pm to 5am
First stepSeptember 23, 11:59pm.N/A9pm to 5amExpanded social interaction
Second stepSeptember 28Metropolitan Melbourne must reach a daily average of 30 to 50 cases over the previous 14 days.9pm to 5am

Social bubbles, phased return of some workforces and education

Third stepOctober 26Victoria (state-wide) must reach an average of fewer than five cases over the previous two weeks, and, in total, fewer than five cases with an unknown source.No curfewMajor industries return, increased reopening for education, sport, recreation, ceremonies and special occasions
Last stepNovember 23Victoria (state-wide) must record no new cases for 14 days.No curfewIncreased numbers for gatherings and hospitality
COVID normalN/ANo new (state-wide) cases for 28 days, no active cases and no outbreaks of concern in other states and territories.No curfewNo restrictions for gatherings, visitors, hospitality or sport.

Testing the claim

Mr Morrison said under the trigger thresholds set in Melbourne’s roadmap, “Sydney would be under curfew now”.

Put another way, Mr Morrison was effectively suggesting that Sydney had not achieved the trigger threshold needed to move from the second step to the “no curfew” third step.

As noted, to move to the third step, two conditions must be met:

  • a state-wide daily average of fewer than five cases over two weeks; and
  • fewer than five cases in total with an unknown source over a two week period.

Mr Morrison made his claim during a September 7 media conference.

Case number data for New South Wales have been sourced from daily coronavirus statistics media releases published by the NSW Department of Health.

The department keeps a running tally, including recording the number of locally acquired cases with “contact not identified”, and the number of returned travellers placed in hotel quarantine.

Coronavirus cases in NSW compared to Victoria

Victoria experienced very few cases during Australia’s so-called first coronavirus wave in March and April, but a surge from late June.

Mr Andrews announced Victoria’s stage 4 coronavirus lockdown — including the introduction of a curfew in Melbourne — on August 2.

On that day, Victoria recorded 354 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm. The state’s tally of daily cases peaked at 686 on August 4.

NSW, on the other hand, largely staved off a second surge, with case numbers peaking at just 22 on August 10.

It’s worth noting that since Mr Morrison made his claim, NSW’s numbers have been generally lower than the two weeks leading to his press conference.

However, Fact Check always tests claims with the data that was available at the time of the claim.

Did NSW meet Victoria’s trigger threshold for no curfew?  

Over the two weeks prior to Mr Morrison’s media conference, NSW recorded a daily average of 9.2 cases, with the number of cases rising as high as 16 cases on September 1, and as low as three cases on August 23 and August 24.

This is well above the first of Victoria’s trigger thresholds, requiring a state-wide daily average of fewer than five cases over two weeks.

Over the same two weeks, the number of cases with no known source in NSW increased by eight.

This was also well above the second of the two thresholds, requiring fewer than five cases in total from unknown sources over a two week period.

What about hotel quarantine?

Victoria’s roadmap is not explicit about whether returned travellers placed in hotel quarantine would be excluded in average daily figures when determining if the threshold for stage three has been reached.

Victoria is currently not receiving any returned travellers, although NSW has been.

A spokeswoman for Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services told Fact Check in an email the daily average thresholds needed to move to step 3 would exclude returned travellers placed in hotel quarantine.

Excluding returned travellers, NSW recorded a daily average of 7.4 new cases over the 14 days prior to Mr Morrison’s press conference. This is still above the threshold needed to remove the curfew under Victoria’s roadmap.

Adjusting for population size

NSW’s population is about 22 per cent larger than Victoria’s. It accounts for about 32 per cent of Australia’s population, compared to about 26 per cent for Victoria. That means case numbers do not have the same impact across the two states.

To adjust for this, Fact Check converted Victoria’s trigger points into a rate per million people.

These rates can then be applied to case number rates in NSW.

For example, under Victoria’s roadmap, the state must have a daily average of less than 0.75 cases per million people, over 14 days to reach the third step.

Over the 14 days leading up to Mr Morrison’s press conference, NSW recorded a daily average of 1.1 cases per million people.

Excluding returned travellers, NSW recorded a daily average of 0.91 cases per million, which is again above the threshold for stage 3.

Under Victoria’s second trigger point, the curfew will not be removed unless there are fewer than a total of 0.75 unexplained cases per million people over 14 days.

In NSW, there were eight unexplained cases in the two weeks prior to Mr Morrison’s press conference.

That converts to a rate of 0.98 cases per million people. Again, this is above Victoria’s threshold to move from the second to the third step.

What Victoria’s health department says

A spokeswoman for Victoria’s Department of Health said the thresholds for easing restrictions are not the same as the threshold for reintroducing restrictions, meaning “a comparison with Sydney is not meaningful”.

“If Victoria returned to Sydney’s levels after reaching the thresholds in the roadmap we would not necessarily return to stage 3 or 4 restrictions on that basis,” the spokeswoman said.

“Those decisions would need to be made at that time as case numbers or thresholds need to be interpreted in the broader context of the local epidemiology at that time.”

What the experts say

Deakin University chair of epidemiology Catherine Bennett said Mr Morrison was correct, and that Victoria’s coronavirus modelling appeared to have generated unduly conservative trigger points.

Professor Bennett said as numbers fell, contact tracing and testing became increasingly effective tools to contain the virus. Professor Bennett said there was little difference in the risk of an outbreak between five and ten cases.

“The question is whether you need fewer than five cases to move to that next step,” Professor Bennett told Fact Check.

She said Victoria’s lockdown “gives us an incredible advantage”.

Emma McBryde, professor of infectious diseases modelling and epidemiology at James Cook University, said the conclusion that Sydney would not qualify for the no-curfew third step as defined under Victoria’s roadmap was correct.

But Professor McBryde said there were probably valid reasons for differentiating between the two jurisdictions.

“Coming out of lockdown Victoria may need stronger measures than the maintenance phase (i.e. NSW) for no other reason than to ensure we don’t oscillate between lockdown and release too frequently and cause social distress,” Professor McBryde told Fact Check in an email.

Professor McBryde said there was good evidence that outdoor activity poses very low risk, with the notable exception of large chanting or singing crowds.

She said there was “no evidence that I am aware of for curfew and minimal rational evidence for arbitrary limits on movement per se.”

Melbourne University’s Dallas English, chair of epidemiology and biostats at the Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health, said “on the numbers” Mr Morrison was right.

Professor English said case numbers had been steadily decreasing by an average of 7 per cent per day since the peak on August 5. But he suggested it would be difficult to achieve Victoria’s thresholds.

“We know NSW has been very successful, but they do have cases bubbling along,” he said.

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Lifting lockdown ‘illogical’ as virus cases rise in Greater Manchester


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Restrictions were lifted in Bolton, Stockport, and Trafford overnight

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has blasted the easing of coronavirus restrictions in parts of northern England as “completely illogical”.

Measures were lifted overnight in Bolton, Stockport and Trafford despite concerns from some local councils.

Mr Burnham said it meant boroughs with rising cases were restriction-free but boroughs with lower numbers were not.

He urged people in Bolton and Trafford to ignore the change and not hold social gatherings in their home.

“We find ourselves in a completely unsustainable position”, he said.

Mr Burnham said the restrictions were “always hard to explain to the public but they’re completely illogical now”.

‘Red Zone’

He continued: “Overnight we’ve had restrictions released from two boroughs where we’ve got a rising number of cases – in one case in the red zone – and neighbouring boroughs are still under restrictions but with much lower numbers of cases”.

A Covid spike in Bolton and Trafford prompted council bosses to ask for restrictions to remain in place.

Bolton currently has one of the highest rates of new virus cases per 100,000 residents in England.

The easing also applied to Burnley, Hyndburn, parts of Bradford excluding Bradford city and Keighley town, parts of Calderdale excluding Halifax and parts of Kirklees excluding Dewsbury and Batley.

According to central government rules, people living in these areas can now:

  • Socialise in groups of up to two households indoors or private gardens
  • Stay overnight at somebody else’s home but must try to social distance
  • Book close contact services such as facials and brow or eyelash treatments
  • Visit bowling alleys, roller rinks, soft play centres and casinos

Daniel Wainwright, BBC Data Unit

The rise in cases in Trafford and Bolton shows how quickly the situation with coronavirus can change.

On Friday the government announced it was easing the localised lockdown restrictions in parts of Greater Manchester from Wednesday.

Pointing to data for the week to 20 August, it said “cases in Bolton and Stockport fell from 25.6 (per 100,000 residents) to 18.9, and 23 to 15.1 respectively, and Trafford fell from 27.1 to 17.8.”

Yet even then, there was concern that the rate was rising. The Labour leader of Trafford Council, Andrew Western, said the more recent data had shown a “slight increase”.

And based on data released on Tuesday evening, Trafford’s rate for the week to 29 August was more than 35 cases per 100,000.

In Bolton it was 59 cases per 100,000, driven in particular by high numbers of cases on 27, 28 and 29 August.

Yet the easing of restrictions has gone ahead and different parts of Greater Manchester have different rules.

Bolton, Trafford and Stockport have joined Wigan in being allowed to have two households socialise indoors.

In Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury and Tameside it is still banned.

In Oldham people are advised not to meet up with other households outdoors as well.

Measures were imposed at the end of July amid a rise in cases.

Mr Burnham said he was asking the government to “talk to us today about an exit strategy from this”.

He said blanket restrictions had become less effective so “targeted interventions at a community level” need to be introduced, particularly “door-to-door interventions to do testing, tracing and messaging”.

He also requested financial support to help people self-isolating.

“We are confident that would be much more effective than poorly targeted blanket restrictions,” he said.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: “We are working closely with leaders and local authorities across Greater Manchester and Lancashire in response to the changing situation and we keep all local restrictions under constant consideration.”

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Racing NSW’s lifting of a travel ban on Victorian horses has provoked a mixed reaction.


The decision by Racing NSW to allow Melbourne horses into the state is unlikely to produce an influx of southern raiders for the Sydney spring carnival.

TAB.com.au thinks the same way with few Melbourne horses anywhere near the top of its early betting markets on races such as the Golden Rose, Flight Stakes and Epsom Handicap.

Victorian horses were previously banned from racing in NSW at the height of Melbourne’s COVID-19 crisis.

But Racing NSW has replaced the ban with a set of stringent conditions on the transport of horses from Victoria.

Under the new rules, which apply to both Melbourne and provincial stables, horses must spend 48 hours on a spelling or pre-training property before they are allowed onto NSW racecourse or into a licenced stable.

Stable staff are not able to travel with horses.

Co-trainer Trent Busuttin said the rule changes had not convinced connections to change Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa’s program to include the $1 million Golden Rose on September 26.

“I don’t think we’ll be heading up for the Golden Rose,” Busuttin, who trains Tagaloa in partnership with Natalie Young at Cranbourne, said.

“I never say never but I think we’ll just concentrate on the races down here.

“We’ve decided a program for him in Melbourne for the spring and everyone is happy with that.”

However, Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander welcomed the policy change.

Alexander has his eye on another Sydney trip for Gallic Chieftain.

Gallic Chieftain won the Group 2 Chairman’s Stakes in April last year and went down narrowly in the 2019 Metropolitan Handicap.

“We’re really lucky we can go to Sydney. Gallic Chieftain is the one that needs to get up there more than the others,” Alexander said.

“He excels up there and he’s a much better horse when he gets to Sydney. Hopefully, he can get up there.”

Alexander said he could also send the Group 3 Manion Cup winner Young Rascal back up to Sydney for the Metrop.



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Enjoyed lifting 2007, 2011 WC trophies together and many on-field partnerships: Yuvraj to Dhoni | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Sunday congratulated former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his retirement and said he enjoyed lifting 2007 and 2011 World Cups and many on-field partnerships with the wicketkeeper-batsman.
“Congratulations @msdhoni on a great career! Enjoyed lifting the 2007 and 2011 WC trophies together for our country and our many partnerships on the field. My best wishes to you for the future,” Yuvraj tweeted.

Yuvraj also shared a 58-second video paying tribute to Dhoni and sharing on-field moments with him.

The all-rounder was part of the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning team and as well as 2011 World Cup-winning side. India won both the trophies under the leadership of Dhoni.
On Saturday, Dhoni had announced his retirement on Instagram. The wicket-keeper-batsman Dhoni shared a video and captioned the post, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

The video had the iconic song ‘Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu’ from Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ playing in the background and in it, Dhoni shared his incredible journey in the Indian side including his run out in the last game against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semifinal.
He is among the most successful captains in world cricket. It was under his leadership that India lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 after having led India to triumph in the ICC World T20 in its maiden edition of the tournament held in 2007 in South Africa.
With India winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England, Dhoni became the first and is still the only captain to date to have won all three ICC Trophies.
Unarguably the quickest man behind the wicket, Dhoni has 195 international stumpings, the most by any wicket-keeper. Dhoni played 350 ODIs with his highest score being 183 against Sri Lanka.
Also referred to as ‘Captain Cool’, Dhoni is known for his calmness and exquisite captaincy on the field. He was also known for his knack of opting for reviews and many have jokingly remarked to change the ‘Decision-Review System’s’ name to ‘Dhoni-Review System’.
In December 2014, he announced his retirement from Tests and gave a chance to the likes of Wriddhiman Saha. Dhoni called time on his Test career after playing 90 Tests, managing to score 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.
Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket field on March 29 during the IPL’s opening match between CSK and Mumbai Indians. However, the tournament will now be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. He will continue to captain CSK in the IPL 2020.





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