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Manly have moved quickly to try to stave
off the attentions of rival clubs, including the
Warriors, by offering multi-million dollar
deals for star halves Kieran Foran and Daly
The Sea Eagles are hoping to secure the duo’s
ser vices before Christmas and ensure they
remain at Brookvale beyond next season, with
both players coming off contract at the end of
The pair have been linked to offers from
rival clubs, with Foran heading the Warriors’
wish list for 2016, and both Brisbane and
Parramatta chasing Cherry-Evans’ signature.
Both players are tipped to command around
$1.1 million a season, while Foran could even
be worth more.
Penn told Sydney ’s Daily Telegraph he was
confident of finalising new deals sooner rather
“ We will be trying to lock them down by the
end of the year,” Penn said.
“They are both in the Four Nations and it has
been a long year so we are more than mindful
that they need a break and a rest. We will be
working with their management while they
are off to lock them down, ideally, before the
end of this year.
“The club has made a key decision in regards
to recruitment and retention.
“These two players are the nucleus of our
team moving forward. We want to build
a team around them and we will be doing
everything we can to retain them.”
Foran, currently in Dunedin with the Kiwis
preparing for Saturday ’s Four Nations clash
with England, has been identified as a prime
target of the Warriors.
The idea of him joining Kiwis No 7
Shaun Johnson at club level is a mouth-
watering prospect with many believing their
combination could propel the Warriors to
“He’s a player every club would like to have,”
Warriors director of football Dean Bell said.
“He will be hot property on the market and
Manly will also be keen to keep him. But
players like him don’t come on the market
very often and we would be daft not to have
a look at him. We will be talking to a number
of players but he would be near the top of our
On Sunday, a tweet from Warriors co-owner
Eric Watson welcoming the signing of Foran
sent fans and media on both sides of the
Tasman into a spin, before the businessman
set the record straight.
“Gt signing for @NZWarriors with Kieran
Foran — exciting player. Gt game yday against
Samoa Welcome to the Warriors family
#WarriorsForever,” read the initial tweet.
That was quickly followed by a second tweet
from Watson, apologising to fans for raising
“I definitely need to lay off the Halloween
punch sorry to cause such a stir. Kieran Foran
is on our wish list but not signed. Apologies
fans,” he said.
Foran, who grew up in Auckland and played
for the Ellerslie Eagles as a junior, made his
NRL debut in 2009 and has since racked up
128 NRL games (30 tries).
The 24-year-old was previously seen as a
one-club player until the internal dramas
that engulfed Manly this season brought that
scenario under question.
Close friends Glenn Stewart (South Sydney)
and Anthony Watmough (Parramatta) have
departed, but both Brett Stewart and Steve
Matai are now expected to remain at the club
beyond next season, despite having sought
early releases. — N ZME
Marist senior rugby player Sean
Loveday has been rewarded for
his top form during the West
Coast season after winning a
place in the New Zealand Marist
The New Zealand Marist side
will take on the New Zealand
Heartland XV on Saturday, at
North Harbour Stadium.
Earlier this season the blindside
flanker was selected for the New
Zealand Marist Colts tour, and
this was followed up by his first
West Coast senior representative
cap when he took the field
against Thames Valley, at Rugby
Park, during the Heartland
Among Loveday ’s team-mates
in the NZ Marist side are All
Black wider training group
member and Chiefs prop Ben
Tameifuna, and former West
Coast Heartland representative
and 2014 Canterbury ITM Cup
member Josh Manning.
Buller player Lliesa Ravudra,
from White Star, has also won a
place in the side.
The full squad is.— Kolo
Mahe (Auckland Marist), Jason
Long (Hastings R and S), Jar vy
Aoake Napier (OB Marist),
(Auckland Marist), Dominic
Visesio (Ashburton Celtic),
Murray Hewson (Gisborne
OB Marist), Viliame Rarasea
(Ardmore Marist), Josh Manning
(Christchurch Marist Albion),
Hame Toma (Dunedin), Sean
Loveday (Greymouth Marist),
Phil Halder (Invercargill Marist),
Chris Long (Palmerston North
HOB Marist), Zayin Nahi
(Whakatane Marist), Shawn Begg
(Nelson Marist), Ben Tamaifuna
(Hamilton Marist), Wharenui
Hawera (Hamilton Marist), Troy
Gilbert (Whangarei Marist),
Lliesa Ravudra (Westport White
Star), Leroy Van Dam (Greerton
Marist), Jarred Mannix (Timaru
Celtic), Josh Prendergast (North
Harbour Marist), Michael Te
Whare (Masterton Marist).
of the New cZealand Herald
Rider Zac Purton said Melbourne
Cup favourite Admire Rakti
“shuddered” as he pulled up in a
shock last place at Flemington.
Fifteen minutes later one of the
world’s finest staying thoroughbreds
was dead, after suffering from the
rare “sudden death syndrome”,
Racing Victoria’s chief vet said.
Later Araldo, who finished
seventh, had to be put down after
shattering his off-side pastern bone
in his hind leg while returning to
the mounting yard when he was
spooked by a person waving a large
Australian flag. Scans showed the
fracture was inoperable.
Admire Rakti’s death was one
of the biggest shocks in 152 years
of Melbourne Cup racing and
ranks alongside the nobbling and
scratching of red-hot Cup favourite
Big Philou in the mid-1970s.
Admire Rakti broke into a
heavy sweat as he approached the
hosing bay at the saddling area of
Flemington yesterday afternoon.
He was immediately taken to his
tie-up stall where he collapsed. He
could not regain his feet and died.
The Victoria Racing Club
veterinarians have impounded the
remains and an autopsy will be done
as soon as possible to determine the
cause of death.
Purton said for most of the race
there was no sign of trouble.
“ I thought before the race he’d
win and in running I was certain
he’d win. He felt terrific.”
Purton surprised many when
he took Admire Rakti for ward to
share the pace in stark contrast to
dropping back before storming
home to win the Caulfield Cup.
“At the 800m I started to feel that
something wasn’t quite right with
the horse,” Purton said. “ Then he
started to lose ground and I knew
we were in trouble. The horse
always has to come first so I eased
him down. When we pulled up he
One possible scenario is a massive
Purton said Admire Rakti’s owner,
Riichi Kondo, was “distraught”.
Coalition for the Protection
of Racehorses spokesman Ward
Young said Admire Rakti’s death
was another example of horses
being over worked on the racetrack.
The Cup was won brilliantly by
second favourite Protectionist,
ridden by Ryan Moore.
The 3200m time of 3.17.7 is
the fastest Melbourne Cup since
Kingston Rule won in 1990.
Kingston Rule’s trainer, Bart
Cummings, made it to Flemington
when everyone bet against him
doing so. The 86-year-old is frail,
but was determined to see 9-year-
old Precedence run in his fourth
Precedence’s part owner, Sir
Patrick Hogan, met Cummings at
“He said he’s been to every
Melbourne Cup he’s had a runner
in and he didn’t want to break that
Precedence did his part by coming
from last to finish sixth.
New Zealand’s only claim to a
runner, Who Shot Thebarman, ran
the race of his life to finish third
and pick up A$450,000.
New Zealand trainer Chris Waller
“He’s going to be a better horse
next preparation,” Waller said.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
German raider Protectionist timed
his finishing burst to perfection to win
the Melbourne Cup yesterday, but the
celebrations were muted by the death of
favourite Admire Rakti, who collapsed
and died in its stall after finishing last.
The death of the seven-year-old
stallion, the second fatality in the last
two years and fourth since 1979 in the
“race that stops a nation,” is sure to
reignite the debate over the welfare of
horses in the sport.
With another bumper crowd packed
into Flemington Racecourse for the
$A6.2 million ($NZ6.93 million) race,
Protectionist was boxed in for much
of the gruelling 3200m handicap but
stormed down the final straight to win
by four lengths and give Germany its
first winner in 154 runnings of the
“He’s very easy,” English jockey
Ryan Moore said of the 7-1 shot in a
trackside inter view. “ Very good horse
with very strong pace. Once he got the
space, he’s amazing. ”
Protectionist ’s success was the third
for a European horse in the last five
years after Americain (2010) and
Dunaden (2011) and will not ease
concerns among local trainers about
“foreign” raids on Australia’s top
English nine-year-old Red Cadeaux
(20-1) was second for the third time in
Australia’s most famous race after 2011
and 2013, while New Zealand-trained
Who Shot Thebarman (16-1) came in
Irish mare My Ambivalent had
overhauled Admire Rakti over the first
few hundred yards and set the pace for
much of the race before Red Cadeaux
took the lead coming off the final bend.
Protectionist had found its way
through the field by now, though, and
once the five-year-old stallion hit the
front he was never going to be caught.
“ We have had great success all over
the planet but this is the biggest of all,”
trainer Andreas Wohler said.
“(Moore) was so patient, he couldn’t
have the position he wanted to have but
he was so patient and when he came
around the last bend he just needed the
right gap. Ryan is a superstar.
“It ’s unbelievable. Later when we
think about it, it ’s a moment in your
life that you won’t forget.”
The Japanese-trained Admire Rakti,
the 5-1 favourite and an impressive
winner of the Caulfield Cup last
month, had faded badly over the last
Carrying the top weight of 58.5kg,
the horse was clearly agitated after the
race and his stall was soon covered in a
“The favourite Admire Rakti on
return to the stalls after the race has
collapsed and died,” Racing Victoria
chief steward Terry Bailey told
“O ur vets are on hand and the horse
will undergo an autopsy. We will have
to await those results for the cause of
His death followed that of French
mare Verema, who was put down after
snapping a lower leg bone during the
race last year.
Another of Tuesday ’s runners, Araldo,
was taken to a nearby veterinary
hospital where he under went x-rays
to determine the extent of an injury to
one of his hind legs.
The Mike Moroney-trained stayer,
who had finished seventh, was spooked
on his way back to the mounting yard
when a spectator waved a flag at him,
kicking out at a fence and injuring the
The Royal Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said
it was a “tragic outcome” for the horses
and called for a “full and transparent
investigation” into both incidents.
“Events like these are a stark reminder
to the community of the real risks to
horses associated with racing,” it said in
“Sadly, injury and death are the price
some horses pay for our entertainment
in a sport that puts intense pressure
on animals to perform to the limits of
Protectionist ’s trainer Andreas Wohler, left, and jockey Ryan Moore celebrate
with the Melbourne Cup trophy.
PICTURES: Getty Images
Ryan Moore rides Protectionist to an Emirates Melbourne Cup victory yesterday at Flemington.
Admire Rakti in yesterday’s Melbourne Cup race.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Schools revisit Top Town
Edith Hopkinson, left, Tasja Leggett and Te Ora Whatarau-Leaf battled against the wind as they tried to keep their stack of
wooden slats up during the ‘house of cards’ event when the Top Team games visited Grey Main School this morning. Top Town has
been visiting West Coast schools this week, having started in Paroa yesterday and finishing in Hokitika on Friday. Children are put
into teams and pitted against each other in acts of balance, speed and co-ordination.
Sean Loveday in action for the
Marist senior team, during this
Loveday wins NZ Marist spot
Manly move to secure Foran
Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has added
experience to his interchange for their
crucial Four Nations league encounter with
England at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium
Utility Thomas Leuluai and for ward Greg
Eastwood will come back into the playing
line-up after sitting out last week’s 14-
12 nailbiter over Samoa. They will replace
Lewis Brown, who fills the 18th man spot,
and Suaia Matagi.
Apart from those tweaks, Kearney has
remained loyal to the side that toppled world
champions Australia in the tournament ’s
Since then, Manu Vatuvei has assumed
a place on the wing and Issac Luke has
returned from suspension to the starting
New Zealand lead the competition with
two wins, but a loss to England and an
Australian victory over Samoa next weekend
would see a three-way tie for the two spots
in the Wellington final on November 15.
The finalists would then be determined by
a points-difference count-back.
New Zealand’s top order batsmen faltered
against Pakistan A before Corey Anderson
smashed a half century to give the visitors a
slender lead of 29 runs on the second day of
their three-day warm-up match overnight.
Left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner had
opening batsman Shan Masood caught at
second slip as Pakistan A moved to 13-1 at
stumps, still trailing by 16 runs.
Anderson hit eight fours and four sixes
in his 121-ball knock of 80 but Kane
Williamson and Ross Taylor, recovering
from a right calf strain, could not get much
batting practice ahead of the first test against
Pakistan starting on Sunday.
No 10 batsman Tim Southee typically hit a
brisk 28 that included three sixes and a four
in left-arm spinner Raza Hasan’s one over,
before New Zealand declared at 244-8 late
in the day.
Williamson hit four boundaries and a
six but was stumped on 28, and Taylor was
caught behind for 11 off fast bowler Ehsan
Anderson produced the best partnership of
the innings by adding 57 runs for the sixth
wicket with B J Watling, 37 not out, before
his off stump was knocked back by part-time
bowler Haris Sohail. — New Zealand Herald
Black Caps hold slender lead
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