HORSE RACING: In less than a month, star jockey Kerrin McEvoy has celebrated wins in Australia’s two richest races.
Fresh from last month’s success in the $13 million The Everest at Randwick on sprinter Redzel, McEvoy yesterday guided international visitor Cross Counter to a stirring win in Tuesday’s $7.3 million Melbourne Cup.
“I’m very spoiled,” McEvoy said. “It’s unbelievable to get the job done. What a year it’s been.”
McEvoy revealed he had a premonition* six months ago that owners Godolphin would win the Melbourne Cup this year and he swapped horses to be able to ride Cross Counter.
Charlie Appleby became the first English trainer to win the race.
McEvoy won his first Melbourne Cup as a 20-year-old on Brew in 2000 before adding his second in 2016 on Almandin.
SOCCER: Socceroos winger Daniel Arzani has confirmed he requires a knee reconstruction* after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
The injury rules Arzani out of Australia’s Asian Cup defence next January and the rest of the European season, where he is on loan at Celtic.
“This is also a very tough time for me as I received the bad news today that I will indeed need an ACL op (operation),” Arzani posted on Instagram after visiting a knee specialist in Spain.
The 19-year-old rising star was hurt when his knee twisted while changing direction 20 minutes into his Celtic debut last week.
CRICKET: Two teenagers have given hope for Australia’s batting future after Jason Sangha and Jack Edwards posted their maiden* Sheffield Shield centuries yesterday.
Sangha hit 117 and Edwards made 101 before NSW declared at 9-442 on day two of their SCG clash with Tasmania. Tasmania were 3-108 in response at stumps.
Sangha and Edwards, who captained and opened respectively for Australia in this year’s under-19 World Cup final, produced a game-changing stand of 180 runs in their first game for the Blues.
It is believed to be just the third time in Shield history that two teenagers have scored hundreds in the same innings. The other pairings were Ricky Ponting and Michael Di Venuto, and Martin Love and Jimmy Maher.
Those four men all went on to represent Australia in either ODI or Test cricket, but Sangha and Edwards aren’t getting ahead of themselves.
“There is opportunity but you definitely need a lot more than one hundred,” Edwards said.
“It’s exciting times but a lot of work to do and a long journey ahead.” Sangha agreed, noting “it’s just one score”.
premonition: strong feeling
knee reconstruction: rebuilding the knee with surgery after an injury
maiden: first time doing something
1. Which jockey rode the winning Melbourne Cup horse?
2. What other big race did the winning jockey win in October?
3. Which international tournament will Socceroo Daniel Arzani miss?
4. What scores did century makers Sangha and Edwards hit?
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