English-bred stayer Signoff is suddenly the hope of Australia against the wave of internationals in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup after the lightly raced stayer earned an automatic Cup start with an effortless win in Saturday’s Lexus Stakes at Flemington.
As odd couples go, Darren Weir and Joao Moreira are near the top of the pops.
Between the surprise Wimbledon end to his successful partnership with Nick Kyrgios and the new, also unexpected, start to his coaching relationship with Sam Stosur, Simon Rea was in limbo for barely two weeks. On his birthday, July 18, came a call from Stosur's manager, Paul Kilderry asking: a) Could Rea help out?; and, b) How soon could he get on a plane?
The ACT government is lobbying the Australian Rugby Union to bring Rugby Championship matches and major events such as the John Eales Medal to Canberra to help grow the game in the region.