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German trainer Andreas Wohler knows what it is like to win the Melbourne Cup, having enjoyed victory in 2014 when Protectionist romped to an easy triumph under English champion jockey Ryan Moore.
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Now the 55-year-old horseman is back in town and keen for a repeat effort next week courtesy of Red Cardinal, a horse who has gone under the radar somewhat as he has not had a preparatory run in this country.

Red Cardinal, a son of Coolmore stallion Montjeu, has not been seen in public since a disappointing fifth of eight in one of Europe’s key lead-up races, the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville.

That race was won by well-fancied Cup contender Marmelo, who ran an impressive Melbourne Cup trial when sixth in the Caulfield Cup.

But Wohler counsels punters against reading too much into that form, saying his galloper was not at his best that day.

“The Kergorlay is a good race but that day Red Cardinal was not himself, he didn’t like the ground [described as good] that day, and he also had a skin allergy,” Wohler told a Cup carnival launch crowd at Flemington racecourse on Tuesday.

And he is confident that he will not be far from the leaders next week, especially if Marmelo is in at the finish.

“I think where Marmelo is, we are at least,” he declared when asked about his horse’s prospects.

A cursory glance at Red Cardinal’s previous efforts suggests his trainer might not be far off the mark, even though Moore, who enjoyed such success with him three years ago, has changed his mind and will not now partner the horse as he cannot easily get to Australia from the Breeders Cup meeting in the US. Kerrin McEvoy, successful on Almandin 12 months ago, will now look for back-to-back wins aboard the German galloper.

Before his Deauville disappointment, Red Cardinal went to Belmont Park in America and saw off the useful English stayer St Michel in the Belmont Gold Cup.

And at the start before that he was too good for another very handy English horse, Nearly Caught, in a group 2 race at German track Hoppgarten in May. Both those races were over 3200 metres, the Cup distance.

Wohler was feted when he won at Flemington with Protectionist, famously being treated to a free breakfast the next morning at the cafe he had been patronising regularly while looking after his horse.

The memories of that success, and how big an event the Cup is, have made him determined to be involved on a regular basis.

“I have been racing all round the world but I have never experienced anything like the hype around the Cup.

“I think it is an open race this year. If everything goes right he can really be up in the mix. “

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The Location
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Canberra’s Northbourne Avenue is a busy road that stretches right into the city centre. Straddled either side with deserted public housing buildings of a bygone era (namely, the 70s) which will eventually be demolished as part of the ‘urban renewal strategy’, turning the road into a “grand tree-lined boulevard”. A new light rail service will run down the avenue’s original nature strip, whipping guests from the Mantra into Civic in less than ten minutes, perhaps within the year. The Place

Right now, there’s not much on the block but construction, with more private suites being built, a car park underway, and public spaces yet to be landscaped. But it won’t be long before this is transformed into an urban village, proposed here for the intersection at MacArthur, with shops, transport stations, parks and cafes. The Space

The only hotel to open in the nation’s capital in 2017, a $19 million retrofit has converted the former drab 10 story office building into a bright modern hotel housing 136 hotel rooms and 40 suites. There’s secure underground parking on its way, but the hotel also features conference facilities, a gym with brand new equipment, 24 hour reception and a Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, Podilato. The Rooms

We were lucky to be in a two bedroom suite. The suites, behind one door, are two separate hotel suites with their own bathrooms that can be locked as such, or opened up for families. Huge windows allow for impressive natural light. The bigger suite has ample space even with a small dining table, two armchairs and a coffee table, a kitchenette with fridge, sink and microwave in place. The smaller suite resembles a larger room, minus the kitchenette and dining table. The bedding was extremely comfortable, and in the bathroom we loved the drainage that stretched right across the edge of the double shower which stopped the bathroom floor from getting flooded. The Food

The restaurant Podilato is Mediterranean, mostly Greek, and has a variety of dishes to suit those wanting to snack or settle in for a three course meal, with some good wine choices. The balcony attached to the restaurant will be good for a sundowner once the construction outside is complete. Breakfast is also served here in the morning with barista made coffee available, fruit salad, bircher muesli, chia puddings, toast and pastries, and there’s a hot food available to order (at an extra cost). Stepping out

There’s not much to do right now directly outside of the hotel, but not for long; that being said, Canberra is not a huge place with Civic a 20 minute walk or five minute Uber ride away. The light rail will make it even more convenient. The Verdict

Immaculate and spacious digs that don’t skimp on comfort close to the heart of the action. Highlight

Top marks for space, light, and shower drainage. Using the remainder of your clean towels to mop up the bathroom floor is never fun. Lowlight

Our street-facing room had noise from the cars in the mornings which can be bothersome. Ask for a room that doesn’t face the street. The Essentials

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The writer was a guest of Mantra

Battle of Beersheba: The charge that changed the Hunter Charge: An Australian War Memorial photo of the charge at Beersheba which is now believed to be a recreation held the following day.
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History: Bloomfield’s Guy Haydon and the mare, Midnight, at Beersheba.

Regard: Australian horses at Beersheba during World War I. Only one Australian horse returned.

Historic: Australian horses and men at Beersheba near the historic Ottoman Bridge outside the town. Picture held by the Australian War Memorial.

Custodian: Peter Haydon of Haydon Horse Stud at Bloomfield. The property has been in the family hands since the 1830s.

TweetFacebookThe battleWorld War I was fought on two fronts, the western one in France and Belgium, and the eastern onearound the Mediterranean Sea against the Turks.

The battle for Gaza was a disaster, described by some as a second Gallipoli, but after it, the English GeneralAllenby became Commander in Chief of the Egypt Expeditionary Force and Australia’s Lieutenant General Chauvel took control of the Desert Mounted Column.

From this, a new plan of attack was hatched. Read on.

Donald Cameron’s connection toBeershebaItwasn’t long before he died in 1950 that Upper Hunter man Donald Cameron talked to his son about the pivotal World War IBattle of Beersheba, where men and horses from the Hunter changed the course of history.

“My grandfather said to my father, ‘Some time people will remember what we did’,” Lieutenant Colonel Cameron’s grandson Dick Cameron said on Friday.

Regard: Australian horses at Beersheba during World War I. Only one Australian horse returned.

On Tuesday, 67 years after Mr Cameron’s death, people across Australiaand in Israelwill remember the heroic charge of 800 men from the 12thand 4thLight Horse brigades on the then Turkish town of Beersheba in the afternoon of October31, 1917.

People will gather at the tiny cemetery of Rouchel, near Scone, at the grave ofDonald Cameron; in Muswellbrook at the unveiling of a statue to commemorate the crucial role played by the Upper Hunter-bred waler horse at Beersheba;and in Murrurundi on Saturday where one of the most famous of the Hunter walers –the Bloomfield Homestead mare Midnight and her rider, Captain Guy Haydon –will be honoured. Read on.

The pilgrimageA group of Australians has made the journey to Israel to take part in the centenary commemoration of the Australian Light Horse’s Beersheba charge.

Fairfax Media journalist Sally Cripps, who is the descendant of General Sir Harry Chauvel,is taking part in the pilgrimage. Follow here story:

Battle of Beersheba outlined ahead of centenaryBeersheba charge remembered by Australian Light Horse descendants in Israel Wearing with pride: Austin Short at the grave of his grandfather, Howard Taylor, in Haifa, northern Israel. Picture: Sally Cripps.

Muswellbrook to unveil commemorative statueIsrael is a long way from Muswellbrook.

But, on Tuesday, October 31, the two locations will be joined by a defining moment in history – the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba. Read on.

The Battle of Beersheba reenactedIt was the scene of an astonishing moment in the ANZAC story 100 years ago that sits sandwiched between Gallipoli and the Western Front.

And now history enthusiasts and descendants of Australian Mounted Division and ANZACMounted Division soldiers prepare for reenactment of the Battle ofBeersheba. Read more.

Military hero Lieutenant-Colonel Donald CameronForGeoff Harrison, it’s been a labour of love.

What started as a personal project about his great uncle Donald Cameron has now turned into a couple of books, with the latest entitled Cameron of Beersheba.

The late Lieutenant-Colonel, of Rouchel in the Upper Hunter, was well-known from World War I, as the commander of the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, which together with the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment, captured the town of Beersheba in Palestine. Read on.

PROUD: Author Geoff Harrison, from Soldiers Point, with a copy of his latest book, Cameron of Beersheba.

Battle of Beersheba by Ron Marshall THE CHARGE: Ron Marshall’s work, on display at Morpeth Gallery, commemorates 100 years since the last great horse charge in history. Picture: Ron Marshall

The assault on Berrsheba, a legendary battle in the First World War, was immortalised by Ron Marshall in his paintingThe Charge. Read on.

Cooper Cronk will be atthe Sydney Roosters next year –but will Mitchell Pearce?
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The Roostersconfirmed on Monday they had signed the 33-year-old Kangaroos and former Melbourne halfback to a two-season contract, a coup that casts doubt on the future of their incumbent No.7.

While Roosters chairman Nick Politis has insisted he wants Cronk and Pearce to play alongside each other in the same team, the latter is reportedly disappointed and disgruntled about his treatment after 11 seasons and 238 games for the tricolours.

And waiting in the wings, along with Manly and Cronulla, are the Newcastle Knights. Knights coach Nathan Brown told the Newcastle Herald last week: “If he [Pearce] was to become available, we’d be silly as a club not to at least entertain the thought of trying to sit downandhave a talk with him.”

It has since been reported that Brown has contacted Pearce’s father, former Balmain star Wayne Pearce, to express interest in the NSW Origin playmaker, and that there havebeen high-level conversations between Roosters and Knights officials.

Nonetheless, Roosters coach Trent Robinson was quoted on Monday saying he “absolutely” wanted to retain Pearce, even though the presence of livewire Luke Keary would suggest something has to give.

Pearce has two seasons to run on a deal estimated to be worth $800,000 per year. No clubwould appear in a better position to offer him top dollar than the Knights, who have a number of vacancies on their 2018 roster and considerable room to manoeuvre inside their salary cap.

If the Knights were successful in luring Pearce out of Sydney, it would instantly solve some of their problems while creating others.

Pearce’s former teammate, Connor Watson, has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle and been guaranteed first shot at five-eighth.

FormerNSW halfback Trent Hodkinson and up-and-comers Brock Lamb and Jack Cogger all have another year to run on their deals. Should Pearce sign for the Knights, it will surely be a matter of when, not if, Lamb and Cogger start talking to rival clubs.

ROOSTER BOOSTER: Test halfback Cooper Cronk, as expected, is heading to Bondi. Picture: AAP

As if cheaper prices are not enough, Qantas is now giving you an even bigger incentive to Uber to and from the airport.
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Qantas has partnered with Uber to allow Frequent Flyer members to earn points on Uber trips to the airport.

Passengers will be able to earn points travelling to and from some of Australia’s most popular airports.

To be eligible, you’ll have to download the latest version of the Qantas app, and book your Uber trip through that app to qualify.

The Uber icon will appear at the top right hand corner of the app, from which you will have to request the ride.

The higher the membership tier, the more points you will be able to earn from an Uber trip.

Bronze members will be able to earn one point per dollar spent, Silver will get two points, and Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members get three.

Those who are not yet signed up to Uber and book a ride through the Qantas app will earn themselves 2000 points for their first trip, which can be taken anywhere in Australia.

Uber passengers will be able to start earning points with Qantas from November 3.

In 2014, Virgin Australia cancelled a promotion with Uber following a backlash from the taxi industry and members of the public. At the time the ride-sharing service was still technically illegal. It has since been legalised in most Australian states, but remains illegal in the Northern Territory.

Several Australian airports, including Melbourne and Sydney international airports, now allow Uber drivers to pick up passengers from the terminal in designated zones. Airports eligible to earn Qantas points through Uber rides:AdelaideAvalonBrisbaneByron BayCairnsCanberraGold CoastHobartMaroochydoreMelbourneNewcastlePerthSydneyToowoombaTownsville

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