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Andreas Wohler, the man considered the best hope of wresting the Melbourne Cup out of the iron-clad grip of the Japanese, remains bullish about Protectionist’s chances despite expressing his dismay at early markets for the race.

Much of Wohler’s enthusiasm stems from globetrotting jockey Ryan Moore, who will return to Australia to shoot for Australia’s most cherished sporting trophy 10 days after stealing away with the Cox Plate.

“I know from last year when he rode our horse Novellist, he’s a very committed and very experienced jockey,” Wohler said.

“He has ridden everywhere and had great success, which is why I was very lucky to have him booked quite early. He was quite keen in the end to ride him, which was a good sign.”

Moore rode at Santa Anita’s Breeders Cup meeting on the weekend before jetting back into Melbourne on Monday.

Wohler has also been doing a fair amount of flying himself, landing in Australia to watch Protectionist’s eye-catching fourth in the Herbert Power at Caulfield three weeks ago.

Bookmakers immediately juggled Melbourne Cup markets installing the five-year-old as favourite for the race.

That baton has long been passed to Admire Rakti after his storming Caulfield Cup win, but the one-time favouritism tag certainly bemused Wohler.

“When I went back to the airport after the race on the way to the airport I got the message to say he was second favourite or favourite and I couldn’t believe it,” Wohler said. “He finished fourth in a group 2 and he’s favourite for the Melbourne Cup? I couldn’t believe that.

“But I was quite happy with the way he ran. He hit a flat spot and it’s a different type of racing here.

“They start quite quickly and then they slow down and then they start to quicken again from the five furlong and he was off the bridle, then he quickened up again and finished off the race really well. That’s what impressed me most.”

The Melbourne Cup has been a regular jaunt for the English, Irish and French over the years, but no German-trained horse has ever won the race.

Wohler has previously brought horses to Australia for the Cox Plate with Silvano running fourth to Northerly in 2001, while Paolini ran 10th in the weight-for-age championship three years later.

And he admitted a lead-up run in Australia was critical to his planning and that of Australian Bloodstock, which purchased the horse to fulfil a Melbourne Cup ambition.

“Every time [travelling to Australia] you learn and even now we’re learning,” he said. “You know what is needed in preparation for going into quarantine and that’s why we always said we wanted to come earlier and have a prep race for him.

“[The Melbourne Cup] always has big attention because it is a very big race on the world stage. Now it gets even more attention because a German horse is right in the race.”

Protectionist is the least experienced horse in the Melbourne Cup field, boasting just nine starts, including a win in the Prix Kergorlay over 3000 metres in August, a typical lead-up race for the international raiders.

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Kelly captivates with warm, uplifting stories | photos Cathy Kelly Literary lunch.Photo by Chris McCormack
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Harriet Manasa, of Indooroopilly, and Jeni Wellington, of Bardon.

Renee Thake, of Capalaba, and Cathy Nguyen, of Tarragindi, at the Grand View literary lunch.

Karen Moore, of Thorneside, and Claire Grace, of Hawthorne.

Donna Schneiders, of Redland Bay, and Marian Davey, of Victoria Point.

Christina and Kate Mason, of Palmwoods.

Bev Ruskey, of Killarney, Meredith Tracey and Jodie Daley, of Wellington Point. Photos by Chris McCormack

TweetFacebookIt Started with Paris, when she was guest author at the Grand View Hotel on Friday.

At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists.

Kelly weaves a delightful tale spinning out from this once-in-a-lifetime moment, drawing together a terrific cast of characters with stories of their own.

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Teacher Tim Kilchester with Reel Award winners (back from left) Adam Shaw, Olivia Buckham, Toby Duffy, James Peterson and Elysha Kennedy and (front from left) Latchmi Pillai, Robert Hughes-Gage, Kate Morris and Manali Datar.Sheldon College’s film students made their debut on the silver screen at the school’s annual Reel Awards recently.
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Thrillers, mock advertisements, music videos, crime dramas and abstract films created over the past 12 months were shown to the audience at Victoria Point Cineplex last Monday.

The event also served as a farewell for the year 12 students before their graduation.

In the major categories, Olivia Buckham won Editor of the Year, Kate Morris was named Scriptwriter of the Year, James Peterson was recognised as Cinematographer of the Year and Toby Duffy was praised with the Epic Shot of the Year award.

Manali Datar was recognised for Breakthrough Achievement in Film, Jack Vernon was named the Most Valuable Crew Member and Latchmi Pillai was judged to have shown the Most Improved Technical Skill.

Adam Shaw won the award for Achievement in Technical Direction and Elysha Kennedy won Achievement in Artistic Direction.

Robert Hughes-Gage was recognised for showing the Most Improved Artistic Skill.

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BayView State School held an Adidas School Fun Run recently and raised $6890 to buy extra school resources and sporting equipment.
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Students pounded the pavement in the lead-up to the run, seeking sponsorship from the local community.

School fun run organiser Dave Beasley is proud of the way the students rallied behind the health-based fundraiser.

“It was great to see so many students supporting their school by collecting sponsorship and participating on the day,” Dave said.

The annual Adidas School Fun-Run provided a platform for schools, sporting clubs and community groups to raise extra funding while encouraging participation in healthy and active lifestyles.

In the past three years the fun run program has helped schools to raise more than $9.1 million to buy computers, books, sporting equipment and other resources.

With the additional option to use online fundraising, students can now reach family and friends interstate or overseas which resulted in schools increasing their overall profit by 16.4 per cent in 2013.

The fun run program was launched in 2011 as an alternative to junk food fundraising.

All schools are invited to participate by visiting the School Fun Run website.

A further $230,000 has been donated in school grants by program partner, CUA, through its Community Care initiative – an extension to the Adidas School Fun-Run.CUA’s chief executive officer, Chris Whitehead, said his company was passionate about supporting local communities and the fun run program delivered positive outcomes for everyone involved.

“We are delighted to be involved again in 2014 and look forward to another successful year,” he said.

Last year Wembley Downs Primary School raised $29,305 and students won a special day where Adidas athletes visited the school.

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