Press Association Aidan O’Brien believes Adelaide is the right type of horse for Saturday’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. O’Brien has not had any runners in Australia since a rather controversial Melbourne Cup in 2008, when his three representatives were well down the field and the stewards called him back to the racecourse after he had already left. Since then the Ballydoyle handler has been looking for what he believes is the perfect specimen with which to tackle Australia’s major races. He told www.theage.com.au: “The horses that you have, play your hand. “Every year you don’t have the same horses – (a Cox Plate runner) needs to have the right profile. “It is hard to get a horse that we think could fit the right profile. “Tom (Magnier, of Coolmore Australia) saw this horse at an early stage and he just thought he could be a horse to do that. “Tom has been big influence. It is one your biggest races. Obviously we have always been aware of it and I have been guided by Tom and what he thought. “It is a long way to go and you have to have a horse that you believe could be very competitive. This horse has continued to develop.” Adelaide won the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington before finishing third to Ectot in the Prix Niel at Longchamp last time out. “The mile-and-a-quarter on a tight track didn’t seemed to be a problem for him (at Arlington). The only thing about him is when he goes he is a little bit idle. We might not want to get there (to the front) too early with him, but I suppose on a tight track that is not an easy thing to do,” said O’Brien.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team heads to Green Bay this weekend to take on Northern Michigan for an exciting non-conference game.The Badgers are having a great start to the season after sweeping both No. 13 Boston College and Merrimack last weekend. As a result, Wisconsin was promoted to No. 5 in the rankings from No. 10. The team proved that it has scoring depth with players Ryan Wagner, Seamus Malone and Tarek Baker. The defense has also contributed to the team’s success, as Peter Tischke currently leads the team in assists.In addition, offensive duo Trent Fredric and Will Johnson produced a couple of goals and assists. Both players are having fantastic starts and have a point-per-game production so far this season.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin dominates during East Coast weekendThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team found success out East after winning against both No.13 Boston College and Merrimack. Read…The biggest spotlight from last weekend is Kyle Hayton. Hayton, recently named Big Ten First Star of the Week, made 70 saves against 73 shots in both games. Hayton’s season stats are impressive, with a .927 save percentage and 2.01 goals allowed per game. As the Badgers savor their victories, they must quickly focus on the matchup ahead of them. This weekend the Badgers head to Green Bay to face the Northern Michigan Wildcats. The last time Wisconsin faced Northern Michigan was in the 2016-17 season. The two-game series at the Kohl Center is on top of the list that the Badgers want redemption for. The series was split with Wisconsin losing 2-5 in the first game and winning the second game 2-0. Currently, Northern Michigan is unranked and has a 3-1 overall record, 2-0 in the WCHA conference. Last weekend, the team swept Ferris State. Their leading goal scorer Robbie Payne leads the team in goals (five) and points (six points in four games). On top of that, Wildcat goalie standout Atte Tolvenan has a .935 save percentage and 2.0 goals allowed per game.Schiro: Hockey’s unique nature means that players use college experience for different purposesThe world of college hockey is truly unique in the sense that many freshman begin their collegiate careers knowing whether Read…Top-ranked teams such as North Dakota (fourth seed) are reigniting their rivalry with Minnesota (seventh seed) while St. Cloud State (two seed) is facing respectable Boston College (thirteen seed). Both of those matchups will be tough for both top-ranked teams. Wisconsin will need to win both games to guarantee their place in the ranking and perhaps move up as well. Puck drop starts 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. You can listen to the game on the radio by tuning in to WIBA 1030 Friday and WTSO 1070 Saturday.