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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16 2019 SPORT 47 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Kane delivers as England seal the deal AFP HARRY Kanes first half hattrick secured Englands qualification for Euro 2020 in style with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro in their 1000th match. Even without Raheem Sterling, who was dropped by Gareth Southgate earlier in the week after a physical altercation with teammate Joe Gomez, England displayed the firepower that will make them one of the Euro favourites. Kane moved into sixth in the all-time list of England goalscorers by taking his tally for the qualifying campaign to 11 in seven games. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Marcus Rashford were also on target before halftime and Aleksandar Sofranacs own goal and Tammy Abrahams first at international level rounded off the scoring as Southgates men sealed top spot in Group A. The Czech Republic, who inflicted Englands first defeat in a qualifier for 10 years last month, also guaranteed qualification with a 2-1 victory over Kosovo. And France and Turkey qualified for Euro 2020 after Iceland drew 0-0 in Istanbul. Harry Kane celebrates a goal MARK OBERHARDT IN-FORM trainer Kelly Schweida rarely shows much emotion but admits he is genuinely excited about Meet Mr Taylor taking on a class field at the Sunshine Coast. Meet Mr Taylor has drawn barrier one in todays $105,000 Swiss Ace Plate (1000m) in which he faces a competitive line-up of sprinters. Schweida has a big opinion of Meet Mr Taylor and has been keenly waiting for today since the gelding finished a half head behind Tarzan at Eagle Farm last Saturday week. It was the first time Meet Mr Taylor had been beaten at 1000m in four starts at the distance. It was a terrific run because he drew barrier eight and was caught three-deep the whole trip while the winner had a much easier run, Schweida said. This time we have barrier one and Tarzan has the outside barrier 10. I dont know if that makes much difference to Tarzans style and we do meet him worse at the weights under the conditions of the race. But the chances dont stop there and it should be an exciting race. I am looking forward to it. Meet Mr Taylor has won eight of his 12 starts but has never run at the Sunshine Coast. I dont see any problems with the Sunshine Coast as he seems to handle all tracks, Schweida said. It is well documented that he is a funny type of horse who seems to let others get up to him before he kicks back. It can a bit stressful to watch but you know he is never going to give in. HUGH Bowman rode Le Romain in his first start and his first win and he clearly remembers the horse as a standout. It was August, 2015, three months after Bowman had partnered Winx to her first Group 1 win in the Queensland Oaks. I actually trialled him before his first start, Bowman said of the Kris Lees-trained gelding. I Hughs happy reunion Bowman keen to renew winning partnership on Le Romain MANDY COTTELL went to Newcastle to trial Protectionist and I rode him in a trial and I said to Kris I thought he was a pretty decent horse. We expected him to win (on debut) at Wyong but he was a bit raw and a bit new. Le Romain got the job done at his next start with Bowman aboard, breaking his maiden at Newcastle. Horse and jockey have teamed up intermittently since, combining to win the 2016 Group 1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington and finishing a narrow second in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick the following year. The pair return to where it all began today when Le Romain races on the Newcastle course proper for the first time since winning his maiden, this time to contest the $1 million The Hunter (1300m). The only Group 1 winner in the field and twice placed be hind Winx, Le Romain has a distinct class edge and will come into barrier 11 if the last three reserves dont run. Bowman is looking forward to rekindling the partnership, having last ridden Le Romain in September last year. He has been a great horse to me. Hes been a great horse to everyone involved with him, Bowman said. He is a class horse and hes performed consistently at the top level. Bowman links with Winxs trainer Chris Waller in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m), picking up the ride on Kavalmo. The three-year-old has been scratched from the Sandown Guineas after drawing wide and is second pick in TAB fixed odds markets behind undefeated Tulloch Lodge gelding Rule The World. Bowman rides Kavalmo for the first time with the horse re turning to NSW after a laststart fifth to Bowmans mount Dalasan at Group 3 level at Flemington. Youd like to be on Dalasan in it wouldnt you? Bowman said. It is a significant drop in grade for him, but then again he went up sharply in grade to Flemington. He had only won a maiden before that. He looks a nice, progressive horse. Schweidas high hopes for gelding The Candy Man fresher for Mooloolaba Cup MARK OBERHARDT TRAINER Barry Baldwin believes fan favourite The Candy Mans performance in a recent Sydney campaign is far better than it appears. Baldwin is confident The Candy Man can return to his best form in the $105,000 Mooloolaba Cup (1600m) at the Sunshine Coast today. The Candy Man, who races in the colours of Queensland legend Gunsynd, gained a huge fan following after surviving a lifethreatening injury to win seven races in a row. Baldwin took the striking grey to Sydney for the spring where he was well beaten in four starts. The trainer said he did not like making excuses for horses but nothing had go right for The Candy Man in NSW. In his first run in the Cameron at Newcastle he got an early bump and was pushed wide, Baldwin said. Then in the Epsom he was again deep but his final sectionals were among the best in the race. There were also excuses in the Craven Plate and Rosehill Cup. I really think if he had drawn a decent barrier he would have run a place in the Rosehill race. In those kinds of races you need things to go right and they didnt. The Candy Man has been back in Brisbane for a fortnight and freshened up with swimming and beach work. He drew barrier one on Saturday and that might be an omen things are about to change, Baldwin said. Michael Cahill rides The Candy Man to victory in the Premiers Cup on Stakes Day at Eagle Farm in May Picture: AAP /ALBERT PEREZ