The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 SPORT 31 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA wildcards. I would think shes one of the clear top-four picks for those wildcards. Cummings said Alizee, who brilliantly won the Expressway Stakes at Rosehill last Saturday, would have one more run before the All-Star Mile on March 16, which would be in the Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 23. Alizee firmed from $8 into $4.50 favourite for the All-Star Mile after that win. Weir set to hand over his licence men last Wednesday before releasing them without charge. The police investigation is ongoing. If RV stewards stand down Weir and McLean, all other Australian jurisdictions are likely to adopt the ruling. Racing NSW was the first to issue Weir with a show cause notice, jeopardising plans to campaign his team in lucrative Sydney features. Weir has nominated horses for feature races in NSW and Tasmania over the next few months. He also has 40 horses entered for Ararat on Wednesday and 16 at Sandown the same day. He had planned to trial several horses at Terang today. The nations biggest trainer had 30 horses scratched from meetings at Moonee Valley, Caulfield, Kyneton and the postponed Sale meeting in the wake of last weeks adjourned inquiry. The fallout from the investigation saw strings of top-line gallopers removed from Weirs stable over the weekend. A host of Group 1 horses, including VRC Derby winner Extra Brut, Toorak Handicap winner Land Of Plenty and Thousand Guineas winner Amphitrite, have been transferred to other trainers. Negotiations are believed to have already taken place between Ballarat Turf Club and at least two key trainers interested in taking over Weirs boxes at Dowling Forest. DARREN Weir could surrender his training licence as early as today. Weir and his stable foreman at Warrnambool and trainer in his own right, Jarrod McLean, have been issued with show cause notices by Racing Victoria, asking them to justify why they should be allowed to continue training. They are due to front stewards at 2pm, but its likely Weir and possibly McLean will hand in their licenses. If Weir and McLean attempt to show cause and are unable to do so, they will be stood down. If so, they would face the prospect of a national ban. They were charged on 10 counts relating to the discovery of four jiggers, failing to give evidence and failing to comply with stewards directions during interviews last week. Weir stable employee Tyson Kermond faces two charges by RV. All 12 charges relate to the discovery of the jiggers, an unlicensed firearm and what is suspected to be cocaine at properties in Ballarat and Warrnambool. Those charges will be heard at the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at a date to be fixed. Victoria Police is conducting a separate investigation. Police arrested the three LEO SCHLINK EXCLUSIVE Jockey Blake Shinn rides Dawn Passage to victory at Randwick on Australia Day. Dawn Passage will clash with fellow Golden Slipper hopeful Accession at Warwick Farm on Saturday Picture: AAP IMAGE Battle to see if Slipper fits THE Golden Slipper prospects of exciting colts Accession and Dawn Passage will go on the line when the pair clash in the first $2 million Inglis Millennium (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday. Only horses bought at the 2018 Inglis sale ring are eligible to enter the Millennium, and Brazen Beau colt Accession and Dawn Approach juvenile Dawn Passage are the leading contenders to win the inaugural race. Dawn Passage was scintillating on debut at Royal Randwick just over a week ago for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Blake Shinn rode him that day and said Saturdays race has more significance than simply the big prizemoney on offer. I think the winner of that race could stamp themselves as a Golden Slipper horse, Shinn said. I wasnt sure how good he was but I couldnt ask for much more than what he did on debut. If he could come out and reproduce that effort he could be a really, really good horse. Shinn has only been back riding for a fortnight after spending time on the sideline with a serious neck injury. In that time he went to America where he took in the other side of racing breeding. Its a race built up around the sales for Inglis horses and the breeding industry is an integral part of our game and to win this race would mean a lot, he said. Every race is important and this is a new initiative for Sydney racing and a great concept. Shinn will face some close competition with long-time friend Denise Martin hoping her horse Accession can bring him down. The Chris Waller-trained two-year-old has had three starts and improved significantly with each run, scoring an easy win at his last start. MATT JONES Diamond favourite Catch Me. Athiri has had one start for an easy win at Rosehill on December 1 the same day Brooklyn Hustle won her debut at The Valley. Catch Me has had two starts for two wins and was impressive winning the fillies division of the Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield. I think the fillies have the wood on the colts, Warren said. Wild card hope for Alizee EVEN if Alizee hasnt got enough votes to gain a start in the All-Star Mile, her trainer James Cummings is confident she will get a wildcard entry. Surely shes done enough to get one of the four wildcards into the race, Cummings said on RSN 927 yesterday. Yesterday Alizee was in 14th place in the All-Star Mile voting with 1448 votes. Shed have to be the sort of horse which gets one of the Grunt a shoo-in for All-Star FROM the moment the AllStar Mile was announced Mick Price knew it was ideal for his four-year-old stallion Grunt. Forty days out from the $5 million race at Flemington on March 16, Price is still of the opinion he has the right horse in the dual Group 1 winner at the track and distance. Price can plan for the race knowing that Grunt is virtually assured of a start, being third in the voting. If hes right Im very confident he can win, Price said. Price believes thats the case but in the back of his mind he has a nagging concern about Grunts poor end to his spring campaign. Because he lost form, Price, at the beckoning of one of Grunts owners, sent him for a scintigraphy. The good news was that they couldnt find anything wrong with him, Price said. Acid test for Brooklyn Hustle JASON Warren left Caulfield on Saturday believing his filly Brooklyn Hustle is still the horse to beat in the Blue Diamond Stakes on February 23 but believes she is about to face her toughest challenge. It is next Saturday he suggested he would find out where she sits as Brooklyn Hustle faces her biggest test in the Blue Diamond Prelude in the shape of the James Cummings trained Athiri and Blue Racing Victoria in trainer summons
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