The Centralian advocate Fri 11 May 2018
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FRIDAY MAY 11 2018 SPORT 51 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA HE has ridden in Alice Springs in the past, but jockey Mathew Cahill is unlikely to forget his most recent trip to the Red Centre in a hurry. Lets just say that he endured a day of mixed fortunes. Cahill was booked to ride the Leanne Gillett-trained Ash Grey in Mondays Alice Ash Grey first past the post WHEN it comes to the racing game, Leanne and Terry Gillett had the best day of their lives at Ladbrokes Pioneer Park on Monday afternoon. You couldnt wipe the smile off Leannes face when impressive five-year-old gelding Ash Grey won the $110,000 Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup (2000m). It was the 40th Cup Carnival for the Alice Springs Turf Club. The Gilletts have now won the feature double in the Red Centre after Terry trained Nappa to victory in the famous Pioneer Sprint in 2003. It was a phenomenal effort by Ash Grey ($6) to win the Cup when you consider his past. He was passed in at the Inglis Red Centre Yearlings and Tried Horse Sale during the 2016 Alice Springs Cup Carnival. The five-year-old had never raced beyond 1600m before yesterday, but Ash Grey had won his three previous starts, albeit against moderate opposition. He lumped 61kg when he won the Lazy Bear 0-66 Handicap (1600m) on April 28. In the Cup, Ash Grey only carried 54kg. Under the care of Leanne Gillett, he has had 15 starts for seven wins most of them coming over much shorter trips. Im speechless, Im just so excited the horse has done an amazing job, Leanne said. You never know what can happen in a race, let alone an Alice Springs Cup. You bring a horse to the races hoping that theyre every chance and hoping they can be the best they can be. Dropping 7kg from his last start was huge despite the fact he had never raced over 2000m before. Its a thrill to train the horse for Craig Reid and all the other part owners. Terry has also been a huge supporter and Id like to thank all members of the stable today was a team effort. Gary Clarkes Kifaah (Brendon Davis), Kevin Lamprechts Hillbilly Rich (Felicia Bergstrand) and Ash Grey led the field out of the straight in the Cup. Kifaah and Hillbilly Rich then kicked clear in the back straight, with Ash Grey four lengths away in third place. The backmarkers made their move approaching the home turn as Ash Grey set after Kifaah. With 200 metres to go, the Gillett camp would have been confident before Lisa Whittles Peressini (Jarrod Todd) produced an exhilarating burst of speed. Peressini, runner up in the Cup last year and a model of consistency during the Cup Carnival, fell agonisingly short as Ash Grey prevailed. DAVID WHITE Mathew Cahill rode Ash Grey to victory in Mondays Alice Springs Cup at Pioneer Park. Picture: NIKKI WESTOVER Springs Cup. The NSW hoop is good friends with Gilletts husband Terry, who has made a name for himself as a jockey and trainer at Pioneer Park. Based in Cowra, Cahill left home on Monday at 4am to catch a flight to Orange before boarding another flight to Sydney. It was then off to Central Australia for six rides on the biggest race day in Alice Springs. Arriving in the Red Centre, Cahills luggage was nowhere to be seen. Subsequently, he had to forfeit his first two rides. Time to panic, but thankfully Cahills luggage was located by airport staff before he left for Pioneer Park. A fellow passenger took the wrong bag by mistake, but thankfully we were able to track it down, Cahill said. I was worried I would miss my ride in the Cup as I had all my gear in my bag. The day certainly ended on a better note when Cahill piloted Ash Grey to victory in the Cup. Ive now made three trips to Alice to ride for the Gilletts and I have landed a winner every time, Cahill said. Victory is unforgettable for jockey Cahill DAVID WHITE GATES OPEN 5PM RACING START 7PM ADULTS $15.00 KIDS 12 - 16 $10.00 KIDS UNDER 12 FREE. FAMILY $40.00 MORE INFO GO TO ARUNGA PARK MORE INFO GO TO ARUNGA PARK SPEEDWAY PAST & PRESENT FACEBOOK PAGE NT SA
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