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The Northern Territory news Mon 11 Sep 2017



The Northern Territory news Mon 11 Sep 2017

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 2017 SPORT 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Monday, September 11, 2017 25 MICHAEL MANLEY HAVING been inducted alongside some of his childhood idols in the Queensland Racing Hall of Fame, Peter Moody point blank ruled out a return to the training ranks on Saturday night. Asked by MC David Fowler if he would ever come back, Moody didnt hesitate in offering a firm, No. I was able to get my licence back (after a suspension from MONDAY ntnews.com.au/sport HORSE RACING No Moody blues here the Lidari cobalt saga) and I chose not to, but Im enjoying being involved in (other aspects of) racing, he said. Moody entered Queensland racings Hall Of Fame on Saturday night, being inducted with jockey Ken Russell, racing administrator PJ OShea and $7.3 million track earner Buffering. To be recognised alongside the likes of (Tommy) Dawson, (Jim) Atkins, (Brian) MayfieldSmith, Bruce McLachlan, men I grew up admiring and dreaming to work for and work beside, is one of the most humbling things Ive done in all my life, he said. Leaving Queensland to pursue greater riches in Victoria was one of the saddest moments of Moodys life but a necessary one after Amalfis Victoria Derby lifted his profile on the national stage. I love Queensland, theres no bastard in the room more Queenslander than I, but for me to take the next step I had to move south and Amalfi was the catalyst for that, he said. Moodys fame grew through the deeds of Black Caviar, but her unbeaten 25run sequence is not at the top of the Wyandra products assessment of his training feats. The proudest thing and I think my greatest achievement as a trainer was the three best horses I ever trained, Typhoon Tracy, Black Caviar and Dissident, all retired off the back of weight-for-age Group 1 wins at the top of their game, not the bottom, he said. He said barring misadventure or misfortune Winx will join Kingston Town as a threetimes Cox Plate winner next month and revealed he speaks to Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman regularly, sharing stories of the pressure that goes with a racing megastar. Its sad when youve got something that good, its not about celebration when they win, its about relief, he said. I never realised the greatness of Black Caviar until the afternoon I announced her retirement. I sat down in my office, had a few big bottles of beer and watched every one of the 25 wins in the office. Moody credits hard work for bringing him good luck in racing and said he never lost sight of why he got into racing to begin with. I did what I did for the love of the horse, he said. NATHAN EXELBY RACING has its freak shows in terms of ability with horses such as Black Caviar and Winx and in terms of colouring Ciaron Mahers white two-year-old colt will sit alongside them. Racegoers love flashy coloured horses such as Apache Cat and Miss Vista with their white faces and legs on top of their flashy chestnut colours but a white horse is something different again. The Australian Stud Book states that white horses are very rare. Maher said the only other white horse he can remember is the dam of his colt, The Opera House. The white horse has been at his Caulfield stables since last week and the trainer cant believe the interest in him. The strappers are fighting to see who can look after him, he said. When hes gone on to the track hes got quite a bit of attention. Maher fell in love with the colt when he saw him as a foal in New Zealand and last January purchased the son of Shamexpress with the China Horse Club for $500,000 at the Karaka Premier Yearling Sales. Maher said he might have paid a little bit more for the colt as a yearling because of his col our but he bought him for the style of horse he is. Im not worried what colour he is. I buy them on type and hes just a great type, he said. He was a good little type as a foal and hes only got better since. He moves well. Hes well-muscled but training wise hes no different from the rest. Maher said they always had to keep in mind the colts pig Weir fields three in Makybe Diva LEADING trainer Darren Weir will have at least three runners in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington. Black Heart Bart, Humidor and Gailo Chop will represent the stable in the Group 1 1600m event on Saturday. Theyre the three that will definitely be running, Weir said. All three are in good shape at this stage and theyre looking to get out to the mile and even further. Brad Rawiller will again ride Black Heart Bart with Damian Lane back aboard Humidor. Mark Zahra or John Allen will ride Gailo Chop. Black Heart Bart was a last start second to Vega Magic in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on September 2 with Humidor, under Mark Zahra, finishing eighth. On the same day, Gailo Chop took out the Penny Edition Stakes at Morphettville, his first win since the 2015 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington. Weightier Winx cant run much faster FAR from being concerned Winx has had to fight for her two wins this campaign, trainer Chris Waller believes they have shown how good she is. In the Group 2 Warwick Stakes, Winx had to chase down stablemate Foxplay to win and gave away many lengths to Red Excitement in the Chelmsford Stakes before catching him 50 metres out. Those two will be among her opponents again in Saturdays Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) as she aims for her 20th successive victory. She has come through her last start well and has put on three kilograms, Waller said. We went through the sectional times and she cant run much faster. I think she is as well if not better than last time. Her coat is coming through and she is as sound as you could dream of. Waller is also likely to run Mackintosh, Tom Melbourne and McCreery. Williams to check on Cup chance CRAIG Williams will ride crack stayer Admire Deus at a Japanese quarantine centre this week in a gallop crucial to Melbourne Cup plans. The five-time Scobie Breasley medallist will break from a holiday to test the multiple Group 2 winner before reporting to owners Australian Bloodstock and trainer Darren Weir. Australian Bloodstock director Jamie Lovett said while Williams remained noncommittal on the Melbourne Cup, if he likes the horse, it makes sense that he would ride it because he rides for us. Craig is heading over to Japan and while hes there hell throw a leg over and get a feel for the horse, Lovett said. The guys who are currently with the horse are rapt. Hes a very clean-winded and a very sound horse. Hell definitely have a run before the Melbourne Cup. Were just not sure if it will be in the Caulfield Stakes or the Caulfield Cup. A $17 chance behind $13 favourites Almandin and Hartnell, Admire Deus will be one of the first imports to arrive in Australia later this month. Australian Bloodstock, who won the 2014 Cup with Protectionist, bought Admire Deus from Riichi Kondo, who raced 2014 winner Admire Ratki. Kondo will be represented by Albert, a $26 Melbourne Cup chance. Admire Deus was fourth in Japans premier staying contest, the Group 1 Tenno Sho in April behind champion Kitasan Black, who ran the 3200m in 3:12.5, almost four seconds faster than Kingston Rules 1990 Melbourne Cup record. mentation when looking after him. Youve got to shampoo them a bit more and put more sunscreen on them especially around the nose. Maher said the colt had done everything right when broken in and in pre-training at his Pakenham property. He said this campaign was for education and he hoped he could make his debut in the middle of next year. Ciaron Maher with the white horse which, ironically, has taken up residence in Black Caviars former stable. Picture: MARK STEWART Maher has hopes for his rare white horse