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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Apr 2017



The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Apr 2017

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34 SPORT FRIDAY APRIL 14 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 JOSH SPASARO IT might not always be the case, but Darwin trainer Phil Coles Red Magnet was on song at Fannie Bay yesterday. The six-year-old powered home down the straight to beat Chris Pollards African Pulse by a comfortable two and a half lengths in the $20,500 Benchmark 76 Handicap. The gelding can be inconsistent at times, but there were no such worries in the race-five feature over 1000m. He went well. I was surprised to see African Pulse take him on up front, but he stuck to his guns and found the line well, Cole said. His last couple of rides werent the best rides, but his form still looks really good. Winning jockey Kate Brooks was relieved her mount gave her no issues in the small five-horse field. I had a few troubles with him last start. He was a little bit fractious at the gates but (yesterday) he was on song, she said. Hes hard to beat when he is. Hes got his tricks he can sometimes be a bit naughty in the gates. But once you know him hes good to ride. Phils got him going good. Cole is now aiming his horse for the $25,000 Weight For Age race over 1100m in Darwin on Anzac Day. Meanwhile, Gary Clarkes Crackajack, ridden by Brendon Davis, won the race-one Benchmark 54 Handicap (1300m) by a length over Jason Mannings Macon County. Kerry Petricks four-year old mare Anabella, ridden by Felicia Bergstrand, won her first race in 12 starts, in the race-two Trobis Maiden Plate (1200m). Garry Lefoes Be Cool Yolander was four lengths behind in second place. Trainer-jockey Carl Spry rode Mavericks to a win by less than a length over Leah Walling-Dentons Merveille in the race-three Happy Easter from The Darwin Turf Club 0-64 THERE are still four Group 1 races on the radar for classy horse Tivaci before he heads to stud but trainer Mike Moroney is hoping he can break through at the top level sooner rather than later. Tivaci has been placed twice in Group 1 races this season while at his most recent start he had to settle for fourth in the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. Tomorrow, Tivaci, who will stand at Waikato Stud in New Zealand later this year, will again aim for his first Group 1 win in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Moroney (pictured) is also planning to take Tivaci to Queensland where there are three Group 1 sprints in the next couple of months. Hes got three cracks in Queensland, Moroney said. Hopefully the sooner he can get one out of the way, the better. Hes only had three runs back this preparation so hes got it all in front of him this campaign. Weve planned it that way. Tivaci steps up to 1400m for the first time this campaign in the All Aged Stakes and Moroney has been pleased with the way he has trained on since the TJ Smith. It has always looked his best trip, Moroney said. Tivaci could not match the breathtaking finish unleashed by Chautauqua to win his third-straight TJ Smith on April 1 but Moroney felt his charge did a good job to rally in the straight and still run home for fourth. There is no Chautauqua in Saturdays race although TJ Smith Stakes runner-up English is among the All Aged opponents. Clock ticking for Tivaci THE corks werent exactly popping although Paul Snowden (pictured) was relieved to learn impressive filly Frolic is no longer an impediment to Invader adding the Champagne Stakes at Randwick to his record. Although the two-year-old colt beat Frolic home by five lengths when they last duelled in the $1 million Sires Produce Stakes on April 1, Snowden still considered the Hong Kong-bound Michael Freedman-trained stand-out juvenile a major threat in Saturdays Group 1 race. Shes been the form filly of the carnival really. Shes run in everything, and run really well, Snowden said. Freedman, who signed off from his Sydney stint with a win by Show Em at Hawkesbury yesterday, had intended to give Frolic an opportunity to atone her seventh in the Sires but three runs on heavy tracks forced a rethink. Handicap (1200m). And Jason Mannings Exert, with Vanessa Arnott in the saddle, won the 0-58 Handicap (1100m) in race four. Day three of the Alice Springs Cup Carnival continues at Pioneer Park tomorrow. The $25,000 Talice Security Service Open (1900m) a rare Territory long-distance staying event will be one of the highlights. Last years Alice Springs Cup-winning mare, Montalto, will feature in this race. Red Magnet produces strong burst to seal win Kate Brooks drives the Phil Cole-trained six-year-old gelding Red Magnet to victory in the Ladbrokes Handicap (1000m) at Fannie Bay yesterday Picture: HELEN ORR Farewell for jockey Jones POPULAR NSW jockey Darren Jones will be remembered as a cherished husband, father and son after his death in a three-horse fall. The 49-year-old who fell during a race at Warialda on Saturday will be farewelled in Tamworth on April 20. The tragic passing of Darren Jones ... has been a tremendous loss to wife Sheridan, sons Jacob and William and to the NSW racing community, the Australian Jockeys Association and National Jockeys Trust said. NSW Jockeys Association vice president Tony Crisafi said Jones was more like a friend to me and that he had worked to improve jockey safety standards. Two other riders were caught up in the fall, with Melanie Bolwell suffering bleeding on the brain, and neck and ankle factures, and Leanne Henry undergoing surgery for a broken collarbone. Suspension hits Collett JASON Collett has been ruled out of the ride on Chance To Dance in the re-run of the Group 1 Sydney Cup by a suspension at Warwick Farm. Collett was suspended for four meetings, which includes the Sydney Cup at Randwick on April 22, after pleading guilty on Wednesday to careless riding in the home straight on Braces in the last race. Apprentice Courtney van der Werf, who rode Timeless Prince to sixth, successfully protested against Collett on the fifth placed Braces with the positions reversed. Collett was outed from April 18 to April 26. He had been booked to replace Damian Lane on the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Chance To Dance, who went past the post in second place behind Polarisation in last weekends Sydney Cup no-race at Randwick. Gask returns Down Under AUSTRALIAN trainer Jeremy Gask will return home later this year after completing a successful decade-long stint in England. The 43-year-old moved from Adelaide in 2007 having saddled over 250 winners in the South Australian Metropolitan Premiership, and has almost 200 victories to his name as a UK trainer. He is closing in a deal to set up base on the NSW Central Coast where he aims to build up a stable good enough to compete in the big Sydney and Melbourne meetings from 2018 after a tough 12 months. Gask had looked set to remain in England after relocating to a new training facility at Danebury in Hampshire last year but the move was beset with bad luck when a virus swept through the yard, resulting in the stable sending out just 17 winners in 2016. Frolic, whose second in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper proved the highlight of her maiden preparation, will be in the paddock when Invader ($1.95) tackles a mile for the first time before heading for a spell. Snowden said another wet track was no concern with Randwick expected to stay in the heavy range, but there was a query over the distance. Going up to a mile is always a little bit of a concern but hes got a very relaxed demeanour about him, said Snowden, who co-trains with his father Peter. Hes just in a good spot. The win the other day was no fluke. Hes fit and well, hes a very tough horse. Snowden was delighted with Invaders inside barrier, a gate that allows jockey Hugh Bowman to place him in an influential position. Snowdens relief over Frolic