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38 SPORT FRIDAY MARCH 3 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 new tyre that has been designed to give the Supercars more grip. There will be more contact from the tyre on the road, said former champion Mark Winterbottom. The tyres we used last year where quite round on the sidewall and the new tyre is a lot squarer which will mean that more rubber hits the road when you turn the wheel. We saw in Formula One that when they went to a new profile tyre that it changed the speed and lap times and we should see a similar thing. Drivers and fans are excited about the prospect of lap records and race distance records smashed. A lot of people are expecting that, Winterbottom said. And it could be the case. In theory we should be quicker but I want to get out on it and do some laps first. Winterbottom outlined the choice of tyre this year. APPRENTICE jockey Kate Brooks has not had a win since January 26, placing 10 times in that time. But the 25-year-old will take a lot of confidence into todays race meeting at Fannie Bay. She finished second in the Victorian leg of the National Apprentice Challenge, aboard Theycallmethehoff for Shane Bottomley, at Ladbrokes Park in Melbourne on Wednesday. And she will saddle up in all of the five races in Darwin today. Can she string some wins together? I hope so, Brooks said. Unfortunately some of those placings were on Phillip Coles horses but in trackwork theyre all ticking over nicely. One of Brooks best chances today will be veteran sevenyear-old King Kev for trainer David Bates in the $17,000 race-five feature Benchmark 68 Handicap (1600m). The gelding won two straight races with Ray Vigar and Richie Oakford in the saddle over 1600m in December. Brooks rode him in his past three runs, with two over 1300m and one over 1200m, with his best finish third. Hes back to his preferred distance (today), she said. Red Magnet is also a good chance, with Brooks to ride the six-year-old gelding for Cole in the $15,500 Benchmark 76 Handicap (1100m). Hes been running very well he got second to a Gary Clarke horse (on Febru ary 18), Brooks said. Delta Dor (for Patrick Johnston in race one), Duke Of York (for Garry Lefoe in race two), Brooklyn (for Carl Spry in race four), and Kayno (for Kerry Petrick), Celebrakti and Ronns Moss (both for Gary Clarke), and Harrebs Time (for Tayarn Halter) in race five are all in-form horses. Meanwhile, jockey Wayne The soft tyre from last year is actually are hard this year, Winterbottom said. Supercars legend Russell Ingall said the new tyre would see more drivers in contention to win races. I think a guy like Rick Kelly could be a surprise packet on this tyre, Ingall said. New tyre has drivers on track for record season DRIVERS are predicting the fastest Supercars season ever thanks to a new specialised tyre expected to smash lap records this year. On the eve of the seasonopening Clipsal 500, the sports biggest stars said the JAMES PHELPS Jockey Kate Brooks, pictured with the Garry Lefoe-trained Ribera Del Duero, hopes to pick up some wins today Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY Davis returns to action today after suffering a fractured upper arm and shoulder from a race fall in October last year. Icon right to tackle Guineas JAMES Cummings said he put on his pragmatic cap by changing tack with his Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon and starting him in the Australian Guineas tomorrow. Cummings preferred option was for Prized Icon to start in the Randwick Guineas but he said there was too much uncertainty regarding that race due to the wet weather which has engulfed Sydney. Cummings sent Prized Icon to Melbourne on Wednesday night and he arrived at Flemington bright as a button yesterday morning. Sometimes youve got to take one step sideways to take a few steps forwards, Cummings said. This is a good option. It fits into the program and he will run on a good track. He ran a solid race first-up and hes run well second up before, he said. Ciaron Mahers two-yearold colt Jukebox has been given the all clear by Racing NSW stewards to start on the weekend in either the Todman Stakes at Randwick tomorrow or the Black Opal Stakes at Canberra on Sunday. Jukebox will be examined again by Racing NSW senior vet Dr Craig Suann this afternoon after the colt is plated with its usual race plates. LeBron low-key on Bogut LEBRON James likes Andrew Boguts will to win, the depth he will add to the already loaded Cleveland Cavaliers roster and the potential to reveal inside knowledge about their great rivals, the Golden State Warriors. But James is not popping champagne corks to celebrate the Cavaliers move to sign Bogut and point guard Deron Williams. He knows the defending champion Cavaliers face a long road and many challenges to make Junes NBA Finals. It doesnt, James said, when asked by reporters in Boston how Bogut changes the team. Our process is the same. How can we get better every day and put ourselves in a position so we can compete for a championship? Its the same storyline. A week ago Bogut and Will iams were on the struggling Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks traded Bogut to the injury-plagued Philadelphia 76ers, but with Bogut keen to join a title contender they agreed to part ways and he chose the topranked Eastern Conference Cavaliers over the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. The Cavaliers have been vocal about their need to fill the void left by Australian back-up point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who departed Cleveland after their championship win. A LACK of numbers and quality and the financial risk for parents were among the reasons Basketball NT withdrew its under-18 girls team from next months national championships. The decision has left some players and families disappointed, but BNT high-performance and development manager Rod Tremlett said his organisation had little choice. Only 11 girls attempted to Basketball NT decides to cut U18 girls team make the squad, with no-one from Alice Springs trying out. Injuries and Adelaide-based Territorian Ambah Kowcuns status as a South Australia Metro reserve forced BNTs hand and not for the first time at under-18 level. Darwin Basketball Associations under-18 girls league has nine teams, but Tremlett said many of them were more social than competitive. We started with a very small base, but its not just the numbers for a national championships team there is a consideration of quality, Tremlett told the NT News. I cant take four girls playing in a Div Two comp who might train once a week or they might not because theyre playing for fun. You cant take them to the national championships, because its unfair on the family. You charge $3000 and they go down and get slaughtered thats not fair on anybody. The initial squad included the likes of Dominique Carbo ne, Kowcun, Chloe Purvis, Tamiyah Perkins, Clancy Dorman and Tulaha Jeffrey. Tremlett said BNT staff would do their best to find other opportunities for the players, but conceded there was only one national championships. Its not like someone has done something wrong; its just that cyclical nature with numbers, he said. We were on a knifes edge from the day of the trial, and we did what we could. We approached some of the girls in squads and teams in Alice and they werent available, either. We were counting on having them ... we cant produce players out of thin air. Tremlett ruled out working with another state or territory, like BNT did in the under-20s, saying only NT was struggling in this age group. He was confident the under-14s and under-16s coming through would avoid this situation in the coming years. An under-18 boys team will represent the Territory. MARC McGOWAN Brooks looks to winning day at Fannie Bay JOSH SPASARO 12 PAGE FORM GUIDE IN TOMORROWS
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