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The Northern Territory news Fri 9 Sep 2016



The Northern Territory news Fri 9 Sep 2016

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50 SPORT FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE main focus of the Adelaide 36ers in tonights international against Chinas HiSpeed Shandong Golden Stars will be on defence, according to Sixers coach Joey Wright. The three-match series for the Friendly Cup opens at Titanium Security Arena before shifting to Murray Bridges Unity College on Sunday and the Waikerie Sports Centre on Tuesday. In April in China, the 36ers won a three-game series 2-1 but Wright is less concerned about the result than how his team is evolving ahead of the 2016-17 NBL season. For us, its not just this game but every game has to be about us, he said. Were trying to play to an identity and its still early in our pre-season. We want to work on some defensive schemes and see who gets them, who remembers them. Adelaide 36ers player Eric Jacobsen slam dunks against the Illawarra Hawks. Jacobsen is one of the 36ers new faces likely to see plenty of playing time in China Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Sandown surface is a concern RACING authorities will hold an investigation into the safety of the Sandown Lakeside course with a second meeting called off in less than two months. Wednesdays meeting was abandoned after three races when jockeys said some horses were losing their footing near the home turn. Racing Victoria and the Melbourne Racing Club will coordinate an independent investigation into the surface after a meeting was also abandoned on July 20. The next scheduled meeting on the Lakeside track is scheduled for December 7. The Melbourne Racing Club takes full responsibility for the issues with the Sandown Lakeside track and we apologise to all participants and punters for the abandonment of the meeting. It is nowhere near the standards we expect, MRC chief executive Brodie Arnhold said. The track is due for a planned break and renovation over the coming months. Through that time a full and thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the issues weve had, and their future prevention. Meanwhile, Caulfield Cup runner-up Trip To Paris has been taken out of the Doncaster Cup and will run instead in the Irish St Leger. Last years Ascot Gold Cup winner has been steadily brought back to top form by trainer Ed Dunlop after missing the first half of the season through an injury suffered in the Japan Cup after his Melbourne Cup fourth. Melbourne Cup winning jockey returns FROM BACK PAGE Payne has taken up a trainerjockey licence and has two horses in work, one which could make its debut with her aboard in two weeks. Theyre in the process of getting named, Payne said. Im also in the process of buying another horse and hopefully getting a couple more. Im really looking for ward to becoming a trainer. Payne said she couldnt believe it when Dwyer asked her to ride Lucky Libety at Sale on Sunday. Hes a really good horse Ive ridden him in every start hes had so its a great kick-off point for me, Payne said. Hes the perfect horse for me to make a comeback on. Lucky Liberty won his first three starts with Payne aboard and has only raced twice since. Meanwhile, apprentice Brooke Sweeney has suffered concussion and a broken nose in a race fall at Mornington yesterday. She spent last night in Frankston Hospital but the Victorian Jockeys Association said everything else was looking clear at this stage. Champion steeds go head to head WINXS phenomenal unbeaten season against Chautauquas freakish sprinting ability which culminated with international glory. The two champions have never met on a racecourse but they are the only contenders for Australian racings ultimate honour the Horse of the Year title. Racing NSW yesterday released the finalists in each category for the Horse of the Year awards, which will be announced in Sydney on September 29. Every finalist is eligible for Horse of the Year but there are only two contenders Winx and Chautauqua. Glenn Munsie, spokesman for TAB Fixed Odds, framed a hypothetical market on Horse of the Year and rated Winx $1.50 favourite, Chautauqua at $3, and $21 and longer the rest. Winx won all seven races last season, including five Group 1 races Epsom, Cox Plate, Chipping Norton, George Ryder and Doncaster, Munsie said. Chautauquas record is fabulous too with four Group 1 wins. His finishing bursts are amazing. Wright: Adelaide focus on defence I think our offence will take care of itself - we should be able to score. But we want to work one defensive scheme after the next, after the next. The Golden Stars also are in their pre-season ahead of their CBA season and Wright admitted he was concerned at the degree of physicality the games could produce. It will be good for us to see if we can hold our composure, he said. Wright said he was conscious of the fact his new captain, Mitch Creek, and power forward Daniel Johnson had a Premier league grand final tomorrow. Creek is leading Southern and Johnson anchors Sturt. Daniel and Mitch wont play much, probably less than 15 minutes, he said. That means new 36ers faces such as Terrance Ferguson, Anthony Drmic, Eric Jacobsen and Majok Deng will probably see more action. BOTI NAGY * Conditions apply. Not available with any other offer or discount. Print ad sizes vary by masthead. Online ad is a SEEK Classic Listing. Combine the power of Australias #1 employment site with the huge readership of our papers. Find the perfect fit for your business. Medium print ad plus a listing on seek.com.au Large print ad plus a listing on seek.com.au W I T HBook now at 08 8944 9999

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