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38 SPORT MONDAY MAY 4 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V2 FOOTROT FLATS Happy with Kayno They are very confident with him after his win in the Chief Ministers Cup nine days ago, she said. He has the perfect draw, while we are a little vulnerable in barrier one. Then there is Sirbible who is just an astonishing young animal. Sirbible, from the Russell Bell stable and to be ridden by Brendon Davis, has never been out of the prizemoney in his 11 career starts and has had five wins in that time. Dyer not shouting about chances of Cantonese NEIL Dyer likes to yell and scream his runners home but he does not believe he will be doing that today with Cantonese in the $110,000 XXXX Gold Alice Springs Cup (2000m). I reckon we are a little bit behind the eight ball with him, Dyer said. We had to squeeze in a couple of trials and a few races in down south to have him ready to run the 2000m. Some horses you can get away with it but it has not really agreed with him. Dyer said he was confident that he can have Cantonese back to where he was in the Top End last year when he ran third in the Darwin Cup. We have given him a very easy week and I am hoping that he puts in his best. Another disappointment for Team Dyer has been Royal Request who also came to Alice for a shot at the Cup. His first run over 1600m was a little flat but he has since developed a little bit of a cold, Dyer said. We have been treating that all week and I have decided not to risk him. I want to make sure he is going to be spot on in Darwin. Dyer said Cantonese and Royal Request will head back to his headquarters at Kyneton tomorrow. They will have a little freshen up and in a months time they will be on their way to Darwin with another 12 for the Carnival, he said. Action Again, who ran a fast-finishing second behind Planet Voyage in the Pioneer Sprint on Saturday, has a bright future over the short distances, according to Dyer. Hes a superstar on the dirt tracks, he said. Hes a big striding horse who gets his confidence on the dirt. Dyer said Action Agains next start with be the Palmerston Sprint (1200m) at Fannie Bay on August 1. He will be fit and fresh and I think it will be right up his alley, he said. Meanwhile, the Top Ends favourite son, Hawks Bay, is happy in retirement at the Marymount Farm in Kyneton. Hes strolling around the paddock enjoying life, Dyer said. He said there was no Hawks Bay #2 in the pipeline but he has high hopes for Proverb when the son of Commands comes to the Top End for the Darwin Cup. He has won a Group 3 over 1600m in Queensland and if we can get him to about 90 per cent of what he was before I think we will have real contender. Wonka king of the mud THE King of Kamfari, Brad Wonka Williscroft has retained his muddy royal title, with a come-from-behind win to take out this years Kamfari motorbike mud enduro. The victory marks Williscrofts ninth Kamfari title and puts him now just one win away from becoming the races most successful rider. That title belongs to Tony Morris, who has won 10 times. Although going in as the favourite over local rider and 2014 winner, 26-year-old Daniel McInnes, by his own admission Williscroft got off to a terrible start that threatened to throw his whole race off course. A crash and submersion in the wetlands at the back of the course on the very first lap cost him valuable minutes, which he spent the next two hours trying to make up. I didnt make it easy on myself. I had three big crashes on the first lap and I was way back, the 46-year-old New South Welshman said. I just had to come in the pits in the first lap, regroup a bit, get some new goggles and slowly start picking the guys off and catching up. And each lap I could see I was catching up with them. It wasnt until the halfway mark that Williscroft caught McInnes, who had started to slow after putting together an explosive front half of the fourhour epic. He looked a bit tired and that was only halfway. But I was starting to get a second wind by then. I didnt feel good at the start of the race but by halfway I felt good, Williscroft said. Kamfari is always hard, theres never an easy one. I had to work for it for half the race but then once I got the lead I just paced myself. But there was confusion at the finish for McInnes, who was unsure whether he was first over the line. McInnes had been winding down the clock when he saw the checkered flag wave and kicked his bike into gear for the win. But according to official scores, McInnes was one lap behind Williscroft. If theyre going to put me as a lap down, Id like to go get on my bike now and go finish it because I know myself I wasnt a lap down on Wonka, McInnes said. Fellow Darwin-rider Chris Warwick finished in third place. In the quads, Shane Munt crossed the line in first place, with 2014 runner-up Phillip Nathanael again in second place, and rookie Jacob Martin in third. REBEKKA WAKE Floyd Mayweather Jr celebrates his unanimous decision victory after the 12round welterweight bout against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas Picture: GETTY IMAGES For all the latest news, scores and highlights, visit FROM BACK PAGE Defensive wall keeps Floyd unbeaten THE pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr, even if the richest bout in boxing history was not the best. Using his reach and his jab yesterday, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather, 38, remained unbeaten in 48 fights. After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao, 36, injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied a re quest for him to take an antiinflammatory shot in his dressingroom before the fight. Pacquiao chased Mayweather around the ring but Mayweather worked his defensive wizardry once again. Two judges scored it 116-112, while the third had it 118-110. Will does talking on the track WILL Davison smacked down bitter rival James Courtney at Barbagallo Raceway with the Mercedes driver silencing his Holden sparring partner by storming home to win the Perth SuperSprint yesterday. Courtney labelled Davison a sook after he snubbed the Holden Racing Team star on Friday as the fallout from their collision in Tasmania continued to fester. But Davison yesterday delivered a knockout blow by passing Craig Lowndes to score a surprise win for the ever-improving Erebus Motorsport team. Courtney who refused to issue an apology to Davison for the crash finished fifth as Davison did his talking on the track with a lap 48 safety car helping him claim victory. Davison struggled to contain his emotion as he emerged from his Mercedes after winning his first race since 2012 and his first for Erebus. I dont really know what to say, Davison said. I think a podium would have been an incredible effort because we have certainly had a dry spell. We had a good car but after the disappointment of Tasmania I really would have just been happy with a top five. I just wanted a clean weekend. Davisons win denied Red Bull driver Lowndes from claiming his 100th race win. The Holden icon looked certain to become the sports first centurion when he passed both Mark Winterbottom and Mostert to lead the race on fast finishing sorts. It was good for Will, Lowndes said. And they obviously had a good run and a consistent car. Our car wasnt quite quick enough.