Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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52 SPORT SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Vee for victory sparks Proper rivalry Trainer Danny Rutherford with former Queensland flyer Just Vee, who upset high-profile Darwin greyhound Just Proper last weekend Picture: ELISE DERWIN IT is just amazing what two champion greyhounds have been doing in Darwin just recently. The dogs in question, Just Proper and Just Vee, have set tongues and tails wagging in the wet season with some superb runs at Winnellie Park. The Peter Donnolleytrained Just Proper will be aiming for revenge tonight against Danny Rutherfords Just Vee. The much younger and inexperienced Just Vee just got the better of the Darwin master over 312m last Sunday and race four over an extra 70 metres should be another battle royale. Just Proper has 64 wins to his name and Just Vee, who turned two in October, has just broken into double figures. There is no doubting that the younger dog is on the way up and a chance to become Darwins top dog. Rutherford, who only owns and trains the one dog with his partner Nicki Sexton, says Just Vee is treated like a family pet except when it is time to exercise and race. Just Vee lives at Rutherfords home along with the now retired Millipop. I have been training greyhounds for nearly two years, Rutherford, 51, said. Millipop broke a hock (ankle) so we retired her and she now lives with us at home. He likes Just Vee because he is quick out of the traps and he holds his ground well for a young dog. Just Vee, a former Queensland greyhound, is a solid each-way bet to make it a double over Just Proper tonight. He continues to surprise me, Rutherford said. His first run around the track he clocked 18.40 seconds, now he is running 18.20s. Hammer strike could be a blow to Bayah unless Assassin hits FEATURE racing at Winnellie Park tonight sees the running of the Bret Kajetanski Memorial Sprint (537m) followed by the Water Dynamics Australia Day Medal (383m), while the support card is top class. It is a tricky event to start off with an even field contesting. Wheres Hammer (7) has been in consistent form recently with this event a slight drop in class, Bayah Winslow (1) although still a maiden at start 20 is getting close to breaking through for connections while Teewah Assassin (1) draws well tonight. Similar to the opener this race is full of chances, Rumble Style (6) gets back in class with overall form solid for a race of this stature, Rain Onya Roof (8) draws to get a nice run in transit while you can make strong cases for All My Size (1), Hollys Lass (2), Arnhem Chaos (3), Turning Tables (5) and Goddess Girl (7) all to play a part. In the Bret Kajetanski Memorial all eyes will be on Elite Effort (3) now that the son of Cool Effort steps up to 537m in Darwin after looking highly promising over 383m in recent starts, recording backto-back wins. Trainer Ron Phillips will be confident he will get it done as Elite Effort has sound form over this distance in NSW. Race four, the Australia Day Medal, may well be a repeat of last weeks result with Just Vee (1) and Just Proper (3) set to dominate although many believe tonights result may turn around because of a step up in distance to 383m. Last week Just Vee held off the closers, while Just Proper had to come from off the pace and charge late. Luck early could play a part with both chasers drawn to get every chance in running. The final event is simply a case of Puzzle Queen (1) repeating its last start win to get the prize here for Darwins leading trainer Graeme Ferns. After two mediocre runs in December the daughter of Vee Man Vane stepped out in the new year and looked good winning by over six lengths with further improvement expected tonight. By CRAIG SANT By DOUG BOOTH GREYHOUNDS Mourinho boosts Gelagotis TRAINER Peter Gelagotis can thank a small list of nominations for Mourinho supplying him with his biggest victory in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley yesterday. Mourinho was not among the original list of 10 nominations for the Group 2 race but after an impressive jumpout at Cranbourne last Monday and with late entries being called for, the seven-year-old took his place in the 1200m race. While Mourinho ($26) scored a short-neck victory over It Is Written ($9.50), the result played out in the stewards room when Matthew Allen on the runner-up fired in a protest against Vlad Duric on the winner for shifting out on the home turn. After a short hearing the objection was dismissed. Gelagotis previous biggest success was with Hvasstan in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes in 2013, only to lose the race through a positive swab. When Mourinho came back into work after a spell Gelagotis had picked out a three-run preparation for the gelding in the autumn with the starting point being the T.S. Carlyon Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield on February 14. After the jumpout Gelagotis reasoned the cost of $300 with floating for another trial could be offset by running in the Australia Stakes and picking up a minimum of $4000 even if finishing last. Mourinho settled down in fourth position behind Hard Stride and Tudor which surprised Gelagotis and Duric. I thought he would be three pairs back but I did say to Vlad to not give him a dig, Gelagotis said. Duric took confidence from Gelagotis as he was legged aboard the seven-year-old, saying he was spot on for his first-up run. Ben Melham, who rode Dissident into third place said his mount was off the bit and chasing the whole way. He cornered a bit awkwardly, Melham said. McDonald fries talk of defence A FOUR-TIMER at Randwick, including the Listed Carrington Stakes on Ninth Legion, is not enough to convince James McDonald he can defend his Sydney premiership. McDonald said unlike last year when he concentrated on the title, he was more likely to head overseas after the Autumn Carnival. His quartet took him to 45-1/2 winners for the season, 6-1/2 behind Hugh Bowman who had one winner, Tahitian Black, yesterday. Blake Shinn is Bowmans likely challenger, nipping at his heels on 49-1/2 after winning on Zin Zan Eddie. I dont think I can win it and anyway I won it last year, McDonald said. But seriously I will probably go overseas after the carnival. His carnival horses could include Haptic, a winner of the two-year-old race for Godolphin and Ninth Legion, the Carrington Stakes winner. The Hawkes training partnership had no luck with Ninth Legion last year with wet tracks going against him. But with conditions to suit at Randwick on Saturday, Ninth Legion ($6) came along the fence to take the lead from the $2.30 favourite Thats A Good Idea to beat him in the Carrington (1400m). McDonalds other winners were Centre Pivot and Mihiri but Haptic caught the eye. The colt became the eighth individual juvenile winner for Sheikh Mohammeds Australian operation and he will step out again next month. McDonald will return home to New Zealand on Sunday to ride at the Karaka Millions meeting at Ellerslie. Fellow Australian jockeys Damian Browne, Tommy Berry, Jason Collett and Bowman are also making the trip. By CRAIG BRENNAN
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