Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014
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52 SPORT SUNDAY AUGUST 24 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Punters left smiling as string of favourites deliver the goods THERE were no surprises at Winnellie Park on Friday night with well-backed runners saluting throughout the evening giving punters a happy start to their weekend. Just Proper ($1.70) started proceedings off well making light work of his opponents in recording win 55. He defeated a gallant Gertrude Bale and Kortemall in a useful 22.34 seconds to start what was to be a good night for the Peter and Heather Donnelley kennel. One of Darwins most im proved chasers Presh ($6.10) was another to make easy work of it beating Olivers Guess and Jimmy Lane in a smart 31.73s for leading trainer Graeme Ferns. Presh will no doubt head towards next weeks Territory Sprint full of confidence. Great to see Just Vee ($1.60) return from a short break with a scintillating win over Super Tears who may be one to follow in coming weeks with veteran Daddy Kewell in third. Prepared by Danny Rutherford and Nikki Sexton, Just Vee is building up an imposing record with three wins from five starts to date. Easiest win of the night went to Darwins newest star in Darwin Muddy ($1.50) for astute trainer Nick Day beating Manies Guess with Buzz Kahn third. A winner of four from five starts Darwin Muddy continues to impress and appears capable of handling all box draws he gets. The Donnelley combination completed the night with a winning double when Rumble Style ($6.70) landed some nice bets with backers shocked at the price but happy to take it. Goddess Girl tried hard in second with favourite Fiji Bound grabbing third but was never a winning factor. By CRAIG SANT GREYHOUNDS Mount Nancys fancy footwork keeps Moody in high spirits IN-FORM trainer Nigel Moody continued his stellar run at Pioneer Park on Friday afternoon when Mount Nancy scored a last stride victory in the opening race, the Daffodil Day Handicap (1200m). Despite having to come from the outside alley, the tough gelding touched out a defiant Hand In Glove in a white knuckle finish where a bob of the head was the deciding factor. Mount Nancy has now won four times on the Pioneer Park dirt and he is not finished yet. Adelaide hoop Wayne Kerford scored on Mount Nancy and was at it again the very next race when he won the First National Framptons Handicap (1100m) for trainer Lisa Lefoe on out of sorts galloper General Orders. Struggling to find form of late, the galloper rebounded off the canvas for a timely success. Apprentice Rebecca Williams also landed a winning double. The Victorian scored on the Greg Connor-trained Differing Fortunes, while Arma De Fuego could not have been more impressive in winning the Southern Cross TV Handicap (1200m). Differing Fortunes showed his flexibility in winning the days feature race, the Piccolos Cafe Benchmark (1400m). He carried 60.5kg in defeating Barely A Beat but it was his fighting qualities that shone the brightest. Arma De Fuego gave Williams her second victory and he looked the goods in winning. Masculine and athletic, he powered away and in the process stamped himself with the logo of a decent galloper. Randi returned from his Darwin campaign in great condition and he charged away to win the Cancer Council NT Handicap (1400m). The Kevin Lamprechttrained gelding has been a slow learner but he has the talent to go on with it. He was ridden by Robert Agnew and Randi never looked in danger. Pride and joy at win TIGER Tees has always had a special place in Joe Prides stable and his Group 2 Warwick Stakes win yesterday has given him top billing. With wet conditions to suit, Tiger Tees ($5.50) led a field of weight-for-age stars at Randwick to record his first win over 1400m and his 13th overall. He has now won more races than any other horse Ive had as a trainer, Pride said. He definitely has a special place in the stable. He may not be the best horse Ive had but the way he did that today shows how good he is. The winner of the Group 1 Galaxy earlier this year, Tiger Tees capped a big day for Pride with his win following that of his younger brother Terravista in the Show County Quality (1200m). Pride also sent out Epsom Handicap-bound Rock Sturdy to win a support race on the program. I thought I would have a good day when I came here but you have to do it and when you do it is a bonus, Pride said. Glyn Schofield let Tiger Tees find his comfort zone and felt no pressure even when Royal Descent ($5) and Sacred Falls, the $3.40 favourite, tried to move up on him rounding the turn. Inside the final 200m, Tiger Tees extended again and went on to put 1-1/4 lengths on Royal Descent with Criterion ($9) edging Sacred Falls out of third. I knew most of the others wanted cover so I stayed out on the track, Schofield said. I felt no pressure and he was never going to get beaten. I was just a passenger. Pride said he was not mak ing further spring plans for Tiger Tees but would monitor the weather as always. I dont mind if he doesnt run again this spring, he said. The Chris Waller-trained Royal Descent was one of the Warwick Stakes runners preparing for bigger things in coming weeks. It was a good run, her jockey Kerrin McEvoy said. She was tightened on the corner. It was a slow-run race and shell be better for the outing. Trainer David Payne was pleased with Criterion who is also on a Cox Plate path. Im very happy with that, Payne said. He will either go to the Chelmsford Stakes or the Dato Tan in Melbourne next. The only downside to Prides day was a Racing NSW decision to stop the trainer accepting a sponsorship deal with betting firm Betfair. It was supposed to be launched today and Ive had three winners, Pride said. Ive got hats and all that sort of stuff sitting at home. Unlike their Victorian counterparts, NSW trainers are not able to do such deals, something Pride was unaware of when he accepted it. By SHANE GREEN in Alice Springs Success in stakes for trainer McEvoy A SPRINTER with family ties to champion Black Caviar has claimed a stakes win of his own at Moonee Valley yesterday. The Tony McEvoy-trained Iconic returned with a win in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m), defeating the Peter Moody-trained Angels Beach with Angelic Light third. Four-year-old gelding Iconic ($10) had been Group placed behind star sprinter Lankan Rupee in the autumn but his win in the Carlyon was his first at stakes level. And McEvoy believes it will not be his last. Hes got more of these nice races in him, he said. Iconic is by Black Caviars sire Bel Esprit out of the mare Davavia who is a half-sister to Black Caviars mother Helsinge. McEvoy was concerned Iconic was going into the race off one trial, but jockey Nick Hall was confident. Iconic came from midfield and just held off Angels Beach on his inside with Angelic Light turning in a pleasing first-up run having not raced since May last year. Favourite Shamal Wind ($4), previously unbeaten firstup, was closing late for fourth. McEvoy plans to bring Iconic back to Moonee Valley in a fortnight for the Group Two McEwen Stakes where he would meet Lankan Rupee. Iconic was second to Lankan Rupee in the Rubiton Stakes in the autumn and finished well back in the star sprinters Oakleigh Plate a couple of weeks later. I hope he goes somewhere else, Lankan Rupee, McEvoy said. But he (Iconic) is a good sprinter and theres not many other places I can go with him. I have got options in Sydney if Lankan Rupee looked too strong. By CARYL WILLIAMSON HORSE RACING The Joe Pride-trained Tiger Tees ploughs through the heavy conditions at Randwick yesterday to take out the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) Picture: ANTHONY JOHNSON By MATHEW TOOGOOD in Melbourne
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