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Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014



Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014


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SUNDAY MAY 18 2014 SPORT 53 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Swansea Jacky on winning track IN the battle of the heavyweights at Winnellie Park on Friday night, champion Darwin performer Swansea Jacky proved too strong in race two. She went back to back, defeating kennelmate Saleen with favourite Just Proper in third spot. It was a nice result for leading trainer Graeme Ferns especially the fact that Swansea Jacky appears to be on track to recapture her best form. In the opening race, Mega Flight put it altogether for trainer Frank Scott after being around the mark in recent weeks. She defeated ever-consistent Dee Vision with Levi Cairo in third. Beginning well from box seven, the daughter of Collide had a trouble free run to win by 3.25 lengths in a time of 18.49sec. In-form trainer Robbie Brennan was at it again in as Dynamic Vision made it backto-back wins at Winnellie Park in race three. No doubt box one was a huge advantage in the win for Dynamic Vision who appears to be settling in well to Top End conditions, defeating Brogue Kick and Go Cairo. Box one again proved the correct move in race four as Arnhem Warrior turned a couple of average efforts around to win from All My Size with Happy Jordan in third spot. Trained by that man Robbie Brennan, the son of Velocette took full advantage of a trouble-free run while his main dangers were caught in traffic at vital stages. In race five, there was an eye-catching win by Abduction to take the final event over Rumble Style with Jurassic Knocka in third spot. Trained by Brian Kelleher, the son of Collision was tardy out but luckily had a clear run early and was able to grab Rumble Style late in a moderate time of 18.41 sec. By DOUG BOOTH GREYHOUNDS New-look Mills boon for Spurs THE physical transformation of Australian star Patty Mills was so dramatic one could be excused for wondering if the San Antonio Spurs had signed a new point guard in the offseason. Gone was the somewhat doughy physique that jiggled when Mills sprang from the Spurs bench, madly waving towels to punctuate a basket by one of his teammates. A healthier diet and improved conditioning has done more than transform Mills physique. It has turned him from someone who led choreographed cheers from the bench to a key reserve that creates chaos on the floor with his long-range shooting and pestering defence. Hes a really committed player, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. He came in this year with a changed body that he worked on all summer. Mentally hes been making great decisions. Hes been a significant factor for us all season. Mills helped the Spurs earn the leagues best record, and the Australians emergence could be even bigger now that Tony Parker is dealing with an ailing left hamstring. When Parker left game five against Portland in the second quarter, Mills responded with 18 points, three steals, three rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes as the Spurs rolled to a 104-82 victory to close the series. He is very aggressive, teammate Boris Diaw said. At the same time, he had to be a leader and he had to be under control like Tony does. He did it tonight. Parker sat out 14 games this season, including two weeks for what Popovich deemed rest. The Spurs were 11-3 without their All-Star point guard, and Mills presence was a big reason behind that success. He averaged 10.2 points and 1.8 assists in a career-high 18.9 minutes per game. Gem of a finish for Cup win ANDAMOOKA Gem went one better than last year, winning the $20,000 Katherine Cup yesterday. Trained by Tayarn Halter and ridden by Samantha Rowley, the seven-year-old gelding made it seven wins from 56 starts defeating the Chris Nash-trained Faster Stronger (Alanna Brown) in a thrilling finish. Emvoss (Richie Oakford) was third. It was the second winner of the day for the combination of Rowley and Halter after Commandperformance won race two. Other jockeys to have dou bles were Felicia Bergstrand with Live in Doubt in race three and Brimarvi Due Face in race four. Craig Lloyd won on the David Bates-trained Umfazi in the opening race over 1000 metres and followed that up with success on the Scott Hillebrand-trained Declined in race five over 1300m. Meanwhile trainers from Mount Isa dominated the Tennant Creek Cup yesterday, filling the first three placings. The Steven Royes-trained Bolton (Murray Henderson) returned to the winners enclosure in style, defeating Haslington, trained by Denise Ballard and ridden by husband Keith. Royes showed the form that enabled him to finish runnerup in the 2012 Darwin Cup, He also ran fourth in the Alice Springs Cup behind Pretty Blonde. Third at Tennant Creek was the Jay Morris-trained Tuatara, with Kim Gladwin in the saddle. Alice Springs trainer Leanne Gillett also had a big day out at the six-race meeting. Gillett quinellaed the opening race with Hand in Glove (Kayla Cross) defeating River Kwai, ridden by Kim Gladwin. In the St Pats Cup, Cross and Santa Maura were too strong, defeating the Terry Huish-trained Hawk Hunter, ridden by Craig Moon. By DOUG BOOTH HORSE RACING Endeavour pays as Gais triple treat wows at Scone GAI Waterhouse couldnt let the Scone standalone meeting finish without making a statement, so she led in the trifecta in the $400,000 Scone Guineas yesterday. Racings first lady waited for the biggest stage of all during the two-day carnival and prepared Cosmic Endeavour to beat stablemates Libertys Choice and Ryker. This is so exciting, Waterhouse said. I had four horses in the race (Woodbine ran sixth) and I told all my owners before the race that their horse would run well and they did. You dont expect to train the first three home, but we will take it. In a race of sensations, the Waterhouse trifecta deflected the spotlight from favourite Chautauquas luckless fifth. Chautauqua blew the start by three lengths and was still last on the turn but looked to make a potentially winning move as he sprinted through the field only to run into a dead end about 100m out. He was coming into the race strongly then ran out of room again, co-trainer Michael Hawkes said. But the start brought him undone he has this habit of missing the kick and it is costly. Twilight Royale was racing for the biggest prizemoney cheque in NSW racing history $2.65 million if she could win the Scone Guineas and complete the Inglis Triple Crown but the filly was never in the contest and finished last in the 16-horse field. But it was Waterhouses day as Cosmic Endeavour ($3.60) finished powerfully to beat Libertys Choice ($26) by a half length with Ryker ($20) third. Experience plays part in triumph A WORD of advice from Darren Beadman contributed to Kerrin McEvoy winning the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic on Seaside at Scone. Retired jockey Beadman is the newly-appointed assistant to trainer John OShea at Darley Australia and was on duty yesterday for a stable quinella in the 1400m race in which Seaside held off Aerobatics. McEvoy had Seaside well back but wide, a tactic suggested by Beadman. Darren walked the track this morning and said it was starting to cut up a bit on the inside, McEvoy said. He told me not to be afraid to sit a bit wide if I could findcover. She got into a nice rhythm and while we might have hit the front a bit early she won well. She has improved fitnesswise and will improve again and there might be another nice race in her. The stable has got into its rhythm now with John and it is exciting to have DB (Darren) aboard to offer advice. Two Blue set a solid pace with Seaside settling worse than midfield but travelling well. McEvoy took her wide on the turn and she gradually worked to the lead while Aerobatics was finishing hard even wider out, failing by half a length. Even wider was Robert Thompson on the locally trained Myamira who finished the same margin third. Aerobatics won the Darley Crown at Hawkesbury and Seaside ran sixth and today it was Seasides turn, Beadman said.Cosmic Endeavour (Kerrin McEvoy) winning the Inglis Guineas at Scone yesterday for leading trainer Gai Waterhouse Picture: JON REID