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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 May 2014



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 May 2014

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TUESDAY MAY 6 2014 SPORT 37 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Tudor reigns supreme FIRM favourite Tudor Glen (Jan Cameron) gave Alice Springs trainer Mark Nyhan his first win of the day in race six, the Soldier Lightning over 1000m. The five-year-old gelding was too strong for the Steve Royes-trained Albertique (Wayne Kerford) in the run home, winning by one-andthree-quarter lengths. Third was Riahgrand (Barry Huppatz), who was two-and-aquarter lengths behind. Nyhan said he was pleased with the horse, who will be taken to Darwin for some races during the Carnival. Cameron said he was delighted for the trainer, who found Tudor Glen racing at picnic meetings in South Australia. Hes one of those lucky finds, he loves the dirt, she said of the horse. Idatrice just pips rivals THERE was a distinct Darwin flavour to race fours outcome. Shenanigans owner and syndicate head Justin Coleman was suitably impressed with Idatrices half-a-head win in a three-way finish in the 0-62 Handicap over 1100m. The son of Keltrice, with Joe Bowditch on board and trained by David and John Balfour at Morphettville, claimed his third career win. The Greg Connor-trained Solitary Bird (Kacie Connor) was a close second with Aquia Creek (Melanie Tyndall) a similar margin third. Coleman said the syndicate planned to bring the six-yearold gelding to Darwin. We actually thought he might be a lightweight chance in the cup if he got a run so we were confident he would run a good race today, he said. Reward for belief in Magic TRAINER Kerry Petrick could not hide her excitement about her win with I am Magic in race seven over 1400m. I am Magic (Paul Denton) won in a bobbing finish from the Leanne Gillett-trained favourite Blazing Comet (Kayla Cross) with Roman Eye (Samantha Rowley) third. It was brilliant, I was so worried as it was the only claiming race other than the apprentice race, she said. The loose horse seemed to give us a bit of a check down the back and my horses head was up at the back, but he managed to muster enough to get home. Denton said he believed Kerry was going to retire I am Magic but he has come back from a seven-month spell with renewed vigour. This time hes come back as an honest horse, he said. Angel wings to victory JOCKEY Justin Potter made winning the Unibet Queen of the Desert Stakes look easy with a one-length win on Arties Angel in the $30,000 race. Trained by Simon Drewitt at Port Lincoln, the five-yearold mare broke away at the top of the straight and could not be overhauled. The fast-finishing Miss Written, trained by Kath North and ridden by Paul Marks, was second with Daschem Halo (Jan Cameron) third, one-and-a-half lengths behind the second horse. Potter said his mount broke clear at the top of the straight and ran on well. Partnership is Purrfect PURRFECT Paragon continued on his winning way in race three, the Inglis Red Centre 2YO Classic over 1200m, claiming his fourth straight win. The perfect partnership of the son of Purrealist, jockey Kim Gladwin and leading Alice Springs trainer Lisa Lefoe combined for a 10lengths win in a four-horse field. The two-year-old gelding led into the finishing straight for an easy win slowing down. The Russell Bell-trained first starter Sirbible (Craig Lloyd) was second, pipping the third horse Betterthanthee (Kacie Connor) by a long neck. Hoops Irish eyes smiling AN excellent example of race riding by Irish apprentice Tara ODonnell earned Cruziero the win in the opening race at Alice Springs yesterday. ODonnell weaved her way through a jungle of horses in the home straight from about fifth place to win by one-anda-half lengths from the David and Ryan Balfour-trained Nadaka (Joe Bowditch), coowned by Chief Minister Adam Giles. Knightline, trained by Greg Connor and ridden by his wife Kacie, was a half length third. It was ODonnells only ride for the day but she made the most of it. Hitting pay dirt with Brooks on the Money THE Darwin winning flavour continued in race five, the Lasseters 0-62 Handicap over 1100m, when the Gary Clarketrained WalkingaroundMoney demolished his rivals. The four-year-old gelding, who had two wins in Darwin last August, collected his fourth career win and gave apprentice jockey Kate Brooks her first win in her first start at Pioneer Park. WalkingaroundMoney won by six and a half lengths, defeating So Real (Claire Nutman) with Blue Shore (Melanie Tyndall) three-quarters of a length behind in third. He is a good horse, Brooks said. When they get on the dirt first time they usually start to weaken but this horse just loves the dirt. Brooks followed Clarkes instructions to the letter: find the front and let him roll. He doesnt like to be held up. Clarke was equally impressed with the son of Strategic. He suits this style of racing up here. Hes a jump and run horse, he said. Clarke said he would concentrate on bringing WalkingaroundMoney through his grades. I wont come back here because I have a 100 per cent strike rate. K A T E B R O O K S JOCKEY CORNER 2014 ALICE SPRINGS CUP 1 Generous Beau (Joe Bowditch) It was a little bit disappointing, my speed was good early and I got onto the back of Chieftain Jack but he left me behind. 2 The Ruffian (Paul Denton) He was slow away so he was back running second last and it was the end of his race. He done a good job to run where he finished. 3 Chieftain Jack (Dom Tourneur) My horse ran super and had good speed early, but then they backed the tempo right off which didnt suit my horse. It was tough but the winner was too good. 4 Bolton (Wayne Kerford) I had a perfect run. I could not have asked for any more. The horses in front were too good. 5 Pretty Blonde (Justin Potter) Dom was good on Chieftain Jack but he was always in my sights and I was pretty confident I could pick him up. 6 Catch as Catch Can (Craig Lloyd) We drew wide and had to go forward. Ended up sitting outside the lead past the turn. The horse felt a bit sore coming up the straight. 7 Extraceed (Kacie Connor) He just did not get the trip. 8 Hollywood And Vine (Jan Cameron) He got off the speed early and they sprinted up. Hes a real onepacer. 9 Prestige Glen (Jason Holder) He travelled really good for five furlongs. I thought he was a good chance at 800m but when they started to quicken up I had to do some work and he did not like it. 10 Waggabilla (Barry Huppatz) We had a beautiful run in transit. He tried his best and it took good horses to beat him. 11 Concini (Kayla Cross) I was leading at one stage but then dropped back and I dont think he ran the distance. 12 Casino Exit (Paul Marks) I drew the widest gate and there was speed in the straight. I thought they would have strung out a bit but my horse got caught out on a limb. I was three or four deep. The horse was not ready for that company. Justin Potter aboard South Australian-trained Pretty Blonde wins the Alice Springs Cup from Chieftain Jack Picture: PHIL WILLIAMS Potter win proves Blonde ambitions THE Kym Healy-trained Pretty Blonde was crowned XXXX Gold Alice Springs Cup champion at Pioneer Park in Alice Springs yesterday. The five-year-old mare ridden by top South Australian jockey Justin Potter edged out Phillip Stokes five-year-old Chieftain Jack by a length in a thrilling finish to the Alice Springs Cup Carnival. Waggabilla, trained by Terry Huish, had a gallant run before finishing nearly three lengths behind. It was Pretty Blondes fourth win on the trot and eighth with Potter in the saddle. Potter said he always felt confident heading into the 2000m race to claim his share in the $72,600 first prize. Dom was good on Chieftain Jack but he was always in my sights and I was pretty confident I could pick him up, he said. It was great to get win number four in a row with Pretty Blonde and eight wins altogether on the horse which is my most wins on any horse. Shes been a really nice horse. Potter said he was happy with his Alice Springs Cup Carnival. We came up last weekend and had a double with Kyms horses Pretty Blonde and Air Comet, he said. Its been a really great trip. A delighted Healy yelled out as Potter returned to the winners circle. It was my first Alice Springs Cup win and Justin has won all eight times he has ridden her, he said. I thought the race would be run to suit her. I thought they would go hard. I said to Potter: There are no instructions. You know the horse. Ill see you in the winners circle. I wasnt worried about any of them to be honest. Not being a bighead. By JORDAN McARDLE HORSE RACING

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