The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013
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Rogerson calls on Tyndall to ease his stars burden WA IRVINE Melanie Tyndall DARWIN apprentice Melanie Tyndall has been called upon by trainer Ken Rogerson to partner champion speedster The Soldier in tomorrows WA Irvine Handicap (1000m) at Fannie Bay. Tyndalls 2kg claim means the legendary Territory sprinter will carry 61kg against a meagre field of three rivals. The Soldier boasts a superb record in this race, having won the Day 2 support feature from 2009 and 2011, before a gallant third to No Means Go last year. Despite being in the latter stages of a brilliant career marked by 27 wins and more than $460,000 in prizemoney, The Soldier remains as tough to beat as ever over 1000m. Michael Hickmott unveils his Palmerston Sprint hope Rescue Mission, who finished fourth in the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville in his most recent start. Gary Clarke welcomes back his flying mare Dream Face following her successful stint in Melbourne with premier trainer Peter Moody. No Means Go rounds out the field and is chasing backto-back victories. His chances of doing just that are helped by the fact Alana Brown will claim 2kg meaning No Means Go has a featherweight of 53kg. GREGORMACTAGGART 52 NT NEWS. Friday, July 12, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 5 2 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au $55,000 TTFOODS CHIEFMINISTERS CUP (1600m) 4.59pm tomorrowat Fannie Bay No Horse Trainer Jockey Bar Wgt 1 RED COLOSSUS John Stanton Dale Smith 7 62.5 2 AGRIPPA Michael Hickmott Ashley Thompson 6 57 3 BOLTON Stephen Brown Alana Brown (a) 2 56.5 4 GENEROUS BEAU Todd Balfour Carl Spry 1 56 5 I AMMAGIC Kerry Petrick Paul Denton 3 56 6 PALMYRA BOY Neil Dyer Andrew Stead 4 54 7 IGLES STAR Chris Pollard Felicia Bergstrand (a) 5 54 $24,000WA IRVINEHANDICAP(1000m) 1.59pm tomorrowat Fannie Bay No Horse Trainer Jockey Bar Wgt 1 THE SOLDIER Ken Rogerson Melanie Tyndall (a2) 4 63 2 RESCUEMISSION Michael Hickmott Ashley Thompson 3 60.5 3 DREAM FACE Gary Clarke Paul Shiers 1 59 4 NOMEANS GO Stephen Brown Alana Brown (a2) 2 55 Turf Club to look at Cup after low acceptances FromBackPage There were a number of horses nominated for both the Chief Ministers Cup and Toyota Cup, and many have elected to go for the latter option which is their choice, Neck said. Its disappointing when one of your main races for the carnival and a lead-up race to the Darwin Cup attracts a small field, so well sit down after the carnival and examine why. We may need to make slight changes to the race, but I certainly hope the Chief Ministers Cup will remain an important race going forward. Those changes may include running the race under weight-for-age conditions or ensuring the winner is exempt from the ballot for the Darwin Cup. That Darwin Cup lure is already up for grabs in the Buntine Handicap (1900m), run on July 20, and Metric Mile (1600m) run on July 27. Despite being restricted to horses rated 76 and below, the Toyota Cup has grown in stature with increased prizemoney and the deeds of horses such as Nozi and Sheahan. Nozi completed the Toyota Cup-Metric MileDarwin Cup treble in 2006, while last year Sheahan won the Toyota Cup and Metric Mile before running third in the Darwin Cup. Of the 17 nominations taken for the 2013 Chief Ministers Cup before acceptances, six Adynata, St Ives, Hierarchy, Into The Sun, Invincible Gold and Welldoya were dual nominated for the Toyota Cup. The lack of field sizes in feature races tomorrow is not just restricted to the Chief Ministers Cup, with special dispensation given by Thoroughbred Racing NT to have a four-horse field contest the $24,000 WA Irvine Handicap (1000m). Five horses nominated for the race, but Frupper was not an acceptor after sustaining a stone bruise, leaving The Soldier, Rescue Mission, Dream Face and No Means Go to line-up. Neck said the decision to run the race despite the small field was a positive step. The race is a good lead-up to the Palmerston Sprint and we were surprised with the lack of interest considering there is a prizemoney of $24,000, he said. We put a submission into TRNT chief executive Andrew OToole to keep the race on despite having just four horses and were pleased in this case that the request was accepted. Red on track for glory Red Colossus will carry top-weight as one of the favourites for tomorrows Chief Ministers Cup Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD CHIEFMINISTERS CUP ByGREGORMACTAGGART JOHN Stantons journey towards a Darwin Cup with Red Colossus began some 12 months ago. The Brisbane trainer had just arrived home after a Top End adventure last August when he flew to Melbourne for a tried horse sale with his sights on just one horse. Wed targeted him as a nice horse for the Darwin Cup, Stanton said. When I went to look at him I picked up one leg and said to (owner) Mr Willey he looked 75 per cent right and he picked up the other and said the same thing. We were able to buy him for $32,000 and then came the challenge of trying to resurrect him. From that point of view it has been so far so good for Stanton, with Red Colossus proving he is on track for his main mission by winning the ROANT Cup (1300m). Red Colossus lumped 62.5kg, sat three-deep and strolled away to beat a handy field by 2 lengths in a display which has him as the hot favourite for tomorrows $55,000 Trans Territory Foods Chief Ministers Cup (1600m) at Fannie Bay. He was impressive the way he won the ROANT Cup, he said. Ive got to give a lot of credit to my son-in-law Brett Scott for getting him ready for this trip, he did all the pretraining with him in Victoria and deserves a wrap. He pulled up super and theres no excuses for him going into this race. So impressive was the win that Victorian jockey Dale Smith didnt hesitate when asked to return to partner Big Red again. Dale knows he is a classy horse and is well-aware he mixed it with outstanding horses during his career down south, he said. Red Colossus has a resume few horses to race in the Top End can rival. Runner-up in the Group 1 SA Derby, Group 3 Victoria Handicap winner and fifth place to So You Think in the Mackinnon Stakes makes for impressive reading. But as far as Stanton goes, it is what lies ahead, rather than behind, Red Colossus which has the 69-year-old jumping out of bed every beautiful Darwin morning. Horses like him keep you going, he said. Ive been in horse racing all my life and was lucky enough to win a couple of Grand Nationals with Bula Naitasi, but a Darwin Cup would be special. Ive been invited into the home of many people up here and have made many friends. Shinn is looking forward to spring GRAFTONCUP PUMPING his fist in the air and gritting his teeth, jockey Blake Shinn reminded punters why hes destined to become a serious player during the spring again. Shinn helped Mr OCeirin to victory in yesterdays Listed Grafton Cup (2350m), which continued the hoops brilliant second coming in the saddle. Disqualified for betting then having to deal with a string of suspensions Shinn is now on the way back to the kind of form that won him a Melbourne Cup on Viewed back in 2008. Shinn parked Mr OCeirin ($5) outside early leader Zennista, then got going at the top of the straight, hanging on to beat the fast-finishing Yulalona ($31) by a halfneck, with Gai Waterhouses Rueben Percival ($6.50) a further neck away third. Favourite Destinys Kiss ($4.40) came home late to finish fifth, but didnt show any of his usual dash. Mr OCeirin was thrashed more than nine lengths as a $1.60 favourite at Moonee Valley last start. But he redeemed himself and left young trainer Ciaron Maher now daring to dream of a Caulfield Cup. As for Shinn, 25, the jockey said of his post-race emotion: I was just happy to win a good race like this, especially the 100th running of the Grafton Cup. Mr OCeirin is a classy horse on his day, Ciaron had targeted this race and it was fantastic to get the result. For me personally, I just want to put my head down and keep working hard. I had too many suspensions this season and spent too much time on the sidelines, so I want to work hard and get back to being one of the top three or four jockeys in Sydney. Maher was delighted with Shinns ride, but more chuffed that Mr OCeirin had bounced back from his laststart shocker. Hes a good horse who really tested our faith after his last start, Maher said. He had a few issues with his feet last spring, and I wanted to get him up here early for the Brisbane Cup. Because his preparation was put back, we decided to target this race.