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The Northern Territory news Sat 8 Jun 2013



The Northern Territory news Sat 8 Jun 2013

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46 NT NEWS. Saturday, June 8, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 8 -J U N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 6 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 Midsummer Sun may break through clouds to shine YOUNG trainer Sam Kavanagh would happily be the recipient of a Glastonbury-style backlash should his imported stayer Midsummer Sun stage a form reversal in todays Brisbane Cup. Midsummer Sun was backed as if unbeatable in the Premiers Cup at Doomben a fortnight ago, but was one of the first horses beaten, eventually wilting to finish 13th, more than six lengths from the winner Precedence. Kavanagh can find reasons to forgive the run and has tipped the five-year-old to do a Glastonbury. Grey stayer Glastonbury couldnt beat a runner home as favourite in the 1994 Colin Stephen Quality, but 12 days later came from 12th on the turn to win the Group 1 Metropolitan for David Hayes and Grant Cooksley. Bitter Randwick punters booed as he returned to scale. After starting $2.70 in the Premiers Cup, Midsummer Sun is now being offered at around the $16 mark. Everyone thinks Im crazy, but I think he can win, Kavanagh said. Hes a horse that can stress a bit and I dont think he appreciated being bustled last time. We will be riding him much more quietly and hopefully that will let him show his turn of foot, which hes shown hes capable of producing. Christian Reith has been booked for the ride to replace Glen Boss, who jumped off to ride Lightinthenite. Kavanagh did have success at the Queensland carnival in 2010, when he travelled with his father Marks stable stars Whobegotyou (2nd in the Doomben 10,000) and Catapulted (won the QTC Cup). Robl in bid on the double HORSERACING ByRAYTHOMAS THE elite club includes champion jockeys Jim Cassidy, Chris Munce, Glen Boss and Luke Nolen. After todays Eagle Farm meeting, form rider Peter Robl hopes to join his peers by securing the rare Stradbroke Handicap-Brisbane Cup double. Robl believes crack colt Your Song can end his race career in triumph by winning the Group 1 $1.3 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) while he is confident Less Is More will prove hard to beat in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m). They are both terrific chances, Robl enthused. If the rain comes as predicted, then thats even better be cause Your Song and Less Is More handle wet tracks better than most. Since 1990, the only jockeys to win both Queensland winter carnival features in the same year are Cassidy on Rough Habit and Just A Dancer in 1991, Munce rode Dane Ripper and Desert Chill to success in 1997, Boss won the double on Private Steer and Piachay in 2003, while Nolen cleaned up last year with Mid Summer Music and Lights Of Heaven. NSW TAB fixed odds assessors certainly rate Robls chances completing the double very highly. Your Song is the $4.60 equal favourite for the Stradbroke, while Less Is More is at $10 in an open Brisbane Cup. Your Song was stunning scoring by five lengths when resuming in the BTC Cup before finishing sixth to Stradbroke rival Epaulette in the Doomben 10,000. Robl said there was plenty of excuses for Your Songs failure last start and warned punters to give the three-yearold another chance. You have to put a line through his run last start, Robl said. He drew wide and was forced into going forward early, it just didnt work out. You have to go on his BTC Cup win and his very good work on Tuesday. The barrier helps as I can settle him where he is comfortable, while the other good chances are drawn out wide. Less Is More has impressed, winning over 1600m at Eagle Farm before his close second to Precedence in the Premiers Cup at Doomben. Brotherly love lives amid sibling rivalry Jim Cassidy is the best in the business according to brother Larry Picture: ADAM TAYLOR By BRAD DAVIDSON Its great riding against him and if I cant win,well, its nice if he can IT IS almost 30 years since Jim Cassidy made his name as Mr Cool by winning the Melbourne Cup on Kiwi and at least one fellow jockey insists he remains the best in the business. Ive got absolutely no doubt that he is the best jockey in Australia right now, Larry Cassidy says of his older brother. He has shown time and time again, and over several decades, how good he is. You just have to look at all the big races he is in and how often he wins them. Ever since Larry left New Zealand to live with Jim in Sydney 21 years ago, the pair have developed the utmost respect for each other. But they have always been fierce rivals as well, whether it is on the squash court, at the races or even in the sauna. Ever since we started riding together we have been very competitive, Jim says. It didnt matter if it was squash or tennis and we played backgammon in the sauna when we were losing weight together. But its good because it brings it out on the track. The brothers will be rivals yet again today when Jim rides Hawkspur and Larry pilots Trakstar in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm. The siblings Jim, 50, and Larry, 42 get on well although Larry, who moved to Brisbane in 2009, says their personalities are like chalk and cheese. But one thing is for sure. Both want the winning spoils to stay in the family. Its great riding against him and if I cant win, well, its nice if he can, Jim says. It is hard to separate the Kiwi blood. Jim Cassidy has a promising book of rides today including Fontelina in the Stradbroke Handicap, Zoustar in the JJ Atkins and Steps In Time in the Dane Ripper Stakes. After three decades in the racing limelight, The Pumper insists his passion for the sport remains as strong as ever. You only have to watch him bouncing around the jockeys room like a kid in a candy shop to realise that the racing bug has never stopped biting him. I wouldnt say I get nervous I enjoy it, and I think thats what the big stage is for, Jim says. You have got to ride to the occasion. Having said that, I think if you dont get a few butterflies going out in any big race, you might as well not be there. If I didnt get some goosebumps, I would give the game away. There is three Group 1s at Eagle Farm and Im loving being amongst them, I always do. Nothing has changed. As for Jims rides today, he thinks Fontelina is a knockout chance in the Stradbroke despite the gelding being Anthony Cummings second seed behind the favourite Your Song. He is certainly a decent chance you cant win it unless you are in it, Cassidy said. Anthony Cummings has had a bit of luck over the carnival so he knows . . . what it takes to win the big ones. A nice ride, nice barrier, luck in running and who knows? Memory of Rangi in hearts forever By NATHAN EXELBY THE memory of Rangirangdoo will loom large over Eagle Farm should Vilanova or Sizzling win their respective Group 1s today. Owner Neville Morgan has shares in both horses, but knows a win by either wont erase the tragedy of his favourite horses demise in the Doomben 10,000 a fortnight ago. It would certainly help ease the pain just that little bit further, but its hard to replace old Rangi. He will be in our hearts forever, Morgan said. Tears flowed freely after Rangirangdoo broke down hopelessly and had to be destroyed at Doomben. Morgan admits its still a hard topic to broach. My family were just devastated and its still tough, he said. We had just arranged on the Friday for Rangi to go back to where he was born. The lady who bred him was keen for him to go home. He was going to go back with all the other horses to New Zealand. He was getting so close to retirement and I look back now and I think, oh god, if only we had sent him back at the start of this campaign. But as (trainer) Chris (Waller) said at dinner the other night, the vets report was the best report hes had in three years. Chris felt he was going not quite as good as a fouror five-year-old but good enough to have a throw at the stumps up here. In hindsight, I wish we hadnt, but we did. Its just something weve got to deal with. It was a tough day, it really was. Morgan was taken by total surprise though with the outpouring of public emotion towards the dual Group 1 winner. My daughter showed me a Facebook page, RIP Rangirangdoo, on the Saturday night and I think there was 3000 hits by 7pm. Im still getting text messages from people and numbers I dont even know. I dont know what it was about that horse . . . but there was something about him that endeared him to people.

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