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The Centralian advocate Tue 29 Jan 2013



The Centralian advocate Tue 29 Jan 2013


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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 25 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 9 -J A N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 2 5 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Record runners may force move FUN RUN Warren Thomson Korey Summers (red singlet) leads out the pack at the Australia Day 3km Fun Run Picture: CHLOE GERAGHTY A RECORD number of runners and walkers took part in the traditional Australia Day Fun Run on Saturday. There were 350 runners and walkers, but there were an estimated 50 participants who didnt get the time to register before the fun run started. Due to the large numbers, Alice Springs Running & Walking Club president John Bermingham said they are looking at moving the start line away from the Todd River in 2014. This is easily the biggest field weve had and it keeps growing every year, he said. We expected 350, but weve gone way over that and its great to see so many people love to come out for the Australia Day Fun Run. I think the plan next year is to move the start in front of the Alice Springs Town Council chambers and let the participants run and walk through the Todd Mall. The Australia Day Fun Run is our biggest event numbers-wise every year and hopefully we can get a few more people to come to our other events. The start of the race was a fantastic sight, with a large crowd of people flying off, but those who watched the race were given a treat as Korey Summers pipped Peter Eason in a spectacular finish. Eason led Summers under the Stott Tce bridge, but Summers charged home to pass Eason just before the finish line. Im pretty happy with how I ran, Summers said after winning his second Australia Day run. It was a really close race. I knew I had to try to hold on to Peter, but then he surged and left me. I sprinted back and got up to his shoulder and just got past him at the line. Charlie Maher was third, while Nicholas Brooke-Anderson displayed his great Aussie skills by running in a pair of thongs and finishing fourth. Its the second year Ive run in thongs, Brooke-Anderson said. I did it last year for a bit of fun and I thought I would do it again this year. Emma Kraft took out the womens run to continue her Australia Day dominance. Ive won it for the past five or six years, but there were some quicker girls this year, Kraft said. Australia Day is one of the best races in Alice Springs as there are always lots of people here and its community orientated. Kraft was using the run to help prepare for an upcoming 5km event. Graeme Watson continued his dominance of the male walk, winning for the fifth time on Australia Day, while Debbie Summers took out the womens walk. NT Thunder senior contracted player Abraham Ankers took out the under-18 male run, while Kathryn Rees took out the under18 female run. Raiders steal the show Track Talk Shane Green the voice of Alice Springs Racing VISITING jockeys stole the show at Pioneer Park on Sunday when Darwin-based hoops Barry Huppatz and apprentice Melanie Tyndall both rode winning doubles. Adelaide postillion Ben Hoppo made it a local shutout when he won the last race on board Counter Claim for trainer Kevin Lamprecht on a day that left local riders distant in the dust. Huppatz was victorious with two centimetre perfect rides on board Twice Born and Miss Performer, while Tyndalls efforts on board Mega Miss and Spinning Apple were thoughtful, aggressive and indicative of a rider full of confidence. Huppatz has always been a popular figure in Northern Territory racing and deserves his success. While he may lack the magical fountain of youth currently enjoyed by many of his fellow riders, Huppatz has lost nothing in the ability department. He had Twice Born travelling kindly, but well astern of the leaders in the Lasseters Hotel Casino Handicap over 1100m. When turned loose at the top of the home straight, Twice Born overpowered Lucerne Vale in a strong finishing victory. Twice Born was coming off a three-month break and trainer Lisa Lefoe had him well primed for a first-up assault. Huppatz completed his winning duet when talented mare Miss Performer ran right up to her full potential in taking out the OAMPS Insurance Handicap over 1200m. She was runner-up in last seasons NT Guineas behind Welldoya but hadnt quite run to that level in seven starts since, but the daughter of Al Samer put paid to that statistic on Sunday when she swept around her rivals and dashed clear for a second career victory. Miss Performer is a mare Ive always liked and trainer Will Savage has a nice mare in his stable. While the Huppatz winning double was a display of patience in bed with exquisite timing, Tyndalls pair of winners were in total contrast. Tyndall started her apprenticeship in Adelaide but is now based in the Top End. On Sunday she lit a fire in the Red Centre. Mega Miss took out the Crowne Plaza Handicap for Tyndall and in the process of winning gave trainer Lisa Lefoe a winning double, but it was Tyndalls ride that made hearts rush. The race looked a match in two between Skystar and Mega Miss, and thats how it panned out, but little did the crowd expect what unfolded. The two favourites went to war early in a battle rarely seen. They raced away from the opposition at the 600m pole and there was no turning back. With Craig Moon on Skystar and Tyndall riding hard on Mega Miss, they paired off for a wonderful duel and around the final bend they swung in unison, but it was the Lefoe-trained Mega Miss that prevailed in the end. It was a grand spectacle for the eye and Tyndall served notice that she is a rider not to be tested. Her second win came aboard Spinning Apple and Tyndalls display was not far removed from her winning ride on Mega Miss. The son of Spinning World was ridden from the gates and worked o u t s i d e r a c e l e a d e r Dancinonthepeak. Not known for his courage, Spinning Apple gave a strong kick at the top of the straight in winning the XXXX Gold Handicap over 1200m and it was Tyndalls attention to detail that paved the way for victory. Trained by Shane Green, Spinning Apple has won five races in the Red Centre and been ridden by a different rider in every victory. Ben Hoppo had finished down the track for the most part of the day but wound up on top when he steered handy galloper Counter Claim to victory in the Centralian Motors Handicap over 1000m.