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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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Arsenal will face BayernMunich and Paris SaintGermainwill play Valencia. Other matches are Celtic v Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund, FC Porto vMalaga, and Galatasaray v Schalke. Flemington stable forWaller SYDNEYS premier trainer Chris Waller has been granted approval to set up aMelbourne satellite stable at Flemington. Waller has had an application in for stables at Flemington or Caulfield for someweeks but hewas recently overlookedwhen stable boxes became available. But Victoria Racing Club chairman Michael Burn yesterday confirmedWaller will lease a 10-box stable at Flemington racecourse frommidFebruary next year. Maradona to coach Iraq ARGENTINA legend DiegoMaradona is set to become the new coach of Iraqs national football team. Maradona, 52, who is alsomanager of the football federation of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, has already negotiated how he can balance both jobs. Iraq is aiming to reach the 2014World Cup in Brazil and is in the same qualification group as the Socceroos. Maradonas last coaching jobwas of Al Wasl in the UAE. Moody confident Shout Out Loud will perform Shout Out Loud will contest the Group 2 Villiers Stakes today HORSERACING TRAINER Peter Moody says Shout Out Loud will get every chance to prove his credentials in todays $175,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm. The 2010 Darwin Cup winner is one of two horses the top Melbourne trainer has sent north for the Group 2 feature, with Highly Recommended the other Moody charge. Shout Out Loud goes into the Villiers in winning touch having saluted at Caulfield on December 1 and will jump from barrier one, which Moody regards as a positive. Hes probably going to be third or fourth the fence which is a big advantage at Warwick Farm, Moody said. It is his first go there and the track can be a trap for begin ners, but hes drawn to get the gun run. Josh Parr partners Shout Out Loud, with Moodys leading stable rider Luke Nolen aboard Highly Recommended. TattsBet last night had Shout Out Loud a $16 chance and Highly Recommended at $26, with Galah the $5.00 favourite. IN MELBOURNE, trainer Stephen Brown is hoping for some sting in the ground to get the best out of Winter King. Flemington was rated a Dead 4 track last night and with 32C forecast today, the Darwin horseman is more hopeful than confident about the former Sydneysiders chances in the Red Tempo Handicap (1000m). Were still learning about him, but he looks a better wettracker, Brown said. Hes got to run, (but) I think the tracks are too hard, basically. Despite that, TattsBet has Winter King as a $4.00 second favourite in the $80,000 race that also contains The Soldier, with the Territory sprinting favourite a $35 outsider. ADELAIDE plays host to a raft of horses with Territory links today. Kerry Petricks I Am Magic is one of the key chances in Race 3 and Perfect Pause has some admirers in the two-year-old race. GREGORMACTAGGART Bay reunion for top team HE tasted feature success during this years Darwin Cup Carnival, so it comes as little surprise No Hesitation generates interest on his return to Fannie Bay today. The five-year-old will have his first start since winning the Colemans Cup on August 1 in the $14,000 Bet365 Benchmark 73 Handicap (1200m). It marks something of the band getting back together with Ben Hoppo flying up from Adelaide to take the ride on the headline act of David Jupps stable. The Hoppo-Jupp pairing is one that should be noticed by punters, with the pair combining for a 23.5 per cent winning strike-rate in the Top End. That figure increases to an impressive 64.7 per cent when taking into account the first three placegetters. Jupp has Hoppo booked on five of his six chances in the final meeting of 2012 No Hesitation, newcomer Coppin, Celestial Kingdom, Grey Thunder and Tidalzone. Training heavyweights Stephen Brown and Gary Clarke will be among those trying to stand in Jupps way with a handful of key runners engaged. Browns best appears to be Faster Stronger in the last race. The consistent Laduni and Bomber look the major hopes from the Clarke stable, both to be ridden by Simone Montgomerie. Racing is from 3.49pm, with the last at 6.17pm. GREGORMACTAGGART Kiwi driver Greg Murphy has no plans to retire despite failing to find a new team for next year No drive for V8 legend MOTORSPORT MULTIPLE Bathurstwinning V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy says he has given up pursuing a full-time drive for 2013. Murphy, 40, had been looking for a new team to join after Kelly Racing announced the veteran New Zealander wouldnt be part of their Nissan-bound operation next year. A long-time ambassador for Holden, Murphy said hed considered switching manufacturers but, in the end, hes opted to try to find an endurance drive for next years events at Sandown and Mount Panorama. The four-time Bathurst winner, who spent six months sidelined during this years championship after back surgery, says hes not retiring from racing and feels he still has plenty to offer. The facts are that the right full-time Holden seat has not appeared for me despite some encouraging dis cussions along the way, Murphy said yesterday. I know Im still capable of being very competitive as a full-time racer but am comfortable to turn my attention to the right endurance seat for Sandown and Bathurst next year. Bathurst and Sandown have been very kind to me over the years and, with the right enduro seat in 2013, I have no doubt I will be able to show I still have what it takes. Apart from his potential endurance drives, Murphy is also going to retain his seat in the Mike Pero Racing Commodore for next years V8 SuperTourers championship in New Zealand.