Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012
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60 Sunday Territorian. Sunday, December 23, 2012. www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 6 0 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT sundayterritorian.com.au Audacious test of stamina may fail in long run DOOMBEN A PERFECTLY judged ride by Jeff Lloyd has enabled Audacious Spirit to pass a stamina test and win the Lough Neagh Stakes at Doomben. Audacious Spirit ($4.40) was attempting 1350m for the first time in yesterdays Listed Lough Neagh and had only a half-neck to spare from Morning Captain ($4.40) with Phelan Ready ($3.10 fav) 1 lengths away third. However, Lloyd is sceptical about the chances of Audacious Spirit handling longer trips, placing a cloud over his chances of winning the Goldmarket Handicap (1400m) at the Gold Coast on New Years Day. Its probably a race youve got to aim for, but I wouldnt have liked it to be an extra 50m today because he was paddling at the finish, Lloyd said. Stable representative Peter Cuddihy said the key to Audacious Spirits win was gaining an uncontested lead in the middle stages. I knew if he got a soft lead today hed take a lot of catching, Cuddihy said. Lloyd said the Doomben circuit also played a role in the geldings win. The Eagle Farm straight has found him out twice this campaign, but the shorter run home was a big help, he said. Damian Browne said Phelan Ready, who hasnt won a race since the 2009 Golden Slipper, wasnt as effective at Doomben as at other tracks. Hes had six starts here now and today was the first time hes run a place, which I think tells the story, he said. On face value he was probably a bit disappointing because he tracked up behind Morning Captain but that horse pulled away from him in the last 150m. All Legal overturns verdict WARWICK FARM AFTER being told to retire All Legal, Kevin Moses sought a second opinion. Yesterday the horse defied the odds to score a career-best win in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes at Warwick Farm. The six-year-old emerged from the middle of the pack in Sydneys feature race of the summer and arrived just in time to defeat Almas Fury by a nose with Darci Be Good a gallant third, three-quarters of a length away. All Legals victory gave Moses the distinction of winning the 1600m race as a trainer as well as a jockey. But the greater satisfaction was being rewarded for his faith in the gelding, who had what appeared to be careerending problems last year. Around 12 months ago he had problems and I had a vet look at him and he had five chips in the knee, Moses said. He said you might as well just retire him, but I got a second opinion and the other vet said he could operate. And this is what hes come back as. All Legals win in the Villiers (1600m), which carries an exemption for next years Doncaster Mile, capped a preparation that also included a Listed win at Hawkesbury two starts ago. Glyn Schofield held up All Legal for a final charge at the line and he was able to get the bob in to deny the Paul Murray-trained Almas Fury. Favourite Galah came out of the gates among the tailenders and never threatened, while last years winner, Monton, settled in a handy spot but couldnt go on with the job under his 59kg topweight. Murray said Almas Fury had done himself proud, as had third-placed Darci Be Good, trained by his father Bede, with the pair jumping from gates 15 and 16 respectively. Both horses went enormous. If they had drawn an alley they would have run one-two, Murray said. Moses, who won aboard Kings Ideal in 1979, praised the navigation of Schofield, while the jockey lauded the training performance. He is a credit to Kevin and Jenny the way he was turned out today, Schofield said. He looked a bit rough in the ring, but he looked great in the winners stall. Darley team counts winnings FLEMINGTON THE Darley team of Sheikh Mohammed had three winners at Flemington and another pair at Warwick Farm yesterday. At Flemington, the stable landed the opening winner, Safeguard, a colt who survived a freak paddock accident as a yearling. Safeguard raced his way into calculations for the major juvenile races in the autumn with a two-length win in the Christmas Season Plate (1000m). Safeguard led from soon after the jump to score by two lengths in 57.1 seconds. Darley spokesman Henry Plumptre said Safeguard had almost cut his tongue off as a yearling when he got loose during afternoon exercise and stood on the lead, still attached to his bridle. It pulled the bit down so hard on his tongue that it almost severed it, he said. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said the Golden Slipper was the most likely target for the colt, with Melbournes top two-year-old race, the Blue Diamond Stakes, probably coming too soon. Gig made it a Melbourne double for the Snowdens with his victory in the Fiesta Star Handicap (1200m) in which he beat Al Aneed by three-quarters of a length. Darleys other Flemington winner, Benenden, scored well from a wide gate in the Spotless Handicap (1420m). Benenden, trained by Anthony Freedman, raced three wide throughout but was still too strong for Quicksilver Lass, who had an even tougher run, winning by three-quarters of a length in an exciting finish. Jockey Ryan Maloney and Beltrois crash to the ground after winning the Red Tempo Handicap (1000m) yesterday Picture: GETTY IMAGES Tragedy as Flemington winner euthanised after fall HORSERACING ByRODNICHOLSON It was very emotional when you breed them they are like family TRAINER Robbie Griffiths watched triumph turn to tragedy within seconds of his comeback horse Beltrois winning the Red Tempo Handicap at Flemington yesterday. The Cranbourne trainer was high-fiving his brotherin-law Reid Balfour, the seven-year-olds strapper, after jockey Ryan Maloney steered Beltrois through the field to snatch victory. Three strides later, Beltrois, who has not raced for 13 months, knuckled, tum bled and crashed to the turf. Maloney was lucky to escape serious injury. He was taken to hospital suffering a suspected broken left wrist. Beltrois hobbled to the top of the straight but had to be euthanised. It was a real rollercoaster of emotions, Griffiths said. Within a few seconds your emotions go from an extreme high to an extreme low. We raced the mother and bred him . . . we were highfiving when he hit the front and won. We didnt even notice a horse had fallen and it wasnt until someone pointed it out that we realised it was Beltrois. We hurdled the fence and ran down the straight, checking to see that Ryan was OK. He said he had a sore wrist but would be right, so we kept running to see the horse. We found the horse with a broken shoulder. It was very emotional when you breed them they are like family.You dont expect it to happen. I havent had much tragedy with horses, but when that happened today, it hurt, he said. Griffiths said the injury had nothing to do with the horse being absent from the track for 415 days. He has always been sound enough and we were really thrilled the way he raced today. He had a lot of talent, he said. The incident sucked the air from the pre-Christmas meeting. The glee associated with the return of Beltrois dissipated as stunned patrons watched the drama unfold. Beltrois defeated the $2.40 favourite Go The Knuckle by a long head, with Hotham Heights a nose away third. Beltrois won six of his 24 starts, with seven placings and amassed prizemoney of almost $400,000.
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