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The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012

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46 NT NEWS. Monday, August 6, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 6 -A U G -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v4 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 Club Liquid gets late Cup berth FORMER champion Club Liquid yesterday gained a start for the 2012 CarltonMid Darwin Cup (2000m) with The Ruffian scratched from the big race. The Ruffianwas the beaten odds-on favourite in Saturdays Channel 9Welter (1900m), finishing second to Lightning Shot. His absence from the race means the emphatic 2008winner is lining-up in the race for the fourth time. Jockey Ben Hoppo has the ride on Club Liquid, whowill jump from barrier 10. Soldier aims at recordwin THE SOLDIER is hunting for a record fourth victory in the $35,000Wolf Blass Lightning Plate (1000m) at Fannie Bay today. Now a nine-year-old, The Soldier first won the race in 2007, before proving too strong in the past two years when carrying 63kg. The Soldier (Kim Gladwin) today has to lump 64.5kg in a small but talented field containing NoMeans Go, who beat himwhen the pair last met, Ready Steady Vetti, Brinkley Boy and Jacopo. Invitations please LOCAL pride is on the line in the Environbank Invitation (Racing) 70 Plate (1300m). The Territorys best riders take on some of Australias finest including Stephen Baster and Noel Callow (Victoria), JasonMaskiell (Tasmania) and Dominic Tourneur (South Australia) in the $30,000 event. Meanwhile, the unbeaten Pitta Patta is chasing her fourth consecutivewin in the opening Sportingbet Stakes (1200m) for the three-year-olds. FOOTROT FLATS Bound for glory FromBackPage Listed level right now and hes been asked to carry 64.5kg. Dyer also has grey warrior Palmyra Boy (Adam Nicholls) entered, with last years runner-up struggling to recapture his form of 12 months ago and the trainer knows why. He got poleaxed twice in his first run here and I reckon it shook him up a little bit, hes a bit frightened, but he worked sensational on Thursday and I wouldnt be surprised to see him run a good race. Hawks Bay was last night rated a $7.50 fourth favourite on TattsBet fixed odds, with Palmyra Boy an $81 chance. o Formguide starts page 17 By GREGOR MACTAGGART Glares got what it takes for Cup -Paech LOUIS Paech knows what is required to be a Darwin Cup winner. The 23-year-old has tasted victory in the race twice as the unofficial training partner of Michael Hickmott with General Market (2007) and Activation (2009). Today the Top End trainer is aiming for No. 3, and the first since he gained his licence last September, with Glare. Glare is rated the $5.50 third favourite for the Darwin Cup and stormed into contention for the race after an emphatic win in the Buntine Handicap (1900m). Hes exactly where we want to be, hes right in the race, Paech said. Hes got 54.5kg and Hawks Bay has to spot him 10kg. Glare will have to defy recent history, according to which the Buntine Handicap is not the right formline when it comes to the Darwin Cup. Ironically, the last horse to come through the Buntine Handicap and win the Darwin Cup was General Market. Even so, Paech is confident the former Queenslander, who has the in-form Carl Spry aboard, can give his connections a major sight in the $185,000 race. Hes improved since his last run, Paech said. Carl got off his work on Tuesday morning andsaid on that he would win a stakes race anywhere around the country. Well be positive out of the gates from nine, (then) it will be all up to Carl, he knows the horse and what he can do. Hot tip is with Brown HORSERACING ByGREGORMACTAGGART Bolton forms part of trainer Stephen Browns two-pronged assault on todays $185,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m). Browns other Cup hope is Sheahan. Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Bolton looks fantastic, but so does the other horse IF YOU believe the bookies, TAB and form experts, Stephen Brown has the strongest hand for todays $185,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m). The leading Top End trainer is chasing his second Cup triumph, eight years after his first, with the dualpronged attack of Sheahan and Bolton at Fannie Bay this afternoon. Both TattsBet and bookmaker Sportingbet could not split the Brown pair last night, having the dynamic duo equal favourites at $3.50 and $3.30 respectively. And Brown is struggling to do the same. They are a terrific pair of horses, they have done a real treat and I cant slow them down at the moment, Brown said. Bolton looks fantastic, but so does the other horse. They are both spot-on for the Cup and it is hard to split them. Were pretty lucky to have two in the race and Im pretty relaxed about it all. Exciting prospect Sheahan is aiming to repeat the deeds of Nozi in 2006 and complete the Toyota Cup-Metric MileDarwin Cup treble. Sheahan has adapted well to this track and he has done everything weve asked of him leading into the Cup, Brown said. Scott Hillebrand will ride Sheahan, while Stephen Baster jets in from Singapore this morning to partner Bolton, who has been runner-up in the Chief Ministers Cup and Metric Mile in his past two starts. Even though he gave the Brown team a Listed success in Victoria last February, Bolton is yet to greet the winning post first in Darwin, a statistic Brown says he is capable of addressing. I dont think he suits Darwin a lot, but he is a really good horse and that is why hes doing as well as he is, he has rarely run a bad race here, Brown said. Bolton has also recovered from being galloped upon in the Metric Mile with Brown saying he is 100 per cent right to go. Mr Tambourineman was responsible for ending Browns three-decade long drought in his hometown Cup in 2004. There was about four of four across the track late in the race and he got there by a neck. If it is that close this time, hopefully it will be between the two of mine, Brown said. PUNTERS, a reminder that a $25,000 First Four jackpot has been injected into the TattsBet pool for the 2012 Darwin Cup. NT TAB general manager Tony Flanegan expects the pool to reach more than $100,000.