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The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, June 20, 2012. NT NEWS. 51 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:20-JGE:51 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Hooper banished from camp AUSTRALIAN Olympic boxing medal prospect Damien Hooper has been removed from the national teams training camp after a series of behavioural breaches. The AOC said the light heavyweight boxer, who trained in Darwin earlier this year, had been sent from the teams Canberra base but did not elaborate on specific issues. It is understood Hooper has returned to Queensland to train but it is not thought his Olympic position is in jeopardy at this stage. New-lookHockeyroos squad AUSTRALIAN womens hockey coach Adam Commens has named an inexperienced squad of 16 for the London Games, with nine players to make their Olympic debuts. Captain Madonna Blyth headlines the seven in the squad with Olympic experience, while Teneal Attard will back up from Beijing after undergoing three knee reconstructions. Goalkeeper Toni Cronk is the only survivor from the team that came fifth at the 2004 Games. Boxers areworlds richest Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao top the list of the 100 highest-paid athletes released by Forbes magazine. Mayweather, who ranks No.1 for making $A84.25 million from two fights last year, is serving a three-month jail sentence for domestic battery. Pacquiao is second on the list with $A61.45 million. Tiger Woods fell to third with $A58.9 million while Miami Heat star LeBron James ranks fourth at $A52.55 million, the highest of 13 basketball players. So You Think out to show critics how good he is SO You Think may have lost his cloak of invincibility but he can secure champion status with a redeeming win in the 150th Anniversary of the Prince of Waless Stakes (2000m) at Royal Ascot tonight (NT time). The former Australian superstar is chasing his 10th Group 1 win in a race that is recognised as Englands most prestigious middle distance weight-for-age race. His dominant six-length romp in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last-start is proof of his wellbeing, while the defection of nemesis Cirrus De Aigles has made So You Thinks task considerably easier. Trainer Aidan OBrien and So You Thinks majority owners Coolmore have been the dominant force in English racing this summer and a Prince of Wales Stakes triumph with So You Think would rank among the Ballydoyle teams most satisfying. Royal Ascot is the jewel in the crown we would dearly love to win this race with So You Think, Coolmores Tom Magnier said. The horse is in winning form, he looks good and our trainer is very happy. Aidan OBrien thinks the horse is in better place than he was last year. So You Think was a long odds-on favourite when run down late by the ill-fated Rewilding in the 2011 Prince Of Wales Stakes. It was the first sign of his vulnerability in Europe where the quality of middle distance weight-for-age racing is regarded as the best in the world. So You Think is no longer the all-conquering champion that he was in Australia where he was a six-time Group 1 winner including his dual Cox Plate truimphs but the criticism of his international form has been harsh. He has lined up in all the best races in Europe, America and Dubai and has not run poorly in any. So You Think has now won four Group 1 races in the northern hemisphere a record for a former Australian galloper. Magnier confirmed So You Think has two more runs before retirement with the Eclipse Stakes his farewell to racing before the six-year-old returns to Australia to stand at stud this spring. It would be something if he could finish his career with three successive Group 1 wins, Magnier said. So You Think is hot favourite to win the Royal Ascot showpiece. He has 10 rivals. Caviar fever hits UK London cabbie Paul Gardiner has painted his black cab in Black Caviars racing colours Aussie star shows speed in track run Black Caviar looks relaxed after yesterdays run Picture: TWITTER Wecant be any happierwith her condition HORSERACING ByRAYTHOMAS CHAMPION mare Black Caviar completed her preparation for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) yesterday with her fastest track gallop since arriving in England. Black Caviar has only done pace work at Newmarket but trainer Peter Moody gave her the opportunity to stretch her legs with a 200m sprint at the end of her workout. Moody maintains that Black Caviar has never been in better condition than she is for Saturdays Group 1 contest at Royal Ascot. Black Caviar, dubbed the Wonder from Down Under by the English press, has now firmed in to 1-3 favourite for the feature sprint with local bookmakers. Some English bookies were betting as much as 1-5 last week about Black Caviar but the upbeat mood of Moody and the mighty mares connections has left them weary. There are still 20 sprinters entered in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes but only half that number are expected to line up against the Australian at the weekend. The final acceptances for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and barrier draw are due tomorrow. Moody has declared there will be no excuses if Black Caviar can not extend her unbeaten record to 22 wins in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. We are extremely confident, Moody said. On facts and figures there is not a sprinter in the world that can beat her. We cant be any happier with her condition and I am looking forward to Saturday. Moody is yet to make up his mind regarding whether Black Caviar will remain in England and contest the July Cup at Newmarket next month, indicating that there is possibility she could return home after just the one run. TAB Sportsbet fixed odds have cut Black Caviars price to $1.25 for the Diamond Jubilee with Moonlight Cloud and Bated Breath next at $7. Special attention for super galloper BLACK Caviar will be the first horse in Royal Ascots centuries-old history to have a personal attendant. And it could prove crucial for Black Caviar, who has a habit of missing the start. Sponsored by corporate bookmaker Sportsbet, renowned Melbourne-based barrier attendant Glen soft hands Darrington has joined Team Caviar in the UK and will be behind the gates to comfort and cajole the mare in the seconds before Saturdays Diamond Jubilee Stakes. If me being here as I have for some of her wins away from Melbourne makes her feel a bit more relaxed, then its all worth it, Darrington said. Back in Melbourne, the Australian Racing Museum has asked for Black Caviars form-fitting compression suit to hang alongside the body-hugging running outfit Cathy Freeman wore at the Sydney Olympics. Racing Victoria spokesman for the Champions Gallery Doug Cross said Black Caviar deserved to be recognised alongside Olympic stars and other sporting greats. Everyone recalls the vision of Cathy Freeman walking into the Sydney Olympic Stadium in her striking body suit, carrying with her the hopes of a nation, and in a similar way weve seen another Australian golden girl set to conquer the world in her body suit, Cross said. Weve been keen for some time to create a legacy for Black Caviar in the Champions Racing Gallery at the National Sports Museum. We would like to see Black Caviars compression suit sitting alongside Cathys to remind future generations of the achievements of this wonderful racehorse. Nevermind the racehorse, now its Black Cab-iar STEP aside Black Caviar now we have Black Cab-iar. Our Queen of the track is making way for the king of the road as the ultimate Battle Royal heats up in London. A London taxi driver has painted his black cab to honour Black Caviar who is in the UK aiming to win her 22nd consecutive race at Royal Ascot this Saturday. Cabbie Paul Gardiner is the man behind the wheel and said he was ready to channel the unbeaten sprint wonders speed to zip around the London traffic. And with his car draped in her famous salmon pink and black spots, he has become Londons latest attraction. I rank her the best in the world. Based on my knowledge, shes as fast as a Ferrari up Fleet St so theres no risk of her being held up in traffic at Ascot, Mr Gardiner said. Mr Gardiner is a mad Black Caviar fan and is hoping hell snare a fare with some of her entourage and fans.