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The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Apr 2012



The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Apr 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Thursday, April 5, 2012. NT NEWS. 35 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:5-APGE:35 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Fly away to one of six amazing Asian destinations thanks to Silk Air and NT News. Six lucky readers will each receive two fl ights to one of the following destinations: For full terms and conditions please visit ntnews.com.au/competitions Permit Number NTL12/08 FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN Simply collect 3 coupons, and send them in one envelope with your name, address, phone number and chosen travel destination on the back of the envelope. Entries must be received by Thursday April 12 2012. Multiple entries will be accepted. 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Manoukians ban expires on April 11 meaning hell be free to ride on day one of the Alice Springs Cup Carnival. PERIDUKI resumes in the $80,000 TattsBet Oakbank Stakes (1100m) on Saturday. Back in the care of Mick Whittle, Periduki will be ridden by fellow Red Centre export Scott Westover. ISNT it funnywhere some horses end up former Nev Connor galloper Hidden Assets ran second in last Saturdays Injune Cup (1400m) as the $2.80 favourite. For thosewho dont know (thanks toWikipedia, I do now), Injune is a town of 362 people located 92km north of Roma on the Carnarvon Highway. STEVEN Arnold, the champion Territory jockey, has two Group 1 rides at Rosehill on Saturday Amorino in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) and Rock Classic in the $400,000 George Ryder Stakes (1500m). YOU know Bob Geldof made a whole lot of money singing about not liking Mondays. When it comes to Sundays and Darwin Racing, Im squarely in Bobs corner, certainly not his income range. Lucky we only race twice at Fannie Bay on a Sunday this season because, if last week is any indication, they just dont work. There was more atmosphere at my year 12 maths exam than what I saw at the Bay last Sunday. I took a straw poll of 10 people who were required to be at the racecourse across a varying array of different capacities. Of those 10, just one said they were happy enough being there on a Sunday with the other nine much happier with racing on Saturday or Friday night, which proved popular a few seasons ago. The general public voted with their feet as well, because there would probably have been about 300 people on track despite the lure of free admission. I wonder how many people actually knew about that fact because, if Im any indication, my guess is not many. It was only because I went back to double-check a replay through the Darwin Turf Club website that I came across a mention on the home page about free admission. Of course, I might be an exception to the rule and the general public in the Top End are more in the know with what is happening at the DTC than the racing writer from the NT News. The next Sunday meeting is on April 15 and Ill be interested to see the build-up to that one day after Darwin plays host to its first toplevel rugby league game in 17 years when Sydney Roosters play North Queensland Cowboys at TIO Stadium. o o o o DARWIN Turf Club is far from being on its own when it comes to the balance between getting punters on course and keeping Sky Channel happy by racing at times that suit the television schedule. I was keen to assess the tote turnover on last Sundays meeting from those punters watching at home, at the pubs and clubs or in TAB agencies across Australia. Provided my maths are correct a total of $311,462.37 was wagered on Darwin throughout the three TAB pools. The breakdown was $91,215 on TattsBet (Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania), $129,621.26 on the Victorian TAB (including WA) and $90,626.11 on the New South Wales TAB. Compared to the days when only UNiTAB (now TattsBet) was fielding on Darwin, those figures are not too bad and obviously the DTC would be reaping some financial benefits from that. But compared to the numbers from the four-race Saturday card on March 10, Sunday is not an A1 position for Darwin. The total money wagered was $280,368.11, with $90,832 (TattsBet), $107,577.86 (Victoria) and $81,598.25 (NSW). One less race and just $31,094.26 the difference. o o o o IF TURNOVER is the No. 1 priority, maybe Darwin is selling itself short by racing on a weekend day. Townsville is a good example of a club which has carved out a real niche for itself as something of a Teletrack on a Tuesday. Last Tuesday, Townsville had what you could call a solid, but really unspectacular six-race program. The total money wagered through the three TAB pools on the meeting was $1,348,331.83. o o o o ALICE Springs will play host to a bumper seven-race program on Saturday. The feature event is the $10,500 Territory Today with Adrian Renzi WFA Stakes (1400m). Ive met Adrian and hes a keen racing man, so its good to see a race named in his honour and it is a pretty handy race at that. Neil Dyer has made his way north from Kyneton and starts Cup hopefuls Palmyra Boy and Bel Sir. Palmyra Boy is a familiar galloper to us in the Territory, but Bel Sir will be making his NT debut. The four-year-old boasts a Moonee Valley 2040m win to his credit and should have few troubles making the Cup field come May 7. Also in action is Blackbriar, the 2011 Territory horse of the year, for trainer Melinda Boothby, with Paul Denton aboard. Victorian trainer Malcolm Carson will start Into The Sun, a 10-time race winner who ran sixth in the Echuca Cup at his most recent outing. In all, 63 acceptances have been taken for the meeting which will start from 1.41pm. o o o o HAVE a happy Easter and until next week, Back a winner.

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