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Sunday Territorian 11 Dec 2011



Sunday Territorian 11 Dec 2011


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48 Sunday Territorian. Sunday, December 11, 2011. www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 1 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 8 C O L O R : C M Y K www.Intouchre.com 0402 152 929 PO BoPO Box 3079, Darwin NT 0801 Licensed Real Estate Agents ABN 69 139 186 495Licensed Real Estate Agents ABN 69 139 186 495 re200102 SPORT sundayterritorian.com.au Colours point to big Cup future Ben Melham rides Full Peal to victory at Flemington yesterday FULL Peal carries the colours worn to victory by 1944 Melbourne Cup winner Sirius and while talk of the emerging horse reaching those lofty heights is premature, there is ample evidence to suggest hes capable of winning a quality race. That may occur sooner rather than later, with co-trainer Simon Wilde considering a shot at the $400,000 Perth Cup (2400 m) on New Years Eve. In-form jockey Ben Melham is convinced that Full Peal, effortless winner of yesterdays Western Health Cup at Flemington, has the scope to develop into a genuine Cups horse. Melham enjoyed an armchair ride on Full Peal, who camped behind the leader before putting the race to bed when he gained a split and coasted to an unextended 1 length win. Wilde said he would talk with his father and cotrainer Bill and owner-breeder Michael Moore about the immediate program for Full Peal, now a winner of his past five starts. He said he had no doubt that Full Peal, a son of Clangalang a winner of the 2003 AJC Derby would stretch out to 2400 metres. Every task weve set him, hes won with ease, Wilde said. Hobart Cups, even the Perth Cup. Well throw those ideas around with the owners. Melham, the hottest jockey in Victoria over the past six weeks, said Full Peal possessed untapped ability. He has been well placed, but hes an improving type as well, Melham said. Every time Simon and Bill raise the bar, he steps up to it. I think he will keep improving. Hes showing me that hes going to run a mile and a half (sic 2400 metres). Full Peal has graduated from a 0-62 rating horse to one whose rating is nudging 90 in the space of two months. Wilde said the rapid rise in the one preparation has been the most impressive aspect of Full Peals escalation. I havent had a horse improve this sharply in one preparation, he said. Vanessa Arnott gets outsider Iced Magic home in the TROBIS GTNT Handicap at Fannie Bay yesterday Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Patience pays off as Iced Magic salutes PATIENCE is a virtue. Yes, it is a well-worn and old saying, but Darwin trainer Jason Manning provided some living proof in yesterdays opening race at Fannie Bay. Manning produced the quinella as Iced Magic (Vanessa Arnott) poked along the rail to beat home Yoshi Junior (Carl Spry) in the TROBIS GTNT Handicap (1100m). It was a result nearly two years in the making and re warded those owners prepared to back a trainer willing to buy yearlings instead of tried horses, who make up the bulk of the Top End racing population. We bought them as yearlings through the Brisbane Bloodstock Sales and there are a lot of first-time owners in both horses, Manning said. For the owners it has been a while in the works, but theyve stuck with me and they are all happy. Iced Magic added some extra sweetness for her owners, starting at the juicy odds of $21 on track after kick-starting her career with two unplaced runs. The grey filly has always showed us a lot on the track, but once she learns how to race, I think shes going to be a nice horse, Manning said. MEANWHILE, Top End speedster Dream Face produced a brave effort to run second behind the smart Obsidian Dragon in yesterdays Holdfast Insur ance Handicap (1050m) at Morphettville. The news wasnt as good for Lucid Reflection, who dropped out to run last in the Listed City of Marion Stakes (1200m). AND a reminder Alice Springs is hosting a five-race program today, highlighted by the $9500 Traillco Industries Handicap (1100m). Racing starts at 3.58pm and will be broadcast through Sky Racing 2 and Radio TAB. GREGORMACTAGGART Crich rules Fannie Bay HORSERACING ByGREGORMACTAGGART Yeah its a good day at the office might be time for a beer PHILLIP Crich reckons that, like a fine wine, hes getting better with age. And it is hard to argue with the 42-year-old jockey, who notched his second winning double in as many meetings at Fannie Bay yesterday. But raw numbers really tell just half the story of the affable hoop clearly enjoying his Top End renaissance. Crichs brace courtesy of Nero Macchina and The Cat were the advertisement of a jockey not only at the peak of his powers, but one reaping the rewards of doing his homework. Both wins followed a similar pattern, coming from well back in hot-speed races to get the money. I had previously gone forward on Nero Macchina and she weakens over the last furlong. We worked out today they were going to go hard, so I just sat on her quiet and let her do her best work in the last 500m, Crich said. We were a bit worried about The Cat with the mile and blinkers on, but I went through the race and knew there was plenty of pace, so as soon as the gates opened, I just snagged him out the back, put him to sleep and let him go in the straight. The double gave trainer Kerry Petrick the perfect day out, two runners for two winners, and it wasnt much worse for Crich, who took an early mark after race three with a couple in his keeping. Yeah its a good day at the office might be time for a beer, Crich said. Yesterdays double moves Crich to eight winners for the season and puts him second in the Bay riding premiership behind Scott Hillebrand, who moved to 10 thanks to the smart Reflex. Reflex ($2.50fav) oozed class as he cruised to a winning hat-trick and fourth success in five outings with Hillebrand aboard in the Sportingbet Handicap (1300m). Hes comfortable and just doing everything right at the moment, Hillebrand said after the race. Brinkley Boy (Carl Spry) ensured punters who took the $2.50 on offer on track went home happy with a tough win in the days final event. That victory was his second on the bounce and evidence trainer Louis Paech is a man well worth following.