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The Northern Territory news Thu 27 Oct 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 27 Oct 2011

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34 NT NEWS. Thursday, October 27, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 7 -O C T -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K NT News is giving one lucky reader the chance to get away for the weekend with a friend to enjoy the comforts and hospitality of Bamurru Plains and experience some of the best barra fishing the Top End has to offer. Accommodation for two All meals, tea & coffee All alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages Daily guided fishing excursions by airboat on the floodplains The use of all the camps fishing gear The $3,500 prize package includes Entries close first mail Wednesday 9th November 2011. For full terms and conditions visit ntnews.com.au/competitions Bamurru Plains GPO Box 1401 Darwin, NT, 0801 For your chance to For your chance to WINWIN simply simply fill in the coupon and send it to: Name: .............................................. Address:........................................... ......................................................... Email: ............................................... Phone:.............................................. M K 1 5 0 1 0 1 Dreaming of a Fishing Trip? 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 Perfect time to be back in the Territory WELL Im back, and so is Racing Around. First of all, Id like to say how great it is to be back in the Territory and what a time to do so with plenty of local racing to complement a hectic period in Melbourne. The Red Centre is in for a busy few days with Pioneer Park hosting meetings on Saturday and Tuesday. Leading trainer Lisa Lefoe, who appears even at this early stage to have one hand on the trainers premiership, will campaign strong teams on both days. Traffic at Fannie Bay will be a bit quieter on Saturday as preparations for a bumper six-race program on Melbourne Cup Day take shape. A total of 69 nominations have been taken for the Cup Day program, highlighted by the presence of reigning NT horse of the year Blackbriar. Trainer Melinda Boothby has nominated her stable star for the feature $16,000 weight-for-age affair over the 1100m distance. It would be the first time Blackbriar has graced the track since finishing a brave third behind Hawks Bay in the 2011 Darwin Cup. The six-year-old has been a wonderful galloper for connections since arriving in the Territory with four wins, a second and three thirds from his nine starts. Even though Ive been away for some 15 months, it comes as no surprise to see Stephen Brown and Gary Clarke with plenty of runners at their disposal, while Kerry Petrick looks set to have as many as 12 runners in action. n n n n SPEAKING of Hawks Bay, wasnt that a brilliant performance from the Darwin Cup winner at Moonee Valley last Saturday. The six-year-old was sent out at bolter odds in the Group 2 Drummond Golf Crystal Mile (1600m), but thrived at the chance to dictate terms in front and finished a brave second behind Testa My Patience. Credit must go to trainer Neil Dyer for having the confidence to press on after his flop the previous start in the Murray Bridge Cup, and jockey Dean Yendall, who rated Hawks Bay to near perfection. Next on the agenda for Hawks Bay is his hometown feature, the Kyneton Cup (2000m) next Wednesday, which is sandwiched between the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day. n n n n IT was sad to hear news of the passing of former jumps jockey Adrian Lechmere at the tender age of 32. Lechmere worked for former Darwin premiershipwinning trainer Bart Merrall when he first moved to Adelaide and reignited a career that had ended following a handful of rides in Victoria. He rode his first winner, Authentic Star, over the hurdles at Cheltenham in July 2008 and earned a reputation as a trackwork rider. One of Lechmeres career highlights was partnering star sprinter Takeover Target in a series of track gallops before the last victory of his storied career, which turned out to be the 2009 Goodwood Handicap (1200m). His passing follows the death of former Victorian apprentice Harry Hillier earlier this month. n n n n TODAY shapes as a big day in the career of former boom youngster Innocent Gamble. Part-owned by Darwin men George Voukolos and Paul Cattermole, Innocent Gamble stormed onto the racing scene with a blistering debut victory in the 2010 Blue Diamond Preview for the boys. But sadly for his connections, who also included noted Victorian race caller Dan Mielcki, Innocent Gamble hasnt been able to recapture those heroics since that first win. His 11th career outing is scheduled to be as the topweight in a Rating 68 Country Showcase Handicap (1600m) at Ballarat. Jake Noonan has the ride. n n n n UNTIL next week. Back a winner. Jockey Steven King, after winning yesterdays Bendigo Cup on Tandy, will ride Efficient in Saturdays Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington Picture: NICOLE GARMSTON King happy to partner Efficient STEVEN King is happy to take his opportunities, and another rises on Saturday when he rides three-time Group One winner Efficient in the $1 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. King has ridden the winners of most of the big races in Australia, including Melbourne and Caulfield Cups on Lets Elope, and a Cox Plate on Fields Of Omagh. After winning yesterdays Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) on Efficients stablemate Tanby, he said it suited him to ride for Lloyd Williams. Nick Hall had an operation a few months ago and Lloyd said come up and just work in with us, and see what can happen, King said. King rode Efficient in the Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley and was happy with sixth to Pinker Pinker. Hes going well, he said. It is his fourth run in and he gets back to Flemington. The big track is going to suit him, King said. The gelding has drawn outside barrier, 14, and King expected him to go back early which is his normal racing pattern. Cox Plate placegetter Rekindled Interest is favourite for the Mackinnon at $3.50 with TAB Sportsbet ahead of Caulfield Cup-winner Southern Speed at $6.50. Duos Cup blow By ADRIAN DUNN in Melbourne Ban to see Williams, Rawiller miss big race CRAIG Williams bid to become the first jockey to win the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in the same year is under threat after he received a 10-meeting suspension yesterday. Williams plans to fight the suspension incurred at Bendigo, which threatens his Cup ride on French stayer Dunaden, whom he part nered to win the Geelong Cup. Fellow jockey Nash Rawiller, who incurred an eight-meeting suspension that jeopardises his Cup ride Unusual Suspect, also vowed to fight his penalty. Its likely the appeals will be heard on Cup eve. If unsuccessful, the pair will not be granted a stay to ride in the Cup. RVL stewards outed Williams for his ride on The Red Emperor in the 0-68 Handi cap for causing interference to Rawillers ride Fast Ruler on the turn. Williams pleaded not guilty, vigorously defending himself and calling upon Rawiller for support. Nash didnt blame my horse. I made a slow manoeuvre out and his horse clearly over-reacted, locked its jaw and ran out, he said. Nash said he blamed his horse, not Craig Williams. Stewards found the inter ference in the mid-range and took into account Williams relatively good record and the meetings he would miss. Rawiller copped his careless riding charge on Star Bender in the Maiden Plate. He said he was looking at having the best book of rides that Ive ever had over the VRC carnival. I find it incomprehensible to think that a green horse in a maiden can cost me a Melbourne Cup ride, he said.