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The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011

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52 NT NEWS. Saturday, September 10, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 0 -S E P -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 2 C O L O R : C M Y K 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 No racing at Randwick yet TRACKWORK at Sydneys Randwick racecoursewill go ahead this month but racemeetings and barrier trial sessions have had to bemoved ahead of the planned return for Epsom day. Corrosion of structural steel cabling in sections of the roof of the Queen Elizabeth II Stand has the site currently unsafe to host meetings. Sections at the front of the QEII stand roof will be removed in amove to have the venue safe to host its flagship springmeeting on October 1. Altius follows familiar path PREMIER trainer Chris Waller is adopting a preparation that workedwith stable big gun Rangirangdoo for one of his teams Epsom hopefuls, Altius. Altius will line up in todays Group Three Kingston Town Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill. We did it (run over 2000m)with Rangirangdoo before he won the Doncaster and it seemed toworkwell, Waller said. Altius is the $3.40 favourite for the Stakes, with stablemate BellagioWynn a $21 chance. Trial runmay be lucky break CALOUNDRA trainer Kim Craft is hoping a decision to give Lucky Dubai a barrier trial for the first time on her hoodoo track at Doomben recently will lead to a successful comeback today. Craft is confident Lucky Dubai will be competitive in the Ormiston College Handicap (1200m). Lucky Dubai, an EddieWilkinson mount, is yet to be placed in four attempts at Doomben, with six of her eight career victories at Eagle Farm. Tactics the key as six race for Rose Foxwedge, ridden by jockey Nash Rawiller, winning the San Dominico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens last month TACTICAL nous, as much as race track talent, is expected to decide todays muchanticipated $1 million Golden Rose. While numbers are down on past editions of Sydneys richest spring race, some of the key players believe the tactics adopted in the sixhorse event will decide the outcome of the Group 1 feature at Rosehill. Were going to go in quietly confident but not overly confident because I look at this race as any of the six can win, said Manawanuis trainer Ron Leemon. I think its going to be a battle of tactics and it all depends upon how the jockeys ride the race. Whoever rides the smartest race will win. Its going to be interesting watching what they do. John OShea, who prepares talented colt Fox wedge, is taking a simple approach to the event. Foxwedge races on the speed and the Randwick trainer wants to make it impossible for horses to come from behind and run over the top of the San Domenico Stakes winner. OShea said Foxwedge would take advantage of his inside barrier. Foxwedge sat off runaway leader Karuta Queen in the Run To The Rose (1200m) last start and kicked strongly only to be run down late by a breathtaking performance from Golden Rose favourite Smart Missile. OShea says Smart Missile will have to produce something special again to get over the top of his charge. Thats Foxwedges key, OShea said. He box-seats, he doesnt get into trouble and if he runs 34.3 seconds for the last 600m they have got to break 34 to beat him. Peter Snowden said Helmet had improved since his firstup run and the trainer has applied blinkers to the dual Group 1 winner. He said Helmet would race in a forward position. Smart Missile attracted all the headlines after his outstanding return, with trainer Anthony Cummings saying he would be surprised if he were beaten today. Spacecraft ready to land at the Valley, says Hayes David Hayes RESURGENT trainer David Hayes is taken by recent stable addition Spacecraft, who will be out to foil Whobegotyous bid for a third consecutive Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley today. Originally prepared by Danny OBrien and then Mick Price, Spacecraft has had just one start since transferring to Hayes. That was in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) last month at Morphettville, when he ran fourth to todays rival Alcopop. Hayes believes Spacecraft can make his presence felt. He needed the run first-up but I think youll find hell be more competitive than peo ple think, Hayes said. He should get a lovely run from the barrier (three) and hell run a good race. Spacecraft was a $17 chance with TAB Sportsbet yesterday, with betting dominated by Whobegotyou, the $1.50 favourite to win the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) for the third successive year. It is hard to make a case against the Mark Kavanaghtrained favourite. The only time he has been beaten at the trip in six attempts was in the 2009 Doncaster Handicap when he was a desperately unlucky third to Vision And Power. He also has a superior record at the Valley where he has posted half of his 10 career wins. But Spacecraft boasts some telling statistics of his own. He has also shown a liking for the circuit, winning three of his four Valley starts, while three of his five victories have been over 1600m. Hes a very good Valley horse, he certainly needed the run last time, so lets hope he can do it this weekend, said Hayes, who recently moved from South Australia to Euroa. Conners gives Satin Shoes to Cropp Clarry Conners CLARRY Conners has engaged Lisa Cropp to take over the reins on brilliant filly Satin Shoes who takes on a hot field of older sprinters at weight-for-age in todays McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley. Conners was forced to look for a lightweight rider to replace Michael Rodd who couldnt make the weight in the 1000m Group Three feature in which he will be aboard the Mark Kavanaghtrained Shrapnel. Rodd rode the filly when she won first-up in the Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield and when she was caught out three wide from the outside barrier and weakened to finish eighth to Golden Archer in the McNeil Stakes (1200m) at the same track. Its probably a harder race than what I thought it was going to be, Conners said. The distance suits her. Lisa Cropp will ride her at 50kg. Its a nice comfortable weight for her. Shell be very competitive. She worked really nicely at the Valley on Tuesday morning (with Eight Bills) so I couldnt be happier with her. I think it was important for her have a look at the Valley and for Lisa to ride her even though I had to bring her from Geelong to do it. Lisa said she was glad she rode her because she felt as though she was going through her gears and thats what Michael Rodd said when he rode her for the first time, too. He said she tricked him so it will be beneficial for Lisa to have ridden her. Shes just got to let her run along. Meanwhile, Anthony Freedman is optimistic that First Command can run well first-up from a throat operation for a breathing problem. I am happy with him and at this stage the op seems to have been a success, Freedman said. He is forward enough to run well but it is a very hot race and I expect him to get beaten a bit for speed. I would like to see him strong to the line and then go to a Listed 1200m race (Testa Rossa Stakes) in two weeks at Caulfield where he is very good. Eight-page race guide inside today