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The Centralian advocate Fri 5 Nov 2010



The Centralian advocate Fri 5 Nov 2010


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 64 no. 46

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56 Centralian Advocate, Friday, November 5, 2010 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 5 -N O V -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 5 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Big O MITRE 1O Milner Road Alice Springs Phone: 8953 3141 40 Full HD 3D Tv 800 Series Trasmitter 3D Glasses Prizes draw on the 22nd Nov, 2010 Note: All prizes are part of a package. SIMPLY PURCHASE ANY 2X4L OR 1X10L PRODUCT FROM THE DULUX RANGE IN STORE TO BE IN THE RUNNING TO WIN * *Conditions may apply. Not in conjunction with any other offer. No Layby. No Rainchecks. See in store for details. 4xPS3 Games 4 7 1 9 0 5 /1 1 Playstation 3 Arnold so close to glory HORSE RACING Dale Fletcher FORMER Centralian-based jockey Steven Arnold guided Melbourne Cup favourite So You Think to third place in the great race on Tuesday. So You Think hit the front with over 200 metres to go in the two-mile classic, but was overtaken by eventual winner Americain and secondplace getter, Maluckyday. Arnold said the race was as tough as any he had ridden in, with a lot of competition all around him and the conditions less than ideal. He said: He (So You Think) ran really well, he was just beaten by a better horse (Americain). We would have liked if it was a bit drier. So You Think jumped well from barrier three and was in a perfect position to sprint in the final straight, only to run out of gas in the closing stages. Arnold said: He ran well, I think he could not have run any better. So You Thinks trainer, the legendary Bart Cummings, said Arnolds riding tactics in the final straight were a bit indifferent. He said the straight at Flemington was long and the timing of the run is crucial. Cummings said: I wanted him to wait for the clock tower. Hes run well, tried hard, but what can you say, he was beaten by a better horse. The famous Flemington landmark about 200 metres from the post is a known guide for Cup runners to make their move. But Arnold and So You Think went for home at around the 400 metre mark. He said: We went at the right time. Sure, we could have waited a bit longer, but then it might have been too late. But I was always thought we were going to be vulnerable in the last furlong. Arnold said he had trouble with So You Think right from the start with the horse being too eager to race too early. He said: I had to hold him back a lot. For the whole back straight I had to hold on for dear life, he just wanted to go and race. MADDEN IS BACK OFF ROAD RACING Robbie Patterson Bernard Gwynne and navigator Matthew Drage tune up for this weekends off-road event Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY CENTRE Jewellers Northern Territory titles are being held by Alice Springs Off Road Racing Club at the Mount Ooraminna circuit this weekend. Last years winner, SAs James Madden, is making the trek back to Central Australia in an attempt to make it two-in-a-row after demolishing last years field. Three other competitors from South Australia, and possibly three from Darwin, will also be making the trip to compete at this years title. Local hopes are high with giant-killer Andrew Mowles. who is looking to continue his impressive form, in not only the pro lite class, but overall. He is coming off a second outright at the Pines Enduro and is looking to rattle a few of the bigger buggies this weekend and knock them off their perches. Mowles said: Im going to go out there and try win, thats definitely the plan. He acknowledged a podium finish would be good, saying, if I can get a top three outright that would be huge. It would be good to win but you cant get your ambitions mixed up with skill, all it takes is a flat tyre and youre out. Axle Greening is confident he and navigator, Tim Coach, can take out the Super 1650 class in his sixth NT titles. Greening said: We have come first before and we will be looking for a top-two finish again this year. Three more local drivers Paul Gilbert, Bernard Gwynne and Greg Hicks could be in with a chance if their buggies are ready on time. The trio made the long trip to Western Australia last weekend to compete in the Gasgoyne Dash for cash. While the results were not as good as the drivers would have liked, they should be in fine form after their WA warm up. Gilbert in his V8-powered pro class Jimco buggy suffered a broken axle only kilometres from the finish line while running in second place. Gwynne, running his extreme two-wheel-drive chev truck, had a weekend he would rather forget. After a very minor roll on prologue, then being seeded in the starting grid, he unfortunately got bogged on the track for eight hours before being recovered. The Hicks/Braitling pro lite buggy had major engine issues while running in seventh position outright. Racing will start at 4pm on Saturday afternoon with two 55km loops of another Bob Baldock track, a further two laps on Saturday night, starting again at 8am on Sunday morning with a further three laps and finishing with the ever popular 3 x 3s. Full catering and bar facilities are available with plenty of free camping areas on offer at the circuit, 35km down the Old South Road. Lights bright: P55 Tennant Creek returns to crease: P55

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