The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011
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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, July 16, 2011. NT NEWS. 55 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:16-JGE:55 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Cheeky Strats Flyer primed IF the behaviour of Strats Flyer is anything to go by, he could be ready to spring a surprise in todays ListedWinter Stakes at Rosehill. The seven-year-old, whowon the 2009 version of the racewhen prepared by Allan Denham, has been in the care of South Coast trainer Anne-Marie Robinson since the start of his current campaign. Robinson says his trackwork and attitude suggest he hasnt lost his zest for racing. Hes got very, very cheeky, she said. Warm Love hot for Caulfield EXCITING filly Warm Love is more settled and better armed to take on the best sprinters in the spring after returning from an autumn break. The signs were clear that Octagonals daughter had star quality when she finished third to Black Caviar and Hay List in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes in February and she will resume in todays Listed Sir JohnMonash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. Shes really come a longway mentally, trainer David Brideoake said. Form to guide spring move TRAINER Trevor Bailey will let results determine whether his promising duo FlyingMinstrel and Excapishe head interstate for the spring. Flying Minstrel returns to city racing in the Jim Beam Handicap (1110m) at Doomben today, with Excapishe lining up in theMother Two-Year-Old Handicap (1110m). FlyingMinstrel won in Class Two company at the Gold Coast last Saturday, while Excapishe had a runawaymidweekwin at Doomben last month. Darwin trainer Lynne Williams will be aiming to make it two-straight Skycity NT Derby (2000m) wins when NT Guineas (1600m) winner Marseillaise lines up at Fannie Bay on Day 3 of the Darwin Cup Carnival Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Williams aims for rare double HORSE RACING By DAVID WHITE DERBY TIPS BRETT DIXON (Darwin Turf Club chairman): THE RUFFIAN, Bay Huey, Our Iridium. PHIL NECK (Darwin Turf Club CEO): THE RUFFIAN, Baby Huey, Powerful Pegasus. ANDREW OTOOLE (TRNT CEO): THE RUFFIAN, Baby Huey, Powerful Pegasus. JAMIE CHADWICK (TRNT): THE RUFFIAN, Below, Baby Huey. MICK STUMBLES (Fannie Bay racecaller): THE RUFFIAN, Baby Huey, Disc Jockey. IT appears as though the stars are in alignment for popular Darwin trainer Lynne Williams. Williams will be aiming for back-to-back wins in the $120,000 Skycity NT Derby (2000m) when she saddles up Marseillaise in the premier three-year-old race in Territory racing. Its clearly a race that is close to the trainers heart after preparing Maccas Dream to win the blue-riband event 12 months ago. Ridden by Colin Haddon, Maccas Dream held off Faster Buster by a nose and today Williams be aiming to win her second NT Derby. Marseillaise has already won Alice Springs biggest three-year-old race of the season and now has the chance of securing a unique double by winning Darwins and the Northern Territorys biggest three-year-old race of the season. The Lonhro gelding won the NT Guineas (1600m) at Pioneer Park on April 9 during the Alice Springs Cup Carnival when he overcame Disc Jockey and Powerful Pegasus starters in the NT Derby this afternoon. With Haddon in the saddle, Marseillaise battled the odds by claiming victory after starting from the outside barrier. Amazingly, Marseillaise has drawn the outside barrier for the Derby, which shouldnt necessarily be a major hurdle as an extra 400m should nullify the handicap. Hes a good chance, but hell need a lot of luck and a cushioned run throughout to trouble the others, Williams said. Im happy with him, hes worked really well and I can only hope that everything goes according to plan. The Ruffian, who is also by super sire Lonhro, ran well in the Guineas and has good finishing speed, and is clearly the one to beat. Marseillaises form in Darwin since his triumph in the NT Guineas would make you think twice if you planned to back him in the Derby. He finished seventh (1200m) and fourth (1300m) behind Derby fancy High Finance before running seventh to The Ruffian in the Darwin Guineas (1600m) a fortnight ago. Now back to those stars which certainly are starting to align. It was Bastille Day on Thursday and considering hes boasting a name with a French ring the cards might just fall Marseillaises way. Canali back in Darwin Hell only benefit from the run MUCH-travelled Canali makes his return to Fannie Bay today Day 3 of the Darwin Cup Carnival when he lines up in the Darwin City Council Plate (1200m). It will be the four-year-old geldings first start since winning at Moonee Valley (1000m) in February. Before that victory in Melbourne, Canali raced on two occasions over the ChristmasNew Year period in Perth where he made an inauspicious debut before turning it all around a fortnight later. Crossing the line in 10th place on December 18 at Ascot in a 1000m event, Canali returned on January 1 Perth Cup Day to win the feature 1000m event on the program. Darwin trainer Stephen Brown said that the Exceed And Excel product came close to missing the carnival. I needed an assurance from the handicapper here in Darwin that Canali wasnt going to receive big weights, Brown said. Once I got the green light, it was decided to bring him up from Melbourne. Canali has already trialled in Darwin where he prevailed over 900m, but he faces an acid test today when he meets last years Palmerston Sprint winner Lucid Reflection an impressive 1100m winner at Fannie Bay two weeks ago. Lucid Reflection beat Testagold and Canali home in the Palmerston (1200m) and a year later all three horses will renew acquaintances. Lucid Reflection is a good horse, but regardless of how Canali performs tomorrow hell only benefit from the run, Brown said. To run 1200m first up does worry me, but he looks well. I honestly think Canali can win a Group race one day, so after the Palmerston hell race again in Melbourne. Canali, who started his career in Sydney, has also won in Adelaide and set the track record for 1100m (1.02.17) at Fannie Bay during last years carnival. He has only raced on 13 occasions for six wins. He hadnt won before I got hold of him, so after nurturing him its good to see him enjoying success, Brown said. Canali is a smart horse and Im happy to watch him race anywhere in Australia. DAVID WHITE Alice battle looms ALICE LEADERS 2010/11 Alice Springs Turf Club premiership leaders. JOCKEYS: Michael Evans 20, Jan Cameron 17, Belinda Carlile (a) 16, Craig Moon 14. TRAINERS: Lisa Lefoe 25, Kevin Lamprecht 12, Kath North 12. Lisa Lefoe LAST-start winners Regansburg and Macedon Cat will square off in the Alice Springs Turf Clubs feature race tomorrow. The Lisa Lefoe-trained Regansburg, an eight-year-old gelding, and the George Cooke-trained Macedon Cat, a six-year-old mare, are the only last-start winners in the Holdfast Benchmark Handicap (0-73) over 1100m the opening race on the six-event program. With Carl Spry in the saddle, Regansburg hit back after a run of outs at Pioneer Park on July 3 with a comfortable win at the juicy odds of $15 in the 34th Anniversary At Pioneer Park Handicap (1200m). Later that same day, $1.90 favourite Macedon Cat (Michael Evans) made it two straights wins after a series of minor placings with an equally emphatic victory in the Les Loy Memorial Handicap (1000m). Regansburg, who was no match for the likes of Spakatak, Sound Of Nature and Ishiever in previous starts before saluting a fortnight ago, is spotting Macedon Cat 1.5kg. Spry has once again been booked to ride Regansburg the $21 outside in the race, while Ben Hoppo takes over from Evans aboard Macedon Cat. The Mark Nyhan-trained Lucerne Vale, who finished fifth behind Regansburg as the $2.25 favourite on July 3, lines up in the race as well and better things are expected on this occasion. With apprentice Belinda Carlile claiming 2kg, Lucerne Vale will carry 57kg marginally less than what Regansburg (57.5kg) will carry in the $10,500 race. Gap Express (Matthew Hart) also has the chance to turn the tables on Regansburg. Cullenary Delight could spring a surprise as the five-year-old mare drops 4kg tomorrow. Other last start winners backing up include the George Cooke-trained Currency Trader in the Southern Cross TV Handicap (1200m) and the April Cornell-trained Notforgiven in The Rock Bar Handicap (1400m). DAVID WHITE
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