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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Jun 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Jun 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, June 25, 2011. NT NEWS. 57 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:25-JGE:57 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K 1000 Week 3 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 So You Think in Sandown clash SANDOWNS Coral-Eclipse Stakes next Saturday could prove one of the highlights of the season as exAustralian superstar So You Think and last years EpsomDerby heroWorkforce square up for a fascinating clash. Aidan OBrien has pencilled in So You Think for the 2000mGroup One but his profile was tarnished by a shock defeat at Royal Ascot to Rewilding in the Prince ofWaless Stakes. Workforce alsowon last years Prix de lArc d Triomphe. Cassidy key to Zingaling win KRIS Lees is hoping a successful association over many years with jockey Larry Cassidy can culminate in a Group One victory with Zingaling in the Tattersalls Tiara at Eagle Farm. Lees has turned to Cassidys experience to end a frustrating runwith the four-year-old. Zingaling, who has been ultraconsistent this campaign, was a fast-finishing third to VarennaMiss at her last appearance in the Group Two QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm on June 4. SA stayers poetic crusade SOUTHAustralian stayer Lennybe is in career-best form as he launches a raid on the Banjo Paterson Series at Flemington. Trainer David Jolly is confident the six-year-old will handle the longest race of his career over 2540m in todays fifth heat of the series to qualify for next months $150,000 final over 2600m. He haswon his last two starts in Adelaide over 2028m and 2048m and has a strong finish indicating that the extra distancewont be a problem. Rivals prepare for a Guineas battle David Bates RECENT history suggests there have not been too many rivalries in the Darwin Cup Carnival, but three-year-old geldings High Finance and Disc Jockey might well dispel that theory this year. High Finance, from the Darwin-based David Bates stable, and Disc Jockey, from the Alice Springs-based Michael Evans stable, were highly impressive as they posted wins over 1300m last weekend at Fannie Bay. Should both produce similar form next Saturday it should make for a mouthwatering Hot 100 Darwin Guineas (1600m). On May 28, High Finance beat Disc Jockey by a comfortable margin over 1200m at Fannie Bay. This was the horse from Central Australias first start in the Top End. High Finance, who ended up in the Territory from NSW, was running in his second. Disc Jockey has got form over 1600m and the Guineas shouldnt be a problem for him, but High Finance is above average and was placed over the mile in NSW, Bates said. Im comfortable with my horse and, apart from Disc Jockey, I feel Baby Huey, who finished fourth behind Disc Jockey last Saturday, is a Guineas chance. A trip to Darwin evolved for Evans after Disc Jockey finished second in the NT Guineas (1600m) at Pioneer Park on April 9 during the Alice Springs Cup Carnival before saluting in a three and four-year-old WFA event over 1600m on April 23. Disc Jockey certainly improved after his first race here in Darwin, Evans said. Hes a tough horse. He pulled up well last Saturday, but he pulls up well all the time. Although the apprentice (Cara Angel) claimed 3kg last Saturday, High Finance looked pretty good. Of the other three-year-olds to feature last Saturday in Disc Jockeys race, Evans was impressed with third-placed Below, who was having its first start at Fannie Bay for the Stephen Brown stable. Unlike Evans with Disc Jockey, Bates has yet to commit High Finance for the SkyCity NT Derby (2000m) on July 16. Evans also has hinted that if all goes well Disc Jockey may line up in the Carlton Mid Carlton Cup (2000m) on August 1. DAVID WHITE Worth weighting for Neil Dyer, trainer of Hawks Bay, eyes the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup at the Darwin Cup Carnival launch on Wednesday at Fannie Bay Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI HORSE RACING By DAVID WHITE HE was happy to pose with the holy grail; but Neil Dyer wasnt willing to jinx himself by touching the biggest trophy on offer in Top End racing, at the Darwin Cup Carnivals official launch on Wednesday night. Victorian trainer Dyer, from Kyneton, 85 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, has come close to winning the Darwin Cup (2000m) in the past two years, and he hopes to finally get his hands on the handsome trophy, should twotime runner-up Hawks Bay salute at Fannie Bay on August 1. Clearly, Hawks Bay has a number of hurdles to overcome before the Dyer camp can claim the Cup at the third attempt, including the 64.5kg the five-year-old will have to lump in the NTTAB ROANT Gold Cup (1300m) this afternoon. After the gelding carried 63.5kg to win the Bern borough Club Cup (1000m) in outstanding fashion in his first start back in the Territory last weekend, Dyer remains optimistic. Hes a big bugger this year much stronger, Dyer said. And he seems to grow another six inches when hes in the mounting yard. He has a half-brother, who has carried big weights to victory in various Cups (professional and picnic) in Victoria, so Im not all that worried. Last year, 1300m would have been too short for him, but his win last Saturday threw a spanner in the works and Im confident hell run a good race tomorrow. Last night, Hawks Bay was a $2.35 favourite. Palmyra Bay, who won the ROANT Gold Cup last year, is Dyers other representative in the race today, but hasnt started since finishing sixth in the Alice Springs Cup (2000m) on May 2. Palmyra Bay, the 1600m track record-holder at Fannie Bay (1.34.86), has won two Metric Miles (1600m) in the past during the Darwin Cup Carnival; Dyer gives the eight-year-old gelding a $31 chance some hope today. Viv Oldfields Sound Of Nature caught the eye during the Alice Springs Cup Carnival and must be respected on Saturday, Dyer said. After todays race, Dyer hopes to finish Hawks Bays Darwin Cup preparations by contesting the Chief Ministers Cup (1600m) on July 9 and the Metric Mile (July 23). Caviar back in work as Moody lines up star duo Peter Moody By RAY THOMAS CHAMPION Black Caviar returns to pre-training on Monday, as trainer Peter Moody prepares to farewell two of the super mares classy stablemates. Returntosender (Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersalls Tiara) and Tampiko (Listed $100,000 Racing Club Mile) are trying to end their race careers with big-race wins at Eagle Farm today. Moody is hopeful of continuing his career-best season that has already included nine Group 1 wins. He has dominated Melbourne racing to secure a second successive premiership with 91.5 wins already, and his stable runners have collected more than $12 million prizemoney. Its been a tremendous year for us, one you dream about really, Moody said. Unbeaten Black Caviar, the worlds highest-rated galloper, has been the mainstay with her extraordinary six consecutive Group 1 wins. She has been spelling since her memorable BTC Cup win over Hay List back in May but Moody revealed the mighty mare is about to return to work. Black Caviar resumes pretraining on Monday, Moody confirmed. We have given her five-anda-half weeks off and Im very happy with the way she has spelled. However, Moody said Black Caviars likely spring race preparation has not been determined. We will give her a months pretraining then get her back into my Caulfield stables, Moody said.

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