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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011

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8 NT NEWS. Tuesday, May 3, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K Check out all the fashions, frocks and fascinators Only in Thursdays NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l 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 stopping Gai at Alice Springs Cup Gai Waterhouse with Drum Atweme members from Hidden Valley Town Camp. Below (L-R) Micaela Gumbley celebrates a win, Fashions on the Field winners Carla Payne and Gavin Heatherington with Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell, XXXX Gold girls Velita Bowey, Ainsley Yoffa, Jessica Westover, TJ Webster were treated to the company of Lethal McCracken Pictures: CHLOE GERAGHTY By TOM BIDDINGTON in Alice Springs MORE PICTURES Check out our picture gallery. ONLINE www.ntnews.com.au THE overcast conditions didnt dampen the spirit of racegoers at Pioneer Park for the XXXX Gold Alice Springs Cup yesterday. South Australian raider Naratel claimed the major prize, giving jockey Dom Tourneur a record-equalling fourth win, while Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell and leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse provided plenty of colour. Just under 5000 people turned up to the Red Centres biggest race day. Off the track, Waterhouse was the star of the show, signing copies of her book, giving presentations, judging fashions on the field and meeting sponsors, dignitaries and punters alike. With Gai being dragged along anywhere and everywhere, even following her around was a task, but she greeted everyone with the same warmth and enthusiasm across the day. I must have swallowed a Mexican jumping bean when I was born, Waterhouse said. I just think its important for the club, important for racing, that when identities come to the races they really make it work and make people say: Hey, I had a great day there, Id like to go again thats the whole point of being here. Ive had a ball, its been quite a full day but Ive really enjoyed it. Her husband, bookmaking leviathan Rob, decided to field in the betting ring yesterday, sparking the pair to make the trip. Waterhouse had identified a horse to race in her name in the Red Centre, but it was for Saturdays meeting so she decided to abort. You cant have the punch without the party, but well bring something up here in the next year or two, she said. I wanted to have something race the day I was here and Nash (Rawiller) could ride it, but neither of us were going to arrive until Sunday, so there was no point. Alice Springs Turf Club chief executive Terry Hooton couldnt have been happier. We were trying to establish this as a benchmark for the future and showcase it as a nationally recognised event, he said. Weve had record crowds and numbers of horses . . . sensational. DAYOFUPSETS THE drama from Saturday wasnt replicated in the opening few of events, but punters couldnt take a trick. Odds-on pop Casino Exit got rolled in the first race, with rank outsider Mr Jansz running home strongly for Carl Spry to pip the favourite by a short head. The Kevin Lamprecht-trained colt paid $19.90 on TattsBet a huge dividend in a five-horse field. Things didnt get much better in the second with Cara Angel steering home Cristambul for Lisa Lefoe at $22.20. Lefoe completed a running double by taking out the GT Radial Tyre Queen Of The Desert (1200m) with bottom-weight Miss Iceland, Kim Gladwin guiding her home at $35. SOLDIERAGUN GUN Red Centre sprinter The Soldier recorded his 20th career victory with a dominant front-running display in the OAMPS Insurance hcp. The Ken Rogerson-trained marvel bounced back from his disappointing performance in the Pioneer Sprint and relished the return back to the 1000m. The Soldier flew out of the gates and controlled the race before kicking clear on the turn and coming away to win by two and a half lengths from Palmerston Sprint winner Lucid Reflection with Pioneer Prince, ridden by star Sydney hoop Nash Rawiller, in third. It completed a double for jockey Kim Gladwin. Nothing in the Territory gets near The Soldier over the sprint trip. WOMENTAKE CHARGE NO-ONE on course was left in any doubt about who thewinning connections of Take Chargewere. The 32 women from The Good, The Bad And The Nag syndicate were all jumping and screaming for joy after their mare claimed the Holcim 0-69 Hcp (1400m). It was as if the noise (and a perfect ride from Phillip Crich) was enough to lift Take Charge to beat Cammando Ridge by a half-neck, with favourite Thirty Three Black in third. A few of the organisers were worried when all of them got on stage for the presentations, but luckily it held up. NUMBERSHAVE IT IF YOU werent looking at form, it couldve been an easy day to pick a couple of winners. Twice in the day the winning numbers finished in racebook order: 1-2-3-4. The Soldier kicked things off in the fourth event, before the Michael Hickmott-trained Let Go Johnny picked up his second win in three days with another strong performance in the seventh.

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