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Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010



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22 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 www.sundayterritorian.com.au www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 35 P U B : S U N D A Y D A T E : 4 -A P R -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 2 2 C O L O R : C (2 2 ) M (2 2 ) Y (2 2 ) K (2 2 ) GOLDEN WINNER: Brett Prebble salutes after winning on Crystal Lily. BELOW: Trainer Mat Ellerton and owner David Moodie Golden dream come true Crystal SlipperCrystal Slipper Picture: GETTY IMAGES To win the GoldenSlipper, it means everything By RAY THOMAS at Rosehill DAVID Moodie started thinking the worst another Golden Slipper nightmare was unfolding before his very eyes. Crystal Lily, the filly he bred and owns, was spearing towards the outside fence, interfering with other runners and potentially throwing away a Slipper triumph. Surely they cant take this off us, was Moodies first thoughts as Crystal Lily crossed the line a half length in front. He need not have worried. Crystal Lily was clearly so superior, there was simply no grounds for beaten connections to protest. Embraced afterwards by his wife Jenny and daughters Kate, Victoria and Jessica, Moodie finally had that Golden Slipper trophy, putting to rest the nightmare of 1996 when his colt Paint was beaten by Merlene. This race is just so hard to win, Moodie said. Ive had a few goes at it with no luck. So I just decided it was best to concentrate on winning the Blue Diamond. Crystal Lily didnt win the Blue Diamond but her luckless losing effort galvanised Moodie to have another crack at the Golden Slipper. I thought she was a certainty beaten in the Blue Diamond, Moodie said. Another filly I own, Willow Creek, was also unlucky in the Blue Diamond so I sent them both to Sydney to see how they would go. Sent out the second favourite at $6, Crystal Lily was in close contact with the leaders and dashed to the front inside the 200m. It looked smooth sailing from there until she suddenly veered left with Brett Prebble struggling to control her, but she still had half a length on Decision Time ($26) with More Strawberries ($12) third. For Mat Ellerton, who cotrains the filly with Simon Z a h r a , t h e w i n w a s unbelieveable. I cant believe how erratic she was. If she had gone straight what would she have done to them? It doesnt matter now, shes won the Slipper, the 36-year-old trainer said. I could tell on the turn she was going to be hard to beat. I know she ran off in the straight but in the end she was pretty dominant, he said. Seeing her going over the line first is just a relief. To win the Golden Slipper, it means everything this is the premier two-year-old race in the world. Danleigh's Ryder TRAINER Chris Waller has one hand on the Doncaster Mile trophy after Danleighs powerful win at Rosehill yesterday. Danleigh (pictured) produced arguably a career-best performance to comfortably defeat an outstanding field in the Group 1 $400,000 George Ryder Stakes (1500m). His win proved Wallers theory that the gelding is no longer just a sprinter and is capable of running a strong 1600m in the $1.5million Doncaster at Randwick on April 17. Ive always felt Danleigh would run a mile, but hes never really had the right preparation for it, Waller said. That was a very good Doncaster trial and I was very happy with Triple Honour (8th) as well. For a handicapper Triple Honour has run a very good race. And we still have Rangirangdoo back home waiting for them. Danleigh, backed into $4.60 favouritism, was brilliantly ridden by Sydneys champion jockey Hugh Bowman to score a dominant length win from Dao Dao ($6), with early leader King Mufhasa ($13) third. The trainer revealed Danleigh and Rangirangdoo, the early Doncaster Mile favourites, are stablemates in every sense of the word. They are in boxes next to each other at home, they work together virtually every day, they do everything together, Waller said. They are both very quiet horses but Danleigh can fire up when he goes on to the track in the morning. Thats where Rangirangdoo is a bit of a calming influence. But at times its like the blind leading the blind. Fingers-like Faint THE MAESTRO Bart Cummings likened Faint Perfume to former champion Light Fingers after the fillys stunning come-from-behind win in the Group 1 $400,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. Faint Perfume (pictured) seemed to be standing the leaders an impossible start when she was some 15 lengths back at the 800m, yet unleashed a memorable finishing sprint to mow down Valdemoro in a repeat of the Victoria Oaks result from last Spring. Faint Perfume is physically a far from imposing filly as she barely stands 15 hands and does not carry much condition. Light Fingers, who gave Cummings the first of his 12 Melbourne Cups in 1965, was also small in stature. But like Faint Perfume, was the dominant three-year-old filly of her generation. Faint Perfume reminds me of Light Fingers theyre both small but theyre both pretty good, Cummings said. Light Fingers was a champion but this filly is starting to develop a pretty good record herself. She was as long way from the lead during the race but what can you do if the jockey (Michael Rodd) had have gone any earlier it would have taken the edge off her finish. With this filly you can always count on her to find the line. Shes pretty strong at the finish of her races. Faint Perfume ($4.60 equal favourite), unleashed a thrilling finishing burst to overhaul Valdemoro ($8.50) and win by a half-neck. These two outstanding fillies thrashed their rivals with more than five lengths to Absolute Faith ($51). Dominant He's Here continues unbeaten run at Pioneer Park By GREGOR MACTAGGART REIGNING Alice Springs Cup champion Hes Here defended his unbeaten Pioneer Park record thanks to a dominant win in yesterdays XXXX Gold WFA Stakes (1400m). The top-flight performer made it four wins from as many outings in the Red Centre after strolling to a comfortable 114 length success ahead of the plucky Footfullabindies. For jockey Paul Denton and trainer Kerry Petrick, the victory sealed a winning double having earlier teamed up with Hourglass Jewellers Handicap winner Que. But it was the perform ance of Hes Here that reverberated most, especially with the 2010 Alice Springs Cup Carnival on our doorstep, starting on Saturday. Considering his storied record, Hes Here was certainly well-suited at WFA level, but surprisingly started second favourite at $3.50 behind Gnaeus Equus ($1.80) on track. Denton allowed Hes Here plenty of time to settle just o f f t h e p a c e s e t b y Footfullabindies and when he hit the go button, the son of Noverre did the rest for career win No. 10 from just 29 outings. While it came in easier company, Que was arguably just as impressive with his four-length success. The bubble burst for Emperor of the Sun, who l a b o u r e d i n t o t h i r d place behind the cheeky Rubys Angel in the Red Centre Pest Control Handicap (1400m). One of the Territorys most improved horses, Ishiever, made it four wins from her last five appearances in the Mombasa Day Spa Handicap (1400m), giving Top End apprentice Simone Montgomerie an Alice victory. And a dashing frontrunning Garry Lefoe ride helped Ninety Four pinch the Crowne Plaza Handicap (1000m) for his wife, leading Red Centre trainer Lisa. Results in Update Fanjura gets Easter Cup chocolates CAULFIELD: Imported galloper Fanjura kept his perfect Australian record in tact when he scored an impressive win in the Group 3 Easter Cup yesterday. Trainer Lee Freedman already has his sights on the Spring Carnival with the five-year-old (pictured) who won a 1700m open handicap at Caulfield at his Australian debut. Fanjura was backed from $4.60 to start at $4 and jumped in front but jockey Dwayne Dunn bided his time and let him drop back to settle seventh of the 10 runners before making his move. The gelding finished strongly to score by 134 lengths from topweight Light Vision ($15) with Hissing Sid ($7) two lengths away third. Hes a pretty nice horse on the way up and we can only hope he can go all the way for us, Dunn said. Freedmans stable manager Sam Pritchard-Gordon said a trip to Brisbane for the winter carnival hadnt been ruled out but added Freedman would weigh up his options. Raced by the Ball And Chain Syndicate along with other syndicates and stable clients, Fanjura, formerly prepared in the UK by Barry Hills, has now won six of his 15 career starts. Meanwhile Canberra-based apprentice Taylor Lovelock-Wiggins, who was brought south to ride for leading trainer Peter Moody, celebrated his first winning double at his first appearance in Melbourne. The 17-year-old, apprenticed to his father Peter Wiggins, led all the way on Returntosender ($5) in the WJ Adams Handicap (1400m) and scored on Elumino ($4.40) in the Noel Rundle Handicap (1100m). Lovelock-Wiggins has now ridden six metropolitan winners but says there are no immediate plans for him to ride for Moody on a permanent basis. I was just having a look around to see if I like it down here. Ive had a great day, he said. Lovelock-Wiggins had four rides for Moody yesterday and didnt miss a place, finishing second on Als Best Mate and third aboard Tee Emar. ROYALTY: Typhoon Tracy, left, streets her rivals Typhoon Tracy is Queen of the Turf AUSTRALIAS best mare Typhoon Tracy pressed her claims for Horse of the Year honours with an outstanding victory in the Queen of the Turf Stakes at Rosehill. The triumph was her fifth at Group 1 level and she did it with ease, coasting up to leader Montana Flyer on straightening and showing superior acceleration to put the result beyond doubt. The big crowd showed their appreciation, breaking into applause during the final 100m of the 1500m race and trainer Peter Moody was just as delighted. Ive said it before and Ill say it again, she makes my job easy, Moody said. Shes done us proud once again. Shes a real racehorse and she loves her trade. Following the scratching of class filly More Joyous on race morning, Typhoon Tracy was sent out the $1.40 favourite despite being unknown in slow conditions. But like all good horses she adapted and had 214 lengths to spare over Illuminates ($41) with Montana Flyer ($31) holding on for third. I l luminates trainer Graeme Rogerson was ruing Moodys decision to run Typhoon Tracy in the Queen of the Turf (1500m) rather than the George Ryder Stakes. I wish she had run in the other race, I thought she was going to run in the other race, Rogerson said. Illuminates is a very good mare, well find something else for her over the carnival. Illuminates is due to go through the ring at the June broodmare sale. Montana Flyers trainer Gai Waterhouse was rapt with her mares effort to do the bullocking work and still battle on for third. Shes tough as teak, Waterhouse said. The winner won like a long odds-on shot, shes a top-class mare and wouldnt you love to own her. Moody said Typhoon Tracy would return to Melbourne before heading back to Sydney for one more run this autumn CLOSE: Craig Williams on Littorio, right, just shades Damien Oliver on Zavite to win yesterdays Group 1 race Littorio storms home for emotional BMW win IT MIGHT have been trainer Nigel Blackistons finest hour but he dedicated Littorios emotion-charged triumph in The BMW to cancer-stricken partowner Mark Barrett. Littorio had just scored a thrilling win in the Group 1 $2.25 million weight-for-age event at Rosehil l yesterday when Blackiston acknowledged Barretts struggles. This win is for Mark, Blackiston said. Hes had cancer twice before and its come back again. This will be a great tonic for him. Barretts son Tim is also a partowner and understandably was moved to tears after the win. Littorio is the first horse we got into after Dad became sick, Tim revealed. We love racing, its our life. Dad got me into racing and I was reading about it when I was as young as two years old. This horse is so special to us and I know Dads back at home watching the race. I wish he was here, but hopefully this win helps. Dads leukemia has come back and hes got a very tough battle ahead. But this will certainly cheer him up. The BMW produced a stunning upset, with Littorio ($17) coming from last on the turn to run down Zavite ($31) and score by a neck. Comeback stayer No Wine No Song ($26) was a fine third, a length away. Theseo, who was backed into $3.10 favouritism, took up his customary front-running role but was under siege from the turn. He probably failed to stay a strong 2400m but still ran a gallant fourth. The disappointments of the race were Speed Gifted and Roman Emperor, who both finished at the tail of the field. TOP JUMP: Al Garhood wins the Von Doussa Al Garhood leaps to victory AL GARHOOD capped a red-letter day for his stable and provided an emotional moment for trainer Ciaron Maher with a dashing win in yesterdays $100,000 Von Doussa Steeplechase (3250m) at Oakbank. The 10-year-old twice a winner of Warrnambools prestigious Brierley Steeplechase led from go to whoa for top jumps jockey Craig Durden and prevailed by almost three lengths from stablemate Pentacolo. Maher, who trained Satu San to win a restricted hurdle earlier in the day, had tears in his eyes as Al Garhood returned to scale. Hes the second horse I ever trained and hes just so honest, Maher said. Going into the race I thought he had a bit of zest about him. He was beaten 30 lengths first-up over a mile, then got it back to 10 lengths at his second run and then was only three lengths off them last start. He trialled well (at Oakbank) earlier in the week and both of my horse are the kind that go best fresh. In a bizarre lead-up to the race, the sprinklers in the home straight turned on just as the field was about to jump, delaying the start. W h e n t h e w a t e r stopped, Al Garhood sprang straight to the front and, in a minor surprise, held the lead from regular frontrunner Mybigfatgreekhorse. What the jockeys said ... BRETTPREBBLE (Crystal Lily, 1st): Shes a class above them.What she did today, I couldnt even ride her out properly and she still won the Slipper bless her heart she did. I was very worried. From the 250m I knew it was going to happen it was just amatter of howmuch I could. I was giving her a bang on her left and itmade no difference. Shewas idling down really because shewas getting away to the outside fence. CRAIGWILLIAMS (Decision Time, 2nd): Hewas great, he had a beautiful run in transit andwas able to follow the eventual winner. The eventual winner put three lengths onme but tomy horses credit he just kept sticking to his guns.When the eventual winner ran off the trackmy horse just kept trying and trying andmademe get pretty excited getting close to thewire. DAMIENOLIVER (More Strawberries, 3rd): Excellent run, shes just got Classic written all over her. Shes a beautiful filly andwill just get better as the distances get longer. DARRENBEADMAN (Hinchinbrook, 4th): The blinkers switched him on probably a little bit toomuch in the first furlong (200m) but hes a nice colt. He hit the line strongly. MICHAELRODD (Beneteau, 5th): Excellent. A little bit of interference at the start but I was able to get on the tail of Military Rose and she draggedme up to the turn. She died and I came off her tomake a run at them like I was going to be in the finish, but inexperience told in the end. HUGHBOWMAN (Solar Charged, 6th): I think she should have run second. I believe thewinner deserved towin but I feel it cost me second placewith its racingmanners. TYEANGLAND (Carved In Stone, 7th): Good run, hewants further. Hell be better in the Sires. KERRINMcEVOY (Obsequious, 8th): Super effort. The blinkers on helped. Thought wewere a chance turning for home but she just levelled out the last bit. KATHYOHARA (ChanceBye, 9th): She was a beaten horse on the corner. She didnt have her customary turn of foot that she normally shows but shes done a big job for one campaign. STEVENARNOLD (Shaaheq, 10th): Went back from the barrier, theywent quick enough for us.We had to change direction a couple of times in the straight and she ground to the line pretty good. STATHI KATSIDIS (Military Rose, 11th): She travelled all right in the run. I was in an OKposition, threewidewith cover but when I went to go forward shewas just slipping in the track. NASHRAWILLER (Brightexpectations, 12th): Good run. He ended up in a nice spot but out of his comfort zone. He just didnt have the speed to gowith themearly but he kept grinding to the line, basically. JAY FORD (Lohan, 13th): She travelledOK but when she came off the bridle she didnt havemuch to offer. GLENBOSS (Georgette Silk, 14th): I gave it a G Boss special but she didnt have the engine. GLYNSCHOFIELD (Elimbari, 15th): Today without the blinkers shewaswell back and she didnt quite get to grips with themwhen they sprinted. RACING

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