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The Northern Territory news Tue 22 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Tue 22 Dec 2009

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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 45 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-DGE:45 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Become a member of the Dream Weddings Group Share your bridal stories, tips & advice with other couples Wishing for a dream wedding? AT N EWS AGE NTS NOW $9.9 5 w w w . w i s h d r e a m w e d d i n g s . c o m . a u SPORT Its sprints for Gold in Dubai MELBOURNE: Having established Gold In Dubai cant run 1600m, trainer Mark Riley has prepared him for a first-up crack at Saturdays Christmas Stakes at Caulfield. Riley said he had thought the Desert Sun gelding would run a mile or further and tried him for a second time at the trip in the Group One Australian Guineas at Flemington in March, but he weakened to finish 10th behind the winner Heart Of Dreams. As a two-year-old Gold In Dubai had dropped out to run last in the Gibson Carmichael Stakes (1600m) at Flemington. He was still immature as a three-year-old and after finding out in the Guineas that he just cant run a mile we brought him back to sprinting and then gave him a good spell, said the Mornington trainer. Hes matured and is going lovely. Hes had a couple of trials over 1000 metres at Balnarring and went quite well. The four-year-olds two wins from 14 starts were both over the 1200 metres of the Christmas Stakes at Caulfield in the 2008 Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes and two starts back when he defeated Swift Bay in a three-year-old event on May 23. The four-year-olds most recent start was when he was runner-up under 58kg to Glam Slam in the Listed A R Creswick Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on June 6, going down by a neck. Jobes passed first test MELBOURNE: Jobe Watsons first test as Essendon skipper was keeping quiet, and not telling his father Tim hed be following in his footsteps and captaining the AFL club. He passed. Like everyone else outside the clubs leadership group and senior officials, Watson senior found out only after his son led the Bombers out for training in front of several thousand fans at Windy Hill yes terday. Watson junior had known for a week that his peers had voted him to lead the club into 2010. But he had been told to keep the news in the vault, as Essendon officials put it. No one in the family, I havent been able to tell anyone. Mum and Dad are down at the farm (in regional Victoria) at the moment so I might have to give them a call, Watson said. The 24-year-old onballer now emulates his much-revered father a three-time premiership player in captaining the club. Watson admitted when the captaincy issue was first raised 12 months ago, he believed he might not be the right person for the job. But a vote of confidence in Watsons ability from the Bombers senior players, as well as some honest advice from his dad as to where he could improve, convinced him he could do it. At the end of last year, dad asked me if I thought I was ready and I said I wasnt sure, Watson said. He gave me his advice on where he thought I needed to improve. The best indication is what your peer group say about you and the other guys thought I was ready for the role. To have that confidence in me made it a clearer picture for me. Midfielder Andrew Welsh was named Watsons deputy, and the new skipper promised to be proactive in helping the club improve on its brief 2009 finals appearance.