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The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009

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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 89 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 8 9 C O L O R : K SPORT All Silent all the rage in Honkers SYDNEY: Punters appear to have disregarded All Silents wide barrier for tomorrows International Sprint at Sha Tin in Hong Kong. The Grahame Begg-trained flyer has been well backed with Australian bookmakers a day after being easy in the markets after drawing gate 14 of 14 for the 1200m Group One feature. All Silent is in from $4.40 to $4.20 with Sportingbet while local star Sacred Kingdom is the $4.60 second pick. All Silent is one of three Australians in the Hong Kong sprint with Apache Cat, third in the race last year, to start from barrier nine and Scenic Blast from three. Apache Cat is friendless in betting with Sportingbet, out from $8.50 to $10. Centrebet has All Silent as the $4.20 favourite with Sacred Kingdom at $4.40. The pair were locked together as $4.40 equal favourites early in betting. Centrebet has Scenic Blast at $6.50 and Apache Cat at $10. Betstar has All Silent and Sacred Kingdom as $4.20 equal favourites ahead of Scenic Blast at $6.50 with Apache Cat rated a $9 chance. Begg admitted All Silents draw wasnt ideal. We might have to take hold and concede ground while others are going forward. But maybe it might just better the odds, Begg said. Apache Cats trainer Greg Eurell was happy with his horses situation. (Jockey) Damien Oliver said he was very keen for a middle to outside gate, rather than being cluttered up inside, Eurell said. It gives him options and its probably better to be sliding forward than niggling from an inside gate to hold a spot. Dan Morton, trainer of reigning Australian Horse of the Year Scenic Blast, was also happy with his horses gate. He usually goes back but he wont get too far out of his ground from there, he said. Its a nice alley. Scenic Blast won the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot in June but was out of the placings in the July Cup at Newmarket and had a torrid run in the Spring Stakes in Japan in September. Morton has been pleased with Scenic Blast since he arrived in Hong Kong despite a setback with a slight hoof problem which kept him out of the Sprint Trial. MUD RUNNER: Colin Haddon rides Shes A Hussy to a convincing win in the Gusher Handicap at Fannie Bay yesterday. Picture: STUART WALMSLEY Williams grabs wet track treble ByMICKSTUMBLES at Fannie Bay THE Lynn Williams stable grabbed a treble at Fannie Bay yesterday by winning three of the first four races on a rain-soaked Bay track. The third leg of the win was the most important when Tregolo won the main race on the program, the Cyclone City Cleaners (1100m), on protest. Tregolos rider Colin Haddon (pictured) alleged interference by the first horse across the line, Hunzagold, with Mark Horobin on board. The judges agreed with Haddons claim that Hunzagold had drifted in slightly over the last 100m and awarded Tregolo the race. Daisy Graces jockey Scott Hillebrand tried for a repeat in Race 5 but his protest against Scott Sheargolds winning mount Viggo was dismissed, leaving Shane Clarkes horse with the major prizemoney. The biggest winner in yesterdays meeting was the wet weather that affected all five races. But that did not stop Shes A Hussy bolting away with the Gusher Handicap (1000m). The mare ran the other five run ners off their legs in a display that made light of the wet track. Haddon won the second leg of his treble just as easily when the gelding My Doctor came from last to cruise to an easy 2 length win in the Schneider Electric Handicap (1600m). S t e p h e n R i d l e r s t e e r e d Besofabuleux to a comfortable threequarter length win in the third race on the program, the Asset Management System (1200m) race. And, for the second week in a row, a rank outsider Viggio in the LRB Building Contractors Handicap greeted the judge, returning $73 for the win. Last week, Westbridge Road romped in to pay $72.30. Evans confirmed for Tour Down Under SYDNEY: Team BMC Racing has named an all-star line-up to compete in next months Tour Down Under in Adelaide with George Hincapie to line up alongside Australias two-time Tour de France runner-up, Cadel Evans. Hincapie, who was a long-time teammate of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, will race with Evans for the first time for their new team. Race Director, Mike Turtur said the return of two-time Tour de France runner-up Evans to race in Australia was a huge boost to the sport. It is great for the race and for Australian cycling fans that Cadel will be returning to ride at the Tour Down Under, said Turtur. As the first ever Australian Road World Champion, Cadel will be wearing the Rainbow Jersey with pride as he competes in the first ProTour race of the season. Evans brings a wealth of experience in the Grand Tours to his new team and hell be primed and ready for the challenges of the 2010 cycling season. Aussies progress in Pipe Masters SUNSET BEACH: Australian surfer Phil MacDonald has won his way through to the third round of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii. MacDonald, 30, used smart tactics to upset Hawaiian danger man Jamie OBrien, who won the event in 2006, in the opening round. He won that heat with a two wave scoring total of 12.66 to OBriens 10.33. MacDonalds next opponent was South Africas Greg Emslie, with the Australian breezing through the second round 10.40 to 3.83. MacDonald joins Australian world title contenders Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning in the third round tomorrow (NT time). Parkinson and Fanning are among the 16 surfers seeded straight through to the third round. But 25-year-old Australian Josh Kerr, who had an opening round bye, did not make it past round two. It took the best heat score of the event so far to beat him, Frenchman Michael Picon posting 19.76 out of a possible 20 to knock out Kerr, who scored 16.73. Fannie Bay results, dividends Race 1 GUSHER HCP (CL B) 1000m: 3.50 SHES A HUSSY (b m 4y Hussonet (USA) - Quetta. Trainer: Ms L Williams) 58 (C Haddon) 1, 7.00 NIZAMI 55 (M Horobin) 2, 2.50 fav AFFAIR CON 58 carr 56.5 (S Hillebrand) 3. Then followed: 3.50 Indigo Lad 21.00 Jersey Joe 13.00 Doris 13.00 Wonderland Avenue last. All started. 4sfr3/4 len, 1 len. Time: 0:58.32. (No sect time). Dividends:2 Shes A Hussy $4.80 $1.90 7 Nizami $4.70 1 Affair Con NTD. Q: $13.90. E: $41.50. T: $79.70. All Started. Race 2 SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC HCP (58) 1600m: 10.00 MY DOCTOR (b g 4y Dr Johnson (USA) - Welsh Treasure (USA). Trainer: Ms L Williams) 55.5 (C Haddon) 1, 3.40 CASH ON ARRIVAL 57 (R Oakford) 2, 5.50 ROLE MODEL 55 (M Horobin) 3. Then followed: 9.00 Tuscan Ruby 12.00 Gallady 2.70 fav Call The Count last. Scr: Deputy Moon. 2 len, 2 len. Time: 1:37.60. (No sect time). Dividends:4 My Doctor $13.40 $3.80 3 Cash On Arrival $1.60 7 Role Model NTD. Q: $19.70. E: $46.80. T: $130.60. Scr: 1L. Race 3 ASSETMANAGEMENT SYSTEMHCP62 1200m: 3.10 fav BESOFABULEUX (b g 5y Noverre (USA) - Besotted. Trainer: Michael Hickmott) 58 (S Ridler) 1, 4.80 SPEND THE MONEY 59.5 (T Walsh) 2, 15.00 MUGGADI 59.5 (R Oakford) 3. Then followed: 3.40 Another Bay 12.00 Sarlat 9.00 Just Rory 12.00 In Top Flight 6.00 Supremator 31.00 Actuate 17.00 Rudyard 31.00 Miss Secret last. Scr: Desert Saint. len, len. Time: 1:10.35. (No sect time). Dividends: 6 Besofabuleux $3.40 $1.60 3 Spend The Money $1.80 2 Muggadi $7.60. Q: $11.10. E: $15.50. T: $343.00. A2: 3-6 $5.20, 2-6 $18.40, 2-3 $13.30. Scr: 9. Race 4 CYCLONE CITY CLEANERS HCP (67) 1100m: 8.00 TREGOLO (b m 5y Bianconi (USA) Keen Dame. Trainer: Ms L Williams) 58 (C Haddon) 1, 3.10 HUNZAGOLD 56.5 (M Horobin) 2, 2.00 fav SUPASON 59.5 carr 58 (S Hillebrand) 3. Then followed: 31.00 Dorsett 16.00 Zabullion 26.00 Cant Catch Mouse 3.50 High Papa 9.00 Koolkanna Road last. All started. Nk, 1 len. Time: 1:04.11. (No sect time). Dividends: 4 Tregolo $3.20 $1.30 6 Hunzagold $2.10 2 Supason $1.00. Q: $19.00. E: $17.20. T: $61.00. A2: 4-6 $6.40, 2-4 $4.40, 2-6 $1.50. All Started. Race 5 LRB BUILDING CONTRACTORS (58) 1600m: 26.00 VIGGO (b h 4y King Of Danes Phosfate. Trainer: S A Clarke) 55 carr 55.5 (B Huppatz) 1, 3.70 DAISY GRACE 55 carr 53.5 (S Hillebrand) 2, 14.00 NIYAZOV 59.5 (Ms V Arnott) 3. Then followed: 2.50 fav Gold Lotto 4.00 Vereker Street 17.00 King Of Rohan 5.00 Kelvinside Lad last. Scr: Lady Gryphons. Nk, len. Time: 1:39.16. (No sect time). Dividends: 8 Viggo $73.00 $7.70 5 Daisy Grace $1.40 1 Niyazov $2.50. Q: $124.20. E: $402.80. T: $3,841.70. A2: 5-8 $13.50, 1-8 $22.90, 1-5 $8.20. Scr: 4L. Extra Double: 4 My Doctor 6 Besofabuleux $84.90. Double: 4 Tregolo 8 Viggo $309.70. Playwright to go the distance MELBOURNE: Stakes-winning gelding Playwright gets his chance to break a losing run stretching back nearly two years with his first test at 2000 metres at Flemington today. Trainer Steve Richards has always thought the five-year-old would run the journey but shorter big-race targets in previous campaigns overtaxed him before he got the chance. Richards said this preparation was specifically geared towards Playwright stepping up in distance and his last-start fifth to Bashful Girl in the Group Three Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield was a great trial for todays Western Health Cup (2000m). We ran him in the Eclipse with this race in mind and he hit the line well enough last start to warrant giving him a try, Richards said. I have always thought he would get 2000 metres but he never had an opportunity because we had always set him for different races. Finally, we find out tomorrow if he can run it but the main thing is to get him back into winning form. Playwrights last of three wins in 27 starts was the Group Three CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in February 2008. However he has always promised to deliver much more and as a threeyear-old was Group One-placed when third in the Australian Guineas (1600m) and second in the Group Two Alister Clark Stakes (1600m). Last autumn he was also second in the Group Two Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington and third in the Group Three Carlyon Cup (1400m) at Caulfield.

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