The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019
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TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 HORSE RACING 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA FROM the get go, everything went to plan with Ihtsahymn winning yesterdays Darwin Cup. Thursday morning when the Gulberti stable were drawn early in the barrier draw and chose wisely with barrier 4 the penny dropped. When the gates crashed back jockey Peter Hall snagged back in behind the early leaders and from there it all went to script. Originally on the fence, Hall eased the nine-year-old into the running line at the first corner to end up in the one-out one-back position. Peter Hall WHERE THEY FINISHED 1. IHTSAHYMN 2. LOTION 3. XEBEC 4. LIEDER 5. THATS JUSTIFIED 6. REIBY THE RED 7. ROYAL REQUEST 8. DAWN RAID 9. ASH GREY 10. POETS LANDING 11. GRACIOUS PROSPECT 12. EMBLEY Trainer: Rob Gulberti Jockey: Peter Hall Time: 2:00.67 Margins: 3/4l x 3l Prizemoney: 1st $132,000, 2nd $32,000, 3rd $14,000, 4th $11,000, 5th $7,000, 6th $4,000 Ihtsahymns huge Darwin Cup victory NINE-YEAR-OLD Ihtsahymn had to call on all his fighting qualities to win yesterdays $200,000 Great Northern Darwin Cup. Getting the perfect run in the race, jockey Peter Hall made his move at the half mile and had the front runner Lotion in his sights. Lotion was in for the fight and fought on bravely but Ihtsahymns class told late. The grey gelding has now taken his prizemoney earnings to over $1.5 million. Trainer Robert Gulberti, who has only been training for six years, was thrilled with the win. Its just so special, I havent been training for all that long, weve been lucky enough to come across some nice horses, he said. This bloke was retired and I asked the owners on a whim if he could be a Darwin Cup horse for us. We wanted to come back after our experience last year and now weve just won the Darwin Cup. Its very humbling and its an amazing experience. Gulberti has a close relationship with Hall. Peter does his best to ride our horses in the feature races and I wouldnt pick anybody else to be on him today, Gulberti said. Part owner and former legendary horse trainer Fred Kersley, who trained dual Cox Plate winner Northerly, originally trained the horse when he won the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic in 2013 as a three-year-old. Hes been underrated throughout his life. Hes won a million and a half, Kersley told the NT News.Hes been good at three and he is still good now. Im so pleased for the connections and the horse. Its good for racing. This old horse could have gone to the paddock and retired. A lot of people think racehorses should be retired, my experience is they are better off in training; they are fit and healthy and well cared for. Kersley said prominent owner Reg Webb thought of winning a Darwin Cup and we thought we would try him out in Broome first to see how he went on the dirt. Not a lot of horses can handle the dirt as well as they can the grass, this one can, he said. The Broome run confirmed our opinion to come and have a crack at the Cup. He should be recognised as one of the best for longevity, ability to win on the grass and the dirt. They dont come any better. Ihtsahymn was given the perfect steer by jockey Hall. Fred gave him to us in great order and Rob (Gulberti) has done an amazing job, Hall said. He hadnt won a race for a few years and the change of environment hes just rejuvenated. Lotion gave a great sight in front, according to Hall. I wanted him to go away but he wouldnt, very brave horse as we saw in the Metric Mile, he said. Hitting the lead on the home turn, Hall was justified staying out of trouble. I might have pushed the button a bit early, he said. I dont usually like making my run that early in a staying race but there was a lot of shuffling going on at the half mile.] Its very humbling and its an amazing experience T R A I N E R R O B E R T G U L B E R T I TOM RUSH DARWIN CUP DAY 2019 DARWIN CUP DAY 2019 Jockey Peter Hall rides the Robert Gulberti-trained Ihtsahymn to victory over a gallant Lotion in yesterdays Great Northern Darwin Cup (2000m) at the Darwin Turf Club at Fannie Bay Picture: KERI MEGELUS Perfect run went all according to plan would have been giggling finding this position so early in the race and he could then allow Ihtsahymn to relax and bide his time until the sprint was required. Race favourite Lieder was on the back of Ihtsahymn midfield and also looked well placed. Both had settled closer in the run than expected. The field seemed to steady a bit down the back of the track with the leaders taking a breather before the mad dash home. Ash Grey moved up three wide to Lotion and Xebec at the 800m and it was game on from that point. Hall found the perfect opportunity to peel out four wide and make his move. Lotion still seemed to be travelling well and looked a winning chance down the side of the track but Hall had plenty in the tank and when he set out after Lotion on the home turn the race looked over. Lieder seemed to be held up slightly down the side of the track and with the lack of tempo down the back of the track he looked to be too far off Ihtsahymn. The grey took the lead early in the straight and the race looked over but Lotion refused to give in and kept finding in the run home to push him all the way. A truly brave effort. Xebec stuck to the task running third in front of stablemate Lieder . TOM RUSH Ihtsahymn beats Lotion to win the Cup Picture: KERI MEGELUS
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