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Sunday Territorian 5 May 2019



Sunday Territorian 5 May 2019


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62 SPORT SUNDAY MAY 5 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Ford star extends lead FORD star Scott McLaughlin has extended his Supercars championship lead with victory under lights in Perth. The DJR Team Penske driver capped a near-perfect weekend by claiming his eighth win from 12 starts in 2019 ahead of Holdens Jamie Whincup yesterday. Fords Cameron Waters came home third to give Tickford Racing their second podium of the event at Barbagallo Raceway, while McLaughlins teammate and main championship rival Fabian Coulthard finished fourth. The result means McLaughlin holds a 142-point lead heading into the Winton SuperSprint. Baffert chases historic win LEGENDARY US trainer Bob Baffert has long been a Hall of Famer, but victory in the 145th Kentucky Derby this morning (NT time) would elevate his racing legacy to an even higher platform. Baffert, 66, boasts three leading contenders in the historic race Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, last years Breeders Cup juvenile victor Game Winner and the highly-rated Improbable. Roadster has won three of his four career starts and is the more highly fancied of the trio. A sixth win in the Kentucky Derby would draw Baffert level with Ben Jones as the most successful trainer in the history of the race.Scott McLaughlin celebrates Trainer Bob Baffert Kim Gladwin rides Neat Feat (red, white and blue silks) to victory in the Pioneer Sprint Picture: NIKKI WESTOVER stakes winner Spright. The first quarter didnt seem that fast and I felt I was further back than I would have liked, he said. You cant push her to go before shes ready and I had to back her finish. Her last 200 to 300 metres is amazing and inside the 200 I just hoped she could come over the top of them as she did. This mare is so consistent at this level. Spright had previously been placed twice at Group One level when third behind Viddora and Brave Smash in the Moir Stakes last spring and second to star filly Sunlight in the William Reid in March. The mare is the firming favourite to add the Goodwood at Morphettville in two weeks to her win against the fillies and mares. IN a sentimental end to a brilliant career in the Territory, Neat Feat (jockey Kim Gladwin) saluted in the $100,000 Holdfast Insurance Brokers Pioneer Sprint (1200m), taking the spoils for his biggest victory to date in a fairytale send-off. The eight-year old had been preparing in Alice Springs over the past month for this race. But it was only over the past week that champion trainer Gary Clarke decided it was time for Neat Feat to enjoy the rest of his days in retirement. I made the decision during the week. I cleared it with the owners and they were happy. This horse just deserves to go out on something like that, he told the Sunday Territorian after his much-loved sprinter won by a length over Will Savages Rembrandt (apprentice jockey Lorelle Crow). Hes just been an old warrior and won 16 or 17 races in the Territory. Clarke said there were added emotions to the win, because Pete and Leanne Montgomerie who tragically lost their daughter Simone on Darwin Cup Day in 2013 are part-owners of the horse. Its a pretty sentimental win for us because some of the main owners, Pete and Leanne, they are the parents of Simone Montgomerie, Clarke said. She used to ride for us when she had that race fall a few years ago and lost her life. The race played out exactly as Clarke thought it would, with his prized gelding coming from behind to seal the win by a length. I knew that hed probably be parked behind, which he was. Coming into the home turn he got ahead, he said. I knew he was good enough if he got a clear run that hed be right at the finish and he was. Neat Feat is known for his quirky behaviour and is often pretty lively in the stables before race day in awareness of the task at hand. Clarke has previously said Neat Feat is smart enough to read a newspaper. Yesterday was no different. I had to call one of the owners, Kath Du Vallon. She straps him and comes over and sits with him and keeps him still until we take him to the races, Clarke said. Yesterday was Clarkes fourth Pioneer Sprint victory (Sacred Shield 2005, Dream Face 2012, Handsome Tycoon 2016 were the others). He said it was something he looked forward to and enjoyed every year he enters. I really enjoy this race, I like to train sprinters. Over the years Ive always targeted this race, he said. Its a tough race to win and youve got to have the right sort of horse to win it. Other winners yesterday were Isle Of Light (trainer Angela Forster, jockey Brendon Davis), Knights Helmet (Kerry Petrick, Wayne Davis), The Hummel (Kevin Lamprecht, Barry Huppatz), Whitworth (Petrick, Paul Denton), Wayanka (Russell Bell, Crow) and Wicked Promise (Philip Cole, Jarrod Todd). Fond farewell for admired sprinter Life Less Ordinary keeps Group One honest HOLLINDALE Stakes winner Life Less Ordinary isnt the best horse in Chris Wallers stables but the champion trainer believes the gelding is exactly what Australian racing needs. Life Less Ordinary ($5.50) gave Waller his third win in the Group Two Hollindale when he beat stablemate Mister Sea Wolf ($5.50) by 2 lengths, with a long neck to Hallelujah Boy ($12) in third at the Gold Coast. Waller had five runners in the Hollindale and was thrilled with the efforts of Life Less Or dinary, Mister Sea Wolf and fifth-placed Youngstar. All three will now press on to the Doomben Cup in a fortnight, Waller said. He said Life Less Ordinary was an under-rated horse. He was fifth first-up in the (Group One) Doncaster and his form through the spring was good. He isnt the best horse in the stable and he is below the best Group One horses, Waller said. But he is what Australian racing needs. He is one of those horses who can keep the Group One horses honest. Australian racing really needs horses like them to keep our depth solid. Waller said the fact the Hollindale was worth $500,000 was important as it gave horses like Life Less Ordinary a big money chance. Life Less Ordinary is raced by a syndicate headed by Richard Pegum who has had many good horses with Waller. Abdon who won the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup on Friday is trained by Waller and races in Pegums colours. It was the wives who won the Wagga Cup and the males turn today, Waller said. Waller won the Hollindale with Metal Bender (2010) and My Kingdom of Fyfe (2011) who was also raced by Pegum. MARK OBERHARDT Oliver in top form to claim double CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver has claimed a Group One double in Adelaide with Sydney mare Spright winning the Sangster Stakes to add to Princess Jennis Australasian Oaks. Yesterdays double at Morphettville took Olivers Group One tally to 117. While the jockey had to negotiate traffic in the Oaks (2000m), he was committed to Sprights normal pattern in the Sangster (1200m) which is to get back and unleash a powerful finishing sprint. Trained by Garry Frazer at Hawkesbury, Spright ($6) looked as if she might be too far back but in the end her win was decisive when she beat the equal favourite Cool Passion ($5.50) by 1-1/4 lengths. Frazer deflected praise and the media to his son Jordan who has been looking after the mare on her trip to Adelaide and rides her in work. She needs genuine pace and she needs clear running, Jordan Frazer told broadcaster racing.com. Ollie had her in a good spot to pounce. She worked on Tuesday morning as good as she can do and shell be there for the Goodwood now. Oliver said the early pace was perhaps slower than ideal but he put his trust in multiple LUKE HAYES You cant push her to go before shes ready ... I had to back her finish D A M I E N O L I V E R

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