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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, June 14, 2013. NT NEWS. 57 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-JGE:57 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Donnolley aiming for Proper victory at Winnellie GREYHOUNDS STAR chaser Just Proper will attempt to deliver trainer Peter Donnolley back-to-back victories in the Bas Herlihy Memorial Dash (383m) at Winnellie Park tonight. Donnolley won last years edition of the race with now retired champion Sugar Mouth and in Just Proper has the leading chance 12 months on. Just Proper will be chasing his sixth win on the trot, but faces a tricky assignment from box seven in the capacity field. The son of Nogambo ran a solid 22.18 seconds to win at this trip last Friday night and a repeat effort would see him take beating. Rejuvenated customer Daddy Kewell could prove the testing material, especially if he gets away well from box two. Junior Sanchez has to overcome box four to be a factor, while Halle Blue can turn in a good run on her day, especially if she can pin the lids from box one. It is a measure of the talent assembled for tonights feature that between them they have won 90 races. The undercard generates plenty of interest, especially surrounding emerging talent Swansea Jacky. Leading trainer Graeme Ferns has elected to step Swansea Jacky up to the Top Ends distance trip for the Action Print Grade 5 Sprint (537m). Swansea Jacky has looked impressive at both 312m and 383m, so it will be interesting to see if she can stay the course from box three. While the presence of Lucky Cairo, Happy Cairo and Super Cairo gives the opening TattsBet Maiden Dash (312m) a real Egyptian feel. Racing is from the usual time of 7.39pm, with coverage available through Radio TAB. GREGORMACTAGGART Secret Garden set to bloom HORSERACING PAUL Nolan wants tomorrows Ipswich Cup to become a battle of attrition. Nolan will start Secret Garden and he believes her best chance of winning depends on how much pressure the Peter Moody-trained Voila Ici, the $3.50 favourite, is exposed to from rival runners seeking the same prize. With 16 runners they should string out with plenty of pace on and typically in an Ipswich Cup everyone takes off at the 800m, he said. Id like to think they will start attacking each other from that point and we can be somewhere there tracking up behind them coming to the home turn. Nolan says that scenario is Secret Gardens best pros pect of overcoming the barrier draw at 15. Everyone says you wont want to be on the fence if Ipswich is wet but we also dont want to travel four wide the whole way, he said. Eight or nine wouldve been ideal but from 15 shes either going to be caught wide or have to go an awfully long way back to get in. The only good thing is there does appear to be plenty of speed in the race, which shes been crying out for at her past three runs. Ipswich racecourse received 27mm of rain from storms on Wednesday night, resulting in a heavy 10 track rating, but officials are confident the track will improve to the slow range, given a fine weather forecast. I thought if it was dry the Ipswich Cup would be a bit beyond her but were lucky that weve struck a wet track, he said. I didnt want it to be bottomless but a slow track is still going to make the 2150m more like 2300m, especially if the leaders go hard. Secret Garden came from last on the home turn to finish fourth to Planetarium at her last start at Eagle Farm on June 1, which greatly pleased Nolan. Planetarium is the second favourite for the Cup and I thought we were a bit unlucky not to beat him, he said of the prospect. This time we meet him 1.5 kilograms better and if the market is right, were probably not going to be too far away from them with even luck. Weather to favour wet-track experts By ROD NICHOLSON CAULFIELD trainers Robert Smerdon and Ciaron Maher have a chance to train a flat winner at Moonee Valley tomorrow before making their assaults on the feature jumps races at Bendigo on Sunday. Smerdon will start wettracker Bloomingdale Miss in the Boscastle Handicap (1200m) the three-yearold Shamardal filly has been backed from $9 into $7.50. He also has Westsouthwest in the Printhouse Graphics Handicap (2040m). The four-year-old gelding over-raced but flashed home to finish one length behind Fulgur at Flemington last Saturday. Both would need to improve a bit, but the wet track should help, Smerdon said. Smerdon has outstanding jumpers Black And Bent and Brungle Cry in the Brendan Dreschler Hurdle at Bendigo on Sunday. I didnt . . . want to pit them against each other but when Brungle Cry missed the Australian Hurdle when the races were cancelled at Sandown a couple of weeks ago, the clash became inevitable, he said. I seriously cant split them. Black And Bent has the record on the board (an Australian record 10 consecutive hurdle wins) and Brungle Crys main attribute is the further he goes the better, and the wetter the better. Maher has a genuine chance tomorrow with Mr Oceirin, the top-weight and $4 favourite in the Printhouse Graphics Handicap. Jockey Kathy OHara teams up with Miss Ready in a field of mares and fillies at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow Picture: SIMON BULLARD Miss Ready may have another surprise up her sleeve By RAY THOMAS KATHY OHara maintains there was no fluke about Miss Readys brilliant runaway win at Rosehill Gardens last month. The in-form jockey aims to prove her point when she combines with Miss Ready again in the Lui Cicco Memorial Handicap (1400m) at the same track tomorrow. Miss Ready was a $19 outsider when she led throughout to easily defeat Cradle Me over 1300m last start and OHara believes the mare is capable of repeating the effort against a similar field of fillies and mares. I didnt think there was any fluke about what she did last start, OHara said. Her trainer, Luke Pepper, has always thought she had a lot of ability and I know the mare came from Gai Waterhouses stables with a big rap. Luke has had to work his way through some small issues with Miss Ready but he felt he had her spot on last start and she showed what she could really do. Miss Ready has again drawn a little wide in barrier 11 but, as OHara was quick to point out, an awkward draw didnt stop her last start. She came out of 12 and won, OHara said. We elected to go forward the other day because of the barrier, and Id say we are probably going to have roll forward again and take up a prominent position in the first five. That doesnt worry me because she is the type of horse that has a naturally high cruising speed and can reel off a fast sectional on top of that as well. Bookies arent taking too many risks with Miss Ready tomorrow and have rated the mare at $8 in early betting behind Cradle Me ($4.80). Miss Ready defeated Cradle Me by a length when they clashed two weeks ago but the former meets her rival slightly better at the weights tomorrow. OHara, whose mounts have earned nearly $2 million prizemoney this season, has a solid book of five rides tomorrow including tough sprinter Zaratone in the Fruit Distributors Handicap (1100m). Zaratone ran poorly when only 11th to Shes Clean in the June Stakes at Randwick last week but OHara said the grey flyer could improve on his favourite Rosehill 1100m course, where he has won four races (two placings) from 10 starts over the trip.