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The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020



The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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08 NEWS WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 IN A very Territorian twist on the Melbourne Cup, it was saltwater crocodiles instead of horses that had punters digging deep into their wallets and on their feet cheering at the Berry Springs Tavern. In the worlds only crocodile races and therefore also the richest six of Crocodylus Parks finest baby salties made the dash across a makeshift track in a quest for racing glory, cheered on by several hundred punters. Croc of Ship proved to be the days most dominant saltie, winning the last two out of three races, while Crocodile Dundee took out the first. The owner of each racewinning croc an honour chosen by raffle took home a carton of beer and a T-shirt as their prize. Berry Springs Tavern owner Ian Sloan said the crocodile races, now in their fifth year, were a point of difference for his venue on Melbourne Cup Day. Croc of Ship takes home the honours Its something that is uniquely Territorian, and its something people are not going to see in any other pub anywhere else in Australia or the world, he said. Horse racing is overrated you can go and watch the horses any day of the week if you want, but this is the only time and place you can come out and watch saltwater crocodiles race. Bartender and jockey for the day Gypsy Cass said staff were pleased to see locals embracing the event. It makes for a great atmosphere, and crocodiles are a Territory icon, so why not race them for Cup Day? she said. Theyre really quick its good entertainment. Punter Jo Hooper, holidaying in Darwin from Melbourne, described it as the best Cup Day ever. Its just extraordinarily unique, she said. The taverns Melbourne Cup Day program finished with fashions in the bush and a round of cane toad racing. ALICIA PERERA (Clockwise from main) Frogs race at the Noonamah Tavern Cup; frogs leave the barrier; connections Colin Ballard and Bert Kellett with winner Menace Hopper; crocs on course at Berry Springs Tavern; Trish Higgins is fashionably safe; and Gypsy Cass with a racing croc. Pictures: Katrina Bridgeford, Glenn Campbell MELBOURNE CUP08 Menace Hopper proves to be taverns top frog 3 Sunset Drive, Coconut Grove NT Ph: (08) 8985 1928 | Mob: 0416 033 659 Email: kathy@activerealtynt.com.au Our family looking after your familys propertyTrevor TschirpigJulie, Ben & Beth Meggsie & Andrea Coconut Grove Palmerston PH: 8995 4900 www.sirpig.com.au What are your rights under an auction contract? Call Trevor & his Home Conveyancing Specialists! Get all the latest Central Australian news FIRST! Search Centralian Advocate on Facebook LIKE the on our Facebook page Advocate