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The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jan 2021



The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jan 2021

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MONDAY JANUARY 25 2021 SPORT 53 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Zac Purton wins on Kaonic in the Furphy Plate at Flemington in 2018. Picture: Nicole Garmston DARWIN Cup-winning trainer Neil Dyer is daring to dream once again. But he needs the support of Territory racing fans for his goal to materialise. The Kyneton mentor who trained Royal Request to a Darwin Cup triumph in 2017 would love to see sixyear-old Kaonic compete in the $5m All Star Mile at Moonee Valley on March 13. Dyer acquired Kaonic, formerly with Chris Waller, last month. But already the tree change being trained exclusively out of the paddock has worked wonders for the seasoned galloper. Kaonic was not for sale when the Dyers Neil and son James, 20 first made queries. But their persistence paid off eventually, with the gelding being sold for a bargain undisclosed amount. An executive of a Top End construction and development company is in the ownership of Kaonic. Hes 50 per cent owned in the NT, Dyer said. All we can do is push its credentials and hopefully it can happen. Hes only got (257) votes at the moment, but hes got a 96 rating and won $400,000 in prizemoney. Hes no slouch. Weve got good enough facilities down here to get him right in a couple of months. Kaonic looked to have above average ability early on, winning five of his first 12 races, including the 2018 Listed Melbourne Cup Plate at Flemington. Vote at https:// www.allstarmile.com.au/ JOSH SPASARO GILBERT GARDINER DYER: WE NEED NT SUPPORT STAR sprinter Gytrash (pictured) remains on track to make a full recovery from minor surgery last year with trainer Gordon Richards happy to bide his time and build towards another tilt at The Everest later in the year. Gytrash has remained in NSW for rehabilitation after the Group 1 winner underwent ar throscop i c surgery to remove a small bone chip in November at the end of last spring. It means he will miss the chance to defend his crown in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning next month and will be sidelined for most of the autumn. We will keep him in the paddock for another couple of months and get him back to Adelaide towards the end of March, Richards said. The reason we left him up in NSW was so the same vets that did the surgery could follow up on him every three or four weeks. They send me videos from the farm every week and he will be running around the paddock for a few months yet. He is doing well. Arriving back in Adelaide at the end of March could potentially allow Gytrash to play a part in the Adelaide autumn carnival, with the Group 1 The Goodwood on May 15. However, Richards was undecided what approach he would take with his star son of Lope de Vega when he returned, with the spring his main focus. I am thinking he probably needs to race, but it is whether we can find one for him and if he is ready, Richards said. We may end up just giving him a couple of barrier trials and then a freshen-up before the spring, but we will have to wait and see. Gytrash is currently an $11 third elect for The Everest. No rush to return for sprint star MITCH COHEN Trainer Adrian Bott. THERE are thousands upon thousands of hard-luck and tragic stories relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But spare a though for the Fighting Farrells husbandand-wife kickboxing duo Brooke and Eddie. All they want is to come home to Darwin, but that once-simple act of flying has now become extremely complicated in this era of highly restricted overseas travel. The Farrells have loved every minute of their time while pursuing their sport in Phuket, Thailand. Weve been over here six years and Ive had 42 pro fights. Its been a long ride, Eddie told the NT News. Im the current WMC world champion, and Brooke is a World Boxing Council Oceania muay Thai champion, and ONE Championship fighter. But things have taken a turn for the star fighting couple, and now all they want to do is come back to the Top End. Farrell always an optimist admits this has been stressful. And it will not be cheap. Were looking at overall costs around the $25,000 mark. It will cost us $15,000 just to get our dog Sage back. Even the rules regarding animals are so strict, and theres no way we could leave our dog stranded, Brooke said. Were still training muay Thai fighters, but everyone is now struggling to get by with out tourist money coming in. It has been hard for both Eddie and Brooke to remain hopeful of simply getting back to Darwin, where they will have training work at Performance Gym in Winnellie and at Astro Rodrigues Lukphinong Muay Thai Gym at Howard Springs as soon as they step off the plane. Im frustrated with the Australian government because there are thousands of Aussies like us who are still stranded overseas, Eddie said. I just want to come back to Darwin and see my dad, and start training again. Brooke and I would also love to get a caravan and go around Australia training fighters. But the situation over here is very sad. Were lucky weve still got a bit of work where we are in Phuket, but so many businesses in Thailand have had to close. People are sleeping overnight in airports trying to get out of here, and it's like the lottery getting a clearance to fly. So many people from overseas have to leave the country to renew their visas and then do a quarantine, but we were lucky we just scraped in with a special volunteer visa. To support the Fighting Farrells and purchase a Sage Supporter T-shirt, visit https:// www.paypal.com/paypalme/ TheFightingFarrells?fbclid=Iw AR0veL3Or13ybBZBGyoE_Sd Mx89G-HX3AIyXCVz43i_ZV_ aQvlRXRRrG89k Fighting to come home to Darwin JOSH SPASARO Upbeat Bott likes Shout The Bars chances in All Star Mile CO-TRAINER Adrian Bott believes dual Group 1 winner Shout The Bar can be a $5m All Star Mile contender before Tulloch Lodge turns its focus to more autumn majors in Sydney. Bott and his training partner Gai Waterhouse are keen for their gun miler to line up at The Valley on March 13 after throwing a nomination in for the lucrative event. Shout The Bar is a $51 outsider in betting for the race, but Bott is confident she can be a factor in the race should she get the chance. We have her nominated, and that is probably the most likely place we would like to be, Bott said. Second-up the All Star Mile. She is very effective down in Melbourne, so we will probably kick her off there over 1400m in a mares race and then to the All Star Mile. Then we can come back to Sydney with a program, maybe through the Doncaster and Queen Of The Turf here. Shout The Bar is a $26 chance in early Doncaster Mile betting. She has already won a pair of Group 1s after claiming the Vinery Stud Stakes as a three-year-old and the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington last spring. Waterhouse and Bott are keen to see her add another major to her resume in the Sydney autumn and have the daughter of Not A Single Doubt back in work at Randwick. Shout The Bar stepped out for her first trial of the year last Thursday morning on her home track. The four-year-old mare looked like she had returned in great shape when she chased home the pacy sprinter Splintex under a hold, finishing second in a 900m heat. I thought she just tracked into that nicely, Bott said. MITCH COHEN