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The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021


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50 SPORT FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Carnival primed to be a roaring success with ticket sales booming WITH just 100 days remaining until the start of the Territorys prestigious 2021 Darwin Cup Carnival, it is shaping up as one of the biggest yet. The month-long carnival, which injects millions of dollars into the Darwin economy, kicks off with the Darwin Guineas on Saturday, July 3, and continues through to Cup Day on Monday, August 2. Darwin Turf Club chief executive Brad Morgan said since they opened in mid-January, ticket sales were very strong over the eight days of racing action. There has been an unprecedented uptake of tickets on not just the Great Northern Darwin Cup, but the other seven days as well, he said. With no international travel, people are choosing northern Australia, in particular Darwin, to holiday and escape the cold, miserable winter months of the southern states. The Great Northern Darwin Cup Carnival is a spectacular event and we are proud to host tens of thousands of people over that time, and give our hardworking tourism sector a boost too. The final weekend of the eight-day carnival is proving an extremely popular few days once again, with the Darwin Turf Club even now considering further ticketing options for attendees to accommodate the numbers expected on course. Already several of our more popular hospitality areas are sold out or are very near to being at capacity on Cup Day, which is unprecedented considering we are still four months out from the event, Morgan said. We are even now creating other hospitality areas that will enhance our corporate and public offerings which will provide for a much different look and feel as experienced in previous years. Tickets are also in high demand, with signature events within the carnival including the Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball and the Bridge Toyota Ladies Day being highly soughtafter tickets. We are incredibly excited for these two events, with ticket sales indicating crowds not seen for several years, Morgan said. race. Looking For You will put his hand up again and Fort Know (trainer Gary Clarke, jockey Jarrod Todd) has been very impressive. Victorian Lyon a super talented hoop who enjoyed a fine 2017 Darwin Cup Carnival is in good form. I rode a winner (at Launceston on Wednesday night) and a double at Avoca on the weekend. Things are going really well, he said. Ill be flying up (this morning), and then Ill be flying in and out from June and racing in Darwin and Alice Springs. Ill be riding for Dick Leech and Im looking forward to it. STAR Victorian jockey Jason Lyon has no doubt consistent veteran I Am The Fox will give the Alice Springs Cup a good shake, regardless of how he performs in todays feature over 1600m at Fannie Bay. But Lyon is also confident in the seven-year-olds chances in the $25,000 Carnival Tickets on Sale Now Handicap, particularly with a small field of just four other horses. The trainer Garry Lefoe believes hes improved, which is promising to know, Lyon told the NT News. The horse is set for the Alice Springs Cup and hes right on track for that. Lyon has a strong record aboard I Am The Fox, with four wins from eight starts. That includes his superb ride last start in the $40,000 Shenannigans St Patricks Day Cup (1600m), piloting the versatile runner to a half-length victory over Phil Coles Looking For You, due to a spirited surge on the straight. It was a good win in wet conditions the other day. Looking For You ran a really good race and left me flat-footed over the first 600m, Lyon said. Im confident (going into today) with a small field, and weve drawn a good lane in barrier four which is perfect. I know the horse well Ive won on him four times. He a beautiful horse and very versatile. He is competitive from 1100m to 2400m and does well in the wet and dry. It might be a three-horse JOSH SPASARO Fox on track for Cup tilt Jockey Lyon upbeat ANDREW OTOOLES BEST BETS KAPTAN APOLLO Race 1, no 1 A consistent type who excels over this trip and also drops substantially in grade which provides him with an excellent chance to return to the winners circle, especially in this small field. The trainerjockey combination needs no introduction. HAJIME NAOKI Race 3, no 1 Impressive winning performances at last two Top End outings and although he is up significantly in weight he should again prove too hard to catch. He has drawn to again be on the pace and a soft sectional somewhere in the run should be to his advantage. Anthony Mundine said thank you to everyone who has supported him on Wednesday, and (inset), with best mate and Darwin basketball mentor Timmy Duggan in 1995. Pictures: Sam Ruttyn, supplied ANTHONY Mundines best mate Darwin basketball mentor Timmy Duggan has seen The Man at his cocky, brash best, and also the sensitive, caring man away from the cameras. Australia and the world saw the 45-year-olds caring side at his retirement-from-boxing press conference at Circular Quay on Wednesday. It did not surprise Duggan. Mundine found the time to mention their Mindset of a Champion initiative. Duggan and Mundine are the co-founders. It came to the Territory before the COVID pandemic and it is set to tour nationally. The initiative promotes positive thinking techniques to any group of people interested in improving their lives. Choc rang me on Tuesday to ensure people would hear about Mindset of a Champion during his press conference, and so he could be ready for the enquiries to follow, Duggan told the NT News. The fact he spoke about it during his retirement press conference was awesome. He genuinely wants to use his profile to help people and inspire a generation. The Mundine of today is a far cry from the confident and brash Mundine during the peak of his powers as a boxer. Choc told me youll be my driver, so I was his chauffeur before his fight on the Gold Coast (against Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas) in 2007, Duggan said. I was driving him in his Hummer to and from his weigh-ins, appointments with his physiotherapist and massages. Those close to Choc have always known that was part of how he entertained the fans. But hes also been involved in charity efforts for a long time and that will continue. JOSH SPASARO CARING SIDE TO MUNDINE ON SHOW

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