The Northern Territory news Wed 28 Apr 2021
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WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 2021 SPORT 41 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Gytrash after winning the Black Caviar Lightning in February last year. TRAINER Gordon Richards saw everything he needed from star sprinter Gytrash in a Morphettville jump out on Tuesday as he goes full steam ahead to next months $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood. Gytrash was stepping publicly for the first time on the road back from injury after having surgery to remove bone chips in his near side knee following his win in the Yes Yes Yes Stakes at Rosehill last October. The five-year-old is being set for another The Everest tilt later this year but Richards was keen to win a major on home soil before preparing his Gytrash for the spring. Tuesdays hit out was one of the first serious pieces of work Gytrash has been asked to produce since making a full recovery from injury. And Richards was rapt with what he saw from his son of Lope De Vega, which hit the line locked together with the Phillip Stokestrained Neodium. He had only had one gallop before today and I didnt want to knock him around too much, Richards said. It was more than enough to satisfy me going forward. The Goodwood is on May 15. GYTRASH ON RIGHT TRACK STEPHANIE Thornton admits it has torn at her heartstrings opting not to ride The Odyssey on Saturday but says with the Queensland winter carnival looming she must think with her head and not her heart. Thornton, recovering from a hand injury after being dumped in a dramatic fall at Doomben last Saturday, said she will be fit to ride on Saturday at Eagle Farm but she wont be riding The Odyssey in the Group 2 Victory Stakes. Thornton has won six races on The Odyssey more than on any other horse she has ridden during her career and the Kelly Schweida-trained sprinter provided a major highlight for the young jockey when winning a $1 million race on Gold Coast Magic Millions day in January. Schweida says The Odyssey, most recently seen when finishing second last in the Group 1 The Galaxy at Rosehill, will most likely take his place in the Victory Stakes on Saturday. However with the trainer not 100 per cent locking in the sprinter, Thornton decided to go in a different direction and ride Rob Heathcote-trained Emerald Kingdom who will resume in the Victory. Thornton has ridden Emerald Kingdom before and also trialled him at his most recent trial at Deagon last week. It will break my heart not being on The Odyssey, but sometimes you have got to think with your head and not with your heart in this game, Thornton said. Kelly wasnt 100 per cent sure what he was doing with The Odyssey and I couldnt afford to knock back a good ride in case The Odyssey didnt run. Its been a dramatic week for Thornton who is recovering after being taken to hospital following her fall from Simply Fly who started veering and bucking soon after the start of the Mick Dittman Plate last Saturday. Jockeys broken heart BEN DORRIES IMPRESSIVE filly Steinem remains the horse to beat in Saturdays $500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) after drawing the inside gate for the Group 1 feature at Morphettville. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained threeyear-old was installed as the $4.50 favourite with TAB.com.au after going from doghouse to the penthouse with the barrier gods on her grand final day. A fortnight earlier she had been forced to jump from the extreme outside in barrier 16 last start in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes. It proved costly as Steinem was beaten as an odds on favourite at Morphettville but far from disgraced when finishing within a length of the winner in fourth. Melbourne Cup winning jockey Jye McNeil will have no such troubles in the Oaks and Maher believes his daughter of Frankel can reap the benefits on the big occasion. We are feeling good, Maher said. Obviously the barrier had a big bearing on her last run but this should allow her to be a lot closer and be midfield somewhere I would imagine. She has come through the run well and produced a good piece of work this morning. Unbeaten SA raider Hela also fared well with the Scott Brunton-trained galloper set to jump from barrier 3. The daughter of Night Of Thunder is the $6 second elect after putting together seven consecutive wins in Tasmania before crossing the Apple Isle. VRC Oaks winner Personal ($7) will be up against it to repeat the staying effort that saw her claim honours at Flemington in the spring after drawing barrier 17. The Chris Waller-trained Brookspire, a winner at Caulfield last Saturday, is the only other horse in single digits in betting at $9 after drawing barrier 7 with Michael Walker booked to ride. A capacity field of 16 runners plus three emergencies was declared at Tuesdays barrier draw which took centre stage alongside the Group 1 TAB Classic (1200m) draw at Morphettville. Seventeen starters were confirmed for the fillies and mares sprint Classic, also known as the Robert Sangster Stakes, where Sydney raider Mizzy ($8) has drawn the inside. Regan Bayliss will make the trip from Sydney to pilot the multiple Group 2 winner. The Anthony Cummingstrained sprinter is on the second line of betting with Tony and Calvin McEvoys in-form mare Sisstar ($7) now holding top billing after drawing gate nine. Sisstar is a full sister to the McEvoys former weapon Sunlight and will be aided by the services of in-form jockey William Pike as she chases a fourth consecutive victory this weekend. Steinem one to beat in Oaks MITCH COHEN Hipstar to put Millions behind her MISS Hipstars Gold Coast Magic Millions mission turned from a dream to a nightmare but Kelly Schweida is looking forward to going on a journey of discovery with the talented young filly when she resumes on Saturday. Schweidas two-year-old filly finished ninth in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, almost seven lengths behind Shaquero after a torrid run. From the second widest gate in the $2 million Classic, Miss Hipstar went forward but was marooned four wide without cover throughout. Schweida said he learned nothing from the outing. He expects to learn a lot more when the daughter of Star Turn resumes in the $140,000 Listed Dalrello Stakes (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday with Schweida eyeing off winter carnival riches. Schweida says Miss Hipstar gives every indication she will be a 1400m to 1600m type, potentially making her a candidate for lucrative carnival races like the $1 million BRC Sires Produce (1400m) or even the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m). Ive always had an opinion of her, Schweida said. BEN DORRIES Kelly Schweida. NO REGRETS FOR TRAINER TRAINER Peter Chows hometown carnival will take a back seat to having a shot at a dream result in Saturdays Group 1 TAB Classic (1200m) at Morphettville. Chow usually sets his best horses for the Warrnambool May Carnival but will forego a crack at a local feature to run stable star Pauls Regret in the $500,000 contest in Adelaide. It wasnt really a tough decision because I wont have too many chances to win a Group 1, Chow said. She goes in with a flukers chance so we thought why not?. Pauls Regret has won three of her 15 starts to date but the mare has raced in career-best form during her autumn campaign to warrant running in the TAB Classic.