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The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021


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42 HORSE RACING FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Allen flees Victorias Covid pain for Jack JOHN Allen gave up a winner on Wednesday at Sandown to flee Victoria for Queensland, but he says the pain of that would be nothing compared to missing the ride on staying marvel Explosive Jack in Saturdays Group 1 Queensland Derby. The Irishman has become somewhat of a Derby specialist during his time in Australia, winning nine of them since 2016 and is aiming to make it an even 10 with Explosive Jack who is looking to create history of his own. The three-year-old trained by Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace has won the Tasmanian, ATC and South Australian Derbies in the space of three months and now finds himself in the box seat to add Queensland to that list as a $2.90 favourite. With only a few bookings in Victoria this week, Allen made the decision to flee to Queensland on Tuesday as inevitable border closures loomed due to Melbournes Covid-19 crisis. I didnt have a whole lot of commitments down there so I thought I would come up it was an easy decision, Allen said from the Gold Coast after riding Explosive Jack on the beach. I got off a winner yesterday, it was actually for an owner that is in Explosive Jack as well so he was anxious for me to get up here as well. It is better to be safe than sorry. We would have been a lot more annoyed if I hung around down there to ride it and then couldnt get here to ride Explosive Jack. History is against Allen and Explosive Jack who will need to defy a shocking record for South Australian Derby winners to grab the $600,000 prize on Saturday. Top Kiwi hoop on hunt for first Aussie Group 1 MARK Du Plessis reckons the biggest payday he has had in an Australian Group 1 was when partnering Kiwi stayer Pentathlon into ninth in Almandins 2016 Melbourne Cup. But the Queensland jockey, who has had success all around the world, is hoping that will change and he can crack his first Aussie Group 1 win with Victorem in Saturdays Kingsford-Smith Cup or next months rich Stradbroke Handicap. Im looking for Group 1 (win) number 20 but my first in Australia and I would be absolutely over the moon if I could do it on this horse, Du Plessis, the Zimbabwe-born former Kiwi rider who now calls Queensland home, said. The biggest earn I have had from a Group 1 in Australia was in the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Victorem does give me the feel of a Group 1 horse, he has got more than enough ability to go and win a Group 1. Victorem might hail from Jenny Grahams Port Macquarie stable but is almost an adopted Queenslander, having had 10 of his 23 career starts in the Sunshine State. The now six-year-old gelding first ventured to Queensland in 2018 and enjoyed his biggest career win last year when claiming the Group 2 Victory Stakes with Du Plessis riding. Victorem has not finished closer than eighth in three starts at Group 1 level but Du Plessis has no doubt he can reel off a win at racings highest level. His confidence grew when partnering him in a 4-length trial romp at Deagon on May 18. I dont really know what he beat in that trial, I was concentrating on my horse, but all I can say is he felt very similar to what he felt when he produced his best win in the Victory (last year), Du Plessis said. The Kingsford Smith Cup is no easy race but he has drawn soft (barrier two) so he should get a nice enough run. As Du Plessis strives for his first Australian Group 1 win, Victorem is rated a $17 chance in Saturdays KingsfordSmith Cup and a $34 chance in the $1.5 million Stradbroke on June 12. Victorem currently sits 20th in ballot order for the Stradbroke and is weighted with 54kg in Queenslands most prestigious race. Mark Du Plessis rides Victorem to victory in the Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm. Picture: Trackside Photography BEN DORRIES GAI Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are looking to make their first Queensland winter carnival strike with young gun Converge who they feel could be suited dropping back in distance in Saturdays Group 2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm. The elite Sydney training team have only unleashed a small handful of winter carnival runners so far but havent had a win in the Sunshine State this month. That could all be about to change with Converge, a two-year-old son of Frankel who finished third in his last start when racing at Group 1 level in the Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Randwick. Converge was gunned down that day by Captivant and Hilal and co-trainer Bott feels that Converge, at this stage of his development, may have found the 1600m at the elite level just a bit too long. He feels the 1400m of the Group 2 Sires on Saturday might be more in the geldings sweet spot. Waterhouse young gun primed for Sires BEN DORRIES Mugatoos spring over ALL-STAR Mile winner Mugatoo will miss the spring carnival and a potential Cox Plate bid after sustaining a tendon injury. Australian Bloodstock director Jamie Lovett confirmed the star import had suffered the injury when the six-yearold had to be eased out of last Saturdays Doomben Cup by jockey Hugh Bowman. Mugatoo pulled up lame from the run and was set to be sent for a spell to prepare for the spring but underwent further testing during the week to determine the extent of the damage. FIND US AT 10 HOOK ROAD, WINNELLIE NT 0820 Give our local team a buzz on 13 40 00 ACCESS TO EVERYTHING! All the mine spec equipment you need, offering sustainable and reliable off-grid power, lighting and security for mine sites. ADVANCED LITHIUM ION AND SOLAR TECHNOLOGY

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