The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021
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54 SPORT SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Wayne Davis on Smuggling. Picture: Minh Thang Media THEY have developed a healthy sprinting rivalry in the Territory, but with contrasting styles. The Captain for Gary Clarke likes to jump to the front and maintain his lead over the short distances. And Phil Coles Smuggling (jockey Jason Maskiell) does not mind sitting back and mounting a late charge. If all goes to plan for both horses in the $135,000 bet365 Palmerston Sprint (1200m) at Fannie Bay, hold on to your hat when both round the turn. It was how Coles fellow eight-year-old marvel beat The Captain in the $100,000 Peter Kittle Motor Company Pioneer Sprint (1200m) in Alice Springs on May 2. Smuggling likes to be a little lazy and get back early until the 300m mark, Cole said. Like Clarke being nonplussed about Smuggling winning the Pioneer Sprint, Cole is not worried about his sprinter finishing three lengths behind victor The Captain in the $34,000 Silks Darwin WeightFor-Age (1200m) on July 17. I was very impressed with his last run after a bit of a (two month) let-up in the paddock, Cole said. He just wasnt ready to win last start. Our main aim was to have him ready for the Palmerston Sprint, and hell be primed to go on Saturday. Hell also carry less weight (60.5kg) compared to The Captain (62kg). Hes always been a very talented galloper whos beaten The Captain plenty of times in the past. He wont go with The Captain early, but the mad cheers on the straight will help him. He loves finding the line late. Cole also said punters should not write off Tayarn Halters Eastwood (jockey Paul Shiers). Theyd be your top three sprinters at the moment, and the competition will be good to see, he said. Smuggling could steal a late win JOSH SPASARO AUSTRALIA star Glenn Maxwell will use the T20 Strike League in Darwin next month to help press his World Cup claims and begin his step towards coaching by helping mentor a young Melbourne Stars outfit. Maxwell joins experienced Australian fast bowler Nathan CoulterNile in a quality Stars side, while spinner Cameron Boyce is another T20 international who will headline the Renegades side during the much-anticipated tournament, which features six teams with the best young talent in cricket. There had been concerns the Victorian BBL teams would be unable to attend the tournament due to Covid, but Stars coach Clint McKay confirmed the teams were locked in to play in Darwin, as Melbourne emerged from its lockdown. Maxwells inclusion ahead of the T20 World Cup in October, plus Coulter-Niles decision to play ahead of the IPL, shows the type of quality that will be on display in a tournament that will be live streamed on News Corp websites from August 15. BIG SHOW COMES TO DARWIN IN BID TO STRIKE TOP FORM Glenn Maxwell. PUNTERS CAN COUNT ON THE CAPTAIN THE field for the $135,000 bet365 Palmerston Sprint (1200m) at Fannie Bay has been warned the grand final window for The Captain has been left well ajar. TAB on Friday night had the reigning two-time Darwin Horse of the Year as the $3.70 favourite. Good money to get on the eightyear-old marvel given his form. And also given the impression he continues to make on champion Top End trainer Gary Clarke. Hes looking as good as he ever has, and I do think he gets a good chance (to win the Sprint) this year, Clarke said. There is no question The Captain is ready to win his first Palmerston Sprint crown. He produced a magnificent run in the $34,000 Silks Darwin WeightFor-Age (1200m) on July 17, beating fierce sprinting rival, Phil Coles Smuggling by almost three lengths. Id like to have a stable full of horses like him. He just loves to race and he loves to win, said Clarke after that victory, with star Darwin jockey Jarrod Todd aboard. Incredibly, that victory was his 14th win from 27 starts in Darwin for the Clarke stable. Conditions will look to suit The Captain again on Saturday. Hell only carry 62kg, and hes always shown he carries weight well, Clarke said. If The Captain can do what he loves and what he has done so often which is get himself into the clear at the front early on it will be extremely hard to run him down. Jarrod and The Captain make a good combination, Clarke said after his WFA victory. Not many can do that (what the horse has achieved in Darwin with the Clarke stable). Hes finished second and third in the Sprint before, but never won it. Hes been near-perfect in Darwin. If they dont show up for the Palmerston Sprint, hes more than capable of winning. Thoroughbred Racing NT CEO Andrew OToole agrees The Captain will be tough to run down in the Territorys biggest sprint race. The Captain will take plenty of beating, he wrote in his On The Punt column. Grand campaigner who deserves a major win and his last-start effort was first class. Just pipped in this race last year, and trainer (Clarke is) looking for a fourth-straight win in this time-honoured event. OToole also believes Smuggling is capable of challenging The Captain over the short distance. Smuggling was close-up in this race last year without much luck, and the Pioneer Sprint winner is on track for another bold showing, he said. Clarke said The Captains healthy rivalry with Smuggling provides him with plenty of motivation. Its good that two of the fastest sprinters in the Territory are local horses, he said. The Clarke stable is not worried about Smugglings brilliant 1 -length victory in the $100,000 Peter Kittle Motor Company Pioneer Sprint (1200m) at Alice Springs on May 2, The Captain finishing well back in second-last spot. He doesnt seem to like the dirt in Alice the surface is probably a bit more shifty than it is here in Darwin, and he loves running in Darwin, Clarke said. JOSH SPASARO He has the form, good odds and the high opinion of his star trainer. Is a Palmo Sprint finally in reach? Champion trainer Gary Clarkes The Captain will go into Saturdays $135,000 bet365 Palmerston Sprint (1200m) as the favourite.