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The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021



The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021

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36 SPORT FRIDAY AUGUST 13 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 CLIFF Brown is keeping options open for The Inferno beyond Saturdays Australian debut at Caulfield. The promising five-year-old gelding won eight of nine starts in Singapore for Brown and was among the first horses he sent to Australia in January to spearhead his Mornington relocation. Despite striking a hot race at Caulfield, with a big weight and wide barrier, Brown is happy to find out how The Inferno measures up against proven stakes mares Away Game and La Mexicana. The Inferno, who competed at Kranji as Inferno, was crowned champion Singapore three-year-old after coasting to victory last year in the Listed Singapore Guineas and Lion City Cup. Hes a nice horse, in Singapore he was very good. Where that equates here, I dont know, Brown said (pictured). The barrier hasnt helped and giving away weight to some really smart horses is difficult as well. Outside of the talented mares The Inferno, a $6 chance with TAB, must contend with the likes of Pintoff and Zou Dancer, while Group 3 winner Crosshaven resumes for Lindsay Park. The Inferno, who appreciated racing outside of horses in Singapore, has been in and out of work since May in preparation for the first-up assignment. Brown, a five-time Group 1winning trainer, enjoyed great success in Singapore over several seasons before the pull of home prompted a move to Mornington. The Inferno is Browns first Melbourne metropolitan starter since saddling up a pair at The Valley in November 2007. Brown has raced on the provincial circuit at Ballarat (twice) and Sale in recent weeks without success. Eclipse Solar will go around at Geelong on Friday as a $16 chance in what looks a tricky assignment. Despite not yet breaking through for a win, Brown, who trained 315 Australian winners prior to moving to Singapore, has settled sweetly into Mornington. The Inferno can fire on his debut at Caulfield GILBERT GARDINER JOCKEY Jag GuthmannChester has told the harrowing story of how he was held at knifepoint and had his Mercedes-Benz stolen on his way to trackwork at the Gold Coast on Thursday morning. The promising jockey was left shaken by the ordeal but luckily escaped without injury, leaving him thankful to be able to tell the tale. Police are still on the hunt for his white Mercedes-Benz coupe which has JAGGC personalised plates. I was on my way to trackwork at 3.30 this morning and I stepped into Main Beach to get a coffee, he said. I went to the 7-Eleven on Main Beach Parade to get it and then I went to Narrowneck Beach on the eastern side of the esplanade to drink it. I was only there for five minutes having a scroll on my phone. My car was still running and there was no one around at all and then out of nowhere I noticed a guy in a tracksuit set with his face covered on the footpath near my car. I wound my window up and thought the car was locked and before I had time to think he punched the drivers window and made this huge crack. That was when I realised what was going on and Im looking at the male who is in my drivers window, I tried to put my car in drive to drive off quickly but before I had time to do it, the door was opened and he leant in the car and had a knife pointed at me. The 22-year-old, who booted home a double at Doomben on Saturday, was left without his phone and wallet which was left behind in the car following the ordeal. I saw a car about 100m down parked with its lights on so I thought how good is this, there is someone who can help me, he said. As I approached it a man jumped out of that car with a suspicious look as well and walked towards me. I kept my distance and then he yelled out saying what do you want mate? and I said everything that just happened and he replied saying do you have a mobile phone on you? I said no because its in the car so he kept saying well keep fing running c---. The brazen thieves are unlikely to get far with the car however, with GuthmannChester saying he had the car key in his back pocket the whole time. While they were able to drive off, they will be unable to start the car again without it. Mercedes-Benz is also assisting police in tracking the vehicle. Gold Coast hoop rattled but safe after car stolen at knifepoint TRENTON AKERS Hayward: Darwin training helped us THE Territorys very own Olympic silver medallist with the Kookaburras, Jeremy Hayward, credited his sides pre-Olympics heat training in Darwin for its impressive campaign in Tokyo. Tokyo was the first Olympics for the 28-year-old, and he didnt take the opportunity for granted, giving his all for his country in every game. The Kookaburras were unbeaten throughout the entire tournament up to the grand final against Belgium, who they lost to in an agonising shootout. And while the loss of gold did hurt, Hayward is proud of his and his teams efforts throughout the Olympics. To be a part of the Olym pics was so special, Hayward said. You grow up wanting to represent your country and in hockey the Olympics is the pinnacle. It was amazing the event even went ahead considering the past few months, so its a big credit to the Japanese government and the IOC. Getting the silver is strange. In a team sport you lose gold and get silver so theres a bit of hurt there to lose that final. But there has been so much support from family and friends back home afterwards that has helped me realise how significant this medal is. The Kookaburras started their campaign shakily when down 3-1 at halftime in their opener against Japan. However, from there the Australian side stepped up to beat Japan late and it remained unbeaten until the final, dispatching proud hockey nations The Netherlands and Germany along the way. One of the most interesting match-ups in the tournament was Jeremys face-off with brother Leon, the New Zealand keeper. Jeremys Kookaburras that triumphed 4-2 but for the brothers it was just like playing in the backyard when they were younger. It was both a weird and cool feeling to play against Leon on the big stage, Hayward said. It was like being back in the backyard in Leanyer playing against each other. It was a shame Mum and Dad werent able to come and watch. The whole tournament was a rollercoaster. We came in with six international games, all against New Zealand, so we didnt know where we stacked up against the rest of the world. We were pretty shaky to begin with being down 3-1 to Japan at halftime in the opener (Australia went on to win 5-3). To turn that around and make the final was amazing and Im proud of the team for doing so. In part it came down to our training in Darwin, where we acclimatised to conditions similar to Tokyo, which gave us a fitness edge. Hayward is now quarantining in Perth and had planned to head back to Darwin afterwards to show off his medal to friends and family. However, with continued lockdowns and an upcoming university commitment, Hayward may have to postpone his return. For Hayward, helping inspire and encourage the next generation of Territory hockey players is hugely important and something he wants to continue doing. Inspiring the next generation of Territorians is so important, particularly considering how much talent the Territory has given Hockey Australia, he said. Its not something I realise when Im doing it but its unreal to see the kids smile when Im in Darwin and its something I want to continue to be a part of. Territorian Jeremy Hayward in action for the Hockeyroos against Germany during the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. Inset: Celebrating a goal against Argentina. Pictures: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images, Luis Acosta/AFP NATHANIEL CHAMBERS

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