Sunday Territorian 21 Nov 2021
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44 SPORT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 The Gary Clarketrained Syncline with jockey Jarrod Todd aboard wins at Fannie Bay. Picture: Caroline Camilleri Clarke, Todd bag treble as Bracken finishes in style TOP DRIVE FROM SVG PUTS TITLE SO CLOSE IT was the drive that has Shane van Gisbergen on the cusp of winning the Supercars championship with one round to spare. In a race where he proved he is every inch a champion, the Holden hero charged his way through the field to win the Sydney Super Night and extend his championship lead. Shunted back to ninth following a nightmare double-stack, van Gisbergen (pictured) stunned Sydney by picking his way past eight drivers on Saturday to set up what could be a deal-sealing Sunday. I thought I was done after the double stack, van Gisbergen said. But that was awesome. The team gave me a jet so I was able to get back through the field. Helping van Gisbergen to the win and possibly the championship, Jamie Whincup allowed his teammate to make an easy pass in a move that helped make up for his failure to obey team orders last week. Jamie let me through so that was good, van Gisbergen said. That was so much fun. Now leading the championship by 349 points, van Gisbergen will win the title in Sydney on Sunday if he concedes less than 48 points to his only challenger Whincup. We will now see what happens tomorrow, van Gisbergen said. Van Gisbergen looked set for another Sydney fight after his Ford rival Antron De Pasquale proved perfect before the race. In a dominant display of one-lap speed, De Pasquale followed on from being fastest on Friday to winning all of the three Saturday sessions. Beginning by humbling the field in practice, the Ford driver continued to fly by winning both the qualifying session and the top 10 shoot-out that followed. Going out last in the shoot-out, de Pasquale blasted a 1.30.45 to edge out Whincup as van Gisbergen finished fourth. I was very happy going out last because it looked like a lot of work for the guys who went out first, De Pasquale said. The track was a lot different to what it was in qualifying so I got to watch the first few and adjust when I got to go out. Starting on the hard tyre compound, De Pasquale watched on as the soft rubber wearing Whincup blasted his way off the line to take the lead. Whincup was scorching away at the front when an early safety car rubbed away his lead. The safety car was even more costly for van Gisbergen after the champion in waiting was forced to double stack behind Whincup. SYNCLINE, aided by an astute Jarrod Todd ride, came with a well timed run to take out the Ladbrokes Blended Bets Handicap, the feature event at Fannie Bay on Saturday. The five-year-old son of Stratum, trained by Gary Clarke, settled at the rear over the 1200m as Vunivalu and Masterati set a hot pace up front. Todd was niggling away at his mount approaching the home turn and made his run out in the centre of the track as the field turned for home. Syncline had built good momentum and as the leaders capitulated, he was able to overhaul Pembroke Castle to win by length, with Masterati holding on for third over a length away. Syncline has now had eight starts in the Top End for four wins, two seconds and a third, and his stakes now stand at just short of $120,000. Clarke and Todd were at it again when Robe De Fete proved too strong for his rivals in the Off The Track Lightning Series Handicap (1300m), beating stablemate Trebla by close on three lengths. And the dynamic duo made it three for the day when No Say In It came with a strong late burst to down Cowleys Creek in the Sky Racing Handicap (1600m). Veteran trainer Norm Bracken went out in the best possible style when Bar Gem (Jess Philpot), his last runner as a trainer, scored comfortably in the race named in his honour, the Congratulations Norm Bracken A Life in Racing Handicap (1200m). A host of wellwishers congratulated Bracken, a former top jockey, as Philpot brought his pride and joy back at the head of the field after beating Overruled and Canton Kid. Fromthenevernever (Tommy Logan/Sonja Wiseman) and Sweet Cheval (Jo Banks/Stan Tsaikos) also scored wins. ANDREW OTOOLE JAMES PHELPS BROCK SOLID GONG EFFORT AFTER the Golden Eagle I felt like crying because we got beaten today I feel like crying because we won! This was star apprentice Brock Ryans initial reaction after his masterly ride on local hero Count De Rupee to win the $1 million The Gong (1600m) at Kembla Grange on Saturday. The father and son training partnership Robert and Luke Price backed their apprentice. Count De Rupee rebounded from his narrow loss to Im Thunderstuck in the Golden Eagle to score a commanding win in The Gong. NOLEN DOES IT AGAIN IT made perfect sense to repeat a winning approach in Saturdays $500,000 Ballarat Cup. Jockey Luke Nolen saved ground to give Zayydani a crucial Group 2 win at Flemington at her last start. Saving ground also handed Zayydani victory in one of Australias richest country cups, angling inside of the fading leader Thought Of That halfway down the straight of the Ballarat Cup. GUTHERSON STAYING ON MONTHS of tense negotiations over the future of Parramatta skipper Clint Gutherson were finally settled on Saturday. Guthersons agent Sam Ayoub sent the Eels an email accepting their latest offer of a three-year extension worth around the $2.3 million mark. The deal keeps the 27-year-old fullback at the club until the end of the 2025 season. DOUBT STILL OVER DJOKER THE Australian Open wont know if defending champion Novak Djokovic will be returning until early next month. Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley confirmed on Saturday that all players must be fully vaccinated to play in Januarys grand slam tournament and hed spelt this out clearly to Djokovics team. The world No.1 has refused to publicly state his vaccination status but he will have to do that when entries for the Open officially open in three weeks. SPORTS BRIEFS PLAY AUSTRALIA S BEST FANTASY CRICKE T GAME AT SUPERCOACH .COM.AU BARELY HOLDS THIS TRACKIE HOW WOULD IT L OOK ON YOU? THESE GUNS. *Open to all participants, but non-Australian residents and other entrants described in the full conditions may be ineligible to win prizes. Entry from 12:01AM AEDST on 12/10/2021 or such later date notified by Nationwide News, ends at 11:59PM AEDST on the Sunday following the last match of the BBL season. 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