The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Apr 2022
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Saturday, April 16, 2022 SPORT 65 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Jade Hampson boots home her first winner at her first attempt, as Pointos Pick leads almost throughout to win at Fannie Bay. JADE SHINES ON DEBUT AS Pick of runners EASTER Thursday will be a day forever etched in the memory of 18-year-old Jade Hampson. The Darwin apprentice, on her initial days race riding, booted home her first winner on her first attempt, as Pointos Pick led almost throughout to win the bet365 Odds Drift Protector Maiden Plate (1300m). Hampson, apprenticed to Pointos Picks trainer, Tayarn Halter, is the first NT apprentice to have her first day of race riding in the Top End since Felicia Bergstrand and Raymond Vigar debuted in mid-August 2012. And the young hoop showed maturity beyond her tender years with a heady, front-running ride. After jumping from the inside gate, Pointos Pick was urged along to make the pace, but from there it was plain sailing. The long-time maiden had her rivals off the bit approaching the home turn, and once Hampson sent her mount clear at the 200m, the result was never in doubt. Pointos Pick hit the line four lengths clear of Its Pins, with Gooseontheroof going an improved race for third a halfneck away. A delighted Halter was almost hoarse after the race: I told her (Hampson) there was no pressure she was on a 26-start maiden after all but she followed instructions to the letter. The young rider downplayed her achievement: It was all the horse, I didnt have to do much. But it is a great thrill, she said. Meanwhile, Poupee (Tommy Logan/Sonja Wiseman) was far too good for her rivals in the 1000m Ladbrokes Live Betting Handicap. After winning impressively at her first Top End start on March 25, she repeated the dose in even more emphatic style, bolting clear to win by almost eight lengths from Dont Wait (Hampson), with Brother Bassy taking third. First Crusade, a newcomer to Darwin trained by Garry Lefoe, was an eye-catching winner of the 1100m Happy and Safe Easter Handicap. Ridden by Paul Shiers, First Crusade came away strongly close to home to defeat Chris Pollards stablemates Dream Weaver and Toorak Road by almost two lengths and more. Orcein (Angela Forster/Shiers) showed himself in fine fettle for a tilt at the Alice Springs Cup in a little over a fortnight with a strong win in the Silks 4.21 Happy Hour Handicap (1600m). Looking For You (Phil Cole/ Tessa Townsend) backed up his good win on the track a week ago with a similar winning effort in the Sky Racing Handicap. Andrew OToole ELLSBERG can further enshrine Gerald Ryans name in All Aged Stakes history if he can win Sydneys final Group 1 race of the season at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Ryans affinity with the All Aged Stakes stretches nearly five decades as both a jockey and trainer. His first success in the race came as a jockey when he rode Bit Of A Skite to win the feature weight-for-age event way back in 1980. As a trainer, Ryan has won the race twice with Hurricane Sky in 1995 and Trapeze Artist in 2018. Ryans extraordinary record in the All Aged Stakes, which was first run in 1865 and is one of the nations oldest feature races, is matched only by Hall of Famer, Maurice McCarten, who also won the All Aged as a jockey and trainer. McCarten rode Cuddle to win the All Aged in 1936 then trained champions Prince Cortauld (1954), Noholme (1960) and Wenona Girl (1964) to win the big race. The talented Ellsberg is the only runner in the star-studded 14-horse field who hasnt won at racings highest level but is rated one of the main chances in the $600,000 weight-for-age race. The All Aged Stakes is considered wide open with Ellsberg at $13 behind $4.80 favourite Forbidden Love followed by Mounga and In The Congo pressing at $5. Ryan, who has trained in partnership with Sterling Alexiou for nearly two years, said Ellsberg had done everything right since his game seventh in the Doncaster Mile two weeks ago. Ellsberg is really bright and well, Ryan said. Whether he is up to weight-for-age, I dont know, but we will find out Saturday. I think around 1400m is probably his best distance, he likes Randwick. Ellsberg another major Ryan shot in All Aged Ellsberg is primed. Ray Thomas Cummings confident shes up for fireburn stoush MINUTES after Fireburn raced away with the ATC Sires Produce Stakes, the trainer of runner-up Shes Extreme, Anthony Cummings, told the media: Ive got two weeks to find a length and a half. On the eve of the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m), Cummings feels Shes Extreme has improved enough to make a real race of it with Triple Crownchasing Fireburn at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Tommy (Berry) rode Shes Extreme on Tuesday morning and he was surprised how well she worked, he said. The step up to the mile is better for her, so there is improvement on that score. I think there is improvement in the way she has been able to be worked and also in her racecraft. So I think there is a length improvement in her racecraft and another length or so from her gallop we might have overdone it! Shes Extreme is rated at $3.90 and the main danger to $1.50 favourite Fireburns historic bid to complete the Golden Slipper-ATC Sires Produce Stakes-Champagne Stakes treble. Fireburn is the one to beat, but Im really happy with my filly going into the race, Cummings said. JOCKEY Zac Spain would have happily followed Streets Of Avalon to an unwinnable task in Sydney but is thrilled connections decided to target Saturdays Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield. Mornington trainer Shane Nichols entered Streets Of Avalon to chase a third Group 1 win in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick, a task a wet track would have rendered impossible. So Nichols went for the dry-track option for a third of the prizemoney at Caulfield. I would have quite happily gone up to Sydney to ride him, but the weather up there has been pretty average, Spain said. He loves a dry track and thankfully Melbourne has had some good weather. It has worked out pretty well. Streets Of Avalon has won twice at Group 1 level over the Caulfield 1400m course but bookmakers still have him at double-figure odds in Victoria Handicap betting. This is despite the geldings impressive third in the $5m All-Star Mile in which he finished ahead of Doncaster Mile winner Mr Brightside and third placegetter Icebath. Ayrton is the early favourite. Dry Streets sure to assist Avalon JOCKEY Blaike McDougall declared In The Boat a Group 1 winner in waiting after the sprinters speed blitz in the $500,000 Country Discovery (1200m) at Sale. McDougall fired In The Boat ($5 eq fav) out of the barriers to lead clearly after 200m before the Lindsey Smith-trained galloper maintained his pace in the straight to score by 2 lengths. The jockey said Group 1 races at The Valley would be perfect assignments for the fouryear-old. I think as long as he stays sound and fit, hell win a Group 1, especially at The Valley, he said. The sectionals he can run early, and how he allows himself to quicken off it makes him nearly impossible to catch. As long as hes fit and right hell win one. McDougall conceded he was concerned when he found the track was softer than he expected earlier in the day. Brooklyn Hustle ($6) did best of the backmarkers, running on for second under jockey Damien Oliver, while Sirius Suspect ($31) tracked the winner but was outgunned in the straight, holding on for third. Climb aboard Boat: McDougall hoop spain confident serious Discovery
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