Dy­namic duo keen for Alice

NT News - - SPORT - JOSH SPASARO

THE 2017 Dar­win Cup-win­ning jockey, Jar­rod Todd, be­lieves he is in with a gen­uine shot at win­ning aboard Snowtrooper in the fea­ture race­four $18,000 John Flynn Hand­i­cap (1400m) in Alice Springs to­day.

Todd has an im­pres­sive record on the seven-year-old, notch­ing 13 podium fin­ishes, two of those be­ing wins.

“He’s an ul­tra-con­sis­tent horse, and is good over the mile, 1200m or 1400m,” Todd said. “He’s not a Cup (Alice Springs Cup) horse, but he’s up to the stan­dard of Cup lead-up races.”

Snowtrooper has not had a spell since his last break, which was from Septem­ber last year un­til Fe­bru­ary.

From Fe­bru­ary 3, the ver­sa­tile geld­ing has started in 17 races, with 11 plac­ings and two wins in that time.

Todd was aboard on 14 of those starts.

“The horse has been in work for a while but he’s still fresh. I have to give credit to (trainer) Lisa Whit­tle for that,” he said.

Snowtrooper has drawn bar­rier two for to­day’s fea­ture race.

“Hav­ing an in­side bar­rier at Alice Springs can be tough be­cause it’s only 50 me­tres un­til the first cor­ner, so you can lose your po­si­tion,” Todd said.

“But I don’t think he’ll have that prob­lem be­cause he usu­ally jumps out well.”

Todd said he was also con­fi­dent of five-year-old geld­ing Mag­nus Bay’s chances in the race-five Alf Traeger Hand­i­cap (1200m).

Other horses to look out for to­day are Ol’ Blue Eyes (trainer Rus­sell Bell, jockey Michelle Ha­gley) in race one, Bon­sai Boy (Kevin Lam­precht, Ray Vi­gar) in race two, Sa­va­toxl (Will Savage, Barry Hup­patz) in race three and The Hum­mel Lam­precht, Vi­gar) in race six.

Pic­ture: NIKKI WESTOVER

Snowtrooper and Jar­rod Todd have formed a win­ning part­ner­ship

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