Lasker charges face pow­er­ful chal­lenge in main event

Ma­her feels the love

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

EVEN with the wel­come re­cent del­uge the Win­nel­lie Park track will be in good or­der for a pro­gram that has nine qual­ity grey­hound races to be de­cided tonight.

The main event is the Hold­fast In­surance Bro­kers Sprint over the test­ing 537m dis­tance.

This race does have only the five run­ners and trainer An­drew Lasker would be con­fi­dent his charges Betty Turpin and He’s All Grunt in par­tic­u­lar should prove hard to beat.

They would want to be at their best all the same go­ing on promis­ing up-and-comer Del­erra’s re­cent win over this trip last Wed­nes­day.

She won im­pres­sively and even up in grade tonight will make her pres­ence felt for Graeme Scott.

The last event on the pro­gram again pro­vides a qual­ity race for the Dar­win Grey­hound As­so­ci­a­tion’s top sprint­ers over 383m, which oozes qual­ity in­clud­ing the likes of Go Brandi and Weeona Wendy for Rus­sell Sav­ige.

How­ever, they will need to bring their best form as Leta Smith would be keen on her run­ners Prior Warning and Balkan Babe.

Both must be gen­uine con­tenders.

Ron Phillips has started 2020 off well and again he could be in for a good night as the likes of Matilda Road in race three, the ex­cit­ing Coco Jumbo in race six and the pro­gres­sive Bow­den in race seven look to have good chances in their re­spec­tive races.

Other no­table chances on the night in­clude Whis­per Quick in race one for Chris Field, and ken­nel­mates Quet­za­lli in race two and promis­ing young­ster Great Knock in race five for Scott.

First race is set down for 6.20pm NT time.

CO-TRAINER Ciaron Ma­her strug­gled to think of a more sat­is­fy­ing win in his ca­reer af­ter Away Game won the Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic.

Away Game ($41) won like a favourite, beat­ing Stel­lar Pauline ($17) by 1¾ lengths.

“I re­ally be­lieved on her track­work she was ready to fire in this race,” Ma­her said. “It is cer­tainly one of the most sat­is­fy­ing mo­ments of my ca­reer.”

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