Hal­ter on a high as Shift The Risk rock­ets home to take top prize

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - NATHANIEL CHAM­BERS

DAR­WIN trainer Ta­yarn Hal­ter was over the moon af­ter Shift The Risk won the fea­ture race-seven $35,000 Im­parja Tele­vi­sion NT Guineas (1600m) at Pi­o­neer Park yes­ter­day.

The three-year-old and jockey Ray­mond Vi­gar have struck up a for­mi­da­ble part­ner­ship in re­cent weeks with three wins on the trot, form­ing an un­de­feated run of six races for the geld­ing at Alice Springs.

Shift The Risk and Vi­gar com­pleted a pa­tient race over the mile af­ter a slow start, even­tu­ally ris­ing to beat Kerry Pet­rick’s Caribbean Kisses by two-and-a-half lengths.

“I’m ab­so­lutely over the moon, couldn’t be prouder of him,” Hal­ter told the Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian.

“Hav­ing him from a baby and ev­ery­thing we’ve done with him since, I couldn’t be hap­pier with that win.

“He was a lit­tle bit slow away, didn’t go hard straight away. A sen­si­ble ride from Ray­mond who took the sit when he couldn’t find the lead and that pa­tience is what paid off. He’s a good horse, he won his first three as a two-year-old there and then we sent him down south (to the McEvoy sta­ble) to get an ed­u­ca­tion. We couldn’t be hap­pier.”

That time in Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia has paid off upon Shift The Risk’s re­turn to Pi­o­neer Park, with Hal­ter ex­pect­ing him to do just as well in Dar­win when he makes his re­turn af­ter Cup Day on May 3.

Other win­ners yes­ter­day were: Babe In Bones (trainer Leanne Gil­lett, jockey Wayne Ker­ford), Sa­va­toXL (Will Sav­age, Lorelle Crow), Culzean (Hal­ter, Vi­gar), Fly­ing Tor­menta (John Pea­cock, Terry Tre­ichel), Ran­som Money (Dick Leech, Stan Tsaikos) and Ra­dio Room (Greg Con­nor, Tsaikos).

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