Sunday Territorian

The Grass is greener at Fannie Bay

- JOSH SPASARO

DARWIN trainer Garry Lefoe Jr convinced star jockey Jason Lyon to stay in the Top End for another week and you can understand why after the Victorian’s victory in Saturday’s $22,000 National Seniors Australia Top End Branch Handicap (1300m) at Fannie Bay.

Lyon timed Weapon’s finish to perfection, piloting the seven-year-old gelding to a win by almost 1½ lengths.

“‘Grassy’ (Lyon) was supposed to go to Townsville next weekend, but I convinced him to stay,” Lefoe said when asked about his great mate.

“Grassy is an asset to Territory racing because of his light weight and the calibre of jockey that he is.”

Lefoe was also delighted with the run of his sprinter.

“He likes sitting behind the leaders and finishing well,” he said. “He’ll have a couple more runs here in Darwin, but nothing major, and then we’ll give him a rest.”

Lefoe was also happy with the runs of Zip Lane (second in race one) and Mr Boomjangle­s (third in race two).

“Zip Lane finished well and Mr Boomjangle­s was good in an unsuitable distance,” he said.

Other winners were Prince Ruban (trainer Shane Bottomley, jockey Jarrod Todd), She Shines Bright (Pat Johnston, Vanessa Arnott), Vunivalu (Phil Cole, Tessa Townsend) and IKnow Where YouLiv (Cole, Townsend).

 ??  ?? Phil Cole's Vunivalu wins. Picture: Caroline Camilleri
Phil Cole's Vunivalu wins. Picture: Caroline Camilleri

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