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LOTION, all the way from Port
Lincoln in South Australia, con-
tinued an excellent run of form
with a dominant win in the feature
$25,000 Carlton Mid Tennant Creek
Cup at Hagan Park on Saturday.
Trained by Angela Forster, Lotion had
won his previous start on Alice Springs
Cup Day in the Red Centre, and with
leading Top End hoop Brendon Davis in
the saddle, defied a wide run to win the
1600m event convincingly.
Davis allowed his mount to settle three
wide in the run, and was content to remain
there until making his bid for glory just on
the point of the home turn.
He quickly collared the pacemakers
and even with 300m left to go, had the
race in safe-keeping, eventually winning
by three and a-half lengths from a game
Snowtrooper, with Assertive Star making
good ground into third, albeit some four
lengths farther away.
Forster, who enjoyed a successful Alice
Springs Cup Carnival and is now bound
for the Darwin Cup Carnival, was de-
lighted with Lotion’s effort.
“He did a great job winning in Alice and
had done everything right since, so even
though I don’t like to get ahead of myself, I
was pretty confident he’d be hard to beat,”
“We were lucky to get Brendon when
Carl Spry couldn’t make the weight – he
rode him like the best horse in the race,
and so it proved.”
Lotion will now be set for the Darwin
features, the AUFS Chief Minister’s Cup,
Sky Racing Metric Mile and Carlton Mid
Darwin Cup through July and early Au-
gust, and will be joined on the same path
by stablemate Lake Jackson.
The day’s other feature, the $20,000
Denis Staunton Memorial Cup (1200m),
produced a stirring contest and a great
finish, with Mount Isa visitor Anchor
Chain getting the decision by a half-head
from Bachelor Pad, with Gamora a short
head away fourth and Cadman almost in
The four waged a great battle over the
last 200m, with Anchor Chain, trained by
Bob Burow and the only ride on the day
for heavyweight jockey Aaron Spradau,
just prevailing to record his third succes-
Burrow had previously sent horses to
race at Tennant Creek, but it was his first
visit in person to the Barkly course.
“I hadn’t had much joy here prior to
today, but I love country racing and will
certainly be back after today,” said the for-
mer boxing trainer turned horse trainer,”
Duvet, formerly trained in Darwin by
Carl Spry, made his first start for Leanne
Gillett a winning one when scoring
impressively in the Marlow Canete and
Associates Class 2 Handicap.
With Wayne Kerford in the saddle, Duvet
trailed the leaders until angling into the
clear on straightening.
He raced clear over the concluding stages
to win by over two lengths from Safdie,
with Dream Passenger third some four and
a-quarter lengths away.
Darwin visitor Bridgey Flyer, from the
stable of Tayarn Halter, also saluted in the
Devils Marbles Hotel Handicap.
Ridden by Raymond Vigar, Bridgey
Flyer finished strongly in the centre of the
track to down pacemaker Heart of Red by
a long neck, with Olivares doing his best
work over the concluding stages to take
third, a length-and-a -quarter away.
Shampers and Desert Spirit provided
Alice Springs trainer Will Savage and his
apprentice Lorelle Crow with a race-to-
race double on the day.
Savage saddled up Shampers to win the
Barkly Plumbing Services Handicap from
Bonsai Boy and Mitigate, while Desert
Spirit completed a perfect day for the
affable trainer when hanging on to score
in the Remote Concrete NT Maiden from
Dayan and On A Good Note.
Savage and Crow were the meeting’s
leading trainer and rider respectively, the
former being presented with a new bridle
while Crow took home a new riding whip.
It was a great day of racing action in the
Barkly, with a crowd of some 400 enjoying
a fine but windy day.
Some 43 horses competed in the six
races, and a party type atmosphere,
highlighted by events such as the Chief
Minister’s Foot Races and the Fashions
on the Field competition, as well as the
excellent racing on the track, made for an
By ANDREW O’TOOLE
Lotion makes a smooth Tennant Creek Cup win
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