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DIVIDE'S DRAW A WORRY
Veteran trainer Ken Cheetham would have preferred
New Divide to have drawn wider in his semi-final of
the Paws Of Thunder at Wentworth Park on Saturday
New Divide, below, drew box six and clocked
30 seconds neat in winning his heat by three lengths
last Saturday night but will start from box two in the
''I don't think he
is drawn in the
hardest semi, but
he does tend to cut
to the right in the
early stages and
that is why I prefer
him from an out-
side the box,''
''But he is a bril-
liant beginner so
hopefully he can
keep out of harm's
winds Doll does
begin fast, and from
the three she could make things difficult in the run
to the first turn.''
Greywinds Doll, which clocked 29.97 in winning her
heat last Saturday night, is one of two runners Lara
trainer Tina Womann has in the semi-finals.
Womann also prepares Rev Limiter, a heat winner
last week in 30.01 seconds, which has been drawn in
the third semi-final.
Cheetham trained Take The Kitty, which finished
second behind Cindeen Shelby, in the Paws Of Thun-
der final, and he rates New Divide as only about three-
tenths of a second inferior at this stage.
''He is still on the way up and I am optimistic he
will get down below the 30-second barrier at Went-
worth Park in the future,'' Cheetham said.
Flash Of Light, which finished second behind Cos-
mic Chief by 71G4 lengths by Cosmic Chief in
29.70 seconds -- the fastest of the 10 heats -- will also
contest the second semi-final from box five.
Cosmic Chief, which was narrowly beaten when
second in the final of the Australian National Sprint
Championship at Angle Park in Adelaide in August,
will start from box six in the fourth semi.
He will again clash with Snozz which finished third
last Saturday night, beaten nine lengths from box six.
Snozz, which had won four successive races includ-
ing the group 2 Black Top Final at The Gardens on
September 4 prior to his defeat last week, will start
from box two.
National Sprint Champion Smooth Fancy, which was
the second fastest heat winner last week clocking
29.80 seconds will contest the opening semi-final
while Red Flame the third fastest heat winner (29.82)
seconds, will clash with Rev Limiter.
MACEY CAN FIRE
Macey, a litter sister of New Divide, will contest the
final of the Silver Bullet (400 metres) at The Gar-
dens on Friday afternoon.
She finished second in her heat last week, beaten
two lengths in 22.87 seconds by Looks Like Lyn,
which is the likely favourite in the final.
Her trainer Ken Cheetham, who rates Macey as an
even better beginner than New Divide, which never
misses the start, concedes that Looks Like Lyn is
the one to beat.
''All the litter are brilliant beginners,'' Cheetham
Macey will start from box three while Looks Like
Lyn, which drew box five last week, will go from the
six in the final.
Tip Off, which ran 22.90 seconds in winning her
heat, will start from box four.
Fast Nick, which recorded his fourth straight vic-
tory when he claimed his heat in 23.26 seconds, will
jump from box five.
Elite Jean, the fourth of the heat winners from last
week in 23 seconds, has been scratched from the
final along with Idris.
Finisher, the first reserve, will start from box seven
and Emma Robbo, the second reserve, will go from
The Big6 is on races
4,5,6,7,8,9 at Wentworth Park
on Friday night with a jackpot
of $12,051.65. Promising type
Badja Bale (box 8) looks a
safe bet in the opening leg.
Making headlines . . . top performers Descarado, top, and Shoot Out, below have been among recent
winners for the high-rolling High Chaparral. Photos: Lee Besford, Chris Lane
Saturday, and Bloodlines sug-
gested ''Singo'' might have to
have second thoughts about
the partners for his star mares.
''He's already decided to
send Samantha Miss along
with Sunday Joy and Tuesday
Joy to More Than Ready, and
will replace them with an addi-
tional three mares for Big
Brown which were going else-
where'' Orton said.
''The Big Brown partnership
are extremely happy with the
interest shown in him for his
first stud season Down Under,
and he'll be serving at least 140
mares, which we at Vinery feel
is a terrific performance.''
Red hot around the world is a
good summary of the perform-
ance of Coolmore's Stud's
giant-killing stallion High
Chaparral last weekend.
His results in Australia were
sensational, with So You Think
winning the group 1 Under-
wood Stakes at Caulfield in a
breeze and the New Zealand-
trained three-year-old Mack-
adoo winning the opening race
there for Murray Baker.
At Rosehill, High Chaparral's
son Descarado was tried as a
frontrunner, and ran his
opposition off their legs in the
group 2 Hill Stakes.
On the same day at Sha Tin,
one of Hong Kong's leading
trainers, Caspar Fownes, had a
more than handy winner by the
sire in Let Me Handle It, a
$NZ160,000 purchase as a year-
ling by bloodstock agent
And last Sunday at Woodbine
in Canada, Redwood justified
the trip from England when
claiming his first group 1 by win-
ning the $C750,000 ($764,000)
Northern Dancer Turf by 1.5
lengths, for trainer Barry Hills
and his jockey-son Michael.
HOOFNOTE: Three of High
Chaparral's sons -- So You
Think, Descarado and Shoot
Out -- are the top three in
betting for next month's
WS Cox Plate.
BACK IN PLAY
Foreplay, the sire of Decision
Time, which has already won
more than $1 million, is to be
given another opportunity at
stud after being declared infer-
tile last year when he failed to
get a single mare in foal.
Woodside Park in Tylden,
Victoria, has decided to give
Foreplay (Danehill x Procras-
tinate) a second chance, and he
is standing at a new fee of
$16,500. Woodside Park
spokesman Dean Harvey said
Foreplay's fertility had
improved dramatically with
stem cell treatment.
He said the stallion had
covered 15 test mares, and the
first tested in foal last Monday.
Time, the Golden Slipper
runner-up, scored brilliantly at
his most recent outing, in the
listed Heritage Stakes at Rose-
hill a fortnight ago.
Other recent Foreplay win-
ners have been Shiny And New
and Havatryst, which scored at
Eagle Farm by six lengths.
Make it BIG -- $12k BIG6 jackpot tonight at Wentworth Park Greys
Pain-free Captain is ready to salute, says trainer
CAPTAIN Sonador matched it
with the best three-year-olds in
the autumn on bad knees.
Placings in the Hobartville
Stakes and Randwick Guineas
showed his talent before his chi-
pped knees caught up with him
in the Rosehill Guineas.
With the confidence from
that campaign, Queensland
trainer Roger Milne has
returned with an improved
horse and is eying the Epsom
Handicap and perhaps the Cox
Plate for the son of Shamardal.
''When we came to Sydney in
the autumn, he had the chips
but we just didn't realise how
bad they were,'' Milne said.
''He was constantly in pain
and in the end it caught up with
him. He had eight chips taken
from his knees -- five from the
off-fore and three on the near
side It was a great effort for him
to do what he did.''
Last season's classic crop have
swept all before them so far in
the spring, and Milne believes
Captain Sonador is set to join
the impressive list of winners.
Captain Sonador, which was
only a length from Shoot Out in
the Randwick Guineas, had ''a
good break'' to recover from his
knee surgery and resumed with
an easy win at Eagle Farm
before being scratched on race
morning from the Shannon
Stakes at Rosehill last week.
Heat in a leg prompted Mil-
ne's caution, but he doesn't
think it will affect the four-
year-old in the Bill Ritchie Han-
dicap at Randwick on Saturday.
''He wasn't 100 per cent and I
didn't worry to risk him,'' Milne
said. ''He never missed a day of
work and we knew this race was
there.'' Milne trains at a private
property at Oakey on the Dar-
ling Downs and quickly knew
he something special in Cap-
''As a two-year-old and even
as a three-year-old, I thought
he would make it -- but he was
always going to be better when
he matured,'' Milne said.
''He has certainly improved
on the horse he was in the
autumn, and I didn't realise
how much until that first-up
win. He went better than I
expected. It makes a huge dif-
ference to him, racing pain-
free. He is more relaxed in what-
ever he does, and I'm sure he
will measure up. ''
Milne admits the Cox Plate is
a long way from winning at
Eagle Farm, but he paid up for
Captain Sonador this week
because of the opinion he
holds about him.
''He would probably have to
win on Saturday and the Epsom
for us to get to Moonee Valley,
but you have to have those
dreams,'' Milne said.
The Ritchie winner is exempt
from the ballot for Saturday
week's Epsom and cannot be
given a weight penalty.
Gai Waterhouse will test the
waters with unbeaten Pure-
ness, which is on the limit
weight of 53 kilos after five suc-
cessive wins, but on Saturday
will meet proven Randwick
milers Brilliant Light and
Drumbeats, which were third
and fourth in the Doncaster
Mile in the autumn.
''He is a horse that has done
nothing wrong and has just
kept stepping up,'' Waterhouse
said. ''He is not weighted well
as a restricted galloper against
group horses, but we'll wait
and see how he goes.''
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