CAPTAIN PUNCH takes out the time honoured Palmerston Sprint for Clarke Racing

Happy new Racing Season! We are right in the thick of the Darwin Carnival and Gary Clarke always takes beating, as was the case on Saturday when CAPTAIN PUNCH took out the time honoured Palmerston Sprint with a horse with a near unblemished Northern Territory record. The stable also pleased favourite backers when $1.60 chance ANOTHER BIT won by 8.5 lengths.

Another staple in the NT is Neil Dyer who is a regular in the winners circle and NICANTELLYA was able to break his maiden on the big day.

Snowden Racing had a great day out which started early on Saturday when the talented MANDELA broke through for a much awaited maiden win. They would take the first two races after MISTEED and Kerrin McEvoy rounded up the small field to win her third career race.

Western Australian clients had a great day out at Belmont starting when SCHIMMEL after 13 starts was able to register her maiden win for Paul Jordan. ESSENTIAL SPICE was able to register back-to-back wins for the Pearce Racing team, this one in the most impressive fashion by over four lengths while Grant and Alana Williams didnt miss out when FESTIVAL MISS broke clear from the field with William Pike on board.

Lindsey Smith Racing claimed a glorious win with APACHE PASS while JP Taylor Racing scored well when BLACK SHADOW took a win. The winning run of Gangemi Racing also continued when LOCKROY went one better than he did fresh, still winning races as an eight-year-old!

It was great to have The Valley back racing on Saturday and Laming Racing struck early with the impressive win of CONDOS EXPRESS in the 3yo event for the boys, giving Linda Meech the first of a treble. 

Munce Racing was at his best at Doomben after the victory STAMPE in the National Jockeys Trust silks while Richard & Chantelle Jolly put the polish on KEMALPASA who made it two wins on the trot while Jon OConnor Racing scored a win with AKKACAN. 

Meanwhile on Sunday in Tasmania, Scott Brunton prepared WORDS OF PRIDE to a well deserved maiden win.

Congratulations to all our overseas winning trainers; Brett Crawford in South Africa, Lee Freedman and Stephen Gray in Singapore.

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