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01/03/02 Northerly Set to Lead from Inside Barrier
1014northerly.jpg (15234 bytes)Star galloper Northerly looks certain to attempt to emulate his Yalumba Stakes victory at Caulfield last spring when he runs in tomorrow's $201,000 Carlton Draught St. George Stakes (1800m).

Trainer Fred Kersley is keen for champion jockey Damien Oliver to take advantage of his inside barrier and attempt to lead the field.

"It could be an idea to take advantage of the inside barrier and work up toward the lead but of course that will all lie in the hands of Damien," Kersley said today.

"There's no reason he can't do what he did in the Yalumba (Stakes) here back in the spring and lead throughout."

Kersley did say the star gelding had been beaten "a couple of times" from the inside barrier after not working to the head of the field.

1028northerly2.jpg (11508 bytes)"The times he's been beaten when jumping from the inside came about because he got buried three back on the fence and often got shuffled back and lost ground," he said.

"So I have no problems at all with leading in the race tomorrow," Kersley added.

The Northerly camp looked relaxed at today's pre-race press conference at Caulfield and both Kersley and his wife and part owner Judy seemed quietly confident.

"He's done very well since his first up run. I'm pleased with his progress since the Orr Stakes and I feel he is right on target for tomorrow," Kersley reported.

"As it's been widely reported everything went wrong the other day and he's come out of it in pretty good shape. Apart from a few abrasions and the like he is fine."

r6fred&northerly.jpg (18709 bytes)Should Northerly not work to the front of the field Kersley is expecting his champion to "race in a forward position."

Oliver didn't seem quite as certain as to Northerly being able to lead in tomorrow's showdown with Ethereal and Old Comrade.

"He just seemed a bit dour the other day in the Orr. He wasn't as well away from the barriers as he is normally and he got further back in the race than what I was hoping," Oliver said.

"I'm certainly hoping he can ping a bit more tomorrow and with the extra distance he might be able to take a better sit."

While admitting the horse did get further back than he had earlier planned Oliver said he was a little disappointed the gelding wasn't able to make as much ground on the eventual race winner.

r7doliver.jpg (13554 bytes)"We weren't able to really get up to Barkada and apply any sort of pressure," he said.

Oliver (pictured left after winning the Yalumba aboard Northerly) said tomorrow's race is going to be a lot more different than his first up effort in the Orr Stakes when placed behind Barkada.

"Tomorrow is a different kettle of fish," he said. "The St. George looks a lovely race and the distance seems ideal, 1800 metres should be perfect."

Meanwhile, Kersley added the next two starts of Northerly (tomorrow and the Group One Australian Cup) would decide whether a trip to Dubai would still be on the agenda.

"The travelling problem about getting there is certainly not ideal. After Saturday we might be able to make a more firm decision but we are still keen to tackle a feature race there (Dubai)," Kersley said.

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