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BY Alex Marsh - @ajmarsh87
10 months ago Horse Racing

Finke winning the NT Derby

Trivia question for tomorrow: in all states and territories Australia wide which race is worth the most prize money? We have Listed races such as the Belmont Classic in Perth, the Tatts Mile at Doomben and the Oaklands Plate in Adelaide. If you'd guessed any of them or another race at any of major metro tracks then you'd be wrong, the correct answer takes us all the way to the Top End in Darwin for the $135,000 Ladbrokes NT Derby.

There's only 8 acceptors for tomorrow's race. Richard Laming always sees the value in going to Darwin and saddles up So Poysed who's ticking all the boxes at the moment but there is query of him running out a strong 2000m. Stephen Brown has returned for the carnival and has the favorite and Guineas winner in Krusty and Billet Doux is probably the one to beat at this trip, his runs behind promising stayers in Fontein Lad and Waging War reads very well for this.
Still, looking at the race it's phenomenal that no other interstate raiders look at this race to target for their end of season 3yo stayers. It's a $135,000 race and with respect to the eight horses in the field it's a pretty weak contest for that sort of purse.
Aside from the dirt track and different climate it's a wonder that the...

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