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  • 26 Jun
    With a gelding operation proving the tonic for stakes success in Brisbane, trainer Tony Gollan is hoping similar improvement can be applied to Ignite The Light in a midweek Sydney maiden.The significant gear change has paid dividends for Gollan recently with Most Important who backed up winning the Group Three George Moore Stakes on December 3 with victory in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes on Saturday.Gollan isnt about to compare a three-year-old maiden to a stakes winner, but says Ignite The Light appears to be a better prospect since losing his manhood.He was a very big heavy colt, so gelding is probably the making of him, Gollan said.Ignite The Light gets his first crack at racing as a gelding in Wednesdays TAB Rewards Maiden Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm.Gollan says the horse is promising but is wary of others who have shown talent without delivering.Its a pretty nasty word, potential, because a lot of horses dont live up to their potential, Gollan said.If this horse ever does hell make a nice horse.Blake Shinn sticks with the horse after riding him in a barrier trial at Rosehill on December 6 when he finished third, less than half a length behind The Pharaoh who is set to line up in Wednesdays race.The trial was his first appearance since two disappointing starts in August where he wasnt able to justify favouritism.Hes come back well this time and his trial at Rosehill was really good, Gollan said.I dont think hes at full fitness yet but hes not far off the mark.Race experience is one advantage Ignite The Light will have over the $2.50 favourite Shackleton who is down to make his debut for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.Shackleton, a colt by Fastnet Rock, was knocked down for $1.35 million at the Easter yearling sale and leads the market ahead of Ignite The Light who is an $8 chance.Ignite The Light is stationed at the Brisbane-based Gollans Rosehill satellite stable which has produced a sole victory since it was established earlier in the year.Maidens down there, theyre bloody strong, Gollan said.Particularly two- and three-year-olds, you dont know what youre going to run into on a Wednesday and maybe that could be the case for us. 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(STATS) -- North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central have shared the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title in each of the past two seasons. On Saturday, one of them will be the outright champion.The ninth-ranked Aggies make the short 55-mile trip from Greensboro to take on the No. 24 Eagles in Durham in a winner-take-all season finale with a trip to the Celebration Bowl on the line.North Carolina A&T (9-1) has won all seven of its conference games following its only loss, 58-21 at FBS member Tulsa on Sept. 17. North Carolina Central (8-2) is also unbeaten in seven MEAC contests and has won eight in a row overall, leading to the program entering the STATS FCS Top 25 for the first time Monday.That means there can be only one MEAC champion after the Aggies and Eagles were part of a five-way tie in 2014 before both shared the title with Bethune-Cookman last season. North Carolina A&T won the tiebreaker in 2015 and went on to beat Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Alcorn State 41-34 in the inaugural Celebration Bowl.The Eagles have won the past two meetings in this series -- both in the season finale -- to earn a share of the MEAC title.Its going to be a big one, said North Carolina A&Ts Rod Broadway, a finalist for the STATS Eddie Robinson Award as FCS Coach of the Year. Were going up against a 7-0 team and theyre our biggest rival. We have to be better prepared to play well.The Eagles have managed to beat the Aggies twice in a row despite Tarik Cohen combining for 315 rushing yards and two touchdowns. 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