All smiles after Power-ful effort
TRAINER Jim Jarvis has plenty to smile about after his talented gelding Power Quest returned to the winner's list at the Clarence River Jockey Club TAB meeting at Grafton on Saturday.
And the horse kept a unique record intact, having won at its second run from a spell in all three campaigns.
Ridden by Wayne Wheatley and owned by the trainer and his wife Kristine, Power Quest scored by a short head from Silver Mountain, with equal favourite Loaded Tycoon relegated to third.
Despite its second-up record, punters allowed the horse to start at $11 on the tote but it actually paid double that in New South Wales, with dividends of $22.20 a win and $5.90 for the place.
After winning its maiden, Jarvis declared the son of Epsom Derby winner Quest for Fame (GB) the heir apparent to top galloper Mr Gold Fire and set him on a path toward winning the family another Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
However, a track mishap caused the horse to lose form and with two inglorious runs at the end of last campaign he was sent to the paddock along the Orana River to recuperate.
Jarvis has also mentioned in the past he has city aspirations should the right race come along.
The win was one of the few bright moments for Coffs connections, with jockey Jasen Watkins the only other local participant to bring up No.1 on the day.
Meanwhile, AAP correspondent Tony White reports Ballina trainer Danny Bowen is hoping it is finally Bradfield and Renmark's time to shine and end a frustrating run of second placings at today's NRRA meeting at Murwillumbah.
“They pay the price for being consistent,” Bowen said.
“They are both honest and stay up in the weights, which makes it hard when it's normally a horse with three or five kilos less weight that beats you every time.
“Bradfield thrives on racing and is very consistent. Remark is also knocking on the door for a win, but he has got to a level where he just has to wait until he gets in the right race to win another one.”
Bowen will saddle up six runners for owners Len Hoyle and Robin Lee, of the Gundaroo Stud Syndicate.
The horses all raced previously with John Morrisey at the Gold Coast, before finding their way to Bowen, who has been a long-time fan of his stable's biggest owners.
Today's meeting was added to the calendar by Racing NSW to compensate for substantial losses caused by wet weather cancellations over the summer holiday period.
Next meeting is Sunday at Grafton.