A first for Bellamy
By GREG WHITE
RIDING the crest of a local racing boom is Brett Bellamy, the first Coffs Harbour trainer to win an NRRA title with 34 wins in the 2004-05 season.
Bellamy described his award as close to the highlight of a 20- year career while paying tribute to the support of wife, Julie.
"Some people come home from a bad day to kick the cat or dog," he said in a humourous speech.
"I don't have a cat or dog, only my wife to soothe the pain.
"When you're travelling away from home so much I'm sure she has a picture of me behind the door to know which one to let in."
Success did not come easy when Bellamy first took out boxes in the mid-1980's.
He began with a small team provided by father, Kevin, and a handful of loyal friends.
"I may get in strife with the stewards for saying this but owners are the most important people in racing, Bellamy said.
"They pay the bills and keep the wheel turning."
Asked by host Gary Kliese to name the best horse he'd handle, Bellamy nominated the quaintly named, Davrupist.
"The stewards stepped in and made me change the name to Intent Wonder," he said to laughter.
"Fortunately it happened the week of the Ballina Bracelet.
"Everyone thought he was a first starter and we cleaned up when 100/1 was bet."
Since humble beginnings, the Bellamy stable has become one of the most feared in the betting ring as the ratio of success has continued to grow.
"I'll go wherever we have a winning chance," Bellamy said.
"The city or at the local meetings, it makes no difference."
Proud of achieving a first training premiership for his home city, Bellamy is keen to keep the momentum rolling.
"Even if it's not me, someone else will win one," he said.
"It won't be the last."