An owners dream

IF YOU follow country racing you just have to admire trainers like Taree's Ross Stitt and Bob Milligan and horse like Stitt's widely travelled stayer Precise Timing and Milligan's tough guy Carael Boy which are both fronting up again today.

Six year old gelding Precise Timing is an owner's dream, having won 15 of his 52 starts and amassing over $800,000 in the process.

He's won a swag of country features and races in town and seems to thrive when on the road.

Since winning Tasmania's Launceston Cup in February, Precise Timing has lumped big weights in the Gosford and Scone Cups before a last start seventh in a Rosehill welter behind Taken At The Flood which has since made that form stand up.

In this afternoon's Ipswich Cup, Precise Timing again carries the number one saddlecloth, but look for him and comeback jockey Robert Thompson to be in the finish despite the 2100m being a little short.

Precise Timing is then headed for the Grafton Cup and is half a chance to compete in this year's Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Cup and it will be an honour to have him here.

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CARAEL Boy is an owner's dream as well.

He has won 18 of his 59 starts and put well over $900,000 in the kick along the way.

Today he too carries top weight in the last at Rosehill and has drawn a horror gate, but like his Taree mate will be competitive because he always gives 100 per cent.

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THIS year's Golden Sands Tavern Bowraville Cup meeting on Sunday, July 2 will break new ground for the Nambucca River Jockey Club by having an eight race TAB meeting for the first time and being the only meeting in NSW on that day.

If you've never been to a race meeting at Bowraville, do yourself a favour and make the trip to the picturesque track just 40 minutes south of Coffs Harbour and ten minutes inland from Nambucca Heads for a racing experience you'll thoroughly enjoy and always remember.

This year's Bowraville Cup meeting has record prizemoney on offer and you'll enjoy both the genuine country atmosphere and hospitality and also some exciting racing action with the 1000m Westlawn Finance Lightning Bend Open always a great support act to the 1370m Cup as some of the fastest horses in our area muscle up on the little track.

In keeping with a country cup tradition, the NRJC will have plenty of entertainment for all the family on offer including fashions competitions, kids' activities and a jazz band. Don't miss it !

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A COUPLE of doubles were the feature of the NRJC's last meeting held at Coffs two weeks ago.

Emerging Coffs trainer Trent Greentree scored his first winning double with Teejay Hunter and Kareena Kareena which both looked impressive.

Kareena Kareena was in a foul mood before her race and had to be wrestled to the gates by farrier Phil Donnellly before she copied the effort af her stablemate and gave her rivals a galloping lesson.

The other double was the wins for owners Peter Woods and Ross White who won at home with subsequent Kempsey winner Antron before cheering home Sista Kugah at the Gold Coast.

The White/Wood team continues to plug away steadily and build up an enviable strike rate at the hands of trainer Brett Bellamy.

Let's hope they can pick up a nice race over the Grafton or Coffs carnivals with one of their astute bargain purchases.

n BRISBANE (AAP): Trainer Liam Birchley believes a poor second-up record won't disadvantage Sir Breakfast in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1200m) at Ipswich today.

Birchley conceded he was surprised Sir Breakfast had been successful only once in nine attempts second-up from a spell.

"That surprises me a little," Birchley said.

"I'm not sure what the reason is and maybe he's been looking for further."

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