Bellamy unearths new star
By GREG WHITE
MASTER trainer Brett Bellamy unearthed another stable star when Frisco's Vision spread-eagled his opponents by eight lengths at yesterday's Coffs Harbour Ladies Day races.
Bellamy admitted he felt a surge of confidence when second favourite and main rival Mickelson missed the start.
"After Mickelson burned up to take the lead we ended up with the perfect sit behind him to the turn," he said.
As the field cornered, winning rider Daniel Baker gave Frisco's Vision one swift dig in the ribs and the big chestnut streaked away.
"The boss told me to ride my own race," the leading apprentice said.
"Once he balanced up we just sat off the speed and went past them as the clear run appeared in the straight.
"Much too good for these blokes."
Trainer Bellamy knew he had a good horse on the books two starts back when the four-year-old won his maiden at Taree.
"We put him in a class three race for his last run and he ran brilliantly to finish third.
"Back to his own class today, I never thought they'd beat him.
"He's certainly a good one."
Frisco's Vision proved his worth as a wet tracker being the only winner to stick to the softer going on the inside running rail.
All other winners came down the grandstand fence in the firmer conditions with the photo finish being used to separate the noses in some tricky finishes.
Apprentice jockey Yuki Ozawa had a narrow escape when tossed in the barrier by Space Lord prior to the running of the fifth race.
The horse evaded attempts to catch him before hurdling a stewards car and sprinting back towards the stabling area.
Space Lord then crashed through the running rail and appeared to have broken a leg.
As track staff reached the agitated colt they found him floundering for traction in a boggy drain which gave a deceptive view as to the state of his injury.
When announced the horse had suffered no more than scratches and a bruised ego the crowd of more than 2000 breathed an audible sigh of relief.