Bellamy?s hard work pays off
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
NOBODY can say for certain, but many of the old heads in Coffs Harbour racing believe that Brett Bellamy is the first Coffs Harbour- based trainer to win the Northern Rivers Racing Association premiership. "A lot of people have told me that I'm the first from Coffs to win it," Bellamy said. "I've asked Trevor Hardy and what not as they've been around forever and a day and it's the first time that they can remember it happening. "By all reports it's a first but we're not positively 100 per cent sure." Bellamy has walked away with the Coffs Harbour premiership before but admits that he made one big change last season that helped him become the number one trainer in the region. "We covered a lot of miles," was his frank assessment. "We actually wore a truck out but the support I've got from the owners and the good staff around me have been important." The territory that Bellamy has covered over the past 12 months has not only allowed him to take the premiership title but it has also started paying off in other ways. "If you cover the miles people might see your name in the papers and owners might say 'We'll give him a ring'," Bellamy said. "It's still very hard to get owners in Coffs Harbour, I'd say the majority of my owners are from out of town like Sydney and Brisbane as well as places like Ballina." During the Coffs carnival which occurs just after the premiership winning trainer is announced, it appeared that the award almost acted like a huge weight on Bellamy's shoulders as luck went against most of his horses he prepared for those meetings. "During the carnival the races are hard as you've got some horses that are coming to the end of campaigns but we were unlucky really as we hardly drew a barrier," he explained. "For the races at the carnival you just can't do that. "I'm not disappointed with what happened." Over the last couple of weeks though Bellamy has bounced back. On Saturday he he had a winner with Merlean's Magic at Grafton, Postcard Bandit saluted on Ballina Cup day while La Baladine had a win ten days ago at the Gold Coast. "The last five runners I've had have all got a cheque," he said. "We've got a lot of younger horses coming through that we hope can go on to bigger and better things." If those young horses come through as well as hoped, the old heads in town could well be remembering the man who managed to snare a second premiership.