Bid for home success
By MITCHELL DALE
NEW Coffs Harbour trainer Gordon Yorke isn't holding his breathe for a winner at his first 'home' meeting on Monday.
Since moving to Coffs from the Central Coast in January, Yorke has already trained 11 winners.
He was hoping to add a few more to the list after his first meeting at Coffs.
Problem was, he couldn't find enough suitable races for his runners.
"Because it is at Coffs Harbour, I at least wanted to have a few horses run- ning," he said.
"But when I went through them all, there was bugger all."
Yorke will start five gallopers ? three in the Northpipe Constructions Maiden Plate (800m) ? but says all are prospects for the future rather than being specials for Monday.
"All of them are on the comeback trail and are probably ones to keep your eye on in the future," he said.
"They aren't racehardened yet, so it will be hard against the competition fit horses.
"But don't think I won't be trying, if the others drop their guard... whack."
Yorke said all three charges in the 800m Maiden would perform better over a longer distance, but rated grey mare Jewel of Pyrmont a placechance.
"I'd like to see her produce something, although she wants a bit more too," he said.
"She's a four-yearold and pretty strong.
"She should finish strongly and I'd say she'd probably be a place chance.
"But as far as having a winner, we could struggle."
Yorke has also prepared four-year-old mare La Ronda for the AJ Pipelines Fillies and Mares Maiden Handicap (1300m) and chestnut gelding Zazzarin for the $10,000 P & L Pipeline supplies Class 3 Handicap.
Zazzarin will back up after a mid-week ninth of 13 at Eagle Farm.
"He raced back-tofront on Wednesday (at Eagle Farm) and I thought I would bring him back for the $10,000 Class three," Yorke said.
"He got up on speed early, where he normally comes from the back.
"Ultimately, he will step up to the 1600m and should be good for about two or three wins this preparation."
Yorke said La Ronda showed plenty of early promise, but is yet to settle into her new environment.
"She won a trial very impressively but then we moved up her and had to start again, she hasn't handled the climate change too well," he said. "Typical sheila, take her to the beach and she doesn't want to work."