Bloodstone?s new record
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
HE strength that Bloodstone showed coming home in the straight of the Coramba Cup, it wouldn't have mattered how many horses were in the field because he would've streeted them too.
The six year-old gelding made up half the field yesterday against stable mate Sequalo Lass in only a two horse race after Grafton trainer Peter Ball scratched both his acceptors.
Any disappointment felt by the organisers of the race might have been wiped away when Daniel Baker led his mount to a comfortable six and three quarter length victory in a race record time of 45.89 seconds.
Trainer Brett Bellamy wasn't surprised at all at the ease of the victory as he expected him to romp in no matter what the opposition.
"It would've been a good race with the four runners but I can say it now but I thought that they weren't going to beat him anyway rain, hail or shine because he's a swimmer in the wet," he said.
"His runs this time in have been very, very good.
"He only got beaten by 1.9 lengths at the Gold Coast the other day in a really strong race, Panza was in the race and it only just went down to Tornado Alley on Saturday."
Having the only two runners in the field was a disappointment for Bellamy but most of his concern was for the organisers of the Orara Valley Race Day.
"We only put her in there because the boys were local Coramba identities and everything else and that's really the only reason Sequalo Lass was in there, 800 metres on her home track and try and add numbers to the race," the trainer said.
"Unfortunately for the Coramba community it's always been generally a poor field.
"I don't know why it is, I think it's just bad luck because all the people behind it put a lot of effort into getting this day on."
There was at least one very lucky punter on the track who walked away with some inflated odds.
In a two horse race where the favourite got up and only paid $1.20, the dividend of $9.10 for the exacta raised a few eyebrows among the very healthy crowd.
Bellamy filly still has plenty to learn
SOMETIMES there's a horse that the owners give a name to that sums up the beast to a tee and from all reports Lost Our Way looks to be one of those horses.
The filly was wide all the way around the bend after jumping well from the widest barrier which cost her a few lengths before motoring home in the final furlong to edge out Merry Me by a long head.
The big finish showed plenty of promise but trainer Brett Bellamy knows the three year-old has plenty to learn
"She is looking for more ground but it's just a matter of her mending her ways," he said.
"She's getting lost and doing too many things wrong which end up costing her dearly in her races."
Lost Our Way is a filly of obvious talent but just needs a change of luck which may now be coming her way after breaking her maiden.
"I said to the owner that 800 metres is probably too short but she's had that much bad luck throughout her career," Bellamy said.
"I watched her work the other morning and I said 'I don't know how she's still a maiden' because her work's been too good.
"I know 800 metres is probably still a bit short for her but the small field should be an advantage as being in a small field she can miss the start, which she can tend to do but she can still make the ground up again."
Jockey Raymond Spokes had trouble finding a good spot from the outside barrier which is always a problem in short races at Coffs Harbour.
Running four wide most of the trip was a necessity though that in the end didn't cost her.
"She just showed enough speed to get herself caught wide but if we went back any further she wouldn't have run them down," Spokes said.
"She should've won more races than she has, especially her last couple of starts."