Darren hopes luck of the Irish rubs off
By GREG WHITE
BEWARE the horse whisperer from the Emerald Isle. Dublin-born trainer Darren Cahill has Vulcanus engaged in the second race at Coffs Harbour today and track watchers say the maiden gelding has an undeniable chance. "He's been crying out for distance," Cahill said in his lilting accent. "The 1515 metres today may still be short of his best but he's got a very good chance." Race jockey Peter Graham is so confident after riding Vulcanus at Port Macquarie on April 4 he instructed his manager to chase the ride. "Peter is the best in the business and from barrier 11 he can get him balanced up before letting him loose." After completing his riding apprenticeship in Ireland, increasing weight forced Cahill into training. But he's still the busiest trackrider in town putting around a dozen through work each morning with all the leading Coffs stables employing his services. From around 25 starters, Cahill has trained three winners and "heaps of placings." "The strike rate is good but I'm keen to expand and would love to talk to any owner looking to place a horse with me," he said. Hoofnote With Mother's Day approaching, today's omen tip must be Ashley Rose in race one. "She's a little sweety," trainer Debbie Baker said of her filly. And the omen for Mother's Day on Sunday? Ashley Rose will be ridden by Baker's son Daniel and is out of a mare named "Mum's Rose." Don't say you weren't warned. See tomorrow;s Coffs Coast Advocate for stories from Brad Greenshields, photos and results from today's eight event TAB meeting.