Horse racing is a family affair
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WHEN It's Only Me jumps from the barrier stalls this afternoon at Coffs Harbour, you can guarantee that the hopes of an entire family will be riding on her back.
Veteran trainer Peter Roach has six kids and all six of them are part-owners in the five-year-old.
Some may recall the day last year when It's Only Me recorded her only victory in the wet at Coffs and paid more than $80 for the win on the tote. In the stands that day the Roach clan made more noise than the Barmy Army when their mare crossed the line.
Undoubtedly the crew got the $2500 that they paid for the horse back and with some interest that day.
Since then, 'Annie' has been a little unlucky when placing in four of her last five starts without actually managing to salute the judge.
"She's got to be a chance in the race," Roach said.
"She's had a little freshen up so the run will do her the world of good and she'll run a big race."
For Roach, It's Only Me is just one of a long line of horses his had under his watchful eye in a training career that has lasted over 50 years.
Roach received his trainers licence way back in 1954 when he was living out west in Nyngan before he moved on to Warwick Farm where he had his stables set-up for just on 20 years.
To prove that the family way is even more in vogue for the Roach's, son David is currently the stable foreman and is preparing to take over the family business when Dad finally gives the game away.
If the Full And By mare salutes again on her home track today, keep an eye out for the family celebrations.