DON'T you hate it when horses you've been following for some time get up and win without you being on them ?
It happened to me twice on Sunday when Coffs gelding Interstorm returned to the winners' list in the 1000m Winter Sprinter Hcp at Tamworth and paid $7 and then Coffs mare Volcanic Scene claimed the 1400m Wauchope Cup at Port Macquarie as a generous $4.60 favourite.
Nevertheless, it was great to see the two win and hopefully I can recoup on them over the next few busy weeks.
Far be it from me to tell trainers Ken Lantry and Brett Bellamy how to place their horses, but my fingers are crossed that Interstorm will contest the Lightning Bend Handicap at Bowraville next Sunday July 3 and that Volcanic Scene will line up in the Bowraville Cup.
Wins in these races will see the pair ballot exempt for the 1,000m Sir James Kirby Handicap on Grafton Cup day and the $45,000 South Grafton Cup (1600m) on Sunday, July 10 respectively.
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LEADING into the richest non-metropolitan racing carnival in the country, the Clarence River Jockey Club is lucky to find themselves with another Saturday TAB meeting this afternoon.
Grafton's July carnival, which will see over three quarters of a million dollars distributed over five meetings actually gets under way on Thursday, July 7 with the Cup prelude meeting and climaxes with the running of the $175,000 Group 3 XXXX Gold Grafton Cup (2,400m) on Thursday, July 14.
The carnival's supporting feature race, the 1200m Ramornie Handicap will be contested on Wednesday, July 13 and a number of horses racing at Randwick and Eagle Farm today are on trial for trips to Grafton.
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AT this afternoon's Orara Cup meeting at Grafton, Coffs mare Dance On The Wind, part owned by racing media personality Graham McNeice, will be out to see if she can run the Grafton Cup trip of 2400m in the Class 6 Handicap.
A winner of two from eight and trained at Coffs by Trevor Hardy , Dance On The Wind is is beautifully named and well bred too, being by Baryshnikov out of a Zabeel mare and connections will be keen to see how she handles this afternoon's 'big ask'.
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HARDY teams today with leading Ballina jockey Darron Coleman who will ride Dance On The Wind and the pair have another couple of strong chances as well.
In the 1200m maiden they will be hoping that three year old gelding Audacious Lad can break through after placings at Grafton and Ballina in his last two outings and that another three year old gelding Victory Walk can take the last on the Grafton card, a 1000m class 5.
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REGULAR Coffs visitor, Port Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt, is taking his filly Hippy's Sister to Randwick this afternoon for a 1200m fillies and mares open.
Godbolt is testing the water with 16/1 chance Hippy's Sister which might earn a start in the Ramornie should she show something in today's race.
Hippy's Sister won the Euroka Cup at Kempsey in her last start beating Volcanic Scene and the winner of eight from fifteen is a good each way bet today with premiership leading Darren Beadman to ride with 53kg's from gate 5.
Of course it takes a mighty filly to win a Ramornie and old timers will fondly remember the day Coffs filly Mistress Anne, the only filly ever to beat champion Luskin Star, won the Grafton sprint. What year was it ?