AFTER a hectic and successful few days last weekend, Coffs Harbour stables are at it again over the next few days chasing the chocolates at Eagle Farm and Bowraville today, Ballina tomorrow, Armidale on Monday and all this before one of our best, Legendary Man, probably makes his return at Newcastle on Wednesday.
We're off to Bowraville this afternoon for a five race non-TAB meeting and if you've never been to the picturesque little track with its unique country atmosphere, why not take the 45 minute trip south from Coffs to the Nambucca hinterland for a race day experience you're sure to enjoy?
Best bet of the day at Bowraville shapes as Grafton filly Quiet Gift in the 1370m Class 2 Jeff Ballard Memorial Handicap.
Trained by John Shelton, Quiet Gift is working her way through the grades nicely with wins at Grafton and Kempsey at her last two starts and providing jockey Peter Graham can overcome her outside starting gate she should complete the hat trick at Bowra today.
In the last there, a 1000m Class 1, Coffs trainer Gordon Yorke will be looking to Beau Shah to regain the winning form he showed recently on his home track and he and last start Port Macquarie winner from the Neil Godbolt stable Cut Throat should just about quinella the race.
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THERE'LL be plenty of interest around the monitors at Bowraville today when Coffs trainer Ken Lantry's mare Shady Henrietta makes her return from a spell in a fillies and mares Class 6 at Brisbane's Eagle Farm track.
Shady Henrietta hasn't raced since her last outing at Rosehill in August but the 1200m of this afternoon's race will suit her and two of the five year old's six wins have been first up.
Keeping Lantry's mare company at Eagle Farm is Phil Minter's stayer Alackajaz which lines up in a 2200m race against the busiest horse in Australia at the moment, Adavale Hornet.
Alackajaz will have to lift on his third at Grafton last Saturday but he will be batting away at the finish.
On the same Brisbane card, expect Kempsey mare and regular Coffs visitor Langfibian to give some cheek at long odds in the sixth.
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AT Ballina tomorrow there is some great racing on offer and we might finish the day on a positive note with Brett Bellamy's gelding Payakarun in a 1600m Class 4.
While Payakarun hasn't won for a few starts, he will appreciate a drop in class after two runs in Brisbane and having Raymond Spokes in the saddle again.
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COFFS Trainer Brett Dodson must be some chance of claiming the feature double at Armidale on Monday with mare Frisco Agogo in the 1100m Newmarket Handicap and topweight Kreisler's Jewel in the 1900m Armidale Cup.
Frisco Agogo's last start win at Newcastle two weeks ago was strong enough form to suggest she can claim Monday's sprint although she hasn't been missed by the handicapper.
Kreisler's Jewel has also been given the steadier of 59.5 kg's for the Armidale Cup, but the veteran is the class horse of the field.
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TRAINER Ken Lantry has the weekend to decide whether to accept for Legendary Man to make his comeback in Wednesday's Newmarket at Broadmeadow or the Country Cup on the same day.
While the Group 3 Newmarket is worth $120,000 and has attracted nominations the calibre of unbeaten Bentley Biscuit and Doncaster winner Patezza, the Country Cup is worth a more modest $30,000.
Also, the Newmarket is run over 1400m compared to the 1200m of the easier option.
If Lantry decides that Wednesday is to be the talented four year old's return, remember that this time last year Legendary Man won the Darby Munro at Rosehill first up over 1,300m and to tune into whichever race he contests.
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THE sense of pride that the local racing community has enjoyed lately with the success of our stables up and down the coast continues today when two of our 'favourite sons' Zac Purton and Spike Colless shape up against each other in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas.
Let's hope one of them can give us a bit more excitement today.