Local knowledge rules
PUNTERS who put faith in local gallopers would have laughed all the way to the bank after Monday's Coffs Harbour Race Club TAB meeting.
Five locally-prepared horses saluted in the sevenrace program, with a number of places also going to local trainers.
Trevor Hardy picked up a double, while Ken Lantry, Paul Smith and Warren Dean had one winner each.
Smith's four-year-old gelding Pickett's Charge ($9) produced a strong finish in the Montague Fresh Class 2 Handicap (1007m), overcoming early interference to shoot home down the straight.
"He got a bit further back than I expected, but he tracked through well," Smith said. "I thought he would run on for a place, but he really knuckled down over the last 100m.
"I'd say he has probably made three or four lengths after straightening up."
Smith liked the Honour and Glory gelding's chances after he drew gate three.
"He won last start at Grafton, but he can do a lot of things wrong... he lays off the track a bit," Smith says.
"But I thought that if he did everything right, he would nearly be a chance."
Meanwhile, Dean was certainly not getting carried away after six-year-old gelding Thespian Prince's half-length victory in the Plantation Fresh Cuip (1609m).
Thespian Prince ($7) settled behind frontrunner St Chandon ($21) and hit the lead in the straight before holding off a bold challenge from Diamond and Ice ($7).
"He's a nice horse, but there are no great plans for him," Dean says.
"I have had some good horses in the past that would have pulled a plough and still beaten him."
Race 7 PERSHOUSE PRODUCE HCP (C3) 1409m: 4.60 WINDON (b g 3yo King's Theatre (IRE) - Tropical Breeze. Trainer: N Godbolt 54 (M Dolendo) 1, 8.50 STRATEGIC PRINCE 59 (H Chau) 2, 3.50 fav ALL IN ORDER 56.5 (Z Purton). Then followed: 6.50 Cheerful Lass, 17.00 Sandikelly, 11.00 Leica Toy, 21.00 I'm Spartacus, 26.00 Oxborough Princess, 8.00 Blindside, 9.00 It's Volcanic, 13.00 Up 'n' Under, 26.00 Peerless Star, 21.00 Payakarun, 26.00 Dance On The Wind last. Margins: 2 1/4 lengths, 1/2 neck. Time: 1:24.27 (Last 600m 37.59).