Rocky Xuereb, stable foreman for Coffs Harbour trainer Ken Lantry with four-year-old gelding Mr Voodoo who will start in the fi
Rocky Xuereb, stable foreman for Coffs Harbour trainer Ken Lantry with four-year-old gelding Mr Voodoo who will start in the fi

Mates cheering for Mr Voodoo

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

IF YOU'RE down to your last dollar before the field jumps in the final race on the card today there's a local group of mates who are sure to push you in the direction of a bookie to have a crack at their horse.

Eight blokes who've been friends since they were young tearaways are all part-owners of Mr Voodoo and together have been enjoying the exciting ride that owning a racehorse can provide.

"A lot of us grew up together," one of the owners Mark McLaughlin said.

"The shares came up and we all had the same interest so we got into it."

McLaughlin will be at the track this afternoon for the last race with his fellow owners and mates Matt Bye, Scott Bohringer, Shane Rawson, Gary Hardaker, Craig Kerr, Mark McPherson and Dave Nicol.

Nicol admitted to being excited when he watches Mr Voodoo race but he's a touch disappointed that the four year-old gelding is in the last race today.

"Why didn't you put him in the first race?" Nicol asked of trainer Ken Lantry.

"Now we have to put in a full day's work before the race starts."

That comment sums up the owners to a tee.

A group of friends who've stuck together through the years now having a piece of fun.

The lads all used to play football together as well, although McLaughlin makes a correction on that point with a technicality.

"Most of us played footy but 'Rawso' (Shane Rawson) played on a wing, I suppose that's sort of playing."

Despite a disappointing run in the Moonee Beach Cup nine days ago, Mr Voodoo has been rated as the favourite for this afternoon's Class 1 handicap over 1400 metres.

"His two runs before that were extremely good so I guess you'd have to say that he was beaten by the slow track in his last start," trainer Ken Lantry said.

Finishing second in races on Ramornie Handicap and Bowraville Cup days recently is solid form and many market assessors are prepared to forgive Mr Voodoo for his last start failing.

Mr Voodoo has had a win at Coffs Harbour before and the local syndicate will be hoping to finish a hard day's work with celebration of victory number two.



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