Owners happy as local Lass sprints to win
BILL Thompson had a smile as wide as Boambee Beach when celebrating a winning coup by local racing connections on day two of the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Carnival yesterday.
Out-of-towners love to come here every August looking to steal our top races but it was part-owner Thompson and the others involved with Frisco's Lass who were celebrating when the mare raced away to win the Coffs Coast Advocate Sprint, yesterday's feature race.
Trained on the Coffs track by Brett Dodson and ridden by former local jockey Glen Colless, Frisco's Lass had many in the big crowd cheering, especially Thompson and the nearly 20 others in the syndicate that owns the horse.
Dodson predicted the celebrations would go on long into the night.
Another of the owners, Phil Brown, said it was a big step in the revival of Coffs Harbour racing.
"The sport went through a bad stretch not long ago but those now in charge of the club have done wonderful things," he said.
nTurn to Sport for Greg White's reports on yesterday's Advocate Sprint Day races.