Race toward finish line in trainers premiership
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
AS Brett Bellamy chases the Northern Rivers trainers' premiership tomorrow at Coffs Harbour's Community Cups day, he's given himself the best chance of grabbing the prize by adopting a 'safety in numbers' attitude.
Bellamy has 13 horses accepted throughout tomorrow's seven race program (one is an emergency), as he tries to chase down the narrow deficit he has in the premiership race behind Ballina's Stephen Lee.
Lee is currently leading the race by only two winners but the catch is that tomorrow is the last meeting for the year on the Northern Rivers Racing calendar.
Tomorrow is an all-out last-ditch effort from the trainer who won the title for the first time last year.
"I would've run the lead pony if I could find a race for him," Bellamy joked.
He may be his usual laid back self but deep down Bellamy has a determination to try and steal the title from Lee.
"I'd love to win it again and obviously Stephen would like to win it for the first time, all I know is that there's a lot of miles gone into doing it," he said.
"I think he's had a distinct advantage over me this year because they've had double the amount of home meetings that we've had.
"I know I've covered 70,000km in the 12 months so I've done a lot of miles to go with the winners."
The race between the pair this season has been neck and neck and the master trainer admits that there's been some good banter between the two in the mounting yards and stables around the area.
"There's a very friendly rivalry I suppose," he added.
"He led all year last year I think and I collared him in the last month and I think it's been the same this year where he's had a winner to get one clear, then I get two winners to get one clear and then he gets another winner and we're sort of back square again."
Victory would be sweet tomorrow but Bellamy won't be heartbroken if the elusive couple of winners don't come his way in the Community Cups.
"If we counted the Mid North Coast winners in here as well it wouldn't be an issue, I'd still be six in front," he said.
"They're not counted and the winners in Queensland don't count so all up, if it happens it happens, but if it doesn't happen it's not going to disappoint me because I know I've had far and above the best year I've ever had. I've probably had 20 more winners then I've ever had in years gone by."