River running for Lantry
AFTER an impressive last start victory, Ken Lantry's two-year-old gelding Silent River will be mixing it with the older kids in today's Fitzroy Hotel Class 1 Handicap at Coffs Harbour Racing Club.
The River of Light gelding claimed a one-length victory in a two-year-old Maiden on the Gold Coast last month and Lantry is quietly confident of another strong showing today.
Of the six starters from Lantry's stables, he rates Silent River the best hope of saluting.
"He's probably the best chance, but it's tough because he is inly a two-year-old (and) in older company," Lantry says.
"But he will go alright... I expect him to run a good race."
Lantry also predicted a decent future for his charge.
"I think he will be a much stronger horse next preparation and he should handle himself well," he says.
"He's no champion, but he'll race alright.
"He is out of River of Light who went well in the country so I expect him to be a good country horse as well."
Silent River will jump from gate 10 today, meaning jockey Matt Bennett will have plenty of work to do.
But Lantry is confident in the Gold Coast hoop's ability.
"I will leave (race tactics) to Matthew, he normally races forward but doesn't have the best of alleys," Lantry says.
"I'd say we will go forward early and hope for a bit of luck."