Three to Chui over
VISITING Chinese apprentice jockey Marco Chui gets an opportunity this afternoon to add to his growing experience in the saddle.
Chui has three rides for master Trevor Hardy at Coffs Harbour Racing Club's seven-event TAB meeting the seven-race TAB meeting being staged at Coffs Harbour.
Marco is spending a year with the Hardys in a deal with the Hong Kong Racing Club who send some of their apprentices to leading Australian country stables because they are unable to get enough racecourse experience with only two tracks in their home country.
He is the third apprentice rider from Hong Kong who has benefitted from a stint under Hardy, who also nurtured the early career of Zac Purton.
None of Marco's mounts is likely to be highly favoured by punters this afternoon with unraced filly Tyson's Run in the 800m G K Denney Tyres Smiley Maiden probably his best chance of figuring in a finish.
Assessing the form for this race is a difficult task with most of the runners also facing the starter for the first time.
Marco's other mounts are mare Academy Rose which is stepping up to open company class in the 1600m Blueberry Farms Summer Cup and Merv Mercer's Just a Babe which has drawn gate 15 for the 1200m Trifty Rent a Car Giggle Class 1.
While Marco might not add to his tally of just one winning ride to date , he is certain to gain a lot from today's races and with Hardy's experienced guiding hand behind him will strip a better jockey next time he is legged up.
Newly elected Coffs Harbour Racing Club vice president Alan Johnson and his mate Brian Hopwood are hoping that a change of stable will bring a change of fortune for their gelding Forgotten Toy in the 1500m Geoff King Motors Bob Marsh Class 2 Cup.
Forgotten Toy has been leaving his best work on the training track and has caused his owners more than a little frustration.
He has been moved from Grafton trainer John Shelton to young Coffs Harbour conditioner Trent Greentree who has made changes of his own by fitting concussion plates up front and replacing blinkers with pacifiers for today's race.
While neither trainer nor owners is expecting miracles this afternoon, they are looking for some positive change in Forgotten Toy's approach to the race so that they can at least persist with the horse whose two wins have both been over the distance of this afternoon's contest.