Bear given one more chance to kick
TWO-time premier country trainer Brett Bellamy admits to a change of mind saddling up in-form Chief Kicking Bear in the Cabcharge Ken Howard Cup (2108m) at Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.
The seven-year-old is backing up quickly after winning impressively over 1400m at Lismore on Saturday.
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained," the local trainer said philosophically.
"He's pulled up real good. He's a tough gelding."
Bellamy said the spelling paddock awaits Chief Kicking Bear but the son of American stallion Golden Snake can have one more crack at winning before a well earned rest.
The heavy track nor backing up doesn't phase Bellamy but he admits the distance remains unchartered waters. Chief Kicking Bear hasn't raced beyond 1600m.
"The 2000 metres might be an issue but a heap of the Golden Snake's have gone the trip. Looking through his family he should get it (the trip).
"He's back on his home track, backing up won't worry him and their going to have to run him down."
Bellamy described the gelding's Lismore win as "a good strong run".
"He came out under the stick (whip) to make him run along and lead and kicked away at the end," he said.
"It was a solid win."
Chief Kicking Bear, part-owned by Brian Thisleton and Peter Wood, has eight wins and eight placing's from 40 starts and importantly, the heavy track will play into his favour.
"Initially he was heading for a spell but we thought we'd give him one more whirl," Bellamy said. "He only has to walk across the road to compete.
"We'll roll along with him and see what happens."
With Matt Paget suspended Andrew Gibbons takes over the reins.
Last season Bellamy landed his second successive country trainers premiership finishing with a brace of winners in the final weeks.