Belinda Hodder blitzes Cup rivals
PERFECT judgement by apprentice Belinda Hodder allowed consistent gelding Tornado Blitz to win the feature Easter Cup at Saturday’s Coffs Harbour non-TAB meeting.
With the race starting near the turn out of the straight, Hodder manoeuvred just off the pace and one off the rails in the run to the back before holding the horse up perfectly for the final dash to the line.
“He’s a funny bugger of a horse really,” trainer Jim Herriot quipped.
“Hates being out in the paddock and loves life in the stables ... probably why he’s been up so long for 16 runs this campaign.”
Herriot had an ear-to-ear grin when presented with the race trophy by surf sport identities Courtney and India Hancock.
“Pity the race wasn’t worth more money but this isn’t too bad,” he laughed.
Hodder was one of three female jockey who won at the meeting, following the success of Samantha Munro aboard aptly-named Bewitching Babe and Amy White on the Bruce Swan-trained Dash’s Princess.
Swan had sought Raymond Spokes for the ride but the premiership leader stuck with the Bellamy stable, ultimately finishing on the runner-up.
“Good to see Amy win, good on you mate,” Spokes said graciously.
The most unusual result arrived when regally-bred Figure finally broke through in the last stride after 10 unplaced runs for part-owners Lyndhurst Stud and trainer Brett Bellamy and wife Julie.
“This would have to be the slowest More Than Ready filly in Australia but now that’s she’s finally won a race she has to be worth something,” trainer Bellamy said.
“Out of a Danehill mare, she was bred by Newhaven Park but was picked up for breeding by Lyndhurst.” The filly edged out sentimental favourite Mal’s Dream