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Bonus to run young horses here

AN INCENTIVE to race two-year-olds will be offered at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club TAB meeting on Monday, March 7.

Yearling sales vendor Brisbane Bloodstock will attach a $10,000 bonus to the juvenile event, with racing club CEO Russ Atkinson applauding the move.

“The company owns two stable blocks at the racecourse and wanted to find another way to assist the industry,” he said.

“It’s similar to the Inglis bonus and we offered a bonus on a previous occasion, but no horses sold by Brisbane Bloodstock were entered to race.

“Once the word gets out I think it will encourage owners to start their young horses here, which will bring more attraction to the meetings.”

For the bonus to apply there must be a minimum of eight starters as deemed by stewards.

Eligible horses would be paid-up graduates of the Brisbane Bloodstock Yearling Sales held in Queensland on February 14, 2010.

Should the winning horse suit these criteria, the owner would receive a bonus payment of $7000 with $1500 each going to the trainer and vendor.

One trainer certain to be impressed by the move is Port Macquarie-based Neil Godbolt, who frequently travels to Coffs Harbour to pit his ‘babies’ against older horses, due to the lack of suitable events against those their own age.

Godbolt has frequently called for systems to be put in place which reward owners and trainers willing to put the extra effort needed into racing two-year-olds on non-metropolitan or provincial programs.

Meanwhile, trainer Greg Cornish has had an appeal against a two-month suspension dismissed.

He appealed against both the conviction and penalty after being found guilty by stewards under AR 178 following an analyst’s finding on a urine sample taken from Missy Windy Weepu after her win at Grafton on July 19, 2009.

Mr Cornish may now resume training on April 15.

The appeals panel also dismissed an appeal against the disqualification of Missy Windy Weepu from the race.