ON TRACK: Top Coffs Harbour jockey Matthew Bennett will try to add a Bellingen Cup to the trophy cabinet at Bowraville today. Photo: Leigh Jensen.
ON TRACK: Top Coffs Harbour jockey Matthew Bennett will try to add a Bellingen Cup to the trophy cabinet at Bowraville today. Photo: Leigh Jensen. Leigh Jensen

Cool Dragon hot tip for Bellingen Cup at Bowraville

WHILE he appears to be harshly treated at the weights, Kempsey gelding Cool Dragon will have plenty of supporters who think he can win today's Bellingen Cup at Bowraville.

A last start maiden winner at Coffs Harbour, the Eddie Yabsley-trained galloper will be ridden by Matthew Bennett, who was aboard when Cool Dragon won at Coffs on Melbourne Cup day.

He carried 59kg on that occasion and has the same weight in a much tougher race.

Main rivals Grey Dazzler and Batar Girl have multiple wins on their records but the ease of Cool Dragon's win on November 4 brings him right into calculations, particularly after drawing the inside gate.

A huge crowd is expected at the Nambucca River Jockey Club meeting, where it's expected a tribute will be paid to mark the passing of Test cricketer Phillip Hughes.

The young batsman was a frequent visitor to the racecourse, in company with mates from Bowraville Tigers and Macksville Sea Eagles, when visiting family back home.

Meanwhile, Coffs Harbour will race this Friday, December 5.

It will be the final North Coast Men of League race day for 2014 and president Peter Barrett is tipping a huge turnout.

"I've been getting around the crew to get them involved and it's going to be a great day," he said.

Book now with Coffs Harbour Racing Club.



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