Coffs race winners put smiles on faces after long droughts
THEY say all good things come to those who wait.
The old adage is particularly relevant in racing with patience sometimes taking a long time to be rewarded.
So spare a thought for the connections of gallopers Koodlydoe and Carotsa who waited a combined total of 50 starts before breakthrough wins at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.
Koodlydoe could only boast two third placings from 26 starts before jockey Matthew Paget brought the Patinack Farm cast off down the outside of the field to collar locally-trained Meet Harry in the shadows of the post.
One race later, it was the turn of Carotsa to break a run of 22 outs when the mare put her nose in front under the persuasion of veteran rider Stephen Traecey.
Prior to her overdue win, Carotsa had filled the runner-up stall on three occasions and owner Michael Beattie, CEO of Clarence River Jockey Club, punched the air with excitement when the number went into the frame..
Her win was the first leg of a winning treble for jockey Traecey.
The elder statesman of Northern Rivers Racing will discuss his outstanding career in The Coffs Coast Advocate this Wednesday.