Busy day expected for Coffs races

On track: Daniel Baker Memorial winner Lifeboat will be racing in tomorrow’s Tamworth Cup.
On track: Daniel Baker Memorial winner Lifeboat will be racing in tomorrow’s Tamworth Cup.

WHILE most local trainers are gearing up for Tuesday’s TAB meeting here in Coffs Harbour, where 49 locals have accepted in the 8-race program, a few will have other things on their mind this weekend.

In particular Trent Greentree who heads up to Tamworth tomorrow with Graciosa in the $60,000 Tamworth Cup which is run over 1400m.

It’s a good quality race and last year’s Coffs Harbour Gold Cup hero Legendary Man and Daniel Baker Memorial winner Lifeboat are also lining up.

Greentree has the experienced Glenn Lynch on board and should have a good chance if he gets the run.

Also heading over the range in Brett Dodson with Montanus in the Benchmark 70 Hcp over 1200m and Must be You in the Benchmark 65 over 1400m. Raymond Spokes takes both rides.

Of course today also sees the Nambucca River Jockey Club’s last meeting of the season and they are finishing in style with a charity day, raising much needed funds for the Macksville Hospital Maternity Section and the Nambucca Valley Cancer Support Group.

Coffs trainers have 11 horses running on the program including a few from Gordon Yorke, Joe Janiak, Brett Bellamy and Trevor Hardy.

On Monday, Greentree heads south to Taree with Master Jamie in the 1614m Benchmark 65 Hcp and Jim Herriot joins him in the race with Silent War.

Then it’s back for Coffs on Tuesday.

As the stand alone meeting in NSW and with some good quality fields, the Club is looking for a strong turnover performance on the TAB this time out.

The past few meetings have had very poor turnover and have cost the Club dearly, so it would be great to see things turn around on Tuesday.

Gates open at noon with the first race at 12.45pm. It’s an 8-race card followed by two barrier trials.

Further ahead, Jim Jarvis has two nominated for Doomben on Wednesday and then at Armidale and Murwillumbah on Anzac Day.