Gearing up for autumn

WITH the Easter Races now behind us, trainers are starting to gear their horses for the cooler autumn and winter months ahead.

Lismore will hold the first of this region’s Sky 2 race days today where a five race non-TAB program has been given TAB status, an extra race added and the prize money increased from $3,500 to $5,000.

The meeting will be shown on Sky 2 while larger feature meetings in Sydney and Melbourne will be on Sky 1.

Unlike the usual TAB race funding arrangements where the money received by Clubs to pay prizemoney is based on TAB turnover, which has left many Club’s including Coffs Harbour well out of pocket this year, prizemoney is guaranteed as per a non-TAB meeting.

Coffs Harbour will host one of these meetings on Saturday, June 5 and the industry will then review the format in early July before committing any further.

ONLY two horses have accepted for the Lismore meeting, both in the 1200m Maiden, Basil Ryan’s Jericho Miss and Jim Jarvis’ Ourmaizinggrace.

Further up the highway and across the border, Brett Bellamy and Trent Greentree have accepted for the 3YO Fillies Hcp over 1350m at Doomben today.

Bellamy sends up Lotsahula and Greentree has Tier in the race.

A little further south at the Gold Coast, Bellamy has dropped off Rev the Chev for the 900m Maiden dash while fellow trainer Gordon Yorke has two definite starters and a fourth Emergency on the program. In the 1400m Class 2 Hcp, Gordon has Little Pumpkin set while in the 1100m Class 5 Hcp, Pimpala Cobber should have a good chance. Cap Vilano is the 4th Emergency in the 1200m Class 1 Hcp.

Most trainers though have their eyes set on Grafton’s TAB meeting on Monday with 31 local horses accepting for the meeting.

The Yorke, Dodson and Bellamy camps have 20 runners between them so hopes are high for a repeat of Ballina’s meeting last Tuesday where Coffs trainers won half of the program.

Further into the week, it’s Ballina again on Friday and Bowraville on Saturday.

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