It's carnival time

PAST winner Hugh Bowman and South African champion Jeff Lloyd will head up an impressive list of leading jockeys riding at the 2008 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Gold Cup meeting on Thursday.

Takeover Target's jockey Jay Ford and outstanding apprentice Tye Angland are among other top Sydney-based riders booked for rides at the three-day Coffs Harbour Cup carnival that begins tomorrow and continues on Tuesday and Thursday.

Bowman will return to Coffs Harbour in a bid to win the $70,000 Coffs Harbour Cup for a second time following his 2001 success on the Gerald Ryan-trained stayer Danyon.

It may be a case of deja vu for Bowman on Thursday as he is set to ride another Ryan-trained galloper Striking Victory in the Cup.

Lloyd, the former South African champion who has enjoyed great success since he settled in Sydney eight months ago, will be making his first visit to Coffs Harbour.

The 46-year-old international star will be aiming to repeat his success at the recent Grafton Cup carnival where he won the $160,000 feature race on Art Success at his first ride on the track.

Jay Ford is looking forward to riding over the carnival and spending time with Takeover Target's Coffs Harbour-based trainer Joe Janiak who has returned home after his latest overseas travels with his champion sprinter.

The Brisbane riding contingent will be led by Coffs Harbour-product Glen Colless, who is eager to break his Coffs Harbour Cup drought since his last win in the feature race in 1991.

Entries for the $70,000 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Cup closed yesterday with the Coffs Harbour Racing Club expecting a positive response from leading stables after deciding to reduce the distance of the feature race from 2300m to 1600m.

The $350,000 carnival starts tomorrow with the running of the Sawtell Cup.

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