Coffs Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis will be saddling up plenty of his horses.
Coffs Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis will be saddling up plenty of his horses. ROB WRIGHT

Locals on northern raid

BRISBANE racing will be raided today by Coffs Harbour stables with three top chances in the fourth race alone.

Trevor Hardy will saddle up favourite and last start Eagle Farm-winner Symposium, Brett Bellamy has Fiori engaged while Promontory will spearhead the three-horse contingent supplied by Jim Jarvis.

“There’s a big difference between Coffs and Brisbane racing and while Trevor’s horse has already proved he’s up to the task, don’t write my bloke off completely,” Jarvis warned.

“At his first run back at the Coffs meeting he went out with a fuller figure, similar to mine, and the girl (apprentice Gabrielle Coleman) had a bit of difficulty in the run.

“And while he was still a bit fat last week, he’ll go out a much fitter horse now.

“This is a winnable race on his best form having won already at the Gold Coast where it’s always hard to get one home.”

Jarvis will start Desireux in a fillies and mares quality which may be one of her last runs before retiring to stud.

But the trainer has a healthy respect for last race engagement, The Annihilator, with chances strengthened once apprentice Michael Palmer uses his allowance to put the gelding under the minimum weight.

“This bloke is another to win at the Gold Coast but he doesn’t get much luck drawing outside alleys all the time,” Jarvis remarked.

“Last start he was drawn so wide the jockey picked up a steak and kidney-special from the pie cart man as he went past, but with the inside gate today, let’s say I give him a pretty good chance.”

In recent weeks, Jarvis has experienced the highs and lows or racing.

Handy mare Passed In Twice is almost certain to retire after suffering a bleeding attack from both nostrils when racing at Grafton in February and, while classy Power Quest returned to the winner’s list on the same program, the gelding suffered another setback after picking up a hoof injury. “Passed In Twice may go to the same stallion as Desireux – Khyber Pass, a son of Danehill – and that’s the chance you take with racing mares,” Jarvis said. “Power Quest is a different story and we’ll just be patient to bring him along.”

Meanwhile, Jarvis has the inside information on the reasons behind the non-appearance of comeback jockey Nick Mehmet at Coffs Harbour trackwork.

The former star Victorian apprentice announced at the last local race he was shifting operations to the North Coast but since that day, nothing has been heard.

“Nick got his riding licence back with no problem and he’s coming to Coffs... one day,” the trainer chuckled.

“Unfortunately, he decided he’d go to the rodeo and do one more bull ride before heading north.

“Not only did the bull dump him but the animal took a set against him, too.

“If he didn’t pig-root all over Nick and step on him a dozen times... He’s just a bit sick and sorry at the moment and somewhat unwell.”



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