Pilling training at Ballina and racing at Coffs tomorrow
ROBERT Pilling has returned to training at Ballina after an absence of 15 years and hopes to have his first starter at Coffs Harbour tomorrow.
Pilling has one horse, Neurum Road, and his long-term goal is the Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup on September 10.
Neurum Road is due to resume in the Daniel Baker Prelude and Pilling is desperate for the meeting to go ahead.
"He needs the run," Pilling said.
"I would love to have him to the point where he would get a run in the cup because he loves Ballina but I need to win at least one more race to get his rating up.
"I doubt it will be Sunday.
"He is a good doer and usually he needs a couple of runs to get him to his top."
Pilling had a lot of success in the late 1990s with a horse called Street Data which won 13 races including one at Eagle Farm and ran another 20 placings.
Street Data was Pilling's last runner when 10th at Eagle Farm in April 2000 before he handed in his licence and moved to a property near New Italy to breed race horses.
"Worst decision I ever made," Pilling said.
"I put in five years of hard work, none of the horses were any good and I did not make any money out of it."
He went to work for his brother Andrew as a strapper before deciding recently to return to the training ranks.