Power Quest set for fame

PATRONS who go Racing with Rhythms at Coffs Harbour this Sunday will see one of the potentially best horses in country New South Wales in action.

Power Quest, a lightly-raced four-year-old son of English Derby winner Quest For Fame, will carry top weight in the 1509m The Advertiser Benchmark 50 Handicap.

Trainer Jim Jarvis has replaced apprentice rider Brad Wallace, who won on the gelding on April 20, with senior jockey Wayne Wheatley who won’t need any lead in the saddle bags to make the 57kg weight.

From four career starts the horse has won twice, both times on his home track.

Jarvis said he only started him at his last run because there were no other suitable races and needed to test the galloper on rain-effected going.

Power Quest eventually breezed his way through the mud and while his main assignment is joining stable mate Mr Gold Fire in the field for the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup on August 5, the potential in the horse suggests better class city wins are not beyond his capability.

Meanwhile, members of the racing ‘family’ will hold a dinner tonight to pay tribute to local industry legend Colleen Underhill. Underhill is approaching her half century as a trainer and is believed to be the first female licensed in New South Wales.

“I won’t say how old she is but Colleen celebrated her birthday last Wednesday and she’s one of the truly wonderful people in the racing game,” trainer Jarvis said. “Many people have got their start in racing through her and she will do anything to help you out and it’s our way of letting her know how much she is appreciated.”



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