Student loves a lesson on the guitar, especially from strapper Kellee Hodge.
Student loves a lesson on the guitar, especially from strapper Kellee Hodge. Trevor Veale

Racing is music to Trents ears

TALENTED horseman Trent Greentree reckons he has a bleak future as a musician.

The Coffs Harbour trainer could play a leading role at next Sunday’s ‘Racing with Rhythms Camp Quality’ race meeting but don’t ask him to strum a guitar and give you a song.

“I’ll stick to training because I can’t hold a note,” he laughed.

“But you might ask some of the other trainers or a few of the jockeys to see if they fancy themselves.”

It’s unlikely Greentree will need to enter Australian Idol to get himself known while he keeps winning races with the likes of quality mare Graciosa, who is backing up quickly from last weekend’s Gold Coast excursion in tomorrow’s Akubra Kempsey Cup at Port Macquarie.

“She ran a great race on Saturday against a hot field and finished two and a half lengths from the winner,” he revealed.

“It’s not the fault of the horse, she was beaten as it’s a big ask to come from a starting barrier so wide on the track and it took a lot out of her getting into a handy position.

“Don’t know why it is but almost every time I take one up to Queensland we end up drawn off the course . . . that’s the luck of the game, I suppose.”

However, the mare is top weight and has drawn gate three tomorrow and will have the added advantage of jockey John Keating in the saddle.

“After this I’ll send her to the paddock for a couple of weeks and then bring her back into work for the Grafton carnival,” the trainer said.

“Overall, the main mission is a start in the Coffs Harbour Cup in August.”

Greentree will be a busy lad at Coffs next Sunday with dual entry Student and Cascade entered in the Coffs Coast Advocate Benchmark 65 Handicap, unlucky Master Jaime looking for a breakthrough win in the Benchmark 60 Handicap, and the quaintly-named Dunk’N’Disorderly nominated for two races.

Another future Gold Cup candidate is also likely to start at this meeting with Jim and Kris Jarvis stepping up in distance to the 1500m Benchmark 60 with their up-and-coming stayer Power Quest.

When the son of English Derby-winner Quest For Fame won at the track last November, Jarvis predicted the gelding would join stable mate Mr Gold Fire in the city’s leading race and rival trainer Greentree couldn’t be happier.

“With my mare, Jim’s two, and a lot of really good horses stabled locally at the moment, it would be fantastic if another Coffs entry could win the race again this year,” he said.

Along with the action on the track, Coffs Harbour Racing Club has organised a massive program of music, fashion and food in aid of Camp Quality.

Park Beach Plaza will present 2010 Face of the Carnival-winner, Suzan Wilkinson, at her first official function since becoming a finalist at the Miss Universe Australia competition.

Musicians John Yarnton with three-piece Mecca and Len E Johnson with Latin jazz favourites Sofalatido, will do five sets to entertain the crowd between races.

Yarnton, who turned Coffs Music Centre into a local business institution before retirement, said he’s happy to leave the horse business to the likes of Trent Greentree, just so long as they leave the music side of things to him.

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