Coffs Harbour trainer Anthony Honess says the late Col Richards was his best mate.
Coffs Harbour trainer Anthony Honess says the late Col Richards was his best mate. Debrah Novak

Summer Song ready to lift Richards family at Lismore races

EMOTIONS are certain to come to the fore if four-year-old mare Summer Song can win at Lismore on Saturday.

Prepared by Anthony Honess at Coffs Harbour, the daughter of Sebring is raced by Gainsborough Lodge, in the estate of the late well known owner-breeder Col Richards, who passed away on May 11 this year.

He was not only Honess's major client but the pair developed a close relationship over many years.

"Col was not only like my best mate but a father figure too," Honess said.

"We developed a real bond.

"It was a very sad day when he died.

"I was actually the last person he talked too and it's fantastic Col's daughter Melinda is carrying on his legacy both with the stud and racing stock."

Summer Song lines up in the Frigid Air Class 1 and Maiden Handicap over 2000m.

The mare has been racing most consistently of late.

Two starts back she broke through winning a Class1 and Maiden Plate over 1900m at Kempsey on a heavy eight on June 26.

Last time out the mare ran home late when runner-up to Elegies over 2050m in a similar event at Gunnedah on July 10.

"It was a very bad ride at Gunnedah and she should have won," Honess said succinctly.

"Somehow she was trapped three and four wide throughout in a seven horse field.

"That won't be happening on Saturday.

"She'll go forward early and be in the first three or so.

"You need to be on pace at Lismore.

"She's done very well since Gunnedah, is showing no signs of training off and it does look a winnable race.

"She likes heavy tracks, gets in with a 2kg claim and I can't put any negatives on her."

Summer Song will be ridden by apprentice Kaylee Kirkwood.



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