Brett Bellamy surges closer
LOCAL trainer Brett Bellamy went a long way towards wrapping up his first NSW Country trainer’s premiership yesterday thanks to four winners at yesterday’s NBN Community Cups meeting at Coffs Harbour.
Bellamy had the perfect start to the day by training the winners of the first three races and when Narcelo saluted in the last race on the program, Bellamy’s slender lead had turned into one that is almost impossible to overtake with only a week of racing remaining in the season.
Bellamy has had the local Northern Rivers Racing Association trainer’s premiership sewn up for months but has been locked in a battle with Scone trainer Luke Griffith and Canberra’s defending champion Nick Olive for his first country title.
Bellamy admitted yesterday that if he managed to hold on to his lead over the other trainers until the end of the week it will be a very important milestone.
“I could say it’s just another trophy on the wall but I suppose it’s something that after you’ve been in the game for a lot of years it actually means something,” Bellamy said.
“This is the whole of Country NSW not just your own area.”
The affable trainer also admitted that winning the trainer’s crown this year would be an emotional win with his father Kevin battling health problems.
Kevin is his son’s greatest supporter but the trainer admits that this week he’ll have to put emotion aside as best as he can to take advantage of the chance he and his loyal team have earned.
“It might never happen again but we’re in an opportunity where we’re close but still so far,” he said.
“It’s a long week this week and the boys behind me will be throwing everything at me as well but the winners today really helps as it means that we’re 6½ wins in front now which means that they’ve got to get seven winners to beat me.”