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Racing - Moruya, Monday Print

Plenty of spirit to go around

By Tony White

Breeding from an unraced mare can sometimes be an owner's folly but in the case of Moruya trainer Brett Jones the end result has been pleasing to say the least.

Macks Swiftly, who lines up on her home track at Moruya Monday, is by See You Yarraman out of Macks High Spirit.

Macks High Spirit was trained by Brett Jones but after three starts broke down as a maiden and was sent to the breeding barn. Macks Swiftly is her first foal.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 17:28
Lismore: A-League returns Print

Oakes Oval hosts big match

july 25 2014 Damien DuffA-League football and big name stars are heading back to Lismore.

Melbourne City will play Central Coast Mariners at Oakes Oval on Sunday, September 7.

This is the third consecutive year Melbourne City (formally Heart) has played a pre-season match in Lismore, which has been lauded by team coaches for excellent facilities and enthusiastic crowds.

The Central Coast Mariners has been one of the leading sides in the A-league competition in previous years and will hold their pre-season camp in Lismore, September 1-8.

Meanwhile, Melbourne City is one of the most exciting teams heading into the 2014 season, with world sporting giants Manchester City purchasing the club last season. The new ownership has resulted in a raft of new high-profile signings including Damien Duff (pictured), Ireland International and two-time English Premier League winner with Chelsea.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:53
Racing - Lismore, Saturday Print

It's enough to make Bennett bubbly

By Tony White

Casino hobby trainer Stephen Bennett hopes Strawberrychampane can produce a bubbly performance and add another win to her record at Lismore on Saturday.

A butcher by trade, Bennett has a couple of Benchmark races at the Gold Coast in mind for the daughter of Manner Hill and is looking for a confidence booster at Lismore.

Strawberrychampane tackles the Sidney/Hacking Plumbing Benchmark 55 Hcp (1400m) with leading Northern Rivers apprentice Jodi Worley in the saddle.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:31
Racing - Coffs Harbour, Sunday Print

No mirth as Firth eyes weight

By Tony White

A winning performance in Sunday’s $25,000 Tarraray Sawtell Cup (1500m) at Coffs Harbour would propel the Felicity Firth-trained Primed To Win into front line contention for Thursday week’s $80,000 Coffs Harbour Cup.

And while Grafton-based Firth is more than happy with the progress and well-being of her up and coming four-year-old she is far from happy with the gelding’s weight – 57kg.

“He’s terribly weighted,” Firth said steadfastly. “It’s ridiculous.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:27
Racing - Quirindi, Sunday Print

Greg Ryan has been given challenge

By Tony White

Jockey Greg Ryan’s judgement will be put to the test when he saddles up aboard Subtlety at Quirindi on Sunday.

Ryan had the choice of the three Luke Griffith runners – Subtlety, Shamalade and Run Legless – in the Qjc Members Benchmark 55 Hcp (1600m) and plumped for Subtlety.

“Greg had the choice of my three horses and wanted to ride Subtlety,” Scone-based Griffith said. “After the barrier draw he might have felt different.”

Unfortunately for Ryan and Griffith, the most successful jockey-trainer association in country racing, Subtlety drew wide in barrier 16.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:24
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