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Double attack as Lee chases first Lismore cup win

Ballina trainer Stephen Lee is aiming to win his first Lismore cup tomorrow
Ballina trainer Stephen Lee is aiming to win his first Lismore cup tomorrow Matthew Elkerton

STEPHEN Lee has never won a XXXX Gold Lismore cup but tomorrow may mount a two pronged attack with top weight Anton En Avant (Ryan Wiggins) and Scotty Be Gotti (Luke Rolls).

They are among the 15 final acceptors for the $50,000 cup, run over 2100 metres and the last race on the eight event program.

However there is no certainty that Anton En Avant will start now that he has been elevated to top weight with 60kgs after the first three horses in the weights were not declared acceptors.

"He is only a little horse and I am not going to run him with that weight from barrier 12 if the track is heavy,” Lee said.

"I would like to start him to support the club but the horse's welfare has to come first so I will also accept with him at Eagle Farm on Saturday then wait and see what happens with the weather and the track rating.

"Scotty Be Gotti will definitely start and the plan will be to try and lead with him.

"He will handle any sort of conditions.”

Scotty Be Gotti led all the way when he won over 1800 metres at the Gold Coast last month.

The Workers Club Rousillon (1516m) and a new race on the program, the Hernes Freight Services Untamed Sprint (1200m) drew 10 acceptors each although the field for the Rousillon is now down to nine with the scratching of the top weight Aomen.

Lee will run Ballina Newmarket winner Hydrazine in the Untamed with Luke Rolls to ride him.

"He will love the conditions,” Lee said.

The Untamed is an interesting race with the Matthew Dunn trained Red Bowers, the Victorian trained Love And Lies and the Gold Coast trained pair Nakanai and Saint Hugo all in good form.

Then there is the Armidale trained Not Wanted which strung together five wins and four placings from 10 starts last preparation.

The horse, prepared by Armidale course curator Warren Gavenlock, will be resuming from a freshen up and has had two trials to prepare for this.

Jeremy Sylvester and Tegan Harrison will join forces again with Collar in the Rousillon.

This trainer-jockey combination won last year's Ballina cup with Collar, the 2014 Lismore cup with Uno Five and last year's Lismore cup with Plutorius.

Queensland trainer Pat Duff made the decision to by-pass the cup with Abu Ben Adam and run the giant grey in the Rousillon with Skye Bogenhuber to ride him.

Abu Ben Adam was an automatic qualifier for the cup after winning the cup prelude over 1516 metre last month and Duff decided to stick to that distance after he failed in the Ballina cup.

The cup race is set down for 5.10pm.



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