Sport

Ballina trainer hopes for home success

EYEING SUCCESS: Ballina trainer Stephen Lee, shown here with one of his stable Urnfield, has high hopes for his four entries in races tomorrow on his home track.
EYEING SUCCESS: Ballina trainer Stephen Lee, shown here with one of his stable Urnfield, has high hopes for his four entries in races tomorrow on his home track. Jay Cronan

LONG in the tooth it may be, but Ballina trainer Stephen Lee is hopeful one of his runners tomorrow can provide him with welcome success on home soil.

Cos In Court goes for Lee in the 1610m Tintenbar General Store Benchmark 65 Handicap, the feature race at tomorrow's Ballina Jockey Club meeting.

The nine-year-old veteran is by the far the most experienced of the 10 starters in the race, having chalked up 72 career outings so far.

While he admits the bay gelding's racing days are numbered, Lee is hopeful Cos In Court can chalk up at least one more triumph before calling it quits.

"He is coming towards the end of his career," Lee said. "I think he has probably only got a few more starts (left).

"I think he may have a win or two left in him. He should be a good each-way bet."

Apprentice jockey Cassandra Schmidt will be hoping she can bring a change in fortunes for the veteran campaigner.

Cos In Court has 22 placings to its name but has not won since a victory at Port Lincoln over 1250m almost a year ago.

Lee has only been overseeing the horse for a short period, having been supplied the racer by clients in Melbourne.

He said the horse had shown it had some races left to go.

"When I saw him working, and his racing, I was encouraged," he said.

"I thought once he got a bit of a distance he might go.

"I am still fairly confident he can go well."

More than Irish, trained by Grafton's Mark Lynch, could be the best bet for punters.

After five months on the sidelines, the five-year-old placed at Ballina over 1000m on its return in September before winning at Grafton last month over 1400m.

It will be a busy day for Lee, who has four entries in the seven-race meeting.

Schmidt also will take the reins for Lee's charge GiddyupJock in the 1260m Evans Head Bombers CG&E Benchmark 55 Handicap.

The five-year-old has placed twice at the track in the last two months but has not raced further than 1200m so far in 21 career outings.

"We think he is ready for the extra distance," Lee said.

"He has been running pretty well and should be a good each-way chance."

Gates open at 10am, with the first race at 11am.



Heatwave: Temperatures reach 34 degrees, tipped to hit 43

Generic hot weather photo.

And it's only going to get hotter, folks.

Lismore man accused of murdering his son refused bail

A Lismore man will reappear in court next month to face charges of murdering his 29-year-old son.

Court hears the post mortem results have not been finalised

Guard 'heard screaming', saw Byron woman next to dead cop

epa05516083 Australian national Sara Connor (C) participates in the reconstruction of the death of a police officer at Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, 31 August 2016. Australian Sara Connor and British national David Taylor, were arrested by Bali police, and are accused of murdering a local policeman on Kuta Beach. The body of police officer Wayan Sudarsa was found with deep wounds to his head and neck on Kuta beach on 17 August 2016.  EPA/MADE NAGI

Security guard 'heard screaming', saw Byron woman next to dead cop

Local Partners

Heatwave: How to keep cool safely

WHEN the temperatures rise, we all start looking for ways to keep cool. For many of us, these tactics involve water.


Ahoy! The Wooden Boat Festival is on its way

Members of the Richmond River Rowing & Sailing Club admire Mark Pierce's boat Northbridge Junior, ahead of the 2017 Wooden Boat Festival on Australia Day. Back row, from left, is Mark Pierce, Jacqueline Heap, Commodore Phil Robbins and James Kalaf. At front, from left, is Tony Pullyn, George Renault, David Bowler, Geoff Benson and Maurice Renault.

Australia Day event a must-see for fans of timber craft

Northern Rivers murder mystery takes out award at Flickerfest

MURDER MYSTERY: Northern Rivers young actress Yasmin Honeychurch in a still from the award-wiining film In a Canefield by Emily Avila and Coralie Tapper.

Finding'little star' brought film shoot to the region.

Join the challenge to Live Life Large this Friday

Deborah and Neil Marks have been inspired by Jodie's Inspiration to Live Life Large.

Business owner's invitation to join her on Jodie's Inspiration hike

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

$13 million development pulls out of Lismore

GAME CHANGER: The $13 million proposal by Quest proposal is for a three-storey complex featuring 41 serviced apartments, 53 on-site carparks, 24-hour on-site management, a gymnasium and modern guest facilities.

'Game changer' proposal falls through

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

LAND VALUES: Figures reveal how much your property is worth

Land values in Ballina have increased over the past 12 months.

Property in one Northern Rivers town has increased by almost 14%

6 new estates to build a home on the Northern Rivers

Land estates are available now on the Northern Rivers with some stages opening up soon.

Looking for a place to put down roots and raise a family?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!