Far Dooley ($3.50 favourite), ridden by 18-year-old Grafton apprentice Kirk Matheson, takes out the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1300m) at the Lismore TAB meeting.
Far Dooley ($3.50 favourite), ridden by 18-year-old Grafton apprentice Kirk Matheson, takes out the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1300m) at the Lismore TAB meeting. Jay Cronan

A winner, highly strung or not

FOUR-YEAR-OLD gelding Far Dooley ($3.50 favourite) continued to make the Lismore track his own with victory in the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1300m) at the TAB meeting there yesterday afternoon.

The gelding has now won its past four starts in Lismore.

Far Dooley ($3.50 favourite) finished three-and-a-half lengths ahead of Mot De Passe ($5) with You've Gottaloveit ($5.50) another three-quarters of a length back third.

Lismore trainer Owen Glue was not surprised by the result.

"He's highly strung, but he runs well on his home track," Glue said.

"He knows every blade of grass out there.

"Unfortunately he's a bad traveller and you can see how much better he is at Lismore."

Grafton apprentice Kirk Matheson enjoyed the run.

"He didn't seem highly strung or anything," Matheson said.

"Once he hit the lead we were able to stay there."

Earlier, Ballina trainer Kevin Nipperess had five-year-old gelding Kid In Town ($13) take out the Maiden Plate (1400m).

"He had four starts in Hong Kong and he didn't seem up to it," Nipperess said.

"It's funny. When he first came over here his name was New Kid In Town.

"But there was already a horse in Melbourne with that name. So now he's just Kid In Town."

Nipperess expects big things from the horse in the coming months.



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