Buy was Good Timing for Ballina trainer
By STEVE SPINKS
A TIP from a mate has landed Ballina trainer Kevin Nipperess with a talented eight-year-old gelding from out of the blue.
Nipperess picked up Good Timing in November last year and he's been happy with his buy.
Good Timing, along with Volcanic Scene, Sundae Jester and Impregnable, are early favourites for the ZZZ-FM Handicap (1310m) at the Ballina Jockey Club today.
"I got him on the Gold Coast and he's had six runs for me and collected five cheques," Nipperess said.
"I spelled him after he won in Lismore (in November)."
Good Timing had been trained by John Morrissey and has won at Canterbury and Eagle Farm.
"He's also had a lot of placings at metropolitan tracks," Nipperess said.
"Ben Moore bought him on the Gold Coast and had him for six months before the syndicate disbanded.
"He advised me to buy him.
"I'm very happy with him."
The Ballina trainer said the gelding did not have a blemish on him and Nipperess is looking for a better performance from the eight-year-old after he struggled with fitness earlier this month in his first run back from the spell.
"He's a lot fitter than the first run and I'm expecting him to improve," Nipperess said.
"I'm setting him for the Byron Bay Cup in May.
"If he wins that, he's eligible to go to Sydney."
Lorna Cook will ride Good Timing after regular jockey Graeme Birney was ruled out with injury.
Birney was dislodged by Frisco's Deed at Casino last Saturday and has a broken vertebrae, which will keep him out of racing until next month.
Birney was injured in the first race. Remarkably, he raced on and fulfilled all his commitments.
Racing today starts at 12.42pm and finishes at 5pm.