Coast trainer targets double
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
GOLD Coast trainer Kaye Tinsley plans to try for an unusual double at the Lismore Turf Club Cup Carnival with Counter Agent.
Tinsley will start the horse in the $20,000 Lismore Workers Club Rousillon Handicap (1516m) on Sunday and if the six-year-old grey races up to expectations he will back him up in the $35,000 Tooheys New Lismore Cup (2100m) next Thursday.
Counter Agent, which ran third in the Ballina Cup last Thursday, has won twice over 2000m, including the Gatton Cup in June and Tinsley has no doubt he will get the extra 100 metres of the Lismore Cup.
"That was a great run in the Ballina Cup," Tinsley said.
"He probably should have run second but ran into trouble as he was trying to get a clear run.
"The Rousillon should top him off nicely for the Cup. "I know it will be a quick back-up, but he is very fit."
Former Melbourne jockey Jamie Barnett rode Counter Agent at Ballina and has retained the ride in the Rousillon.
"Jamie has settled in very well up here and is a good rider," Tinsley said.
Ballina trainer Danny Bowen will start three horses in the Rousillon ? Sugar For Joy, Classic Frontier and Netazi ? and has a problem sorting out jockeys for the three.
His apprentice Danny Peisley is obligated to ride the Owen Glue-trained Henry Gilbert, the horse he won on in Lismore on August 28.
Peisley also rode Sugar For Joy when she rattled home from second last early to finish second behind Stars O'Gold in the Ballina Newmarket last Thursday.
"Darron Coleman has ridden Classic Frontier in every start it has had for me, but he was so impressed with Sugar For Joy's run he is wondering if he should not switch," Bowen said.
"Jasen Watkins will have the next pick but it still leaves me with having to find one more rider."
Meanwhile, talented Tamworth four-year-old Colombo is among early nominations for the Lismore Cup.
The regally-bred galloper, by Royal Academy, had won at Tamworth and Scone before rattling home for a good second behind Gold Lager in the Taree Cup on August 22.
He then went to Wyong and finished last behind Bush Honey but was out of his depth there.
Other early nominations for the Lismore Cup include the Gold Coast-trained New Trader, the Port Macquarie-trained Serpentine and the Ballina-trained Silverzam.