Court Award rests up for Magic Millions
CLASSY colt Court Award and his trainer Kevin Nipperess are both headed for a holiday after the horse runs in the Pipeline Constructions Two Year Old at the Ballina Jockey Club today. Nipperess only decided to run Court Award because the meeting was at his home track. "It is only a matter of walking him out of his box and into the tie up," Nipperess said. "It will not do him any harm. Then he will go to the paddock for two months and I am going to take a holiday as well." When the horse and trainer return from vacation they face a busy schedule which will include time in Sydney and then a planned bid to win the $1 million Magic Millions for three-year-olds on the Gold Coast. "I want to take him back to Sydney and see how he measures up down there again," Nipperess said. "If I am to push on towards the Magic Millions I have to know he can shape up to that company. Plus we need to win more prize money with him or he won't qualify." Court Award became the target of several bids to buy the colt after his runaway win at Ballina in May and his luckless fourth with top weight on a heavy track at Canterbury last month. Then he went to Doomben on July 14 and ran eighth, as favourite, after being hampered for much of the trip by a horse on his inside laying out on him. The last two runs have convinced Sydney jockey Neil Paine that Court Award could be the horse to rocket him back into the big time. Paine, who survived a horrific fall in a barrier trial at Dubbo two years ago, will fly to Ballina to ride Court Award. He has been aboard the colt at his last two starts. "Neil has told me he does not plan to let the horse out of his sight," Nipperess said. "He thinks he is the real deal and Neil has ridden some pretty good horses." Paine is one of the leading track work riders for Gai Waterhouse and is constantly entrusted, because of his experience, to put the stars of her stable through their paces. Meanwhile, Lismore Turf Cub officials are delighted with nominations for Saturday's meeting which will feature the Truckies Long Haul over 3000m. Eighty horses have been nominated for the five races including 13 for the Long Haul from stables south to Port Macquarie, north to the Gold Coast and inland to Bingara and Toowoomba. "This justifies out decision to increase prize money to $6000," club secretary Michael Timbrell said. The Truckies Long Haul, the second longest race in country Australia, was run for the first time last year.