Everson bounces back at Ballina

By STEVE SPINKS

FOR Ballina horse trainer John Everson, pictured, the game just keeps on going.

Two-and-a-half months ago, Everson was a shattered man after his Queen Elizabeth Stakes chance, Arena Valadora, was forced to scratch after the plane scheduled to transport the horse to Melbourne for the Cup carnival broke down.

It was a bitter blow to Everson, who was going to be experiencing his first outing as a trainer at Flemington.

Fast forward to the present and that experience is but a distant memory as he prepares Dr Neeson for his second run at today's Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting.

"Oh God, yeah," Everson chuckled.

"I've forgotten about it. We're getting ready for the next start."

Dr Neeson will have his first start for Everson in the Half Mile Creek Wines Maiden Plate (1000m) ? race two.

"He's had one start and he came fourth in a field of 11," Everson said.

"He led right to the post but got caught on the line.

"We bought him then and kept a share along with Greg Russell, Brian Field and Greg Campbell ... so we're all local."

Everson believes the three-year-old will develop into a stayer because of his quiet nature after he has had a few sprints under his belt.

Dr Neeson was bred in New Zealand by Price Bloodstock.

There are eight races scheduled for today starting from 1.30pm.



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