Gold coaster coast to cup victory
GOLD Coast-trained Danefull ran away with the Cashcard ATM Boxing Day Cup at Ballina yesterday, finishing two-and-a-half lengths to the good of the Grafton favourite Excellent Ann.
The eight-year-old black gelding, trained by Barry Bowditch and ridden by Cyril Small, found the 1400m to his liking.
Just over a week ago Excellent Ann established her credentials for Grafton trainer John Shelton, winning the 1300m Men of League Cup at Ballina, but yesterday the Gold Coaster proved he liked the holiday atmosphere at Ballina.
Constant visitor to Northern Rivers tracks, Ipswich trainer Ricky Ludwig, will continue preparing Pistol Knight for the Lismore and Ballina Cups in 2006 following a strong showing in the Lennox Point Hotel (Class 5) Hcp. (1250m) yesterday.
Pistol Knight finished just a long half-head behind Star of Tiarne, another horse prepared by Grafton's John Shelton.
Ridden by Lorna Cook, it was Pistol Knight's first start for Ludwig after a chequered career which at times showed promise of big things in Brisbane.