By STEVE SPINKS
IT'S been a long time since Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Scott Seamer has ridden on the Northern Rivers.
However, the Fernleigh local showed he still knows the way to the Lismore Turf Club after he rode La Charriere to victory in the Clarence Liquor Class 1 Handicap (1300m) yesterday.
It was the only ride Seamer had during the Northern Rivers Sporting Clubs' race day and the enthusiastic crowd appreciated the effort.
Seamer judged the race to perfection to overtake She Nags (Graeme Birney) in the final stages to take the win.
She Nags, the Big Maiden winner on Lismore Cup day, was second, with Stormy Treason (Garry Baker) third.
Seamer rode La Charriere as a favour to his wife Louise and friend Aaron Randell.
The four-year-old brown mare is owned by Louise, but raced by Randall.
Ballina-based trainer Terry McCarthy was pleased with the victory. "She's had 14 starts and been really consistent without winning," McCarthy said."She's been running on the Coast in a better class of race.
"For example the horse that beat her last start ran third in Brisbane."
McCarthy decided to send La Charriere to Lismore to get her confidence up. "They need a win every now and then to fire them up," McCarthy said.
"It was good to get Scotty to ride today; he did it because his wife owns the horse.
"Scott used to ride for us when we were in Glen Innes."
With Seamer now owed a favour, McCarthy indicated he would try repay him.
"We'll see what we can do," McCarthy laughed.
Seamer backed up for Lismore after having five rides at Doomben on Saturday.
He rode Milady Clang to victory in the third and took Golden Fox to second in the sixth.
Seamer won the 2001 Melbourne Cup on Ethereal and plans to return to Melbourne this week for the Flemington Carnival.