Honest mare takes out Casino Cup
COFFS HARBOUR'S Brett Bellamay will aim Frisco's Harem at the Broadwater and Ballina cups following the mare's stunning victory at the $20,000 Casino RSM Club Casino Cup (1400m) yesterday.
Frisco's Harem, who paid $13, stormed home to win by one-and-a-half lengths from Casino's Pay Day Lass and Umatrick. "She's been an honest mare for me," Bellamay said. "This is her third start back today after a run at the Ramornie and the main sprint at home.
"Today I thought she was a chance until we got the outside gate. But a few things went our way. She'll go to the Ballina and Broadwater cups depending on the weight."
The Gold Coast-trained Danefull made the early pace and pushed forward which really strung out the field. Frisco's Harem's jockey, Raymond Spokes, then manouvred the mare to the lead at the turn and cleared out from the field over the final 200 metres.
Pay Day Lass' second placing was a big effort. Trained by Casino's Leo Clapham, the eight-year-old mare was somewhat of a crowd favourite but she didn't have the finish to reel in the winner.
Pay Day Lass' performance put to bed last year's race when the mare bled going into the straight.
Unfortunately, it means Casino will have to wait a further year before a local trainer can claim the cup.
It still proved to be a successful day for Clapham despite his near miss in the feature race.
The veteran trainer picked up two winners, Neatena in the second and Goorabee in the fifth.