It?s all in the family
By STEVE SPINKS
THERE'S nothing like keeping it in the family.
Just ask Murwillumbah's Barry Plater and Evans Head's Peter O'Rourke.
The race horse owners claimed their second consecutive $20,000 Lismore Workers Club Sky Channel Gold Rousillon Handicap (1400m) at the Lismore racecourse yesterday.
Grafton-based gelding Sircolo, ridden by Port Macquarie jockey Peter Graham, won from top-weight Umatrick and the Ballina-based Good Timing.
Sircolo is a full brother of last year's winner High Octave.
Both horses are owned by Plater and O'Rourke and trained at Grafton by John Shelton.
"We bred him and we raced his grandmother, Tirau Tammy," Plater said.
"She won as a two-year-old on a Grafton Cup day and a Ramornie in 1982.
"We raced her daughter Bold Tammy as well."
The brothers, High Octave and Sircolo, continue to prove themselves locally.
"They were trained by Garry Rafter up here on the Gold Coast," Plater said.
"But he went on to other things so we had to look for another trainer and we picked John (Shelton).
"He's had them since June last year and I think that's 15 victories now."
Shelton was impressed with Sircolo yesterday, especially after the going proved a little tough for the grey during the Newmarket on Ballina Cup day on September 8.
"He's happier on the firmer tracks," Shelton said after the race.
"I thought he could win; he's a lovely horse."
Even though the winner of the Rousillon is given an exemption to the Lismore Cup on Thursday, Shelton said he wouldn't be trying the five-year-old over the 2100 metres.
"We'll probably target his next race in Brisbane," Shelton said.