Jack worth the wait
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
IT is more than 20 years since Lismore trainer Neil Cormick had a really good horse in his stable.
That horse was Burrun Boy which won 16 races, including a novice in Brisbane.
Now Cormick thinks he might have found the horse to replace Burrun Boy ? a big, imposing three-year-old called Waterford Jack.
Cormick will find out just how good Waterford Jack is when he starts in the $25,000 Harvey Norman Big Maiden (1200m) at Lismore today with the Northern Rivers' premier jockey, Darron Coleman, in the saddle.
Waterford Jack is raced by Cormick and his brother Michael, their father Philip and Raymond Fittock and his son, top soccer player Adam Fittock.
"Dad and I have only raced horses before but the others wanted me to put a syndicate together and get a horse," Cormick said.
"Raymond and I went to school together and have been mates ever since. I went up to Craiglee Stud in Queensland and saw this horse and he was such a nice type we just had to have him."I organised a lease and here we are in the big maiden. We never intended aiming him at the race, it just fell in to place.
"But we are not complaining. It will be some party if he wins."
Waterford Jack is by Waterford Road, a son of champion sire Danehill and a full brother to VRC Derby winner Blackfriars, from the Zoffany mare Zofia.
Waterford Jack has raced only twice for a first-up seventh at the Gold Coast on August 3 and a third in a Gold Coast maiden on September 10.
"He was to have started at Grafton before he went to the Gold Coast but the horse played up and was scratched at the barrier," Cormick said.
"He went in to that Gold Coast race without a run for more than month and his condition gave out in the last little bit. He is a lot fitter for the big maiden."