Kevin's timing: It's on the right track in Christmas Cup
KEVIN Nipperess is convinced he made the right decision to stay at home to start Good Timing in the Professional Investment Services Christmas Cup (1100m) at the Lismore races today.
Nipperess had also nominated Good Timing for the Christmas Cup (1200m) at Wyong last Wednesday, but decided not to accept.
The race was won by Mindreader in a fraction outside the track record time.
"When you look at the time the winner ran I know I pulled the right rein in staying at home to start at Lismore instead," Nipperess said.
Nipperess had considered the Wyong race because of the good form Good Timing had been showing and the big weights he has been receiving on the Northern Rivers.
He won the Ballina Newmarket in September and the Bangalow Cup at Ballina in October and had been placed at Lismore and Toowoomba.
At his last start he ran 11th to Desktop Magic in the Country Cup at Eagle Farm but lost all chance as he tried to avoid Jim Byrne, who fell in that race.
Good Timing is going back to Toowoomba on January 14 next month for a 1300-metre race.
Leading Gold Coast jockey Chris Whiteley will ride Good Timing for the first time today.
The form out of the Country Cup also points to the chances of the Gold Coast-trained Slick Operator in today's Christmas Cup.
Two starts back he ran third to Desktop Magic, beaten only a neck, after starting favourite.
He then ran 11th at Doomben on December 10 but was checked at the 800 metres and lost ground.
Grafton trainer John Shelton has put a tongue tie back on Galactical in the Australian Loan Company/Ventura Investment Management Class 2 (1300m).
Galactical was having his second race from a spell when he failed in similar company at Murwillumbah on December 12 after starting favourite.
Shelton told stewards he suspected the horse had got his tongue over the bit and would put the tongue tie back on in future starts.