One more for the Road

FORMER Lismore Turf Club vice-president Neville Farmer would have had a smile on his face yesterday.

Especially as a Lismore horse claimed the race named in his honour, the Cassella Wines Neville Farmer Memorial Handicap (1300m).

Capilano Road, the gelding The Northern Star helped find a surrogate mother for a few years ago after his mother died giving birth, steamed home over the final 200 metres to haul in Ballina's Lightning Hill and Henavari.

Farmer, who died in October last year, is a local racing legend who was well-known throughout the Northern Rivers.

This was the first time the race had been run in his honour.

Trained by Owen Glue and based at the Lismore Racetrack, Capilano Road also had a family connection with Farmer.

His brother, Athol Farmer, helped raise the four-year-old when he was a foal.

Nicknamed Saleyards because its owners - Kevin Cocciola, John Anderson and Gill Crawford - all met at the Lismore Saleyards, Capilano Road has built up a cult following in Lismore judging by the happy crowd after it stormed home.

Cocciola also thanked Lee Crowther and Bernie Sullivan for their contributions with the young gelding.

It has been mentioned that Capilano Road could be a potential Lismore Cup starter in years to come and Cocciola didn't rule it out.

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