Precise draw 'perfect'
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
LISMORE Turf Club has expanded its cup meeting tomorrow from seven to eight races with the Rating 64 (1100m) to be run in two divisions.
Club officials were delighted with the response from owners and trainers when final acceptances were declared yesterday.
The XXXX Gold Lismore Cup has a field of 17 which includes three emergencies, with Precise Timing, aiming to win successive Lismore cups, drawing barrier one.
"Perfect," was how trainer Ross Stitt described the draw.
"Robert (Thompson) can take a position anywhere from there because of that lovely long straight run down the back."
Second top weight Carael Boy has barrier seven while Ballina Cup winner Felixtrinidad, to be ridden by Joshua Jones, will start from barrier four.
Felixtrinidad is one of three horses that Stephen Lee has accepted with.
His other two cup runners will be Song Time (Peter Graham) and Lost Weekend (Chantelle Johnson).
Port Macquarie trainer Pat Quinn moved quickly to ensure that Allan Robinson was available to ride Best View (barrier three) in the cup.
He booked Robinson even before nominations closed.
Best View was ridden by Bobby El-Issa when third in the Ballina Cup after jumping slowly.
The two divisions of the Rating 64 will be run as races two and three, with the first division the Mary Gilhooleys Irish Pub and the second the WHK Rutherfords.
Ballina trainer Kevin Nipperess has elected to by-pass the cup with I'm So Democratic and settle on the easier Casella Wines Neville Farmer Memorial.
Neil Paine is coming from Sydney and I'm So Democratic is one of his six rides and one of his three for Nipperess.
The Ireland Honda Big Maiden has attracted a field of 18 including four emergencies with William Pholi snapping up Robert Thompson to ride Bless You Darby.
He has started six times for four placings including thirds at Ballina, Grafton and the Gold Coast in June and July before a seventh in a field of 17 at Eagle Farm on August 15.
The first race tomorrow, the Ice Break / Optus World Maiden will start at 1.25pm and the last, the West Lawn Finance/Forest Enterprises, Rating 62, will be run at 6.02pm.
Free buses will run in a continual loop from the city centre to the race course and return from midday.