Pushing the envelope
IT'S as well Ballina trainer Janelle Shapter and her horses don't mind travelling.
Last Sunday she hauled Makin Love and Medaaly Gold to Gosford where Makin Love was supposed to run in the Gosford Cup.
Gosford was called off after the first race, so Shapter turned around and headed to Port Macquarie with Medaaly Gold where he ran fourth two days later after being trapped wide the whole way.
Makin Love is on the road again and will start over 2040m at Doomben today.
If he runs as well as Shapter hopes, he will then be aimed at the Armidale Cup (1900m) on March 19.
Shapter is back up to Brisbane on Wednesday with A Close Affair, which will start in a Class 3 Handicap (1660m) at Doomben.
That follows the win by A Close Affair at Ballina last Saturday.
It was a good effort considering A Close Affair was jumping from a maiden win at Lismore 11 days earlier.
"I had to do that because it is hard to find longer races for her," Shapter said.
"I would like to run her in one of those fillies and mares' races in Brisbane but they must think fillies and mares can't run further than 1200 metres. That's as far as those races are run."
The win last Saturday was Shapter's fourth in a row and the trainer was not surprised the trip south developed into a nightmare.
"I told my husband we were pushing the envelope trying for five in a row," she said.
Royalty's funny ways
DANNY Bowen heads to Doomben today with Kings Way, to be ridden by Darron Coleman, in the Class 6 Hcp (1640m).
The lightly raced eight-year-old has been in fine form this preparation with three wins and a second from his past five starts, including a close second at Doomben two starts back and a last start win at Eagle Farm.
Despite his age, Kings Way has raced only 18 times for five wins.
"The owner gave him a long time to recover from some leg problems before his first preparation," Bowen said.
"He is a funny horse. You have to be careful not to give him too much work and his races have to be spaced."
Trainers embrace Renee
FORGIVE the pun, but Lismore trainers have really embraced their new trackwork rider, Renee Stonyer.
She started work last Monday and while it will take a little while for her to ride herself into condition, trainers believe the idea is great.
"She is a lovely girl and very confident," trainer Owen Glue said.
"Renee seems happy and so are the trainers. Several of us have more horses to come into work shortly and she will get busier then."
Lismore Turf Club is paying Renee a retainer to ride six mornings a week.
Back to Woodlawn
NOMINATIONS for the Lismore Turf Club's Woodlawn College TAB reunion meeting next Saturday will close on Monday morning.