Scott?s winning return
By STEVE SPINKS
IT WAS a bright return to the Lismore Racecourse for Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Scott Seamer in the $25,000 Harvey Norman Lismore Big Maiden Plate (1200m) yesterday.
Seamer, who learnt his trade on the Northern Rivers and still owns and operates a Macadamia farm at Fernleigh, guided home favourite Bentley Ess to edge out October Grey and Dare To Fly.
It was a rare sighting of the jockey at the Lismore track.
Seamer usually plies his trade in metropolitan racing although he returned to ride at Lismore onboard his wife's horse last season.
"I'd like to thank Gerald Ryan for preparing a good horse," he said in his victory speech.
"He (Bentley Ess) goes quite well."
Seamer got the colt out early and then led the field into the turn before breaking away.
October Grey, trained in Toowoomba by Maryann Brosnan, finished hard but Bentley Ess held on.
The promising three-year-old will probably be taken to Brisbane for his next start.