Seamer takes Lismore ride
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
MELBOURNE Cup-winning jockey Scott Seamer might have learned his trade on Northern Rivers tracks and still live at Teven, but he rarely rides at country race meetings these days.
However, his wife Louise and one of his best friends, Aaron Randell, have convinced him to change his mind ? at least momentarily ? to ride in Lismore tomorrow.
Seamer, who has five rides at Doomben today, will ride one horse in Lismore, the Terry McCarthy-trained La Charierre in the Clarence Liquor Class 1 Handicap (1300m).
The mare was bred by Louise and is still owned by her but raced by Randell, Seamer's accountant, on lease.
"Aaron and Louise asked me to ride the mare and I agreed," Seamer said.
"However, it is the only ride I have taken and if the track is heavy she will not start.
"It is no big deal and the mare is certainly no good thing."
It is a big deal, however, for any country club to attract a Melbourne Cup-winning jockey ? especially one who lives in their midst.
Seamer won the 2001 Melbourne Cup on Ethereal, ran second on the Gerald Ryan-trained Spirit Of Tara at Caulfield last week and plans to return to Melbourne next weekend for the Flemington carnival.
It also makes up for the decision by Brisbane's premiership-winning jockey, Stathi Katsidis, to bypass Lismore.
Gold Coast trainer George Osborne had originally planned for Katsidis to ride his five starters before realising the jockey was committed elsewhere.