The son of a gun
By Steve Spinks
Was a Star born yesterday?
A son of Octagonal, Octagonal's Star, was the talk of the course as he broke through for his first victory in the third event, the Singh Farm Supplies Maiden Plate (1200m), at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting.
Octagonal is one of Australia's most- loved race horses, probably best known for his 1995 WSCox Plate victory.
He has since become a leading sire and has produced a number of well-credentialled gallopers, including Lonhro.
In only his second run, Octagonal's Star turned sixth into the straight before powering home to overhaul Grafton duo Hi Gerry and Handy Red.
The horse is trained by Eagle Farm's Lyle Plumb, who was a leading trainer with Crown Casino in Melbourne for many years.
He has since split with the high-powered syndicate and started his own stable in Queensland.
Plumb's 15-year-old son, Ryan, was the apprentice jockey on Octagonal's Star yesterday.
"He's (Octagonal's Star) very green," Ryan Plumb told The Northern Star.
"He was jumping and pulling all over the place and it wasn't until late that he settled and his stride lengthened that he came good."
With the youngster on board, the three-year-old gelding carried 54kg because he could drop 3kg with the apprentice allowance.
Plumb has been riding competitively for only four months and is keen to travel to Northern Rivers meetings.
This was his first ride in a month after he broke his wrist in a training accident.
With his Dad a well-known and respected figure around the track you could be forgiven for thinking Ryan has it easy?
Not so, according to the teenager.
"It's really good to work for him," Plumb said.
"But it's tough work being up early every morning and then travelling on top of that to ride.
"Sometimes he goes easy on me and he always goes over my races with me and always offers advice."
Maybe two stars were born in Lismore yesterday.