Ballina Cup barriers prove a barrier for Gold Coast trainer

LEADING Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy had intended starting four horses at Ballina today but circumstances, in this case poor barriers, see him down to one starter, Florida Fellow, in the Tursa Newmarket (1000m).

Guy's two cup hopes, Platinum State and Dienekes, both drew wide as did Stuboy in the Collins Hume Benchmark 60 and all three have been scratched.

"It would be a waste of time to take them down, pointless," Guy said.

"I will have to leave it up to Florida Fellow to give us something to cheer about."

Florida Fellow, to be ridden by Jim Byrne, had been something of a Gold Coast specialist, winning seven races there until he scored over 1000 metres at Eagle Farm in March.

He was spelled after that then resumed for a last of five over 1200 metres at Doomben on August 23 on a heavy track.

However, he does have good second-up form.

Eagle Farm trainer Desleigh Forster is looking forward to seeing what top weight Easy Running (Ric McMahon) can produce first up.

The horse has not raced since April after a disappointing campaign last preparation but does have a good first-up record.

The Taree-trained Miss Wicked Wanda, a noted leader, showed she was nearing her peak with successive seconds at Taree, both over 1000 metres.

"Her last run was a really good effort," foreman Glenn Milligan said.

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