Big fields for a Small day

A RECORD 108 entries were taken for the five-race Casino Racing Club card this afternoon.

Among them is Bayside, a runner with much interest.

Bayside will start in the 16th running of the Bob Small Bridle (1400m), amemorial to the late Casino trainer.

A four-year-old mare by Tobougg, Bayside has won only one race – the 2009 Bob Small Bridle.

Adding to the theatre, Bayside will again be ridden by Bob Small’s son Cyril and is trained by Cyril’s wife Lynlea on the Gold Coast.

Cyril Small has an affinity with the race named after his father, having won it three times.

But he doesn’t see himself adding to the tally today.

“Sixteen alley doesn’t help much,” Small said.

“It will be a big effort, the chances aren’t great but we are certainly gunning for it.”

The first running of the Bob Small Memorial in 1994 produced a fairytale like only racing can.

Bob Small was a trainer and breeder and the last horse he ever bred was a gelding called Good Memory.

Before the passing of Bob Small, Cyril and Lynlea bought part of Good Memory and sent it to Bob’s other son, Warren, to train.

As history will show, the first running of the Bob Small Memorial was won by a four-year-old Good Memory, trained by Warren Small, ridden by Cyril Small and part-owned by Lynlea Small.

Almost unbelievable, but true. 

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