Bonny pair's perfect ride at Lismore
ANNE Bonny has returned to her best form after overpowering a good field on her home track at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting yesterday.
The Owen Glue-trained mare had returned to winning form at Lismore at her previous start when she won a benchmark 54 handicap on July 22.
She had beaten the Daniel Bowen-trained Hope Island by 1.36 lengths that day and beat her fellow Lismore-trained horse again with a comprehensive winner of the Lismore & District Workers Club Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400m).
Sky Thoroughbred Central's Gary Kliese and Priscilla Schmidt had nothing praise for the mare as well as Belinda Hodder's ride.
"It was a 10 out of 10 ride,” Kliese said.
Belinda Hodder had just the one ride for the day and made a winning decision to "pop out” and keep Just Truckin in a pocket.
"She's drawn a good barrier and comes out two,” she said before the race.
"She will go very close.”
She went better than that to make it win number five at her 20th start.
It was also her third win in four starts on her home track for Owen Glue who admitted she lost all form last preparation when she raced in blinkers.
He took the blinkers off this time in and it seems she is a rejuvenated horse.
"She's a real fighter, got her fight back,” he said.
"She's going better than ever this preparation.”
Daniel Bowen's Hope island lost no admirers either when he raced home late for second.
He had finished second in Saturday's Casino Cup when he was unable to get out until the race was all over.
He backed up well to notch a seventh runner-up cheque in a career that has also included three wins and seven thirds.
Meanwhile, Northern Knight could be headed towards a Highway Handicap in Sydney after he continued his unbeaten run at Lismore.
The Brett Bellamy-trained four-year-old gelding son of Bon Hoffa made it two wins in two starts when he led all the way to win the Book Your Cup Day Package Now Class 1 Handicap (1200m) in impressive fashion.
Ray Spokes rode the gelding and is the gelding's biggest fan.
"Hopefully he will keep improving,” Ray spokes told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
"It was only his fourth time in the barriers today and is just getting better and better. As long as he keeps going forward we will be happy.”
Earlier, Queensland trainers dominated the first three or four races with Gold Coast based Les Kelly and Helen Page winning the first two races with Freddie Fox Trot and Ned's Round respectively.
Murwillumbah's Darren Graham then popped up to win the Hernes Freight Service 3YO and Up Maiden (1516m) with Walk Of Shame.
A four-year-old gelding son of Love Conquers all walk Of Shame was coming off a 17 week spell and an unlucky return at the Gold Coast.
He was having his eighth start at Lismore and will benefit from the patience Graham has taken with him.