JESS TOO GOOD: Trainer Charlie Northfield with Knocka Jess after claiming victory at Lismore.
JESS TOO GOOD: Trainer Charlie Northfield with Knocka Jess after claiming victory at Lismore.

Comeback beats odds

PERSEVERANCE is paying off for Charlie Northfield after one of his charges racked up another notable win at the most recent Lismore race night.

Knocka Jess underlined her reputation as one to watch on the region's tracks with victory in the $1750 Lismore Buccaneers Touch Stakes (420m) at Tuesday's meeting.

It was a fifth win from 10 outings for the two-year-old, whose racing career was thrown into doubt when she was seriously injured during her maiden race last year.

Stratheden trainer Northfield said he had been pleasantly surprised by the successful return of his charge.

"I must admit, I didn't hold out too much hope for her coming back," he said.

"You get a lot of dogs that do not make it, so it is pleasing when they come back."

The brindle racer spent eight months on the sidelines after breaking three bones in a foot while winning her maiden race at Casino in May last year.

After returning in January, the racer has racked up some impressive results, including a hat-trick of wins in a week at Armidale and Lismore.

On Tuesday Knocka Jess impressed from box eight to win by half a length from $2.60 favourite Bralyn Bop Bop at the Colemans Point track.

"She doesn't like being in the middle much," Northfield said. "She has lost that half-a-second of speed, which most dogs cannot afford to lose. She seems to have coped well though.

"I'm not holding out too great a hope for her but it is great to see her back."

Northfield only has a single entry in tomorrow's 12-race Casino-meeting.

Experienced campaigner Erin Norris has its 50th outing in the $1645 484m Charcoal Inn Stakes.

While the two-year-old is a handy bet, the smart money could be on rival Playful Elly.

The three-year-old has 18 placings from 35 starts and has secured a podium finish in four of its last five outings.

Racing starts at 12.12pm.



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