Jockey hopes on Qld raider
QUEENSLAND raider Seen Im is poised to propel jockey Lyle Finlay back on to the winners’ list and revive memories of the late Pat Quinn in the $20,000 Casino RSM Club Beef Week Cup (1400m) today.
Prepared by Sandra McCormack at Beaudesert, the in-form six-year-old gelding will be ridden by Finlay, relicensed only recently after spending about 15 years inthe racing wilderness.
McCormack, who spent many years as foreman for Pat Quinn in Sydney, and husband Wayne purchased the galloper last year shortly after Quinn, then based at Port Macquarie, died after an accident at Canterbury races in August.
And Seen Im heads to Casino with outstanding form lines.
Two starts back the gelding beat smart New Zealand mare Wealth Princess over 1200m on the Sunshine Coast on May 9.
Wealth Princess, in line for a start in the$1 million Stradbroke, lowered the colours of boom Sydney galloper Jerezana in the Group Three $150,000 Glenlogan Park Stakes at Doomben last Saturday.
Seem In then ran a great third, beaten less than a length, to Pertinence and Age Of Heroes over 1350m at Doomben on May 15.
“He certainly hasn’t gone backwards since Doomben, he’s ready to rock and roll,” McCormack’s foreman husband Wayne said.
“We’re expecting him to race very well.”
Finlay, who had a good association with the Bruce McLachlan stable before his lengthy departure from racing, had been riding trackwork in Queensland before gaining a barrier trial licence to partner Doomben 10,000 contender Albert The Fat.
He was later licensed to compete in races.
“Lyle has worked hard to get his weight down, riding a bit of work for us, and Sandra and I said we’d throw him on one when the opportunity arose,” Wayne McCormack said.
“He hasn’t ridden a winner yet but we’d love for him to break through on Seen Im.
“He’ll do the job, I’m sure.
“The form around Seen Im is very strong, particularly with Wealth Princess.
“Since we’ve had him with us, his only fair run was in the Weetwood (Toowoomba, April 15).
“He’s a thorough gentleman, a pleasure to work with. We’re not geniuses but we have the horse happy and he’s racing accordingly.
“If you look through his form his best is on dead to slow surfaces. He’s never won a good track.
“It looks like the track will be rain-affected. That suits us fine.”