Dictatorship gets democratic chance for next victory

DICTATORSHIP has shown Stephen Bennett he has that winning ability - now it is time to prove it again.

The eight-year-old heads a five-strong field for the $6000 900 2LM Class Two Handicap (1010m) at Ballina's Boxing Day meeting.

Bennett was thrilled after the bay gelding triumphantly returned from almost two years on the sidelines, at Tabulam last month.

The Casino trainer is now hoping his charge can make it back-to-back wins with more success at the Racecourse Rd track on Thursday.

"I wish he could race at Tabulam every day," he said.

"I wasn't too surprised he got the win. He looked good in the work we've done with him.

"It was a relief to see him come back and win like that."

The horse had a handful of starts under Scott Aspery at Warwick Farm before sustaining a nasty foot problem.

He was sent for treatment with Aspery's Fairy Hill-based father, where he caught Bennett's eye earlier this year.

After leasing the horse, Bennett spent several weeks working back to country racing standard.

His hard work was rewarded with Dictatorship's triumph at Tabulam - his first meeting in 99 weeks.

"He is a nice horse and well bred," Bennett said. "I looked at him and thought he was worth a challenge.

"I thought it was a case of picking the right race and building up his confidence again.

"We could do with a couple of drops of rain before the meeting as he prefers the softer ground.

"I think he has a chance of going well, whatever the conditions."

Five races are on the card and action starts at 2pm.

Gates open at 12.30pm.

Meanwhile, acceptances for this Sunday's meeting at Murwillumbah were due out this morning.

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