Dogs maiden win a relief for trainer
TERRY Jordan is celebrating after racer Marco Lyndan broke its duck at the latest Lismore meeting.
The two-year-old claimed its first victory at the sixth time of asking in the North Coast Caravan Storage Maiden Stake (420m) on Tuesday night.
A strong run saw the $6.20 shot streak clear to win by more than five lengths from Faydon Force.
It was a sweet victory for the Ettrick trainer, with his runner having finished only seventh at its previous outing in Lismore in September.
"Your first win for a dog is always a special moment," he said.
"To be honest, it's more relief with this one, though.
He is a big, goofy dog and has been a bit immature.
"Some owners lose patience with their dogs if they haven't won after 10 starts, but he has shown a bit of ability.
"I kept patience with him and luckily he has got a win."
Satan Saddle captured just its third win in 32 career outings with victory in the night's big race, the $2215 635m JG Pasin Stake (635m).
The racer, trained by Ashleigh Keep at Deception Bay in Queensland, took the race by three lengths from the John Free-trained Junior Phantom.
Free will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes at the Casino meeting tomorrow.
The Fairy Hill trainer has two runners among the entrants, including Phantom Lion in the $2015 Westlawn Finance Stake (484m).
The two-year-old is one of the most experienced campaigners around, having racked up 48 placings in a 78-race career.
The headline race at the 12-card meeting is the $2600 Jim Caden Memorial Final (411m).