Casino jockey Kasie Stanley rode Strawbery Champane to a win in a Benchmark 55 handicap (1300m) at the Lismore Turf Club yesterday.
Casino jockey Kasie Stanley rode Strawbery Champane to a win in a Benchmark 55 handicap (1300m) at the Lismore Turf Club yesterday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Dry run is over for Forrester

LISMORE trainer John Hughes saw five-year-old mare Forrester win its first race in almost two years at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting yesterday.

Forrester ($16) took out a $15,000 class 2 handicap (1516m)

Its only other win came at Lismore in 2012, but Forrester produced a strong run, finishing two-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of second placed Albadeen ($4.40) with Lonhro's Radiance ($13) a short head back.

"She has been a bit disapointing, but a lot of it was because of wet weather tracks," Hughes said.

"Everyone thought she would be pretty good, but she dropped off, it's just one of those things I suppose.

"These last few weeks is the only time she has ever been on the dry and that's how she likes it.

"We all knew she had it, it was just a matter of getting it out of here."

"A couple of boys told me that she wanted more ground so we threw her in," Hughes said.

Hughes admits it was a gamble running the horse at the distance.

He has two horses in work at the moment, but hopes to have four or five in soon.

Jockey Raymond Spokes rode the five-year-old yesterday and when it won its first race in 2012.

"First preparation I thought she went really well," Spokes said.

"She did everything wrong to get beaten and still won the race that prep.

"This time she hasn't shown us that and I told Johnny after last start that she wasn't far away."

Local trainers Stephen Bennett, Graeme Birney and Stephen Lee also had wins yesterday.

Racing returns to the Northern Rivers on Saturday with a non-TAB meeting at Casino. There are TAB meetings at Ballina on November 1 and 3.



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