They’re off in the Evans Head Bowling Club Benchmark 64 Handicap (1610m) at Ballina.
They’re off in the Evans Head Bowling Club Benchmark 64 Handicap (1610m) at Ballina. Cathy Adams

Kirk's on the up

LISMORE trainer Owen Glue was so impressed with jockey Kirk Matheson's ride on winning filly Canshebee in the $10,000 First National/Spar Supermarket 2&3yo Maiden Plate (1010m) on Saturday that he believes the apprentice hoop can become a household name.

Canshebee won by half a length over Ballina trainer Kevin Nipperess' Bay Alert but all Glue wanted to talk about was Matheson's skills in the saddle.

"He's the biggest thing to happen to the Northern Rivers in a long time," he said.

"He could be the next Zac Purton.

"Zac has won some big races and he's in Hong Kong now.

"Matheson is very sensible for a young rider and doesn't panic."

Canshebee hit the front inside the last 100m on Saturday.

"She wasn't carving it up at the start. I knew she was saving herself for the finish," Glue said.

Glue said he planned on running his three-year-old in the $10,000 3yo Country Plate at Ballina on November 15.

Also at Ballina on Saturday, hometown trainer John Everson's five-year-old Perfect Timing won the $10,000 Evans Head Bowling Club Benchmark 64 Handicap (1610m) by half a length.

"I was worried about the horse running from barrier one because he likes to be out in the open," Everson said.

"But the jockey (Motoki Okada) pulled very wide on the straight and rode to my instructions."



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