TIGHT FINISH: Skytrek taking out the recent XXXX Gold Lismore Cup ahead of Al Shameel, with a photo finish for third. Trainer Barry Lockwood returns to Port Macquarie
TIGHT FINISH: Skytrek taking out the recent XXXX Gold Lismore Cup ahead of Al Shameel, with a photo finish for third. Trainer Barry Lockwood returns to Port Macquarie Marc Stapelberg

Lismore Cup winner chasing Port Macquarie prize

BARRY Lockwood returns to Port Macquarie this week hoping to win today's $150,000 Carlton Draught Port Macquarie Cup (2000m) with his Lismore Cup-winning gelding Skytrek.

The Eagle Farm-based trainer spent nine years in Port before relocating north to Brisbane and building a successful training operation in Queensland.

It was so successful he has launched raids south in recent weeks that have netted him the Ballina and Lismore Cups with Cashing Up and Skytrek.

Skytrek also won a 1900m race at Ballina the same day Cashing Up won the Ballina Cup and Lockwood made the two-and-a-half hour trip down to Lismore three weeks later to win the $60,000 Lismore Cup with Skytrek.

That was two weeks ago.

Lockwood has Skytrek in a Port Macquarie Cup he knows will be much tougher with the likes of the Chris Waller-trained topweight Loving Home and the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott-trained Social Element running.

"It's just a matter of whether he can step up to that grade,” Lockwood said.

"He's done well since Lismore, is bright as a button.”

He's drawn well - barrier 3 - and will have Paul King aboard for the first time.

While Lockwood knows it will be a tough assignment he hopes to win a Cup he had hoped to win when he was based on the Mid North Coast.

"I cannot ever remember having a starter, actually,” he said.

"I flew down here the other day for (a) wedding ... and then drove back down with the horses today. Everyone will be thinking I'm back here.”



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