Lismore owners cheer as Bancroft gets the money
FORMER Victorian galloper Bancroft ($1.80 favourite) provided a winning start for his new owners at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting on Saturday.
The four-year-old, trained by Matt Dunn, won the $15,000 Colts and Geldings Maiden Plate (1200m) in impressive fashion, beating his rivals by 1.3 lengths.
Bancroft began quickly, taking an early lead, before being challenged mid-race by He's A Wag ($8).
Matching motors into the straight, Bancroft kicked solidly for jockey Craig Franklin, going away from his rivals at the end.
Managed by Viva Racing, Bancroft has a large contingent of owners from the Northern Rivers and South-East Queensland.
Manager Mitch Lowe was delighted with the win.
"It's great to get a first-up win for the new ownership, particularly at Lismore with a number of owners involved locally," Lowe said.
"Full credit to trainers Matt and Kiera Dunn for having Bancroft ready to win after a 60-day break.
"Bancroft was probably a little vulnerable on a soft track first-up, however he was strong on the line and won with a little in hand.
"We will see how he pulls up over the next few days before setting our sights on his next race."
In other races, Lismore trainer Owen Glue had a win with five-year-old mare Mile High Madam ($11) in a Benchmark 55 Hcp (1100m).
Racing will return to the Northern Rivers with the next Lismore TAB meeting set down for March 1.