Lismore trains winner while auction for Scott gallops on
GRAY Lismore gelding, Hope Island, returned to the winners list at Coffs Harbour yesterday.
The Daniel Bowen-trained five-year-old son of Casino Prince came from back in the field to utilise the cutaway rail to perfection for winning jockey Stephen Traecey.
Sky Thoroughbred Central's Gary Kliese called it a perfect ride, sneaking along the rail to take full advantage of the cutaway.
It was also a pickup ride for Traecey, who replaced Ben Looker, late in the day in the Sally Taylor Racing Benchmark 69 Handicap (1515m).
Traecey said Hope Island raced well.
"Took a beautiful run and the cutaway was a big help,” Traecey said.
Daniel Bowen was delighted.
"It was a nice ride,” Bowen told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
"Stephen could have gone a bit earlier but he was patient and waited and stuck to the inside.”
Hope Island has now won five of his 53 starts with 17 placings.
"He's been consistent,” Daniel Bowen added.
Has some ability but gets into trouble because of his racing pattern. Just had some bad luck, should have won eight or nine races.”
WHILE Lismore Turf Club has cancelled the fundraising auction luncheon for badly injured secretary Scott Jones, they are actioning off seven special racing packages.
Lismore Turf Club's Helen Sinclair said the racing package auction will go towards helping in the recovery their beloved and respected secretary.
"We have put together a list of the generous race day packages and are offering them under silent auction conditions,” Sinclair said.
"They are very generous and cover a range of meetings, especially The Championships.”
Sinclair said the Country Championships Final at Randwick, which has been donated by NSW Racing, is one of the packages, while four Hunter and North West Racing Association clubs - Scone, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Moree - have donated packages to upcoming Cup meetings.
There are also great Caloundra and Taree Cup packages and a two-night stay to the Peninsular at Mooloolaba.
"The items are offered under a 'silent auction' system with bids to be submitted by phone or text message,” Sinclair said.
"Highest bidder will be notified by phone at close of bidding at which time payment by credit card will be required.”
All bids are to be submitted to Helen Sinclair on 0418 201832.
Bidding for all items close 10am Monday, April 2.