Maund glad to find winning form again
WEIGHT problems and the chance to go fishing are the two biggest reasons jockey Chris Maund moved to Ballina a few years ago.
He had some success in jump racing in Melbourne before moving to Toowoomba and has since returned to flat racing on the Northern Rivers.
Maund linked up with Stephen Lee in Ballina and has been back riding for the past six months.
The 33-year-old rode Ballina trainer Dennis Watling's Armida ($8) to a win in a $15, 000 maiden plate (1516m) race at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting yesterday.
"It was a slow start when I came here and I didn't get a winner for a little while," Maund said.
"I'm started to feel a bit more settled now.
"I rode over the jumps in Melbourne for David Hayes and got some good winners at Flemington and Moonee Valley.
"I did enjoy it but it was never going to be a permanent thing for me.
"It was really just weight troubles that got me into jump racing but I found my way into a good stable."
The warmer climate of the Northern Rivers has helped with his weight issues.
He can now comfortably hold his weight at 56.5 kg.
"I really like to go fishing too and my dad Ron is looking at moving here in the near future," Maund said.
"I spoke to Stephen Lee before I came here and he said he had a bit of work.
"I used that as my base and it's just happened from there."
Earlier, Cassandra Schmidt rode her first of two winners on Toshinaga ($5) in a $15,000 Class 3 Handicap.
It was the first time the four-year-old gelding has run in Lismore.
Gold Coast trainer Kelly Purdy was elated with the win.
"The trick is to get him settled early," Purdy said.
"He has always shown plenty of ability but never really lived up to it.
"I paid $1000 for him so he's been a handy little pick up."