Misswan a chance
CASINO trainer Peter Stanley believes seven-year-old mare Misswan is returning to career-best form after a frustrating year on the track.
Misswan will line up in a benchmark 55 Handicap (1600m) in a TAB meeting at the Ballina Jockey Club this afternoon.
The six-year-old is coming off a big win in her last start, in a Benchmark 60 (1600m) at the Clarence River Jockey Club a fortnight ago.
"She is definitely a big chance," Stanley said.
"The problem with her was that I was having trouble getting a run for her and we had three four-week gaps between each race.
"I took her to Brisbane in April and she hit the fence and got knocked down.
"After that she had about half a dozen disappointing races.
"But she seems to be getting back to form."
Owner John Jacobs, formerly of Lismore, who now lives in Sydney, retains a local link by owning Barlows Bolt Barn at Ballina, which is run by his brother Geoff.
Geoff and his son Shane, both from the Ballina Bears Cricket Club, will be watching this afternoon.
The Ballina Bears Cricket Club three-year-old Country Plate (1000m) has been named after the club as part of the second annual Slipway Hotel Movember Race Day.
"They sponsor the cricket club and they were happy to name a race after us," Geoff Jacobs said.
"Shane and I have a share in one of the horses (Dudley) in our race, so hopefully it's a good omen.
"Misswan has been a bit hot and cold, but she likes a heavy track and we're hoping for something there."
John Jacobs' three-year-old gelding Dudley is also trained by Stanley.
"He is coming back from a bit of a spell and is up against a strong field," Stanley said.
"But he'll get better."