One horse all it takes to star
CASINO trainer Neil Creighton has just one horse in work - Spirit Of Husson.
The Casino abattoir worker describes training as a hobby and celebrated his hobby by winning The Northern Star Benchmark 60 Showcase Handicap (1400m) at Lismore yesterday.
Creighton has punched above his weight with wins in the Casino Cup and Beef Week Cup with After Baron in 2013 and 2014.
Larry Cassidy was at his best yesterday to steer the five-year-old gelding to a third career win at start number 19.
It was Cassidy's second ride for Creighton.
"He's two for two,” Creighton said.
"He won at Doomben on another one for me. Only had the two rides.
"He's (Spirit Of Husson) had some really good races along the way and still got beaten.”
Creighton was also fearful his gelding might not race again after a recent sixth at Coffs Harbour.
"Got injured at Coffs,” he recalled.
"Hurt his leg. We didn't know if he'd race again.
"He's had a bit of bad luck but he's not finished yet.”
He returned to the track at Grafton, running ninth to Water Boy but only beaten just over two lengths at his last start.
Then he turned out yesterday to mow down his opposition .
"He deserved that,” Creighton said.
"He had the run of the race today but it's the first time he's drawn a good gate and had the right distance.
"A win like that will keep the syndicate happy anyway.”
Creighton said the win was terrific for his syndicate of owners but was unsure where he would start the horse start next.
"We're going on a holiday,” he said.
"We'll work it out when we come back.”
Meanwhile, Lismore trainer Daniel Bowen continued his Cup day successes when Malmoosa overpowered her opposition to win the $30,000 Oatens Beds 'R' Us Class 2 Showcase Handicap (1516m) at Lismore.
Bowen prepares 14 horses on the Lismore track and has trained winners at the past two Lismore Cup meetings.
Continuing that success made his day with a talented mare he hasn't had for a long while.
"She was desperately unlucky her first run for me and was unlucky the other day too,” he said of a second to Ready For Danger at Ballina.
"She had to give Ready For Danger too big a start but was right today.”
He intends keeping her around the 1500m-1600m distances and wants to find "the easiest and best race” he can for her next outing.
Kirk Matheson rode the daughter of Foxwedge and thinks she is a "pretty nice horse.”
"We always planned to be a bit more positive with her today,” Matheson said.
"We had to be positive.”