WHIPS ARE CRACKING: Action down the straight from a race at a previous Evans Head Cup meeting.
WHIPS ARE CRACKING: Action down the straight from a race at a previous Evans Head Cup meeting.

Penny drops on Sovereign

CUPS winning trainer John Everson has an interesting addition to his stable in Singing Sovereign, which will make his Northern Rivers debut in the Evans Head Bowl-ing Club Evans Head Cup at today’s matinee TAB meeting at Ballina.

The horse was sent to him by Ian McCauley, who owned Everson’s 2004 Lismore Cup winner Arena Valadora.

McCauley and Everson’s wife Vicki are cousins.

“Ian had high hopes for this horse and Peter Moody, who trained him before me, sent him to Brisbane for the Queensland Cup,” Everson said.

“‘However, he ran seventh and Ian was so disappointed he rang me and said he was not sending him back to Victoria and would I like to take him.

“I jumped at the chance.

“He is a big, strong horse and obviously a stayer.

“And there is not a thing wrong with him.

“He is as sound as a bell.

“I don’t know that he can win this race first up but I certainly think he will run a big race.”
Everson’s immediate missionfor Singing Sovereign is the Ceb Barnes Plate (2400m) at Eagle Farm next month.

“However, that will depend on what he does in his next couple of starts,” Everson said.

Peter Graham, who rides Singing Sovereign today, will be instructed to let the horse settle then come home.

“He has a nice finishing sprint for a stayer,” Everson said.

Before coming north from Victoria, Singing Sovereign won a 2000m maiden at Donald, over 2400 metres at Pakenham and over 3000 metres at Sandown in Melbourne in Nov-ember last year.

Valuable lesson

WHILE Everson says he is still learning about Singing Sovereign, he says he has also learned a vaLuable lesson about Leonardo, which will start in the LJ Hooker Evans Head Benchmark 65 (1910m).

Leonardo had won successive races at Lismore and Ballina before failing badly when 10th at Ballina two weeks ago.

“I let him go into the race too fresh and he pulled,” Everson said.

“I will never do that again with him.”

Before a spell, Leonardo had won at Lismore and run a close second at Grafton.

Figure this

A FILLY called Figure will have her first start for Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy in the Metcalf Meats Maiden (1010m) today.

She is regally bred, by More Than Ready from the Danehill mare Verstak, and cost $300,000 asa yearling at last year’s Magic Millions Premier sale.

Figure was previously trained by Clarry Conners and in three starts failed to run a place.

So far she has earned the grand total of $1050 in prizemoney.

On the road

THE early start at Ballina’s matinee meeting today will allow Chris Whiteley to ride at Ballina and on the Gold Coast.

Whiteley has rides in the first five races at Ballina, with his final ride on the John Shelton trained
Anglesea in the LJ Hooker Evans Head Benchmark 65 (1910m).

That race starts at 1.27pm.

Whiteley will have time to driveto the Gold Coast for his one ride there, on the Michael Nolan trained
Player Run in the sixth race, which starts at 4.41pm NSW time.

Going for four

WHITELEY’S best ride at Ballina is on the Stephen Lee trained Easy Silence in the M and J Robson Builders Benchmark 60 (1010m).
Easy Silence is in career best form with wins at his past three starts at Grafton, Lismore and Ballina.
Whiteley was aboard each time so he should be confident.
Minor miracle

PETER STANLEY performed a minor miracle with Lunamezza, the former Sydney trained galloper with terrible form that was bought by a group of Tabulam friends to provide funds for Bonalbo Hospital.
At his first start for Stanley Lunamezza won at Casino last week and will start at Tabulam next Saturday before being auctioned off.

Coming up ...

Today Ballina Evans Head Cup (TAB matinee), Tuesday Coffs Harbour, Murwillumbah (both non-TAB), Wednesday November 4 Grafton (TAB), Saturday November 7 Tabulam (non-TAB), Friday November 13 Ballina (TAB).

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