Redwolf howls home in return to Lismore racing
REDWOLF looks destined for bigger races in Brisbane after returning to racing at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting yesterday.
The five-year-old gelding won a $15,000 Benchmark 65 (1200m) as the $3 favourite, finishing half-a-neck in front of Indigo Jade ($15) with Curley Mac ($9) another half-head back in third.
Indigo Jade is trained by Daniel Bowen and had won its previous two starts in Lismore.
Redwolf won the Grafton heat of the Country Championship in March before running 12th in the $291,000 final at Randwick.
It won a trial at Casino earlier this month after a 19-week spell.
"He's a lovely horse and to come back and win today at that weight was a fantastic effort," trainer Alan Ryan said.
"For a big horse he has good early pace and once he gets rolling he'll always be hard to run down.
"I think he breaks the other horse's hearts on the corner because he just rolls away if he has the lead."
Ryan also reflected on the poor result in the Country Championship final.
"Nothing went right for us," he said.
"He drew (barrier 21) on a heavy 10 and we had to go to Sydney twice when the race changed."
Port Macquarie jockey Andrew Adkins completed a winning double on Redwolf yesterday.
He also rode Chantilly Chateau ($5) in a maiden handicap (1400m).
Lismore trainer Sharon Pepper was also among the winners when six-year-old gelding Connolly ($13) won the Class 2 (1200m).
It finished a length ahead of Press Secretary with Arabian Falcon one-and-a-half lengths back in third.
Racing returns to the Northern Rivers with another TAB meeting at Lismore Friday week.
It is the last meeting before the Lismore Cup on September 24.
The Ballina Cup is scheduled for September 10.