Riders on the storm
IN HIS own words, Gold Coast trainer Scott Morrisey screamed like a lunatic as Intemperate raced to victory in the $25,000 Lismore Workers Club Rousillon Handicap (1400m) at Lismore yesterday.
The race was delayed for 45 minutes while a thunderstorm passed.
Intemperate then scored by two lengths to add the first feature race of the Lismore Cup carnival to the $15,000 Newmarket (1300m) he won at Ballina 11 days ago.
Following instructions from Morrisey, jockey Jason Watkins rode Intemperate on the pace, sitting third behind ($21) Dalcolo, which raced across from barrier 12 to lead into the straight.
With a furlong to go, Intemperate shot clear and Morrisey let loose.
“If you heard that lunatic screaming that was me,” he said.
“At about the furlong it got pretty serious.”
After working with the horse for most of its career, Morrisey has developed a strong attachment.
“He's my best mate,” he said of his stable favourite.
“He has won at least once in every preparation. When you have a good horse and he races well, you get excited and cheer him home. If you don't get excited, you shouldn't be in the game.”
After surprising punters on Ballina Cup day with his $20 odds in the Newmarket, Intemperate started an $8 chance in an evenly spread betting market behind $5 favourite Grab The Phone.
When racing resumed after the 45-minute break the track was was downgraded to dead, but the softer ground did not worry Morrisey.
“He's just a funny horse to ride at times so I like it when the jockey sticks with him,” he said.
“My only concern was just that Jason hadn't ridden him before. But he rode him an absolute treat.”
Morrisey now plans to set Intemperate for the Bangalow Cup in a fortnight.
“I go for these country cups,” he said.
Racing commentator Gary Kliese congratulated the Queenslander for capturing two of our biggest races.
“He's come down from Queensland and taken two of our big money races and he might be back for more in the next couple of weeks,” Kliese said during the presentation.
Morrisey confirmed he was planning to bring two horses to race on Lismore Cup day this Thursday.
The Byron Bay Cup winner Chinbok ($6) finished well to claim second, a half neck ahead of Dalcolo.