Horse breaks free in mounting yard, trainers jump for cover
THE horse literally bolted at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting yesterday.
Ring King broke free in the mounting yard after its race galloping back towards the stables as numerous trainers jumped for cover.
Gold Coast trainer Alicia Willick definitely has her hands full with the five-year-old gelding which returned to the winners circle yesterday.
Ring King ($3 favourite) won the $15, 000 Paint Place Lismore Class 2 Handicap (1516m).
It finished two lengths clear of the Daniel Bowen-trained Restricted ($4.40) with six-year-old mare Magnavita ($7) a long neck back in third.
"He has all the ability in the world but geez he's frustrating," Willick said.
"I think all the owners will be pretty happy (with the win) because this bloke (Ring Fire) was on one of his last chances.
"He goes up in those gates at the last minute and you never know whether he's going to jump or not.
"The horse does a lot of things wrong. When he runs he gets his head in the air and wants to fight you.
"But he's really racing well this preparation and you can see him putting in."
The horse finished second in a trial at the Gold Coast over 1000m last Tuesday.
Its previous win was at Geelong in April last year.
Gold Coast jockey Vanessa Johnston has ridden Ring Fire in its last four starts.
She is originally from New Zealand where she won over 300 races.
"As soon as we got out of the gate today I was happy," Johnston said.
"He's a confidence horse and when he gets going he is hard to stop.
"He can be an idiot a lot of the time but he certainly can gallop."
There is a short turnaround with more racing on the Northern Rivers on Saturday.
Casino Racing Club has its last non-TAB meeting of the year before a five-month break.