Stable with high hopes
TODAY'S Ballina meeting could be something of a D-Day for promising bay gelding Euphonic.
The four-year-old, who will start in the $6,000 900 2LM Class Two Handicap (1010m), has made an excellent start to his racing career despite suffering 12 months on the sidelines.
After claiming a maiden win in decent company at Doomben in July, the horse returned from a 21-week spell to place at the Gold Coast earlier this month.
Trainer Terry McCarthy is hopeful a strong performance at today's meeting at the Racecourse Rd track could be the springboard to bigger and better things.
"He has already shown he has ability," McCarthy said.
"I'm looking to take him up to Brisbane for a 1100m run at Brisbane on Magic Millions Day there.
"We'll use this as a lead-up race for that.
"I didn't really want to give him another barrier trial. It's just a matter of walking across the road and giving him a run."
McCarthy has not had an easy run with the Patinack Farm-reared horse.
The Ballina trainer nursed his charge back to full fitness for about a year after the horse was diagnosed with a serious hoof injury shortly after purchase.
"We've just given him plenty of time and rest," McCarthy said.
"Hopefully it will pay dividends.
"He is a Class One horse and this is a Class Two race, so I expect him to go well."
Dictatorship, trained by Casino's Stephen Bennett, seems to be the main threat in the five horse field.
Apprentice jockey Cassie Schmidt, who has been aboard the horse for each of his five outings so far, will again take the reins today.
"She knows the horse, so we've stuck by her," McCarthy said.
"It's always nice to win at your home track. Hopefully he can do the business."
McCarthy could be in for a good day, with his improving charge Ken's Rose a decent bet for the $6000 Alan Leslight Farewell Class One Handicap (1410m).
Five races are on the card and action starts at 2pm.
Gates open at 12.30pm.
TURNER's TIPS FOR BALLINA TODAY
Race One: Kaputski
Race Two: Otimo
Race Three: Euphonic
Race Four: Higher 'N' Higher
Race Five: Ken's Rose