Sunshine favourite for Lismore Turf Club meeting

LISMORE Turf Club officials are confident months of frustration are coming to an end after receiving a healthy list of nominations for its latest meeting.

The club is continuing preparations for this Saturday's meeting, which thankfully seems certain to be blessed by favourable weather.

Action will be welcome at the club, which - like other North Coast tracks in recent months - has seen its meetings ruined or hampered by heavy rain.

Scott Jones, secretary/manager of the Woodlawn Rd club, said conditions were set for an enjoyable day.

"It has been so frustrating," he said. "Since December 21 last year, we have only had one meeting here.

"It looks like the track is going to be a heavy eight. Like everywhere on the Northern Rivers, it's going to help those horses comfortable with wetter conditions.

"Hopefully, it should be a good day."

A total of 117 nominations have been received for the meeting, which should provide some enjoyable racing.

Twenty-six of those are listed for the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400m).

Among the provisional competitive field is My Private Dancer, trained by Ballina's Stephen Lee.

The five-year-old chestnut gelding is always handy at this level but trailed home last of 14 on its return from a five-month spell at Grafton earlier this month.

Bingo Bobby is also among the early entries and will be the one to watch if it gets a run.

The three-year-old, trained by Lismore's Sharon Pepper, notched a second place over 1300m at the heavy Ballina track last Friday.

Pepper's charge has also been in solid form since returning from a five-month spell in May.

Full race details and acceptances will be announced later this week which is being supported by Trinity Catholic College Lismore and the Lord's Taverners group.

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