Trainer Basil Ryan is this year's Lismore Cup king
THIS time last year trainer Basil Ryan watched Castlemagne King run fourth in the Lismore Cup and he put in place a plan then to come back and win the feature.
Yesterday the plan came to fruition when the eight-year-old, ridden by Timothy Bell, came from well back early to beat off a challenge from Phrases (Matthew Paget) and win the XXXX Gold Lismore Cup (2100m) by three-quarters of a length.
The Coffs Harbour-based Ryan and his wife Tracey bought Castlemagne King as a four-month-old foal and his mother Plaza Athenee for $5000 at a Melbourne sale.
Ironically, Phrases was bought for just $2000 at a Melbourne dispersal sale.
"We had another horse out of Plaza Athenee called Seguista and although he had bad legs we won several races with him," Ryan said.
"We saw the mare catalogued at the Melbourne sale with a foal at foot and it was coming up to Tracey's birthday so we decided to buy the two of them as her present.
"Tracey missed the cup win.
"She is a nurse and worked all last night so she was asleep when we left home. She would have watched it on television.
"This horse is a very tough stayer so I will take him home and get him ready for the Port Macquarie Cup.
"He never goes near a training track but spends all his time at the beach and loves it."
The Port Macquarie Cup (2000m) will be run on October 11.
"He will get in with no weight and has won at Port twice before," Ryan said.
"They can bring horses from Sydney but this horse should not be underrated."
The Lismore Cup favourite, Sea Skye, got a long way back early and made a short burst in the straight before finishing eighth.
Tactics devised by Lismore trainer Owen Glue paid dividends when Hajjar (Danny Peisley) just held on to beat another Lismore- trained sprinter in Mini Delago (Ben Looker) to win the Lismore Workers Club Rousillon (1516m).
Peisley obeyed instructions almost to the letter, taking off at the 700 metres to open up a break then hold on to win by half a head.
"I told Danny to take off at the 600 metres and try to break Mini Delago's heart," Glue said.
"Mini Delago is only little and she had a big weight but I also knew she has a very good finishing sprint and I wanted to make sure she had to carry that weight and not get a soft run.
"After he (Hajjar) ran sixth at Ballina on cup day he had a very big blow and I knew he wasn't fit enough so I poured the work into him leading up to this race."