Once Was Innocent, ridden by Michael Heagney, jumps from the barriers at the start of the Professional Investment Services Maiden Handicap at the Lismore races yestereday. Once Was Innocent ($12) finished out of the placings in a race won by Pimpala Corvette ($6).
Once Was Innocent, ridden by Michael Heagney, jumps from the barriers at the start of the Professional Investment Services Maiden Handicap at the Lismore races yestereday. Once Was Innocent ($12) finished out of the placings in a race won by Pimpala Corvette ($6).

Timely win for owners at Lismore

A SMART three-year-old Grafton gelding lived up to his name and the anticipation of his owners when he ran beyond his years to win his first race at the Lismore Turf Club’s Christmas meeting yesterday.

Taimazovtheessence came back from a three-month spell and emerged from the list of emergencies to win just his second start in the Forest Enterprises Ltd Handicap (1100m) and immediately stamped his name on a Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival start next month and the luxury of another spell straight after.

A superbly judged ride by Gold Coast jockey Matt Bennett probably also booked him a ride at the carnival

Bought as a bargain-buy yearling at the Magic Millions sales for just $1450, Taimazovtheessence yesterday repaid his trio of owners more than four times over and pulled $700 from the bookies’ bags as well.

His Grafton syndicate includes Garry Conn, Jayde Kearns and his trainer Nev-ille Connor.

“We’re just three average blokes who have been happy and sometimes struggling to pay his food bill, always knowing he would replenish the bank at some time,” Mr Conn said after the race yesterday.

“He’s as green as and has a lot to learn but today he did it on his ear. He made them look like babies.”

Taimazovtheessence had only one previous start when he finished ninth in a Grafton two-year-old plate last July and immediately went for a spell.

“But he’s come back a different horse,” Mr Conn said.

“He’s taller and wider and has grown out of his skin.

“We knew yesterday that if he was fit he would be in the money, and that’s exactly the way it panned out.

“We were a bit anxious when he led early, but then he just sat behind the leaders and ran the race as he wanted to go on and win by almost two lengths.”

Another grand Grafton old stager showed he still has a liking for the Lismore track when Silver Mountain put his nose in front at the right time to win the Professional Investment Services ChristmasCup (1400m).

The six-year-old gelding kept plugging away up the straight in what turned out to be a two-horse race with Blue Oyster, which looked to have the better of conditions 25 metres from the post.

But Silver Mountain gradually wore down the two-length leeway and grabbed the prizemoney on the post, with Courtroom Drama third wider out.



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