Trainer aims to secure hat-trick with Can’t Find Him
CAN'T Find Him holds a special place in the heart of trainer Brett Bellamy.
The four-year-old will be chasing a hat-trick of victories when it lines up in the $15,000 Book Your Marquee Now Class 3 Hcp over 1400m at today's Lismore meeting.
Bred by Coffs Harbour-based Bellamy, the Hidden Dragon gelding is out of the Hula Chief mare Magic Hula, now deceased.
When Coffs Harbour-based Bellamy first started training and dabbling as a breeder, Magic Hula was one of the first horses he brought.
Can't Find Him is the last foal from the mare to race.
Magic Hula produced nine foals to race, Lotsahula and Magic Sequence the best of them winning four races a piece.
Bellamy has high hopes Can't Find Him, the winner of three races from 10 starts, can turn out to be the best of Magic Hula's progeny.
"Magic Hula always showed plenty of ability but she had a heap of problems," Bellamy said. "We never got to see how good she was and we decided to send her to the breeding barn where hopefully she could produce some good horses.
"Unfortunately she didn't have a lot of luck in the breeding barn either. She lost several foals.
"She's passed away now and I'm hoping Can't Find Him can finally be the good horse she deserved to produce."
The gelding has recorded back to back wins over 1200m at Murwillumbah on August 13 and 1310m at Ballina on September 1.
"Even though he goes up in weight, all things being equal it looks a nice race for him," Bellamy said.
"He can't do much more than he has in winning.
"His last start win was very good. He had to work hard early to get across but still finished his race off well. He did it at both ends.
"I'm happy with the way he's pulled up and I'm keen to try him over the 1400 metres. It opens up a lot of options."
Seven races are on the card and action starts at 1.27pm.