Trainer has the right touch
BRIAN Purcell reckons Mark Lynch has the right touch when it comes to training winners - and he should know.
The Yamba-based owner saw his charge Hidden Rock take the $15,000 Robert Oatley Vineyards Class Two Handicap (1010m) at yesterday's latest Ballina Jockey Club meeting.
It was a second consecutive victory for the five-year-old, which is trained by Mark Lynch.
Purcell, who has been involved in the horse racing industry for almost 40 years, said the Grafton trainer was the perfect choice to oversee the horse's progress.
"I like the way Mark handles his horses," he said.
"If you don't look after them, they do not perform.
"Mark treats the horses the way they should be treated - with passion and care. He also has a very good strike rate.
"That's why I wanted him (as trainer).
Jockey Adam best oversaw an impressive win for the $4.60 second favourite.
It was a third victory in 24 outings for the horse, which backed up a handy victory over 900m at the Gold Coast last month.
Runner-up Gentle Melody was more than two lengths back, with Lambourn third.
Purcell, who also bred the horse, has been involved in racing since he was 18 and his resume includes a 26-year stint as a bookmaker on the Gold Coast.
A trainer for about 30 years, Purcell said his main emotion seeing his horse triumph was one of relief.
"You know you have a good horse and you know you have a future," he said.
"I have got a lot out of the industry.
"I have made a lot of friends and met new people in the racing industry all over Australia.
"It has been a good experience."
His advice for anyone thinking of becoming an owner?
"Tread warily," he said with a philosophical grin. "It is a tough game for the owners.
"It can be a lot of fun, but it can be disappointing as well.
"It is not easy, but I think it is worth it."
Preparations are cow continuing for the forthcoming Ballina Cup meeting, which is one of the highlights of the year at the Racecourse Rd track.
This year's event takes place on Friday, September 13.