Marc Stapelberg

Trainer returns in time to see horse win

PORT Macquarie trainer Tas Morton returned just in time time to see Star Of Legs ($11) win the $20,000 Lennox Head Cup (1610m) at the Ballina Jockey Club on Saturday.

Morton almost missed the race after taking six-year-old gelding Another Charger another to race at Eagle Farm in Brisbane earlier in the day.

"We didn't think we would make it back in time but we got there (Ballina) with about 30 minutes to spare," Morton said.

"I'm lucky I have Steven Phelps in Ballina and he looked after him.

"It makes it easier for me to travel to different places and he was a big help again."

Star Of Legs has now won two of its past three starts with Morton eyeing off the deferred $85,000 Coffs Harbour Cup for the six-year-old next month.

Morton believes a gear change has helped the horse improve in recent months.

"He had all the bits and pieces on him at one point," he said.

"We've had a lot of gear changes to get him right and I was confident we could get more out of him.

"The past three starts we've dropped him back to just the nose band and tongue tie.

"I was always pretty confident heading in (to Ballina) and he probably should have won another race at Port Macquarie before that.

"He beat a track record that had stood for about 15 years at Muswellbrook last month so we're pretty happy with how he's going.

"We've had him out in the paddock today and he looks like he's pulled up really well."

Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch finished the day with a winning double.

Racing returns to the Northern Rivers with a TAB meeting at the Lismore Turf Club on Sunday.

The next TAB meeting at Ballina is set down for December 10.



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