Trainer tips more success for Cyclone Brad at Ballina Cup
BRETT Bellamy believes his charge Cyclone Brad could be one to watch for punters at the forthcoming Ballina Cup meeting after the horse secured him yet more success.
The six-year-old streaked away from the field and claim the $15,000 Tursa Employment Newmarket Prelude - Benchmark 70 Handicap at yesterday's latest Ballina Jockey Club race day.
It was an impressive victory for the chestnut gelding, which secured the horse a likely starting berth in the 1000m Newmarket Handicap at the forthcoming Cup meeting.
Bellamy said the horse would be tough to stop in the Newmarket, given the right weather conditions.
"He will be hard to beat," the Coffs Harbour trainer said.
"I think he has got a bit of improvement yet left in him.
"Our main aim now is to come back for the Newmarket if it is dry and see how he goes."
Jockey Raymond Spokes oversaw a notable run for the $3.40 shot, which burst clear with about 350m to triumph.
Runner-up Vienne was a length back, with $3 favourite Bundy Special coming in third.
The win earns the horse an entry berth into the Newmarket, one of the standout races for the meeting on Friday, September 13.
It was a fifth win in 30 outings for the horse and maintained Bellamy's excellent run of winning form at the Racecourse Road track in recent months.
"He has been plagued by the wet tracks earlier this year," the Coffs Harbour-based trainer said. "He has been going well (though).
"He has been very competitive at Brisbane tracks all his life.
"If he continues his improvement, he will be hard to beat (in the Newmarket)."
It was also a day to remember for jockey Rikki Jamieson, who ran a treble of winners at the meeting.
Results and more racing coverage - see pages 25 and 26.