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Voltaire sheds light on scorching track

WINNER: Stephen Lee-trained Voltaire Lumiere strides home to win Race 2 over favourite David Kelly-trained Devil's Fire at the Clarence River Jockey Club.
WINNER: Stephen Lee-trained Voltaire Lumiere strides home to win Race 2 over favourite David Kelly-trained Devil's Fire at the Clarence River Jockey Club. Adam Hourigan

RACING: With 800m to go on the Grafton track jockey Matt Palmer was staring at the hind of the field as he eased gelding Voltaire Lumiere ($11) around the balmy course.

But the experienced hoop never panicked. It was the run he wanted on the past metropolitan winner.

The Stephen Lee-trained gelding by Not A Single Doubt swept up the field on the final turn and hit the outside lane as he began to put the foot down to stream past favourite David Kelly's Devil's Fire ($2.10 fav, Jag Guthmann-Chester).

"(Palmer) rode him good, he had nice quiet hands on him,” Lee said after the race. "I thought he would ride him well and I was not surprised.

"The horse has run some great races but he is a far better horse than that race just then.”

Less than two years ago Stephen Lee's champion galloper broke his way on to the metropolitan scene with a barnstorming second place in the 2015 NRRA Country Championships qualifier at Grafton.

The gelding then took over the Queensland metropolitan tracks including a hat-trick of placings at Ipswich in a single preparation as he charged into a back-to-back Country Championships tilt earlier this year.

But after a disappointing finish in his second qualifier Lee put him out to the paddock in time for a run at the winter carnivals. Lee had his best finish with the gelding in a no metro wins race at Eagle Farm and he thought Voltaire had him some strapping form.

"We have been waiting for this win,” he said. "His work has been good but we have just been waiting for him to fire.

"That was a fantastic finish at Eagle Farm. Then he had two ordinary runs out of nowhere. Something went amiss with him but I couldn't find anything but he has been doing great in work.”

The horse has been doing so great in work that he almost did not line up at Grafton instead for a run at Ipswich but the trainer just could not take the chance and instead tried his luck with a 60kg slug.

"He worked good enough Tuesday that he could have won the Stradbroke but we just weren't good enough to back him just because his form has not been there,” he said.

"It is good to get him back in the winners circle and that will get his confidence up and hopefully we can take him on to Brisbane and get the weight off his back. 60 kilograms is a big weight to carry but he is good enough to win a race in the city on Saturday.”

IN other results at Grafton local trainer Scott Henley tasted success with maiden winner Metazoa who broke through despite a tough barrier draw out from gate 13.

Grafton trainer Daniel Want also broke the curse of four to see $10 outside Flying Envy also break his maiden status with an almost two-and-a-half length victory over Scott Cumming-trained Landmarks.

FULL results up until Race 7 at the Clarence River Jockey Club.

Race 1 - PREMIUM TRUSSES (BM59) 2200m: 3.60 JIMMY HOFFA (b g 6y Savabeel - Sentura (NZ). Trainer: S B Laming) 58.5 (R J Bishop) 1, 21.00 BUCKIN THE BLUES 57.5 (Ms F Jervis) 2, 2.20 fav CARRY ON JAKE 61 cd 59 (Jackson Murphy) 3. Others: 7.00 Tonna Power 8.00 Samsili 9.00 Towkash 17.00 Xerxes Dream last. All started. Sht hd, lg nk. 2:18.93. (Last 600m 34.72 hand timed). TAB Nos: 3 4 1. Win $3.90 place $2.70 $8.20 NTD. Q: $54.90. E: $102.90. T: $279.00. First 4: 3-4-1-7: $792.20. Sub: NSR. All Started.

Race 2 - PAUL CURETON CONCRETING (BM65) 1200m: 11.00 VOLTAIRE LUMIERE (ch g 5y Not A Single Doubt - Navy Blues (NZ). Trainer: S B Lee) 60 (Matthew Palmer) 1, 2.10 fav DEVIL'S FIRE 59.5 cd 57.5 (Jag Guthmann-Chester) 2, 21.00 SHE TELLS LIES 55 (M Paget) 3. Others: 16.00 Hula Girl 31.00 Via Torrone 10.00 Medal Afrique 3.20 Cliveden House 16.00 Rile 17.00 Jack Strikes Back last. All started. Len, len. 1:09.87. (Last 600m 34.45 hand timed). TAB Nos: 2 3 7. Win $12.70 place $2.60 $1.10 $6.60. Q: $8.70. E: $36.00. Duets: 2-3: $4.00, 2-7: $47.70, 3-7: $9.40. T: $747.20. D: $50.20. First 4: 2-3-7-4: $7,315.50. Sub: NSR. All Started.

Race 3 - TONY O'KEEFE BUILDER MDN PLATE 1000m: 6.50 METAZOA (br f 3y Pluck (USA) - Faking. Trainer: Scott Henley) 55 (R Mc Mahon) 1, 13.00 DOUBLE FORTUNE 55 (Matthew Palmer) 2, 6.00 SEHAAB 55 (R J Agnew) 3. Others: 3.00 fav Miss Shaniel 101.00 Darlzee Miss 5.50 Kawana Viva 13.00 Stormy Horizon 26.00 Abb Roy 4.60 Kiss Me Goodnight 26.00 Bring Your Ay Game 101.00 Weownit 31.00 Taikun Prince 61.00 Western Alliance last. Scr: Mena's Choice. Nk, 1-3/4 len. 0:58.15. (Last 600m 34.25 hand timed). TAB Nos: 10 6 12. Win $6.60 place $1.90 $4.30 $2.50. Q: $36.90. E: $88.20. Duets: 10-6: $25.50, 10-12: $9.00, 6-12: $22.00. T: $953.00. D: $79.40. First 4: 10-6-12-11: $2,478.80. Sub: 11. Scr: 9.

Race 4 - ANDREW GRAHAM ELECTRICIAN MDN 1100m: 10.00 FLYING ENVY (b m 4y Dr Green (NZ) - Superfly. Trainer: Daniel Want) 57 (R Spokes) 1, 2.90 fav LANDMARKS 59 (T Treichel) 2, 10.00 EL TENIENTE 57.5 (M Mc Guren) 3. Others: 13.00 Jimmy Bea 11.00 Time To Reminisce 5.00 Shark Creek 41.00 Swift Response 21.00 Lothbrok 41.00 The Monkey 17.00 Tee Lexus 6.50 Simran 41.00 Liberty Tree 51.00 Sketer Pene last. Scr: Cafe Terrace, Carrs Creek Kid, Chabrook, Stellar Jewel, So She Is. 2-1/4 len, 3/4 len. 1:04.09. (Last 600m 34.36 hand timed). TAB Nos: 11 4 15. Win $10.70 place $3.40 $1.50 $2.80. Q: $15.60. E: $39.80. Duets: 11-4: $7.10, 11-15: $16.20, 4-15: $8.60. T: $272.50. D: $103.90. First 4: 11-4-15-3: $2,853.50. Sub: 4. Scr: 1,10,13,18,2(L).

Race 5 - POLLACK, GREENING/HAMPSHIRE-C2 1400m: 5.50 TEXT ME (b/br g 4y Felix The Cat (USA) - Frisco Miss. Trainer: G J Howells) 56.5 (M Mc Guren) 1, 51.00 IN GOD I TRUST 54 cd 50 (Olivia Pickering) 2, 9.00 HABSBURG 59.5 (M Paget) 3. Others: 5.00 Cheljoe 1.80 fav Cosgrove 17.00 Shannonbrook Miss 41.00 Seven Ten Split 13.00 Luxury 41.00 Heavenly Dancer 31.00 Crichton last. Scr: Stoddart. 3/4 len, lg nk. 1:23.10. (Last 600m 36.09 hand timed). TAB Nos: 5 11 1. Win $4.70 place $1.50 $12.50 $2.20. Q: $242.10. E: $368.30. Duets: 5-11: $14.70, 5-1: $4.90, 11-1: $54.20. T: $4,255.20. D: $88.00. First 4: 5-11-1-2: $6,753.60. Sub: 6. Scr: 7.

Race 6 - TABLELAND TIMBERS MDN HCP 1700m: 4.00 eq fav OAKFIELD MONARCH (b g 4y Lope De Vega (IRE) - Senorita De Lago. Trainer: Ms K Buchanan) 58 (M Mc Guren) 1, 31.00 FAMED 55.5 (B Looker) 2, 4.00 eq fav THE WEALD 56.5 (R Spokes) 3. Others: 7.00 Marvel Creation 15.00 Mystic Skies 11.00 Star Echo 5.00 Shrewd 'n' Drac 7.00 Up There Kawana 101.00 Oppose 16.00 Yeah The Boys 81.00 Lucky Hotel 81.00 Maybe One Day last. Scr: Naughty Corner, Citrus Wish. 4 len, hd. 1:43.43. (Last 600m 36.05). TAB Nos: 2 8 5. Win $4.10 place $1.60 $5.60 $1.80. Q: $64.20. E: $163.80. Duets: 2-8: $21.00, 2-5: $4.30, 8-5: $17.60. T: $545.00. D: $39.00. First 4: 2-8-5-10: $4,982.30. Sub: 5. Scr: 1,7.

Race 7 - BOTHAMLEY/O'DONOHUE SURVEY.-C1 1200m: 4.80 FREE STANDING (b g 4y Equiano (FR) - Motown Melody. Trainer: Ms C Rode) 58 (R Spokes) 1, 3.00 fav I WANNA BE A JEEP 57 (R Mc Mahon) 2, 5.50 COL'S TIGER 58.5 (T Treichel) 3. Others: 11.00 Pat's Destiny 31.00 Viscount Lad 9.00 Speranza 8.50 Sacromonte 17.00 Big Shoes 7.00 Absolute Gem 26.00 Just Imagine last. Scr: Karen's Heart, Fashion Model, Capital Magic. 2-1/4 len, 1/2 len. 1:09.98. (Last 600m 34.37 hand timed). TAB Nos: 3 5 2. Win $4.20 place $1.40 $1.80 $1.70. Q: $9.20. E: $18.30. Duets: 3-5: $5.60, 3-2: $3.70, 5-2: $3.80. T: $57.00. D: $35.90. First 4: 3-5-2-9: $375.70. Sub: 5. Scr: 7,10,11.