Hardy claims Bo Derek
FOLLOWERS of the Joanne Hardy stable cleaned up at Grafton yesterday when the Coffs Harbour trainer produced a "Bo Derek" - a perfect two runners for two winners in successive races.
And the daughter of well-known trainer Trevor Hardy now has a Ballina Cup prospect in the shape of in-form Perfect Timing (Craig Franklin), who produced a stout finish to win the Hank's Kitchen South Grafton Hcp (1410m) by a length.
Perfect Timing started at $6.50 but paid $11.10 on the TAB. A professional punter claimed Betfair bet as much as $17 about the gelding.
In the following race, the Hank's Award Winning Pies Class 1 and Maiden Plate, Talan Ted (Nicholas Perrett), a five-year-old gelding, landed some big wagers when backed from $9 into $4.40 favouritism and romped away for a 3.3 length win.
Hardy has only held a trainer's licence for three years. Yesterday was her second career double.
"Things are going good. I couldn't be happier," she said. "To get a double is terrific."
Both horses were well placed and turned out in immaculate order.
Hardy initially had a 1600m event on Ballina Cup in mind for Perfect Timing but after yesterday's win suggested "he has to have a crack at the cup now".
"I still think he is one run off his best but he'd done enough to win," she said.
"He sprinted very quickly when asked to go. He's got a sprint that he can keep going."
The $55,000 Ballina Cup (1600m) is scheduled for September 14.
Hardy and her father took a break over the winter months and spelled many of their horses to avoid a spate of wet tracks.
Hardy trains from a private 100-acre property on the outskirts of Coffs Harbour.
"There's everything there a horse could want," Hardy said. "Treadmills, jumps, bush walks and the beach. It's good for them (horses), good for their heads and good for their fitness."
Local Paddy Cunningham landed a winner when Hidden Decision (Marlon Dolendo) won the Hancock Maiden Hcp (1000m). However, as far as punters were concerned, it was the wrong horse.
Stablemate Aimalac Gemma was hammered in the ring to start $4.40 favourite. Hidden Decision, was all but friendless at $7.50.
"Paddy's mind is boggled," suggested Cunningham's wife Kaye after the event.
"She was never going to get beaten," Dolendo said on dismounting.
Dolendo later made it a double with Snippersnapper in the Bread, Cakes & Pies Maiden (1200m).
And Brian Paine (BP) of Riverdale fame celebrated when the John Shelton-trained Midnight Honey (Ben Looker) won the Stuart & Evol Hancock F & M Hcp (1200m).
Paine races the six-year-old mare with wife, Betty.