Buy him a beer
By GEOFF HEATH Racing writer
PART-owner Barry Plater paid tribute to John Shelton's training ability after Sircolo raced away with the 2005 Clarence Valley Hotelier's Cup yesterday.
Ridden by one of the best judges of pace in the business, Sircolo sat in third and fourth place to the turn and when called upon by Peter Graham, raced away with the Cup in his keeping, defeating Captain's Way and Daam Lucky.
Plater and co-owner PJ O'Rourke also race Sircolo's brother High Octave, also in the Shelton stable.
They hold a unique record of having both won on the same day in Brisbane recently.
Their prizemoney tally is now in excess of $100,000 with Sircolo's record at Grafton being seven starts for three wins and three minor placings.
Former Grafton galloper Paleface Pete, owned by Don and Annette Day, showed he appreciated the change to the seaside when he resumed from a spell and stormed home to win the Fourex Gold Maiden Hcp.
Now trained by Trevor Hardy at Coffs Harbour, Paleface Pete appreciated the beach training and Hardy has hopes the four year old Spectrum gelding will go on to bigger and better things.
Jockey Adrian Robinson rode a winning double on Urased a Charm for Cathleen Rode and Bombay Duck for Sucha Singh, while Terry Treichel was successful on Billie Deeay for Colleen Underhill and Kaoru Square for Gordon Yorke.