Never Sad puts smiles on faces of connections

By GEOFF NEWLING

The Northern Daily Leader

NEVER Sad returns to the track a bigger and stronger mare ready to run the race of her life in today's $125,000 Qantaslink Ramornie Handicap (1200m) in Grafton.

The five-year-old Moonbi mare resumes her career in today's feature race after a brief break.

And trainer Ruth Cooper believes the daughter of Inflate can win based on her brilliant first-up form.

"She's had four first up starts for me and won all four," Cooper said.

"And she's drawn well in four with all the favourites drawn out wide. I think she run a real good race."

Never Sad has blossomed since arriving in Cooper's Moonbi stable as an unlikely looking little maidener from Victoria.

She won her first start for Cooper at Tamworth in December 2003 and has won nine more since, including two at Eagle Farm.

Never Sad has won more than $137,000 for her syndicate.

Cooper and her partner Richard Scherf race the mare with Richard's parents Bob and Jenny Scherf.

Bob is a former Tamworth Jockey Club secretary

Racegoers will also notice a larger than normal Never Sad today when she parades before the Ramornie.

"She's a lot stronger," Cooper said.

"Much stronger than she was and is starting to look like a racehorse."

Cooper is also sure Never Sad will have a bit more luck in running than Legal Brief than when he started in the 2003 Grafton Cup.

"He drew 21," she said.

"Went straight to the front, had never led in his life but kept battling on and finished fifth or sixth."

Never Sad was quoted a 25-1 chance yesterday.



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