Quality, not quantity
By GEOFF HEATH
ALTHOUGH Saturday's TAB Tradesmen's Race Day meeting conducted by the CRJC only had small fields, the racing was keen and jockeys Peter Graham and Darron Coleman both rode winning doubles.
Coleman started the ball rolling with an all the way win to Ballina galloper Bottle in the A. Head Plumbing Yamba Open Hcp over 2050m.
Sent to the front soon after the start, Bottle held off Silver Bonanza who had an interrupted run in the straight with Van Nistleroy third.
Coleman's other winner was Shrewd 'N' Sound in the Jim White Electrician 1200m Class 2 Hcp.
Coming with a well timed run Shrewd 'N' Sound raced away for strong two and a quarter length win over Miss Rollalong with Louli a further length and a quarter away third.
Peter Graham's winning rides were aboard Family for local trainer Sucha Singh and Resort To Rory for Port Macquarie trainer John Sprague. Graham nursed Family until the 250-metre mark when he turned him loose and ran down early leader Cannington with Set Your Sights making late ground for third.
Set Your Sights is definitely looking for longer and should win shortly.
Graham got away with blue murder when the other jockeys let him dictate the pace in the 1600m Orara and Clarence Industries Class Four Hcp.
It was evident a long way from home that the backmarkers and favoured runners Alackajazz and Thats My Mum would have trouble running down Resort To Rory with the break he established mid-race.
There was no sign of the saddle slipping on Urgent Sea when he got the better of Grafton and Sandline in the 1500m Tony O'Keefe Builder Maiden Plate.
Last week the saddle shifted badly when Urgent Sea was beaten into fifth place in a 1600m Maiden, today at start number 13, Urgent Sea ridden by Craig Franklin, broke through for his first win.
Next meeting is Tuesday, February 28 with Ulmarra 'Chip Inn' race day on March 11.