Shelton trains three winners
By TONY WHITE
CLARENCE trainer-jockey combination John Shelton and Stephen Traecey were the toast of the track after a winning treble at Grafton yesterday.
The pair combined to win with Lord Nediym (race two), Quiet Gift (race three) and Empire Rising (race five).
"Not a bad day at the office," Shelton quipped after four-year-old gelding Empire Rising stormed home along the rails to win the Australia's Biggest Loser Class 2 Hcp (1600m).
The win of Lord Nediym, his second on end in the Southern Cross Ten Open Hcp (1100m), will see the flying sprinter head to Brisbane for his next start and the $125,000 Ramornie Hcp, during the Grafton July Racing Carnival, is not out of the question either.
"This horse has really turned the corner," Shelton said.
"He's had a bit of back trouble but we've worked on it and he seems to be racing pain-free."
Lord Nediym, which last start went within a whisker of breaking Cangronde's track record of 1200m at Grafton, is a nightmare to ride however.
"He wants to duck in but that's just him," Shelton said.
Shelton is considering using a one-eyed blinker on the son of General Nediym.
Lord Nediym is part-owned by Brooklet-based hydroponic lettuce farmer, David Pearson.
"John and I raced the mother (Royal Dismissal)," Pearson said.
"John paid about $28,000 for her in Sydney after she didn't win a race in 28 starts down there but when she came up here she won about three races in quick succession.
"Unfortunately, she damaged a leg and while I'm an amateur at the game, I decided to breed from her and Lord Nediym was the first result."
Shelton has three-year-old half-brother to Lord Nediym, Royal Maizcay (Our Maizcay-Royal Dismissal), which is expected to make his race debut in the next couple of months.
Lord Nediym has won nine from 35 starts and nearly $50,000 in prizemoney.
Shelton said Traecey's winning ride aboard Quiet Gift (by Real Quiet) in the Law And Order Maiden (1400m) was 'one of his best ever rides'.
"For a 49-year-old he really earned his money," he said.
Traecey drove the daughter of 2000 Ramornie Hcp winner Mother's Gift through a narrow opening in the home straight to surge to victory.
Former Victorian trainer Jerome Hunter, now based at Ballina, continued his good run when Lady Ashcomb (race one) and Belgrade (race six) saluted.