Trainer John Shelton with Jewels of Ava - running at Grafton Races Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Trainer John Shelton with Jewels of Ava - running at Grafton Races Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Coffs trainer hopeful

THE RENOVATION of Coffs Harbour Racing Club could be a blessing in disguise for Joanne Hardy.

The trainer has relocated her operation to Grafton while the work continues at Coffs, giving two of her charges some local knowledge ahead of today's Coutts Crossing Cup Day.

Hardy's six-year-old gelding Talan Ted will run in the Coutts Tavern Coutts Crossing Cup Benchmark 55 HCP (1406m), in what Hardy described as an "open field".

"Talan Ted is a bit of a Grafton specialist and prefers the dry tracks," Hardy said.

"His has run a lot better than his results show. We've struck a couple of heavy tracks like his last start at Ballina. He ran pretty well there considering."

The barrier was unkind to Talan Ted, with jockey Robert Agnew forced to steer the gelding from barrier 10.

"It's not the best draw, especially over 1400m," Hardy said.

"We've had quite a few good ones, so we shouldn't complain.

"He should be able to overcome the wide draw and Robbie can get him across and run him about three deep. He should be able to come home strongly."

Hardy's other charge, Zalilly, will line up in the Clarence Earthmoving/Fuller's Bus Service Class & Maiden Plate (2206m).

The five-year-old mare has drawn a dream run from barrier one and will be the bottom weight.

"We've got Kasie Stanley riding, so she should take another two kilos off," Hardy said.

"Zalilly is getting closer to a win."



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