Liquid Lenny leads way back
THE last thing Grafton trainer Bruce Swan wanted after Liquid Lenny won on his home track yesterday was a pat on the back from well-wishers.
Swan is still in discomfort after a near-death experience when the tailboard of his horse float crushed him.
“It (the tailboard) bent me over backwards and smashed me,” Swan recalled.
“I couldn’t get out. It was only my wife Amy that heard me calling and saved me, otherwise I could have been a goner.”
Swan suffered several broken ribs an injured collarbone and shoulder, as well as cuts and abrasions. Liquid Lenny, ridden by Glenn Lynch, the former rider of champion mare Gold Edition now based at Tamworth, had to survive a protest from runner-up Nobody’s Johnny (Justin Stanley) before winning the Grafton Gas & Plumbing Benchmark 50 Hcp (1100m).
Grafton trainers dominated yesterday winning four of the eight races with the racing surface in outstanding order.
Ally Echo (trainer, John Shelton), Snapaduck (Greg Kilner), Electric Shock (Felicity Firth) and Liquid Lenny all saluted.
Three-year-old filly Ally Echo is part-owned by a large syndicate that includes Clarence River Jockey Club chairman Bob Pavitt and Coffs Harbour Racing Club chairman, Alan Johnson. The filly was got for $18,000 at the Magic Million sales, Shelton believing the filly capable of furnishing into a nice mare up to 1600m. Snapaduck is named after Glen Innes-based plumber Graham Duck. Friend Malcolm Baker, a Glen Innes builder, also races the Clang filly.
Snapaduck is the seventh foal of the Baker-Duck-owned mare Floreat, and five have been winners.
And Electric Shock, a mare that fractured five vertebrae on her wither tipping over as a young horse, provided Firth’s sister Di and her husband Russell, with a well-deserved win.
Ballina apprentice Emily Kehoe stole riding honours with a bold front-running double aboard Even Light and Flood Hero.
But the biggest smile of the day belonged to Ballina teenager Maddi Lee. Maddi, 16, the daughter of her trainer-father Stephen and an outstanding pony club rider, enjoyed the thrill of winning her first race as a strapper when Swift ‘N’ Dapper mowed down Gorborchov near the line to win the Grahame & Bard Brotherson/Grafton Gas & Plumbing Benchmark 70 Hcp (1000m).