Local trainers dominate meeting

LOCAL trainers have dominated the Grafton Racecourse to claim four of the five races featured at the Clarence River Jockey's Club (CRJC) meet on Saturday.

The trainers might have been cheering as their horses kept filing through the home stretch, but the raucous noise of victorious owners was strangely muted when Flying Confetti's entered the winner's circle.

“We tried to get some of the young guys (owners) here,” Flying Confetti trainer Hunter Kilner said.

“But thing just kept cropping up and so they didn't get to see her win.”

The rising five-year-old proved too good for the competition in the Brushgrove Hotel Patron's Cup, finishing the strongest over the 2112 metres.

Kilner said the mare had 'looked good' pre-race but found it hard to estimate where she would finish amongst the mediocre field.

“Her last race was over a mile and she did quite well but needed to step up here,” he said.

“She looked fine in the enclosure and looked good heading up to the race.

“(But) she is sort of very hard to place.”

Although jockey Marlon Dolendo was 'quite impressed' with her run, Kilner was unsure of Flying Confetti's future, ear-marking a 1900 metre event at Coffs Harbour in the next few weeks as a possible outing.

CRJC CEO Bradley De Martino Rosaroll said good numbers had attended the meet, considering the CRJC was competing against the more family-orientated Grafton Show.

“The show is a big event and it was expected to attract a lot of people,” he said.

“(But) the weather was good, we had a track that was a good three and the winners came from everywhere.”

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