Looker landing winners again

IT hasn't taken young Grafton apprentice Ben Looker long to get back in form after a fall had him sidelined for almost two months.

In the past fortnight Ben has ridden the winner of the Tamworth Cup, Centover, and then on Wednesday kicked home Border Rebel in Sydney.

His ride on Centover drew plenty of praise, especially from the local punters who follow him faithfully around the state.

Kentucky's back

ONE of last season's star two-year-olds, Lucky Kentucky, is back in town with Al Ryan.

Lucky Kentucky finished second to Ibalance at last year's July Carnival and was sent north for her chance in the metropolitan division.

Unfortunately for connections she didn't fire and as a result has come back to Grafton.

No doubt they hope she can regain the form that saw her in the money at her first seven outings.

Good and bad

IT has been good and bad news for the Ramornie Handicap over the past week.

The bad news centred on an injury to The Jackal, which has put him out of the field.

The good news featured confirmation that talented Queensland galloper, Mr Hornblower, is a certain starter.

Mr Hornblower just missed the placings in last year's Ramornie and judging by his protest win in the Prime Minister's Cup on the Gold Coast last Saturday he's in sparkling form.

Kempsey Cup

THE Kempsey Cup was run yesterday and Robert Thompson showed why he's still regarded as one of the best hoops in the land by landing Terrahawk an easy winner. Thompson made his run at the 600-metre mark and skirted along the outside fence in the better going to win by five lengths.

Our Gangstar ran his typical honest race to finish fourth.



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