Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Hughes Hoping Eagle Will Land

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Hughes Hoping Eagle Will Land

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Byline: RICHMOND RACING Grahame timbrell

JOHN HUGHES will be pressing home some specific riding instructions to Raymond Spokes and reminding him of his recent mistake when he legs the jockey aboard Four Star Eagle in the Rous Hotel AHA Cup(1400m) at Lismore's TAB meeting tomorrow.

Spokes was aboard Four Star Eagle when the horse was a well beaten 11th at Ballina against similar company on November 16.

Prior to that he had finished a close second at the Gold Coast and two starts before that had won at Lismore.

"I told Raymond to ride the horse off the speed at Ballina because he likes to finish off his races," Hughes said.

"The horse anticipated the jump and was a length in front soon after the start then Raymond got caught three and four wide.

"To Raymond's credit he came back and admitted to me it was a bad ride.

"I'll be reminding him of it tomorrow though and reminding him of just how this horse has to be ridden.

"The horse is going for a break after this race.

"He has been up for a fair while."

That will see the end of the horse's first preparation under Hughes' care since coming from Wyong.

In that time Four Star Eagle has started 11 times for two wins and four placings and a credible sixth at Doomben three starts back.

Cheeky horse

HUGHES will also start Cheeky Eagle at Lismore tomorrow in the Federal Hotel Maiden (1200m) and says no horse is better named.

"He is the cheekiest horse I have ever had anything to do with," Hughes said.

"He is not a cranky horse, just a horse with a lot of tricks up his sleeve and always getting into mischief.

"He managed to eat a piece of fly paper, covered in flies, the other day.

"Thank goodness it eventually came out the other end."

Cup association

THE AHA cup tomorrow heralds the beginning of a new association between Lismore Turf Club and the Australian Hotels Association of NSW.

"This is their first year as a sponsor and we hope this race will become an annual event," club secretary, Michael Timbrell, said.

Family day

TOMORROW'S meeting is the club's annual family Christmas day at the races with more than $1100 worth of toys to be given away between races, bags of lollies to be distributed by Santa and a range of activities to keep children occupied for several hours. …

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