Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Victorian Pick-Up Looks Handy

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Victorian Pick-Up Looks Handy

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Byline: RICHMOND RACING Grahame timbrell

FORMER Victorian sprinter Narcelo will be aimed at the Iris Nielsen Prelude at the Ballina Jockey Club on Tuesday, January 11,after his win at Coffs Harbourlast Thursday.

The win was the fourth for the day for trainer Brett Bellamy, the third time the trainer has had four winners for the day on the same program.

As far as Bellamy is concerned, Narcelo's win was the most satisfying.

C[pounds sterling]It was a long, busy day and that win capped it off perfectly,C[yen] Bellamy said.

C[pounds sterling]He is a lovely horse and certainly going places.

C[pounds sterling]The Iris Nielsen Prelude will be a lovely lead-in to a race in Brisbane I have earmarked for him a couple of weeks later and the prelude is for decent prizemoney too.

C[pounds sterling]He won't go on to the Iris Nielsen Handicap because it is an open company race and I want to keep him to his classes at this stage.

C[pounds sterling]He is only a three-year-old but a horse with a lot of potential.C[yen]

Narcelo arrived at Bellamy's stable as a maiden but with seven placings from only 11 starts.

He won a Grafton maiden in late November at his first start for Bellamy, ran third at Taree athis next start then won again last Thursday.

The $20,000 Prelude over 1300 metres is a Benchmark 65 with the winner exempt from a ballot for the $50,000 Iris Nielsen Handicap (1400m) on Sunday, January 23.

It is a race restricted to invited women jockeys to honour the late Iris Nielsen, a pioneer among Australia's rapidly growing band of female riders.

Another of Bellamy's winners from last Thursday, Sticky Toffee, will run in one of the minor races on prelude day.

Free admission

THE gates to the Iris Nielsen Prelude meeting at Ballina on January 11 will be thrown open to free admission. …

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