Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Cut a Rug Thrills Hardy

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Cut a Rug Thrills Hardy

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Byline: Stuart Turner Sports editor

FORGET sky diving, white rafter rafting and other thrill-seeking activities.

Nothing - but nothing - stirs Joanne's Hardy's blood quite like a winner at the races.

The former Casino and Ballina chief executive officer, who is now an owner/trainer, saw her charge Cut a Rug produce a storming finish to take the $15,000 Next Race Saturday 1st February Maiden Handicap (1516m) at Lismore yesterday.

Excited Hardy said nothing matched the excitement of seeing one of her horses claim a win.

"Anyone that has never won a race before and gets into racing as an owner will tell you there is no feeling like winning," she said.

"I've done sky diving, but throwing myself out of a plane had nothing on this.

"The adrenalin rush you get is better than anything else."

StrawberryChampagne, trained by Casino's Stephen Bennett, seemed to have the race sewn up with 200m to go. The three-year-old chestnut gelding winner had other ideas, though, surging to victory at the death for a first triumph in nine starts as a $4. …

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