Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Trainers on Track

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Trainers on Track

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ROTHBURY surged home from back in the field to celebrate a return to full fitness with a paralysing burst in winning at Coffs Harbour on Thursday.

The Terry McCarthy-trained gelding, previously trained by Sue Grills at Tamworth, was bred by former leading jockey Scott Seamer.

He races the gelding and would have been delighted to see such a slashing performance after having had a throat operation.

The win for McCarthy continues a great run for Ballina and Lismore trainers in recent weeks.

Daniel Bowen, Stephen Lee and Ethan Ensby have all won good races on the Northern Rivers and in Queensland with the likes of Malmoosa (Ipswch) and Latino Lover (Gold Coast).

In fact the Ethan Ensby-trained Latino Lover returns to the Gold Coast today chasing successive wins there for his young trainer.

If he races well Ensbey, who has had a five-week winning run, might look at taking him to Tamworth on Sunday, April 29, for a $50,000 race.

If there is any rain around that would help too, Ensbey said.

He, Stephen Lee - who has had doubles at Ballina and Grafton at recent meetings - and McCarthy also have runners at the Ballina meeting today and the TAB meeting at Lismore on Tuesday.

"They are all good chances of winning a race or two here," Ballina Jockey Club secretary-manager Matt Bertram said.

"Stephen Lee has a real good chance in the Druids Cricket Club Benchmark 55 Hcp (1610m) with Call Us Primi.

"Sally Taylor (Coffs Harbour trainer) also has one in it, Camayoc. Steve used to train it but she has him now."

He said the Ballina track was rated a Good 4. "We had showers predicted all week but they haven't materialised," Bertram said.

"It's going to be a good day on the track as well as off it. We have four or five groups booked in. It's our only Saturday meeting of the year so we expect to get a few locals out here as well. …

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