The Northern Rivers will provide the backdrop for elite racing over the next two Fridays when the 2014 Group Two Lismore Cup series takes place.
32 sprinters will converge on the circuit in north eastern New South Wales for a crack at the $40,000 to-the winner event.
There is no shortage of quality in the four heats with both Queensland and New South Wales kennels strongly represented.
Here is a look at the main chances in each heat;
Race 4 – Lismore Workers Club Cup Heat 1 – 8:19pm
Zipping Summah (2) travels up from the coalfields for the powerful Jason Mackay kennel and can certainly gallop. The 27kg bitch has won 15 from 32 and saluted in a swift 30.04 at her only start at Lismore. She has a superb record from inside boxes and, if she steps on terms, she looks to be the one to beat.
Phantom Jewels (8) handles wide boxes with aplomb and has a personal best of 29.93 at Lismore, albeit a year ago. She saluted at Albion Park in 29.94 two starts back and if she replicates that sort of run, she has to be considered.
Cyndie’s Special (1) finished third in the Group Three Gold Coast Cup last time out and has been knocking on the door in recent times. Two things that may not be in her favour are the fact that it is her first start at the track and that she tends to be a little slow early. She handles an inside draw well and if she is near enough early, she will be good enough late.
Velocity Zoe (3) makes her Lismore debut is a lightly raced bitch with a solid record. She has won two of her last three in handy time at Albion Park and Ipswich. She can be thereabouts.
Mal Rose Hi (4) has won six from 13 at the track including his last two. He is yet to flatter on the clock but knows the place backwards which is an advantage.
Miners Moss (5) has won four races at Lismore. He has been below his best in recent outings but does have a best here of 30.17.
Race 5 – Lismore Workers Club Cup Heat 2 – 8:38pm
The Peter O’Reilly trained Yogi Blue (3) is a seasoned top level performer who is rarely far away from the front at the business end of proceedings. The 31kg blue dog has finished in the placings at six of his last eight starts, almost all in top company. If he can get a clear run in transit, he is right in this.
Zipping Angel (5) has shown plenty of promise in her 13-start career. The Jason Mackay trained bitch gets her opportunity to show her wares against quality opposition here and she will need to step well from the squeeze box if she is to put herself in the race.
Magic Display (4) was a Golden Easter Egg finalist but has not won since July. She has not missed a place at Lismore in seven starts at the track and has the early speed to put herself in the picture here.
Exhibitionist (7) has her first start since falling at Dapto in early September. Before that she was a placegetter in the Townsville Cup and her results from wide boxes have been consistent.
Race 6 – Lismore Workers Club Cup Heat 3 – 8:57pm
In an open third heat, Regal Lauryn (3) has the runs on the board. She has a personal best at Lismore of 29.96 which would more than likely win her this heat easily. Her form has been below her best but she is sure to be thereabouts in this company.
Le Sirenuse (6) has won 10 from 29 but has struggled somewhat since falling in early September. She has won two from three at the track and, if she is anywhere near her best, she is in this heat up to her ears.
Visualize It (4) has won seven from 20 including two of her last three. She registered a slick 29.87 at Albion Park three runs back and should be on the speed. If she handles the track, she can go very close.
Of The others, Tenoble (8) has won three at the track with a best of 30.26, whilst Premier Mozz (7) has won 12 races and registered some handy times at Dapto and Richmond.
Race 7 – Lismore Workers Club Cup Heat 4 – 9:19pm
Peter Ruetschi’s Give You Credit (3) comes into the final heat fresh off a win in the Group Three Gold Coast Cup. He is a winner of 10 from 38 and has his first look at the Lismore circuit in this race.
Pace Ventura (2) has the speed to be prominent and was recently placed in the Casino Cup. His record from inside boxes is good and he may represent value.
Minnie Jayda (5) is an up and comer with an imposing record. She has won eight from 14 in total and four from five at Lismore which includes a best of 30.19. If she can handle the awkward draw she has to be some sort of hope.
Bill’s Fantasy (8) is very consistent in top company at Albion Park and finished fourth in last week’s Gold Coast Cup. He is a fast beginner and can win from out wide. He makes his Lismore debut here and is worthy of some thought.
I’m I Said (6) has not won a race since April but has a solid record at Lismore winning five from seven. He offers some value for exotic players.