By Geoff Newling
Lismore Turf Club looks like it will race on Saturday but it’s Woodlawn Cup has been postponed until later in the year. At one stage it looked like cyclonic weather to the north could wash out Saturday’s SKY 2 TAB meeting with club vice-chairman, Mike Cleaver, who is filling in for recuperating LTC CEO, Scott Jones, jokingly listing the track surface as a 'Heavy 27'.
“We look like racing now,” he said this morning after final acceptances left some 47 runners for a six-race meeting. “The cyclone up north took a left-hand turn instead of a right-hander and it looks like we might get a few days of clearing weather. We are a Heavy 8 now and by Saturday morning could be in the soft range. Just have two bad spots at the turn and the dip at the moment. Everywhere else would be a soft.”
While the club does look like it will race its Woodlawn Cup has been transferred to May, Mike Cleaver said: “They would have been walking around ankle deep in mud,” he said of the many racegoers expected for such a big day.
St Patrick’s Day will still be celebrated on-track this Saturday too with some interesting visitors. Main race on the day is the $10,000 Thank You Woodlawn Cup Sponsors C,G & E Benchmark 55 Handicap (1100m) a sprint race where Newcastle trainer Kris Lees has the topweight, Biscuit Time, entered.
“He (Lees) has a satellite stable at the Gold Coast now and it (Biscuit Time) will probably come down with a heap of other Gold Coast horses,” Cleaver said. “They can earn more racing here than up there.”
A four-year-old chestnut gelding son of Time Thief Biscuit Time has won three of his 13 starts and was a winner of a 900m Class 2 at Cessnock four runs back. Since then he has finished eighth at Port Macquarie, fifth at Tamworth and sixth at Ipswich. He has drawn barrier six and has 63.5kg.
Fellow Gold Coaster, Jakuta, is a last start winner at the Sunshine Coast, and chases a third career win for trainer Angela Plumb. The gelding son of Sequalo will be chasing a third career win and has Grafton apprentice Leah Kilner aboard and claiming 3kg off his 61kg impost. They go from barrier five in an 11-horse field, the biggest and final race of the day.