LOOK Out Boy returns to racing at Murwillumbah tomorrow “eying” off a successful return for his local trainer in a memorial race of some meaning for the Paul Nipperess stable.
A four-year-old grey/brown gelding son of Alert Look Out Boy has drawn barrier two with Allan Chau to ride in the $6000 Jason Birney Memorial Maiden Handicap (1530m).
Trained by Paul Nipperess at Murwillumbah the gelding has had nine starts without a win.
“He’s first up,” Paul Nipperess said today.
“He had an eye injury, got hit by a rock or a clod at Ballina. We didn’t think we’d get him back but he’s been back working well for a while. He’s fit and ready to go.”
Paul has six in work at Murwillumbah and coming off a good win at Grafton last week with Chrloride.
“He was 12-1,” Paul said.
“He was having his first start for me. It was a good win, he’s also owned by local people as well.”
Paul began his training career helping his father, the late Kevin Nipperess, out at Ballina.
“Dad had a lot of good horses,” he recalled.
“Trained for 55 years.”
Winning the Jason Birney Memorial with Look out Boy would also be a special achievement for Paul as well.
“Graham Birney rode a lot of winners for dad,” he recalled.
“I didn’t know Jason very well, he was only young when he died (tragically killed in a motorbike accident) but I have known Graham and sue for a long time.”
Paul was training at Ballina too but lack of track work riders made it a frustrating problem until “one of my mates” suggested he move to Murwillumbah.
He did and hasn’t looked back.
“I’ve got a really good girl, Courtney Moorhouse. She’s great,” he said of the young rider.
“She comes from a show riding background and rides a bit long. She listens to everything you tell her and turns up every morning too.
“I’m very happy here. The facilities are great and the club helps you in any way it can.”
Bernie Quinn is president of the Tweed River Jockey Club at Murwillumbah and would have been chuffed by those comments.
Bernie expects a big crowd tomorrow.
“Just about everything is booked out,” Bernie Quinn said.
“At one stage we had just seven jockeys yesterday but should have eight for tomorrow.
“Going to be a good day again. A big crowd, very social.”
He said the feature race, the Jason Birney Memorial Maiden Handicap, will be a highlight.
“I didn’t know Jason who was killed in that tragic motor bike accident but his parents, Sue and Graham, have been great supporters of our club (and the Northern Rivers) for many years. We decided to put this on in memory of young Jason and of their support for our club and look forward to honouring him and them every year.”