It was only meant to be a temporary measure for a week, but a short break working his horses out of Grafton has convinced Dwayne Schmidt to move his team back to the northern rivers.
“I haven’t had a city horse for a while and if you don’t have a city horse there’s no point paying city prices,” he said after leaving Brisbane last month. “I always wanted to move to Ballina with the beach and other facilities, but I came to Grafton for a week and went around the Pro Ride track and I thought it was pretty good. I thought I would just move here, and the price suited.”
Schmidt, the father of top country jockeys Cassandra and Priscilla, is certainly thankful for the move after preparing a winner, Born To Run Easy, during the Grafton carnival.
TRAINER EMBRACES MOVE
Tumut trainer Kerry Weir won’t be one to complain after officials scrambled to reschedule Sunday’s meeting from the waterlogged Narrandera to Wagga. “He likes Wagga, he likes it wet and the mile is ideal for him,” said Weir, who is chasing success in the $15,000 feature Les Peacock Memorial Cup with Tea Clipper. “There’s a bigger straight [at Wagga] and he usually gets back in his races. He’ll be hard to beat off his first three runs – they’ve all been big runs.”
Weir purchased last year’s Young Cup winner as a tried horse from Victoria and plumped for regular jockey Simon Miller to ride the six-year-old grey over stable apprentice Megan Taylor when Tea Clipper was weighted on the limit, only for the nominated topweight not to be an acceptor and weights to be raised.
TAB meetings: Sunday – Wagga. Monday – Cessnock, Goulburn. Tuesday – Ballina, Dubbo. Thursday – Moree. Friday – Taree, Wagga. Saturday – Gilgandra.
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