Suchabimbo in for a chance
Suchabimbo, a colt named after two deceased members of the Grafton racing community, will be out to continue his winning ways at Ballina on Friday.
The John Shelton-trained three-year-old, with apprentice Ben Looker in the saddle, tackles The Point Ballina Country Plate (1010m).
The colt is named after the late Grafton trainer Sucha Singh and friend Aaron Rogers.
Singh died in August, 2006 and Rogers in April, 2007.
Singh’s son Mitchell was the catalyst in forming a syndicate of friends headed by Grafton school teacher Adam Bancroft to race Suchabimbo.
Emotions are sure to run high if the son of Nidan can repeat his maiden win at Ballina on October 31.
Shelton will also saddle up Darshan Joh (Jasen Watkins) in the same event.
Darshan Joh is part-owned by former leading golf professional and teacher Vic Bennetts and a group including Bob Pavitt, chairman of the Clarence River Jockey Club, and Alan Johnson, the Coffs Harbour Racing Club chairman.
Suchabimbo was resuming when he won at Ballina while Darshan Joh is first-up on Friday.
"There’s never been much between the two of them," Shelton said.
"When they met in their first race at Casino (May 29) there was not much separating them and it’s the same on the track.
"Suchabimbo’s first-up win was very good. He’d missed a bit of work because of wet tracks leading into the race but still got the job done.
"I think he’s improved condition-wise since then.
"While he’s up in class and doesn’t have the best barrier (11) I’m confident the others will know he’s in town.
"Since he came back from a spell he’s a different horse, bigger and stronger."
Darshan Joh hasn’t raced since finishing third to Lady Pedder over 1008m at Coffs Harbour on July 26 and hasn’t trialled or had a jumpout.
"I decided against giving him a jumpout. I didn’t want to fizz him up too early," Shelton said.
"Ideally I would have preferred to split the two horses but that didn’t happen.
"Both are thick-set horses, real sprinting types.
"Because Suchabimbo has the run under his belt I prefer him, but Darshan Joh is a nice horse too."
By Tony White