Today might be Bingo Bobby's lucky day at Lismore track
SHARRON Pepper has nurtured a long-held ambition to target next Friday's Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup with Bingo Bobby and he takes the final step towards that goal at Lismore today.
Bingo Bobby will start in the Central Coast Mariners Benchmark 60 and his top weight of 61kgs had Pepper searching for an apprentice.
Yet in a slight mix up in communication, she booked Queenslander Alannah Fancourt, an apprentice who has never ridden for her before.
"I won't go into what happened but I am more than happy to have Alannah ride him," Pepper said.
"She is riding as well as any apprentice in Queensland and is coming to Lismore for the one ride.
"This horse can be a bit difficult at times but if Alannah shows an affinity with him I might leave her on for the cup.
"He will get into the cup on the limit weight, which restricts the number of senior jockeys who could ride him."
Bingo Bobby's form in recent starts might appear a little disappointing but Pepper refuted that and said his last start of seventh over 1400m at the Gold Coast convinced her to stay on track towards the cup.
"I think it was one of his best runs ever," she said.
"He was back last and wide to the turn and flew home to be beaten less than two lengths, with the winner running the fastest last 600m of the day.
"I would love to know what time my horse ran for the last 600m."
Pepper has also cast her mind back to Bingo Bobby's fourth place, three starts back, behind Sankara Spirit and Mucho Caliente at Grafton, when he was beaten by two lengths.
"Sankara Spirit went to Warwick Farm after that and ran a close sixth, while Mucho Caliente ran second in the Casino Cup."
The Daniel Bowen-trained Cryon (Chris Maund) goes into the race with his last two runs well spaced but with a good last-start fourth at Ballina to his credit.
The track is slowly improving but is still a slow 7; conditions that Cryon revels in.