Daughters ride against dad
CIRCUMSTANCES have forced Eagle Farm trainer Dwayne Schmidt to ignore his two daughters, Priscilla and Cassie, when it came to finding a rider for his form mare Aminutemore.
The horse, the winner of her last two starts at Murwillumbah and soon to head off to the breeding barn, will be ridden by Queensland apprentice Tiffany Jeffries in the Aussie Rock Landscape and Construction Benchmark 65 (1610m) at Ballina Jockey Club meeting today.
Cassie Schmidt was committed to riding Slipstreams for Stephen Lee while Priscilla has the ride on Titus Vinius for Terry McCarthy.
The Schmidt sisters are riding in rare form with Priscilla booting home a winner at Doomben last Saturday to take her to sixth on the Brisbane apprentices' premiership while Cassie easily leads the Northern Rivers jockeys and apprentices premierships.
"I would have loved to put one of the girls on but things just didn't work out that way," Schmidt said.
"Stephen Lee is in a neck-and-neck tussle to win the trainers' premiership down there and Cassie is his main rider and leading in her premierships. I didn't want to upset the apple cart there.
"Priscilla was booked to ride one for Gordon Yorke but he did not accept with it and in the meantime, thinking that Priscilla was committed, I booked Tiffany.
"I think Slipstreams is a big chance but I hope, in this case, I can beat them."
"Aminutemore has been pretty good to us and she is in good form despite the fact she is getting near the end of her career.
"There are not many mares that can win six races and all I want is one more win then we will breed from her.
"The slow track will suit her and even a bit more rain would be good."
Meanwhile, Ballina trainer Stephen Lee will be hoping to nose ahead in the region's top training stakes at today's meeting.
The home trainer has drawn level with Coffs Harbour's Brett Bellamy on 26 wins each at the top of the trainers' premiership after his charge Nobody's Johnny won at Grafton last Saturday.
Lee will start seven horses at today's meeting compared to Bellamy's three and has a good chance of winning at least two races.
Apart from Slipstreams, which he rates as a good chance, he will also start the in form Kaluanui in the Morgan's Class Two (1260m) with Tim Bell to ride the mare.
Kaluanui has won her last two, with Bell in the saddle when she scored at Ipswich and with Schmidt aboard when she won at Ballina three weeks ago.
Bell has the ride today.
This is a tough race, particularly with the Barry Lockwood trained Great Cheer and the Bellamy trained Year Of The Tiger in the field.
Chris Whiteley is to ride Great Cheer and Raymond Spokes Year Of The Tiger and to that end Lee has opted for the more experienced Bell on his horse.
1: 12.47, XXXX GOLD MAIDEN, 1310m: FINGER ON THE PULSE 1, Kaputski 2, Best Of My Love 3, Beijing Dancer 4.
2: 1.22, PARADISE FM 101.9 3YO MAIDEN, 1260m: LIFE'S LIKE THAT 1, Show Day 2, Proof Red 3, Olympic Queen 4.
3: 1.57, TAYLOR'S WINES MAIDEN, 1610m: BLOSSOM DEAREST 1, Dance With Dragons 2, Elkalato 3, La Niche 4.
4: 2.32, MORGANS CLASS TWO, 1260m: KALUANUI 1, Great Cheer 2, Year Of The Tiger 3, Feltham 4.
5: 3.07, DUNES ON SHELLY BEACH CLASS THREE, 1010m: BANDIT QUEEN 1, Wiangaree 2, Canny Thief 3, Tigerprint 4.
6: 3.43, SLIPWAY HOTEL CLASS ONE, 1410m: I'M ADAMANT 1, Annario 2, Lady Of The Court 3, Hard Work 4.
7: 4.23, AUSSIE ROCK LANDSCAPE AND CONSTRUCTION BENCHMARK 65, 1610m: SLIPSTREAMS 1, Vital Organ 2, Aminutemore 3, Whispering Gap 4.
Best Bets: Finger On The Pulse, Bandit Queen.