Hometown hero all class

PORT Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt dominated his home meeting on Friday, leading in four winners including promising filly Al Nova, which won the $50,000 Patinack Farm Queen Of The North (1200m) in front of a big crowd.

Jockey Marlon Dolendo shared in the spoils, winning three of those four races, although he missed the ride on Al Nova, with that going to Newcastle jockey Alison Threadwell.

However, less than 24 hours later, Threadwell was on her way to hospital by ambulance with a broken finger and dislocated wrist after being injured in the mounting yard at Muswellbrook the next day.

Intercites, which she was to have ridden in the first race, dislodged her then trampled on her.

Godbolt was searching his memory to remember such a dominant day.

“It is a long time since I have four winners,” Godbolt said.

“I had six on the one day once with four at Wauchope and two at Bowraville, but it was the day we buried my father and I was not at either meeting.

“That was a long time ago.

“I don’t think I have had such a good day until this meeting, but it is most welcome.

“Things have been pretty lean over the past couple of weeks.”

Godbolt is likely to send Al Nova to the paddock, although he won’t make a final decision for a few days.

“I never make a decision like that on race day,” he said.

“It is better to wait and see how she pulls up then make a decision.

“I have had some good fillies and she is not yet up there with the best but she would be equal to any of them for toughness.”

First home: Alison Threadwell wins the Patinack Farm Queen of the North race at Port Macquarie on Friday, on Al Nova. Pic: NIGEL McNEIL

First home: Alison Threadwell wins the Patinack Farm Queen of the North race at Port Macquarie on Friday, on Al Nova. Pic: NIGEL McNEIL

Threadwell landed the ride after finishing second on Al Nova in the Jardel Cup at Tamworth last month.

“We offered the ride to Robert (Thompson) but he turned it down and Alison did everything right at Tamworth so we had to be fair to her and give her the ride here,” Godbolt said.

“She has ridden a lot of winners for us and that was a mighty ride today. She followed the instructions to the letter.

“No one could have ridden her any better.”

Godbolt’s other winners, all ridden by Dolendo, were Yupik in the Serene Lodge 2YO (1100m), Get On The Grange (Casino Prince-Champion First Season Sire Maiden) and Light Touch (Patinack Farm $1m Breeders Bonus Class One).

One of the most impressive wins of the meeting was turned in by the Jenny Graham trained Time To Excite in the Patinack Farm Maiden with the three-year-old ridden by Robert Thompson to give him the first leg of a winning double.

More than 12 months of nursing and care has gone into getting Time To Excite to this point.

“This horse had two major operations before he raced, one on a fetlock and one on a knee to remove bone chips,” Graham said.

“It has been a major effort to get him to the races but if we can keep him sound I think he has the makings of a good horse.”

Graham bought the son of Excites for $18,000 at the Scone yearling sale and may look to the $400,000 Inglis Guineas (1400m) at Scone in May with the horse.


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