Cheering for gold at Ballina race track

SPRINTING mare Cheering is an ideal mount for apprentices, according to Goulburn trainer Kurt Goldman.

With that in mind Goldman has engaged his 4kg-claiming apprentice Tayla Stone for Cheering when he saddles up his first ever runner at Ballina today.

The four-year-old mare will line up in the Class 1 Hcp (1010m).

Stone last rode the mare when narrowly beaten by No Smudge in a Maiden at Queanbeyan on May 10 before a 48-day spell.

"Cheering is an ideal horse for apprentices," Goldman said.

"She jumps and runs and does everything herself. You just have to steer her.

"Tayla rides her all her work and knows the horse well.

"That always helps."

Cheering has been spending the winter in Queensland with a number of other Goldman-trained horses and the northern sunshine has done wonders for the daughter of Not A Single Doubt.

"She's thriving in the warmer weather," Goldman said.

"Her form has been solid.

"On Monday she comes back in grade and gets in good after Tayla's claim.

"While she's drawn a bit awkward (barrier 11) she has enough early speed to put her into the race early.

"I've never had a runner at Ballina but they tell me it's a track that generally suits on-pace type horses."

Last time out the lightly-raced four-year-old led until the final stages when 0.7 lengths fifth to Assertory over 1050m at Doomben on July 26.

"She had to work a bit hard outside the leader at Doomben," Goldman said.

"It was a good run under the circumstances. She's done well since Doomben and it does look a nice race for her at Ballina."