Trainer faithful in lightly raced mare despite injuries

INVERELL trainer Theresa Lennon has put past frustrations behind her with mare Dance Chelle and is now trying to contain her excitement ahead of the Grafton race meeting tomorrow.

The five-year-old will race for just the fourth time (3:1-1-1) and is coming off a tough breakthrough win at the track on September 5.

"She pulled up well from her last start and she's going nicely heading into this race," Lennon said.

"She worked on Saturday and was good so I think she'll go all right on Thursday."

Dance Chelle had two encouraging runs in January 2014 before spending 83 weeks away from the races after falling in a float and also sustaining injuries from numerous minor accidents.

"She needed time," Lennon said.

"She seemed to trip over every rock in the paddock and was hurting herself but always minor."

On her return she won the hard way, making a move that left her three and four wide without cover from the 650m before powering down the straight to score by three-quarters of a length from Falling Angels.

"We always knew she was special," Lennon said.

"She tries hard and is a little fighter. I was happy that she won but due to all the heavy rain we had in the lead-up I couldn't really do a lot of work with her in the week before the race.

"She's much better prepared this time. She tightened up from last start and gained race fitness."

Lennon said jockey Allan Chau may have to employ similar tactics from barrier 14 tomorrow but was still confident she could get the job done against her rivals.

The first of a 10-race program jumps at 11.50am with Dance Chelle in the seventh at 3.15pm.

CUP FEVER

THE Lismore Cup - one of the highlights of the city's social and racing calendar - is on Thursday, September 24.

There will be TAB meetings at Ballina on Sunday, October 4, and Tuesday, October 13, before Lismore races again on Monday, October 19.