BAL­LINA TRAINER’S BIG PLANS FOR LATINO LOVER

The Northern Star - - NEWS - RICH­MOND RAC­ING GE­OFF NEWLING

Lover is on trial for a crack at the $50,000 Morn­ing­ton Hand­i­cap (2100m) at Tam­worth when the Bal­lina geld­ing runs at the Gold Coast on Satur­day.

That’s the aim young Bal­lina trainer Ethan Ensby has set his geld­ing af­ter his good win at Bal­lina last week.

Ensby, who was at Grafton yes­ter­day with long-priced Na­ture Train, is hope­ful Latino Lover can con­tinue his good form at the Gold Coast where he has won twice in re­cent weeks.

The 22-year-old trainer has had a great run over the past month with a win­ner ev­ery week.

The lat­est was Golden Val­ley’s win at the Gold Coast on Satur­day af­ter Latino Lover had won at Bal­lina last TuesLATINO day.

“We are hav­ing a great run,” Ensby said. “About time.” Latino Lover won well at Bal­lina, a Class 3 af­ter he had won a maiden at the Gold Coast.

“That was my fourth win at the Gold Coast too and my fifth win in the last four weeks,” Ensby said.

“I’ll take Latino Lover back to the Gold Coast on Satur­day and if he can win that I’ll look at go­ing out to Tam­worth for the Morn­ing­ton.

“I’d like to hope we can win out there too only need a soft track.

“A Heavy 10 would be even bet­ter but whether they get rain out there or not might de­cide if we go too.

“But he’s got to per­form at the Gold Coast to war­rant a trip out there for the Morn­ing­ton.”

The $50,000 Morn­ing­ton Hand­i­cap (2100m) is one of the main sup­port races to the $150,000 Mer­cure Tam­worth Cup (1400m) on Sun­day, April 29, when the Tam­worth Jockey Club dis­perses more than $400,000 in prize­money.

While Ensby is run­ning Latino Lover at the Gold Coast he has four of his small team en­tered at Bal­lina on Satur­day as well.

The Bal­lina Jockey Club has six $10,000 races pro­grammed and af­ter re­ceiv­ing 58 nom­i­na­tions this morn­ing has ex­tended nom­i­na­tions on all six races to 11am to­mor­row.

“Chelsea Di­a­mond would be my best chance at Bal­lina,” Ensby con­firmed.

‘She’s been work­ing pretty well, I’m pretty happy with her at the mo­ment.

“I think she is go­ing well enough to win a cou­ple of TAB races but she is a tem­per­a­men­tal lit­tle thing.”

He also has Iggy’s Boy Tezza and Quick Smart en­tered al­though Tezza is also en­tered at Coffs Har­bour on Thurs­day.

“He’s in a very winnable race at Bal­lina on Satur­day but he’s also a chance at Coffs Har­bour al­though Steve (Lee) and Dan (Bowen) also have a cou­ple of nice ones go­ing around in that.”

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