Ho­mann’s re­turn a bit of fun

The Weekend Post - - Sport - JOR­DAN GERRANS

JUST a bit of fun. That is what re­turn­ing Tolga trainer Ni­cole Ho­mann is look­ing to have with her first race starter since May 2015 at Atherton Turf Club this af­ter­noon.

The for­mer jockey for 12 years has leased Cashed Up Bully, pre­vi­ously trained by In­n­is­fail’s Greg Strick­land be­fore he was sent on a hol­i­day by the Queens­land Racing In­tegrity Com­mis­sion.

The 10-year-old will carry top weight in the $7000 Benchmark 55 Hand­i­cap (1200m) in Ho­mann’s first day back train­ing in over three years.

“A few years back, I had a good run with my horses,” Ho­mann said.

“There was a few older horses I got with problems and I did en­joy the chal­lenge of get­ting the horses right to make them safe and sound to ride.

“And, then get­ting a re­sult with the horse, that was the most sat­is­fy­ing thing.

“It is some­thing I re­ally en­joy and I have never not had a horse in my life.”

Ho­mann’s partner, Kerry Rock­ett, who rides Cashed Up Bully in work, will be the pilot this af­ter­noon as the geld­ing chases ca­reer win num­ber 10 in start 116.

“Com­ing back to train­ing, it is just a hobby for me, it is not about mak­ing money,” Ho­mann said.

Pic­ture: NEL­LIE PRATT

COME­BACK: Trainer Ni­cole Ho­mann, pic­tured in 2005, will sad­dle up her first starter in more than three years when Cashed Up Bully runs this af­ter­noon at Atherton Turf Club.

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