Erinsea after four in a row
A LATE bloomer, five-year-old Erinsea will look to make it four consecutive wins when she lines up in the opening race of tomorrow's Coffs Harbour TAB meeting.
The Brett Dodson-trained mare has improved with age and is at the top of her game.
It will be only the fourth time Erinsea has raced over 1000m but Dodson is confident her form and previous good results in Coffs will be enough to claim victory.
"She first ran at Coffs three years ago and since then has recorded two wins and three places in five attempts," Dodson said.
"Her best distance is probably races between 1200 and 1600 metres but I think with a wet track tomorrow we will be able to sit back and time a run to the line.
"As long she stays in contact with the pack we'll be in with a shot."
Riding Erinsea will be apprentice jockey Nick Perrett, who has been in the saddle for the mare's past three wins.
"Nick is a great young jockey and has had some success on Erinsea, so it would be silly to mess with the combination," the trainer said.
"The last two wins in Grafton were impressive rides and hopefully he will be able to emulate that tomorrow."
Despite a win and a place from the mare's first two career starts, Erinsea has proven home is truly where the heart is.
"When she was younger we had trouble getting her to eat and as a result her form outside of Coffs and Grafton suffered," Dodson said.
"As she has matured we have begun to conquer some of those problems but she still has found her best results locally."
Erinsea is one of three Dodson-trained horses racing, with Betty Rocks in the 1300m Benchmark 60 handicap and Ganesh in the 1600m maiden plate.