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ATTARD HOPING NSW BREAKTHROUGH WILL HELP SECURE NSW LICENCE

MONDAY: November 25, 2019: IT’S been a big week for Mick Attard with winners in two States.

And the former Central Queensland trainer, who now is based at Hawkesbury, is hoping he will shortly be able to celebrate fully by securing a permanent NSW licence.

Attard and his wife Sharon moved from Rockhampton in September for family reasons, and has four horses in work at Hawkesbury.

He gained a NSW breakthrough at Cowra last Saturday, winning with four-year-old Gohan ($3.80) in the Class 1 Handicap (950m).

The Carrara four-year-old was a $5000 purchase at the 2017 Capricornia Yearling Sale in Rockhampton, and his Cowra victory lifted his earnings to nearly $38,000 (including bonuses).

The gelding was Attard’s 10th starter since relocating to Hawkesbury.

Carrara, a son of 2004 Caulfield Cup winner Elvstroem (beating triple Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva), was a five-times winner in Melbourne and Brisbane before being retired to stud.

At his previous start, Gohan had finished second over 1000m at the picnic meeting held at Gosford on Melbourne Cup day.

Attard’s son Christopher is in charge of his father’s team at Rockhampton, and saddled winners at Emerald (Regal Reece, $13) on November 16 and Shenron ($6.50) at Rockhampton the following day.

Additionally, the Attard-trained Option did the stable proud by finishing third at $101 at Doomben last Saturday.

“I’ve come home,” Attard said today. “I’m from Sydney and started out as an apprentice jockey with Paul Cave.

“At present, I am training on a visitor’s permit and have applied to RacingNSW for a permanent licence.

“Sharon is my No 1 strapper, and we have moved back to be closer to our grandchildren.

“I would like to buy a few stayers to train to build up our team, but will wait for news of our application for a NSW licence.”