The Mid North Coast's oldest racehorse, Kempsey's French Command, trained by Hilary Dew, is knocking on the door to pass $250,000 prizemoney.
The budding 12-year-old this Sunday is expected to have his 157th start at Lismore this Friday and only needs a second placing to reach the milestone in prizemoney.
With 17 wins and 44 placings for prizemoney of $246,135, the gelding which cost $5000 has been a real "bread and butter" racehorse for Dew and his family.
"He has been real good to us and I would have no hesitation in retiring him if he showed signs he had had enough," Dew said.
"While he loves racing and is firing well we will keep him going until he has to retire at 13 under racing rules.
"He likes the sting out of the ground in races and goes better for female riders."
French Command ran third to Port Macquarie's Condover Hall at Taree on June 28 and was wide when unplaced at Taree on July 16.
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