200-plus horses entered in Ballina’s Iris Nielsen race day
THE Iris Nielsen race day at Ballina has drawn a massive response from trainers with 203 horses nominated for the eight races on Sunday.
Ballina Jockey Club’s secretary-manager Matthew Bertram does know if it is a record but said he was stunned by the response.
“We regularly draw 170 or 180 nominations but to get just over the 200 mark is excellent,” Bertram said.
“Obviously the programming is right but last Saturday’s Gold Coast meeting might also have helped.
“The horses nominated for here might not have been quite up to the class of last Saturday’s meeting.
“Coffs Harbour racing last Sunday might have also fed into this meeting.”
There are 21 horses nominated for the $30,000 Iris Nielsen Hcp (1400m) headed by Repo Zest, a winner at two of his last three starts.
An interesting nomination is the Jeremy Sylvester trained Reunite, which ran second to Mucho Caliente in the Ballina Cup two years ago.
However his form since then has been ordinary and he comes into this race off two unplaced runs after a spell.
Sylvester has also nominated last start Ipswich winner Pacific Queen for the Benchmark 60 (1000m).
Ballina has another TAB meeting on January 29.