Ballina Races XXXX GOLD CLASS 2 Handicap winner Admirah Belle ridden by Motoki Okada.
Ballina Races XXXX GOLD CLASS 2 Handicap winner Admirah Belle ridden by Motoki Okada. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Laura rides Car Three home

GOLD Coast jockey Laura Cheshire finally had something to cheer about when she rode four-year-old mare Car Three ($9) to victory in a Class 1 Handicap (1310) at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting yesterday afternoon.

Cheshire has ridden the horse on three previous occasions and was confident heading into the race.

"I know her inside and out and know she doesn't have any more tricks for me," Cheshire said.

"She should have won last start at Murwillumbah, but she hung back and I couldn't straighten her.

"I put my stick in the other hand today and as soon as she felt it she straightened.

"She is a horse that doesn't do track work because nobody can handle her, but I was keen to give it a crack."

Another Gold Coast jockey Chelsea Jokic is busy learning the ropes on the Northern Rivers.

The 16-year-old recently moved from Victoria with her father Stefan who is also the newest trainer in the area.

"It's a tight track and I got stuck at the back in two of my races," Jokic said.

"I'm just trying to get a feel for it and whatever happens, happens.

"I'm getting a few rides and racing is something I've always wanted to do."

Admirah Belle (pictured), with Motoki Okada in the saddle, won the XXXX Gold Class 2 Handicap over 1010m.

The focus will remain on female jockeys with the Iris Nielsen race day on Sunday January 29.

The club has secured legendary American jockey Julie Krone.

"I've been invited to ride in the big one and I'm looking forward to it," Cheshire said.



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