Ballina Bracelet boost

By STEVE SPINKS

THE Ballina Jockey Club has announced a new deal that will increase prizemoney for the Ballina Bracelet by up to $50,000.

The announcement, which was made in the lead-up to the TAB meeting at Ballina today, should ensure the Bracelet again becomes one of the premier races on the Northern Rivers.

The prizemoney has increased after the club linked with thoroughbred vending company Brisbane Bloodstock.

Under the new deal, Brisbane Bloodstock has agreed to add a bonus of $10,000 to the winner if the horse was purchased through the Brisbane Bloodstock yearling sale on February 20.

In 2006 that will increase to $50,000.

"That will be on top of the usual prizemoney ($10,000)," Ballina Jockey Club secretary-manager Steve Taylor said.

"There will also be a BOBS bonus ($5000) available."

Premier event

Taylor is hoping the March 20 race day will once again become the second premier racing event in Ballina.

"It's maintained strong local interest," he said.

"But maybe these incentives will attract more Brisbane horses to come down."

The two-year-old race has often been used by some trainers to prepare their charges for the Gold Coast's Magic Millions.

In further news, the Jockey Club has increased the prizemoney for the Ballina Cup in September from $35,000 to $40,000.

There are eight races scheduled for today with 97 acceptances.

The first race is at 1.20pm with the last scheduled for 5.40pm.



VIDEO: Scuba diver saves 2m shark from 'terrible death'

VIDEO: Scuba diver saves 2m shark from 'terrible death'

"I fought my fear... the shark was moving violently”

Woman plucked from crumbling cliff by volunteers

Woman plucked from crumbling cliff by volunteers

"She was scared that if she moved she’d fall down the cliff face"

25 extra firefighters coming to help battle bushfire

25 extra firefighters coming to help battle bushfire

Bushfire near Casino listed as "out of control"

Local Partners