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."
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.