Ballina races: hot tip for Boxing Day
By DAWN COHEN
THE horses won't be dancing at Ballina's Boxing Day Races but pundits will.
The soulful, gravelly voice of Mason Rack, and the swing of his five-piece band, will serenade the expected 5000 crowd.
The annual Ballina Jockey Club event includes an entertainment package this year, to attract more young people, said Ballina Jockey Club secretary manager, Stephen Taylor.
The band will play for an hour between races, and long after the last horse has run.
Entertainment will include a fashion parade by Lennox Head fashion boutique Le Chelle. A large marquee will provide shade, and indoor and outdoor eating options range from pies and chips, to seafood.
Interstate race coverage should keep most people happy.
Free buses will run from Lennox Head, West Ballina and East Ballina, to minimise traffic congestion and drink driving concerns.
"The day is traditionally a reunion day for people returning to Ballina for Christmas," said Stephen.
And straight from the organisers mouth is a hot tip for Ballina's premier Boxing Day event.
"My bet for race four is Mosby," he said.
"He won the Ballina Cup Prelude and was the last start winner.
"He has an outstanding record.
"But then I know nothing about horse racing."
Gates open at 11am for a 1.45pm race start. Call 66862603 for further information.