Cup carnival fate to be decided next week
THE immediate future of Ballina's cup carnival will be decided at a meeting next week between the Ballina Jockey Club and the Mayor of Ballina, Cr Phillip Silver. The chances of the carnival going ahead on its new date, November 15, are looking increasingly doubtful given the tight restrictions still in place on racing. The club was forced to transfer the cup from September 13 to November 15 because of the outbreak of equine influenza and the need to lock down race courses. Lismore also switched its cup from September 27 to November 29, but the Lismore Turf Club will wait until November 1 before making a decision. The president of the Ballina Jockey Club, Gary Kliese, said the meeting with Cr Silver would discuss a range of issues including the half-day holiday. "The club wants to see the cup carnival go ahead but we are in the hands of Racing NSW and the Department of Primary Industry," Kliese said. , "The State is still in a crisis with EI and if we cannot run the cup next month then hopefully we can find another date after the crisis has passed." First shots !INNOCULATION of horses on the Richmond was scheduled to start next week with the first shots to be given either on Monday or Tuesday. However, there was a suggestion from Racing NSW yesterday that the program would be changed with Mid North Coast horses vaccinated next week and Northern Rivers horses the week after. The vaccine was due to arrive in Sydney from France yesterday then has to be processed and sent north. A later vaccination on the Northern Rivers would still dovetail with the proposed Ballina meeting with horses allowed to race between their first and second injections. Grafton will race next Saturday but the only outside horses allowed at that meeting will be from Coffs Harbour. Secretary ill !THE secretary of the Clarence River Jockey Club, Dale Thompson, is seriously ill in Grafton Base Hospital. Thompson has been fighting a rare form of cancer for some time and was admitted to hospital after returning from Melbourne where he underwent further treatment. A trivia night fund-raiser will be held for Thompson and his family at Grafton Services Club on Thursday, October 25, with teams of eight in four divisions women, men, mixed and family. The entry fee is $400 per team, with more than $1000 in prizemoney. The racing community on the Richmond is planning a number of teams and a bus will run from Ballina through Lismore and Casino to Grafton and return. People wanting to nominate teams and arrange transport should contact Gary Kliese on 0439-001909 or Lismore Turf Club secretary Michael Timbrell on 66213176. Closed meeting !BALLINA has been scheduled to run a second closed meeting on Friday, October 19, which will also be open to horses from Casino, Lismore and Murwillumbah. However, trainers from each of those centres must apply to the Department of Primary Industry for a permit to travel their horses. Racing NSW stressed the date was only tentative. The program will be similar to that which was run at Ballina last month and will be printed on the Racing NSW web site as soon as the date is confirmed.