Peisley gets a leg up
By STEVE SPINKS
WHEN Ballina jockey Danny Peisley wins the Northern Rivers Racing apprentices' premiership later this month it will be a vindication of trainer Danny Bowen.
Bowen, based in Ballina, took Peisley on after the 18-year-old had had problems adjusting to the working life of a jockey in Port Macquarie.
In other words, he was enjoying the Port nightlife too much.
"He was just knocking about down there with blokes who never had the opportunity he had," Bowen said.
"He was sent up here on an excursion by a friend who asked me to have a look at him.
"I gave him a few rides and it went from that.
"He won on a couple of horses and said he wished he could stay in Ballina."
"He's adapted to what he has to do," Bowen said.
"He's a typical jockey. He's better in the saddle than on the ground.
"But he's really going good.
"I'm proud of him, the whole family is."
Bowen had not had an apprentice since Darron Coleman joined him from Casino many years ago.
Remarkably, Coleman will win the jockeys' premiership for the fifth straight year at the end of this month.
Coleman and Peisley always have first choice of Bowen's stable.
"I stick to me boys," he said.
"I don't go looking outside and they pick up a lot of rides because everyone knows they're honest and they're fit."
Today, Bowen has a number of horses running at Ballina's last TAB meeting of the season.
Karma King and Kings Way will start in the Westlawn Finance Maiden Plate (1260m), ridden by Peisley and Coleman, but most of the attention will centre on Pitch White.
Pitch White is owned by Sydney radio personality Ray Hadley.
"An old friend rang me up and said it wasn't going real good in the city," Bowen said.
"So he asked me to have it for a few runs."
Peisley will be on board.
Late yesterday afternoon the track was changed from heavy to dead.