Weather could give BJC a boost

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au THE wild weather may work in favour of Ballina Jockey Club's NewYear's Day races. Traditionally a lesser drawcard on the club's racing calendar, today's non-TAB meeting is expected to draw a larger than normal crowd as storms force holidaymakers inside. "Well, it's not beach weather," said the club's chairman Gary Kliese. "It's a quiet day where people let their hair down. "We've put the first race back a bit later because people don't get out of bed till later. "The bad weather might work in our favour." The first of the five-race card jumps at 2.20pm to give punters extra time for a sleep-in, bacon and eggs, and a hair of the dog. The $3500 Carlton Draught Open Handicap (1250m) will see the Danny Bowen-trained Huddle try to go one better than its two-length second behind Diamond and Ice on Boxing Day. The eight-year-old grey gelding is the only starter in the race to have run a place from any of its past three starts. It's the standout on paper, but has only won once on a rain-affected track. As of yesterday afternoon, the track was downgraded to a slow 7 and with more rain predicted overnight, punters should be looking for mud runners.



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