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.



How to save $200 on your electricity bill

How to save $200 on your electricity bill

Slash your power bill and reduce your impact on the environment

12 fantastic things to do this week

12 fantastic things to do this week

From ice skating in Ballina to a tantra festival in Byron Bay

Attention gin lovers: Impressive wins for local distillery

Attention gin lovers: Impressive wins for local distillery

North Coast distillery takes out top gongs at major competition

Local Partners