Local jockeys Lorna Cook and Emily Kehoe near the Ballina Jockey Club finishing horseshoe and line.
Local jockeys Lorna Cook and Emily Kehoe near the Ballina Jockey Club finishing horseshoe and line. Jacklyn Wagner

Bizarre bid to end unlucky streak

BALLINA Jockey Club's luck could be about to change – for the better.

The club has suffered over the past financial year, with nine race meetings cancelled because of the wet track.

But while the terrible weather has certainly had an impact, could an upside-down horseshoe have anything to do with the club's misfortunes?

Chief executive Sarah Wills and chairman Robert Pitt aren't taking any chances.

“Over the past few months a number of people have told us the horseshoe over the winning post was upside down, and that it meant our luck was falling out of the horseshoe,” Mr Pitt said.

“When I mentioned this to one of our sponsors, he said he would pay the cost of putting the horseshoe 'round the right way.

“We are very grateful for this handsome gesture.”

Ms Wills agreed: “My partner is Irish and says having the horseshoe upside-down would definitely bring bad luck.

“We are all doing this with smiles and with the support of a generous sponsor, but hope it will lead to a change in our fortune, particularly as we are getting close to our major racing season.

“The Ballina Bracelet, with increased prize money this year, will be run on Friday, July 22.

“The Byron Bay Cup will be on Sunday, August 28, leading up to the Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup on Thursday, September 8.”



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