Bracelet field the best in years
WITH the help of Brisbane Bloodstock, the Ballina Bracelet field today is the best in years.
Gallopers from Canberra, Brisbane and the Gold Coast will contest the $11,000 race, while two of Queensland’s finest jockeys, Stathi Katsidis and Glen Colless, are booked to ride.
Katsidis, who leads the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership, will pilot the Liam Birchley-trained Silverzen – one of six horses racing for the Brisbane Bloodstock bonus.
Horses sold through BB’s February yearling sale are eligible for bonuses in a series of races – today’s Bracelet is the last and the bonus is a hefty $50,000.
Ballina Jockey Club CEO Sarah Wills admits the bonus has helped the club put together a top quality field of two-year-olds for this time of year.
In her 18 months at the helm of the club, Wills has enticed some quality jockeys to the track – Group One winners Scott Seamer, Clare Lindop, Sam Spratt included – and Katsidis’ attendance ranks up there with them.
“It certainly gives an added level of interest to the race,” Wills said.
“Our aim is to get the better horses and the better jockeys to the track to raise the competition and there is no doubt that having Stathi ride here does that.”
Topweight Better Option, Gold Coast horse Noble Option, Moruya-based Cheersforhollywood, Colless’ mount Stay Put, and fourth emergency Mrs Macular are the others running for the bonus.
Luke Pepper has been on the road with his horse Cheersforhollywood for more than 12 hours for the race, so you can be assured it will be having a dig.