Bracelet to be run on the Tweed
THE Ballina Jockey Club has been given the green light to transfer the Ballina Bracelet – washed out last Friday – to the Tweed River Jockey Club’s race meeting on Thursday.
One of the premier events in the region for two-year-olds will now go ahead alongside the regular race program that is set to be contested at the Murwillumbah track.
BJC CEO Sarah Wills was delighted to be able to make the announcement after seeing a number of the club’s meetings washed away in recent months.
“We were obviously disappointed with the way things went on Friday, but we want to salvage the Bracelet, as much as anything else for the owners and trainers,” she said.
“The club is very happy with the TRJC’s involvement and we’re looking forward to going to Murwillumbah.”
The event is a potential treasure chest for winning connections with the race worth $11,000 in prizemoney, plus a $50,000 Brisbane Bloodstock bonus for eligible runners.
One trainer who will be happy to hear that the race is back on is young Moruya-based horseman Luke Pepper.
Pepper brought his horse Cheersforhollywood all the way to Ballina in a bid for the $50,000 bonus and was shattered when the meeting was abandoned after the second race.
Brisbane Bloodstock has agreed to hold the bonus over for the Murwillumbah meeting, which comes just in the knick of time as these two-year-olds will turn three on Sunday.
TRJC officials have confirmed that Thursday’s meeting will now showcase at least eight events – acceptances for all races including the feature Bracelet will be declared tomorrow.
TRJC chairman Bernie Quinn was pleased that the club was able to come to the rescue.
“We are very happy to accommodate our Ballina friends and to have such a prestigious event as the Ballina Bracelet run at Murwillumbah,” he said.