Ballina Jockey Club took the first step towards establishing a Lady Jockeys Racing Museum when a display in its foyer was opened. Female riders, from left, Kasie Stanley, Lorna Cook and Amy White were proud to be there to mark the occasion. The club has set up the display setting out the history of the Iris Nielsen Ladies Invitational Handicap as well as artefacts and photographs of early races when, before 1979, lady jockeys were not allowed to compete against the men. There are also portraits of members of the Lady Jockeys Hall of Fame. The club is seeking $5 million in Federal Government funding to build the museum.
Ballina Jockey Club took the first step towards establishing a Lady Jockeys Racing Museum when a display in its foyer was opened. Female riders, from left, Kasie Stanley, Lorna Cook and Amy White were proud to be there to mark the occasion. The club has set up the display setting out the history of the Iris Nielsen Ladies Invitational Handicap as well as artefacts and photographs of early races when, before 1979, lady jockeys were not allowed to compete against the men. There are also portraits of members of the Lady Jockeys Hall of Fame. The club is seeking $5 million in Federal Government funding to build the museum. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Breeder doubles up at Ballina

IT was a double celebration for part-time Casino trainer Ian Savins when jockey Peter Graham rode Freerocker ($2.20 favourite) and Blissful Honour ($15) to victory at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB matinee meeting on Saturday.

Savins works in real estate and has been training horses for four years.

Blissful Honour ($15) finished a length-and-a-quarter clear of second-placed Hayil's Way ($11) with Higher 'N' Higher ($4.20 equal favourite) half-a-length back in the Class 1 (1305m).

"It's probably about my turn for a double," Savins said.

"I was pretty confident she (Blissful Honour) would run a place.

"She is a promising mare and I expect her to win another two or three races soon."

In a busy afternoon for Savins, he took Blissful Honour's sister mare Elle Majesty to the Gold Coast where the five-year-old came second in a Class 3 Handicap (1400m).

Savins, who breeds his own horses, was impressed with three-year-old gelding Freerocker and his one-and-a-quarter-length victory in the Maiden Handicap (1405m) at Ballina.

"He's beaten himself a few times in the past and just come back from a three-month spell," Savins said.

"He is still a bit immature for his age and we put the blinkers on him for the first time on Saturday."

Jockey Jasen Watkins also finished the day with a winning double.

In other races, Ty Seeker continued its recent run of success at Ballina with a win in the Benchmark 65 (1005m).

The five-year-old mare has now won four of its past five starts at the track.

Lismore Turf Club will race on Friday, then Ballina will next look to its Boxing Day meeting, which usually attracts a big crowd.



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