Coleman to go out in style
BALLINA Jockey Club is preparing to send champion rider Darron Coleman out with a bang at today's Billinudgel Cup meeting.
The seven-race card is likely to be run on a heavy track but club CEO Sarah Wills was determined not to let Mother Nature rain on the parade after having the meeting rescheduled from last Monday.
Coleman, a six-time Northern Rivers Racing Association champion hoop and two-time champion apprentice, will be honoured with a presentation to be given by old sparring partner Gary Kleise after the feature race.
The meeting – Coleman's last at Ballina – will be broadcast live on Sky Racing.
The Billinudgel Cup (1610m) promises to be a familiar affair with all the usual suspects to run and Northern Rivers cups king Surety to set the pace.
Coleman has ridden half of the gallopers in the field over his career and reckons he is on the right one in Yass River.
“I think he is my best ride of the day, and he won't mind the wet track,” Coleman said.
The pair have combined for two wins in the past two months including the Wollongbar Cup at Ballina over 1300m and the Pottsville Cup (1500m) at Murwillumbah on a heavy track.
Coleman, who will take the ride for his one-time master, now racing partner, Danny Bowen, would love nothing more than to go out a winner with his old mate.
“It would be a great way to repay Danny for all the support over the years,” he said.
“It will be a big day for me, and I reckon the big fella might get a bit emotional, too.”