Families will be the winners at Ballina
BALLINA jockey Lorna Cook is riding in tomorrow's Family Race Day at Ballina Racecourse, and reckons the day is a great chance to introduce young people to the sport of racing.
“Families make up the majority of the population, and to keep the public coming to the races then we have to cater for families,” Mrs Cook said.
And for young people considering a career as a jockey, she had this advice to offer: You have got to love it.
“It's a hard profession for a kid because you have to give up much of what teenagers love to do, like partying and going out with friends,” Mrs Cook said.
“Mainly because you have to keep your weight down.
“But there is good money to be made.”
The gates will open at midday, with the first of the five races starting at 2.12pm.
Entry to the race day is free.
Ballina Jockey Club manager Sarah Wills said parents could expect plenty of activities for the kids.
“We recognise it's school holidays and we are trying to involve our local community, and we want to introduce our young people to the excitement of horse racing and to show them how much fun they can have,” she said.
“There will lots of activities for kids, including face-painting, arts and craft activities, games and sport, all provided by the Kids Club. There will be a Ferris wheel and snow cones available.”
Ms Wills said there would be designated 'no alcohol' and 'no smoking' zones, with an upstairs bar area open for refreshments.
She said the Family Fun Race Day was not a TAB meeting, but bookmakers would be present.
“There will even be special kids' food,” Ms Wills said.