Jockey Matthew McGuren rode Aquajewel to a second straight win at Ballina earlier this month. The mare is aiming for the trifecta on Monday.
Jockey Matthew McGuren rode Aquajewel to a second straight win at Ballina earlier this month. The mare is aiming for the trifecta on Monday. Cathy Adams

Home wins on heavy track at Ballina

APTLY named Aquajewel could be ploughing her way to a trifecta of home track wins at the Ballina Jockey Club on Monday.

The Steven Phelps-trained four-year-old mare has conquered all at home at her last two outings-winning on two heavy tracks.

Aquajewel has now won just over $50,000 in prizemoney from her 23-starts four-win career and is one of nine nominations for Monday's $20,000 Aquis Farm Open Handicap (1250m).

While she has won her last two Queensland hopefuls, Saipan and You Say No Way, are last-start winners too.

The club received another seven late nominations for Monday's seven-race TAB meeting yesterday making the Aquis Farm-sponsored Open and 2YO Handicaps better betting propositions.

The $20,000 1250m Aquis Farm Open Handicap now has nine potential runners after the addition of Halls Creek (Daniel Bowen), Push The Sky Away (Neville Stewart), She Tells Lies (Leo Clapham) and Secret Blend (Angela Plumb).

"The open should hold up now,” advised Ballina Jockey Club general manager Matt Bertram. "We have scattered showers forecast the next few days.

"Six months ago we were missing everything but lately we've been hit with everything.

"Two days ago we had 30mm and Lismore had zero. The track is holding up good though.”

Saipan has received 61kg topweight, the Ben Currie-trained Queenslander having won eight of his 24 starts for $90,885 in prizemoney.

Red Letter Day, winner of six of his 30 starts for $111,395, is the only other horse with more than the 54kg minimum.

Red Letter Day has 56kg while Halls Creek has 54kg.

Lismore-trained Halls Creek is also a winner at Ballina, successful there last preparation in a Class 1 1300m.

The gelding son of Tavistock is up in grade though. He has won two of his 26 starts for $54,420 in prizemoney but comes up against the likes of Saipan (Ben Currie), Red Letter Day and Grafton-trained Push The Sky Away.

The Neville Stewart-trained mare has won five of her 26 starts for $86,605 in prizemoney and is also a winner at Ballina.

She was sixth there at her only other start at Ballina when resuming from a spell on a Heavy 10 at the most recent Ballina meeting.



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