Hopes remain for Ballina

RAIN could have ruined what promised to be Darron Coleman’s parade.

The Ballina Jockey Club race meeting yesterday was called off after the track copped 34mm of rain overnight – the meeting was to have been six-time champion hoop Coleman’s last on his home track.

Coleman has said he will retire after the Murwillumbah Cup meeting on June 27.

BJC CEO Sarah Wills is negotiating with Racing NSW to have the meeting run either later this week or early next.

“It would be a pity if we didn’t get to send Darron off the way he deserves,” Wills said.

And that isn’t the only reason Wills wants the meeting rescheduled.

“There is a glut of horses on the Northern Rivers that need a run,” she said. “So I am hopeful we can work something out.”

Coleman, who will go for a long overdue shoulder operation when he finishes up, said there was no chance of him reconsidering his knock-off date.

“I was looking forward to my last day at Ballina,” Coleman said.

“I had some nice rides and it would have been good to go out with a couple of winners. But it wasn’t to be.”



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