STARTING WELL: Apprentice jockey Kasie Stanley will have a five-mount card at Casino today, building on the racing successes of her family.
STARTING WELL: Apprentice jockey Kasie Stanley will have a five-mount card at Casino today, building on the racing successes of her family. JAY CRONAN THE NORTHERN STAR

Its a family affair

KASIE Stanley will be aiming to cap a successful week and make it a memorable day for her family at today's Casino Racing Club Coraki Cup meeting.

The apprentice jockey will be on five mounts at Casino, including two for her father, Peter.

After riding two winners at Lismore's meeting on Monday, the 26-year-old former Casino rider will return to familiar soil.

Kasie's mum, Dianne Stanley, who is secretary/manager at the club, said the father-daughter connection always worked well.

"Kasie loves what she is doing," she said. "It is great to see her do so well.

"Being an ex-jockey, Peter is able to advise her when he can.

"They have a wonderful relationship but for them it is like working with anyone else."

Stanley will ride her father's charge Misswan in the day's headline race, the 1400m Coraki Hotel 'Bottom Pub' Coraki Cup Benchmark 50 Handicap.

The horse has an abject recent record, with no wins in its last seven outings since victory at Grafton in April.

Father and daughter also team up in the 1200m St Mary's Cup sponsored by Pinkerton's Jewellers Class Two Handicap, with Kasie riding Archuleta.

The seven-year-old bay gelding has also gone unplaced since a win at Lismore in June.

With a busy day in prospect, Kasie's promising career seems to be going from strength to strength.

After developing her skills, Kasie, whose brother Justin is also a jockey, moved to Cathy Chapman's Grafton stables about three months ago to further improve her riding abilities.

Dianne said the move seemed to be paying dividends for her daughter, who rode Darshan Joh and Secret Touch to wins over 1100m and 1516m respectively at the Lismore meeting.

"She moved over there to get better opportunities," she said.

"I am proud that all her hard work seems to be paying off."

A host of entertainment is planned at the six-race Casino meeting, including a kid's club to keep children happy.

A Fashions on the Field event for the smartest-dressed punters also will be held.

Big Brother star and Coraki resident Bradley Darke will be appearing at today's meeting. The 18-year-old, who shot to fame after his recent appearance on the reality TV show will present the trophy to the winner of the Coraki Cup.

Dianne said the event, which was likely to attract hundreds of punters and was the club's last meeting of the year, should be a great success.

"Days like this are memorable, as we eat and sleep racing," she said.

"It should be a great day."

Gates open at 11am with the first race scheduled for 1.40pm.

For more details, contact the Casino Racing Club on 6662 1729.

See race fields and Grahame Timbrell's Richmond Racing column, Page 52



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