Jockeys look forward to girls' day out
BALLINA jockeys Lorna Cook and Emily Kehoe are saddling up to compete in the second Sky Gold Coolmore Iris Nielsen Memorial Ladies Invitation Cup tomorrow.
The 1300m race honours the memory of local jockey Iris Nielsen, the first woman in Australia to be killed as a result of a race fall, when she fell from the horse Happy Zephyr at the Lismore race track in March 1988.
Cook and Kehoe believe the event is important.
“It's just another race on the meeting, except this one has a bit more meaning,” Kehoe said.
“This is a great thing to do in Iris' memory.”
“It's always good to have these sorts of things, and it's good for Iris to be remembered,” she said.
The race will showcase the finest female jockeys from the eastern States of Australia and New Zealand, with horses matched to riders by ballot.
Cook will ride Stormy Youth, while Kehoe hopes to win on Diamonds and Ice.
“He's in with a chance of winning,” Cook said of her horse.
“I've never actually seen him, but I've looked at his form on the computer.”
While Kehoe has never ridden her horse, she said she had raced against him.
“Hopefully I can ride well and win,” she said.