Newrybar set for the races
THE people of Newrybar will take over the Ballina Jockey Club today when it hosts the Newrybar Cup race meeting.
All five races on the card are sponsored by businesses from the tiny village and most of the population will make the short trip south.
Dazz Woodward from Country House Antiques, which sponsors the feature event, is enthusiastic about her small community coming together to make the day possible.
“We as a town were invited to get involved with the day and we thought it would be a fabulous idea to chip in and do a little bit of Newrybar promotion,” Woodward said.
“We all pulled together to organise it and showcase Newrybar, which is a delightful spot for tourists to come and enjoy its rustic ambience.”
The feature event has attracted a field of only six, which should ensure a tactical race, but if class counts for anything it will be the Gary Nielsen prepared Trick On Track that gets the spoils.
The eight-year-old is a Rosehill and Canterbury winner, a Casino Cup winner and has won two from six in the wet.
“He is first up after a lengthy spell and probably needs the run but he is handy fresh,” Nielsen said.
Nielsen has engaged apprentice Bradley Wallace, the son of champion Gold Coast trainer John Wallace, to claim 3kg on the ride after the big gelding was slugged with 59.5kg by the handicapper.
Recent rain slowed the track to a heavy eight through the week, but it has been upgraded to a slow six and with good weather could continue to improve through the day.
BJC secretary Sarah Wills is hoping the rain stays away.
“All the people of Newrybar will be geared up for it,” Wills said.
“They have been great supporters of the club so hopefully the day runs well for us and them.”