Reece, ridden by Terry Treichel, after winning the Iris Nielsen Prelude (1310m) at Ballina last week. Trainer Gayna Williams is setting the horse for the Iris Nielsen Invitational on January 29.
Reece, ridden by Terry Treichel, after winning the Iris Nielsen Prelude (1310m) at Ballina last week. Trainer Gayna Williams is setting the horse for the Iris Nielsen Invitational on January 29. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Nomination overload lifts program

NOMINATIONS for Ballina Jockey Club's Friday TAB meeting have blown out, giving cause for an extra race to be scheduled.

The eight-race program will now increase to nine with 37 nominations in one and 33 in another, giving general manager Craig Kelly a welcome headache.

An extra race should equate to more on-course income and better TAB turnover.

"We've had 187 nominations, which is a huge figure," Kelly said.

"So we'll probably split a race in two and end up with a nine-race program.

"We are racing with most of our fields 90% full which is a pretty fair effort and says a lot for the region.

"We get a lot of horses from Queensland and the Northern Rivers as well."

Kelly has been working overtime to finalise his field of women jockeys for the $50,000 Coolmore Iris Nielsen Ladies Invitational on Sunday, January 29.

"We've sent out quite a few invitations," Kelly said.

"The list is still to be confirmed; I should know next week."

Last week's winner of the XXXX Iris Nielsen Prelude (1310m), Reece is a definite starter in the 1400m Iris Nielsen Invitational.

Reece's Grafton-based trainer Gayna Williams said: "He's pulled up well and his work has been very good.

"I'm very happy about the rain."

The seven-year-old gelding prefers the sting out of the track.



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