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.