Rain 'steals' the Bracelet

THE Ballina Bracelet is going to have to be locked away somewhere safe for another 12 months after two attempts to run the race fell foul of the Northern Rivers’ fickle weather.

The popular race for two-year-olds was to be run at the Ballina Jockey Club last Friday, but all except the first two events on the program were washed out.

Not wanting to disappoint trainers, jockeys and the connections of the 14 runners, the BJC scrambled around and managed to get the Bracelet included on the Tweed River Jockey Club’s TAB meeting set down for Murwillumbah yesterday.

But heavy mid-week rain rendered the track unsuitable for racing and the meeting was called off before it even began.

BJC chief executive officer Sarah Wills has simply run out of options and said the Bracelet appeared to be ‘gone for this year’.

“There isn’t anything we can do about it,” she said.

“There isn’t anything we can do about the weather.

“A lot of work went into getting this race meeting going and I just feel bad for our sponsors, Ballina Tourism and Hospitality.

“They are new sponsors and I’m just disappointed for them.

“We were keen to try to put the race on at Murwillumbah and it was gracious of them to include us on their program, but it was just a disappointing day weather-wise.

“That’s just the Northern Rivers.”

Wills said she hadn’t even entertained the thought of trying to get the Bracelet run as part of the Lismore Turf Club’s six-race program tomorrow.

“We would have needed a bit of time for that, which we haven’t got, which was why Murwillumbah was such a good option for us,” she said.

So the Bracelet will be locked away until next year when it can be trotted out again as the sparkling prize for the $11,000 race.

Meanwhile, Wills will hope some dry and windy weather over the next few weeks gets the track at Ballina back into shape ahead of the Byron Bay Cup meeting on August 29.



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