Stand Ready, ridden by Neil Paine, after winning the Maiden Plate (1600m) at Ballina, the race where Raymond Spokes escaped injury in a fall.
Stand Ready, ridden by Neil Paine, after winning the Maiden Plate (1600m) at Ballina, the race where Raymond Spokes escaped injury in a fall. Cathy Adams

Raymond gets back on horse

THERE was no denying Coffs Harbour jockey Raymond Spokes a win after he recovered from a dangerous fall in the previous race to ride five-year-old gelding Hayil's Way ($5) to victory in the Maiden Handicap (1250m) at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting yesterday.

Less than an hour before, Spokes had come crashing off five-year-old mare Caught High ($11) with 200 metres to go in the Maiden Plate (1600m).

"Any fall is bad and I was lucky I didn't hurt myself," Spokes said.

"All I thought about when I hit the ground was where are all the other horses coming behind me."

The 34-year-old was cleared of any serious damage and never thought about having the rest of the afternoon off.

"You just have to forget about it," he said.

"I knew Hayil's Way was in with a chance and it was the best horse on the day."

Gold Coast jockey Janette Johnson also fell, coming off four-year-old mare Che Sara Sara ($7) in spectacular fashion in the Class 1 Handicap (1000m).

She was cleared of injury and went on to have two more rides.

"It just clipped heels and it looked worse than what it was," she said.

In other races, Grafton apprentice Kirk Matheson continued his recent run of form by completing a winning double on five-year-old gelding Nobody's Johnny ($6) to take out the Slipway Hotel Movember Benchmark 65 Handicap (1300m).

"I was pretty confident with the horse," Matheson said.

"There was a lot of speed in the race and I know he gets back and comes home really well."

The win came as no surprise to Ballina trainer Stephen Lee.

"He is a pretty promising horse," Lee said.

"We had a torrid preparation with him last start where everything went wrong.

"There were rain-affected tracks and bad barrier draws and everything went pear-shaped.

"This track doesn't suit him and 1300 metres is too short, but we're heading in the right direction."

There will be another TAB meeting at the Ballina Jockey Club on Saturday, November 26.



Accused priest denies child sex claims at trial

premium_icon Accused priest denies child sex claims at trial

Catholic priest is accused of abusing two boys in the 1980s

Fed up dairy farmer predicts demise of Aussie milk

premium_icon Fed up dairy farmer predicts demise of Aussie milk

"It won't be long before there are milk shortages”

Abnormally warm weather until until 2022

premium_icon Abnormally warm weather until until 2022

Experts weigh in on what this will bring

Local Partners