They're off and running at Ballina on Boxing Day
MEETING mates you haven't seen all year is a tradition at Ballina's Boxing Day race meeting, and this year won't be any different.
Ballina Jockey Club chairman Keith Morrow said this year's meeting at the Ballina Racecourse, located in Racecourse Road, would be the biggest one yet.
“The Ballina Boxing Day race meeting has been one of the most popular social and sporting events on the Northern Rivers since 1901,” he said.
“A lot of young people home for the Christmas holidays come to this event to catch up with friends they haven't seen all year.
“Ballina Boxing Day races have a very friendly atmosphere.”
Mr Morrow said race-goers wouldn't be disappointed with this year's six-race program, with local trainers well represented, including Danny Bowen, Steven Phelps, Shane Randall, Leo Clapham, Allan Paterson and Phil Quinnell.
Mr Morrow said a free bus service would operate throughout the afternoon and evening between the racecourse, Ballina, Wardell, Alstonville and Lennox Head.
“We urge patrons not to drink and drive,” he said.
Mr Morrow said an alcohol curfew would be enforced at the course from 9pm.