Ballina ready and raring to host pop-up Christmas race day

Ballina Jockey Club have stepped up to host today’s Christmas meeting after it was determined that Lismore Turf Club wasn’t suitable for racing. Photo: Trackside Photography.

It wasn’t meant to be their meeting but following Racing NSW’s decision that Lismore Turf Club would not be able to host their race meeting on December 16, Friday’s program was shifted to Ballina Jockey Club

It’s already a busy time of the year for Ballina, with the club preparing for their always-popular Boxing Day meeting before the Ballina Cup meeting on January 13.

Still, the club took the challenge head on and will host a bumper eight-race-program, which is headlined by the 1410m Christmas Cup.

Ballina Jockey Club took to their social media accounts on Thursday, thanking their hard-working team for making the race day possible. 

“True Passion drives the team working behind the scenes to bring a great racing day to the public,” the Ballina Jockey Club statement read. 

“The crew who work every race day, not just Boxing Day, are loyal and devoted to the horses and racing.

“The races wouldn’t go ahead without these incredible people working to a coordinated timing (in all weather) for the Ballina Jockey Club patrons, members, and guests.

“Give a shout-out to the team behind the program! We couldn’t do it without them. Thank you!”

Ballina Jockey Club has labelled their race day as the ‘Christmas social event of the year’, and are offering free entry, with gates opening at 12pm, while racing kicks off at 1.14pm. 

There will be full bar, TAB, and bistro facilities, and for more on the race day click here, and for full fields, click here

Ballina trips, trials, and tribulations 

Race One: 7 Chickerartie – $4.60

This local galloper has been racing well this preparation and she steps up in distance for this event. The extra distance should suit, and the class won’t be an issue. 

Race Two: 10 Babayka – $3.40

Speedy type that raced well at this track and distance last start. Drawn to lead or be very close without doing a whole lot of work and if he gets a soft run in front, he will be tough to beat. 

Race Three: 1 Seaczar – $8 (Best Value)

This looks a really nice race for this 13-start maiden. Never too far away and the step-up in distance should only help his chances. 

Race Four: 6 Gracie Blue – $3

Arguably the best horse in the race on sheer ability, but she will likely get back and need to make her own luck in the run home. 

The speed map indicates there will be a lot of early pace and she should get her chances second-up over a mile. 

Race Five: 9 Devils Where $8

This filly impressed on debut when finishing third. She’s up in distance and drawn to figure second-up in this winnable maiden. 

Race Six: 3 Honourable – $3.50 (Best Bet)

Unlucky not to win first-up after a 206 day spell when running second at Coffs Harbour earlier this month. 

He did a couple of things wrong that day, but he is drawn to be on speed in this event and after five career starts for four minor placings, he is knocking on the door of a maiden win.

Race Seven: 10 Ward of Visp – $7.50

First-up from a long spell but his last preparation suggests he will figure in this event.

He is capable first-up, he’s won at this track, and he is drawn to get a good sit in behind the early leaders. 

Race Eight: 2 Rhyme Time – $13

I’m happy to put a line through her first-up run in town. She steps up in distance, draws well, and she will strip fitter for the run. This is a tough race, but she appears to be a really attractive each-way play.