Ballina to get back on track
BALLINA Jockey Club will resume from a six-week track maintenance program break to stage a seven-race TAB meeting next Thursday.
Nominations will close at 11am today and club chief executive Matt Bertram believes noms will be large.
"Thursdays are a good day to race for us," he said yesterday.
"The track should be in good nick, we haven't raced for six weeks. It's our only break of the year and we have completed a track maintenance."
The Ballina track did receive 45mm of rain yesterday and that would have stopped the club from racing today if it had been scheduled but Bertram said the club was "keeping its fingers crossed" there was no more before Thursday.
"The forecast is clear," he said.
The meeting will be highlighted by a $20,000 1300m Benchmark 65 Hcp while there is also a 1000m Class 3 Hcp to boot on the seven races.
Meanwhile, TAB Highway performance and natural progression will make Scone mare Lunar Duchess hard to beat in the Scamper (1200m) at Rosehill tomorrow.
Trained by prolific southern premiership winner and dual Country Championship qualifying winner Brett Cavanough, the striking grey was considered an unlucky second to talented Fifteen Sunflowers in a Randwick Highway in October.
The four-year-old is primed third-up for Cavanough, who has moved successfully to Scone from Albury with a big team.
The winners have also been regular since then for the trainer, who is operating from Greg Bennett's former stables after Bennett took up a Queensland appointment with the international Aquis organisation.
Lunar Duchess indicated a productive return with a photo-finish second at Muswellbrook recently and will carry 55.5kg tomorrow for Tommy Berry.
Cavanough will enter a number of his stable in the $2 million Scone Cup Carnival, with nominations closing on Monday.