Trainer makes it one for the girls

MURWILLUMBAH trainer Carolyn Halliday completed a winning double in consecutive races when six-year-old mare Royal Consort won the $30,000 Iris Nielsen Handicap (1400m) at the Ballina TAB race meeting yesterday.

Royal Consort ($5.50) stormed home from the back of the field to edge past second-placed ChevalDu Feu ($6) with Speed Of Dark ($13) back in third.

The horse has now had two wins and two placings in its past six starts.

"She worried me a little bit for about the first 100 metres," winning jockey Jason Taylor said.

"But once she caught up to the field she travelled well and it was all over.

"There was still a lot of work to do but I know how well she hits the line.

"She has always had a good turn of foot and at a few of her last starts she was a bit unlucky."

Earlier, Halliday had four-year-old mare Don't Tell Me That win the Sky Racing Benchmark 60 Handicap (1600m).

"Carolyn does a really good job with her horses," Taylor said.

"She had a win just before this and I almost got her another one earlier in the day."

It is the second time the Iris Nielsen Handicap has been open to male jockeys.

There were only two female jockeys in the race this year with Rikki Jamieson missing out on a ride after eight-year-old gelding Busy Doin' Nothin' was scratched.

However, Jamieson did get a win earlier in the day on five-year-old gelding Canny Be Famous in the $15,000 XXXX Gold Class 2 Handicap (1400m).

Jannette Johnson was on One Grey ($5), which came 11th, while Laura Cheshire was on $31 outsider Court Success that ran last.