Hall of Fame honours
NORTHERN Rivers jockeys Lorna Cook and Dallas Auckram have drawn local horses in the ballot for the fourth $50,000 Coolmore Iris Nielsen Ladies Invitation Handicap (1400m) at the Ballina Jockey Club on Sunday.
Cook will ride Surety, trained at Ballina by Stephen Lee, while Auckram will be on Royal Reign, also trained at Ballina by Bill Pholi.
And latest boom apprentice Priscilla Schmidt has picked up the key ride on Save A Buck for Coffs Harbour trainer Trevor Hardy, while now Gold Coast-based Emily Kehoe will ride last year’s winner, the Gordon Yorke-trained Rare Diamond.
Yorke has entrusted the mount on One Lickety Split to Queenslander Alisha Taylor.
Coffs apprentice Samantha Munro will be aboard Walpersporf.
Prize money for the feature race was increased last year and this year there will be a $20,000 supporting race, a Benchmark 70 (1000m).
The Ballina Jockey Club will make inductions into the Lady Jockeys Hall of Fame.
The inductees are Bev Buckingham and Bernadette Cooper.
They join Linda Jones, Pam O’Neill and the late Iris Nielsen on the honour board.
Jones and O’Neill will attend the event this year.
Leading female riders from across the nation will travel to Ballina for the day, which celebrates the role of women jockeys in Australian racing.
In addition to local jockeys, other invited riders are Stacey Rawiller, Robyn Freeman, Trinity Bannon, Skye Bogenhuber, Libby Hopwood, Alex Stokes, Sheree Drake and Cecily Eaton.
Winning rider from 2010, Tasha Collett, broke through for her first Group One victory in New Zealand earlier this month.