New steward for Northern Rivers

A NEW racing ‘policeman’ will be on duty at today’s Northern Rivers Racing Association TAB meeting at Ballina.

Former metropolitan steward Tim Saladine joined the NRRA panel on Monday after spending the Past 18 months in Tasmania and the trip to Ballina will be his first local excursion trackside.

He replaces Sam Woolastan who has joined the metropolitan panel and will base himself at Newcastle from next Monday.

Coffs Harbour apprentice Jess Greacen has a big hand at today’s meeting with her 4kg claim sought after by trainers Jim Jarvis and Brett Bellamy.

She’ll ride last-start Taree winner Tamaashot for Jarvis, course winner (and third emergency) Desert Rancher if it gets a run and old marvel Mr Gold Fire, who is gradually getting up in distance and back to something like his best form.

Greacen has also accepted the mount on Al Hussar for the Bellamy stable in the last.

Meanwhile, Grafton Guineas-bound Goldwatch’n’chain continues his march towards the Grafton July carnival for trainer Stephen Lee in the Impress Labels and Print Benchmark 50 Handicap (1600m).

“I like the horse a lot, he’s going good,” Lee said.

“He’s suffered at the weights winning a couple of races early in his career but I think he’s a horse that will only get better.

“His problem today is he’s a three-year-old taking on older, better-performed horses without much weight relief.”

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