Apprentice jockey Bella Rabjones (centre) with friends Samantha and Gracie.
Apprentice jockey Bella Rabjones (centre) with friends Samantha and Gracie. Stephen Senise

Race winner retires to life at Murwillumbah Pony Club

AFTER storming home to take out Friday's 1800m Murwillumbah Services Club Cup, Persian Book has been given a career early mark and is heading for a new life as a pony club horse.

Murwillumbah-based trainer Darren Graham who prepares the six year old gelding told the Daily News his charge was simply not consistent enough to warrant further time in the big league.

"He's a nice horse and the decision's up to the owners, but he's probably heading to Murwillumbah Pony Club.

"His mind's not that focused on racing - he put in a good effort but Chris (Whiteley) can take the credit for the win, 'cause it was a perfect ride."

After taking a sit off the leading division for most of the race, Whiteley unwound Persian Book ($6.00) down the centre of the track on straightening, grinding down his adversaries to score by a quarter of a length to Vilayet ($5.00) and a further quarter of a length to favourite Miss Kardashian ($3.50).

Persian Book's career record now stands at 2 wins and 13 placings from 50 starts and $33,712 in prizemoney.

"Bella" Rabjones who is apprenticed to Graham had her debut ride in the 1000m open trial held at the end of Friday's meeting, finishing midfield on Isinbayeva.

It capped off a busy afternoon for the Pottsville teenager who handled Persian Book in the parade ring before the feature cup race.

Ms Rabjones said she was proud to be the only apprentice rider based at the Murwillumbah track presently, and was looking forward to getting as many rides as she could under her belt.

She was recently passed to ride in trials in Queensland as well as her home state as a means of earning greater experience.

The Tweed River Jockey Club hosts its next meeting on Tuesday, May 6.



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