Full book: Apprentice jockey Masa Haga looks set for a big day out with five top rides at Bowraville’s Boxing Day meeting.
Full book: Apprentice jockey Masa Haga looks set for a big day out with five top rides at Bowraville’s Boxing Day meeting.

Inglis to attend Bowraville races

RUGBY League star Greg Inglis will be back among old friends when he attends the Boxing Day race meeting at Bowraville.

The South Sydney-bound centre is expected to spend Christmas Day in Queensland with the family of his new bride, Sally, before the couple head south to catch up with his extended local mob.

Inglis will attend the races where he’s accepted an invitation to present the trophy for a race sponsored by local character, Cr Michael “Cactus” Moran. “Greg handed out the trophy for me last year and when I asked if he would do it again, he said it was no problem,” Cr Moran revealed.

“He’s a great young kid and I’ve known him since he was knee high to a grasshopper.

“I just hope he doesn’t ask me for a tip because I just give the club the money and they take care of the rest ... I’ve got no idea which horse will win it.”

The Bowraville meeting is one of two traditional Northern Rivers Racing “community” fixtures on this date – the other is at Ballina – and both attract massive crowds when the weather is fine.

Nominations by Coffs Harbour trainers Brett Bellamy and Gordon Yorke may dominate the program and apprentice jockey Masa Haga also looks set for a big afternoon with a full book of five strong rides for the meeting.

Meanwhile, the NRRA’s run of bad luck with the weather continued yesterday when continuing rain forced the postponement of the Murwillumbah Men of League TAB meeting. Six Coffs-trained runners shared between the Bellamy and Dodson stables had accepted for the fixture.

Of five meetings this month, only Lismore on December 5 managed to see the full card completed.

Coffs was washed out in advance on the 3rd while Ballina (11th) and Lismore (17th) were abandoned with three races still to be run, prompting renewed calls for planning to commence on building an all-weather track within the Association.

A track gallop scheduled for 7am yesterday to assess the state of the surface was called off by acting chief steward Tim Saladine when he deemed it too slippery for even that to proceed.

“The only way we would have been able to race would have been in the event of no overnight rain,” he said.



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