Race meeting to be held in McKinlay

FACE PACED: A race meeting in McKinlay. Photo: Derek Barry.
FACE PACED: A race meeting in McKinlay. Photo: Derek Barry.

THERE are 39 racehorses scheduled to compete in McKinlay on Saturday across the five races. The event will be hosted by the Julia Creek Turf Club. 

Six horses will gallop 1200 metres to win the open handicap – the last race scheduled for the day. 

Jockey Dan Ballard rides the horse with the highest handicap in that race. Five O’Clock of the Jim Jackson stable has a handicap of 83. Ballard rides against his parents. Keith Ballard rides Travel In Style, trained by his wife Denise. Travel In Style has a handicap of 76. 

The barriers will be busiest with the 0-50 Handicap, and the 0-60 Handicap. There are nine horses competing in each of these races.

Julia Creek trainer Tanya Parry increases the competitiveness of the 0-50 with four horses including Cobungra Boy and Zatochio.

The nine horses in the 0-60 includes Denise Ballard’s Bush Lawyer, Shryn Gabiel-Royes’ Noogoora Burr, and Tanya Parry’s Laredo Hussler. 

*In a previous version of this story it was incorrectly stated that the race meeting was held in Julia Creek. The confusion rose from the fact the Julia Creek Turf Club was hosting the event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.