BARRIER BRIEFS: Parramore's smelling the roses with Henry
RACING: Snippets from around the track as horses and jockeys go into battle at the Clarence River Jockey Club's Christmas Race Day.
Top connections aim for new strike of luck
MAIDEN PLATE: Andrew Parramore's strong connection with Townsville-based horse owner Peter Malpass will start another era tomorrow, as untested maiden Scents of Henry jumps out of barrier two in the Ford & Dougherty Commercial Leasing Maiden Plate (1106m).
Malpass has seven horses in work with the Grafton trainer, including Go The Gantry, Yabulu Lad, Legal Loophole and Mother's Gift winner Shoreline.
Parramore has looked to experienced Taree hoop Scott Thurlow to pilot the inexperienced gelding, who will be aiming to be on the pace after missing the kick by almost 10 lengths in his only trial on October 31.
Cunningham turns to familiar face for Love Time
CHRISTMAS CUP: Former Grafton trainer Paddy Cunningham will be hoping a former Grafton jockey can prove the right partner for striking mare Love Time as she aims to go back-to-back at Grafton tomorrow.
Love Time impressed many when she broke maiden status at Grafton last start, finding the rail midfield before flashing late down the outside to win by a head.
Cunningham will hope his luck can strike again and has handed the reins to Lawrence's princess of the track Tegan Harrison as they aim to replicate the winning ways in tomorrow's feature event, the Ford & Dougherty Property Grafton Christmas Cup Class 1 Handicap (1410m).
Track holding up
RACING: Clarence River Jockey Club course curator Drew Cookson said the track has held up nicely after recent rains. After recent dry weather, the curator said the midweek rains had been a blessing for the surface.
Now the club will just have fingers crossed that predicted thunderstorms stay away for the day.
The track is rated a Soft 5.