Seven girls take on the boys

BRAGGING rights will be on the line when seven female riders take on the boys in the Redmen Committee Members Benchmark 60 (1200m) at Grafton today.

Heavy rain has placed the meeting in extreme doubt with club officials to make a decision on the future of the eight-race program on race morning, if not before.

The apprentice jockey’s only race has attracted an evenly graded field with the high number of female riders reflective of the increasing number of lady apprentices taking up a career in the saddle.

The topical tip is the aptly named Miss October who will be ridden by two kilogram claiming apprentice Melissa Brown.

Miss October ran fourth at her latest start at Lismore on a heavy track on September 23.

One trainer holding on to little hope of the meeting going ahead is Graeme Want.

“We are a 100-1 of racing,” Want said.

“If we do my horse will start, but I don’t like our chances.”

Want will saddle up debut winner Extra Exceleration who did the right thing on debut winning at Murwillumbah.

From barrier six on Tuesday, Extra Exceleration will be pushed forward to take up a prominent spot in the Bailey & Gough Class 1 (1000m).

“He finished over the top of them at his first start and hopefully he can do the same thing again,” Want said.

The trainer only prepares three gallopers and works at Grafton’s Pullen’s Produce.

“He is a nice little horse who should win a few races,” Want said.



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