OWNERS of the John Shelton-trained Jewels Of Ava including former Daily Examiner sports editor Patrick Allen won't be hard to spot in the crowd at Grafton tomorrow.
Allen and a group of old schoolmates from Armidale race the four-year-old mare who will be looking to record its first win for the motley group in the Anne Hunter Accountant Class 2 Hcp (1206m).
The syndicate will all be dressed in pink shirts and lime green ties, Shelton's stable colours.
"One of the boy's parents owns a department store in Armidale and he organised pink shirts and green ties for us all," Allen revealed. "We looked a right royal sight when the filly raced at Armidale last start.
"Expect to see us in the same gear. All my mates are desperate," Allen joked.
While Allen, who departed the Examiner to take up a position as a TVN commentator, has leased several horses previously the other syndicate members are all first-time owners.
The group paid $8000 for Jewels Of Ava.
"She didn't cost an arm and leg and it's a way for us to all have a bit of fun and get the other boys into racing," Allen added. "Jewels Of Ava is no super star but hopefully she can win some races starting at Grafton tomorrow."
The mare's only win came at a metropolitan meeting staged at Newcastle and tomorrow marks the daughter of Beautiful Crown's fourth run since transferring to Shelton.
"I think she'll pay her way for Pat and the boys," Shelton said. "She's an easy horse to train, no troubles and she is sound which helps. She's got a bit of weight (58kg), probably weighted up to her best and she's drawn awkward (barrier nine) but with even luck she should be in the thick of the finish.
"She's been to the river most days and her work's been good. She pulled up fine after Armidale and we decided to back her up at home."