ROSELLA PARK RACE DAY: Race 5 LISA LOWE Class B Handicap; WINNER: JHELUM; Jockey: Chelsea Jokic; Trainer: Barry Richardson; Photo STRONG IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY
ROSELLA PARK RACE DAY: Race 5 LISA LOWE Class B Handicap; WINNER: JHELUM; Jockey: Chelsea Jokic; Trainer: Barry Richardson; Photo STRONG IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY STRONG IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

Females fill the racing field for Magic Millions meet

ONCE unthinkable, female jockeys have more rides than their male counterparts at the Gladstone Turf Club's Magic Millions race meeting at Ferguson Park racecourse today.

Of the eight jockeys declared to ride five are women.

The Gladstone Turf Club's meeting could not have proceeded without the help of the girls such is the dependency of racing on their services.

Alannah Badger, Bridget Floyd, Desiree Gill, Kelly Gates and Alexandra Kitson have some good rides on the card.

However it is unlikely they can replicate the Calliope Jockey Club's Boxing Day races when female hoops rode the program of winners.

Today's racing at Ferguson Park starts with the Maiden Handicap (850m). Trainer Angela Stephens should be successful.

Angela's Barcolla Magic, to be ridden by husband John, has excellent form on top of Gladstone and Calliope recent placings.

The girls should contest the finish of the Class B (1194m) in which Denis Schultz trained Duan Allibar (Badger) and Phillip Pengelly's Coal Command (Floyd) look well placed.

Both horses have the advantage of being trained at Ferguson Park so the sand track holds no fears for them.

Despite his huge burden of 61.5kg, Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner's recent Calliope Cup winner Twogundan should be too good for his rivals in the BM 75 Handicap (1000m) at 3.45pm.

Providing it can cope with the sand track at Ferguson Park at which it is untested, Rockhampton trainer Kath Mylne's Ferocity Blue (Kitson) should win the last race, the Class 2 (1517m) at 4.30pm.

The Gladstone Turf Club is expecting a good crowd as the glitzy Magic Millions race meeting at the Gold Coast is run.

Racing starts at 1.30pm