Parkes to stage race meeting in support of injured jockey

Michael Hackett.

Michael Hackett.

The Parkes Jockey Club is busy preparing for its annual August meeting this Saturday.

Gates will open for the "The Michael Hacket Road to Recovery" meeting at 12pm.

President Mark Ross said he hopes the community turn out in force.

"It would be lovely to see the Parkes community come out to the racecourse and show support for our local identity who suffered a bad misfortune," he said.

The Parkes jockey is recovering well from a major fall at the Tomingley Picnic Races in April.

"Michael will be here on Saturday," Mark said.

"He is home in Parkes now and improving all the time. He had a game of poker the other night and I hear he played really well.

"We are all hoping in six months time he will be as good as new."

The five-race non-TAB will kick off at 1.55pm with The C Crew Bogga Bash Maiden Plate (800 metres) sponsored by Michael's crew mates from Northparkes Mines.

"We also have the usual sponsors in Brian Hogan from Telescope Tyres & Batteries, Tony Miller, Bob Skinner Painting Services and RNR Jumping Castle Hire who will also have a free jumping castle on site for the kids," Mark said.

The usual bookmaker and on-course TAB facilities will be available, as well as a full bar and catering by Parkes Quota Club members.

Organised by Colin Hodges, the secretaries and presidents of the western area jockey clubs will meet at the Parkes Racecourse at 10.30am.

Racing starts at 1.55pm with a small field of four to face the starter.

Despite the field size punters will have a difficult time to find the winner.

Dushka Star, trained at Young by Debbie Prest may spring a surprise in the 800 metre dash as it has shown pace in its last few runs.

Chandon Kisses and Lucky Eye look the two in the second event.

Lucky Eye was second at its last start after an average debut run while Chandon Kisses drops substantially in class.

In the third, I Stole Your Love, trained at Bathurst by Roy McCabe could figure in the finish.

At its most recent outing the four-year-old was six lengths from the finish in a 1200 metre Class 1 at Newcastle, a much tougher assignment than this race on paper.

Canberra trained Old Maribo looks the hardest to beat in the fourth, a 1000 metre Benchmark 50, after filling minor placings at its past four starts.

In the final event Shake Off, for Gulgong trainer Brett Thompson, might prove the testing material after a mid field effort at Coonamble last start.

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