Three New Zealand jumps jockeys will travel across the Tasman later this month in search of success at the Ballarat Turf Club’s Grand National jumps day on August 19.
One of those jockeys will be Aaron Kuru, who doesn’t have a confirmed mount for the big race but has booked his flights and is looking forward to riding at Ballarat for the first time.
He will be joined by Will Gordon, who will be aboard New Zealand-bred I'll'ava'alf in the A$350,000 Grand National Steeplechase. The young Englishman had his first experience of Australian jumps riding when placed on two of his three rides at Warrnambool last month.
Meanwhile, Shaun Phelan will compete in the Grand National aboard the David and Emma-Lee Browne-trained Monarch Chimes, when the combination will be out to improve on their third placing in the Crisp Steeplechase at Sandown last Sunday.
"We're looking forward to hosting the New Zealand jockeys who, along with an outstanding line-up of horses, will be a showcase for the high standard of jumps racing in Australia," Ballarat Turf Club chief executive Lachlan McKenzie said.