Cejay Graham to have first race ride against dad at Port Macquarie

Veteran hoop Peter Graham admits he tried to talk daughter Cejay out of being a jockey, but will be proud to ride alongside her in her first race ride at Port Macquarie on Sunday.

It will be a remarkable day for the Graham family with dad, son Jesse and 18-year-old Cejay all riding on the same program.

"I have got used to riding with Jesse," Peter said. "He is going well after a couple of years, but it is a bit different with a girl. I have to admit, I was a bit more worried about her becoming a jockey, but she has gone through pony club and really wanted to do it.

"She is a very good rider and very competitive so she is probably going to be pretty good at it as well."

Jesse and Cejay are serving their apprenticeships under Port Macquarie trainer John Sprague, who will supply Cejay's first ride, Unique Miss, in a maiden.


"She has done her trials and the stewards are happy for her to ride," Peter said. "Usually they want to start them at a non-TAB [meeting], but there hasn't been one for a while, so she gets to start at a TAB meeting.

"You want to protect them as much as you can and give them advice, but once they go out on the track by themselves it is up to them."

Peter said he has to keep his gear locked up now there are three jockeys in the family.

"They are always around looking at my gear and some things go missing, but that's all right," Peter said.

Meanwhile, Canberra trainer Matt Dale is hoping to make it back-to-back Parkes cups on Sunday with stable newcomer Top Ravine.

The son of Redoute's Choice had been placed at stakes level when trained by Mick Price in Melbourne, but was transferred to the care of Dale this preparation.

"He is ready for the mile and the rain that is predicted should help because he likes the sting out of the ground," Dale said.

"He has got to lump a big weight for a class 2 horse, but he ran in some quality races and you have to expect that."

Race diary

Monday: Goulburn. Tuesday: Muswellbrook. Thursday: Bathurst. Friday: Canberra, Casino. Saturday: Brewarrina, Moree, Wagga.

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