Apprentice jockey Codie McPherson and Snappy Vixen will be looking to claim victory at the Men of League Race Day.
Apprentice jockey Codie McPherson and Snappy Vixen will be looking to claim victory at the Men of League Race Day.

Vixen must beat starting blues

JIM Jarvis is hoping his three-year-old filly Snappy Vixen will be able to conquer her troubles at the starting gate when she lines up for the Coffs Harbour Bearing Centre Maiden Plate today.

The filly showed promise in her last race at Coffs Harbour, on Melbourne Cup day, bouncing back from six lengths behind to finish third.

Trainer Jarvis has high hopes for Snappy Vixen and has faith in apprentice jockey Codie McPherson to get the filly home.

"Snappy Vixen is a good chance if we can overcome a few problems," he said yesterday.

"She has jumped cleanly in two trials but has been missing the jump on race day.

"Codie rode a good race on Snappy Vixen at the last Coffs Harbour race meet and hopefully if we get the start right, we will be a great chance."

McPherson is coming off a win on another Jarvis-trained horse Fortunellin at Ballina on Tuesday.

Stuck along the fence in sixth position, McPherson made the brave decision to attack a needle-eye opening entering the straight and came away with a spectacular win.

The young jockey said she was looking forward to today's Men of League Race Day.

"I have four races on Friday so it will be a big day," she said.

"Other than Snappy Vixen, I'm looking forward to racing Youthful Blues in race four.

"The gelding has a good chance and is always an enjoyable ride."

Coffs Harbour Racing Club has an eight-race twilight program today, with the Men of League foundation also hosting a lunch-eon.

Special guests appearing trackside will include rugby league greats Ron Coote, Les Boyd, Noel Kelly and Ian Schubert.