Boom Time will be carrying much more than the weight of his jockey Cory Parish in today’s Melbourne Cup – he will be also carrying the hopes of a grief-stricken country town.
Parish will wear a black arm band when the gates open at 3pm for the race that stops a nation to honour the life of Euroa teenager Ryley Bjorksten, who passed away in a car accident in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Lindsay Park Racing announced the gesture on its facebook page last night.
“The Euroa community lost a rising star in a tragic accident on the weekend. Ryley Bjorksten (19) a talented footballer, keen punter, and a great mate to all, passed away on 5th November. Cory Parish, the jockey of Boom Time will wear a black arm band in the Melbourne Cup to honour Ryley's life. All of us at Lindsay Park offer our deepest condolences to Ryley's family and friends,” the post said.
The Lindsay Park training trio of David Hayes, son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig will also race Ventura Storm in today’s main event, with three-time Cup winner Glen Boss taking to its saddle.