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Fingers crossed for dry track

Horse trainer Matthew Dunn.
Horse trainer Matthew Dunn.

WITH the Bureau of Meteorology predicting rainy conditions for the next week, leading Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn is covering all bases to ensure his big team of gallopers get the opportunity to do what they're training to do - race.

Mr Dunn has nominated seven horses for next Monday's Tweed River Jockey Club meeting at Murwillumbah but because of the weather predictions he will be forced to nominate all the horses for meetings scheduled in southeast Queensland throughout the rest of next week.

"These horses are all ready to run and if the races here on Monday are washed out again, I will have to have a Plan B to fall back on," Mr Dunn said.

"I have no alternative but to nominate for the other meetings just in case Murwillumbah is forced to abandon another meeting because of a bog track.

"You have to feel sorry for the TRJC - losing the Valentine's Day meeting was a kick in the guts for the club because it promised to be a good money spinner for all concerned.

"It was great news that Racing NSW allocated this replacement meeting but going on the weather, we'll be very fortunate if the meeting goes ahead."

The BoM has predicted showers every day until Tuesday with the chance of thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon and evening.

"Because of the contingency of nominating for races in case Murwillumbah is washed out, it is an added cost for all my owners but it has to be done otherwise the horses won't get the opportunity to do what they're bred and trained to do," Mr Dunn said.

"Still, let's hope that the weather gods smile on the track and we do get the opportunity to put on a race day for the locals."

TRJC secretary-manager, Stephen Huggins, reports that the storm which hit the region on Monday night fortunately missed dropping a heavy downpour onto the track.

"We did get a few mills but the track has dried out well remarkably well and this morning I would give it a slow 6 rating," Mr Huggins said.

Mr Huggins was "happy" with the nominations for the seven-race program which is highlighted by the running of the Victory Ford Cup, a Benchmark 60 handicap run over 1200 metres.

"We received 18 nominations for the race and it looks as though it will be hotly contested," Mr Huggins said.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology, murwillumbah, tweed river jockey club


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