MURWILLUMBAH trainer Matt Dunn continued with his winning ways landing a treble at yesterday's Murwillumbah races.
When Congo took out the fourth of the day, it was the third of Dunn's runners to salute the judge in as many races, capping off the winning efforts of stablemates Miss Fency and Empress In Flight.
The trio were partnered by jockey Glen Colless and help extend Dunn's already impressive 2012/13 Murwillumbah season tally.
Senior rider Colless quickly stretched his winning run to four on the trot when Harley Down got up in a photo in the fifth for Grafton based trainer Graeme Want.
Summer sunshine and mild conditions ensured there were patrons aplenty to witness the day's impressive feats at what was the Northern Rivers Racing Association's last meeting for 2012.
Tweed River Jockey Club secretary-manager Rachael Elliott said it was a successful day for the club with a big holiday crowd swelling expected numbers. Official estimates of patrons through the turnstiles stood at well over 800 half way through the meeting.
Even before starters began to parade for the day's first event, parking was at a premium along Racecourse Rd with organisers quickly opening the second of the jockey club's car parks to accommodate race day vehicles.
"We're very pleased with today's enthusiastic turnout, and it's been a really terrific day, with lots of holiday makers here and many families," Ms Elliott said.
"We couldn't have asked for more, weather-wise, and it's been a great day all round with some really exciting racing."
"The track itself has never looked better, and the racing surface is that impressive you could be at Randwick."
In the day's feature 2020m Dunloe Sands Benchmark 60 handicap another locally trained galloper $2.70 favourite Leica Bita Lippy, prepared by Carolyn Halliday, took out the event from Oriental Grace and Deebee Cooper.
Murwillumbah's next meeting is on Monday 14 January.
Murwillumbah Race Results
Track: Dead (2)
Race 1 - TURSA COUNTRY PLATE 1010m: 10.00 FRISKINESS (ch f 2y Frisco View (USA) - Sweet Snip. Trainer: A Parramore) 54 (Ms C Schmidt) 1, 2.10 fav CANNYZING 56 cd 54 (Ms R Jamieson) 2, 13.00 CALIFORNIA MILO 56 cd 54.5 (Ms B Hodder) 3.
Won by 3/4 len, sht hd. 1:00.90 (hand timed). (Last 600m 36.40 hand timed).
Race 2 - SHACKELL TRANSPORT MDN PLATE 1010m: 3.50 eq fav MISS FENCY (b f 3y Hidden Dragon - Jetonova (NZ). Trainer: M J Dunn) 55.5 (G Colless) 1, 5.00 THE FIGHTING IRISH 59 cd 56 (Travis Wolfgram) 2, 6.50 SHELOVESTOROCKET 57 (M Paget) 3.
Won by 4 len, 1-1/4 len. 1:00.80 (hand timed). (Last 600m 36.50 hand timed).
Race 3 - POTTSVILLE CELLARS MDN PLATE 1410m: 1.80 fav EMPRESS IN FLIGHT (br f 3y Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - Forest Finch. Trainer: M J Dunn) 55.5 (G Colless) 1, 6.00 MODUS VIVENDI 59 (M Dolendo) 2, 5.00 ON THE BID 57 (R Spokes) 3.
Won by 2-1/2 len, 3/4 len. 1:27.20 (hand timed). (Last 600m 38.10 hand timed).
Race 4 - 14 JAN MURWILLUMBAH RACES (C1) 1200m: 1.90 fav CONGO (br g 3y Flying Spur - Fleur De Chine (NZ). Trainer: M J Dunn) 61.5 (G Colless) 1, 2.00 MORE THAN MONEY 57 (Matthew Palmer) 2, 13.00 PERFECT CUBE 55.5 (A Pattillo) 3.
Won by 2-1/2 len, 1-1/4 len. 1:11.70 (hand timed). (Last 600m 36.30 hand timed).
Race 5 - HARDY'S HAULAGE (BM60) 1010m: 7.00 HARLEY DOWN (b g 5y Shovhog - Overter. Trainer: G F Want) 56.5 (G Colless) 1, 9.00 TY SEEKER 58 cd 55 (Travis Wolfgram) 2, 11.00 BATIZTA 54.5 cd 53 (Ms B Hodder) 3.
Won by Nse, nk. 1:00.10 (hand timed). (Last 600m 35.70 hand timed).
Race 6 - DUNLOE SANDS POTTSVILLE (BM60) 2020m: 2.70 fav LEICA BITA LIPPY (br m 4y Nothin' Leica Dane - Little Lippy. Trainer: Carolyn Halliday) 60 cd 57 (Samuel Payne) 1, 5.00 ORIENTAL GRACE 54.5 (C Whiteley) 2, 5.00 DEEBEE COOPER 55.5 (R Spokes) 3. Won by 3/4 len, 1/2 len. 2:05.30 (hand timed). (Last 600m 38.20 hand timed).
Race 7 - RUSSELL HARDY'S EXCAVATION C2 1530m: 4.00 JUST SO BRUNO (b g 4y Power Of Destiny - Dollar Dollie (NZ). Trainer: S B Lee) 57 cd 55.5 (Ms C Schmidt) 1, 11.00 ROUSSOS DESTINY 57 cd 55 (Ms R Jamieson) 2, 3.20 fav MARC THE MAGPIE 59 cd 56 (Beau Appo) 3.
Won by Nse, hd. 1:33.16 (hand timed). (Last 600m 37.41 hand timed).