A feature race worth waiting for at M'bah
A FALSE start didn't deter the field in the Victory Hotel Mooball Cup, the feature race of the Tweed River Jockey Club's meeting at Murwillumbah yesterday.
In perfect winter conditions, a good crowd was kept waiting for the running of the 1510m Cup after several starters broke through the gates when the race was scheduled to start at 4.15pm.
However it didn't take stewards long to have the field back in the stalls and under the starter's orders after all horses were cleared to race.
And it looked like everything from that point was going to go to script, with one of the pre-race favourites, Gather, setting the pace and looking like it could go on with the job leading the field into the final straight.
However it failed to hold off a late charge led by top-weight and favourite Magique Mine, ridden by Danny Peisley, who streaked home to win.
Redoute's Show took second in a photo-finish over Cooly Road third, with Gather fourth.
The Sue Birney-trained Mag- ique Mine paid $3.60 for the win with Redoute's Show paying $9 for the place and Cooly Road $5.
The day started well for husband-and-wife team Gary and Kelly Doughty whose horse Motive finally broke through in the Burringbar Sports Club Maiden Handicap, for its first win.
The horse was the favourite, and the delighted couple were pleased to have seen their horse tipped in the Tweed Daily News.
It was a mixed day in the betting ring, with the honours shared between the bookies and the punters, with the big winner being the Tweed River Jockey Club which had another strong crowd in attendance for its second mid-week meeting in two weeks.
The club's next meeting will be on Monday, October 26. That will be followed by two meetings in November, including the ever-popular Melbourne Cup Day meet.