Anzac meeting packs in big crowds
TWEED River Jockey Club chairman Bernie Quinn reminds fans and connections that racing returns to Murwillumbah for one of its biggest meetings of the year, the Murwillumbah Services Club Anzac Day meeting on April 25.
Traditionally one of the best patronised meetings in the club's calendar, numbers through the turnstiles regularly push up into the several thousands.
But even those figures are modest compared to the hey day of Anzac Day racing at Murwillumbah when racing used to be banned in Queensland on April 25.
"You had all the owners and punters up in Brisbane and the Gold Coast wanting to race on the Anzac Day public holiday, but no races," chairman Quinn said.
"Being the first stop over the border, it fell to us to satisfy the itch.
"It really wasn't all that long ago, so I remember well what happens when you have the pent-up racing and punting frustrations of an entire state looking for somewhere to take it out, thank you very much - they were great days!
"It was always a big meeting, huge crowds and cars parked down to the sugar mill, almost all of them with Queensland number plates.
"Things are different across the border today with plenty of racing taking place on Anzac Day, but it has remained for us one of our really big meetings."
Owners and trainers are reminded nominations for Wednesday week's meeting close with the Trainers Service Centre this Thursday at 11am.
While five races are currently scheduled but Racing NSW has had a tendency to expanded programs in recent times to accommodate races which receive a high number of nominations.
The approach has been adopted in an effort to make up for the effects of so many cancelled meetings in northern NSW owing to the wet weather which has plagued regional racing.
The program stands at: Gallipoli Handicap Benchmark 60 900m, Coral-Balmoral Handicap Benchmark 45 1530m, Murwillumbah Services Club Cup Class 2 Handicap 1800m, Maryang San (Korea) Maiden Handicap 1200m, Milne Bay Maiden Plate 1530m.