Jockey club toasts new sponsoro Horse Racing
TWEED River Jockey Club has a new major sponsor for the 2004-05 season - Casella Wines.
The firm's Queensland manager Ray Heron met with club secretary Simon Quintner and president Bernie Quinn recently to stitch up the sponsorship deal which gives Casella Wines the naming rights to next year's Murwillumbah Cup, one of the club calendar's main events, run on June 26.
Quintner said Casella Wines this year won Australia's two most coveted trophies for oneyear-old red wines, the Stodart and Jimmy Watson Trophies. The company is the biggest exporter of Australian wine to America.
Quintner said with national and interna- tional coverage on Sky Channel and the radio racing network, the Murwillumbah Cup was going from strength to strength.
"The Tweed River Jockey Club has enjoyed a strong relationship with Casella Wines in the past and looks forward to continuing this highly successful association with next year's Murwillumbah Cup," Quinter said.
Quinn said the club was "ecstatic that they've come on board".
''They started out as a family company at Yenda near the Victorian border and have just grown and grown.
''I got involved with (Queensland manager) Ray Heron four or five years ago and it's gone from a carton of wine to this big sponsorship - it's excellent," he said.