Australian rugby league great, Gary Belcher, gets a tip straight from the horse’s mouth. Will Rapid Leica Dane’s tip win at the Men of League race day?
Australian rugby league great, Gary Belcher, gets a tip straight from the horse’s mouth. Will Rapid Leica Dane’s tip win at the Men of League race day? John Gass

Bradfield's Christmas Cup return

EVERGREEN eight-year-old Bradfield, is set to return to Murwillumbah racecourse to contest next Thursday's feature Men of League Christmas Cup to be run over 1530m.

A winner of the Tweed Tourism Cup in February, the ghostly grey can't seem to get enough of the local racing, building up an impressive record against his name.

A win and a second from as many outings stand testimony to his appreciation of the tight Murwillumbah track.

As even-money favourite he most recently went down fighting at the TRJC's Melbourne Cup day meeting to finish a gutsy second to the in-form Willyclang.

At yesterday's close of nominations, Bradfield's name was one of nine others in the running, with acceptances due to be declared at 9am on Tuesday.

Bradfield's Ballina-based trainer, Danny Bowen, has a knack for adding feature cups to his mantelshelf, and seems to have his sights set on the Men of League event.

He told the Daily News that either Bradfield or his other nominated runner, last-start Ballina winner, Haslington, would be definite starters in the cup race.

"With both of them racing in the week or so leading-up to the Murwillumbah race, it just depends on the weights and how they've pulled-up," Bowen said.

"The weather might play a part, though they both enjoy the sting out of the ground.

"Haslington's nominated in Brisbane next week, so it's just about seeing what weights he gets before making a decision which of my horses will run at Murwillumbah."

Haslington won at Ballina seven days ago, while Bradfield is due to race at a night meeting at the Sunshine Coast at the time of this edition going to print.

Thursday's meeting will be the last at Murwillumbah for 2012.

Jockey club chairman, Bernie Quinn, expressed his hope that by hosting the meeting and cup race the TRJC can play an important part in supporting the local Tweed District Men of League.

"I'd encourage league fans to come along and have a look, and see some of the special guests and league stars of yesteryear," Mr Quinn said.

Tom Cassin of the local Men of League, told the Daily News that some of the expected guests included Gary Belcher, Graham Murray, Frank Stanton, Marty Gurr, Graham Eadie, and the current Titans recruitment and development officer Tom Searle.

For more information on the Tweed Men of League, contact Tom Cassin 0407 457 661 or via email at: tweedmol@gmail.com.



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