Cool change a boon for punters

LARGE bets and a dead track paid off in Murwillumbah during the cloudy race day.

Bookmaker owner and operator Mark Simpkins has been working the Murwillumbah racetrack for 16 years.

He said a couple of professional punters were placing bets on the track.

“There are a few punters out today, they are very hard to beat,” Mr Simpkins said.

Another bookie said a four-to-one bet paid out $1000 to one lucky winner during the first race.

The eldest woman jockey at the race, Sheree Drake, said the track and the crowd were great for the race.

“I have been coming down here for several years and the track is generally dead to good,” Ms Drake said.

Chairman of the Tweed Jockey Club Bernie Quinn said the tepid weather would make for a good race day.

“It is overcast and cool so it is going to be a good day,” Mr Quinn said.

“The 10 centimetres of rain yesterday afternoon took the hardness out of the track.”

The bookies, horses and punters were not the only ones enjoying the lower temperatures.

Spectator and tourism marketing co-ordinator Emma Cao also preferred the overcast day.

“It is nice to be here on a cooler day,” Ms Cao said.

The race was scheduled for January and had to be moved due to weather, she said.

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