Cup fever ready to grip Tweed track
THE MURWILLUMBAH Cup carnival is set to culminate in the running of Cup day next Sunday.
Thousands are expected to line the track for the Tweed River Jockey Club’s (TRJC) biggest day of the year, with $148,400 in total prize money on offer.
TRJC chairman Bernie Quinn OAM, who has overseen a lifetime of Murwillumbah Cup’s in his tenure as chairman over 40 years, is expecting this year’s to be one of the biggest and best yet.
“I’m pretty proud of what the club is doing to make this another successful Murwillumbah Cup and I’m grateful for the work that our board of directors - led by our CEO Brian Charman - has done,” he said.
Quinn said the day traditionally drew around 3000 spectators, who come for a great day of racing and entertainment.
Cup day features a range of benchmark, maiden and Class Two and Three races, including the $33,000 Murwillumbah Cup race, which is run for the stayers over 2020 metres.
There will be a host of entertainment on track, with live music, fashions on the field, children’s entertainment and an historic car display.
Quinn said the track was in excellent condition ahead of Cup day, despite June 4’s East Coast Low weather event dumping 330mms of rain over 36 hours on the region.
The running of the 2016 Cup Prelude was due on the Sunday, but Racing NSW postponed, then abandoned the running due to a water-logged track.
Despite the downpour, the track recovered quickly, with horses back on the sand track early on the Sunday for track work and Quinn said the track had recovered well and was cherry ripe for next Sunday.
Nominations for the Cup close on Tuesday morning, with weights declared on Wednesday.
TRJC will hold a sports luncheon and calcutta featuring former Australian cricketer Greg Ritchie at Murwillumbah’s Riverview Hotel on Friday prior to the Cup.
Mur’bah Cup Race day
- Sunday, June 26, gates open 10.30am.
- Eight race card and live entertainment on track.
- Sports Luncheon: Friday, June 24. $100 per head. Phone 0408627573.