Enthusiastic response to next round of racing
Turf sods are still being trod back into Murwillumbah racecourse after Thursday's Anzac Day race meeting and already officials and ground staff are preparing for the next round of racing scheduled for Monday.
At yesterday's close of nominations, connections had put forward the names of 179 thoroughbreds for the seven race TAB card.
While official acceptances will not be declared until Thursday, Tweed River Jockey Club secretary-manager Rachael Elliott sais she was pleased by the enthusiastic response so far.
"That's a big roll-out of nominations for a seven race program, and we're all certainly very excited to see so many owners and trainers keen to race at Murwillumbah.
"When you consider we only just staged our big Anzac Day meeting last week, it's a great opportunity for the jockey club to try and double-up on the success and popularity of that meeting which attracted almost 2000 patrons.
"The racing surface has held-up very well for all of that we raced on a slow 6 rating and the weather's been great this past little while so barring any wild storms we'd be looking to improve on that.
"This will be our last meeting before June's Murwillumbah Cup Carnival gets under way so we'll be looking to build some momentum with Monday's races and look to remind race fans and industry participants that the carnival is just around the corner."
One thoroughbred who has already reaped a measure of Cup Carnival glory is Editave, nominated for Monday's 1000 metre Open handicap.
Editave won the 2011 Murwillumbah Newmarket Prelude, more recently taking out a 1200m Benchmark 55 event on-course at the jockey club's January meeting.
Each of Monday's events will be run for $15,000 in prizemoney plus $5000 in additional BOBS breeding bonuses for eligible runners.