Entries pile up for race meet

TWEED River Jockey Club officials have welcomed the large number of nominations for Sunday’s Tweed Tourism Race Day at Murwillumbah.

The demand for spots at the meet could result in an extra event being added to the seven-race program.

TRJC chairman Bernie Quinn says it is up to Racing New South Wales to decide whether an extra run will be allowed to accommodate more horses.

“We’ve had 145 nominators for seven races, and that’s just a huge response,” Quinn said.

“In the 1000m Benchmark 50 handicap alone we’ve had 34 thoroughbreds nominated.

“It’s always possible that Racing NSW may decide to split a race, effectively tacking on an extra event to the current seven-race program but we won’t know for another few days.”

Demand for racing berths in the Northern Rivers has been hot recently, with the Lismore Turf Club recently apologising for having to turn away nominees as there simply was not enough stall room.

The final field of runners won’t be known until tomorrow when nominations are officially accepted.

The current wet affecting northern NSW seems to have largely bypassed the scenic little racecourse situated just outside Murwillumbah in Tygalgah.

“The racing surface is in good stead for the recent rain, and at this time of year the track has a very good drying capacity,” Quinn said.

“We’re looking forward to hosting another great day’s racing on Sunday, and in conjunction with the work of sponsor Tweed Tourism, we hope to encourage the attendance of summer holiday makers keen to experience some authentic country racing.”

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