Big hope: Yass River will line up in Sunday’s Murwillumbah Cup Prelude.
Big hope: Yass River will line up in Sunday’s Murwillumbah Cup Prelude.

Extra action at Tweed River track

RACING NSW has added an eighth event to the card for Sunday's Murwillumbah Cup Prelude meeting.

The news comes after the Tweed River Jockey Club received a huge 160 nominations for what was originally advertised as a seven-race program.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” TRJC chairman Bernie Quinn said of the enthusiastic response of connections keen to race their horses.

“A couple of years ago, you started getting these huge numbers of nominators and they've just kept growing.

“I'm glad we've able to accommodate as many as possible by including an extra event.”

Sunday's meeting will feature the running of the $10,000 IGA Murwillumbah Cup Prelude over 1800m, considered one of the premier events of the Murwillumbah Cup carnival.

The winner of the race is an automatic qualifier for the $28,000 Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup later in the month.

Some of the thoroughbreds lining up for Sunday's Cup Prelude include recent Murwillumbah winners Yass River (IGA Pottsville Cup) and Dubai Magic (Murwillumbah Services Cup), as well as the 2009 Lismore Cup winner Hecentadove.

The racing surface boasts a nice cover of grass and is rated a slow 7, increasing the prospects of mudlarks like Yass River and Dubai Magic.

“With fine weather predicted for Friday, and the weekend does its job, we'll be racing on a drying surface which could even mean we'll be racing on a dead track come Sunday,” Quinn said.



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