The Daily Examiner

Huge demand for M'bah meet

TWEED River Jockey Club officials were beaming at the close of nominations for Monday's upcoming meeting at Murwillumbah, with the enormous response exceeding expectations.

In total, 167 thoroughbreds were nominated to compete.

In two of the events alone, the Rating 57 Handicap (1200m) and the Maiden Handicap (1200m) had 34 and 38 nominations respectively.

The possibility exists that Racing NSW may decide to add and extra race to the program in an attempt to accommodate the demand for so many thoroughbreds seeking a starting berth.

Racing in northern NSW has been hampered over the autumn and early winter months following a number of abandoned meetings owing to heavy rainfall.

This has resulted in a large number thoroughbred trainers and connections looking to make up for lost time.

Monday's Mooball/Burringbar/Crabbes Creek Banana Growers and Business Houses race day comes hot on the heels of the jockey club's successful meeting held last Thursday.

The Murwillumbah stable of trainer Gerald Ryan took out two events, with Mistress Lucy and Easy Pay being two of four favourites who got up on the day.

TRJC secretary manager Steve Huggins has said the racing surface is in good order for Monday and its all-systems-go.

“The track is in good nick, and none the worse for wear,” Huggins said.

“We're ready to go again.”

Full TAB and bookmaking facilities will be available on course, including Gary Kliese's popular live mounting yard mail.

The meeting coincides with the annual Tweed Banana Festival.

One of the features of the afternoon will be the attendance of the Banana Queen candidates.


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