Lionheart set for Newmarket
CONNECTIONS of Prince Lionheart have indicated he will be nominated for tomorrow week’s $20,000 WHK–Sky Racing Gold Newmarket (1200m) in Murwillumbah.
The Murwillumbah Newmarket Prelude winner was an automatic qualifier for the second feature race on the Tweed River Jockey Club meet and will no doubt jump as one of the favourites following a good ride two weeks ago.
However, the horse will be pushed all the way by 2008 winner Borsha’s Warrior who has again nominated for the prestigious race.
Yet much of the attention on race day will turn to the feature event, the $28,000 Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup (2000m).
Early interest in the feature race has focused on the recent winner of the Murwillumbah Cup Prelude, Warrior Within, but connections remain uncommitted about the gelding’s return trip to Murwillumbah.
They have hinted though that it remains on the radar and Warrior Within would be an automatic qualifier should they choose to nominate.
Prizemoney for Murwillumbah’s biggest thoroughbred racing day of the year will top $100,000.
Nearly that much again is on offer in breeding and other bonuses for eligible runners.
As well as the Cup, feature events in the full TAB program will include a $12,000 Melaleuca Station Memorial Gardens–Tygalgah Cup (1510m) and a $10,000 Yellowtail Glider Classic for 2YOs (1200m).
Seven of next Sunday’s eight races carry $9000 in BOBS breeding bonuses for eligible runners, with the Cup event disposing of $18,000.
On top of prizemoney and $9000 in BOBS breeding bonuses, the Glider Classic carries a $10,000 bonus for the winner if purchased at the Brisbane Bloodstock Yearling sale.
TRJC officials are reminding connections that nominations close with the Trainers Service Centre on Tuesday at 11am.