Bernie Quinn, Chairman of the Tweed River Jockey Club, apprentice jockey Corinne Miles and 2 year old thoroughbred Pyrendi preparing for Melbourne Cup race day at Murwillumbah.
Bernie Quinn, Chairman of the Tweed River Jockey Club, apprentice jockey Corinne Miles and 2 year old thoroughbred Pyrendi preparing for Melbourne Cup race day at Murwillumbah. Scott Powick

Melbourne Cup fever hits the Tweed

THE turf is set to burn at the Murwillumbah Race Track on Tuesday as Melbourne Cup fever hits the Tweed.

Live entertainment, fashions on the field, dining options and an action- packed race card will entertain the thousands that head to the famous country meeting on Australia's most popular day of racing.

Tweed River Jockey Club (TRJC) secretary-manager Brian Charman said it would be a great day at the races.

"Pre-sales of tickets have exceeded expectations and we're expecting a day bigger and better than ever," Charman said.

"The track is the best it's been in a long time and it's refurbished and ready to go," he said.

TRJC has increased track- side viewing options, with last year's five picket-fenced VIP areas increased to eight this year.

There will be a corporate area that can hold 27 marquees, a bistro which will hold upwards of 150 people, with TRJC catering for all food, beverages and entertainment.

The six-race card will feature a range of maiden and Benchmark 45 Handicaps, with all races offering a strong prize pool of $6000.

 

Bernie Quinn, Chairman of the Tweed River Jockey Club, apprentice jockey Corinne Miles with 2 year old Pyrendi and entertainer James Fox Higgins take time out for a photo leading up to the Murwillumbah’s Melbourne Cup race day.
Bernie Quinn, Chairman of the Tweed River Jockey Club, apprentice jockey Corinne Miles with 2 year old Pyrendi and entertainer James Fox Higgins take time out for a photo leading up to the Murwillumbah’s Melbourne Cup race day. Scott Powick

For punters and those having their traditional once-a-year bet, there will be a local and interstate bookies' ring available, plus an on-course tote covering all Flemington's live racing as well as the action from the Murwillumbah track.

 

Charman said the Murwillumbah Race Track was popular with punters and patrons every year, due to the unique and natural atmosphere the track provided.

"Murwillumbah provides that real country feel that's relaxed," he said.

With Mt Warning providing the perfect backdrop to the newly refurbished track, there's no better place to take in all the Melbourne Cup day action.

Transport to and from the track will be easy, with buses available for patrons, with a range of pick-up and return areas and times available.

Buses will run from the following locations at the following times (all times are NSW time):

Bus run Gold Coast: Tugun Surf Club 10am, Kirra Surf Club 10.10am, Tweed Mall bus stop on hwy 10.15am, Kennedy Dr bottle shop 10.20am, Banora Point old bus stop on hwy 10.15am, Tweed City bus stop on hwy 10.25am and Chinderah Tavern 10.40am.

Bus run Tweed Coast: Pottsville Tavern 10am, Pottsville (Professionals) 10am, Cabarita opposite Ray White 10.15am, Cudgen Surf Club 10.30am, Cudgen Leagues Club 10.40am, Tumbulgum Tavern 10.50am.

Buses can be booked online at http://tweedriver jockeyclub.com.au/ melbourne-cup-2015-at-trjc/



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