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Mudlarks favoured if Cup runs

AN official walk of the track later this morning by racing stewards and Tweed River Jockey Club officials will determine whether tomorrow's $30,000 Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup will go ahead as scheduled.

“We won't know for sure one way or another until the stewards make their own assessment,” said TRJC secretary-manager Steve Huggins.

“We are disappointed predicted drying weather conditions haven't really eventuated.

“In the event the races go ahead, it will be on a heavy track.”

Mudlarks feature prominently in early betting markets, with last month's Murwillumbah Cup Prelude winner Bugsytwoshoes on the first line of betting for the 2000-metre Cup race, together with handy Brisbane performer Palace Lover. Each are quoted at $4.00 and both have won in the wet.

Another known for a liking for a soft track is Fiori who took out the Billinudgel Cup at Ballina last week on a heavy track.

The other main feature on the eight-race TAB card is the $20,000 Tallahn Country Golf Club - Sky Racing Gold Newmarket Handicap conducted over 1200 metres. Kryptelon ($5 favourite) has an excellent wet-weather record, including a 2.5-length win at the Gold Coast on a slow track at his last start.

Recent Newmarket Prelude winner Noreil won't let the favourite have it all her own way if his dashing win when last at Muwillumbah is anything to go by.

Gates are due to at the track open at 10.30 am. - Stephen Senise.

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