Murwillumbah Cup action kicks off on Sunday
Murwillumbah Cup action kicks off on Sunday Nolan Verheij-Full

Murwillumbah Cup ready to explode on Sunday

Raising the prospect of a home team trifecta, local trainer Matt Dunn will have three of his charges lining up in Sunday’s $33,250 P.Smith & Son Realty Murwillumbah Cup (2020m).

Success in multiples is no stranger to the stable with Dunn having taken out the previous two Northern Rivers Racing Association (NRRA) trainer’s premierships and is on the cusp of a third.

One of his three cup runners is Hollywood Barbie, who saluted at her last start at the Gold Coast, and is an on-track winner.

A local through and through, jockey club chairman Bernie Quinn and director Les Polglase have a part share in the four year old mare.

A liking for local honours is shared by stablemate Dream Speed, courtesy of a perfect two out of two winning record on home turf.

The third of the stable runners is Explosive One, who has been thereabouts at three runs since scoring at Ipswich in April.

While the trio will be among the chief contenders for the cup, Legsman trained at Ipswich by Lyn Paton has also staked his claim.

He was placed in both 2014 and 2015 in the 1800m Murwillumbah Cup Preview, traditionally viewed as a barometer for the main cup race.

Bingo Bobby trained at Lismore by Sharon Pepper is the on-course winner of May’s 1530m Mooball Cup and went around in last year’s Murwillumbah Cup, finishing midfield.

Automatic qualifiers, Shadow Rein who won the Cup Preview at Ballina recently, and last year’s champ Bernie Of Babylon, are not entered.

Tweed River Jockey Club officials have said they are delighted with the calibre of this year’s field, though last weekend’s wild weather has conspired to put a slight dampener on things.

While the track surface continues to improve, the sting will be out of the ground when the starter lets them go in the feature, race seven due at 3.31pm. 

Sunny skies are forecast in the lead up, with a big, fashion conscious crowd expected. Traditionally, the day draws about a thousand or more patrons through the turnstiles.

The running of the Murwillumbah Cup is the highlight of the jockey club’s calendar, and no effort is spared to provide racing fans with an enjoyable environment, including live music, vintage car display, quality food stalls, and kids entertainment.

For those keen to have a flutter, the carnival atmosphere won’t detract from the business end of the day’s racing, with full on-course betting facilities available including a local and interstate bookies’ ring and a quality eight race full TAB program.

Besides the cup, other feature events include the $23,000 Murwillumbah Newmarket (1200m) and the $17,000 Tygalgah Cup (1530m).

Prizemoney on offer totals $148,400, plus BOBS bonuses and BOBS extra bonuses, worth an added $77,000 for eligible runners.

Gates open at 10.30am. Buses to and from the track will be running. For details go to:

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