Zar Zar Binks returns to scale.
Zar Zar Binks returns to scale. Contributed

Punters to head to Mur’bah to cash up at next race

RACING returns to Murwillumbah on Tuesday when the Tweed River Jockey Club hosts the running of the feature MR Sales Cup a Benchmark 50 handicap over 1530m.

The close of nominations during the week revealed the names of 118 thoroughbreds whose connections are hoping to reap some of the $105,000 in prize money on offer at the seven card TAB program.

Together with BOBS breeding bonuses the total sum up for grabs is $140,000.

While the declaration of acceptances is being eagerly awaited as this edition is published, 20 horses are nominated for the MR Sales cup race.

Prominent trainers who have charges in the mix include Murwillumbah's Matt Dunn (I'm Adamant), the Coffs Harbour based Brett Bellamy (Rock To Paradise), and Gold Coast trainer Maryann Brosnan (O'Reilly's Gold, Ready To Fly).

The meeting will inaugurate the new 2013/14 racing season for the TRJC and be the jockey club's first since the completion of the Murwillumbah Cup carnival in June.

The 2013 cup was taken out by the Bindi Cheers trained Zar Zar Binks. Horse and trainer travelled seven hours up the Pacific Highway from their Taree base, making it a long but successful day for the duo.

Jockey Club secretary-manager Rachael Elliott said Zar Zar Binks displayed a lot of class in taking out the event.

"It goes to show the depth and quality of racing we enjoy here at Murwillumbah and during the recent Murwillumbah Cup carnival in particular," she said.

"Zar Zar Binks went on to win the Grafton Cup Prelude at his next run and put in a decent effort in the Graton Cup itself which is a Listed event worth $150,000 and one of country racing's premier events Australia-wide.

"We've had another strong response from trainers and connections with a big pool of nominators for Tuesday's meeting.

"With the balmy weather of late, we are on track for a fabulous day's racing on Tuesday."

"The racing surface is currently on the better side of dead, which is quite an achievement these days for a track in the Northern Rivers racing in the middle of winter,"

Gates open at 11.30am.

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