It is on again: Last year’s Murwillumbah Cup winner Gather returns to scale. Nominations close this morning for Sunday’s Murwillumbah Cup Prelude in the lead up to the $28,000 Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup.
It is on again: Last year’s Murwillumbah Cup winner Gather returns to scale. Nominations close this morning for Sunday’s Murwillumbah Cup Prelude in the lead up to the $28,000 Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup. Stephen Senise

Cup nominations close today

TWEED River Jockey Club officials are reminding connections that nominations for Sunday’s Murwillumbah Cup Prelude meeting close with the Trainers Service Centre at 11am today.

The winner of the IGA Murwillumbah Cup Prelude and the other feature on Sunday’s card, the Tumbulgum Tavern Murwillumbah Newmarket Prelude, will be automatic qualifiers for this month’s $28,000 Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup and $20,000 WHK-Sky Racing Gold Murwillumbah Newmarket respectively.

Sunday’s full TAB meeting will be conducted over seven events with $64,000 in prizemoney up for grabs, plus BOBS breeding bonuses totalling $35,000.

There will be an Open Handicap IGA Murwillumbah Cup Prelude (1800m), Benchmark 75 Tumbulgum Tavern Newmarket Prelude (1200m), Benchmark 50 Handicap (1200m), Benchmark 50 Handicap (1400m), Maiden Plate (fillies and mares) over 1200m, Maiden Plate (colts, entires and geldings) over 1200m and Maiden Handicap (1510m).

The jockey club recently welcomed a new sponsor on board for the Murwillumbah Cup carnival in financial services provider WHK who boast offices in Murwillumbah and Cabarita Beach.

WHK will be this year’s sponsor for the 1200m Murwillumbah Newmarket and also provide sponsorship for another of the region’s big sprint races, the Grafton Ramornie Handicap.

The winner of the 2010 WHK-Sky Racing Gold Murwillumbah Newmarket will earn a partial exemption from the ballot for the 2010 WHK Ramornie.

“We’re thrilled to welcome WHK to the 2010 Murwillumbah Cup carnival,” said TRJC chairman Bernie Quinn.

“It’s a great time of year to get involved in the local racing scene.

“We’re looking forward to seeing some great racing over the month of June.”

Star three-year-old filly Melito was beaten into third place in Saturday’s $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Ten Thousand by mare Hot Danish.

Melito is trained by Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan who runs a successful satellite stable in Murwillumbah.

Since the race became a weight-for-age affair in 1997, no filly or mare had won the prestigious event.

Hot Danish and Melito were split by runner-up, the impressive four-year-old gelding Whobegotyou.



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