Trainer Amanda Bell and Destination Tweed CEO Phil Villiers with Desert Tyme ahead of Destination Tweed Race Day.
Trainer Amanda Bell and Destination Tweed CEO Phil Villiers with Desert Tyme ahead of Destination Tweed Race Day. Blainey Woodham

Race day perfect fundraiser

FUNDRAISING for Queensland flood victims at Monday's Destination Tweed Race Day is a perfect way to thank Tweed's northern neighbours who regularly visit the area, Destination Tweed CEO Phil Villiers said.

Excitement is building ahead of the rescheduled race day, the Tweed River Jockey Club's (TRJC) first since the Melbourne Cup.

The trainers are certainly enthusiastic, with five of the seven races featuring full fields and the smallest being nine horses for the Tweed Tourism Cup.

Mr Villiers said a raffle will be held, with proceeds going to the Premier's Flood Appeal.

“We'll be raising funds for the flood victims in Queensland. Many of the people affected have been visiting here for years, so this is our way of giving something back,” he said.

The day is also a perfect opportunity for the TRJC to get the year off to a good start after a disappointing few months.

“The track is in fantastic shape and everyone is keen to get out there and spend the day at a spectacular race course.”

Mr Villiers said Tweed benefited from a TAB-sanctioned race day because of the national coverage the Murwillumbah race track garnered on pay television and in newspaper form guides.



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