Racecourse ready for season opener

A near-record 169 nominations have been received for Friday's summer season opener at Murwillumbah racecourse.

Eight events will feature on the twilight program.

Murwillumbah horseman Matt Dunn who took out the 2013-14 Northern Rivers Racing Association (NRRA) trainers' premiership has at least one horse nominated in each event.

Tweed River Jockey Club (TRJC) officials have been keeping an eye to the skies since last week's dramatic storms which lashed Brisbane and parts of the Gold Coast. Over the weekend, the Murwillumbah track received 35mm of rain but was still rated a Good 4 under new Australian Rating Board (ARB) guidelines which came into effect on the first of this month.

"Six horses went out for a special gallop yesterday morning and there was minimal marking to the racing surface," TRJC secretary-manager Brian Charman told the Tweed Daily News / Northern Star.

"The track's handled the rain since the weekend brilliantly."

Bureau Of Meteorology is forecasting moderate to high chances of showers this week to race day.

Acceptances are due Wednesday morning, and will give a clearer indication of final field sizes and depth.



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