Racing at Tweed in new year

TWEED River Jockey Club will welcome in the new year with a TAB race meeting on January 3.

The seven-event Tweed Tourism Race Day will be a perfect way to cure those New Year’s Eve hangovers.

Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers said the Murwillumbah race track always had a tremendous patronage and he was looking for the same on January 3.

“Murwillumbah has a wonderful turnout and attracts people whenever a race meeting is on – they come from across the northern rivers and also the Gold Coast,” Mr Villiers said. “Being a Sunday, people will be looking for something to do.

“We have targeted the tourism visitors, along with local people and business people. They can all come together and have a bit of fun.”

While there will be no official fashions on the field, Tweed Tourism and the jockey club will run a Mad Hatters’ hat competition and a raffle on race day, to benefit Murwillumbah hospital.

The full TAB meeting had added benefits for the region, Mr Villiers said.

“It is a full TAB meeting, so we get national, regional and local exposure through the TAB network and also through SKY Channel.”

Kingscliff and Murwillumbah business chambers had also got behind the meeting and were sponsoring the event, Mr Villiers said.

Jockey club chairman Bernie Quinn has put out a call to thoroughbred owners and connections to register for the event before 11am on December 29.

“What with Christmas and the holidays, we thought it appropriate to issue an early reminder,” Mr Quinn said.

“The club also takes the opportunity to welcome back sponsor Tweed Tourism to racing at Murwillumbah. Having Tweed Tourism on board for the day is perfect, because our meetings at this time of year are usually well attended by holiday makers.”

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