Wonderful Jester winning race five at the Tweed River Jockey club in Murwillumbah in a meet last year.
Wonderful Jester winning race five at the Tweed River Jockey club in Murwillumbah in a meet last year. Nolan Verheij-Full

Racing returns to M’bah this Tuesday

AUTUMN is in the air, which means the second race day of 2016 at the little track among the cane fields in Murwillumbah is almost here.

Tweed River Jockey Club is hoping for a good turn-out this Tuesday after bigger than usual holiday crowds enjoyed three summer races throughout December and January.

Tuesday boasts a seven-event, full-TAB program and feature races will include two Benchmark 55 handicaps over 1200m, and a 1530m Class 3 handicap.

Gates open at 12.15pm. The first race is due to get under way at 1.45pm with a three-year-old maiden plate (1200m).

TRJC secretary-manager Brian Charman said the track’s bounce-back had been “enormous”.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had a bit more rain than we would have liked, with nearly 200mms coming down in a 36-hour period between Tuesday and Thursday,” Charman said.

“The good thing is there’s no water lying on the track and the drains seem to be clear and flowing.”

The track is rated Heavy, with a mixed bag of weather forecast up to race day.

Club officials estimate 3500 people made their way to the three summer meetings, with near-record betting turnover accompanying the jump in patronage.

Leading local trainer Matt Dunn notched-up a winning double at each of the three meetings, while Gold Coast based hoop Matthew McGuren managed a riding double at two of the meetings and colleague Jeff Lloyd, a treble at the January meeting.

After Tuesday, Murwillumbah’s next meeting is on Anzac Day, April 25, which is traditionally one of the jockey club’s biggest.

“We are excited and looking forward to the program through to June, with some great afternoons planned,” Charman said.



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