Starlist too good for Storm Fabulador at Mur’bah races
IT wasn't yesterday's mid-30 degree temperatures or the humidity which had Tweed River Jockey Club officials gasping for breath.
Yesterday's Pottsville Business Houses race day was the second instalment of Murwillumbah's summer racing program in two weeks, with a third set for this coming Sunday.
"It's been a busy summer so far, no doubt about it - we're getting ready for our second race meeting in a week, which will be our third in three weeks" Jockey Club secretary-manager Rachael Elliott said.
"Like the patrons and punters, we're loving every minute of it - we've had a good turn out today for all that it was very hot and humid.
"We had a good crowd of about 700 through the turnstile and they seem to be very loyal - what ever the conditions, they'll turn up.
"Local trainers Matt Dunn and Darren Graham did very well, and we raced on another dry track which is about four or five meetings in a row now.
The meeting was noteworthy for rider Glen Colless; riding four winners on the seven race program, three of those for Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn.
In the feature Pottsville Beach Sports Club Benchmark 55 handicap (2020m) Starlist managed to come away from his rivals on entering the straight to beat Argentine import Storm Fabulador by two lengths.
Eight year old Starlist, who raced unsuccessfully in two Murwillumbah Cups, finally overcame his local track hoodoo to record his first on-course win and notch up his seventh career victory.
Starlist's trainer Shane Everson said he intended on turning Starlist out into one of his paddocks when he got back home to see how he pulled up.
"I don't have any drastic plans for him, we'll just see how it goes," he said.
"No plans for another Murwillumbah Cup tilt, but you never know."
In one of those quirks that seem to crop up in racing, trainers named Everson scored the quinella when Storm Fabulador, trained by John Everson, flew home into second place.
"No, we're not related - not that I know of," winning trainer Shane Everson said.
Nominations for Sunday's seven race Murwillumbah program close today, with the Trainers Service Centre at 11.00am.
The main events will be an open handicap over 1530m and a Benchmark 60 handicap over 1200m.