Strong field prepares for cup
LOCAL racing fans could be forgiven for thinking they were suffering from a case of deja vu after yesterday’s declaration of acceptances for Monday’s feature race, the 2011 Casella Wines Yellow Tail Cup (1400m), revealed some rather familiar names.
Among them, Grand Corso, which raced at Murwillumbah for the first time last month in a 1400m Benchmark 55 handicap.
Though finishing just out of the placings, he acquitted himself well in a field where the winner, Morning High, won by 4.25 lengths.
Finishing fourth, Grand Corso was only 1.25 lengths away from runner-up Facing Paris, which is a nice type and regarded by some as a local track specialist in the making.
Yass River is another that will be going around in Monday’s cup race.
Though he has been out of form lately, Yass River is a handy galloper on his day as attested by a win here in last year’s 1510m Pottsville Cup.
Deebee Cooper last went around the local course on Murwillumbah Cup day 2010.
He scored a handsome third that day in the 1510m Tyalgah Cup which doubled as a curtain-raiser for the main cup race.
Deebee Cooper is getting back in the swing of things after returning from a four-month spell. He can be expected to go from strength to strength as he gets stuck into the current campaign.
Misswan and Leica Lion are other notables returning to Murwillumbah for a chance at taking out Monday’s big race, which is race six on the seven-race card and due to run at 4.52pm.
Gates open at 11.30am, with the first of the day, the 1000m Yellow Tail Moscato two-year-old handicap, kicking things off at 1.43pm.