The sweet sound of hooves on the turf at Murwillumbah
THE sound of hooves on turf has barely had a chance to die down, and already local jockey club officials are getting ready to stage their second race meeting of the summer.
Murwillumbah racecourse will play host to the Pottsville Business Houses race day Sunday week, 29 December, in conjunction with the Pottsville Beach Sports Club, Pottsville Cellars and The Professionals Real Estate Pottsville Beach who are just some of the sponsors pitching in to support the day's racing.
The meeting will be the second time the ponies go around at Murwillumbah in just over a fortnight after last Friday's Christmas twilight meeting.
About 1400 patrons were in attendance to give rein to their holiday spirit and enjoy the twilight concept, which sees racing conducted well into the evening hours.
Tweed River Jockey Club secretary-manager Rachael Elliott told My Daily News the club might look into the possibility of other twilight meetings down the track.
"Twilight racing is a very people-friendly idea, and at this time of year the conditions are perfect."The evening culminated in about a thousand people dancing on the lawns after the last race, so from all indications it was a very enjoyable meeting.
"We had major sponsor support, including from XXXX who put on a beer garden and helped keep the crowd entertained, so together with the music and the racing it was a total experience.
Jockey club officials are reminding owners and connections that nominations for Sunday week's seven event race card close early because of the Christmas break. Nominations will close at 11.00am this Friday 20 December.
The main race will be a 2000 metre Benchmark 60 handicap, with the winner receiving a trophy presented by the Pottsville Beach Sports Club.
Marquees for parties and groups are available by calling Rachael Elliott at the TRJC secretariat on (02) 66 723672.