Race day washouts huge blow

TWEED’S run of sunny weather came to an end at the worst moment for the Tweed River Jockey Club.

The skies opened up on Sunday night and made the Murwillumbah track unsafe for racing yesterday, the third meeting postponement in three months for the club.

“We copped 22mm overnight,” TRJC chairman Bernie Quinn said yesterday.

“On top of the rain we’d had during the week, it was enough to tip us over.

“The stewards walked the track first thing Monday morning and deemed it to be sufficiently rain-affected to exclude the possibility of any racing happening today.

“It’s a question of safety first.

“There will be no phantom meeting either, which is a shame.”

The loss of the race day is a major blow for the club and Quinn said he was “shattered”.

“Our major sponsor Casella Wines puts a lot of effort into Yellow Tail Cup day, an always enjoyable and big day for the Casella organisation,” he said.

“Members of the Casella family were due to fly up for the meeting, so we are disappointed on that note too.

“We at the club are shattered at having lost yet another meeting.

“Three lost meetings in as many months so far this year is devastating.”

The club intends to apply to Racing NSW for a replacement date.

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