Tweed racing return rated a winner

TWEED River Jockey Club chairman Bernie Quinn has declared Monday's Westlawn Finance Spring Cup meeting a great success - the perfect way to launch Murwillumbah's Spring racing calendar.

“As the first of Murwillumbah's three big spring meetings in the space of a month, I think everyone had a great time,” he said.

“I think it's a sign of things to come, with our Melbourne Cup meeting coming up on Tuesday and the rescheduled Murwillumbah Cup meeting later in November.”

The day's feature race, the Westlawn Finance Spring Cup (1400m) was won by $2.40 favourite Swinging To Win.

The Gold Coast trained six-year-old held off a fast finishing charge by locally trained gelding Detected, with Fivegrand a further two lengths behind in third.

A generous crowd of about 500 spectators were trackside for the exciting racing action, and threw their support behind the club's inaugural Pink Ribbon Day activities.

“For an overcast weekday it was quite nice to see a good crowd,” Quinn said.

“The patrons really got behind the Pink Ribbon Day and we were able to raise more than $2000 through various on-course fundraising efforts and auctions.

“I understand it was a first for country racing in NSW to be associated with this very important initiative and I thank Westlawn Finance for throwing their support behind Pink Ribbon Day in conjunction with the club.”

Next on Murwillumbah's calendar is Tuesday's Melbourne Cup Day.

Racing NSW has extended nominations for the meeting in four of the six scheduled races: maiden plate over 900m (colts, geldings and entires), maiden plate over 1510m, open handicap over 1510m, and the open handicap ( 2000m).

Nominations for the four events will close at 11am today while nominations for the Benchmark 45 (1500m) and maiden plate (900m, fillies and mares) have closed.

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