Tweed ready for Anzac day races
MURWILLUMBAH'S Anzac Day meeting looks set to provide an exciting afternoon of racing action when the judge lets them go in the first of five races tomorrow.
Together with Melbourne and Murwillumbah Cup days, the meeting is one of the Tweed River Jockey Club's biggest crowd-pullers of the year, and a big Anzac Day audience is expected to oversee proceedings.
The afternoon's feature event will see the running of the Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club Cup attracting nine entries including the top weight, Semi Wells trained at Doomben by Neil Hocking.
The gelding was recently placed at his last run at Murwillumbah and will be looking to improve on that performance.
Jockey Club secretary-manager, Steve Huggins says all is in readiness, and despite the rains of recent months the track has come to the party with a racing surface expected to improve to a dead rating by race time.
“It would probably be rated a slow track at present, but it has a good cover of grass on it, and with the clearing weather it's improving all the time,” he said.
Forty thoroughbreds from throughout southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales will be competing for prize money and BOBS breeding bonuses totalling over $24,000.
While the meeting will not be covered by the TAB, full betting facilities will be available on-course, including a strong bookmakers' ring.
Buses to and from the track will depart from outside the Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club prior to and at the conclusion of the day's racing
The first race jumps at 1.23pm.