Tweed gears up for Cup meeting

WITH two cyclones hanging ominously off the coast of Queensland, the cynics could be forgiven for thinking it must be summer and they must be getting ready to race at Murwillumbah.

They would be right.

Although Murwillumbah has felt the vagaries of the recent inclement weather and lost two meetings in the past two months, interest in the Tweed Tourism Race Day to be held next Monday is quickly gathering pace.

Racecourse staff at the Tweed River Jockey Club (TRJC) last week opened up the Murwillumbah grass section to trackwork riders and their mounts for the first time this summer. And with sentiment far from gloom and doom, chairman Bernie Quinn said the track was looking healthy and thriving thanks to the current spell of good weather with some positive signs in the lead-up to the upcoming meeting.

“Hats off to the ground staff, they’ve done a good job and the track’s looking marvellous,” Quinn said yesterday.

“Things have dried right out and together with our sponsors, Tweed Tourism, and their supporters, we’re all set for the meeting next Monday.

“We’re looking better to go than at any point over the last few months and as an added bonus, everyone’s been enjoying the sunshine.”

In a further boost to TRJC’s racing prospects, last Friday the Ballina Jockey Club hosted its first meeting since November.

The feature event on next Monday’s program is the Tweed Tourism Cup, a Benchmark 65 handicap over 1400m.

Grafton-based mare Tellemtogo took out the Cup last year, saluting at odds of $8.00, beating unplaced equal favourites Deebee Cooper and Irish Guards and local horses are again expected to feature next Monday.

TRJC officials issued a reminder for owners and connections that nominations for the seven-race, full-TAB card close with the Trainers Service Centre at 11am this morning.

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