Yellowtail Cup next Monday
THE Northern Rivers racing caravan pitches its tent at Murwillumbah racecourse next Monday when the Tweed River Jockey Club hosts one of its showcase meetings of the year, Casella Wines Yellowtail Cup Day.
Casella Wines has become a sponsorship institution at Murwillumbah. The winemaker is the jockey club's major supporter as well as the official sponsor of the yearly Murwillumbah Cup run in June, and the Yellowtail Cup traditionally run early in the year.
This year's meeting will feature seven scheduled events, all featuring $10,000 in prizemoney.
The races include a 1400m benchmark 60 handicap, 1530m class three handicap, 1000m class two handicap, 1200m class one handicap, 1200m maiden plate (set weights), 1530m maiden handicap and a two-year-old 1000m handicap.
The two-year-old handicap carries an extra $10,000 Brisbane Bloodstock bonus for eligible runners.
Nominations for the meeting close at the Trainers Service Centre at 11am today.
In other racing news, Murwillumbah-trained filly Rissole, who races under the name of Karma Gutsa, was successful for trainer Carolyn Halliday at Lismore's Kyogle Cup meeting on Saturday.
Karma Gutsa featured prominently in the stewards report at Murwillumbah a fortnight ago when she hung out badly and cost herself a chance at a win, finishing a close-up fourth instead.
On Saturday, she was able to close the deal with senior rider Peter Graham getting the best out of her. She scored nicely to win by half a length at $6.00 odds, recording her first win in nine career starts.