Fun filled race day set for Murwillumbah Cup

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THE RIVERVIEW Hotel Murwillumbah Cup is set to be a huge day of racing and fun for the whole family this Friday, August 25, with gates opening from 11am.

Major sponsors The Riverview Hotel has this week unveiled new signage that has taken front and centre in preparations for the local cup.

Tweed River Jockey Club General Manager Brian Charman said the club was looking forward to a long and exciting relationship with the Riverview Hotel and extended his appreciation to new Hotel owners John and Michael Schlederer.

Mr Charman said that everything was in readiness for the afternoon and in a change of luck the weather forecast looks fine and sunny with the track in great order for this time of the year.

“The gates will be open from 11.00 with the first race at 12.25 and the Riverview Hotel Murwillumbah Cup scheduled to jump at 4.10pm,” he said.

“There will be plenty of activity throughout the afternoon, including Aussie Bouncin’ Bites on course from 3.30pm when the children finish school.

“Live entertainment on the lawn with Sports entertainer Mark Forbes and Terry Murphy live through until 6pm.”

Mr Charman said the track was expecting 500 people in reserved sites and seating for the afternoon, but expected there to be an influx of people as school finished and the township finished work for the afternoon.

To ensure the evening is fun filled, The Mangrove Jack Band will be live from 6pm and play through until late with buses in operation enabling locals to get to the track and back into town throughout the afternoon and evening.

New Jockey Club Chef Nigel Coulson will be catering for everybody’s needs throughout the evening.

Mr Charman continued to praise his Board of Directors and their families, all of the Clubs hard working staff and those many valuable members, sponsors and volunteers who contributed to the incredible clean up following the Tweed flood four months ago.

Mr Charman said the Club was looking forward to the race meet on Friday and “extremely excited about the race program for the next season including great racing through to Christmas with the Melbourne Cup on Friday, November 17 and Sports Lunch and then the popular Twilight Christmas race meeting scheduled for December 8.

After all the hard work, Mr Charman said he was proud to announce that the Tweed River Jockey Club had been nominated for the second year running as the NSW Country Race club of the Year for Outstanding Achievements.

“The Club has made the final four with others including Lismore Turf Club, Crookwell and District Amateur Picnic Race Club and Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club, with the winner to be announced on Friday, September 29, at the annual Country and Provincial Racing Awards night in Sydney.

“A fantastic achievement and acknowledgement for the efforts of the Club and support of the Club by the local community,” Mr Charman said.

“Murwillumbah will be well presented on the night with Matthew Dunn being nominated for NSW Country Trainer of the year and the Matthew Dunn trainer Quatronic nominated for Country Racehorse of the year.”

To find out more phone (02) 6672 3672.