The Chairman's Report 2016

Nov 18, 2016

Dear Members,

It gives me great pleasure to submit this report for the Tweed River Jockey Club, Murwillumbah, for the 2015/2016 racing season.

The Tweed River Jockey Club successfully conducted 10 out of its designated 11 race meetings during this period. Unfortunately, the Murwillumbah Cup Pre-Lude scheduled for Sunday 5th June 2016 was abandoned after receiving 340ml of rain on the eve of the program. Despite the loss in this significantly profitable race date, the Tweed River Jockey Club was again able to exceed budgets and expectations for the second year in running. Our feature meetings, Murwillumbah Cup Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Anzac Day and our Twilight event continue to grow and are great to be a part of.

As a club, we have the ability to be again proud of our results during this period and the progress that we have achieved. The Tweed River Jockey Club has continued to meet its ongoing running costs, has invested in on-course improvements to facilities and infrastructure all within our budget and means and as a club is continuing to manage and prioritize future investments.

The race track surface continues to improve and has handled racing in all conditions extremely well. Our time investment in management of this track is providing a great racing surface and training facility for all involved in the industry, trainers, owners, riders, sponsors, members and supporters. An indication of this was shown in our March 2016 race program. In excess of 200ml of rain was received in the week leading into the event and although racing on a Heavy 9, the race day fields held together, the track raced safe and fair and we were able to exceed budgeted figures for race day TAB turnover, an excellent result. A lot of work goes into making these days a success and the work of our curating staff needs to be acknowledged. I would like to commend and thank all of those involved in particular Lisa Roberts, Dustin Nelson, Herb Shapland, Robert Walsh, Barry Charman and our recently engaged new curating apprentice Jacob Williams for their hard work and particular efforts.

Thank you to the Tweed River Jockey Club trainers, track work riders, and stable staff, thank you to the owners who continue to support our local trainers. Congratulation on all of your successes and we wish you continued good luck. Congratulations to the Matthew Dunn Racing Team, Matthew and Kiera Dunn, having won the Northern Rivers Trainers Premiership for the third time running and having Group racing success throughout the season. I would also like to thank all of our race day staff, race day officials and the NRRA Stewards for their ongoing support and assistance.

Thank you to the TRJC Board members who have again contributed many hours of their time every week to assist the development of the Club. Your support, friendship, and contribution make the role as Chairman so much more satisfying.

Importantly, I would like to acknowledge the many local businesses that have assisted the Club through race day sponsorship and the TRJC Club members who share our passion for thoroughbred racing and continue to support the Club in its endeavors. This support through attendance and sponsorship is an extremely valuable part of this club.

Lastly, I was acknowledged last year with the NSW Country Racing Special Achievement Award presented in Sydney at the NSW Country and Provincial Racing awards evening for my contribution to the racing Industry, a significant honour. I was extremely proud again to attend to the same awards this year on behalf of the Tweed River Jockey Club with a group of Directors, their truly supportive partners, and friends.

The Tweed River Jockey Club was nominated for the NSW Country Race Club of the Year for Outstand Achievements, in particular to the Summer Series of Racing held in December and January 2015/2016, where the club exceeded budget and expectations through on course sales and reached record highs through the NSW TAB. This is an outstanding achievement not only for the club but for the Tweed Shire and Racing on the Northern Rivers. Although not taking out the award on the evening, this is a significant win for the Club and the actual nomination itself confirms that we are on the path to continued success.

I would like to thank our Club Manager Brian Charman for continued support and passion that he shows on a daily basis in ensuring the club remains progressive and goal driven, congratulations to Brian and his hard working team on a great result. I am now in my 45th year of involvement with the Tweed River Jockey Club, 42 years as Chairman, and I must admit I am enjoying the role as much as I ever have, thank you to all of you, in particular, Margaret and my family, allowing this to happen.

B P Quinn OAM JP

Chairman TRJC