News & Update Pre Race Meeting On Monday 8th, May
May 06, 2017
It was only a bit over a month ago that Murwillumbah racecourse became the location of a new feature on the map of northern New South Wales - Lake Tyalgah.
But with the waters receding from the top of the winning post, the cane fields have reasserted their place on the landscape and the business of racing has returned to prominence.
Even a fortnight ago, it was still touch and go. Racing stewards were forced to make an early decision and call off Murwillumbah's famous Anzac Day races.
However, thanks to the efforts of jockey club staff and administrators the racing surface managed to kick off this week with an official rating of Good 4 in anticipation of Monday's upcoming Mooball Cup race day. The grass is looking a treat.
With winter racing approaching, it is also a welcome sign that things are back on track and form previews, rather storm previews, should dominate the interest of punters.
In the feature event, Bernie Of Babylon, the winner of the 2015 Murwillumbah Cup, steps out for the second run of his latest campaign after a competitive sixth place at Toowoomba first-up.
While his condition may have given way in the last little bit on that occasion, he was only 2.5 lengths from the winner at the post, and the 1530m distance on Monday will be more to his liking.
Back on home turf, he can never be dismissed, even at the big odds the early markets are quoting him.
The sting out of the ground will pose the veteran campaigner no problems, and his old buddy Jason Taylor, who rode him to cup success two years ago, is piloting again. (The pair seem to have been surgically Araldited at the saddle, with Taylor riding him most often since that day).
Another of the locals is Lucky Show Girl prepared on course by leading trainer Matt Dunn. She comes off a last-start win at the Gold Coast, and has won here at her only attempt.
She is on the second line of betting behind the favourite, Moon And The Starts who went close on Saturday at Eagle Farm and loves coming down to Murwillumbah from her Bundall stable.
She is prepared by Harold Normal and has raced three times here, for two wins and a runners-up cheque.
The event promises to be a competitive and open affair with half the twelve galloper field being quoted at single-figure odds.
The Victory Hotel Mooball Cup is due at 3.20pm and is race 5 on the program.
Gates open at 11.30am for the seven-event full TAB program. A strong bookmakers' ring will be in operation, and the first of the day is due at 12.55pm.
Late update: there has been some rain in the 48 hours prior to this edition going to print and the track has been downgraded to a Soft 5.