TWEED Heads Jockey Club added five late nominations to its Cup day tally as preparations for Friday’s feature meeting of the year neared fruition.
The TRJC had extended nominations on its $28,000 TURSA Newmarket and two other support races and finished with 15 nominations for the feature sprint and 139 for the eight-race meeting in total.
Club chairman, Bernie Quinn, was delighted with the late additions as his club prepares for a monster day.
“We should have a good day,” Bernie Quinn said this afternoon.
“Everything is booked out. The restaurant upstairs seats 100 and is booked out, the white picket fences holds around 300 is booked out too.”
He said Country Racing chief, Brian Charman, who was a long serving board member and club secretary before heading to Sydney last year to take up his position with Country Racing, is returning “home” for the Cup meeting as well.
Bernie also believes the Cup will be one of the best as well with local interest headed by Matt Dunn’s three runners – Zamex, Mystical Renegade and Pegapus – as well as runners from leading NSW and Queensland stables.
Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds has nominated talented mare Madam Shazam, a winner of her past three starts.
Bodega Negra, trained by Bruce Hill, is another in with a chance and one of three entries Hill has nominated.
He has also nominated Hotel Coste and Liberty Island.
Beaudesert gelding Yaba Dabl Doya, prepared by Kenneth Deacon, heads the weights for the Cup with 62kg, a kilo above Eagle Farm gelding Bel Burgess (David Murphy) and Bodega Negra 60.5kg.
Matt Dunn’s Zamex, who won the Maclean Cup at Grafton two starts back, has been allotted 59kg.
RIVERVIEW HOTEL MURWILLUMBAH CUP WEIGHTS: Yaba Dabl Doya (Kenneth Deacon) 62, Bel Burgess (David Murphy) 61.5, Bodega Negra (Bruce Hill) 60.5, Zamex (Matthew Dunn) 59, Cashing Up (Barry Lockwood) 57, Show Bender (Chris Anderson) 56, Future Event (John Zielke) 56, Liberty Island (Bruce Hill) 55.5, Red Letter Day (Ben Hull) 55.5, Fasta Than Light (Patrick Duff) 55, Balius (Brad Witt) 54.5. All 54: Madam Shazam (Toby Edmonds), Kincaple Chief (John Smerdon), Anne Bonny (Owen Glue), Mystical Renegade (Matthew Dunn), Pegapus (Matthew Dunn), Hotel Coste (Bruce Hill), On Demand (Patrick Duff), Secret Code (Darleen Duryea).