Changes won’t halt Cup Day at Mur­willum­bah

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Daniel Mcken­zie daniel.mcken­zie@tweed­dai­

WHILE it’s the race that stops a na­tion, the de­par­ture of Tweed River Jockey Club’s long-term sec­re­tary man­ager won’t stop Mur­willum­bah.

Ex­pect­ing thou­sands to roll through the gates at the lit­tle track among the cane­fields on Tues­day when Aus­tralia stops for the Mel­bourne Cup, TRJC chair­man Bernie Quinn said it would be busi­ness as usual, de­spite the un­usual lead-up with­out Quinn’s right-hand man at the club, Brian Char­man.

Quinn – Aus­tralia’s long­est-serv­ing rac­ing chair­man at 43 years in the role – said af­ter 13 years, Char­man’s rise to ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for Coun­try Rac­ing NSW had left a big hole, but the mar­quees were go­ing up, a new chef was ready to make his mark and fash­ions on the field would once again daz­zle.

“Brian has gone up the tree and it’s a great move for him,” Quinn said.

“He was su­perb. He’d been on the board for 13 years and sec­re­tary man­ager for three and a half, but the show must go on.”

De­spite show­ers pre­dicted for Tues­day, Quinn said the weather wouldn’t dampen spir­its, with a six-race card ready to run on a “fan­tas­tic sur­face”.

Bounc­ing back from se­vere flood­ing and badly dam­aged fa­cil­i­ties in March, Quinn said the club’s en­deav­our to sur­vive had the track in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, with a suc­cess­ful day of rac­ing ex­pected.

Trainer Paul Nip­per­ess, who made the move to his Mur­willum­bah base from Bal­lina for more track-work op­por­tu­ni­ties, was also im­pressed with the sur­face lead­ing into Tues­day.

Nip­per­ess, the son of cham­pion trainer of 55 years Kevin Nip­per­ess, makes a Cup Day at Mur­willum­bah re­turn with his four-year-old geld­ing Much Deeper, which is run­ning in race two, the Tweed Daily News Maiden Plate.

“It’ll be my first run here in years and it’s a great start­ing point for horses com­ing back from a spell as they only run up to eight horses in a race,” Nip­per­ess said.

“But Mel­bourne Cup day at Mur­willum­bah is great, and the fash­ions on the field is un­be­liev­able.”

Gates open from 10am and ad­mis­sion is $20 per per­son ($15 for pen­sion­ers). Buses run from the Gold Coast and Tweed for $10 re­turn, start­ing at 9.45am (NSW). Book­ings are es­sen­tial, visit


EX­CITE­MENT MOUNTS: Mur­willum­bah track worker Court­ney Moor­house works un­raced three-year-old Look Out Boy ahead of Tues­day’s races.

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