Coffs fields a race meet­ing for Mel­bourne Cup Day

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CAREERS - GE­OFF NEWLING

RAC­ING re­turns to Coffs Har­bour Rac­ing Club for Mel­bourne Cup Day on Tues­day.

Coffs Har­bour will be one of two North­ern Rivers Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion non-TAB meet­ings, with the club field­ing 45 nom­i­na­tions.

Two of the five races have had ex­tended nom­i­na­tions in the hope of swelling all five races to at least eight run­ners apiece.

All NSW non-TAB races on Tues­day are re­stricted to eight run­ners be­cause of the lack of horses, jockeys and stew­ards on the big day.

Coffs Har­bour Rac­ing Club man­ager Tim Sal­a­dine said a big day of non-TAB rac­ing was planned at the track.

“It is more a so­cial day for us too,” Sal­a­dine said.

“We have fash­ions on the field too and a big buf­fet lun­cheon.

“We’ve got 300 booked into that al­ready and hope to get 600–700.”

He said lo­cal jockey Jasen Watkins would con­tinue his come­back to rac­ing at the meet­ing.

“He was hurt badly at Dar­win and only had his first meet­ing back at Casino the other day,” Sal­a­dine said. “He rode a dou­ble.

“He looks like he might have four or five rides al­ready on Tues­day.”

The North­ern Rivers Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s other non-TAB Mel­bourne Cup Day race meet with see Tweed River Jockey Club stage a five-race meet­ing at Mur­willum­bah on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Photo: Trevor Veale

CUP DAY GLORY: Rac­ing re­turns to Coffs Har­bour Rac­ing Club for a non-TAB race meet on Tues­day and a Mel­bourne Cup Day lun­cheon.

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