Tweed River Jockey Club chairman Bernie Quinn.
Tweed River Jockey Club chairman Bernie Quinn. John Gass

Rain, again, cancels race

TWEED River Jockey Club chairman, Bernie Quinn, was entitled to be despondent when officials abandoned yet another race meeting at Murwillumbah racecourse early this morning.

It is the third meeting in three weeks that has been postponed due to the wet weather - yet another hit to the club's financial position.

Horses race and the club and just about everyone associated with the industry makes money!

"No use crying over spilt milk but this really is a kick in the guts for us once again," Mr Quinn said.

"Three times in three weeks - it just isn't fair!"

Mr Quinn said two horses were galloped around the track this morning and although the surface was deemed safe, the prospect of further rain throughout the day gave stewards no option but to call off the meeting.

"It was still looking good up until last night, and then the rains came which brought us to about 30mms in total for the weekend, on top of the 95-odd we had over the previous weekend when much of the racing in Southeast Queensland ground to a halt," Mr Quinn said.

"The racecourse ground staff is to be commended for their hard work but you can't control the weather.

"Their attention will now be focused on our next scheduled meeting which is the big Anzac Day program on April 25, traditionally one of the club's most eagerly-anticipated meetings of the year."

"In the meantime we will be working with Racing NSW to see what may be done to thrash out something in regard to today's abandoned program - we will be hoping to be awarded a few replacement meetings."



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