Top line-up on display
A LIKELY track rating of slow six will greet horses and riders today when they step out at Murwillumbah racecourse, the popular little track among the cane fields.
The local races are an annual event and always attract patrons in their thousands.
"Come hell or high water, we'll be having a race meeting," Tweed River Jockey Club chairman Bernie Quinn said.
Despite the recent vagaries of the weather, forecasters are predicting a mostly sunny day, all the more perfect for the expected sartorial extravaganza on display when the fashions-in-field contestants hit the limelight in the middle of the afternoon.
"There will be a bit of a break in between the third and fourth races, and that's when the ponies will have to give way to the show-ponies," Quinn said.
As for the racing, it will showcase some quality thoroughbreds and some of the region's most renowned trainers.
An A-list of horsemen and women from both sides of the border, including Danny Bowen, Greg Cornish, Maryanne Thexton, John Shelton, and Trevor Bailey, have entered to race their charges.
Quinn says he couldn't be happier with the response.
"We won't be short of any knowledgeable purveyors of horseflesh, that's for sure.
"It's gearing up to be a good day all-round, with capacity fields in just about all events and a full complement of senior and apprentice riders who've accepted to ride."
Gates open at 10am, with the first local race at 12.20pm.