Daily News Cup tradition continues
THE winning owners in tomorrow's Daily News Cup at Murwillumbah Racecourse will receive a superbly crafted crystal cup that will no doubt hold pride of place on the mantlepiece back home.
Anderson's Treasure Store, which has served the community in Murwil- lumbah since 1945, has once again presented a superb trophy to Tweed River Jockey Club, just as the firm has done since 1981 when it became the club's official trophy provider.
It is well known that owners enjoy winning major races at Murwil- lumbah, not only because of the prizemoney but due to the fact the trophy is always spectacular.
Rina and Lawrence Anderson have outdone themselves this time, providing what Mr Anderson describes as a large crystal cup – it features a bowl on a base and stands 40cms high.
Mr Anderson has the hands of a surgeon and he needed those steady hands as he etched the Daily News Cup onto the trophy when the Daily News visited his store yesterday.
The trophy will be presented to the winning owners by Daily News general manager, Geoff Jennings.
Both Rina and Lawrence Anderson are long-time members of TRJC, but Mrs Anderson will have to mind the store on Friday, giving her husband a leave pass to enjoy a day at the races.
TRJC chairman Bernie Quinn was delighted by the support given the meeting by owners and trainers, which has enabled the club to program nine races, the highlight being the 1200m Daily News Cup, race 8 on the action-packed card.
“We'll be racing on a firm track for the first time in ages, which I'm very pleased about,” Mr Quinn said.
“Over the past couple of months all we have been catering for are the mudlarks.”
Racing tomorrow commences at 11.47am with the lucky last set down for 4.35pm.
The feature race has attracted 13 runners and looks chock-full of winning chances, with half the field going into the race with good form on the board.
The main chances looks to be the topweight, Mington, which is resuming from a spell but goes exceedingly well while fresh, the Grafton-trained Midnight Honey, and the lightly raced Gold Coast galloper, Chipp'n Away.
Mington, prepared at Murwillumbah by Matthew Dunn, has won two of his nine starts.
The colt has a good turn of foot and will be in the firing line from the outset.