Tamworth Jockey Club’s feature race - the 2018 Tamworth Cup - will be worth $150,000 next year. It was one of five major country races to receive prizemoney boosts with the 2017 Port Macquarie Cup, 2017 Goulburn Cup, 2018 Wellington Boot, 2018 Wagga Town Plate and 2018 Tamworth Cup all now $150,000 events.
The TJC’s 2017 Tamworth Cup was worth $100,000 and club general manager Kay Jeffrey believes the additional prizemoney will make the April 29, 2018 Cup an even bigger event.
“I’m absolutely blown away,” she said today. “Racing NSW have gone above and beyond for the country clubs and putting a focus on what we are trying to do. They are on the same page as us in wanting to involve the community and make it a big carnival for us.”
She said prizemoney increase is also a big help to “attracting sponsors to the club”. “They can associate themselves with a great raceday.” This year’s Tamworth Cup was won by Gosford galloper, Timeless Prince, but Tamworth-trained horses Mapmaker (Craig Martin) and Hammoon Boy (Sue Grills) finished close up in the placings.
Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys AM, said the significant prizemoney increase is one of five for a “key country feature races”. The Tamworth Cup prizemoney increase has perfect timing with the TJC set to stage an eight-race TAB meeting on Friday.
That meeting starts 12.30pm with the $20,000 Carlton Mid Maiden Plate (1200m). It has attracted a field of 10 with three first starters – Tipuana (Kevin Dixon), Two More Angels (Sue Grills) and Washington George (Craig Martin) – all trained at Tamworth.
Tipuana is is a four-year-old gelding son of Eavesdropper who finished 7.7lens from Exitozo in a 1000m Gunnedah trial. Owner/trainer Kevin Dixon prepares him and will have Luke Cumberland aboard when they jump from barrier eight.
Two More Angels is a four-year-old bay mare, trainer by Sue Grills, who jumps from barrier seven with Matthew Paget on top. The mare finished fourth in a 1000m Tamworth trial behind Silver Art.
Washington George is a three-year-old bay gelding prepared by Craig Martin who was beaten 12.75lens by Ramornie runner-up The Monstar in a 1000m Tamworth trial. He jumps from barrier five Friday with Jessica Drury to make a riding comeback.