IT’S A MILESTONE: Ballina’s Slipway Hotel manager Kel Campbell (left) and Ballina Jockey Club general manager Matthew Bertram celebrate the pub signing up as the major sponsor for this year’s Ballina Cup, which will mark the centenary since the running of the first cup.
IT’S A MILESTONE: Ballina’s Slipway Hotel manager Kel Campbell (left) and Ballina Jockey Club general manager Matthew Bertram celebrate the pub signing up as the major sponsor for this year’s Ballina Cup, which will mark the centenary since the running of the first cup. Graham Broadhead

A historic year for Ballina Cup

THIS year marks the centenary of the running of the first Ballina Cup.

So race day this year, September 12, was set to be huge, Ballina Jockey Club general manager Matthew Bertram said.

The first Ballina Cup was run on Boxing Day, 1914.

The winner was a horse called Poor Tom carrying the weight of seven stone 11 pounds (49.5kg) with Hailshot second and Woodburn third.

The time for the one mile and 80 yards was 1.51.25.

The value of the prizemoney is not recorded.

There is no record of a cup in 1915, presumably because of the war, but it was held again from 1916-1918. The prizemoney in 1917 was $190.

Mr Bertram called for the community to get behind this year's milestone event.

"Racing is an important part of our social fabric," he said.

"We are grateful once again to the Ballina Shire Council for recognising the emotional importance of the Ballina Cup as well as the Ballina Jockey Club's contribution to the local economy by granting a part-day local public holiday to help mark the occasion."

The Slipway Hotel in Ballina is, for the fourth year, the major sponsor.

Pub manager Kel Campbell said it was great to support the race in an historic year.

Meanwhile, Mr Bertram said Ballina Shire Council had completed its flood impact assessment of the proposed multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the Ballina race tracks.

The jockey club plans to build all-weather tracks.

A masterplan for Stage 1 of the redevelopment can now be drawn up, with draft costings, and be put to Racing NSW for approval.

The plan then will go to council as a Development Application.

Mr Bertram said the aim was to have work start sometime next year.

Meanwhile, horses will race at the Ballina racecourse.

 

For details relating to ticketing, marquee hire, membership and sponsorship, phone the Ballina Jockey Club on 6686 0333.



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