Cup nominations come up short
By STEVE SPINKS
THE Lismore Turf Club has extended nominations for Thursday's $40,000 XXXX Gold Lismore Cup (2100m) until Monday after officials were left underwhelmed by the response of trainers.
Only 12 of a possible 16 starters had nominated by the closing time yesterday.
"It's a little disappointing," Turf Club secretary-manager Michael Timbrell said.
"We're hopeful of chasing up a couple more runners. The quality of the field is there, but you expect full fields with cups.
"Every other race has great nominations; it's just the cup race."
Timbrell has put the poor reaction down to the strong racing in Brisbane.
Two middle-distance races will be run in Brisbane this weekend for the same prizemoney as the Lismore Cup.
"We knew this could happen so we asked Queensland to consider their programming for this weekend, but it hasn't happened," Timbrell said.
"The only answer for us is to increase prizemoney to compete to probably $50,000 or $60,000. But our club can't afford that."
Nominations for the Cup race are now open until Monday. Nominations so far:
1 Aerosol (Paul Laycock)
2 Counter Agent (Kaye Tinsley)
3 Kaaptive Idea (Dennis Armstrong)
4 Kitnat (Liam Birchley)
5 Laud Atlas (Glenn Morgan)
6 Legal Brief (Greg Wehlow)
7 Maizy May (Pat Duff)
8 Miss La Tar (Trevor Whittington)
9 Serpentine (Robert Murrell)
10 Show Martial (Greg Cornish)
11 Silverzam (Ann Gordon)
12 Steal the Moment (Ann Gordon)
n Former Wallaby Mark Ella will be a special guest at the Lismore Cup and he will be joined by three-time K1 500m kayak world champion Nathan Baggaley.
Baggaley will take time out of his preparation for the world marathon championships in Perth next month to be part of cup day.