Skytrek won the XXXX Gold Lismore Cup last week.
Skytrek won the XXXX Gold Lismore Cup last week. Marc Stapelberg

Ballina looks to capitalise off Cup

BALLINA Jockey Club is preparing to surf off a hugely successful Lismore Cup meeting when it stages Sunday's Community Cup meeting.

The club is also coming off its own successful Cup meeting which led into last Thursday's Lismore Turf Club success.

Lismore secretary-manager Scott Jones is delighted and excited by the figures posted by his club at its annual Cup meeting.

A big crowd turned up in brilliant weather to toast the new Lismore Cup champion, Skytrek.

"The turnover was real good,” Jones said. "The last couple of years it has been around the $1.2 million mark but was around $1.6 million this year.

"The crowd was up too. We don't have the exact final figures but it was somewhere between five and six thousand.”

The Lismore Cup win by the Barry Lockwood-trained Skytrek, who had won the 1900m distance race at Ballina on Ballina Cup day, was another highlight.

It gave Brisbane-based Lockwood a feature double after he had won the Ballina Cup with Cashing Up.

He also had Cashing Up in the Rousillon but the 6kg jump in weight was a telling blow before On Demand claimed the Rousillon for Brisbane trainer Pat Duff.

On Demand has also been nominated for Sunday's Community Cup at Ballina, a 1400m open handicap which drew 16 entries on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, trainers are reminded that the eligibility date for horses to been deemed eligible for the Racing NSW Country and Provincial Championships is fast approaching.

In accordance with the 2018 conditions, to be eligible to contest the country or provincial championships a horse must be under the care of the eligible trainer with a stable return lodged by no later than October 1.

For more information visit www.thechampionships. or contact Racing NSW Stewards.

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