Let the Cup runneth over at Tabulam

THE Tabulam Racing Club is hoping to herd people in like sheep, or at least count them, for the once-a-year Tabulam Cup race meeting tomorrow.

For the first time in the 150-year history of the cup, the club will use a sheep counter to correctly predict crowd numbers which are expected to swell to about 2000 for the five-race meeting.

The club has spent about $8000 on improvements over the past year including the installation of pipe railing, new roofs for some of the stalls and the replacement of some unsafe electrical lines.

Recent rain has put a green tinge in the track and surrounds.

And the offer of stud services to the value of $46,000 may have had something to do with the record number of acceptances.

Tabulam Racing Club secretary Milton King said he was thrilled with the 56 acceptances for the five-race program. The two feature races are the $4500 Fodder Solution Sam Hordern Memorial (1400m) and the $4000 Casino RSM Club Tabulam Cup (1000m).

“It is the best result for years,” King said. “We have been emailing out to trainers in Racing NSW and we also have a lot of trainers from Queensland who are bringing horses to the area.”

King said the club had ‘re-invented’ itself as a family friendly event to get away from the boozy busloads of people in the past.

“It will be a real family day,” King said.

“A lot of people bring their own food, tables and chairs and spread themselves out under the trees.”

Casino trainer Stephen Randall has been a strong supporter of the Tabulam race meeting and has entered Another Sequalo in the cup. The six-year-old chestnut gelding finished fifth in her last start at Ballina last weekend.

“Sequalo has only had a handful of starts and it’s a matter of finding races for him which is why we have entered him in the cup,” Randall said.

“I’d give him a chance, but there are a couple of others above him who will probably start as favourites.”

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