Lismore chance for a country racing gong

THUNDERING HOOVES: The Lismore Turf Club is back in action after the devastation of the flood earlier in the year.
THUNDERING HOOVES: The Lismore Turf Club is back in action after the devastation of the flood earlier in the year. Marc Stapelberg

LISMORE Turf Club is in the running for an award at the 2017 Country and Provincial Racing Awards.

The presentation night will be held in Sydney on Friday, September 29, and the club has made the shortlist for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Lismore is one of four finalists in that category, vying with Crookwell and District Amateur Picnic Race Club, Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club and Tweed River Jockey Club.

"It is nice to be recognised,” Lismore secretary-manager Scott Jones said this week.

"We've all been working hard and it's certainly good to see we're in the running especially after such a tough year.”

The flood in March resulted in the loss of a number of meetings, not only at Lismore but around the region, but that didn't stop some of the work the club did for local people and charities.

"That's what we are up for,” Jones said.

The annual awards night is a glittering function filled with awards to trainers, jockeys and clubs for outstanding efforts during the past season.

The Country TAB Club of the Year is a four-way tussle between Moruya and Wellington jockey clubs, Muswellbrook Race Club and Murrumbidgee Turf Club at Wagga.

Berrigan and District Race Club, Bong Bong Race Club, Deepwater and Gilgandra jockey clubs are in the running for Community Race Club of the Year while the Country Horse of the Year is a four-way race between Eckstein, The Monstar, Green Sweet and Quatronic.

Brett Thompson, Matt Dunn and Trevor Sutherland are in the running for Trainer of the Year while Rachael Murray, Greg Ryan and Robert Thompson vie for Jockey of the Year.

Jean Van Overmeire has won the country apprentice award and Ricky Blewitt the approved rider of the year while the Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award will be also presented on the night.

The prospect of a "gong” at the annual awards night is also a good run-in to Lismore's Tuesday TAB meeting.

"We've had really good acceptances for that meeting,” Jones said.

"We've been able to split one race and make eight races with 120 acceptances across the program.

"We just hope the fields hold up now.”

It is a busy few days for local racing with the Casino meeting today featuring the $27,000 Hotel Cecil Casino Cup (1400m).

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