Lismore Cup a special bargain buy
IT was a case of 'cup giveth over' to the winner of the Centenary Lismore Cup yesterday.
Usually the winners take away a cup worth about $300 or $400, but to celebrate the Cup's centenary, the Lismore Turf Club decided to do something special.
So the Coffs Harbour-based owner-trainers of winning horse Mr Gold Fire, Jim and Kristine Jarvis, yesterday took home a 100-year-old cup worth $2500.
The club sourced the antique cup from England to coincide with the first running of the Lismore race in 1908.
Lismore Turf Club secretary-manager Michael Timbrell said the antique cup was found on eBay, of all places.
“This year the cup is worth $2500 and we've bought this one especially just for this year,” he said.
“The winners will get to take it home and keep it. Next year we will probably go back to a normal Cup trophy.
“It's a one-off.”