1922 trophy donated to turf club
A TROPHY dating back to almost a century will be a highlight at this month's $50,000 XXXX Gold Lismore Cup.
The trophy is the 1922 Lismore Cup which was won by a horse called Real Gem and owned by former Grafton trainer Tom Reid.
For years it sat forgotten on a mantelpiece but the family of Mr Reid has since loaned it permanently to the Lismore Turf Club.
“A couple of months ago I got an email out of the blue by Gary Kerr who is the grandson of Mr Reid,” Michael Timbrell, the secretary-manager of the turf club, said.
“He said it had ended up with him and that it had been sitting on a shelf for years before he decided to contact us.
“It's silver-plated and put together by a firm called James Dixon and Sons from Sheffield, England.
“I'm not sure what it would be worth dollar-wise, but the sentimentality is priceless.
“In those days racing was more about the prestige of winning, the trophy and the honour because the prizemoney was not that much.”
James Dixon and Sons was a company founded in 1806 and closed down in 1992 after a financial collapse.
The trophy was unveiled in a display at The House of Horton in Lismore yesterday. It will be moved around businesses involved in the Lismore Cup City Centre Window Display competition over the coming weeks.
The window competition is part of a new promotion linking the CBD with Lismore's biggest sporting event and it will culminate in the judging of the competition on September 17.
Meanwhile, Timbrell is confident of a quality field of stayers for the September 23 race day.
However, defending champion Hecentadove will not be running.
The gelding, which stunned punters last year in claiming the race as a 40-1 outsider has incurred a back injury.
“He had a few little runs after the Cup but he's had a few problems and we gave him a good spell,” trainer, John Everson, said.
“This was his first preparation back and he was bowling along nicely but two weeks ago we noticed a little bit of a problem (at work) which was giving him some distress. So he will not be running, for sure.
“I have another stayer in work, Singing Sovereign, but I don't know whether he's up to that standard yet.”
The Lismore Turf Club will not hold a meeting on the Sunday before Cup day, instead opting to roll three feature races in together including the Rousillon Handicap, the Big Maiden and the Lismore Cup.