BIG WIN: Jockey Danny Peisley, owner Daniel Bowen and trainer Dean Smith with Major General after winning at Murwillumbah on Melbourne Cup day.
BIG WIN: Jockey Danny Peisley, owner Daniel Bowen and trainer Dean Smith with Major General after winning at Murwillumbah on Melbourne Cup day.

Racegoers in running for prize package

A PRIZE package of flights, accommodation and tickets for two to Sydney to watch the 2016 Golden Slipper at Rosehill is up for grabs at the Murwillumbah races.

The Tweed River Jockey Club is preparing for a big summer of racing with three meetings over three weeks.

The first is a twilight meeting on Friday, December 11, featuring the Christmas Cup 1530m.

Racing fans and Christmas revellers who make their way to the track will have live music provided by Innocent Bystanders and kids’ entertainment.

Twilight racing has been popular at Murwillumbah in recent years with office party packages and marquees keenly sought.

Last month the club hosted its traditional Melbourne Cup day meeting with 3000 making their way through the turnstiles.

In one of the day’s feature races, the Tweed Daily News Benchmark 45 Hcp, 2014 winner Major General defended his title in fine fashion with a one-length victory and Danny Peisley in the saddle.

The seven-year-old son of General Nediym is owned by the family of late trainer Danny Bowen, with whom Peisley served his apprenticeship.

Peisley recently returned to competitive racing after giving riding away.

He has ridden 10 winners this season – three of them at Murwillumbah on Melbourne Cup day.

The Friday meeting next week will be followed by the Pottsville race day on December 27 and the last of the summer triple-header on January 3.



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