Brush with fame
By TONY WHITE firstname.lastname@example.org
A LITTLE over 15 years ago a group of local mates, having a couple of ales in the Brushgrove Hotel, came up with an idea to sponsor a horse race at Grafton.
From humble beginnings, initially sponsoring one race, the idea has blossomed into an increasingly popular community event for the business houses and Brushgrove locals who now sponsor the entire meeting.
Wooli residents have also joined in festivities for the first time this year.
Tomorrow's Brushgrove Cup TAB meeting at Grafton attracts a 200-plus band of locals who begin proceedings with a dinner-calcutta at the Brushgrove Hotel tonight.
On race morning a chicken and champagne breakfast at the'Brushy' whets racegoers appetite before three buses transport them to the racecourse.
This will be the 15th running of the Brushgrove Cup, race six on the seven-event card.
Two other cup races will be conducted, the Canegrowers Cup (race 3) and the Wooli Hotel Cup (race 4).
The perpetual Brushgrove Cup, a trophy carved out of mango wood by Gordon Law, becomes the focus of attention back at the Brushgrove Hotel after the races.
"It's traditional to have a drink from the cup," organiser and Clarence River Jockey Club director Lance Timms said.
"There's been some wonderful stories attached to previous winners and the fun and games had.
"This is the first year we've had a TAB meeting and for the first time Wooli have become involved through the Wooli Hotel.
"Everyone is keen as mustard to get to the races."
Inquiries for the calcutta or race day activities should be placed through Lance Timms ? 0427976303.