Jockey club makes the country finals

By TONY WHITE

CLARENCE River Jockey Club (CRJC) have been named as a finalist in two categories for the prestigious 2005 Country Awards For Excellence.

Our local club's sensational 2004 July Racing Carnival earned acclamation from the panel of selected industry judges.

CRJC have been named as a finalist for the TAB Race Club Award and the much sought after Most Popular Feature Country Race Meeting.

The club is a previous winners of both Awards.

Other finalists in the TAB Award are Scone Race Club and Murrumbidgee Turf Club (Wagga).

The Lismore Cup and Albury Cup are the other finalists in the Most Popular Feature Country Race Meeting.

Daily Examiner racing and sports journalist Tony White has been nominated as a finalist in the Media Award for the second year in succession.

All winners will be announced at a gala evening at Randwick Racecourse on Friday, September 30 that will be hosted by Sky Channel's Andrew Bensley.

Other major category finalists are:

Community Race Club Award: Braidwood Jockey Club, Broken Hill St Patrick's Racing Club, Cooma Monaro Race Club.

Best Innovation Award: The Golden Triangle ? Moree, Mallawa and Talmoi, Gunnedah Turf Clubs ? Owner for a Day promotion, Queen of the North ? Port Macquarie Race Club.

Country Trainer Award: Bob Milligan, Mark Mason, Craig Martin.

Country Trained Horse: Spuruson, Rich Megadale, Takeover Target.

Country Apprentice Award: Luke Morgan, Kathy O'Hara, Tim Clark.

Country Jockey Award: Peter Graham, Dale Spriggs, Matthew Cahill, Greg Ryan.

Media Award: Bill Poulos, Tony White, The Border Mail, Sky's off the beaten track story ? Merriwa Races.

Significant injection of Awards sponsorship has allowed Racing NSW Country to substantially increase the prizes up for grabs.

This year the winner of the TAB Race Club Award, Community Race Club of the year, Best Innovation by a Country Race Club and Most Popular Feature Country Race Meeting Awards will will receive a Pages Event Hire voucher valued at $10,000 and a Sky Channel Live Hosting, valued at $5,000.



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