THE addition of the NRRA Country Championships Regional Qualifier to the already popular Blues, Brews and BBQs Yamba Cup Race Day proved a masterstroke for Clarence River Jockey Club.

While much of the emphasis has always been directed towards the off-track activities, the addition of the $100,000 feature delivered quality race action to match the entertainment.

The successful fusion drew 800 more people on last year, confirming the day's status as the club's biggest outside July Carnival.

"Sunday's figures confirmed it is our fourth biggest day of the year behind the Grafton Cup, Ramornie Handicap and South Grafton Cup days," a most gruntled CRJC executive officer Michael Beattie said.

"From a racing perspective we could not have been happier with the championship heat itself with representatives from throughout the region, a very even race and a terrific finish."

The next race CRJC meeting is on Monday, March 21.



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