McKimms win Grafton Cup naming rights

RACING: It is official this year's XXXX July Carnival feature race will be the McKimms Real Estate Grafton Cup.

Angus McKimm, Adam Crawley and the team have won the Kensei Cup during the July Carnival launch Kensei Club dinner function at the Grafton Event Centre tonight.

It was a great effort by the real estate agency who are in their first year as part of the Kensei Club.

McKimms Real Estate director Adam Crawley was overjoyed when Clarence River Jockey Club chairman Michael Beattie called out the agency as major sponsors.

CRJC chairman Graeme Green and vice chairman Stephen Haines (right) with Adam Crawley from McKimms Real Estate after McKimms were named as naming rights sponsor for the 2016 Grafton Cup.
CRJC chairman Graeme Green and vice chairman Stephen Haines (right) with Adam Crawley from McKimms Real Estate after McKimms were named as naming rights sponsor for the 2016 Grafton Cup. Adam Hourigan

"It is going to be a big July I might have to take the whole month off," Crawley said. "I guess it is just beginners luck, how good is that?"

"The reason we are in the Kensei Club is pretty much what Robert Blanchard said earlier, it is more the social side of things.

"People get out and support their local community, there is a lot of good people in Grafton and a lot of good racing people."

The team at Herb Blanchard Haulage finished second in the Kensei Cup to earn themselves naming rights of a support race on Ramornie Handicap Day while Mark Bloomer Transport rounded out the podium to pick up naming rights of a TAB race day.

Westlawn Finance rounded out the finallists to win a VIP Area on Christmas Raceday.

Beattie admitted it was always good to see a first up winner in the annual social event.

"I suppose it was beginner's luck," Beattie said. "It is always great when a new sponsor to the club has a win.

"I suppose it is commiserations to those businesses that have been in the club for a long time and are still yet to win the elusive prize."



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