Group 2 Lismore Cup Heats Set Down For Sunday Racing

The NSW GBOTA Lismore Cup (Group 2) will break new ground this year, when, for the first time, heats will be run on a Sunday into a Thursday night final.

Sponsored by the Lismore Workers Club, the Lismore Cup will be staged over 520m and carries a first prize of $30,000. Heats are now set down for Sunday afternoon, November 1 and the Final will be on Thursday evening, November 5, 2009.

The Thursday night slot has been granted to Lismore as part of a GRNSW concept to showcase the best racing in the high viewing time slots.

Local Manager, John Scholten, has been a driving force behind the escalation of the Lismore Cup during the past 10 years and he is sure the Sunday/Thursday format will result in the best ever series.

“We follow straight on from the Ipswich Cup and I reckon the Sunday/Thursday format will make the event more attractive to those who want to travel and stay for a few days.

“Despite racing on the Sunday and Thursday, we will still have the Tuesday night normal meeting in between so it is virtually a carnival.”

The winner of the Lismore Cup will also receive a free service to Collision, courtesy of Tony Lockett. Trainers should also be aware that a Best 8, 635m feature will be run on Final night.

It is sponsored by Harvey’s Towing and will feature a $4,000 first prize and a free service to Knocka Norris (courtesy of Reg Kay).