Racing: Tamworth to stage seven race TAB meeting on Sunday

ARMIDALE’S loss could be Tamworth Jockey Club’s “Hygain”.

Rain washed out Armidale Jockey Club’s second meeting in two weeks on Monday but forecasts are bright for Tamworth Jockey Club’s Hygain Romantic Dream 2 Year Old meeting on Sunday.

Nominations for the seven-race TAB meeting, highlighted by the Hygain Romantic Dream 2YO Plate (1000m), close at 11am on Tuesday could be swelled by horses missing runs at Armidale. Four of the eight races at Sunday’s Coonamble Cup meeting, including the Coonamble Cup, were also washed out adding to a bank-up in horses.

“That’s what we are hoping,” Tamworth Jockey Club general manager Kay Jeffrey said on Monday.

“With Coonamble having to pull up stumps after four races on Sunday we’re hoping they and Armidale help with our nominations.

Armidale Jockey Club secretary manager Jim Dedes was philosophical about the Sunday night downpour that hit his track.

“We had 44mm last night,” he said Monday morning.

“We’d already 5mm last Friday and a bit during the week as well and it had been overcast up here all week so it didn’t take much.”

He said it was disappointing to lose two meetings to rain in a fortnight after such a dry period but hopes the club might be able to race Monday’s abandoned meeting at some stage later in the year.

“It’s pretty busy at the moment,” he said.

“Coffs race Friday and Tamworth race Sunday,” he said.

“We might put in to race later on around Christmas or in January when there is a bit of a break.”